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 Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Air Evac Lifeteam requests contract with Ripley Council and life squad Odyssey Canvas Works, Inc. is back home working in new building Ripley’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 29 Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up Impressive post-season tourney run reaches end for Lady Rockets Rose M Crone Strategies discussed to join Maysville/Mason County KY with Brown County communities for economic growth Ripley-Lieutenant Byrd Chapter/DAR looking for new members Linda M Lawson Margaret G Newkirk Gregory R Dunn Sandra L Haitz Wesley A Cooper Everette F Donell Lady Broncos move to SW District Div. II finals Lady Rockets top Cincy Christian 22-1 to earn berth in district finals Lady Warriors head to SE District Div. III finals with win over Gallia SW District Track and Field Tourney action gets underway Russell E Conn Robert T Fisher Philip L Paeltz David Beals Gregory A Smith II William G Mullinnix Patricia Ogden Narcan use becoming a source of debate nationwide Rick Eagan Memorial 5K, Saturday, May 20 Cropper’s time as GHS girls basketball coach expected to end after 21 years at the helm Barnes’ perfect game and big hits lead Lady Broncos to round one sectional win Broncos advance in sectional play with win over Mt. Healthy Kenny B Williams Stephen E Marcum Christopher J Lovett Brandon M Traylor RHS students experience mock accident caused by drinking and driving Ripley Council discusses new Lidar system during April 25 session Warriors claim SHAC Div. I title in ‘run rule’ fashion Vilvens’ grand slam caps off Lady Rockets’ win over G’town Rockets lead SHAC Div. II at 9-4 WBHS dedicates new softball press box Rodney E Berry

Ripley Council moves on cleaning up village

By Martha Jacob –

Ripley Village Council met in regular session on Oct. 11 before a full council and wasted no time getting down to business  and  heard comments from local resident Judith Gray regarding a house next door to her and the sidewalk in front of it.
“About 10 years ago the village went through and replaced all the sidewalks according to an ordinance,” said Village Administrator Pete Renshaw, “people could pay for it or they could have it assessed on their taxes, which is normal. Apparently the house next door to Ms. Gray got skipped. It’s also been empty since 2006.”
Renshaw said that since that time it has remained empty and there is no one to contact who owns it because the house is now owned by Wells Fargo Bank, which is why the property sidewalk repair has not been taken care of.
Renshaw said he would look into what is necessary to get the sidewalk fixed, which could be repaired by spring next year. He added that he would be checking other properties with the same problem, and do them all at the same time.
Several other members of the community also attended the meeting to further discuss issues that needed to be taken care of in the village regarding old cars, rubbish and litter in the village. The group was told that things are getting done in the village; it will just take a while to get accomplished.
Ripley Mayor Tom Leonard told council that he was currently working with a grocery store owner out of Kentucky and was hopeful they will come into the Village of Ripley and build a grocery store which is desperately needed.
The Ripley 1st Stop Marathon station owner, Bobby Cantrell, has torn down the old service station and begun building a new facility which will include not only gas, but a small deli which will provide some groceries for the community.
“We anticipate the new 1st Stop opening its doors in January and we are all excited about it.” Renshaw said, “This new place will be exactly like the station in Aberdeen, about three times as big as the old one. We’ve relocated some electric service lines and made our city workers available to help when they can, to move the project along.”
In other business at the meeting, Wendi Van Buren, with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry taught a pruning class at the city building and some of the village’s department workers and members of the Ripley Tree Committee attended the class. The group traveled to the library to trim some trees.
During Renshaw’s report, he told council that most of the pipe had arrived, most of the easements have been signed and construction is ready to begin on the raw water main well project. It will begin behind the high school, travel through two other properties, and go down beside Pond Drive into the property where the village owns into the treatment plant.
“Unger Construction is doing the job and they will begin next week,” Renshaw said. “We anticipate the project taking a couple months, but because of where it is, it won’t affect any traffic.”
Renshaw announced to council that three old dilapidated houses had been demolished in the village in the past several weeks. The homeowners actually took care of the demolition.

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