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October 2, 2012

Extra day was added bonus for Pumpkin Show goers

Wanda English Burnett

The Versailles Pumpkin Show is about pumpkins and so much more.

While Mother Nature sent Versailles Lions Club members, sponsors of the show, to their knees in the beginning of the event, every night was clear and the weekend was beautiful for the 110th annual show.

"Sunday was a great day for us," noted Lions Club member, and president of the 2012 Versailles Pumpkin Show, Jerry Gilpin. "We'll definitely continue with the extra day," he told the Osgood Journal Monday morning as the last of the event was being cleaned up.

Plans are to expand the last day and have stage entertainment and more, according to Gilpin. There were over 70 who participated in the first 5K Walk/Run on Sunday. See sports pages in The Versailles Republican for coverage on the race.

People were excited to have another chance to take advantage of one ticket rides and save some money on Sunday along with the Wednesday discount night.

Pumpkins were big this year and are the highlight of the end of the parade on Saturday as the mammoth gourds are rolled through showing their size and weight. They are weighed earlier in the morning at Gilpin's Monument building just south of town.

This year's first place winner went to Bill Hughes who had the biggest pumpkin in the Open Class Division at 670 pounds. Then in Ripley County Class, Darrell Franklin took first place for his pumpkin at 236 pounds. (More information about the pumpkins will be published in Thursday's paper).

Wednesday night the King and Queen contest kicked off the royalty events with Luke Hountz of Cavehill Christian Academy and Stacie Koger, South Ripley, representing the Southeastern Career Center, taking the king and queen honors. Their court included first runners up Cody Federmann, South Ripley and Maura Manor of South Dearborn. For the first time in the show's history, there were two second runners up named. They were Josh Faller, South Dearborn and Cody Havlin, Lawrenceburg and Jordan Margaret Lowery, Batesville and Allie Linkmeyer, South Ripley.

More royalty was crowned Thursday evening as the Prince and Princess Contest, sponsored by Ripley Publishing Co., got underway.

First graders from area schools participated and they were ready for the show! Out of town judges agreed they were one of the hardest groups to choose the winners from. They were all talkative and cute! The Prince went to Carson Fisk, South Ripley, son of Greg and Tracy Fisk and Lisa and Mark Taylor; Princess went to Allison Mosier, Jac-Cen-Del, daughter of Abraham and Gail Mosier.

The first runners up were Hunter Gates, Batesville Primary School, son of Jim and Becky Gates and Lindsey Houseworth, Sunman, daughter of Toni Houseworth. Second runners up went to Evan Weber, Sunman, son of Scott and Jennifer Weber and Emma Hauefle, St. Nicholas Catholic School, daughter of Elizabeth Haeufle and Jason Carpenter.

Thursday the Pumpkin Show events started way before 8:00 a.m. when the first goodies to be entered in the baking contest began coming into the newspaper office to be judged later that morning.

Four judges, Joyce Taylor, June Kieffer, Dana Vest and Dawna Mathews, took their jobs seriously and tasted every one of the 106 entries that were submitted. The overall Best of Show Award went to Liza Lloyd of Versailles with her Pumpkin Streusel entry.

The Best Decorated category went to Sandy Fields for her pumpkin cake. (See Thursday's paper for other winners and pictures.)

On Saturday the parade ironically had 110 entries for the 110th year! The best overall float title went to Patterson's Nursery for their colorful float decorated to the hilt with mums and more.

Winners in the Youth Organization Float category were South Ripley FFA first place, and JCD FFA second place. Tri-Kappa took the winning title for the Organization Float category with Aurora's Farmer's Fair coming in second.

The Versailles Church of Christ took first place in the Religious Organization entries with the Shelby Christian Church coming in second. Laughery Valley Ag. came in first in the Ag-Business Float category with Fraley Trucks coming in second. The best Business Float entry went to Versailles Cash Saver (new grocery store coming very soon) and second place went to Old School Café.

The Versailles Lions Club thanks everyone who participated in the parade in any way. The floats take a long time to construct and they are thankful for a community that comes together once a year to show their pride.

The Gold Star Chili Cheese Coney eating contest got underway directly after the parade, along with many other festivities including a cheerleading contest at 5:00 p.m. by the stage.

With Sunday's sun coming out, many people were able to take advantage of one more day of the 2012 Versailles Pumpkin Show.

Already plans are being made and notes compiled to make next year even better.

(Editor's Note) Look for more coverage of the Pumpkin Show inside today's paper and in this week's The Versailles Republican.


Pictured top left Bill Hughes of Versailles took top honors in the Open Pumpkin Category for pumpkins with his 670 pound pumpkin. At right is Darrell Franklin, Holton, and his granddaughter, Sheyanna, who took first place in the Ripley County Class with their 236 pound pumpkin. Pictured below are Carson Fisk and Allison Mosier, who were crowned prince and princess of the 2012 Versailles Pumpkin Show on Thursday night. They were holding their big trophies and were pleased with free ride tickets and shirts made by Natalie Gilpin. The Thursday night events were sponsored by Ripley Publishing Co.

Train traffic will increase through Holton

Karen Reynolds
Contributing Writer

At the regular meeting of the Holton Town Board on September 13, those in attendance learned that trains will increase in both traffic and speed as they come through Holton.

