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Kibler Lumber thrives on local support Last year marked the 115th year in business for a local Mt Orab building materials supplier. Kibler Lumber, established in 1895, is a fifth generation family owned operation located at 665 E Main Street in Mt Orab. Beginning as a flour mill, changing to a farm feed and seed supplier and evolving to a lumber and building materials center, Kibler Lumber continues to serve local communities in southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky. And it is that service to and FROM the local communities that keeps Kibler going. “It’s no secret that recent economic conditions have been tough on us all,” stated Kibler president

David Bohl. “Local residents as well as local businesses are struggling—residents struggle to keep their households going and businesses struggle to continue serving their customers.” “But,” said Bohl, “We think we have been successful in our operation because of the support we have given to the local communities in the past AND the support residents from those communities give back to us.” “For locally owned and operated businesses like ours,” stated Bohl, “It is important that area residents shop and spend their money in our community. That local support keeps our business operating and enables us to con-

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tribute something back to the mulch from us for their fundraiser,” community.” stated Bohl. “The group felt very The Kibler organization has strongly about purchasing this played a part in community devel- product locally. We secured the opment in past years. Bohl cited mulch for them at a good price, the example of when the local and they will be able to make high school wanted to implement some money. It is a win-win situation for us a football proall, again begram years cause of the ago, Kiblers local comas a company mitment.” stepped up T h e s e and provided days Kibler funding for is the oldest the field del o c a l l y velopment, owned busiuniforms and ness operatequipment. ing in Mt. From that first Orab. The season back Girls Night Out at Kibler Lumber. in 1969, the family also Kibler Stadium remains a part of operates full service lumberyards the Western Brown High School and home center showrooms in football program even yet today. Wilmington, Hillsboro and “It was something my family Maysville. could do for the community at that “We may not be the biggest time,” said Bohl. “And over the store around,” said Bohl. “And we years, the community has may not have everything you want shopped and supported our busi- in stock. But we have a great ness because of our getting in- staff, all from the local community, volved in projects like that one. who will work diligently to get what Our Mt. Orab store manager, you need.” “There are other local families Randy Colliver, played on those who own and operate businesses early teams.” Kibler is working with the foot- in our community, and if you look, ball program again this spring you’ll see they are all involved with through the Bronco Mulch Sale. community projects and fundraisThis is a spring fundraiser for the ers. Local people helping other Western Brown Touchdown Club local people. That’s what makes with all proceeds going directly to our communities great…and sucthe Western Brown High School cessful,” concluded Bohl. For more about Kibler Lumber Football Program. “We are delighted the Touch- visit www.kiblerlumber.com or foldown Club will be purchasing the low them on facebook.


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Georgetown Animal Hospital has been serving the Brown County area since 1952 The Georgetown Animal Hospital is committed to providing the best possible veterinary care for every state of your pets’ lives. We offer preventative medicine, diagnostics, in-house bloodwork, xrays, surgical care, dental care, and much more. The doctors and staff continually strive to provide quality veterinary care, customer service, and education so your pets can receive the compassion-

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Southern Hills Joint Vocational School welcomes new superintendent and new upgrades On January 1, 2011, the Southern Hills Joint Vocational School District welcomed Mr. Kevin Kratzer as the new superintendent. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. Charles Guarino. Mr. Kratzer is excited about his role at Southern Hills and invites the public to stop in to see the educational opportunities available at the Career Center. Southern Hills Career and Technical Center currently offers thirteen career oriented programs for juniors and seniors in high school as well as a diverse roster of classes for adults in the community. Plans are underway Carpentry students (left to right) David Steward, Cory Martell, and to add a Biotech Sciences proBryan Jent. gram for the high school students. The Criminal Justice program received fourteen notebooks (pc’s) at the beginning of the school year allowing each student to have his/her own laptop and flash drive to use while working in the lab portion of the class. Instructor Mr. Randy Carson states that new software was installed enabling students to do incident/offense reports, accident reports (OH1’s), and private property crashes as well as daily logs, and also provides the ability to scan any form that is currently being used by law enforcement today. Mr. Carson’s goal is to go paperless by the year 2012. The Sports Medicine program, taught by Mr. Greg Himes, has new CPR/AED training equipment, as well as an updated treadmill and new television in a modern workout room shared with the Criminal Justice program. Casting material was purchased so students can learn the 4 | Brown County Progress | 2011

skill of making casts for broken bones. Mr. Himes and the students organized their second annual Sports Medicine Competition as well as the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) state competitive events in March. They held their second annual 5K race in November, and students volunteered to provide first aid for the cheerleading competition at the Brown County Fair as well as sporting events at their home schools. The Graphics program acquired a vinyl printer for their lab. Mrs. Amy Cunningham, instructor, stated that with this piece of equipment students can learn to do vehicle wraps, photo canvases, and wall art for home decor and indoor signage, and it will be a useful tool for customer projects. Mr. Barney Neal, instructor for the Agriculture Industrial Mechanics program, reports that his lab received a newer model semi truck and a scan tool for reading the computers in a semi. Also, four more farm tractors were added to the lab’s inventory. This well-equipped lab has plenty of machinery for hands-on learning. According to Mr. Jim Wilson, Carpentry instructor, his students are experimenting with solar and wind power. The lab now has a solar power and wind power simulator used to teach the basic concepts behind these alternative sources of energy. In the recent “Showcase” projects done by the senior carpentry class, the students built a “mockup” of a “Green” house and incorporated their knowledge of solar power. continued on page 5


