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Attention all clubs and organizations...deadline July 18
Be a part of the 2017-18 Ripley County Guide!

Ripley Publishing Company is currently updating information for the 2017-2018 Ripley County Guide. Over 13,000 copies will be distributed throughout the county. To be included in the guide or to update information that was published in last year’s guide please email the following information by July 18, 2017 to Linda Chandler at
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Underage drinking at party is under investigation

Wanda English Burnett

An ongoing investigation is underway after Ripley County Communications received an anonymous tip saying there was a large party with juveniles consuming alcohol just after midnight on June 14. This occurred at 6548 S. County Road 400 W. Holton. The caller noted they had seen pictures of juveniles drinking in front of adults who were encouraging the drinking. The pictures were seen on snap chat, according to the caller.

Underage drinking party under investigation When police arrived there were multiple vehicles in and around the driveway. Juveniles began running when they saw the police with officers giving chase. Several juveniles were involved and were released to their parents or guardians. The case is being investigated by the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department. Charges are pending due to review by the prosecutor.

As of press time, officials were not releasing names of those involved.

EDITOR’S NOTE: : The prosecutor’s office did not receive any information on this case until Monday afternoon, June 19 and noted he would review the case and release information sometime yet this week.

F.A.R.M. Club’s show offers truck drag racing

Wanda English Burnett

Sanctioned truck drag racing has been added to the already packed agenda for the SE Indiana F.A.R.M. Club’s Antique Machinery Show coming up this weekend June 22-24 at the Ripley County Fairgrounds, Osgood. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with limited activities on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The new event sponsored by Jim Ponsler and Southern Indiana Dirt Drags, will be held Thursday, June 22 at 6 p.m. This has 20+ classes – open to the world.

A photo on the F.A.R.M. Club’s Facebook page depicts the hard work of the farmer in yesteryears. The F.A.R.M. Club is featuring the Ford and Fordson tractor this year at the show such as the one shown in the above photo. Everyone is invited to this event on June 22-24 to see the actual machinery that helped make farmers’ lives a little easier. There is lots more to enjoy at the show this weekend - something for everyone!

The popular show will feature Ford & Fordson – Maytag and Stover machinery this year and always has a variety of items on display. You’re invited to bring your family and enjoy the club’s 21st anniversary show where there will be hit-n-miss engines, oilfield engines, vintage tractors of all makes, models and years, threshing, hay press, sawmill in operation and so much more. There will be flea markets, farm toy vendors, live music, homemaker exhibits, quilt show and Napa Auto Parts Tractor Painting seminars on Saturday. Uncle Bill’s Cabin is the place to get the F.A.R.M. Club’s world famous bean soup and cornbread and more.

The fairground park will come alive on Wednesday as consignments will begin to roll in for the Tradin’ Post consignment barn, where people can peruse the area on level ground looking for deals. For information about this event, call Chris at 812-654-3949. Don’t miss the Championship Points Truck, Tractor and Semi Pulling on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. with the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series. Some other highlights include the Tom Tepe Kids Pedal Pull on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.; Ripley County 4-H tractor operators’ contest Saturday at 8 a.m.; and Parade of Power through downtown Osgood on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Exhibitors are always welcome to bring any make or model and become part of the club that grows constantly, keeping younger people in the loop about how things were done in yesteryears. It also combines events of today to bring a great balance to an outdoor event that is fun for the whole family. You can get camping spaces by calling Joe Arnold at 765-647-1088.

Ripley County Community Foundation welcomes interns

The Ripley County Community Foundation has announced the addition of, Will Amberger and Cole Vanderpohl, to its staff as interns. These internships are intended to provide real-life work experience for students wishing to advance their educational and personal development. Through this internship Amberger and Vanderpohl will experience the role that the Ripley County Community Foundation plays in our community’s quality of life.

Will Amberger

Pictured left is Will Amberger.

Will was born and raised in Batesville where he attended Batesville High School. He is now a junior at Wabash College studying political science and history with a 3.84 GPA. He is a resident assistant, student senator, and also a wrestler for the College. After Wabash, he plans on attending law school and eventually returning to the Batesville area. “Ripley County offers so much for young men and women. I have a great opportunity to work for the Foundation and give back to the community that gave me so much as I grew up,” noted Will on why he pursued this opportunity.

Pictured left is Cole Vanderpohl.

Cole was born and raised in Greensburg where he attended Greensburg Community High School. He is now a junior at Hanover College studying computer science and physics with a 3.04 GPA. He is a Secretary for the diversity club on campus, a Senate Representative, and a Resident Assistant. After he graduates Hanover, he plans on entering the work force for two years before getting his master’s and his doctorate. “Everyone should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. It’s important that we continue to teach the generation of tomorrow, and I am happy to lend my humble service,” Cole stated upon reflecting why he became an RCCF intern.

These internships are funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. and are available as part of the Community Foundation Internships (CFI) program, which will be administered through the GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow) program at the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. CFI is furthering the Endowment’s efforts to build healthy community foundations and provide high-quality internship opportunities in Indiana.

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