Town Marshal Bob Curl announced that CSX Railroad is laying new railroad ties from Cincinnati to Louisville and replacing all railroad crossings. He said the project is to be completed by the end of the year.

CSX plans to increase train traffic in the area from two trains a day to up to five trains a day. Marshal Curl also noted that CSX is planning to increase the speed these trains travel from 25 miles per hour to 40 . Curl advised motorists and pedestrians to take caution, slow down and stop trying to beat the trains across the tracks.

In other business of importance to Holton water and sewage users is the new billing concept.

The Holton Sewage Works has contracted their monthly billing to the Holton Community Water Company. Water and sewage service will be combined into one bill effective January 1, 2013. This means that beginning January 1, 2013, sewer customers will receive one bill from Holton Community Water for both water and sewage use. The bill will only be payable at the Holton Community Water office. Payments will no longer be accepted at the Holton Sewer office or drop box. The Napoleon State Bank will no longer accept sewer payments.

Billing procedures will follow the current rules of the Holton Community Water Company. Customers who do not pay their monthly sewer charges, will be subject to disconnection of water services. All accounts must have a zero balance by December 31, 2012. Any accounts that have a remaining balance on January 1, 2013, will be subject to a lien against the property. Until January 1, 2013, sewer payments should continue to be paid in the usual manner. Customers will receive a letter detailing these changes. Any questions regarding this matter should be directed to the Holton Sewer Office at 689-3569.

The town board gave unanimous approval for Gretchen Moore, town clerk, to work with the Holton Community Water Company an additional 20 hours a month, which amounts to about two days a week.

Mary McCarty, representative from the Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, held an official public hearing to assist the town with grants for town residents who need repairs on their homes.

McCarty is actively helping 12 families in the Holton area at this time. To move on to Phase 2 of the grant process, a hearing was required. These are homes that must be occupied, damaged in the tornado, and in need of no more than $20,000 in repairs. The income limit qualifications for Ripley County and the Holton area are as follows:

Annual income limits for one person is $33,500.00. For two people, it is $38,300.00. For three people, it is $43,100.00. For four people, it is $47,850.00. These amounts go all the way up to 8 people in a family. The homeowner must live in the house, have the property insured for at least two years, and have proof of ownership. People in need of these repairs can still apply for help, but soon the applications will be closed to new applicants.

In order for McCarty to move on to Phase 2 of this project, the town board needed to sign a resolution authorizing McCarty to proceed. This was unanimously approved and signed by all members. Further statements to adhere to all federal guidelines and to approve a Local Displacement Plan were signed by Andy Stratton, board president. Certification for grant requirements was signed by both Andy Stratton and Gretchen Moore, town clerk. There will be another public hearing about this matter, as required, and the town will pay the fee of $62.50 to advertise this public meeting.

According to Cynthia Melton from Long Term Recovery Group, Project Aftermath from Homeland Security has asked approval to have a workshop for anyone involved in the tornado and anyone else in the county who is interested as to what a family should have and know in the event of an emergency such as a tornado. Plans are to hold this workshop on October 10 in the evening.

The Long Term Recovery Group is now accepting bids for foundations on two houses that are coming to Holton. According to Philip Diewert, committee member, Crossroads Missions is donating a lot of the materials by getting a list of what is needed. Then, they even build exterior and interior walls in advance and deliver them to the home site. All wall units being donated like this saves about $6,500 per house.

The first couple of houses are scheduled to be done by mid-October and five more will be finished by mid-November. The Mennonite Disaster Service, along with several churches in the area will be doing the interior work. Survey work is being done by Jeff French, county surveyor. At least three homes in town may be condemned but a licensed building inspector will be doing the inspections.

According to Bob McCreary, pastor at Holton Christian Church, volunteers will have a place to stay at the church. The church has a donated shower trailer for volunteer use.

The park update is that the rest of the playground equipment is due to arrive and be installed any day. The playground is ready for mulch, which should be completed before bad weather. Patterson Nursery was unanimously given the mulch job at a price of $2,495.00. This will be certified playground mulch. Unanimous approval was given to purchase a new water fountain for the park at the cost of $399.00 with free shipping.

In other news, unanimous approval was given for the following:

• The town will pay 12% of the Edit funds to pay annual dues to the Annual Interlocal account with the Ripley County Economic Development Corporation.

• Approval for the contract for Mark Salyers, town sewer maintenance employee, to be renewed for three more years starting January 1, 2013.

• Approval to re-hire Jimmy Adkins as of September 14, 2012, as a town maintenance employee.

• Several funds were approved for transfer to meet the various financial obligations of the town.

Under information items:

• Ron Downey, town employee, signed an agreement with CSX Railroad to get some used rocks left from the railroad crossing repairs.

• Brooks and Earl, construction company from North Vernon, have completed work on a faulty manhole.

• The Town of Holton did receive FEMA funds in the amount of $41,000.00.

• There are still some concerns about the amount of street lights that are not working in the town.

Those attending the meeting were Gretchen Moore, Angi Farrell, Andy Stratton, and Paul Hughes.

The next regular meeting of the Holton Town Board will be October 11 at 6:30 for adoption of the budget and at 7:00 p.m. for a regular meeting.

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