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Vol. 37 No. 19

BC Press to be closed for holidays The Brown County Press Office at 219 S. High St., Mt. Orab, will be closed this Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24 and 25, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, for New Year’s Day. The newspaper office will reopen for regular business at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, following the Dec. 25 closure and at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, following the Jan. 1 closing. Normal business hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Health Board votes to drop lawsuit against County Budget Commission BY Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press Brown County Board of Health members voted at their regular meeting Dec. 15 to drop a civil lawsuit they had filed earlier this year in Brown County Common Pleas Court against the Brown County Budget Commission. The lawsuit was filed over

a disagreement the Health Board had with the Budget Commission regarding the amount of 2010 funds the commission allocated to the board from Brown County’s townships and villages. The lawsuit had listed as defendants the Budget Commission and its three members – Brown County Auditor Doug Green, Brown County Treasurer Connie

Patrick and Brown County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Little. It also had named Green as a separate defendant as well. Last Tuesday’s action to dismiss the civil lawsuit followed a report the Brown County Solid Waste Authority was offering the Brown County Health Department $100,000 in a contract agreement to monitor the Rumpke

just outside landfill Georgetown for any possible health hazards or violations. Health Board members then decided in separate votes to accept that contract and to dismiss the lawsuit. Contract Information Given BCSWA President Margery Paeltz, who also is Brown County Board of Commissioners president,

The Brown County Fair and State Fair steer tag in and noseprinting is Dec. 19 8 9:30 a.m. Any exhibitor planning on showing at the 2010 Brown Co. and Ohio State Fair must attend tag in. Animals being entered in the Brown County Born and Raised Show must also be entered on Dec. 19. For information contact the Extension Office at (937) 378-6716.

BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press

Municipal court announces Christmas and New Year’s hours Brown County The Municipal Court will be closed from 12 p.m. on Dec. 23, through Dec. 27, and from 12 p.m. on Dec. 31, through Jan. 3, 2010.

Rumpke Christmas and New Year’s collection hours Rumpke waste removal and recycling services will not run on Christmas Day (Friday, Dec. 25) or New Year’s Day (Friday, Jan. 1, 2010). Collection will be delayed one day during the weeks of the holidays. Rumpke will provide service as scheduled on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, but there will be no collection on Friday, Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Customers with regularly scheduled Friday pickup should place their trash at the curb for Saturday pickup. Collection schedules will return to normal the week of Jan. 4, 2010.

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The Houston family stands in front of their burned out home in Macon. From left, Cade, Jimmy, Logan, Brett Highfield and Tammy.

Sheriff’s payroll clerk charged with theft BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press A former payroll clerk for the Brown County Sheriff’s Office has been indicted on tampering with evidence and theft charges. 49 year old Angela Joy Yazell

was employed by the sheriff’s office for 11 years. In a press release, Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reported that an internal audit in Sept. 2009 discovered discrepancies in overtime and payroll records regarding Yazell.

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and Health Board President Dr. Todd Williams had signed that contract agreement on Dec. 10. The agreement states how Ohio law permits BCSWA to provide financial assistance to the Brown County Health Board to inspect, monitor, and report on Brown County Solid Waste District Rumpke Inc. to BCSWA and the Ohio CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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New bridge put into place Construction workers on the Apple Street West extension project in Mt. Orab put the first components of the new bridge over Sterling Run creek into place on Dec. 17.

When the discrepancies were brought to Yazell’s attention, she resigned and retained legal council. At that point, Sheriff Wenninger requested that an outside agency investigate the records. Lieutenant Stephen Leahy of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation and recommended that criminal charges be filed. Brown County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Little said the alleged tampering and theft began sometime in 2008. Yazell is not in custody. She is due to appear in Brown County Common Pleas Court on Jan. 6 to face the charges. Yazell is charged with five counts of tampering with records and one count of theft in office. The exact dollar amount was not mentioned in the press release, but due to the nature of the indictment, the amount ranges from 500 dollars to 2500 dollars. Wenninger called the incident “unfortunate” and added that he will not tolerate such actions within the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Jimmy Houston thinks it was the circuit breaker popping that woke him up just after midnight in his Macon home Dec. 11. The 38 year old father of three went to the breaker box to reset the circuit and looked outside. He saw light flickering and investigated further, looking at the attic air vent. The house was on fire. Houston ran inside to warn his wife. “Tammy! Wake up! There’s a fire!” 36 year old Tammy bolted out of bed to wake the children. Screaming urgently for them to get up, she roused 8 year old Logan, 11 year old Cade and 15 year old Brett Highfield. She got them outside in the 19 degree weather. Logan had run out so quickly he had forgotten his shoes. While Tammy was counting noses, Jimmy was busy gathering valuables from the house. The fire was still contained in the attic, but smoke was starting to filter down. Jimmy returned four or five times for clothing, pets and other valuables. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


2010 bioengineered corn and soybean seeds ready BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press A local company is rolling out new genetically engineered seeds that they say will save Brown County farmers time and money. Bio Gene Seeds of Sardinia, along with representatives of

the Monsanto company, briefed the media and the public on the new corn and soybean seeds at company headquarters on Dec. 16. Drew Lawwill is Director of Operations for Bio Gene Seeds. He said the bottom line for CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Bins of treated soybean seeds wait for sale at Bio Gene Seeds in Sardinia. Each bin weighs 2500 pounds and will plant approximately 40 acres of soybeans. They are dyed red to indicate they’ve been treated.




Page 2 - The Brown County Press - Sunday, December 20, 2009

BY Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press

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Brown County Board of Health members pose with new Brown County Health Commissioner Harold Vermillion. Shown from left are board member Ben Houser; Board Vice President Donna Sutton; Board President Dr. Todd Williams and Vermillion, who are engaged in a welcoming handshake; and board members Mark Klump and Tim O’Hara.


Vermillion is named new BC health commissioner New commissioner was Belmont Co. deputy health commissioner BY Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press A former coal miner from Belmont County is the new Brown County health commissioner. Brown County Board of Health members voted unanimously at their regular meeting Dec. 15 to hire Harold Vermillion, 58, as that new commissioner following an executive session that lasted about 20 minutes. Vermillion will be paid a $45,000 annual salary plus benefits and will be on probationary status as the new health commissioner for one year. He replaces Danette York, who left her position as Brown County health commissioner this past Aug. 28 for a similar position in Lewis County, Wash.

Responsibilities Discussed In a Dec. 16 interview, Vermillion said the responsibilities of his BCHD position will include basic administrative duties, overseeing of personnel, budgeting work, overseeing the department’s dayto-day operations, and working with Board of Health members “to carry out their vision”. He also said he will work with BCHD’s Emergency Response Coordinator Joe Cook to make sure the Health Department stays current on issues and meets all conditions of a federal Public Health Infrastructure Grant it has received to prepare to respond to manmade or natural disasters or other situations like the H1N1 virus. Vermillion graduated from Barnesville High School in


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The Mt. Orab Christmas Parade Committee wishes to announce the winners of the Christmas Decorating Contest it sponsored on Dec. 11. Winners include: • First place: Jackie and Paula Moore, 13057 U.S. 68. • Second place: Bruce and Becky Lunsford, 109 West Point Place. • Third place: Terry Mays, 307 South Michelle Drive. Residences and businesses who participated had their Christmas lights turned on 6-8 p.m. that Friday at which time two outside judges traveled through Mt. Orab to make their contest decisions. There were no separate categories for residences and businesses.

Teachers in the RipleyUnion-Lewis-Huntington Local School District have a district policy in place now recognizing a right to have their classroom authority respected. RULH Local School District Board of Education members voted 4-1 at their regular meeting Nov. 30 to adopt that policy submitted by District Superintendent Charles Birkholtz. President Opposes Proposal Board President Robert Carpenter, the only board member who voted against adopting the new policy, said he had always accepted teachers and their points of view, but added, “I cannot support it myself – I don’t think it needs to be a board policy.” Carpenter said he had no issue with respecting teachers’ authority in the district but wondered why the board was being asked to adopt such a policy now. He also said he thought the board should have been given more time to consider the policy besides just the couple of days they had been given.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at New Harmony UMC New Harmony United Methodist Church located at 1445 New Harmony Shiloh Road in Williamsburg is hosting a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The service will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. Everyone is invited to attend this event. A birthday cake for Jesus will be served in fellowship hall following the service. For more information, contact Pastor Don Mundy at (513) 734-4334.

