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The Brown County Press Sunday, January 29, 2012 • Volume 39 No. 25 Serving Brown County, Ohio since 1973 Sun Group NEWSPAPERS

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Court ends Varnau fight with Sheriff BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press


Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger

who elected me as Sheriff.”

Sheriff’s Office fighting local church break ins BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to catch people that are breaking into and stealing from local churches. Detective Buddy Moore said that he believes that a theft from the Living Church of Five Mile on Highway 68 and a break-in at the Five Mile Old Fashioned Church on State Route 286 are connected. “We believe it is the same person or group of people”, Moore said. “We have pictures of an individual or individuals as well as a photo of the van that was used. If you know who they are, please call us so we can put a stop to this.” Moore said anyone with information can call him at (937) 378-4435, extension 130. Moore said that the air conditioning units at the Living Church of Five Mile were destroyed the morning of Jan. 13 between 1:25am and 2:10 am. Moore said the thief or thieves dismantled the air conditioning units and stole metal from inside them. The next morning, Jan 14., Moore said the Five Mile Old Fashioned Church was broken into between 2:58am and 3:06 am. “They forced their way inside, but they set off an audible alarm.”, Moore said. “We found where they knocked the alarm speaker off the side of the building, and we also found where they cut the wires to the alarm sysCONTINUED ON PAGE 8

entitled to a writ of Quo Warranto ousting Wenninger from office.” A writ of Quo Warranto is the legal procedure used to remove elected officials from office. When the ruling was made by the appeals court, Wenninger said “I was confident about the outcome. I knew that all the proper procedures had been followed and that I was qualified then and I’m qualified now to hold the office.” Regarding Varnau, Wenninger said “This man ran against me and lost. He tried to reverse the will of the voters and lost again. This man has been harassing me for years and it’s just unfortunate that he

put my family through that.” The case began when Varnau ran against Wenninger as an independent candidate for Sheriff in 2008. Prior to the election, Varnau filed a protest with the Brown County Board of Elections, claiming that Wenninger was not eligible to hold the office. Varnau contended that Wenninger did not meet the educational credentials to hold the office of sheriff when originally elected in 2001. Varnau’s argument continued that since Wenninger was not eligible in 2001, his service in office was not valid. A four year break in law enforcement service invalidates an Ohio Peace Officer Certifi-


Although students across Brown County are disappointed that there have only been two snow storms this winter so far, villages across the county are thrilled about it. According to the Village of Georgetown Fiscal Officer Ginny Colwell, the lack of snow so far has saved the village a consider-


Unemployment numbers jump upward in December BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press The unemployment rate in Brown County jumped upward in November. After posting a three year low of 9.9 percent in October, the November rate came in at 10.8 percent. According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 1,118 Brown County residents are currently drawing unemployment payments. After the traditional Winter unemployment spike in early

2011 ended in March, the Brown County unemployment rate hovered between 10.2 percent and 10.9 percent for the rest of 2011, with the exception of November. During the past four years, the jobless rate in Brown County has risen in January and February before beginning to decline in March. All five counties surrounding Brown County saw their jobless rates increase in December as well. Adams County saw the biggest rise from November to

December, up 1.1 percent to 12.0 percent. The other increases were much smaller. Clermont County rose .1 percent to 7.8 percent, Clinton County rose .1 percent to 11.1 percent and Highland County rose .2 percent to 10.8 percent. The jobless numbers in Clinton and Highland counties have been shown slow and steady improvement over the past couple of years. Both counties are experiencCONTINUED ON PAGE 8


Brown County Clerk of Courts office makes adjustments to be more efficient and effective Provided/THE BROWN COUNTY PRESS

This surveillance video from the Five Mile Old Fashioned Church catches the theft suspect breaking in on the morning of Jan. 14.

The Clerk of Courts office is currently taking steps to improve response rates and service satisfaction for the residents of Brown County. In the upcoming weeks, the Clerk of Courts office will begin training sessions with Henschen and Associates, Inc. regarding cross-training its employees to better handle multiple areas of responsibility. Henschen and Associates is an Ohio corporation headquartered in Bowling

Green and is recognized as a leader throughout the nation in court computer software. In the past, Clerk of Courts employees were trained only in their specific areas of responsibility and if that employee was unavailable, the public was asked to call back another day. In an effort to avoid delays, the Clerk of Courts office will begin the initial steps of cross training employees in different areas of responsibility. For example, civil

clerk employees will begin learning the criminal clerks jobs and vice versa. This will ensure that in the immediate future, a Clerk of Courts employee will always be available to answer the questions from the residents of Brown County. In addition to the comprehensive training by Henschen and Associates, employees will begin working with other Clerk of Courts offices in neighboring CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


Chamber to present Drucker Award to Chatfield College, Achievement Award to Becky Cropper BY Martha Jacob The Brown County Press


This is the van investigators believe was driven by thieves at the Living Church of Five Mile. Note the damage to the front quarter panel.

Early Monday morning, January 30, the Brown County Chamber of Commerce will honor Chatfield College with the Drucker Award during its Annual Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast. Named after the late Peter

Drucker, who passed away in 2005, the Drucker Award is given to a business or business owners or individuals who show exemplary management skills. This years Drucker award is sponsored by First State Bank. “We really appreciate First State Bank’s community involvement,” said Tim McKeown, Chairman of the Brown County

Lack of snow saving villages time, effort and money BY Martha Jacob The Brown County Press

cate. Therefore, Varnau contended, Wenninger was not eligible to serve after 2005 because his peace officer certificate was invalid. The Brown County Board of Elections denied the protest because it was not filed by a member of the appropriate political party because Varnau ran as an independent. Wenninger won the 2008 election with 62.92 percent of the vote. Varnau filed a complaint with the Brown County Court of Common Pleas to compel the board of elections to accept his protest, but the court dismissed

able amount of money. “By this time last year, we had already received a lot of snow,” Colwell explained. “We spent over $9,000 for salt last year, which we buy from the Morton Salt Company. To date we’ve only spent a small part of that. In fact we’ve stock-piled about $6,000 worth of salt and only used it two times. “We allotted $6,000 for the purchase of salt, but the way it

looks we may not have to buy any more.” Colwell added that unfortunately the month of February could be a whole different story, but she hopes not. In Fayetteville, Mayor Bernie Vilvens said his crew has to cover over 25 miles of road spreading salt every time it CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Chamber of Commerce. “We are also excited about presenting the Drucker Award to Chatfield College.” Chatfield is the only Associate’s degree liberal arts college in southwest Ohio offering fullyaccredited academics with individual attention and small class sizes. In cooperation with other accredited colleges and universities, Chatfield offers opportunities to achieve Bachelor’s degree completion. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


The Brown County Press/MARTHA B. JACOB

Bruce Lunsford, Mayor of the Village of Mt. Orab shows off the nearly full salt storage facility for the village. The street department mixes the salt with beet juice. “By this time last year,” Lunsford stated, “We had refilled this building three times.”



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The Ohio Supreme Court released a ruling in favor of Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger over Dennis Varnau on Jan. 26, effectively ending Varnau’s four year effort to remove Wenninger from office. Last August, the 12th District Court of Appeals ruled against Varnau, who then appealed to the high court. The Ohio Supreme Court upheld the appeals court ruling. Wenninger said “As far as I’m concerned this is now over. Now that this distraction is gone, I can get back to serving the people of Brown County

Wenninger has announced his intention to run for another four year term as Sheriff in November. Varnau did not return a phone call seeking comment. In an opinion dated August 8, 2011, the 12th District Court of Appeals ruled that “Varnau has failed to present any evidence that would establish or create a genuine issue of material fact as to Wenninger’s qualification to run for or hold the office of Sheriff...for the 2008 election.” The ruling continued, saying “Varnau has not demonstrated that Wenninger is presently holding and exercising the office of Brown County Sheriff unlawfully. Therefore, he is not

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Suspect apprehended by Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reports that on January 19, 2012, at approximately 3:15PM, a Deputy while on patrol, observed a vehicle pulling into a residence on Crosstown Road near Williamsburg (Brown County). The male driver then exited the vehicle and started running. The Deputy verbally ordered the suspect to stop, however the male subject continued running. The subject was identified as being Dale Robert Abbott, 44 years of age, of Williamsburg, OH, who was wanted by the Brown County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for Failure to Appear on a previous assault charge. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was called to the scene to track the suspect. Approximately an hour later, the suspect was flushed out and apprehended by

“It’s really something the way this thing works,” added Lunsford. “Another thing we’ve done is install all LED high efficiency florescent lights throughout the building.” Lunsford said the upper area of the new fire house will include sleeping quarters, a day room and storage while the lower part will include three offices, laundry room, kitchen and decontamination room. “Any one who has ever been in the old fire house knows just how cramped it is,” he said, “When they had all the vehicles parked inside, sometimes there was as little as four inches between the trucks and the walls. Some of the trucks were so close to each other that a higher bumper would actually be parked a couple inches above a lower bumper.” According to Lunsford, the construction of the new fire house was made possible by $1.8 million in federal stimulus funds as well as TIF funding. “The fire house we’re in now is probably one of the most substandard facilities in all of Southern Ohio,” Lunsford said. “But our new facility is being built to last a hundred years. It’s built to very rigid building codes and when it’s ready to move in to this spring, in April or May, we’ll be ready.”

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Sheriff’s office recovers stolen vehicle Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reports that on January 19, 2012, the Brown County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit obtained information that led to the recovery of a 2007 Toyota truck valued at $20,000.00. The vehicle had been reported as stolen in 2009 from a residence in Carter County Kentucky and was recovered by the Brown County Sheriff’s Office on vacant land near Fincastle, Ohio (Brown County). Sheriff Wenninger stated that investigation is ongoing at this time and anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Detective Buddy Moore at 937-378-4435 Ext. 130

Notice of public meeting and Information repository for a Clean Ohio Assistance Fund Grant: The Village of Ripley is applying for $280,327.07 grant from the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund for Assessment of the Elk River Road Redevelopment Project, a 32 acre parcel of land formerly known as Trap/Sheet Shooting Range located north of 2944 Elk River Road. The application is available for review at the Union Township Public Library located at 27 Main Street, Ripley, OH until March 19, 2012. A public meeting to discuss and solicit comments to the grant application will be held on March 19, 2012 at noon at the Village Administration Building. The address is, 123 Water Works Road, Ripley, OH 45167. Application information is also available online at Any questions may be referred to Charles Ashmore at 937-3924377. BCP 1-29t1 ----------------------------------------

NOTICE OF ACCEPTING BIDS Sealed bids are being accepted by the Pike Township Board of Trustees, Brown County, Ohio, for the sale of the following township equipment: 1997 Ford F-350 Truck equipped with 8 ft. dump bed and 8 ft. snow blade and salt spreader. 12,150 actual miles. Good condition. Bids will be opened at the next regular meeting of the board on Thursday, February 16, 2012; 7PM; at the township building located at 12700 SR 774. Bids may be mailed to Pike Township Board of Trustees, P. O. Box 95, Mt. Orab, OH 45154. Please mark envelope “Truck Bid”. The board reserves the right to refuse any and all bids received. For more information, contact Jay Anderson, trustee, at 513-403-0407. The truck may be inspected at the township building on Wednesdays, 3-6PM. Submitted by Jenny Lind Conrad, Fiscal Officer 937-444-7418

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BY Martha Jacob The Brown County Press It’s official...Tim McKeown announced his plans to run for Brown County Commissioner on the Democratic ticket, during the January 24 Village of Ripley Council meeting. McKeown introduced himself to everyone in attendance of the meeting as he spoke briefly about why he decided to run for commissioner. “You may have read in the paper that I have filed to run for Brown County Commissioner for the January 3, 2013 term,” McKeown began, “But tonight here in Ripley, I’m making my official announcement that I will run for the Democratic nomination.” He continued, “You might ask, ‘why am I running?’ I’m running because we can do better! Actually we need to do better and that’s why I’m running for commissioner. We have to have a plan where our county can grow. Grow not only for jobs for our kids who are with us as we age, but also so that we have an environment that fosters economic growth.” McKeown said this county needs growth that it can depend on since it can no longer depend on the state or federal government for a hand-out. “We have to grow jobs so that

McKeown said “We need a long term plan that is going to avoid all these crisis. We need to set up programs where our county will grow and a plan for economic growth.” McKeown added that he has enthusiasm, he has the education and he has the experience to bring these needed programs forward. McKeown brings to the position leadership skills as chairman and past president of the Brown County Chamber of Commerce and president of the Brown County Horseman’s Association. He owns an independent insurance agency which brings 30

years experience in health insurance. He is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau State Advisory Team, developed growth in the Brown County Transportation Thoroughfare Plan as an officer of the Chamber in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation. McKeown says he believes he has been truly blessed to live in Brown County with his wife Ginny. He will face current Brown County Commissioner Bill Geschwind in the March 6 Primary Election.

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we have another base revenue for both our county and our cities,” he added. “We need to do better. We need a long term plan to develop growth, to develop our county and growth to solve long range problems. Right now we’ve been electing nice guys who have had careers otherwise and now they’re looking at doing something else. And they solve little minor issues, not really minor, but they just go from crisis to crisis.”

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Chief Caudill of the Winchester Police Department reports that during a drug investigation Chief Caudill was able to conduct a controlled buy of 10.2 grams of Chrystal Methamphetamine on Thursday, January 19, 2012 which is 10 times the bulk amount. During the buy Chief Caudill, Officer Benjamin and Officer James surrounded the suspect vehicle and took into custody. During the incident the officers recovered a loaded .45 caliber Glock on the driver and a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver in the center console of the vehicle. The driver, James Chambers, 28 and Anthony Caudill, 21, of Hillsboro were arrested and are being held in the Adams County Jail while the case is reviewed by the Adams County Prosecutor office. The street value of the Crystal Methamphetamines is in the thousands of dollars. The weapons and the vehicle are subject to forfeiture. Mayor William Foster and Chief Caudill states the Winchester Police Department police Department continues an ongoing drug investigations. The Village of Winchester would like to thank anyone who has given assistance in all criminal investigations and request that if anyone

would wish to give information please contact the police department at (937) 695-5502.

Pike Township re-organizes for 2012 The Pike Township Board of Trustees met on January 19 to re-organize for 2012. Jay Anderson was elected as president of the board with Steve Royalty being elected as vicepresident. Roger Griffith serves as the third trustee on the board. Michael Foster is the township zoning inspector and cemetery sexton. The board will meet the third Thursday in February, March, April, May, June and December; and the first and third Thursdays in July, August, September, October and November. Meeting times will be 7 p.m. at the township office/community building located at 12700 SR 774. Jenny Lind Conrad serves as the township fiscal officer and can be contacted at 937-4447418.

The Village of Fayetteville has a new look and a new LED flashing sign located in the middle of town. “We got it up and running a couple weeks ago,” said Fayetteville Mayor Bernie Vilvens. “We are very excited about it and believe it will really benefit our community. Funds for the purchase of the sign came from the Perry Township/Fayetteville Community Organization, NCB and United Way.


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Taking A Trip Through Time Mr. Glen Bishop, Mt. Orab was kind enough to share a photo from a Mt. Orab school newspaper called “The Spotlight”. “The Spotlight” was the ‘Official Organ of the Mt. Orab Public Schools’. This particular edition was from March-April 1935. Pictured is the Mt. Orab Red Devils, the 1935 boys basketball team. Front row, seated left to right, Robert Clemons, Joe Bingaman, captain, Noble Brunton, Bruce Hawk, and W. E. Smith, Supt., standing, Wayne McCarty, manager, John Huggins, Victor Scott, Robert Waits, George Mitchell, Roy Waits, Charles Newhart, coach. ‘Taking a Trip Through Time’ is a new feature of the Brown County Press that is supplied by our readers. If you have photos of places within Brown County that are at least 30 years old please feel free to submit them along with some information about the photo to The Brown County Press by email to or mail them to or drop them off at The Brown County Press 219 South High Street Mt. Orab, Ohio 45154. You can also reach us at (937) 444-3441.

What Do You Think? Do you feel like the economy is improving?

Letters to the Editor Reader offers support for Senate Candidate Paul Hall Dear Editor, Let me introduce you to Paul Hall, who is running for Ohio Senate’s 14th District. Paul Hall’s name will be on the ballot on election day, Tuesday, March 6. Paul is a well known Mt. Orab businessman who owns and operates Paul Hall & Associates Insurance Agency as well as several other small businesses he has created. Hence, Paul is knowledgeable regarding governmental control of health care, taxation, money management, job creation and other areas of public domain. Currently, Paul Hall employs about 20 people.

Paul is an unabashed Christian and a firm believer in and supporter of the Constitution. He recognizes the Constitution as a sound and straightforward document which expresses the principles upon which our nation was founded, and which has served our nations’ people well for over 200 years. Paul is a fiscal conservative, recognizing that there is a finite amount of money available, and that for every dollar invested in a social program a dollar must be withheld from another. He intends to spend taxpayer money fru-

gally; getting, so to speak, “More bang for the buck!” Paul Hall’s very successful career certainly attests to his commitment and his ability to do just that. Paul has never worked in public office. However, his lifelong dream has been to serve in the legislature. His lifestyle has prepared him for that agenda. Now, at age 54, with his family and staff prepared to run his business, he is positioned to achieve that goal; service to Ohio’s people in the public venue of the Senate. The 14th Senate District encompasses Adams, brown,

Clermont and Scioto Counties as well as a part of Lawrence County; with a total population of about 380,000 people. Paul will be out and about extensively in the coming weeks to meet as many of you as possible; bringing his message to you, and answering your questions and concerns. You will come to see that Paul Hall is the man we need to represent us in the Senate. Remember, Paul Hall for Senate on Tuesday, March 6. Jeanne Glassmeyer Fayetteville

I did think it was getting better at one time, but now I'm not so sure. Barry Amiott, Mt. Orab

I do feel like it's a little better, unfortunately just not for me yet. Charlie Shaskus, Williamsburg

No, I do not think it's improving! Winona Baker, Sardinia

Maybe a little. Andrea Hart, Mt. Orab

Yes, I think I do think it's getting better. I work for First State Bank and I can tell things are beginning to more forward. Lois Richendollar, Lake Waynoka

No, not at all, especially with the rising costs of gas. Phylicia Thacker, Williamsburg

Don’t be afraid to say no to others to protect yourself Dear Editor, It’s a terrible dilemma when you have family and loved ones you’re unable to want to be there for them and show support, but you can’t, due to the fact that they will rob you blind if given an opportunity. Or how about those who have violated your trust in other ways...such as those involved in the sexual/physical/emotional abuse of can’t afford to get very close and involved with them. Many have spoken to me over the years about how much they would love to be able to connect with family and loved ones, especially during the holiday season, but they know that it would only be

problematic to open themselves up to those who will take advantage of any sign of trust or weakness. So...what does one do? One woman told me, “I want to be able to see my son, but I know that he’d rob me blind to get drug money.” Another man told me, “I’d love t connect with my brother over Christmas, but I also know that he’d show up drunk and try to start trouble with everyone in the family.” And still another person tells me, “My children have already let it be known that their uncle’s (my brothers) make them extremely uncomfortable because they’ve been touched by them in ways that were not appropriate...(my brothers were drunk at the time and it was during our last

family get-together.)” All of these situations are unfortunate enough as they are, so why would anybody in his/her right mind wish to involve himself/herself in the middle of the madness? Well, if you’re in your right mind, you wouldn’t. You’re better off divorcing yourself from certain people, no matter if you love them or not...they’re just not healthy to be around. Loving someone does not automatically mean that you have to allow them entrance into your life or the life of your family members. Loving someone does not mean turning a blind eye to the way he/she happens to does not necessitate that you have to embrace what he/she does that is harmful and untrustworthy.

