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If all things break right, tonight's (Jan. 18) homecoming game at Oldenburg Academy should be the final one in the intimate confines of OA's current hoops venue. The Hillenbrand Family Feldhaus is expected to be completed this fall in time for the girls and boys basketball campaigns of 2019-20.

Batesville Area Arts Council (formerly Rural Alliance for the Arts), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Hillenbrand Inc. will host the second Star-Spangled Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concert July 6, according to a press release. The first event of the three-year agreement, which took p…

The Franklin County Public Library District's local history department employees are working on a variety of book projects. "The most recent, and one in which we need help from the community, is Lost Franklin County," reports Julie Schlesselman, local history and genealogy department manager.

The Batesville Area Arts Council’s annual art auction is not another sleepy fundraiser. It is an annual sell-out. Themed “Around the World and BAAC Again,” organizers are expecting the same overwhelming response for 2019, according to Carla Austin, BAAC publicity coordinator.

Offices in four Franklin County towns are up for election in 2019, advises Franklin Circuit Court Clerk Neysa Raible: one member for clerk-treasurer for Oldenburg, Laurel, Mount Carmel and Cedar Grove; five town council members for Laurel and Mount Carmel; and three members for Oldenburg and…


On Jan. 14, Batesville City Council members were asked to consider Resolution 2-2019, which would approve a tax abatement for Hill-Rom for an expansion in Batesville.


Batesville Fire & Rescue members as well as retirees gathered Jan. 12 at Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 for their annual awards dinner.


Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville members encourage citizens to take the 2019 Community Perception Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019BatesvilleCommunitySurvey

The Batesville Middle School first semester honor roll has been released by administrators.

Indiana conservation officers are advising citizens across the state of the potential hazards of being on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers and streams this winter. Recent temperature drops across the state have brought about sheets of ice across some bodies of water.

A wide variety of volunteer opportunities is available for the 2019 500 Festival, the annual hoopla surrounding May's Indy 500 race. Each year, the 500 Festival relies on 3,500 volunteers to fill 7,000 positions to ensure its events and programs continue to deliver a lasting impact for the c…

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning recently received nearly $7 million in federal grant funding to strengthen the state’s early childhood education system. The grant supports strategic planning and a formal evaluation of…

The Indiana State Department of Health is working with partners to educate Hoosiers about prevention of cervical cancer as part of National Cervical Health Awareness Month. Each year, an average of 264 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in Indiana and 88 cervical cancer-related death…

Bella is a 6-months-old Alaskan Eskimo-lab mix. "She is very friendly and happy to play with anything or anyone. She has been spayed and has her necessary vaccinations, so she is ready to go to her forever home," reports Ripley County Humane Society Board President Robert Luken.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputies recovered a vehicle Jan. 8 that was reported stolen in Oxford, Ohio. At around 7:57 p.m., they responded to the 13000 block of Prophet Road north of St. Peters after a report of a pickup truck off of the road.

Ripley County Sheriff's deputies responded to an auto accident with injuries on U.S. 421 South at Industrial Park Road near Versailles Jan. 12.


Indiana State Police and Dearborn County Sheriff's Department officers responded to a disturbance reportedly involving a man armed with a firearm Saturday, Jan. 12, at about 10:50 a.m. at 12300 Five Point Road east of Sunman and just north of Hubbells Corner in northern Dearborn County, said…

HANCOCK COUNTY — As harvest season came to a close, Hancock County farmer Jon Sparks was doing something a little unusual: He was storing more of his soybean harvest, leaving part of the valuable crop in bins until the market improves.

Indiana Grown is the statewide designation of products that are grown, made or processed only in Indiana. It's a chance for every Hoosier to shop local, sip local and savor local flavors.

High school students, parents, civic leaders, business executives and area residents are invited to join Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus students, faculty and staff Monday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. as the campus honors the life and lasting legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King J…


Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 Commander Delbert Williamson introduced Steven Harmeyer, Batesville's community development director, at the post's Jan. 8 meeting by saying, "He's the guy who spearheaded the banner project. We wanted to show our appreciation for what you did."


DILLSBORO -- Now when a child has a terrible truth to tell, there's a safe and supportive place to talk one on one with a trained individual in a single interview, points out the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana, Dillsboro, website.


This year marks the 20th year that musicians from various genres have entertained audiences through the Batesville Memorial Public Library's After Hours Concert Series.


Throughout the holiday season, red kettles could be seen and bell ringers heard at various businesses around Ripley County to encourage community members to donate money to the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

ST. LEON – Local ham radio club member Gary Puckett asked Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. trustees Jan. 10 about their plans for the tower at the annex building, the former North Dearborn Elementary School located on North Dearborn Road.

The 12th annual Michaela Farm/Oldenburg Audubon Christmas Bird Count was held Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. The count circle is 15 miles in diameter with the center on the Sisters of St. Francis' Michaela Farm in Oldenburg, according to compiler Dr. Wayne Wauligman, Cincinnati.

Recently, members of the Batesville and Oldenburg Knights of St. John commanderies presented a $3,500 check to the Tri-County Council for Special People Inc.

Ripley County Community Foundation Inc. is an organization that allows everyone to leave a legacy in and for their community. New funds are established to support projects or charities which improve the quality of life in Ripley County.

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

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

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


With roughly $93,000 in awarded grants, donations and scholarships in 2018, the Batesville Community Education Foundation impacted more than 1,000 students in the Batesville Community School Corp., according to executive director Anne Wilson.


Over 170 individuals have responded to a survey concerning Oldenburg’s comprehensive plan, committee member Jeff Paul told town council members Jan. 7.

The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative’s team recently expanded with the addition of Jessica Hoehn as its Southern Indiana Program Manager.

Submissions are open for communities to submit letters of intent for the Stellar Communities Program, according to Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs officials. Beginning in January 2018, the program evolved into a regional partnership design, which emphasizes collaboration in pla…

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