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They successfully powered a television and VCR using a roof mounted solar panel to charge a 12 volt battery storage system. The batteries in turn were hooked to an inverter to change the 12 volt system to a 110 volt system which powered the TV and VCR. The students were pleasantly surprised when their system worked and the TV sprang to life. The future of the construction industry rests on the ability of construction workers to build homes that are both attractive and cost effective to build and operate. The Southern Hills Carpentry program is committed to embrace the changes necessary to compete in today’s ever changing world. A Lincoln virtual welder was added to the state-of-the-art Welding lab this year. A virtual welder allows students to get the feel of welding equipment and gear, determine the correct angle of the welding torch, and practice laying the bead before using a live welder. The machine can be manipulated to show different angles, work on different metals, etc. The system can also measure the student’s work and produce a grade for the instructor and student to review. Instructor Mr. John Adams feels that it saves the district money because students will have practice before they begin to use expensive welding supplies. In addition to the Welding program, the virtual welder will be used in the Agriculture Equipment Mechanics and Carpentry programs as well. Judy Bradford, instructor for the Early Childhood Education program, has ordered two new computers especially for the

preschool students. The children will be able to access learning sites that will reinforce the Early Learning Content Standards required by ODE office of Early Learning and School Readiness. Students in three SHCTC programs are now in a college classroom…Southern Hills Career & Technical Center and Southern State Community College have teamed up for an opportunity to give high school students a chance to earn college credit while attending high school. Business & Finance, Clinical Health, and Sports Medicine program students are taking two college courses here at the career center. One course is Medical Terminology and the other course is Success for Allied Health Professionals. Students can earn up to 6 credit hours through Southern State Community College if the student criteria is met. Other programs at Southern Hills Career & Technical Center include Auto Mechanics, Business & Finance, Inc., Cosmetology, Clinical Health Services, Engineering, and Information Technology. Tim Chadwell, Principal, said, “It is difficult to keep up with the world of technology, it changes so fast.” He was quick to praise the Southern Hills Board of Education for their commitment to keep the school on the cutting edge. Chadwell stated, “Our teachers are our heroes, as they are constantly working to stay updated in their fields and new equipment and pass the knowledge and skill on to our students. All the parts work together to give our students the ability to compete for careers in a world economy.

Merchant’s National Bank is growing with Brown County!!! Merchants National Bank has been a part of Brown County since February 2006 when our office opened at 370 N. High Street in Mt. Orab. In August of 2009 Merchants acquired the Citizens Bank of Higginsport and now is pleased to be serving Brown County with three locations. Our Georgetown Office is located at 120 S. Main Street and in Higginsport we are located at 314 Washington Street. All three are full service branches with loan officers in each location.

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Chatfield College continues to grow Chatfield College, in St. Martin and Cincinnati, Ohio, continues to experience explosive growth this year, with enrollment for the 20102011 academic year, which includes the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters, up 43% when compared to the same times in the previous academic year. In addition, the college reported its highest enrollment in history for the spring 2011 semester, which began the week of January 17, 2011, topping 400 students for the first time in the school’s 40-year history. The college expects the growth to continue for the Summer 2011 term.

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“Last year, Chatfield’s Summer 2010 enrollment grew by nearly 45% over the previous year, and we are forecasting similar growth

this summer,” said Roger Courts, Academic Dean. To accommodate the increasing number of students this year, the college added extra classes to the fall and spring schedules and held recruitment fairs to attract additional adjunct faculty. All Chatfield courses continue to be capped at 20 students, as the college is dedicated to providing students with individualized attention. “As we continue to grow, it is our goal to never sacrifice quality,” says Courts. “Our students love the interaction they have with their instructors and classmates. It’s what we’re known for. The college is, and always will be, dedicated to maintaining smaller class sizes.” The typical class size at Chatfield is approximately ten students. Courts adds that the college is committed to keeping tuition as low as possible, so that “an affordable liberal arts education continues to be available to our community.” In addition to enrollment growth, Chatfield College has increased its community outreach efforts, with Alumni-organized outings to

the Cincinnati Cyclones and Cincinnati Reds, and the school’s first ever Homecoming celebration last fall, all of which were open to attendance by the community. These new activities joined the college’s traditional events, such as the annual Quilt and Craft Show, Germanfest, an annual Christmas Concert, and quarterly community coffees, as appealing venues for community engagement and participation. Chatfield offers the Associate of Arts degree and is an open enrollment college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college’s open enrollment policy means that prospective students need only have a High School Diploma or GED to attend Chatfield and will be guided individually through the enrollment and Financial Aid application process. Chatfield’s accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission allows credits earned at Chatfield to easily transfer to four-year colleges. In a recent study conducted by the prestigious NoelLevitz Company, Chatfield students rated their school to be significantly higher in student satisfaction in 11 of 12 key categories, like instructional effectiveness, campus safety, and concern for the individual. The St. Martin campus is located at 20918 State Route 251; St. Martin, OH 45118. The Cincinnati location is at 1800 Logan Street; Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, visit the website at www.chatfield.edu, call 513-8753344, 513-921-9856, or email admissions@chatfield.edu.


