KIm Ryan, President of Batesville.For the second time in as many years, Hillenbrand leaders were honored with Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Awards. The Manufacturing Institute recognized Kim Ryan, President of Batesville (a subsidiary of Hillenbrand, Inc.) and Darci Powers, Director of Lean Development, during a ceremony in Washington D.C.The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers throughout all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite. The awards are part of a larger STEP Ahead Initiative implemented by the Manufacturing Institute to examine and promote the role of women in manufacturing through recognition, research, and best practices for attracting, advancing, and maintaining strong female talent.“I am humbled to be recognized as a leader in manufacturing with the STEP award,” said Ryan. “I hope this program’s intentional focus placed on women encourages future generations of young women to pursue careers in manufacturing.”This year, The Institute recognized 160 women from manufacturing organizations of all types and sizes. Honorees were nominated by their peers, company officials, or professional service firms based on specific contributions made, considering outcomes, such as increased revenues, reduced costs, greater productivity, and improved customer satisfaction.Ryan is an accomplished leader with more than 23 years of experience and expertise in manufacturing organizations. Named president of Batesville in 2011, Ryan sets an example for others by remaining focused on initiatives that create simplicity, alignment, and agility across the enterprise.“It’s an honor to be in the company of such an impressive group of women who are making a difference in their organizations,” said Ryan.Kim started her professional life with Batesville after graduating from Iowa State University and has spent more than two decades contributing to the success of the Batesville, Hillenbrand, and Hill-Rom organizations. She served as a senior executive in each company, leading a variety of functional areas, including finance, strategy, operations, information technology, and division management. Kim is equally active outside of work and in her local community. She serves on the board of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB) and as vice chair of the CREATE Foundation. She has also served on the boards of Margaret Mary Community Hospital, the Southeastern Indiana YMCA, and the Public Works Water Board.Darci Powers, Director of Lean Development at Hillenbrand.A nearly 15-year manufacturing veteran, Darci Powers has an outstanding background in Lean that she readily shares with others. She has maintained a 99 percent plus product fill rate while balancing Batesville’s investment in inventory and distribution costs. She recently moved into a new role as director of Lean Development for Hillenbrand, Inc.“Manufacturing is the ‘heartbeat’ of our company as we strive to deliver quality units to the customer – on time and at the lowest possible cost,” said Powers. “It is an honor to be recognized for my passion for Lean manufacturing. Through the awareness created by this award, I hope more women pursue a career in this industry. ”A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that nearly 70 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers. Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap, part of which can be attributed to an underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50 percent of the overall labor force, that number is only about 25 percent in manufacturing.
Bulldog students will attend class until 4:00 p.m. this week.A long winter has led to longer school days this week in Batesville. Students will go an additional hour to make up for missed time accumulated over the past few months.The Batesville School Board approved the measure at its March meeting citing longer school days in April, rather than in June, can benefit students who are preparing for the next round of ISTEP testing.The additional hour is added to the end of the school day. It is effect for six days, from Apr. 14 through Apr. 21. The school year is scheduled to conclude on May 30.
AmeriCorps members taking the pledge (Photo provided)INDIANAPOLIS– Last Friday, Hoosiers from around the state took part in a nationwide ceremony to mark AmeriCorps’ 20th Anniversary. As part of the event, 130 new members took a pledge to “get things done for America,” at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park.The ceremony was part of a nationwide, simultaneous swearing-in of AmeriCorps members taking place. President Obama led the national ceremony and gave remarks to AmeriCorps members at the White House. From coast to coast 75,000 AmeriCorps members took their pledge, launching a new service year.“Every day in communities across The Hoosier State, AmeriCorps members are helping to make Indiana a state that works,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “We are proud of their extraordinary accomplishments over the past 20 years, and are excited to welcome a new class as they embark on their year of service.”AmeriCorps members serve at more than 25,000 locations from coast to coast, strengthening education, providing disaster services, fostering economic opportunity, assisting veterans and military families, preserving the environment, and expanding health services.
