Ida Mae Sawyer, 94, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday April 2, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.She was born May 29, 1924 in Lawrenceburg, IN, daughter of the late Louis B. Schipper Sr.and Philomenia (Englert) Schipper.She worked as a LPN for St. Frances Hospital, retiring after over 32 years of service.She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Ladies Auxiliary VFW of Aurora.Ida is survived by her brother, Louis B. (Dot) Schipper Jr. of Aurora, IN; sister, Loretta Schipper of Englewood, FL; cousin, Judy Stubenrauch of Cincinnati, OH.and several other cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, George E. Sawyer, and brother George Schipper.Friends will be received Friday, April 5, 2019, 10:00 am – 10:45 am at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, IN. 47001.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, at 11:00 am with Father Stephen Donahue officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to PAWS or Aurora Life Squad. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Isabelle Wonnell – High Jump, 800M run Marc Meneses – Shotput Lexi Scheiner – Long JumpKate Weber – 400M runThomas Lohmueller, Christian Mack, Marc Meneses, Santiago Schutte – 4x400M relayElla Moster, Sadie Wachsmann, Kate Weber, Isabelle Wonnell – 4x800M relay Connersville Invitational Middle School Track results from (5/4)Girls:Batesville 155Driver 91Richmond 86Connersville 61Franklin County 45Union County 37Madison 29St. Louis 19Shot Put-2 Veronica King (26’5.5”) 4 Makayla Granger (24’1”)Discus-2 Veronica King (73’7”) 8 Makayla Granger (56’9”)High Jump-5 Ava Hanson (4’2”) 5 Kaylie Raver (4’2”)Long Jump-1 Madelyn Pohlman (14’2.25”) 5 Elena Kuisel (12’5”)Pole Vault-1 Jada Day (5’6”) 1 Nadine Davis (5’6”).100M Hurdles-7 Cora Deputy (20.22)100M-1 Madelyn Pohlman (13.41) 3 Elena Kuisel (14.06)200M-1 Nadine Davis (29.71) 5 Elena Kuisel (30.05)400M-2 Madelyn Pohlman (1:02.82) 4 Jenna Honnert (1:09.15)800M-4 Jada Day (2:49.14) 5 Kaylynn Bedel (2:55.15)1600M-2 Ava Hanson (5:53.06) 7 Kaylie Raver (6:27.18)400M Relay-1 BMS Elena Kuisel, Nadine Davis, Lizzy Nobbe, Madelyn Pohlman (55.14)1600M Relay-1 BMS Jenna Honnert, Jada Day, Ava Hanson, Lizzy Nobbe (4:47.63)3200M Relay-1 BMS Kaylynn Bedel, Kaylie Raver, Jada Day, Ava Hanson (11:14.89)MADELYN POHLMAN WON THE MVP OF THE MEET!!!!Boys:Connersville 162Batesville 105Richmond 85Madison 54Union County 54Franklin County 45Driver 15St. Louis 1Shot Put-5 Blake Hon (30’11”)Discus-5 Eli Loichinger (88’11”)Long Jump-4 Seth Pierson (15’2.25”) 5 Will Sherwood (15’0.5”)Pole Vault-3 Brock Mahon (5’0”)110M Hurdles-6 Otto Hund (21.01) 8 Trenton Kincade (21.78)100M-3 Evan Williamson (12.70)200M-1 Evan Williamson (26.06)400M-1 Will Sherwood (59.41) 8 Otto Hund (1:06.01)800M-3 Emi Lopez (2:27.99) 4 Eli Loichinger (2:28.02)1600M-2 Eli Loichinger (5:21.55) 3 Jake Chapman (5:30.48)400M Relay-1 BMS Evan Williamson, Seth Pierson, Trenton Kincade , Will Sherwood (50.43)1600M Relay-3 BMS Seth Pierson, Emi Lopez, Will Sherwood, Otto Hund (4:03.36)3200M Relay-1 BMS Isaac Kramer, Jake Chapman, Emi Lopez, Eli Loichinger (10:15.78)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.St Louis Track & Field competed in the 8-team Connersville Middle School Invitational on Saturday, May 4th. The undermanned Cardinal team was depleted even further than normal, and settled for 8th place in the team standings. Despite the cold and sometimes rainy conditions, the Cardinals displayed some fine individual results.Event winners for the Cardinals was: Kate Weber – High Jump 5th place finish went to: Ella Moster, Sadie Wachsmann, Kate Weber, Isabelle Wonnell – 4x800M relay6th place was claimed by: Kate Weber – 1600M run7th place was earned by: Sadie Wachsmann – ShotputRounding out the scoring with an 8th place finish: Ella Moster, Lexi Scheiner, Sadie Wachsmann, Isabelle Wonnell – 4x400M relay; Thomas Lohmueller, Christian Mack, Marc Meneses, Santiago Schutte – 4x400M relayNew PR’s were set by:Marco Canessa – Shotput, Discus, 1600M run, 800M run
The St Louis Golf team faced off, Monday night, against the Batesville Bulldogs and the South Dearborn Knights at North Branch. The clear skies gave way to one of the Cardinals’ better shooting rounds.South Dearborn only had 2 players so they were not counted in the team scoring. Final scores were Batesville Boys 208, Batesville Girls 208, and St Louis 220.Scoring for St Louis were Jackson Wanstrath, Cael Rahe, Eli Vogelsang, and Eli Weiler.The Cardinals’ next match is Tuesday versus St Mary’s of Greensburg at North Branch.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Randy Streator.