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SSCC welcomes new president On Jan. 1, 2010, Dr. Kevin S. Boys took the helm as president of Southern State Community College, following the retirement of the college’s fourth president, Dr. Sherry A. Stout. A lifelong resident of the Cincinnati area, Dr. Boys served as superintendent of the Loveland City School District since 2002. Prior to his role in Loveland, he worked in the Sycamore Community School District as assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher. Advising & Retention Services office opens - A new department at Southern State Community College opened in 2010, with a promise to help students navigate the college experience. The Advising & Retention Services main office opened on the college’s Central Campus in

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Hillsboro, with satellite offices on Fayette Campus in Washington C.H., North Campus in Wilmington, and South Campus near Sardinia. Primary services include assisting students with selection of classes; providing information about academic programs; helping students understand and deal with academic warning and probation; and guiding students in exploring, declaring or changing a major. Patri-Tots earns 100 percent compliance - The Patri-Tots Learning Center at Southern State Community College’s North Campus in Wilmington didn’t just pass its recent state licensing inspection in 2010, it obtained a rating of 100-percent compliant. This follows the same perfect rating earned in 2009 by the Patri-Tots Learning Center at

The year 2010 at Southern State Community College began with the introduction of the college’s fifth president, Dr. Kevin S. Boys. SSCC’s Central Campus in Hillsboro. Both child learning centers are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and are open five days a week serving community members, as well as college students, faculty and staff.

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unique education partnership. Beginning fall quarter, students were given the opportunity to enroll in SSU’s bachelor-level teacher preparation program and complete most of their coursework at Southern State’s South Campus near Sardinia. SSU initially planned to offer two bachelor’s degree tracks at SSCC—early childhood education and intervention specialist— with the possibility of adding a middle/high school math/science track. First SSCC class graduates from Lindsey Wilson College - History was made in 2010 as the Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling held a pinning ceremony to celebrate the inaugural graduating class from the college’s Southern State Community College location. A total of 12 students were pinned. Eleven students were honored for earning a bachelor of arts degree in human services and counseling, and one student was honored for earning a master of education degree in counseling and human development. ADN program introduces new competitive entry - Good news for those interested in Southern State Community College’s associate degree nursing program—the wait list is gone. Beginning with the spring 2011 class, the college will use a competitive-entry format for all applicants. In the past, if applicants met all entry requirements to the college’s ADN program, they were placed on a waiting list and admitted to the program according to their wait-list number. For the upcoming round of applications, however, the highest-scoring applicants will be

admitted to the program. New medical assisting chapter introduced at SSCC The new Ohio Appalachian Chapter of Medical Assistants (OACMA) was established by the medical assisting department at Southern State Community College. The OACMA is a newly formed chapter of the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants, a professional organization providing opportunities for continuing education. The OACMA chapter provides local medical assistants the chance to participate in meetings to obtain CEUs, network and keep up to date with changing legislation and requirements within the professional field. SSCC, Ohio Christian University partner to offer bachelor’s programs - Ohio Christian University (OCU) and Southern State Community College teamed up to offer bachelor of arts programs at four SSCC location beginning fall 2010. This effort is part of OCU’s growing AIM Adult Degree Program that is offered at 12 campuses around the state. Southern State softball and soccer teams participate in national tournaments In May 2010, the SSCC women’s fast pitch softball team qualified for the USCAA National Tournament held in Akron. The team’s regular season record was 12-4, with tournament play at 1-5. Later in the year, the men’s soccer team headed to Vermont to play in the Soccer National Championship. The team finished the regular season with a 15-1-2 record. To learn more about Southern State Community College, please call 1-800-628-7722, email info@sscc.edu or visit www.sscc.edu.

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Burrows named WB superintendent Western Brown has a new superintendent. According to Jim Frazier, from the Brown County Governing Board of Educational Services, the Western Brown Board of Education concluded their two month search for a new superintendent on Thursday February 17 by naming Christopher Burrows, Hillsboro High School Principal, as the new Western Brown Superintendent. The vacancy was created by the retirement of Jeff Royalty on Dec. 31. Following an executive session meeting of board members only, the board reached a unanimous consensus to employ Burrows, effective April 1, 2011. Burrows is a graduate of

Wright State University (BS), nity, and taxpayers need to and the University of Dayton know the Western Brown (M Ed LeaderBoard of Educaship). tion took the task The Western of selecting the Brown Board next Western spent countless Brown Superinhours over the tendent very seripast two months ously. determining lead“The process ership criteria, was intense and conducting a fotime consuming. cused preAfter many late and long hours in s c r e e n i n g , five meetings durselecting candidates for intering recent weeks, Christopher Burrows view, and the Board made conducting extenan informed decisive background checks. The sion for the children of Western Board was assisted in their Brown Schools.” search by Frazier. The Western Brown Board of Frazier commended the Education is composed of Western Brown Board, “ The President Richie Pride, V-P Western Brown staff, commu- Shane Bishop, JoAnn Hilde-

