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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING FEBRUARY 16, 2017 12:45 P.M.

Breaking news . . .


Wednesday, Feb. 15

Columnist’s husband killed in crash

A crash claimed the life of Gary Fraser, Osgood, the husband of Cathy May, well-known columnist for the Osgood Journal and The Versailles Republican.
The collision occurred about 8:45 a.m. at the entrance of Buckeye Village Apartments, Osgood, on US 421. Fraser was airlifted to a Cincinnati hospital where he died from multiple injuries sustained in the crash. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 25, at the Osgood First Baptist Church. Watch for the full story and pictures in the Osgood Journal on February 21.

Editors note: A press release has not yet been received about the crash. Sgt. Wheeles with the Indiana State Police is still gathering information as of 12:30 today.







UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING FEBRUARY 16, 2017 9:30 A.M.

Read the stories below and more in The Versailles Republican dated February 16, 2017.

Versailles hires new deputy marshal

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At the February 14 meeting of the Versailles Town Council, Edward Rodriguez was sworn in as the deputy marshal for the town. His wife, Amy, and children were in attendance at the meeting. Rodriguez is a 17-year Navy veteran and comes to Versailles with specialized training from his time in the service. 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 1 p.m. Click here to read.



Milan Park Board plans July 5K

Buy The Versailles RepublicanThe Milan Town Park Board held their first 2017 5K meeting on February 9 with Deb Shumate saying they are off to a great start! Those at the meeting included Shumate, Joyce Call, Teresa Johns, and Deanna Demotte. The group is working hard toward getting the 5K event off the ground and say they are going to need a lot of help. Read the details on the front page of The Versailles Republican.


Friendship State Bank jump starts New Year with cash for charity and customers
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Friendship State Bank customers, who signed up for e-statements in January, received the opportunity to donate to their favorite causes with a chance to win $250 for charity and $100 for themselves. “Get organized” topped the list of most popular 2017 resolutions according to NBC News. While many people clean out closets and unload boxes at local donation centers, The Friendship State Bank encouraged customers to cut the clutter with e-statements. Read more on page 2 of The Versailles Republican. This story will also be available on this website after 1 p.m. Click here to read.


Safe Passage promotes teen dating violence awareness month

Buy The Versailles RepublicanHurtful name-calling, slapping and posting rumors on social media are not normal, respectful behaviors in a dating relationship. Never. That’s the message the Batesville High School Safe Passage Youth Council wants to share. They’ll do so in a healthy and fun environment with the third annual Winter Rose dance on Feb. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the RomWeber Marketplace in Batesville. Read the entire story on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Milan gymnast brings home medals from Florida meet
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Local gymnast, Calista Koehmstedt, recently competed in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the 29th annual Gasparilla Classic. The meet was held at the Tropicana Field, home to the Tampa Bay Rays professional baseball team. This year’s meet included a little over 3,500 female gymnasts and 600 male gymnasts. Athletes represented 21 states as well as Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Mexico, Trinidad, and Tabago. Read more on page 3 of The Versailles Republican.



Tri Kappa Delta Rho Chapter thanks community for support
Buy The Versailles RepublicanThroughout the state of Indiana the Tri Kappa organization will be celebrating Tri Kappa week during February 19 – 25. The group takes this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the community for their support to the organization. Read the entire article on page 3 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Tyson Activity Center benefits from REMC’s Operation Roundup

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Owen Menchhofer presents a check for $1,113.45 to Aimee and Jeff Cornett, who were representing the Tyson Activity Center. The money received will go toward the construction costs for the RCATS program at the center. See this and more photos of grant recipients on page 7 of The Versailles Republican.




Don’t miss the bridal expos!