Board member Glenda Huff commented teachers don’t always get respect just because of the positions they hold. “I don’t see anything wrong with this,” Huff said concerning the policy. Board member Teresa Pfeffer then commented, “I don’t, either,” and received applause from many teachers attending the meeting when she said the policy would give the district something to show when teachers’ right to have classroom authority came into question. Policy Lists Nine Rights The policy states at its beginning: “Respecting the authority of teachers is essential to creating an environment conducive to learning, effective instruction in the classroom and proper administration of the RULH Local Schools. To maintain and protect that authority, it is important that teachers, administrators, parents and students are fully informed of the various rights conferred upon teachers.” The policy went to on to list nine rights being bestowed on RULH District teachers including: • The right to appropriately discipline students in accordance with the district’s adopted board policy, student handbooks and the Ohio Revised Code. • The right to help develop student disciplinary policies

with their administrator (principal) with an expectation those policies “are generally enforced consistently in the best interest of all students”. • A right to know and understand reasons why a student has not been disciplined in accordance with board policy or the student code of conduct. • The right to remove any persistently disruptive student from his or her classroom when the student’s behavior prevents the orderly instruction of other students or when the student displays “impudent or defiant” behavior. The teacher in that instance shall place the student in the custody of that particular school’s principal. • The right to have his or her professional judgment and discretion respected by school and district administrations when appropriate disciplinary action is taken by a teacher in accordance with school and district policy. • The right to teach in a safe, secure, and orderly environment conducive to learning and free from recognized disruptions, dangers, or hazards causing or likely to cause serious physical and emotional harm or disruption of the educational process. • A right to be treated “with civility and respect”. • A right to communicate with and to request the participation of parents in appropriate student disciplinary decisions pursuant to RULH Board of Education policy. • A right to be free from “excessively burdensome” disciplinary paperwork.

Emergency HEAP offices holiday schedule reported The Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program offices of Brown and Adams counties will observe the following schedule during the holiday season: • Tuesday, Dec. 22: 7:30 a.m.-noon with closing at noon. • Friday, Dec. 25: closed for Christmas Day.

• Friday, Jan. 1, 2010: closed for New Year’s Day. Brown County’s Emergency HEAP offices normally are open 7:30 a.m.-4 Mondays through p.m. Fridays while Adams County’s offices normally are open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Big marijuana bust in Hamersville The Brown County Sheriff’s Office uncovered a large indoor marijuana grow operation in Hamersville on Dec. 10, finding tens of thousands of dollars worth of plants and equipment. The bust happened at 10094 Drake Road. Acting on information obtained as a result of the Sheriff’s Office ongoing undercover drug investiga-

tions, deputies got a search warrant and seized large marijuana plants, lights, fertilizers and other items with a street value in excess of $30,000.00. Felony charges of cultivation of marijuana are pending against the resident, 55 year old Lance Corsi. The case will be presented to the Grand Jury after lab results have been obtained from the Bureau of Criminal

Investigation and Identification. Sheriff Wenninger encourages anyone with information on illegal drug activity in Brown County to contact the Sheriff’s Office Drug Information Hotline at (937)378-4435 Ext. 275, or you may leave an anonymous tip via the Sheriff’s Website at www.browncountyohiosheriff .us.



Board president is lone opponent citing lack of time to study policy


RULH School Board adopts policy on teachers’ authority

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RULH School Board adopts policy on teachers’ authority CMYK

BY Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press Teachers in the RipleyUnion-Lewis-Huntington Local School District have a district policy in place now recognizing a right to have their classroom authority respected. RULH Local School District Board of Education members voted 4-1 at their regular meeting Nov. 30 to adopt that policy submitted by District Superintendent Charles Birkholtz. President Opposes Proposal Board President Robert Carpenter, the only board member who voted against adopting the new policy, said

he had always accepted teachers and their points of view, but added, “I cannot support it myself – I don’t think it needs to be a board policy.” Carpenter said he had no issue with respecting teachers’ authority in the district but wondered why the board was being asked to adopt such a policy now. He also said he thought the board should have been given more time to consider the policy besides just the couple of days they had been given. Board member Glenda Huff commented teachers don’t always get respect just because of the positions they hold. “I don’t see anything wrong

Ripley Village Council adopts usage policy for Community Park Shelter meeting, Village Administrator Charles Ashmore reported village resident Nathan Pfeffer had volunteered to be a “keeper” of the village’s American flags and make sure they are at half-staff when required. “He’s been a great asset in helping with flag etiquette,” Ashmore noted about Pfeffer.

Village administrator lauds Ripley resident for tending to U.S. flags BY Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press The village of Ripley now has a policy governing the use of the shelter at its Community Park at Cherry and Third streets in the downtown area. Ripley Village Council members adopted that policy by a 4-1 vote at their regular meeting Dec. 8. The policy, which the council discussed last month, states the shelter, which was constructed in 2008, is one of the most used parts of that park. The rules governing its use are as follow: • People may reserve the shelter by completing a reservation form at the Ripley Village Offices. • The shelter may be

reserved in two hour blocks of time with a maximum of four blocks (eight hours) allowed to be reserved for a given day. • Reservations may be made for no more than two separate days. • Reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance. • Preference will be given to Ripley residents and businesses. • Those using the shelter must clean it and clear it of all litter and debris after usage. • The reserving party may be held liable for any damage to the shelter or its contents. • The village will provide electricity or water service to a shelter user upon request. • Unruly behavior may result in a loss of use privileges and/or criminal charges. Also at last Tuesday’s

Santa Claus Night at Mt. Orab VFW The Mt. Orab VFW Post # 9772 will be hosting Santa Claus Night on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come to Santa Claus Night. The post is located at 117 West Main Street, Mt Orab. For more information call Gary Bowdley, (937) 4446034.

rights conferred upon teachers.” The policy went to on to list nine rights being bestowed on teachers RULH District including: • The right to appropriately discipline students in accordance with the district’s adopted board policy, student handbooks and the Ohio Revised Code. • The right to help develop student disciplinary policies with their administrator (principal) with an expectation those policies “are generally enforced consistently in the best interest of all students”. • A right to know and understand reasons why a student has not been disciplined in accordance with board policy or the student code of conduct. • The right to remove any persistently disruptive student from his or her classroom when the student’s behavior prevents the orderly instruction of other students or when the student displays “impudent or defiant” behavior. The teacher in that instance shall place the student in the custody of that particular school’s principal. • The right to have his or her professional judgment and discretion respected by school and district administrations when appropriate disciplinary action is taken by a teacher in accordance with school and district policy. • The right to teach in a safe, secure, and orderly environment conducive to learning and free from recognized disruptions, dangers, or hazards causing or likely to cause serious physical and emotional harm or disruption of the educational process. • A right to be treated “with civility and respect”. • A right to communicate with and to request the participation of parents in appropriate student disciplinary decisions pursuant to RULH

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with this,” Huff said concerning the policy. Board member Teresa Pfeffer then commented, “I don’t, either,” and received applause from many teachers attending the meeting when she said the policy would give the district something to show when teachers’ right to have classroom authority came into question. Policy Lists Nine Rights The policy states at its beginning: “Respecting the authority of teachers is essential to creating an environment conducive to learning, effective instruction in the classroom and proper administration of the RULH Local Schools. To maintain and protect that authority, it is important that teachers, administrators, parents and students are fully informed of the various

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BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press


Patience, preparation are keys to safe winter driving This month, I want to urge motorists to make safety their first priority while driving in inclement weather. To assist motorists with safe winter driving here are a few tips: Allow extra time to get to your destination. Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic ahead. Pay attention to the roadways and weather conditions, as they can change rapidly. Always pay close attention to bridges and overpasses, as they are often the first to

LT. BRIAN RHODES freeze over. If you do slide off the side of the road, stay with your vehicle and call the Patrol at 1877-7-PATROL. If you get stuck in snow, make sure that your tail pipe is free of all snow and debris, to decrease your chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Cell phone Road flares or reflectors Help or Call Police signs First aid kit Flashlight Blanket/Sleeping bag Small shovel Bottled water and energy foods Candles and matches Tow strap/chain Up-to-the-minute road conditions are always available by logging onto the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Web site,

of themselves to make life better for others. I’ve met people who stopped by the Brown County Press office bearing food for our “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” food drive. Like most people these days, they were deciding to do their small part to help others who are down on their luck. I’ve met people like the Houston family. Their house burned down last week and the mother is battling cancer...yet they say they are focusing on the fact that everyone got out alive and on rebuilding their lives. So don’t tell my wife..but I guess I can manage a smile and a small “ho ho ho”.

