A year of concern, community caring big part of 2016


What is it like to live in a small community?

The people of Rising Sun and Ohio County came out in support of community members in their time of need.

Benefit helps Burgess family’s fight with ALS

Lou Gehrig’s Disease is more commonly known as ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) a disease of th brain and nerves which send signals to the spinal cord, and nerves from the spinal cord to muscles throughout the body. The nerve cells waste away and die. They cannot send signals to voluntary muscles (muscles over which a person has control). ALS does not affect the senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

On Saturday, February 13, a benefit was held at the Ohio County Senior Center for Tony Burgess (one of the thousands affected by the disease). The 1981 graduate of Rising Sun High School has suffered with ALS for 10 years.

Like Gehrig, Tony loved playing baseball. He played baseball and basketball while at RSHS.

He and his wife Lori live in Switzerland County where their son Collin shared the love of baseball while playing for the Pacers (graduating in 2013).

Ashcraft benefit April 2

Friends of Wayne Ashcraft held a benefit Saturday, April 2 at Rockies Bare and Grill in Rising Sun.

Wayne lost his battle shortly after with stage 3 Bladder Cancer. The cancer has spread to lymph nodes around the bladder and in the lungs. He was a member of the class of 1981.

Wheelchair for Ann Miller

A benefit for Ann and Rick Miller was held on Saturday, Sept. 24th.

All proceeds went toward purchasing a TrackMaster wheelchair. In 2006, Ann Miller suffered from what doctors thought was a massive stroke nearly two weeks after giving birth to her youngest daughter (Alanna), and slipped into a coma. Miller, who miraculously came out of the coma, was diagnosed with a very rare condition called posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES).

TrackMaster chairs are built in Rising Sun and have tracks instead of wheels, which allows for the chair to be used in the yard, and most other terrains. Travis Underwood, the TrackMaster inventor and owner, let Ann use the chair while on a recent trip back home to Mississippi.

Liver for Sittloh

Friends of Joel Sittloh turned out for a benefit in his honor on Saturday, Oct. 22nd at Bovard’s Camp Ground.

The 1983 graduate of Rising Sun High School was diagnosed with liver disease in March 2015 and is now hoping for a Liver Transplant at IU Health Hospital in Indianapolis.

During the event, Joel (son of Marilyn and the late James Sittloh) reflected on his years of addiction that started after his father died in an accident that saw his car go into the Ohio River near Lesko Park site in Aurora.

He received a new liver in November.

Nolan Lange has rare disease

A GoFundme account has been set up for four-month-old Nolan Lange has been diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). He is the son of Stacey and Sammie (Walton) Lange.

Baby Nolan has been making trips to Chicago to receive an experimental drug.

A benefit is planned for Saturday, January 21st at the Rising Sun Community Building.

You can donate by going to Gofundme.com (Cure for Nolan Lange Fund) or go to or call any Friendship State Bank to give also. Call 812-667-5101 (this is the operator for any Friendship bank). Make checks payable to Stacey & Sammie Lange or Friendship State Bank.