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April 30, 2015 • Headlines

Milan Elementary’s fourth and fifth grade show choir, under the direction of Paula Karsteter, presented “A Country Hoedown” in the Hee-Haw style. They were joined in one number by guest vocalist Gerald Bruns accompanied by Tom Holt on the guitar. On Friday, April 10, they took their show on the road to entertain residents at Ripley Crossing Senior Living Center. MARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
South Ripley Elementary students and staff gathered to celebrate their new playground equipment. The equipment was made possible through a generous Tyson Fund, Rising Sun Regional Grant and some PTO funds. It costs $74,900 for 14 swings, a wave rocker and climbing equipment all on safe mulched flooring. The American Legion plans to use the 24-year-old equipment at their park. MARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
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The circus is coming to town!
Kelly Miller Circus marks 77 years

The Kelly Miller Circus, founded during the Great Depression, is marking another milestone this year as it celebrates its 77th anniversary. Founded in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons Kelly and Dores, this traditional tented circus has grown over the decades, but maintains the tradition of great family entertainment it presented in its humble beginnings.

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Contortionist acts like the one pictured left will be part of the Kelly Miller Circus featured on May 3 at the fairgrounds.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Osgood Area Kiwanis and Ripley County Parks and Recreation, the all new 2015 edition of the Kelly Miller Circus will be in Osgood on Sunday, May 3 with performances at 2 and 5 p.m. at the Ripley County Parks and Recreation Grounds.

This year’s show features an elephant, tigers, zebras, camels and a cast of international circus stars under a big circus top. The tent raising and tiger meet and greet are a free show that will take place at 9 a.m. circus morning and the public is invited.

The event is a fundraiser of the Osgood Area Kiwanis. Lila Neal, a member of the Kiwanis, is excited for children to see the live animals and performances.

“I’m involved with this because I do truly believe that this is an event that Ripley County is very lucky to have.  A lot of our children do not have the opportunity to travel far and see a circus but, this is basically in their own back yard. Also, what really makes this circus so GREAT, is how close the children are sitting to the animals and performers. I mean real live elephants, tigers, zebras, camels and trapeze artists flying high above their heads! It’s not like sitting in a huge coliseum so far away that you can barely see everything. This is a beautiful huge tent that can seat 1,100 people. “

This is the 6th time in 12 years that Kelly Miller has come to Ripley County, and for those who have seen it before, there are new performances, new acts and new costumes. It’s a delight to see, to hear, to experience. “Bring your children and yourself and hear the shouts of excitement as Kelly Miller once again brings the circus back to Ripley County!” Neal says.

Where do I buy tickets?
Tickets are available at Four Seasons and Jac-Cen-Del Elementary in Osgood, Milan Elementary, Gilpin’s Monuments and Signs in Versailles and Daffodilly’s in Batesville. Advanced tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 2 to 11, or bought the day of the event, $16 for adults and $8 for kids. Everyone is invited to watch as the big top tent is raised at 9 a.m. on Sunday, and to view the animals being unloaded and fed. Only tickets bought in advance are eligible for prizes, which includes a portable DVD player, MP3 player and iTunes card, given at each show.

Kelly Miller CircusSponsors include Napoleon State Bank, United Community Bank, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Southeastern Indiana REMC and Margaret Mary Health.


The tigers are always a big draw at the circus. There will be a special meet and greet at the 7:30 a.m. Sunday. There are two shows: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Complaint dismissed against prosecutor

Mary Mattingly

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has dismissed a grievance filed against the Ripley County prosecutor. Dave Kelly of Milan filed the complaint April 2 stating Prosecutor Ric Hertel reached a plea agreement with one of the young men involved in the Nancy Hershman murder. Kelly took out a full page ad in the Versailles Republican April 2 denouncing the plea agreement for Ben Nichols, saying it sends the wrong message to criminals. Hershman was Kelly’s sister.

According to the letter sent to Hertel by the commission, the complaint was dismissed as not having a substantial question of misconduct that would warrant disciplinary action. The letter, signed by G. Michael Witte, executive secretary of the commission, stated it does not require formal response. “My file on this matter is now closed,” wrote Witte. Hertel commented to Ripley Publishing, “I feel the complaint was dealt with in a very expeditious manner by the Commission. I was not asked for a formal response to the complaint due to the reasons outlined in the letter. My focus has been and will continue to be on the prosecution of those responsible for the death of Nancy Hershman.”

The commission’s reply was dated April 14. The trial for Allison Moore, who is charged with the murder of Hershman, is scheduled for July 28.

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• More digital devices for South Ripley (front page)
• New athletic director for South Ripley (front page)
• Thinking About Health: Patients grade their local hospitals (page 4)
• Indiana Academic All Star (section B, front page)
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