Love in no way means that you have to be a doormat to anybody. You can want the best for someone, pray for their wellbeing and wish him/her no harm...and still not trust that person to do the right thing around you and your family. You have no reason to trust that person, so why should you go out of your way to give that person an occasion to do you harm?! You shouldn’t. If you’ve already done everything you can to make the situation better and to turn the other opportunity after opportunity for the other person to make things right...and it hasn’t worked out yet, then stop trying so hard. Let them do something for CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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person outwit such intelligent people from Texas A & M and Yale so often? OOPS! I realize my continued ED is not pretentious, but I do believe its much more prestigious. Who are the chiefs of Solyndra, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Social Insecurity. Yes ... Social Insecurity. About every 10 years the oxymorons, need to fix the fund for 20 to 30 years to protect our ‘retirement’ fund. The fund at which only about 1/3 goes toward retirement and the remainder going toward ‘public assistance’. This, the oxymorons neglect to discuss. The easiest way to verify the above is to simply go on a field trip to one of the offices. Along with the elderly, you’ll observe many very young peoCONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Dear Editor, The brown County Peace Officers Association would like to thank the following for their donations to our Toys for Needy Children Christmas Program. This year we were able to provide toys for 547 children who otherwise would not have been able to have a Christmas. Your generous donations made this possible. Brown County Pork Producers, Carey Bavis American Legion Post 180, Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church, Collins Body Shop, Western Brown High School, Western Brown Elementary School, Ripley Lions Club, Mt. Orab Mercy Medical Center, Marie Sydnor, Mt. Orab Girl Scout Troop 42562, Standring Excavating Inc., White Oak Storage, DeClaire Insurance LLC, Albert G. Jacobs, H & J Real Estate Inv. LLC, Georgetown United Methodist Church, Gabbard’s Ford, Darrin and Melissa Schneider, Jason and Kelly Hahn, Fayetteville Cub Scout Troop 456, Mt. Orab

Kroger, Carrington Farm Supply, LaRosa’s, Joe and Debbie Worley, Thomas F. Grennan, Wyler Automotive Group, Donohoo Pharmacy, Waters Pharmacy, First Safety Bank,

Joshua Edmisten Agency Inc., Michael S. Pfeffer, John Wood Insurance Agency Inc., Ripley Federal Savings Bank, Scott and Rebecca Jones, Donna Jones, Abbey Steinman,

Stacey Shiring, Mike Kirk and Daniel Burnett. We are truly sorry if we missed anyone. Brown County Peace Officers Association

Brown County Common Pleas Court announces Notary Public changes Dear Editor, To My Fellow Brown County Citizens: Effective January 12, 2012 the Brown County Court of Common Pleas will be changing the procedures for obtaining a Notary Public Commission. All persons seeking the Commission shall obtain an application from the Judge’s Executive Assistant, Pam Votapek. At that time, the applicant will receive a Notary Public Guidebook prepared by the Court. An exam date will also be selected at that time. The

Court will sign the application upon successful completion of the examination. The results of the test will be maintained by the Court and will not be required upon renewal unless the Court believes it necessary. Any person who allows their Notary to lapse shall be required to retake the test. The process will pertain to persons initially applying, as well as those persons seeking a renewal who have not previously been tested: there are no fees associated with the examination. I believe

this process better conforms with the statutory obligations placed on the Court and increases the general knowledge of all Notaries as to their responsibilities under law. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Pam Votapek at 937378-4101. As always, I look forward to continuing to serve you in the fair and expedient administration of justice. Respectfully Submitted, Judge Scott T. Gusweiler Brown County Court of Common Pleas

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Dear Editor, Poor Mr. Shafer ‘The Flaming Liberal’. I may have gone too fast in my previous letter, so I’ll write a little slower. Please don’t pity me regarding my limited education for I’ve been experiencing continued education through the school of hard knocks. I’ve been majoring in courses of accountability and a course some may regard as vulgar results. In other words, we need to hold our oxymorons accountable when they fair to deliver promised results. Unlike Harry S. Truman and his ‘the buck stops here’, the failures are blamed on ‘we need more money and time or someone else’. Are they still blaming George W. Bush, who, among other names, was called stupid? How could such a stupid



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BY U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, Ohio’s Second Congressional District Sometimes it takes great strength to be quiet enough to listen to the breathing of a child. Especially a child who is about to die. We want to rush around, to talk to the doctors, to make decisions, to somehow stop what can’t be stopped. The thought of a dying infant is a stab in the chest of every parent. It offends our basic sense of fairness. Babies aren’t supposed to die. Their lives are still ahead of them. As parents, we want to take charge – to make decisions, to defy gravity, to shake people by the shoulders in the hope of a medical cure. But there would be no medical cure for Sophia Cordier. The little girl, who was born last August 12 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, had been diagnosed with a chromosomal disorder that occurs in one out of every 3,000 live births. Sophia Grace Cordier died on January 7. She was a week short of being five months old. Overwhelmingly, the prognosis for babies with this disorder is that they will die. Half of these babies who are carried to term are stillborn. Nine out of 10 who survive until birth will die before their first birthday. The doctors ran some tests. The diagnosis was confirmed, and the parents, Ann and Andy Cordier of Clermont County’s Miami Township, were offered the option of abortion. They said no. Ann, 43, and Andy, 49, who

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Sophia Cordier and her sister Rose, age 4.

married 14 years ago, considered Sophia’s life to be as sacred as those of their other five children – even if her life was to be a short one. It still had value beyond measure and was worthy of respect. Sophia’s uncle, Father Michael Cordier, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Miami Township, is my parish priest. I was one of hundreds of people who paid their respects last week at Sophia’s visitation at St. Gertrude Church in Madeira. I spoke briefly with the child’s mother. Ann told me that she hopes Sophia’s life will help people recognize “the value that each and every person has as they

are created in the image of God – no matter their shortcomings or faults.” Such children, Ann said, “should be loved and cherished and protected.” This is a family of deep faith and quiet courage, which even strangers could see. “I really admire you for what you’re doing,” one of the nurses told Ann shortly before Sophia was born. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on what Ann had called her “miracle baby” – and on how many parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Gertrude were praying for Sophia and her family. The paper followed-up with a report on the child’s death.

Livestock care standards govern care and treatment of Ohio’s domestic animals


Q: What is the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board? A: In November 2009, Ohio voters amended Ohio’s constitution, creating a 13-member Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to establish standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in Ohio. In developing these standards, the new constitutional provisions and the enabling legislation required the board to consider agricultural “best management” practices, biosecurity, disease prevention, animal morbidity and mortality data, food safety practices and the protection of local, affordable food supplies for consumers. The board was also allowed to consider other factors when developing the standards, which were formally adopted earlier in 2011 and went into effect on Sept. 29, 2011. Q: What do the standards provide? A: The livestock standards establish specific guidelines for the care and treatment of livestock in Ohio. They address such issues as housing, transportation, feeding, handling and euthanasia. The term “livestock” includes all equine animals (such as horses and donkeys) regardless of the purpose for which they are raised, and also the following species if raised for food or fiber: bovine (beef, veal and dairy), hogs, poultry, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. The standards do not apply to “exotic” animals or any other species not included on the list. Q: Where do I find the complete set of standards? A: You can find the complete text of the rules, along with explanatory materials, at the website of the Ohio Department of Agriculture: Q: Who enforces the standards, and how does the enforcement process work? A: The standards are enforced by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). The ODA receives and investigates complaints of alleged violations. If the investigation confirms that a violation has occurred, the ODA issues a written notice of the violation(s) to the responsible party, along with a description of any actions that may need to be taken to correct the problem. De-


pending on the circumstances, the ODA may also propose civil penalties as provided for in the rules. Civil penalties can only be imposed through an administrative hearing process, which requires a written notice of the proposed action, the opportunity for an evidentiary hearing before an independent hearing officer and the right to appeal any administrative order to the appropriate court of common pleas. Q: What are the possible penalties for violating the standards? A: A violation of the standards is considered a “major” violation if it results in any of the following: imminent peril to the life of the animal, protracted disfigurement, protracted impairment of health or protracted loss or impairment of a limb or bodily organ. All other violations are considered to be “minor.” A major violation may result in a penalty of $1000 to $5000 for a first violation and $5000 to $10,000 for subsequent violations within 60 months. Minor violations may result in a civil penalty of up to $500 for a first violation and penalties of up to $1000 for subsequent violations within 60 months. Violators may also be assessed the cost of investigation and any necessary animal care. Q: What happens if one violation affects many animals, such as a deficiency in a large housing system? A: Violations affecting multiple animals may be treated as a single violation, depending on the circumstances. Q: Aren’t these issues already covered by animal cruelty laws? A: Mistreatment of livestock may constitute a violation of both the animal cruelty laws and the livestock care standards. However, the livestock care standards are separate from Ohio’s animal cruelty laws and are enforced independently. While the ODA enforces the livestock care

“We really were very reluctant to share our story, but we prayed about it,” Ann told me. “My motivation was that if one life, one little baby, could be saved and see the light of day and be brought home by parents, it was worth being in the limelight for a little bit no matter how painful it is for us. “I want people to have the courage to choose life – to embrace life even if it has faults,” Ann said. “I also want people to have the courage to choose God’s will over their own, to be at peace with what happens.” I’m the chairwoman of the Congressional Pro-Life Women’s Caucus, and I share Ann and Andy’s view that all life is sacred. The annual March for Life was scheduled for Monday, January 23, in Washington, and it is fitting that we keep people like the Cordiers in our thoughts and in our prayers. Sophia’s family found a way to reap joy from a child who would never be able to speak her own name. Sophia died surrounded and held by the family who loved her. In addition to her parents, Sophia is survived by: two brothers, Joe, 13, and John, 7; three sisters, Marie, 11, Michelle, 9, and Rose, 4; and grandparents Paul and Mary Ann Blom of Springfield Township in Hamilton County, and Laura Cordier of Mariemont (widow of the late Eugene Cordier). Other families wrestle with the same issues – of life and death, of mercy and conviction, of hope and despair. They, too, need our moral support, our arm around their shoulder, and our ear to hear their story.

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standards, local law enforcement continues to be responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws. Q: Where do I go with questions or complaints? A: You can direct your questions and complaints to the ODA’s Division of Animal Health at 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068, (614) 728-6220. You also may find answers to your questions through Dear Editor, the ODA’s website at For those who still may do not know what the Tea Party is, we are millions of like-minded AmerThis “Law You Can Use” col- icans from all backgrounds and umn was provided by the Ohio political parties who share core State Bar Association. It was pre- principles supporting the United pared by attorney Lisa A. Wafer, States Constitution as the an attorney with the Columbus Founders intended. We believe law firm, Saia & Piatt, Inc. Articles that over the last several appearing in this column are in- decades we have veered away tended to provide broad, general from many of those principles information about the law. Before and begun a very treacherous applying this information to a downhill decline that will lead to specific legal problem, readers the destruction of America as we are urged to seek advice from an know it today. Although many in attorney. the media, as well as many politicians have tried to categorize use as terrorist or racists, nothing could be further from the truth. Our Country’s indebtedness is beyond comprehension and growing at a rate of 3.98 billion dollars per day. Currently it is more than 15 trillion dollars. We must reign in spending before we become a bankrupt nation like many of the European countries. Our desire is to elect individuals who believe in limited government, fiscal conservatism, individual freedom, personal reCONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 sponsibility and free markets. once to try and make it We will support those candidates’s their turn anyway. from any party who adhere to Give them an opportunity to do these principles and expose the next right thing, you just sit those who do not. The year 2011 was a busy back and watch. At times, loving people from year for the Brown County Tea a distance is the best thing for Party. It was not just a busy year everyone involved, and it’s so but also a growing year. New officers were elected and we pracmuch more safe. Yes, you may feel guilty tically doubled in attendance. about not allowing someone to We strongly support our commuget closer to you, and the nity and our military. We particichances are very good that pated in the following in 2011: • We collected grocery the individual may attempt to play on your guilt to find a coupons that were forwarded to weak spot to exploit. But it’s up military families around the world. • We collected several hunto you to maintain your boundaries and not give in. You’re dred DVD’s for the soldiers that safety and peace of mind is are hospitalized and undergoing more important than hurting rehabilitation. • We hosted a picnic featuring someone’s feelings. Rev. Sam Talley several of our elected represen-

BAM! A car behind you backfires, and within seconds your body has gone through a series of changes known to biologists as the Fight-or-Flight response. Your body is getting ready to turn and fight whatever just made that noise or possibly run away and live to fight another day. That’s what your successful ancestors did: they fought and won or ran and lived another day. The unsuccessful ones were typically someone’s supper and didn’t live to reproduce. I’ve mentioned the fight or flight response before so I thought we’d take a closer look at it. The first physical fight or flight could be the startled look on someone’s face, eyes and mouth wide open. This allows us to see better and get more oxygen into the lungs. Next we have the tiny muscles around each hair follicle contracting giving you goose bumps or goose flesh and making our hair stand up. This doesn’t do a whole lot for us now, but back when we were hairier it made us look bigger because the easiest way to win a fight is to have the opponent run off. There are also body responses that aren’t as obvious. For example, your pupils will dilate. This means that more light can enter the eye. Your body also slows down or stops saliva production. The next time you get nervous and have a dry mouth, you’ll know it’s part of your fight or flight response. Next the airways in your lungs open up to accommodate more oxygen getting in, and since it’s not essential and is using up valuable resources, your body also slows or shuts down digestion. Your body will start breaking down fat and releasing stored glucose to supply your muscles with plenty of energy. The cardiovascular system is also getting quite a workout. Your heart rate shoots up, pumping more blood to get nutrients and oxygen to the muscles. The blood vessels to the muscle open up, but the blood vessels feeding the skin and digestive tract contract. This increase in cardiac output combined with many of your blood vessels constricting

HEALTH MATTERS TOM CALLAHAN, RPH leads to quite an increase in blood pressure. Finally, there seems to be something of a high created by that sudden release of adrenaline, sometimes called an adrenaline rush. This is why scary movies and roller coasters are so popular. It’s not the fact that you’re scared, it’s that it feels so good afterwards. The problem with the fight or flight response is that we seldom come face to face with a predator and need that sudden boost of adrenaline. Nowadays, we are faced with the stress of losing our job, being yelled at by our boss and getting stuck in traffic — things that we have no control over. Stress is stress though, and our bodies have reacted to stress the same way over millions of years. Our heart rate increases, our blood pressure increases and our chance of heart attacks and stroke also go up. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that in post menopausal women, having just one panic attack meant they were three times as likely to have a heart attack or stroke over the next three years. Since our bodies can’t distinguish between a productive life saving stress response and nonproductive life-threatening stress response, we need to use our brains to teach it the difference. Learn to use some relaxation techniques during stressful situation. Learn to disengage from the situation, and if nothing else, try just taking three deep breaths to help center yourself. If you have a question you’d like me to address, stop in and see me at Pamida pharmacy, call me at (937) 378-6849, or send an email to You can find archives of previous Health Matters at

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tatives. • We participated in the Brown County Fair parade. • We sponsored a booth at the Brown County Fair. • We took part in two yard sales to raise money to cover our expenses for the picnic and fair. • Many of our members attended rallies in support of candidates who are concerned about the issues that the Tea Party feels so strongly about. • We donated funds to the Pro Life Committee. • We collected and donated food items to the Helping Hands pantry in Georgetown. We are looking forward to 2012. We are sponsoring two ‘Meet the Candidates’ forums. One on January 28 and the other on February 18. They will both be at the Best Western Hotel in Mt. Orab beginning at 2 p.m. We are planning our second annual picnic to be held in August at the municipal shelter in Mt. Orab. We are going to participate in the Brown County Parade and host a booth again this year. We are continuing to collect non-perishable food items for Helping Hands. We are donating items to the Pregnancy Resource Center in Georgetown. We intend to show the David Barton’s series ‘American Heritage’ at our upcoming meetings. We believe in the three equal branches of the government – Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. We believe the federal government has become too powerful and intrusive into individual’s lives and much of the power should be returned to the States and to the People. If you are of like mind or inter-


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ested in finding out more about the Brown County Tea Party, please visit our website at: Sandra Reeder BCTP Sec/Treas.

Reader responds to ‘The Flaming Liberal’ letter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 ple, some of which have toddlers. Now such public assistance may have merit - but out of a retirement fund? While I have contributed (not invested) into a mandatory fund for nearly 50 years, thank goodness I also invested into other funds, IRA’s, etc. And for the un-churched, we don’t call it donations. Rather the term is offering or tithing. This is where we give thanks for our blessings. Mr. Shafer, that’s another field trip you’ll find educational. Let me offer this. I’ll be happy to attend the field trips with you. I’ll buy the coffee and breakfast. It’d be nice if you’d bring an open and objective mind. Come on now - I know we have opposing views, but it could develop friendships. Bring it on. Ben Jeffery Georgetown

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The Ripley Village Council received an update from Administrator Charles Ashmore on Jan. 24 in regard to the streetscape project along US 52 and Second Street and from Main to Market Street. “Our first round of bids came in on the project and we had to reject all four bids,” Ashmore began, “The bids we received were exceedingly high and way over our projected estimate.” The village anticipated receiving more than $2.5 million in grant funds for the project. Although two of four phases of the project have been suc-


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trances and exits and that issue will be the villages’ to deal with, not the contractor. We also had an issue with a new traffic signal which is also a village issue.” Ashmore believes that once these issues have been resolved the process of rebidding will begin again with hopes that the work will be complete by June or July. Other actions at the council meeting included the reading of a resolution by Mayor Tom Leonard proclaiming the year 2012 as the Ripley Bicentennial Year of Celebration. Several members from the Ripley Bicentennial Committee were on hand at the meeting including Betty Campbell, Carol Stivers, Jackie Hansen, Cecil Black and committee/council members Roberta Sidwell, Daniel Dragoo and Linda South. Campbell spoke briefly to council. “We (committee) appreciate the recognition from council for this bicentennial year,” she began, “and we’re going to have a fabulous celebration later in the summer. It is a celebration of 200 years of the rich history that our town is so privileged to have and we have the wonderful historic reputation that we do, because of the people that came before us and the people we have today.” Also in attendance of the meeting was Tim McKeown who officially announced his candidacy for a Brown County Commissioner seat for 2013. Council also heard from Bob Berendsen, who had put

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Members of the Ripley Village Council pose for a picture with members of the Ripley Bicentennial Committee shortly following a reading of a proclamation by the mayor proclaiming the year 2012 the Ripley Bicentennial Year of Celebration. Shown sitting from left Lesley Myers, fiscal officer, Mayor Tom Leonard, Solicitor Jay Cutrell and Charles Ashmore. Standing from left, council/bicentennial member Linda South, councilwoman Nowana Bingaman, and council/bicentennial committee member Roberta Sidwell, committee members Carol Stivers, Cecil Black, Jackie Hansen and Betty Campbell, next are council/committee member Daniel Dragoo and Councilman Scott Eagan.

Following his presentation, councilman Eagan asked Berendsen to recommend several other websites that council could review to help decide how much money the village wanted to invest. In other business, Village Solicitor Jay Cutrell presented to council for approval, an agreement for mutual aid, with the Brown County Sheriffs Office, the State Highway Patrol and all village police departments. Cutrell said the new plan submitted for approval is much clearer on how the operation

together a presentation in regard to his company, IdeaZone Marketing to revise and design a new website for the Village of Ripley. Berendsen had been invited to talk about what he had to offer by Ashmore and had also been in contact with Councilman Scott Eagan. Berendsen said his company has worked with big companies such as Dial soap, TCBY Yogurt, Iams, Proctor and Gamble, Norstrom, Firestone and many others. Berendsen has also met with the village Merchants Association in regard to several promotional ideas.

will work. He said it clarifies several issues and he recommended council approve it. He stressed the agreement was for law enforcement only, not for fire and EMS. Council approved the agreement for law enforcement.


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cessfully completed, the last two phases could cost the village an additional $131,000 in matching funds. “We had to decide if we just wanted to forget the project and turn the money back in or not,” Ashmore added, But after talking with Columbus and ODOT we have revisited the plans that we sent out for bids and determined that we have some options. We found out that the companies bidding had some uncertainties about rerouting pedestrian traffic and limiting the traffic in a business district during construction.” Ashmore continued, “Well most of the businesses in that district have alternate en-


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Florence J. Berry, 103

Willard Francis Colwell, 78

Florence J. Berry, 103 of Cincinnati, Oh., formerly of Brown County, died Monday, January 23, 2012. Mrs. Berry was born December 16, 1908 in Hocking County, Oh the daughter of the late Henry and Phoebe (Gruner) Ellinger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Henry Berry in 1968 and three brothers, Ralph, Lloyd and Floyd Ellinger. She was a retired school teacher for Sardinia Elementary School in Sardinia, and a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Arnheim, Ohio. After graduating from Logan High School in Hocking County, Oh., she attended Capital University in Columbus, Oh. She began her teaching career in 1928 in a one-room school house in Hocking County while continuing her education at Ohio University in Athens, Oh. On August 5, 1936 she married Lewis Henry Berry of Ashridge, Oh., where they resided. After having one daughter, Donna Mae Wernz, she returned to teaching and taught over 20 years at the Sardinia Elementary School where she retired in 1975. Mrs. Berry continued teaching Sunday school for many years at the Peace Lutheran Church. Although retired from those duties, she maintained her membership at the church. Mrs. Berry is survived by one daughter and son-in-law – Donna Mae and Stanley Wernz of Cincinnati, and nine nieces and nephews – Kenneth Ellinger, Bea Sigler, Barbara Beery, Wright Ellinger, Carol Porter, Freda Rutter, Beverly Menrath, Larry Ellinger and Marsha James. Services were held Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Arnheim, where Rev. Ken Severa officiated. Interment will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Arnheim, Oh. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church, 10581 Dayhill-Arnheim Road, Georgetown 45121 The Cahall Funeral Home, Georgetown, served the family.

Willard Francis Colwell, 78, Bethel near Mt. Orab, died Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Willard was born February 5, 1933 in Brown County to the late William and Thelma (nee Ogden) Colwell. Mr. Colwell was an associate at Kroger and a member of the True Life Christian Church. He is survived by his wife Shirley L. (nee Bingamon) Colwell, sons, Timothy Colwell, Mt. Orab, Tony (April) C olwell, Leesburg, sisters, Goldie Jones, Mt. Orab, Mary White, Mt. Orab, Ann Clifton, Mt. Orab, Bonnie Boling, Mt. Orab, brother, Jeff Colwell, Mt. Orab, grandchildren, Zach Colwell, Matt Colwell, Brandon Colwell, all of Mt. Orab, Ashley Love, Anderson Township, Ciara Colwell, Leesburg, and Makenna Colwell, Leesburg. Services were held on Friday, January 27, 2012 where Chris LaGrange officiated. Burial was in Greenbush Cemetery. The Egbert Funeral Home, Mt. Orab, served the family.


Harry David Germann, 89 Harry David Germann, 89 of Ripley, Oh., died Wednesday, January 18, 2012. He was a self employed accountant and president of Germann Brothers Motor Transportation. Mr. Germann was a United States Army WWII and Korean War Veteran, a member of St. Michael Church in Ripley, a member of the Knight’s of Columbus, a member of the Courts Fussnecker American Legion Post #367 in Ripley and a charter member of the Ripley Boat Club. He was born September 10, 1922 in Ripley, the son of the late Frank and Marie (Klinker) Germann. He was also preceded in death by his wife in 2001, Anne Marie Germann; one brother, Thomas Germann and one sister, Hazel Rash. Mr. Germann is survived by four daughters - Mary K. (Ray) Helbling of Ripley, Rebecca (Don) Butler of Bowling Green, Ky., Maureen (Roy) Day of Ripley, and Susan Wright of North Port, Flor., two sons - Frank (Debbie) Germann of Cold Spring, Ky., and Ben (Teresa) Germann of Ripley, fourteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was on Monday, January 23, 2012 where Rev. Dohrman Byers was the Celebrant. Interment was in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley, Ohio. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael School in Ripley. The Cahall Funeral Home, Ripley, served the family.

Otie (Ison) Thornberry, 93 Otie (Ison) Thornberry, 93, of Brush Creek Township in Adams County, Oh., died Wednesday, January 18, 2012. She was born October 11, 1918, in Morgan County, Ky., to the late James William Thomas and Sarah Jane (Ferguson) Ison. In addition to her parents she was also preceeded in death by her husband, Amos Hayden Thornberry; and son, Hayden Thornberry, Jr. She is survived by son, Roger (Judy) Thornberry of Blue Creek; three daughters, Janice Vogler of West Union, Jannie Thornberry of Brush Creek Township, and Carolyn (Randy) Ralston of West Union; 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson; and many nephews and nieces. She was a former cook and waitress with the Olde Wayside Inn and other restaurants in West Union. Services were Saturday, January 21, 2012, where Pastor Bill Myers officiated. The interment is at White Oak Cemetery in Cedar Mills. The Lafferty Funeral Home, West Union, served the family.

