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February 21, 2012

State Highway Garage has fire

Wanda English Burnett

According to information from Versailles Fire Chief Ben Sieverding, the department was dispatched to a small fire at 1805 South U.S. 421 at the State Highway Garage about 7:02 a.m. Monday morning, February 20. The Versailles Fire Department responded with two engines to the building that was showing a lot of smoke. Sieverding said upon arrival, state highway employees informed the firefighters that they discharged a fire extinguisher on the fire, but it was not out.
The firemen entered the building and extinguished the remaining fire and overhauled the area. The fire started on a rack holding light bulbs for traffic lights, according to Sieverding. He said it was contained to the shelving area and combustibles around the shelves. The Osgood Volunteer Fire Department was put on stand-by in case firefighters required assistance. Sieverding said the cause is still under investigation, but it appeared to be related to an extension cord that was plugged into a piece of equipment outdoors.

Candidates in place for primary

Wanda English Burnett

The last date to file candidacy for the upcoming Primary Election was Friday, February 10 at noon. Those putting their names on the ballot for Ripley County races include the following: Mary Ann McCoy, Republican, of Osgood, signed up for another term for Clerk of the Circuit Court. David R. Forwalt, Republican, of Holton, had also signed on, but deleted his name before the deadline. Joseph W. (Wayne) Peace of Osgood has filed for a county commissioner seat, as well as Mark E. Busching and Gerald M. Stutler, Friendship, all on the Republican ticket. Ronald Buchanan, Versailles, has filed for another term as coroner on the Republican ticket.
Those seeking seats on the county council include: Mark Horstman, Sunman, Republican; William Dramann, Batesville, Democrat; William Warren, Osgood, Republican; Brenda Wetzler, Osgood, Republican; David Simon, Osgood, Republican; and Paul Morris, Versailles, Republican. Ginger Bradford, Versailles, has signed on for another term as the county’s recorder on the Republican ticket. Amy Copeland, Versailles, has signed up for the treasurer position on the Republican ticket. Precinct Committeemen positions are as follows: Sarah Riehle, Batesville, Adams 1 ; Mark Horstman, Sunman, Adams 2; and Lee Mathews, Cross Plains, Brown 1, all on the Republican ticket.
Also signing for precinct committeemen seats are: Ruth Hughes, Osgood, Center 1; Mary A. McCoy, Osgood, Center 2; William Warren, Osgood, Center 3; Paul C. Hardy, Osgood, Delaware; Louis Martini, Milan, Franklin 1; Linda Baker, Milan, Franklin 2; Thelma Laws, Milan, Franklin 3; and Carol Evans, Versailles, Johnson 1. More precinct committeemen positions being sought include: Ginger Bradford, Versailles, Johnson 2; Kenneth Copeland, Versailles, Johnson 3; Marilyn Gausman, Batesville, Laughery 1; Juanita Kaiser, Batesville, Laughery 1-2; Donald F. Dickey, Batesville, Laughery 2-1; John Moton, Batesville, Laughery 3-2; Michael Stratton, Holton, Otter Creek 1; Angela Farrell, Holton, Otter Creek 1; Ruth Adkinson, Holton, Otter Creek 2; and Amanda Brunner, Versailles, Shelby, all on the Republican ticket. For state convention delegate seats, Philip G. Morgan, Madison, Edward Gindling, Sunman, and Richard Fledderman of Batesville all put their names on the Democrat ticket.
Republicans signing on for state convention seats included: Mark Horstman of Sunman; Darrell Icenogle of Holton; Keith Brabender of Osgood; Ginger Bradford of Versailles; William Bradford of Versailles; Juanita Kaiser of Batesville; and John Moton of Batesville. Gretchen Moore of Holton, has filed for Holton clerk-treasurer on the Republican ticket. Tamara Wilhoit of Osgood, has filed for Osgood clerk-treasurer on the Republican ticket.
Town council members filing for Holton include: Andrew Stratton, Angela Farrell and Paul Hughes, all from Holton, and all Republican. Vickie D. Holliday, Osgood, has filed for town council member for Osgood on the Democrat ticket.
On the state level four candidates have put their name in the hat for Governor: David Fagan, Portage, Michael Pence, Columbus, and James Wallace, Fishers, all on the Republican ticket; John Gregg of Sandborn, has filed on the Democrat ticket. US Senator contenders are Richard Mourdock, Evansville; Richard Lugar, Indianapolis both Republican and Joseph Donnelly, Granger, Democrat.
Those who have filed for the presidency of the United States are: Newt Gingrich, Mark Callahan, Mitt Romney, Patricia Sandifer, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul on the Republican ticket. President Barack Obama has filed on the Democrat ticket for a second term in office. Both Ginger Bradford, county Republican chair and Mike Baker, county Democrat chair, urge people to get out to vote. "It doesn’t make any difference who you are for or against if you don’t vote," Bradford noted. Primary Election in Ripley County is set for May 8 with polls opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m.

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