The process of creating the book "Ripley 200" is coming to a close. The hardback book features Anjali Fong's (known by many as Fong) professional photographs of 200 Ripley County residents suggested by people in their communities. A short paragraph about each person accompanies every photo.

"Ripley 200" began as a Ripley County Bicentennial project “to highlight residents, those who were born here or moved here from other states or countries,” she explained, “I wanted to share a little about the rich heritage and diversity that is Ripley County, and introduce the everyday heroes within our communities. The book is an opportunity for us all to get to know each other better.”

Fong noted she has learned much about the people of the county through this project, has made many new friends and is excited to share the stories she has heard. The professional photographer, who is from Malaysia, has lived with her husband, Asher, in Versailles for 10 years.

The book’s anticipated release is the week of Sept. 23 with an exhibit at the Voldico Insurance building in Osgood, where Fong’s photography studio is located. More information will be provided before the show.

The price of the preordered "Ripley 200" is $99. After the Aug. 10 deadline, it will be sold for $129. Book sales will go toward its production.

Anyone wishing to preorder the limited edition book may do so before Aug. 10. Order forms may be downloaded at https://www.facebook.com/ripley200 or filled out at the Ripley County Tourism Bureau, 220 U.S. 50, Versailles. Payment must be made at the time of the order by cash, check or money order.