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$40,000 stolen from library funds

A former Tyson Library director has been arrested and charged with 14 felony counts while serving as director at the Versailles library. The Class D felony and Level 6 felony theft charges against Andrew Rowden were filed August 20 in Ripley Circuit Court. To read the entire story and see a photo go to your local newsstand at lunchtime and pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican.


Batesville woman charged; bail set at $1.5 million

A Batesville woman is in jail after being charged with the death of her boyfriend’s 3-year-old son. Jennifer Schooler, 33, formerly of Kentucky, was formally charged August 20 with three felonies following the death of Bradyn Chadwell. Click here to read more. Pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal at your local newsstand to read local stories important to you.


Teen badly hurt from swing fall

A 14-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when she fell from a rope swing into a creek bed. Megan Shields was visiting from Aurora and was swinging on a rope swing attached to a tree when it broke and she fell 20 feet into the rocky creek bed below. Her mother and friends put her in a pick-up truck and met Ripley County EMS en route to the hospital. She was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati by StatFlight with serious arm and hip injuries. Ripley County EMS, Versailles Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue 69 responded.


Job fair planned at Milan Legion

The Milan American Legion is looking for local businesses and anyone hiring in the area to participate in their job fair this coming November. The job fair is open to all veterans and to the public. Currently, the job fair will have local businesses and an opportunity to have on-site help with resume writing. Legion member Brian McBride thinks this event not only helps local businesses but also local veterans. If interested in getting involved with the job fair scheduled for November 6 at 11 a.m., contact McBride at bbrian4482@yahoo.com or call the post at 812-654-9233 or visit the legion’s website at http://www.legionpost0235.org/index.html.


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Deadline is December 31.
The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is accepting torchbearer nominations from the public for the 2016 Bicentennial Torch Relay. Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

The nomination form is available at www.indiana2016.org/torchrelay/nomination-forms/. Printed forms can also be picked up at the Welcome Center in Versailles, 220 E. U.S. 50, or call the Ripley County Tourism Bureau at 812-689-7431 and an application can be mailed. The nomination period ends on December 31, 2015. Once all nomination forms are collected, a juried nomination process in each county will select torchbearers.

Developed by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD), the relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers across the state and nation with their home state during the bicentennial year. “We are very excited the Torch Relay will be stopping in Versailles, Osgood, Batesville, Sunman, and Milan,” noted Katherine Taul, Ripley County Tourism Director and Ripley County’s Bicentennial Coordinator.

Nominees must be a current or former resident of Indiana or be nominated in honor of a current or former resident. Hoosiers may be nominated posthumously and a substitute torchbearer can be submitted to carry the torch on behalf of the nominee. Nominees can be any age (torchbearers that are minors will be subject to additional youth torchbearer requirements). A nominee must possess the physical adaptive ability to carry the torch a minimum of a quarter mile.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will start September 9, 2016, in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, and culminate with a celebration October 15, 2016 on the grounds of the statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch relay will touch each of Indiana’s 92 counties during the 2,300 mile journey across the state. The torch will pass through Ripley County the afternoon of September 17, according to Taul. Volunteer county coordinators are organizing torch relay activities in their respective counties. Hoosiers interested in volunteering can sign up at the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay website.



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