Batesville, IN—Margaret Mary Health is once again sponsoring a phone survey to identify community health needs in Ripley and Franklin counties. Over the next few weeks, the firm, Professional Research Consultants, Inc., will be calling area residents to ask questions about their health habits and lifestyles. The results of the survey will be combined into a community report and used to help develop strategies to address the identified needs. Survey participants will be randomly selected and all responses will be kept confidential.“We encourage everyone to participate if they’re called,” said Geralyn Litzinger, Margaret Mary’s Community Health Director. “This survey is used to help us better understand our community and any unmet healthcare needs. What we learn from the results truly impacts what we do for the community’s benefit moving forward. Margaret Mary has used prior report findings to provide better healthcare services in the area including improved access to care, food and nutrition services and support for addictions and substance abuse.”For more information about the community health assessment survey, call Geralyn Litzinger at 812.933.5145.
Donald Lee Frantz, 48, passed away Monday, July 22, 2019 at his home in Aurora, Indiana. He was born June 30, 1971 in Lombard, IL. He attended Anderson University, where he enjoyed working on the radio station. Donald settled in his hometown of Aurora and was owner of a taxi business and other business ventures. A self-proclaimed Foodie, he could tell you the items in any dish you served and where perhaps you cheated on a certain ingredient. Some of his happiest times were preparing and participating in the annual gumbo festival, helping others (especially in the nursing home where his mother worked when he assumed the annual role of Santa) and enjoying all his nephews.Surviving are his father John (Kim) Frantz of Burlington, KY; sister Kristan (Matt) Donk and nephew Alex Juliano of Fort Wayne, IN; step-sister Sarah (Nick) Rollins and nephew Jack of Savage, MN; step-sister Beth (Gerald) South and nephew Oliver of Richmond, IN; step-brother Chris Brockman of Burlington, KY; Barbara Ulrey and Ulrey clan, uncle David Scharf of Aurora, IN; aunt Mary (Dennis) Anderson of Warsaw IN; dear friends Robin Ashcraft and family, Glenda, Raymond Hill and family; numerous cousins; and awesome friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Jane Frantz and grandparents, Margaret Halliday Scharf, Robert William Scharf, Vivian Louise Frantz and Darrel Max Frantz.Friends will be received Sunday, August 4, 2019, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home at 4:00 pm.In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to splurge on their favorite snack (including of course a favorite recipe preferably with a Cajun kick) and make a donation to Aurora EMS in Donald’s memory.visit:www.rullmans.com
In the second match of the day, the Lady Dogs dropped Connersville in straight sets with scores of 25-14, 25-14. Gerstbauer earned 13 points in 17 attempts and also dished out 21 assists. Westerfeld led offensively with 9 kills, while Naia Bustinza and Sophie Lee chipped in with 5 each. Belle Westerfeld added 3 kills and a block. Schaefer was the leader on defense with 11 serve receives and 5 digs. Greensburg was the next opponent in pool play and the Lady Dogs were up to the challenge once again winning 25-21, 25-17. Schaefer and Kaitlyn Sarringhaus paced the team with 8 perfect serves scoring 6 and 5 points respectively. Bustinza, Lee, and S. Westerfeld continued their aggressive net play with 4 kills each. Bustinza shored up the defense with an impressive 16 digs. The team defeated South Dearborn 25-8, 25-18 in the opening match. Regina Gerstbauer hit 17 of 18 serves including 5 aces and added 10 assists from her setting position. Sydnee Schaefer connected on 10 of 11 serves earning 9 points including 6 aces and contributed 9 digs defensively. Shelby Westerfeld led the front row attack with 5 kills. The Batesville JV Volleyball Team ended their season with a bang rattling off 9 consecutive wins including 4 on Saturday to capture the EIAC Championship trophy at Greensburg High School. The 3 wins in pool play led them to the championship game in a rematch with the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers. The team came out on top once again with scores of 25-16, 28-26. In the second set, the Lady Dogs never allowed the Lady Tigers to reach a match point and held on for the 2 set victory to claim the title. Sarringhaus scored 8 points including an ace in 12 attempts, while Schaefer added 6 points in 10 tries. S. Westerfeld and Sophie Lee were the top spikers earning 7 and 6 kills at the net. Lee put down the game winner. Bustinza was outstanding in the back row with 15 serve receives and 21 digs to help secure the win. The team’s record was 20-7 overall and included Hauser, Ripley County Tourney, and EIAC tourney championship titles. Way to go, ladies! I am so proud of all of you!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.
