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  • Director Shannon Schmaltz sits down to talk about Ripley County programs
    The mission of the Ripley County Court Services and the Advisory Board is “to provide the Circuit and Superior Courts with Adult and Juvenile Probation services along with Community Corrections sentencing alternatives in an effort to help make the community a safer place through a balanced system of evidence-based practices and services to the offenders. The court services staff is the most valuable resource in accomplishing our mission.”

  • 17-year cicadas coming soon
    The Whitewater Valley may be in the midst of a winter storm, but soon enough, the warmth of spring will arrive and with it, millions of cicadas.
    While cicadas are a normal summer occurrence in Indiana, and across much of the temperate and tropical zones of the world, 2021 will see the return of Brood X, one of the largest and most widespread groups of cicadas.
    Awareness months increase as more organizations work to share in-depth information on essential topics ranging from domestic abuse to breast cancer. On Feb. 3, newly-elected President Joe Biden proclaimed February 2021 as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. For Safe Passage prevention team member Danielle Becker, prevention is something she works to raise awareness on every day.
  • Morning Commute Road Conditions
    Road conditions provided by INDOT
  • Pioneers of Batesville Amack, Bates, Dunn & Sims
    The city of Batesville was not established until 1852, but the history behind Batesville begins much earlier with Teunis (Tunis) Amack (1812-) and his wife Nancy Rader Amack. The Amacks were two of the first settlers in Batesville and like many pioneers of the period, had a dream of owning their own farm.
  • Batesville Common Council, Board of Works 
Meet, Med MIzer Tax Abatement Passed
    The Batesville Common Council and Board of Works met, Monday, Feb. 8. On the board of works agenda was a street closure request from Cook Performance for their upcoming Olympics March 6.
  • Trio of Bulldogs on to semistate
    RICHMOND — Senior Jacob Weigel, junior Josh Mobley and freshman Tacoma Nicholas will represent the Batesville Bulldogs at Saturday’s wrestling semistate hosted by New Castle.
  • A personal look at mental health
    Next week will be the second to last article in the Billy Conn Jr. series, “Fifty years in prison.” As the end approaches, I decided to take a brief break this week and share what readers can expect from the next series, “A personal look at mental health.
  • Fifty yeas in prison - Series 1, Part 4
    A brief glimpse into Billy Conn's life timeline and criminal history in Indiana barely scratches the surface of what else there is to tell about Conn. Conn had several other stories about growing up that would break the heart of those who took time to listen, but many I felt were too personal to be shared for the first time in a newspaper. In Indiana, Conn's criminal history is only a snapshot of his criminal history and did not include the similar charges he received in Ohio or Kentucky.
  • 65+ are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
    Indiana has announced the COVID-19 vaccine is now open to health care workers, first responders and anyone 65 years or older.
  • Get federal tax refund faster
    As community members begin to receive their 2020 W-2s, many are looking for the fastest way possible to receive the funds from their tax returns. The Internal Revenue has a suggestion to help taxpayers receive their refund quickly by filing electronically and choosing direct deposit.
  • Non-profits work together to inspire young girls
    The Southeastern Indiana YMCA has partnered with Girls on the Run Margaret Mary Health to provide a location for teams to meet during their seasons.
  • Lengthy investigation ends in probation
    An over three-year investigation into a local restaurant chain owning Los Primos (Bright), El Reparo (Brookville), El Reparo (Liberty), El Reparo (Greensburg), El Reparo (Rushville), and Mez Cal (Rushville) has come to a close as a result of plea agreements made by the defendants and Dearborn County prosecutor Lynn Deddens.
    There will be no charges in a fatal September shooting that occurred in Batesville, announced Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Huerkamp. According to Prosecutor Huerkamp, the death resulted from a justifiable use of force by the shooter to defend his mother from a violent attack at the hands of the deceased.
  • Canal trail gets biggest Christmas surprise ever
    The group building the Whitewater Canal Trail just received a major donation from an anonymous donor.
  • Master craftsmen “Whitey” Weberding retires after 48-years of service
    The Weberding Carving Shop is a beloved community business that has been open to the Batesville community for 79 years. Dennis (more commonly known as “Whitey”) Weberding has been a beloved employee of Weberding’s for 48 of those years.
  • BROOKVILLE, IN (January 18, 2021) – On September 26, 2020, Shawn McClung, age 56, of Connersville, Indiana, died from complications with an undisclosed illness. 
  • Capitol events prompt half-staff flags across State
    The events that transpired at the Nation’s Capitol Bldg. on Wednesday, Jan 6, have come with effects.
  • Holcomb Statement on Events in Nation’s Capitol
    INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement.
    A skilled Whiteland Warrior team led by senior shooting guard Logan Willoughby left the Batesville Bulldogs in their wake in Saturday morning's opener of the 4-team Batesville tournament.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
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