The days are getting shorter and colder weather is upon us. The Indiana State Board of Animal Health encourages pet owners to take steps to keep their animal friends safe and warm this winter with these tips:

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A search warrant was executed at 508 E. Boehringer St. Nov. 7 at about 10:21 p.m., Batesville Police Department Patrolman Trevor Comer wrote in a probable cause affidavit filed in Ripley Superior Court Nov. 12.


A Batesville-area man pleaded guilty and will receive a maximum sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine in a homemade lab, according to a Ripley County Prosecutor's Office press release. 

• Family and friends carry on Pendleton man’s food drive legacy.

Climate crisis discussion Wednesday

Indiana Landmarks members can enjoy refreshments and the company of other members, staff and board at a Rising Sun Holiday Open House, one of five open houses offered around the state. It's Saturday, Dec. 7, between 5-7 p.m. at the Speakman House, 10405 Old State Road 56, Rising Sun.

More than 100,000 Indiana residents and visitors will be on hand to see live performances by entertainers chosen to perform in the Downtown Indy Inc. Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 Friday, Nov. 29. The free event will take place on Monument Circle.

Area residents may enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas during the 38th annual Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes presented by Visit Madison. “You’ll see multiple public historic sites, private homes and a local church, most of which are in Madison’s National Historic Landmark Dis…

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Nov. 15 the second portion of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin this week. Producers of MFP-eligible …

The crowd waited in anticipation to watch Westerfeld Belgians, Batesville, take home the champion title in the Six-Horse Hitch competition Nov. 16 at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.


The third annual When Life Gives you Lemons fundraising dinner Nov. 12 that benefitted Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children and its Court-Appointed Special Advocates who help abused and neglected children started out with a stunning video full of many voices.


At this time of year, activities at Ripley County food pantries tend to ramp up as families look to stabilize their households over the holidays.


Batesville City Council members discussed the possibility of a first responders pavilion downtown Nov. 11.


SUNMAN – Four individuals and a business were honored during the annual Sunman Area Chamber of Commerce dinner Nov. 8 at the Sunman American Legion.

The East Central Family, Career and Community Leaders of America has been selected as one of 20 organizations/high schools from throughout the United States as a leader in teen driver safety by Project Ignition – a service-learning teen driver safety program sponsored by the National Highway…

U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released a statement Nov. 14 on China’s decision to lift its ban on poultry imports from the United States:


The Indiana State Police and Ripley County Sheriff’s Department investigated a two-vehicle crash Nov. 13 at about 4 p.m. near Holton that resulted in the death of a Columbus woman, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, ISP Versailles District public information officer.

• Voters across the U.S. want less heat and more light.

Members of Prell-Bland American Legion Auxiliary Unit 271 met Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Batesville Eagles Club with President Marilyn Gausman presiding. Secretary Sally Wilhelm read the minutes of the Oct. 2 meeting, which were approved as read. Treasurer Wilhelm gave that report, which was …

The East Central High School FFA Chapter had 14 members compete in the Area 1 Soils Career Development Event Oct. 1 in Vevay, according to reporter Maddie Dawson.

Leaders at Pigasus Pictures, the visionary, Indiana-based film company behind feature films "The Good Catholic," "Ms. White Light" and "The Miseducation of Bindu" have a major announcement for Indiana high school students.

Gabriel “Eddie” Seitz, 29, Versailles, was found guilty Nov. 8 of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe, Level 6 felonies; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor, following a three-day jury trial in …


Each year, millions of individuals are trained in American Red Cross lifesaving techniques so they are prepared in the event of an emergency. The vast majority of these persons will never have to put their skills to the test.


The Batesville Advisory Plan Commission had one item on its agenda Nov. 7, an application of the Leila M. Kelley Special Trust to subdivide 10 acres at 1305 Tekulve Road and rezone it from Residential-2 to Industrial-2. The issue also had to be considered by the Batesville Board of Zoning Appeals.


VERSAILLES — On Sept. 5, 2018, Indiana State Police Trooper Joseph May applied for a search warrant for the residence of Brad Widener, 4108 E. County Road 600 N., Sunman, according to an affidavit that he wrote. “l had probable cause to believe that Widener had conspired to deal methamphetam…

The Ripley County Community Foundation’s youth program, Ripley Youth Outreach, received a $5,000 My Community My Vision Grant to develop and initiate a youth-led project within the county. The goal of MCMV is to have the youth plan and implement a project that appeals to teenagers in Ripley …

On Oct. 24, East Central Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members went to the North Dearborn Village to eat dinner and carve pumpkins with the residents.

“Sunman Celebrates the Season,” sponsored by the Sunman American Legion, will be held Friday, Nov. 22, from 6-9 p.m., reports coordinator Pat Hollingsworth.

The Batesville High School Drama Club has a weekend of suspense and intrigue prepared for the community Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. About 70 students have worked for two months to prepare, reports director and Batesville Middle School seventh-grade language …

The Indiana Historical Society’s 2019 Festival of Trees holiday exhibit will feature more trees — and more chances to see their twinkling lights at night. From Nov. 15-Jan. 4, 92 elaborately decorated trees — a dozen more than last year — will be packed into the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indi…

The St. Louis School Junior High Science Department was awarded a Pets in the Classroom grant to purchase pet supplies, said science teacher Diane Jones.

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Winnie arrived at the Franklin County Humane Society with a litter of four cute kitties last winter. They have all found fur-ever homes, but the beautiful young cat is still looking for hers, reports member Jeanine Higginbotham. Winnie gets along with other cats and also loves a good snuggle…


Joe Greiwe recently had the opportunity to participate in the Honor Flight Tri-State, which provides veterans with free trips to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials. 


Veterans in southeastern Indiana who find themselves in hot legal waters should know there are people willing to help them navigate through unwanted troubles in the civilian world.


The crowd of over 300 supporters was enthusiastic when eight musicians and three educators were inducted into the Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association Hall of Fame Nov. 2 at the Gibson Theatre. Three were honored posthumously.

This Week's Circulars


Mary E. Krekeler, age 94 of Batesville, died Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at St. Andrew's Health Campus. Born January 16, 1925, in Sandusky, Indiana, she is the daughter of Frances (nee Wenning) and Henry Haunert. She married Stanley Krekeler July 24, 1946, at St. Maurice Church in St. Mauric…

Velma E. Dieckmann, age 90 of Batesville, died Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at St. Andrew's Health Campus. Born August 13, 1929, in Cedar Grove, Indiana, she is the daughter of Alma (nee Pulskamp) and Alfred Deffner. She married Harold Dieckmann September 8, 1956, at Guardian Angel Church in …