Area school showed support for the West Washington Head Varsity Football Coach Phillip Bowsman who passed away last Monday afternoon after complications related to a stroke he suffered during the semi-state finals game. Schools across the state turned their football field lights on for 24 hours on Friday. Batesville High School, Decatur County Community Schools (North and South), and Greensburg High School participated in a show of support.
The Batesville High School Men’s and Women’s swimming teams traveled to Madison to participate in the Madison Small School Invitational on Saturday morning. Silver Creek and North Harrison rounded out the participating teams.TEAM SCORESMenMadison 387Batesville Bulldogs 275North Harrison 207Silver Creek 111WomenNorth Harrison 315Madison 301Batesville Bulldogs 261Silver Creek 125BULLDOG WINNERSMenEthan Brewer — 100 Fly (59.WomenGwen Martin — 50 Free (28.94)Maria Lopez — 100 Fly (1:11.65)Sonja Gaulin — 100 Free (1:04.77)NOTABLESThe Women’s 200 Free Relay placed first (Lopez, Gaulin, Wonnel, Martin)Second place finishers were Lopez (200 IM), Gaulin (200 Free), Johnson (100 Free, 100 Back), Martin (500 Free), Callahan (500 Free), Moster (100 BR)UP NEXTThe Batesville Bulldogs swim team will be visiting Shelbyville for a Relay-Only Invitational on Dec. 14.Results will be available online here: https://www.swimcloud.com/results/168250/
Madison, IN—Today in Indiana history, in 1958, the star-studded film “Some Came Running” premiered. Vincente Minnelli directed and shot the MGM movie in Madison. Actors Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine reportedly found the Hoosier town lacking, while midwesterner Dean Martin is said to have enjoyed his stay in Madison.Many of the town’s structures were converted to accommodate filming, such as a former hatchery that was used as headquarters and Madison High School, which served as a commissary.The image shows Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine on set with the Jefferson County courthouse in the background.
Janice “Faye” Mergenthal, age 82, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020, at her home in Harrison, Ohio. Born February 21, 1937 in Dearborn County, Indiana the daughter of Fred Clark and Cleo (Burns) Clark.Faye a 1955 graduate from Whitewater High School married Harold “Ed” Mergenthal August 29, 1959 in Brookville, Indiana and worked at Fernald for many years.Survived by her Husband Harold “Ed” Mergenthal, children Michael (Leslie) Mergenthal, Lorna (Tom) Spaeth and Marilyn (Darrin) Walbom. Grandmother of Allison (Jordon) Corbin, Neil (Kelsy)Spaeth, Emily Walbom, Zachary Walbom and Melissa Walbom. Sister of Hazel Schuck, Cathy Wasson, Robert Clark and Fred Clark.Preceded in death by her parents Fred and Cleo Clark, siblings Myrna Lea Rohner, Mary Lou Luke and Keith Clark.Visitation will be Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to the time of funeral services at 12:00 P.M. with Pastor Shawn Crisman all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at New Haven Cemetery Harrison, Ohio.Memorials may be directed to the VFW Post #7570 c/o the Funeral Home.