Shirley Delphia (Green) Purdin, 90 Shirley Delphia (Green) Purdin, 90, of West Union, died Tuesday, January 17, 2012. She was born January 13, 1922, in Jefferson Township. She was preceded in death by parents, Perry Jack and Mary Belle (Sibeirts) Green; husband, Chester L. Purdin; and daughter, Jackie Purdin She is survived by one daughter, Kathy and Chris Thayer of Winter Haven, Florida; one sister, Iva Evans of West Union; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. She was a former caregiver with the Adams County Senior Citizens in West Union. She was a former sales clerk with Walmart in West Union for five years and an assembly worker with Copeland Corporation in West Union for 12 years. Her hobbies were gardening and cooking. Memorial contributions may be made to any charitable organization. A private funeral service and visitation was held Friday, January 20, 2012. The interment was in West Union Cemetery in West Union. The Lafferty Funeral Home, West Union, served the family.

Charles W. Parker, 86

Charles Walter Feiler, Sr., 84

Charles W. Parker, 86, Bethel, died January 23, 2012. Charles was born on January 20, 1926 to the late Harry and Edna Parker. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife, the late Mary Ann Sowers, brothers, James, Freddie, Earl and Harry Parker Jr. and sister, Anna Fritz. Mr. Parker was the father of Joyce A. (Jerry) Patterson, Bethel, grandfather of Joanna Lyon and William J. Patterson Jr., great-grandfather of Jacob Lyon, Kayla and Kennedy Patterson, brother of Betty Darrell, Hamersville, Lloyd Parker, Felicity, Clyde Parker, Bethel, and Donald Parker, Hamersville. Services were held Friday January 27, 2012. Burial was in Tate Township Cemetery, Bethel, Oh. The E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel, served the family.

Charles Walter Feiler, Sr., 84, Felicity, Ohio, died on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Mr. Feiler served in the Navy Sea Bee’s and the United States Army. Lifetime Member of the Felicity VFW Post #7496. He is survived by his wife Luella Desborourgh Feiler, 4 children, Chuck Feiler Jr., Mary (Gene) Hill, Michael (Holly) Feiler and Sonya (Henry) Roberts, 5 grandchildren: Roxanne, Henry III, Roy, Brandon and Alisha, 3 great-grandchildren: Joey, Ty and Henry IIII, 2 sisters: Helen and the late Bonnie. Services were held on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Burial will be at the Felicity Cemetery, Felicity, with Military Honors. The Charles H McIntyre Funeral Home, Felicity, served the family.

Philip S. Dunn, 76 Philip S. Dunn, 76 of Russellville, Ohio passed away Tuesday January 24, 2012. He was born March 16, 1935 in Russellville, OH, the son of the late J.P. Dunn and Myrtle (Stewart) Dunn. He was a former Mayor of Russellville, former Police Chief of Russellville, a Russellville Life Squad Member and enjoyed a career in sales. He was also a life long member of the Russellville Presbyterian Church. Besides his parents, Philip was preceded in death by his wife Ethel Pearl and his brother John Dunn. Philip is survived by 2 sons; Jeff Dunn and Lisa Copley of Piketon, Oh., and Christopher and wife Rebecca Dunn of Massillion, Oh., 2 daughters; Deborah and husband Don Warner of Waterville, Oh., and Jenny and husband Daniel Reynolds of Clearwater, Flor., 2 sisters; Beverly Paul of Blue Ash, Oh., and Delores Tucker of Amelia, 9 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held Saturday January 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Russellville Presbyterian Church with Ronald H. Moffett officiating. Burial will follow at the Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday January 27, 2012 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Meeker Funeral Home in Russellville. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley, 215 Hughes Blvd, Mt. Orab, OH 45154, or Russellville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 69, Russellville, OH 45168 The Meeker Funeral Home, Russellville, served the family.

Mable Ann Woodruff Poe, 71 Mable Ann Woodruff Poe, 71, Felicity, Oh., died on Wednesday, January 18. She was a member of the Felicity First Baptist Church. Mrs. Poe was the wife of the late Darrell Poe and is survived by 1 son, Randall (Libby) Poe, 1 daughter: Melody Ann (Ronnie) Blair, 8 grandchildren: Christopher (Jodi) Cox, Marhyia Blair, Michael (Tabitha) Poe, Clarice Elizabeth Poe, Darrell “Randy” (Rhonda) Poe, Lorella (Jason) Botts, Ronnie Lee (Amy) Blair and Kevin (Lisa) Blair, 16 great-grandchildren, late parents, Cecil and Ruth Woodruff, brothers, Eugene Woodruff and the late Freddie, Albert and Johnny Woodruff, sisters, Mary Patrick, Barbara Forbes, Roxie Prather, Rita Barbee and the late Edith Lee Woodruff, numerous nieces and nephews. Services were at the Felicity First Baptist Church, on Saturday, January 21, 2012. Burial was at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Felicity, Ohio. The Charles H McIntyre Funeral Home, Felicity,, served the family.

Edna A. Ruggles, 86 Edna A. Ruggles, 86, Mt. Orab formerly of West Union, died Wednesday, January 18, 2012. She was born October 2, 1925 in Williamsburg, Oh., to the late John and Vada Dumford. In addition to her parents she was also preceeded in death by her husband the late John Ruggles a son John "Bill" Ruggles, three brothers Walter "Chris" Dumford, Gilbert Dumford and Bill Dumford. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross for many years. Edna was the loving mother of Sue (Charlie) Armstrong of Mt. Orab, Faye (Arthur) Harbottle of Williamsburg, Dan (Rosa) Ruggles of Williamsburg, Dianne Turner of Mt. Orab, Joan (Emery) McGee of Amelia, Don (Jamie) Ruggles of Mt. Orab, Sharon (Curtis) Ward of Mt. Orab, caring grandmother of 17 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Interment was in the New Harmony Cemetery. The Megie Funeral Home, Mt. Orab, served the family.

Michael Ray Ratliff, 46 Michael Ray Ratliff, 46, of Manchester, Oh., died Wednesday, January 18, 2012. He was born January 21, 1965, in Maysville, Ky. He was preceded in death by parents, Wilburn Roy and Anna Lee (Caldwell) Ratliff. He is survived by two sons, Jason Ratliff of Middletown, and Brandon Michael Ratliff of West Union; one brother, Jeffrey L. Ratliff of Shreveport, La.; two grandsons, Tyler Evan Ratliff and Bryce Charles Ratliff of Middletown; a former wife, Tabatha Riggs of Manchester; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was a former truck driver with Nixon Trucking Company. He was a 1983 graduate of Manchester High School. A memorial service was held at the convenience of the family. Mr. Ratliff was cremated. The Lafferty Funeral Home, West Union, served the family.

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Mary Cecilia (nee Plagge) Holste, 84 Mary Cecilia (nee Plagge) Holste, 84, died Monday, January 23, 2012. She was the beloved mother of Barbara C. Fields, Robert J. Holste and Richard E. (Dianne) Holste, loving grandmother of Karla, Kyle, Bridgette, Nikki, Kevin and Danielle, great-grandmother of Ashley, Justin, Ethan, Cameron, Hannah, Robert, Jasmine and Brody, dear sister of Dorothy, Larry and the late Joseph and Madelyn. Services were held on Thursday, January 26, 2012. The Hodapp Funeral Home, College Hill, served the family.

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REV. CHARLES SMITH MT. ORAB BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH you can not push your loved ones into heaven. You can tell them how to be saved but they have to make the choice. One day, when we have to say goodbye to the ones we love, and it will happen some day, the next question will be: will we meet again? Will we be together for all eternity? That does not happen automatically. You have to be one of His sheep. In verses 27-28 of chapter 10 Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Many of these people said: “...He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?” But ladies and gentlemen, Jesus said: I have the words of eternal life. In verse 9 He said: “I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” Do you believe Him? That is the determining factor. You have to have a basis for your belief. You can not just believe in anything and everything. That guy in California said that Jesus was coming back May 21st of last year. Then he said: hold it, I made a little error, Jesus is coming back October 21st of 2011. Look, when something or someone claims to be real, there will come a test every time. Answer me this: does the counterfeit make the real wrong? Listen, people do not counterfeit something that is not of great value. Christianity is of great value; the church is of great value; therefore, there will be counterfeiters. But there is one that you can absolutely trust, His name is Jesus. He said: “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” Will you receive Him as your Saviour? Will you become one of His sheep? He gave His live for you.

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Tim Mock, administrator for the Village of Sardinia said things are looking good for this year in regard to snow issues. “Last year we ordered 40 tons of salt,” Mock said. “So far this year we’ve only used about 8 or 9 tons of salt for our nine miles of roadway that we’re responsible for. Our salt use is way down, plus with our new village truck, we’ve minimized any waste of salt because the new spreader works more efficiently than the old one. So far, so good this year. It sure saves the village money, but the winter isn’t over.” According to Bruce Lunsford, Mayor of the Village of Mt. Orab, in 2011, the village actually had to spend more money than what

had been allotted because of all the snow. “All total,” Lunsford said, “We probably spent in excess of $40,000 for snow removal, salting and man power last year. So far, we’ve only had our trucks out twice. This year we’ve used approximately 53 tons of salt, but last year we bought and used 300 tons of salt through the end of January.” Lunsford added that from the first of December last year through January Brown County received a lot of snow and the temperatures were very low, preventing much thawing. All the county municipalities are hoping for the rest of the winter to be just as mild.

Unemployment numbers jump upward in December CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ing three year lows. HIghland county was suffering a 19.5 percent jobless rate just two years ago in January of 2010. The rate in Clinton County that month was 19.2 percent. December of 2011 is the first time in over a year that neither county is in the top five in the state for highest jobless rate. The regional and state numbers from November to December showed very little movement. The Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of Brown, Butler, Hamilton, Warren and Clermont counties, showed

a .1 percent drop in the jobless rate in December to 7.6 percent. Statewide, the unemployment rate in Ohio was unchanged from November to December at 7.6 percent. Pike County once again has the highest unemployment rate in the state in December at 14.3 percent, followed by Ottawa County at 13.3 percent. Adams County is in third place at 12.0 percent, Meigs County is in fourth place at 11.8 percent and Morgan County is in fifth place at 11.7 percent. Clinton County is in seventh place at 11.1 percent and Brown

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 and we also found where they cut the wires to the alarm system and pulled the alarm control panel off the wall.” Moore said that investigators found a knife and a pair of gloves that were left behind by the thief or thieves. “We believe that the audible alarm spooked them and that’s why they took off.” Moore said a deputy arrived at the church only six minutes after the alarm went off, but that they must have just missed them. Moore added that many local churches are increasing their security and that the likelihood of someone being caught on cam-

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era is much higher than in the recent past. “There is a lot more video surveillance out there now. And those pictures will go a long way toward helping us catch whoever is responsible for breaking into these churches”, Moore said. Moore mentioned one more factor that will help catch those responsible for the breakins..the sharp eyes of those who live nearby. “If you see suspicious activity at a church, especially at night, call us and we’ll come check it out”, Moore said. He cautioned that people should not approach anyone they suspect of committing a crime, but to observe and report their activity. Moore said the Brown County Sheriff’s Office is doing extra patrolling around area churches as permitted by budget constraints and overtime costs.

business that has partnered not only with the Chamber, but with other businesses as well. We also look for what they give back and how they add value to the community.” The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities. John Tafaro, president of Chatfield College said he was both surprised and excited when he was notified about Chatfield receiving the Drucker Award. “It’s really a great compliment to be honored along with the likes of Mt. Orab Ford, the Cahall Brothers and all the others that have received this award,” Tafaro said. “It’s really a great honor and we are very proud to accept the Drucker Award. This community has stepped up many times and helped Chatfield and for that we are grateful. Just recently, thanks to the kindness and information offered by this community we have received our 10-year reaccreditation.” Also being honored is Becky Cropper, 4H Agent with the OSU Extension office who will be presented with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’ “I believe that one of the greatest things about living in Brown County are all the organizations and volunteers that come together for any

good cause,” Cropper said. “I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people.” An extension educator since 1978, Cropper has been involved in a multitude of agencies and groups throughout the county during her time with OSU. Among Cropper’s achievements and involvements include: • conducted strategic planning with the Village of Aberdeen; •Fayetteville Community Group; • Brown County Tourism Board; • Southern State’s Gateway Center board. Watch for next week’s edition of the Brown County Press for more about the annual Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast which will include photos from the event.

Free dinner in Mt. Orab The Mt. Orab United Methodist Church is hosting their Free Community Dinner on Saturday, January 28 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.. Everyone is welcome. The church is located at the corner of Elm Street and state Route 68, Mt. Orab.

Brown County Clerk of Courts office makes adjustments to be more efficient and effective CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 counties to help facilitate training improvements. Additionally, the Adams and Clinton County Clerk of Courts offices have offered to help train and guide Brown County employees during this period of transition for free of charge. Adams and Clinton Counties currently use the Henschen and Associates software for their court systems and will be able to quickly provide guidance to Brown County Clerk of Courts employees. Also, the Brown County Clerk of Courts office is looking


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• A Functioning Society. Drucker was driven by an insatiable curiosity about the world around him and a deep desire to make that world a better place. Today, organizations everywhere honor Peter Drucker by recognizing individuals, organizations and agencies within a community for hard work and commitment to their community. The Brown County Chamber of Commerce considers the Drucker Award to be the highest honor it can bestow on any business or individual who shows exemplary management skills in honor of Peter F. Drucker.

at opportunities that would allow for electronic filing and data storage of legal documents, which would help make the office more resident friendly and efficient for future growth but most importantly saving the precious financial resources of the county. “I am excited about the current developments in the Clerk of Court’s office that will immediately begin to show an improvement of services to our county residents. The residents of Brown County deserve a Clerk of Court’s office that is run like a business and re-

sponds to the technological advances of the 21st century.” stated Brown County Clerk of Courts Michele Harris. “I am grateful to have a dedicated team of employees who are eager to learn new job responsibilities and to improve the response rate of legal filings in Brown County. I want to also thank those in the community who offered their ideas on how to improve the Clerk of Courts office. I will continue to listen and incorporate the many great suggestions offered by our county residents.” concluded Clerk Michele Harris.

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Peter F. Drucker (19092005) was a writer, professor and management consultant. He was once hailed by Business Week as the ‘man who invented management’. According to, Drucker had a huge influence on organizations across the world, including General Electric, IBM, Intel, Procter & Gamble, Girl Scouts of the USA, the Salvation Army, Red Cross, the United Farm Workers and several presidential administrations. Throughout his work, he called for a healthy balance, between short-term needs and long-term sustainability, between profitability and other ob-

protest, but the court dismissed the complaint. In February of 2009 Varnau filed a complaint for a writ of Quo Warranto, which was denied by the 12th District Court of Appeals in August of 2010. Part of the 12th District’s ruling was based on the decision of the Brown County Board of Elections. Varnau appealed that ruling to the Ohio Supreme Court, which reversed the decision. The Ohio Supreme Court said that the appeals court must rule on the merits of the case rather than rely on the decision of the Brown County Board of Elections as a basis for their ruling. The case was sent back to the 12th District for review. A large part of the 12th district ruling is based on the principle that Varnau cannot claim to be entitled to a term of office

that has already expired. Varnau did not run against Wenninger in 2000 or 2004. The ruling says “A person other than the attorney general or a prosecuting attorney can bring a Quo Warranto action, as a private citizen, only when that person is personally claiming title to a public office. Further, the individual must be claiming title to a current public office as a Quo Warranto action is rendered moot by the expiration of a term of office. “Moot” is a legal term which means that something is not legally relevant. The ruling continues that “Wenninger is currently holding a four year term of office as a result of winning the sheriff’s race in the 2008 election. Accordingly, the court can only examine his qualifications and right to hold office pursuant to the 2008 election. Wenninger’s qualifications, or alleged lack thereof, for the 2000 election

and the 2004 election are moot as (those) terms as sheriff have long since expired.” The court then continued, saying that Wenninger’s time in office from 2001 as a supervisor and peace officer qualified him as a candidate in the 2008 election.

Sardinia UMC to host free dinners The Sardinia United Methodist Church to host a free community dinner on Saturday, February 4 from 5 - 7 p.m. Everyone welcome, please join us for food and fellowship The church is located at 105 South Main Street, Sardinia.



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 snows. “We’re not ordering any more salt yet,” Vilvens said. “By this time last year, December alone wiped us out. Fortunately we have back-up from the Perry Township Trustees if we do run out of salt. They do a great job taking care of Fayetteville.” Emily Henderson, administrator of the Village of Aberdeen, said last year the village ordered 22 tons of salt for its nearly 50 miles of roads. “We were ready for the first snow,” Henderson said. “Plus we still have some dry-ash, although we don’t like to use it. We probably haven’t even used half of what we’ve generally used by this time.”


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Then and now Valentine's Day is a holiday during February that commemorates love and romance and also the patron Saint Valentine. The history of St. Valentine is shrouded somewhat in mystery, and there are beliefs that many different people went by the name St. Valentine. One such individual was a holy priest who served in Rome, Italy. Some historians surmise that he was jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius II, sentenced to death, and became a religious martyr. Pope Gelasius marked February14 as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom in 496 AD. Today, the Catholic church recognizes at least three different martyred saints named Valentine or Valentius. So how did St. Valentine's Day transform from a religious holiday into one far more secular? During the third century in Rome, Claudius II decided that single men served better as soldiers if they were single and had no attachments at home in the way of a wife and family. Thusly, he outlawed marriage. St. Valentine didn't agree with the views and reportedly performed marriages for young lovers in secret. It is this which may have propelled Valentine's Day to be more about love than religious obligation. Another legend says that Valentine himself authored the first Valentine card. It has been rumored he fell in love with a woman -- the jailer's daughter -- while in prison and sent her a letter. He signed it, "from your Valentine."

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with all this room, we’ve been able to expand the job opportunities for our individuals. “Our staff of eight teaches a multitude of skills including learning to use a computer, basic writing skills, money skills like making change and technical skills to help our clients work not only in our facility but out in the work place.” G & D currently employs 12 people with the challenge of a disability, either mental or physical or both at the new facility. G & D Alternative Living receives no county funding but does receive some state funds. The facility receives a lot of its production work from Cincinnati Dowel. Individuals sort tiny plugs by grade, one piece at a time, then box them up to be sent back to Cincinnati Dowel. G & D also offers secure document shredding to area businesses. “This service we offer to securely shred documents has re-

It will be two years in July since Gordon and Diane Fitzpatrick, owners of G & D Alternative Living Inc., Williamsburg purchased the old vacated Sardinia Elementary School on College Avenue in Sardinia. G & D operates residential group homes in Brown and Clermont Counties for people with mental and physical disabilities. In April of 2012, G & D Alternative Living opened its doors at the old school operating as an adult day service program as well as a production facility providing area individuals with disabilities good employment. Gordon Fitzpatrick explained that with the purchase of the school building in Sardinia, it allowed the business to increase it’s production work. “I’ve been in this field for over 35 years,” said Fitzpatrick. “Now

ally grown, and our employees take great pride in their jobs,” Fitzpatrick added. “We place a container at a place of business, they fill it with papers they want shredded, then we pick it up. All documents are confidential with a non-disclosure agreement.” Local businesses already taking part in the shredding service are Mt. Orab Ford, First State Bank, Sardinia Pharmacy and Eastern Local School District, as well as several physicians and local residents. The cost of the shredding is negotiable and provides employment for those with disabilities that might not be able to find employment elsewhere. Eventually the shredded material is baled into 1,800 pound bales and sold. Keith Crothers, Director of Operations at the building, said the individuals are in the building from 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Van transportation is of-

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Keith Crothers, (l) Director of Operations at G & D Alternative Living, Inc. is shown with Gordon Fitzpatrick, owner of the facility along with wife Diane, stand next to the paper baler used to bale shredded paper.

fered by G & D. “Some of our individuals don’t want to work in the production end of the business,” Crothers explained. “For those

most of this new building,” Crothers said. “We’ve been able to rent out several of the large rooms as well as the gymnasium which is in great condition.” Anyone interested in learning more about either the adult day program, the secure shredding process or renting one or more of the rooms at the school, G & D Alternative Living Inc., can be reached at (937) 446-2803 or (513) 317-5593 during office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger recently accepted a generous donation from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Georgetown Post 2293. F.O.E. Vice President Jay Henize presented Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger with the donation to assist the Sheriff’s Office with the cost of drug investigations. “The cost for investigating illegal drug activity is very expensive,” said Sheriff Wenninger. “We receive a portion of the drug fines that are imposed on the defendants by the court systems. The other funding comes from donations from the public. Through our drug investigations, we have been able to put several of these drug dealers be-

hind bars and have been able to obtain leads and solve criminal cases concerning thefts and B&E’s. It is a vicious cycle that starts with dealing the drugs and hopefully we can at least make a dent in the criminal activity.” Sheriff Wenninger would like to thank the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Georgetown Post 2293 for their contribution in helping to fight illegal drug activity. Anyone with information on illegal drug activity in Brown County is asked to contact the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Drug Information Hotline at 937-3784435 Ext. 275 or you may send an anonymous tip via the Sheriff’s Website at .

Sheriff’s office apprehends theft suspect Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reports that at approximately 2:00AM this date, while on patrol, Sgt. Jamey Sininger noticed a suspicious vehicle leaving D&S Auto Salvage on State Route 125 near Hamersville. Sgt. Sininger proceeded to stop the suspect, who had a large amount of car parts in his vehicle. The suspect admitted to removing the car parts without permission. The owner of the property has valued the vehicle parts at approximately $800.00. The suspect has been identified as Johnny McLeaughlin, 23 years of age, of Augusta, Kentucky. He was charged with Theft, Criminal Trespass and Possession of Criminal Tools. McLeaughlin is currently incarcerated at the Brown County



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Warriors jump on Ripley early, Lady Broncos start quick and never hold on for seventh win in a row look back in SBC

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Jordan Payne corrals a rebound in the Warriors win over Ripley on Friday night.

jumper, the Blue Jays held a 6-4 lead about three minutes into the game. It was at that point, however, when the Warriors took over. Chase Lawson answered Haley’s bucket with a steal and layup to tie the game at six. The Warriors then began to use their defense to generate offense as Conner Purdin got behind the Ripley defense and took an outlet pass for a layup. Teammate Jordan Payne then converted another Ripley turnover into a short jumper to push the visitors out to a 10-6 lead.

