RIPLEY - Ripley High School archer Levi Staats has a unique opportunity to travel to South Africa to compete as an All American shooter against competition from around the world.

The city of Ripley, as it always does, has helped one of its own reach their goals with tremendous support.
Various fundraisers have assisted Staats and his parents with expenses for the trip by raising over half of their estimated expenses for the one-week trek from July 21-29.

"Praise God that we have over half of what we needed to raise and are so very thankful to all of Ripley for their kindness in helping with this trip. We live in a wonderful town that has showed so much love to our family with not only money but with wonderful words of support," said Gail Staats, Levi's Mother.

Just For You Primitives had a sale and gave away a bench on Sunday with ten percent of all sales that day going to the fund.
One hundred percent of concessions that day were donated.

The winner of the hog that was given away on July 4 was Kessell Electric and the winner of the Longaberger Basket with gift cards was Paula Casto. All proceeds benefited Levi's family in their expences for the trip to South Africa.

Jimmy and Belinda Anderson donated the hog, Melinda Knotts donated the Longaberger Basket and Teresa Mills, Jewelers Touch, Gold Diggers, Dairy Queen, The Great Outdoors and Dr. King contributed the gifts for the basket.

JN would like to wish the Staats family a safe and productive journey as Levi's represents Ripley High, Jackson County, West Virginia and the United States.