Oldenburg Academy recently received large grants from both the Ripley County and Franklin County Community Foundations to support a project entitled: “Integrating the History, Culture and Music of Traditional Steel Drum Bands into the Curriculum and Community”.“This funding will enable the Academy to create a steel drum band by purchasing cello and bass pans for completion of a steel pan ensemble. Students will eventually perform at OA, other local schools, at area health care facilities and at community events,” said OA Marketing Communications Coordinator Kayla Wessling in a news release.As part of this program, OA intends to educate students and nearby communities regarding the origin, instrument design and manufacture, playing techniques and cultural significance of island music.Examples of how OA may integrate the culture of steel drum into present curriculum includes: students of Physics will be exposed to the nature of sound, English students will hear the stories of the Caribbean natives, Social Studies students will become familiar with the geography, enculturation and integration of the steel drum into island life, Project Lead the Way engineering students will explore the unique design of pans, and drama students will perform folkloric interpretations.The Academy will also offer a Steel Drum band course for all interested students.
BATESVILLE, Ind. – The Gibson Theatre in Batesville is hosting a “Hoosiers” weekend, dedicated to the 1954 Milan Indians state championship team.Attendees will have the opportunity to meet members of the team including Bobby Plump, Glen Butte and Roger Schroder beginning at 6 p.m. Friday night. A showing of the movie “Hoosiers” will follow.The movie will also be shown Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.Gibson Theatre owner Kim Powell said local organizations are encouraged to attend for free by contacting him at (812) 363-5530.
If you were watching the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies game last week, you witnessed a good-feel story. Todd Frazier hit his 100th career homer, and the ball was caught on a carom by an elderly gentlemen. He then handed the ball to a young fan sitting behind him. Since it was Frazier’s 100th career homer, Jim Day of the Reds went out to right field to retrieve the baseball.After some friendly negotiations between Jim and the boy’s father, they agreed to give the ball to the Reds in exchange for an autographed item from Frazier. The Reds had anticipated this happening, and they produced an autographed baseball in a case for the young man. He gladly exchanged it for the batted ball.Two good things happened here. The elderly season ticket holder gave the ball to the young man, and the young boy was not greedy and made the exchange. He even congratulated Frazier on his accomplishment.
Robert L. Fisher, age 89 of Greensburg, died Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Morning Breeze. Born December 28, 1926 in Batesville, he is the son of Alice (Nee: Schomberg) and Lawrence Fisher. He married Esther Pepper October of 1970 in Peppertown, Indiana. Bob served in the army during World War II.Bob was a bit of a renaissance man. After the service, he bought the farm he worked at as boy and farmed for over 20 years, selling it after he married. He helped build the Fireside Inn at Enochsburg which in its early years was a tavern that he ran. He also helped build the Grotto behind St. Catherine of Sienna’s Church (formerly St. John’s Church) just up the road from the Fireside. He worked at Fernald for 10 years and American Manufacturing for 20. Bob was an avid baseball enthusiast. A lifelong Reds fan, he played and coached Batesville’s Tri County League team into his 40’s. He also worked for Krider’s Studio where the photography bug bit him and would become a lifelong passion. Through the years he photographed countless weddings, did commercial work for manufacturing plants and covered the Reds, becoming friends with Bench, Rose, Morgan and Knuxhall to name a few. Bob was also an accomplished artist. He would tell the story of growing up with no T.V. or radio, just a pencil and notebook, so by the light of an oil lamp, he entertained himself by sketching. Many will remember him for his music. He came from a musical family and started playing the banjo in his early teens. But he was more than just a musician, he was an entertainer. He would dress in period clothing, usually from the 20’s or 30’s which we’ve all seen……the vest, the hat, the garters on his sleeves. He continued to play with his sister and nephew up until recently when his health began to decline.Bob is survived by sisters Naomi Prickel of Batesville, Shirley Giesting of Enochsburg as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister Wanda Schwegman. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 17th, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna (formerly St. John’s Church) in Enochsburg with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Huntersville Cemetery. The family requests memorials to Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Research or Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice
