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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING MARCH 23, 2017 3:30 P.M.


State Road 62 will close Monday


According to the Indiana Department of Transportation website, State Rd. 62 will be closed beginning Monday, March 27 until June 7. The closure is between S. 525 E. and Olean Rd. (8 to 9 miles west of Dillsboro). For more information and to see a map visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website. Click here to learn more.




PAGE UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING MARCH 23, 2017 12 P.M.

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

Chris Perdue brings home the gold!

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The excitement mounted on Tuesday as the word began to spread that Ripley County’s own Chris Perdue had won Gold in snowboarding at the 2017 Special Olympic World Winter Games in Austria! The moment was “golden” as he competed with Special Olympians from around the globe, completing the course in 2 minutes and 10 seconds; a personal best for Perdue. 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 3 p.m. Click here to read.


South Ripley students depart for Orlando

Buy The Versailles RepublicanSouth Ripley Music Department members will leave on the trip of a lifetime for many on March 25, as they travel via Music Travel Consultant Tours to Orlando Florida. The band and choral director Justin Griffin has planned the trip. South Ripley Show Choir Director Kris Lafary will accompany him, along with an entourage of chaperones for the nearly 50-student band. Read the article by Sandy Day Howard on page 2 of The Versailles Republican.


South Ripley names principal
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South Ripley Community School Corporation is pleased to announce that Rod Hite has been named the new principal at South Ripley High School beginning July 1, 2017. Hite replaces David Wintin, who resigned effective at the end of the current school year after serving as SRHS Principal for the past four years. Read the article on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.



Napoleon State Bank to host event on fraud
Buy The Versailles RepublicanThe Napoleon State Bank will be hosting the “NSB Educational Series: Don’t take the bait! How to protect yourself from Fraud” on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Maurice Catholic Hall in Napoleon. Read the details on page 3 of The Versailles Republican.


Ask SHIP: State Health Insurance Assistance Program
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My mother says she’s almost hit the donut hole on her Medicare prescription drug coverage. What does that mean, and what can she do to save on prescription costs? A: The prescription drug coverage gap (also known as the donut hole) is the period between your initial coverage limit and the catastrophic coverage threshold. Read more questions and answers on page 4 of The Versailles Republican.


Ripley County Extension Homemakers to hold event

Buy The Versailles RepublicanRipley County Extension Homemakers will be hosting an event with several speakers talking and giving demonstrations on eight different topics. It will be held at South Ripley Elementary School in Versailles on Saturday, April 29. Participants can choose four topics. Keynote speaker for the day will be Harold Hartman speaking on genealogy. He has traced his family 12 generations and has published a book. Read the agenda details and how to register on page 6 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Students place first in Regional Maverick Challenge
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Ten teams from seven counties competed in the Regional Maverick Challenge on Saturday, March 4, in Columbus, Indiana. Oldenburg Academy students earned first place in the competition. The Maverick Challenge, a high school business planning competition for students in Southern Indiana, aims to further develop the innovative spirit of our region by reaching out to high school students and showing them viable career opportunities through entrepreneurship. Read the entire article in School News, front page of section B of The Versailles Republican. This story will also be available on this website after 3 p.m. Click here to read.


Enjoy Versailles State Park

Buy The Versailles RepublicanReady to get outdoors? This spring seven area organizations are hosting events that aim to get people and families outside in nature, right here in the Versailles area. Read the agenda at the park from March to June on page 8 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.




UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING MARCH 14, 2017 3 P.M.

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PAGE UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING MARCH 21, 2017 10 A.M.

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


Woman found 8 hours after being in crash
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A crash on South Cave Hill Road near Friendship had multiple agencies responding but nearly eight hours after the fact because the crash wasn’t seen until a neighbor came upon it around 8:15 a.m. Saturday morning. The crash occurred around 12:45 a.m. according to police. A car driven by Jillian Back, 29, Versailles, went over a steep hillside and struck a tree after she said she swerved to keep from hitting a deer just after midnight on Saturday, March 18. Read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett 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 1 p.m. Click here to read.


