A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun 6-11-15


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun


June 16th, 2005

The Rising Sun Ohio County School Board of Trustees will hold a special public meeting June 21st in the Rising Sun High School cafeteria. The purpose of the meeting is to give a general overall report of a proposal building project which the board was to review at its regular meeting June 14th. The work that has been done thus far this summer was to fix problems in the Ohio County Elementary Middle School. A school improvement committee met this past school year and recommended several projects with an estimated cost of between $7-8 million.

The inaugural ‘Main Street Chalk Walk’ in historic downtown Rising Sun will be held on Saturday, June 6th and sponsored by South Eastern Indiana Friends of the Arts and the Historic Downtown Rising Sun Program.

Alli Rumsey and Jesse McClure earned Rising Sun’s top scholar athlete awards for 2005.

Sammie Walton and Curtis Fogle were named the top female and male athlete for 2005 at Rising Sun High School.

Visitors to downtown Rising Sun numbered close to 100 during the ‘Summer Serenades and Samples’ Saturday, June 11th.

In a letter to the editor, David Hewitt, Rising Sun chief of police, says another successful bike camp is over and in the books.

Deaths: Lena G. Bennett, August 9th, 1911 to June 10th, 2005; Misty Leasure, November 30th, 1978 to June 8th, 2005.

The equipment which facilitates the playing of the chimes from the belfry of the First Baptist Church became outdated and broken. A new computerized power pack, the BRG Carillon Bell System, was installed on May 21st, 2005, and the chimes are being enjoyed once again throughout the community. The new chimes are dedicated in memory of Larry and Jean Dover Elliott, missionaries who were martyred on March 15th, 2004, in Mosul, Iraq. Jean Elliott was the sister of Joyce Whitten, wife of the present Pastor of First Baptist Church, Reverend Ron Whitten, Sr.


June 15th, 1995

For many RSHS alumni Saturday, June 17th will be the first time they’ve seen the entrance lobby added to the school several years ago. For some it may be the first time they’re in the current high school.

Paul Gridley won a framed sheet of Marilyn Monroe stamps while Steve Vinup was the happy winner of the Marilyn Monroe stand-up offered by the Rising Sun Post Office.

Rising Sun’s David Brown was honored as Coach of the Year in softball by the Ohio River Valley Conference for the third straight year in 1995. Brown was MVP in baseball 20 years ago.


June 13th, 1985

Mark Uhlmansiek and Kevin Thies have been filling out papers to complete their work as they meet the requirements to become Eagle Scouts. Without the help of these two young men and their helpers, the beautification program would have had a very slow start.

Rising Sun students receiving scholarships for the Dearborn County Hospital Foundation were Teri Sue Levi, Regina Scranton, Kelly J. Bovard, and Laura Alexander.

A group of concerned parents met with the Rising Sun-Ohio County School Board Tuesday in an effort to stir interest in academic achievement. The group has been named Parents for Academic Challenge.


June 12th, 1975

Miss Ohio County contestants for the annual Blue Jeans Festival include Bonnie Truitt, Katherine Kittle, Donna Webb, Barbara Schroder, Darla Cook, Stephanie Walker, Anita Cochran, and Linda Jo McCardle.

Teresa Pflum, representing her sixth grade class at Ohio County Elementary Middle School, provided on camera narration at WLW-T for a 3-second message about historic events, in Ohio County and Rising Sun in the early 1800s, when the area was first settled.


June 10th, 1965

Mrs. Victor Walton was hired as cook at Cass-Union school for the next school year. Mrs. Allie Hastings will be the head cook. Darla Wallingford and Karen Niccum were given the position of clerks in the Rising Sun Elementary School.

Rising Sun Methodist church observed the 150th anniversary of Methodism in Ohio County at the Sunday morning worship service. The seating arrangement was consistent with bygone days as the men sat on the left, the women on the right and couples in the middle pews.