New newspaper phone extensions

The Herald-Tribune office, Batesville, has a new phone system and employees have different extensions.

Please dial 812-934-4343, then the appropriate extension: managing editor Debbie Blank, 220113; assistant editor Diane Raver, 220114; reporter Will Fehlinger, 220112; advertising representative Marilyn Schwegman, 220116; and advertising representative Sandy Dietz, 220117. Callers also may dial extensions by name.

Articles and photos may be emailed to or

Mammograms offered by health department

The St. Elizabeth Healthcare mobile mammography unit, which offers state-of-the-art 2-D and 3-D screenings, will be at the Ripley County Health Department, 102 W. 1st North St., Versailles, Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Undergoing a mammogram is quick, easy and covered by most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, if the patient is between 35-40 for a baseline screening or 40 and over for an annual screening.

Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. To register: 859-655-7400.

Another charged with drug trafficking at jail

The man who was allegedly involved in drug trafficking with Vanessa Thielking, 27, Batesville, at the Ripley County Jail was charged two days after she was.

The state of Indiana filed 19 similar felony charges against Phillip Mourey, Batesville, Aug. 8. Most notable is the last one, criminal gang activity, a Level 6 felony. Other felony levels are more serious – 2, 4 and 5. He is being held in the jail. Mourey’s motion for continuance was granted by Ripley Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Sharp Aug. 15, according to, the Odyssey case management system used by Indiana courts.

Public may attend BAAC meeting

The public is invited to the Batesville Area Arts Council annual meeting Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at The Sherman’s Boehringer Hall. Attendees can learn about upcoming events, help honor special award recipients and browse the 2018-19 community and school program gallery.

Health center needs more medical volunteers

More volunteers, specifically registered nurses, medical assistants and licensed practical nurses, are needed at the Southeast Indiana Health Center, 920 County Line Road, Batesville, during clinic hours: Tuesdays from 9-11:30 a.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 5-7:30 p.m. To volunteer: manager Paul Tyrer, 812-932-4515 or

Batesville pool still open

Area swimmers have five more days to enjoy the Batesville Memorial Pool, reports manager Jane Tekulve.

The pool will be open Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1, from 1-6 p.m. Its final hours are on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, between noon-5 p.m.

Students can learn about military academies

U.S. Sen. Todd Young, a United States Naval Academy graduate, will host a series of Academy Day events to serve as informational sessions for current high school students interested in attending one of the U.S. military service academies.

The closest event will take place Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. Info:

Supporters may donate to Project T3Project T3 (Totes for Tots and Teens), which provides overnight bags for children going into foster care and backpacks for impoverished children in 15 southeastern Indiana counties, is featured as Amack’s Well outreach program this month for monetary donations, according to T3 member Lisa Haessig. Please see the display at the coffeehouse.

Amazing Race Challenge targets local food

What’s the newest, most fun, craziest event in Batesville? The Food and Growers Association Amazing Race Challenge: Ready. Set. Grow.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at 8:30 a.m. competitors will visit local businesses and farmers at the market as they race around downtown Batesville completing challenges and learning about local food. Prizes will be awarded.

The news release urges, “Get your team together now. Create a theme for your team, dress up! T-shirts will also be provided. Make this a fun morning with your friends and family.” Teams can have between two and five members.

The fee is $25 per participant. Children participating must be at least 10 and accompanied by an adult 18 or older.

Info: Persons must register by Sept. 1 to get T-shirts:

Area residents can help Safe Passage get grant

“You can help save lives with the click of a button,” points out Safe Passage community outreach and communications director Mary Mattingly. Please vote daily through Aug. 23 for Safe Passage to win A $25,000 grant. The top 40 vote getters each win $25,000. The funds would help with domestic violence prevention programming in the rural areas of the six countries the nonprofit serves.

The link is on the website at or try

She reports, “It takes just a minute to register and you can cast all 10 votes for the cause at one time daily.”

Safe Passage is one of 200 national finalists for the State Farm grant.

Hoosiers fought Alaskan wildfires

A total of 20 wildland firefighters comprising employees from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Parks Service and Hoosier National Forest recently traveled to Alaska for a 14-day assignment to assist with wildland fire operations in the Upper Yukon Zone, according to an Aug. 15 news release.

The firefighters worked to remove hoses and water pumps from fire lines as the fires reached containment levels. Due to a lack of road infrastructure, crews, equipment and supplies were all transported via helicopters or boats.

A hunting opportunity

Access Program Providing Land Enhancements offers quail, pheasant and woodcock hunting opportunities on private property. APPLE gives financial incentives to landowners who allow controlled public access hunting on their private lands. Wildlife biologists also work with landowners to establish and improve habitat.

These Indiana Department of Natural Resources hunts are allocated through an online reserved system. The online application is the only way to apply. Hunters may apply for one hunting day over the two-day period.

Applications are accepted from now through Sept. 23. Draw result notifications will be emailed within two weeks of the application deadline. Successfully drawn applicants will be allowed two hunting partners. All regulations and bag limits apply.

Info: To register: