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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING AUGUST 16, 2016 10 A.M.


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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING AUGUST 23, 2016 10 A.M.

Read the stories below and more in the Osgood Journal dated August 23, 2016.

Torchbearers prepare for relay
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With less than a month to go, many Ripley County residents are working hard to prepare for their part of Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay, which will take place Saturday, September 17 throughout the county, traveling from Versailles to Osgood to Batesville to Sunman, and then Milan. Read the entire story on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.




Candidate deadline Friday: School board manages funds, reflects values
Buy the Osgood JournalWhile the presidential election is garnering much of the airwaves and attention with the upcoming general election in November, there’s another important election on the local level to take place. Read the entire story by Mary Mattingly on the front page of the Osgood Journal.


Local man arrested for bank robbery
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An Osgood man has been arrested for the robbery of a Lawrenceburg bank last week. The U.S. Bank on Walnut Street was held up by a man around 12:40 Wednesday afternoon. The suspect did not show a weapon, but passed a note and got away with an undisclosed amount of money, according to Lawrenceburg Police Dept. Detective Jeremy Shepherd. Click here to read this story online after 2 p.m. Can't wait? Pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal at your local newsstand.



Career center open house, chili supper
Buy the Osgood JournalThe Southeastern Career Center will have an open house, college and career fair and chili supper all happening on Wednesday night. The education facility will host the event from 6 until 8 p.m. Current Southeastern Career Center students and their families are encouraged to attend, tour classrooms, and meet teachers. Read the details on page 3 of the Osgood Journal.


New hospital safety ratings available to the public
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently signaled to the nation’s hospitals that it was getting serious and tough about patient safety and the quality of care hospitals provide. The government’s rating system, five stars for the best hospitals and one star for the worst, sends a message that patients have a right to know what’s going on inside the hospitals they entrust with their lives or those of their family members. Read the article by by Trudy Lieberman on page 4 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.




Read the stories below and more in The Versailles Republican dated August 18, 2016.


UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING AUGUST 18, 2016 10:30 A.M.

Mini-marketers learn more than just about selling products

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Putting a different twist on the typical ‘farmers market’ Saturday, Versailles kids were running the show! One side of the square was bustling last weekend, with miniature entrepreneurs at the helm of the many small stands that lined the front of the town’s courthouse annex. Read the entire story by Sandy Day Howard on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Click here to read this story online after 2 p.m. Can't wait? Pick up a copy at your local newsstand!



Inmate’s jail break foiled

Buy The Versailles RepublicanThe 62-year-old, Milan man charged with child molestation and child pornography tried to escape from the county jail. On Friday, August 12, at approximately 4:15 pm, inmate Ralph C. Wilson attempted to escape the Ripley County Jail by prying pieces of a wire fence in the outdoor recreation area. According to the police report, jail officers observed Wilson using a sock to pry the pieces off of the fence. Read the entire story on the front page of The Versailles Republican.


Fewer patients, but ‘still a need’ for free center

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Paul Tyrer may be the only office manager who sees declining visits to his office as a good thing. He is the manager for the Southeast Indiana Health Center, a free clinic for the uninsured founded by Dr. Steve Glaser three years ago. The first year the Southeast Indiana Health Center was in operation they saw over 600 patients. The center, based in Batesville but serving residents of Franklin and Ripley County, opened in the summer of 2013. Read the entire story by Mary Mattingly on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand!


Food establishments inspected by health dept.
Buy The Versailles RepublicanThe 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 deli) the inspector will determine the number of inspections annually. For example, restaurants will get an inspection every three months. Read the entire report on page 3 of The Versailles Republican.


Holland presented Distinguished Service Award

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Pat Holland, who recently retired from teaching and heading up the FFA organization at South Ripley High School after 27 years, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Versailles Lions Club at their Aug. 9 meeting. Retired South Ripley Superintendent and Lions Club member Ted Ahaus presented the award stating, “He has served our community in tremendous fashion.” Read the entire story on page 3 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand!



ISTEP group not sure on goals for new test

Buy The Versailles RepublicanA 23-member committee tasked with replacing ISTEP agreed on a vision statement for the new suite of testing assessments but remains divided about what the goals of those assessments should be. With just four months left before the recommendations are due to the General Assembly, committee members are still in disagreement over what the tests should cover, what accountability needs to look like and what students need to know. Read the entire article on as submitted by Evansville Courier and Press, Hoosier State Press Association Information Network, on page 6 of The Versailles Republican.


Character counts in our community

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Character counts in this community! Milan Community Schools is sponsoring a special event from Thursday, August 25 to Thursday, September 1 for the community. Local businesses are joining efforts and displaying colored bows as a visual sign of our character counts initiative. They are supporting school efforts by promoting these special days. School counselors Tina Mutz, Gayle Healy and Brenda Schwering are committed to educating others about the importance of Character Education and Developmental Assets. Read the entire story in The Versailles Republican on the front page, section B.


New bachelor’s program at Columbus Purdue

Buy The Versailles RepublicanOfficials at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus announced the addition of Robotics Engineering Technology and Supply Chain Management Technology bachelor of science degree programs for students enrolled in the college, beginning in Fall 2016. Read the entire story on the front page of Section B in The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand!


Record number of families receive Homestead awards

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A record number of families (92) were presented a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture at the Indiana State Fair on Friday. Ripley County had five award recipients. “Agriculture has been our state’s calling card for the past 200 years, and we owe that to the tremendous contributions made by Indiana’s farming families. Read the entire article and see the photos on page 5, section B of The Versailles Republican.




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