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Calvin Grote, a St. Louis School eighth-grader, says his Uncle Bob inspires him “because he is always there if you need help, and he is kind to everyone no matter what they have done. He gives them the time to get to know him.”

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Franklin County health officials have received notice of a sixth COVID-19 related death. The woman in her 70s was admitted to an Indiana hospital March 20 and was later transferred to an Ohio hospital, where she died April 1, according to a news release from the Franklin County COVID-19 Task…

"In these challenging times, we believe more than ever in the power of the humanities to bring us together," says Kristen Fuhs Wells, Indiana Humanities vice president. "Even though we’re social distancing, we can still think, read and talk. We still can (and probably should) read more about…

A global pandemic isn’t keeping Vincennes University students and professor Arthur Fields from creating art. They are keeping their art flowing in the age of the coronavirus, and VU’s community is encouraging everyone to create art.

ASPIN navigators, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, are available statewide to assist in reviewing State Health Insurance Programs or the Marketplace plans remotely through Skype, Zoom or phone.

The Indiana Department of Revenue team continues to serve our fellow Hoosiers by doing everything we can to maintain DOR systems and operations during this time. Our team is focused on helping the millions of Hoosiers and hundreds of thousands of Indiana businesses and corporations navigate …

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Kindergartner Benton Skinner (left) and brother Matthew, a seventh-grader, fly a kite at the Batesville Intermediate School-Batesville Middle School field. The boys and parents Andy and Brenda Skinner "have a daily routine with our neighbors on the 300 block of Columbus Avenue where we come …

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Jeremy Cook, Batesville, describes himself as “just your average guy with a competitive nature that loves exercising and improving the health of others. I’m a continuous learner who has turned to much more reading, and am in a constant state of trying to become a better Christian, husband, s…

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A fifth COVID-19 suspected related death was announced by Franklin County health officials March 31, according to a Franklin County COVID-19 Task Force news release. "The (Franklin County) Health Department was notified this afternoon of the death of a male in his 70s who had been in the car…

The Ripley County Humane Society Pet of the Month is Liz, a blue heeler mix. The 4-year-old came to the shelter as a stray, reports RCHS Board President Robert Luken.

Kindergartner Benton Skinner (left) and brother Matthew, a seventh-grader, fly a kite at the Batesville Intermediate School-Batesville Middle School field. The boys and parents Andy and Brenda Skinner "have a daily routine with our neighbors on the 300 block of Columbus Avenue where we come …

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is encouraging all students to file the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid before the approaching April 15 deadline. As part of the state’s annual Cash for College campaign, the commission is joining with INvestED Indiana to host a vi…

Franklin County officials received complaints regarding an off-road recreational vehicle park being open over the weekend, according to a Franklin County Sheriff's Department news release. The complaints received were that Haspin Acres, Laurel, was not closed due to the governor’s stay-at-ho…

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Franklin County health officials reported two more deaths over the weekend that are suspected to be related to COVID-19, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jason Lovins, the county’s COVID-19 public information officer, reported March 30.

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An adult male over age 60 from Ripley County died March 30 at Margaret Mary Health, the Ripley County Health Department announced that day. The person had been hospitalized as a COVID-19 patient. 

Emi Lopez, a Batesville Middle School eighth-grader, recalls his greatest challenge in life: “Moving from Mexico to the USA when I was 6.”

Margaret Wilson describes herself as “a young, athletic woman who loves to play sports and be outside. I get good grades in school and hope to keep that up. I strive to be kind and nice to anyone and everyone.”

Eli Loichinger says his greatest challenge was “working very hard in sixth grade to get faster and stronger for seventh and eighth grade to become a better athlete.”

• 30,000 N95 masks resurface in Goshen.

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Margaret Mary Health CEO Tim Putnam took time March 28 to answer most, but not all of The Herald-Tribune's questions. He explained, "The Margaret Mary Health average daily census is usually around 12 to 15 inpatients. Right now, our inpatient volumes are trending considerably higher. Our nor…

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Indiana State Police Versailles District detectives were called to investigate an early morning house fire March 28 in rural Switzerland County that resulted in multiple fatalities, reported Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, the district’s public information officer.

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Just as Americans have always pitched in during wartime, now a local effort is underway to provide masks to persons who have COVID-19 or are at risk of being infected.

It is important that each side of a mask be made of a different fabric so that the person wearing it more than once can be safe. The person must remember which fabric should be facing out.

“These are uncertain times – but one thing is always true: we need a connection to the natural world,” observes Oak Heritage Conservancy executive director Liz Brownlee.

An 81-year-old male is the first Margaret Mary Health patient with COVID-19 to pass away. The patient died Friday, March 27, at the hospital, according to a news release. He tested positive for the virus and had multiple underlying health issues.

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Attendees at the 2020 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program national conference learned about the Ripley County Courts Addiction and Drug Services (CADS) Program. Ripley County Court Services director Shannon Schmaltz, Margaret Mary Health behavioral health and addiction services manager…

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Franklin County health officials announced March 27 a second suspected COVID-19 related death. The patient, a male in his 80s, had been under doctors’ care in an Ohio hospital since March 20, reported Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jason Lovins, the county’s COVID-19 public info…

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Shortly after starting her first day on the job as the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency director Feb. 10, Amy Lindsey became even more busy dealing with COVID-19 concerns. However, the Batesville resident is well qualified for her position.

Exploring the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, is just a click away and now includes five new digital offerings to enjoy, stream and share on your favorite social media platform: YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIapT-uchKkndLlEZKAZxow; Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/events/12675…

The coronavirus has shaken the world. It is a serious reminder of our mortality, vulnerability and the importance of honoring these aspects of life. We are required to separate ourselves and stay in our homes as an invisible invader moves through and takes control of our daily lives.

In response to recommendations from Gov. Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and the leadership of Indiana’s major political parties, the Indiana Election Commission has issued an order making it easier for Hoosiers to vote in the June 2 primary election. Holcomb previously moved …

Based on the guidance of public health agencies, until further notice all Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati programs are being rescheduled or conducted online or by phone, whenever possible.

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On March 6, the Indiana State Department of Health confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in a Hoosier with recent travel. On March 16, ISDH reported the first death in Indiana due to the coronavirus.

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Obituaries

Mary Elizabeth Knopfle, 69, Supply, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, Brunswick House. Mary was born at Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville, Indiana, Thursday, Oct. 19, 1950, to the late William and Loretta Gillman Westerman. In additio…

Gregory Wade Thayer, 69, of Osgood passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. The son of J. Wade and Mary Kamman Thayer was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on November 28, 1950. He was married to Yolanda Kramer on October 22, 1977, and his wife of 42 yea…

Eunice F. Miller, age 84 of Batesville, died Friday, March 20, 2020, at her home. Born November 5, 1935, in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Bertha (nee Geis) and William Metz. She worked 19 years at the Hill-Rom Company as an assembler. Family was most important to Eunice and…