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Smith deaths ruled murder-suicide BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press Andrew Smith shot his estranged wife Genevieve Smith once in the head and then killed himself the same way. That information was provided by Brown County Coroner Dr. Judith Varnau. Varnau also discussed the circumstances around the discovery of the two bodies on Schwallie Road near Ripley on Friday, December 6. “I found two individuals. The male was in the drivers seat and both of them were buckled in. It appeared to be a suicide and a homicide, and it appeared that he had been the perpetrator”, Varnau said by telephone. Varnau said via e-mail that the Smith’s were declared dead by her at 10:40

p.m. on Friday night, but they may have been dead for up to 36 hours prior to that. The bodies were sent to the Montgomery County Coroner for autopsy on December 8. Varnau reported via e-mail that they have already been released back to the family for burial. Meanwhile, details are emerging about the possible reasons why Andrew Smith violated two protection orders against contacting Genevieve Smith. According to statements to police by Andrew Smith, Jr., his father had terminal cancer and was trying to talk to his estranged wife about spending more time with his children before he died. In a statement to Mt. Orab police, Smith junior wrote that his father had

taken him to Hillsboro to see his girlfriend and on the way back “he decided to stop and try to talk to her about seeing the kids. My father has cancer and only has about three months to live, he hadn’t talked to them in a while and wanted to let them know they wouldn’t have him around much longer, and try to spend as much time with them as possible.” Smith senior was pulled over by Mt. Orab Police Officer George Baker on November 25. Genevieve Smith reported to police that she had seen Smith senior and her son in the area of First State Bank where she was employed. “I saw my estranged husbands car drive by the bank on Tri-County Highway, turn around in the Dollar

General parking lot and turn into Howser’s”, she wrote. She said she told the officer that she had planned to stop at Kroger on her way home. “I was on my way to Kroger when my co-worker called and said she was right behind him and that my son was with him. I called 911.” Genevieve Smith then stated that Smith senior pulled ahead of her into the Kroger parking lot, but he fled the area when we saw a Mt. Orab police officer approach her car. Genevieve Smith also apparently had requested a protection order against her son, writing “also protection order against him”, when discussing Andrew Smith, Jr., in her statement.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 12


Genevieve Smith

Four charged in separate Mt. Orab Gold Star home invasions/burglaries Chili giving $50 gift certificates out to kids BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press

Two separate home invasion incidents are making their way through Brown County courts. Eric Widmeyer, 24 of Williamsburg, is facing multiple kidnapping, robbery and burglary charges after allegedly breaking into the home of a former girlfriend and kidnapping her and her two young children in November, forcing them to leave their home with him. The children were five and three years old. Widmeyer is also charged with Felonious As-

BY Martha B. Jacob The Brown County Press Every Tuesday at the Mt. Orab Gold Star Chili, kids age 10 and under eat for free, when accompanied by a paying adult. Now, according to Gold Star, and The Mt. Orab Food Court owners, Gary and Kathy Wallace, they will also be offering $50 Toys “R” Us® gift cards at Gold Star to one lucky child, 10 and younger, every Tuesday from now until Christmas. “We have a lot of parents and children every Tuesday, supporting Gold Star,” Gary Wallace said, “this is just our way of showing our support for them for the holidays. It’s something we can do for our community.” According to Kathy Wallace, each child who comes in to Gold Star with an adult can sign up for the drawing and are given a ticket which is entered into the Tuesday drawing. “We start all over again on Wednesday, for the next week, and all the tickets are thrown away,” Kathy said.


Hunter Asbury, Williamsburg is one of the recent $50.00 Toys “R” Us® gift certificates winners at Mt. Orab Gold Star.

“We had our first drawing on Tuesday Dec. 3 and one child was given the $50 gift card to Toys “R” Us®. It was really a lot of fun and we look forward to doing it again on Tuesday Dec. 10, 17 and 24. All the winners will be announced in the paper after Christmas.”

But the Christmas Spirit doesn’t stop there for the Wallace family. For the past few years, the businesses at The Food Court CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

sault for striking his former girlfriend and Tampering With Evidence. Brown County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Zac Corbin said Widmeyer “showed up and made entrance to her home by force, he threatened her, demanded money, caused harm to her and then he removed them from the home and forced them to go with him. Fortunately, the mom got away, she was quick thinking and managed to save herself and the kids and get away.” Widmeyer faces three first degree felony Kidnapping counts, and one first degree felony count each


Eric Widmeyer

of Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Burglary. Widmeyer is also CONTINUED ON PAGE 12


Georgetown Schools awarded $384K in state grant funding BY Martha B. Jacob The Brown County Press The Georgetown Exempted Village School District will share in a $15

million Ohio Department of Education Straight A Fund Grant along with 25 other school districts in the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative Personalized

Learning Network (OACPLN). According to Eric Toole, treasurer for the board, the Georgetown district has CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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Participants and spectators alike braved the elements on Saturday, December 7 for the 2013 Georgetown Christmas Parade. Pictured above is Doug Green and friends on the Hometown Heroes float. See more pictures and story on page 15.

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This picture was taken last year showing volunteers individually wrapping hundreds of gifts purchased by a child to be given to their siblings and parents. 20 families will be buying gifts for their families this year.

20 Brown County families to ‘Shop with a cop’ BY Martha B. Jacob The Brown County Press Area residents should not be alarmed Tuesday morning, Dec. 17 when they see a line of 20 police cruisers, with their lights on, pulling out of the Mt. Orab Police Department parking lot. It’s all a part of the Brown County ‘Shop With a Cop’ program, and at least one child from 20 area families will be accompanied by one law enforcement officer and a chaperone for a full day of Christmas fun. The Shop With a Cop program has been around for many years. Three years ago, Mt. Orab Police Officer Mike Dearing decided it was time to start one in Brown County. At that time he was a police officer in Sardinia and went to his chief and asked if he could start a Shop With a Cop in the village. “I had a personal reason for wanting to start up a Shop With a Cop program in this county,” Officer Dearing said. “Not only is it a great program to unite a child with a police officer, it goes a long way in creating a lifelong bond between the two.” He said, “I can speak firsthand on the benefits of the program, when I was nine years old I took part in the program. I was chosen to go with a police officer for a day and buy Christmas presents for my family.” Dearing described his experience as a nine year old as life changing. “I remember when I was chosen to be a part of the Shop With a Cop program those many years ago,” Officer Dearing said, “When that cop showed up at my door, I was just a nervous wreck, I didn’t know what to think. But by the end of that day, everything I ever thought about the police had changed. I became a police officer so that I could help my community, and teaching our young people that that’s what we want to do can some times be a real challenge. So often they only see the bad things, like arresting a parent or friend. It puts law enforcement officers in a bad light.” Dearing said the program is continuing to grow. “In just three years we’ve gone from a couple families to 20 families from the community,” Officer Dearing said with a smile. Villages participating in this year’s event include,

Georgetown, Mt. Orab, Sardinia, Ripley, Russellville, Lake Waynoka and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. The children will: • travel to the Country Inn in Mt. Orab for breakfast at 7:45 a.m.; • 8:30 a.m. leave for Hillsboro; • 9:15 a.m. arrive at the Walmart store for some serious gift buying; • leave Walmart at 11:45 a.m.; • At noon, arrive at Bob Evans for lunch; • 1 p.m. leave for the Star Cinema for a movie; • 1:15 p.m. arrive at the theater where the kids can play video games and hang out talking until the movie starts; • movie 2:25 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; • at 5:15 p.m. Arrive back at Western Brown High

School where all the gifts will be wrapped with the help of volunteers; • by 7 p.m. the children will return home. “What a great day it’s going to be,” Dearing said. “I just can’t express what fun the day is. I’m pretty sure the officers and chaperones of the kids have more fun than the kids do. “It’s important for people to understand, that 20 families got to do this 100 percent because of donations from the community. So thanks so much to everyone who made this year’s Shop With a Cop a reality.” Dearing said that all twenty children will get to participate, despite the program being a bit short of the fundraising goal this year. If you would like to help, donations can still be made at the Mt. Orab Police Department.

E-HEAP/Winter Crisis Program continues for 2013/2014 The E-HEAP/Winter Crisis Program administered locally by the Adams-Brown Counties Economic Opportunities, Inc., will continue thru March 31st, 2014 for the 2013-2014 winter heating season. Eligible applicants must be at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines as follows: 2013-2014 Poverty Income Guidelines HEAP Income Guidelines@ 175% HouseholdYearly 13 Size Income Weeks Income 1 $20,107.50 $5,026.88 2 $27,142.50 $6,785.63 3 $34,177.50 $8,544.38 4 $41,212.50 $10,303.13 Households with more than 4 members add $7,035.00 for yearly income per member and $1,758.75 for 13 week income per member. THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED: Proof of citizenship (i.e. birth certificate, current medical card, voter registration card) and social security cards for all household members; proof of ALL income received for the household for the past 13 weeks (or 12 months); proof of disability if disabled; bills

for both the main heating source and electric utility sources. If you heat with bulk fuel, a ten day supply or less is required in order to receive assistance. A metered utility, electric or natural gas, must have a disconnect notice or be disconnected in order to receive assistance. ALSO, IF YOU OR A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ARE CLAIMING “ZERO” INCOME FOR THE PAST THREE MONTHS, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION WILL BE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL HEAP OFFICE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. *Outreach is available for the elderly or disabled* TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CALL: Adams County: 1-800233-7891 or 937-695-0316, ext. 252, 235, 236, or 285. Brown County: 1-800553-7393 or 937-378-6041, ext. 280, 305, 253, or 254. Offices will be closed on December 25, 2013 and January 1, 2014 in observance of the Christmas and New Years holidays.



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Sheriff looking for James F. Noble Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reports that the Brown County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for James F. Noble, a male white, 49 years of age. Noble was last seen walking on Chaffin Road on November 21, 2013. Noble was reported to be wearing a gray Dallas Cowboy’s Hoodie, black jeans, black hat, and boots. Mr. Noble is originally from Kentucky, but has lived in Brown County for nineteen (19) years. He has no car or cell phone, and a search of the area has provided no leads. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Moore at (937) 378-4435 x125.

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Roger Taylor, Director of Operations and Transportation at Western Brown Local Schools, announced Dec. 11 that every student attending Western Brown now has a bus available to them. In November of 2012, the board of education voted unanimously to reduce bus transportation for students to the state minimum, for all K to 8 students within two miles. The action reduced approximately eight to 12 bus drivers but saved the district

Like to read? Join in with some like minded adults If you love the library then you probably love to read. If you love to read, you probably enjoy talking about what you’ve read and hearing about other good books. That’s exactly why you should try out one of the book clubs at The Brown County Public Library. Although the term “club” is commonly used, there are no club-like restrictions in our book clubs. They’re open to anyone and there are no joining requirements and no dues. They could be more accurately called “book discussion groups”, but “book club” is such a familiar phrase, and it’s so easy to say. The only commitment on your part is to read and share your opinion on what you read. Simple. If you are the shy type, you don’t even have to speak very much; you can just listen and hear about the books other people are reading. These meetings are not scholarly dissections of fine literature - we just like to read and chat. We are all busy people and sometimes appointments or other commitments get in the way. No problem, just come when you can, and share the camaraderie and the joy of reading. Visit our web page at and click the link to any location of the Brown County Public Library to find information its book clubs. Or you can call any branch or stop in for book club information. See you at book club! Georgetown (937) 3783197; Mt. Orab (937) 4441414; Fayetteville-Perry (513) 875-2665; Sardinia (937) 446-1565

approximately $400,000. According to Taylor, over the past two months he has been working hard to assign every student a bus who desires one. “We did this by making personal phone calls,” Taylor explained. “The fivemile cut put into place in the fall of the 2012-2013 school year resulted in nearly 300 students losing bus service. “Of that group, just over 100 declared a desire to ride a bus when the board approved the reinstatement of high school transportation in October of this year. “However, it is important to note that we were able to work together and strategically add more than 100 students to our existing routes without adding back any of the five buses removed from the road over a year ago.” Taylor said these changes mean that the district will be providing the same level of service to its students at a much lower

cost to the district. “While we did reinstate high school transportation,” Taylor said, “it looks much different. “Courtney Kelley, the transportation and maintenance secretary, and all the bus drivers have been very flexible with their time and patience in making this all work. If you see a bus driver, please let them know that their work is much appreciated.” Taylor continued, “As we move into the winter months, please let me know of any student that you see walking an extended distance or riding a bike in inclement weather. While we did do everything possible to communicate the reinstatement, it would not surprise me if someone missed the news.” Taylor said he and the board of education members know that the transportation issue at Western has been the subject of much debate on campus and in the community. “It has been my goal,


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Roger Taylor, Western Brown Director of Operations and Transportation

moving forward, to make transportation an afterthought at Western Brown,” he added, “and to provide a much needed service to all our students, K-12 in the most efficient way possible.” Taylor can be reached at Western Brown Schools at (937) 444-2044 ext. 25020.

S. Bryer Cable TV Corp has signed a new three year broadband contract with Time Warner Cable. The new fiber optic bandwidth service installation has been completed and Scott Bryer of S. Bryer Cable is hoping to have all new equipment installed and completed by Christmas. The newer service will allow all customers to receive more bandwidth. The new service will also give customers the option to increase the speed of their internet service up to 20MEG. Scott Bryer says this is all an attempt to keep up with the ever changing internet. Customers are doing more and more video streaming now and that requires more bandwidth. S.Bryer Cable TV will also be going to customers homes and replacing some modems that will not be compatable with the newer system. We do know that Christmas is just around the corner and we are getting ready for all the new items that will be using more bandwidth. S.Bryer Cable TV Corp will be offering discounted rates to bring more customers to the new system.

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Causes & Treatment Options for Neck Pain Fifty to seventy percent of the population will experience neck pain at least once in their lives, and as much as one third of the population is affected each year. Due to the tremendous cost of low back pain in the United States, neck pain has been somewhat neglected, especially in terms of research dollars. At any given moment, 10% of the population has neck pain. Women are more likely to report neck pain than men, and women are also more likely to report chronic neck pain. Neck pain is one of the most prevalent and costly health problems facing the workplace and health-care communities and is the second leading chief complaint reported by patients seeking chiropractic care. Pain in the neck is most often due to stress and irritation of the Dr. Lydia Ogden is a Chiropractic tissues in the cervical region, particularly the facet joints. The stress and irritation develops after an injury or over time secondary to poor Physician and posture, lack of exercise, or repetitive stress, such as extended sitting is the owner of and driving. Postural stress leads to muscle tightness and spinal joint Active Living stiffness and restriction. Lack of exercise leads to muscular weakness, Chiropractic muscle fatigue, muscle atrophy and loss of flexibility. The eventual located spinal joint stiffness and facet restriction further perpetuates muscle in Mt. Orab, OH. tightness and pain. A truly comprehensive approach in treating neck pain should include eliminating postural stress and addressing the following: Areas of spinal joint stiffness/restriction, areas of muscle tightness, areas of muscle weakness, and chronic Inflammation. Chiropractic manipulation is the most effective treatment available to correct areas of spinal joint stiffness and restriction. The chiropractic adjustment is gently applied by hand and stimulates pain blocking nerves, restores normal joint movement, reduces muscle spasm and tightness, and increases blood flow to reduce inflammation. Physical rehabilitation and exercise are necessary to correct areas of muscle tightness and weakness. Lastly, proper diet and supplementation is the key to addressing chronic inflammation.

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Taking A Trip Through Time This Sorghum Press was located on Moses Brooks’ Farm located west of Mt. Orab, in Pike Township on Butts Road, circa 1895. Pictured from left to right are Moses Brooks (1838-1901), Clarissa Brooks, daughter (1867-1938), Levina Harris Brooks, wife (1841-1909), Stacia Brooks Wisby, daughter (1866-1948), Frank Wisby, Stacia’s husband (1865-1951), children are the 2 oldest of Frank and Stacia Wisby, Harry Brooks, son (1883-1968), Eddie Brooks, sonboy sitting by press, (1837 - 1941). Eddie Brooks was the Blacksmith in Mt. Orab. This picture was originally copied from a picture owned by Flora Brooks Willet, a granddaughter of Moses Brooks and donated by Bob Wickline Jr., 2x great grandson of Moses Brooks, minister at the Saltair Church of Christ, Bethel Ohio. All of the above information was taken from the photo at the Brown County Historical Society. When the photo was copied and donated was not mentioned. If you have more information about this photo or would like more information about the Brown County Historical Society please call Ned S. Lodwick at (937) 378-6334. ‘Taking a Trip Through Time’ is a 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 will get your picture back. You can also reach us at (937) 444-3441.

Letters to the Editor

An ‘I told you so’ for Aberdeen Dear Editor, Brown County Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler has assigned punitive damages against the Village of Aberdeen for breaching the water plant contract and the damages are $1,021,342.37 as well as $3,050 a day until the village retrieves all materials associated with the project. Judge Gusweiler granted a summary judgment against the village in May but gave the village until October to reverse their path and resume construction of the water plant but council members Eitel, Phillips, Perraut and the late Mr. Verville refused to resume. Judge Gusweiler then allowed for the delay of the October damages hearing in the hopes that the citizens of the village would elect council members who would resume the project so that he would not have to assign damages but the village faltered again. I, as a paralegal, constantly urged fellow council members to review the

history of past breach of contract cases and to look at the large awards generally granted in Ohio but the “corner lawyer” had all the wrong answers and has now single handedly destroyed the village! It appears that Mr. Applegate, Dr. Shotwell , Miss Mineer, Mrs. Bishop, Mr. Meadows and myself are vindicated at last! We attempted to do the right thing in telling the truth to the public and warned of the catastrophic financial consequences that would befall this village for failing to uphold this contract but apathy set in and only one third of the eligible voters even bothered to vote! Unfortunately, a majority of those voters were intentionally misled by the lies and propaganda of those who breached the contract and now this financial penalty will trickle down to all the taxpayers of the village! Since the Village only has $160,000 in the general fund and cannot cover the costs of this punitive award, the State Auditor

will immediately commence a comprehensive audit of the village finances. Many of us are very interested in what they will find. This punitive award will also trigger a state takeover of the Village, including the ousting of the council and mayor until this financial crisis is resolved. I believe the State will find many unethical and possibly illegal actions on the part of many involved and it is my hope that those responsible for causing this mess will be held accountable on an individual as well as financial basis. Perhaps this punitive award is why council members Eitel and Phillips failed to attend the scheduled council meeting on Monday? I guess if I caused this mess I would be ashamed as well! So when you have the opportunity to interact with council members Eitel, Phillips and Perraut as well as mayor Foxworthy stop them and thank them for breaching this contract thus creating this mess and the

hardships that will come with it. Their deceptive little group won the election, by telling the public that damages would be only $50,000, but destroyed the village in the process! To borrow some modified lyrics from the vocal group Scandal, “Sometimes some fools get lucky and win, sometimes the innocent pay for an old woman’s sin…” Mayor Foxworthy it is time to “cross that bridge” that you keep talking about but do the right thing and resign, staying on the other side of the river! Your tiebreaking vote created this mess! Dr. Shotwell’s resignation letter was perfectly honest, I too have never encountered such despicably evil people in my life but God does tend to level the playing field and these individuals are already learning that they will be held accountable for harming the citizens they were sworn to protect! Respectfully, Jay Castle Aberdeen

Reader praises retiring Scout leader Dear Editor, For over forty years, Doug Green, from Russellville, has provided leadership to hundreds of boys who, down through the years, were members of Boy Scout Troop 248, one of the oldest active Boy Scout Troops in the area. At the end of December,

Doug will be retiring as Troop 248 Troop leader. Doug’s service to this community needs to be recognized- he has dedicated hours of time to mentor boys from 11 to 17 with a combination of educational activities and lifelong values. The Boy Scouts of America website

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describes the scouting program “as one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations,” and Doug has applied these values in his mentoring to youth. He has spent countless hours on providing instruction for young people that has built character, a greater understanding of the responsibilities of citizenship and a development of personal fitness. Doug is a believer in the premise that helping young people is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society as outlined in the goals of the BSA. In fact, Doug started this journey as a Boy Scout in the Russellville Troop. His mentor while a Scout was Joe Myers, a Brown County resident noted for his dedication to helping the youth of the area. As Doug recalls, the legacy of Russellville Boy Scout Troop 248 actually started with an earlier Boy Scout Troop in Russellville that traces its history back to the late 1940’s. Joe Myers continued to

work with Doug and Troop 248 until Joe’s death in 2008. Doug is a devoted husband and father who practices in his life what he has been teaching Boy Scouts for decades. His work ethic and commitment to his wife and children serve as a testament to his belief in the Scout Oath- “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” Doug will be honored on Sunday, December 29th, 4 PM, at the Russellville Presbyterian Church with a recognition ceremony outlining his community service work. Boy Scouts and their parents who participated in Troop 248 are encouraged to come to this program. Thank you, Doug, for your outstanding community service work to the youth of Brown County. Benjamin Pedigo Ripley

Dear Editor, It is despicable. Having just finished reading, ‘Extortion’, by Peter Schweizer to actually know the extent to which the corruption and pollution invades our government makes me nauseous. If ever there was a call for term limits, it is NOW! Peter names and notes the corruption of some of the politicians. You want bi-partisanship? How about Democrat Harry Reid (Nevada), Speaker of the Senate and Republican (Missouri) Congressman? Knowing how dirty these two are, you can imagine the extent of the corruption that is enveloping the whole government. These people are in Washington D.C. so long that they get duty and desire all mixed up. Senator Reid not only corrupts himself, his whole family has been drug into the slime. The book tells of the multiple Political Action Committees (PACS) that are set up by one politician and from those PACS money is shifted to various other campaigns. All of Sen. Reid’s family is involved - sons, daughter, son-in-law - extracting money to make them wealthy personally, but being able to accumulate so much money that no candidate can compete with them in elections. Sons have been the recipients of hundreds of thou-

sands of dollars to get elected to state offices, as well as joining prestigious law firms. You can just imagine the wealth this family has accumulated on the backs of businesses who are milked for money just to get a bill passed or not. They fleece both sides of the arguments. Not to say how we, the taxpayers, are fleeced ourselves. Then, there is Congressman Roy Blunts coercions and extractions. His family is involved in this big business, too. He had an extramarital affair and is divorced, remarried. His new wife just happened to be a lobbyist for Altris, the old Phillip Morris company, and is still an influential lobbyist. Altria just happened to send $100,000 to the Seventh District Republican Committee in Missouri, coincidentally being the district that Roy Blunt represents. His sons are also on the receiving side of much of the money donated to Roy’s campaign and shakedowns. They have run for various offices in Missouri and work for high-powered law firms. This is only a tidbit of the exposure of these contemptible politicians. We must adopt term limits to help avoid the long contacts they develop, which leads to much of the corruption. Scratch my back and I will scratch yours. Marilyn Daley

Mandela deserves praise, respect Dear Editor, This week has brought to light many things especially about Nelson Mandela. He was truly an exceptional person. For him to push for reconciliation after being in prison for 27 years. His government worked to dismantle apartheid by tackling racism, poverty and inequality. They also worked for racial reconciliation. If they had not worked it out in that way South Africa would be like Syria is today. Most of us would say that he was a great man and had done a great job. But evidently some people, I would guess to be of conservative thinking. At least a couple that sort of stuck out, one being Rush Limbaugh. He claims that being an oppressed person of color is no big deal. Also in South Carolina a sheriff refused to fly the flag at half staff for Mandela. Also another thing that still is a very sore spot to many is President Reagan vetoing a bill to put sanctions on South Africa for its apartheid laws. Reagan saw the ANC as a terrorist organization. I still believe

that a lot of conservative Americans still have him on a pedestal. But from Iran-Contra to the failure of trickle-down economics. Most of our country's inequalities can be traced back to Reagan. He seemed to have no comprehension of how government should help all, not a select few. But we do have hope this time of year. Reading Isaiah with the visions of the future is very uplifting. Also I received an E-mail from the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) of which I am a member, which told of Ohio recognizing and honoring its veterans, and active military and their families at the first Statehouse Wreaths Across America Memorial Service. In the picture was our representative Doug Green. I was not surprised to see him present at such an event. That's called getting good publicity. I just wish he would vote more to help the needy people in this state instead of giving tax breaks that help the very rich. I guess that is some of that trickle-down stuff. Danny Books Sr.

