Winters are tough around here. The days are short. There’s too much rain and not enough snow. Mountain bike rides are choked with mud. Road rides are freezing. Runs are lonely and cold. It’s a bleak time if you live for the outdoors. Sure, you can still look forward to those infrequent, but epic days when the snow piles up in the backcountry–the days that are so cherry, you call in sick to work and spend hours touring pillowy snow over trails and slopes, eating jerky and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while giggling to yourself because you were fortunate enough to be able to catch the storm in the sweet spot.But those routine adventures–the regular ride or group run that gets you through the middle of the week—are tough to find during winter. Enter “Whiskey Wednesdays,” quite possibly the best idea my buddies and I have had since the Great Bunny Hop Contest of 2008. Picture four dudes filling up flasks with booze, piling into a mini van, and heading for the tiny ski resort outside of town. The goal is to ski as many laps as we can, drink just enough to keep us warm, and shake off some of the stress from the work week.The terrain at our home resort isn’t outstanding. It’s probably best known for a mild vertical drop and questionable grooming practices. You spend most of your time skiing through snow guns at night. It’s not high adventure by any means, but the whiskey helps; little nips of Roundstone Rye (one of Virginia’s finest) on the slow chairlift to the top of the mountain. We always take it easy on the first run, getting our legs under us, but soon we’re racing, trying to see who can barrel down the mountain fastest lap after lap. It’s mid-week and late, so there’s no one else on the hill, which means we can let it out. There’s some light pushing and the occasional full tackle (Chinese Downhill rules are in effect).After the skiing, there are beers and pizza and maybe a screening of something classic, like Hot Dog: The Movie, if we have enough energy. As the season progresses, the skiing will get better. The mountain’s base will get deeper, they’ll open more terrain and some of us might even have the balls to enter the terrain park. But Whiskey Wednesdays are only a little bit about the skiing. Mostly, it’s about making the most of a situation, and maintaining a semblance of adventure to help battle Winter-induced ennui. Okay, mainly it’s about the whiskey.
Diálogo had the opportunity to discuss regional humanitarian and disaster coordination with six chiefs of defense in attendance at the conference. BOLIVIA “Assist, aid, cooperate with a country facing natural disasters—I think there is no thinking twice about helping. We have to take immediate action. We [Bolivia] have also made attempts to cooperate. It is not only about receiving [aid], but also about providing it.” Admiral Armando Pacheco Gutiérrez, commander in chief of the Bolivian Armed Forces “Deploying the Chilean Army during disaster situations is capacity-based. It is not based on the use of military force for action during a catastrophe, but rather to utilize and select a group of capabilities for the situation at hand in a given place. Since Chile is a country where all types of natural disasters occur, our military has vast experience in this respect, and it is very good to be able to share this experience with the rest of the countries in the region.” Army Major General Hernán Mardones Ríos, chief of the Chilean Joint Staff Command ECUADOR “Ecuador provides humanitarian assistance through the presence of military troops in many countries, including Haiti, Liberia, Sudan and Ivory Coast. Nationally, we [the Ecuadorean Armed Forces] are the main support mechanism in case of disasters. Ecuador believes that all the countries in the region should have specialized military units to heed and provide humanitarian assistance, meaning dedicated units that are organized, equipped and trained — specially and technically — for this type of contingency. The sum of all these units will allow us to better manage these risks.” BRAZIL “Brazil is one more partner in this area [humanitarian assistance]. We have many countries in South America that are in very advanced stages of preparedness and deployment of military forces in case of natural disasters and humanitarian response. The conference proved that we have many possibilities and options for joint participation in situations of extreme need. The consensus is that we are missing a process that will enable the interaction of all those options. And this will be achieved in the near future.” Air Force Major General Marco Aurélio Gonçalves Mendes, chief of strategic affairs of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense CHILE URUGUAY “Historically, Uruguay has had a strong calling for humanitarian assistance. Despite the country’s size, we have the best resource to offer others, the human resource. For example, after the earthquake in Chile in 2010, we were the first country to arrive with aid. We have also been present in Japan, Haiti and at many other humanitarian assistance missions. We have to be prepared because it is less costly and the only way to take immediate action when the forces of nature speak.” Air Force General José Bonilla, chief of the Uruguayan Defense General Staff During the opening address, Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand said that Latin America has a high risk of natural disasters. Similar