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Giving Hearts a Hand plans golf outing

Giving Hearts a Hand is asking that you save the date for their annual “Fore-Hearts” golf outing that is set to take place June 17 at the Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, Batesville. While the date is a long way off, Cortney Meyer, vice president of the organization said they are anticipating another great outing this year. She wants people to know when it is coming so that they can make plans to attend. They are also looking for generous donors to donate items such as sporting event tickets, an overnight hotel stay, dining gift cards, or anything that would make a great auction gift. For more information call 317-502-5653 or visit

Town Council meeting

Versailles hires new deputy marshal

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At the February 14 meeting of the Versailles Town Council, Edward Rodriguez was sworn in as the deputy marshal for the town. His wife, Amy, and children were in attendance at the meeting. Rodriguez is a 17-year navy veteran and comes to Versailles with specialized training from his time in the service. The council unanimously accepted Midwestern’s recommendation for Mike Holman Excavating, Inc. for the upcoming storm drain project. It was noted that the company has completed past projects successfully and was the low bidder coming in at $396,467.25. A letter of contract award will get the ball rolling. A release of funds has been granted and the infrastructure project will begin as weather permits.

Versailles Deputy Marshal Edward RodriguezWANDA ENGLISH BURNETT
Pictured left, Edward Rodriguez is being sworn in as the deputy marshal for the town of Versailles by clerk-treasurer Kiersten Libby. This oath of office was taken at the February 14 meeting of the Versailles Town Council.

Versailles Town Court Judge Cheryl Richmond was in attendance to report that traffic tickets were up. She said there were 32 tickets and 11 trials last month

Ben Sieverding, fire chief, reported 55 calls for the month, three structure fires and three vehicle fires, along with a chemical spill in a basement in a home on Washington Street. The good news from his department is they now have a fire truck they were able to obtain through networking with the North Manchester Fire Department. He said while it isn’t new, it’s newer than the newest one they have now. They also were able to get some hoses and equipment with the purchase of the engine. The bad news is they have to wait about 20 minutes for an ambulance when their first responders arrive on a scene. President of the council, Roxanne Meyer, thanked Sieverding for leading the South Ripley girls into town with the fire trucks after they won the sectional.

Kevin Hensley reported a hydrant down on Austin and Monroe streets; pump and base replacement; and a water main fixed on David Lane. He requested that a component in the old water plant be donated to Brown County Municipal. Versailles has no use for it and it’s not something that’s on the market. The council unanimously agreed it could be donated. The council discussed sanitary sewers and waterline issues with Hensley and the need for infrastructure repair.

Marshal Joe Mann was in attendance and thanked the council for the use of the meeting room where many police trainings were taking place. He said they were also able to assist the county twice with evidence vehicles with the large garage space they have. He reported information on getting a new police cruiser and that he was taking the one they have in to be worked on for a steering problem. Steve Mathes said they will be posting positions concerning the sports complex in an upcoming newspaper. Papers were signed that terminated the park board. The present council will continue to oversee the parks in town.

The next meeting of the Versailles Town Council will be held March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Versailles Town Hall.

Friendship State Bank jump starts New Year with cash for charity and customers

Friendship State Bank customers who signed up for e-statements in January received the opportunity to donate to their favorite causes with a chance to win $250 for charity and $100 for themselves.

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Batesville Branch Head Teller Roxi Collins awarded Deb Rippetoe $100 for enrolling in
e-statements during January. Rippetoe also received $250 for charity, which she designated for the T3 Project.

“Get organized” topped the list of most popular 2017 resolutions according to NBC News. While many people clean out closets and unload boxes at local donation centers, The Friendship State Bank encouraged customers to cut the clutter with e-statements. “Surely, I can’t be the only one with that dreadful counter space cluttered with mail. I’ve found e-statements are an easy way to help control mail clutter.” Katie Sparks, PR/marketing coordinator shared. “E-statements are a quick, simple and secure way to access and organize financial information.”

Project T3 was one of the organizations selected by Friendship’s e-statement promotion winners. The Project T3 project provides overnight bags to Southeastern Indiana children who are being moved to foster care. Before, kids would simply load and transport their belongings into a plastic garbage bag. Another winner requested his $250 winnings go to assist a family with the funeral expenses of a friend. The final winner chose her winnings go to the Animal Welfare Institute. “It’s not too late to move that organization goal off the backburner or take another step towards success,” Sparks said. “Signing up for e-statements only takes a few minutes and saves valuable time sorting, filing and shredding. That is time reclaimed for the people and organizations you love.”

If you are ready to ditch the paper and sign up for e-statements, check out Friendship’s Coin & Coffee video series on Facebook and YouTube for a tutorial on the enrollment process.


Local Bulletin Board

Deadline is March 17
Margaret Mary Health accepting scholarship applications

Margaret Mary Health is now accepting applications for its scholarship program. To qualify, applicants must be pursuing degrees in the health care field, be a full-time student and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Recipients receive an initial award of $3,000 and $1,000 each year up to three years. Applications are available at the hospital, area high schools or online at Completed applications must be returned to human resources by March 17, 2017. For more information call 812-933-5259.

Reservations due March 18
Art in Nature II to offer free art classes

Are you a budding artist but never got to try your hand at watercolor painting, wood turning, or recycled art? Art in Nature is the perfect opportunity to feel free to attempt artistic aspirations guided by talented local artists ready with the tools you need. Scheduled for Monday through Saturday, April 3 – 8, at the Recreation Hall in Versailles State Park (VSP), classes will be held nightly from 6 – 8 p.m., plus a jewelry making class Saturday from 1 – 3 p.m., and an art show of all the created art Saturday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. For a complete schedule and how to register pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal dated January 31, 2017.

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