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• Rodney W. Stratton, Holton, Ripley County Commissioner District 2
• Bill Warren, Osgood, Ripley County Council At Large
• Randy Frye, Greensburg, State Representative District 67
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• Stephen D. Snyder, Milan, Milan School Board


Halloween Hauntings
Tyson’s Haunted Gym opens up their doors this weekend, Friday and Saturday, and Oct. 28-29, from 8 to midnight. The haunted gym is located in Versailles. The cost is $5 and proceeds go toward further Tyson Activity Center programming.

The Jacob Vogel Scare is in its fourth year. The haunted woods is located south of Versailles off of SR 129 on Olean Road. Hours are Friday and Saturdays until the end of October from 8 to 11 p.m. The cost is $5 and all proceeds go to The Jacob Vogel Memorial Scholarship to help pay for an SCC student’s fire and rescue training fees.

Fear Factory in Batesville is open on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. and is located on South Eastern Avenue (use the south street entrance at RomWeber). The $10 haunted tour charge is donated to Cierra’s Club, a healthy alternative for teens.

Community Treat or Treat Hours
• Local communities will be having trick or treat hours on Monday, Oct. 31. Versailles, Osgood, Friendship Holton and Milan will host trick or treaters from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. At 7 p.m., Versailles American Legion will have a costume parade beginning at the legion and going to the courthouse square with awards following. Osgood residents are welcome to bring lawn chairs and hand out candy at Brick Street to the costumed kids. Also ghosts and goblins are invited to stop by on Oct. 31 at the Tyson United Methodist Church for treats from their annual trick or treat event.
Sunman and Batesville will also have trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m., Batesville’s parade begins at 6 p.m.


Click here to view a photo album of the 2016 Versailles Pumpkin Show.

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Tyson center getting exterior makeover
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The Tyson Activity Center on High Street is a hub of activity lately. However, it’s not from what’s going on inside the gym, but on the outside of the historic building. With use of a $352,000 Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs grant, (matching grant funds came from the Tyson Fund and Rising Sun Regional Foundation), much needed repairs are being made to preserve and secure the integrity of the 66 year old building. Read the entire article by Mary Mattingly on this website after 2 p.m. Click here to access. Can't wait? Pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand.

Citizen concerned about alley use

Buy The Versailles RepublicanA Versailles citizen’s concern about health and safety opened up the Oct. 11 Versailles Town Council meeting. Ron Horn has noticed the alley by the new Family Dollar store is not well illuminated. He put out reflectors on his property to help. He’s also concerned about the small lot, now owned by McDonald’s, near his property and has become a hangout, with cars often stopped there. Read more town council news on the front page of The Versailles Republican.

Agency oversees adult health and safety

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Editor’s Note: Second in an on-going series dealing with senior citizen issues. In addition to the possibility of a lack of affordable care for senior citizens, there comes the realization that elder care must be adequately overseen to prevent and detect abuse and neglect. Inquiries into Indiana’s ability to protect senior citizens have shown a lack of oversight and regulations from the state. Read the second article in this series by Sandy Day Howard on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Tip leads to arrest; suspect flees
Buy The Versailles RepublicanAn anonymous tip led to the arrest of two wanted individuals on Sunday. The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and Milan Police Department responded to the tip regarding the wanted individuals. Read more details on page 3 of The Versailles Republican.

Nearby parks starting to peak for fall foliage
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There are the yellows and golds of poplars, the vibrant reds from native sumacs, while maples add a touch of vivid orange. Indiana comes alive with color in the fall, but it doesn’t last too long. Making matters more challenging, peak fall foliage in Indiana may start as early in September or as late as mid-October, depending on your location, and, of course, the weather! A wet summer will produce more fall color, and a dry one not so much. Read this entire story on this website after 2 p.m. Click here to access. Can't wait? Pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand.