to the majority of countries present at the conference, the Chilean Armed Forces mission includes a role in humanitarian assistance and disaster mitigation operations. Minister Allamand described a recent example of joint rescue humanitarian assistance operations, which Chile has participated in for many years. “A Chilean Army patrol unit marched for miles in the snow to rescue 37 foreigners trapped in a bus due to a strong snowstorm in the northern region of Colchane, on the border with Bolivia.” Minister Allamand also took stock of lessons learned after the February 2010 earthquake. In his opinion, the communications system must improve as a whole in the country, as must the mass alert systems and logistics capabilities. The country must work with risk and likely demand scenarios as well. Likewise, among Chile’s strengths, Minister Allamand highlighted the multiple functions of the country’s rescue units, its organizational capacity, the military commanders’ leadership and the Chileans’ civic commitment. One of the conclusions reached was the need to create an organization to centralize all regional activities related to humanitarian assistance. By Dialogo October 01, 2011 Army General Luis Ernesto González Villarreal, chief of the Joint Command of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces PARAGUAY “We have been carrying out many humanitarian assistance activities, mainly within our country and with the help of SOUTHCOM. We are capable of offering assistance in case of natural disasters, which in our countries are generally cyclical, and thus virtually programmable, so that gives us time to prepare. The creation of a regional humanitarian assistance organization would allow for the standardization of procedures that would be helpful in providing aid, especially to the neighboring countries.” Army Brigadier General Jorge Francisco Ramírez Gómez, interim chief of the Paraguayan Joint Staff Command Immediately following the earthquake that rattled southern Haiti on January 12, 2010, hundreds of organizations from around the globe traveled to the Caribbean nation to offer humanitarian assistance. The biggest challenge in the first few hours and days after the tragedy included organizing all the help coming in. Just a few weeks later, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook central Chile on February 27, 2010. The Chilean government requested the support of the military, but it also encountered logistical conflicts in administering all the welcomed aid coming in from around the globe. “It’s worthless to have tons of tomato sauce if the spaghetti never comes,” said chief of the Chilean Joint Staff Command, Major General Hernán Mardones Ríos, while illustrating the problem at the 3rd South America Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) in Santiago, Chile. The conference, which took place August 31 to September 2, 2011, was co-hosted by the Chilean Armed Forces and the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). It brought together chiefs of Defense from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. SOUTHDEC covered military support to humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters, but mainly focused on the search for a joint effort among the countries of the region. “Each of our militaries brings a wealth of experience to provide the immediate and extensive response of our hemisphere to help the thousands of victims who are affected by natural disasters,” said General Douglas Fraser, SOUTHCOM commander. “This demonstrates the importance of being prepared to work together to support these missions, because unorganized assistance can counter the desired result.”
This story includes extracts from the U. S. Southern Command Public Affairs Office press release. Military and civilian human rights experts from 15 Western Hemisphere nations met at the headquarters of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Aug. 26-28 to discuss the military’s duty to protect human rights in the region. “If you are in this room, and if you are in uniform, you [generally speaking] understand human rights better than most people,” said United States Southern Command Commander, U. S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly when he addressed the participants on the second day of the event. The conference, titled “The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Officers’ Workshop,” included the participation of defense, government, academic, and non-governmental organization representatives from Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, the United States and Uruguay. “The countries were extremely willing to participate, in particular the ones that are participating actively in the human rights initiative. They are eager to show everybody else what they are doing,” explained Leana Bresnahan, Chief of the Human Rights Office at U.S. Southern Command, department responsible for organizing the conference. A common topic discussed among the participants was a possible punishment for those who are a part of any military branch in the region that violate human rights. Most countries have mechanisms to guarantee the individual will see some form of repercussions for their acts. Colonel Juan Perez Richiez, Deputy Director of Research and Postgraduate from the Graduate School of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Rights of the Ministry of Defense of the Dominican