By now I am sure you saw the publicity that followed the Germany National Team win over Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals. The reason it made headlines is that the score was 7-1. In World Cup Soccer most world teams can win the title with 7 goals total through the entire tournament. Scoring 7 goals in one game, beyond peewee soccer, is unheard of in the sports world.The sad part of these stories is the craziness placed on a single athletic contest. To the people of Brazil, their national pride was crushed. To the World Soccer fan this publicity is not such a rare occurrence. We, in the United States, have not considered soccer as being at this level of athletic prowess. I suppose it might occur at an NCAA Final Four, a Super Bowl Championship, or the National Football title game.Countries should put this type of national pride into improving the lives of their countrymen instead of thinking of soccer as the “be all-end all”. Brazil is still there today and will be there next week despite that soccer score.
The Oldenburg Academy Twisters fall to The Rising Sun Shiners 5-2 in their season opener.OA at Rising Sun, 4/1/15OA 001 001 0 2 2 4RS 130 001 x 5 6 3For Oldenburg:Cory Schuman 0-3, BBBryce Ahaus 1-4, 2 runsSam Gast 0-3, BBTannery Alley 0-1, 3 BBZach Pottschmidt 1-3, 2 rbi, BBClay Hunger 0-3, BBMatt Zinser 0-2, BBPitching:Zach Pottschmidt 6 IP, 5 runs, 3 earned, 6 hits, 2 K, 1 BB LossVarsity record: 0-1Next game: Saturday, 4/4/15 at Cambridge City Lincoln.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.
John J. Wunderlich, 91, of Aurora, Indiana passed away Friday, March 18, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born Monday, May 5, 1924 in Aurora, Indiana, son of the late Henry F. Wunderlich and the late Catherine Steigerwald Wunderlich.He served his Country during WWII as a member of the United States Navy.John was an Owner of H.F. Wunderlich Insurance Co., retiring after over 52 years of service.He was a life member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. John was baptized, confirmed and served on St. Mary’s Parish Council for 4 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, River View Cemetery Board, Charter member of the Lions Club and a member of the American Legion Keith Ross Post #239. John enjoyed fishing but loved time with his friends and family.Surviving are his children, David (Jana) Wunderlich of Aurora, IN; Susan (Gray) James of Houston, TX; sister, Mary Mattingly of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Ryan (Tammy) Wunderlich, Allison (Rob) Doll, Hannah and Patrick Wunderlich, Raina and Davis James; greatgrandchildren, Jacob and Gracie Wunderlich, Kate and Jack Doll.He was recently preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Joan and a brother, George Wunderlich.Friends are invited 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home Aurora, Indiana.Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 11:00 am at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Stephen Donahue officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s School, Hillforest Historical Society or Aurora Life Squad.. If you are unable to attend services you may 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
Grace Marcella Nuhring, age 93 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 at St. Andrews Health Campus.The daughter of Leroy & Marcella (Sharp) Oliver was born on July 1, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio.Grace graduated from Greenhills High School in Cincinnati, OH. She married Charles Nuhring on July 26, 1941 in Cincinnati and they celebrated over 50 years of marriage. He passed away in 1992. Grace was a stay at home mom and took pride and joy in raising her children. After the kids were grown, she went to work at Batesville Middle School in the Cafeteria.She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church (Crossroads) where she was in the Ladies Aid, the church choir, a Sunday school teacher, and served as Choir director as well. She was a very creative seamstress and from 1968-1974 she was the seamstress making all the cheerleading uniforms for school. Grace volunteered and played the piano at Hospitality Hall. She also loved her flowers. Grace enjoyed being creative in her gardening, tending to her flowers and greenhouse. She and her son, Bill ran the ‘Flower Patch’ out of her garden in Batesville, that many folks came to for herbs and flowers.She will be dearly missed by her, children Bill (Alice) Nuhring, David (Shirley) Nuhring, Charlotte (David) Zimmerman and Connie (Bill) Hendy along with 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.In addition to her parents and husband, her brothers Wade & Gene Oliver preceded her in death.Visitation will be Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 11am-2pm followed by the funeral service at 2pm all at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, Indiana. Steve Yeaton officiating with burial in St. Paul Lutheran Church (Crossroads) Cemetery.Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Cemetery Fund or Margaret Mary Health Hospice. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Genesis: Pathways to Success, the STEM initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation, recently partnered with Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, and South Ripley Schools to apply for a grant to implement a community and employer-recognized work ethic certification program.South Ripley School will serve as the fiscal agent in the management of the $20,000 grant.There were 42 different applications representing 132 schools from across the state.Ripley County Schools were 1 of 18 selected pilot programs that will implement programming during the 2017-2018 school year.The grant also requires the schools to train neighboring school districts to replicate the program in their communities.The Governor’s Work Ethic Certification is part of an ongoing effort to encourage collaboration among employers, local school districts and career centers.Employer input is required during the development of a program to provide high school students with the understanding of the employability skills in demand by local employers.High school seniors who successfully complete the program will receive a Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate, signed by the Governor of Indiana and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioners.
