The next Drug Take-Back Day in Ripley will be Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall according to Chief of Police Jim Fridley. Other sites include the Kenna Fire Station and the Ravenswood Shopping Plaza.
Citizens are invited to bring in out-of-date prescriptions for discard. “Every pill must be counted and logged in,” commented Mayor
Carolyn Rader. In the past, such events have netted garbage bags full of old, unused prescription medicines.
Mayor Rader announced that Ripley High’s homecoming parade will begin at Ripley Middle at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 28. The parade will march down School Street, turn onto Second Avenue at Ripley Elementary, follow it to Charleston Drive and then to South Church, North Street, Maple Street, left on Main Street, then back to Church Street to the high school.
Rader also noted that plans are in the works for the November 12 Veterans’ Day Parade.
Council voted to accept a request for retirement from Dennis Wallen, a veteran city employee. A retirement party in his honor will be on October 10 at 2 p.m. at City Hall.
Council heard a request from high school archery coach Tess Gump for help in funding a trip for 18 students to compete in the World Archery Tournament in Orlanda, FL, next month. Council approved a $100 donation.
Greg Fowler of Mason County spoke to Council concerning the establishment of a teen court system in Jackson County. He directs the system in Mason County. Under the concept, first-offender teens who commit misdemeanors can be sent before a jury of their peers instead of going through the magistrate court system. Fowler says that youngsters who go through the teen court are very unlikely to do so a second time. The court assigns public service time for offenses under the supervision of a practicing attorney.
He wants Council to add $5 to every written citation to help fund the Court. The money would be held in a special account under the jurisdiction of the County Commission.