Republic, explained that in his country, “The Attorney General of the Armed Forces transfer what are consider to be the common offences to the civil jurisdiction. Everything that is outside the military jurisdiction, if required by the civil justice, this person in uniform is put at the disposal of civil justice and the process takes its normal course.” During his presentation, the Lieutenant Coronel Juan Carlos Méndez Menjívar, Advisor to the director of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of the National Defense for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Rights in El Salvador introduced the CETAC software, developed by the Salvadoran Armed Forces and the local Government and, according to him, it is only in the Central American and Caribbean region, “CETAC software was designed to carry out exercises of international humanitarian law and we are always updating it with facts and occurrences that may breach human rights.” HRI is a program initiated by SOUTHCOM in 1997 that seeks to bring together representatives of military, security forces, civilian government and civil society to develop a model human rights program for military forces focusing on four areas: doctrine, education and training, internal control systems, and cooperation with civilian authorities. SOUTHCOM’s Human Rights Office supports, or has supported in the past, the efforts of 10 countries-Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay, and one regional organization, the Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CFAC). All of which have made a formal commitment to implement HRI within their armed forces. The discussion regarding human rights which was promoted at SOUTHCOMÂ´s headquarters establishes a magnificent event for the Americas. Undoubtedly, it is an iniciative that should be done in other regions, once Africa and Asia are embarassing examples where the Armed Forces lack doutrinary education and a more humanly training to perceive, understand and attend the social needs of poverty-stricken populations. I congratulate Admiral John F. Kelly for the opportunity and success of the meeting which stregthens the friendship among the Americas defense forces. Ney de Araripe Sucupira â€“ Vice-Deputy of the War College Graduates Association (AssociaÃ§Ã£o dos Diplomados da Escola Superior de Guerra) â€“ SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil I do agree that these countries should comply with everything agreed upon, particularly Colombia, because I am a victim of the National Police in the Department of Sucre, in a matter of extortion and threats against my person. It is very interesting By Dialogo August 29, 2014
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Is negative gearing a negative or positive for our local market?This is the question I’m being asked regularly, but surprisingly I am being asked that question mostly by other real estate agents and journalists, not buyers.As an overview, negative gearing in real estate is the tax break given to investors that allows them to deduct their related property expenses off their taxable income. This then means they can ‘claim’ their expenses, for example, interest, rates, maintenance and so on, on their tax return. Ray White New Farm auctioneer Haesley Cush in action. (AAP image, John Gass)So the question is how will removing ‘negative gearing’ affect the property market?I have read a number of theories and thought I’d share my responses to what the ‘experts’ are claiming will be the impact.A major concern is a fall in house prices due to the removal of investors from the market. This fall in the number of investors will be largely due to them having to pay the entire costs associated with the property with either rental income or their after tax money. This will make owning an investment property unviable for many people. This means that prices will need to be low so properties are closer to ‘positively geared’. This could lead to fewer investors in the market, meaning less competition and ultimately a downward pressure on prices. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoLabor leader Bill Shorten has reaffirmed his commitment to curb negative gearing. Picture: ABC.I believe this is a likely outcome — that prices will drop, and where prices are already under pressure, in my opinion, this could be catastrophic for many people across the country.There is also the concern about increased rents. There has been a suggestion that removing negative gearing will put pressure on owners to put up rents. In my experience, it’s just not that easy. Brisbane has seen a decline or flat rental market for the last couple of years. The supply versus demand ratio is too out of whack to see rents rise quickly. You would need to take a significant number of properties out of the market or see interest rates rise to see the market accept higher rents. So I think rents are safe, for now.From what I can see the driver to remove negative gearing is to put downward pressure on house prices. The question is why? I understand that Sydney and Melbourne were previously skyrocketing but now they are not. But either way, this change will have a national effect and Perth, Darwin and huge parts of region Australia, just to name a few, have had years of negative or no price increase. Punishing those markets to soften Sydney prices seems callous, extreme and unnecessary given the recent market corrections.
