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’s Tree City, USA committee receives $3,000 grant, prepares for Arbor Day


By Martha B. Jacob –

Ripley Village Council met in regular session on March 14.
Council heard an update regarding Ripley’s Tree City USA status and the upcoming Arbor Day celebration from resident Betty Campbell. Tree Committee member Tim Wilson was also in attendance.
“Since our village is only one of two in Brown County that is a member of Tree City, USA,” Campbell said, “I am here tonight to make you all aware of our Arbor Day Celebration set for April 28. It will include a 1 p.m. program at Ripley Elementary School.
“This year’s event will be a really big event, because this year the tree committee was the recipient of a $3,000 grant that was given by the Arbor Day Foundation, and this is a grant that was awarded to only one Tree City, USA in the United States.”
Campbell told council that the tree committee was thrilled beyond words at receiving the grant. She said the committee hopes to plant at least 6 trees instead of the one tree that is usually planted. The event will also include a poster contest. Each student from the elementary school will also receive a seedling.
In other actions at the council meeting Ripley resident Debi Sizemore spoke at length about the ongoing problem of feral cats on Catherine Street in the village. According to Mayor Tom Leonard, as many as 32 cats have been counted at a Catherine Street residence. The owner of the residence continues to feed the cats, even after being sited by the Brown County Health Department to stop feeding the cats.
“The owner of this home really is a nice person,” Sizemore said, “But these cats are not healthy, they are destructive and the smell they create is simply unbearable. And many of the cats are missing eyes and are definitely sick.
“The health department tells me there is nothing they can do. Doesn’t the Village of Ripley have some kind of nuisance ordinance in place to do something about this ongoing problem?”
Sizemore was told that the ordinance does not specifically address a feral cat issue so council’s hands were tied.
The mayor did say he would talk to the village solicitor, Tom Mayes about the problem and try to find a solution.
Mayor Leonard also stated that Clean-Up Days in the village will be May 11 through May 13, preceded on May 4, 5 and 6 by the Villagewide Yard Sale.
Village Administrator Pete Renshaw brought before council the following issues:
• Introduced a new auxillary police officer, Sawyer Rammell;
• Final samples from the new water wells has been sent off to EPA;
• Concerns were expressed over the traffic light, which is very old, in front of the Elementary School, plans made to test it;
• Contract with Village Magistrate signed for two  years;
• First reading on creating an impound lot;
• Accepted a bid of $1,050 on an old village truck.

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