Rita Tarvin Rocket win streak reaches five G-Men ascend to 4-0 in SBAAC National Division with win at Williamsburg Jays soar to 3-1 with win at North Adams Young Lady Jays improving as season progresses Mary J Yockey Callie J Maynard Windle Blanton Daisy D Nevels RULH HS students visit Jungle Jims Aberdeen Council has busy end of the year River Village Christmas celebration begins SR 41 now open Gast’s three-point shower drowns the Tigers Lady Rockets capture wins over Ripley, Batavia Keplinger signs with Shawnee State Warriors down the Devils, fall to the Greyhounds Broncos edge out Williamsburg, 53-50 Carol S Newman John E Short RULH Elementary names ‘Go Green’ Students RE/MAX Local Experts opens in Williamsburg RULH wraps up ‘No Shave November’ fundraiser Eleven indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Donald C Vance John C Morris Rebecca E Simpson Hot start sets pace for Broncos’ 85-40 win over CNE G-Men get off to 1-1 start Lady Rockets start off season with tough string of road games Basketball Special: 2017-18 Katherine J Wolfe Virginia J Germann Rev Commadora Manning Mona K Kirker Ohio Rural Heritage Association donates to Food Pantry RULH FCCLA attends meeting in D.C. RULH MS students try ‘Tabletop Twitter’ Ripley Village Christmas update Bonita Planck Carol J Wagner Christopher O Richey Sr Five new members to enter WBHS Athletic Hall of Fame Blue Jays ready to soar under Woodward Fischer named to OPSWA All-Ohio First Team of football all-stars High school girls’ hoop action kicks off in Brown County Formation of new joint Fire & EMS District discussed RULH students learn about ‘Global Food’ Personal financial management class at RULH High School Dale G Ferriel John E Slack Nicholas A Arthur Bonnie J Roush Charles E Faul Phyllis A Mills Carl L Watson Marc W Bolce Robert R Moore Robert K King June R Williams William T Ishmael Sr Deborah J Napier High school hoop action begins Fayetteville SAY Girls Wing Soccer Team finishes season among state’s Final Four Devils visit Georgetown for OHSAA Foundation Games Grandfather charged in boy’s death ‘Real Money’ at RULH Middle School Ripley High School celebrates Veterans Day Reward increases for information leading to conviction in Stykes’ murder Ripley Village Christmas update Kenneth M McKinley Vilvens signs with Mount St. Joseph SBAAC awards girls tennis all-stars Layman inducted into Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame SBAAC hands out awards to First Team girls’ soccer all-stars John D Marks Aberdeen Police Department receives ‘Shop With a Cop’ donation Benefit to take place Nov. 17 for Grace Copple St. Michael students take part in Community Soup Supper Voters return Worley to the bench Ruby A Ratliff Donna J Moore 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

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.

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By Alison Gibson

Director, Union Township Public Library

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