Believe it or not, tonight is the last regular season football game for area high schools. Next week starts the playoff system which this year contains 6 divisions. The super schools are now classified as 6A and it goes down from there to 1A. Football is such a numbers game that the 5A class had over a 3,000 student margin from top to bottom. Contrast this to 1A which didn’t even include 1,000 students total. This, of course, has shuffled most of the sectionals around the state. Batesville is constantly being matched up with more and more Indianapolis schools early in the playoff system. The IHSAA seems to think this is fair because in all sports they divide Indianapolis in as many possible divisions as they can dream up. In cross country the state finals will be dominated by Indianapolis and its area schools. This is very common in all of the so-called minor sports. All coaching organizations are constantly meeting with the IHSAA to try to balance the scales around the state. Bobby Cox, the current commissioner, has tried to even the playing field but anyone who has ever worked with the IHSAA knows that this is a very slow organization to change. Batesville could play a team as far south as Lawrenceburg and a team as far north as Hamilton Heights in the first round. The last time I checked that is at least 90+ miles of Indiana landscape. On the other hand, the 6A sectional in Indianapolis will contain all Indianapolis schools. The IHSAA has finally eliminated driving through one town to go to a different sectional than that town is in even though they are in the same school size. Nevertheless, good luck Bulldogs and all area teams as they start the sectional.
The other day David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox showed up for batting practice with a metal bat. Of course, these are banned in major league baseball, but he wanted to put on a show for the fans during batting practice. He supposedly hit several balls completely out of Fenway Park–even some over the scoreboard. Now you know why they are banned in pro baseball. However, that is only part of what I wanted to discuss today. In the early days of baseball, players literally brought lumber to the plate. The bats were huge from one end to the other. Babe Ruth supposedly used a bat so large that some major leaguers couldn’t even swing it. As the years have gone by, the bats keep getting smaller, lighter, and more slender. Couple this with the fact that ash is not readily available any more you constantly see bats being shattered. Ash wood has been affected by a beetle and no other wood has proven to be as good as ash was. Players say they prefer the new slender bats because they get the same effect with the narrow handle as a golfer gets when he uses a driver. You literally get a whiplash effect which carries the ball farther from the plate. With all of the technology in baseball today, you can see this in some of the slow motion camera shots. I have already discussed the controversy of metal bats and their danger to pitchers in the lowest levels of baseball. I doubt if anybody uses the Jackie Robinson model that was so popular in my high school baseball days.
“No Smoking” signs have been posted at Liberty Park for three years, however an ordinance is not in place.Batesville officials are considering a measure to ban smoking in city parks.The proposal by the Batesville Parks and Recreation Board was brought up during the city council meeting Monday evening.If the ordinance is passed, smoking would not be allowed at Liberty Park, South St. Park, Brum Woods, the Batesville Ballplex, or the Bill Gillespie Soccer Park. There has been signage posted at the park against smoking for three years, however, an ordinance to ban smoking is currently not in place.While city council members are in agreement that a smoking ban for the pavilion would be effective against second-hand smoke, some said the measure is too extensive.“I think we are getting carried away. I would love to see [smoking banned] in the pavilion,” said Council member Bob Narwold. “I don’t smoke. I don’t like to be around smoke and I have sense enough that if someone is smoking to walk away.”If the smoking ban is passed, complaints would be handled by law enforcement. Narwold and Council member Beth Myers both expressed concern over police being utilized for that type of violation.Myers remarked, “To start calling and have a police officer dispatched because we have an ordinance that now says you can’t smoke in the park, or one of the park areas, to me is not a very good use of police time.”Batesville Police Chief Stan Holt indicated that it may be less of a law enforcement issue and more of a health concern.“I don’t think it’s a case that if the ordinance is passed that we will be sitting out there waiting to catch somebody,” Holt explained.Batesville Park Board President Bob Fitzpatrick informed council that he hasn’t received any feedback from citizens regarding the proposal. Mayor Rick Fledderman decided to table the proposal and more discussions will be held.Should an ordinance be passed to ban smoking at city parks? Share your opinion on our Facebook page!
