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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING FEBRUARY 23, 2017 10:30 A.M.


Read the stories below and more in The Versailles Republican dated February 23, 2017.

Legion honors police and firemen

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A number of police officers from many different agencies were in attendance at the 49th annual Law and Order Dinner at the Versailles American Legion, along with firefighters from various departments. They were all honored with a dinner for their service to their communities throughout the year. To read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett see the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand. This story will also be available on this website after 1 p.m. Click here to read.



Woman shoots man to protect officer
Buy The Versailles RepublicanJustin Holland, 25, Moores Hill, died as the result of a single gun-shot wound after he was in some sort of altercation with a police officer on Tuesday, February 21 on State Road 56 near Rising Sun. Read the details on the front page of The Versailles Republican.


Milan fifth grade students honored at meeting
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A group of giggly fifth graders lined the front row of the Milan School Board meeting room on Monday night, as they watched a video presentation highlighting their successes as members of Milan’s recently organized robotics team. Milan Elementary Principal Cinda Ahlrich explained to board members and patrons that Judy White, fifth grade teacher, had applied for and received a grant last year that allowed MES to fund a team and purchase needed supplies. Read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Scams going around
Buy The Versailles RepublicanRipley County residents are reminded that scam season is in full swing. Last week a grandmother from the Holton area received a call that her grandson was in trouble. The call went like this. “Grandma,” she replied yes, and called the grandson by name. They had her. The male on the other end said yes, it’s Justin (not his real name). Then he continued to talk to her telling her he had been driving someone else’s vehicle and had a crash. Read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand. This story will also be available on this website after 1 p.m. Click here to read.


Don’t rely on pharmacies to catch drug interactions

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When you fill a prescription at your local pharmacy, you assume the medicine you receive is safe and won’t interact badly with other drugs you’re taking. That’s not an unreasonable assumption, considering that pharmacists enjoy a positive reputation among the public. A recent Gallup poll found that pharmacists are among the most trusted professionals ranking second only to nurses. Read the entire article by Trudy Lieberman of the Rural Health News Service on page 4 of The Versailles Republican.





Check out cosmetology at S.E. Career Center

Buy The Versailles RepublicanAn afternoon at the Southeastern Career Center, Versailles, in the cosmetology department can make you feel like a whole new person. They accept clients from the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m. and again from noon to 3 p.m. They have a variety of services available so stop in and check it out. See more School News on page 5, section B of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Jac-Cen-Del Eagles, South Ripley Raiders, Milan Indians, Batesville Bulldogs, and Old. Academy Twisters
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Read team details by Gary Franklin and see Sectional #60, #45 and #29 dates and times in the special sports section on pages 1-4 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.







UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING FEBRUARY 21, 2017 1 P.M.

2017 Polar Plunge


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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 11:30 A.M.

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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING FEBRUARY 21, 2017 1 P.M.

Read the stories below and more in the Osgood Journal dated February 21, 2017.

Nearly 200 people took the plunge at the 10th annual Polar Plunge at Versailles
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The 10th annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics of Indiana was held at the Versailles State Park with Versailles Town Marshal Joe Mann, pictured left being the torch bearer for the third year in a row. He led plungers into the cold waters at the park lake, which tested at 50 degrees in the beginning. See more photos on the front page and page 8 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand. To see more photos click “the plunge zone” button above.



Murder sentence upheld in Court of Appeals

Buy the Osgood JournalAllison Moore, 27, formerly of Colerain Township, OH, was denied her appeal after her attorney tried to get the sentence of 105 years reduced. That sentence was for the murder of Nancy Hershman, Milan on December 30, 2014. Read the entire story on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand. This story will also be available on this website after 3 p.m. Click here to read.


Crash claims life of Osgood man

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On Wednesday, February 15 about 8:30 a.m. the Indiana State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on US 421 in Osgood near the Buckeye Village Apartments in which Gary L. Fraser, 79, Osgood, lost his life. Police say Fraser pulled onto US 421 into the path of a 2008 Ford F-350 that was being operated by Aaron M. Carroll, 37, Holton, who was traveling southbound on US 421. Read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett on the front page of the Osgood Journal. See complete obituary details on page 2.



Motion for special prosecutor filed in Holbert case
Buy the Osgood JournalRipley County Prosecuting Attorney Ric Hertel filed a motion for a special prosecutor on January 30 in a case that involves a former sheriff’s deputy, Dale Holbert. According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, (full story published December 1, 2016), the Indiana State Board of Accounts conducted an investigation into a situation at the town of Milan, when Holbert was the clerk-treasurer. Read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


National FFA Week February 18-25: The history of FFA

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The roots of FFA originate from a time when boys were losing interest and leaving the farm. Walter S. Newman, who in September 1925 became the Virginia State Supervisor of Agricultural Education, sought a solution to the problem with Edmund C. MaGill, Harry W. Sanders and Henry C. Groseclose, staff members of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute Agricultural Education Department. See the special FFA section on pages 7-9 in the Osgood Journal.




UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING FEBRUARY 7, 2017 9:30 A.M.



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 www.mmhealth.org. 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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