We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

Orange Watch for travel in Ripley County

Franklin County health officer Dr. Darrell Brimhall secured an order to officially close the Haspin Acres off-road vehicle park in Laurel April 4. Officials have spent several days researching legal precedent and current case law to ensure legal standards were met and followed in securing th…

breaking

The third death from the novel coronavirus was announced by the Ripley County Health Department April 6. An adult male over 60 from Ripley County had been hospitalized as a COVID-19 patient before dying at Margaret Mary Health.

breaking topical featured

Ripley County has at least 70 persons infected with COVID-19. One who has recovered told his story by email after receiving questions from The Herald-Tribune.

featured

“If I had 10 minutes to talk to the entire world, I’d say that we all need to extend more grace to one another,” says Paul Satchwill. “Too often I see others who are too quick to judge and allow their first impressions to determine how they view other people. To me, extending grace means all…

featured

Even though church buildings are closed, persons will still be able to celebrate Easter, the greatest feast of the church year for Christians. To commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, area ministers are promoting a message of hope to their congregations during this time of social dis…

featured

Domestic violence service providers remind residents and victims that resources and support are still available during the current pandemic stay-at-home order. Safe Passage, the sole provider of domestic and sexual violence support services in the region of Ripley, Franklin, Dearborn, Switze…

featured

Alison Hountz is the founder and creator of Blue Mum Soap Co. LLC. The 1999 Batesville High School graduate recalls, “I started this venture around seven years ago as a hobby, and it quickly turned into a part-time gig. As interest increased, Blue Mum was officially created in June 2018. I’v…

breaking

Six new positive results for COVID-19 have been received by Franklin County health officials, bringing the county’s total positive cases to 50. All six new cases are adults, according to a news release from the Franklin County COVID-19 Task Force, comprised of the county’s health and sheriff…

breaking

A second Ripley County person, a woman over 60, has died from the novel coronavirus at The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, the Ripley County Health Department announced April 3.

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration officials announced April 3 that more than 152,000 Indiana households will receive additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits when April distributions begin. The additional funds are intended to help Hoosiers obtain food an…

Indiana State Sen. Karen Tallian remembers the moment that sparked her interest in marijuana legislation.

To further the United States Department of Agriculture’s work on the Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA), USDA officials announced April 1 they are seeking public and private sector input on the most important innovation opportunities to be addressed in the near and long term. Using input pr…

President Trump recently brought suicide to the forefront of national discussion. While coronavirus is estimated to kill thousands of Americans, suicide is a perennial public health problem that social distancing might acerbate. For that reason alone, continuing to talk about the issue is critical.

Hoosiers are already feeling the economic strain caused by COVID-19. In response, Indiana’s largest general farm organization, Indiana Farm Bureau, has donated $5,000 to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc. to help provide food to those affected by this pandemic.

A special Dairy Stream podcast at https://dairystream.podbean.com/e/impact-of-covid-19-on-the-dairy-community/ features University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mark Stephenson, a widely respected expert on dairy markets and policy. Stephenson talks with host Mike Austin about milk price, world mar…

Hoosiers are facing challenging times to keep their families safe and avoid the spread of COVID-19, and unfortunately scammers are adding additional risk by taking advantage of the current health crisis. Newly-surfaced reports show scammers creating text messages, emails, websites and social…

breaking

To continue to improve access to care during this pandemic and further separate Margaret Mary Health’s ill patients from its healthy patients, MMH has established a second acute care extension site at the Orthopaedic and Specialty Center on State Road 129, reports Sheri Brougher, director of…

featured

Ashley Knueven and Kara Schott are co-secretaries of the Sunman Revitalization Initiative, a nonprofit organization consisting of local citizens and business leaders, who work on behalf of Sunman residents to enable community development. According to its mission statement, “Through key inve…

topical featured

How are area judges coping during the pandemic? Three answered questions by email.

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…

breaking

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 …

featured

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 …

featured

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…

breaking

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 …

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…

breaking

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.

breaking

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. 

• 30,000 N95 masks resurface in Goshen.

The Goshen News Intranet
Support local journalism

We are making critical coverage of the coronavirus available for free.

Please consider subscribing so we can continue to bring you the latest news and information on this developing story.


This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Kathy passed away April 3, 2020. Mother of Judge Robert (Karen) Freese, Dan (Lori) Freese, and Gary Freese; grandma of 5; and great-granny of 7. Private Service on Thursday, April 9. Full obit: www.meyersfuneralhomes.com

Ida B. Nobbe, age 100 of Batesville, died Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at St. Andrews Health Campus. Born April 7, 1919, in Hamburg, Indiana, she was six days short of her 101st birthday and is the daughter of Anna (nee Schulte) and Peter Lecher. She married Anthony Nobbe September 25, 1948, at…

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…