BATESVILLE – Residents with Rumpke Service may want to mark their calendar for September 6, the next large trash collection date.The one-day event begins at 5:00 a.m. Citizens are encouraged to set their disposable items out the evening before to ensure that items are not missed.The large trash pickup is ideal for material too large to fit in a trash can or weighs greater than 75 pounds.Acceptable Items Include:old clothingfurniture, bedsprings, mattresses, etc.old rugs, carpet pieces rubber hoseappliances (as in washers, driers, etc.)wood (bundled 4 feet long or shorter, 75 lbs. maximum)insulationall cans or buckets, totally cleaned and drypaint cans (must be dried paint)Unacceptable Items Include:No electronic devices containing mercury (as in TV’s, computers, microwaves, cell phones, etc.)No building and construction materials (bricks, etc.)No remodeling materials (interior/exterior)No landscape materialsNo car body parts including wheels and tiresNo steel or metal framingNo tree limbs, grass clippings or leavesRefrigerators, AC units, and freezers are required to have a sticker on them showing that the CFC’s was removed by a certified person. This includes units without the compressors in them. If there is no sticker, your unit will be rejected.TV’s, computers (& monitors), microwaves, VCR’s, and all other electronics can be dropped off at Batesville’s Waste Water Treatment Plant, 25019 Underpass Road, Monday-Friday, 8 am – 3 pm. Please register at the office prior to unloading.
WRBI Area Girls Soccer Sectional ScoresThursday (10-9)Class 1A @ Rising Sun.Lawrenceburg 8 South Ripley 1Switzerland County 1 Rising Sun 0Class 1A @ Centerville.Triton Central 4 Greensburg 0Centerville 4 Union County 1Class 2A @ Richmond.New Castle 8 Connersville 0Richmond 3 Franklin County 0Courtesy of Rising Sun AD Brian Graham and The IHSAA.
LIBERTY, Ind. – Whitewater Memorial State Park will close temporarily to allow controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks. The dates for the closings are Monday, Nov. 17-18 and Monday, Dec. 1-2.The reduction program includes seventeen other state parks and participation is limited to hunters that were drawn last September.Whitewater Memorial will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks for all plants and animals.Information on 2015 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at dnr.In.gov/fishwild. The application deadline is usually at the end of August.
Congratulations to the area schools who made a great run in the softball and baseball state tournaments this year. Milan and Franklin County girls both made it to the semi-state in softball. Ironically, both schools lost 1-0. I know in the case of Franklin County they were a very young team and should be a power the next few years.In baseball Milan boys made it to the regional as did Rising Sun. Both of these schools are members of the ORVC. Milan also had the county golf champion in Travis Butte. Travis will be taking his golf talents to Hanover College this fall. It was a very good season for the ORVC and the EIAC conferences.
ORVC Weekly Report (January 4-9)Players of the Week.Girls Basketball: Claire Higgins-Shawe Memorial.Boys Basketball: Elijah Roepke-South Ripley and Evan Borgman-Jac-Cen-Del.ORVC Report (January 4-9)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Rosary service will be held at 3:15. Fr. Jerry Byrd will officiate the Mass of Christian burial at St. Nicholas Catholic Church on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Nicholas School or to the family to help assist with funeral expenses. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Mary Hartman. Those surviving who will cherish Mary’s memory include her husband of 55 years, Jerry Hartman; children, Kim (Gary) Ertel of Sunman, Sis (Scott) Corbin of Sunman, Dave (Lisa) Hartman of Osgood, and Lisa (Chris) Guerra of Versailles; 14 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Lance Hartman, and brothers, James and Jack Fritsch. Mary Helen Hartman of Sunman was born on October 18, 1942 in Ripley County, Indiana, the daughter of John and Helen Federle Fritsch. She married Gerald “Jerry” R. Hartman on August 5, 1961 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church and he survives. Mary was a homemaker but also worked at IGA and McPhersons for a number of years. She was a member of St. Nicholas Church and was an avid I. U. basketball and Cincinnati Reds fan. Mary loved spending time with her grandchildren, enjoyed making rosaries for numerous missions, sewing for her family and doing word searches. On Monday, August 29, 2016, at the age of 73, Mary passed away at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
GREENSBURG – A Greensburg man has been arrested after police say he strangled, confined, and threatened to kill a teenager after a violent argument late last month.Jonah E. Clark, 20, was arrested Tuesday evening on charges of attempted rape (Level 3 felony), criminal confinement (Level 5 felony), strangulation (Level 6 felony), intimidation (Level 6 felony) and a misdemeanor count of interference with the reporting of a crime.According to police, the young woman asked to go home after being pushed by Clark who was intoxicated.During the drive to Greensburg, the 2 had an argument, and police say Clark hit the woman in the face and pulled her hair.They stopped at a residence owned by Clark’s friends, after Clark refused to take the woman home.The teen told police Clark took her phone and wouldn’t allow her to contact a friend to pick her up.According to police, while at the residence Clark forced himself into a bathroom as she showered, then choked, groped, and punched her.She was reportedly yelling at him to stop.Police also say that Clark threatened to kill her if she told police what happened.The homeowners told Clark to leave after hearing the teenager yelling at Clark, and called police.Initially police were unable to locate Clark, but obtained a warrant and arrested him at his residence in Indianapolis on October 28.