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Donte Bennett then ended the Blue Jays three minute, 12 second scoring drought with a steal and finish on the other end. But the Warriors continued to run their offensive sets and get points on the other end. A Purdin 3-pointer and Payne layup off a curl on an offensive set helped Eastern to a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Early in the second quarter there was a sequence that spoke to how tough the night was going for Ripley. After Purdin drove right past the defense for a layup to begin the quarter for Eastern, the Blue Jays had a chance to answer a couple of different times. Two missed free throws from Haley were closely followed on the next Ripley possession by a Haley missed free throw and an offensive rebound from Logan Perkins, who then turned the ball over. While Ripley was struggling offensively -- thanks in large part to Eastern’s strong defensive effort -- the Warriors were clicking on offense. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Lawson and Payne pushed the Eastern lead to 23-8 before Lawson stripped Brad Kirschner in the post and found a streaking Payne for a layup on the other end of the floor. By the time Lawson hit a step back 3-pointer and Purdin blew by his defender for a layup, the Warriors had gashed open the game and led 30-8 with 2:47 left before halftime. The basket ended what was a 20-0 Warrior run. “We couldn’t stop them on the defensive end and we couldn’t get anything going

win over Bethel BY Andrew Wyder The Brown County Press In the days leading up to their clash with Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division rival Bethel-Tate, the Western Brown girls basketball team was focused on doing one thing as they looked to beat the the team that handed them their one conference loss this season-play strong pressure defense. It didn’t take long for the Lady Broncos to show just how focused they were going to be on the defensive end of the floor against the Lady Tigers last Thursday night. Moments after winning the opening tip and scoring the games first points, the Lady Broncos released a full court pressure defense that set the tone to the tune of nine unanswered points in the first minute and a half that en route to a 68-45 conference victory. “That was the first complete game we’ve played all year,” Western Brown coach Kyle Fender said. “Very, very pleased with our efforts. For us, it always starts on the defensive side of the ball. When our defensive intensity is up our offense is better. Our rebounding is better. Everything is better when our defensive intensity is up. That was our primary focus our last few practices and in the locker room pregame and halftime (and) between quarters.

Everything was always about defensive intensity.” The Lady Broncos wasted no time jumping on the visitors from Clermont County as Kylie Garrett quickly nailed a 3-pointer just nine seconds in to the game. And the Lady Broncos kept the tide rolling by beating the Lady Tigers at their own game -- pushing the tempo. Once Garrett’s shot sailed through the net, the Lady Broncos set up their full court pressure defense and quickly got the results they had hoped to. Western Brown’s Elizabeth Carter stole the ball from Bethel as they tried to advance the ball against the press and found teammate Delayne Seigla for a layup to put the Lady Broncos up 5-0 about 30 seconds in. After a missed Bethel shot, Western Brown pushed the ball again and, this time, Morgan Wright got into the action as her layup put the hosts on top 7-0 less than 40 seconds in. Then Seigla did it herself as she stole the ball and went in for a layup. Her second basket of the game put the Lady Broncos up 9-0 with 6:29 left in the first quarter and forced Bethel to call timeout. “We always stress that the first two minutes of the game are two of the most important



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On the heels of their six game winning streak, the Eastern boys basketball team came into their matchup with Southern Hills League rival Ripley last Friday night playing pretty good basketball. The one aspect of their game most responsible for that winning streak had been a strong defense that had allowed the Warriors to win games even when their offense wasn’t always clicking. With the Blue Jays and their explosive offensive on the schedule next, the Warriors were going to have to keep that string of strong defensive performances going if they wanted to get out of Ripley with a win. Not only did the Warriors do just that, they did it pretty emphatically as they held Ripley to just 14 first half points before weathering a late Blue Jay rally for a 58-49 win. “I thought we did a pretty good job giving them one shot and we also boxed out pretty well,” Eastern coach Rob Beucler said. “They took quick shots and weren’t hitting them...They’ve got a lot of weapons. They’ve got a lot of firepower.” For the Blue Jays, the slow start was all the more disappointing considering they were able to cut a huge deficit down to six points in the final minute. “It goes to show you that if you play that way the whole game instead of waiting until you got down (then) you know you can play that way,” Ripley coach Marty Adams said. “It’s more disappointing that we turned it on there and got back into it but I like the fight they showed at the end.” Early on the Blue Jays were hitting offensively. Once Michael Haley hit a baseline

on the offensive end,” Adams said. “It was just double trouble there.” As big as their defense was all night, the Warriors offense was clicking on all cylinders in the first half. “We’re not getting in a hurry and jacking it up. We’re trying to be patient,” Beucler said of the Warriors offense. “If they’re patient they’ll get good looks. That’s the big thing.” Though Perkins did score six points late in the second quarter, including a drive down the lane he finished with a finger roll layup, the Blue Jays were still held to 14 first half points and were down by 18, 32-14, at the break. While Perkins was playing well, his usual running mate, senior guard Jordan Mitchell, was forced out of the game after playing early due to an ankle injury he suffered in Ripley’s double overtime loss to Whiteoak on Jan. 17. Adams said he let Mitchell play early to see if he could but quickly realized he wasn’t able to give much and didn’t want to risk hurting him more in a game that was quickly getting out of hand. It was much the same formula in the third quarter. The Blue Jays were able to find some traction offensively but the Warriors were still executing on offense and didn’t let Ripley get any closer. In fact, after Lawson completed a four point play by hitting a 3-pointer and being fouled and Purdin and Payne hit back-to-back baskets, the Warriors had increased their lead to 26, 45-19. But Perkins -- who scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds -- did all he could to keep Ripley in the game. He hit a 3-pointer and another driving layup in the last minute of the third quarter to cut into the Blue Jays deficit. “He’s the type that, sometimes, when he turns that switch on he can clean the boards up for us,” Adams said of Perkins. “He gets a lot of offensive putbacks (because) he’s so big and strong. He can take it inside against anybody.” Teammate Riley Saelens then converted a layup right before the buzzer off a Bennett steal and dish. His bucket brought the Blue Jays back to within 19, 45-26, as the teams entered the final period. But it was quickly apparent as the fourth quarter started that despite the big deficit the Blue Jays were not going to go down without a fight. As Ripley began to put more pressure on the ball, the Warriors struggled. So much so that after Kirschner scored a layup off an Eastern turnover just 40 seconds in the final quarter to cut the Warrior led to 15, 47-32, Beucler called a timeout. “These guys, I think, feed CONTINUED ON PAGE 15

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It took a little bit longer than usual for the Ripley girls basketball team to get focused on the task at hand Monday night. With the always emotional senior night festivities taking place for lone Lady Jay senior Lydia Hamilton in Ripley’s final home game of the season before the game, combined with a strong effort from a quick and scrappy Manchester squad, the Lady Jays found themselves in a battle early in the second quarter. But as the clocked ticked towards halftime, the Lady Jays intensity increased as they found consistency on both ends of the floor and began a quick scoring burst that pushed them in the right direction as they rolled in the second half to a 68-32 Southern Hills League victory. “It was a good win. They’ve been playing well lately from what I understand,” Ripley coach Chris Coleman said. “We didn’t take care of it very well there for awhile. After we did we got into a little bit of zone offense and made some shots. Then we got some steals out of the press and scored some so it got us a little lead there at the half.” The Lady Jays looked like they were focused early as they jumped out to a 9-2 lead thanks to buckets from Kody Gilkerson and Tori Boone in the post and a 3-pointer from Jessica Garrison. But it was clear early on that the Lady Hounds weren’t going to go down without a fight. Two layups on the block from Hannah Rideout kept the visitors within striking distance as the first quarter was coming to an end. It was Gilkerson, however, who kept the Lady Jays out in front comfortably. She got the Lady Jays lead to nine when she grabbed a missed Lady Hound shot, dribbled up floor for a layup and was fouled. Gilkerson kept the lead at nine as the game entered the second quarter as she hit a short jumper to give Ripley a 17-8 lead after one quarter.

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Ripley’s Kody Gilkerson attacks the basket in the Lady Jays win over Manchester on Monday night.

“She’ll attack it,” Coleman said of Gilkerson. “Sometimes she attacks too hard. We try to get her to jump stop before she goes right into the defense. But for her size she’s not afraid to go right at anybody.” As the second quarter began the Lady Hounds quickly closed the gap. Rainelle Casey converted a runner in the lane while she was fouled to bring the Lady Hounds to within 17-11 after the made free throw. Teammate Haley Casey then got Manchester within four, 17-13, when she grabbed a teammate’s miss and layed it back in. After struggling some to start the second quarter offensively, Jaden Royal got the hosts going when she was fouled on a 3-point attempt. Royal made all three free throws to give the Lady Jays a 20-13 lead. Brianna Payne pushed the Ripley lead to 10 when she hit a 3-pointer the next time down the floor before Manchester made its run.

Another Haley Casey basket in the post was followed by free throws from Brett Himes and Rideout that got Manchester back within six, 24-18. It was at that point, though, when it seemed as if the Lady Jays settled down and began to play their game. The Lady Jays full court defense began to see results as Ripley began to put quite a bit of pressure on the Lady Hounds. Using the defense as a catalyst -- they forced 16 first half Manchester turnovers -the Lady Jays scored 12 points in the final 1:41 of the half, including seven points directly off turnovers. By the time a Garrison 3pointer found nylon with just seven seconds left in the half, Ripley found itself out in front 36-21. “I thought defensively we did okay,” Coleman said. “We run that run and jump (and) we’re gonna give up a layup occasionally. That’s just the way it is. But I’ll take the two or three turnovers for every

layup.” Coming out of the break, the Lady Jays were able to keep the intensity they had found late in the first half up to help them quickly put the game out of reach. Two more buckets from Gilkerson -- who scored a game-high 14 points -- bookended another Garrison 3pointer to start the half and push the Lady Jays to a 4321 lead. As the third quarter wore on Ripley continued to add to their lead because they were executing in their offensive sets. “It seemed like we shot the ball fairly decent tonight,” Coleman said. “I thought we did a pretty good job of moving the ball.” Manchester tried to stay with the Lady Jays but weren’t able to cut into their deficit as Ripley converted offensively. By the time Payne hit two free throws near the end of the third quarter, the Lady Jays held a 52-30 lead. “I thought our intensity was pretty good there the second half,” Coleman said. “We’ve lacked that sometimes coming out of the locker room.” There wasn’t much up in the air in the fourth quarter as the Lady Jays just continued to add to their lead. They were able to do that while getting playing time for the girls who don’t see much varsity action. “That always is nice,” Coleman said. “The last couple games we’ve got to do that.” Manchester (6-9, 3-6 SHL) 32 Rideout 3 4 10, Adams 1 2 4, Himes 1 0 2, H. Casey 3 1 7, R. Casey 2 1 5, Chaney 0 1 1, Stamper 0 0 0, Boyd 1 0 2, Himes 0 1 1, Thompson 0 0 0, Benight 0 0 0, Seldon 0 0 0. Totals: 11 10 32. Ripley (12-5, 7-3 SHL) 68 N. Royal 4 1 10, Hamilton 1 0 2, Garrison 4 0 11, Boone 1 1 3, Gilkerson 7 0 14, J. Royal 2 3 7, B. Payne 2 4 9, H. Payne 0 4 4, Fyffe 3 0 6, Bowling 0 0 0, Pfeffer 0 0 0, Wright 1 0 2. Totals: 25 13 68. Halftime: Ripley 36-21. 3pointers: M 0; R 5 (N. Royal, Garrison 3, B. Payne).

Girls Basketball 1/30 Fayetteville vs St. Pats (KY) Eastern at Lynchburg Georgetown at New Richmond 2/2 Eastern vs Ripley Western Brown vs New Richmond Georgetown at Felicity Fayetteville vs Manchester 2/4 Eastern vs St. Pats (KY) Boys Basketball 1/31 Fayetteville vs Felicity Eastern vs St. Pats (KY)

Ripley vs Whiteoak 2/3 Western Brown vs CNE Georgetown vs Williamsburg Ripley vs West Union Fayetteville at Peebles Eastern at North Adams 2/4 Fayetteville vs Xenia Christian Western Brown at Goshen Georgetown at Blanchester Wrestling 2/4 Western Brown at Batavia Invitational

WB’s Tudor opens his indoor track and field season Mack Tudor, a Western Brown senior track and field athlete, opened up his indoor track season at Marietta College on Jan. 15 to good results. The Marietta College High School Open meet boasted the best three shot put throws on the opening weekend for all Ohio athletes. Tudor placed second, behind Coy Blair of Logan High School, with a toss of 58 feet and 10 inches. The throw was Tudor’s best of his high school career and set another Western Brown record for the Senior thrower. Blair took first place with the best shot put throw in the country with a heave of 63 feet and 11 inches. Third place went to Dylan Dyke of Waverly, who last year was the Division III State Champion, with a throw of 56 feet and 4 inches. The weight throw competition saw another 58 feet, 10

inch throw from Tudor, good for third place behind Blair and Dyke. It was again the best weight throw of Tudor’s career and another Western Brown record. Despite school sponsorship having been cut due to budgetary reasons, Tudor returns to the indoor track with hopes of improving on his third place in the shot put and 11th place in the weight throw from last year’s state championships. While last year boasted 51 Western Brown student-athletes who participated around the state, this year Tudor was the only Bronco boy participating on the opening weekend. Though the school structure and monetary support is gone, Tudor shares his appreciation for the coaching staff of Chad Sexton, Jeff Jones and Tina Cooper. The trio has stepped up by volunteering their time to allow Tudor’s high school throwing career to continue.

Lady Broncos: Roll past Bethel-Tate CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 minutes of the game (and) the first two minutes of the second half,” Bethel coach Dave Fallis said. “We lost both those contests tonight.” It looked as if the Lady Tigers were going to be able to withstand the Lady Broncos quick start as they settled down after Fallis called timeout. Brooke Jenike hit a 3pointer to get the Lady Tigers on the board before teammate Andi Lanigan converted a layup off a teammates drive and dish. The baskets quickly closed their deficit to four, 9-5. Once Seigla answered with a 3-pointer for Western Brown, Jenike and Taylor Atkins hit back-to-back jumpers to cut the deficit to three, 12-9, with a little over four minutes left in the opening period. It was at that point, however, when Garrett took over for the Lady Broncos. She scored five straight points to push the Lady Broncos to an eight point lead before Carolin Baker’s pull-up jumper brought the Lady Tigers within six, 17-11, as the first quarter came to an end. But while the Lady Tigers were starting to find some consistency offensively, they had no answer defensively for Garrett and her teammates. As the second quarter began, Garrett, a 5-foot-9 guard/forward, helped Western Brown add to their lead as she converted a layup and was fouled. Her foul shot put the Lady Broncos up 20-11. Baker then answered right back for the Lady Tigers as Bethel stayed within striking distance. But, again, it was Garrett who answered as she drained a 3-pointer. Then, after the Lady Broncos forced a Lady Tigers miss, Garrett came down and hit a short jumper in the lane to put Western Brown up 25-13 with 5:24 left in the half. With their tallest player

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Kylie Garrett grabs one of her 11 rebounds in Western Brown’s win over Bethel last Thursday night.

standing 5-foot-6, the Lady Tigers had no answer for a determined Garrett. She scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. “She playing a really complete game right now,” Fender said. “What sets her offense off is she’s playing better defense and rebounding better. That gets her going offensively.” But the Lady Tigers continued to hang around. A Jenike 3-pointer kept the deficit to single digits, 25-16, with 4:20 left in the half. The Lady Broncos, however, answered with five straight points as they pushed their lead to 30-16 with 3:46 left in the half. Over the final three minutes of the half the teams both began to get out and run. They traded baskets on the

final four possessions of the half as the Lady Broncos took a 37-24 lead into the break. Despite the baskets late in the half, the Lady Broncos half court defense was starting to compliment its full court pressure as it began mixing in some zone defense with their pressure man to man. “Offense is always about rhythm so defensively your objective becomes to disrupt the other team’s rhythm,” Fender said. “That’s why we mix in and out of defenses frequently.” The second half opened with the teams trading baskets the first two and a half minutes of the half. It was at that point, however, where the Lady Broncos broke the game open. A Garrett free throw and offensive rebound and putback

got the Lady Broncos started on their way before teammate Amber Dowd hit one of two free throws to increase the Western Brown lead to 45-28. Jenike momentarily halted the Lady Broncos with a driving layup to bring Bethel within 15, 45-30. But Wright and Garrett quickly scored on back-toback possessions to put the Lady Broncos up 49-30. While Garrett put up big numbers -- and Wright and Seigla added 15 each -- it was a team effort offensively for the Lady Broncos. “That was the best we’ve ever passed the ball,” Fender said. “We got some mismatches based on size, which doesn’t happen for us very often so when it does we’ve got to look to exploit it. We were very unselfish tonight.” Though Kylie Sawyers answered for the Lady Tigers, another Garrett layup and an Elizabeth Carter free throw pushed the Lady Bronco lead to 20, 52-32 as the third quarter was winding down. Bethel battled in the final quarter as they tried to cut into the Lady Bronco lead but could get no closer than 16 before Western Brown pulled away. “This team loves to go hard,” Fender said. “I think the way we practiced reflects the way we played tonight. We had an excellent practice (last Wednesday).” Bethel (8-6, 4-2 SBC-A) 45 Baker 6 0 12, Sawyers 1 0 2, Myers 0 0 0, Poe 1 0 2, Kilgore 0 0 0, Lanigan 4 0 8, Atkins 2 2 6, Jenike 5 0 12, Shinkle 1 1 3, Allen 0 0 0. Totals: 20 3 45. Western Brown (11-4, 5-1 SBC-A) 68 Garrett 10 4 27, Henry 0 0 0, Wright 7 1 15, Carter 0 1 1, Seigla 7 0 15, Hall 0 0 0, Wiesenhahn 0 1 1, Dowd 1 4 6, Nickell 0 0 0, Fischer 0 0 0, Harvey 0 1 1, Leist 1 0 2. Total: 26 11 68. Halftime: WB 37-24. 3pointers: BT 2 (Jenike 2); WB 4 (Garrett 3, Seigla).

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Western Brown’s Mack Tudor throws the shot put at the Marietta College High School Open last Sunday. Tudor finished second in the event.

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Porter nabs big buck in Brown County Dan Porter, Williamsburg, got this nice 17 point buck Brown County buck during the second half of the deer gun season.

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BY Andrew Wyder The Brown County Press With just over a minute left in the first half it seemed as if the Fayetteville boys basketball team has seized control in their game against visiting Southern Hills League foe Whiteoak. The Rockets had just taken a nine point lead and it seemed certain they would head to the locker room with the lead and momentum. However, the visiting Wildcats used that final minute to their advantage. Though they didn’t take the lead -- they quickly cut their halftime deficit to one -- Whiteoak certainly captured the momentum and they kept that rolling after intermission as they pulled away for a 61-52 win over the host Rockets. “Tough game,” Rockets coach Darryl Iles said. “We didn’t play very well in the second half. We’ve got to play defense, move our feet and quit reaching.” Late in the first quarter the Rockets seemed to have taken control of the game. After Luke Taggert hit two free throws to give Whiteoak an 8-6 lead with 3:53 left in the first quarter, the Rockets seized control. Austin Fowler answered Taggert’s free throws with a layup off a Nick Durham dish to tie the game at eight with the Rockets next time down the floor. The Rockets were able to seize control at that point thanks a strong defensive effort that kept the Wildcats scoreless the final 3:53 of the quarter. As their intensity picked up on the defensive end of floor, the Rockets started to find consistency on offense. Off of a Trevor Clark steal, Dave Kranz got the ball down low and was fouled. He hit one of two free throws to give Fayetteville a 9-8 lead. A Clark jumper and a D.J. Iles long 3-point shot helped the Rockets to a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Rockets kept the momentum on their side as the second quarter got underway. Iles answered a Taggert three point play with a runner and a free throw to keep the Rockets lead at six, 17-11, with 6:21 left before halftime. The Wildcats responded with a putback score from Wes Stratton and another Taggert layup to close their deficit to three, 18-15, before the Rockets seemed to fully take the momentum before half. Two Kranz free throws pushed the lead back to five before Clark hit a baseline pullup jumper. Kranz then converted in the post between two Whiteoak defenders to give the Rockets a 24-15 lead with 1:07 to play in the half. It was then that the Wildcats -- who played much of the first half without starting post player Doc Seip -- made their move. Zach Doctor hit a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in the half to bring the Wildcats within six, 24-18. After Kranz missed two free throws for the Rockets, Doctor converted again. This time he completed a three point play as he layed the ball in as he collided with a Fayetteville defender. It was called a blocking foul and Doctor hit the foul shot. The Rockets next trip down

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Fayetteville’s D.J. Iles adjusts to finish at the basket in the Rockets game against Whiteoak on Tuesday night.

the floor ended with a turnover that gave the Wildcats one more shot to score before the half ended. They did just that as Taggert layed the ball in with five seconds left to bring Whiteoak within one, 24-23. The play was much like Doctor’s before his as Fowler tried to take a charge as Taggert went in for the layup but no foul was called either way. “It just took the momentum away,” Iles said of the last minute of the half. “I thought there were a couple blocks and charges there that just didn’t go our way. That was a big change in the game.” Coming out of the locker room it seemed as if Whiteoak had kept the momentum it stole from the Rockets late in the first half. Clark got Fayetteville off to a good start as he grabbed a defensive rebound and went the other way for a layup to give the Rockets a 26-23 lead. The visitors quickly responded, however, and took the lead. Seip, who was back in the game after sitting much of the first half with foul trouble, scored in the post to bring Whiteoak within one before Doctor hit his second 3-pointer of the game to give the Wildcats a 28-26 lead. Then, off of a Rocket turnover, Seip was fouled. He hit one of two free throws to put Whiteoak up three points. Iles answered for the Rockets as he hit two free throws before a Steven Meyers putback and a Stratton free throw put the Wildcats up 32-28. But the Rockets, led by Clark, didn’t let the Wildcats stray too far. Two baskets from Clark kept the Rockets nearly step for step with Whiteoak as the third quarter came to an end with the Wildcats up 3432. It stayed that way early in the fourth as Clark once again answered a Whiteoak bucket with one of his own to keep it a two point game, 36-34. Once Taggert hit a jumper at the elbow to put Whiteoak up four, 38-34, the way the game was being called came into play. With the game being called tight by the officials, each team was in the bonus with over five minutes to play. And the free throw line was

where the game turned in favor of the Wildcats. Starting with 5:30 left in the game, the two teams were sent to the free throw line a combined nine times over the next two minutes and 22 seconds. Neither team scored anything but free throws over that time period and the Wildcats came out for the better. The Wildcats hit 9-12 free throws during the stretch while the Rockets hit 3-6. By the time the barrage of free throws had ended the Wildcats held a 47-37 lead. “We didn’t really shoot real well, I think,” Iles said. “We didn’t take care of the ball offensively. Lot of cheap fouls early.” The Rockets fought to stay in the game as Corey Lykins hit a 3-pointer to bring them within 49-40 with 2:47 left. But as the Rockets went into their full court press after the make, they lost one of their playmakers. Clark fouled out as he fouled Seip as the Wildcats tried to beat the Rockets deep against the pressure. Clark was called for an intentional foul as he tried to stop Seip from converting a layup. It was his fifth foul, sending Clark -- who scored, along with Iles and Corey Lykins, a teambest 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds -- to the bench for the final 2:45 of the game. “It hurt a lot,” Iles said of losing Clark. “He played pretty hard all game.” The Wildcats continued to press ahead and push their lead out. With 1:35 left, after a Gage Carraher three point play, they led 58-43. A Fowler 3-pointer and free throw from Corey Lykins got the Rockets within 11 with about a minute left but could get no closer until Corey Lykins’ late 3-pointer sealed the final score. Whiteoak (6-8, 3-4 SHL) 61 Seip 7 5 19, Taggert 7 3 17, Stratton 1 5 7, Carraher 1 5 7, Doctor 3 1 9, Meyers 1 -0 2, Trublood 0 0 0. Totals: 20 19 61. Fayetteville (2-9, 1-6 SHL) 52 Iles 3 6 13, Clark 6 1 13, Durham 1 1 3, Kranz 1 3 5, T. Lykins 0 0 0, C. Lykins 4 1 13, Fowler 2 0 5, Stegman 0 0 0, Koch 0, 0, 0. Totals: 17 12 52. Halftime: Fay. 24-23. 3pointers: W 2 (Doctor 2); F 6 (Iles, C. Lykins 4, Fowler).