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HealthSource of Ohio employs approximately 350 people and serves five area counties HealthSource of Ohio was founded in 1976 to address the issue of access to primary health care. It is a private, notfor-profit Federally Qualified Community Health Center that serves Adams, Brown, Clermont, Highland and Fayette counties in southwest Ohio. HealthSource was awarded $9.7 million in stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to build two new replacement facilities in Clermont County. The two locations are New Richmond Family Practice which will relocate right down

the road from the current building and Eastgate Pediatrics, currently located at 4357 Ferguson Road to rebuild in Mt. Carmel on Old St. Rt. 74 located next to Child Focus. The new buildings will be great for patients and communities. HealthSource and Dr. Emily Krupp offer dental services in Mt. Orab. Mt. Orab Dental also has a hygienist for teeth cleaning. We have state of the art dental equipment. HealthSource Mt. Orab Dental accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most insurances.

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The Ultimate Salon has moved! The Ultimate Salon has moved past the Georgetown Library on the left and has added New Additions! We have been servicing clients for 24 years. Our services include nails, ear piercing, spray tans and tanning beds. Pamper yourself in our whirlpool pedicure chair with back massager. We excel in offering professional services in a clean and friendly atmosphere. Our clients desire to have many services offered in one convenient location. We are now offering 20 minute Wolff Tanning Beds, walk-in only for tanning. The salon is owned and operated by Tammy Rockey for the last 11 years. She is the Nail Technician, specializes in Acrylic Nails and also has her Business Degree. For longer lasting nail

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Sharefax Credit Union is still growing after 50 years Sharefax Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution that has been part of Greater Cincinnati for over 50 years. Everyone who is primary on an account is an owner and voting member of the credit union. Sharefax offers a full range of financial services such as free checking, credit and debit cards, mortgage, personal and vehicle loans, free online banking, more than 3,000 nationwide surcharge-free ATMs, free bill payer, credit counseling, investment services, rate guarantees on automobile loans and certificates as well as four convenient locations. In addition, the credit union offers money market accounts, as well as debit card and check writing abilities on its health savings accounts. Sharefax has also partnered with investment

advisors L.M. Kohn & Co. to assist members in planning for their financial futures and with a local financial company to offer VA, FHA, and reverse mortgage loans. Sharefax was originally sponsored in 1960 by Ford Motor Company to serve the employees at its Sharonville and Fairfax transmission plants. Since those early beginnings, Sharefax has expanded to include more than 25,000 members from more than 400 select employee groups as well as individuals who live or work in Adams, Clermont, Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Brown, Clinton, Fayette, Highland, Greene, Prebble, and Montgomery,counties. The credit union currently has braches in Eastgate, Evendale, Mason, and Milford. A new branch will open on the corner

of US 42 and Genntown Drive in Warren County in August in order to offer better pricing on loans and savings certificates to individuals living in the Lebanon area. The branch is part of an overall strategy to open a new branch every three to four years. In 2011, Sharefax will begin offering Remote Check Capture in order to allow our members to scan and deposit checks instantaneously to their accounts, and an electronic “green� account, which will pay higher dividends and earn rewards. Sharefax is dedicated to fulfilling the individual needs of its members by offering the finest service and most technologically advanced products available. The cooperative has developed a tremen-

dous reputation for its community involvement and commitment to its local roots. Sharefax has grown to over $260 million in assets, making it one of the largest credit unions in Greater Cincinnati. All deposits are federally insured up to $250,000. Sharefax is a part of a shared branching network of credit unions throughout the country. Sharefax members can make deposits and perform transactions at a credit union branch almost anywhere in the United States. For more information, please call Sharefax Credit Union at (513) 753-2440 or visit their website at www.sharefax.org.

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Georgetown stays strong SunQuest owner looks forward to continued service during tough times Hello my name is Angela details of your life with me. I Isner and I am beginning my have loved all of the experi23rd year of owning ences of listening, and operating Sunlaughing, sharing Quest Hair Deand even crying with signs. I just wanted some of you as you to take the time to have trusted and thank the loyal cuscounted on me to tomers who have not only be your supported my busihairdresser, but also ness throughout the your friend. I am still years. Owning the here looking forward salon has been a to many more years real blessing for me of serving the families of Brown as I have gotten to County. Stop in and know and care for say hello to Rosa, so many of the area Owner, Angela Isner Katy, Tiffany, Kris residents on a personal basis. I have been fortu- and myself. We would love to nate enough to stand behind see you! the chair thousands of hours as God Bless You All, many of you have shared the Angela Isner. How do you do? Prom season is getting ready to be in full swing at SunQuest Hair Designs and as our stylists are pinning, curling and twisting young ladies' hair through this busy season they are ready to help you tackle the challenges that come with choosing that special updo! Spring also brings a perfect storm of must-have hairdo events such as, Mother's Day, graduations and weddings. Whether you are a blushing bride to be or making high school memories SunQuest Hair Designs has you covered when it comes to your formal hair and makeup. Whatever your special occasion is you deserve to look and feel your best as you relax while our stylists give you that beautiful, elegant style of any type. Styles like a sleek bun, half-updo, messy updos, celebrity updo hairstyles accompanied by a hair accessory such as flowers, a tiara or hair jewelry and more. Stop in and let one of our stylists assist you in looking through our formal updo style book collection to help you in planning your special day or call for an appointment at (937) 446-2306.

