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December 8
Milan Park Board to hold special meeting
An emergency meeting for the Milan Town Board is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The Board monthly meetings are now scheduled for the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Milan Town Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15.

Deadline Dec. 19
Letters to Santa Contest
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Santa is getting his Christmas list together, but some of you children haven’t told him what you want; so, write him a letter! Santa will answer each child with a personal letter, and you have a chance to win a gift from Santa, too! The top two letters will be awarded gifts! All letters received by December 19 will also be printed in our Annual Christmas Greeting Section on December 22. Be sure to include your name, address, age, and phone number, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and you will receive a reply. All letters become the property of Ripley Publishing Company. Pick up a specially addressed envelope at one of the local businesses. Pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican dated Thursday, Dec. 1 for a complete list of businesses.

Polar Plunge seeks sponsors

Special Olympics Indiana’s largest signature fundraising event, the Polar Plunge, has raised more than $3 million dollars since its inception in 2000.
The 18 Polar Plunges around the state feature 2,900 plungers braving the icy cold waters in Indiana, as they fundraiser to support athletes with intellectual disabilities. Over 5,000 spectators and volunteers watch as both individuals and teams in costumes jump in freezing water to participate in this incredible team-building, bucket-list challenge. Sponsorship opportunities for the Polar Plunge are available for companies that want to partner with Special Olympics Indiana. Contact Greg Townsend at 812-584-6861 or by email at, or visit to download a sponsorship form.

Jan. 7: First responder breakfast with legislator
Police, Fire, and EMS members please join State Representative Randy Frye for a breakfast to discuss public safety issues for the upcoming legislative session. The breakfast, sponsored by the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department, will be on Saturday, Jan. 7 beginning at 8 a.m.


Read the stories below and more in the Osgood Journal dated December 6, 2016.

Remembering Pearl Harbor
Buy the Osgood Journal“John Anderson stared in disbelief at bombs falling nearby. But his instincts as a turret gunner on the USS Arizona took over—he rushed to his post. Seconds later, a bomb hit the forward ammunition magazine, the ensuing massive explosion ripping open the ship’s hull.” The events of the past few minutes coursed through John Anderson’s mind like the hellish nightmare that it was. He had been assigned to set up chairs on the ship’s main deck for the Sunday morning worship service. His brother Jake and many others were still sound asleep below deck on a serene Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor. Read more as written by James F. Burns on page 4 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Police looking into death at Osgood
Buy the Osgood JournalAccording to information from Ripley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Abe Hildebrand, the death of an Osgood man is being investigated. On Sunday, December 4 at around 9:42 p.m. a 911 call was made concerning a male who was possibly deceased. Responding to the scene were Rescue 69, Ripley County Paramedics, Osgood Fire Department, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, Milan and Osgood police. Read more on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Kids and cops enjoy being together
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More than 70 children experienced shopping with a police officer over the weekend as part of the Kops For Kids program sponsored by the Wm. Rayner FOP Lodge. Officers teamed up to give the children an opportunity to shop for themselves and others at the Greensburg Walmart. See the photo and read more on the front page of the Osgood Journal.

Survey response needed for fire dept.

Buy the Osgood JournalThe Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department will be conducting a simple income survey across their service area in the next few weeks. This is a key element in a grant application process with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Read more on the front page of the Osgood Journal. This story will also be available on this website after 1 p.m. Click here to read.

Artist reception at Versailles State Park
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The final Bicentennial Arts in the Parks project in Ripley County will be celebrated this Saturday, Dec. 10, with an art reception at the Recreation Hall in the Versailles State Park Group Camp from 2 – 5 p.m. Artist Debi Black, who has been working on the project “Seasons of Versailles State Park” throughout the year, will have the final paintings on display, and postcards of the paintings will be available for purchase. Read the entire story on page 2 of the Osgood Journal. This story will be available on this website after 1 p.m. Click here to read.

Looking Back: 100 years ago 1916
Buy the Osgood JournalOfficers elected for the Ripley County Motor club included J. F. Lochard, Thomas Thompson, W. D. Robinson, and Fred Arkenberg. Township chairmen would be Clarence Miller of Adams, Sam Ellerman of Brown, Frank Poulter of Center, Bert Vayhinger of Delaware, George Schermer of Franklin, Frank Grow of Jackson, A. H. Beer of Johnson, Peter Holzer of Laughery, O. P. Shook of Otter Creek, Hayes Shaffer of Shelby, and W. E. Smith of Washington. Read more Ripley County history in the Looking Back column on page 3 of the Osgood Journal. Looking Back is featured every Tuesday in the Osgood Journal.


Read the stories below and more in The Versailles Republican dated December 1, 2016.

Milan glory days forever preserved

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Milan Athletics ‘Claim to Fame’ the 1954 State Basketball Championship, has been praised and paraded for 60 years in Southeastern Indiana. To memorialize that surprisingly wonderful and eclectic time, the town enveloped the joy of that moment within the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum located at 201 W Carr Street. Read the entire story by Sandy Day Howard on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand. This story will also be available on this website after 1 p.m. Click here to read.

State Board of Accounts files report on Town of Milan
Buy The Versailles RepublicanThe State Board of Accounts filed a special investigation report on the Town of Milan on November 21, 2016. This was for the time period of Feb. 1, 2013 to March 21, 2014. Dale Holbert served as the clerk treasurer during this time. Officials at the Town of Milan have been informed of the investigation results. A report was also given to the Office of the Indiana Attorney General and local prosecutor, Ric Hertel. Read more by Wanda Burnett on the front page of The Versailles Republican.

Morris fire department displays 1882 bell
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The Morris Volunteer Fire Department has put the town’s original fire bell on display again after three years in storage, according to Fire Chief Randy Merkel. “It started out where the old post office was, and we moved it to the top of the new firehouse when it was built. We installed a siren by it. The structure holding it up was getting rotten, so we took it down about three years ago. Read the entire story contributed by the Batesville Herald Tribune on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

S.E. Indiana REMC to award community grants
Buy The Versailles RepublicanThe Southeastern Indiana REMC “Operation Roundup Community Fund” is now accepting grant applications from communities it serves in Southeastern Indiana. The deadline to submit a grant application is December 31, 2016. Read more details about this grant on page 2 of The Versailles Republican.

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