Warriors: Quick start helps in win CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 off our offense on the defensive end,” Adams said. “So if we can execute on offense and get a couple buckets, on the defensive end we can pick up the intensity. I think they focused a little bit better the second half and executed a little bit better, too.” While the timeout initially seemed to calm the Warriors down, the Blue Jays continued to get results with their pressure. Once Perkins grabbed an offensive rebound and layed it back in with 5:41 remaining, the Blue Jays were down just 13, 47-34. “We just got nervous. We got in a hurry and didn’t do what we were capable of,” Beucler said of why the pressure got to his team. “It’s a big game. These kids all play AAU together. So these kids all stepped up.” Payne -- who, along with Lawson, scored a team best 19 points -stopped the Ripley run with a tough

finish at the basket. But the Warriors found their footing back on offense and the teams traded baskets, which allowed Eastern to keep distance between themselves and the Blue Jays. With about a minute left, however, the Blue Jays made one final run. Gage Bradford got them going when he knocked down a jumper to bring Ripley back within 14, 55-41. Beucler then, with the game seemingly in hand up 14 with a minute left, took out his starters. The plan didn’t quite pay off as backup guard Austin Williams missed the front end of two one and one opportunities and the Blue Jays seized the opportunity. Haley first hit two free throws before Perkins stole an Eastern pass, went in for a layup and was fouled. He hit the free throw before Saelens, after Williams missed the second of the one and one chances, hit a 3pointer to bring Ripley within six, 55-

49, with 22 seconds left. “I think the guys just stepped up and saw (their) backs were against the wall and went full bore,” Adams said of the comeback. “We talk about that’s how we’ve got to play from start to finish instead of just waiting until we’re down 18 points to start.” But Beucler quickly put his starters back in and Purdin and Lawson hit 3-4 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory. Eastern (8-4, 4-2 SHL) 58 Lawson 6 3 19, Payne 7 4 19, Scott 0 2 2, Purdin 5 1 12, Prine 2 0 4, Pollitt 1 0 2, Bechler 0 0 0, Boudreau 0 0 0, Burns 0 0 0, Williams 0 0 0. Totals: 21 10 58. Ripley (8-4, 4-3 SHL) 49 Perkins 10 3 25, Mitchell 0 0 0, Saelens 2 0 5, Bradford 2 1 5, Haley 4 2 10, Bennett 1 0 2, Kirschner 1 0 2, Arnett 0 0 0, Yeager 0 0 0. Totals: 20 6 49. Halftime: Eastern 32-14. 3-pointers: E 6 (Lawson 4, Payne, Purdin); R 3 (Perkins 2, Saelens).

Basketball roundup Girls basketball Lynchburg-Clay ends Georgetown’s regular season winning streak The Lady G-Men traveled to battle Lynchburg-Clay on Monday evening and came home with their first loss of the season by a score of 4945. The loss snapped the the Lady G-Men’s 45 game regular season winning steak that dated back to Dec. 2010. Brooke Hertlein and Laney Lewis were the key players that led to the Lady Mustangs win. “Lynchburg played well,” Lady G-Men coach Bernie Cropper said. “They have two outstanding players, Brooke Hertlein and Laney Lewis. We had trouble with them.” The Lady Mustangs length also helped them play a strong defensive game against Georgetown (13-1, 60 SBC-N) and create 20 turnovers. While the winning streak was special, Cropper feels his team can learn and get better from the loss. “Three teams have put this together. A lot of credit to them,” he said before adding. “In the long run, we’ll learn from this. We’ll be better.” Georgetown was without standout senior guard Casey Carter in the game. She broke a bone in a finger on her non-shooting left hand in practice last week. Cropper expects Carter back on Feb. 1. Jesse Kidwell and Madison Pack scored 12 points apiece in the loss to Lynchburg. Last Thursday, in their first game without Carter, the Lady G-Men rolled past Southern Buckeye Conference National Division foe Batavia 65-22. The Lady G-Men jumped on Batavia early and led 22-2 at the end of the first quarter as they rolled to a win. Kidwell led the way again with 21 points while Megan Hatfield, seeing increased playing time with Carter out, scored 10 points. Eastern girls earn SHL win The Lady Warriors traveled to Manchester last Thursday night and came home with a 59-44 Southern Hills League win. “Okay,” Eastern coach John Burrows said of how his team played. “Manchester played pretty well. They gave us a little bit of trouble.” Having not played in a week, and playing on the road, the Lady Warriors (8-5, 7-2 SHL) were a little rusty and didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in the win. But the Lady Warriors were able to come out with

the win by playing well enough defensively and having a balanced scoring attack. Andrea Tracy had her third straight strong game as she led Eastern with 16 points. Allison Prine added 14, Emile Turner 10 and Maria Johnson 7 while Kayla Seigla and Tressie Lewis scored six apiece. Fayetteville cruises past Whiteoak The Lady Rockets traveled to Whiteoak on Monday night and came home with an 8725 win. Thanks to a solid 41 percent from 3-point range, the Lady Rockets (14-2, 9-1 SHL) were able to cruise to a victory. “It was one of our better outside shooting nights,” Fayetteville coach Toby Sheets said. Makayla Rosselot led the way with 28 points while Megan Eyre chipped in 23 points, six steals and seven assists. Lincoln Smyth added 18 points. Last Thursday night the Lady Rockets knocked off West Union 67-22. Eyre led the way with 26 points. Western Brown knocks off Milford in overtime On Monday night the Lady Broncos welcomed Milford to Mt. Orab for a non-conference tilt and, thanks to solid play down the stretch, they held on for a 53-50 overtime win over a solid Lady Eagles squad. “We executed better down the stretch than we did early in the game,” Western Brown coach Kyle Fender said. “We minimized our turnovers in the fourth quarter and overtime.” In a close game throughout, including overtime, the difference was how well the Lady Broncos shot at the free throw line. Western Brown shot 14-21 for the game but 7-8 in overtime. Kylie Garrett led the way 22 points and eight rebounds. Ty Henry added 11 points. Lady Jays roll to conference win The Ripley girls basketball team rolled to a 60-25 Southern Hills League win over Whiteoak last Thursday night thanks to a solid defensive performance. “We tried to get them to play a little faster than they wanted to,” Ripley coach Chris Coleman said. “I think we sped Whiteoak up a little faster than they wanted to play, which was in our favor.” The Lady Jays played well offensively and had a solid shooting performance in the win. Boys basketball Western Brown stays

perfect in league play The Broncos traveled to Amelia last Friday night and picked up its fifth Southern Buckeye Conference American Division victory of the season, 61-47, against no defeats. “We played fairly decent,” Western Brown coach Greg Foster said. Thanks to patient offensive sets and a solid defensive performance for much of the night, the Broncos (11-3, 5-0 SBC-A) were able to jump out early and withstand an Amelia rally. Spencer Howard led the way with 20 points on 10-11 shooting despite battling foul trouble and fouling out midway through the final quarter. He also grabbed eight rebounds. “It was his best game of the season,” Foster said of Howard. Solid team play helps Georgetown to win over Amelia The G-Men hosted Amelia last Saturday evening and came away with a 54-39 win thanks to a solid team effort. “We played well,” Georgetown coach Jerry Underwood said. “Defensively I thought our intensity was a lot better.” Just as they played defensively, the G-Men (7-6) played well on the offensive end of the floor. They shot the ball at 47 percent clip but struggled at the free throw line in the win. Gage Bradley, like he has for much of the year, led the way for the G-Men with 16 points. Jacob Miller added 13 and Bruce-Derrick Williams scored eight points. “Overall our team play was good,” Underwood said. “All the kids had moments.” The G-Men’s schedule game against East Clinton was postponed on Friday due to weather and was played, instead, on Wednesday night. In the rescheduled game, the G-Men came out on top 69-64. Miller led the way with 19 points. Eastern keeps winning streak going The Warriors won their eighth straight game on Tuesday night when they beat visiting Lynchburg-Clay 60-42 in a matchup of Southern Hills League big school teams. The Warriors had the lead for much of the night but sealed the win right after the halftime break. “We came out in the third quarter and put them away by getting some turnovers,” Eastern coach Rob Beucler said. Chase Lawson led a balanced attack, buoyed by solid bench play, with 18 points.



Rockets lose momentum, conference game to Whiteoak


WB grapplers host Hammer and Anvil BY Andrew Wyder The Brown County Press The Western Brown wrestling team held its annual Hammer and Anvil Invitational last Saturday and, despite the weather, it went off without many hitches. While the tournament was successful, it wasn’t quite as fruitful a day on the mats for the Broncos. With several wrestlers out due to injuries and others ineligible, the Broncos weren’t able to field a full team of wrest lers to compete in the tournament and they finished in13th place. Rochester (MI) won the tournament with 328 points while Campbell County (KY) and New Richmond came home in second with 286.5 points apiece. Glen Este was right behind with 280 points. Despite just eight wrestlers competing, four Broncos placed in the tournament. Andy Wallace led the way as he finished in 5th place in the 182 lb. weight class by beating Brett Keeton of Campbell County 5-1 in his final match. Wallace finished 4-1 on the day. Blake Silvis (126 lbs.), Jake Latham (138lbs) and Andrew White (220 lbs.) each finished in seventh place. Thanks to a 6-5 decision over Wes Hewitt from ClintonMassie in his final time on the mats, Silvis earned seventh place for his 3-2 day on the mats. With an identical 3-2 record on the day, Latham was able t o earn a seventh place finish. He beat Oscar Romero of Franklin by a default. White earned a seventh

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Western Brown wrestler Andrew White looks for his move against Piqua’s Drew Durand last Saturday at the Hammer and Anvil Invitational.


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Western Brown’s Blake Sivlis (left) tries to gain control in his match against Cody Gabelman of New Richmond at the Hammer and Anvil Invitational last Saturday.

place finish thanks to his pin of Skylar Murphy of Hillsboro in his fifth match of the day. He finished 2-3 on the mats on Saturday. Despite the winter weather,

13 teams wrestled in the varsity tournament on Saturday. Western Brown also hosted a junior high tournament on Friday night and pee-wee tournamen t on Sunday.

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Floyd and Norma (Davidson) Reveal, of Williamsburg, will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary Feb. 14. The couple were married Feb. 14, 1947 in Mt. Healthy. They have a son, Wayne (Kay) Reveal of Batavia, two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Another son, Gary Reveal, is deceased. Floyd (Red) Reveal is retired from the Batavia Ford Motor Plant. The Brown County Press would like to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Reveal on their 65th wedding anniversary.

Kelch family celebrates Russellville Kiwanis pass out ‘personal safety book’ five generations Five generations of Sardinia’s Kelch family got together on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Pictured above is standing, left to right, Mike Kelch, grandfather, Ashley Kelch Roush, mother, Ken Kelch, great grandfather, seated is great, great grandfather Virgil Kelch holding the newest addition, Gage Roush. The Brown County Press would like to congratulate the Kelch family!

Mount Orab Livewires 4-H Club now accepting new members The Mount Orab Livewires 4-H Club is looking to extend their membership for the upcoming year. If your child is between the ages of 8 (and in the third grade) and 18 as of January 1st of this year they may be eligible to join. The first meeting

is expected to take place on February 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Western Brown High School. If you are interested in joining or would like more information please contact Susan Kelsey at (937) 444-5107 or Lori Nethero at (513) 317-0250.

Ron Dvorachek and Becky Cropper of the Russellville Kiwanis Club recently distributed the “Personal Safety Book” to 42 fifth grade students at the Russellville Elementary School. The students will use the book in Beth Hauke’s health class. The students will participate in a Safety Poster Contest which will be judged and the results displayed during the Kiwanis All You Can Eat Sausage N’ Pancake Breakfast on March 3, 2012, from 7 AM to 10:00 AM at the Russellville Elementary School. The community’s support of the Pancake Breakfast is one way the Russellville Kiwanis Club is able to serve the children of the community with projects like

this and scholarships to college. The Russellville Kiwanis Club would like to thank all the individuals, organizations, and merchants in the county who contributed to the “Personal Safety Book Project.” This project provides fifth grade student with their personal safety book. This book is used by the teachers, usually in health class, and involves the parents in teaching safety at home, safety at work, safety at school and safety at play. It also has a good section on prevention of drug abuse. At the end of the school year, each child takes this book home as a personal reference book on safety.


Couple shares vows Bethany Ann Hawkins and Michael Edward Bresnen were joined in holy matrimony on Friday, August 12, 2011, at six o'clock in the evening at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Oh. Fr. Eric Knapp officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Sharon Blum Hawkins of Circleville. The groom is the son of Lawrence and Kathleen Verne and the late Joseph Bresnen of Cincinnati. Granddaughter of Ruth Blum and the late Jerome H. Blum, Lake Waynoka and Charles and Rita Hawkins, Hamersville. Bethany wore a silk ivory wedding gown and three-tier cathedral vail. She carried a bouquet of pale pink garden roses, white roses, hydrangeas, and freesia. Sisters of the bride, Andrea Hawkins Surber and Jenny Hawkins served as matron and maid of honor. Brother of the groom, Sean Bresnen, served as best man. An outdoor reception was held at The Krippendorf Mansion on the wooded property of the Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford. Music was played under the stars by The Clyde Brown Band, with a guitar solo by Mike Bresnen. The bride is employed by Cincinnati Children's Hospital; the groom is the owner of Mike Bresnen Photography. The couple resides happily in Cincinnati. The Brown County Press would like to congratulate Bethany and Michael on their nuptials.

Computer classes offered at Southern Hills



Are you looking for a fun way to learn more about computers? Look no further! Take a class at Southern Hills Career Center. An Introduction to Computers class starts Tuesday, January 24, 2012, and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 - 9 p.m. for three weeks. Introduction to Computers is an overview course for those with little or no computer experience. Topics covered include using a computer, navigating the Internet, basic file management, and overviews of Microsoft Word. Are you seeking a class to teach you about the major features of Microsoft Word? Register for the Microsoft Word class at Southern Hills CTC and learn how to use templates, print labels and envelopes, set margins and tabs, automatic spell and grammar correction, Word Art, Clip Art, and much, much more! The Microsoft Word class begins on January 30, 2012, and will meet on Monday and Wednes-

day evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for three weeks. Both the Introduction to Computers class and the Microsoft Word classes will be held at the Southern Hills Career Center, 9193 Hamer Road, Georgetown. For more information or registration for any class, please call Southern Hills Adult Education office at (937) 378-6131 Ext. 357.

Fancher on Deans List Brittany Fancher was recognized as being placed on the Dean’s List for the fall quarter at the University of Cincinnati – Clermont. She is a freshman at UC Clermont and is currently majoring in Early Childhood Education. Brittany is a recent 2011 graduate of Western Brown High School.

Spanish Club visits Locust Ridge Nursing Home On December 7, 2011 the Western Brown High School Spanish Club visited the Locust Ridge Nursing Home. Students sang their hearts out spreading Christmas cheer to all the residents (in Spanish and in English)! Front Row L-R: Mrs. Fulton’s children Grace, Silas. Second Row L-R: Garret “Zanahoria” Macdonald, Merenda Jennings, Ben “Armando” Booker, Hannah Partin, Casey “Violeta” Vernon, Brittany Maston, Gabe “Diablo” Strong, Deavon “Serena” Arnold, Jessica “Alejandrina” Vaught, Miranda Kain, Megan Whisman, Kristen “Ana” Lapp, Katie “Armonia” Newberry. Third row L-R: Kenny “Alfredo” Elam, Jonny “Paco” Neal, Courtney “Catalina” Gentry, Ericka “Bella” Hibbits, Sam Darnell, Kara “Liliana” Kreiner, Anna “Daniela” Mefford, Ashlee “Estrella” Henize, Courtney “Elena” Taylor, Emily “Clara” Malott, Katie “Lucía” Smith, Ericka “Reina” Quittschreiber. Back row L-R: Cheyenne “Tímida” Woods, Savannah “Susana” Wisby, Daniel Martinez, Anthony “Pedro” Rutherford, Shelby “Viviana” Caudill, Cassidy “Fe” Blair. NOT PICTURED: CLUB SPONSORS: Señora Paula Ekstedt and Señora Kelly Fulton.

Chatfield College calls for Rankin visits H’ville students Second grade students at Hamersville were crafters and quilt exhibitors rewarded forElementary good behavior in Chatfield College will host its annual Quilt and Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the St. Martin campus in St. Martin, Ohio. This popular show will feature the creations of local and regional quilters and quilt collectors, quilt vendors, a craft show, traditional craft demonstrations, entertainment, food, and a book sale. The quilt exhibit will include traditional and contemporary quilts of any theme. The show will also include a quilt contest featuring the theme “Celebrate the Seasons.” Applications are available now to exhibit quilts, demonstrate or

sell crafts and to enter the quilt contest. The craft show will highlight over 25 area artisans who will exhibit, demonstrate and sell their traditional crafts. General admission for 2012 Quilt and Craft Show is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Chatfield College is located in northern Brown County, Ohio near the intersection of US Route 50 and 68. The address is 20918 State Route 251, St. Martin, Ohio, 45118. For information, log on to, call 513-875-3344, ext. 140 or email:

UW-Madison announces fall Dean’s Honor List The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized Rose Elizabeth O'Donnell, Fayetteville, College of Engineering, who has been named to the Dean's Honor List for the fall semester of the 20112012 academic year. Students who achieve at a high level academically are

recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the honor.

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December with a presentation from Mr. Matthew Rankin. Matthew shared about his recent mission trip to the country of Honduras with the group called Compassion. This group encourages people to support children in under-privileged countries where children are barely surviving. Matthew shared stories about children not having schools to go to, homes made of poles with a tarp thrown over them, children sleeping on the bare ground, maybe having a cupful of rice as their food for the day, and drinking water from a plastic bag if they could get it. Students learned there were very few roads and cars in Honduras and the land was barren with very few crops growing and animals roaming. Matthew encouraged children to be grateful for what they have for they are


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certainly blessed to have a home and a school to go to and learn. Second grade students and teachers want to thank Matthew for a great presentation and encouraging everyone to always try to do their best, but most importantly, to have compassion for other people who are less fortunate.

Master teacher consortium to meet on February 2 The next meeting of the Master Teacher Consortium will be held Thursday, February 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Brown County Educational Service Center located on the fairgrounds in Georgetown. Since the consortium is governed by Ohio’s Sunshine Law, all meetings are open to the public unless an executive session is

convened for the purpose of evaluating teacher portfolios. For more information about the Master Teacher Program visit the Brown County ESC website at Questions may be directed to either Joan Garrett, consortium facilitator, at (937) 378-6118 or Marci Schaefer, consortium chair, at (513) 875-3520.



Reveals to celebrate their 65th anniversary

Kiwansis Member Ron Dvorachek presenting Maria Rockey, a student at Russellville Elementary one of the safety books.

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quired. Feral and barn cats brought in traps can be fixed for the same $20 or 35 fee. Annual vaccines and other services, such as flea treatment, are also available for a nominal fee. Cats in heat or as young as 8 weeks can be safely spayed or neutered at no extra charge. Spaying and neutering can offer significant benefits to you and your cat. Problem behaviors such as spraying, fighting and territorial roaming can be greatly reduced, and female cats will no long go into heat. Spaying and neutering also stops the cycle of overpopulation. Space for the clinic is limited, and appointments are required. For more information or to make an appointment, call (513) 871-0185, or visit Website

Ripley Federal to again offer scholarship Ripley Federal Savings Bank is pleased to announce it will once again offer its’ annual scholarship award for the 2011-2012 school year. This scholarship is non-recurring and will be awarded in the amount of $500.00. All high school seniors in the counties of Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland, who are planning to attend college and major in business, economics, finance or accounting, and have a cumulative grade

point average of 3.0 or higher, may apply for this award. Application forms are available at the Ripley office located at 1006 S. Second Street, Ripley, Ohio; the Georgetown office located at 200 E. State Street, Georgetown, Ohio, or from your high school guidance counselor. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 23, 2012. The winner will be notified no later than May 1, 2012.


The Brown County Animal Shelter announces a low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter clinic for cats on Feb. 21. Pick up for residents’ cats will be 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. at the shelter located at 100 Veterans Blvd., Georgetown. Ohio Alleycat Resource (OAR) and Spay/Neuter Clinic’s “Neuterville Express” will transport cats to the organization’s Cincinnati-based clinic and return the cats to the shelter for pick up by their owners on the next day, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. OAR is offering a “Beat the Heat” promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities for the Feb. 21 transport. A female cat can be spayed for a special rate of only $20 during this promotion, which includes a free rabies vaccination. Male cats can be neutered for $35, with an additional $10 charge if rabies vaccination is re-


1962 time capsule found at Eastern School set to be opened Feb. 2 before Open House A beautiful new building, shining with a reflection of Eastern Warrior colors and pride welcomed the students and staff at Eastern Middle School on Tuesday January 17, 2012. Students began their first day of classes in the new building with a welcome assembly in the gymnasium, led by principal Rob Beucler. When asking the students their first impression of the new building, teachers heard such statements as, "amazing", "cool" and "the gym is huge!" One student commented, "I am so thankful to be in the new is awesome." The excitement continues to mount as students, staff, parents and residents of Eastern Local School District prepare for the Thursday, February 2, Open House and Dedication of the new Middle School. The event will be held at the new middle school cafetorium beginning at 6 p.m. Just prior to the Open House at 5 p.m. a time capsule found by the construction team will be opened. The capsule was placed in the old building in 1962. The staff said a search is currently underway to find anyone who knows something about the time capsule. Everyone from the district is invited and welcome to attend the event.

