Doris E. Ertel, of Sunman, was born on November 25, 1921 in Cincinnati, Ohio, a daughter to James A. and Lydia E. Amm Smith. She was a graduate of Western Hills High School, and on August 30, 1947 she married Edmund M. Ertel. Her children expressed how she dedicated herself to caring for their family – they always remember having a hot meal before school and being on time for church! Doris was a lifelong member of St. Nicholas Church and was involved in their Ladies Sodality for many years. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and cooking. Doris was loved not only by her family, but caregivers as well and rarely was she seen without a smile on her face. Later she was very active in both her assisted living and nursing home communities, where she especially loved playing bingo. On Tuesday, December 18, 2018 after a brief illness, she passed away at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. Those surviving who will cherish Doris’ memory include her children, Jackie (Richard) Tate of Sacramento, CA, Mike (Andrea) Ertel of Sunman, Tom (Carolyn) Ertel of Greensburg, Gary (Kim) Ertel of Sunman, Linda (Michael) Boyce of Aurora, Carol (Dan) Ziegler of Sunman, Ted (Donna) Ertel, of Sunman, and Susie (Rick) Collins of Sunman; 24 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; one niece, and two nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund Ertel on September 11, 1997; one son, John Charles Ertel, and two brothers, Ralph and Don Smith. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Holy Rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial, officiated by Fr. Shaun Whittington will be held at St. Nicholas Church at 3:30 p.m. with burial immediately following in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to the St. Nicholas Heritage Project. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Doris Ertel.
Aurora, IND – ESPN has announced that Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio DearbornCounties’ athlete, Chris Perdue of Osgood, will be returning, for the third consecutive year, tothe X Games Aspen 2019 for the annual Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Races. The XGames will take place from January 22-26 on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado.Coverage of the X Games can be viewed on ESPN and ABC.Perdue is one of ten Special Olympics athletes from around the world selected by ESPN and Special Olympics to demonstrate their snowboarding skills at the Unified event during the XGames. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor and official media sponsor of Special OlympicsUnified Sports.Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal numberof Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individualswithout intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Three models existwithin Unified Sports: competitive Unified Sports, Unified Sports Player Development andUnified Sports Recreation. All three models provide different types of experiences in teamsports such as basketball, football, and volleyball and in other sports such as bocce, golf andtennis. Unified Sports is now offered throughout the world and has been a Special Olympicsinternationally sanctioned program since 1989.Perdue will be partnered with Mike Schultz, an American Snowmobiler. Schultz is a threesportX Games athlete with the most adaptive gold medals in X Game history — he has eightbetween SnoCross Adaptive and Moto X Racing Adaptive. He’s won SnoCross Adaptive everytime he’s competed; a 2016 win brought the total to five.Schultz is an above-the-knee amputee who created his own knee and prosthetic leg toaccommodate his activities. The self-trained engineer now has a successful business, Biodapt,serving adaptive athletes and veterans. He builds prosthetics for several of his competitors.For the fifth consecutive year, this event will provide an opportunity for X Games Aspen proathletes and fans to see the power of Special Olympics in action. The Unified SnowboardingRaces will provide professional winter sports athletes an opportunity to partner with SpecialOlympics athletes on X Games slopes. Through this event, Special Olympics will furthercultivate another annual tradition that celebrates individuals with and without intellectualdisabilities partnering in sports.While in Aspen, Perdue will also compete in the Sixth Annual Hannah Teter Special OlympicsUnified Dual Slalom Race on the Silver Dip NASTAR Course on Aspen Mountain. Twenty-fivesnowboarders including Hannah Teter, representatives of Perfect Sense, the event sponsor,and the ten Special Olympics athletes, and Olympic and action sports athletes will participate.In 2017, Perdue captured a gold medal in his division of the Advanced Giant Slalom at theSpecial Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria. Perdue competed against athletesfrom all around the world. In the Advanced Giant Slalom event he challenged a total of eightathletes from New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan, Austria, and Korea. Prior to the World Games,Perdue competed at the X Games with Unified Partner, Danny Davis taking seventh place.Last year, partnered with Schultz the team took fifth place.Perdue, 20 years old, trains at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg. He’s been involved inSpecial Olympics for the past eight years, after being introduced to the organization by hisSpecial Ed teacher from South Ripley High School. During the recent Winter Games of SpecialOlympics Indiana held at Perfects, Perfect North Slopes learned of Perdue’s return to the XGames and provided him with a new pair of snowboarding boots for his trip.ABOUT X GAMES:X Games, an annual sports event controlled and arranged by American sports broadcaster,ESPN (with coverage also shown on its sister network ABC) returns to Aspen, Colorado’sButtermilk Mountain from January 22-26. Inviting the top Ski, Snowboard, Snowmobile andSnow Bike athletes to compete in 18 different disciplines over four days of the world’spremier winter extreme action sports, music and festival.ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICSSpecial Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promotingunderstanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectualdisabilities. Through year-round athletic training and competition in 26 Olympic-type sportsfor more than 2.25 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities in more than 150countries, Special Olympics has created a model community that celebrates people’s diversegifts. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people withintellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physicalfitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. There is no cost toparticipate in Special Olympics. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org.ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANASpecial Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in over21 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching over14,000 athletes across Indiana. The organization receives no federal or state appropriatedfunds, is not a United Way agency and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individualdonations. For more information about Special Olympics Indiana, call (317) 328-2000 or visitwww.soindiana.org.ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA – RIPLEY OHIO DEARBORN COUNTIESSpecial Olympics Indiana-Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties is part of the international networkof accredited Special Olympics Programs that reaches more than 4 million athletes withintellectual disabilities worldwide. The program provides year-round sports training andathletic competition in Track and Field, Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling, Bocce, Corn Toss,Powerlifting, Softball, Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Flag Football, Volleyball,and Equestrian. Reaching approximately 256 children and adults with intellectual disabilities,the Program is managed by a group of volunteers who give time to a program they believe in.The Program relies entirely on corporate, civic, and individual donations on the local level. Formore information about Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties, callProgram Coordinator Greg Townsend at (812) 584-6861, email email@example.com orvisit www.soindiana-rod.org.
Gilbert F. “Gib” Young Jr., age 74 of Batesville, died Friday, February 15, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health. Born November 20, 1944 in Batesville, he is the son of Anna Mae (Nee: Tunny) and Gilbert Young Sr. He was former owner of the Batesville Dairy Queen and a member of St. Louis Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #1461.Gib loved woodworking, especially making furniture for his family. He followed the Reds, Colts and Bengals and enjoyed eating out. Gib also looked forward to attending his grandkids functions.He is survived by his wife Rheadawn; daughters Mandi Voss of Memphis, Tennessee, Milli Dunkin of Kennesaw, Georgia; sons Tre’ Young of Hamburg, Tim Young of Batesville; sisters Donna Amrhein of Westport, Indiana, Diane Hill of Batesville and five grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother David Young and one grandson.It was Gib’s wishes to be cremated with no calling. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, February 21st at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to Safe Passage, P.O. Box 235, Batesville, IN, 47006. For online condolences go to www.weigelfh.com.
A local woman, Sally Wilhelm, was a standout in girls’ basketball back in the 50’s. During this era, there was no NCAA sponsored Women’s Basketball. If you played basketball at this time in high school, it was called GAA (Girls’ Athletic Association). In college, women’s sports were under the WAA (Women’s Athletic Association). It was an intramural activity.Sally played guard for the University of Cincinnati’s varsity intramural team in 1955 and 1956. Since she was a guard, there are no scoring statistics. In women’s basketball, you only played one half of the floor. There was a limit on the number of dribbles you could do and the 3 guards stayed on their end of the floor providing the defense.Now under Title IX, women’s athletics are recognized by the NCAA and they are a regular part of all major collegiate programs. Because of this, the University of Cincinnati awarded varsity letters to these earlier women athletes presenting them with their varsity letters in 2007. By the way, Sally also played hockey in college.Sally taught physical education at Batesville High School after her graduation from UC and she coached GAA sports. Sally is married to Roy Wilhelm.
In a decision that I am sure will be debated for years, the Kentucky Derby was awarded to Country House, a 65-1 long shot. There was definitely outward movement by Maximum Security, so there certainly was a possibility that an inquiry would occur.It is a shame that the conditions of the track weren’t better. Because of the inquiry, the best horse in the field did not win; but there are rules, and even though it was the Kentucky Derby those rules must be followed. It was unusual that the objection did not come from the jockey whose horse was most obviously interfered with during the race.As far as I am concerned, I did not have a bet on this race. Therefore, this decision did not affect me. I wonder how many people got $132 for their $2 bet on the long shot, Country House? I am sure this eliminates any chance of a Triple Crown winner. I can’t see Country House winning the 3 races that make up the Triple Crown.
Brookville, In. — The State Soil Conservation Board will meet on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Franklin County Public Library in Brookville.The SSCB administers the Clean Water Indiana Fund, which is a water quality-related erosion and sediment reduction program. The SSCB also provides guidance and support to Indiana’s soil and water conservation districts, as they assist local leadership in the protection of the state’s soil and water resources.
