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 Erma D Painter Alma Cordes Ronald D Latham Economic development project planned Gerald P Morel Lady Broncos capture softball program’s 5th straight SBAAC American Division title Warriors on top in SHAC Division I standings Lady Broncos take first in Western Brown Track Invite Rockets leading way in SHAC Div. II James E Newman Paul E Funk Alan Hanselman Robert V Nash III Frances L Poole Minnie E Fisher Donovan M Pope Irvin E Stiens Myrtle L Lane Ralph L Davidson August J Pace Carl R Brown Phyllis J Beard Lady G-Men complete sweep of Tigers in SBAAC Nat’l Division G-Men pluck Cardinals, 6-4 Warriors climb to 4-1 in SHAC with victory over North Adams Broncos rally in 7th for 5-4 win over Batavia Blue Jays still in search of first win Annual meeting of John P. Parker Historical Society April 23 Boy Scout Eagle project underway at Ripley Library National Arbor Day event set for April 28 Higginsport enforcing speed with camera RULH Alumni dinner to be held on May 20th Joseph G Bennington Rockets fall to 4-1 in SHAC with loss to North Adams Bronco tennis team tops Bethel-Tate, 5-0 Lady G-Men rise to 7-4 with win at Goshen Lady Broncos’ big bats hammer out 11-0 win over Batavia G-Men showing improvement Keith Shouse Diane L Steele August Hensley Louise R Murrell 5th Annual Rick Eagan Memorial 5K Run/Walk coming up in May Birds of Prey Grant Days 2017 attractions John H Young II Sally A Gibson Barbara Burris Mary Ann Napier Martha L Newland Marlene Thompson Patricia A Firrell Kellie J Berry Mt. Orab, Hamersville students take part in ‘Hoops for Heart’ Eastern players take part in District 14 All-Star Games RULH Middle School bans cell phones Ripley Painters Spring Show April 7-9

Ripley Police Department in dire need of new vehicles

By Martha Jacob –

In the absence of Ripley Village Mayor Tom Leonard, vice mayor Charles Poole led the Nov. 22 council meeting.
Ripley Police Officer Josh Miller started the meeting off informing council that his department is trying to purchase two new vehicles.
“We currently have a 2009 Charger and a 2001 Expedition,” Officer Miller explained, “They are starting to really beat up our budget with constant maintenance.
“In two years we spent over $11,000 in maintenance costs alone. Where as the 2014 Charger which we bought brand new has only cost us $390 in maintenance.”
Officer Miller went on to say that his officers on an 8-hour shift is the equivalent of putting 43,800 miles on the vehicle per year, minimum.
“I’ve contacted the Municipal Lease Program,” Miller said. “because we don’t have $50 to $60 thousand dollars sitting around to buy a vehicle outright.
“I found out that it would be about $54,000 to get us into two vehicles, a Taurus, all-wheel drive and an Explorer, all-wheel drive. With a 5-year lease at 6.4% interest, or a 6-year lease at 6.5% it would mean a quarterly cost of $3,188. That would be around $1,000 a month, or $12,000 a year.”
Miller said he was also offered a full year’s deferments on payments, but could still use the new leased vehicles.
Poole suggested the village look into other options to see what was available and placing the issue in the Safety Committee for more discussion.
In other business, council had the first reading of an ODOT Ordinance for a bicycle path coming through the village at no cost to the village.
Council also briefly discussed a rat and cat issue within the village and what could be done. Council will look into programs to help with feral cats.
“In regard to the early warning siren on Red Oak Creek,” Village Administrator Pete Renshaw said, “I picked up another antenna from the electricians and it has been installed and is higher up than the previous one and the coax cable also needed replaced, so electricians will be back to check it out.”
Renshaw reminded council that he had been working with Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., a civil engineering firm regarding water problems. The company specifically deals with water lines and water towers.
“Unfortunately, the first thing they wanted to do is a geographic survey of the entire town,” Renshaw said. “Fire hydrants, water valves, pipe sizes. We’ve already had part of one of the surveys done in 2011, but no one can tell me who did it. But they were able to open it, so that knocks $5,000 right off the top.”
After a brief discussion on the issue council tabled it until after the first of the year.
In regard to Easton Alley in the village Renshaw said that letters had been sent out to all the people living there, about resetting the timing on a traffic signal at the site.
Renshaw said that about 99 percent of the new pipeline is now in the ground and taps were almost in.

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