Buy The Versailles RepublicanIf you’re planning a wedding, there’s no need to travel far for information on anything you will need for that special big day. There are two ultimate local bridal expos in place that have the answer to what you’re looking for. For date information and more details read the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Milan students visit Kroger

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Students in Melissa Sanders Readiness Kindergarten class at Milan Elementary took a field trip to Kroger in Lawrenceburg recently. During their visit they toured the building including the employee locker area, manager’s office, refrigerator, freezer, produce section, flower department, and so much more. The Readiness Kindergarten program is an optional two-year kindergarten program open to all students who will be four years old on or before August 1. The program helps students prepare for traditional kindergarten the following year. Read more School News on the front page of section B in The Versailles Republican.




UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING FEBRUARY 14, 2016 9:30 A.M.

Read the stories below and more in the Osgood Journal dated February 14, 2017.

All weather radios do not receive signal in Ripley County
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Some residents of Ripley County have experienced trouble with getting a signal over their weather radios. This has been a problem that the emergency management agency has been made aware of and is in the process of trying to get corrected. The EMA hosted a press conference last week for area media to explain where they are with the project of getting a 1,000 watt transmitter to improve broadcast reception for the entire county. Read the entire story by Wanda English Burnett on the front page of the Osgood Journal. 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.


Jac-Cen-Del officials look back to move forward
Buy the Osgood JournalDepartment leaders had an opportunity to present to the Jac-Cen-Del Community School Board (JCDCS) an overview of the past year and the goals for 2017 at a recent meeting. Superintendent Tim Taylor encouraged conversations among the leaders and the board members. Read the entire story by Arlene Knudson on the front page of the Osgood Journal.


South Ripley Special Olympics coach praises athletes

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“The winter games were great!” stated Trace Tucker. Tucker has been coaching Special Olympians for many years and this one was no different. Tucker, special education teacher for South Ripley Schools, packed up quite a group of kids this year and headed for Perfect North Slopes where the Indiana Special Olympics Winter Games were held. Hundreds of athletes from across the state met together for the annual competition. Read the details by Sandy Day Howard on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


College News: Shawnee State University, Trine University and University of Findlay
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Read recently submitted college news on page 2 of the Osgood Journal.


New physicians join medical staff at Margaret Mary Health

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In an effort to increase access to health care in our area, Margaret Mary Health recently added three new physicians to its medical staff. Pediatricians Richard Turner, MD and Kristina Wang, MD are now accepting new patients in their office located at the hospital’s main campus, while Otolaryngologist Robert Schrimpf, MD is taking new ear, nose and throat (ENT) patients at his office located in Margaret Mary’s Outpatient and Cancer Center. Read the entire article on page 3 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.



On the Record from the Ripley County Courthouse

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Read the latest submissions from the Ripley County Courthouse on page 9 of the Osgood Journal.


Regional Wrap-up: Huge exercise coming to MUTC

Buy the Osgood JournalThe Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville is gearing up for a massive exercise that will last from April 16 to May 14. This federal emergency response exercise will simulate a national emergency incident in order to test the preparedness of federal response teams. It is dubbed “Guardian Response.” Read the details and more regional news on page 9 of the Osgood Journal. 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.





UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 11:30 A.M.

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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING FEBRUARY 7, 2017 9:30 A.M.



Local Bulletin Board


Deadline is March 17
Margaret Mary Health accepting scholarship applications

Margaret Mary Health is now accepting applications for its scholarship program. To qualify, applicants must be pursuing degrees in the health care field, be a full-time student and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Recipients receive an initial award of $3,000 and $1,000 each year up to three years. Applications are available at the hospital, area high schools or online at www.mmhealth.org. Completed applications must be returned to human resources by March 17, 2017. For more information call 812-933-5259.

Reservations due March 18
Art in Nature II to offer free art classes

Are you a budding artist but never got to try your hand at watercolor painting, wood turning, or recycled art? Art in Nature is the perfect opportunity to feel free to attempt artistic aspirations guided by talented local artists ready with the tools you need. Scheduled for Monday through Saturday, April 3 – 8, at the Recreation Hall in Versailles State Park (VSP), classes will be held nightly from 6 – 8 p.m., plus a jewelry making class Saturday from 1 – 3 p.m., and an art show of all the created art Saturday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. For a complete schedule and how to register pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal dated January 31, 2017.




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