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BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press Georgetown Mayor Dale Cahall is optimistic about the future of Georgetown. He took the time recently recount some of the accomplishments of the village and its people over the past few months. One of those involved public safety. “In 2010 the village purchased a new tanker truck for the Georgetown Fire Department in the amount of $152,400. This replaces an old tanker that was becoming a safety concern. The new tanker gives the department additional capabilities in fighting our rural fires.” The tanker truck can also be used to help surrounding villages and townships in case of a larger fire. Cahall also said that a four year power purchase agreement has been signed with Dayton Power and Light to supply the village with wholesale electric power. This contract will be effective on January 1, 2012 and is expected to bring down the cost of electricity to residents. “Along with this contract we have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Dayton Power and Light to have them negotiate with Rumpke for the rights to build and operate a Methane to Electricity power station on the Rumpke property”, Cahall said. He said the electricity will be sold to the village of Georgetown under a long term power purchase agreement to ensure low cost electricity averaging over the extended purchase period. Electric power was not the

only infrastructure development in the village, “We continue to implement plans for our sewer plant upgrade that needs to be completed sometime in 2014.” Cahall said. “The price tag for these improvements will be in the neighborhood of $9 million.” Cahall said the village is in the process of securing the funding. Future economic development is also on the village radar. “Our strategic planning committee is meeting to put together a land usage ordinance that we hope to implement in late 2011 or early 2012”, Cahall said. Such an ordnance would streamline the process for economic development by answering key questions a developer would have at the beginning of the process. Cahall said one area of concern for the village is the fate of Brown County General Hospital. The hospital is dear to our community. We value the importance of it, not only as a healthcare facility but also the economic power that it exerts in the immediate area as well as the county”, he said. The hospital is the largest single employer in Brown County. A deal to sell the hospital to Southwest Healthcare Services, LLC is expected to be closed within the next 30 days. Cahall said that while times have been tough locally and nationally, the village of Georgetown is staying strong. “The economic downturn that has plagued our country over the past several years has had an impact on the bottom line of our budget, however, having said continued on page 18


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Mt. Orab stands ready for more development BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press Mount Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford says “It’s only a matter of time” before more growth comes to the village. An upbeat Lunsford recently talked about recent and future economic growth in and around Mount Orab. One example is a new store planned for the southeast corner of Main and High streets. “Bob Cantrell who owns the 1st Stop in Peebles and other stores tore down the old building and the original Gepettos building for an expansion. There’s one more piece of property he’s trying to acquire. If he gets that, he’ll design his store one way and if he doesn’t, he’ll design it to fit what he already owns.” Construction on the new store is expected to begin later this year. Lunsford also said the new Kroger building is continuing to have a positive impact on the building. “That new store is not only the biggest thing to happen to Mount Orab last year, it’s the biggest thing to happen in the past two or three years or longer”, Lunsford said. “It’s made that intersection up there more of a destination point than an area to pass through.” Lunsford said he’s talked to people who live in Clermont County who choose to shop in the Mount Orab Kroger because there is less traffic to fight through than going to areas like Eastgate. Lunsford added that the store has exceeded sales projections so far. He also said that success will have an impact on further devel-

opment in the area. “Right now, that’s the biggest Kroger store in the United States, square footage wise, and it’s doing so well that you’ve got a steady stream of customers coming right to your door”, Lunsford said of potential new businesses. Lunsford said that Kroger would like to see a clothing or shoe store or something of that nature in the old Kroger building. That way, the other store would not be competing with Kroger for customers, but helping draw them in. Lunsford added that there are smaller out lots available on the property as well for smaller buildings like fast-food outlets or other businesses. Lunsford said the city infrastructure is ready for new business to come along, large or small. “We did upgrades on our sewer plant about two and a half years ago that doubled the capacity”, Lunsford said. “Right now, we’re only using fifty percent of the sewer plant capacity, so we do have room for future growth.” Lunsford proudly added that the upgrades to the plant were accomplished without raising rates. Lunsford said sewer rates in Mount Orab have not risen in 19 years. Lunsford added that there is also plenty of water capacity in the village to sustain future development. Lunsford said that the creation of the Mount Orab Port Authority and enterprise and foreign trade zones within the village are helping attract and retain development. Lunsford said two local com-

panies are currently using the foreign trade zones, which are areas that, when used, any tariffs or taxes do not apply. For example, if a company imports a raw product from another country and uses it to

create a finished product and then ships it out, no taxes are charged on the raw product. Lunsford said one of his main goals is to develop the “megasite” southeast of the village. continued on page 17

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Gabbard’s Mt. Orab Ford has been serving the community for 35 years Gabbard’s Mt Orab Ford was established in 1976 by Ralph and Jean Gabbard. We are #1 on Owner Loyalty and Customer Satisfaction in the Cincinnati Metro. We offer 35 years of honest, dependable sales and service, with the best prices around. Still family owned, we are proud to be among the top dealers in the country in customer loyalty and sales and service satisfaction, including being an eight time

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winner of the Ford President’s Award. We were among the first dealers in the country to be Blue Oval certified. No pressure, no gimmicks, no hassles. Located at 480 W. Main St, right beside Western Brown High School. Visit us at WWW.MTORABFORD.COM. Watch for our Drive One 4UR School event to be held Saturday April 30th benefiting Western Brown High School's F.F.A., Sports, and Band.

