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Tuesday’s high winds brought down several trees and power lines in the county such as this one on 150 West and 700S near Benham. Some nearby homes had minor roof damage. Milan Fire Department was also called out in the afternoon for trees fallen on power lines, with minor fires ignited. CINDY ROBERTS PHOTO
Several legion groups held graveside services over the weekend to honor our fallen veterans. The Versailles American Legion Post started with a parade to the Cliff Hill Cemetery and then placed wreaths on the Veterans War Memorial at the courthouse.
A gas leak was investigated on Thursday, May 21, at a residence on SR 50 near Elrod. The renters noticed a gas odor in the morning, and Milan Fire Dept. and the Ripley County EMA responded. Upon investigation, they believed gas seeped into the sewer system when the owner of a former gas station was tearing it down the night before. MARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
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Graduation services begin this weekend

This weekend many of Ripley County’s seniors will move their graduation cap tassels from one side to the other, signifying the end of high school career and ready to start the first phase of their adult life. Graduation ceremonies will be held for Milan and South Ripley Saturday. Milan’s is at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the school’s gym, and South Ripley’s is at 5 p.m. Cave Hill Christian Academy will also hold commencement ceremonies on Saturday at 11 a.m. Batesville High School’s is also on Saturday at 11 a.m. School bands and choirs will perform to mark the occasion, and the seniors will hear thought-provoking messages from their salutatorian and valedictorian. The following Saturday, June 6, Jac-Cen-Del will hold graduation services starting at 2 p.m. See photos of local graduates in the special section of today’s newspaper.

Pollard women sneak into lead at USBC Open

United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famers Rick and Ron Pollard of Versailles left their mark at the USBC Open Championships by helping put together the highest Team All-Events total in tournament history on their way to the title at the 1996 event in Salt Lake City.

Nearly 20 years later, the two USBC Hall of Famers were able to watch and cheer for Vicky and Jamie Pollard as they edged into the Classified Doubles lead by a single pin at the El Paso Convention Center. Nearly 40,000 bowlers from all over the world compete. “To be in first place is remarkable,” Ron Pollard said Wednesday.

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Pictured left are Vicky and Jamie Pollard. The duo are leading the national bowling tournament.

Vicky, a 54-year-old right-hander, led the effort with games of 165, 243 and 204 for a 612 series, while Jamie, a 26-year-old right-hander, added 137, 201 and 212 for 550, giving the pair a 1,162 total. Mike Heck of Browns Valley, Minnesota, and Darin Ziemer of Fargo, North Dakota, previously held the lead with 1,161. Vicky and Jamie both needed to mark in the final frame to have a chance at the lead. After they each converted their spare attempts, they needed a combined 18 pins on their fill shots to take the top spot. They both knocked down nine pins.

“I knew we were close,” said Vicky, who made her fourth Open Championships appearance. “I didn’t know exactly where we were, so Jamie and I tried to get everything we could.”

Their family and friends on the lanes and in the stands did know the number and recognized their success with an ovation after the final shot. The group in the stands included Vicky’s husband, Rick, and Ron Pollard Jr., Jamie’s husband, who is Ron’s son.|

“It was amazing,” said Jamie, who made her second tournament appearance. “It’s only my second USBC (tournament), so it’s pretty awesome. We have an unbelievable support group.”

The two started their 2015 Open Championships campaign by helping Versailles’ Hall of Fame Lanes 2 into ninth place in Classified Team with a 2,529 series Wednesday. Scotty’s 3 of Alexandria, Minnesota, leads with 2,676. Vicky’s overall performance also helped her into sixth place in Classified All-Events after sets of 551 in singles and 517 in team for a 1,680 tally. Jamie added 435 in singles and 401 in team for a 1,386 total. Marshal Lagred of Starbuck, Minnesota leads Classified All-Events with 1,734.

“This is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done in my life,” Vicky said. “It’s been great. The word I use all the time is magic. When you’re around magic and special people, positive things happen.”

Despite the fact that the championship tournament has at least another month, the two have a very good shot at No. 1, according to Ron Pollard. The Pollards are on their way to sharing some $6 million in prize money. It won’t be near that amount, but probably will at least have paid their way to El Paso. The Pollard family has owned the bowling alley in Versailles for several decades, which is no doubt where they practiced their sport. Rick and Ron Pollard were voted into the USBC Hall of Fame in 2006, the only brothers to do so. For more information on the Open Championships, visit

Staycation series…
Nashville ranch is a country playground

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of “Staycations,” one day or overnight trips from Ripley County.

Cathy May

Rawhide Ranch in Nashville, Indiana is a kid-friendly, mini-dude ranch with zip lines. It’s a little over an 1½-hour car ride from Ripley County. Rawhide Ranch provides a 54-acre country playground in the heart of Brown County. The ranch has traded out the modern day distractions for the panoramic view and the call of nature. You won’t find a television or telephone, but you will find Brown County sunsets casting that golden hue across the valleys. Take yourself into the past when communication took place face-to-face next to the crackling fire.

In 2003, the Rawhide Ranch opened for business. Over the next 10 years major renovations improved the ranch to the popular getaway it is today. Tucked in the hills of Brown County, there are several options for overnight country western accommodations. The 11-room Buck Inn is built on the second story of an old horse barn or stay at The Ranch House, which is a large, three-bedroom house that sits on the highest point of the ranch.

Rawhide Ranch also offers year-round guided horseback trail rides throughout the wooded land. Though the trails do not enter the Brown County Park, the property is adjacent to the park and the terrain is very similar. These rides are not just for guests as they are open to the general public and they do provide the horses. Trail rides are offered daily beginning at 10 a.m. with the last ride departing at 4 p.m. A reservation is the only way to guarantee a trail ride, but they do welcome all walk-ins. For a ride through the week, at least a two-hour notice is needed.

Holler Hoppin’ zip lines are open to the public March 1 through December 1. Holler Hoppin’ is an experience for families, couples, seniors and groups, and it can accommodate groups of up to 10 at a time. There are six “hops” on five different lines totaling 1,100 feet. Participants simply sit in their harnesses and let gravity take them to the other side of the ravines or “hollers” as they call them.

Hayrides are a unique and fun way to experience the hills and valleys of Rawhide Ranch. Hayrides need to be scheduled before 2 p.m. the day of ride. The wagon leaves the barn each night around 6 p.m.

Other activities include two fishing ponds (bring your own poles and bait), several streams, two horseshoe pits, a basketball court, plenty of hiking, playground equipment, cornhole, biking (bring your own bike) and plenty of shady spots to relax the day away. The public is welcome to help groom, feed or saddle the horses in the morning or evening. And, the quaint village of Nashville has hundreds of unique craft, specialty and antique shops, and several music and theater venues.

Whether for the day or for the weekend, Rawhide Ranch has a variety of country western activities, accommodations and meals. Relax in a Brown County Indiana getaway to a simpler time. Rawhide Ranch is located at 1292 State Road 135S in Nashville, Indiana. Call the ranch at 888-94-RANCH. For more information visit

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