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The Adams-Brown Creating Healthy Communities Program, the Adams-Brown Diabetes Education Coalition (ABDEC), & the University of Cincinnati AHEC Program (HEALTH-UC) joined together to co-sponsor “What’s Working in Worksite Wellness”, a oneday conference designed specifically with small and medium-sized employers in mind, on Wednesday, November 13th at Hilltop Designs in Winchester, OH. Response by local employers was very good, as 63 individuals attended the conference. Participants came from worksites in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Hamilton, and Highland Counties in Ohio and from Mason County in Kentucky. Conference speakers addressed the topics of worksite wellness (WW) programming’s benefits to employers and employees; how to start a WW program; practical strategies for encouraging employees to be more physically active on the job; simple ideas for improving nutrition at the worksite to address the obesity dilemma


Pictured speaking at the conference is Lauren Niemes, RD, LD, Executive Director of the Nutrition Council, Cincinnati, OH

and its effects on employers; working towards becoming a 100% Tobacco-Free Worksite campus; and how to apply for a Health & Wellness Grant for businesses which is now available from the Bureau of Ohio Workers Compensation . Representatives from GE-Peebles Test Operation, Dayton Power & Light-Manchester, and Cluxton Consulting participated in a panel discussion of “lessons learned” as they have conducted their own worksite wellness programs. Resource tables were also set up throughout the day, with tables sponsored by the ABDEC, CompSource, HealthWorks, and AFLAC. Breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks consisted of a variety of delicious AND healthy foods and were

Attention current tobacco users The Ohio State University College of Public Health invites male tobacco users to participate in an advertising study. Your attitudes and opinions about different consumer product advertisements are needed! The study will take 40-50 minutes and in-

volves sitting at a computer to view ads. To thank you for your time, you will receive a $50 gift card at completion. If you are interested in hearing more about this study, please call (937) 515-6425. A research staff member will be happy to answer your questions!

SHARECROPPER Jesus is GOD! He made everything. John 1:3 tells us: “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” But yet, while He was here on earth, He owned nothing of His own while still owning everything! In Matthew 8:20 Jesus said: “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” That is amazing! Go with me now to Matthew 26 and look at verses 21-25. Jesus is speaking to His disciples and tells them: “...Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him; but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.” There is something very significant in this portion of scriptures that may be overlooked, so I want you to take notice of it. Notice that all the other disciples said: “...Lord, is it I?” but Judas, the betrayer, said: “...Master, is it I?” Master is not a term for God! Judas did not call Jesus, Lord. One day Judas will resurrect. He is the beast spoken of in the book of Revelation. He is the future Antichrist! Just thought I would throw that in. I am not really talking about him today. I am talking about stewardship, so go back with me to verses 1719: “Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover? And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.” It was at this passover supper that the passover was superseded by the Communion service. Some call it the Lord’s supper. It is referred to by both terms in the book of I Corinthians. The passover was a celebration of the event when Moses led the



Jews out of Egypt. They were to slay a lamb and apply it’s blood to the door posts and lintel so that the destroyer would pass over that house and the first born would be spared (Exodus 12:23). It is the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, which cleanses us from all sin (I John 1:7) so that we can have eternal life! We celebrate the Communion service to bring us in remembrance of the fact that Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood so that we could be saved from an eternal Hell. In verse 26 of Matthew 26 it says: “And as they were eating, Jesus took the bread, and blessed it, and break it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.” Verse 28 states: “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Jesus was using the bread and the fruit of the vine as a typology of His own body and blood which He was to give for us. When we take Communion, the wafer and the juice are still a typology to bring us to remembrance. Look, Jesus redeems us with the sacrifice of His blood and we, who receive Him as our Saviour, become His children and the stewards of His earth. He owns the earth and the fulness thereof (I Corinthians 10:26) and we are His sharecroppers. We get to keep the largest portion of what He gives us and we are to give Him back 10% of that. Paul in the book of Philippians said: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Tithing is required by God. When you obey Him He will not leave you in want. He will supply whatever it is you need. In order for Him to do that, you first have to trust Him to do what He says He will do. It is called faith and the Bible says in Romans 1:17: “...The just shall live by faith.”

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provided by The Farmhouse Catering of Sinking Spring, OH. The conference was highly evaluated by participants and several indicated specific changes and/or additions that they would now attempt within their own worksites as a result of attending the conference. At least 20% of an employer’s health care costs are in areas of health risks which can be changed, such as high blood pressure, tobacco use, physical inactivity, obesity, high stress, and depression. Employers who provide wellness programs for their employees can reduce these risks and also reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, cut health care costs, reduce employee turnover, and improve workers’ productivity and morale. So congratulations to all who attended for showing an interest in the health of their employees and their organizations! The Adams-Brown Creating Healthy Communities Program (ABCHCP) is funded through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC), Grant Number 2B01DP009042-13, which is administered by the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Healthy Ohio, Creating Healthy Communities Program. The ABCHCP is administered by the University of Cincinnati AHEC Program & HEALTH-UC, which is located at 114 East State Street in Georgetown, Ohio. The Adams-Brown Diabetes Education Coalition is supported in part with a Together on Diabetes grant from the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP). The ADCTP is a partnership supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the BristolMyers Squibb Foundation, with the collaboration of the thirteen Appalachian states. It is managed by the Center for Rural Health at Marshall University. Together on Diabetes is a national program of the Squibb Foundation to improve the health outcomes of people living with type 2 diabetes.

Mercy Health offers pre-diabetes education classes Mercy Health, which provides quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its network of care, announces the schedule for pre-diabetes education classes offered at Mercy Health locations throughout the community. Pre-diabetes is a condition that forms before diabetes. It means that blood sugar levels are higher than normal but aren’t high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Usually a fasting blood sugar level of 100-125 mg/dl indicates pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a warning sign that allows people to take action to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Registered dietitians who are also diabetes educators teach Mercy Health’s pre-diabetes education classes.

Each class includes information on: • Making healthy food choices • Exercise and blood sugar control • Monitoring blood sugar levels Cost is $20 per class, payable in advance by cash, check or credit card. Call 513-95-MERCY (513-9563729) to register for all classes. Upcoming dates, times and locations follow below. • Mercy Health – Anderson HealthPlex located at 7495 State Road, Cincinnati, 45255 on December 18, 2013, 4-6 p.m. and January 15, 2014, 4-6 p.m. • Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital located at 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia 45103 on February 18, 2014, 4-6 p.m.

In Loving Memory of Frank Newsome March 24, 1926 August 2, 2008

Every day without you, since you had to go, Is like summer without sunshine, and winter without snow. I wish that I could talk to you, There’s so much I would say. Life has changed so very much, since you went away. I miss the bond between us, and I miss your kind support. You’re in my mind and in my heart, and every Christmas thought. I’ll always feel you close to me, and though you’re far from sight, I’ll search for you among the stars that shine on Christmas night. So we will try to have a Merry Christmas because we know you are spending your Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

OBITUARIES Genevieve Denise Osborne, 42 Genevieve Denise Osborne, 42 of Higginsport, Oh., died Friday, December 6, 2013. She was the Head Teller at First State Bank in Mt. Orab. Genevieve was born May 26, 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Lowell Osborne of Higginsport, and the late Ruth (Goodson) Osborne. In addition to her father, Genevieve is survived by five children – Andrew Smith of Higginsport, Courtney Smith and fiancé, Cameron Gulley of Manchester, Jonathan Smith, Kaitlyn Smith and Jackson Smith, all of Manchester; one brother – Jason Leigh Osborne of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., aunt and uncle – Sandra and Bill Proctor of Mt. Orab, a cousin – Beth Leimberger of Mt. Orab and a second cousin – Nick Leimberger of Hamersville. Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Cahall Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation has been set for 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, also at the funeral home. Interment will follow the funeral service in Shinkle’s Ridge Cemetery near Higginsport. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the children of Genevieve Osborne. A fund will be set up at a later date at First State Bank. In the meantime, donations may be mailed to 300 State Route 41 Manchester, Ohio 45144. The Cahall Funeral Home, Ripley, served the family.



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Ruby K. Judy, 91 Ruby K. Judy, 91 of Ripley, Oh., died Wednesday, December 4, 2013. She was a homemaker, a babysitter for many years and a member of the Ripley Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Judy was born June 27, 1922 in Owenton, Ky., the daughter of the late Porter and Mary (Wilson) Davis. She was also preceded in death by her husband – Carl B. Judy; one sister – Bernice Wash and one brother – Marvin Davis. Mrs. Judy is survived by three sons – Carl D. “Butch” Judy and wife Joyce of Georgetown, William Michael Judy of Ripley, and Ricky Judy and wife Dresden of Ripley, two grandchildren – Hayley Judy of Ripley, and Robin Judy of Georgetown. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Cahall Funeral Home in Ripley, Ohio. Rev. Clark Castle will officiate. Interment will follow the funeral service in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley. The Cahall Funeral Home, Ripley, served the family.

Gwendolyn (nee Napier) Lyle, 63 Gwendolyn (nee Napier) Lyle, 63, a resident of Hamersville, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Ralph Lyle, dear mother of Carla Hornschemeier (Brad), devoted grandmother of Dylan and Griffin. Visitation has been set for Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, 315 W. Plane St., Bethel. The E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel, served the family.

Lucille (nee Knox) Melton, 82 Lucille (nee Knox) Melton, 82, a resident of Florida formerly of Bethel passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Ossie Melton., dear mother of Shonda (Casey) O 'Rourke, Patti (Tim) Sons, Debbie Young, the late Diana Sons, Benny (Martha) Wilson and Darryl (Ginger) Wilson, also survived by 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 4 sisters and 4 brothers. Preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Edith (Traylor) Knox, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Visitation has been set for 10 a.m. until time of service at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel. Burial in Tate Township Cemetery, Bethel. The E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel, served the family.

Kevin D. Cooper, 49 Kevin D. Cooper, 49, of Stout, Oh., died Monday, December 9, 2013 at home. He was born January 4, 1964 in Maysville, Ky. He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Tyler Cooper; father, Millard Cecil Cooper; step-father, Deek Grooms, and father-in-law, James Blevins. He is survived by his wife, Gail Cooper of Stout; two daughters, Chasity Cooper of West Union and Jonda Sue Cooper of Friendship; son, John Ethen Murphy of Portsmouth; mother, Katherine Cooper-Grooms of West Union; five sisters: Patricia Hackathorn of Crestview, Ky.; Rita Crummie of Manchester; Nancy Morgan of Manchester; Lisa Buckett of West Union; Ann Horsley of Stout; four brothers: Vernon Cooper of Winchester; Rodney Cooper of Manchester; Cecil Cooper of Augusta, Ky.; Buddy Cooper of Stout; and seven grandchildren: Conway, Brandon, McKila, Ryder, Hayden, Dane, and Kiley. He loved being outdoors, and hunting and fishing. The funeral service has been set for Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union. The visitation has been set for Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6 - 8 p.m. The interment is at Manchester Cemetery. The Lafferty Funeral Home, West Union, served the family.

Samuel D. Spires, 54 Samuel D. Spires, 54, of Newport News, Va., died Wednesday, December 4, 2013. He was born August 1, 1959 in Cincinnati. He is survived by his mother, Deanna Knauff of West Union; father, Sam D. Spires of Felicity; two sisters: Tracy C. Spires of Cincinnati and Page (Steve) Adams of New Marshfield; two uncles: Billy (Bobbie Jean) Satterfield of Lynx and John (Dawnita) Spires of Manchester; and one aunt, Betty Lawler of Liberty Township. He was a former welder for several companies in Newport News, Virginia and New Orleans, Louisiana and at Fluor Daniels Company at D.P. & L. Killen Station near Wrightsville in Adams County. He was a cabinet maker in Newport News, Virginia. He was a 1977 graduate of Felicity-Franklin High School in Felicity and obtained his welding certification from Hobart Welding School in Troy, Ohio. He was a Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast. The funeral service has been set for Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union. Pastor Ron Baker will officiate. The visitation has been set for Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The interment will be at East Liberty Cemetery in Lynx. The Lafferty Funeral Home, West Union, served the family.


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BY Martha B. Jacob The Brown County Press The Sardinia Village Council met in regular session Dec. 9 and went right to work getting things done before the end of the year. Mayor Todd Bumbalough told council that Village Magistrate Val Lewis had a very heavy caseload each month and needed help. As a solution, Bumbalough requested that council fund a course for him so that he could become a certified court magistrate. He said would only hear minor misdemeanor cases on a separate court night than Mr. Lewis hears cases. “This isn’t an unusual request,” Bumbalough said. “It’s actually quite common. Right now we’re getting about 60 to 70 tickets a month and we have one court date. I would have to attend a special court class on January 16 to become certified. The cost for the class is $175.” Following a brief discussion council agreed that a second court date a month would benefit the village and greed to pay for the class for Bumbalough to get his certification. The mayor has been in law enforcement as a police officer since 1994. In other business at the meeting, Marjorie Muller, member of the Sardinia Community Group, met with council to update them on the upcoming Dec. 15 Community Christmas walk.


Sardinia Mayor Todd Bumbalough (left) and Village Administrator, Tim Mock, listen as Chief of Police Jim Lewis talks about the upcoming ‘Shop With a Cop’program. The village is sponsoring three local families through the program.

Muller said that interest in the Christmas Walk has been high and over 100 people have shown interest with plans to attend the walk. Muller said the walk will begin at the Sardinia Life Squad building, stop at the Sardinia Presbyterian Church for music and announcements then travel on the Sardinia Methodist Church where children will make Christmas ornaments and hear a story from Mrs. Claus. “The walk begins at 3 p.m. and around 5 p.m. the walk should be ending up at the Sardinia American Legion Post where the kids can visit Santa,” Muller said. “Then around 5:45 we hope to be at the village Christmas tree at the corner of Winchester Street and Purdy Road in town. There the children can hang their ornaments on the tree and listen to carolers.” Muller said the Community Group is not asking for

any money for the event, only door prizes. It is, however, asking for everyone to bring a canned good to be donated to the Sardinia Methodist Food Pantry. She said all the local restaurants will be open during the walk each with special offers. She added that gifts for children and adults will be given out at no cost. She stressed that it was not a raffle, but a give-a-way. “We’re all just hoping the weather cooperates now,” Muller added. Later in the meeting council voted to approve shutting down the street from the four-way stop (Broad Street) to Graham Street on Dec. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate the Christmas Walk and festivities. Sardinia resident Shauna Weis, who also has a home in Kentucky, is a member of the Sardinia Community Group but was unable to attend the meeting.

PRC holding ‘Bring a Gift to the Manger’ event BY Tamma Plymesser Executive Director Pregnancy Resource Center - A Place of Hope The Pregnancy Resource Center A Place of Hope invites the community to “Bring a Gift to the Manger” and help babies in Brown County and surrounding communities. As we enter into the season when we celebrate the birth of the Christ-child, what better way to honor God’s gift of His Son than to give gifts that will better the lives of children in our own community. Gifts of diapers (sizes newborn, 4, & 5); baby lotion, shampoo, oil and powder; newborn onesies, receiving blankets, baby bath towels, baby toys and rattles, baby wipes, baby bottles and formula (Similac Advanced and Similac Isomil). Donations may be brought to the PRC during their regular business hours: Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday 2 to 6 p.m. The PRC will be closed Christmas week and will

reopen on Monday, December 30 at 10 a.m. The PRC is a faith based, life affirming, nonprofit organization that provides assistance to expectant mothers and families with infants and children. This assistance can help improve the quality of life for these families and gives parent, who otherwise couldn’t, the ability to keep their child. The PRC has provided assistance to families in Clermont, Adams and Highland Counties in Ohio and Mason County in Kentucky – in addition to Brown County. Programs are available in which clients can take parenting and relationship classes to earn needed items such as cribs, mattresses, infant and toddler car seats, and other baby equipment such as swings, high chairs, strollers, etc. Parents may also receive emergency supplies of diapers, wipes, baby formula and baby food from the PRC, as well as clothes up to size 4 Toddler. Expectant mothers and parents of infants and toddlers are en-

couraged to visit the PRC and see what assistance can be provided to them. The PRC is supported entirely with private donations and fund-raisers, receiving no government support whatsoever. Those with an interest in improving the lives of others in their community are encouraged to support the PRC with donations of new or gently used infant & toddler car seats, swings, high chairs and other baby equipment. Donation of cash for our Sweet Dreams Program, which provides new cribs to clients, is also much appreciated. Those interested in the work done at the PRC or anyone who would like to volunteer are welcome to visit during their regular office hours. Expectant mothers and parents with infants and toddlers may call the Center at 937-378-6853 to make an appointment or for the answers to any questions they may have concerning PRC services. It is only through the support of the community that the PRC can continue to be “A Place of Hope” to families in need.

Weis is employed by Environmental Safety Technologies and does building inspections for black mold and asbestos. “Shauna was here in our office about a week ago talking about the community group,” Bumbalough told council. “While she was here she told us that we have a serious problem on our hands with this building.” Bumbalough told council that Weis has agreed to fully inspect the city building. Sardinia Police Chief Jim Lewis reported to council that his department would be escorting three families during this year’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ event set for Tuesday, Dec. 17. “Our department will be joining forces this year with Mt. Orab, Russellville, Georgetown, Lake Waynoka and the Sheriff’s office,” Chief Lewis said. Village administrator Tim Mock told council that he needed $2,600 to replace an axle on the village owned John Deere compact tractor which is used by every department. “A new one of these tractors would run anywhere from $15 to $17 thousand dollars.” Council voted to approve up to $3,500 for the needed repairs. Other issues discussed by council included suspending the rules and approve a resolution to raise the pay for Magistrate Lewis from $200 a month to $250 a month. A resolution was also passed approving a final transfer in the budget. An emergency ordinance was passed approving a contract with village solicitor Jay Cutrell for 2014 and 2015.



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In June 2013, a one count indictment was filed against Jerry Morgan. The indictment charged Count One, Theft from an Elderly Person or Disabled Adult, being a felony of the fifth degree, having a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison. On June 28, 2013, Mr. Morgan, plead guilty to Count One. Judge Gusweiler placed Mr. Morgan under Community Control Sanctions for a period of 2 years under the supervision of the Brown County Adult Probation Department. As of October 22, 2013, Mr. Morgan had violated his community control when he failed to comply with the rules and regulations of Community Control (Probation), in the following respects. 1. On October 22, 2013, Mr. Morgan was charged with Burglary, a felony of the second degree through Brown County Municipal


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Court. 2. Mr. Morgan failed to follow the instructions of his supervising officer in that he refused to provide urine for a drug screen as requested. 3. The Defendant failed to attend and successfully complete outpatient treatment as recommended. On October 31, 2013, a two count indictment was filed against Mr. Morgan. The indictment charged Count One, Receiving

Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree, having a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison and Count Two, Trespass in a Habitation, a felony of the fourth degree, having a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison. On November 25, 2013, Mr. Morgan plead guilty to Count One. Upon a motion by the State of Ohio, Count Two was dismissed. Judge Gusweiler sentenced Mr. Morgan to 12 months in prison for violating his Community Control Sanctions and 6 months in prison for Receiving Stolen Property, giving him a total of 18 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay court costs and public defender fees. Judge Gusweiler further advised him of the optional three years of post-release control at the discretion of the Adult Parole Authority upon his release from prison.



