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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING MAY 26, 2016 1:30 P.M.


Read the stories below and more in The Versailles Republican dated May 26, 2016.


Details in The Versailles Republican dated May 26
Tyson Fund grant applications available

It is almost here! What you ask? Many years ago, before Jim Tyson passed away, he wanted to set up a system to perpetually assist the residents in Versailles with things that might otherwise increase their taxes. He decided that he would set up a trust so that groups that are nonprofit and hold an IRS 501c (3) or (4) exemption could request funds to help them out with projects that would otherwise fall on the taxpayers in the Versailles area! Each year about this time, an open application process is offered so that the Tyson Fund Trustees can decide what projects will benefit from this year’s trust distribution. To qualify for the funds you must be from/in the Versailles area and must be nonprofit and must hold an IRS 501c (3) or (4) exemption. Applications will be available starting Monday June 13. The deadline to turn in the application will be Friday August 5. Read more on the front page.


South Ripley Junior High School named Four Star School again
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South Ripley Junior High ended the school year on a very positive note. For the fourth consecutive year, SRJH was named a Four Star School. A total of 287 schools received the award throughout the state. In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories. Additionally, a qualifying school must have earned the highest designation in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Read the entire story by Mary Mattingly on the front page of The Versailles Republican.


Farmers markets ready for season

Buy The Versailles RepublicanEverything green and fresh is making its way downtown to several communities in the county. Most of the local farmers markets will be set up this weekend and throughout the rest of the summer. Versailles, Osgood, Sunman, and Batesville are all hosting a market. Some are new to the market idea, such as Sunman, and others like Batesville, have been doing so for over a decade. Versailles Main Street committee was encouraged by the success of their first time effort last summer and will continue to offer a Saturday Farmers Market at the courthouse annex. Read more details on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Memories tied to sport: Locals treasure the Indy 500 tradition

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This Sunday might just be the second best day of the year. That’s what many Hoosier race fans claim. Whether it’s their first time or their 50th time to attend the greatest spectacle in racing, there’s an indescribable feeling when it is announced “Drivers, start your engines,” and the green flag falls. Gary McCoy of Osgood agrees that there are not many days that can beat the Sunday before Memorial Day, the traditional Indianapolis 500 Race. He hasn’t missed a race in 43 years. Read more about Indy 500 memories on the front page of The Versailles Republican.


Sunman man flees police
Buy The Versailles RepublicanA man jumped from his running car to avoid being arrested by police. The Sunman Police Department received information on May 21 that Dustin L. Clark, formerly of Sunman, had an outstanding felony warrant. Shortly before 10 p.m., a Sunman officer observed Clark driving westbound on Vine Street in Sunman. The officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, but Clark continued and jumped from the vehicle, leaving the car in gear. Clark fled on foot on County Road 1100 North. Read more details on page 3 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Armbrecht retires from Napoleon State Bank
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The Napoleon State Bank, a locally owned bank, headquartered in Napoleon announced that Larry Armbrecht, Osgood Branch Manager & Loan Officer will retire May 27. Armbrecht began his banking career of 41 years with Bank of Versailles from 1975 – 1978 and then Ripley County Bank from 1978 – 2000. He was hired by The Napoleon State Bank in 2000 as the manager & loan officer for the Osgood Branch. He has been instrumental in the growth of the Osgood Branch, and has formed many great relationships with the community. Read the entire article on page 3 of The Versailles Republican.


Lifejackets saved two females from Dillsboro
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Officers rescued two females from a tree within the Whitewater River just South of Brookville. Courtney Allen and Laura Fay stated that wearing their lifejackets saved their lives. According to the officer report, at approximately 2:50 p.m. Monday, conservation officers were dispatched to the Whitewater River just south of Brookville for two females who capsized a kayak. They were believed to possibly have drowned because family members heard screams, located a floating kayak but could not locate the females. Read more on page 3 of The Versailles Republican.



UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING MAY 24, 2016 9:30 A.M.

Read the stories below and more in the Osgood Journal dated May 24, 2016.


Osgood woman receives adult ed teacher award

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At the annual meeting of the Indiana Association for Adult and Continuing Education, River Valley Resources Adult Education Teacher Sandra Bowlus, a resident of Osgood, was awarded the Outstanding Teacher award for 2016. After retiring from East Central High School with over 38 years of teaching in 2010, Bowlus began working with the Education Center of Rising Sun. The former Sandra Comer, she is a 1967 Holton High School graduate and married to Nelson. Read the entire story on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand. Click here to read more about Sandra Bowlus online after 1 p.m.


Council discusses what to do with extra funding
Buy the Osgood JournalRipley County Council took action at the May 16 meeting on something they wish would come up more often: where to place additional money. The state released money that had been held for several years to the counties, and for Ripley County, this meant $956,410.14. Seventy-five percent of the distribution must go toward highway funds, but the remaining $239,101 is unrestricted, and the county can do what they want with it. Read the entire story by Mary Mattingly on the front page of the Osgood Journal.


Looking Back: 50 years
Buy the Osgood JournalMabel “Mom” Secrest announced that she would close her restaurant on Tyson Street in Versailles after 30 years. Read more past history from 25, 50 and 100 years ago on page 3 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Quarterly report: Health dept. conducts food business inspections
Buy the Osgood JournalEditor’s Note: Ripley Publishing will print the Ripley County food establishment inspections on a quarterly basis.The Ripley County Health Department conducts routine inspections of food establishments. They will also inspect as a follow-up to a previous inspection or if a complaint is issued, or for a temporary business. Depending on the type of establishment (a gas station food mart, full fledged restaurant or school cafeteria) the inspector will determine the number of inspections annually. For example, restaurants will get an inspection every three months. There are a total of 110 food establishments in Ripley County, plus 12 school kitchens. Around 82 inspections were conducted between January 1 and early March 2016. Read the entire article by Mary Mattingly on page 3 of the Osgood Journal.


Ask SHIP: State Health Insurance Assistance Program
Buy the Osgood JournalQuestion: My neighbor told me she just had her Annual Wellness Visit. Is this something that is covered by Medicare? Find the answer to this question and more detailed information on page 4 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


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