Ripley County Republican Chair Ginger Bradford has announced the caucus to elect a District 3 City Council Member in Batesville.Bob Narwold accepted a position with the Batesville Buildings Department in March forcing him to vacate his seat on council due to state law.The caucus will be held at the Sherman House on Monday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m.The location of District 3 caused some confusion for election officials last week. Since the district is in both Ripley and Franklin County, the caucus location was believed to be based on which county had the larger voter population in the district.State election officials clarified the situation, saying that is not the case.“It is a situation where all of Batesville votes on the each council seat,” Bradford said. “When I explained it to them at the state, and they realized their not running in district, but for a district, the whole city votes.”Voter population in each county of the district was not a determining factor for the caucus location.Four precinct committeemen will vote for a new council member next Monday. The committee is composed of John Moton, Don Dickey, Mike Weiler and Dogger Dickey, Bradford said.“Dogger Dickey will be representing Franklin County,” Bradford added.Batesville resident Jim Fritsch is the only citizen to file for the city council seat.
HOUSTON — George Springer wasn’t quite sure if his towering fly ball was going to have enough distance. Three feet shorter or to the right, and it might be an game-ending fly out. Instead, Springer’s shot narrowly crossed the yellow line for a game-winning three-run homer in the 13th inning, capping a five-RBI game and lifting the Houston Astros to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.“I knew I had hit it OK. I was just glad it went over the line,” Springer said. Springer’s shot off Chase De Jong (0-1), who started the inning to make his major-league debut, landed in the farthest seat of the first row of the left-field Crawford Boxes.Evan Gattis drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on Norichika Aoki’s single with two outs, setting the stage for Springer’s big hit.