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Chief Sue Madsen takes over in Miami Township

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New Miami Township Police Chief Sue Madsen has been on the path to becoming chief for several years. From her work in the drug unit at the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, to her years working her way up to a lieutenant at Union Township, Madsen gained much of her experience in Clermont County. Now, after two years serving as assistant chief in Miami Township, Madsen is transitioning to chief, replacing retiring chief Steven Bailey. “This was the transition plan Chief Bailey put into place when they hired me,” Madsen said.

Becoming chief makes Madsen the only female chief in Clermont County, and Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg said it appears that Madsen is the first female police chief ever in Clermont County. While she may be a part of history, Madsen is humble about the promotion. “I don’t look at the woman aspect,” Madsen said. “I look at it as anyone else would.” Madsen said she knows that being a chief requires dedication and flexibility. “This job as a woman or a man is not for everyone,” Madsen said. “You have to really think about law enforcement and the different hours of work.” Madsen said she finds the work rewarding and is

thankful for those who have helped her along the way. “I’ve always enjoyed law enforcement,” Madsen said. “I have so many people to thank who have taken a chance on me.” She said her continued goal is to make difficult situations easier for the residents she serves. “Many people you meet are in traumatic situations,” Madsen said. Madsen said she tries to make bad situations easier by helping those involved understand all of their options and the processes involved. She said she has found this approach most effective in making victims and individuals involved more comfortable. “Hopefully you’ve

Following the parade will the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and children can get their picture with Santa. On Saturday, Skeene said there will be several new activities. He said they will be having an ugly Christmas sweater contest this year and a pie eating contest. He said they will also have a story teller this year who will tell the Christmas story on Saturday at 1 p.m. “Of course we will have the Santa Paws Pet Parade at 2 p.m. on Saturday,” Skeene said. Crafts vendors will also be available on Saturday and there will be cookie decorating, carolers and historical home tours. Linda Shuck, a volunteer helping with the festival, said the event is fun and in-

teresting. “It’s very interesting to go into the shops,” Shuck said. “It’s just a festival affair.” Shuck said it is fun to have all of the events going on in the village. In addition to the River Village Christmas the River Stage Theatre will have the inaugural play Dec. 14. Skeene said they are hoping to draw more people into the village with the events. “That’s the whole purpose is to get people out and hopefully they enter the stores and the same thing for the restaurants,” Skeene said. For more information about New Richmond River Village Christmas, or events in the village, visit

River Village Christmas will be held this weekend BY KRISTIN ROVER Sun staff

New Richmond will be bustling with Christmas festivities this weekend during the annual River Village Christmas festival Dec. 1314. The event will feature several new activities this year along with many other traditions. “New this year is the parade on Friday night,” Gary Skeene, event organizer, said. “It used to just be Santa on the firetruck, but now it will be a parade.” Skeene said they have several participants scheduled for the parade this year and are hoping to continue to grow the parade. He said participants will line up at 5:30 p.m. Friday and the parade will begin at 6 p.m.


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cover letters to be in,” Madsen said. “January 31 is Chief Bailey’s last day with the township.” For more information


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Glen Este’s Kelly Simon goes up for a floater in the lane against Northwest on Dec. 9. Simon scored 17 points.

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helped someone along the way,” Madsen said. Madsen said as chief she also wants to continue to take an analytical approach to law enforcement in the township. She said one way she is looking to do this is to locate hot spots of crime in the township. “We have to be creative about catching crime in these areas and be efficient with our resources in the area,” Madsen said. Madsen said she has other goals and ideas for the department that she is still developing. She said her number one priority now is to hire and assistant chief at the department to fill her position. “December 11 is the deadline for resumes and

Glen Este head coach Jeff Click is channeling his inner Shaka Smart this season as his Lady Trojans have implemented their take on the VCU coach’s “Havoc” defense, running shifts of fresh players at opponents, playing fullcourt defense and generally, making the task of playing the Lady Trojans a daunting one. “(The press) has been good for us,” Click said. “It’s a fun way to play. Every kid likes to go out and run, get more touches, play fast and shoot fast, but it’s not necessarily an easy way to play if you want to do it right. “We don’t want to pace ourselves, but that allows us to use all of our players and we like to think that when we sub and (the other team) subs, we should go up a level because all of our kids can produce.” The Lady Trojans’ depth this year is one of their strengths and the crux upon which their style of

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play is built. Implementing a nine-man rotation, seeing four players at the scorer’s table waiting to check in is not an oddity; in fact, the hockey-style line changes that Glen Este uses can be a bit disconcerting, especially to teams who only run one or two deep on the bench. Despite running out a relatively inexperienced squad, Click’s team has gotten off to a 4-1 start, blowing out opponents by an average of 33.25 points in their four wins. Their lone loss — a 66-61 loss to Walnut Hills — was a tight one throughout. “Out of our nine players, four are sophomores and three just played their first five varsity games,” Click said. “We have two seniors who basically missed last season due to injuries, so every time we go out — whether it be practice or a game — we feel that we’re getting better.” While Click is adamant about the balance of his players one through nine, sophomore Kelly Simon has stepped up as the Lady Trojans’ most potent offensive threat. Leading the Eastern Cincinnati Conference in scoring with 16.4 a game, Click says that Simon has seized an opportunity that presented itself. “(Simon)’s just like the other players we have,” he explained. “I’m lucky to have a bunch of players who work really hard and she’s that kind of player. She comes to practice and

works hard. If there’s an opportunity to get in some extra work, she’ll take that opportunity. It just so happens that she’s had the opportunity and stepped up to lead us in scoring.” Simon, along with senior Ashley Keith and sophomore Payton Funk, bear the lion’s share of the scoring burden, but five players have scored in double-digits this year and everyone on the team averages a bucket a game. “The biggest thing that stands out is our depth and that we have a lot of different players who can contribute in a lot of different ways,” Click said. “Whether it be scoring the ball, (contributing) defensively or offensively by setting people up and getting them opportunities to score to just giving up the opportunity to play a style that favors us.” If there was something Click could nitpick, it would come with some of the decisions that his team makes. Even as their uptempo style tends to speed up their opponents, Click said his biggest teaching point has been to keep his players to stay disciplined and take care of the ball. As the Lady Trojans get into the meat of their schedule, playing stronger teams like Winton Woods, Turpin, Western Brown, Anderson and Seton before winter break, the coach said that the true mettle of the team would be tested over the next few weeks.

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Mt. Orab Elementary student sells hot chocolate to buy gifts for the needy Jessica Quittschreiber is only 10 years old, but she has the caring heart of a much older person. For the past few weeks she has been sitting at a table at the Mt. Orab Kroger store, selling hot chocolate to passers-by. She hoped she could raise $500 to buy toys for children at the Mt. Orab Middle School, where she will attend next year. Members of the Mt. Orab National Junior Honor Society have helped children in the community by buying Christmas gifts for them for several years. Jessica and her family were having a difficult time several years ago and she and her siblings were recipients of help from the honor society. Now, in better times for the family, she wants to give back. “I’d like to tell everyone what the real reason and meaning of the Christmas season is to me,” Jessica said, “I am 10 years old. Of course I like getting toys and gifts every year, just like any other kid. But I also know that there are many kids that don’t have a chance to get many or even any gifts at Christmas and

that makes me sad. She continued, “I asked my mom and dad if I could make hot chocolate and sell it to raise money. I wanted to buy toys and give them to the Mt. Orab Middle School, so they could give them to children who might not get any presents on Christmas.” Jessica’s parents Pam and Dan Quittschreiber of Mt. Orab helped their energetic daughter make her wish come true. Her mother Pam works at the Mt. Orab Kroger store and was given permission to allow Jessica to set up at the store. “A few years ago when we were really struggling to get by, that group at the Mt. Orab Middle School helped us out with Christmas gifts,” Dan Quittschreiber said, “So now it’s our chance to help them out. “Along with Jessica’s plan to sell hot chocolate and accept donations, we held a fishing tournament this past summer and raised over $400 for the school.” He said that Jessica’s goal was to raise $500 for the school and she has already collected over $600 and will be set up again at Kroger on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. until 1:30


Jessica Quittschreiber has been operating this small booth called Jess’s Place selling hot chocolate to raise money for the Mt. Orab Middle School. She is shown here with her three sisters (from left) Danielle, Jessica, Ericia and LeAnna.

p.m. “All the money she has raised has already been spent on toys and gifts from the toy department at

Important holiday safety guidelines for your pet Be careful how you deck your halls! The holiday season is generally a time of family togetherness in which even our pets participate. One’s thoughts generally are far from thoughts of injury; however, one must be aware of some important seasonal hazards in order to insure a happy holiday season. Ribbons and Tinsel These are of special interest to playful cats and kittens who see these materials as toys (or prey) to be chased, pounced upon, chewed or swallowed. While chasing and pouncing pose no health threats, chewing and swallowing do, as these strings or “linear foreign bodies” can be caught in the GI tract, leading to bunching of intestine as the body tries in vain to move the string or ribbon through. This is a life-threatening condition requiring surgery for correction. Supervise animals who play with string closely. Electric Light Cords These are also tempting to cats who like to play with string as well as to puppies who are teething and interested in chewing. If a pet bites through an electrical cord, it could result in a severe burn to the tongue, which causes the pet’s lungs to fill with fluid, causing respiratory distress. This is also an

Community Coalition to meet

The Gaslight Theater Player will be holding auditions for a Valentine's Day Rock and Roll comedy show on December 13, 2013 from 7 - 9 p.m. and December 14, 2013 from 12 - 4 p.m. at the News Democrat across from the theater. We are looking for actors as well as singers for this event. If you have any questions please call (513) 504-6483.


Community Coalition for a Drug Free Mt. Orab Thursday, December 19th 6:30 p.m. at JC’s Place in Mt. Orab. JC’s Place is located at 100 N. High Street, Mt. Orab.

Auditions being held in G’town


emergency requiring immediate veterinary attention. Chocolate Many people do not realize that chocolate can be a poison. Unsweetened baking chocolate carries a much higher dose of the toxin “theobromine” than does milk chocolate, but even normal milk chocolate can be dangerous; a small dog sharing candy can wind up in big trouble. Clinical signs of chocolate poisoning include hyperexcitability, nervousness, vomiting, and diarrhea and death. Dietary Indiscretion We all like to include our pets in Holiday meals along with the rest of the family, but try to keep in mind that sudden rich diet changes are likely to upset a pet’s stomach. Vomiting and diarrhea are not uncommon. If leftovers are of an especially fatty nature, the pancreas may become inflamed and overloaded. This condition is serious and may require hospitalization. Poinsettia Consuming this festive-looking plant can be irritating to the mouth

and stomach of the dog or cat that chews on or eats it. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettia is not specifically toxic. Mistletoe The fact that there are several types of mistletoe makes it difficult to predict the clinical signs of poisoning. Some mistletoes produce only stomach upset while others may lead to liver failure or seizuring. Consider mistletoe to be a haz-

Brown County Press and Mt. Orab Food Court Christmas Coloring Contest

THE BROWN COUNTY PRESS & THE MT. ORAB FOOD COURT ARE HAVING A COLORING CONTEST! There are 2 age categories. Age 0-5 and Age 6-10. First place in each age category will be a $50.00 Toys ʻRʼ Us Gift Certificate and second place will be a Mt. Orab Food Court $25.00 Gift Certificate! Please have your child color the picture of Santa Claus below and drop it off at the Mt. Orab Food Court along with your childʼs name, town, age and phone number. All entries will be on display in The Mt. Orab Food Court and the winners will be published in our December 29 edition.


New Thrift Store to open in G’town The Ohio Valley Adult Day Services and Thrift Store is pleased to announce their Grand Opening on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10 a.m. The store is located at 5058 State Route 125 in Georgetown. Ohio Valley Adult Day Services is a program that helps individuals with disabilities through integrated employment. Shopping at Ohio Valley Adult Day Services and Thrift Store helps to provide community employment to those with disabilities while helping families in Brown County.

ardous substance and keep it inaccessible to pets and children. Cooking Keep pets out of the kitchen during the hustle and bustle of the season. The last thing you want is for someone you love to get underfoot and get burned from spillage. Dr. Dan Meakin is the owner of All Creatures Animal Hospital, 1894 Ohio Pike in Amelia. Call (513) 797-PETS.



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at the Kroger store the next few weeks,” Jessica said. “This is a chance to give to someone in need this Christmas season.”

a sweet little girl.” Jessica said she believes that Christmas is a time for giving and helping others. “I hope to see everyone

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Pictures with Santa available December 14 Pictures of children and Santa Claus at Christmas at the Cabin will be available next Saturday, December 14, from 3-5 p.m. Donation only or free if unable to pay. Mrs. Santa will be there, too! For further information (937) 365-1388 or visit the

the Kroger store,” Dan said. “She spends every dime before she leaves the store. Her mother and I are very proud of Jessica, she’s



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Durbin/Dabe to wed After 17 years of friendship, Kaelyn M. Durbin, daughter of Mark and Lynnette Durbin, and Tanner L. Dabe, son of Scott and Nancy Dabe, will wed on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Both are 2010 graduates of Eastern High School. The couple plans to reside in the Brown County area. The wedding will take place at First Baptist Church with a reception to follow. The Brown County Press would like to congratulate Kaelyn and Tanner on their upcoming uptials.

MARY HOWLETTE Evidently Luther and his wife bought the farm from my grandparents around 1954. It was a photo of the house that my Mom was born and raised in. ### Ripley River Village is this weekend with it's many activities. Among them are the “Tuba Drop” with proceeds going to benefit the music department of RULH especially the percussion instruments that have not been updated since the early 1990's. For more information about this call Kristel Titus, Band Booster President and Music Advocate at (937) 213-1554. Other events include Saturday activities at the Nazarene Church including but not limited to Lunch and Bake Sale and crafts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year a special gift has been donated to the Youth group to be auctioned off in a silent auction. It is a Log Cabin Dollhouse made by Ronnie Moffett. Pictures of this beautiful two story log cabin can be seen on Facebook by visiting my profile page-the one with the scenery. As with many churches and school December is a busy month. The Ripley Nazarene will have a young people's Christmas program the Sunday December 15 at 6 p.m. You are invited. Also, the Ripley Nazarene will be having their monthly “singspiration” the Wednesday night gospel sing at 6 p.m. This is always a great time. You are invited. ###

munity meals, F.O.R.K.'s Ripley, an outreach began by several teachers at RULH Middle School. Another address for sending donations is: WOMEN'S CRISIS CENTER, 111 E. Third St., Maysville, Kentucky 41056 Wonderfully beautiful music is in the air especially with the outstanding Liberty Band and the Adams County Choir and Adams County Bell Ringers. Thank you Maggie Hoff for spreading this word! So far their schedules are as follows: On December 16, the Liberty Cornet band will be giving their Christmas Concert at the United Methodist Church in West Union at 7:30 p.m. ### On Decembeer 20 the beautiful concert “The Messiah” will be given at the West Union Presbyterian Church by the Adams County Choir. A freewill offering for “Christmas Sharing” will be taken. ### Recently a benefit concert was given at the West Union Presbyterian Church. From that concert $1500 was given to “Doctors Without Borders” earmarked for the Philippines. Thank you all. ### This year at 10 p.m. Christmas eve services will be held at the historic West Union Presbyterian Church with the Adams County Bell Ringers. Doesn't that sound beautiful! ### This year at 6 p.m. the Red Oak Presbyterian Church invites you to Christmas eve services. How beautiful the church looks at this time of year with the deep-seated windows full of candle light to guide one's way and the music by Barb Campbell is outstanding! This year multitalented Dale Ryan will be back. Just a very special beautiful time.

Mt. Nebo to host Benefit Growing in Grace held for ‘A On Sunday, December 15 at 7 p.m. Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church will host Growing in Grace as they present their 2013 Christmas program “From The Manger To The Cross.” The Hutchinson’s have created this program that uses drama and music to share the plan and purpose

of God coming in the person of His Son. The community is invited to share in this moving evening of worship. Following the program refreshments will be offered. Mt. Nebo is located at 11693 State Route 774 4.5 miles south of Lake Manor Restaurant or 3 miles north of Hamersville.

Blue Christmas Church service set Bible Chapel U.C.C. in Hamersville invite you to a Blue Christmas Service on Sunday, December 22 at 5:30 p.m. The Blue Christmas Service recognizes that for many, the Christmas season is a time of sadness and loss. Changes may have occurred in our lives such as the loss of loved ones from death, divorce, or moving away and may make celebrating difficult for us. We may find it hard to fit in when there is so



Sanctity of Human Life will be observed January 19, 2014. If your church or organization is planning a sanctity of human life event please call (937) 392-4261. This year, Wednesday, January 22 is the 41 annivsery date of Roe vs. Wade and is also the date for the 40th annual March for Life. For more info go to ### Another newsletter that I receive is from Hope Emergency at Fayetteville. They stated that in the first 8 months of 2013 they welcomed 21,900 individuals, 417 of them were new. Besides donations-they take every thing - the newsletter reminds us to register at Kroger's. When we use our Kroger Plus Card Hope Emergency receives money. To register go online to, create an account, enter your Kroger card number, select your Kroger store, the Hope Emergency NPO number is 82808. this program does not affect your reward points. On the “wishlist” is Personal care and household items. Diapers of all sizes are needed as well as new underwear and socks, and bedding, which can be gently used, as well as coats, hoodies, fleece shirts, and if gift cards are given give only the basic such as WalMart, Kmart, Kroger, etc. This year 778 children from 328 families received school supplies in August. The phone number for HopeEmergency is (937) 364-1055 or email hope Thank you for giving. More places for giving are but not limited to are: God's Closet, God's Kitchen, God's Pantry located at the Russellville Church of Christ. Also, Ripley Food Pantry, Georgetown Methodist Churches various ministries and com-

much joy surrounding us and yet inside we feel our heart breaking. We encourage you to join us for this service of worship. You will be welcomed, accepted, and free to join in the service as you feel comfortable doing. God’s love for you can never be diminished and He knows and understands you completely. Bible Chapel is located at 119 North Avenue in Hamersville, just one block north of State Route 125.

Quarter Frenzy will be hosting a quarter raffle for ABCAP Quarter Frenzy will be hosting a Quarter Raffle for ABCAP on December 14, 2013. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the raffle begins at 3 p.m. The quarter raffle will take place at 406 West Plum Street, ABCAP BLDG (In the Gym) Georgetown. All proceeds go to help programs like: Meals on Wheels, Senior Housing, Wic, Heap, HWAP, Workforce, Head Start, and

more. Vendors include 31 Gifts, Krazy Kreations (Crafter), Tupperware, Mary Kay, Country Gourmet Mixes, Man Cave (Items for Men) Scentsy, Origami Owl and more, There will also be food, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. For more information you can contact Samantha (513) 716-2175 or Mindy (513) 518-4911.

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Big Easy’s Christmas Extravaganza will benefit ‘A Soldiers Child Foundation’. Brown and Clermont County groups will be performing at the Anderson Center Theatre located at 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township on Saturday December 21, 2013. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information call (937) 515-6629 or (937) 515-6483.

Mt. Orab UMC to hold Christmas Eve service Mt. Orab United Methodist Church will be holding it's Chritmas Eve Candlelight service on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Elm Street and U.S. Route 68, Mt. Orab. Everyone is welcometo attend.

Quarter raffle set in Mt. Orab Sizzling 4 A Cure is having a quarter raffle to benefit Toys For Tots at The Mt. Orab Best Western on Thursday December 19, 2013. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the raffle starts at 7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.


Open Arms recognizes Sen. Uecker, others at Toys for Tots dinner Senator Joe Uecker, Lcpl Dieterle, Cpl. Simpkins, and Annie Wilkerson, Cong. Brad Wenstrup's Field Representative, attended the Open Arms*****Always Toys for Tots Dinner on December 7, 2013 at the Mt. Orab La Rosa's. Because it was also Pearl Harbor Day, members related stories about family members who served during WWII. Mr. Bill Herdman, former WWII Marine who served in the South Pacific also received Honorable Mention. Certificates of Appreciation for service to veterans and active duty troops were awarded to Sen. Joe Uecker, Cong. Brad Wenstrup and his staff, WAGX Radio, La Rosa's, Dr. Eileen Sipple, and Matthew Hirschauer.

Agape Food Pantry moves to new location The Agape Food Pantry is now in its new home at New Faith United Methodist Church located behind the Grocery Store on Marathon-Edenton Road, Marathon. The pantry was closed during October because of the move but will be open on Friday, December 20 from

1 - 3 p.m. The congregation wants to wish each of you the a richly blessed holiday. For more information please call R.D. Brown at (513) 313-8159, Dan Pelzel at (513) 602-1241 or Ruby Steins at (513) 4799433.

