I-74 Batesville ramps will be closed for awhile

The ramps to and from I-74 westbound at State Road 229 in Batesville will close at midnight on or after Wednesday, July 10, for about 15 days. Milestone Contractors will mill and repave the ramps as part of the $61 million road reconstruction project on I-74.

The official state detour for the closure is S.R. 46, which can be accessed via Exit 143 (New Point), west of Batesville, or Exit 155 (S.R. 101/Sunman/Milan), east of Batesville.

The westbound ramps are scheduled to re-open by Wednesday, July 24. Eastbound ramps will not be affected. All work is weather dependent.

The I-74 reconstruction project is expected to be complete by late October.

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Prosecutor appointed to investigate officer-involved shooting

Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel signed a court document July 1 accepting the appointment of St. Joseph Circuit Court to become the special prosecuting attorney "to investigate, prosecute, if warranted, and/or take any other action deemed necessary relative to the matter of the investigation of an officer involved in a shooting resulting in the death of Eric Logan" June 16.

Another court document accepting Hertel's oath noted, "The special prosecutor is specifically granted the authority to consult with and/or utilize the Indiana State Police or any other law enforcement investigative agency that he deems appropriate in order to conduct a thorough and independent review of the incident ..."

The fatal shooting in South Bend of a black man by a white officer was discussed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the recent Democratic candidates' debate.

Two blood drives soon

A Margaret Mary Health Blood Drive is set for Wednesday, July 17, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the donor bus parked on the lot by the emergency room. To schedule an appointment: www.hoxworth.org/groups/margaretmary or 800-830-1091. Info: MMH lab, 812-933-5274.

A community blood drive is Thursday, July 18, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 337, 412 Eastern Ave., Sunman. To schedule an appointment: www.hoxworth.org/groups/sunman or Roger Lang, 812-623-3685.

Judges and prosecutors will talk

The Ripley County Drug Awareness Coalition will host two one-hour lunch and learn sessions open to the public with speakers at 11:30 a.m. at the Osgood Town Hall, 147 W. Ripley St. On July 18 Ripley Circuit Court Judge Ryan King and Ripley Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Sharp will share their perspectives on the substance abuse problems facing the county.

A complimentary lunch made possible by a Ripley County Community Foundation grant and provided by the Big Four Cafe in Batesville will be served: either an Italian wrap with provolone cheese, ham and Swiss wrap or pulled chicken-bacon-cheddar wrap; chips; fruit cup; and water. To RSVP wrap selection by July 15: merippe@nalu.net.

On Aug. 15, Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel and Deputy Prosecutor Shane Tucker will speak. Info: www.ripleycountydrugawarenesscoaltion.com.

Author will speak at meeting

Don Morrison will speak about his new book, "Come Safe Home," at the Ripley County Historical Society quarterly meeting Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m. at the archive library on the Versailles courthouse square west side.

The book, the last in a three-book series, chronicles the journeys of three persons in the years before, during and after the Civil War.

Liquor and a spelling bee

Two fun programs will take place at the Brookville Library, 919 Main St., this month, reports Julie Schlesselman, Franklin County Public Library District Local History and Genealogy Department manager.

A frequently requested topic, "Breweries and Distilleries in Franklin County" will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.

The third annual Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee open to anyone 18 years and up is Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. To register as a competitor: 765-647-4031.

If you like Foo Fighters ...

Too Fighters, a tribute to Foo Fighters, with Bullet Points will perform at the 2019 Riverside Park Concert Series Saturday, July 20, at Rushville's Riverside Park Amphitheater, 100 W. Water St. The headliners are scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m.

The show, nearby parking and a shuttle service are all free.

Used books and much more

The annual Church on the Rock Used Book Sale is Thursday-Friday, July 25-26, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church, 407 N. Township Line Road, Batesville. Hardcover books, CDs and DVDs cost $1 each. Softcover books, cassettes and VHS tapes are 50 cents each. All children's books cost 25 cents, said member Teri Barker.

Proceeds will be donated to the Ministry Vision Fund. Info: 812-934-5192.

Council members support the arts

Franklin County Arts Council members can join its mission to enrich, entertain and educate county residents through the arts.

Membership levels are individual, $12; family, $15; donor, $50; contributor, $100; and benefactor, $500. Tax-deductible checks made payable to FCAC may be mailed to FCN Bank, in care of Nancy Pflum, 501 Main St., Brookville, IN 47012.

Magazine explores conservation efforts

Outdoor Indiana magazine’s July/August issue features a cover article on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Invitation to Conservation (I2C) efforts, which develops pathways to introduce people of all ages to outdoor activities and teaches how to do them.

The issue also includes articles on the many natural attractions in Gary and the state tree nursery program.

In 2018, Outdoor Indiana was honored by the Association for Conservation Information as the third-best state-sponsored conservation/outdoor recreation magazine in the country. It is available at most Barnes & Noble stores in Indiana for $4. Subscriptions are $15 for one year (six issues, a 38 percent savings off cover) and $28 for two years (12 issues, a 42 percent savings off cover).

To subscribe: innsgifts.com or 317-233-3046. To read article excerpts: OutdoorIndiana.org.