Radio NZ News 9 October 2018Family First Comment: And this is why teachers are leaving the profession and schools can’t replace them… “the principal removed the boy – believed to be 8-years-old – from a class where he was being disruptive. The mother, though, laid a charge of assault against the principal…assaulting her child when he restrained him and brought him over to the office. The principal was then taken to the local police station and interviewed. He said he was grilled and grilled and grilled.” #chaosPolice are defending their four-month investigation into a principal who physically restrained a child in his class and stopped him running away from the school.The principal was investigated between August and December last year but the police determined there was insufficient evidence for criminal prosecution.RNZ has agreed not to identify the principal.Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association president Pat Newman, who spoke to RNZ on behalf of the principal, said the investigation was harrowing and took a severe toll on him.In August last year, the principal removed the boy – believed to be 8-years-old – from a class where he was being disruptive, Mr Newman said.“The mother, though, laid a charge of assault against the principal…assaulting her child when he restrained him and brought him over to the office.”The principal was then taken to the local police station and interviewed.“He said he was grilled and grilled and grilled,” Mr Newman said.More than half of the interview was conducted in the absence of the man’s lawyer, who had left the station, believing there was no basis for an assault charge.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/368239/principal-grilled-and-grilled-and-grilled-after-restraining-child
LocalNews Roseau South Constituency visits Eggleston in response to prime minister’s call by: – June 11, 2012 13 Views one comment Share Roseau South delegates at the DLP’s Delegate’s Conference on May 20th, 2012 in St. Joseph.The Roseau South Labour Party Constituency Association Management Office has described its recent visit to the community of Eggleston as a fruitful one.On Thursday members of the Association visited that community where they met with a number of residents and engaged them in discussions on matters “affecting the area” as well as “a way forward” towards promoting and alleviating the standard of life in the community on a whole.Chairman of the Association Felix Thomas said among matters discussed were issues relating to “housing, roads, sanitation and land access for the expansion of the community”.He said the visit included an “open discussion” and it is his hope that “the matters discussed” would be taken to the various ministers under the various portfolios.Thomas said following statements made by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the Labour Party’s Delegates Conference in St. Joseph the Association will “continue on its drive in ensuring that party operatives are really bringing about the service of Labour to the people of the various constituencies that Labour serves as well as the county on a whole”.According to Thomas, the Association has received the “blessings” of the Parliamentary Representative for Eggleston, Ambrose George who was out of state.“We have received his blessings to go ahead and deal with matters within the constituency on a whole in his absence and that will be reported and relayed to him for further action”.He said Minister of Health Julius Timothy recently visited the Newtown Health Clinic and discussed matters affecting that institution and many recommendations were made to advance the standard of service given at the institution.Thomas said the Association is to visit another community, hopefully Bath Estate next Thursday.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet
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“The encounter site was a mountainous area and really rebel-infested. It was about 25 kilometers away from the town proper of Miag-ao. The fatality has yet to be identified kasi malayo talaga at walang signal ang tao natin sa doon,” Batara said. Last week, at least 12 rebels in Antique surrendered to the 61IB and the Antique Police Provincial Office after long years of armed struggle. Batara told Panay News he received information from the community last week about armed men in the towns of San Joaquin, Miag-ao and some villages in Antique province. “We will continue to hunt them,” said Batara. He said rebels were recruiting new members in the 1st District, targeting mostly youngsters in mountainous areas. They claimed hunger and deception forced them to surrender and they wanted to avail themselves of the government’s reintegration program./PN The clash happened at around 11:10 a.m. There were around 30 rebels believed belonging to the Suyak Platoon of NPA Panay’s Southern Front Committee.The firefight lasted for some 15 minutes. The rebels withdrew to the mountains and left their dead comrade. ILOILO City – A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed in an encounter with government troops yesterday morning in a remote village of Miag-ao, Iloilo. The body of the still unidentified rebel was recovered at the clash site in Sitio Lay, Barangay Daleji, Miag-ao, said Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, commander of the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB). Soldiers also recovered flags and an M16 armalite rifle.The 61IB deployed reinforcements for a follow-up and clearing operations.
Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame announces the Class of 2020 The Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to announce the Class of 2020. These seven local basketball greats will be inducted into the hall of fame at the annual ceremony before the championship game of the boys Ripley County Tournament at Batesville High School on Saturday, January 11, at approximately 7:30 p.m. (The consolation game tips off at 6:00 p.m.) Inductees include:Marcy (Dickman) BaumerJac-Cen-Del High School Marcy (Dickman) Baumer is a 1992 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School. She went on to earn degrees in Chemistry and Biology at Indiana University. She then attended Butler University where she graduated with honors, earning a degree in Physician Assistant studies. During her illustrious basketball career with the Lady Eagles, Baumer scored over 1,000 points in a three year span. Those points were scored entirely on two-point baskets and free throws. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player during her junior and senior year. She was her team’s leading rebounder her sophomore, junior and senior years. During her senior year, she held the team’s highest free throw percentage and averaged 21.3 points per game. For her Lady Eagles, Baumer earned a spot on the Ohio River Valley All-Conference team in 1990, 1991 and 1992. In 1992, she was named the ORVC MVP as the leading scorer of the conference. She was also named to the Ripley County Invitational All-Tourney team in 1990, 1991 and 1992. She was named to the Batesville All-Sectional team those same three years, and was named Sectional MVP in 1991. She earned a place on the Columbus All-Regional team in 1991 by scoring 30 points in the regional game. Thanks to her success with the Eagles, Baumer was named to the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association All-Star team in 1991-1992. She also earned a spot on Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Fourth Team All-State in 1990-1991, and Second Team All-State in 1991-1992. In addition, she was named an alternate for the Magazine’s Top 40 Workout. Adding to her collection of MVP designations, Baumer was named Most Valuable Player in the 40/8 All-Star Game. Baumer is a Physician Assistant for Margaret Mary Health and currently lives in Batesville with her husband of 19 years, Dan. They have 2 sons. Max Baumer is a freshman at Batesville High School, and Alex Baumer is a 7th grader at Batesville Middle School. Marcy Baumer is honored to join her father, Louis Dickman, and her sister, Connie Dickman, in the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame. Nick RohlfingJac-Cen-Del High School Nick Rohlfing is a 1974 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School, where he finished his basketball career among the top 25 scorers and rebounders in school history. Rohlfing lettered three years in basketball as a member of the varsity team, and helped the Eagles to a sectional championship his sophomore year and a Ripley County Tournament championship his junior year. Rohlfing was named to two All-Sectional teams, one All-Regional team, one All-Conference team, and one All-County team during his high school career. He was recognized by writer Tiny Hunt to be the only sophomore in the history of Ripley County basketball to be named unanimously to the All-Sectional team in 1972. Rohlfing went on to earn team awards including most field goals and most improved during his sophomore year and the free throw award his junior year. His senior year, Rohlfing was voted to the pre-season Honorable Mention All-State team and was also voted Who’s Who among American High School Students. In addition to basketball, Rohlfing lettered four years in track & field and three years in baseball. He was also named to two All-Conference baseball teams. Rohlfing gave back to his school after graduation by returning to be the seventh and eighth grade basketball coach for two years and a varsity assistant coach for three years. Rohlfing is currently Jac-Cen-Del’s varsity scorekeeper, a position he has held since 1991. Nick was married to his wife, Karen, for 41 years before her passing. They have two children, Kent and Abby. Nick currently resides in Napoleon. Jim HorstmanSunman High School Jim Horstman is a 1972 graduate of Sunman High School, where he is remembered as a terrific athlete who played all sports that were offered at the school. He was a three-year varsity basketball starter and in that time scored 1,498 points, placing him first all-time in the school’s scoring records. In addition to being his school’s only player to break 1,000 points, his career total places him seventh all-time in Ripley County. Horstman averaged 22.4 points per game over his high school career, capped by a game-high 43 points against Batesville in 1972. His scoring ability earned him a spot on three All-Conference teams, three All-Sectional teams, and two All-County teams. Horstman graduated from Sunman with 13 varsity letters, more than any other athlete in school history. In addition to basketball, Horstman played four years of varsity baseball. He was the Most Valuable Player and leading hitter on the 1972 sectional championship team. The story goes that Jim played in the morning regional baseball game that year in Columbus, then traveled to Indianapolis for the state track & field championships, where he finished seventh in the high hurdles. Then, he went back to Columbus to play in the regional baseball championship. Horstman was a four-year letterman in track & field, three times being named MVP of his team. Even though Sunman didn’t have a track, and the team practiced in a corn field next to the high school, Horstman ran 14.9 seconds in the high hurdles which earned him the seventh place finish at the state meet. He set the track record at Richmond High School with the same time during his regional championship meet. Additionally, Horstman was a two-time sectional champion and three-time conference champion in the high hurdles. He also lettered one year in varsity cross country. Jim enjoyed a career in carpentry and currently owns and operates his business of building custom homes. He resides in Plainfield, Indiana with his wife of 45 years, Debbie. They have two children, Gina and Michael. Jason GambrelSouth Ripley High School Jason Gambrel is a 1992 graduate of South Ripley High School, where he was a three-year varsity basketball starter for the Raiders and Coach Bob Meyer. Gambrel graduated as his school’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 996 points, thanks to his career 15.1 points per game average. Along with total points, Gambrel set several school records for his shooting ability. Those include first in career three-point field goal percentage (47%), first in career three-point field goals made (175), first in single season three-point field goals made (66), and first in single season three-point field goals attempted (143). His career free throw average of 81% is also third all-time at South Ripley, capped