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UPDATED January 22, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

South Ripley grad competes on CMT reality show

Versailles native and 2009 South Ripley graduate Jordan Vinup, currently of Milton, Ky., has been selected to be a competitor on the CMT reality series Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge which will air Sunday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. The show, which is considered to be the toughest televised competition program available, will feature both men and women competing in a series of  physical challenges with a prize of $10,000 to the final contestant. The program is comprised of experienced athletes and average men and women. World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Steve “Stone Cold” Austin is the braun and the brains behind the series based on Austin’s “Broken Skull Ranch,” a 2,100 acre spread located south of San Antonio, Texas.

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Pictured left is Jordan Vinup, a competitor on CMT's reality series Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.

Vinup, who is accomplished in equine sports, also has experience in mixed martial arts and kick boxing. The 23-year-old blonde beauty was active in basketball and track. Jordan, the daughter of Susie and Willie Vinup, was also crowned queen of the Versailles Pumpkin Show her senior year. Once the program airs we will have more on Jordan’s experience in this televised competition.





UPDATED January 15, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Town Hall meetings with Frye and McMillin Saturday

Versailles Town Hall meeting
State Representative Randy Frye will speak at a Town Hall meeting in Versailles at the Ripley County Courthouse Annex on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. The courthouse is located on the square in Versailles.

Dillsboro Town Hall meeting

State Representatives Randy Frye and Jud McMillin will speak at a Town Hall meeting at the Dillsboro Town Hall at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24. Dillsboro Town Hall is located at 12267 Lenover St. in Dillsboro.

See a complete list of local government meetings on page 3 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand!




UPDATED January 15, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

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UPDATED December 31, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Need financial aid for college?

An important window will soon open for Indiana college-bound students who need help paying for tuition. 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, determines how much financial aid schools can award based on a family’s financial situation. The application can be filed starting Jan. 1. Laurie Wolfe, a board member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, says preparing now can make the process less stressful.

“Now that we’re at Christmastime, that’s a good time to sit down with the family and start talking about ‘what do we need to be looking at?’” she says. “I highly encourage people to get hold of a copy of that application now, look through it, pull together the documents that you need.”



The list of documents includes income tax returns and investment statements. 

The application deadline is June 30, but to avoid missing any deadlines for special scholarship programs, Wolfe recommends completion before Feb. 15. Federal aid is based on need and offered through grants and loans. 

Wolfe says families need to understand the difference, and look at ways to reduce costs before students begin college.



“Our fear is that students will not think about what happens down the road, when they graduate and they’re 20, 25, $30,000 in debt,” she says. “And, they have to pay that back and, at the same time, they’re trying to buy a new car, get a new house, maybe relocate.”

 While in high school, Wolfe says students should consider volunteer opportunities that can be helpful experiences in getting a scholarship or high school courses that can be counted for college credit.

 Wolfe says another option to bring down the cost of college is to complete general education courses at a two-year school before heading to a four-year institution.

“Community college runs about anywhere between $110 and $160 a credit hour, which is far less than what it would cost at the four-year publics or the four-year privates,” she says. “So, that’s one thing to look at.”



For Indiana residents, Wolfe says annual student tuition and fees average about $3,000 at a community college, $8,000 for public universities and $30,000 for private colleges.



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