Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Ripley officer receives commendation for quick action Bicentennial at Ripley First Presbyterian RULH welcomes new school principals Aberdeen’s Police Dept. continues to grow Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London

Find a cool place to read a book

The calendar says summer doesn’t officially start until Sunday, but I’m thinking it is already here—the heat and humidity are both well established in the Ohio River Valley. So, I believe it is a great time to find a cool place, be it under the perfect tree that shades and is in proximity to a breeze, in the library, or under a ceiling fan at home to lose track of time reading a book. I know, sounds a bit old-fashioned, but reading a book could be with the paper variety or eBook, it doesn’t matter. Could be the ultimate “staycation” for a few hours—staying in one place, but allowing your mind to travel anywhere, any time in any world, and we have a building full of these destinations!

Authors and publishers know that summertime is a good time to sell fun “beach read” books—they might be a romance, a mystery, or a thriller to tease the interest of the reader, so we fall for the pitch and purchase quite a few. This week and next, we will be adding Mary Higgins Clark’s “The Melody Lingers On”, Tom Clancy’s “Under Fire: A Jack Ryan Jr.” novel, Janet Evanovich’s “Wicked Charms: A Lizzie and Diesel novel”, Christopher Reich’s “Invasion of Privacy”, Jude Devereux’s third book in the Nantucket Brides series “Ever After”, Danielle Steel chimes in with “Country”, and of course, James Patterson has a new book out, this time “Truth or Die.”

The kids that are participating in the summer reading program (and thank you to the parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends that bring the young ones to the library) are having a good time. Our shelves in the children’s department show lots of gaps with all the hundreds of books leaving the library to be read—those book bags the kids get when signing up are getting a workout. Still time to join the fun, we will be logging books read for the t-shirt goal until school starts, and we have many weeks left of the activity programs.

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