by a single-season average of 87% during his junior year. Gambrel earned 15 varsity letters at South Ripley, including three in basketball and four each in baseball, track & field, and cross country. After high school, he went on to play two years of baseball at Lincoln Trail College in Illinois. While there, he pitched for a career 10-5 record with a no hitter to his credit. Gambrel transferred and graduated from Ball State University with a degree in physical education. He is presently employed at Hayden Elementary, a part of Jennings County schools, where he has taught PE for 19 years and is currently the middle school girls basketball coach. Jason started the archery program at Hayden, the first of its kind in Indiana. In addition to multiple state championships and success at the World Archery Championship, his archery team won a national championship in May of 2019 competing against 200 schools. Jason is married to his wife of 21 years, Kelli, who is also an elementary school teacher. Together, they have two children, Brock and Gracie. Craig CutterMilan High School Craig Cutter graduated from Milan High School in 1979 as his school’s all-time leading scorer, where he amassed 1,502 points over his four-year career as a varsity starter. Cutter scored 30 points in a single game as a freshmen, and went on to repeat that feat multiple more times in his gold and black uniform. He was his team’s leading rebounder during his junior and senior seasons, and he averaged 21.5 points per game during his senior year while leading the Indians to the sectional championship game. It is said that Cutter was always tasked with guarding the best player on the opposing team. Stats as impressive as these led to several honors for Cutter. He was named to the All-Sectional team three years, the All-County team three years, the EIAC All-Conference team his senior year, and an Honorable Mention All-State Academic team his senior year. Cutter earned 13 varsity letters at Milan High School, including four each in basketball, baseball, and football, and one in cross country. Prior to graduation, he received letters of interest from several esteemed colleges including IU, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Duke, among others. Cutter went on to play three sports in college. He received an appointment to attend West Point for his freshmen year where he played football. Then, he transferred to Otero Junior College in Colorado where he played both basketball and baseball. There, Cutter played in the Junior College basketball national tournament. Craig and his wife, Dawn, have five children, Lauryn, Zach, Trish, Amy, and Brad; and also seven grandchildren. His family currently lives in Canon City, Colorado, where Craig has worked for Black Hills Energy for 38 years. Rick Ehrman graduated from Batesville High School in 1989 after enjoying three years on his varsity basketball team. Ehrman finished his career ranked 21st on Batesville’s all-time scoring list and ranked in the top 35 among single-season scoring records. Ehrman’s teams are remembered for wins at the Ripley County Tournament, in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference, and in the IHSAA sectional tournament. While donning the Bulldogs uniform, Ehrman shot an impressive career average of 80% from the free throw line, capped by a single season high of 94%, which placed him in the top 15 best free throw shooters in school history. Additionally, Ehrman was known as a threat from beyond the three point arc. After graduation, Ehrman continued to play four years of basketball for the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He worked as an executive for General Electric, Univision Communications, and NBC before recently being named Chief Executive Officer for VNN Sports in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ehrman currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has five children with his late wife, Heather: Olivia (19), Harrison (16), Caiden (14), Remington (13), and Brody (10). Rick EhrmanBatesville High School Ray BaurleyMilan High School Ray Baurley is being recognized for the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame’s Meritorious Service Award. Baurley, a 1963 graduate of New Marion High School, is best known for his long involvement with Milan’s basketball program. After high school, Baurley graduated from Marian College in 1969 and then obtained a master’s degree from Indiana University. He was a business teacher at Milan High School for 37 years from 1970 to 2007. There, he coached freshmen basketball for five years and junior varsity for 22 years, serving with 10 different varsity coaches. Since retirement, Baurley has continued his participation in Milan basketball by being the team’s official scorer since 2009. In addition to his service for the Milan teams, Baurley has supported his town and the greater Ripley County basketball community as a member and officer for the Hall of Fame board since 2006. He is a member of the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum board, the Milan Community Dollars for Scholars, and the St. Charles Catholic Church of Milan. Baurley was a fine basketball player in his own right, being a member of the only New Marion High School team to win a sectional and county tourney. He played under coaches Dale McNeely, Mike Wilson, and Wayne Ralston. He was named an All-Conference player in 1963 and also lettered three years in track, cross-country, baseball, and basketball. Baurley’s family includes his wife of 47 years, Linda, daughters Jane Lieland (Jeremy) and Kathryn Stock (Steve), and six grandchildren: Cayden, Nicholas, Ross, Lainey, Taylor, and Brody. About the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame The Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame was formed in 2001 to highlight and preserve the great hardwood traditions of the past from Ripley County, Indiana. We proudly recognize the players, coaches, and supporters of the nine original high schools of Ripley County: Batesville, Cross Plains, Holton, Milan, Napoleon, New Marion, Osgood, Sunman, and Versailles. Ripley County now has four high schools: Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, and South Ripley. Visit ripleycountybasketballhof.org for more information.