Taylor’s Chapel UMC to hold Candlelight Service Taylor’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 2460 Greenbush West Road (Sterling Township), Williamsburg, will have a Candlelight Service on

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. There will be refreshments in the fellowship hall following the service. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas Eve service set for Sardinia The Sardinia Church of Christ welcomes all to the Christmas Eve Service that will be held at 6 p.m. This special time of worship will help us celebrate the beauty of God’s Son coming here for us. The brief service will consist of worship, a video message, and a devotion from Kevin Hamilton (Senior Minister). Bring all your family for this meaningful gathering. The Sardinia Church of Christ is located at 7130 Bachman Road, Sardinia.

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Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary memories to you if indeed this is your week and to: Geneva and Blanchard Baird, Johnathan Brierly, Brenda and Alan Gast, James S. Knoche, Kali Spires, Greg Moran, Gloria Johnson Rutan, Bonnie Frakes Beath, Jack Gelter, Carol Ann Carrington, Daniel Klein, John Litzinger, Jennie Warren, James King, Katy Mullins, Cashton Hupp, Lisa Myers, Lila and Arthur Hardyman, Harold Oberschlake, David Osman, Mark Wardlow Opal Kabler Florence, Bill Sanders, Joyceann Daulton, Theron Hopkins Nancy Mullins, Betty Kirk Taylor, Cody Nehus, Betty Schroth, Melinda Shropshire, John Lainhart Agnes Joy Baird, Hannah Baird, Tami Baird, Mike and Vicky Johnson, Elizabeth E. Baird Cricher, Fred D. Dyer, Eula Naylor, Tim Swearingen, Kenneth Morrison, Laccee Mefford Vernon Baird, Lonnie Moran, Pansy Jolley Flannery Eric Fulton , Mary J. Harness Stacey, Aileen Tuel, Robert Germann, Rich Warehime, Walter W. Kemmenter, Jeremy Spiller , Dale Smith. ### Tuesday evening Shirley Brierly and I attended the visitation for Luther Knechtly. Luther though related on Dad's Knechtly side was the brother of Mom's very best friend in the whole world, Leora Knechtly Fisher, wife of Roy Lee Fisher. It was after dark before starting out but I am sure glad I went because I did not know very much about Leora's brother Luther nor his daughter Beverly. Of course since I look like my mother, possibly, Beverly had no trouble in recognizing me. Then she pleasantly surprised me of showing me a picture that I have longed to see for many, many years.



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Hamersville second graders send Christmas cards U.S. soldiers Hamersville second graders in Glenda Barr, Pam Fite, and Paula Rankin's classes made Christmas cards and wrote thank you letters to U.S.

soldiers overseas. Students not only enjoyed making Christmas cards, but also practiced their letter writing skills. Each letter thanked soldiers for un-




selfishly dedicating their lives to protecting our country's rights and freedoms. Students also wished soldiers a Merry Christmas.


Mrs. Paula Rankin’s second grade class


Mrs. Glenda Barr’s second grade class


Mrs. Pam Fite’s second grade class

G’town superintendent wants your help, thoughts “I was never the smartest guy in the room. From the first person I hired, I was never the smartest guy in the room. And that’s a big deal. And if you’re going to be a leader – if you’re a leader and you’re the smartest guy in the world – in the room, you’ve got real problems.” ~ Jack Welch I have stated the aforementioned sentiment several times as I have written about school improvement or leadership in general. To put it more simply, it takes all of us to take care of each one of us. When I am with my leadership team at Georgetown I call this thinking boundariless and without rank or titles. Today, I call our entire GMEN community to brainstorm with us as we rethink the future of our existence. How do our students need us to deliver information to them? How do we capture their interest and deliver a world-class education to ALL? When we are able to come to the table collectively with solutions to those questions really cool things will start to transpire. Our students will not only be engaged in learning but they will begin to love to learn because the education will be personalized just for them. I shared the following statement with our Board of Education at our November meeting: An academic vision taskforce needs to be established immediately.



This taskforce must address solutions to transform our current curricular pathway from PK-12 with a heavy influence on technology and personalized learning. Our goal is to have all 7-12 grade students and staff with a 1:1 ratio of IPADS and in grades PK-6 an IPAD lab available for all grade levels by next school year. Our kids can’t continue to wait for us to decide if we want to change. Our district wide data shows the need for us to change the way we progress our students through their curriculum. We would like for this taskforce to include Board members, parents of our students, all administration, teachers, and community members. We must begin by looking at our most recent data and asking ourselves if we are happy with it? From there we need to develop a 3060-90-180 plan for transformation. Our numbers clearly show that the way we are doing business cannot continue unless we want to leave an entire generation behind. Anyone interested in joining the discussion please contact me at chris.burrows@gtown.k12

For everyone that is reading this and thinks that I am totally off of my rocker, please type the following link into your computer and witness how this transformative process became a reality in the oppressed school district of Mooresville, NC. watch?v=RRd81WIxpGs &noredirect=1 Being the month of December, I thought it only appropriate to close by sharing with you our motto at Georgetown Exempted Village Schools, WE UNWRAP STUDENTS’ GIFTS! How appropriate for this time of year. 100% of our staff is committed to ensuring success for all students. We know that they come to us in varying shapes, sizes and levels of toughness just as our own Christmas gifts. As a community we must come together and collectively unwrap the hidden treasures in each and every one of our students so they can recognize their potential and begin changing our world one day at a time. I am so excited about the potential effect our small community can have on this generation of students and those that will follow. I believe that it was Margaret Mead that said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Let’s get started! Merry Christmas to all.


SHCTC welders learn at construction site Kevin Kratzer, superintendent of Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, (SHCTC) and Quandel Construction project manager, Ken Keith, coordinated a seminar for the Career Center’s Welding seniors at the construction site of the new office building being built to house both the SHCTC District Office and the Brown County Educational Service Center. Welding Instructor John Adams said the seminar provided students the opportunity to see how welders use their skills in real life, on-the-job situations. Students observed the roof metal being welded in place and how various welds are used throughout the construction process. Having just completed a study of blueprint reading, the class was especially interested in looking at the building’s blueprints and how they relate to the building construction. Watertown Steel’s job site superintendent reviewed the blueprints with the students and talked with the group about the project and the importance of work production, explaining that the laborers are required to work in all weather conditions— rain, sleet, snow, heat—to keep the job on schedule. Adams and the students would like to thank Kratzer and Keith for organizing this educational session targeting welding skills. Pictured are SHCTC Welding students and instructor John Adams, in foreground.

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Beckelhymer graduates from Wright State Univ. The President and faculty of Wright State University, College of Engineering are proud to announce the graduation of Dakota David Beckelhymer on Saturday, December 14, 2013 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering and also that he was on the Dean’s List. Beckelhymer is the son of David and Doris Beckelhymer of Mt. Orab.


Dakota David Beckelhymer


BY Tracy Ayres 8th grade science teacher at Eastern Middle School.


F’ville FFA visits the Ohio State University On Friday, November 8, 2013, 34 Fayetteville High School Students visited The Ohio State University where they learned about the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Students attended an informational session and later watched The Ohio State University Men’s Hockey Team take on Niagara.

Earthquakes can damage or destroy man-made structures. Eastern Middle School (EMS) 8th grade students have been asked to design a skyscraper that will be built in a city where earthquakes sometimes occur. In this STEM simulation students used spaghetti noodles, masking tape, and marshmallows to create a 35cm+ structure which can withstand the punishing pounding of our

Earthquake simulator. Five teams surpassed the field in having the most successful structures. These teams included: Quinton Bennett, Ryannah Shearer, and Cade Sanders; Dare Minton, Mason Gardner, and Jarret Lewis; Mike Collett, Rayleah Lower, Paige Cornett, and Jacob James; Grace Woollard, Paige Walker, Jennisa Fisher and Kaitlyn Duffey; Whitney Broughton, Jasey Dufresne, Madison Hopkins, and Ryan Nave.


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Little green paper Christmas trees, each with a different name written on them, cover the walls of the Mt. orab Food Court. There are already over 1000 of the $1 paper trees on the wall. Funds from the sale of the trees will be donated to Mt. orab Middle school students. Last year’s paper tree sale generated over $1,200 for the school.


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including Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, the Great Steak and Potato Company and Subway, which also includes Hershey’s Ice Cream, have been accepting $1 donations for the purchase of a small green paper Christmas tree. The name of the person who purchased the tree is written on it, then it is displayed on the wall inside the Food Court. Each dollar donated is given to the Mt. Orab Middle School for the students. “Last year the Food Court raised over $1,200 from the sale of the little paper trees,” Kathy Wal-


been allocated $384,000 which will be used to implement a personalized learning environment at the school. Twenty-four state grants were issued. More than 48,000 students in the region will be impacted by the grant funds. “Northern Local School in Perry County was the fiscal agent for the grant application,” Toole said, “There had to be one agent to submit the application with input from every school involved. This was a collaboration of 26 districts. We are all very excited here at Georgetown. The funds should begin coming in, in the next few weeks and months.” Toole said the grant funds would be specifically used for teacher credentials, classroom transformations and technology, all of which will help in personalizing students in grades 6-12 learning environments. “This Straight A investment not only changes the


lace said. “It’s early December and we’ve already sold over 1,000 of them, so we’re hoping to break last year’s numbers. “It’s a lot of fun for our staff here at Food Court and by Christmas we hope all our walls will be covered with paper trees. Children are also participating in a coloring contest sponsored by the Mt. Orab Food Court and the Brown County Press. Children can find a picture of Santa to color in the December 8 and 15 and 22 editions of the Brown County Press. The drawings will be on display at the Food Court, and first and second place winners

in the 0-5 and 6-10 ages groups will be chosen on December 23. First place winners in both categories will receive a $50 dollar Toys R Us gift certificate and second place winners will receive a $25 dollar Mt. Orab Food Court gift certificate. The winning drawings will be published on December 29 in the Brown County Press. The Mt. Orab Food Court is located at 103 Glover Drive. Gold Star Chili is located at 221 South High Street in Mt. Orab. For more information on all of these events please call (937) 444-2601.

prospects of a more prosperous life for our students, it changes the destiny of Appalachian Ohio,” said Tom Perkins, Northern Local School District Superintendent. It offers a real chance to level the playing field for rural students, schools and communities.” Georgetown Superintendent Christopher Burrows commented that, “This money will transform our educational system at Georgetown Exempted Village Schools. It is not only a huge win for our students but will have a significant financial impact on our entire community. The rigor and selection of courses will drastically increase immediately.” He added that “within four years Georgetown Exempted Village School students will have an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree without ever leaving our campus. That is the equivalent of at least a $15,000 savings for each student that completes their degree. If only half of our students accomplished this annually that is over

$500,000 savings to our students. We have an opportunity to offer college degrees to students that would have never dreamed of accomplishing such a feat.” Through the OACPLN and its focus on personalized learning, students will have supports to help determine their interests and strengths, tools to develop skills in all areas, and flexibility to learn anywhere and any time. Greater student broadband access, “bring you own device” policies and more flexible scheduling are some of the policies that will be promoted across the OACPLN. The Straight A Fund is a $250 million program that promotes innovative local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize Ohio’s education system. The funds provide seed money for the most creative and forward-thinking ideas coming from educators and their partners in the public and private sectors.

charged with second degree felony Felonious Assault for striking his former girlfriend and third degree felony Tampering With Evidence. He remains in the Brown County Detention Center at press time on a $250,000 bond. Meanwhile, three men are in the Mason County, KY jail, charged with a home invasion robbery and kidnapping in Aberdeen. Justin Eitel and Richard Wells of Maysville are charged with breaking into an apartment and attacking the residents, forcing them to lie on the floor at gunpoint and robbing them. Both men face six first degree felony counts, two each for Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Burglary and Kidnapping. Both also face a third degree felony count of Having a Weapon Under Disability. Each charge also carries an additional “gun specification” charge because a firearm was allegedly used in the commission of the offense. A gun specification charge adds three years in prison for each count upon conviction. Jordan Planck, also of Maysville, faces one count of Aggravated Robbery in the incident, as well as a one year gun specification charge in Brown County Municipal Court. Corbin said the men had robbery in mind when they broke into the apartment. “They had a gun, demanded money and took a wallet and some pills that belonged to a relative of one of the two victims. They threatened both of the victims and caused physical harm to both of the victims, both of the victims had pretty significant injuries where they had been hit in the head.” Corbin said the men also face kidnapping charges for restraining the liberty of the two men in the apartment. “We believe that both victims had their faces covered and were made to lay on the floor while this was going on”, Corbin said. The three men were on their way back to Maysville when they were arrested. “The defendants were

he was sitting in the parking lot because he was “having a coughing fit.” Smith senior was arrested for violating the protection order and taken to the Brown County Jail on November 25. Smith was released on a $5000.00 own recognizance bond by Magistrate Dexter Bastin on November 27. One of the conditions of his bond was that he had no contact with Genevieve Smith.

Owens said that Smith had no prior record at the time of his arrest and that the bond and conditions set for him by Bastin is typical for that type of case. The next day, Smith violated the protection order again by dropping off candy and pop at the home of his estranged wife. A warrant was issued for his arrest on first degree misdemeanor charges of violating the protection order. Eight days later on December 5, Genevieve Smith

disappeared. A press release from the Brown County Sheriff's Office on December 6 reported that Smith was last seen at her residence in Higginsport around 7:45 AM. “There was a report of a verbal argument with a male subject the morning she went missing. This was believed to be Andrew Smith”, the press release stated. “She has failed to show up for work, and missed a

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picked up by the Maysville Police while walking across the bridge and taken to the Mason County Detention Center. When they got there, they were found to have a firearm and a wallet belonging to one of the victims”, Corbin said. All three men face charges in Kentucky as well. Eitel and Planck are on “no bond” holds at the Mason County Jail. Planck is facing a parole violation charge and Eitel is facing probation violation charges, as well as Trafficking in Controlled Substance charges. The charges against Wells include Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Tampering With Physical Evidents, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Receiving Stolen Property and Burglary. Regarding the home invasions, Corbin said the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office is going to hit back hard. “That behavior is going to be taken very seriously and we are going to prosecute those cases to the fullest extent of the law”, Corbin said. Twelve other individuals were also indicted by Brown County Grand Jury this week on a variety of charges. Alice Booher, 51 of Hamersville, faces one first degree felony count of Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, one second degree felony count of Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs (Methamphetamine) and two third degree felony counts of Endangering Children. Her indictment states that a two year old and eleven month old were near the drug activity taking place. Miranda Hesler, age and hometown not available, also faces one first degree felony count of Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, one second degree felony count of Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs (Methamphetamine) and two third degree felony counts of Endangering Children. Her indictment also states that a two year old and eleven month old were near the drug activity taking place.

Hesler faces an additional third degree felony charge of Tampering With Evidence. Brandon Piersall, 24 of Georgetown, faces one fifth degree felony count of Breaking and Entering. Justin Campbell, 25 of Georgetown, faces one fifth degree felony count of Breaking and Entering and one fifth degree felony count of Possessing Criminal Tools. Jack Niesen, 25 of Hamersville, faces two fourth degree felony counts of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, a Drug of Abuse or a Combination of Them. Heather Rains, 27 of Mt. Orab, faces one second degree felony count of Burglary, one third degree count of attempted burglary and one fifth degree felony count of Theft. Nathan Blevins, 27 of Mt. Orab, faces one second degree felony count of Burglary, one third degree count of attempted burglary and one fifth degree felony count of Theft. Roger Buerkle, 45 of Fayetteville, faces one third degree felony count of Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer, one first degree misdemeanor count of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and one second degree misdemeanor count of Resisting Arrest. Todd Adams, 46 of Decatur, faces one fourth degree felony count of Carrying a Concealed Weapon and one fifth degree felony count of Possession of Cocaine. Brandon Weyler, 18 of Manchester, faces one second degree felony count of Burglary, one fifth degree felony count of Theft and one fifth degree felony count of Receiving Stolen Property. Kristy Cribbs, 24 of Williamsburg, faces one fifth degree felony count of Trafficking in Heroin. Brian Kiser, 44 of Williamsburg, faces one fourth degree and one fifth degree felony count of Trafficking in Heroin. An indictment means that charges have been filed against an individual. It is not a finding or admission of guilt.

court hearing, which is abnormal for Mrs. Smith.”, it continued. Smith had apparently violated the protection order

one final time. The two bodies were found in Genevieve Smith’s car just before 11 p.m. that night.

Smith deaths ruled murder-suicide CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Smith junior had not been served with the protection order at the time of his father’s arrest, according to Nick Owens with the Brown County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Smith senior told police that he stopped at Kroger to get a drink, but it was too crowded, so he decided to leave. He also claimed to be getting a drink at Howser’s when he was seen there by Genevieve Smith, and said


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species whenever possible! Native plants generally support more species of wildlife than non-native plants. In addition, plants that are native to the soils and climate of Ohio will usually require less water, less fertilizer, and less effort to maintain. Next week I will share some important information on invasive plants that you should avoid using in your landscape as well as some bird-friendly plants you might consider adding to your landscape. The 2014 garden seminars being held at the Fincastle campus of Southern State Community College will begin January 16, 2014. Steve Boehme, owner of Goodseed Farms, will talk about moving into a new landscape. All seminars are free and open to the public and are held in the library

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Kibler Lumber donates to take a Bite Out of Crime


Kibler Lumber recently joined with other local businesses and groups to help the Mt. Orab Police Department fight crime by making a $1000 donation toward purchasing a dog and establishing a canine unit in Mt. Orab. Shown here is Sheila Bingamon, left, Kibler Assistant Store Manager, and Randy Colliver, right, Store Manager, presenting the check to Patrolman Mike Dearing.

McPherson sentenced to prison

In July 2013, a four count indictment was filed against Adam McPherson. The indictment charged Count One, Trafficking in Heroin, a felony of the fifth degree, having a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison, with the specification for forfeiture of an automobile in a drug case; Count Two, Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal or a Police Officer, a felony of the third degree, having a maximum penalty of 36 months in prison, with the specification for forfeiture of property; Count Three, Felonious Assault, a felony of the first degree, having a maximum penalty of 11 years


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in prison, with the specification for forfeiture of property and Count Four, Felonious Assault, a felony of the first degree, having a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison, with the

specification for forfeiture of property. Brown County Court of Common Pleas Judge, Scott T. Gusweiler accepted a plea of guilty to Count Two and Count Three. Upon a motion by the State of Ohio, the remaining counts in the indictment were dismissed. On November 26, Judge Gusweiler sentenced Mr. McPherson to prison for 2 years on Count Three and 17 months on Count Two to run consecutively. Judge Gusweiler further advised Mr. McPherson of the mandatory 3 years of post-release control through the Adult Parole Authority upon his release from prison.

McGlothin sentenced to prison

In February 2013, a four count indictment was filed against Benjamin McGlothin. The indictment charged Count One, Aggravated Trafficking, a felony of the fourth degree, having a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison; Count Two, Aggravated Possession, a felony of the fifth degree, having a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison; Count Three, Drug Possession, a misdemeanor of the first degree, having a maximum penalty of 180 days in the Brown County Detention Center and Count Four, Drug Posses-


Benjamin McGlothin

sion, a misdemeanor of the first degree, having a maximum penalty of 180 days in the Brown County Detention Center. Brown

The recent snowy weather has put the bird watching at the Mahaffey’s in high gear! The bird seed block is by the patio door, two double suet holders have been filled, and the peanut holders are full to the brim. I had to scrape the ice and snow off the railing so that I could sprinkle sunflower seeds for the breakfast bunch. Sitting in our sunroom and watching the snow fall is one of our favorite winter activities, along with bird-watching. Have you considered making your backyard a haven for birds? In the book “Attracting Birds to Your Backyard”, author, Sally Roth urges readers to think of their yard as a three-story café. The top floor is trees. Tanagers, orioles, vireos, warblers, cuckoos and grosbeaks are top-floor diners. The middle story of your backyard café is shrubs, tall grasses, and flowers. It’s for birds like cardinals, catbirds, thrashers, wrens, sparrows, and some warblers that like cover that’s not too high off the ground. The ground-level area is your lawn and garden beds. That’s the dining area for birds that prefer to pull worms or grubs, scratch in the leaves for insects, or pick up seeds. Robins, grackles, blackbirds, thrushes, sparrows, juncos, quail, pheasants, and towhees may hang out below your feeders, in your meadow garden, or beneath your shrubs. OSUE Fact Sheet, Backyard Enhancement for Wildlife (W-10-2001), informs gardeners that all animals need food, water, cover, and places to raise their young. Do your research and learn more about the birds you want to attract to your backyard and what they need. For example, birds like American Robins need trees or shrubs for nesting, whereas Eastern Bluebirds require cavities or nest boxes. Choose native plant

County Court of Common Pleas Judge, Scott T. Gusweiler accepted a plea of guilty to Count Two. Upon a motion by the State of Ohio, the remaining counts in the indictment were dismissed. On November 25, Judge Gusweiler sentenced Mr. McGlothin to 10 months in the Ohio Department of Corrections. Judge Gusweiler further advised Mr. McGlothin of the optional 3 years of post-release control at the discretion of the Adult Parole Authority upon his release from prison.