Mary C. Kamman Thayer, 94, of Osgood passed away at 9:50pm, Friday, July 12, 2019 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born in New Marion on October 28, 1924 the daughter of Walter and Leah Bernice Heitmeyer Kamman. She was married to J. Wade Thayer on August 25, 1946 and he preceded her in death on November 20, 2004. Survivors include one son Greg (Yolanda) Thayer of Osgood; one daughter Kaye Ann (Steve) Callen of Milan; four grandsons Brad (Amanda) Callen of Plain City, Ohio, Matt (Julia) Callen of Zionsville, Brian Thayer of Osgood, and Evan (Layla) Thayer of Rockport; 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Edgar Lee (Joyce) Swinney of Versailles. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers John and Walter Kamman, and her sisters Caroline Kamman and Ruth Ann Swinney. Mrs. Thayer was a 1942 graduate of New Marion High School and also was a graduate of the Indiana Business College in Indianapolis. She worked as a secretary for attorney Ewing Wright in Osgood, was employed with Champion Homes in Lafayette, managed M & W Poultry in Osgood with her husband, and was the former owner-operator of Village Flowers in Osgood. Mary was an avid photographer and gardener, and enjoyed tending to her birds, especially hummingbirds, and butterflies. She loved traveling, boating, spending winters in Florida, and being in the company of her family and friends. She was also an accomplished painter, specializing in china, oil, and water painting. Mary was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where she participated in the prayer shawl ministry and was also a member and past president of the Indiana China Painters Association. Funeral services for Mary will be held on Tuesday, July 16th at 10am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrell and Rev. Don Buck officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9am until time of services Tuesday at the church. The Associate Chapter of Tri-Kappa will conduct services at 6:45pm, Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at 12:30pm Tuesday at the Hanover Cemetery in Morristown with Rev. Ty Choate of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist Church, the activities fund at Ripley Crossing, or Tri-Kappa in care of the funeral home.
Statewide—On December 13, the National Institute of Mental Health is sponsoring a webinar about transitioning from pediatric to adult health care for youth with autism. The webinar will feature a parent and daughter discussing their experiences and perspectives about making the health care transition. Registration is not necessary.Topics will include:What information and help from your health care provider would be most useful,Concerns about making the shift to adult care, andSuggestions for health care providers for pediatric and adult patients to make the transition successful for youth and young adults with autism and their caregivers.This webinar will also provide new and useful resources available at Got Transition, the national resource center on health care transition supported by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.For Webinar details: Date: Friday, December 13, 2019Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Join Webex meetingMeeting number (access code): 627 388 524Meeting password: AutismServicesJoin from a video system or applicationDial: firstname.lastname@example.orgYou can also dial 184.108.40.206 and enter the meeting number. Join by phoneCall-in toll number (US and Canada): 1-650-479-3208
Suthard was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana for treatment of serious injuries. Suthard’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Brutus was transported to St. Vincent-Jennings Hospital in North Vernon, Indiana for treatment of minor injuries.The investigation is ongoing at this time. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors. Traffic on US 50 was affected for 3 hours due to clean up and investigation. North Vernon, IN—Friday afternoon, the Indiana State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on US 50 at Deer Creek Road (County Road 75 East) in Jennings County. The initial investigation indicated that a silver 2013 Ford passenger vehicle being driven by Samantha Suthard, 20, North Vernon, was traveling northbound on Deer Creek Road at US 50. Suthard pulled onto US 50 into the path of a westbound Freightliner pulling a box trailer, being driven by Enel Brutus, 42, Jacksonville, Florida.The front of Suthard’s vehicle collided with the passenger side of Brutus’ vehicle. Suthard’s vehicle came to stop in the middle of the intersection. Brutus’ vehicle continued westbound before leaving the south side of the road and coming to rest.
Steve “Smokey” Hounchell Jr., age 75, of Brookville, Indiana died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his residence in Brookville, Indiana.Born May 7, 1945, in Manchester, Kentucky he was one of three children born to the late Steve Sr. & Tracy (Jones) Hounchell.Smokey owned & operated Nixie’s Billiards & Burgers in Brookville for many years. In his leisure time he enjoyed golfing and fishing.Survivors include a daughter & son-in-law, Lisa & Ron Murphy of Cincinnati, Ohio; three grandchildren, Bradley, Megan and Ronnie; two great-grandchildren, Peyton & Jayden; a sister, Carrol Ruth of Manchester, Kentucky; as well as three step-children.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Margaret Hounchell who died December 25, 1988; his second wife Beverly Hounchell who died July 27, 2019; and a sister, Brenda Johnson.Services will be private with burial Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Hounchell family, everyone is encouraged to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family via www.phillipsandmeyers.com .