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Broken water main causes damage in Versailles

The maintenance department at Versailles had a very busy day on Tuesday, April 11 as a fiber-optic company first hit a water main near Washington and Jimmy Lotshaw streets. The road began to buckle from the water pressure and soon town maintenance superintendent Kevin Hensley was on the scene. Businesses and homes near the site were without water for a few hours as crews moved in to take care of the situation in the morning.

Holman Excavating came to the rescue during water main break in Versailles WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Holman Excavating came to the rescue Tuesday morning when a fiber-optic company hit a six inch water main and the road at Washington and Jimmy Lotshaw streets buckled.

Later in the afternoon, it was discovered that the old fire station, which is now used for town and police offices, was filled with water. “It wasn’t the best day,” Hensley admitted at the regular town council meeting Tuesday, April 11. Hensley gave his regular report saying he already had enough to keep him busy!

Other Topics
Leaks were fixed by the covered bridge and on West Street, he has started grinding brush on Tuesdays, and was given the okay to look into purchasing a vac machine, or pot holer. He said the town received a bid of $12,130 for a truck they had for sale. He reported two new mowers are in thanks to the Versailles Tyson Fund’s generosity. The department mows about 15 acres of grass each week The town council approved purchasing GIS software to local and mark infrastructure for $5,765.00.

Sports Complex
With the first teams to take to the fields at the Sports Complex, much discussion was held about things that still need to be done, or are an ongoing project. Council member Brian Samples noted that 20 teams are set to play on May 13. Top soil is coming in and the council talked about getting coolers and equipment for the Sports Complex. They are looking at the cost of sprinklers and scoreboards and will have signs installed at both the Pangburn Park and the Sports Complex concerning rules of the facilities. Danny Isaacs has been hired as the park maintenance/street department employee for the town.

New Business
Catherine Conover came before the council asking about a re-zoning recommendation from the Planning Commission concerning a new business she is bringing to 306 S. Main Street. This will be a children’s clothing boutique and is projected to open by the end of May. Council members said they had no objections to the project and welcomed the new business to town.

In Other Business
Town Judge Cheryl Richmond was in attendance and talked about violated town ordinance being enforced. A fine schedule is being worked out for that. Marshal Joe Mann said he was working a counterfeit money case (see article on that) a child abuse case and others. He noted that the new police car had been ordered from Batesville Chrysler and will cost $24,161.

Town Clerk Treasurer Kiersten Libby reported the salary survey was completed. She also read the second readings on ordinances amending the town’s speed limit and increasing trash fees.

The next regular meeting of the town council will be May 9 at 7 p.m.

Learning outside the classroom…
Students attend convention, tour Big Apple

Five members of the Raiders Riot staff along with their adviser, Kelly Sparks, had the opportunity to attend the 93rd Columbia Scholastic Press Association convention in New York City the week before the school’s scheduled spring break. While in New York City, the journalism students attended the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) convention at Columbia University in Manhattan. They participated in sessions covering various aspects of print and digital journalism to help make improvements to the print school newspaper Raiders Riot, as well as the online newspaper Raider Gazette. Sessions covered topics such as sports writing, newspaper design and digital storytelling.

South Ripley journalism student visit New York CItySUBMITTED PHOTO
Pictured in no particular order are journalism students from South Ripley High School Michaela Diem, Amber Roberts, Alexis Roberts, Kiley Sparks, and Toria Tucker. The group attended the Columbia Scholastic Press Association convention at Columbia University in Manhattan.

The students paired up to attend as many sessions as possible in the hopes to return with a vast amount of information to share with the rest of the staff. When not attending sessions at Columbia, the students went sightseeing in the “City that Never Sleeps.” They were able to visit Times Square, Battery Park, 9/11 Memorial, and Chinatown. The group trekked about 33 miles on foot during their stay in New York City.

“This is a great opportunity for learning outside of the classroom,” said Kelly Sparks, student adviser. “It’s a rare lifetime memory to not only learn but also see a well-known city that most may never travel to again,” she added.

Junior students, who attended this trip, were Michaela Diem, Amber Roberts, Alexis Roberts, Kiley Sparks, and Toria Tucker.

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