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PAGE UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING APRIL 27, 2017 9 A.M.

Read the stories below and more in The Versailles Republican dated April 27, 2017.

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Batesville man to do time for robbing gas station

Derek Douglas, 21, Batesville, will be spending some time in prison for an Armed Robbery, a Level 3 Felony charge, after he pled guilty on Monday, April 17 in Ripley County Circuit Court. The charges go back two year when in 2015 Douglas admitted he used a handgun to rob a cashier at Huck’s Gas Station in late February. After taking the cash from the register, Douglas ran from the store to a friend’s apartment, but was quickly apprehended by Batesville Police officers. Read the entire article by Wanda English Burnett on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.
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Women give generously through RCCF

The Ripley County Community Foundation Women in Philanthropy grant program celebrated in Kentucky Derby style last week when they held their annual luncheon at the Romweber Marketplace in Batesville. The 14th annual event saw ladies dressed in hats and dresses worthy of the Derby and the cause they were celebrating – giving back! Read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett 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 3 p.m. Click here or click the photo to read.
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CDL program will not be offered this year

At the April meeting of the Southeastern Career Center Board of Directors it was announced that the much anticipated CDL Logistics program will not be offered in the fall of 2017. SCC Director Brad Street noted that they will continue to work with Drive Train, recruit for the program and hope to offer the class in the fall of 2018. Some members asked about offering an adult program, with Street saying they can look at that as soon as they address a location and fill the class for the students who are in high school. Read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.
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Circus tradition continues


The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus, founded during the Depression, is making another milestone this year as it celebrates its 78th anniversary. Founded in 1938 by Obert Miller and his son, Kelly and Dores, this traditional, tented circus has seen the passing of the millennium and still offers the same great family entertainment it presented in its humble beginnings. Read the details on how to buy tickets and history of the circus on page 2 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.
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Versailles State Park to host job fair


The Versailles State Park will host a job fair on Sunday, April 30 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the park office. Positions available include gate attendant, laborer, mower, housekeeper, lifeguard, and security. Applicants should bring a copy of their resume, as well as their driver’s license and social security card.
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Photography contest open at Muscatatuck NWR

Entries are now being accepted for the Wings Over Muscatatuck Photo Contest at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge near Seymour. There are two categories for entries: Birds of Indiana and Birds of Other Places. Photos must be prints by non-commercial photographers that are at least 5” x 7” in size. Previous winning entries are ineligible. Read the rules and details on how to enter on page 2 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

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Milan Indianettes end season on top

The Milan Indianettes ended their 2017 season on top this year. Directed by Coach Tracey Gobel, the team participated in the Showcase America Unlimited (SCAU) Nationals Competition April 7 – 9. The competition was held at the BB&T Arena on NKU’s campus. In the Solo/Ensemble competition three of the team members competed with their solo routines. Read the entire story on page 3 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.
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Relay for Life: Honoring survivors and caregivers

Relay For Life is currently seeking Ripley County residents who have or had cancer and invite them for a special celebration at the annual Relay For Life event to be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Throughout the 24-hour event, cancer survivors are celebrated and special events throughout the day are in honor of these super heroes. The event is launched by the Survivor Lap where our heroes of hope take a victory lap to celebrate their battle. Read the details on page 3 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand. This story will also be available on this website after 3 p.m. Click here or click the image to read.
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Indiana State Police Drug Take Back Day

Indiana State Police partners with the DEA and the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force for the 13th Drug Take Back Day On Saturday, April 29, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the 13th nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative. The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. Read the details on page 3 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.
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Sunman man sentenced to 12 years in prison for battery

Jeremy D. Mounts, 22, Sunman, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on an Aggravated Battery charge, a Level 3 Felony. Five of those years were suspended. There are several conditions to probation for Mounts, including having no contact with his victim, when he is released from prison. Read the entire story and the On The Record from the Ripley County Courthouse on page 6 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.
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Composite decking can be a smart choice

Decks add character and functionality to a home, increasing outdoor entertaining space and oftentimes improving the resale value of a home. Homeowners have various options when choosing decking materials, but one such option, composite decking, is growing in popularity. Decks used to primarily be made from pressure-treated lumber. Read the entire article on page 3, section B of The Versailles Republican. See more informative home improvement stories in section B, pages 1-7 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

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Attention journalism students!
Indiana Republican Editorial Association offers scholarship
Ripley Publishing Company, Inc., a member of the Indiana Republican Editorial Association, is joining the IREA in co-sponsoring a scholarship program, which will award one $500 scholarship to an Indiana student. This one-year scholarship will go to an Indiana resident who is enrolled in an Indiana university or college and is majoring in the field of journalism. The fund was established on 1985 in behalf of the IREA, the oldest Republican editorial association in the nation. The Indiana Republican Editorial Association will make the selection and announce the winner after the June 15 deadline. Please email lchandler@ripleynews.com to request an application form.

Deadline April 30
Community trust applications available
Applications for donations from the Frank Tarter Community Trust and the Ray Herman and Louise Herman Crum Community Trust may be submitted by tax exempt organizations from Osgood and the rural community surrounding Osgood. Due to IRS regulations, only non-profit organizations are eligible to receive funds from the trust. These applications are available at the Comer & Ertel Law Office, 115 West Ripley Street, Osgood, during normal business hours. For more information and details on how to apply pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal dated April 4, 2017. Newspapers can be purchased at the Ripley Publishing Company located at 115 S. Washington St., Versailles.

Deadline is May 5
New Point Vol. Fire Dept. / Miller Family Scholarship offered
The New Point Volunteer Fire Dept. / Carl H and Goldia Miller Family Scholarship Program will award four $500 scholarships to 2017 graduating seniors. These scholarships are awarded based on community service completed by the student during high school. Graduates from Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Greensburg, North Decatur, and South Decatur High Schools who have applied, been accepted and plan to begin their studies in 2017 may apply. For more information and details on how to apply pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal dated February 28, 2017. Newspapers can be purchased at the Ripley Publishing Company located at 115 S. Washington St., Versailles.


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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING FEBRUARY 21, 2017 1 P.M.


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