Lovell Lee Raffignone, 89, of Elrod passed away at 4:20am Thursday, January 7, 1926 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born near Milan on March 17, 1926 the son of Ernest and Marie Rupp Raffignone and spent his entire life in the Elrod community. He was married to Mary Johnson on June 24 1950 and she preceded him in death on February 22, 2005. Survivors include one son Rev. Ron (Denise) Raffignone of Waynetown; one daughter Kathy (Doug) Beam of Moores Hill; three grandchildren Lori Sullivan of Elrod, Mandy Raffignone of Waynetown, and Jeremy Stevens of Birmingham, Michigan; three great-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandson; one brother Lowell (Kay) Raffignone of Dillsboro. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his sister Erma Eaglin, and his grandson Ryan Craig. Mr. Raffignone was a 1944 graduate of Versailles High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII having served as a mechanic with the 11th Airborne Division and was in the battle of Luzon. He received marksman status with a rifle, received the parachutist badge, two overseas service bars, Asiatic Pacific Theatre ribbon with one bronze star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal-Japan. Mr. Raffignone was a farmer and had owned and operated a John Deere dealership in Elrod beginning in 1958 and took up full time farming in 1965. He was named the Ripley County Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1999. Even at age 89 he still farmed his land and was planning his spring planting for this year. Lovell Lee was a member of the Versailles American Legion and was a 70 year member of the Washington Baptist Church at Elrod. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 11th at 11am at the Washington Baptist Church with Rev. Brian Dempsey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — This year, Indiana celebrates its 200th anniversary as the 19th state in the nation. To celebrate, multiple projects throughout the state are in the works – including the Bicentennial Barns project endorsed by the Bicentennial Commission. Ten barns were selected as winners from more than 200 barns. And one barn in the area made the list. In Franklin County, the Wendel barn, owned by David Wendel placed 3rd on the top ten list.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Two people were airlifted from a wreck on State Road 252 near Brookville.According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, a vehicle driven by Conicia Kirksey went off the highway east of Brookville and struck an embankment.The vehicle rolled before coming to rest on its top.Kirksey was ejected from the vehicle.Both she and a passenger, Robert McRae, were flown to the University of Cincinnati Hospital.
L-R: Connie Stevens, Executive Director; Tony Wood, Town of Osgood; Tim Frederick, Board PresidentOSGOOD, Ind. — Tony Wood, Wastewater Superintendent with the Town of Osgood and System Operator for Friendship Regional Sewer District, was presented with the “Wastewater System Operations Specialist of the Year” award from Alliance of Indiana Rural Water during their Spring Conference held in French Lick, IN on March 15th.Tony has worked for Town of Osgood for 24 years and for Friendship Regional Sewer District for 19 years.Wood works on applying for grants to modernize both utilities and is currently working with Ripley County Emergency Management and Laughery Valley Watershed using weather stations to obtain digital stream flow information for discharges.
I hope you can tune to WRBI at 5:45 tonight for the final Coaches Corner of this season! Please note the early starting time which is necessary so that the Reds’ broadcast can be heard in its entirety. I have really enjoyed this season. I believe we had more guests this year than we have ever had before.Coaches Corner began in the early 80’s. I am not sure exactly how many years this makes, but I know it is over 30. We will start again in mid-August with the fall sports season.Thank you so much for your continued support! Hope to have all of you listening again in August.
Edward J. Nobbe, age 75 of Batesville, died Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Waters of Batesville. Born November 13, 1942 in Batesville, he is the son of Frieda (Nee: Lecher) and Martin Nobbe. He married Barbara Gehring September 12, 1970 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg. Eddie served in the National Guard and was called up to active duty in the summer of 1964. He started his working career as a cabinet maker with the Romweber Company for 11 years. He would spend the next 44 years as a butcher at Harmeyer’s Market, retiring just a few years ago. He was a member of the Oldenburg Conservation Club, Batesville V.F.W Post #3183, Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271, St. Louis Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #1461.Eddie gave freely of his time and talents. He worked most weekends helping at the Conservation Club and was a long time fixture at St. Louis Bingo’s and the church festival. A Reds and I.U. fan, he also enjoyed deer hunting, working in the vegetable garden and cards, especially Solo. Eddie’s true passion was his grandchildren. He looked forward to attending their sporting events and loved spending time with them.He is survived by his wife Barb; daughter Alisha Salatin; son Brad Nobbe, all of Batesville; sisters Evy Kuntz of Batesville, Rosina Forthofer of Sunman, Indiana, Mary Jo Wuestefeld of Batesville and three grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by brothers Tom and Melvin (Mule) Nobbe.Visitation is Monday, May 21st, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 22nd at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. and the Prell-Bland American Legion. The family requests memorials to St. Louis School.
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