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• Rodney W. Stratton, Holton, Ripley County Commissioner District 2
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Halloween Hauntings
Tyson’s Haunted Gym opens up their doors this weekend, Friday and Saturday, and Oct. 28-29, from 8 to midnight. The haunted gym is located in Versailles. The cost is $5 and proceeds go toward further Tyson Activity Center programming.

The Jacob Vogel Scare is in its fourth year. The haunted woods is located south of Versailles off of SR 129 on Olean Road. Hours are Friday and Saturdays until the end of October from 8 to 11 p.m. The cost is $5 and all proceeds go to The Jacob Vogel Memorial Scholarship to help pay for an SCC student’s fire and rescue training fees.

Fear Factory in Batesville is open on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. and is located on South Eastern Avenue (use the south street entrance at RomWeber). The $10 haunted tour charge is donated to Cierra’s Club, a healthy alternative for teens.

Community Treat or Treat Hours
• Local communities will be having trick or treat hours on Monday, Oct. 31. Versailles, Osgood, Friendship Holton and Milan will host trick or treaters from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. At 7 p.m., Versailles American Legion will have a costume parade beginning at the legion and going to the courthouse square with awards following. Osgood residents are welcome to bring lawn chairs and hand out candy at Brick Street to the costumed kids. Also ghosts and goblins are invited to stop by on Oct. 31 at the Tyson United Methodist Church for treats from their annual trick or treat event.
Sunman and Batesville will also have trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m., Batesville’s parade begins at 6 p.m.


Click here to view a photo album of the 2016 Versailles Pumpkin Show.

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Read the stories below and more in the Osgood Journal dated October 25, 2016.

Familiar faces, scenes in ‘Haunted Road’ movie
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Ripley County recently proved to be a perfect backdrop for a scary suspense motion film. Movie director/writer/producer Edward Collins and actor Harold Hogan traveled from Houston, Texas to Osgood to film scenes for “The Haunted Road.” Not only did the movie director use local scenes but local people as actors! “It was such an awesome experience, one that will not be forgotten anytime soon. I can’t wait to see my kids on the big screen,” said Jeff Brandt Jr. Read more on the front page of the Osgood Journal. This story will be available on this website after 2 p.m. Click here to read.

Osgood store, area evacuated for hazmat spill

Buy the Osgood JournalA hazardous material spill in the JayC Food Store parking lot in Osgood on Friday prompted an evacuation of the store and a two block area. According to Osgood Fire Chief Shawn Negangard, the fire department was dispatched around 8 p.m. for a spill of an unknown substance from a broken bottle in the grocery parking lot. Read more on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Poll workers aid in democratic process
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In order for Americans to exercise their right to vote, they need other Americans to do so. Election poll workers are crucial in the freedoms of democracy, and Ripley County will see that come Nov. 8. Ripley County Clerk Mary Ann McCoy brags about her poll workers, that they are efficient and helpful, but she is always on the lookout for more! After all, most of them are retired. Read the story by Mary Mattingly in its entirety on the front page of the Osgood Journal.

JCD board considers drug tests
Buy the Osgood JournalRandom drug testing for students was a topic of discussion at the Jac-Cen-Del Community School Board (JCDCS) meeting on Monday, October 17. Superintendent Tim Taylor presented information that he has gathered and deemed pertinent to JCDCS. Taylor plans to investigate and communicate with building administrators, staff, parents and board members to develop a random drug testing policy that will work for JCDCS. Read more on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Read the stories below and more in The Versailles Republican dated October 20, 2016.

Tyson center getting exterior makeover
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The Tyson Activity Center on High Street is a hub of activity lately. However, it’s not from what’s going on inside the gym, but on the outside of the historic building. With use of a $352,000 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs grant, (matching grant funds came from the Tyson Fund and Rising Sun Regional Foundation), much needed repairs are being made to preserve and secure the integrity of the 66 year old building. Read the entire article by Mary Mattingly on this website after 2 p.m. Click here to access. Can't wait? Pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand.

Citizen concerned about alley use

Buy The Versailles RepublicanA Versailles citizen’s concern about health and safety opened up the Oct. 11 Versailles Town Council meeting. Ron Horn has noticed the alley by the new Family Dollar store is not well illuminated. He put out reflectors on his property to help. He’s also concerned about the small lot, now owned by McDonald’s, near his property and has become a hangout, with cars often stopped there. Read more town council news on the front page of The Versailles Republican.

Agency oversees adult health and safety

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Editor’s Note: Second in an on-going series dealing with senior citizen issues. In addition to the possibility of a lack of affordable care for senior citizens, there comes the realization that elder care must be adequately overseen to prevent and detect abuse and neglect. Inquiries into Indiana’s ability to protect senior citizens have shown a lack of oversight and regulations from the state. Read the second article in this series by Sandy Day Howard on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Tip leads to arrest; suspect flees
Buy The Versailles RepublicanAn anonymous tip led to the arrest of two wanted individuals on Sunday. The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and Milan Police Department responded to the tip regarding the wanted individuals. Read more details on page 3 of The Versailles Republican.

Nearby parks starting to peak for fall foliage
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There are the yellows and golds of poplars, the vibrant reds from native sumacs, while maples add a touch of vivid orange. Indiana comes alive with color in the fall, but it doesn’t last too long. Making matters more challenging, peak fall foliage in Indiana may start as early in September or as late as mid-October, depending on your location, and, of course, the weather! A wet summer will produce more fall color, and a dry one not so much. Read this entire story on this website after 2 p.m. Click here to access. Can't wait? Pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand.

Why the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College
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In a few weeks, most Americans will enter the voting booth thinking they are about to elect the next president. Our Constitution calls for something rather different. Voters will actually be choosing “electors,” and it is these officers who will make the choice as members of the Electoral College. Each state has as many electors as it has members of Congress. Read more on by Randall T. Shepard on page 4 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Public support needed: Local nonprofit shelter up for big cash prize
Buy The Versailles RepublicanSafe Passage, the domestic violence shelter that serves six counties, has a good chance at winning $100,000! Allstate Foundation created a Purple Purse Challenge through the fundraising platform Crowdrise fund for nonprofits, and Safe Passage is in competition with 93 other participating domestic violence agencies across the nation. Read more on page 8 of The Versailles Republican.

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