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Symmes Twp. may soon begin search for new administrator Sheila A. Vilvens


Crossroads, a church in Cincinnati, has been sending a group of dentists to provide dental care in South Africa every six months to a year.



Dr. Charles Moorehead, who owns Moorehead Family Dentistry in Blue Ash, started going to South Africa to provide dental care four years ago. He recently returned from a 10-day trip. “I got to know a group of other dentists from Crossroads and they invited me Moorehead to come on the Mooretrip,” head said. Crossroads is a Cincinnati church with locations throughout the area, including the one in Oakley that Moorehead attends. Through the church, a group of dentists go to the village of Grootvlei, about an hour and a half south of Johannesburg, to provide free dental care. “We help people that are in extreme poverty. They don’t have access to a dentist anywhere. So we have been going on a regular basis, usually every six months to a year,” Moorehead said. Topsy Foundation, The where Moorehead offered his dental care, is one of Crossroads’ four partners in South Africa, Director of ReachOut Brad Lovell said. He added most of the church’s outreach is related to entrepreneurship

A little more homework might be in order before the Symmes Township Board of Trustees hires a new administrator. Beck Phil was the trustee president last year when the unaniboard mously voted to dismiss its forBeck mer administrator, Brian Elliff, who had served the township since 2011. The township and administrator amicably parted ways last March. The rationale given at the time for the dismissal was the need for the township to move in a different direction. Since then, per a provision of the Ohio Revised Code, the board of trustees president has served as the interim administrator. Beck in 2015; Ken Bryant now. There is no extra

Dr. Charles Moorehead, left, of Blue Ash, provides dental care in South Africa. Moorehead has been providing care through Crossroads, a church in Cincinnati.

and job creation. “In some of our other partners we work alongside supporting their mission. For example, working with orphans and vulnerable children, doing medical checks, supporting their communities. Due to the high HIV/AIDS rates, many communities are highly populated with children raising children,” Lovell said. Moorehead said the dental needs for the patients he treats

in Grootvlei are very different from the people he sees at his practice in Blue Ash, which he bought in 2013. “We cannot possibly begin to meet all the needs for one individual. It is just really a lot of work that needs to be done. A lot of the kids, from the time they are a year or two old, have teeth that begin to rot because of their diet,” Moorehead said.



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pay given for the task, Fiscal Officer Carol Sims said. The compensation provided is strictly that which trustees receive as elected officials last year Beck’s pay was $20,568. Elliff’s annual salary was $107,000, she said. Like most elected officials, Beck is a busy man. He has a wife, three children, is project executive for the Cincinnati and Hamilton County on The Banks project and is an officer in the United States Civil Engineering Navy Corps. Taking on the duties of township administrator, even as an interim, could have been a tall order if not for the township’s administrative and public works staff. “Symmes Township is blessed with a top-notch adand public ministrative works staff, and their willingness to step up during this interim period in combination with the trustees and the fiscal officer doing the same al-

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