Services scheduled to honor ‘Four Chaplains’ In commemoration of the dramatic sacrifice of four armed forces chaplains during World War II, The American Legion will observe Religious Emphasis Week, Feb. 1-7 and Four Chaplains’ Sunday, Feb. 5, Chaplain Bill Graybill of Post 180, Georgetown announced. Legion officials and clergymen are planning special programs for the observance of the 68th anniversary of the sinking

of the USS Dorchester and the heroism demonstrated by four valiant chaplains. Of the many thrilling incidents of World Way II, probably none stirred the nation more deeply than the story of these four men of God whose heroic efforts were credited with the saving of more than 200 lives. These four: a Jewish Rabbi, a Roman Catholic Priest, and two Protestant Ministers, calmly is-

ODOT seeking comment on proposed project As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9’s Planning & Engineering Department, the Environmental Office is seeking public input on the following proposed project. Brown County – BRO-3211.40; PID: 75450 – The proposed project is a paving project from 0.06 miles east of C.R. 76 to T.R. 131 in Washington Township. The project also includes the removal of an abandoned railroad bridge at the 11.98-mile marker; the bridge removal is due to site distance issues

and the encroachment of the bridge abutments on the roadway. The project will require approximately 0.257 acres of permanent right of way, which is located on an old railroad embankment. No streams, rivers or waterways will be affected, and no homes or businesses will be removed by the project. Additional information regarding this project, including a complete project description, maps and plans sheets, is available online at tricts/D09/Pages/Public-In-

volvement-Process.aspx Issues the public may wish to comment on include the effect of the project on local residents, air quality, the local economy, and historic or cultural resources. Written comments should be submitted by February 7, 2012, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to: Greg Manson, Environmental Supervisor ODOT District 9 P.O. Box 467; 650 Eastern Avenue Chillicothe, Ohio 456701 E-Mail: greg.manson@

sued life-belts to American servicemen aboard the troop transport after it was torpedoed on Feb. 3, 1943. When the supply of life preservers was exhausted, the four chaplains removed their own life belts and gave them to four soldiers and then stood calmly on the sinking ship, their arms around one another’s shoulders, and their heads bowed in prayer. Inspired by the heroic deed of these four Chaplains, The American Legion each year marks the anniversary of their supreme sacrifice through special services and programs throughout the nation. Everyone

Sardinia Friends of the Library to hold Silent Auction Do you have a special talent for making items? Do you have a business and would like free advertising? The Sardinia Friends of the Library would like to invite you to donate items for our annual silent auction coming this spring. You can drop off items to donate at the Sardinia Library or call (937) 446-1565. Watch this paper for auction dates in March and more details.

is invited to this years observances to be held on Sunday, Feb. 5 at the West Fork Baptist Church in Georgetown at 11 a.m., and at the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown at 2 p.m.

Valore Salon donates to Dress for Success Valore Salon, located in Georgetown, has donated the items from their December Dress for Success Drive. "We had an outstanding response from the community," commented RaeLena Morrison, owner of Valore Salon. "We donated over 100 items to the local Cincinnati Dress for Success chapter." All of the items donated will stay at the Cincinnati store and help women in the tri-state area. "Thank you to everyone who donated during December," said Morrison. "This was our second year running this drive and we look forward to doing this every year."

Creature Feature What pet owers need to know about dental disease


Brown County Relay for Life gearing up The Brown County Relay For Life Committee is looking for participants and teams to register for the Relay this coming May 19, 2012. Pictured above is the committee at the last meeting held at the Greystone model home in Mt Orab. The theme this year is "You Don't Have to be a Superhero to Fight Against Cancer". For more information on participating in the Relay For Life go to /browncounty or contact Abbey Sullivan at 1-(888)-227-6446.


Sardinia Church of Christ to participate in ‘Project Linus’ Come join us on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Sardinia Church of Christ, 7130 Bachman Drive, Sardinia, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for “National Make A Blanket Day”. The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, homemade, washable blankets and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteer blanketeers. Quilts and blankets for children in need will be assembled, and

we would like to invite the community to attend. Please bring your lunch and drink as well as supplies for the type of blanket you will be making such as yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing machine, or whatever it is you use to make your blanket. Minimal supplies will be offered such as yarn and fabric for afghans and quilts. No baby-sitting will be provided. We will also be accepting donations of blankets you may already have finished or if you are cleaning out your stash,

we would love to be the recipient of any new, kid-friendly pieces of flannel, cotton, yarns or any batting you may have lying around. The Fayette County Chapter of Project Linus services Adams, Brown, Fayette, and Highland Counties. If you would be interested in making a blanket to comfort a child or would like to offer a donation please contact Carol Chambers Chapter Coordinator Assistant at 937-927-5455 at (email for more information.

Eighty percent of dogs and cats age 5 and older have some form of dental disease. Not just stains and bad breath, but diagnosable disease. Why the high numbers? The main culprit is plaque that develops on your pet’s teeth just like on human teeth. But unlike our pets, we humans have mastered the task of brushing our teeth daily. Some of us floss, rinse with fluoride, and even scrape our tongues for good measure. Plaque might not stand much of chance in your mouth, but your pet’s is a different story. Plaque is a colorless film that’s loaded with harmful bacteria. As plaque builds, these bacteria can cause tartar around the gumline, gingivitis, and eventually full-blown periodontal disease, which can destroy the gums and other tissues that support the teeth. Once periodontal disease develops, the consequences are not confined to the mouth. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause infection, organ failure, and general poor health. Every major system of the body can be at risk. The good news is that dental disease is highly preventable and treatable in most pets. Ask your veterinarian for a complete oral checkup and take your pet in for


cleanings once a year up to age 5 and twice a year after that. Dry food is generally a better choice than the moist variety because the crunching action scrapes plaque from the teeth. If your


pet already has dental problems, ask your vet about special diets designed to promote oral health. There are several high-quality therapeutic foods on the market that help prevent plaque, tarter, and bad breath. Dr. Dan Meakin is the owner of All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike in Amelia. Call (513) 797-PETS.



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DAVID DUGAN hemlock-killing pest in southeast Ohio. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is a small, aphid-like insect native to Asia that threatens the health and sustainability of eastern hemlock and Carolina hemlock in the eastern United States. HWA was first reported in the eastern United States in 1951 near Richmond, Va. By 2005, it was established in portions of 16 states from Maine to Georgia, where infestations covered about half of the range of hemlock. The relatively small infestation was discovered at Shade River State Forest in Meigs County as part of ODNR’s ongoing forest health survey program. At this time, five trees out of approximately 500 hemlock trees surveyed were infested. HWA is primarily transmitted by wind and birds. Officials believe the finding in Ohio is the result of natural spread from nearby areas where the pest is established. While a small number of HWA infested landscape hemlocks have been reported to ODA, this is the first time HWA has been detected in a naturally occurring stand of hemlock in Ohio. After further survey of the areas surrounding the site of infestation, state and federal officials will determine an appropriate course of action. Soil and Water Conservation District Tree Sales Check with the local Soil and Water Conservation Offices to see if they are doing a tree sale. I know some of them are either doing a tree sale now, or in the near future. So if you are looking to purchase some trees that might be a place to start. Dates to Remember Dates to Remember Pesticide Re-certification Pre-registration is required and will save you $10 on registration. The fee for re-certification is different from the fee to ODA. This fee is paid to OSU Extension for the class which includes publications and a meal. Pre-register, with payment at least 5 days prior to the class to save $10. The remaining date is Jan. 23, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. The class will be at Southern State Comm. College in Fincastle. To register call OSU Extension at (937) 378-6716. Mailing address is 325 W. State St. Bldg. B, Georgetown, OH 45121. Our surrounding counties offer Pesticide Re-cert on: Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in Ross; Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Pike; Feb. 15 in Fayette at 1 p.m. and 6:30

p.m. in Clinton; and Feb. 29 in Clermont at 6:30 p.m. For other locations and dates you can go to . Gardening Educational Classes - These are open to the public: January 19 - Meditation Gardens; February 23 Starting Seeds; March 15 Flowers; April 18 - Container Gardening; and May 17-Herbs. Classes taught by OSU Extension Master Gardeners. Master Gardener Meeting/ Class - The Master Gardener Meetings for Adams, Brown, and Highland Counties for January will be held at Southern State Community College in Fincastle on January 23. The meetings will be held separately for each county group following the educational session which begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. January session will feature Brad Bergefurd discussing Garden Lay-out, Pruning, and Spraying Options. Similar meetings will be held in March and May with different subjects. Beef School - These sessions are offered statewide, and locally, starting January 26 at North Adams HS in Seaman, in the round room. The class will also be at North Adams on February 16. The class will meet at Hillsboro HS in the Voc. Ag classroom on February 9 and March 1. Each class begins at 7 p.m. Please call the OSU Ext. in Highland Co. (937) 393-1918 to register for the program so we can make arrangements for space, no charge. Ohio River Valley Agronomy Day - The day is February 1, 2012 at the Mason Co. Extension Office in Maysville, Ky. There is no charge, but please RSVP at 606-564-6808 for meal count. Sheep and Goat School First session is scheduled for this regional type meeting on February 6, and will run for 4 sessions on the next 3 Mondays. The program starts at 7 until 9 p.m. The program will be offered in Wilmington at the OSU Extension Office (937) 382-0901 and in Athens at the OSU Ext. Office 740-5938555. Annie’s Project To read details about Annie’s Project, log onto: http://www.extension.iastate.e du/annie/index.html We are planning to offer this program starting on February 29 in Mt. Orab, in the Community Room at Western Brown HS. The class will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program is being offered through OSU Extension in Clermont, Adams, Brown and Highland Counties. There will be more details in coming weeks. For more information you can call your local OSU Extension Office or e-mail Gi Gi Neal at or David Dugan at


Here Comes the Super Bowl: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk! The Super Bowl is America’s most popular national sporting event. All across the country, millions of people gather to socialize and watch the big game. The Brown County Safe Communities Coalition and local highway safety and law enforcement officials have joined forces with the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Football League (NFL), and the Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition to spread an important safety message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. This message is for everyone who will be drinking during the big game. Make the right play and pass your keys to a designated driver so they can get you home safely. There is no excuse to get flagged for a false start. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out to stop anyone who decides to drink and drive. In 2010, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. Driving while impaired could result in a loss of your driver’s license or even possibly the loss of your or someone else’s life. On Super Bowl Sunday, make it a team

SUSAN BASTA effort to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe. If you plan on driving, plan not to drink alcohol. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over! Designating a sober driver should be on the top of everyone’s Super Bowl party list. It’s just one of several easy steps to help save lives. And here are other tips from NHTSA for a safe and happy Super Bowl experience! If you are hosting a Super Bowl party: Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in an impaired-driving crash. Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers. Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert. Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired. If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant: Des-

ignate your sober driver before the party begins and leave your car keys at home. Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks. If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober. Never let a friend get behind the wheel of their vehicle if you think he or she is about to drive while impaired. Remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Finally, and most importantly, always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers. So during this year’s Super Bowl, eat lots of great food, take in the halftime show and enjoy the multi-million dollar commercials, but don’t drink and then drive home afterwards. It doesn’t matter if you are rooting for the New England Patriots or the New York Giants-- if you drink and drive after a Super Bowl party, you might not live to see another game. Let the teams do the blitzing on the football field! For more information, please visit NHTSA's Super Bowl XLVI Page.


The 2012 Tobacco Grower Meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 20th. Dr. Kenny Seebold, UK Tobacco Specialist in Plant Pathology will discuss tobacco diseases and fungicide programs for 2012. Dr. Will Snell, UK Tobacco Specialist in Economics will discuss marketing and economics. We will discuss the results of last year’s local field plots and local tobacco tour. There will be representation from the Burley Co-op and more at the program. Location and time is yet to be finalized, but should be available soon. There is no charge for the program, but we do ask that you RSVP so we know how many to plan for. Check next week’s article for updates and finalized details. Farmer’s Market Meeting There will be a meeting to discuss a Farmer’s Market this Thursday, January 26th at 5:30 p.m. at the Southern State Community College in Fincastle. The discussion will be geared toward interest in participation, locations, times, etc. With questions you can contact Christie Welch by calling 800-297-2072 or Master Gardener Training Do you like to garden? Are you interested in helping others? Do you like to volunteer to help others? Would you like to learn more about gardening? If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, you may want to look into the OSU Master Gardener Volunteer Program. The training is designed to train those interested in becoming volunteers to help with community projects and other people with gardening. This is a 13 week class that includes over 50 hours of training from OSU Extension and others who specialize in such things as trees, plant diseases, insects, etc. You can read more about the program at We have scheduled a class to start on February 15th at Western Brown HS in Mt. Orab. The cost for the 13 week class includes a notebook and is only $150. In order to take the class and become a Master Gardener Volunteer, you will need to complete a background check, and you will need to register by February 10, 2012 at the Clermont Co. Extension Office (513) 732-7070. The class schedule will be listed for those not interested in becoming a volunteer and just want to pick classes to attend if space is available. The cost for individual classes will be $30. Officials Discover Hemlock Pest in Southeast Ohio Forest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) today announced the discovery of a


Clinical Healthcare students deliver presents to the Pregnancy Resource Center

Students donate presents to PRC The Clinical Healthcare Services students of the Southern Hills Career and Technical Center (SHCC) in Georgetown, Ohio donated Christmas presents to the Pregnancy Resource Center A Place of Hope. These gifts were a community service project of these students as well as the Technical Honor Society and staff of SHCC. The gifts donated were given to the children of the PRC clients. Many children who would have otherwise had a bleak Christmas morning were excited to see these gifts under their tree. The PRC also received gifts from Mount Up Ministries,

the motorcycle ministry of the Georgetown Church of Christ, the staff and customers of Ripley McDonald’s and members of the Georgetown Church of Christ who participated in their “Angel Tree” ministry. The generosity of each who donated led to a happier Christmas morning for seventy-five Brown County children. The Pregnancy Resource Center is a Christian, life-affirming, non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents provide a better life for their children. They are supported solely through the generosity of churches, individuals and those who participate in PRC fundraisers.

Because of such support, the Pregnancy Resource Center is able to remain A Place of Hope here in Brown County and surrounding communities. Those interested in learning more about the PRC and the services they provide are welcome to stop in during regular office hours: Monday and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm; Tuesday 10 am to 6 pm; and Wednesday 2 pm to 6 pm. The Pregnancy Resource Center is located at 852 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown, Ohio. Families in need may call 937378-6853 for an appointment. All services are confidential.


Mt. Orab Girl Scouts donate money for toy drive, announce raffle winner The girls of Mt. Orab Girl Scout troop #42562 held a bake sale in October to raise money to buy toys to donate to the Brown County Peace Officers toy drive. All proceeds went to the toy drive. The girls in our troop who participated are Allyson and Audrey Adams, Jasmine Kiser, Kaitlyn Keller, Kaylee Planck, and Kaitlyn Thompson. The parents assisted with raising money for the toy drive by holding a raffle and collected donations from local businesses as prizes for the drawing. The drawing was held on November 22 at the Brown County Press. The top prize was an Xbox360 Kinect awarded to Tom Harmon from Newport, Kentucky. Other prizes included gift cards and gift certificates. All other winners were notified and given their prizes. The leader of the troop Krysti Adams would like to thank all parents for their support and everyone in the community for their donations for the toy drive and hope you have a great new year!

Fundraising FSA reminds producers that brunch at sign-up for DCP and ACRE Mt. Orab UMC Program enrollment has begun The Mt. Orab United Methodist women will be introducing 2012 officers on Sunday, January 29 while the Southeast Asia Initiative fundraising brunch in the fellowship hall from 9:30 - 10 a.m. The church is located at the corner of Elm Street and state Route 68, Mt. Orab.

SATH to hold Charity Ball The SATH (Supplementary Assistance to the Handicapped) organization has the perfect holiday gift. We will be holding our 8th Annual Valentine’s Sweetheart Charity Ball on Saturday, February 11th at Roberts Centre in Wilmington. The evening will begin with Appetizers at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m. and Dancing from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. The attire for the evening is semi-formal/formal. The cost is $100 per couple which includes Appetizers, Dinner, Dancing, Photo of each couple and Door Prizes. Again this year, child care will be available. Treat your sweetheart to a special evening and help support SATH. SATH is a nonprofit organization that assists children with disabilities by sponsoring programs that enhance the quality of their life. For Tickets and Information Contact Linda Allen, SATH Executive Director at (937) 3931904 ext.131 or (937) 364-6144. Or visit our website to purchase tickets at

USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Steven Maurer, reminds producers that enrollment for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program has begun, and continues through June 1, 2012. "New contracts are required annually for each of these programs and all signatures must be obtained by the deadline", said Maurer. "We encourage producers to call their local county office and set up an appointment to begin the enrollment process as soon as

possible. This will allow adequate time to obtain all necessary signatures before the June 1st deadline.” The 2008 Farm Bill states that no 2012 advance direct payments for DCP and ACRE will be issued. Direct payments are paid at a rate established by statute and are expected to be made in October 2012. For more information on the DCP or ACRE programs, or to schedule an appointment, please contact your local FSA County office or visit .

Farm Bureau to hold estate planning meeting If you want a say in what happens to your farm or ranch, you need a plan. It's you land and you should decide who inherits it. But, if you want to ensure your wishes are carried out after you're gone, then you need a transition plan. It ensures your wishes are honored and minimizes legal difficulties and confusion for your family as you operation transitions to the next generation. So, join us for a free seminar to learn how you can take control of your legacy. We'll cover topics such as the benefits of having a transition plan, who needs one and what you need to do to get your plan in place. The seminar will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday,

February 22 at Southern Hills Joint Vocational School, 9193 Hamer Road, Georgetown, Ohio. Reservations are required and limited to the first 300. Please call the Farm Bureau office at 937-378-2212 or 888-378-2212 by February 15. Office hours are 8-4, Monday through Thursday. Just remember, federal income tax law are complex and subject to change. The information in this presentation is based on current interpretations of the law and is not guaranteed. Neither the company nor its representatives give legal or tax advice. Please consult your attorney or tax advisor for answers to specific questions.



Tobacco grower meeting scheduled

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No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, will be held on Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, January 28 at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Entry fee is $20, re-buys $10. Live action all day. This event is being sponsored by the F.O.E. Lodge 2293 at Mt. Orab Pike in Georgetown. All proceeds go to Georgetown High School Alumni Association. Clothing Ministry sponsored by the Tri-County Baptist Church to meet clothing and other physical needs of the people in the TriCounty area will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. The ministry is located at 110 Winchester Street in Sardinia and may be contacted by calling (937) 446-1416. Free Community Dinner, will be offered by the Mt. Orab United methodist Church from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. Please come and join us. SUNDAY 1/29 New teaching series, Soul Shift, will run through February 25, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. This national campaign, Soul Shift, will be the focus of the Mt. Orab Wesleyan Church. Each week will feature a coordinated lesson. Series schedule includes January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19 and 25. For details call (937) 444-3370. Mt. Orab United Methodist Women will introduce the 2012 officers while the Southeast Asia Initiative Fundraising Brunch is taking place in the Fellowship Hall of the church from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, January 29. Please join us. Fifth Annual Buy Local Foods Seminar sponsored by the Catholic Rural Life Conference and the OK river Valley Chapter of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association will be held from 1:45 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 29 at St. George Parish Hall, 509 East State Street in Georgetown. For more information call Julie Kline at (937) 392-1543 or Pat Hornschemeier at (937) 378-4769 (day) or (937) 3784560 evenings. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. Hamersville Spring Sports Signups, including baseball, softball and soccer is now taking place. Registration can be done online at or by calling Matt Ernst at (513) 3178430. Fees are $65 for one Child, $85 for two and $105 for three or more. A late fee of $10 will apply after January 22. MONDAY 1/30

Sterling Township Trustees will meet in regular session on Monday, January 30 beginning at 5 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. Please visit our website for more information at Parenting Teens Class will be offered by the First Baptist Church in Mt. Orab from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday January 23 and run for 6 weeks. The class is free but there is an $8 fee for the book used in the class. The church is located at 704 South High Street in Mt. Orab. For more information or to register for the class (by January 16) contact Chuck Engle at or call (937) 444-2712. Perry Township Trustees will meet in regular session on Monday, January 30 at 7 p.m. in Fayetteville. this meeting is open to the public. TOPS Chapter in Sardinia will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 30, at Sardinia Church of the Nazarene on Sardinia-Mowrystown Road. Further information is available by calling Regina Davidson at (937) 446-3714. Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 30, at the commissioners office, 800 Mt. Orab Pike in Georgetown. The public is invited to attend. TOPS Chapter in Ripley will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 30, at the Ripley Church of the Nazarene, 230 North Second Street. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 377-2501. TUESDAY 1/31 Alcoholics Anonymous in Sardinia meets from 11 a.m. until noon each Tuesday morning at the Sardinia Town Hall. Please enter the back door. For more information call (937) 444-3877. Zumba Classes will be offered by Snap Fitness, 127 North Point Drive in Mt. Orab at 6:30 on Tuesday, January 31. These classes are for members of Snap Fitness as well as non-members. Please call (937) 444-5230 for more information. Ohio Pesticide Commercial Applicator Recertification Conference will be held from 8 a.m to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, at Kalahari Conference Center and Resort, 7000 Kalahari Drive in Sandusky. For information visit or call (614) 292-4070. New Technical Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Administration,

information sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 31 at 2 and 6 p.m. in room 100 at UC East, located at 1981 James Sauls Sr. Drive in Batavia (formerly Front Wheel Drive). For more information visit or call (513) 558-6197. Yoga Classes will be offered by Snap Fitness, 127, North Point Drive, Mt. Orab at 7:30 p.m. at the center on Tuesday, January 31. Members of Snap Fitness as well as non-members are welcome. Please call (937) 444-5230 for details. WEDNESDAY 2/1 TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter in Winchester will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, at Winchester Church of Christ in Christian Union, 1540 TriCounty Highway, Winchester. Further information is available by calling Bobbi Wilson at (937) 4464662. Yoga Classes will be offered by The Hospice Center located on Hughes Blvd in Mt. Orab at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1. For more information on this class please contact Jane Amiot at (937) 444-3446. Jefferson Township Trustees will meet in regular session on Wednesday, February 1, at 8 p.m. in Ashridge. This meeting is open to the public. Pilates Class will be offered Wednesday, February 1, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m at the Hospice Center located on Hughes Blvd in Mt. Orab. For more information on this class please contact Jane Amiot at (937) 444-3446. Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, at the commissioners office, 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown. The public is invited to attend. Sit and Stitch will meet 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, February 1, at the Sardinia Public Library, 13309 Purdy Road, Sardinia. Anyone who is a crocheter or spinner or who wants to learn, is invited to attend and bring a current project. Children are welcome. Further information is available by calling (937) 403-8481 or (513) 314-1656. TOPS Chapter in Aberdeen will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, at the River Bend Apartments Community Room. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 3772501. THURSDAY 2/2 Kickboxing Classes will be offered on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on February 2, at the Snap Fitness Center in Mt. Orab, 127 North Point Drive. These classes are open to members as well as non-members.


