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Win a FREE Turkey for Thanksgiving from one of Ripley County businesses!
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Enter the Great Turkey GiveawayFill out entry coupons published in The Versailles Republican dated Nov. 2, 2017 and deposit them in “The Great Turkey Giveaway Box" located at the business named in the coupon.

A winner will be drawn at each business on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m. No purchase is necessary. Only one turkey may be won per family. Need not be present to win. Winners will be notified where they can pick up their FREE turkey on November 16. Please include a daytime phone number on the coupon.

Jury finds Osgood man not guilty

Wanda English Burnett

Derik Simon of Osgood, was acquitted on two felony counts of Battery on a Child in a trial in Ripley County Superior Court October 17-18. Ryan Marshall represented the State and brought the case before the jury. The case dated back to December 12, 2015 when police became involved after two-year-old twins were reported to have been beaten.

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Derik Simon, right, pauses for a photo outside the Ripley County Courthouse with his attorney Naun Antonio Benitez, just after he was acquitted of felony charges.

The mother of the boys, Latoshia Furlow, pled guilty to Child Neglect as she was also named as a defendant in the matter. But, Simon, who is not the father of the children, said he was not guilty and wanted a jury trial. Two of the witnesses said they heard Simon make comments that he beat the twins. One witness said “It made my stomach drop” (to hear Simon talk in such a voice). Simon took the stand and said he came home to find the house a mess and he couldn’t find the hot sauce. He admitted to slightly spanking the twins, but said he hadn’t left the bruises displayed in court on the children.

Simon was separated from his wife, Angel, at the time of the incident, but has since reconciled. “After a long two years of worrying, my family and I can rest easy knowing this is behind us and the jury members were able to find truth in my innocence,” Simon told The Versailles Republican. He further thanked his lawyer, Naun Antonio Benitez for fighting so hard for him.

“With his help I can come home to my family each night and for that I am forever in his debt. I cannot thank my family enough for all of their support.” He thanked his wife, Angel and children for never leaving his side and being his rock when he needed them the most.

Deputy Prosecutor Marshall thanked the jury for their time and attention in what he called “a difficult case.”

Margaret Mary opens new physicians practice in Milan

A Margaret Mary Health is pleased to announce the recent opening of a new primary care office in Milan. The office, located at 930 N. Main Street, is accepting new patients under the care of Katie Davis, FNP-C and Dr. Amy Glaser-Carpenter.

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Dr. Glaser-Carpenter greets people as they attend the open house at the new Margaret Mary physician practice in Milan.

Katie Davis specializes in family medicine and pediatrics and will be working in partnership with Dr. Glaser-Carpenter. Katie lives in Lawrenceburg with her 5-year-old daughter, Ellie. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and bowling. She has also gone back to school and will complete her doctorate of nursing practice this year.

Dr. Glaser-Carpenter lives in Batesville with her husband and two children. Specializing in family medicine, she loves being able to care for multiple members of the same family. She also has a special interest in preventing disease through health living.

“Milan is a great community and I’m excited to be able to provide residents with convenient access to primary care services. In healthcare, we recognize the struggle rural residents face when they lack neighborhood facilities and must travel to appointments. This can lead to missed appointments and health issues that go undiagnosed or are not treated adequately. When quality care is available close to home, we see better outcomes for our patients,” noted Katie Davis. “It’s an incredible opportunity to be part of helping improve the overall health of a community and seeing the positive impact we are making. This is exactly why I went into healthcare – to make a difference in people’s lives.”

An open house was held in October where members of the community were provided the opportunity to tour the facility and meet the staff. Primary care is available Monday through Friday. For an appointment or to learn more call 812-819-8500.

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