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LIVING THE MUSICAL DREAM B1 B OONE COMMUNITY RECORDER 50¢ The journey from small town musician to Nashville recording artist is typically a long road. Walton native Troy Brooks, however, is poised to make that leap. TANK: Bus ridership is up 9 percent Your Community Recorder newspaper serving Burlington and Hebron THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Hebron’s Stacy volunteering with national AmeriCorps Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky general manager Andrew Aiello told Boone Fiscal Court the transit agency is focused on the economy. Primarily 75 percent of passengers are going to or from work, he said. Full story, A7 By Stephanie Salmons Taking advantage of the warmer temperatures, Boone County Public Works employees repair a drainage system on Limaburg Road near Ky. 20. The crew is replacing a head wall and installing a drainage pipe. From left are Brandon Marksberry, David Becker and Andrew Hanssen. THANKS TO ADAM HOWARD Lady Bearcats win district title Courtney Sandlin took what the defense gave her in the second half and made sure the whole team was involved. The result was an 80-66 win for her Walton-Verona girls basketball team over Simon Kenton in the 32nd District final. Sports, A15 Jaguars enjoy 1st district title Only three years old, the Cooper High School boys basketball team is not only in the Ninth Region Tournament for the first time, but they are district champions as well after beating Boone 50-42 in the final Feb. 24. Sports, A15 Buca di Beppo coming to mall Family style Italian meals are coming to the Florence Mall. The mall announced on Facebook that Buca di Beppo is opening in the mall this summer. Full story, A10 Contact us News .........................283-0404 Retail advertising .......513-768-8196 Classified advertising ........283-7290 Delivery .......................781-4421 See page A2 for additional information Vol. 9 No. 10 © 2012 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Mild winter helps budgets in Boone Crews able to work on other projects By Justin B. Duke and Stephanie Salmons The mild winter weather is working wonders locally, reducing costs within local budgets. Florence Public Services Director Bob Townsend doesn’t want to jinx anything, but so far the city has only spent about 20 percent of this year’s budget for snow and ice removal. A mild winter like this one proves how difficult it is to predict how much money to budget for snow removal. This year, Florence set aside $120,000, Townsend said. “It’s not an exact science trying to determine that fund,” he said. Keeping the plows parked for most of the winter makes some workers happy and some sad in Florence, Townsend said. Many are glad they aren’t having to put in the overtime needed to keep roads clean. However, many enjoy the boosted paychecks that come from snow removal, he said. A lot of workers really enjoy getting to go around the city and Florence has earned a strong reputation for its clean roads during snowy weather, Townsend said. “It’s a job they take pride in,” he said. Boone County Administrator Jeff Earlywine touched on the topic during a second quarter budget report Feb. 21. The mild winter helps with overtime, salt, fuel and “with a lot of costly repairs on 39 sets of snow vehicles and plows,” Earlywine said. The not-so-winterlike condiSee MILD, Page A2 WARM WINTER BENEFITS MORE THAN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS Local governments aren’t the only ones benefiting from the above-average temperatures. Jeanni Reusch, business manager of the Boone County golf courses, said there’s usually one winter month where the golf courses will get “some playable days,” but this year, they’ve had play every single month. Last year, there were zero rounds played in December and January, compared to several days of 100-plus rounds. The warmer weather has also helped boost memberships, which are on a calendar year. “The more rounds they can get in earlier the year, the better the value of the membership,” Reusch said. HEBRON — Laura Stacy, 23, of Hebron, a 2007 graduate of Conner High School, won’t be home until July. She’s currently part of a 10member team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members, finishing up an eight-week project supporting the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The team is based out of the Oklahoma Ranger District within the Ouachita National Forest. This is her second of four projects in the 10-month AmeriCorps NCCC program. Stacy, the daughter of Paul and Judy Stacy, said she had just graduStacy ated from Morehead State University and wanted to do more than go straight back to school. She wanted to travel and to help the community. She currently serves on her unit’s fire management team. “I’ve always been interested in firefighting,” Stacy said. The team offers something that’s different and challenging, she said. “I’m excited and happy with the project and being on the fire management team,” Stacy said. The experience she’s received with the forestry service has been great, she said. It’s an “incredible amount” of knowledge she never should have learned otherwise. So far, Stacy said she’s been able to help with two smaller prescribed burns and plans to work on a larger, 7,000-acre prescribed burn soon. Prescribed burns are used as a tool to preventing future See STACY, Page A2 Maternity home looking for mentors By Libby Cunningham ERLANGER — Women interested in mentoring young mothers could help Mercy Maternity Home in a search for qualified volunteers. Currently, the Christian women’s residential home in Erlanger is searching for Christian women interested in helping mothers get their lives back on track. The home serves six women for the first six to eight weeks after childbirth. “We are looking for women who would be committed mentors that we could assign ... a client to and they (the mentor) would be committed to meeting the woman for a year,” said executive director Cara Gault. The mentor is responsible for helping with case management and Bible study, as well as the mother’s transition from the facility to a new home. “We just see time and again that women, apart from a personal relationship with Christ, will go back into their old ways and get messed up with drugs or men and bring those bad habits back,” Gault said. Mercy Maternity Home is a residential facility that provides a home and guidance for a mother and her newborn until the baby is 8 weeks old. Women staying there are required to attend church once a week, participate in Bible studies and attend in-house programs such as budgeting or cooking classes each week. Women are also required to work or attend school. Gault said she is really searching for Christian women to fill the spots. For more information, those interested in volunteering should visit http://www.mercymatern . Attention Teachers & Principals Come visit the TRI-STATE WARBIRD MUSEUM on your next FIELD TRIP! TRIP! View the largest collection of flyable WWII aircraft in the region and many exciting exhibits at the Tri-State Warbird Museum. Admission is free!! We will reimburse your school for bus driver costs and bus rental • We offer free field trips for junior high and high school students! Please call us at 513-735-4500 to schedule your tour. CE-0000492795 4021 Borman Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103 •


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