John Humphrey Riggs, 92, who resided at The Seasons Assisted Living in Milan, IN and formerly of Aurora, Indiana passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the V.A. Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born Monday, June 15, 1923 in Dearborn County, Indiana, son of the late John T. Riggs and the late Edith Humphrey Riggs. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Annie Roberts Riggs, his brother Oliver “Skeets” Riggs and sister Thelma Thies, and one great grandaughter, Hailey Riggs.Surviving are his children, Beverly Anne McConnell (Larry) of Milan, IN, John Gregory Riggs of Saylor Park, OH, Deborah Lynn Bissinger (Greg) of Terre Haute, IN, and Terri Elizabeth Fox (Ron)of Manassas, VA; Sisters Lucille Johnson of Aurora, IN, Rosalie “Rosie” Kippler of Lawrenceburg, IN, and Lauretta Humphrey of Rising Sun, IN; 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.John “Hump” was a happy, selfless man who dearly loved his family, friends, and life itself. He spent countless hours volunteering his time to everything from playing Santa Claus for many years in Aurora to helping his fellow veterans at the V.A. offices in Lawrenceburg and Cincinnati. His presence will be missed by all as he deeply touched and had such a wonderful impact on everyone he met. He is now joined in heaven with the love of his life, Annie.John H. Riggs served his Country proudly in World War II as a Merchant Marine from 1942-1946 and then worked at Thatcher Glass Manufacturing, retiring after over 33 years of service. He was a charter and lifetime member of the Aurora Moose Lodge since 1949, a Pilgrim of the Moose and Moose Fellowship, and member of the VFW, AMVETS, Milan American Legion, Ohio Valley Merchant Marines, and the Aurora Eagles.Friends will be received from 4:00-6:00, Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Saturday at 6:00 pm with Pastor Charlie Miller officiating.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, IN. Military services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Moose Heart Organization. If unable to attend, please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
C.W. “Bill” Soendlin, age 78 of Greensburg, IN passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. Born November 26, 1938 in Decatur Co., IN, Jackson Township, he was the son of Karl Soendlin & May (Bokelman) Richter. The 1956 graduate of Napoleon High School married Janice Larrison on June 6, 1964 at the New Point Christian Church.Bill worked 38 years for the Peoria & Eastern, NY Central, Penn Central, Conrail & CSX Railroad. He served his country in the US Air Force from 1956 – 1964. He was a member of the American Legion Post 129 in Greensburg and the Retired Railroaders Group. Bill enjoyed politics and served as the Salt Creek Township Trustee from 1978 -1986 and was on the Rossburg Cemetery Board. Bill was a member of the New Point Christian Church where he was a past elder & deacon and the Greensburg Christian Church. He loved his church and was very active in missions.He enjoyed bowling, was an avid Reds fan, loved railroading and was a lifelong Rail Buff. He and his wife loved to travel and have been to all 50 states plus Canada. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary by going on a cruise to Alaska. He was an active member of the Greensburg Senior Citizens and the Greensburg & Batesville YMCA .Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janice Soendlin, his sons Deron Soendlin (Rhonda) of Germantown Hills, IL, David Soendlin (Carrie) of Greensburg, IN and Dyar Soendlin (Sheryl) of Greensburg, IN. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Katelynn Giraldo (Camilo), Bradley Soendlin and Drew, Claire & Logan Soendlin and his siblings Richard Soendlin (Rebecca) of Indianapolis, IN and Donna Swigart (Bill) of Rushville, IN and several nieces & nephews. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.Visitation will be Friday, January 27, 2017 from 4-8pm at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN and Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 10am – 11am at New Point Christian Church. Services will start at 11am on Saturday with Mark Vice officiating. Burial will follow services in Rossburg Cemetery with military graveside rites. Memorials are suggested to American Heart Assoc., New Point Christian Church Mission Fund or First Christian Church in Greensburg Mission Fund c/o Meyers Funeral Home, P. O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com
