Lawrence Nickell, 80, of Cross Plains passed away at 6:05pm Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. He was born at Mize in Morgan County, Kentucky on July 1, 1936 the son of Virgil and Virginia Wood Nickell. Survivors include two sons Terry (Margie) Nickell, and Danny Nickell both of Cross Plains; one daughter Beverly (Ed) Hunt of Morrow, Ohio; 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers Clayton (Kay) Nickell, and Henry Nickell both of Cross Plains; three sisters Dorothy (Bill) Knigga of Florida, Lucille Nickell of Pleasant, and Nancy Nickell of Washington, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Nickell was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he served with the 19th Quartermaster Company. For service to his country Lawrence received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Ribbon, and the United Nations Service Medal. In civilian life Lawrence worked as a welder for over 30 years for Armco Steel. After retirement he did “house call” welding jobs in the Cross Plains community, drove a bus for the South Ripley schools, and enjoyed his horses. Lawrence was active in the Ripley County Republican party and served terms as a Ripley County Commissioner and also on the Ripley County Council. He was a member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge, the Versailles American Legion, and the Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite. Lawrence’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Friday, February 3rd at 7pm at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Visitation will be from 5pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.
Players of Accra Hearts of Oak led by Captain of the side Moro Abubakar have hailed the club’s Board Chairman Togbe Afede XIV for introducing prompt changes at the club.Speaking exclusively to our correspondent soon after resuming training on Monday morning, players of the team said the Board Chairman has introduced new changes which has improved on player welfare, medication care and prompt payments of salaries and winning bonuses including other allowances.They have therefore praised him for taking the welfare of the players into heart which has ensured that all players take to the field of play without any welfare problems.Team Captain Moro Abubakar on behalf of his team mates revealed to our correspondent that “We (players) are grateful to him for meeting all of our needs which has given us all the good heart to continue to work hard for the success of the team and our careers.Gone are the days that we were owed salaries, winning bonuses and our general welfare wasn’t the best. Now under the guidance of Togbe Afede and the MD players are paid promptly and our winning bonuses are never delayed”.He added that “Our welfare and medical care is at its best now and we are all happy and ready to work our hearts out for him to move this club forward. We have resolved to repay him for showing faith in us and responding to our needs”.