www.browncountypress.com CMYK CMYK THE BROWN COUNTY PRESS Serving Brown County, Ohio since 1973 Vol. 38 No. 20 Sunday, December 26, 2010 Tincher trial scheduled to start Monday BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press After being on hold for three weeks, the murder trial of Dallas Tincher begins on Dec. 27 with jury selection. Sixty potential jurors will report to the courthouse that morning. Visiting Judge Thomas Nurre will preside over the trial after Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler voluntarily withdrew from the Joseph Hensley and Dallas Tincher murder cases. Gusweiler made that decision in an answer he filed Dec. 16 with the Supreme The Brown County Press/File Photo The Brown County Press/File Photo The Brown County Press/File Photo Judge Thomas Nurre Scott Gusweiler, Brown County Common Pleas Judge Jessica Little, County Prosecutor Brown Court of Ohio to Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Little’s Affidavit of Disqualification asking that Gusweiler be removed from the cases. In her affidavit, Little alleged that Gusweiler was biased against the State. Nurre is a retired Hamilton County Judge. He was assigned to the cases as of Dec. 16 by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Brown. Gusweiler’s voluntary recusal means that Little’s Affidavit of Disqualification will not be ruled on by Chief Justice Brown. Gusweiler’s response to Little affidavit begins “In order to correct the record, I will respond herein to the allegations contained in Jessica Little’s Affidavit of Disqualification. While I deny any bias or prejudice to Jessica Little...I will request that another judge be appointed to preside over the trial of this case.” Gusweiler then begins a response that runs for seven pages. It begins with him rebutting the argument Little made in her filing that he was “agitated” when he visited her office to discuss the expense surrounding capital murder cases. “I contacted a fellow judge and asked if he thought it would be appropriate for me to talk to the prosecutor about CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Eastern superintendent’s contract County lays off Building Inspector Gates residential construction in the tax dollars”, Jennings said. won’t be renewed, board posts position BTheWayne Brown County Press county. The employee will be eligiThose inspections will now ble to draw unemployment as a Y By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press It was a split decision by members of Eastern Local School Board Dec. 20 not to renew the contract of Superintendent Allan Simmons following an executive session. Simmons current contract ends July 31, 2011. Board members Kenneth Kelch and Michael Hoskins voted to renew Simmons’ adjusted contract while board members Martin Yockey, Brian Garrett and Vernon Creighton voted no. Simmons offered the board an option of working 122 days for approximately $67,000 which would save the district about $60,000. He requested his contract be extended for one year. “Unfortunately, we don’t really need a part-time superintendent right now with everything that’s going on in our district,” councilman Garrett said. “I think we need to begin looking for a new superintendent right away.” Following the vote, it was The Brown County Commissioners have voted to lay off a county employee. The Assistant Inspector with the Brown County Building Department will lose his job as of Jan. 1. The commissioners made the decision due to declining revenues in the building department and a lack of new be exclusively handled by Chief Building Inspector Jamie Berry. Commissioner Ralph Jennings said both Berry and the employees hours had been cut from 40 to 32 per week this year in an effort to save money. “You hate to have to do this to anyone, but we have to do as much as we can to watch our result of the layoff. After factoring in the salary and contributions to insurance and the Public Employees Retirement System and subtracting what is expected to be drawn in unemployment compensation, the county expects to save approximately 25 thousand dollars per year by laying the employee off. Georgetown heroes honored for bravery BY Brett Roller The Brown County Press The Brown County Press/FILE PHOTO Alan Simmons is pictured here at a meeting last March decided to post the position and begin the process of replacing Simmons. The board will first check with its attorney to find out how many days the position calls for and will have that information at the next meeting. In other business, Treasurer Kevin Kendall advised the board that Doris Woollard, educational aide had submitted a letter of resignation CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Two Georgetown men who saved the lives of a family of eight were recognized by the Village of Amelia Monday, Dec. 20. Terry Lovell and Edward Powers were on their way to a bit of browsing at the Amelia Flea Market at about 8 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 14 when they passed a home on East Main Street and noticed something wrong. "We just happened to see smoke and I said that don't look right," Powers said. At first Powers and Lovell thought the smoke might have been from a chimney, but they pulled a U-turn in the middle of Main Street to double check. When they got back to the house flames were licking the eaves. They jumped out of their truck and quickly ran up to the house. Lovell began banging on the front door while Powers broke the glass out of CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 B R O A D S H E E T O D D Nov. Unemployment rate for Brown County remains unchanged BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press Index Classified..........Pages 16 Court News......Page 13 Death Notices.........Page 7 Education .........Pages 6, 8 Opinion ..............Page 4 Social..................Page 6 Sports .......Pages 11, 12 CMYK Where to find us www.browncountypress.com Phone (937) 444-3441 Fax (937) 444-2652 219 South High St. Mt. Orab, OH 45154 email@example.com Sun Group NEWSPAPERS Natalie Cook and Company performed a delightful dancing act to “Potato Spuds.” Highland County moved from 14.4 percent in October to 14.2 percent in November. Clinton County had the biggest movement downward in the region. The jobless rate there was 15.4 percent in November, down from 15.8 percent in October, shedding .4 percent. In the Cincinnati Metropolitan Region, (Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties), the unemployment rate edged below nine percent for the first time since May of this year, dropping from 9.2 percent in October to 8.9 percent in November. That is the lowest that number has been since June of 2009. The state numbers also dropped slightly in November to 9.3 percent from 9.5 in October. The last time the unemployment rate was below 9.3 percent in Ohio was in December of 2008. The top five counties in Ohio with the highest unemployment rates remained unchanged from October. Clinton County had the highest number at 15.4 percent, followed by Highland County at 14.2 percent. Number three was Pike County at 14.0 percent. Noble and Meigs counties were tied for fourth place at 13.3 percent. Delaware County and Holmes County tied for the lowest unemployment rate in Ohio, coming in at 6.7 percent for November. The third lowest was Mercer County at 6.9, number four was Union County at 7.5 and Washington County had the fifth lowest jobless rate in Ohio at 7.7 percent. 17th annual variety show at MOMS enjoyed by all See story and additional photos inside CMYK The unemployment rate continued a holding pattern in Brown County for November. For the third straight month, the jobless rate stands at 10.4 percent. It had been falling from a high of 15.1 percent in February until hitting 10.4 percent in September, where it remains. The numbers in the state, region and surrounding counties were stagnant as well, showing either no movement or a slight decline. Clermont County remained at 9.2 percent, Adams County dropped .1 percent to 12.7 and The last performer at the MOMS variety was Spencer St. Pierre singing a Guns and Roses song while playing his guitar. HAPPY NEW YEAR!