Why the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College
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In a few weeks, most Americans will enter the voting booth thinking they are about to elect the next president. Our Constitution calls for something rather different. Voters will actually be choosing “electors,” and it is these officers who will make the choice as members of the Electoral College. Each state has as many electors as it has members of Congress. Read more on by Randall T. Shepard on page 4 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Public support needed: Local nonprofit shelter up for big cash prize
Buy The Versailles RepublicanSafe Passage, the domestic violence shelter that serves six counties, has a good chance at winning $100,000! Allstate Foundation created a Purple Purse Challenge through the fundraising platform Crowdrise fund for nonprofits, and Safe Passage is in competition with 93 other participating domestic violence agencies across the nation. Read more on page 8 of The Versailles Republican.


Read the stories below and more in the Osgood Journal dated October 18, 2016.

Man who survived crash arrested
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The Pennsylvania man who survived a crash for three days on US 50 at the Ripley/Jennings County line on Sept. 17 has been arrested. Charges were filed Sept. 28 and a warrant issued for Kevin Bell, 39, for driving while suspended causing death, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, both Level 5 felonies, failure to report a dead body, driving while suspended and false informing, all misdemeanors. Read the details on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Special event honors Milan Lions Club
Buy the Osgood JournalThe Milan Lions Club is not accustomed to being served. After all the Lions Club motto is “We serve.” But the tables will be turned on Oct. 20. A community appreciation evening at the Reservation Restaurant has been planned by Greg and Jeff Holt for that Thursday evening for the local Lions group. Read more by Mary Mattingly on the front page of the Osgood Journal.

First fire engine, theater and Lincoln artifacts at museum
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Some of the smallest towns in Indiana are rich in heritage and none any more so than Osgood. The Osgood Historical Museum, located right in the center of town at 128 Buckeye Street, is filled with artifacts and memorabilia commemorating over 150 years of times gone by. Editor’s Note: This is an on-going series featuring the museums in our county. Read the story by Sandy Day Howard on the front page of the Osgood Journal. To read more in the series pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal or The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand. Click here to subscribe today!

Looking Back: 25 years ago 1991
Buy the Osgood JournalMichael Manning was named the new principal at the Milan Elementary School. Indiana State Police detective Ed Hunter retired after 27 years. Adrian White of Versailles was chosen by fellow members of the Senior Center as Oldest Hoosier of the Year. Read more Ripley County history in the Looking Back column on page 3 of the Osgood Journal. The Looking Back column is published every Tuesday in the Osgood Journal.

Storyteller presents comedian Red Skelton’s life
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Local residents will have the chance to learn about the Hoosier born comedian Red Skelton on Thursday when a professional storyteller comes to the Osgood Public Library to share his life story Thursday. An American entertainer, Red Skelton was best known for his national radio and television acts between 1937 and 1971, and as host of the television program The Red Skelton Show. Read more on page 3 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Protecting Veterans Credit

Buy the Osgood JournalAmerica’s veterans have earned and deserve accessible, quality, and timely care – on that we can all agree. Despite reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), too many veterans are still facing long wait times for care and challenges making appointments. Now we’ve learned that some veterans are also seeing medical bills damage their credit scores through no fault of their own. We must address this problem. Read the entire article by U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly on page 4 of the Osgood Journal.

Milan wins football conference
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Milan Indians Varsity FootballTteam won the Mid-Indiana Football Conference Champion after earning a perfect conference record and title following their regular season final game victory 66-6 over Switzerland County on October 14. The team will play the first sectional game on October 21 at Union County. Read the entire list of names and see a photo on the front page of the Osgood Journal.

Safety tips for Indiana deer hunters
Buy the Osgood JournalIndiana Conservation Officers are offering safety tips to keep Hoosier deer hunters safe during the 2016 season, which began this morning in urban zones. October 1 was the official beginning of archery deer season. Over 300,000 people will participate in deer hunting activities in the state beginning today extending through January 3, 2017. On average, 33 people will be injured in hunting related accidents in Indiana during the hunting seasons with 18 of those injuries occurring as a result of falls from elevated platforms (data dating from 2006 through 2015). Read the safety tips on page 6 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

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