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Forging onward with confidence in our mission Over the last decade in the United States Senate, I have been actively involved in crafting America’s foreign and national security policies. I am keenly aware that two of the biggest challenges facing the United States today are its image in the eyes of the world and the ongoing war in Afghanistan. As a five-year member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I conducted oversight of U.S. foreign policy in the most critical parts of the world including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea. I also played a leadership role in strengthening and enlarging the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Alliance. Today, as a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, I have the responsibility to provide our men and women in uniform and the State Department with the equipment and resources required to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. More than 900 American men and women have died in the war in Afghanistan – including 25 Ohioans. But it is vital that Americans remember our mission in Afghanistan is not in vain. There is a direct link to the past Afghan regime and the attacks on September 11, 2001, and we must work to prohibit the resurgence of those terrorists. Going forward, our country

Advisor Jim Jones, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Ambassador Holbrooke and former U.N. GEORGE Ambassador and former VOINOVICH Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. must address three critical I am pleased that President issues on Afghanistan. Obama emphasized that we First, President Obama has are going to be a partner of laid out a clear, coherent, Afghanistan – not its patron. measurable and realistic plan The flexible timetable he outof action to the American peo- lined puts pressure on ple and the international com- President Karzai to take decimunity. The strategic plan uti- sive steps to end corruption, lizes all instruments of restore his people’s faith in American power – humanitar- government, and build the ian, diplomatic and military – human infrastructure needed and is not open-ended. I to provide for their own invite you to visit the White national security. Web site at House Second, it is absolutely essential that our allies proe-press-office/way-forward- vide a robust contribution of afghanistan to learn more troops and resources towards about the plan. our shared cause in Prior to President Obama’s Afghanistan. In October, I decision this week on the way wrote a letter to the Secretary forward in Afghanistan, I stud- Clinton offering specific sugied the current situation close- gestions on how to cultivate ly and met with the senior international support from our leadership of our State NATO allies on Afghanistan. Department, military and In July, I visited Lithuania and intelligence community to Latvia, whose political leaders offer my confidential thoughts have continued their deployand counsel on our next steps ment of combat troops despite in the conflict. significant economic presI have met or spoken with sures and public opposition at senior Obama Administration home. officials and regional policy Our allies want to be treated experts including Secretary of as valued partners and not be Defense Robert Gates, simply told what to do. We Secretary of State Hillary cannot pursue the war in Clinton, Chairman of the Joint Afghanistan alone – we need Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike continued international partMullen, National Security nership, shared responsibility and financial support from our allies, as well as regional players like Pakistan, India and China. Secretary Clinton responded to my letter, indicating she “wholeheartedly” agreed with my assessment of the imporpanion himself. Many shelters tance of robust engagement sell certificates to cover adop- with our allies and partners on tions and other expenses like Afghanistan and Pakistan. spay/neuter. I recommend I am very pleased that wrapping up either dog toys, a President Obama heeded my litter box, or other supplies so calls to not make his decision they have something to open. on Afghanistan unilaterally, Then giving the certificate so instead coordinating with our they can go and find the ani- international community – mal they identify with because especially our NATO allies. it’s so important to have that He also made it clear that a bond. That way they can still partnership with Pakistan will have the fun of opening somebe vital to regional stability thing exciting on Christmas, and our success in but you allow them to pick the Afghanistan. individual who will be part of Finally, one of the greatest their family. challenges terrorism has Megan Burns Mt. Orab caused our nation is a signifi-

Letters to the Editor Giving pets as gifts CMYK

Your local state troopers also recommend that in the event of a vehicle breakdown, turn on hazard warning lights, safely position the vehicle as far off the road as possible and open the hood. Place a "help" sign in the rear window, and stay inside the vehicle until help arrives. If a cell phone is available, dial 1-877-7PATROL for assistance and the call will be directed to the nearest Patrol post. Troopers further suggest all motorists have the following items in their vehicle in case of a breakdown:


Dear Editor: If you’re going to give a pet as a gift, make sure you’ve talked about the idea beforehand. “The key is you don’t give an animal as a surprise gift”. It’s one thing if you’re giving a pet to your child or spouse, where you’re in the home and able to make sure the animal is cared for properly and is WANTED. It’s another to give one to an aunt who’s never expressed an interest. The best way to give an animal is through a gift certificate to a shelter, so the recipient can pick out the perfect com-

cant draw-down on our financial resources. I hope to hear more from the administration on how this will be addressed as we move forward. We must work together to ensure that the freedom we fight for today allows America’s future generations to grow without insurmountable debt. I was comforted by a classified meeting I had with National Security Advisor Jim Jones on the details of the president’s plan, although I still do have reservations regarding the assumptions in it. Will our allies agree to provide additional troops and non-military assistance? Will President Karzai be able to meet our expectations and take steps to rid his country of corruption? And, will we receive sufficient cooperation from a fragile Pakistan, whose population remains skeptical about our intentions in the region? I will push to receive honest answers to these questions before I leave the Senate at the end of 2010. The United States of America has been a leader in maintaining peace globally for the more than half a century. We will continue to forge onward with confidence in our mission and in the brave troops who inspire us all.

“Everybody going to my grandfather’s house for Christmas – that was his only request of the year.” Steve Lykins Fayetteville

“Probably going to my Grandpa and Grandma Scotts every year.” Annie Wills Sardinia

“I remember my dad bought me a little motorcycle. He was sitting on it in the kitchen on Christmas morning when I got up.” Randy Dugan Huntington Township

“Being able to celebrate our first Christmas with our daughter in 2008.” Bryan Althammer Edenton

“Riding the carriages in downtown Cincinnati with my family.” Joe Strunk Mt. Orab

“Waking up as early as you possibly can in the morning to see what you’ve got for Christmas.” Eliese Kendrick Ripley

Your Legislators U.S. Representative Jean Schmidt (R) 175 E. Main St. Batavia,Ohio 45103 or (800) 784-6366 State Senator Tom Niehaus (R) (614) 466-8082 State Representative Danny Bubp (R) (614) 644-6034 U.S. Senators George Voinovich (R) (202) 224-3353 Sherrod Brown (D) (202)224-2315 Governor Ted Strickland (D) 77 S. High St. 30th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 (614) 466-3555

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Christmas already. Wow. The year has flown by for me, just as I’m sure it has for everyone else in Brown County. I’ve always joked with family and friends that December 26th was my favorite day of the year. That meant that Christmas was as far away as possible...but it always seems to come back around for some reason. This doesn’t mean I’m a total scrooge, of course. It’s just that sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the obligations and stress of the Christmas season. But since I started working here at the Press last July, I’ve had plenty of chances to experience what many call the “Christmas spirit”...and not just in late December. I’ve had the privilege of talking to and writing about people who are willing to give

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H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic is slated Monday in Mt. Orab weekly shipments of the vaccine, so readers are asked to keep watching The Brown County Press for news about more clinics.

Junior fairboard orientation scheduled The Brown County Junior Fairboard orientation will be in Rhonemus Hall on the Brown County Fairgrounds for new members. The event is December 28th at 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. This has been moved from the Extension office.

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Hayrides aren’t just for autumn Children, adults and Santa Claus himself wait for a hayride to proceed on Dec. 12 just outside the Aberdeen Municipal Building. The hayrides were offered as part of the 18th Annual Aberdeen Hometown Christmas Celebration.

Sardinia Council members OK Cutrell as 2010 village solicitor Georgetown attorney Jay Cutrell will be Sardinia’s new village solicitor in 2010 and also will serve as the village’s assistant solicitor for the remainder of December. Cutrell will work with current Sardinia Village Solicitor George Pattison for the rest of this month to get up to speed. Pattison, a Batavia attorney, is retiring from his position as Sardinia village solicitor at the end of December. Sardinia will pay Cutrell $6,000 next year for his “regular and ordinary services” and $125 per hour for those services not considered “regular and ordinary”. Cutrell also is serving as village solicitor in Georgetown, Aberdeen and Ripley. Budgetary Measure Passed

Sardinia Village Fiscal Officer Tracy Jodrey reported the village treasury had $417,377.73 at the end of November with the General Fund containing $4,904.34. She also submitted bills totaling $107,342.89, which council members approved paying. In a Dec. 15 telephone interview, Jodrey said some of the bills weren’t for new purchases by the village but were for repayments of loans for which Sardinia is obligated. Some Taxpayers Not Paying Also at last Monday’s meeting, Sardinia Income Tax Clerk Terry Stroop reported the village has been having trouble enforcing special agreements with people who owe income taxes to the village. Those special agreements include monthly payments over time until income tax obligations are paid. Stroop said she wasn’t see-

ing monthly payments but “sporadic payments” on some taxpayers’ obligations. She said the village had cited 10 obligated taxpayers who had failed to make agreed-to payments for two consecutive months. Also at last Monday’s meeting: • Council members authorized Village Administrator Tim Mock, who was not present, to purchase the least expensive cell phones possible with two for the Sardinia Police Department and one each for the Sardinia mayor, Mock, and village employee Bill North. • Sardinia Fire Chief Lee Naylor reported the Sardinia Fire Department’s 2010 Budget will be close to what it was in 2009 and also said he had to get started drawing up fire contracts with other jurisdictions for 2010.

