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August 4, 2015 • Headlines

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New assistant principal Ryan Lauber at South Ripley directs students to their respective classes. Jac-Cen-Del and Milan schools start Tuesday.
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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING August 4, 2015 at 10 a.m.
One of trio convicted in gun shop murder
One of the men charged with fatally shooting a North Vernon gun shop owner entered a plea agreement with the U.S. District Court. On July 15 in Indianapolis, Darryl Worthen, 25, pleaded guilty to the use of a firearm that resulted in the death of Scott D. Maxie and also to robbery of his gun store, according to the North Vernon Plain Dealer.

Police arrested his brother, Dejuan, 23, and their cousin, Darion Harris, 20, on Sept. 22 one day after the shooting. The trio also allegedly robbed the Muscatatuck Outdoors Gun Shop that Maxie owned and managed. Darryl Worthen was a FedEx driver and made several deliveries to the store, located west of Hayden. The three had visited the store the day before the shooting and robbery to make criminal plans, according to the federal indictment. When they came that day, Maxie apparently thought they were there to trade guns, but they had already disconnected the security camera. Worthen faces a sentence of life imprisonment, and up to 20 years for the robbery charge, the newspaper reported.

Asst. US Attorney Barry Glickman served as the prosecutor. The cases were transferred from the Jennings County court to the federal level. The other two men’s cases are scheduled for Oct. 5 in New Albany.

UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING August 4, 2015 at 10 a.m.
What’s new at school?
Kids meet teachers, see building changes

Mary Mattingly

Ripley County students may notice some building/grounds improvements at their schools, and they will probably also notice several new faces behind the teacher desks. School starts this week for South Ripley, Milan, JCD and Batesville.
While students enjoyed the summer, the eight week summer break was a good opportunity for school corporations to undergo “house” projects, whether it be new carpet or new digital devices. Here’s a look at some of those changes in the local schools in southern Ripley County:

There are no obvious building changes at JCD, according to Supt. Tim Taylor, but he’s hoping the students, parents and staff notice their “renewed investment in technology and the 1:1 computer initiative.” For the second year, the entire school, K-12, will have digital devices for the classroom. Last year JCD was the only school in the county that had all students hooked up to iPads or Chromebooks. K-2 will be issued iPad minis. Grades 3-5 may take their devices home, and grades 7 to 12 will have Windows-based laptops. These will be issued by grade on the first few days of school and for the elementary during the open house.

One major difference at the high school will be that students may go off campus to take college credit courses at Ivy Tech in Batesville. Taylor said there are several benefits, one being that it can be a cost savings for a student or parent. It also reduces the number of credits a student may have to take a semester to graduate in four years, and is a good indicator of what college courses look like.
First day of school


At left, a student knew the name of his teacher but he needed help from Leasa Nay, teacher, to know where to go.

Who is more anxious for the start of school on Tuesday, students or staff? Taylor replied, “We are all anxious but I think it’s a good nervous energy, much like an athlete has before a game.” This will be the first time Taylor will be at the helm for the beginning of the JCD school year. He started as superintendent in January. JCD also has a new high school principal. Daryl Werner, who started July 1. The high school lost their longtime counselor when Deidre Montgomery retired, but April Caudill has been hired. There are two new teachers at the elementary school, and four at the junior/senior high school.

While the summer break is much shorter than when their parents were in school, Taylor thinks this early August, start date will probably remain as is. It’s part of the balanced school calendar they adopted several years ago. He noted that students often use the time for sports conditioning, various academic or extracurricular lessons and more. JCD is ready for fall sports, soccer, volleyball, cross country and golf. His advice to students: “Be ready to give your best effort and get out what you put into it.”

Milan Schools
There are a lot of physical changes that even the most unobservant Milan student will notice. For one, all the black chalkboards in the elementary building have been replaced with whiteboards, thanks in part to grants and PTO funds. The elementary school has new carpet in some areas and the nurses station has been renovated. A first for the high school, there is a new greenhouse located near the football field. “We really wanted to grow our agriscience department,” Supt. Paul Ketcham said.

In his third year as superintendent, Ketcham said, “For me, this has been the busiest eight weeks ever. There is so much going on.” He gives credit to the maintenance and custodial staffs who do not take off in the summer but instead work under pressure to get these big projects done before students enter the doors. School started Tuesday for students. Also, the digital devices turned in at the end of the year are ready to be dispersed. All K-12 students will have access to digital devices. Last year, just grades 6-12 had the devices. The three younger grades will not take the iPad minis home, but grades 3-12 will receive theirs on the first days of school.

Milan has no new administrators this year but they do have seven new teachers, three in the elementary, one in middle school and three in high school. Buses have all been inspected and ready to roll, and anticipating some extra tired youngsters, bus drivers will inspect all buses front to back to make sure all got off at their spots. Despite the summer break, the parking lot at the high school has been active as many student athletes condition for their respective sports. Milan has 19 varsity sports, football being one of the popular fall sports. The summer break may seem short, but it seems to keep the students fresher and able to adjust quicker to academics and school routine. One thing to look forward to is the one week fall break. “Every nine weeks we have a break. The way our calendar works we never go longer than that without a break for fall, Christmas break, spring break,” he said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll have South Ripley’s changes in Thursday’s paper.

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• Health advisors: Watch out for heat (front page)
• 250 jobs coming: Online club for healthy home products sets up in Batesville (front page)
• Enneking earns top award at Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (page 2)
• Reminder to update vaccines (page 2)
• Food safety law good for consumers (page 4)
• They're off and running, by Lee H. Hamilton (page 4)
• Regional Wrap-up: Expect to hear some loud noises this week (page 6)
• Jac-Cen-Del Archery Team photos (page 12)
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