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SHCTC 1st quarter honor roll Experimental treatment may be the cure viral infections


Chatfield College signs articulation agreement for nursing with the College of Mount St. Joseph

Chatfield College and the College of Mount St. Joseph recently signed an articulation agreement for Nursing. “This is a significant partnership for Chatfield,” said Alan Simmons, Dean. “Students can enroll at Chatfield, obtain their two year degree, and then transfer to Mount St. Joseph for their remaining classes to acquire a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.” Students transferring from Chatfield into the nursing program at Mount St. Joseph must have a 2.75 GPA and can transfer up to 90 credit hours. Chatfield

students must also earn a "C" in each course accepted for transfer to the College of Mount St. Joseph. Chatfield College is now enrolling for the Spring 2014 semester, which begins the week of January 13. Financial aid is available for eligible students, and there’s still time to apply. Eligibility is determined by completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Once the FAFSA is complete, a financial aid award can be determined. Staff members are available to assist students in completing the FAFSA.

Southwest Regional Medical Center (SWRMC) Lab in Georgetown received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) based on results from a recent onsite inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Program. The facility’s director,

Blake Nestak, MD, MBA, MS, DLM (ASCP), was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. SWRMC lab is one of more than 7,000 CAPaccredited facilities worldwide.

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Thank you, ABC Tire and Gary Gray - Pleasant Township Trustee for buying my feeder calf at the The 2013 Brown County Fair. Wesley Sweet

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SHJVSD Board to meet

The Southern Hills JVSD Board of Education will meet in regular session on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the board office at 9293 Hamer Road, Georgetown.

What do Ebola, Dengue fever and Yellow fever have in common? They are all viral infections that do not have an effective treatment once a person is infected. If a new experimental treatment pans out, we may finally have cures to these dreaded diseases, not to mention the common cold. This new experimental treatment is called DRACO, which stands for Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizers. This mouthful refers to how this new treatment works. To understand we have review how viruses work. A virus is either a DNA or RNA core surrounded by a protein coat. Vaccines work by alerting our immune system to this protein coating. Unfortunately, this protein coating changes over time meaning our immune system no longer recognizes the virus. Once the virus infects a cell, it uses its nucleic acid core to take over the cell’s processes to start making copies of itself. In order to do this, the virus uses long double-stranded RNA. Human and animal cells do not usually contain long


TOM CALLAHAN, RPH double strands of RNA, they only have singlestranded RNA (such as messenger RNA). Here’s how this new treatment works: You fuse two naturally occurring cell proteins together into one new protein. The first protein is activated by long double-stranded RNA, and once activated turns on the second protein. This second protein tells the cell to kill itself. This idea of killing off your cells may seem like overkill, but that is actually one of the body’s natural defense mechanism. If a cell senses that it is infected by a virus, or that it is cancerous, it has a kill switch that should be activated. Most successful viruses have learned how to shut off this kill switch. This new treatment would bypass the virus’s ability to stop the self-destruct sequence. As soon as a virus tries to take over an infected

cell, it needs to create double-stranded RNA. The appearance of double-stranded RNA triggers DRACO and the cell is killed. No cell, no virus, no infection. This type of treatment is still many years away. So far it has only been tested on mice and on human cells in a test tube. The tests showed that DRACO was not toxic to human cells and the tests on mice showed that DRACO could cure the infection without harming the mice. There is still years of testing yet to be done, but in the fight against viruses this looks like a major advance. We will have to wait and see how safe it is in the real world and whether viruses are able to adapt as quickly as bacteria have adapted to our antibiotics. If history has taught us anything, it’s that there is no magic bullet in our fight against infections. Tom Callahan is a pharmacist, he lives in the Milford area. Any question or comments can be sent to TomHealthMatters@gmail .com. You can find archives of previous Health Matters at


Hamm, William Jones, Jacob Newberry Carpentry II: Zachary Franklin, Jacob Kinnett Clinical Health Care Services I: Samantha Asbury, Rachel Chinn, Miranda Johnson, Ashely McDonald, Kristyna Monroe, Mallory Smith Clinical Health Care Services II: Katelyn Chaney, Brianna Dyer, Holly Gibson, Peyton Kellenberger, Autumn Rhoten, Taylor Steins Cosmetology I: Keri Colston, Shelby Wilson Cosmetology II: Shelbi Carrington, Ashley Miller, Criminal Justice I: Catherine Fern, Robert Hatfield, Cheyanne Rhoten Criminal Justice II: Timothy Ballein, Rebecca Hale, Dawnya Keith, Kari Spires; Culinary Arts I: Mariah Hazelbaker, Madison Lehr, Wyatt McLane, Hannah Meece, Nicholas Wishart Culinary Arts II: Carissa Davis Early Childhood I: Whitney Bennington Early Childhood II: Whitney Kilgore, Allison Luke, Brittney Minor, Crystal Rump, Jessica Shamblin



The Southern Hills Career and Technical Center has released the first nineweeks honor roll for the 2013-2014 school year. Included in those are: Agriculture Mechanics I: Gage Dailey, Ethan Dickey, Logan Dunn, Tyler Gray, Hunter Hamilton, Reid Jodrey, Aaron McFerron, Zacchary Metz; Agriculture Mechanics II: Jacob Kelch, Austin Nause, Dustin Shuemake; Auto Mechanics I: Merle Davis, Ryan Vaughn; Auto Mechanics II: Antonio Hill, Jacob McCarty, Savannah Newman, Randall Smith, Kevin Tollefson; Bio-Technical Engineering I: Caitlin Becraft, Cody Feck, Courtney Gentry, Sierra Hackney Bio-Technical Engineering II: Anthony Batts, Jeremy Bryant, Shelby Caudill, Cheyanne Gilliam, Erika Hibbits, Chauncey Luce, Meghan Stephens; Business and Medical Management I: Erin Collett, Jessica Griffith Business and Medical Management II: Corey Doyle, Makayla Rymer, Michelle Schmidt; Carpentry I: Jacob

Farmer’s tax guides available

Pesticide Re-certification I am not one that likes to travel much, though it seems I am always on the road. The older I get the more I understand some people wanting to go to Florida for the winter. If you are private applicator that has a license that will expire on March 31, 2014 you may want to read this closely if you are a snowbird and will be down south for the winter. We traditionally provide our pesticide re-certification programs in January and February here in Adams, Brown and Highland Counties. This year I have two dates scheduled for this with one in the evening to accommodate those who may have an off the farm job during the day. This one will be held on Wed. January 22, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Southern State Community College South Campus in Fincastle. The second class will hopefully accommodate those who work second shift or operate a dairy farm. This one will be held at the SSCC in Fincastle as well, but it will start at noon on Monday, January 27, 2014. In both cases you MUST PREREGISTER by calling Cindy at the Brown Co. Extension office at (937) 378-6716. Space is limited, so please call early if one of the dates does not work for you. If you are a snowbird and will be out of the state from December until April you need to call me. I have set aside the date of Thursday, December 19 to offer Pesticide Re-certification so you do not lose your license. You must call the Cindy (same as above) by the end of the day on Monday, Dec. 16 so I know how many to prepare for. I am waiting until I see how many need to attend this class before I choose a location. If you have questions you may call me at (937) 515-2314 or e-mail me at Farmer’s Tax Guides The latest Farmer’s Tax Guides are now available at the OSU Extension Office in Adams, Brown and


Highland Counties. The Farmer’s Tax Guides are free, so if you need one, stop by the office and pick one up at your earliest convenience. Just a reminder, the OSU Extension office hours are from 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m. in Adams and Brown and from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Highland, with the offices closed for lunch from noon until 12:30 p.m. The Adams and Brown County offices are opened Monday – Friday and the Highland County office is open Monday – Thursday. It is always a good idea to call ahead to make sure the office is open due to reduced and shared staff. If we are out doing programming, we may have to close the door to go to the bank, post office or other office business. In this case a sign should be posted on the door. The office numbers are in Adams Co. 544-2339, in Brown Co. 378-6716 and in Highland Co. 393-1918. Important to Control Lice on Cattle Every year it seems like winter gets here a little earlier. It is hard to believe January got here so fast, wait a minute. It is still December, but Mother Nature must have torn off December and November on her calendar. This is January weather in the first half of December, and the muddy conditions around the feeding areas are here, too. With the winter months comes the time to take care of a few issues on the farm. One of those is controlling lice. Lice can cost you quite a bit of production if left alone. The following information was in last week’s Beef Cattle Letter and was written by Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Educator in Wayne County. Rory points out several things that you need to know about controlling lice, including timing and some

pre-cautions about treating too early in the fall. If lice are going to be a problem, winter is the time when they will show up. In Ohio, cattle can become infested with both biting and sucking lice. Both types of lice can build up to very high numbers on cattle during the winter months. In most herds, 12% of the animals may be carriers, most often bulls and/or older animals. During the summer months the thin hair coat of the animal permits self-grooming, sunshine, and rain to keep lice populations at low levels. However as hair coats thicken in the late fall into winter period, it becomes easier for the lice to survive and thrive. Winter stress and inadequate nutrition are contributing factors to a lice problem on cattle. Lice are spread between animals by direct contact and lice problems are typically more severe when cattle are in a confinement situation. The lifecycle of the louse is egg, nymph and adult. Depending upon the species and the environmental conditions, a complete life cycle from egg to egg can occur in 21 to 30 days. Once cattle are infested, all 3 life stages will be found on the same animal. Signs that cattle may be suffering from a lice include frequent rubbing and scratching against fences, trees, feed bunks or other objects. In more severe cases, cattle may have patches of bare skin. Cattle can be checked for the presence of lice by parting the hair coat at several strategic locations such as the neck, withers, brisket, mid-back and tail head and looking for eggs, nymphs or adult lice. Common control options for lice include insecticide sprays, pour-ons, spot-ons, injections and dusts. Insecticides generally are not effective on the egg stage, so if there is a lice infestation a second insecticide treatment about 3 weeks after the first treatment should be made to kill newly hatched lice before they mature. There is one consideration that needs to be kept in mind when treating for lice and that is cattle grubs. Check

the labels of insecticides. Some systemic insecticides are also labeled as grubicides and will warn of possible harmful host/parasite reactions which can cause paralysis of the animal when used after the safe cut-off date. In Ohio, the cut-off date to use an insecticide that kills grubs in cattle is November 1. Grubicides should not be used from November 1 through December. After January 1, grub larvae have migrated from the spinal canal, or esophagus, and usually encyst in the back region. At this point, cattle can be treated with a grubicide that will also control lice with a very minimal risk of a host/parasite reaction. If lice need to be treated during the November and December time period, make sure that a non-systemic, non-grubicide type of insecticide is used. Some of the pyrethroid insecticides that contain cyfluthrin, lambdacyhalothrin or permethrin may be labeled for lice control at any time through the autumn and winter periods. Always read and follow label directions. Dates to Remember January/Feb., 2014 Small Farm College offered in two locations. One in Warren County and the other in Athens. Flyers will be available soon. You may want to check out the Clinton County website in the coming weeks for more information. January 22, 2014 - Pesticide Re-certification at SSCC Fincastle starts at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling 3786716. January 27, 2014 - Pesticide Re-certification at SSCC Fincastle starts at noon. Pre-registration is required. January 28, 2013 - First night of Beef School. Other dates are Feb. 18 and March 11 with all starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 3, 2014 - First night of Sheep and Goat School at Greenfield HS Ag Classroom starting at 7 p.m, with other nights being every Monday night in February.



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Santa arrived in style being carried on a wagon in his sleigh. The Equipment Superstore, LLC proudly pulled the wagon carrying Santa. Thanks to Donnie Kelch for driving the tractor, the kids really appreciated you getting him to the parade.


It was a cold, cold Saturday, Dec. 7 as entries in the Georgetown Christmas Parade lined up to participate in this years parade, but spirits were high and hundreds of people lined the streets to wave, take pictures and enjoy the parade. According to organizer Carol Myers, several entries were unable to make it to the parade because of weather conditions, but several new entries showed up the day of the parade bringing the count up to 64. There were beautiful floats, Santa and Mrs. Clause made an appearance, horses and ponies, and firetrucks from all over the county. “The parade started right at 2 p.m. when it was supposed to and moved through the middle of town,” Myers said. “It was really a beautiful event which was just a part of the days activities. “The floats were so colorful and the kids really enjoyed all the candy that was given out.” Cahall Brothers, Inc. had the honor of escorting three local World War II Veterans in the parade as Grand

Marshals while a bus from the Ohio Veterans Home (OVH) carried several more World War II Veterans who are members of the Carey Bavis American Legion Post 180 in Georgetown. Another bus from the OVH carried still more American Veterans in the parade. The Veterans received applauds and salutes from the crowd as they rolled past. Once again Santa made his appearance in the parade pulled by The Equipment Superstore, LLC. Cahall Bros. Inc. pulled Santa in his sleigh last year. Cahall Brothers, Inc. also sponsored a 5K Run/Walk event that, unfortunately had to be rescheduled for Saturday Dec. 14, due to the weather conditions. A quilt show was held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church Sanctuary while a well-attended craft show went on in the basement of the church. The quilt show was spearheaded by Joy Hanselman and even though some of the quilt show participants were unable to attend, every pew was covered with a beautiful, unique

quilts. “The quilt show was really nice and well attended, considering the weather,” Myers added. “And the craft show was filled with very talented vendors. I understand from Kim Scheffler that her crafters met their goals for sales, so they were happy.” Pam Layman was in charge of the live Nativity scene which was located on the John Wood Insurance parking lot, complete with a cow and donkies. The event also included a tour of churches where six churches throughout Georgetown opened their doors to the public and shared a little of their rich history. On Sunday, December 8, a very special Christmas Home Tour in Georgetown was also held. “Taking in the rough weather, I would have to say the event was well attended and everyone had a great time,” Myers said. “And anyone who missed out on seeing Harriet Jackson Groh perform at the Gaslight Theater, really missed out on a great performance. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen at the Gaslight.”

The Brown County Fair Queen and King and her court braved the cold to be part of this years parade. Congratulations to them all.

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day's bout, a non-league contest in which three Lady Broncos shot for double figures, and one would finish just two points shy of a double-double. Harvey led the Lady Broncos in the win at Hillsboro with 17 points, while Nickell fired for 11 points and Mackaela Fischer shot for 10 points. Brooks once again led the Lady Broncos on the boards with 11 rebounds to go along with eight points, one field goal short of a double-double for the 6'1” sophomore center. Coming into this past week of play, the Lady Broncos pulled off home victory over the Goshen Lady Warriors with a final score of 51-39 to up their overall record to 2-1 and their league record to 2-0. The Lady Broncos jumped out in front in the first half and continued to dominate for the win. Fender was pleased with the Lady Broncos outing, saying, “We came out strong through the first half. Defensively we did a lot


Western Brown’s Morgan Fischer launches a shot over Norwood’s Natalie Stoeppel during the Lady Broncos’ Dec. 9 victory.

right, only giving up nine first half points. We also shared the ball well and played together offensively in the first half. The last 45 minutes of the third quarter, we got away from that.” The Lady Bronco’s boasted 30 rebounds, 24 being defensive rebounds. Starter, Junior Brooke

Lindsey had a good defensive showing against Goshen with six defensive rebounds and 10 steals. The Lady Broncos had several players that were key to their victory, with nine different scorers. Harvey led the Lady Broncos in the win with a total of 14 points.

Lady Rockets down the ‘Hounds Fayetteville girls up win streak to 5 games BY Sabrina Mignerey The Brown County Press The Fayetteville-Perry Lady Rockets soared to an overall record to 5-0 by putting together another dominant performance on the hardwood to take a victory over the Manchester Lady Greyhounds in Southern Hills Athletic Conference Division II play on Monday, Dec. 9. The Lady Rockets came out with a victory of 61-30, commanding both ends of the court. The Lady Rockets came out with plenty jet fuel in

Monday’s bout against the ‘Hounds, showing a good defense and rebounding game. It was also raining three pointers in Fayetteville on Monday, a shower would help to drown the visiting ‘Hounds. The Lady Rockets would knock down seven shots from beyond the arc throughout the game. Fayetteville senior Makayla Rosselot buried four-of-six attempts from beyond the arc, while senior guard Megan Eyre sank two-of-four attempts from three-point land and senior guard Alex Carson con-

Brown County Athletes of the Week NATHAN SCOTT, EASTERN Eastern Brown High School’s senior hoop standout, Nathan Scott, has played a huge role in the Warriors’ success on the court this season. The Southern Hills Athletic Conference all-star shot for 29 points to aid the Warriors to victory in the Coach Dave Young Classic at North Adams High School during the first week of play, and he would fire for 22 points to lead the Warriors in the Dec. 10 victory over West Union.



tha Clark and Hannah Sininger contributed in the winning effort by scoring four points apiece, while teammates Lexi Ring and Morgan Nickell shot for three points each. Western Brown senior Alex Klette buried one-oftwo attempts from the field to finish with two points. “I thought our intensity was good throughout the game,” said Western Brown head coach, Kyle Fender, following the win over Norwood. “It was a very physical ballgame, and our girls kept their composure.” “We continue to have a very deep team. We played 11 kids tonight,” said Fender. “I like our depth. I think it allows us to run the floor like we want to.” Of the 11 Lady Broncos to see varsity playing time against Norwood, nine contributed at least one bucket. The Lady Broncos were back in action on Monday, Dec. 9, nabbing a narrow 55-52 victory over a skilled crew from Hillsboro High School. The Lady Broncos were on the road for Mon-

Western Brown’s junior guard, Lindsey Harvey, led the Lady Broncos in scoring with 17 points in the Dec. 9 victory over the Hillsboro Lady Indians. She buried six shots from the field and connected on five-ofsix shots from the foul line in an exceptional offensive performance. On the defensive end, she would grab two steals and rise for two blocks. She also contributed with nine points in the recent win over Norwood.

nected on one-of-three. The Lady Rockets jumped out in front 10-0 with 3:28 to go in the first period. They stayed out of the paint in the first half, and focused most of their shooting attention from the field. They also held a good speed of game on the Lady Greyhounds. The Lady Rockets were on top at the end of the first period by a score of 17-5 en route to their 31-point win. The Lady Rockets had an excellent execution of offensive plays, along with a good shooting game. The Lady Greyhounds came out in the second period with an improved defense, but the Lady Rockets were able to go beyond the Lady Greyhounds heightened level of play and persevere in their shooting game. Eyre not only found success from three-point range, but also had a stellar night of offensive drives that helped boost the Lady Rockets lead to 28-13 by halftime break. The Lady Rockets possessed an aggressive defense on Monday’s outing, and the aggressive defense led to key offensive opportunities. The Lady Rockets looked down low in early on in the second half, and their well-tuned inside game would life them to a 45-23 at the end of the third period. The Lady Rockets went to their perimeter game once again in the fourth period, a successful outside CONTINUED ON PAGE 19


Senior Makayla Rosselot has played a huge role in the Fayetteville-Perry Lady Rockets’ success on the court this season.


Western Brown’s Akio Purdon drives in the lane among Goshen defenders during Tuesday’s game.