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BY Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press All current Sardinia police officers have completed their firearms qualifications for 2009. Sgt. Dan Nichols, officer in charge of the Sardinia Police Department, reported that news to Sardinia Village Council members at their regular meeting Dec. 14. Nichols said the three Sardinia police officers who hadn’t received that training previously had obtained it Dec. 12 at the Southern Hills Career and Technical Center Gun Range in Georgetown and added, “I am glad to report that all passed.” In his monthly activity report, the sergeant said Sardinia police had opened, investigated and/or closed 17 new cases between Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 including 10 for theft, two for vandalism, and one each for burglary, theft of services, criminal mischief, telephone harassment, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Sardinia police also took eight call records between Nov 9 and Dec. 14 and filed eight citations or charges for tax evasion violations during those dates. The sergeant also reported Sardinia police investigated no traffic crashes during those dates. Nichols also took the time to introduce Sardinia Auxiliary Police Officer Tim Krause to the council,

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The Brown County Health Department will hold a H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic for everyone 6 months and older 2-7 p.m. this Monday, Dec. 21, at Orab First Baptist Mt. Church, 704 S. High St., Mt. Orab (across from the library). These clinics providing free vaccine are first come first serve while vaccine supplies last. BCHD anticipates long lines, so those attending are asked to be prepared to wait. Anyone needing further information may contact BCHD at (937) 378-6892 but should not call the church. BCHD continues to receive

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Contrary to some people’s beliefs, townships and villages in Ohio won’t receive any gambling revenues from four casinos scheduled to be constructed in the Buckeye State. And while the economic situation in Brown County is bad, it’s worse in three neighboring Ohio counties. Speakers at the Brown County Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association’s Annual Dinner Meeting on Dec. 9 brought those and other reports to the estimated 140 people in attendance. Cochran Is Keynoter The keynote speaker was Ohio Township Association Executive Director Michael Cochran. The main thrust of his speech was to inform his listeners what the term “local government” meant in connection with Issue 3, the amendment to the Ohio State Constitution approved by vot-


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ers on Nov. 3 that authorizes a casino facilities to be built in Ohio’s four most-populous cities – Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. Cochran said “local government” refers to Ohio’s 88 counties and its eight mostpopulous cities. “Townships will not get one cent, villages will not get one cent of that gambling money.” He said some people may read about “local governments” receiving future casino money and thinking everything is going to be all right with townships’ and villages’ fiscal conditions when the casinos won’t change anything about those monetary matters. Cochran said income tax and sales tax revenues going to state government are down and property tax revenues going to townships also are down. He said the state legislature, in seeking to balance its budget, is looking to cut off some Local Government Funds that benefit townships. He urged the township leaders in attendance to contact their state legislators and tell them how Local Government Funds are needed in their townships. Cochran mentioned how Danny Bubp and Tom Niehaus, the respective state representative and state senator representing Brown County in the Ohio state legislature, had been good legislators in fighting to help local

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On Saturday, Dec. 12, members of Georgetown Girl Scout troop 46863 placed a little under 50 homemade wreaths at Confidence Cemetery to honor their local fallen soldiers from many years past. The girls have been working on these wreaths for over a month and it is one portion of their Silver Award Project, the second highest award a Girl Scout may obtain. They plan on placing wreaths on the remaining 700-1,000 graves throughout the next few years and will be seeking assistance with the project from other Girl Scouts in Brown County. Ultimately they would like to see every veterans’ grave in Brown County decorated. The girls got the idea from the laying of wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Company found themselves with an excess of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season, owner Morrill

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol Post at Georgetown is a Jackson investigating Township accident that occurred about 3:23 p.m. Dec. 14 involving two teen-age drivers whose vehicles crashed but not into each other. Troopers reported Brandon Waits, 16, of Russellville, was southbound on U.S. 62 in a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer SUV, and Cody Elliott, 17, of Russellville, was southbound closely behind Waits in a 2001 Ford F150 Pickup Truck. According to troopers, Waits’ vehicle went off the left side of the roadway after cresting a hill, went through a fence, overturned and caught on fire. The accident occurred at the intersection with Incline Road. Russellville Emergency Medical Services transported Waits to Mercy Medical Center Mt. Orab. Troopers reported Elliott’s

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Brown County Municipal Court Judge Joseph Worley, left, swears in 18 newly-elected or newly-re-elected Brown County township trustees at the Brown County Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association’s Annual Dinner Meeting Dec. 9 at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

Becraft said with the 2010 U.S. Census coming up, it is important for Brown County townships and villages to get a good accurate population count. Judge Swears In Trustees Brown County Municipal Court Judge Joseph Worley swore in some of the newlyelected or re-elected township trustees who were present for new four-year terms. Voters in each township elected two trustees this past Nov. 3, and

18 of the 32 total elected trustees were administered the oath of their office. Six trustees who were sworn in were elected for the first time to their positions. They included Bill Neal, Clark Township; Nicholas Dailey, Franklin Township; Danny Wisby, Lewis Township; Joseph Horton, Sterling Township; Mark Kinder, Union Township; and Matthew Latham, Washington Township.

Girl Scouts place wreaths to honor local fallen soldiers Worcester, seeing an opportunity to honor the soldiers buried in Arlington, made arrangements for the wreaths to be placed in one of the older sections of the cemetery. In 2007 when the requests for wreaths became greater that the company could handle, Wreaths Across America was formed. A tradition began and beginning Dec. 6, Wreaths Across America will lay over 150,000 wreaths in over 400 state and national veteran cemeteries across America, including Arlington Cemetery on Dec. 12 at noon. The troop would like to thank the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 7496, Felicity, VFW 1069, Fairfield, VFW, VFW 8202, Hamilton, Maineville, Carey Bavis American Legion Post 180, and Schneller Heating and Air for their donations to their project. Also special thanks to Melissa Elliot and the girls' families for assisting them with their time, encouraging

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with a balanced budget to operate state government for two years beginning Thursday, July 1, 2010. He said there were $851 million the legislators were going to need to cut to balance the budget, and if the projected shortfall cannot be solved, school districts are expected to face some cuts. BC Unemployment High Brown County Board of Commissioners President Margery Paeltz said while some good things are happening in Brown County, there also are some tough times, and said while it is tough how about 11 1/2 percent of Brown County’s workers are unemployed, the unemployment situation is even worse in neighboring Adams, Clinton, and Highland counties. Brown County Litter Control Officer Tim Hubbard reported how 1,453,966 pounds of trash had been removed thus far off Brown County residential properties this year with 269 charges being brought against some people as a result. Brown County Chamber of Commerce Director Ray

A Fayetteville woman is recovering from injuries after being attacked by her Bull Mastiff dog. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office said the attack happened on Dec. 11 at 2216 Tucker Road. The victim, 29 year old Mary Ann Hartle was severely injured and taken by Air Care to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Initial reports indicate injuries to her hand, neck, face and stomach. There is no further word on her injuries or condition at this time. The 85 pound dog had to be put down at the scene. The incident is under investigation by the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, the Brown County Dog Warden, and the Brown County Health Department.

vehicle also went off the left side of the roadway at Incline Road, struck a ditch, overturned and came to rest on a guardrail. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to troopers.

Canata, childrens program and Christmas Eve services scheduled at Mt. Nebo UMC Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church Christmas Eve candlelight services are planned for 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. The colors, carols and candlelight often draw the mind and heart to the reality of the holy, gracious, awe inspiring presence of God that has invaded the earth through Jesus Christ. The community is invited to attend. Mt. Nebo is located at 11693 State Route 774, four and a half miles south of Lake Manor Restaurant and three miles north of Hamersville. Further information about the church, including information about a Dec. 20 Cantata and Children’s Program, can be found at

Bluegrass concert to honor musicians An appreciation concert honoring Gerald Evans, Jr. and Dale Vanderpool will take place this Sunday, Dec. 20, at The Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington. Both of these talented entertainers are currently battling cancer and have made a lifetime of contributions to the Bluegrass community throughout Ohio and across the country. For more information, see or call (937) 372-5804.

