Did you attend the girls/boys double header last Saturday night between the East Central Trojans and the Batesville Bulldogs? This was one of the results of the Title IX issue that the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference was faced with when several years ago the then girls’ basketball coach at Franklin County went to court over equality in high school basketball playing dates. Now, both boys and girls must have equal opportunities to play “prime time” weekend games. This means a 7:45 starting time.Last Saturday the boys varsity played at 6 p.m., and the girls started at approximately 7:45 p.m. I have nothing against this equality, but it does create some gym space time when a high school has only one gymnasium, as the reserve teams then have to play elsewhere. Those of you who have only had daughters playing high school basketball already know about having to attend games during the week. The boys are now getting used to it as they share the weekend nights. That is why Batesville and Milan boys played last Thursday night, so the girls could have another Friday night for their game.
Congratulations to Chris Perdue on capturing a Bronze Medal at The Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. Chris earned the Bronze in Unified Snowboarding with Mike Schultz. Chris attends South Ripley High School and a member of The Ripley Ohio Dearborn Special Olympics.
Versailles, In.— Ripley County District 2 councilman Rob Seig has announced his resignation from office. Seig told Republican party leaders that he had every intention of serving his term but decisions regarding the future of his family require them to relocate outside the county. The resignation is effective April 5, 2019 at 4 p.m.The caucus date to fill the elected office has been set.
Memorial donations can be directed to Franklin County Humane Society or to Franklin County EMS. To sign the guestbook or to leave personal memories, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Viola McEntee. Those surviving who will cherish Viola’s memory include her sister, Charlene Shank of Indianapolis, one brother, Harold Dora of Logansport, and ten nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Huffman. Viola McEntee, formerly of Brookville, was born on November 18, 1923 in Blooming Grove, a daughter to Byron and Dorothy Nicolay Dora. Upon graduation from Brookville High School, she worked under Civil Services at the rationing board during the war. Viola married the love of her life, Harlan McEntee on June 17, 1944 and they celebrated 50 years of marriage together before he passed away on April 4, 1995. Although they had no children of their own, they loved their 10 nieces and nephews. She worked with her husband in their auto dealership as a bookkeeper and accountant for 30 years. In 1964 they won a trip to the World’s Fair in New York City after selling a record amount of Pontiacs in a sales contest. Having grown up during the era of Big Bands Viola had a great love of music and she took time each day to appreciate music and all the glories of nature, especially animals – which she adored. Viola was a member of the Brookville United Methodist Church and was an original member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority. On Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the age of 95, she passed away at Crestwood Village East in Indianapolis. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 11 a.m. until time of service at 12 noon at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery
Sherman R. Foley, 89, of Moores Hill passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Hightpoint Health in Lawrenceburg. Sherman was born Tuesday, March 18, 1930 in Moores Hill, the son of Luther and Mattie (Dean) Foley. He was a graduate of Moores Hill High School. He married Janet (Althaus) Gratz August 12, 2000 and she survives. He was formally a tool & die supervisor for General Motors, retiring after 34 years. He was an active member of Sparta Baptist Church, Moores Hill and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Sun City Center, Florida. He was church deacon and enjoyed singing in both church choirs. He was a past member of the F & AM Lodge of Moores Hill; enjoyed tinkering in his garage, an avid sports fan and spending winters in Florida.Sherman is survived by his wife Janet of Moores Hill; sons: Steve (Sandy) Foley of Avon, Indiana, Greg (Cindy) Foley of Lawrenceburg and Randy (Linda) Foley of Moores Hill; daughter Melinda (Jeff) Zeigler of Sugar Hill, Georgia; step-daughters: Karla Grills of Morristown, Tennessee, Tana (Brent) Fortney of Huntington, Indiana and Rhonda (Brad) Pigeon of Lexington, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and cousin Julia Cook of Nashville, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Elaine Foley and daughter Shirley Bafford.A service celebrating his life will be held 12:00 PM Monday, August 5 at Sparta Baptist Church, 12177 Sparta Pike, Moores Hill, IN 47032 with Pastor Rick Burcham officiating. Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 10 AM – 12 PM also at the church. Memorials may be given in honor of Sherman to Sparta Baptist Church or Carnegie Hall. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280. You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
The Batesville High School Cross Country team opened up their season on Saturday they traveled to Terre Haute to compete on the State LaVerne Gibson course against 21 other teams. Both the boys and the girls had solid performances all around placing 5th and 6th respectively.The boys raced first as the humidity was already present, lining up with 20 other teams totally 358 runners altogether. Top performances for the boys were Adam Moster crossing the line at 18th in 17:00. He was followed closely by teammates, Ean Loichinger, 22nd (17:11) and Joshua Myers, 26th (17:14). Next for the Bulldogs was Benjamin Moster in 35th place (17:24), Adam Hollowell, 64th (17:35) and Daren Smith, 86th (18:19). Finishing out the top 7 for the dogs was Dillon Murray who finished at 119 (18:52).On the girls side, they again stood at the start line with 20 other teams, totally 294 competitors. The girls were led by sophomore Lily Pinckley crossing 7th at 19:57. Liz Loichinger followed her in 13th at 20:37. Then Batesville has a nice pack taking spots 40, 41, 44, 45 and 52nd. They were Ava Hanson (21:32), Maria Lopez (21:33), Madison Rahschulte (21:42), Sophie Myers (21:44) and Trysta Vierling (21:58). Close behind this pack was Sarah Ripperger in 66th at 22:37. This is a tough course and we already had one person set a personal best, beating her best from last season and that was Maria Lopez.Way to go Maria! The Bulldogs were against mostly 4A and 5A schools and accepted that challenge.They will compete again this Thursday at North Branch golf course where they will complete against North Decatur, South Decatur and Greensburg.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
Greensburg, IN—The Greensburg Rotary Club #3437 in District #6580 held its annual Educator of the Year award ceremony Monday evening at the Hampton Inn and Suites.The 2019/20 Rotary Educator of the Year Award was presented to Greensburg Community School teacher Scott Mangels.District #6580 Governor Santhana Naidu attended the event which also included previous Educator of the Year award winners from Greensburg and Decatur County School Districts. Also, in attendance was Grant Peters, Principal at Greensburg Community High School and Greensburg Superintendent Tom Hunter. Both leaders spoke about the effort Mangels demonstrates with his students.Greensburg Rotary President Lora Williams presented the award to Scott Mangels, reading the submission from Peters. Mangels thanked many in the room, including former Greensburg Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Arthur Turner, who is also a Greensburg Rotarian. Dr. Turner was superintendent when Mangels was first hired at Greensburg School District.Along with a plaque and the traveling plaque that will be displayed at GCHS for the year, the Rotary Club of Greensburg also provides a cash award for the winner.
