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At the Indiana State Fair Aug. 13, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture director Bruce Kettler presented 96 farming families, including seven in Ripley and Franklin counties, with the Hoosier Homestead Award, setting a new record in the program’s 40-year history.

KOKOMO – Kayla Britton was in full-time mother mode at Kokomo Beach July 12. She was treating her children to a fun-filled day at the water park. She was walking with her toddler along a wading area, ankle deep in the water, to the kiddie pool, breastfeeding her youngest son.

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Indiana State Police and Washington County Sheriff’s Office officers conducted a joint investigation into a marijuana growing operation at a residence on McKinley Road in Washington County Aug. 13.

Ripley County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a two-vehicle accident that occurred the afternoon of Aug. 18 on State Road 129 at the intersection of County Road 1100 North near Batesville, according to an RCSO press release.

Critical seconds tick away. Training takes over. Josh Eckstein, a lifeguard at the Southeastern Indiana YMCA, knew what to do while on duty one morning in late July when he saw a Y member start to go under the water, says marketing coordinator Kathleen Bohman.

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It’s time to get out of your Labor Day Weekend rut and do something unexpected and carefree close to home.

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At the Aug. 19 Batesville Community School Corp. meeting, after attendees recited the Pledge of Allegiance and had a moment of silence, the new BCSC vision flashed on screens around the Bulldog Center at Batesville High School: “Together we empower every student to believe in better.”

The following information was obtained in conjunction and reprinted with permission from The Versailles Republican.

• Extensive photos of many area events can be found online. The National Nights Out photo gallery is featured on our website. That and other galleries can be viewed by going to Community at the top of our website, then clicking on Photos or visiting photos.batesvilleheraldtribune.com. Recent…

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Five candidates don’t have to sweat it because they are unopposed in the Nov. 5 Batesville municipal election, according to clerk’s offices in Ripley and Franklin counties.

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SUNMAN – Even though it was only a half hour meeting, Sunman Town Council members covered a lot of ground Aug. 15.

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Seven Level 6 felony counts of professional gambling (“knowingly engages in pool-selling”) were filed against Edgar Hernandez-Gonzalez, 31, Batesville, Aug. 2 in Ripley Superior Court, according to https://public.courts.in.gov/mycase, the Odyssey case management system used by Indiana courts.

SUNMAN – Even though it was only a half hour meeting, Sunman Town Council members covered a lot of ground Aug. 15.

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Having your name called at any point in the Major League Baseball draft is something any red-blooded American boy would fantasize over.

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Even though she is only 17, Madison Chambers has had her digital art illustrations published in two children’s books.

In a unanimous decision, an Indiana Court of Appeals panel affirmed Lola Sells’ convictions in Franklin County for dealing in methamphetamine and conspiracy, Prosecutor Chris Huerkamp recently announced.

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Three companies that have worked with the community in the past are in the running to facilitate a strategic planning session, the city’s economic development director Sarah Lamping told the Batesville Economic Development Commission Aug. 16.

In the coming weeks, the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources will convene at the Statehouse to discuss key issues impacting agriculture and natural resources in Indiana, said state Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg).

The Doris A. Brelage Nursing Scholarship has been awarded to Northern Kentucky University student Reed Struewing by the Ripley County Community Foundation.

Pamela Dyar is the new Indiana Conference for Women executive director. She will focus on all components related to the ninth annual conference scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7.

ELKHART — The third annual Comic Con, hosted by the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum, is moving this year. The event will take place at Center Six One Five at 2707 County Road 15.

The following information was obtained in conjunction and reprinted with permission from The Versailles Republican.

For the Mears family of Carroll County, the operation and stewardship of not just one, but two historic farms near Delphi, is an enterprise spanning decades and generations. Recognizing their extraordinary commitment, Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau presented the Mears family with …

Slow going between Batesville and Oldenburg

The Batesville Community School Corp. has been named one of the best school districts in the state by Niche.com, an online company that provides in-depth profiles and rankings on recommended communities, schools and places to work.

You’ve tried ignoring, blocking, teasing and hanging up on these annoying robocalls. Nothing seems to work. Is anyone doing anything about them? The short answer–yes.

Batesville Police Department officers and Batesville Fire and EMS responded to the 400 block of North Huntersville Road for a single-vehicle motorcycle accident Wednesday, Aug. 7, at about 6:28 p.m., according to BPD Chief Stan Holt.

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A group of 24 Batesville High School students had the unique opportunity to experience another culture while traveling this summer.

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In an effort to raise money to combat hunger locally and around the globe, the annual CROP (Christian Rural Overseas Program) Hunger Walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 6, in Osgood, with a recruiters' meeting Aug. 20 (please see box).

White River State Park, in partnership with Niantic, Inc., WB Games, and the City of Indianapolis will host a real-world event that brings the popular augmented reality mobile game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, to WRSP for an interactive experience Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

Preliminary lab results were positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus in a sample of a dead deer from Clark County. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources staff had submitted the sample for testing early this month.

Whitetails Unlimited recently awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant to be used to serve Indiana residents. These funds will help Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry pay processing fees for large game and livestock donations within Indiana.

This fall Batesville area kids are invited to say, “Scout Me In” as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts.

Commissioners take another look at airport rezoning

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Obituaries

Robert Melia, husband to Naomi Melia, age 85 of Batesville, died August 18. Retired from Batesville Casket Company. Visitation on Saturday, 2:00, and a Memorial Service at 3:00, all at Meyers Funeral Home.

Joanna Grinnan, age 54 of Osgood, Indiana, died Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Memorial service is Saturday, August 17, at 12 noon at Church on the Rock in Batesville. Memorials can be given to the church. www.meyersfuneralhomes.com

Pauline M. Niese, age 98 of Batesville, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at St. Andrews Health Campus. Born August 31, 1920, in Franklin County, Indiana, she is the daughter of Rose (nee Lecher) and Bernard Koetter. She married Louis Niese May 14, 1941, at St. Anne's Church in Hamburg and he p…

Sister Francis Ann Lewis, age 94 of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Sunday, August 11, 2019, at the convent. Born Dorothy Ann Lewis on May 31, 1925, in Terre Haute, IN, she is the daughter of Mary (nee Farrell) and George Lewis, the fifth of ten children. Sister Francis Ann att…