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July 30, 2015 • Headlines

Dressed in matching pink shirt and boots, this 4-Her shows off the pig she raised. All 4-H members are responsible for making sure the animals are cleaned and fed. MARY MATTINGLY PHOTOS
From the arena’s wrestler to possess the last chair for the cash in last year’s rodeo to the only novice competitor in 2015 to stick the bull for the eight seconds, Caleb Kelly of Milan, pictured above with his newly won belt buckle, is one of our own “Bull Busters!” GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Tyson Library in Versailles celebrated the end of their summer reading program with a fun day at the library recently. After going through a spider maze, the participants went outside and blew bubbles, chalked and played cornhole. MARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
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New defense lawyer appointed

Murder trial delayed again

Mary Mattingly

The long-awaited murder trial scheduled to start Tuesday, July 28 in Ripley Superior Court has been delayed again. The crime occurred on Dec. 30, 2012, after a break-in went wrong, and Allison Moore was subsequently charged with murder of Nancy Hershman of Milan.

According to Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel, on July 23 a witness came forward with information regarding the murder. The prosecutor’s office was contacted by another attorney about possible information from one of his clients. The Indiana State Police spoke to this witness on the same day and the witness was added to the trial witness list. On July 25 another potential witness was interviewed by state police as a result of the other witness coming forward. The most recent witness was a former client of Moore’s appointed defense counsel Mark Jones. The two witnesses spent time in the Ripley County jail while Moore was there and may have spoken about the alleged murder. Hertel has added both to his list of potential witnesses. Jones requested to withdraw from the pending Moore murder trial because of the conflict of interest  with his former client. The Court granted his request and on Wednesday afternoon appointed John Kellerman as the new defense lawyer. Kellerman practices law in Batesville. The state filed a motion to seal the continuance documents to protect the identity of the witnesses.

This is actually the second time the trial was postponed. Moore’s trial was to begin last year, but was delayed due to a rights technicality that had to be resolved in another court, and was then appealed. The former Colerain Township resident, Moore, has remained in the Ripley County jail since February of 2013. Hertel said, “As for the delay of the trial, it was very frustrating to be prepared and it be continued again. The (Hershman) family was equally frustrated and disappointed.” Jones, whose law office is in Batesville, said he also did not have time to investigate and dispute the new witnesses. Jones did have counsel assistance from another lawyer, Joe Miller, who has an office in Batesville.

On Wednesday, Judge Jeff Sharp set a new date for the tria for on December 1. New questionnaires will be sent to jurors, according to the superior court office.

Annual 4-H livestock auction nets big bucks

Mary Mattingly

Ripley County businesses and individuals showed their support in a big way for 4-H at the annual livestock auction. Topping last year’s amount by $5,000, $131,920 was raised through the auction. In 2014, $126,325 was collected, in 2013, $111,625; 2012, $100,200; and 2011, $104,000.

According to the fair office, 259 animals were sold. There were 125 buyers, with the top buyer going to Napoleon State Bank, which purchased 19 animals. The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office was next, with 12 animals, which will be used to feed their inmates, and United Community Bank followed with 11 animals. The beef steer brought in $25,550, compared to $28,250 in 2014. There were more raising swine, which brought $58,575 up about $4000 than the year before. A few buyers noted the bids were higher for this year’s auction, not that they minded. All were there to support the project, putting a little money into the kid’s pockets, that might later be used for education or to buy another animal for next year’s 4-H project.
Reserve grand champion swine


Pictured left, Evalynn McGuire’s swine was on the move! She gets help in the ring from sisters Shaelynn and Leanne. She got $1,550 for the reserve grand champion.

There was a good crowd throughout the five-hour auction Friday, and many were there to help out the kids they may know who worked hard on their livestock projects. Lila Neal was one of them. “4-H is fabulous!” she said, a former 4-H member herself. She bought some hogs and cows, to support her grandchildren. “It does teach work ethic and responsibility.” It was her granddaughter’s first year to show, and she did well, winning junior showmanship in cattle. But Aubrey Neal’s eyes welled up when she talked about “Old Dan” her steer’s future. He was like a pet, she said.

Sandy Westerfeld, the mother of Busy Bees 4-H member Caitlyn Broering said they try to keep from naming, touching or talking to the goat for that same reason as Aubrey. Westerfeld likes the confidence and responsibility 4-H gives her daughter. That’s all fine, but Caitlyn really liked the zipline adventure she experienced with the club!

Clark Dwenger, 9, was cleaning his steer prior to showing it at the auction. He was admittedly excited and a little nervous, since it was his first time to go to auction. “I hope to get enough to buy another, and maybe have a little spending money,” he said. Emilee Knueven, 9, was a little anxious too. She was mostly worried when she was showing her meat pen rabbit to the judges when she had to flip it. “I was worried I’d scare it and drop it.”

Buyers paid $11,875 for the rabbits, down about $3,000 from last year. Bids for meat and dairy goats were over $19,000, and sheep brought in $9,300 up from $5,175 in 2014. Dairy results were $1,350 and horse, $1,275. Although poultry didn’t show, due to a widespread disease, bidders spent $3,800, about the same as last year. The grand champion beef winner and barrow winner did not sell since they are taking them to state fair. Some sheep and meat goat will also be shown at state. The state fair is held in Indianapolis from August 7 to August 23

Fair organizers said it was a great week. Monica Hansen, fair board president, said what stood out “was the weather. It was awesome all week.” Wednesday was probably their biggest crowd, with the rodeo and wristband night pulling in the crowds. To see the reserve and grand champion livestock auction photos pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand.

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• New buzz system for South Ripley buildings (front page)
• Last class of New Marion gathers and remembers (front page)
• Social Security matters by Charo Boyd, Social Security Administration (page 4)
• Heroin use: Experts examine link to painkillers (page 7)
• 4-H livestock champion photos (section B, pages 4-6)
• On the Record from the Ripley County Courthouse (section B, page 8)
• Versailles Town Court (section B, page 8)
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