Meet the Candidates, sponsored by the Brown County Tea Party will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Best Western Hotel in Mt. Orab. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be available.

TOPS Chapter in Mt. Orab will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 30 at the Mt. Orab Public Library, 613 S. High St. Further information is available by calling Hope Fain at (937) 444-0404.


Local program promotes farmers’ markets On Sunday, January 29, 2012, the Catholic Rural Life Conference and the OK River Valley Chapter of OEFFA (Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association) will sponsor their Fifth Annual Buy Local Foods Seminar. Mary Hutten will give the keynote speech about the formation of farmers' markets, and that will be followed up by sessions about the ingredients for a successful farmers' market and starting a farmers' market cooperative . Between sessions, producers will participate in a "Produce Fair" showcasing local produce. In addition, there will be other workshops and discussions of interest to consumers and producers. Topics: Community Gardens, Maple Syruping, Genetically Modified Foods, School Gardens and Composting. The seminar will be held at St. George Parish Hall, 509 East State Street (State Route 125) Georgetown, Ohio 45121 from 1:45 to 5 p.m. For more information, call Julie Kline (937) 392-1543 or Pat Hornschemeier (937) 378-4769 (day); (937) 378-4560 evening. No charge. Everyone welcome. For further information call Patrick Hornschemeier (937) 378-4769. Pictured above is a past conference.

For details call (937) 444-5230.

Master Teacher Consortium will hold its next meeting from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 2 at the Brown County Educational Service Center at the fairgrounds in Georgetown. For more information about this program visit or questions may be directed to (937) 378-6118 or (513) 875-3520.

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, February 2, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 220 S. High St., Mt. Orab.

Franklin Township Trustees will meet in regular session on Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. in Arnheim. The public is welcome to attend this meeting. Yoga Classes will be offered at the Snap Fitness Center in Mt. Orab, 127 North Point Drive beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 2. These classes are open to both members and non-members. Call (937) 444-5230 for more information. Green Township Trustees will meet in regular session on Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. in Greenbush. This meeting is open to the public. Pike Township Trustees will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2 on Rt. 774 and the public is invited to attend. Grief Support Series, for adults who have lost adult loved ones, sponsored by Stein Hospice will begin on Thursday, January 26 and continue each consecutive Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ending on Thursday, March 1. The meetings will be held at the Ohio Veterans Home, 2003 Veteran Blvd in Georgetown. For more information contact Hope Seavers at (800) 625-5269 or at hseavers@stein-



Property Sales Myrtle Doyle to the State of Ohio, Lot 43 in Decatur Lots in Byrd Township, filed 1/18/2011 George A. Ballou to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Lot 327, Lake Waynoka Sub., Franklin Township, filed 1/17/2011 Fred and Wanda Dumford and Linda J. Mitchell to Linda Jean Mitchell, 4.46 acres of land in Green Township, filed 1/12/2012 Troy and Corbin Hamm and the State of Ohio to the State of Ohio, Lot 155N in the Village of Aberdeen, filed 1/18/2012 Jose E., and Heidi B. Barrera and the Waynoka Property Owners Association to Adam G. Lang, Lot 521 in Lake Waynoka Sub., Jackson Township, filed 1/18/2012, $250 Fool’s Garden LLC to Timothy A. Swearingen, 1.11 acres of land, Lot 3 in Robert J. Howser Sub., Lewis Township, filed 1/18/2012, $118,900 Ralph F. and Margaret Snyder and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., to Fifth Third Bank, Lot 1184 and Lot 1183 in Lake Lorelei Sub., Perry Township, filed 1/18/2012, $188,415 Thomas A. and Melissa D. Hoskins to Kevin S. and Kelly A. Busam, 10.08 acres of land in Perry Township, filed 1/17/2012, $25,000 Brown County Partners LTD to Steven J. and Loretta S. Mezger, 214.81 acres of land in Perry Township, filed 1/12/2012, $693,364 Ross South LLC Ohio LMT Co. to Craig C. and Lou Ann Rosselott, Lot 85 in the Village of Fayetteville, Perry Township, filed 1/12/2012, $60,000 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Brent R. Galinger to Curtis Edward and Courtney A. Adams, Lot 13, Lot 14, Lot 15 and Lot 16 in Boyle Park Addition in Fayetteville, Perry Township, filed 1/13/2012 John L. Birchfield et al and Deutsche Bank National Trust Company to William and Janet Justice, 5.01 acres of land in Pike Township, filed 1/13/2012, $95,000 James A. Montgomery etal to James Montgomery, Carol Phillips, Kathy Stiller and Karen Gandert, 81.65 acres of land in Pike Township, filed 1/13/2012 Gale N. and Ida B. Crouse to Ida B. Crouse, 3.82 acres of land in Pike Township, filed 1/18/2012 Julian H. and Idler Anita Haney to Anita Idler, 1.49 acres and 1 acre of land in Sterling Township, filed 1/18/2012 James D. Rhodes and Liberty Savings Bank FSB to the Secretary of housing and Urban Development, 1 acre of land, Lot 1 in Tri County Farm Sub., in Sterling Township, filed 1/18/2012 David Benson and Timmy Donovan to David and Dorothy Renner, Lot 36 and Lot 37 in Ripley Village, Union Township, filed 1/12/2011, $35,000 Josh Paeltz and Amber Hamilton to Josh Paeltz, 8.90 acres of land in Washington Township, filed 1/18/2012 Ross South LLC to Craig C. and Lou Ann Rosselott, .69 acres of land in Sterling Township, filed 1/12/2012, $160,000

Probate Jimmy A. Burdine, Williamsburg, case 20121013, DOD 7/22/2011, filed 1/19/2012 Thomas A. Chandler, Georgetown, case 20121011, DOD 8/15/2011, filed 1/13/2012 Anthony S. Dotson, Williamsburg, case 20121014, DOD 7/3/2011, filed 1/19/2012 Thomas P. Hastings, Ripley, case 20121012, DOD 12/28/2011, filed 1/18/2012

Common Pleas CIVIL CASES

CIVIL CASES Shannon Howell versus Benjamin Banfield, case 20120035, filed 1/12/2012, Action: civil stalking Wells Fargo Bank, NA versus John G. Shelton, case 20120037, filed 1/12/2012, Action: foreclosures Capital One Bank (USA) NA versus Mable Evelyn Apgar, case 20120040, filed 1/13/2012, Action: other civil US Bank National Association versus Jeremy Nicely, case 20120041, filed 1/13/2012, Action: foreclosures Midfirst Bank versus Perkins Rex, case 20120043, filed 1/13/2012, Action: foreclosures Wilma Darlene McFarland versus Biddeford Blankets, LLC case 20120044, filed 1/13/2012, Action: other civil Lvnv Funding, LLC versus Sherry Farrell, case 20120046, filed 1/17/2012, Action: other civil Mutual Motorists Insurance versus Brian C. Ballein, case 20120047, filed 1/17/2012, Action: other TORTS (personal injury) Bank of America, NA Successor versus Jo Lynne Hager, case 20120048, filed 1/17/2012, Action: foreclosures Shannon Watson versus Mikeal Joseph Parrish II, case 20120052, filed 1/18/2012, Action: civil stalking Rebecca Bradford versus Michael J. Parrish II, case 20120053, filed 1/18/2012, Action: civil stalking Good Samaritan Hospital versus Thomas Woodley, case 20120054, filed 1/18/2012, Action: other civil Diagnostic Imaging Services versus Brown County General Hospital, case 20120055, filed 1/18/2012, Action: other civil DOMESTIC CASES

Jon Stahl on behalf of Jenna P. Blanchester versus Shauna Stahl, Batavia, case 20120034, filed 1/12/2012, Action: domestic violence Gina Wissel, Georgetown versus Lowell Banfield, Amelia, case 20120036, filed 1/12/2012, Action: domestic violence Leslie Moore, Georgetown versus Robert W. Moore, Jr., Georgetown, case 20120038, filed 1/12/2012, Action: termination of marriage Laura Pemberton, Amelia versus Michael Woodford, Georgetown, case 20120039, filed 1/12/2012, Action: domestic violence Patricia Deaton, Mt. Orab, versus Don Deaton, Mt. Orab, case 20120042, filed 1/13/2012, Action: domestic violence Patricia Deaton, Mt. Orab versus Don Deaton, Jr., Mt. Orab, case 20120045, filed 1/13/2012, Action: domestic violence William H. Catlett, Fayetteville versus Jamie L. Catlett, Mt. Orab case 20120049, filed 1/17/2012, Action: domestic violence William Catlett, Fayetteville versus Laura Veite, Milford, case 20120050, filed 1/17/2012, Action: domestic violence William Catlett, Fayetteville versus Mary H. Daley, Mt. Orab, case 20120051, filed 1/17/2012, Action: domestic violence Nicole Orme, Felicity, versus David Studer, case 20120056, filed 1/18/2012, Action: domestic violence

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County Adams/Brown Alzheimer's/Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group will meet Thursday, February 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Adams County Regional Medical Center, second floor. For more information (937) 386-3590. FRIDAY 2/3 Catholics Returning Home, an ongoing series for non-practicing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the church, will run consecutively from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through January 20, 27, February 3, 10 and 17. The evening will include an informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith. The first session will take place at St. George in Georgetown. To register or for more details call Marilyn Fryer at (937) 378-4583 or Free knitting and crocheting classes at the Rambler Center (old Russellville-Jefferson High School) in Russellville will be held 10 a.m.noon Friday, February 3. Anyone who would like information or a list of supplies or who wishes to register for the next group of classes may call Mary Kelch at (513) 7342501 or (513) 543-3137. SATURDAY 2/4 Porgy and Bess Presentation, will be presented by the Cincinnati Opera on Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m. in the Edward K Daniels Auditorium on Southern State Community College’s Central Campus, 100 Hobart Drive in Hillsboro. Admission is free but seating is limited to 400. Advance tickets are available on a firstcome first-served basis and can be picked up at all four SSCC campuses. Free Community Dinner will be offered on Saturday, February 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sardinia United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. The church is located at 105 South Main Street in Sardinia. Ohio Valley Bluegrass Series, Chuck Wait & DriveLine will be held at Western Brown High School in Mt. Orab on Saturday, February 4 at 7 p.m. The event features Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. Admission is $15 adults, children 12 and under are free with paying adult. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Call (937) 442-2004 with any questions. 4H Shooting Sports Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 4 at the Adams County Fairgrounds Administration building, beginning with a chili dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. for $5 per person, a cake auction at 7 p.m. For more information contact Nan Knechtly at (937) 217-5206, Don Kamps at (937) 544-5015 or David McDonald at (937) 217-1267. UPCOMING EVENTS Spring Craft Bazaar, sponsored by the Western Brown Touchdown Club will be held on Saturday, March 31 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Western Brown High School. Now taking applications for booth rentals, 10 X 10 for $35, first come first served. For more information contact Cindy Brumfield for more information at or call (513) 305-5481. Clothing Ministry to meet the physical needs of people in the TriCounty area, a ministry of TriCounty Baptist Church in Sardinia will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. For

more information call (937) 4461416. Express, “Neuterville Spay/Neuter Clinic for Cats, sponsored by the Ohio AlleyCat Resource and Spay/Neuter Clinic will be held on Tuesday, February 21 at the Brown County Animal Shelter. This is a low-cost, highquality clinic, Rates are $20 for female spay and $35 for male neutered, with an additional $10 charge if rabies vaccination is required. Cats will be picked up at the shelter between 6:30 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. and may be picked up the next day at 10 a.m. Visit or call (513) 871-0185 for more information. Men’s A-Cappella Group Singing Lessons, which will last for five weeks beginning Tuesday, February 7, running 14, 21,28 and March 6, is sponsored by the Southern Gateway Chorus, will be held at the Harmony Lodge, 646 East Epworth Avenue in Cincinnati. This 85-man chorus is composed of singers from 10 to 81. To learn more visit or call *877) 4742463, ext. 2. Happy Hustlers 4H Club, Georgetown, will meet on Monday, February 13 and Monday, February 17 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 180 in Georgetown. The club is accepting new members at both meetings. There are a variety of projects suited to any interest. Call the county extension office for more information at (937) 378-6716 or contact Tosha Newberry at (937) 690-6102. Mt. Orab Lions Club will meet on Monday, February 13 at the New Harmony Lodge, 110 South High Street in Mt. Orab. The meeting includes a meal. For more information, contact Bob Richmond at (937) 444-4791.


Estate Planning Meeting, sponsored by the Farm Bureau will be held on Wednesday, February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Southern Hills Joint Vocational School, 9193 Hamer Road in Georgetown. Reservations are required and limited to the first 300. Please call the bureau office at (937) 378-2212 or (888) 378-2212 by February 15. Brown County Relay for Life Committee is looking for participants and teams to register for the big Relay coming up May 19. The theme this year is “You Don’t Have to be a Superhero to Fight Against Cancer,” Anyone wanting more information on participating in the Relay for Life, they can visit or contact Abbey Sullivan at 1888-227-6446. Pre Diabetes Classes will be offered by Mercy Health throughout the community. The classes will be taught by diabetes educators who are also registered dieticians. For a complete list of when and where these classes will be given, please visit or call (513) 956-3729 or (513) 6866820. Public Poetry/Literary Reading will be held on Saturday, February 18 at The Bardwell Winery in Mt. Orab. The event is being hosted by Gayle and Randy Weddell, owners of The Bardwell Winery at 720 North High Street in Mt. Orab. The winery opens at 4 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m. For details call (513) 659-8822 or (513) 427-4211. Relay for Life Team Captains will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, with a committee meeting following at 7 p.m. at the Greystone Model Home, 221 Hughes Blvd. in Mt. Orab. For more information on how to become a part of the Relay for Life contact Abbey Sullivan at (888) 227-6446 ext. 4203.




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BY Faye Mahaffey The Master Gardner Terrariums, a Victorian-era invention, are in style again. One of the nicest things about growing plants in terrariums is that they require almost no care at all, and they actually almost thrive on neglect! That’s what makes terrariums perfect for those without much time on their hands, or if those hands lack “green thumbs”. Tovah Martin, author of The New Terrarium, says: ”This is the smallest and simplest garden you’ll ever have.” When gardens are encased in glass, condensation forms and water droplets dribble back down to the soil, reducing the need for supplemental water. Virtually any type of clear plastic or glass container will work just fine. An old goldfish bowl, aquarium, or any clear glass bowl will do. Tovah says her only criterion is that you should be able to fit your hand into it. Terrariums need indirect light. Place a terrarium near a window that faces north, northeast, or northwest – or position it under fluorescent lights. In a recent issue of Garden Design, I found a photograph of a terrarium at the American Museum of Natural History. It was a miniature forest created by using materials you can get at any Home Depot! There was even a hand-painted backdrop, but if

you’re not using a grow light, you will want to eliminate the backdrop to let in plenty of natural light. My mother taught Sixth Grade Science for years and always had at least one terrarium in her classroom. She would haul everything home for the summer months and we would help take care of gerbils, guinea pigs, meal worms, fish and several terrariums. One of my brothers decided that it would be fun to introduce a toad to one of the terrariums, without consulting Mom. It was a disaster! The toad wreaked total havoc in less than a day and was banished to a flower bed outside. For those of us with indoor pets, a terrarium is a great way to enjoy houseplants without worrying about nibbling cats and dogs. Items that you will need: Clear container that’s been cleaned with hot soapy water Plants Soil (high in organic matter) Pea gravel or aquarium rocks Horticultural charcoal Large kitchen spoon Spray bottle filled with water Sphagnum moss (optional) Décor such as rocks, wood or shells (optional) Before you go out and buy a bunch of plants, you should know a little background about the plant so that it doesn’t eventually outgrow or overcrowd your

terrarium. Ideally, terrarium plants should be dense and low growing, as well as slow growing. If you decide to go with larger, more aggressive plants, they can be kept under control by pruning. Remember that any plant that you choose must have a high tolerance for humidity and moisture. Choose terrarium plants for their size, texture, color and adaptability. Also important, of course, is choosing terrarium plants that will add beauty and serenity to your home. Your terrarium plant list might include: Small ferns Miniature African Violets, Moss Creeping Charlie Ardesia Mosaic plant Earth Star Gather your materials this week and next week we will put everything together! Don’t forget to research the plants! Choosing an “aggressive” plant will only mean more work for you in the end. Don’t forget about the free educational opportunities this month: January 19 – Meditation Gardens – 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the library at the Fincastle campus of Southern State College January 23 – Garden Lay-out and Spraying – 6 - 8 p.m. in Room 116 at the Fincastle campus of Southern State College.

UC Clermont holds Info Sessions for New Technical Bachelor’s Degree $50 application fee is waived for those who attend UC Clermont College will hold four information sessions for its new technical bachelor's degree in Applied Administration. Information Sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 31, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., in Room 100 at UC East located at 1981 James Sauls Sr. Dr., Batavia (formerly Front Wheel Dr.); on Thursday, February 16, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., in McDonough 205 at UC Clermont’s Campus located at 4200 Clermont College Dr.; on Monday, February 27 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., in Room 110 UC East and on Monday, March 5, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., in McDonough 205 at the Clermont College Campus. The information session will cover the admissions process, transferring credits, career opportunities and give students a chance to speak to an advisor. The $50 application fee will be waived for those that attend and apply at the session.

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DRIVERS NEEDED Tanker Endorsement Needed 2 Years Experience Class A CDL Local Hauling Home Every Night Call TCB Trucking 513-625-8183 200 - HELP WANTED


BEST CHOICE Home Care: Mt. Orab, Ohio is seeking qualified persons for Full-time and Part-time home health aides. Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age or older, must have a high school diploma, GED, or 2 years work experience working with the elderly; must have a valid Ohio driver’s license and auto insurance. Prefer STNA or HHA but will provide training if needed. Must be willing to travel to assignment and process a genuine love working with the elderly. Employment depends upon a clean fingerprinting record. Wage and benefit package is based upon experience. Please call for interview at: 1-877-656-8526 or 1-937-444-7053.

LOUISO TRUCKING, Inc. Full-time Class A CDL driver for Regional driving. Tanker endorsement a plus, not required. Percentage Pay, Company match Simple IRA, Vacation & Holiday Pay. Call 513-724-7140.

CNA’S NEEDED to touch the heart of those in need, in the coming seasons of giving, and all year round! We offer 12 hour shift. Call or stop by to fill out an application. 937-378-3727.


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PINE RIDGE Pine Village Residential Homes Inc. now accepting applications for full & part-time employment, weekends to be expected. Direct care aides needed for individuals w/developmental disabilities in a residential setting. Must have a clean valid driver’s license, clean background check & a high school diploma/GED. Experience preferred, but will train. Apply in person @ 146 North Third St., Williamsburg, Ohio 45176. NO PHONE CALLS.

1 & 2BR APARTMENTS, Williamsburg, all utilities included except electric. 513-724-7802. 2BR/1BA IN Georgetown, completely remodeled, attached garage & carport, storage building, W/D hookup, water/sewer paid. NO PETS! $575/mo., $500/dep. 513-518-5676. 2ND STORY 2br, Sardinia, $300/mo, $350/dep. Electric efficient heat, no pets allowed. 937-587-2230 3BR, 2BA split level w/steps, $450/mo. plus deposit. 312 W. Grant, Georgetown, 513-876-3105. ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 1, 2 & 3br, Equal Opportunity Housing, apply at Forest Glade Apartments, 9001 Airport Rd., Georgetown, OH, 937-378-4565. BATAVIA - 2br, 1ba, balcony, $520/mo. plus deposit. 513-561-4014.

HOME HEALTH AIDES - ON CALL Clermont Senior Services is seeking on call Home Health Aides to provide care for older adults in the Clermont County area.


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FAYETTEVILLE - 2br, equipped kitchen, washer/dryer hookup, no pets allowed, $525/mo. plus water, trash & deposit. 513-875-3308.

MT. ORAB - Taking applications for 2br, 1ba duplex apartment, kitchen appliances, W/D hookup, $550/mo. plus deposit, no pets, senior discount. 513-313-5553.

FELICITY GARRISON PLACE SENIOR APARTMENTS 62 & OVER Rent Subsidized Free Utilities Secure Bldg. On-site laundry Pets allowed

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GEORGETOWN - 2 & 3br apartments available for immediate occupancy. 2br, 1ba, c/a, all kitchen appliances, w/d hookup, $560/mo & util., $560/dep. 3br, 1.5ba, 1-car att. garage, c/a, all kitchen appliances, laundry room, $675/mo & util. $675/dep., 513-253-8170 or 513-616-3504.

GEORGETOWN, 1BR, LIVING, kitchen, bathroom, $399/mo., all heat & utilities included for $100, no pets. Call 937-483-4102 leave message.

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MT. ORAB, 2br, 1ba, washer/dryer, stove, refrigerator & water, $575/mo., $575/dep. 513-504-8152. NICE 1ST floor apartment in Bethel two-family, near park; 2br, 1ba, frig., stove, over-range microwave, A/C, carpet, electric heat, $540/mo. & deposit. 937-377-2135. RIPLEY SCHOOLHOUSE Apartments, 1br units available, Move-in Rent Special, rent-$255 plus utilities, for Seniors 62 years old, disabled or handicapped. For questions call 937-392-9216 or 937-378-6603. Managed by Brown County Senior Citizens Council.

SARDINIA Efficiency, $350., 2br apartment, $450/mo., both some utilities paid. Also, 2br House $450, 3-4br house $600, no dogs, no smoking . 513-309-4349 or 513-309-4319.