Broncos top Indians, fall to Goshen Western Brown boys stand at 1-1 record BY Wade Linville The Brown County Press The Western Brown Broncos stood at a 1-1 overall record after topping the Hillsboro Indians 51-40 in their season opener on the road Dec. 3, but then returning home to suffer a 51-35 to the Goshen Warriors on Dec. 10 in a Southern Buckeye Athletic/Academic Conference American Division contest. Both teams struggled to gain an edge in Tuesday’s league bout between the Warriors and Broncos. Western Brown’s Jarred Haggerty sank a set of free throws after being fouled on a shot to kick off scoring for the night, giving the Broncos an early 2-0 advantage. Seconds later it was Goshen’s Nick Brown earning a trip to the charity stripe to sink both attempts, tying the game at two. The Warriors jumped to a 6-2 lead after putting up a score on transition and a set of hit free throws by Austin Smith, but an assist by Western Brown’s Akio Purdon for an easy

bucket by Anthony Howard quickly cut the Goshen lead to 6-4. At the end of the first period, the game was knotted at eight. Western Brown’s Eli Fulton rebounded his owned missed shot and buried the put-back to put the Broncos on top 10-8, but what followed was a three-pointer by Goshen’s Ryan Wake to put the Warriors up by one. It was a jump-shot by Purdon that put the Broncos up 12-11, but a threepointer by Smith would put the Warriors back on top, 14-12. The Goshen lead reached seven points, but the Broncos rallied back late in the first half to eventually tie the game before halftime break. A score in the paint by senior Jarred Haggerty sliced the Goshen lead to 20-15, but then it was an assist by Shakur Bennett for a bucket by Haggerty that left the Warriors leading by just three with three minutes to go in the second period. With 2:15 to go in the first half, Haggerty scored

on a strong move in the paint to downsize the Goshen lead to 20-19. The Broncos trailed 2321 with just over 40 seconds to go in the second frame, but Howard grabbed an offensive rebound and hit the putback to tie the game once again. Entering halftime break, the two teams were knotted at 23. It was the second half when Smith would heat up for the Warriors, firing for 16 of his game high of 23 points to help lift the Warriors to a 16 point victory. The Broncos trailed by just four entering the fourth quarter of play, but the Warriors would go on to outscore the Broncos 16-4 in the final frame to escape Western Brown High School with a victory. Haggerty led the Broncos in scoring with 12 points, while Fulton finished with 10 points. The Broncos were scheduled to be back in action Dec. 13, playing host to the Norwood Indians for a league contest. CONTINUED ON PAGE 19



Another successful season on the hardwood is well underway for the Western Brown Lady Broncos. The Lady Broncos upped their overall record to 4-1 and their Southern Buckeye Athletic/Academic Conference American Division record to 3-0 by topping the Norwood Lady Indians 5035 in a league contest at Western Brown, Dec. 5. The Lady Broncos went on an early run to lead the Indians 17-6 in the first period of play, and they returned to the court in the second frame to outscore the visiting team 17-7 to hold a commanding 34-13 lead at halftime. Scoring slowed for the Lady Broncos in the second half, and it was Norwood outscoring the Lady Broncos 22-16 in the second half, but the Lady Indian rally came too little, too late; and it was the Lady Broncos staking claim to their third league victory of the season. It was Mackaela Fischer

leading the Lady Broncos in scoring in the win over Norwood, firing for 12 points with three-of-four shooting from the field, one-of-one shooting from beyond the arc, and five-ofeight shooting from the charity stripe. Western Brown's Lindsey Harvey buried four-of-11 shots from the field and one-of-one from the foul line to finish with nine points. Harvey also dished for five assists, pulled down two rebounds, and rose for one blocked shot. Western Brown's Brooke Lindsey ended the night with eight points, sinking four-of-six attempts from the field. She also hammered the boards for eight rebounds, passed for four assists, and grabbed three steals in a fine performance. Leading the Lady Broncos on the boards was Mackenzie Brooks with 11 rebounds. She would also contribute five points to Western Brown's side of the scoreboard. Western Brown's Saman-

The Ripley-UnionLewis-Huntington Lady Jays kicked off Monday’s league bout against the visiting Fairfield Lady Lions on a 10-0 run, but it was a late-game rally that would lift the Lady Lions to a narrow 44-43 victory. The Lady Jays dropped to an overall record of 0-4 with the Dec. 9 loss, but the inexperienced Ripley varsity squad continues to show improvement on the court while facing some tough competition in the early season. “This was a good test,” said Ripley coach Kent Caudill following the loss to Fairfield. “We’re getting better, but our offense hasn’t been there so far (this season).” Ripley’s junior post player Lydia Pfeffer knocked down a bucket in the paint off an assist by senior Kelci Bowling to give the Lady Jays a 2-0 lead with 6:40 to go in the first period. After holding the Lady Lions scoreless in the next trip down the court, it was Ripley’s junior guard Haley Payne burying a jump-shot to up the Lady Jays’ lead to four. Payne drove the hoop for another score with 5:52 remaining in the first period to widen the margin to six points. The early run continued for the Lady Jays, as junior guard Alayna Blackburn rifled in a three-pointer from the top of the key to lift her team to a 9-0 advantage. Bowling, after being fouled on a shot attempt, ventured to the charity stripe to sink one-of-two attempts, putting the Lady Jays up by 10 with two minutes to go in the first frame. The Lady Lions were finally able to snap the Ripley run with just under 1:30 remaining in the first period, scoring on transition to cut the Lady Jays’ lead to eight. Fairfield’s Haley Bobb drained a three-pointer with 33 seconds remaining in the first to narrow the margin to five points, and with one quarter in the books it was the Lady Jays leading 10-5. Payne tickled the twine from beyond the arc to start off scoring in the second quarter, expanding the Ripley lead to 13-5, but the momentum quickly shifted in favor of the Lady Lions. Backed by aggressive defensive play and consistent scoring from senior postplayer Heather Cox, the Lady Lions had downsized the Ripley lead to 15-13 less than four minutes into the second period. After a scoreless first quarter, Cox would rack up eight points off four field goals in the second frame on her way to a game high of 21 points. In need of some buckets, the Lady Jays went big in the paint. A bucket from close range by senior postplayer Carlee Haitz upped the Lady Jays’ lead to 17-13 with 3:39 to go in the second quarter. The Lady

Lions responded with bucket by Cox, but then it was Pfeffer rising for a score over Fairfield defenders to put the Lady Jays up 21-15 with just under two minutes to go before halftime break. The Lady Jays’ rose to a 23-15 lead as junior guard Alyssa Cornelius scored on a drive to the hoop with 55 seconds to go in the first half, and seconds later it was Ripley senior Jaden Royal sinking one-of-two attempts from the foul line to put Ripley up by nine. Fairfield’s Carly Arnold buried a jumper with 1.7 seconds left on the clock, and at halftime it was the Lady Jays on top 24-17. The Lady Jays outscored the Lions 11-9 in the third period to up their lead to 3526. Bowling scored twice off in-bounds passes in the third frame, while Payne drained two field goals for four second-quarter points. Pfeffer also continued to find success on the offensive end in the third frame, contributing with a field goal and a hit free throw for three points in the period. On the other end of the court, the Lady Jays struggled to put a stop to Cox, who would score seven of the Lady Lions’ nine points in the third quarter. Down by nine entering the fourth quarter, the Lady Lions pounded the ball in the paint. As the Lady Jays became more aggressive in the lane on defense, the Lady Lions found themselves at the charity stripe. It was from the foul line where the Lady Lions would start their late-game rally. Fairfield senior Shelby Smithson ventured to the foul line to sink both attempts with 5:55 to play, slicing the Ripley lead to 35-32. It was a field goal by Pfeffer that would expand the Ripley lead to 37-32, but Cox answered later with a bucket of her own to downsize the Lady Jays’ lead to three. With 4:42 to go in the fourth, a three-pointer by Bobb tied the game at 37. The Lady Jays took a 3937 lead with Pfeffer rising for a score with 4:20 to play, but before the clock reached the four-minute mark it was Cox putting up a score from down low despite contact and finishing off the old fashioned threepoint play from the charity stripe to put Fairfield on top 40-39. Pfeffer was fouled during a shot attempt with 3:47 to go, and was able to bury both attempts from the charity stripe to put the Lady Jays back on top, 4140. With 2:37 left on the clock, it was Payne sinking a set of free throws to up the Ripley lead to 43-40. The Lady Jays attempted to run some time off the clock while holding tight to a three point lead with two minutes to go, but they would struggle to maintain possession. Cox snatched a steal with 1:32 to go that would lead to Bobb being fouled to earn a trip to the charity stripe. Bobb buried her second of two attempts to cut

BY Sabrina Mignerey The Brown County Press

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ripley’s Lydia Pfeffer fires off a shot in the Lady Jays’ Dec. 9 game against the Fairfield Lady Lions.

the Ripley lead to two. The Lady Lions looked to their full-court pressure defense, forcing the Lady Jays into some crucial late-game turnovers. With just under a minute to go in the fourth frame, Cox found herself on the foul line once again, this time sinking one-of-two attempts to slice the Ripley lead to one. Following Cox’s trip to the charity stripe, the Lady Jays looked to run some time off the clock while nursing a narrow 43-42 lead. The Lady Lions, in order to stop the clock, fouled Cornelius. Unfortunately for Ripley fans, Cornelius missed both attempts from the foul line. The Lady Lions rebounded the Ripley miss and quickly looked to Cox, who put up a score with 9.4 seconds to go to put Fairfield up 44-43. Down by one with less than 10 seconds left on the clock, it was Royal breaking through Fairfield’s fullcourt pressure to dish out a pass to Pfeffer, who was tightly guarded under the basket. Surrounded by Lady Lions, Pfeffer missed the go-ahead shot. The Lady Jays were given one final opportunity to pull off a thriller as they were given possession under their own basket after a Fairfield player touched the ball just before it went out-ofbounds. With just over one second remaining, it was

Broncos: Western Brown boys to take on Bethel-Tate


They were then scheduled to face Mason County, KY on Dec. 14, and they will venture to Bethel-Tate to take on the Tigers in a league game on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Royal taking the in-bounds pass from just beyond the arc, but her shot would miss its mark. Playing a huge role in the Lady Jays loss was poor shooting from the foul line. The Lady Jays, as a team, connected on only seven of 18 attempts from the foul line, missing five-of-nine attempts down the stretch. Pfeffer and Payne led the Lady Jays in scoring with 13 points apiece. The Lady Lions connected on just six of 18 free throw attempts in Monday’s bout at Ripley. “Our free throw percentage was not very good,” Caudill said, going on to add that free throw shooting is something his team will be working on in upcoming practices. With a mix of experience and young talent on the court, Caudill said learning to play together as a team is one factor that has led to their struggles in the early season. “They just need to come together as a team,” said Caudill. “We had some intensity for a while, but that intensity has to be there for the whole game.” The Lady Jays are back in action Dec. 16, as they play host to the undefeated Fayetteville-Perry Lady Rockets. FFHS 5 12 9 18 – 44 RULH 10 14 11 8 – 43 Fairfield (44): Cox 9 3-10 21, Smithson 2 2-4 6, Arnold 2 0-1 4, Evans 1 00 2, Sowders 0 0-1 0, Bobb 2 1-2 7, Hattan 2 0-0 4. Team: 18 6-18 44. Threepointers: Bobb 2. Ripley (43): Payne 5 2-4 13, Pfeffer 5 3-4 13, Blackburn 1 0-0 3, Cornelius 3 0-2 6, Haitz 1 0-2 2, Bowling 2 1-2 5, Royal 0 1-4 1. Team: 17 7-18 43. Threepointers: Payne 1, Black-

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Lady G-Men up record to 4-1

eastern head coach rob Beucler instructs his warriors.

BY Wade Linville The Brown County Press

The Georgetown Lady GMen have battled through injury and illness during the regular season, but with the majority of their varsity players back in good health they have dominated the hardwood in three straight victories. Georgetown’s senior guard Megan Hatfield, who was out during the first week of play with an ankle injury, racked up 11 points as one of the Lady G-Men’s scoring leaders in the Dec. 9 60-39 win over the Amelia Lady Barons. Also shooting for 11 points against the Lady Barons was Georgetown junior Kayla Seigla. In the past three matchups the Lady G-Men have cruised to victories over Amelia, Williamsburg (5927), and Batavia (81-37). The Lady G-Men stood at 4-1 overall record and a 3-0 record in Southern

Buckeye Athletic/Academic Conference National Division play as of Dec. 11, showing improvement every time they step on the court. “I’m really pleased with how much we’ve improved since the first week of the season,” said Georgetown varsity girls basketball coach, Bernie Cropper. “We didn’t play well early in the season, but we have made great progress. We’ve made great strides on defense and in rebounding the basketball, and our shooting has gotten better.” Aiding in t he improved team shooting over the past few games has been Hatfield, the team’s leading scorer from last season. The Lady G-Men were scheduled to take on the Felicity-Franklin Lady Cardinals in a road game on Dec. 12, and on Monday, Dec. 16 they will venture to Eastern Brown High School to take on the Lady Warriors in a non-league contest.

Lady Rockets: Unbeaten at 5-0

GHS 8 15 12 16 – 51 WBHS 8 15 8 4 – 35


Goshen (51): Smith 8 4-4 23, Wake 1 0-0 3, Knuckles 1 0-0 2, Brown 3 4-5 10, Schoek 4 0-0 9, Baldrick 1 0-0 2, Pigman 0 2-2 2. Team: 18 10-11 51. Three-pointers: Smith 3, Wake 1, Schoek 1. Western Brown (35): Haggerty 4 4-5 12, Fulton 3 4-4 10, S. Bennett 0 1-2 1, Purdon 1 0-0 2, Howard 3 0-0 6, O. Bennett 0 2-2 2, Kumpf 1 0-0 2. Team: 12 11-13 35.

The Eastern Brown Warriors came out triumphant on Tuesday, Dec. 10 against the West Union Dragons. The Warriors cruised to a 55-38 victory over the visiting Dragons, marking an essential Southern Hills Athletic Conference Division I win. The Warriors continued to show excellent signs on both ends of the court in Tuesday’s victory, as they remained undefeated on the season. The Warriors came out strong, and by halftime they would hold a 27-17 lead. The Warriors stayed on top the whole game, although the Dragons did manage to shorten the gap at one point to only a seven point difference. The Warriors came out ready for battle in the second half, with a lot of quick transitions and fine shooting. An aggressive defense and depth also worked to their advantage in the second half. The Warriors widened the gap in the third period and took a 15 point lead. The Warriors increased on the turnover front in the second half as well, getting three turnovers in the third period. With three quarters in the books, the Warriors held a 43-28 lead.

The Warriors would explode to a 21 point lead in the fourth quarter as they warded off the Dragons. The Warriors started the fourth period with th eir biggest lead of the game and continued to slide ahead in the fourth while launching another assault with 3:20 to go in the fourth. With the clock closing in on the two minute mark in the final frame, the Warriors had built a 53-32. The Warriors top scorer for the night was senior Nathan Scott, who finished with 22 points. The Warriors were very consistent on Tuesday with 47 percent in the second half fro m field, and 66 percent from free throw line. The Warriors had a total of seven players in scoring column that including Scott, who previously had 29 points in the Dave Young Classic Tournament at North Adams. The Warriors rose to a 3-0 overall record and 1-0 league mark with the win over the Dragons. “West Union is an improved team; they could be the most athletic team in the league. They present a lot of weapon s,” Eastern head coach Rob Beucler said during a post-game interview. “We played sloppy at times, but we played hard and we played tough.”

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western Brown’s Jarred haggerty rises for a score in the paint during the Dec. 10 game against the Goshen warriors.

game that would help them take down the Lady Greyhounds to remain on top in SHAC Division II standings with a 2-0 league mark. Fayetteville’s senior guard, Makayla Rosselot, shot for an impressive 28 points in the outing, while Eyre also ended the night with double figures in scoring at 16 points. The Lady Rockets totaled 32

rebounds in Monday’s win, 10 offensive and 22 defensive. Junior forward Carly Burroughs led the Lady Rockets on the boards with seven rebounds. Eyre pulled down six rebounds in Monday’s win. Senior forward Claire Carson, junior center Lincoln Smyth, and junior guard/forward Emily Burroughs recorded five rebounds apiece. The Lady Rockets are ranked No. 1 in Ohio Di-

vision II-IV coaches’ polls.

MHS 5 8 10 7 – 30 FPHS 17 11 17 16 – 61 Fayetteville (61): Rosselot 8 8-10 28, Eyre 7 0-0 16, A. Carson 2 2-2 7, C. Burroughs 1 1-2 3, C. Carson 1 1-2 3, Hazelbaker 1 0-1 2, Smyth 1 0-0 2. Team: 21 12-17 61. Three-pointers: Rosselot 4, Eyre 2, A. Carson 1.


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Lady Jays fall to Lions in gutsy effort Warriors remain Ripley varsity girls undefeated with struggling at 0-4 win over Dragons

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Christmas Quarter Raffle for ABCAP is set for Saturday, Dec. 14, doors open at 2:30 p.m. auction begins at 3 p.m. All proceeds go to help programs, Meals on Wheels, Senior Housing, WIC, HEAP HWAP, Workforce, Head Start and more. This event will be held at 406 Plum Street ABCAP building in Georgetown. For more information ornation call Samantha at (513) 716-2175 or Mindy at (513) 518-4911. MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 Russellville Community Action Planners (RCAP) will meet on Monday, Dec. 16 in the Arts Council Room (102) at 7:30 p.m. and members of the community are encouraged to attend. Northern Brown Senior Center will have a Christmas Party on Monday, Dec. 16 and the Library will make a visit. The location is at 20864 St. Rt. 251, St. Martin Hall. For more information call Nancy Stegbauer, activity director at (513) 875-2317. TOPS Chapter in Mt. Orab meets at 5:30 p.m. every Monday, including Dec. 16, at Hospice of Hope, 215 Hughes Blvd. in Mt. Orab. Further information is available by calling Nancy at (937) 444-3437. Western Brown Local School District Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. This meeting is open to the public. Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the commissioners office, 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown. The public is invited to attend. TOPS Chapter in Sardinia meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday, including Dec. 16, at Sardinia Church of the Nazarene on Sardinia-Mowrystown Road. Further information is available by calling Regina Davidson at (937) 446-3714.

Phileo Clothing Ministry will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 110 Winchester Street in Sardinia, for more information call (937) 763-8066 or (937) 446-1416. ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Support Group of Brown County will meet between 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the Western Brown High School Library. For more information contact Denise Holden at (937) 4441343. Washington Township Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the firehouse. The public is welcome to attend. Zumba Classes will be offered by Snap Fitness on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 127 North Point Drive in Mt. Orab. These classes are for members of Snap Fitness as well as nonmembers. Please call (937) 444-5230 for more information. Ripley Union Lewis Huntington School District Board of Education will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. This meeting is open to the public. Yoga Classes will be offered by Snap Fitness, 127, North Point Drive, Mt. Orab at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the center. Members of Snap Fitness as well as non-members are welcome. Please call (937) 444-5230 for details and new hours. Eastern Local School District Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 and the public is welcome to attend. Flu Shots will be Available every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brown County Health Department in Georgetown. For more information call (937) 378-6892 or toll gree at (866867-6892. Brown County Educational Services Center will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18. For more information call (937) 378-6118. The public is welcome to attend.

TOPS Chapter in Ripley meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday including Dec. 16 at the Ripley Church of the Nazarene, 230 North Second Street. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 377-2501.

Al-Anon Family Group Sessions will be held every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Mt. Orab Methodist Church on Church Street, off N. High Street. This group can provide support and information to families and individuals who know someone who suffers from substance abuse. For more information call Jean at (937) 444-3877.



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) 4443877.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter in Winchester, meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at Winchester Church of Christ in Christian Union, 1540 Tri-County Highway, Winchester. Further information and holiday hours call Bobbi

Wilson at (937) 446-4662. Georgetown Exempted Village School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. This meeting is open to the public. Brown County Public Library Meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Fiscal Year 2014 organizational meeting . These meetings are being held in the meeting room of the Sardinia Library, 13309 Purdy Road. For more information call (937) 444-0181. Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District Board will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 a.m. at the BCSWCD office located at 706 South Main Street in Georgetown. Meetings are open to the public. For more information call (937) 378-4424 ext. 4. Free Weaving Classes will be held every Wednesday, including Dec. 18 at 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) at the Rambler Center (the old RussellvilleJefferson High School) on St. Rt. 125 in Russellville. Anyone interested in learning how to weave are asked to call Geri at (937) 378-3426 Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 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, Dec. 18 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.

ing will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Pike Township Community Center on Rt. 774. This meeting is open to the public. Yoga Classes will be offered on Thursdays including Dec. 19, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m at the Hospice Center located on Hughes Blvd in Mt. Orab. For more information on this class please contact Jane Amiot at (513) 535-7507. Clark Township Trustees Meeting will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the firehouse in Hamersville. This meeting is open to the public. Yoga Classes will be offered at the Snap Fitness Center in Mt. Orab, 127 North Point Drive beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. These classes are open to both members and non-members. Call (937) 4445230 for more information. Franklin Township Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 in Arnheim. The public is invited to attend this open meeting. Brown County Historical Society December Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Ripley Presbyterian Church. This is the society’s Annual Christmas Carry-In Dinner. Please come join is for this meeting, dinner and a short recital on the beautiful pipe organ at the church. For more information please call Ned Lodwick at (937) 3786334 or Mary Carrington at (937) 378-6574. Fayetteville-Perry Local School District Board of Education will meet in regular session on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend this open meeting.

Book Club for Adults Meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Georgetown Library, 200 W. Grant Street in Georgetown. For more information call (937) 378-3197.

Brown County Chamber of Commerce Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 19 at 8 a.m. at the Ohio Veterans Home, 2003 Veterans Boulevard in Georgetown. For more information call (937) 378-4784.

Book Club for Adults will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Sardinia Library, 13309 Purdy Road. For more information call (937) 4461565.

Book Club for Adults will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Mt. Orab Library, 613 S. High Street in Mt. Orab. For more information call (937) 444-1414.


Alcoholics Anonymous will meet 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 220 S. High St., Mt. Orab.

