• Will Fehlinger The Herald-Tribune

Twelve members of the Batesville High School FFA chapter, along with 83 of their community supporters, gathered at the Batesville Middle School Commons Nov. 14 for the 58th annual Farm-City Banquet celebrating local agriculture and its vitality to the city.

  • Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune

Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel presented his second annual State of the Streets address Nov. 14 at the Big Four Cafe.

  • Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune

After a suggestion by President Kevin Chaffee last month, Batesville City Council discussed an ordinance that would accept two roads inside Liberty Park as part of the city's inventory of streets.

Farmers and ranchers have a critical insight when it comes to improving their systems. Whether they need to limit off-farm inputs, reduce erosion, create more time for family or community activities, learn marketing skills or find other ways to enhance their livelihoods, they can turn to the…

Alternative plans are in place for this Saturday’s Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade and Market. Due to the poor weather forecast, the parade portion of this weekend’s holiday festivities has been postponed, reports BACC executive director Anna Ibold.

On Oct. 30, William Waller reported for duty at the Indiana State Police Post, Versailles. He was one of the 37 new troopers reporting to their districts after graduating from the 77th ISP Recruit Academy Oct. 19, reported Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer.

John Meer, a seventh grade St. Louis School student, has found a way to use his passion and skill to give back to the teachers and school that he loves. He is a young man who recognizes the people who've helped him over the years, and he's giving back the best way he can, said principal Chad…

St. Louis School celebrated Red Ribbon Week with theme and dress-up days, reported Janet Wilson, SLS teacher and Student Council sponsor.

Purdue Polytechnic Richmond enrollment has grown by 22 percent in 2017, demonstrating the need for affordable degree programs in the region that offer highly sought skills by area employers.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation.

Oldenburg Academy recently unveiled its new innovation room for student-use. This new learning space is funded through a variety of sources and creates a wide variety of options for each student’s education. Through the generous funding from the CREATE Foundation; John A. Hillenbrand Foundat…

Genesis: Pathways to Success (GPS) partnered with Nextech to host a counselor and administrator seminar on computer science Oct. 23 for counselors, administrators and computer science educators from around the region, according to Cheryll Obendorf, GPS executive director.

The Indiana Department of Education recently released the results of a voluntary survey asking Indiana elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, superintendents and members of governing bodies whether they support mandating cursive writing in school.

Sue Siefert, Class of 1976, and Jan Dietz Alexander, Class of 1977, received Distinguished Alumni awards during the Oldenburg Academy Alumni Association Annual Homecoming Oct. 14.

Sunman-Dearborn Middle School first quarter honor rolls for three grades have been announced by administrators.

Danielle Gutapfel, Batesville, has begun the Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI) host/server assistant (restaurant) program in Muncie. This is a program of the Arc of Indiana Foundation.

The Indiana University Purdue University Columbus cadet program, established in the fall semester of 2015 by the Indiana University Police Department, allows qualified full-time undergraduate students an opportunity to work in law enforcement while pursuing their college degree.

  • Debbie Blank The Herald-Tribune

BROOKVILLE – An overdose response kit was passed around to Franklin County Health Department employees and board members by board member Jennifer Profitt, Brookville, at the Oct. 17 quarterly meeting.

  • Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune

Christian hip-hop artist Beacon Light told Batesville High School students about the highs and lows he has experienced throughout his life during a convocation sponsored by the Batesville Community School Corp. Choices program.

  • Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune

Over 20 years before she was elected mayor of Dayton, Ohio, Nan Whaley was already developing her leadership skills.

Hoosiers continue to favor allowing the sale of cold beer at supermarkets and convenience stores in Indiana, and they want to buy alcohol on Sunday, says a new study from Ball State University.

Indiana Conservation Officers (ICOs) will conduct a wildlife checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Ripley County from 1-8 p.m. Nov. 19. The checkpoint is intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws and to encourage safety and sportsmanship by promoting voluntary compliance wi…

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry would like to remind all hunters and landowners about its deer donation program.

Indiana is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Gov. Eric Holcomb recently announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. The FirstNet network will bring advanced tools…

"Social Security has a toolbox full of resources on its website, www.socialsecurity.gov, to help you with your financial planning. With so many resources, maybe it’s easier if we highlight one of our 'best,'" said Charo Boyd, Social Security, Indianapolis, public affairs specialist.

An emergency rule signed recently by the Department of Natural Resources and filed with the Natural Resources Commission and Legislative Services Agency, states, “Rifle cartridges that were allowed in previous years on public land for deer hunting are allowed on public land again this year d…

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites guests to experience the battle that changed the course of the Civil War with its newest exhibit, "You Are There 1863: Letter Home from Gettysburg." It runs through Jan. 19, 2019, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio…

Veterans admitted free to IDNR properties Saturday

  • Ruth Riehle and Larry Hoffbauer Contributing Writers

His family, the community – Weisburg, Sunman, Batesville – Klump's, the American Legion and All Saints Parish (St. Paul's Catholic Church), New Alsace campus, lost a staunch supporter Nov. 5, 2017, when Ray Hemke passed away in Richmond at the age of 95.

Millions of Americans will travel the nation’s highways this Thanksgiving holiday to visit family and friends. With more vehicles on the road, the chances of being involved in a crash increase greatly.

One thousand seven hundred fifty-eight portable breath tests have been delivered to assist 150 local law enforcement agencies across Indiana. The breathalyzers were purchased with just over $750,000 in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) impaired-driving funds administered…

A project that touched each of Indiana's 92 counties is the winner of a statewide award. The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) proudly presented the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) with its 2017 Bicentennial Collaborative Project Award for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay.

The Indiana Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program has a new mobile application to make it easier for clients to access the nutritious food and other benefits they need to be healthy.

Indiana state superintendent of public instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick and Gov. Eric Holcomb have announced a new partnership to give all Hoosier students access to the tools and resources needed for digital learning with high-speed internet in every classroom. The state is partnering wit…

John Armbruster, an Oldenburg Academy faculty member, was the recipient of the Virtue Honor Education Award that was presented during Oldenburg Academy's annual alumni homecoming Mass.

The Indiana Farmers Union has a terrific line-up for this year’s annual convention to be held Nov. 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Taxman Fortville, 29 S. Main St., Fortville. This free event offers a full lunch buffet, film screening of “Farmers For America,” giveaways and food and farm advocate…

Farmers and ranchers with base acres in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net program may enroll for the 2018 crop year through Aug. 1, 2018, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture officials.

It’s FAFSA time! Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is essential in determining federal aid eligibility to assist in paying for college. Because of changes to the FAFSA process last year, students may apply much earlier than in the past.

An Ivy Tech Community College faculty member has been deployed to the Middle East to serve with the United States Army Reserve, according to director of marketing Chris Schilling.

  • Sam Wade Contributing Writer

“Santa’s Christmas Village” is the theme for the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade and Market.

  • Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune

Felony murder charges have been filed against Batesville residents Nathaniel Walmsley, 36, and James Trimnell, 38, by the Ripley County Prosecutor's Office. The charges stem from the July 30 death of Walmsley's wife, Rachel.