The Clermont Sun hires Evans as Web department manager STAFF REPORT The Clermont Sun Publishing Company has hired Trevor Evans to lead its Web Development Department. “I’m really excited to be part of such a dynamic, growing company,” Evans said. “In the 18 months that Clermont Sun Publishing has been helping small businesses create their online presence, it has become the Evans local leader in Web development and technology services.” Evans is in charge of Web site development, online social marketing, digital publications, and other technology services for small and large businesses, schools, and government entities. Evans says that the Internet, with more than 266 million users in the United States alone, is the largest advertising medium in the world. “The average person is spending 33 hours a week online,” Evans said. “Ask yourself if any of your other means of advertising are reaching a clientele this massive.” He says that even small businesses catering to the local community will benefit from utilizing the Internet with a custom designed Web site by generating exposure to local, national, and international customers that would not otherwise by available. Clermont Sun Publishing General Manager Tony Adams says

that the expansion into the world of online, digital publications is only the latest step in the 182year-old company’s long history of embracing new technologies and innovation. “Newspapers and other print publications are going to be around for a very long time,” Adams said. “But the future of communication and information sharing is clearly online. Our newest department is our venture into this new world, and we’re very happy to have Trevor leading the way.” Companies are learning that it is becoming a necessity to turn to social media marketing to engage audiences through social marketing Web sites. Social media sites can be used for advertising, public relations, publicity, direct marketing, and sales promotion. The Clermont Sun Publishing Company can start up and run Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking pages and manage a business’s online reputation for a small monthly fee. “If you want to utilize the marketing potential of social networks but all the ‘tweets’ and ‘likes’ have you bewildered, we can help,” Evans said. For more information about The Clermont Sun Publishing Company’s Web Development Department, go to www.clermontsunpublishing.com call (513) 732-2511.


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Rockin’ Robin’s takes you back to the Fifties Rockin’ Robin’s Soda Shoppe & Catering owner Tara Davis took over the highly popular river front business at 8 North Front Street in downtown Ripley in 2001. The restaurant offers daily blue plate specials, hot sandwiches, homemade soups and an extended dinner menu. The same great burgers, shakes, and banana splits are still offered daily. The 50’s and

60’s themed soda shop offers a spectacular view of the Ohio River while its interior is adorned with lots of memorabilia. Davis also caters all events from small gatherings and office parties to weddings and formal events. Rockin’ Robin’s is open 7 days a week. For more information call 937392-1300.

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site” southeast of the village. Lunsford said that the Port Authority has just finished putting a marketing plan for the site. The plan was paid for by a 25 thousand dollar grant from Duke Energy. He added that environmental studies and other “prep work” has been done to make the land attractive to an employer who would provide potentially hundreds of jobs. “With a site like this, you wouldn’t just have low-wage jobs, these would be high paying jobs”, Lunsford said. He used the example of a large automobile manufacturer as an example. “You’ve got executives, engineers, research people, folks like that who would work there, pay taxes and shop in the community”, Lunsford said. Lunsford said that representatives from Honda told him that the megasite was “the best in

Ohio” before the company decided to locate in Indiana. Lunsford said that some changes may be needed at the state level before Mount Orab can compete on a level playing field with other states. “We’ve never lost (a developer) to another site in Ohio.”, Lunsford said. “We have lost them to other states.” Lunsford said that car manufacturer Hyundai also looked at the megasite before deciding to locate in Alabama. Lunsford said that another benefit of the “home run” of landing a company for the megasite would be the development that would follow. “You’d have people bringing new businesses in here to service the new plant and the people that work there”, Lunsford said. He added that the manufacturing heritage of Ohio would make the local labor force attractive to a potential employer.

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Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley continues to provide high quality end-of-life care In 2010, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley was able to expand their reach by adding end-of-life care services to those living in Clinton County. With the addition of Clinton County, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley now provides services to six counties in Southern Ohio including: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland and Pike. They were also able to continue to integrate even more technology within the organization resulting in more efficient operations and better communication of care. A topic that has been watched very closely is the ongoing de-

bate over Health Care Reform and how it will affect end-of-life care. Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley receives over 96% of reimbursement dollars through State and Federal Medicare / Medicaid programs. Although health care reform has already made some initial reimbursement cuts, they have been able to adjust their business practices to remain a financially sound organization while continuing to provide a very high quality of end-of-life care services. In fact, since 2008 Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley has increased their supportive care hours by

Kavin Cartmell, Executive Director and Michael Parker Director of Public Relations & Development reviewing the latest hospice information and trends. 125% to 21,118 hours in 2010. Their supportive care department operates 24/7 and is designed to provide ongoing support when their patients and families need them the most. They also continued to invest in our Bereavement services by offering countless grief/support groups, counseling and other

community outreach initiatives. Since 1990, the organization has provided care to more than 8,800 patients and has offered Bereavement support to thousands of families. If you would like to learn more about Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley call 937444-4900 or log onto www.hospiceofhope.org