Scott Township Trustees will meet on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at New Hope. This meeting is open to the public. Northern Brown Senior Center will have arthritis exercise at 9:30 a.m., volleyball and lunch will be at the center. The location is at 20864 St. Rt. 251, St. Martin Hall. For more information call Nancy Stegbauer, activity director at (513) 875-2317. Kick-boxing Classes will be offered on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, at the Snap Fitness Center in Mt. Orab, 127 North Point Drive. These classes are open to members as well as non-members. For details call (937) 444-5230. Pike Township Trustees Meet-

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 Friends of the Library Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, December 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Ripley Library. Music provided by RULH schools, a JROTC presentation then the lighting of the tree. Don’t miss this fun event. Santa Claus visits Ripley Federal on Friday, Dec. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Ripley Federal is located at 1006 S. Second Street in Ripley. and also at the Georgetown office, 200 E. State Street The Christmas tree at Ripley is decorated with ornaments made by the RULH

COURT NEWS Probate Robert A. Stephan, Mt. Orab, case #20131256, DOD 10-1-2012, filed 12-2-2013 Leo L. Weitlaf, Georgetown, case #20131257, DOD 9-30-2013, filed 12-4-2013

Property Sales Jeffrey L. and Debora C. Egbert to Debora C. Egbert, 49.56 acres of land in Clark Twp., filed 12-2-2013 Melissa A. Ormes to Carlton and Candy Lawrence, In-Lot 3384 in Lake Waynoka Sub., Franklin Twp., filed 12-4-2013 Lisa A. Staley to Bank of America NA, .75 acres of land in Green Twp., filed 12-3-2013, $23,334 Peggy Branock to Andrew Sauley, 1.87 acres and 1.99 acres of land in Huntington Twp., filed 122-2013 Cheryl L. and David K. Harmes, SR to Linda L. and Dennis W. Lefrancois, 5 acres of land in Huntington Twp., filed 12-2-2013, $10,000 Eugene and Lawanda J. Hale to Thomas D. Shinkle, In-Lot 2 in Shady Wood Acress in Jefferson

Twp., filed 12-3-2013 Thomas L. and Regina B. Lamerson to The Bank of New York Mellon, In-Lot 203 and In-Lot 208 in Lake Lorelei Sub, Perry Twp., filed 12-2-2013, $33,334 State of Ohio to Scott Mullis, Out Lot 16, .68 acres of land in Perry Twp., filed 12-4-2013, $200 James Jason Woody and Western Ohio Mortgage Corporation to Carl Daniel Creech and Alisha Foley, 6.02 acres of land in Perry Twp., filed 12-4-2013, $88,900 Clarence L. and Elvira M. Reeves to Elvira M. Reeves, 1 acre of land in Grant’s Landing Sub., Lot 5, Pike Twp., filed 12-3-2013 Lisa D. Koehler to Johnny R. and Annette Workman, Lot 28 in Georgetown Station Sub., Pleasant Twp., filed 12-4-2013, $92,220 Clyde R. Adams to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Out-Lot 15, part in Georgetown, filed 12-2-2013, $18,000 Virginia Armour to George R. Armour, 9.86 acres and 10 acres of land in Union Twp., filed 12-4-2013 James R. Frebis to James R. Frebis, .35 acres of land in Ripley, Union Twp., filed 12-4-2013, $36,190 Darlene Scott and Pearl M. Bloom to Darlene Scott, Roger

Bloom and Phyllis Egbert, .78 acres of land in Washington Twp., filed 122-2013 Michael A. and Jodi J. Keller and Flagstar Bank to Christopher S. Wuebold, Lot 19 in Enders Sub in Sterling Sub

Marriages Toni Anne Keogh, 42, Currimundi, QLD, homemaker to marry Steven Robert Kenney, 47, Georgetown, truckdriver, filed 12-4-2014 Deanna Lea Hollweg, 22, Georgetown to marry Christopher Todd Roe, 29, Georgetown, Ohio State Trooper, filed 12-4-2013

Common Pleas CIVIL CASES Senex Services Corporation versus Vicki Ann Overstake, case #20130847, filed 12-2-2013, Action: other civil Midland Funding, LLC versus Debbie Shafer, case #20130848 filed 12-2-2013, Action: other civil Capital One Bank (USA), NA versus Kathryn E. Applegate, case

#20130849, filed 12-2-2013, Action: other civil Midland Funding, LLC versus Brenda Day, case #20130850, filed 12-2-2013, Action: other civil Arthur Seal versus Ed Andress, case #20130853, filed 12-4-2013, Action: other civil Lauren Gibson Co. executor versus Jeffrey L. Egbert, case #20130853, filed 12-4-2013, Action: other civil DOMESTIC CASES Brenda Simpson, Russellville versus James R. Simpson, Russellville, case #20130842, filed 11-272013, Action: dissolution of marriage Doris A. Hodges, Fayetteville versus Roger G. Buerkle, II, Blanchester, case #20130846, filed 1127-2013, Action: domestic violence Monica J. Peters, Cincinnati versus Tony Peters, Ripley, case #20130852, filed 12-3-2013, Action: termination of marriage Deborah Phillips, Aberdeen versus Desirae Phillips, Williamsburg, case #20130854, filed 12-4-2013, Action: domestic violence Deborah J. Phillips, Mt. Orab versus Darcey Roberts, Mt. Orab, case #20130855, filed 12-4-2013, Action: domestic violence

Elementary first graders. Brown County Singing Convention will be held on Friday, Dec. 20 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Eastwood Community Church located at Eastwood and St. Rt. 32. Please come join us and share your Godgiven talents and enjoy a fun time of fellowship. If you have any questions or need directions to the church please contact Larry Downing at (937) 446-3259. Mt. Holly Christian Chapel Country Gospel Singing will be held on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.. This event will feature great gospel music, refreshments/ and door prizes. For more information call Dan Cook at (513) 509-7312 or Kevin Cain at (513) 602-4654. This singing is free and the chapel is located at 2141 E. Ohio Pike in Amelia. The Agape Food Pantry will be open Friday December 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at its new location at the New Faith United Methodist Church in Marathon, located behind the grocery store on Edenton Road. For more information call R.D.Brown at (513) 31308159, Dan Pelzel at (513) 602-1241 or Ruby Steins at (513) 479-9433. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Steer Tag-In Day for 2014 Brown County Fair will be held at the fairgrounds from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Dec. 21. Contact the Brown County Extension office at (937) 3786716 for details. UPCOMING EVENTS Mt. Orab Lions Club will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23 at the lodge, 110 S. High Street in Mt. Orab. For more information contact Bob Richmond at (937) 444-4791. Northern Brown Senior Center will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 5. The location is at 20864 St. Rt. 251, St. Martin Hall. For more information call Nancy Stegbauer, activity director at (513) 875-2317. Christmas Eve Service at Sardinia Church of Christ will begin at 6 p.m. This special time of worship will help us celebrate the beauty of God’s Son coming here for us. The brief service will consist of worship, a video message and a devotion from Kevin Hamilton, senior minister. Bring all your family for this meaningful gathering. Mt. Orab Village Council will meet at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26. This meeting is open to the public. Rescheduled Brown County Chamber of Commerce Jingle Bell Bash is set for Friday, Dec. 27, doors open at 6:30 at the Gaslight Theater in Georgetown. Tickets are only $35 prepaid from any chamber member or $40 prepaid for any non-chamber member. Reserve tickets at (937) 378-4784 or by email or visit Sterling Township Trustees will meet in regular session on Monday, Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. in the Sterling Township Hall, located at the corner of Eastwood and Greenbush West Road. This meeting is open to the public. Hocking Hills Winter Hike has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18. The six mile hike starts at Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave. For more information visit or call (800) 462-5464. ONGOING EVENTS Miracles Happen Group, (Narcotics Anonymous) meets at 7 p.m. every Sunday at the Brown County Community Board of ADAMHS, 85 Banting Drive (around the back), in Georgetown. For more information on this group please call1-800-587-4232. Southern Hills Tea Party meets each 4th Thursday of the month at the Ripley Library. The public is invited to attend. “Walk in the Park” free to the

public are offered daily by Ideal Nutrition in Mt. Orab Village Park. Tee shirts are also provided to anyone who walks and registers their dates and distances at Ideal Nutrition. For more information contact Sue at (937) 515-8488.


Pleasant Township Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Georgetown. This meeting is open to the public.

Helping Hands Please come shop with us any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 9 a.m. until noon at 668 Camp Run Road in Georgetown. Senior Bingo will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each Monday at the Georgetown Nutrition Center. Please bring a $1 wrapped gift. A nutritional meal will be offered. HIV/Hepatitis C Testing is offered free by the Brown County Health Department by appointment only. The HIV test results are available within 15 minutes. To schedule an appointment call (937) 378-6892. Tuesday Community Bingo will be held every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Community Building in Country Place Apartments, located across from the Country Inn in Georgetown. Please bring a $1 gift and join in the fun. This is a free event. For more information contact Joy Gelter at (937) 483-4614. Crafting Classes will be offered the second Saturday of the month at the Mt. Orab Public Library, sessions from 1 to 2 p.m., at the library, 613 South High Street in Mt. Orab. The classes are for adult patrons with the Care and Share program. Adams/Brown County Alzheimer/s/Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group will meet on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Adams County Regional Medical Center in the second floor conference room. For more information (937) 386-3590. Adams-Brown Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program available, anyone wishing to obtain further information or to schedule an appointment to discuss obtaining E-HEAP services may contact the Adams Brown Community Action Program Office in Georgetown at (937) 378-6041 or 1-800-553-7393, Ext. 253 or 254. Walk-in hours are 8-11 a.m. daily at the ABCAP Office at 406 W. Plum St., Georgetown, and outreach is available for the very elderly or disabled. We Can Help Food Bank at the corner of Decatur-Eckmansville Road and State Route 125 is open 11 a.m-4 p.m. Fridays and is sponsored by private donations. Donations should be made when the Food Bank is not open, and all donations are appreciated. Southern Hills Adult Education Department offers adults an array of computer classes throughout the school year at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, 9193 Hamer Road, Georgetown. Anyone wanting further information or wishing to register for an Adult Education class may contact Southern Hills Adult Education at (937) 378-6131, Ext. 357. The Brown County Senior Citizens Council, located at 505 N. Main Street in Georgetown offers transportation for medical appointments, shopping area, nutrition sites and other service providers. It also offers homemaker assistance, Respite Care, Passport which offers alternatives to nursing home placement and caregiver support. To contact a representative, call (937) 378-6603 or toll free at (877) 259-8598. Anyone involved with a governing body, an organization, or a regularly-scheduled activity that has a meeting date and/or time or location change should contact The Brown County Press two weeks in advance, if possible, about that change(s) so the correct date and/or time and location may be listed in the Weekly Calendar. Also, anyone who would like an activity listed in The Brown County Press' Weekly Calendar that currently is not listed should call the newspaper office during regular hours at (937) 444-3441.


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DRIVERS: PAM Transport! Company Drivers & Owner Operators Wanted! No Touch Freight, 90% Drop & Hook, dedicated opportunities available. Call 877-698-4760 Also seeking Recent Grads. Call Lavonna 877-440-7890 Apply Online: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Brown County Court of Common Pleas is seeking a Probation Officer. For full details, visit our website at:; you can submit the employment application, along with a current resume, to Joni Dotson, Court Administrator, Brown County Court of Common Pleas, 101 South Main Street, Suite 2, Georgetown, Ohio 45121 or email the same to:jdotson@browncounty Looking for

EXPERIENCED Interior Trim Carpenters For More Info. Call



CARE GIVERS No prior experience needed to work in our 8-client family home in Milford/Goshen area. You’ll help teach our developmentally disabled clients daily living skills. Our orientation is paid & our comprehensive training includes FA/CPR. With a HS diploma/GED; clean background check & acceptable driving record, you could be working immediately. EOE.

FT/PT 2nd/3rd shifts

Now Hiring Class A CDL Drivers. Must have clean record and pass drug test. Good equipment, steady work, mostly local with some overnights. Retirement and health insurance available. Bonus & Performace Incentives. Call 937-444-3717.

DRIVERS: GREAT Pay, Benefits & Hometime! Haul Flatbed OTR. CDL-A, 2yrs Exp. EEO/AA 800-628-3408.






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Call Verna 513-288-8798 today


HIRING DRIVERS! is looking for company drivers and owner operators to run 1200 mile radius of Cincinnati, pulling 53 ft. vans. Must have a Class A CDL, two years of current tractor trailer experience and clean MVR. HOME EVERY WEEKEND! Call (513) 734-6696 and ask for Ron

CLERMONT SUN PUBLISHING Is looking for part-time help in the Composition Department. Need to know QuarkXpress, Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign. Good typing skills. Newspaper layout and ad design helpful but not necessary. Please send resume to: FULL TIME medical assistant needed for busy Batavia practice. Monday-Friday. Experience prefered. Please send resume to: Clermont Internists Attn: Practice Administrator 2055 Hospital Drive Suite 300, Batavia, Ohio 45103.

HAIRSTYLIST NEEDED at busy salon in Sardinia. Manager’s and IC License a must. SunQuest Hair Designs 7588 Staten Rd. 937-446-2306.

HIRING CAREGIVERS Clermont & Brown County openings helping seniors to remain at home by providing non-medical care. All Shifts. Home Instead Senior Care Call 513-230-5111

IF YOU’RE a person who is called to serve God through ministry w/children & families then come serve with us! Mt. Orab United Methodist Church is seeking a qualified & energetic candidate for our Children’s & Family Ministry Coordinator. For more information on this exciting opportunity go to “employment” at:

NOW HIRING DIRECT CARE AIDES PINE RIDGE PINE VILLAGE RESIDENTIAL HOMES INC. IS NOW HIRING FOR FULL AND PART TIME. WEEKENDS TO BE EXPECTED. Direct care aides needed for individuals with Developmental disabilities in a residential setting. Must have a valid driver’s license, clean background check and a High school diploma /GED. No experience necessary will train. Starting pay @ 11.25 per hour. Apply in person @ 146 North Third St. Williamsburg, Ohio 45176.

NOW HIRING Experienced Only Tow Truck Driver. Must pass background check & drug screen. Clean driver’s license, CDL preferred, but not required, 21 & over. 937-446-3021.

DD CLIENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR Full time salaried position for individual to plan, coordinate and implement daily living programs for the developmentally disabled population in two progressive eight client family homes in Milford/Goshen area (Clermont County). Required: bachelor degree in related field of human services; habilitation; teaching and minimum l year experience working with developmentally disabled. If you meet both requirements email resume to Must be able to work varying shifts. Previous supervisory experience a plus.

Community Concepts, Inc. Equal Opportunity Employer/ Community Concepts, Inc. is a drug free workplace.

Joshua Manor Apartments

91 Simmons Avenue Peebles, Ohio 45660 Applications for low-income senior housing will be accepted for Joshua Manor Apartments at 91 Simmons Avenue, Peebles, Ohio on Wednesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. To qualify you must be 62 years of age or older. Persons requiring a unit designated for persons with a mobility impairment are not required to be 62 years or older to apply. For more information contact Patricia Montgomery at 1-800-553-7393 ext. 257. “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”


SUBSTITUTE CUSTODIANS WANTED Georgetown Exempted Village School District is currently in need of qualified substitute custodians for the 2013-14 school year. Interested parties should contact Chris Burrows, Superintendent, at 937-378-3876.


PRIVATE ROOM available for a senior citizen that needs “Elder Care” in my Williamsburg/Mt. Orab home. Country setting. Experienced Caregiver. References available. 937-444-6038.

300 - APTS. UNFURNISHED 1 & 2BR APARTMENTS, Williamsburg, all utilities included except electric. 513-724-7802. FAIRWAYS at Royal Oak Move in TODAY! 513-898-3792 *Largest 1 Bedroom Apt in the area *5 min off Beechmont/ I-275 *Golf course community, pool, fitness center, dog park, 24hr maintenance *Large dogs welcome (some restrictions) *Only $649/month, $125 deposit *Brand new renovated apts also available


1BR APARTMENTS in Ripley across from St. Michael’s. 2 ground floor units. 1 second floor. All appliances including dishwasher & garbage disposal, walk out decks with French doors and yard, utility room with shared washer/dryer & individual locked storage room. Perfect for singles or couples. No pets or smokers. Rent $350 to $390 includes water & sewer. Renter responsible for electric & trash. 1 month rent required for deposit. Application & references required. Call 513-528-5100 ext. 211 or email: 2BR APARTMENTS w/attached garage in a 1-story tri-plex w/an equipped kitchen & laundry room, ample closet space, patio & a yard. No steps, private street. Darling apartments. Utilities not included. Small pets allowed. Located at the Sandstone Estates, a mature-living community in Mt. Orab. 513-625-4522.

Qualifications: A minimum of Associateʼs Degree in Special Education, Rehabilitation, Social Work/Mental Health or closely related field. Eligibility for ODODD Service and Support Administration Certification, Specialist Level, required. Satisfactory BCII and drug screen check. Computer skills required. Valid Ohio Drivers License. Summary of Duties: Knowledge of social services; coordinates intake and eligibility and Facilitate Board services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, assess service needs; develop Individual Service Plan for all individuals on assigned caseload; assists individual and families in selecting qualified providers of services; knowledge of behavior support planning and programs; monitoring of the implementation of service plans; review unusual incidents and major unusual incidents for pattern and trends; provide 24 hour crisis intervention services as needed; able to define problems; collect data and communicate effectively in written and oral form; completes service and training documentation, and maintain records and reports in a timely manner. Work Schedule: Flexible as needed, normally Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Application deadline: Until filled. Apply to: Brown County Board of DD, 9116 Hamer Road, Suite A, Georgetown, Ohio 45121. Telephone: 937-378-4891 ext. 33, Fax: 937-378-3585, Email:


ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 1, 2 & 3br, Equal Opportunity Housing, apply at Forest Glade Apartments, 9001 Airport Rd., Georgetown, OH, 937-378-4565. BATAVIA - Two and three bedroom apartments available with open waiting list. Accepting applications M-F, 9am-4pm. Apartments are income based. 513-732-3804. BATAVIA: 2BR, $525/mo., balcony, quiet family friendly, central a/c, eat-in equipped kitchen, laundry. Off-street parking. 513-561-4014. FAIRWAYS at Royal Oak Move in TODAY! 513-898-3792 *Large 2 Bedroom Apt 5 min off Beechmont/ I-275 *Golf course community, pool, fitness center, dog park, 24hr maintenance *Large dogs welcome (some restrictions) *Only $749/month, $125 deposit *Brand new renovated apts also available

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

LYTLE TRACE Senior Apartments. 62 & over, rent subsidized, secure building, free utilities, on-site laundry, pets allowed. Call 513-724-3358. TTY 800-750-0750.

513-876-3590 TTY 800-750-0750

GEORGETOWN - 2 & 3br apartments available for immediate occupancy. 2br, 1ba, c/a, all kitchen appliances, w/d hookup, $500/mo & util., $500/dep. 3br, 1.5ba, 1-car att. garage, c/a, all kitchen appliances, laundry room, $675/mo & util. $675/dep., 513-253-8170.

2BR,WASHER, dryer, stove, refrigerator, $650 includes water/sewage & trash. Mt. Orab area. Also, Sardinia, 2br, 1ba, $600/mo., includes water/sewage & trash. GEORGETOWN, 937-728-9694. COURTHOUSE Square, 1-bedroom, 1-bath, APARTMENTS FOR equipped kitchen. $450. a rent, call about our spe- month. 1-months deposit cials, studios & 1br avail- & references required. able. 937-795-0261. 513-625-4371.

MT. ORAB Candlelight Apartments 2br Townhouses Start at $565 With discount. Visit our website:

or call 513-532-5291 or 937-515-3092


Owensville Commons Apartments is currently accepting applications for 1br apartments for 62 years of age or older, handicapped/disabled regardless of age. Applications taken M-F 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m. 513-732-6935 TDD #1-800-750-0750 “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” Equal Housing Opportunity

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RIPLEY LARGE 3 bedroom, upstairs apartment, large dining room, kitchen & living room. No pets. $425 plus utilities & one month deposit. 937-213-0540.

WILLIAMSBURG, SPACIOUS 1 & 2br apartments available, off street parking, heat & water included. 513-732-5771.



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3-BDRM, 2-BATH. Kitchen, Living Rm, range, dishwasher, fridge. Central heat & air. 2-car garage, nice yard. Good neighborhood. ELSD. Very nice home. Located 12403 Orr Rd Sardinia, OH (just off SR 32). $750. per month, $750. security deposit with 12 month lease. 1st & last mo. rent due at signing. References required. Call 937-213-2131 or 937-446-2917. BETHEL HOUSE for rent, 1br, $450 rent plus deposit, plus utilities. 513-509-9162. FAYETTEVILLE Nice 3-bedroom house, 2baths with an extra 12x12 room and covered patio, 2-car garage. Nice 22x40 barn with concrete floor on 1.5 acre lot, 1/2 woods. Blacktop drive, corner lot. Move in NOW! $800 mo., $800 deposit. 513-659-4627 or 513-260-4331.

FELICITY - HOUSE FOR RENT. 3br, 1 bath. Two-story. New carpet, paint, blinds & ceiling fans, W/D hook-ups. Storage garage. New roof. No indoor smoking or pets. $685 month plus utilities. Deposit, first month rent & references required. 513-405-3011. FELICITY HOUSE for rent. 2br, 1ba, new flooring, bathroom, paint, blinds & ceiling fans, open kitchen, washer/dryer hookups, attached 1-car garage w/outbuilding, new roof $750 plus utlities. Deposit & references required 513-405-3011. GEORGETOWN IN Village - 2br, 2ba home. No Pets. $500 month, $500 deposit. Renter pays utilities. 513-304-0041. MT. ORAB area. Three bedroom, two baths, 3-year-old home. Ready to move into. 513-404-4543. NORTH APPLE St. in Georgetown, 3br, 1ba, tenants pay all utilities. New carpet & painted walls $600. Call 937-444-5223.


DOUBLEWIDE 3BR, 2ba behind Ripley Elem. References, deposit, $400. No pets. Nice. 937-515-4447 or 937-392-4068. IN GEORGETOWN 3br 2-full bath, tenant pays utilities. $475, Ripley duplex 3br, 1-full bath, owners pay water & sewage $550. 937-444-5223. MOBILE HOME 16x80, 3br, 2ba, no pets, Mt. Orab area, 937-444-2720, $600mo. plus deposit. SARDINIA/MT. ORAB area, 14’x70’ mobile home, 2br, 1ba, all electric, on 1.5 acres, $425/mo. plus $425/dep. Renter pays utilities, NO PETS. 937-446-4677. TWO HOUSES in Ripley for rent. $425/mo. plus deposit, 2 or 3 br, one w/basement, washer/dryer hookups, 937-213-2401 or 937-378-4706.


WANTED - Farm ground to rent for 2014 season & beyond. Call Jeff at 937-213-3909.



1214 YANKEETOWN, Hamersville. 3br, 2ba brick ranch. Open floor plan, cathedral ceilings. WB insert FB, 5.7 acres, fenced w/600 SF stone outbuilding, horse barn w/stalls. Assumable 4.25% FHA loan PITI $810 month. 513-429-5504. FSBO-RIPLEY, 4-BEDROOM, 2-bath, family room w/fireplace, eat-in kitchen, large heated garage, $74,000. Owner eager for offer. Call 513-720-4495.

615 - MISC. FOR SALE OLDER RUTHVEN prints, framed & matted. Must sell. Call 513-518-4351.

