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

Ripley to mark constitution

RIPLEY — Count Ripley in as one of the most patriotic towns in the state of Ohio.

Ripley Mayor Tom Leonard signed a proclamation declaring September 17-23 as Constitution Week in the village. The proclamation honors the creation of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, which was later ratified on June 21, 1788.

The proclamation reads “Now, therefore I, Tom Leonard, Maor of the Village of Ripley, do hereby proclaim September 17 through 23, 2015, to be Constitution Week in Ripley, Ohio, and ask our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by studying the constitution, and reflecting on the privilage of being an American with all the rights and responsibilities which that privilage involves.”

Vicki Carrington with the Ripley Daughters of the American Revolution brought the proclamation to Ripley’s regularly scheduled Sept. 8 village council meeting, where it was signed by Leonard.

During the meeting, Administrator Pete Renshaw updated village council on a number of matters.

Renshaw said he spoke with Gary Williams of the engineering consultants Jones and Henry, who designed the town’s new sewer plant, on a plan of action to deal with water discoloration out of certain resident’s taps. There have also been issues with a build up of calcium and manganese in the pipes.

Williams recommended that the village flush the lines and eventually move to flushing the water lines on a semi-annual basis, once in the spring and once in the fall.

Renshaw also said that the village had received another application for a loan through their U.S. Department of Agriculture revolving loan fund, though the individual applying wasn’t sure if he wanted to take the loan. However, all the paperwork for the loan had been submitted, just in case. The village has already handed out two loans from the fund.

A USDA auditor will be at the village offices on Sept. 16 to make sure the village is taking all the right steps in the process to provide these loans to local businesses.

Following up on their discussion about American Electric Power from two weeks ago, Renshaw updated village council that the village actually only owes around $115,000 in capacity costs, after AEP discovered that they lumped Hamersville’s payment into Ripley’s. Leonard said he didn’t want to pay for AEP’s mistakes, and no action was taken on what to do about the outstanding bills.

Renshaw said that every ten years the state audits each village, and 2015 is Ripley’s year, so a state auditor will be down on Sept. 14 to look over the village’s financial books.

In addition, the village agreed to hold a village-wide yard sale from Oct.1-3, which is the weekend of fair week.

Lastly, Solicitor Thomas Mayes discussed with village council the need to update their village income tax code, after the state legislature approved some changes to the ORC regarding income tax credits.

The new income tax code would make residents of Ripley pay income tax in both Ripley and in Kentucky if they work across the river, whereas in the past and in other cities, Ripley can offer tax credits if there is a difference in income tax percentages.

Vicky Carrington, of the Ripley Daughters of the Revolution, reads a proclamation for September 17-23 to be Constitution Week in Ripley. Carrington, of the Ripley Daughters of the Revolution, reads a proclamation for September 17-23 to be Constitution Week in Ripley.

By Daniel Karell

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