Muncie, In. — Conservative Muncie businessman, Jonathan Lamb has announced his intention to run in Indiana’s 6th Congressional District. Incumbent Luke Messer plans to run for the senate seat currently held by Democrat Joe Donnelly.“Washington, DC is failing the American people and Indiana families. Special interests and career politicians are pushing bad policies without any real-world experience in running businesses or creating jobs,” stated Lamb.“As an entrepreneur, I have experienced success and failure. I know the struggles of starting a business and how difficult it is to not only create jobs and grow a company, but just to make ends meet in our current political environment. We don’t need policies that are centered around handing out jobs and subsidies, but rather policies centered around creating opportunities for people and businesses to thrive.”“As a commodity trader I managed a multi-billion dollar book of business, and since then I went on to start seven small businesses with my wife, Mollee. I have been there, I understand the challenges of starting, growing, and running businesses, and I know that nothing can replace hard work and common sense.”“For generations, both my wife’s family and mine have been farmers, workers, and business owners right here in the 6th District. Our roots run deep here, with our boys the ninth generation of Lambs to call East Central Indiana home. Mollee’s family received a Hoosier Homestead Award for the Rush County farm that her family settled in 1837, and we want to provide the same opportunities for our children that caused our family to settle here in East Central Indiana almost 200 years ago.”“Unfortunately, politicians in Congress don’t understand small business, manufacturing, and agriculture. I am not a politician who is trying to win friends in Congress. I am running to make a difference for my children and all Hoosiers. We need solutions, not promises; I will bring common sense and sound economic business principles to our capital and make our country great again.”“I’ll work with the administration to stop the swamp from invading our farm fields and communities. I’ll actually vote not only to repeal Obamacare, but create real solutions to lower the cost of healthcare and solve our health insurance debacle. I will create a sound trade policy that works for Hoosier businesses and farms while keeping our borders safe and secure for all Americans. And I’ll work to cut burdensome regulations, pass job-creation legislation and create a simple, solid, pro-growth tax policy.”Lamb is a graduate of Yorktown High School and has an economics degree from Ball State University. He also has a degree in risk management from the Miller College of Business and an MBA from North Carolina State University where he was a McLauchlan Leadership Fellow. He is the owner of OptoeV, Inc., a provider of patent pending battery powered farm equipment. He is married with two children.For more information go online to https://electlamb.com/.
Batesville, In. — The Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville will present National Night Out at the Batesville Memorial Pool on August 1 at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a free cookout, swimming, door prizes and a chance to meet police canine Jinx.National Night Out is designed to build strong ties in neighborhoods between residents and police in order to reduce criminal activity.Booth space is available for the event. For more information go online to drugfreebatesville.org/.For more information about National Night Out click here.
Vonnie Mae Mayes, age 93 of New Point, Indiana passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Morning Breeze Healthcare Center in Greensburg, IN. The daughter of John William and Minnie Belle (nee: Haynes) Allen was born on October 24, 1923 in Benton County, Tennessee.On March 1, 1945 Vonnie married Troy B. Mayes in Parsons, TN. Vonnie retired from K.B. Specialty Co. in Greensburg in June 1988.She is survived by her son Robert (Norma) Mayes of Batesville, two daughters Helen (the late Richard) Williams of Batesville and Betty Mollaun of Murray, KY; two grandsons, five granddaughters, 15 greatgrandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Alice Marie Mayes who died as an infant, two grandsons, her sisters Ruby Boyd, Carloda Conrad, Gladys Baugus & Helen Tubbs and brothers Covie, Jessie, Wilson, Patterson, Lexie & Edward Ray Allen.Visitation will be Friday, September 1, 2017 from 1-3pm with funeral services immediately following at 3pm, all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville. Pastor Dan Wolford officiating. Burial will follow in the Rossburg Cemetery in New Point, IN.
Former football coach, Eric Heppner, and BHS principal, Andy Allen, asked me to post a blog relating to how you can contribute money or gift cards to help the Wilson’s recover from the devastating fire that destroyed their home last week. Former football coaches and teammates of Jacob and Ben Wilson will be at the football game this Friday night when the Bulldogs host the Rushville Lions.After you enter the football complex, look for a booth near the gate where these coaches and players will be located. Both Jacob and Ben played football while attending Batesville High School. Thank you in advance for your support.