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) HOUSE FOR Sale in Fincastle, 3br, 2ba, w/carport, 2-car garage & 3-outbuildings on approximately 2-acres. 937-764-1618.

CLEAN SWEEP Cleaning Service Full service home and business cleaning. Available daily, weekly or monthly. Contact Shannon Howell at 937-213-3749. HOLIDAYS ARE COMING! Time to think about cleaning good for the holidays. I have great references & great rates! I also clean, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Call Sandy at 513-255-4342.


For all your sewing needs for you, your family and your home. Call 937-4444276. Reasonable rates, expert service. SEWING & ALTERATIONS For you & home. Reasonable rates, quality service, day or evening. 513-967-1873

511 - CRAFTS

CRAFT SUPPLIES. Georgetown. 513-314-6594. Plastic canvas, Pretty Punch yarns, pellon, paper twist, lamp kits, beads, etc., too much to list.


ANTIQUES AND Collectibles. Georgetown 513-314-6594. Lighted Christmas houses, accessories; sewing machine, silk-skin dolls, churns, lard can, wood-spool thread, more.

402 - APT. HOUSES FOR SALE MT. ORAB 2-family apartment house, zoned com- 607 - FIREWOOD mercial, located in FIREWOOD FOR Sale growing area, - $100 pickup truck load. For details call Drew $125.000.00, Howser 937-444-4787 or possible owner Corey Spitznagel at financing, 937- 937-444-4525. 444-2689. FOR SALE Firewood, sold by 403 - MOBILE HOMES State Regulations, FOR SALE 2005 GAIL Legacy 14x60, shingle on metal, 2br, 1ba, $1500 down, $500 month. 513-505-8311, 859-466-3554, 513-724-7233. 3BR, 1BA mobile home in Moler MHP, Mt. Orab, excellent condition, all appliances included, $12,000 OBO. 513-313-5553 ABANDONED DOUBLEWIDE with land, PLEASE TAKE OVER, $3500 deposit. 888-221-4503. MOBILE HOME for Sale 1993 Palm Harbor, 16x80 shingle on vinyl, 3br, 2ba, $2,000 down, $550 a month, 513-505-8311, 859-466-3554, 513-724-7233.

405 - LOTS & ACREAGE 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)

406 - FARMS FOR SALE 50 ACRE farm Mt. Orab area. 42-acres tillable, 6-acres woods. Totally remodeled 4br home, 3-car garage, large barn, $359,000. Call 937-444-2689. 501 - CHILD CARE DAYCARE HUGS & KIDS, LLC. 6th & Willow St., Williamsburg Call Dorothy Lewis 513-218-7471 or Stephanie Lewis 859-801-0125 I CURRENTLY have openings for daycare in Georgetown M-F Anytime AM to 5:30 PM. Contact Shannon 937-213-3749. References available. 5-years of consecutive experience.

u-pick up or we deliver. For fast friendly service call Cox Firewood at: 937-378-4309 No answer, leave message Located 3600 SR 125 Georgetown, OH State & County Voucher welcome Credit Cards Accepted

SEASONED & split mixed hardwood, fullsize pick-up truck load thrown in & thrown out, $90. Will deliver in area between Mt. Orab & Felicity and Amelia & Georgetown, 937-379-5071 or 513-259-1070.

608 - FARM PRODUCE HAY FOR sale - square bales, mixed grass. Leave message 937-549-3802. SQUARE BALES of high quality alfalfa timothy hay, green & leaFY 50-60lb bales, 2nd 3rd & 4th cutting. 937-373-3631.


ANTIQUES CASH PAID! For costume jewelry, dishes, vases, silverware, sterling silver, old toys, metal signs, crocks, old books of Brown, Adams or Clermont Counties, Indian relics. See Kay at Ripley’s Old Piano Factory Antique Mall Monday 10am-4pm or call 513-313-0338 anytime.

CASH PAID TODAY! Antiques • Jewelry • Furniture • Appliances • Gold • Silver • Records • Tools • All Collectibles • Household • Estates • Used Cars • 30 Year Buyer

Almost Anything! 937-378-2850 937-378-1819

614 - HORSES/LIVESTOCK 1ST CALF Angus Cross Heifers, gentle & medium framed, breed to be fresh January, February 2014. 937-373-3631.

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:



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

901 - SALES

HUGE FAMILY Yard Sale every Fri., Sat. & Sun. from 9am-7pm at Holly Lanes on St. Rt. 125, Amelia. Lots of items for home, clothes for kids & adults, great prices.

ODNR announces new chief for ODNR Soil and Water Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer announces that Mike Bailey has been named chief of the ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources (DSWR). Bailey has served as deputy chief of the division since 2012. “His agricultural background and experience in the field of soil and water made Mike the ideal candidate for this job,” said Zehringer. “Behind his leadership, I anticipate the division will make great strides in furthering ODNR’s efforts to improve the health of Ohio’s waters and lands.” Karl Gebhardt, former chief of the division, has been serving as division chief and deputy director. He will continue to serve in his role as deputy director of the department.

As chief of the division, Mike will be responsible for day-to-day operations, including issues related to agricultural nutrients, soil and water conservation districts, watershed programs, water resource issues and dam safety. Previously, Bailey worked at the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) for eight years in various capacities. He served as executive director of the Office of Farmland Preservation, where he oversaw the administration of the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program, the Ohio Agricultural Easement Donation Program and the Ohio Agricultural Security Area Program. Most recently at ODA, Bailey served as the executive director of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. His role involved

coordinating all of the legal, legislative, communications and administrative functions in support of the board’s efforts to lead the nation in creating sound and comprehensive standards of care for livestock. Bailey earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University. As a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Bailey currently serves as an intelligence officer in the United States Army Reserve. He resides with his wife and family on their third-generation farm in Union County. The ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources provides leadership and that enable services Ohioans to conserve, protect and enhance soil, water and land resources.

Uecker seeks to improve Ohio’s Mechanical Repair Facility standards Senator Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township) recently introduced legislation which would require mechanical repair facilities to register with the Motor Vehicle Repair Board. There are over 4,000 mechanical repair facilities in Ohio that currently lack oversight. As a result, Ohioan’s cannot be certain that these facilities are complying with Ohio laws and regulations. “This bill will not only level the playing field, it will also protect consumers by ensuring businesses have proper liability insurance should something happen to their vehicle while at the repair facility, “said Uecker. “Passage of this legislation will help continue our mission in the Statehouse which is to support Ohio’s business while promoting the protection of consumers.” The largest volume of complaints reported to the Ohio Attorney General’s

JOE UECKER, STATE SENATOR Office are within the faulty automotive repair category. This problem is only exacerbated when consumers use services located on websites such as Craigslist without first researching the company’s reputation. Of all the categories of complaints reported to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, faulty automotive repairs make up the largest volume. The reputations of legitimate mechanical repair facilities often suffer when competitors fail to comply with standard business regulations. Senate Bill 232 seeks to provide a standard level of oversight so the names of good businesses can be protected while weeding out bad actors.

This legislation has been referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce and Labor for further consideration. Senator Uecker will soon offer sponsor testimony before that panel on the bill’s merits. ### Senator Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township) presented a proclamation on behalf of the Ohio Senate to Batavia High School this afternoon for receiving a $25,000 grant from the State Farm “Celebrate My Drive” campaign. Schools across the nation have been working to raise awareness for safe driving while competing for a chance to win several grants through the program. Grants were awarded to the top 100 schools with the most commitments made to safe driving. “Through their diligent efforts, the students of Batavia High School helped increase aware-

ness for safe driving, and helped remind others that driving is a privilege rather than a right,” said Uecker. “As auto accidents are the number one cause of death amongst teenagers in the United States, it is important that we continue to remind each other that driving is a privilege that requires a lifelong commitment.” During the week of October 18th the school arranged several events to help raise awareness, including a tailgate party, pep rally and an after school seat belt check. Celebrate My Drive was created by State Farm in 2012 and since then has been joined by thousands of students, schools and families who are committed to spreading awareness while sharing the belief that safe driving is a lifelong commitment. Click here to find more information on the “Celebrate My Drive” campaign.


WILLIAMSBURG/ GEORGETOWN - Efficiency or 3br. Trash paid. Beautiful setting, spacious apartment homes. Rents $319-$750. Call to view 513-365-4000.

400 - HOUSES FOR SALE 506 - CLEANING BEAUTIFUL 3BR, 2.5ba home located at Lake Waynoka. 2240 sq. ft. of living space including a finished basement. Home located on a 1-acre private park-like wooded lot. Newly renovated, including a dimensional shingle roof, siding, gutters & carpet. Nice spacious outbuilding, large deck across back of home. $147,500. Call 513-659-3569 for inquiries or to schedule a showing or go to:


Protecting Ohio children with lifesaving medicine for allergic reactions Recently, I traveled to schools around the state to hear from students, nurses, parents, and health professionals about what severe allergic reactions can mean when they occur unexpectedly in a classroom, playground, or sports field. These severe allergic reactions – known as anaphylaxis – can occur within minutes of exposure to any allergen. The most common allergens that cause anaphylactic shock are food, insect stings, and medications. It’s estimated that one in every 13 children in the U.S. has a food allergy. That’s about two students in every classroom. Having a food allergy means that if these children come into contact with food that triggers an allergy – whether it’s from the school cafeteria, a birthday party in the classroom, or even another student’s food – it can create a potentially deadly situation. Allergic reactions to food send Americans to the emergency department once every three minutes – that’s over

SENATOR SHERROD BROWN 200,000 ER visits per year. A medication called epinephrine – commonly provided through an EpiPen – is the first line of defense to treat the reaction. EpiPens administer medication that quickly stops the severe symptoms of allergic reactions – like swelling that impairs breathing or dangerously low blood pressure. Many kids with an allergy have an EpiPen at home and at school, just in case. But a quarter of anaphylaxis cases at schools involve kids with undiagnosed allergies. At a school in Youngstown, Theresa Murphy of Cortland, a nurse and mother of a nine-year-old son with severe food allergies, reminded me that we prepare for fire drills, and yet we’re unprepared for equally unexpected cases

of anaphylaxis. We should be doing everything we can to prepare for the unforeseen. That’s why the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which I cosponsored and President Obama signed into law earlier this month, is so important. This commonsense, bipartisan law gives funding priority for asthma control programs to states that ensure that ALL schools maintain a supply of EpiPens for students with undiagnosed allergies and as a backup for the kids suffering from known allergies. This bill also encourages states to allow school personnel to receive training on how to use the EpiPen in case of an emergency – a potentially life-saving action, especially in rural areas where quick access to medical care may be a problem. But, only states that ensure that ALL schools have a supply of EpiPens and training for their use are eligible for the priority federal funding for this bill. Thirty states already have laws

or guidelines in place that allow schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine. A long-standing law in Ohio only allows schools to keep an EpiPen for students with a known allergy and a prescription written specifically for them. And it has been illegal to use an EpiPen on a student without a prescription. The Ohio House recently passed legislation that would allow schools to keep undesignated EpiPens on hand for students who have an undiagnosed allergy. This is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough. Further action by the Ohio House is necessary to ensure that all Ohio schools have an emergency supply of EpiPens, thereby enabling Ohio to qualify for priority federal funding. We should take every precaution to protect our kids from unforeseen emergencies. It’s critical that the Statehouse take action to expand this legislation, and that Governor Kasich signs it into law.




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1379088 - Bethel - IMMACULATE! Unbelievably constructed. Inside walls insulated, 2 full kit, Formal DR w/crown molded tray ceiling, Deluxe MBR suite, Full brick w/ coined corners, Decking & patio, 40x60 Tecumseh bldg. w/ water. Elec to bldg. Rolling ac w/a creek, shed. $325,000 PRI





1377691 - Georgetown - Immaculate! Absolutely everything has been recently updated: flring, lite pkg., bathrooms. 3BD, 2.5BA. Custom kit. w/granite cntr tops, hardwood flrs, glass doors, SS appliance package and cabinetry. Must see to believe. Beau landscaped all on no outlet street. $132,500


1265584 - Mt. Orab - OWNER MULT 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

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Georgetown - WOW! Total remodel! Refinished hardwood floors throughout! The Kitchen is amazingly updated. 1.5 story. 3BD, 1BA. Rolling 0.62 acre lot, detached garage, potting shed, full basement. Quaint quiet neighborhood. Walk to the Brown county Fair! WOW! $69,900

1381702 Batavia Get Wow! ready to move. Formal Model Home. 2BD, 2BA. Two year old condo in excellent condition w/brand new laminate thruout. Fresh neutral paint. Gorgeous lite pkg. Fully equip. kit. and laun. Move-In-Ready!! A absolute true MUST SEE!!! Call Dominic today! $93,000

1370921 Felicity Immaculate 8 yr old home located in a beau country setting with amazing views. 4BD, 3.5BA. 2 story with fin LL w/walkout. Fully equipped kit, vaulted ceiling in LR. Huge family rm. Baths on all levels. Beautifully landscaped, newly refinished deck & patio 5.6 ac. $199,900

1355240 - Mt. Orab- Total renovation* Modules have movable walls to set office space up to suit your needs*Newer HVAC, elec service, wndws (on tanning side) *HWH & flring thru-out *Tanning business sold separately *New stone facade *Office furniture is negotiable. $165,000. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY!



1377086- Mt. Orab - Unique, yet immaculate wood sided home private, private, private nestled on 6.3 lush acres. Home has a ultra open floor plan w/views of the woods and creek that will satisfy any nature lover. Fully equipped kitchen w/ custom cabinetry and counter tops. MBR has a plumbed 2nd bathroom and a huge walk-in closet. 25 min drive to Eastgate. $114,700 SO


Location, Location, Location! Total Re-hab tastefully done. Brand New Roof, Elec. Service, Vinyl, HWH, Gar Door & Opener. 3BD, 2BA. Plumbing, Clst Doors, Paint & flring. BRAND NEW fully Equipped Kit. New vanities in baths. Shed. All on 1 ac. Better than New! Bethel Area. $107,500




1374916 Ripley Wonderful river view! 2BD, 1BA. Brand new kitchen, bsmt windows & paint thruout. Hardwood flring. Large living room. Newer retaining wall at walk-out. Truly affordable. Why rent? $42,000 SOLD



1376435 - Mt. Orab - Move-in Beauty! 3BD, 2BA. This corner location is ready to accept your growing family. Open floor plan, fully equipped kit w/island, neutral wall colors, study, MBR suite w/walk-in clst, French door walk-out to fully fenced back yard. Prof. landscaped. Immac!! $135,000 PRI


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. $134,000 Georgetown Walk back in time as you enter the front door of this magnificent home! 3BD, 1.5 BA. Double parlor, fluted wdwk w/rosettes. Wide baseboards & a cherry bannister. A dry cellar underneath. This home has a secure, local alarm system which can be transferred to the new owner. $74,500




1367802 - Fayetteville - Quaint 3 bdrm. stick built tucked away on a gorgeous wooded lot. More than ready to move in. Brand new flooring & sub-flooring, drywall, Kitchen cabinets & counter tops. Lighting, windows. 1 carport. $57,900

1363729 - Georgetown - 3000 sqft L/A. Historic home full of period touches. Natural wide baseboards, pocket drs &a parlor to name a few. New hdwd flooring & total DR renovation in '10. Enclosed back porch '08. Furnace, HWH, windows, roof & all plumbing '04. $148,500.


1358528 - Georgetown - WOW! All brick home w/brand new roof, paint & flring* Both baths & kit. fully renovated* 3BD, 2BA. Open foyer w/ceramic flring & closet *Fam. Rm. w/bar & wall of french doors* Deck w/lanai*2 walk in clsts in MBR suite*Coy pond* Beautifully landscaped. $129,900

Commercial Georgetown - $72,777.00 Comm'l gar. set up to meet many needs. Two separate gar. drs on front w/ rear and side entry. Office in bldg. Separate renovated home included in the sale. Two water and sewer taps. Gar and home metered separately. 120' rd. fron. 1.077 ac.

1355243- Lake Lorelei- Park-like setting for this well built cedar sided home w/separate mother-in-law suite. 2BD, 2BA. *Huge family/florida rm*Brick wall fireplace*Counter bar in kit*3 car gar. all together.* 4 wooded lots* Horseshoe pit & fountain* Short walk to lake. $119,900

1374087 - Ripley - Get ready to move! 3BR, 2 full Ba. Quaint & Spacious 2 story village home (Public water & sewer) w/partially finished walkout bsmt. Hdwd floors thru-out. Updated Kitchen,lighting, electric, patio & front door. Beautiful rock wall perinnial garden. $95,000

Important topics to discuss over the holidays It’s the Holidays – and that time of the year where we look forward to visits and sharing time with family, friends and loved ones. It’s also a time when our Agency likes to encourage families to spend time discussing important issues that might be affecting Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, or other family members or friends. During this time, we encourage families to pay particular attention to situations that might alert you to a decline in health – maybe it is a family member, a special friend, or neighbor. If so, perhaps they might need some help and assistance to remain safe and independent at home? Our Agency is here to help you find resources in your community that may be available. Read the list below to evaluate whether your loved one may need some assistance in order to remain in their home safely. If you notice that some of the statements ring true for your loved one or friend, call the Area Agency on Aging District 7. We can help identify resources in your community that may be available to help. Or, if





Beacon Hill Sub-division - Gorgeous 4BR 3.5 Ba One story and a half 3/4 wrap brick home. Freshly painted. 1st flr MBR suite, Formal DR, Family Rm, Chair rail, Gas Log F/P, Fully Equipped Kit w/island. Beautiful wooded rolling corner lot.

Bert Thomas

PAM MATURA, Executive Director, AAA7

you are a long distance caregiver living in our district and caring for someone outside our district, please feel free to also give us a call – we can find similar resources and assistance that are available in the area of the country where your loved one resides. Look for: • A decline in personal hygiene. Your loved one may not feel up to completing daily hygiene or may seem to be unaware of hygiene needs. • Difficulty managing medications. You may notice pills loose in unusual places, unfilled prescriptions, or empty pill bottles. • Falls or near falls, with or without injury. • Increased clutter in the home or a general lack of cleanliness of the living environment. • Outdated and spoiled food in the refrigerator. • Difficulty cooking or preparing meals. This can include problems following recipes or directions,

burned food, lack of awareness of whether they have eaten, lack of appetite, or reliance on “junk food” that requires no preparation. • Difficulty keeping track of personal schedules, especially missing medical appointments. • Difficulty managing finances. You may notice bills piled up but unpaid, overdue bills, overdrawn checking accounts, lack of budgeting. • Decreased interest in previous hobbies and friendships. A general decline in physical health. They may have lost weight and appear more frail. You may notice bruising or other injuries, increased forgetfulness, or less stamina for daily activities. If you decide that help is needed, the Area Agency on Aging District 7 is here to help. Our staff is available to provide information and answer questions about a number of care needs and options that are available. After speaking with a specially-trained nurse or social worker concerning your family member’s needs, an in-home consultation to assess your loved one’s situation will be pro-

vided at no cost to identify risks and determine what assistance or preventive measures could improve their quality of life. Call us toll-free at 1-800-5827277. It is also important to keep watch for signs of neglect for those in our communities who might be living alone and need assistance. If you become aware of someone in your community who is not in a safe living situation or might need more information on what assistance is available in their community, call our Resource Center at 1-800-582-7277, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. Our staff works closely with our Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Department and local Adult Protective Service agencies to assist seniors. ### The Area Agency on Aging District 7 Board of Trustees Meeting will be held Wednesday, December 18th in Jackson County. For more information about location, time or other details, call 1-800-582-7277.

Everyone Benefits!


Good reasons why it pays to support your local business.


Think about all the school carnivals and fund-raising events during the year. Local businesses throughout our area contribute thousands of dollars in money, services and merchandise to help make them successful.


When you spend money with local shops and businesses, you help those businesses grow and prosper. Successful businesses stay around for a long time and help share the tax load for government services.


When you shop locally, you help yourself and all of us! Find everything you need in your own backyard, travel fewer miles & save time and gas, to boot!

Foundation to award college student $1 Million Nationwide fundraising challenge kicks off January 1, 2014 The Aubrey Rose Foundation and its social enterprise, Writely Sew, are hosting a nationwide fundraising challenge to find the nation's top college student, who will win one million dollars. The challenge begins on January 1, 2014, and runs through December 31, 2015, and will be divided up into six academic semesters, three a year for two years. The objective is simple. Students will create and execute their own plans to raise development dollars for the Aubrey Rose Foundation. The individual who generates the greatest development gift to the Aubrey Rose Foundation over the length of the challenge will receive a $1 million annuity. The winner will be determined on December 31, 2015. In addition, the top fundraiser for each of the six semesters will be awarded with a $100,000 annuity at the end of each semester. Students from across the country are invited to craft and execute marketing, business and social media plans to develop charitable contributions to help fami-

lies with medically fragile children. The challenge celebrates creativity and entrepreneurship. The Aubrey Rose Foundation is excited to see which ideas will help propel the winner to their success. "We are very excited to be bringing this one-of-akind opportunity to college students all across America," said Nancy Hollenkamp, foundation co-founder. "Our mission is to help as many families as we possibly can, and this challenge will help us do just that." For professors, this competition works as an effective capstone project for marketing, communications, social entrepreneurship and business course work. All charitable contributions will go through Razoo, a third party organization that assists nonprofits set up and execute fundraisers. All those interested in this rewarding challenge can learn more and see official rules at Dollars. Questions and comments can be sent to





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