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that, prudent management style and a deliberate investment philosophy has enabled our village government the ability to continue almost as it has in the past several years.” Cahall said that the village has had no layoffs and has actually added jobs to some village departments. Cahall also had praise for law enforcement in the village. “Our police dept. has been vigilant in rooting out crime in our community and are trained in many aspects of criminal behavior.”, Cahall said. He referenced the recent drug bust in the village where 13 people were charged with

felonies as an example. Prior to the raid, Cahall said that the expense of rooting out drug dealers in the village “was worth every penny spent”. Cahall said more improvements are in the works, such as road repaving and repair, water tower repairs and electric line upgrades. Cahall also said there is work underway to make the village square more attractive. “We have a Department of Transportation enhancement grant that will help improve the looks around the county courthouse by removing electric poles and burying electric and telephone lines”, Cahall said. Work on the project will begin this spring.


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Belcher’s Body Shop business is growing By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press In 1999 Tom Belcher Jr. along with his wife Heather, took over his fathers business, Tom Belcher’s Body Shop, located in Sardinia at 124 Mae Street. The business has grown into a productive family owned business. Tom Belcher Sr. started the business in 1958 with a small automobile repair shop in Cherry Fork, Ohio. In 1964 he moved the business to Wamsley’s Auto Sales. He worked with Mr. Wamsley until 1976, and then moved the shop one more time to it’s current location in Sardinia, also where he and his wife, Marie lived. The couple worked together to build the shop. Marie was responsible for all the paper work and ordered parts for the vehicles as well as took care of the paint booth. The couple had two sons, Joe Belcher and Tom Jr. Both sons helped their parents out in the shop. Eventually Joe went out on his own, while Tom Jr. worked alongside his father throughout his years in high school. Follow-

ing his graduation in 1988 Tom Jr. stayed on with his father at the business. “I would really like to thank my parents for all their continued help and support over the years,” Tom Jr. said. “Our business wouldn’t be what it is today without their help.” Tom Belcher’s Body Shop is a 4600 sq. ft. facility which includes a down-draft paint booth, two frame racks, a Dupont mixing system, 4-wheel alignment and a complete computer diagnostic system. In 2004, Tom Jr. started a 24hour towing service, using a 19 ft. F550 rollback. The business is a “Preferred The Brown County Press/MARTHA B. JACOB Service Provider” for several insurance companies and offers Left Tom Belcher Sr., (in truck) tecnichian, Heather with husband free estimates and rental car Tom (Unavailable for photo) Tyler Scharf and Eric Pottorf services According to Heather, he also now offers full antique car restoration and both major and minor mechanical repairs. The business accepts all major credit cards and repairs are handled by appointment. For further information about Tom Belcher’s Body Shop call (937) 446-3003 or cell (937) Foreign & Domestic • Frame Unibody Repair 213-3003.

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Steddom elected President of the Brown County Bar Association This year finds Julie Steddom in her fourth year of her solo law practice. She works primarily in the Domestic Relations and Juvenile courts of Brown and Adams counties, but also handles some criminal cases. Her Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons are spent in the juvenile courts of Mason and Bracken counties in Kentucky. Her office is along the Ohio River in Ripley and is open by appointment. Although a traditional law office is open regular hours and staffed with assistants, Julie says her clients have adapted to her method. “I make appointments around my clients’ schedules, which people appreciate. These days no one can

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afford to miss work. If I’m not at the office to answer their call, they know I’ll get back to them as soon as possible.” Ms. Steddom sometimes teaches classes at Chatfield College. “I enjoy the students at Chatfield, who come to class prepared and seem genuinely interested in learning about aspects of our legal system.” Since 2010 Julie has been involved in developing and presenting a training seminar for attorneys who serve as “guardian ad litem” (GAL) to children in divorce, custody, or neglect cases. The seminar provides information regarding the GAL’s role when there is substance abuse in the family. “Unfortunately, the experience of almost every attorney who has been in my seminar and serves as GAL is the same as mine: 90% or more of our cases involve substance abuse issues of some sort. Whether it is drugs or alcohol and whether it is the parents or the children themselves who are abusing, the problem has become an epidemic.” In February Julie was elected President of the Brown County

Bar Association, succeeding attorney Val Lewis, who served for several years. She and the other officers, Mary McMullen and Christine Tailer, will be working with the membership exploring ways to provide the public with easy access to information about the attorneys who serve Brown County. They are considering a website and a presence on Facebook, among other ideas, and she considers it an honor to have such an opportunity. Although Julie is not a Brown County native, she has had ties to the southern Ohio and northern Kentucky area since 1974, when her family moved to Maysville from Iowa. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph while she worked full time at Celotex in Cincinnati. She then attended the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at NKU at night. “I’ve lived in Iowa, West Virginia, and Cincinnati, but Brown County is home. As long as I have clients to serve, I’ll be happily practicing law in Brown and Adams counties.”