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Special events at Mt. Orab United Methodist Church A special thank you to of the program. A nursery will Brown County Peace Officers be provided for young children. for their donation of 21 hams The second service will be for our Food Pantry. We also the Christmas Eve Candlelight want to thank a kind neighbor Service Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. in the who donated several packages church sanctuary. In this solemn of ground beef. Our Food and moving service the church Pantry is open Tuesdays and is bathed in the soft glow of Fridays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. candlelight while the Christmas and provides a vital service to Story is read and Christmas families in need in the Mt.Orab Hymns are sung by everyone. area. Please plan to join us for one Plans are almost complete for or both of these services. We are our two special Christmas hoping it will be an experience Services. Our first service is a that will become part of your Christmas Eve Eve Service that Christmas traditions. will take place Dec. 23 at Western Brown High School Audioteria. The theme for the program is “Once Upon a Manager”. As people are arriving Christmas Carols will be sung by Rachael Porter accomThe Western Brown FFA panied on the piano by Tim would like to advertise its Brower. The program will annual fruit sale efforts to sell begin at 7 p.m. and will include the extra left over fruit a Christmas Story reading, ordered. The chapter currentmusic by our Praise Band, and ly has 5-10 boxes of most refreshments. Members of our fruit still available for purband include: Emily Hardy, chase. We have navels, tanMary Porter, Kelly Bathel, Dan gerines, red grapefruit, tangePorter, Woody Whittington, los, red delicious apples, Chris Bathel, Rachael Porter, granny smith apples, golden and Joe Barthel. They will be delicious apples, pears and playing and singing Christmas several mix boxes. We also Carols. Sing along with them have barbeque, jerky and a and enjoy some old and future few kinds of nuts available favorites. Each family will for purchase. Please call (937) receive a memento for the occa444-2544 and ask for Mr. sion. Please be sure to register Griffith or stop by after for early Christmas presents school hours from 2:15 - 6 that will be given out at the end p.m. for purchase.

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Candlelight service at Bible Chapel Bible Chapel United Church of Christ, Hamersville will hold a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. Bible Chapel is located one block north of State Route 125 in Hamersville.

New Years Eve dance in G’town The American Legion Georgetown Post 180 is having a New Years Dance Thursday, Dec. 31. from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. featuring Mike Woo and the Vibrations. Cost is $30.00 couple, $15.00 single, BYOB, set ups included and meal served after the dance. No one under 18 is permitted. The post is located at 1001 South Main St. For advance tickets, see or call a Legion member or call (937) 3786059.


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Junia Kennedy Tyler, 97 Junia Kennedy Tyler, 97, Ripley, Oh., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at the Ohio Valley Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near Ripley. She was born on June 22, 1912 in Feesburg, Oh., the daughter of the late Charles R. and Hattie Kennedy. Junia married Dr, George P. Tyler on May 4, 1942. Upon the death of her husband in 1961, she was appointed to replace Dr. Tyler on the board of directors of The Ripley National Bank. She served 35 years and retired from the board in 1996. She remained the principal stockholder until the bank sold in 2003. Being a major stockholder in the OK Tobacco Warehouse, Junia was a part of tobacco’s hey-day with auctions and sales four months of the year at Ohio’s only burley tobacco market in Ripley, Ohio. She loved her front street view of the Ohio River, and sitting on her porch, she would throw her arms wide and say, “Why would I go away on vacation when I have this beautiful scenery”. In addition to her husband and parents, Junia was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl C., Dwight and Roland Kennedy, one sister, Edna Kennedy. She is survived by two nieces, Trina Woodward and Debra Owens and one nephew, Roland Kennedy, Jr.. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 at Cahall Funeral Home in Ripley, where Rev. Clark Castle officiated. Interment was in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley. If desired, memorial tributes may be made in her memory to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent the family at: to

Jeanette L. Harris, 87 Jeanette L. Harris, 87, Bethel, passed away on December 10, 2009. Jeanette was born Jan. 13, 1922. Mrs. Harris was the wife of the late Robert J. Harris. mother of Mark R. (Julie) Harris, Bethel and Michael D. Harris, Liberty Twp., Oh., grandmother of Holly Ifeakanwa, Michael Carpenter and Lauren Harris, great grandmother of Julia Gay, Jasmine Ifeakanwa and Taylor Carpenter. Service were held on Monday Dec. 14, 2009 at the E.C. Nurre Funeral Home in Bethel. Interment was in the Tate Township Cemetery in Bethel.


Carl R. Stalzer, 75 Carl R. Stalzer, 75, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. Carl was born May 14, 1934. A Loveland resident, Carl was a 1957 graduate of Ohio University and served five years in the U.S. Air Force as a First Lieutenant. He was also a longtime member of St. Andrew Church, Milford. Carl was the loving father of Jeffrey Carl (Gina), cherished grandfather of Daniel Frances, Zachary Socko, and Samuel David, beloved husband of Jane for 35 years, and brother of Janet Griebel. There was a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at St. Andrew Church, Milford In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrew Church 552 Main St. Milford, Ohio 45150

Gail (Bolton) Ball, 61, Mt. Orab, Ohio died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at the Christ Hospital, Cincinnati. She was a member of the Mt. Orab Church of Christ where she was baptized March 7, 1975 and worked at New Beginnings Child Care Center for over 13 years. Gail was born on May 21, 1948 to the late James Paul and Wanda (nee Stone) Bolton in Portsmouth, Oh. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Ball, children, Allison Lee Ball, Mt. Orab, Lisa Lynn (Tim) Barry, Cincinnati, T.J. (Megan Miller) Ball, Mt. Orab, sister, Gloria Hunt, Ashland, Ky., and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at the Mt. Orab Church of Christ 400 Smith Avenue Mt. Orab, where Joe Strunk officiated. Memorial donations may be directed to the Mt. Orab Church of Christ 400 Smith Avenue Mt. Orab, Oh. 45154.

Ruth E. Waits, 77 Ruth E. Waits, 77, New Hope, Ohio died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 at Hospice of Hope, Seaman. She was born Jan. 7, 1932 in Brown County to the late Ars and Mattie (nee Purvis) Watson. Ruth married her husband of 56 years, Sherman L. Waits on Sept. 28, 1952. She was a homemaker and farmer. In addition to her parents she was receded in death by a sonin-law, George E. Conley, sisters, Vada Snider, Nora Williams, Mary Watson, brothers, George, Ernest, Jim, Tom and Raleigh Watson. Mrs. Waits is survived by her husband, Sherman L. Waits, New Hope, daughter, Janie (nee Waits) Conley, Bethel, and sister Effie Lewis, Ripley. There will be no service. Memorial donations may be directed to Hospice of Hope.

Roy L. Bishop, 52 Roy L. Bishop, 52, Mt. Orab, Ohio passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at Clermont Mercy Hospital, Batavia. Roy is survived by his wife, Stephanie, one daughter, Julie Bishop, five grandchildren, Nikaya, Cheyenne, Shelby, Taylor, and Meagan. Mr. Bishop was cremated, there will be a memorial service at a later date. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice. Beam-Fender served the family.

Brown Co. Seniors to hold meeting John Blake Hedges, 87 John Blake Hedges, 87, Ripley, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was a retired mechanic and owner of the Day and Night Garage, Ripley, a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Courts – Fussnecker American Legion Post #367. Mr. Hedges was born on Aug. 17, 1922 in Maysville, Ky., the son of the late Lloyd and Leona (Adams) Hedges. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Rebecca (Adams) Hedges in 2002, one grandson, Eric Hedges and one sister, Agnes Hedges. Mr. Hedges is survived by one daughter, Erma Russell and husband Larry, Ripley, two sons, Terry Hedges, Ripley, and Kim Hedges and wife Debbie, Ripley, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, one sister, Martha Plunkett, Fl., one sister-inlaw, Emma Talley, Hamersville, and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at the Cahall Funeral Home, Ripley, where Rev. Clark Castle officiated. If desired, memorials may be made to the Hedges family. Condolences may be sent to the family at:

The December meeting of the Brown County Senior Citizens Club will be a catered dinner by the Fireside Restaurant in Georgetown. The dinner will be held on Dec. 30 at 12 p.m. at the American Legion Hall 1001 main Street, South Georgetown. All members are invited, but reservations are required. Guests are welcome for an additional fee. Please call (937) 618-2069 to make your reservations or for more information.

Each year around the holidays, I publish a special recipe column. The recipes do not have medicinal value --nor typically, are they very healthy. But it’s the holiday season, and physician or not, I know that we all indulge a bit this time of year. So here it is: my annual indulgence-in-moderation plug. This fall, I had the good fortune to visit Sicily. While there, I ate the best cannoli I have ever had. Of course, this dish originated in Sicily, so I should not have been surprised that they were so tasty. Cannoli means “little tubes” in Italian, and they are just that: crispy pastry tubes that contain a sweetened ricotta cheese filling. Since my return home, I have tried several recipes in an effort to replicate these fantastic-tasting cannoli. I decided to start with the filling and buy the pastry tubes, although neither is too hard to make. These treats are not particularly good for the waistline, but they are wonderful for the taste buds. The shells are made from pastry dough that is rolled very thin, wrapped around a metal tube and deep-fried briefly until brown. Again, several recipes can be found online and in cookbooks, but pre-made cannoli shells can also be purchased at many supermarkets. As for the filling, many recipes are available, but I think I have found the perfect combination of ingredients. This recipe is very simple. Cannoli Filling 1 pound of ricotta—whole milk 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Beat all three ingredients until smooth. The sweetness of this recipe is up to you. In Europe, desserts and pastries are often not as sweet as ours in the U.S., so you may want a little more sugar to suit your taste and that of your family and friends. After the filling is made, I put it in a plastic bag, cut one corner off and squeeze this into the premade cannoli tubes, filling from each end. Some recipe variations use powdered sugar instead of

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chocolate shavings or candied lemon into the filling. Top the cannoli with red and green sprinkles to turn them into a creative holiday dessert. I like to sprinkle powdered sugar on top, but I am told that classic cannoli have chopped pistachios on the creamy ends. Have fun trying out this Italian treat. (Now I just may have to go back to Sicily to be sure I have the recipe correct!)

