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August 20, 2015 • Headline News
South Ripley Elementary School is broadcasting digital announcements this school year. Announcements can be viewed daily from the South Ripley Elementary School website. Pictured above pledge leaders patiently wait their turn. Students enjoy “seeing” the announcements and look forward to new changes daily. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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1st Punkin Chunkin contest
How far can you chuck a pumpkin?

Mary Mattingly

It’s practically a sure thing that the Versailles Pumpkin Show will draw a big crowd, even thousands of people, during that last week in September; however, the Versailles Lions Club, sponsor of the five day event, is always looking to improve it. Afterall, its success goes back into the community, in the form of scholarships, community and school programs and more. This year, they have come up with something new, thanks to Teri and Richard Zinz. The two learned about the Punkin Chunkin contest held in southern Indiana, and came back excited to try it for the Versailles Pumpkin Show.

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This is the Punkin Chunkin machine that Wayne Asche has created for the contest

“It goes with our theme and we ran with it,” Ryan Holcomb, chairman, said. “This is our 113th year and we wanted to add an event to pull the younger generation in and create excitement.”

It will actually be held the Saturday before the Pumpkin Show, on Sept. 19. Holcomb and the Lions are drumming up interest as much as they can. So far they have about 7 teams willing to see how far they can toss a 2 pound pumpkin with a created catapult. For those not in the know, punkin chunkin is a quasi-sport of hurling or chucking a pumpkin by mechanical means for distance “It draws on ingenuity and applies hands-on principles,” Holcomb said. He and his dad are in the process of designing one also. The school superintendents and principals have been contacted to spread the word and see if there is interest particularly among engineering classes. The career center’s building class has already entered. Scouts, 4-H groups, FFA, and church groups are also welcome to join.

Contest rules:
• All machines must be built to fire repeatedly and reliably without losing any part of the machine.
• Any machines which fail during competition will be disqualified.
• Team captain must certify the machine has been fired at least 10 times without failure.
• Maximum design distance for target will be 300 feet. 
• The safety judge may disqualify any machine which is not considered safe at any point in the competition. 
• Trebuckets may not use more than 450 lbs and height of the counterweight may not exceed 6 feet.
• Everyone must be a minimum of 10 feet from the machine when fired, including trigger operator.

Armed robber gets 13 years

An Osgood man received 13 years for the armed robbery of the K&K Mini-Mart in Sunman. In another unrelated case, a Holton man was also sentenced for his role in the burglary of a local bar. Michael J. Ralsley, 32, was sentenced June 25 to 13 years for the armed robbery at Sunman, three of which are suspended, according to court documents.

According to the affidavit, he entered the store on April 22, 2014, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and pointed a shotgun at the cashier demanding money. She handed over $355. He was later identified when a person noticed the image of him on Facebook. matching the clothing police had released. Police also found footage of him at the Kroger in Harrison, wearing the same clothing, and posted one hour after the robbery. Armed robbery is a Class B felony. Raisley must pay full restitution to the owner.

In the Holton burglary case, Jerry Grigsby, 22, Holton, was found guilty of one count of burglary of a structure, a Class C felony. The crime occurred on June 5, 2014. Police were called to investigate a burglary on June 5, 2014, at Frank and Joann’s bar in Holton. A surveillance camera helped police identify a juvenile, who then mentioned he was with Grigsby. The door was forced open and the business owners reported numerous items missing, such as alcohol, cigarettes, candy bars and lighters. One of the suspects has already been jailed because of this incident. Grigsby was sentenced to four years, two years incarcerated, one year suspended to probation and one year to home detention. He was ordered to pay restitution to the bar owners. The order was filed May 28 in Ripley Circuit Court.

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