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The Versailles Republican

February 5, 2015 • Headlines

Left, Shane Tucker is the new chief deputy prosecutor for the county, and Ryan Marshall, right, is a new deputy prosecutor. Ric Hertel, center, was re-elected in November as the prosecutor. The office will handle a variety of cases.
The South Ripley Drama Club recently performed “Murderous Night at the Museum.” For a complete list of names, pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand.
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South Ripley Homecoming King and Queen
Crowd thrilled at selection

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South Ripley Senior Jacob Roessler brought the crowd to their feet Friday night when he was announced “South Ripley Homecoming King, 2015.” Jacob, a popular member of the SR student body, made his way to center court to be crowned by his good friend and last year’s king, Austin Halcomb. Jacob is the son of Don Roessler of Milan.
Bailey Howard and Jacob Roessler


Bailey Howard and Jacob Roessler, pictured left, were crowned Queen and King at South Ripley’s Homecoming Friday. Pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican for more pictures of Homecoming.

Awaiting his arrival to his position of royalty was South Ripley Homecoming Queen Bailey Howard. Bailey is the daughter of Gale Howard, Versailles and Sandy Day Howard, also of Versailles.
   Jacob is a member of Trace Tucker’s special needs classroom and was born with Down syndrome. Jacob’s lively personality and infectious smile have moved him to a position of favoritism among SR’s 550 or so students. It was that personality that sent the crowd into orbit as Jacob waltzed onto the floor when his name was called with his hands in the air in a stance of victory. The crowd roared as they rose to their feet in a standing ovation for South Ripley’s royalty. The students who had elected Jacob, along with parents and spectators, appeared as thrilled as the young man who was being crowned.

Queen Bailey Howard had this to say about her king and friend, “I love all the guys who were nominated for King, but I was especially thrilled when Jacob won. No one was more deserving! As a special needs volunteer, nothing could have made me happier than sharing that moment with Jake!” Jake won the hearts of his peers, teachers, and staff long before he won the crown with his mischievous spirit and innocent smile.  

Jacob Roessler and Don Roessler

Pictured right, Don Roesseler looks as happy as his son after Jacob was crowned King.

Down syndrome doesn’t define Jacob. It’s just one small part of who he is. Some days he’s a showman, an actor, a lover of the ladies, a keeper of secrets, a messenger, a buddy, and a fan of singer Luke Bryan. On other days he’s a computer nerd, a movie watcher, a helper, a classmate, lover of corndogs, a manager for the ball team, a dreamer of dreams…. just ‘one of the guys’. On this day, he was a leader, a uniter of people, an example of goodness, a teacher, a stirrer of hearts, and an opener of minds. A hero and a champion. Congratulations to His Royal Highness, King Jacob Roessler and his Queen! 

Local man at helm of police post

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter has selected Versailles resident Ray Otter, a 30-year veteran of the department, as Commander of the Versailles Post. On January 26, First Sergeant Ray Otter received word that he had been promoted to Lieutenant, commander of the Versailles Post which encompasses 10 counties in Southeastern Indiana. He will oversee a staff of about 71 enforcement and civilian employees at the post. Versailles is one of 14 posts in the state. His predecessor, Anthony Scott was promoted to a captain and area commander.

Otter, a 30-year resident of the Versailles area, attended the 42nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was assigned to the Versailles Post after graduating. He started as a probation officer in 1984, then worked as a trooper, corporal and First Sergeant during his 30 years with the Indiana State Police before being named Lieutenant, all at the Versailles post. Otter has served as a member of the TIP platoon with the state police and graduated from the Southern Police Institute in 1997. He also served our country’s military from 1976-1982 as a soldier in the U.S. Army where he graduated from Military Police School.

Lt. Otter lived in Vevay and graduated from Switzerland County High School in 1977 and married Connie the same year.  They have been married for 37 years and have three children, all South Ripley graduates, Cheri, Raymond Jr., and Cari, and two grandchildren. Otter has also served as an elder at Kent Christian Church in Kent, Indiana. Lt. Otter says his most memorable moment as a member of the state police is “pinning a badge on the uniform of his son, Raymond Otter Jr., at his graduation from ISP Recruit Academy in 2012!”

Pick up this week's edition of The Versailles Republican for the stories below and more local news. Subscribe by clicking the subscribe link or call 812-689-6364.

• Deputies face variety of cases: ‘Youth movement’ at prosecutor’s office (front page)
• Owners see no advantage: Liquor store owners oppose Sunday bill (front page)
Versailles Fire Dept. holds awards banquet (page 3)
• Former Versailles resident: Local woman writes, publishes novel (page 3)
• Cash for College campaign underway (section B, School Page)

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