Ell sentenced to the maximum on domestic charge

Buy the Osgood JournalLast Thursday, March 16, Jason Ell, 35, formerly of Osgood, was sentenced to the Department of Corrections by Ripley County Superior Court Judge Jeff Sharp. This was for his convictions of Domestic Battery in the Presence of Children and Criminal Confinement. Ell was convicted in February by a jury on the two felony charges stemming from an episode of domestic violence during the summer of 2016. Read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Local woman takes love of God to children in Honduras
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Cathy Smith of Versailles is getting geared up and excited for her second mission trip to Honduras in May. “It’s just so great to be able to go and help others,” she noted, as she talked about the trip that will see her and others hiking miles in the jungle and completing an outreach project in a village located in the Opalaca Mountains. She said the team is helping the Hondurans build a structure by their church, along with the medical and dental aid project. Read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett on the front page of the Osgood Journal.


Hometown pride brings native back to Dillsboro
Buy the Osgood JournalMary Lou Powers, Dillsboro Council President, announced that Doug Rump would be the new Town Manager of Dillsboro. Rump and his wife, Linda, reside in Olean; however, he was born and raised Dillsboro and is a graduate of Dillsboro High School. Rump’s resume includes 22 years at the Fernald Uranium Processing Plant where he served as utilities manager. Read the details on page 2 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Outstanding staff, students recognized at Jac-Cen-Del March meeting

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Jac-Cen-Del Community School (JCDCS) Superintendent, Tim Taylor, presented a Soaring Eagle Award to JCDHS Assistant Principal, Brian Fehribach. JCDHS Principal, Daryl Werner, nominated Fehribach for going above and beyond his duties. Taylor also presented a Soaring Eagle Award to JCDE staff member Cindy Toops. Toops was nominated by fourth grade teacher, Sandy Einhaus, for her quick actions and professional manner during a health issue in the after-school program, Latch-Key. Read the entire story by Arlene Knudson on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Looking Back: 100 years ago 1917
Buy the Osgood JournalCivil War veteran Rev. Silas Ward of Friendship died at age 80. Read more county history in the Looking Back column on page 3 of the Osgood Journal. The Looking Back column is featured every Tuesday in the Osgood Journal.


Ripley County Community Foundation (RCCF) celebrates 20th anniversary
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Ripley County Community Foundation. In 1997 a group of innovative individuals came together to create a permanent source of grant dollars to benefit the quality of life in Ripley County. With the assistance of Lilly Endowment and The Rising Sun Regional Foundation, they established the Ripley County Community Foundation. Over the last 20 years the enthusiasm expressed by those first board members has multiplied exponentially and has spread to every corner of Ripley County. Read more on page 6 of the Osgood Journal.


New competition to recognize Indiana’s STEM students

Buy the Osgood JournalAs Hoosiers across the state build their March Madness college basketball brackets, Gov. Eric. J. Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick unveiled a new program to highlight Indiana’s elite high school students for their work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM): “The Governor’s STEM Team.” Read the entire article on page 6 of the Osgood Journal. 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.




PAGE UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING MARCH 16, 2017 10:30 A.M.



Local Bulletin Board


Deadline is March 31

Sheriff offers scholarship for local students
Ripley County Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth is accepting scholarship applications. The “Mums for Education” program has raised enough money for three $1,000 scholarships to be given to students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice. For more information and how to apply pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal dated February 28, 2017. Newspapers can be purchased at the Ripley Publishing Company located at 115 S. Washington St., Versailles.


Deadline is April 1
Friendship State Bank to award scholarships
The Friendship State Bank will award nine seniors a $1,000 scholarship for college. The bank has been awarding the Wilke S. and James W. Lemon Scholarship for over 20 years. Seniors from Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Rising Sun, Milan, South Dearborn, South Ripley, Switzerland County, Madison, and Lawrenceburg are eligible to apply. For more information and how to apply pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican dated March 16, 2017. Newspapers can be purchased at the Ripley Publishing Company located at 115 S. Washington St., Versailles.


Deadline is May 5
New Point Vol. Fire Dept. / Miller Family Scholarship offered
The New Point Volunteer Fire Dept. / Carl H and Goldia Miller Family Scholarship Program will award four $500 scholarships to 2017 graduating seniors. These scholarships are awarded based on community service completed by the student during high school. Graduates from Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Greensburg, North Decatur, and South Decatur High Schools who have applied, been accepted and plan to begin their studies in 2017 may apply. For more information and details on how to apply pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal dated February 28, 2017. Newspapers can be purchased at the Ripley Publishing Company located at 115 S. Washington St., Versailles.




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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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