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Pumpkin Show Baking ContestUPDATED September 18, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

An exclusive with Roary,
the Lions Club mascot...

In a rare and exclusive press interview, Roary, the Versailles Lions Club mascot, opened up with Ripley Publishing about his favorite event, the Versailles Pumpkin Show. Looking fresh from the den, and wearing a fashionable gold Lions vest imprinted with his name, Roary relaxed and put up his paws, and eschewed thoughts on lions, the Lions Club and the Versailles Pumpkin Show.

Have you ever been to Versailles? What was your impression? It’s not the jungle. No, but it’s quiet. It’s not like the city. I don’t have to watch out for buses and traffic. They’ve accepted me.
Roary, do you like pumpkins? Yes! My favorite part is carving them!

Read the entire interview with Roary in today's The Versailles Republican. Discover Roary's answers to pressing questions such as: What is your favorite ride? Do you belong to the Lions Club? and other fascinating Pumpkin Show and Lions Club inquiries. Pick up a copy of today's newspaper at your local newsstand!

UPDATED September 18, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Holton man charged with child molesting

Two Class A felony charges of child molesting have been filed against a Holton man by the Ripley County Prosecutor.

According to the probable cause affidavit, filed Sept. 5 in Ripley Circuit Court, Charles Lovins, 37, was investigated by police for attempted child molesting and child molesting a 9-year-old girl. The girl visits him occasionally and told the forensic interviewer with Children’s Advocacy Center in Dillsboro that he touched her in private places and offered her money to do other sexual acts. In the interview, she said it made her “sad” and she passed a note to a student, which her teacher saw and contacted police.

Lovins was interviewed by a detective in his home on May 7. According to the affidavit, Lovins did not deny some statements he made to the child, but denied offering money or telling her to not tell anyone. The incident happened around March 22.

UPDATED September 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Discounted Pumpkin Show ride tickets now on sale

Advance Pumpkin Show ride tickets are now on sale at the reduced price of $15 for 16 tickets. Tickets are available at all schools, South Ripley, Jac-Cen-Del and Milan, and also Versailles IGA, Friendship State Bank, United Community Bank, MainSource Bank, and Ripley Publishing Co., all in Versailles. Tickets can be used for the entire show, Sept. 24-28. The Versailles Lions Club will offer discounted rides on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon when all rides will only require one ticket. On Thursday “Buddy Night,” two can ride for the price of one.

UPDATED August 14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Pumpkin Show vendors sought

The 112th annual Versailles Pumpkin Show is approaching. It will be held the last Wednesday thru Sunday, September 24-28. Sponsored by the Versailles Lions Club, applications for quality arts and crafts are being accepted. If interested, call 812-621-0735 for an application and more information. Visit

UPDATED September 9, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Newspaper to publish candidate information for fall election

All political candidates are invited to advertise in the Osgood Journal and The Versailles Republican to reach the voters of Ripley County with your message. A continuous candidate listing will begin Sept. 16. For $125 your name along with the office you are running for will appear in the both papers through the General Election. In addition, you will receive a press release along with a photo in one of the newspapers. The press release must be submitted to our office along with a photo. Please call 812-689-6364, email or stop by our office at 115 S. Washington Street in Versailles and we will be happy to help you with all your political advertising needs. Our office takes all major credit cards.

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