Monday, October 31, 2016

Ripley High hyped for Spirit Week

By: Seth Gainey
Football  season is coming to an end, so the team is getting ready to play Ravenswood, hat means Spirit Week will be here soon.
  Spirit week is a celebration where students dress up in numerous outfits throughout the week. This week shows how much school spirit the school and the students have. The themes for the days of the week are as follows:
Monday- Halloween Day
Tuesday- Generation Day
Wednesday-Disney Day
Thursday- Woke Up Like This
Friday- Blue and White Day
  Most students will be participating in spirit week. Most of the students are excited for Spirit Week,  like student council member Izzy Donohew.
 Along with this week, there are some ups and downs.
“There are some dress code issues, distractions in class, and some students don’t focus on their school work,” Principal William Hosaflook stated.
However,  there are some positives to Spirit week.
“I like spirit week. It’s my favorite week, and it shows how everyone has school spirit and is excited for the game,” Donohew said.

Halloween TRUNK-or-TREAT

 By: Brooke Nichols
  Are you ready for that time of year to dress up and hand out candy or take your siblings around to the different houses? Ripley High's members are because on Halloween night Monday, October 31 from 5:00pm- 7:30pm Craig Canterbury organized the third annual night of TRUNK-or-TREAT. Created by FFA members in 2014 to start TRUNK-or-TREAT to send invitations to clubs to dress up and spend time with fellow classmates and families.
  Invitations were sent out to all clubs and sports teams to pre register to hand out candy in the back parking lot of the high school. Each year we have done this we have had a good turn out with the clubs helping out. 6 or 7 clubs usually come out to have some fun.
  Student Emma Corey has handed out candy in the past at TRUNK-or-TREAT and said, “This is a fun way to spend your halloween dressed up with friends and family and I hope we continue to do this because it’s an amazing time”.
  This year you will find FFA, FCCLA, HI Y, Main Street Teens, Choir, Thespians, and the FCA clubs all dressed up and ready to hand out candy.
  BYOBOC “Bring Your Own Bag of Candy” the more we have the better the night will be.
 Canterbury said, “The avenues are the golden jackpot to get the most candy. Then you just circle right over to the high school for more”.
  It’s the perfect opportunity to for everyone to interact with the community that supports us and gives to the students and so much toward the school and clubs and what we do. So this is our night to give back to the community and also have some fun with the friends and family. If you’re in one of these clubs that RSVP in advance dress up and come over and help your club hand out candy we encourage all the help that we can get.
 The 3rd annual TRUNK-or-TREAT this Halloween is gonna be a blast so don’t miss out. Individual students that are apart of a club that received an invitation go grab your costume or come as you are and join the clubs and teachers. As they celebrate Halloween night handing out candy to everyone.

Halloween Horoscopes

By: Anna Sheets

Scorpio – Always looking for adventure and ready to take risks, clowns better stay away from you! Maybe a haunted house would a be a good activity for you thrill seekers this year. If a haunted house isn’t your cup of tea, try a haunted trail or haunted hayride to get your thrills moving. No matter what you choose, it will be wicked!

Sagittarius – Flexible and adaptable, you’re great at helping friends with their last minute costume ideas, but you’ve had yours made since August. Whether you’re going trick-or-treating or just going to a costume party, you and your squad will be killing it this Halloween!  

Capricorn – Generous and warmhearted, friendly and with an ever-present smile, passing out candy to the local kids is where you should be this year. A warm sweater and some apple cider to solidify the fall vibes this time of year if you are looking for an evening in!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Alpine Theater makes comeback