MARTHA SIMPSON granulated sugar, but I think the filling is lighter with the granulated sugar. Also, some people mix chocolate mini chips,

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Survivor visits Brown County Marisa Calihan, a local survivor contestant this season, visited with individuals and staff at the Brown County Board of Developmental Disabilities on December 9. Marisa is the daughter of board member Lizabeth Doss. Individuals and staff have been following the 2009 Survivor series, and look forward to seeing Marisa again on the reunion show that will air following the final episode this Sunday, December 20th. Pictured is Michael Cook, winner of the Survivor cap autographed by Marisa.


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CHRISTMAS Turn with me to II Corinthians 8:9. I believe that this is a beautiful Christmas verse. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” Ladies and gentlemen, Christians, you might not think that you are rich but you are. Amen? We will be walking on streets of purest gold. Romans 8:16-17 tells us: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ...” So I can guarantee you that we are rich. We have an inheritance that we cannot lose. The Bible tells us that it is reserved in heaven for us. Someday we will stroll along those golden streets eating fruit from the tree of life that has 12 manner of fruit on it. We will have a body of flesh that is healthy and strong, that will never get sick and will never grow old. There will be no more aches nor pains nor death. There will be no problems of any kind. I call that rich; don’t you? Jesus Christ was rich and yet for our sakes He became poor. He enjoyed the ivory palaces of heaven from eternity past. He has no beginning and no ending. He is the Alpha and Omega. And He gives us an eternal life of everlasting joy when we accept Him as our Saviour. Let me ask all of you who are not saved this question. Why would you sacrifice all the joy of heaven for a little nasty fun down here on earth? Our time here is very short and eternity in hell is everlasting. The devil has talked you into a very poor exchange. Christ became poor so that we could become rich. Mary had no money to speak of. She was of the family of Nathan, David’s son who was never king. Joseph, the step-father of Christ, was from the lineage of David’s son Solomon who was king, but the kingdom had been lost a long time ago. Joseph was just a poor carpenter. Even though they were poor they still had to pay taxes. Mary was nine months pregnant when they arrived at Bethlehem. The city was crowded and there was no room for them in the inn. Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger. Interestingly enough it was the time of year when the ewes were giving birth to the lambs. While the shepherds were out in the field keeping watch over their sheep and helping the ewes

DR. CHARLES SMITH MT. ORAB BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH to deliver their lambs, there was a baby Lamb being delivered in a stable and wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. It was the precious sacrificial Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the world. There was no ivory bed with satin blankets and yet this was the Son of God, God in human flesh, God incarnate! He became poor so that we could become rich. He was laid in a manger in a cave beneath the surface of the earth. That cave (not a barn as we think of that would rot down) is still in existence today. Christ left His home in heaven to be born of low estate because He loves us. He was rich but became poor; He is God and became man; He is life but yet He died; He was buried and He arose. He was sacrificed and shed His blood for our sins all because He loves us and wants us to become joint-heirs with Him! The work is done; the price was paid; He will never leave you nor forsake you; He will never let you down. Now what you do with what He has done is up to you. Will you be rich and walking on streets of gold or will you be damned and burn in an eternal hell? The choice is yours not His. Repent and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. It does not mean that you will never sin again. It means that when you are saved you now have an advocate with God the Father. 1 John 2:1-2 tells us: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins...” I John 1:9 states: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We are only perfect under the righteousness of Christ. We are all sinners saved by grace through faith. It was what Christmas is all about.

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Five members of the Western Brown FFA chapter participated in the Ag communications competition where they took an online exam, completed an editing exercise, composed a written proposal, made a presentation from their proposal, and completed a practicum. The five members that made up the team were Blake Spitznagel, Taylor Hopkins, Alisha Damon, Brittany Grant, and Anna Yockey. The team placed in the top 15, Blake Spitznagel placed 7th individually, and Alisha Damon placed 23rd individually out of 84 participants.

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Taylor Hopkins, Blake Spitznagel, Brittany Grant, Anna Yockey, Alisha Damon, and Mr. Griffith.

Your Place program marks 30 years at SSCC Southern S t a t e Community College’s Your Place program marked its 30th anniversary with a special celebration on Sunday, Dec. Gayle Davis 6. Guest speaker for the afternoon was motivational speaker Gayle Davis of Beavercreek. Following the recognition of past classes

and staff, was the presentation of awards. More than 3,900 people have graduated from the program since its inception in 1979. The Your Place program assists individuals-in-transition—single parents, displaced homemakers, single pregnant women and anyone who needs to develop new skills in order to earn a livable wage due to divorce, disability, unemployment or underemployment—in achieving their goals of education

and/or employment. The next 11-week session of Your Place will begin in January. Classes will be held two days per week, from 911:45 a.m., beginning the week of Jan. 4 and ending the week of March 15. For more information, please visit r/your_place.htm, or to register for the Your Place program, call Pat Caraway tollfree at 1-800-628-7722, ext. 3533, or 937-695-0307, ext. 3533.

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Team Extreme supports St. Jude Research Hospital Team Extreme supported St. Jude Research Hospital and at the same time reviewed some Math skills. Students were given the opportunity to earn some extra credit by participating in the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center’s Math-a-thon. The students solved a variety of problems in a booklet that they received. Then some students used the opportunity to collect money from family and friends to support a worthy cause. The students of Team Extreme with help from the always generous staff at MOMS raised over $500 for this worthy cause. The students who were able to collect money are in the pictured. Each student received a t-shirt for their participation. Sarah Swartz, Lacey Campbell, Ashley Killion, Matthew Goldschmidt, Emily Sears, Jacob Glover, Devin Moriarity, Michelle Goslin, Emily Bohrer, Austin Lipps, Sidney Swisher, Noah Keith, Destiny Nester.

Hamersville first quarter honor roll



Western Brown FFA competes at the State Ag Communications Contest

2nd Grade - Nate Anderson, Nadalyn Barnes, Ashley Bates, Destiny Berrier, Bryan Comdrey, Gage Daughterty, Madison Davis, Rosie Dean, Chasity Debord, Madison Derose, Jesa Duncanson, Trace Dyer, Grace Erhardt, Gracie Fisher, Autumn Grant, Elicia Hamblen, Gunner Henry, Emma Holder, Zoe Hurst, Samantha Jones, Steven Jones Hunter Kattie, Xavier McIntosh, Chance Moore, Madison Moore, Erin Morgan, Josie Mullis, Kaden Newberry, Madi Ogden, Isaac Orr, Kerina Pollitt, Madison Raines, Steven Runyan, Emma Sams, Grace Sarbach, Jacob Seamen, Sonny Striffolino, Zach Taylor, Bailey Tolliver, Caitlyn Walters, and Kayla Wilson. Straight A Honor Roll - A/B Honor Roll - 3rd Grade - Morgan Back, Keianna Coulter, Ryan Craig, Jordan Davis, Brian Donley, Reagan Henderson, Noah Hiler, Joseph Kinder, Chase Lovett, Faith Macko, Jacob Madden, Trevor Miller, Brooklyn O’Hara, Brendon Ormes, Jesse Osborne, Cameron Schauer, Gabriel Teegarden, Natasha Turner, Elizabeth Black, Christina Calderone, David Cowdrey, Chase Dotson, Caleb Fite, Griffin Fite, Liam Keller, Kyla King, Dylan, Kleinholz, Clayton Martin, Dakota Milton, Madison Patton, Madeline Shepherd, Sabrina Stutz, Katelyn Wallace, and Brandi Ward. 4th Grade - Jonathan Armstrong, Bryson Blankenship, Katie Bolender, Mackenzie Bridges, Kain Carter, Kylee Carter, D’Anthony Coates, Audra Compton, Robert Conaty, Emily Cooper, Paige Cornett, Karley Cornett, Taylor Couch, Alaina Cowdrey, Sierra Darlington, Alanis Daugherty, Corey Erbe, Wyatt Fischer, Samuel Gibson, Caylee

