Stella M Glasscock Ellen L Gelter Alverda T Guillermin Justin N Beach EHS dedicates ‘Kiser Court’ SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, winning teams Sizer earns SBAAC American Division Volleyball Player of Year honors for 3rd straight year Broncos to host Blue Jays for OHSAA ‘Jimmy Young’ Foundation Game, Nov. 17 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

Library Talk

“Spreading the word” can be a challenging activity. We think we do a pretty good job using The Ripley Bee and social media, and flyers in the library and around town, yet we still miss people, the plight of any organization or business trying to get the word out.

The grapevine is still a powerful message deliverer. We didn’t have to spread the word about doing snowmen for the Ripley library fence. Somehow the word got out and we had to go into production to make a second batch of blank snowmen. Trust me, cutting four foot snowmen out of thin plywood on a small craft scroll saw that I haven’t used for over 20 years isn’t pretty. Fortunately, the first set was done by my dad, John Gibson, and he has better tools and uses them all the time.

We primed them and drilled holes and they are ready to pick up if you’ve already picked one out. As I write this, there is one snowman left unspoken for, first come, first serve. I’m guessing the popularity of the scarecrows on the fence spurred on interest. We have lots of creative people in town and this is a fun outlet to show your stuff. We also are happy to help decorate the center of Ripley a little so we’ll be ready for River Village Christmas.

Last week we were visited by people that were interested in what we had both old and new on the area’s abolitionists. Our collection continues to grow, and it was hard to pick out the best sampling, but I think they liked what they saw. When I came to Ripley decades ago, the Underground Railroad interest was present, but Ohio’s participation was not well represented in books or articles. Twenty plus years later, we are now regularly included in overall books about the UGRR as well as having books written just on our area.

Our heroes are showing up in an increasingly wider array of books, Ripley’s John Rankin is one of only seventeen profiles in a new book titled “White Allies in the Struggle for Racial Justice” by Drick Boyd. We should be proud of the heritage around here, and hopefully do good work that will someday be our positive legacy.

By Alison Gibson

Director, Union Township Public Library

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