By: Ashtun Welling
  If you're ready for some free spooky films head down to the Alpine.For Halloween, the Alpine is having a free movie marathon, “Hocus Pocus” Sat. Oct 29th 2p.m and 7p.m. Then the classic “Ghostbusters” on Sun. October 30th 2p.m. and 7p.m.
  The Alpine theater was built in 1936 by Holt Rhodes; the first showing was held on Christmas day. Tickets were 30 cents for adults and 15 cents for children. The theater had a daily showing for all the moviegoers for decades until its doors closed in 1984.  Main Street Ripley purchased the theater on June 10, 2003, to preserve a piece of history and create an attraction to the downtown business district.
After being unused for many years, it has been restored and reopened in October 2006 for live performances and movie showings.
"It's a unique experience to play your own music in a place that holds so many memories for myself and everybody in the community that remembers going there to watch moves. I have played there multiple times and each one was very special," said Justin Johnson
   The Alpine Theater has been the stage for performances from local talent to national performers. From weddings to conferences, the Alpine Theater is available for rent for any event. Call the Main Street Ripley office at 304-372-1637.

Creepy Clown Sightings Sweep The Nation

By: Brooke Nichols
   Clowns have taken the country by storm the frenzy was started in the state of South Carolina in late August after multiple reports surfaced that clowns were spotted trying to lure children into the woods. The craze has since ignited a national phenomenon, with clown sightings reported in more than two dozen states from Alabama to Wisconsin. While many were hoaxes, a handful of the incidents resulted in arrests.
  In Alabama, at least seven people have face felony charges of making terrorist like threat connected to “clown-related activity,” Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathon Horton told the Times-Picayune.
   The attacks continue to stack up as the clowns from all over got more reckless on the attacks and sighting. Just two days ago,  hundreds of students from Pennsylvania State University swarmed surrounding campus streets to carry out a mass clown hunt.  A Connecticut school district said it is banning all clown costumes and any “symbols of terror.” And an armed clown hoax temporarily put a Massachusetts college on lockdown. Also a school in Chicago, Illinois that went into lockdown because there was a report form three students of seeing the clowns outside of their school but where eventually sorted out because the children embellished what they seen.
   The 22-year-old from Pennsylvania says he’s afraid of what he sees on the news, like the clown hunting at Penn State. “At the end of the day, people look at me like I’m a clown trying to hurt them,” he says. “I feel that people are out clown hunting because they think it’s cool now. I’m scared that someone might take a swing.” Jones travels from his home in Pennsylvania to his job at Screamland Farms in Maryland every weekend. He says he’s well-known as Snuggles the Clown in his neighborhood, but he’s concerned about how people outside of his community will react. “I really think people mistake me when I put my stuff on,” Jones says. “They forget that it’s a person under that mask.”
    The issue even made it all the way to the White House, where press secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the phenomenon on Tuesday.
    “I don’t know that the president has been briefed on this particular situation,” Earnest said, The Hills report “Obviously, this is a situation that law enforcement is taking quite seriously.”
   Clowns don’t just intimidate and scare children but also adults especially in the 1980s after King created the nightmare-inducing clown Pennywise in the horror novel, It, which was later turned into a movie. Criminologists and psychologists agree the root of the fear lies in the fact that clowns wear heavy makeup and paint extreme emotions on their faces that hide their true identity and feelings.
   Scott Bonn a criminologist and professor of sociology at Drew University in New Jersey says. “We don’t know what’s beneath that makeup. It could be anyone or anything. They’re actually very frightening.”
     The mass hysteria has not yet led to any serious injuries or deaths, likely because most of the clown sightings involved either young pranksters dressed as clowns or callers inventing clown stories.
   Some police departments in the country, including the New York Police Department, have been trying to ease fears by publicly saying there are no credible clown threats. In New Haven, Con where school officials have banned clown costumes over a number of menacing clown-related social media posts, David Hartman, spokesman for the local police department, says authorities are “monitoring the national climate” of the frenzy but have not seen anything “tangible.”
   With all the clowns being spotted every where in all the different states from just being spotted on the side of the road to being in residential areas, near schools trying to take children while also scaring people the issue is getting out of hand. With the clowns going live on Facebook, having a Snapchat, being everywhere you are climbing billboard chasing vehicles and much more its not funny anymore and the situation needs to come to an end. Started in August let see how much longer until the clowns finally disappear.