Graham, Bryant Green, Taylor Hardy, Kayla Hedge, Hannah Johnson, Corrin Keplinger, Alyssa Kidwell, Hannah Liming, Blake Luck, Danielle Morrow, Amberly Pack, Haley Perkins, Jennifer Rogers, Hannah Rozell, Taylor Shelley, Wyatt Siemer, Will Stratton, Evan Wells, Maddie Whisman, Rylie Young, Mason Barber, Anthony Baugus, Trenton Carlson, Seth Carroll, Sarah Dowling, Bryce Eviston, Michael Federle, Emma Gibson, Hannah Hacker, Kerstin Hartman, Jackie Haynes, Brandon Huddleston, Jordan Hunley, Damien Legner, Jordan Mahon, Aaron Martin, Jonathan Moore, Alexis Mullen, Alexis Neal, Alyssa Pollard, Matthew Price, David Reese, Michaela Schmidt, Jared Shannon, Lexi Swope, Kameron Tucker, Mary Ward, and Ashley Webb. 5th Grade - Destiny Anderson, Cole Dotson, Hunter Fields, Jacob Henderson, Tia Newberry, Logan Nickell, Drew Owen, Jesse Roberts, Shannon Runyan, Garett Sellers, Karis Shiveley, Willie Bryant, Tabitha Burris, Alex Cadwell, Kasey Canter, Sammy Cliff, Drew Day, Gunnar Donell, Mckenna Emery, Samantha Hale, Tim Harvey, Morgan Hirons, Courtney Jacobs, Sydney Layman, Kyle Marlow, Matt Mason, Victoria Moore, Destiny Mullen, Brandon Norris, Hunter O’Hara, Samantha Orr, Abbigail Owen, Brianna Pack, Ginny Pollard, Kristin Purvis, Chay Rees, Joseph Sams, Jefferey Schlueter, Shawn Schneider, David Schuler, Dominique Tucker, Jacob Verdin, Alexa Waits, China Whitmer, Siarra Wilson, and Allison Zahn. 6th Grade - Mackenzie Brooks, Megan Brown, Hannah Carter,

Maddie Comberger, Sierrah Compton, Rachel Gibbons, Caley King, Rachel McConnell, Megan Ogden, Ashley Prine, Jackie Sherman, Miranda Wallace, Spencer Botts, Brandon Brown, Becca Caskey, Justin Clark, Brandy Cook, Alex Couch, Zach Fields, Cody Hanson, Michael Hensley-Otis, Logan Hunley, Kelly James, Katie Johns, Jake McKinney, Marissa McMillion, Brandi Oliver, Shelby Osborne, Cody Richey, Jonny Roberts, Brooklyn Roush, Reed Schauer, Rebecca Spencer, Jonathan Taylor, and Brandon Timmers. 7th Grade - Samantha Clark, Christian Erhardt, MacKaela Fischer, Lucas Hiler, Brooke Lindsey, Tanner Luck, Cara Miller, Meggie O’Hara, Chaz Patten, Tyler Votel, Nick Waits, Taylor Wilson, Sydney Barger, Summer Bautista, Stacy Bolender, Krissy Bomkamp, Brittany Deaton, Pedro Diaz, Morgan Fischer, Tyler Fite, Justin Hamm, Anthony Howard, Hope Jamison, Hannah Keller, Quade Kidwell, Abi Krick, Justin Laws, Chase Mann, Andrew Marcum, Daniel Molen, Logan Nuhn, Travor Schramm, Michael Schuler, Catie Smith, Cody Smith, Sierra Trimmer, Cheyenne Wash, Roxy Willoughby, and Shelby Wilson. 8th Grade - Sean Gibson, Sydney Gibson, Morgan Nickell, Holly O’Hara, Amity Whalen, Savannah Wisby, Jeremy Bryant, Chelsea Emery, Carly Golden, Ben Lamb, Josie McElroy, Ian McKinzie, Crystal Mullen, Blake Ogden, Josh Prine, Seth Roush, Kaylee Shiveley, Kayla Smith, Lois Striffolino, Desiree Whitmer, and Katie Young.

Front Row: Emilee Riley, Sharon Clifton, Afton Dixon, Daniel Bolender, Blake Hurt, Kiara Jimison, Erin Chaney. Middle Row: McKenzie High, Issac Brewer, Matthew Davidson, Brandon Herrle, Jacob Weigand, Olivia Frambes, Zach Elliott. Back Row: Kenny Baisden, P.J. Fiscus, Trenton Leeth, C.J. Fannin, Erin Rembis, Michael Boyd, Stephanie Slack, Lydia Behler, Steven Lyons, Mrs. Kohus

MOE third grade makes bread in their studies The third grade students in Mrs.Paula Kohus's class at Mt. Orab Elementary enjoyed learning about making bread. The students

learned that bread begins in the field with wheat kernels. They learned about why bread dough rises, and enjoyed watching it rise. The

cooks graciously baked our bread in cups. Lastly the students ate their bread. They were amazed that bread dough tasted so good.

MOE's ass't. principal offers some “Ups” for success Mrs. Debra Maham, Assistant Principal at Mt. Orab Elementary has advised the use of the following “ups” for the students to use to have a great year. Wake Up – wake up with a positive attitude and decide to have a good day! Dress Up – the best way to dress up is to put on a smile! Listen Up – take turns listening to others and they will listen to you! Stand Up – stand up for what you believe in. Stand up for what is right. Look Up – look up to those around you that make good choices and set a good example. Be a person that others can look up to! Reach Up – Reach up to achieve your goals. Set high expectations and reach up to accomplish them! List Up – lift up others when they are having a rough day. Help others see the positive side of things! Mrs. Maham asks the students to try to put these “Ups” into practice. Using these “Ups” will help them have a great year.

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Another successful book fair at Mt. Orab Elementary Mt. Orab Elementary has just completed another very successful book fair. The students were able to purchase books and also this provided teachers the opportunity to have a “wish list” for their classrooms. Also, some students and teachers were lucky enough to win free books. Mt. Orab Elementary would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who came in and helped with this. Pictured is Helen Thatcher (left) and Trina Jones (right) volunteers who helped with the book fair.

MOMS perfect attendance report The following students had Perfect Attendance at Mt. Orab Middle School for the first nine weeks: Fifth Grade: - Tesla Brown, Isaac Cooper, Eli Crall, Shelby Elder, Cody Fitzpatrick, Jesse Jimison, Devin McAfee, Brian McGee, Courtney McQuitty, Shawn Scarpinski, Danielle Stanze, Sierra Steppeler, T.J. Walters, Alyssa Wedmore, Corey Wilcher, Mackenzie Young, Mikaela Adams, Taylor Barthel, Nohl Behler, Bransen Black, JD Brewer, Austin Brooks, Bianna Brown, Angelann Casnellie, Myah Crabb, Deanna Day, Rylee Drewry, Keele Glover, Justin Griffith, Caleb Gruber, Noah Hill, Zach Holtkamp, Jennifer Holton, Kaitlyn Huseman, Patricia Jones, Kylie King, Austin Kirker, Cody Lewis, Nick Miano, Aaron Partin, Linda Seal, Austin Williams, Chloe Young Sixth Grade: - Michael Abbott, Cheyenne Amiott, Matt Arnold, Miranda Bayless, Taylor Benz, Payton Bocks, Brandon Butler, Sierra Chandler, Ashley Clark, Madison Foster, Jacob Glover, Chastity Hardyman, Jesse Jones, Abigail Jordan, Bradlee King, Courtney Koons, Hayley Leeth, Mya Lucas, Devin Moriarity, Alicia Peralta, Jewlyn Rahn, Emily Sears, Sidney Swisher, Tabitha Bolender, Robert Boshears, Trystan Collins, Mayson Dietrick, Zach Dowling, Cassandra Fletcher, Sydney Griffith, Corey Harper, Jayson Hensley, Katlyn Hughes, Alexis Ingels, Robin Jackson, Luke Kuttler, Connor Lang, Kayla Manning, Steve Miano, Rachel Morgeson, Courtney Peters, Casey Phelps, Jazmyn Pierce, Dylan Piersall, Jonathan Pritchard, Alison Rohrich, James Seibert, Hannah Sininger, Hannah Slack, Ashley Smith, Larissa Smith, Quentin Winkler, Susan Wren, Emma Young Seventh Grade: - Kaitlyn Arp, Amber Baisden, Christian Berns, Kane Boyd, Jesse Chandler, Logan Easterling, Taylor Elam, Rebekah

Greber, Karianne Hall, Joseph Hensley, Timothy Lanham, Amanda Mastin, Jonathan Neal, Nicholas Osborne, Richard Pride, Chance Seibert, Nathaniel Shannon, Makayla Slater, McKenzie Tillery, Michael Waters, Nicholas Wells, Chelsi Whisner, Casey Wilcher, Joshua Young, Chase Broxterman, Stephen Bush, Eli Catron, Brittany Davidson, Abby Finch, Patty Fletcher, Brittany Hammersley, Huy Huynh, Ashley Ketron, Alisha Maynard, Joshua Mullen, Maria Phillips, Akio Purdon, Danielle Scoggins, Hannah Wallace, Cody Williams Eighth Grade - Collin Chilelli, Josh Craft, Lindsey Duncanson, Zachary Franklin, Ryan Fulmer,