Audrey Luvina Woods, age 83 passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at her home in Batesville, IN. Born September 19, 1933 in Batesville, she was the daughter of Jesse & Della (Martin) Shoopman.She married Virgil Woods on Oct. 5, 1949 in St. Paul, IN and was a member of Negangards Corner Freewill Baptist Church. She retired from Hospitality Hall as a QNA.Audrey is survived by her daughters Cookie Smith, Donna Palmer (Jerry), Brenda Jessee & Glenna Goodin (Jamie) and sons Tim Woods (Shelia) & Jesse Henry (Kay). She will also be missed by her 16 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great grandchildren along with her brother Fred Shoopman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Woods in 1993, her children Virgil Mitchel Woods, Mary Renee Woods & Molly Lee Woods and her brothers Bob, Bill & Jesse Shoopman.Visitation will be Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 11am until time of services at 2pm at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN with Bro. Dale Lucus officiating. Burial will follow services in Batesville United Methodist Cemetery.Memorials are suggested to the family c/o Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com
The 2017 EIAC Boys Golf Meet was held at The Rushville Antler’s Pointe Golf Course on Saturday, May 13.The Greensburg Pirates were the team champions with a score of 355. Batesville was second with 366 followed by East Central 368, Franklin County 372, South Dearborn 372, Rushville 379, Connersville 396, and Lawrenceburg 430.Courtesy of Batesville Bulldogs Coach Ben Siefert.2017 Boys EIAC Golf Meet
Hidden Valley Lake, Ind. — Officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department say the body of a 5-year-old female was found about 60 feet from the shoreline in five feet of water in Hidden Valley Lake Saturday.After receiving the call around 9:11 p.m. officers and bystanders found the body at 9:30 p.m. The child was immediately transported to the Dearborn County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.Reports indicate the child was not wearing a personal flotation device.Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage citizens to use extreme caution when around waterways and the use of personal flotation devices. Officers encourage residents to never swim alone.The original story:Hidden Valley Lake, Ind. — The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a child drowning at Hidden Valley Lake.Reports indicate police were called to the public beach off Longview Drive around 9 p.m. Saturday. Police found the body of the 5-year-old female child within an hour of arrival.Out of respect for the family the public beach was closed Sunday.The tragedy remains under investigation.
Ronald J. Obermeyer, age 70 of Oldenburg, died Monday, June 12, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family. Born February 7, 1947 in Batesville, he is the son of Opal (Nee: Collins) and Bernard Obermeyer. He married Darlene Pulskamp November 21, 1970 at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church. Ron served in the National Guard from 1970 until 1976. He was an Engineer and Director at Hill-Rom Architectural Products for 36 years, retiring in 2008. He was a member of Holy Family Church, the Knights of St. John Oldenburg Commandery #220, the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271, Eagles Club Aerie #1130 and a former member of the Eagle Fire Company.Ron had several passions, but the most important of them was his family. He was proud of his six children and dearly loved his grandchildren. Music was also an important part of his life, starting with the band The Steppin’ Stones as a teenager and the group Now and Then for the last 30 plus years as a guitarist. An outdoorsman, Ron loved hunting and fishing and always looked forward to annual fishing trips with his buddies. Patience, kindness, musical and artistic talents, and the importance of family are all attributes Ron passed on to his family.Ron’s family described him as “laid back” and a “quiet listener with great advice and a quick wit.” He was a dedicated IU basketball and Cincinnati Bengals fan. He and Darlene traveled quite a bit in recent years, with trips to Alaska and Orange Beach, Alabama among his favorites. A car guy, Ron loved his GTO and was on an episode of the cable program “What’s My Car Worth?”He is survived by his wife Darlene; daughters Lisa (Ron) Fitzpatrick of Batesville, Lori (Scott) Bauer of Batesville, Sara (Josh Novellino) Obermeyer of Terre Haute, Indiana; sons Ryan (Debbie) Obermeyer, Mark (Jennifer) Obermeyer, Todd (Maria) Obermeyer, all of Batesville; sister Geraldine Slone of Greenfield, Indiana; brothers Charles Davidson of Highland Heights, Kentucky, Donald Obermeyer of Batesville; grandchildren Carly and Owen Fitzpatrick, Anna, Ellen and Kate Bauer, Evan (Rebecca) Bohlke, Jackson and Liam Obermeyer and great grandchild Theodore Bohlke. He was preceded in death by his infant son Jeffrey and his parents.Visitation is Thursday, June 15th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, June 16th at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 and the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183. The family requests memorials be sent to Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice or Holy Family Capital Improvement Fund.
In past blogs I have been somewhat hard on travel teams for young athletes. Here is something that is very positive about these programs. If your son or daughter enjoys the sport and is competitive in it, it obviously enhances their skills. However, I think it does something even more important for a young athlete.With all that is going on in society today, it is fun to watch these young kids gain new friends through these traveling teams. They certainly broaden their experiences through contact with different races and ethnic groups. It is very refreshing to see a group of young men/women getting along. Not all the arms and heads in the pictures are one color, one race, or one ethnic group. To these young athletes they are just friends and teammates.