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The Classic Closet celebrates 8 years The Classic Closet is in its 8th year of serving the area as the only Upscale Consignment Shop. We have grown each year by consigners who have brought great name brands for resale for all ages. Toddlers and children can choose between name brands such as Talbot’s Kids, Rothschild, The Children’s Place, and Gymboree. Teen name brands include Aeropostle, Limited Too, Abercrombie, Hollister, and American Eagle. Ladies include Talbot’s, Chico’s, Ralph Lauren, Christopher & Banks,

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Census progress BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press The 2010 census numbers are out and many officials in Brown County have reason to smile about the results. The biggest population gain was in the village of Mount Orab, which grew by 1,357 people to 3664. That translates to a 57 percent population gain from the 2000 population of 2307. The village of Georgetown also saw significant growth. The village gained 740 people to grow to 4331, increasing by about 20 percent. Georgetown remains the most populous village in the county. The county as a whole gained about 7 percent, growing from a population of 41,830 in 2000 to 44,846 in 2010. Two thirds of that population gain was within the villages of Mount Orab and Georgetown. Jackson Township was the fastest growing township in the county, gaining 360 people to 1581 residents, a 29.5 percent increase. Sterling Township grew by 18 percent with 674 people added to make 4427 residents, Lewis Township gained 335 people to grow to 2697 people. That is a 14.2 percent gain. Pleasant Township rounds out the double digit population gains. That township grew by 558 people to 5745, a 10.8 percent gain. Pleasant Township is the most populous township in the county.

Brown County still remains a rural county in terms population. The total 2010 population of villages within the county, including Lake Lorelei and Lake Waynoka, is 16,523 people, or about one third of the population of the county. This means that two people in the county out of three live in unincorporated areas. Mount Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford expressed surprise at the numbers for his village, remarking that the 2008 estimates appeared to have been low. “I’m pleased to see the growth.”, Lunsford said. “All businesses look at the number of rooftops and growth rates when they make decisions on where to locate or expand and I think these numbers put us in a pretty good position.” Georgetown Mayor Dale Cahall echoed those sentiments. “(The growth) will help our tax base and help us to keep growing”, he said. “We’re happy with the ten year tally and pleased that people are choosing to live here in Georgetown.”, he added. More detailed census data containing demographic and other information will be available at a later date. The figures released today will be used by the state of Ohio to redraw U.S. Congressional and State House and Senate districts.

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UC opens new educational facility in Batavia Transformation and collaboration were the prevailing themes for the dedication ceremony of UC East - the newest educational facility for the University of Cincinnati located in the former Ford Plant in Batavia. UC President Gregory Williams praised the accomplishments of the community leaders in coming together to help secure the location that is now UC East. “The opening of UC East is the result of true collaboration among UC, the State of Ohio, Clermont County and Batavia Township Trustees and the developer, IRG. Internally at UC as well, this is a result of collaboration, with UC East involving three UC colleges and deans, nine departments, 800 students and 40 faculty and staff members,” said President Williams. For three years the former Ford plant that once employed 1,400 people and was a thriving economic driver in Batavia sat empty - serving as a reminder of the slack economy. The transformation process began earlier this year when the 1.9 million square-foot facility was acquired by private developer Industrial Realty Group LLC on April 1, 2010. UC signed on as the first tenant leasing the 81,000 square-foot office space for five years with an option to purchase. “In the past this building was a place of opportunity and prosperity for families in this region. Then it became a symbol for failure and abandonment. The lights were off and the parking lot was empty. Today the lights are back on and the facility has been transformed into state of the art

classrooms, labs and faculty staff offices,” said Dean of UC Clermont College Gregory Sojka. Collaboration within the community to revive the empty manufacturing plant was key in the multi-tiered development deal that was approved via the county, township and state levels. As was collaboration within the university. UC’s Clermont College is occupying the first floor offering Allied Health programs and UC’s College of Nursing and the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) are occupying the second floor offering high-demand nursing and paralegal and criminal justice classes. For the community – this means a student can attain an associate and/or bachelor degree from UC without ever leaving Clermont County. “We are pleased that we are in the sixth year of the collaborative partnership with Clermont College to offer the complete fouryear bachelor of science in nursing program. The positive synergy between Clermont and the College of Nursing played a vital part in the success of this collaboration,” said College of Nursing Dean Andrea Lindell. “We’re so excited to be collaborating with UC Clermont to bring bachelor’s degrees to students in this region,” said CECH Dean Larry Johnson. The day’s celebration was highlighted by participation of the UC Pep band, directed by Terren Frenz and the Bearcat Mascot greeting guests to the new facility along with a giant Bearcat

Jordan Johnson, Assistant Coach Rick Hosea and Allison David celebrate their 100th career collegiate victory at UC Clermont College vs. University of Akron, Wayne. presiding over on the site. Flying over the event were two Cessna Sky Hawks - the primary training aircraft used in the Aviation Technology: Professional Pilot Training Program based at UC Clermont College and the Clermont County Airport.

The airplanes were piloted by first year aviation students Chip Hais and Ryan Kranich under the supervision of instructors Eric Schabell and Rick Hoofring.

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Open House April 28

ClermontCollege UC Clermont College will host an Open House for future students and pril 28, ffrom rom 5:30—7:30 p.m. their families on Thursday, Thursday, A April p.m. Talk to faculty, view program displays, and take a student-led tour

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close to home For more information, call 513-732-5200 or 866-446-2822 For directions, directions, visit our website website at at www.ucclermont.edu www.ucclermont.edu For 24 | Brown County Progress | 2011

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