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May 26, 2015 • Headlines

Many state police officers, detectives, retired members, family and local law enforcement attended the recent Memorial Service at Versailles on Monday, May 18.
Many people took their pets to various clinics in Osgood, Milan and Versailles for rabies vaccinations. Versailles veterinarian Dr. Harley Robinson helped administered the shots. Most were dogs, in all shapes and sizes, but the cute kitten is 3-month-old Remington Riley, held by owner Frances Hensley. MARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
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Officers remembered in annual ceremony

The Indiana State Police Versailles Post hosted its annual Memorial Service on Monday, May 18. The annual Memorial Service commenced on the lawn of the Post in Versailles. Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, active and retired troopers, surviving family members of fallen troopers, city and county officers and a few local citizens stood solemnly on the lawn. Forty-six names and a short summary of the circumstances leading to their death were read by Versailles District Commander Lt. Ray Otter and Captain Anthony Scott. After the names were read, the fallen officers were honored with a 21-gun Salute and the playing of “Taps” by local high school students Mary Gorman of South Ripley and Mary Cole of Jac-Cen-Del.

Indiana State Police Versailles Post Memorial Day service
Many state police officers, detectives, retired members, family and local law enforcement attended the recent Memorial Service to honor fallen soldiers.

The Versailles District especially remembered five local troopers who have given the ultimate sacrifice: Trooper George A. Forster, appointed September 1, 1938, died May 17, 1941; Trooper Earl L. Brown, appointed October 16, 1940, died August 31, 1955; Trooper Robert Gillespie, appointed September 1, 1950, died June 8, 1962; Trooper William R. Rayner, appointed September 1, 1957, died December 18, 1966; and Trooper Andrew P. Winzenread, appointed December 4, 1994, died April 25, 1997.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEONF), some 900,000 police officers in the United States currently put their lives on the line daily for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction, the Fund says; however, this protection comes at a price. In 2014, 117 police officers, including four from Indiana, died in the line-of-duty. Each year there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers resulting in nearly 16, 000 injuries according to the Fund, Throughout United States history, more than 20,000 have died in service of their citizens. The NLEOMF is dedicated to honoring all of America’s law enforcement heroes – those who have died in the line-of-duty and those who continue to serve and protect.

JCD’s new youth program builds budding ball players

Cathy May

Jac-Cen-Del’s youth basketball program was featured at the May 18 Jac-Cen-Del school board meeting. Perry Nash, varsity boys’ basketball coach, presented future plans to enhance the basketball program for the students in elementary and junior high for the summer and the 2015 – 2016 school year.

Nash shared the basketball program now has their own website The JCD Hoops program was established in 2013. The program is designed to introduce the skills needed to play basketball at the high school level. The youth coaches build on the offensive and defensive philosophy of the Jac-Cen-Del Boys Basketball Program. The program currently plays in the Dirt Road Basketball League. The league is run by varsity coaches whose mission is to improve their programs. Those coaches are Brandon Gehl, Jack Day, Nathan Groth, Chris Kuhn, Jason Volz, Adam Siebert and Coty Horn.

Principal reports
Brian Fehribach, high school principal, reported on the Ripley County Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Program. It is in the beginning stages with guidelines still to be written. He said he hopes to have more to report at the next meeting.

Travis Rohrig, Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School Principal congratulated his staff and students and commended them on a job well done in becoming a 4-Star School. Rohrig listed several important dates and information: May 26: Energy Pirate Play 1:30 p.m. K-2; 2:05 p.m. grades 3-6. Fun Day May 27: Awards Program Grades 4-6 at 9 a.m. and the 6th Grade orientation at the Jr./Sr. High School from 11:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. May 28: Last Student Day/Kindergarten Graduation 6 p.m. with End of Year concert at 1:30 p.m./Jac-Cen-Del Celebration Concert with Tommy Townsend and Jerry “Jigger” Bridges 7:30 p.m.

Tim Taylor, Superintendent added these corporation-wide dates: May 28: Last Student Day; May 29: Year End Meeting/Reception with retirees at the high school cafeteria at 12:30 p.m.; June 5: Senior Awards Program at 6 p.m.; June 6: graduation at 2 p.m.; June 11: high school athletic awards program at 6 p.m.

In other business, Jenny Darnold and Kerri Morris from River Valley Financial Bank gave a presentation on their Spirit Card reimbursement program. It was also noted that School Resource Officer Brent Casebolt will be attending an informational meeting on heroin abuse at the Osgood Town Hall. Five Star Technological Solutions will be conducting an impact analysis and in service on May 20 and May 21. Performance Services met with Tim Taylor, Bill Craddock and Travis Neal on energy savings.

From the superintendent
Superintendent Taylor informed the board that the precautionary lock down due to a town emergency on April 30, went well and he thanked everyone involved for their efforts in keeping the students at JCD safe.

The Elementary Archery Team qualified for World Competition in Nashville, TN on July 23-25. They ranked 63 out of 138 elementary schools. The middle school archery team also qualified for World Competition in Nashville, Tennessee at the National competition. They ranked 165 out of 201 middle schools. This is outstanding for a first year club.

Senior Kelsey Bowling was named MVP at the Ripley County track meet. The Jr. High track team hosted the Ripley Co. Track and Field Meet. Congratulations to Adrian Peetz for finishing 1st in the 110m hurdles, the 100m dash and 200m dash. Congratulations to Danielle Engel for finishing 1st in the discus.

Superintendent Taylor thanked the sponsors and the parents of the Junior Class for having a successful Prom and After Prom. In addition, he thanked everyone involved with making the senior trip a success.

A thank you note was received from Flora and Suzie Wagner for a memorial donation made to the JCD Scholarship Foundation in memory of their mother.

Jac-Cen-Del received a grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation in the amount of $9,221.02 for Project Lead the Way software Principals of Engineering Training, Digital Engineering equipment and a color printer for the Engineering Academy.

Adult lunches increase
In other business, the board approved:
• School adult meal prices will be raised to $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch for 2015 – 2016 school year.
• The current maintenance contracts with Peine Engineering were renewed for the 2015/2016 school year.
• The board accepted the donation of $500 from Mike and Marlene Smith for the Girls’ Basketball Team.
• Prior to the regular meeting an executive committee meeting was held to receive information about and interview prospective employees.

The board approved the following:
• April Caudill as the Jac-Cen-Del Jr./Sr. High School Guidance Counselor effective July 1, 2015.
• Darlene Engel for summer work as a replacement for Destiny Fronk for summer day care.
• 2015 summer coaching positions: Boys Basketball Camp/Open Gym - Perry Nash; High School Summer Baseball - David Bradshaw; Girls Basketball Camp/Open Gym - Scott Smith; and Girls Volleyball/Open Gym - Traci Siebert
• For summer maintenance: Outside work Steve Narwold; Full Time Custodians (summer break only): Bonnie Billman and Amanda Huff; Bus Crew: Chandler Keith, Jenna Hughes, and Kelsey Bowling; Technology: Hunter Little (Work Study), Joe Harlemert, Kimberly Hauser, and Chris Kissel.
• Brian Samples as a volunteer assistant coach for girl’s JV/Varsity Basketball.
• Glenn Unklesbay at the Senior Class Sponsor for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
• Michelle Adams as a summer school teacher for 2015.
• Accepted the resignation of Bryan Dewitt as Jr.- Sr. High School science teacher.

Present at the meeting were school board members’ Travis Neal, Steve Huntington, Steve Wilhoit, James Westerman and Lori Pilz.

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