Of the project’s $6 million cost, Batesville raised over $3 million of its $3.5 million commitment with Ivy Tech contributing the rest. The funding came from the city, BCSC, John A. Hillenbrand Foundation, local businesses, organizations and individuals.
Aug. 20 was “an exciting day in Batesville High School history,” pointed out principal Andy Allen. For the first time, 85 students began taking 122 dual enrollment classes at the larger Ivy Tech campus. As excited as the students must have been, parents had to be equally ecstatic. Their children were taking college courses – with zero tuition costs. Just this past semester parents collectively saved $109,800 (if those credit hours were taken at Indiana University-Bloomington).
3. Three of six South Ripley High School students who had been attending a Future Farmers of America daylong event at Hopewell Baptist Church and were involved in a March 7 two-vehicle crash were killed, according to the Indiana State Police.
A 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 driven by Thomas Crawford, 17, Dillsboro, was eastbound on Fairgrounds Road and a 1996 Ford F-250 pickup driven by Timothy Bowman, 17, Osgood, was northbound on County Road 850 West, reported Master Trooper Ben Bastin. As they approached the four-way stop intersection, “preliminary reconstruction findings indicated both vehicles disregarded the stop signs and the Dodge struck the F-250 broadside,” according to the release.
On April 12, the ISP public information officer reported, “There is nothing to indicate they (the two truck drivers) were racing .... At the time of impact, the speed of the Dodge was 75-81 mph and the Ford was going 26-28 mph ...”
Crawford admitted to the delinquent acts of reckless homicide and reckless driving May 16, according to The Herald-Tribune. About 50 people, including victims’ family members, filled the courtroom as Ripley Circuit Court Judge Carl Taul read the disposition that was agreed upon by the juvenile, his parents and attorney and the prosecutor. The teen was placed in a secure juvenile detention facility for 120 days with 30 days suspended. He must admit to his traffic infraction filed in Versailles Town Court and pay fines and fees associated with the ticket. Crawford was placed on reporting probation until age 21.