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UPDATED July 29, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Scooter accidents cause injury

Two scooter accidents occurred in one day causing serious injuries to both drivers.

Versailles scooter accidentMARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
This moped accident happened on Wednesday afternoon in Versailles at S. Adams and Jarvis streets.

On Wednesday, Angel Back, 33, Versailles, was riding a moped and rear ended a UPS truck that was slowing to turn. The incident occurred at 2:28 p.m. at South Adams and Jarvis streets in Versailles. She was flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment. Her injuries were not life-threatening but serious, according to Versailles police. The cycle was destroyed. The truck driver was not injured. Ripley County Sheriff’s Office assisted, along with state police, Rescue 69, Osgood police, Ripley County paramedics.

A few hours later another scooter incident occurred on Spades Road in Sunman. Corrise Loomis, 40, Sunman, was northbound on Spades Road, near CR 1100 north, when attempting to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle left the road and ran into a ditch. She too was airlifted from the scene, and suffered a fractured right leg and an internal injury.

Both accidents remain under investigation. According to state law, to ride a motorized bike on public roadways the driver must be at least 15 years of age and have a state issued ID or driver’s license.  Anyone operating a motorized bike under the age of 18 must wear a helmet and eye protection (goggles, safety glasses, or a face shield).

UPDATED June 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Tyson fund applications accepted

Trustees of the Tyson Versailles Fund are accepting grant applications for the 2014 awards, which will be presented at the annual meeting on September 15, 2014.

James “Uncle Jim” Tyson established his private foundation in 1930 to promote the religious, social, literary, and educational advancement for the residents of Versailles. Uncle Jim’s financial gift initially funded construction of the Tyson Temple, Tyson Library, the Versailles Elementary-High School, maintenance to Cliff Hill Cemetery, and feasts at the Ripley County Infirmary. Over the years, his gift to his community has provided funding for several projects including fire trucks and equipment for the Versailles Volunteer Fire Department, upgrades and facilities for the Versailles Water Works, sidewalks through the town, funding for various projects at Versailles and South Ripley School Corporation, the town of Versailles in general for various projects and programs, and grants made to qualified non-profit organizations in the area. Over the past 10 years, Tyson Fund has contributed over $5 million to the Versailles community.

The annual meeting is held on September 14 (Sundays excepted) each year in celebration and remembrance of Uncle Jim’s birthday. Grant applications may be picked up at the Tyson Library or the Tyson United Methodist Church Office. Application deadline is 5 p.m. on August 1. For additional details, contact Tyson United Methodist Church at 689-6976 or any Trustee. Trustees are Natalie Gilpin, President; Bob Meyer, Secretary; Connie Morris, Treasurer; and Mike Richmond, Kenny Sheets, Susan Underwood, Jim Leveille and Bill Bradford.

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