RIPLEY- The Citizens of Jackson County rallied together in support of the Believe in Ripley campaign currently sweeping the greater Ripley area due to the Americas Best Communities contest.  Ripley, West Virginia is a quarter finalist in the Americas Best Communities contest. Over 400 communities rallied support to share their hometowns pride and dreams for the future. Fifty have been selected to take the next step towards becoming Americas Best and Ripley, West Virginia is apart of that journey. 

On August 27, 2015 the City of Ripley hosted Ripley Believes Rally hoping to gain community feedback on projects the community would support/see taken on. For those who were not in attendance at the rally, visit Ripley Believes @BelieveInRipley and scroll down the page to complete a survey online. If Ripley, West Virginia is to win first place in the Americas Best Communities contest the town will be allocated three million worth of prize monies to put back into the community. 

Dozens upon dozens of citizens rallied in support of Ripley Believes. Local country singer Corey Hager performed a touching tribute specialized for Ripley, West Virginia, Ramsey Monk offered the performance of the Star Spangled Banner and Magistrate Tom Reynolds ‘led the troops’ in prior to the pledge of allegiance. 

The event offered good community fellowship, kid-friendly activities and booths for community members to voice their votes towards the future of Ripley. Mayor Carolyn Rader opened by thanking everyone for coming out to support Ripley. 

Several community announcements were made via the rally. The following were the announcements: 

Developmental Hub’s Amanda Yeagar with the Turn This Town Around grant applications announced the mini grant recipient winners. The mini grants project will bring $50,000 in community resources to Ripley, West Virginia. The following are the mini grant projects approved:   

1. Food Pantry

2. Nostalgic Business Mural

3. Outdoor learning environment

4. Read All About It

5. Downtown Ripley Directional Signage 

6. Brackets and Banner for Downtown Ripley

7. Mobile Open Air Market 

8. Avenue States 

9. Restoration of Court Street Mini Park 

10. Grow Ripley

11. Cross Walk Art

12. Celebrate Ripley

13. Framing Ripley High Schools Past

14. Community events 

15. 4-H and FFA Exhibit hall display 

16.Veterans Day Steps

Certificate will be presented at the September 10th meeting at Calvary United Methodist Church.

Ripley High School Football Coach Eddie Smolder offered and inspirational speech on the future of RHS football.  The Pride of Jackson County the Ripley High School Band was present to perform for the rally.  The RHS Cheerleaders and midget league cheerleaders performed cheers without missing a beat.  The RHS Football team was present offering ‘game hype’ for upcoming games.  Robyn Taylor, WV Imagination Library Director spoke about the Jackson County Imagination program.  The Jackson County Board of Education completed a grant for Dolly Parton Imagination Library to be offered at Jackson County. This is a program for children who are under the age of five – the children can be registered and received a age appropriate book monthly. Contact the Jackson County Board of Education for further information.  A solute to fall sports was offered. Come out in support of the September 10th meeting at Calvary United Methodist Church.