World Series

first_imgIt is November, and I guess the World Series is over.  I lost interest when the Reds lost the wild-card game.  I still advocate playing the season games in a 2-week shorter period of time.  The old timers could play double headers, and they weren’t even making $100,000 a year.  It seems if you make $4 million you have to have more time off.  This pushes the season into late October, and in some years, even into the first of November.  A 2-week shorter season would give 2 weeks of September for playoffs thus eliminating the one game farce that we have now.  This would allow at least a 2 out of 3 first round elimination.  If the Player Association refuses this shorter season, then cut 10 games off of the 162.  I think you will notice that the TV ratings keep going down the further into football season it goes.  I haven’t even mentioned what TV does to this whole system.  That, of course, is a story all by itself.last_img read more

Military Vet Helps Police Catch Burglar

first_imgA military veteran put the brakes on an attempted burglary Monday morning, according to North Vernon Police.Authorities were notified of an alleged burglary in progress at the North Vernon VFW around 5:00 a.m.Police say a VFW member went to the building when he was notified that the alarm was going off. When the member arrived at the VFW, he found the suspected burglar inside the building. The member was able to detain the suspect until police arrived and took the man into custody.According to police, Jason Martin, 37, of North Vernon was charged with burglary of a commercial building.last_img

Keeping Winter Weather from Wreaking Havoc on Home Heating Bills

first_imgWith winter approaching and consumers across Indiana turning up their furnaces, experts say it’s a good time to consider how your home can be more energy efficient.Snow, sleet, and ice have many Hoosiers turning up their thermostats, and those natural gas and electric bills can be expensive.According to Anthony Swinger, director of external affairs at the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, a home energy audit can help residents reduce their energy use and better manage their heating bills. He noted that many consumers are eligible for free assessments from the Energizing Indiana program.“They’ll send someone out, do a walk-through, spend some time with you and actually show you where in your home you can make improvements that will can really help and add up,” he said.Other tips to keep heating bills down include clean furnace filters, checking your insulation, setting ceiling fans to turn clockwise at a low speed, and using programmable thermostats that turn down the temperature when you are at work or sleeping.If you are facing financial hardship and can’t pay a bill on time, Swinger suggests reaching out to your utility company.“The more proactive you are, the earlier you contact the utility, and the earlier you work out a payment arrangement and keep it, the better the odds are that you’ll keep those services connected,” he said.Additionally, most Indiana natural gas and electric utilities offer budget billing programs, which he said provide for set monthly payments, making it easier to plan ahead.Swinger pointed out that another easy way to save money is to cut back on what he refers to as “vampire power.”“We’re talking about a cell-phone charger that’s plugged into the wall, but no phone is plugged in at the other end, or another a small appliance that you might keep plugged in that doesn’t really need to be plugged in, but it is using energy to some degree,” he specified.Lighting can also be expensive, and Swinger suggested switching to CFL bulbs which are more efficient, using only a fourth as much energy as traditional incandescent bulbs, and lasting about ten times longer.last_img read more

Candidates Rush To File For May Primary

first_imgLocal clerk’s offices have remained busy since the start of filing season. Political candidates have had over a week to file for the primary election in May.Several offices are up for election at the local and state level this year. The final day to file for political office is Friday, Feb. 7. As of Thursday morning, here is a list of candidates that have filed for office:Franklin CountyClerk of Circuit Court – Karla Bauman (R)Auditor – Stephen Brack (R)Assessor – Sharon Halcomb (D)County Commissioner – Scott McDonough (R)County Council District 1– Joe Sizemore (R)County Council District 3 – Jeff Koch (R)County Council District 4 – Carroll Lanning (D)Brookville Town Council Ward 2– Darrel Flashpohler (D)Sheriff – Kenneth Murphy (R);  Barry Bischoff (R);  John Roberts Jr. (R)Delegate: Charles RatzFor township trustees, Delbert Spurlock filed for Laurel and Sue Waechter filed for Ray Township. Three have filed so far for Democratic party precinct committeemen including, Bess Edwards, Brookville 1; Karen Hodapp, Fairfield; and Delbert Spurlock, Laurel.Ripley CountyAs of Thursday morning, 26 people have  officially filed for office:Auditor- Bill Wagner (R)Assessor – Shawna Bushhorn (R)County Commissioner – Bill Flannery (R); Robert Linville (R)County Council – Ron Decker (R); Dephane Smith (R); William DramannOsgood Council – Linda Krinop (R); Norman Kappes (D)Sheriff – Jeff Cumberworth (R); Tim Sutton (D); Joe Mann (R); Josh Thompson (R)Surveyor – Jeff French (R)Delegates: Ginger Bradford, William Bradford, Sue French, Jeff French.For trustees, Cynthia Melton for Otter Creek and Ray Tucker for Otter Creek advisory board; Donna Linville filed for Center Township; and Janice Linkmeyer, Edwena Matthews and Kenneth Copeland filed for Brown Township. For precinct committeemen, Alberta Doll and David Chandler filed for Democrats.Those running for judge, prosecutor,  state senator or representative must file through the state of Indiana. Ryan King filed for Ripley County Circuit Judge and Ric Hertel filed for Ripley County Prosecutor. In addition, Randy Frye filed to run for another term as District 67 State Representative. Rising Sun Attorney Lane Siekman is also seeking a Democratic nomination to the 6th Congressional District currently held by Republican Luke Messer.last_img read more