303 - HOUSES FOR RENT 2BR IN Georgetown area, washer/dryer area, storage building, own to help w/some utilities, $400/mo. 937-213-2401 or 513-383-3580 OR 2-3br in Georgetown, washer/dryer area, $400/mo. 937-213-2401 or 513-383-3580. 2BR, 2BA, frig., stove, W/D hookup, yard, outside Russellville. $500/mo., $500/dep. 937-377-2135. Also house in town, 2br, 1ba, frig., stove, W/D hookup, big yard storage.

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GEORGETOWN - not in town - 2br, oil heat, $600/mo., $600/dep. 937-378-3317

CLINICAL TEAM LEAD 1 / MA Hillsboro High School Graduate or equivalent. Completion of a Medical Assistant Program preferred. Certification or Registry preferred. At least one year medical office experience preferred. Previous leadership experience preferred. We offer an excellent benefit package Apply online by visiting our website at: Email resumes to: Or fax to: 513-576-1018 M/F/D/V Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply in person at: Clermont Senior Services, Inc. 2085 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive Batavia, Ohio 45103

EOE 303 - HOUSES FOR RENT 3BR, 2BA home outside of Fayetteville. $600/mo. plus utilities, $600/dep. required. Call 513-646-3597. FOR RENT - 2br ranch, nice yard, electric utilities, central air, deposit required, call for more information. 513-752-4472. FOR RENT - Eastgate 1br older home. 513-752-2917. GEORGETOWN 3-4br, 2ba, newly remodeled, garage, privacy fence, $600/mo., $600/dep. Call 803-460-5114 or 803-478-7080. GEORGETOWN: 3BR home w/detached garage & basement. Newly remodeled thru-out. Nice kitchen w/appliances, washer/dryer hook-ups. $695/mo+utilities & deposit. 513-335-1870. MT. ORAB - 2br, 1ba, nice brick home for rent w/fireplace & nice yard. $700/mo. plus deposit. Call Ann 513-265-4165. MT. ORAB - 3br, 2ba bi-level, nice lot, WBSD, $850/$950. 513-404-4543. RUSSELLVILLE - 2br, 1ba w/electric heat & wood burning stove. Washer/dryer hookups, block storage building w/shed. Quiet country setting. $550/mo. plus deposit & utilities. Call 513-724-7075.

SARDINIA - 2br house on a quiet street in town, all appliances furnished, wood floors, fenced in back yard, storage building, NO PETS, background check. $500/mo., $500/dep. Leave message 937-444-2923.

307 - MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT 3BR DOUBLEWIDE mobile, 2-full baths, all electric, refrigerator & stove, finished detached garage, $725/mo. & deposit, 937-446-4677. Renter is responsible for all utilities. SARDINIA - 3br mobile home, $425, 2br $395 + deposits. Close to Library & Park. 937-822-1366.

308 - OFFICE/BUSINESS SPACE FOR RENT 4,000 SQ. ft. Commercial space for lease on Main St. in Williamsburg. Has kitchen and restrooms in basement area. Has been previously used as a church. Would be good for office space or daycare. Call 513-616-8851. GEORGETOWN - For lease - two 1800 sq. ft. commercial retail spaces in Historic Downtown Commercial Row. Spaces maybe combined into single retail space. Monthly lease ranges from $400 to $500 per month plus utilities depending on space. Must see!!! Call 937-378-6200.

310 - WANTED TO RENT WANTED CROPLAND 25 or more acres 2012 Beyond Have good references No calls after 9:00 p.m. Please call 937-444-3217

MEDICAL ASSISTANT The Kidney and Hypertension Centers is currently seeking top-notch medical assistant with two or more years experience. Accuracy, Promptness, and the ability to be Pro-Active is a MUST. This is not the average medical assistant position. Administrative duties include collecting correct data, following up on tests and labs. EMR experience is preferred but could be taught to the right candidate. Do not apply unless you are passionate about caring for patients and the medical profession. Position is full-time Monday-Friday. No holidays or weekends. Traveling between offices is required so reliable transportation is required. Send resume and salary requirements to:

Rhonda Messer, Practice Administrator or fax 513-861-5111

400 - HOUSES FOR SALE FARM WITH nice 1.5 story older home w/basement, 3 car detached garage, barns & 20 rolling acres with large rock lined creek and woods, great for hunting or farming, more or less acreage available, Bethel New Hope Rd., 1 mi. from Clermont County line, Western Brown but close enough for Bethel. Asking $215,000 513-734-6349 or 937-444-6925 Dan (May also sell for less with fewer acres)


403- MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE MT. ORAB - 3br mobile homes for sale, fixer-uppers & move-in ready, priced for quick cash sale. 513-313-5553.


BEAUTIFUL 50ACRES W/large rock lined creek & woods, great for hunting or farming. More or less acreage available. Bethel New Hope Rd. 1-mile from Clermont County line, Western Brown but close enough for Bethel.

Asking $199,500 Dan 513-734-6349 or 937-444-6925 (Smaller parcels also available)

2BR, 1.5BA, balcony, equipped kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer hookup, move in depossit $100 plus rent. 513-237-3692 or LAKE LORELEI 2-lots together, security 513-831-5959. gate, sewer/water on WANTED Farm property, $2,000/ea. or ground to rent for 2012 402 - APT.HOUSES FOR make offer. season & beyond. Call SALE 513-753-7948. Jeff at 937-213-3909. SARDINIA - 3-family $98K, rents $1350/mo., 506 - CLEANING $120K, rents 400 - HOUSES FOR SALE 2-family, $1300/mo. on acre in RESIDENTIAL GREAT LOCATION - town, single families CLEANING or just 3br, 2ba nice home, nice $55K, $68K, $73K. Land needing some spring cleaning, great rates, and lot. P/I only $440/mo. ap- contract considered. even better references. prox.. Bank financing reE-mail Call for a quote, or for quired. Viji Grant, more information. Remax Advanced 937or call 513-309-4319 513-255-4342. 213-1548. for details.







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600 - FURNITURE FULL SIZE orthopedic mattress set, brand new, still in plastic, 10yr. warranty, value $600, sell $300. 937-515-6590.

606 - FARM MERCHANDISE SYNTHETIC GYPSUM available locally for Agriculture. EPA approved, increases crop yields, helps control erosion. 2011 pricing extended. Call 513-442-5606.

607 - FIREWOOD SEASONED & Split mixed hardwood, $80 full-size pickup truckload, thrown in & thrown out, will deliver in areas between Mt. Orab & Felicity & Amelia & Georgetown. 937-379-5071 or 937-670-0307. Prefer cash payment with receipt.

611 - WANTED TO BUY CASH PAID TODAY! Buy furniture, antiques, tools, coins, gold, beer signs, silver, game systems, DVD’s, records, zippos, “All Most Anything!” 937-378-1819 or 937-378-2850

613 - PETS AND SUPPLIES FREE - 2 guinea pigs, need a home. Great 4H project, includes cage & supplies. 513-290-1179.

614 - HORSES/LIVESTOCK 11 HEIFERS, bred to easy calving, Black Angus bull, due March 19th, 9-black, 2-Angus Charolais cross. 937-373-3531.

615 - MISC. FOR SALE BEAUTIFUL WHITE Maggie Sottero wedding gown, size 8, never worn, $800 OBO Also, Chapel length veil never worn, $75 OBO For more information call:

937-515-2692 FORD PARTS, motors, transmission. For sale, lumber from 1830’s home, oak, all parts. 937-289-1040. POST & Beam Kit, 14ft.x16ft. Oak included frame, rafters, braces, etc. 6” thick wall over 9ft. high to top plate. Would make a fine shop, room, garage, etc. Other oak available 2”x8” tongue & groove pine flooring. Call 937-289-1040.


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1294564- Sardinia - Crown molding, granite counter tops, rich wood cabinets, great lighting package. 3BD, 2BA. Covered front porch. Six panel doors, 24x20 garage w/opener. Corner, private location. 1.95 acre level lot. Priced to Sell!! $69,900




1280451- Mt. Orab- Must See! 3BD, 2BA. Beautiful hardwood floors in Bath & Kitchen. Garden tub, stand-up shower & double vanity in master bdrm Bath. Move-in ready in the Kyle Lane sub-division. This property is located in the heart of Mt.Orab on 1.53 acres. $69,900



1265584 Mt. Orab T OWNER MUL FINANCING! Flexible Terms!! Former Cahall Apparel Store in the heart of Mt. Orab. >1100 sq ft of store front office area w/4 add'l rental apts. Full walkout bsmt. Low maintence. 15 space parking lot with mo. income. Public Utilities. $199,900





1262256 - Higginsport - This elegant, stately appointed home is offered for sale part. furnished. It was successfully operated as a B&B for many yrs. With 6 bedrooms in this home you can see B&B potential. The Riverboat house, a separate bldg., has 7 rentable units. Truly a turn key operation. 1.75 acre and 500 ft of Ohio River frontage. $770,000


WB Schools - 1293287 - Full Brick 1800 sq.ft. L/A.Priced well below auditor's valuation. Open floor plan. Plant shelves. Brand new carpet & laminate. Ceramic in bathrooms. Custom vanities. Cathedral beamed ceilings. New HVAC, circle drive. In a word, Immaculate!! $89,900

1265188 Georgetown Western Brown Schools! Solidly built 2 bdrm. home which is move-in ready! Both house and 30x50 barn need exterior siding re-worked. All on 1.87 acre tract. Great location & affordable. $39,900

1272942- Winchester- Solid home on public water & sewer. 3BD, 1.5BA. Brand new roof. Home has been well cared for. Att. 1 car garage is finished w/opener. 20x34, 2 car garage oversized. Nicely landscaped. $89,900

1258238- Sardinia- 3BD, 2BA, Almost 1500 sq.ft. of open living area. Master BD suite. Dining Rm. & Equipped eat-in Kitchen. Large front deck & covered back porch. Affordable living seconds off St. Rt. 32. Back yard completely privacy & fenced. 2 car carport. $79,900




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1259689- Ripley - Known as The Red Oak Store. This turn key operation could be yours. C1 & C2 Liquor License. Walk-in cooler refrigerated, pizza bar, double pizza oven, ice cream cooler. Call today to get complete inventory list. $99,900



Western Brown Local Schools - Looking for a turn key home? Look no further! Brand new furnace w/AC, gutters, HWH, paint, carpet & vinyl. Lots of Oak cabinets in kitchen with a huge lazy susan built into the pantry. Great study. Beautiful picture window. Good location.




1284677 Georgetown New England style living just outside of town. 4BD, 3.5 BA. Breathtaking property w/precision given to every detail. Newer flring thru-out, picture wind., possible 1st flr MBR. Bright, open kit w/island & butcher block countertops. 3 porches. $219,900

1251916- Sardinia - 3.25 Acre Mini-Farm. Solidly built Ranch, well kept. 2BD, 1BA. 25x36 Log cabin w/stone FP & huge pot belly stove. 36x36 tobacco barn w/built in stall. Water outside barn. Fenced pasture. Hundreds of feet of road frontage. Close to SR32 on lightly traveled road. $115,000







Mt. Orab - Wonderful all brick story and a half home w/a full bsmt. Beautiful hardwood flrs. in kit. and BR. Hardwood under most carpets. Stone F/P, brand new ceramic backsplash and furnace. 20x16 back deck. Covered front porch. Circle Drive 3 BR 2 Ba. $109,900



1267673 - Mt. Orab - Brand New Fall Landscaping! Great curb appeal. Beautiful brand new hardwood flooring in living room, kitchen, & Dining Rm. 3BD, 2BA. Brand new paint, carpet and fixtures. Covered front porch and a nice sized deck all on 2.87 ac. Shed with built in horse stall. Nice setting. Ready to move in. $69,900


1281262- Mt. Orab - Must see inside of this home to believe! 3BD, 2BA. Totally transformed. Brand new flring, fixtures, hwh. All new drywall! Newer furnace & compact pellet stove. Gar. has it's own heating system. All on 4.17 acres. $89,900

1243844 Investment opportunity! Nothing to do but take over the rent roll!! Total renovation on all units. 4 different units! Elec & gas separately metered. Laundry facilities on site. Partial Bsmt. Fresh paint on exterior. $147,500

1253803 - Higginsport- 2BR Apartment Rental! -County Bldg.1st. flr.currently used as the Higginsport Post Office. Corner location. 2nd. flr. apt. 2 bdrm, 2 Ba, Lr, Dr, & Kit. Ready to move in. Rental income will make your payment. Don’t miss out on this investment opportunity. $59,750



1289593- Sardinia - FIRST OFFERING! Custom Blt Full Brick 5 BR 3 Ba home sitting atop a gently rolling knoll. Master BR suite on the 1st flr. Newer roof, furnace and HWH. Lrg. eat-in country kitchen w/re-finished cabinets. 3 season room on rear. Stocked pond. $249,900

1290259- Mt. Orab - Excellent Investment Property! 4 bay and 4 vacuum cleaner carwash located in the heart of Mt. Orab, Brown Counties fastest growing area. One no touch bay and 3 self service all w/ heated concrete flrs. Contact Mgr. will consider staying. $300,000


Waynoka- Simply Magnificent! 3BD, 2BA. This is a custom built Schlabach home. Open floor plan with soaring ceilings. Hardwood entry and kitchen flring. Beautiful kitchen cabinets w/crown molding. Kit. island. MBR suite w/stand up shower. Spacious laundry rm. $129,900





1273562- Eastern Schools - Stop Looking! You can own your own slice of heaven! Very unique 2BR home on 16+ lush acres. Your very own private retreat! Immaculate! Great room is enormous. Family rm has a walk out. Creeks, 3 ponds, woods, tranquility. Wraparound decking, upper deck & covered porch. $189,900

Mt. Orab- Two story all brick Gold Medallion home! 5BR! More than 3,000 sq. ft. living area, corner location. Seconds from SR 32, minutes from Eastgate. This home boasts Two walkout balconies. Hardwood, ceramic, flooring. Floor to ceiling beautiful brick F/P Family living on a two acre tract. Must see to believe. Call today for a personal showing! $179,747

“Doing Business Since 1953” COMPLETE REAL ESTATE SERVICES 121 W. State St, Georgetown, OH 45121 937-378-6181 513-721-0222

VISIT OUR WEBSITE: HISTORIC TWO STORY ELEGANT HOME completely remodeled. 5 Bedrooms & 4 bathrooms. Set up for Bed & breakfast w/view of Ohio River. Also has large period garage. This property has too many features & amenities to list, so make an appointment to see this lovely home. NOW REDUCED TO $235,000. MT. WASHINGTON - 2 Story brick/vinyl updated home in a great neighborhood. 3 Bedrooms. 2 Bathrooms. LR w/gas FP w/walkout to large deck. Kitchen has breakfast bay overlooking fenced & shaded backyard. Finished FR in basement w/walkout to landscaped patio. 2 Car attached garage. New dimensional roof in 2007 & several other improvements. Save gas & time if you work downtown! Asking $224,900.


GEORGETOWN VILLAGE - Corner lot location on .918 acre. Tri-level w/walkout basement. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms. Family room w/WBFP. Many recent improvements including replacement windows, roof & furnace. Freshly painted interior & refinished floors. Ceiling fans. Immediate possession! Asking $119,000.


LOST - Female Brindle Boxer, white muzzle, white chest & white feet. Henize Rd./Camp Run Rd. area. Any information confidential. Family wanting her home badly. REWARD! 937-378-3506.

807 - TRUCKS FOR SALE 2000 CHEVROLET S-10 extended cab, V-6, automatic, 153K/miles. $2,150.00. 937-515-0947.




MARK WANTS running, wrecked, dead cars and trucks. Now paying $150 - $400/cash for complete vehicles. FREE TOW! 937-446-3021 or 513-739-0774

MT ORAB - Brick ranch located in the country, yet conveniently close to town & SR 32. New roof in ‘09 & other recent improvements. Eat-in kitchen. WBFP in living room & gas FP in family room. 3 Bedrooms. 1.5 Bathrooms. 22x10 Breezeway & attached garage. Cedar lined closets & hardwood under carpet. Full walkout basement. Shed/Barn. Asking $106,000. CLERMONT COUNTY - Private, country location! Vinyl ranch has 1260 SF (Per CH) + full basement. 3 Bedrooms. 2 Bathrooms. Remodeled eat-in kitchen w/newer cabinets & ceramic tile floor. EBB heat. Basement has garage & adequate space to finish a family room & use existing woodburning stove. Nice back yard for kids or garden. Asking $84,900. WILLIAMSBURG VILLAGE - Older vinyl sided home with historic features on .229 acre lot. 3 Bedrooms. 1 Bathroom. Natural gas FA heat w/AC. Remodeled kitchen & bathroom. Huge front porch. Blacktop drive. Back yard has privacy fence. Asking $40,700.

David “Sam” Cropper - Broker/Owner Cell (513) 520-2552 Beverly Cropper, Realtor/Owner Cell (513) 520-3788 Barry Daulton - Realtor • Cell (513) 403-7832 Pat Daulton, Realtor • Cell (513) 218-8766 Jay Hanselman, Realtor • Cell (513) 535-5309 Lee Schweickart, Realtor • Cell (937) 515-6639 Email

APPROX. 168.6 ACRES Vacant Tract located near Mt. Orab, Ohio, on Greenbush West Rd. This property includes approx. 30 acres Tillable with remainder in woods. Very peaceful and private setting, yet only 2 miles off SR 32 and 25 minutes from I-275. Ideal property for Homesite, Investment or Recreation! Priced at $2,700 per Acre!

APPROX. 207 ACRES Tract located near Aberdeen, Ohio, on Fishing Gut Rd. This property is ideal for recreation and hunting enthusiasts! Approx. 15 acres cleared land with remainder in heavily wooded mountains with trails throughout. Property also includes an older mobile home in good condition with County Water in a “Park Like” setting with a rock bottom creek nearby. Priced at Only $1,400 per Acre!



37.8 ACRE VACANT TRACT located on Greenbush West Road in Brown County. SOLD for $92,610.00!

171 ACRE VACANT TRACT located on Barnes Rd. near Georgetown, OH SOLD for $350,000!

Call KLAYTON JUILLERAT - Agent 937-205-5256

$179,000 • MLS #1290952 This new custom built home offers a flowing floor plan of space & design, 2000+ sf. Kitchen w/upgraded oak cabinets, pantry & counterbar. Master suite w/double sinks & His/Her closets. Oversized garage for extra storage w/side entry door.

Call Donna Wright 513.616.6817 JUNKED, WRECKED unwanted autos, autos, trucks, motorcycles, etc., some towed free, cash paid for some. Call 513-734-1650



LOST - 2 dogs in New Hope area, lost 1-9-12. One is a black/white Cocker Spaniel male about 7yrs. old, also 7mo. old tan & white Border Collie female. Call 937-515-6868.



Page 24 - The Brown County Press - Sunday, January 29, 2012


Ripley Federal holds annual meeting


The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and shareholders of Ripley Federal Savings Bank was held Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at the home office at 1006 S. Second Street in Ripley. Re-elected to a three year term as members of the board were John P. Cropper and David E. Poole. Elected to a one year term was Aaron K. Wood. William R. Geschwind will continue as Chairman of the Board. Other members of the board are Danny R. Grooms and Kenneth D. Morrison. Staff members at the main office in Ripley in addition to President/CEO Aaron K. Wood, consist of Betsy L. Pasley, Secretary/Chief Operations Officer; Karen H. White, Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer; Michael S. Mussinan, VP Compliance,; Nancy J. Linkous, VP Loan Operations; Loan Officers, Georgia S. Rogers and Linda Beckelhimer; Loan Processor, Debbie Edmisten; Sarah Keiffer, Assistant Financial; Head Teller, Brenda Barbour; Clerks/Tellers, Amy Schwallie, Joanna Dugan, and Kathryn Gilligan and Administrative Assistant/Receptionist, Margie Sims. The Georgetown branch is staffed by Branch Manager Beth Staggs; Head Teller, Janet Harp; Clerks/Tellers Julie Sturm, Sharon Bishop and Amiee Havens. Melissa Cheek serves as Information Technology Consultant. As the last financial institution headquartered in Brown County, Ripley Federal strives to be a customer-friendly institution and be a positive influence on its customers, employees and the communities we serve.

Georgetown Happy Hustlers set meetings The Georgetown Happy Hustlers 4-H Club will be conducting meetings on February 13 and February 27 both at 7 p.m. The meetings will take place at American Legion Post 180 in Georgetown. We will be accepting new members at both of these meetings. 4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in Kindergarten to age 18 as of January 1. There are a variety of projects suited to your child’s interests. You may call the County Extension office for more information regarding 4-H at (937) 378-6716 or contact Tosha Newberry for information about Georgetown Happy Hustlers at (937) 690-6102.


BCBDD directors accept Oath of Office The seven member Board of Directors accept the Oath of Office for the Brown County Board of Developmental Disabilities from Brown County Commissioner President, Ralph Jennings (right). Pictured left to right: Julie Carpenter, Lizabeth Doss, Tammie Mers, Alvin Norris, Willie Ranford, and John Black. Present but not pictured: Shayna Hansel. Pursuant to ORC Section 3.22, the oath of office shall be: "To support the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of this state, and faithfully to discharge the duties of the office".

Green Township holds reorganizational meeting Green Township Trustees met January 12, 2012 for the reorganizational meeting. Jay Holden was elected chairman, Darren Howser, co-chairman and Gary Frye is road supervisor. Pam Campbell is the elected Township Fiscal Officer. The Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each

month at the Township Hall, located at 3827 Greenbush West Road. Special meetings and change of regular meetings will be posted at the Township Hall. Trustees can be reached at the following numbers: Jay Holden 444-1343, Daren Howser 444-4787, Gary Frye 4443400.

Meet the candidates on Jan. 28 The Brown County Tea Party is sponsoring a Meet The Candidates on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel, Mt. Orab. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be available.

4-H fund raiser set There is a 4-H Shooting Sports Fundraiser set for Saturday, February 4 at the Adams County Fairgrounds Administration Building. A chili dinner will go from 4 7 p.m., cost is $5.00 per person. A cake auction will take place at 7 p.m., auction services are donated by Sam Bolender. There will be lots of surprises and auction items throughout the evening. Join the fun and help raise money for equipment, advisor training, Shooting Sports camp scholarships and

more. Last item auctioned for the evening will be a Henry .22 lever action rifle. The Adams County Chapter of the Ohio’s Horsemen’s Council will raffle a Breakaction, inline, CVA Wolf .50 cal. muzzleloader to benefit the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Tickets are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00. For more information call Nan Knechtly at (937) 2175206, Don Kamps at (937) 5445015, or David McDonald at (937) 217-1267.




January 29, 2012  
January 29, 2012  

The Brown County Press