Greensburg, IN—Representatives from Decatur County Memorial Hospital met at the Greensburg Adult Center last Wednesday to provide an informative program to attendees. Approximately 20 individuals learned about Diabetes, DCMH Emergency Services, and Specialty Clinics. Holly Pray, RD spoke of ways to prevent diabetes and how to live well with the diagnosis. She shared many useful tips for grocery shopping, meal planning, and portion control. She also answered many questions from the audience. Scott Chasteen, Emergency Services Director, added comedic relief to the afternoon and provided the crowd with information on the EMS Department at DCMH. He also gave a tour of the new ambulance. Several in the audience shared stories of how a quick response from DCMH EMS saved the lives of loved ones, and they were amazed at all the capabilities of the new ambulance.Kristin Rowland, Health Coach, provided free blood pressure screenings to everyone in the audience. Several attendees took advantage of the service.Many asked questions about DCMH Specialty Clinics and physicians. Rebecca Kennelly provided pamphlets with contact information to schedule appointments. DCMH representatives provide informational meetings to groups and employers throughout Decatur County and can be seen at events throughout the year. Please visit www.DCMH.net for additional information on all services.
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs went 1-2 over the Christmas break. Batesville defeated Connersville by a score of 64-47. Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs. Ashley Nobbe led the way with 18 points followed by Carlie Werner with 15. Makayla Granger was third on the team with 12 points, while Catherine Raab added 11.One day later, the Lady Bulldogs suffered losses to Franklin (58-40) and Terre Haute North (61-52).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bryan Helvie.The Batesville JV Ladies had 3 games over Christmas break. On Friday the 27th, The Bulldogs defeated Connersville 45-18. Great defense caused many turnovers that led to great shots. Capitalizing on those shots led to our 2nd highest point total of the season. Scoring: Emma Weiler 8, Carley Pride and Calley Kaiser 7. Three girls Sarah Ripperger, Makayla Granger- Young, and Ava Hanson scored 6. Cora Deputy 2, Gabby Elston 2. Rounding out the scoring Lizzy Nobbe 1. Saturday the 28th the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Franklin to play in a Holiday Tournament. In the first game against Franklin Community, the Bulldogs got off to a good start leading at halftime by 5. Unfortunately, we struggled to find the bottom of the net the second half and fell 47-33. Scoring for the Bulldogs: Sarah Riperger 12, Emma Weiler 7 Calley Kaiser 5, Ava Hanson 4, Gabby Elton 3, Carley Pride 2. In the second contest, the JV Lady Bulldogs were defeated by a talented Terre Haute North Team 49-33. Scoring: Calley Kaiser and Carley Pride 7, Emma Weiler and Sarah Ripperger 6, Ava Hanson 4, Olivia Raab 2, and Lizzy Nobbe 1. The Bulldogs will look to get back on track this week as we play in the Ripley County Tourney Thursday against South Ripley. Go Dogs!!! Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pride
Vevay, IN—On Friday, a Kentucky man was killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash on State Road 156 in Switzerland County, Indiana.The initial investigation by Troopers indicated a 2006 Chevrolet Impala being driven by Jeffery C. Osborne,29, LaGrange, Kentucky was traveling eastbound on State Road 156 near Plum Creek Road. Osborne’s vehicle left the south side of the road before returning to the road and traveling into the westbound lane. Osborne’s vehicle struck a westbound 2016 Jeep Wrangler being driven by Shelby L. McCrillis, 26, Patriot.The vehicles collided head-on in the westbound lane and came to rest in the roadway. Osborne sustained fatal injuries in the collision. He was pronounced deceased by the Switzerland County Coroner’s Office. McCrillis sustained non-life threatening injuries in the collision. She was treated at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. The investigation determined that McCrillis was wearing a seatbelt when the collision occurred. Osborne was not wearing a seatbelt when the collision occurred.