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A two-vehicle crash occurred near Versailles on U.S. 421 south of County Road 1050 South June 14 at about 3:30 p.m., reported Indiana State Police Trooper Jamey Sperle.


VERSAILLES – Indiana State Police Versailles District Senior Trooper Cameron McCreary pointed out, "We have a lot of problems today ... and not enough of us to go around" to protect the public.


Cari Beggs was in a Batesville Memorial Public Library meeting room a month ago surrounded by gorgeous flowers – stock, pussy willows, button daisies, tiny light pink wax flowers, peonies, irises and coral bells.

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A handful of Batesville residents attended a June 12 meeting at Liberty Park to comment on the city parks' facilities as part of the parks' five-year master plan.

To many, a pop tab is just a piece of aluminum that opens a can. But to the folks at the Ronald McDonald House, Cincinnati, these pop tabs are a valuable resource. Funds received from the Pop Tab Program last year was $25,000. All of that money went toward operating expenses, blankets, bedsp…

Educators interested in taking K-12 students on field trips to an Indiana state park or state-managed lake in the 2019-20 school year can now receive financial help through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation has awarded a total of $64,000 in scholarship grants to 64 graduating seniors who reside in Ohio and Ripley counties and the city of Aurora, the foundation’s southeastern Indiana grantmaking region. Each student has received a $1,000 scholarship award, acco…

Emma Allen and Abbigayl “Abbi” Eldridge will be summer interns at the Ripley County Community Foundation. These summer internships are intended to provide real-life work experience for students wishing to advance their educational and personal development. Through this internship, Allen and …

Batesville High School administrators have released the second semester honor roll. The * after a name denotes straight A's.

RUSHVILLE – Residents from throughout Indiana are invited to Rushville's Riverside Park Amphitheater Saturday, June 15, for a free concert featuring North America's premier Led Zeppelin tribute band ZOSO – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience.


Oldenburg resident Isaac Kramer felt nervous when he carried a torch that opened the Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games, which were June 7-9 in Terre Haute.


A new homes subdivision could be a stone's throw from Batesville High School and Batesville Primary School if two Batesville developers receive needed approvals.

Paul “Satch” Satchwill will be joining the Democratic ticket for the 2019 municipal elections in Batesville, running for city council District 4.


On behalf of Batesville Main Street, design committee chair Brian Haakinson asked Batesville City Council members June 10 to consider a $3,000 request from the Belterra Fund to help with the cost of an art alley guitar bench/sculpture.

Batesville High School FFA chapter members assembled for their final meeting of the year May 13 to discuss their plans for the summer, according to reporter Shalee Harrington. President Caroline Meer discussed ongoing events, such as next year’s Career Development Events, state convention an…


A Lawrenceburg couple were arrested on numerous charges related to the manufacturing, sale and delivery of controlled substances after a steroid manufacturing laboratory was discovered inside their home in a Hidden Valley subdivision, according to an Indiana State Police press release.

Recipients of 2019 Batesville Community Education Foundation scholarships to Batesville High School graduates have been announced. These scholarship awards total $18,500, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson.

Ripley County Sheriff's Office deputies investigated two crashes in as many days, according to two RCSO press releases.

Despite the inflammatory mixture of fact, fear and lies that has woven its way deeply into America’s body politic, there are few signs of significantly shifting attitudes in the heartland on who should be elected the nation’s president in 2020.

Public comment is being sought on 10 projects that will be funded through the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) program administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA).

Summer is synonymous with fun in the sun, road tripping and unwinding by the pool. But climbing temperatures also mean higher electric bills and increased strain on the monthly budget.


"On Monday, Feb. 11, I began investigating Vanessa Thielking and a male subject believed to be Gabriel Seitz after receiving information that the two were planning on going to a residence located in Miamitown, Ohio, to pick up a large amount of methamphetamine," Indiana State Police Detectiv…


SUNMAN – On his family's farm, Hunter Meyer's favorite animals are the relatively new chickens. He has started to name them – Chickie Ham and Bean.

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Multistate Program. Funded by USDA, the grant program brings together multistate teams to research and develop solutions to problems that cross state boundaries within the specialty crop industry.


Mandy Scott came home last week.

The grand opening of the new, highly anticipated performing arts venue, the Brown County Music Center, will be Saturday, Aug. 24, with an already soldout concert by country artist Vince Gill.


The Ripley County Relay for Life, which goes from 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, until 1 a.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Batesville High School track is not just for team members, cancer survivors and their caregivers.


Food, music, games and good times are promised for those who attend the Sunman Firemen's Festival Friday-Saturday, June 14-15 (please see box).


Oldenburg Town Council members discussed plans June 3 to apply for the next round of Indiana Department of Transportation Community Crossings Grants.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members Friday, June 14. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others.

The St. Louis School fourth quarter honor roll has been announced by administrators.

Persistent rain across Indiana continues to delay spring planting for Hoosier farmers. As the rain continues, the possibility of fields left unplanted becomes a reality, and Indiana’s farmers and agribusiness professionals are faced with many tough decisions. Indiana Farm Bureau, the largest…

The Bill Gutzwiller and Janet Bozzelli Fund was established to support local students who plan to pursue degrees of higher education. Recently, the Ripley County Community Foundation awarded $900 to the Ivy Tech Foundation with the purpose of supporting nursing scholarships.

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This Week's Circulars


85, of Greensburg, formerly of Batesville, passed away June 10, 2019. Visitation: Friday 4-8pm with funeral service 1pm Saturday, all at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville. Burial in Batesville Methodist Church Cemetery. Full obituary at www. meyersfuneralhomes.com

Donald J. Baechle Sr., age 88 of Bradenton, Florida, and formerly of Batesville, died Thursday, June 6, 2019, at his home. Born April 28, 1931, in Sunman, Indiana, he is the son of Ada (nee Herzog) and Charles Baechle. He married Darlene Siebert June 25, 1955, at St. Louis Church. Don went t…

Billie Laugle, age 88 of Batesville, died Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at her residence. Born November 19, 1930, in Batesville, she is the daughter of Loretta (nee Mollaun) and Herman Moorman. She married Neal Laugle March 31, 1951, at St. Louis Church and he preceded her in death March 9, 2012.…

Bob Hortemiller, 65, Batesville, died Thursday, June 6, 2019. He was the husband of Betty Hortemiller. Visitation is Monday, June 10, from 4-7 p.m., and the funeral is Tuesday, June 11, at 10 a.m. at Meyers Funeral Home.