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State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) encourages Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2020 legislative session.

Boxer mix Emily is 8 years old and is both spayed and fully vaccinated, "so she is more than ready to be adopted into a forever home," reports Ripley County Humane Society Board President Robert Luken.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released its 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. The report certified last month by HUD Secretary Ben Carson found that 567,715 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2019, an increase of 3% or 14,885 sin…

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg, front row, third from left) meets with Franklin County Farm Bureau members (front row from left) Casie Roland, Susan Wendel, Greg Orschell, Doug Krieger; (back row) Phil Wendel, Daryl Drake and Ed Dierckman at the Statehouse Jan. 14 to discuss legislatio…

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BROOKVILLE – “This is our 30th year,” marveled United Way of Franklin County executive director Kelly Bulmer, who has been at the helm for six years.

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The Batesville Area Resource Center, 920 County Line Road, has been evolving since the Southeast Indiana Health Center and Batesville Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry opened there in 2016.

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A group of citizens, working hard to make the town of Sunman the best it can be, formed the Sunman Revitalization Initiative Dec. 18, 2018.

High school students graduating in 2020 and 2021 and their parents are invited to attend the upcoming Boilermaker VIP Night Thursday, Jan. 30, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, located in the AMCE Building, 4444 Kelly St., Columbus.

The new year brings exciting growth for Kids Discovery Factory in the form of expanded leadership. Organization leaders have appointed its first executive director and also have announced the election of new board officers.

State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg, third from right) meets with Ripley County Purdue Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (PCARET) members at the Statehouse Jan. 21. The group discussed bills that are being heard in the Indiana General Assembly and legislation that ha…

Indiana offers useful and informative resources to help parents find quality child care and early learning opportunities for their children. Good examples are ChildCareFinder.IN.Gov, which the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration launched in 2016 to help find and compare license…

The Indiana Department of Labor announced that Monsanto Co., Whitestown, has achieved STAR re-certification in the Indiana Voluntary Protection Program for workplace health and safety. The facility is part of a selection of workplaces that have exceeded occupational safety and health expecta…

FREDERICKSBURG, OHIO – Valerie Rice is a mammographer and she’s dressed like one, too. Her shirt is covered in pink breast cancer awareness ribbons.

Radon, a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in most soil, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer among smokers and the No. 1 cause among nonsmokers. It is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

The Ripley County Reads Community Partners — Batesville Memorial Public Library, Osgood Public Library, Tyson Library and the Ripley County Tourism Bureau — are once again joining forces to host community reading events in 2020.

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For those wondering if being a foster parent would be a good fit, orientations are held monthly, as foster homes are always needed (please see box).

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Two sessions of a Batesville Community School Corp. Substitute Teacher Hiring Event are planned for Wednesday, Jan. 29, between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. at the BCSC Administration Building, 626 N. Huntersville Road, Batesville, superintendent Paul Ketcham announced at the Jan. 20 bo…

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Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 members presented Tim Kieffer with a letter of appreciation Jan. 14 “for his selfless dedication as a leader and organizer” of the Indiana Patriot Guard Southeast Region, said post Commander Del Williamson.

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Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville members encourage citizens to take the 2020 Community Perception Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H5RZ28T.

As the new year begins, it’s an important time to think about simple changes we can make to ensure that this year is better than the last. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central Indiana offers 10 New Year’s resolutions to help you avoid scams, prevent identity theft and be a smarte…

The Margaret Mary Cancer Center was blessed again this year to be supported by Phi Beta Psi’s Christmas Smiles program.

• Southern Indiana leaders discuss racial integration.

Area residents may celebrate special milestones – births, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, military honors, retirements or any other – by submitting them for our website and print editions. There is a fee based on word count and whether a photo is included.

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Batesville Economic Development Commission President Kevin McGuire thanked members Ginnie Faller and J.B. Showalter Jan. 17 for their efforts as part of the Batesville Marketing Coalition, which also includes the city’s economic development director, Sarah Lamping; community development dire…

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Ten were honored at the Batesville Fire & Rescue annual awards ceremony Jan. 11, according to community development director Steven Harmeyer.

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VERSAILLES – “The information sent out by (U.S. Surgeon General) Dr. Jerome Adams this past week says the flu season is getting worse,” health officer Dr. David Welsh told Ripley County Health Department Board members Jan. 14.

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SUNMAN – Two new members, Marilyn Decker and Carol Eckstein, joined Don Foley, who was re-elected to the Sunman Town Council, for the trio’s first meeting Jan. 16.

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It's the darkest of places for the mind to go, but caring parents and guardians can no longer ignore the threat of their children being caught up in the web of human trafficking.

• Hoosier pastors react to proposed United Methodist Church separation because of same-sex marriage and gay clergy debates.

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It’s the darkest of places for the mind to go, but caring parents and guardians can no longer ignore the threat of their children being caught up in the web of human trafficking.

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

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Obituaries

Loretta A. "Pete" Kinker, age 90 of Batesville, died Monday, January 20, 2020, at Morning Breeze in Greensburg. Born February 17, 1929, in Decatur County Indiana, she is the daughter of Anna (nee Duvelius) and Harry Kinker. She was a member of St. Catherine of Sienna Church Enochsburg Campus…

Jesse Scott Connelly, age 25 of Batesville, Indiana, passed away January 23, 2020. Jesse was the cherished son of Jeff and Christy Connelly, brother of Katherine and Alexandra Connelly and Grandson of Katherine Grice and Frank and Sue Connelly. Jesse had a special bond with his sisters, Kate…