Hill-Rom Launches New Bed, Makes Cuts

first_imgHill-Rom has launched a new bed and also made some job cuts.Hill-Rom has introduced a new bed system to the company lineup. The Progressa bed System is a therapeutic system designed to treat and prevent complications of patient immobility.The bed is accompanied with new technology that gathers information on patient movement.The launch of a new product occurred the same week the company made job cuts.Reportedly 275 people worldwide lost their job Thursday, including several people that work at the global headquarters in Batesville.The exact number of Batesville employees impacted by the company reduction is unknown.The hospital bed and furniture company announced in January  that approximately 350 global employees would lose their job.last_img

IHSAA blocks changes to state basketball tournament

first_imgThe state basketball tournament remains the same for local schools like Franklin County. (Image: Hoosier Temple/Twitter)INDIANAPOLIS – A proposed change to the state high school basketball tournament was voted down by IHSAA executives Monday.The committee agreed unanimously (17-0) against the measure that was presented to them in August by a study committee made up of representatives from Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association,  the IHSAA Board of Directors and IHSAA staff.The proposal, which would have begun with the 2015-16 school year, called for the largest 64 schools by enrollment to make up Class 4A. Sixteen sectionals would have been played with four teams each and all games played on Saturday.The remaining schools in Classes 3A,2A and 1A would have been evenly distributed with seven or eight schools per sectional and played in a Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday format.Additional portions called for the IHSAA staff to determine host sites at each level of the state tournament with the same site hosting both years of the alignment window. In recent years, school administrators within each sectional have determined the host site with some rotation between schools“I want to commend the Executive Committee for their thoughtful deliberations surrounding the basketball tournament format proposals,” IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox said following the meeting.“The Committee entertained two different proposals throughout this process and in the final analysis, those varied proposals did not significantly improve the current tournament format.  While the Association is not presently modifying the four class tournament, several salient points were raised during the conversations and those objectives will be considered during the next reclassification and realignment exercise which will occur in April of 2015.”last_img read more

2nd Annual Gavin’s Ride to be held Saturday

first_imgMILAN, Ind. — The 2nd Annual Gavin’s Ride will be held on Saturday with a breakfast starting at 9:00 AM.Ride registration will be held from 10 – 11:30, with the ride leaving at noon.The cost is $20 for individuals, $25 if you have a rider and both include dinner.If you are interested in dinner, but don’t want to ride, the cost for the dinner only is $8.WRBI’s Brent Lee will be broadcasting live and on location from 11 AM – 1 PM.Gavin’s Ride is a memorial ride and fundraiser in honor of Gavin Lee to support local athletes in the Ripley County Area.last_img

CEF celebrates anniversary, announces concert

first_imgMilan, In. — The Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization designed to evangelize young people with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish them in a local church. The group is celebrating 80 years of operation this year.The group offers the Good News Club ® to local youths as well. Trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes, just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission. Each week the teacher presents an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials. The program also includes songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme.The group will hold a concert featuring “This Hope” on Monday, November 27 at the Bridge of Hope Worship Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. the center is located at 4050 East County Road 50 South in Milan.The local chapter serves 16 counties and has an office in Versailles. For more information go online here.last_img read more

Tree City Fall Festival royalty introduced

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Emily Tallent, daughter of Tina Tallent, was named Miss Tree City and Miss Congeniality. As Miss Tree City 2017, Ashley DeArmand passed the crown on her boyfriend proposed to her.First runner-up was Kierston Hess and the second runner-up was Danielle Smith.Tyce Robbins was the inaugural Junior Miss Tree City.  First runner-up in the junior class was Kaylie Smith and the second runner-up was Caroline Koehne.Little Mr. and little Miss Tree City were Lana Wall and Preston Hart. Preston was also named Mr. Personality. Chloe Kramer was named Miss Congeniality.last_img