Vern W Kidd Jr Brown County Election Results – 2017 Michael D Hines Raymond W Napier Leslie E Boyle Gary L Barber RULH NHS welcomes new inductees K-9 Units and handlers visit RULH High School EMS members honored for service Road work on Ripley streets to begin Russell K Wolfer SHAC recognizes volleyball all-stars SHAC cross country all-stars take home awards Eastern girls finish runner-up in SHAC golf standings Week 10 football roundup Kathleen J Bright Sister Marjean Clement Veterans Service Office Moves RULH MS students hold first Science Club meeting Bald Eagles spotted 2017 Celebration of Lights being planned Carlos L Beck Georgetown XC teams qualify for regional championship meet Warriors advance to Div. II Regional Meet Lady Rockets reach end to successful volleyball season Week nine football roundup Lady Warriors regional bound Amy J Caudill Bertha Lindsey Bobby S Conley Ripley Council considers insurance changes, will be making repairs on Rankin Hill Road PRC Walk for Life raises $4,600 Mary E Hahn Gary R Cornette Week 8 football roundup Notable soccer season reaches end for G-Men Lady Broncos are SBAAC American Division XC champs SHAC XC title goes to Lady Warriors Arthur Smith Eugene M Jennings Jr Billy R Kilgore Sr Carol D Roberts Thelma L Gray Ripley FFA off to a busy start this year Ripley River Village Christmas adds new events Man found dead in ditch Rev Alvin B Woodruff Jackson L Russell Lady Broncos bring home 11th SBAAC American Division title in 12 years Lady Rockets wrap up regular season Warriors rally for win Broncos make it two in a row Helen L Whalen Veterans saluted at the Brown County Fair Prints available of Eagle Creek Bridge, by local artist Tommy J Stamper Sue Day Broncos move closer to SBAAC American Division title Lady G-Men working hard, showing improvement Sports complex soon to open in Mt. Orab Week 6 football roundup H Ray Warnock Ripley McDonalds robbed overnight Familiar pizzeria in Ripley has new owners Linda Taylor Rene Sizemore-Dahlheimer Eugene Snider Eric Workman Gregory Terry Edith M Moore Eileen Womacks Michael C Jennings Janice K Brunner Cheer squads compete at ‘Little State Fair’ Truck, tractor pulls draw a crowd at Brown County Fair Week 5 football roundup Lady Broncos rise to 11-6 with win over Batavia Broncos buck Clinton-Massie, Goshen James H Boyd Warren A Stanley Jane R Ernst Darrell F Anderson James W Ball Jr June R Paul Robert Kattine Tony W Ratliff Carroll G Boothby Ripley Council addresses roof replacement and paving projects Beasley Farm to remain agricultural forever Janet R Whitt Jacqualine Attinger L Mae Spencer Battle between Broncos, G-Men ends in tie SB Warriors rout Peebles, 60-0 Lady Jays celebrate first victory Lady Rockets on a roll Rockets cruise to 4-0 Broncos celebrate homecoming Sininger wraps up another outstanding regular season of high school golf Joan E Stevens


Small libraries such as ours are blessed with a sense of family and we get to know our patrons, in many cases generations of the same family, and we get to know each of the staff members. This brings a wonderful sense of community and continuity, but it also means each loss is felt by our “family’” as well.

Recently, we lost Pat Peterkin, a longtime employee of the Russellville Library, who had just recently retired. Pat was faithful and diligent in her work, and as an avid reader, her selections of titles she enjoyed helped broaden the collection. As we purchase books in her memory, I hope that she would approve of the selection. We also just lost Ripley’s Mary K. Helbling, known to many as their accountant. She often came into the library to chat, get some obscure tax form, or just see how the library was doing. She was active in many organizations in Ripley, and she will be sorely missed. Our “family” grows with each new card we issue or new hire that comes on board, but as with most families, we are saddened when we lose a member.

Sometimes I purchase titles based on the book mentioning Ripley (or Russellville, or Aberdeen) and some of these books perhaps wouldn’t have made the purchase cut without the local context, especially the smaller or independent press works, but hey, I’m a sucker for local ties.

Last week, several of the “Ripley” books came in, each with their own style. The first is “The Cyclist’s Bucket List: A Celebration of 75 Quintessential Cycling Experiences,” by Ian Dille . The rides cover trails in Africa, Asia, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Ripley? Well, not just Ripley, but a section of the Underground Railroad ride designed by Adventure Cycling, the Kentucky-Ohio spur, and Ripley is well mentioned in the ride. That’s pretty cool.

We’ve had fun with the Brown County ghost stories in “Ohio Ghost Hunter Guide VI” that came out last year and well, “Ohio Ghost Hunter Guide VIII” just came out, and Amazon said it had a Ripley/Aberdeen story in it. It does, but just one out of the entire book. The last is fiction titled “Shallow Graves” by Christina Wolfer that starts out with the sentence, “When a young girl’s body is discovered in a shallow grave on a farm outside of Ripley, Ohio, FBI agent Kendal McNally returns to her estranged hometown to investigate.” How could I not purchase that title? The author grew up in Williamsburg.

By Alison Gibson

Director, Ripley Library

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