Tyler Griffith, Ryan Kelly, Celine Martish, Logan McNicholas, Miranda Moore, Kordale Perry, Malisa Rackley, Ashley Runski, Cain Schneider, Daniel Schwab, Kayla Seal, Jefferson Seip, Trevor Sininger, Corey Spitznagel, Courtney Taylor, Faa Thianbang, Timothy Ward, Devyn Wood, Miranda Arnold, Andrea Barthel, Joshua Boothby, Chris Campbell, Shelby Caudill, Joseph Corrill, Brittany Hall, Raymond Hoffer, Kara Kreiner, Kalan Kumpf, Justin Longbottom, Garret Macdonald, Anna Mefford, Michael Partin, Thunder Penny, Corey Peters, Amber Rickey, Kendal Roberts, Matt Stacey, Kevin Tollefson, Brooke Walters, Grady Winchenbach, Samantha Wooster

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Mr. Newall, WWII veteran guest in audience; Sgt. Beightol; Brown County American Legion Commander, Douglas Durbin; Army Medic Anthony Henize; Lance Cpororal Lance Seng; and Staff Sgt. Popil.

Veterans’ Day assembly at SHCTC The Student Government Association of Southern Hills Career & Technical Center organized this year’s Veterans’ Day Assembly on Nov. 11. The students were honored to host the following guests: Doug Durbin, a Vietnam War Veteran; Specialist Anthony Henize; and Staff Sgt. Kevin Popil and his guests Sgt. Adam Beightol, and Lcpl David Seng. A member of the audi-

ence was recognized as a special guest, Mr. Newell, a WWII Veteran. During the assembly, students listened and honored the stories of sacrifice, commitment, love of country, and feeling of pride the Veterans shared through their stories of service experience. The staff tied this to the district’s Character Education theme of the month, which is Citizenship.



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Western Brown marching band completes successful season The Western Brown marching band had a very successful season this year while competing in the Mid-States Band Association circuit. The Mid-States Band Association is a consortium of High School band organizations in and around the Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana area. MSBA supports many High School band and guard units through sanctioned invitational competitions and a championship show at the end of the marching season. This season the Bronco marching band earned a spot in the MSBA Championships finals competition for the first time since the circuit was founded and along with that a few second place finishes and a best color guard award this season. The band concluded their season in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, at the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

“Project Linus” remains among the top service-learning projects for G’town For four straight years, Project Linus remains high on the priority list for the two service learning programs, the FCCLA and the “Learn and Serve Ohio” Achievers at Georgetown Jr.-Sr. High School. Working together, these students will donate hundreds of hours in making and distributing blankets to several organizations within the Georgetown community. They will cut the glacier fleece material into blanket size, and then carefully craft the Polar Fleece material into superb blankets. They will make two sizes, one size for small children and one for adults. Service learning projects continue to be a strong linkage between the Georgetown community and these young high school students. They are, after all, the future of the community. Seventh graders assisted with the unloading and delivery of the glacier fleece material. Tony Neville and Kayla

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Students in the front of the photo, from left to right, are Erin Fisher, Travis Jones, Tyler Jones and John Mefford. Standing, from left to right, are Anthony Neville, Cameron Gregory, Michael Quinn, Logan Bonar, Houston Highlander, Ariel Colliver, Hannah Campbell, Trisha Korczyk, Alex DeMaris, Bethany Haynes, Alexandra Bush, Morgan Gast, Aaron McFerron, Summer Schroder and Kayla Moler.

Moler are members of both FCCLA and the Learn and

Serve Ohio “Achievers” and “Project Linus” serves as one

of their special service-learning projects.

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Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Pearcy

Pearcy’s celebrate Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Janie Pearcy will celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary on Dec. 20, 2009. They were married last year at the Peace Lutheran Church in Arnheim. The bride was walked down the isle by her father, Jeff Kress. Her bridesmaids were Erin Pearcy (sister of the groom), Julie Stephens (friend of the bride), and Danielle Kirk (friend of the bride). The matron of honor was Beth Kress Simpson (sister of the bride) and the maid of honor was Sarah Kress (sister of the bride). The flower girl was Kaylee Hauck (cousin of the bride). The groom was waiting for his bride at the alter. His groomsmen were Foster Simpson (nephew of the bride), Jason Hauck (cousin of the bride), Adam Simpson (brother-in-law of the bride), Greg Preece (friend of the groom), and Jim McManus (friend of the groom). His best man was Kenny Mullis (friend of the groom). The ring bearer was Easton Simpson (nephew

of the bride). Other participants in the wedding were the ushers Ely Beyer (cousin of the bride) and Tony Gettes (cousin of the groom), Judy Kress (mother of the bride), Tom and Carolyn Pearcy (parents of the groom), Marlene and Walter Kress (grandparents of the bride), Wyndal and Nancy Staggs (grandparents of the bride), Marie Pearcy and Libby Cox (grandmothers of the groom), Amy and Clyde Beyer (aunt and uncle of the bride), Sharon Hauck (aunt of the bride), Joy Creighton (organist), Vikki Mikkelson (vocalist) and Gerhard Kraus (pastor). The wedding had a snowflake Christmas theme. The reception was held at Receptions in Eastgate. After the wedding, the newly weds honeymooned at Disney World and reside now in Mt. Orab. Anthony and Janie would like to thank their family for all of their help during the wedding. A big thank you to Judy Kress for coordinating the entire event


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The carolers were: (using their Spanish class name) Front row: Señorita Weyrich, Kiko Moore, Mercedes Gillespie, Arturo Partin, Adelina Keith, Tritón Arnold and Lola Godsey. Back row: Miguel Sutton, Genoveva Gilley, Neva James, Victoria Emery, Sofía Wilson, Benjamín Wachowski, León Whyte, Beltrán Cecil, Alejandro Green, Margarita Ogden, and José Williamson.

Western Brown Spanish Club goes caroling years is attending a dinner at the Mexican restaurant "Miguel's". The advisor, Mrs. Paula Ekstedt says that "Miguel's is "muy sabroso and a great experience for our students.". More great experiences are the Cystic Fibrosis walk and the new tradition of the Paella Party. For several years, the club has gone to Cincinnati to support the Swisher family (former club members) with their fight against Cystic Fibrosis. The Club raises money then delivers it to the walk. Students participate by running or walking along the set course around Cincinnati and Newport. The Paella Party is our newest event which started just last year. Mrs. Ekstedt and Ms Weyrich invited Mr. Hector Esteve from "Paella at Your Place" to make

a "paella deliciosa", as some of the students would say. Finally, to toast to the end of the school year the club holds a Cinco de Mayo party. At this party membership pins and other incentives are given out to every member. Piñatas are broken (which are made by the students) and battled over for the candy. The Club is presently raffling off a giant homemade piñata. The hugh Santa head is filled with candy. The winner will be announced at the half time of the Annual Senior/Faculty basketball game taking place Dec. 22. The Spanish Club hopes they can bring more traditions in the years to come and would like to say "Feliz Navidad Amigos!" to all of the community.

Mrs. Sapp's class: Samantha Green, Jacob Haggerty, Alexa Harris, Joey Hauck, Andrew Leimberger, Riese Peters, Alexis Shannon, Mary Sizer, Davey Stamper, Morgan Swafford and Thomas Vaught. Mrs. Vance's class: Tasha Kelley, Ryan Keyes, Natalie Kibler, Sophia Leto, Rebecca Madden, Dylan Mosher, Halleigh Test, Casey Slater, Hannah Smith, Hannah Osborne, Cassie Ranson and Gracie Scott. Mrs. Williford's class: Colton Akers, Cassidy Asbury, Claudia Books, Tori Byus, Stephanie Cook, Jasmine Dearwester, Katie Durbin, Chase Easterling, Ethan Edelen, Austin Fetters, Ava Hayslip, Tyler Large, Abbie Peace, Danielle Perry, Derek Rymer, Ryan Sizemore, Taylor Staley, Joshua Taylor and Vincent Whitaker. Mrs. Kohus's class: Kenny Baisden, Michael Boyd, Issac Brewer, Erin Chaney, Sharon Clifton, C.J. Fannin, P.J. Fiscus, Olivia Frambes, McKenzie High, Blake Hurt, Kiara Jimison, Trenton Leeth, Erin Rembis, Emilee Riley and Jacob Weigand. Mrs. Castle's class: Brett Bohl, Madison Boshears, Austin Coffey, Ty Crall, Tanner Donathan, Carson Jones, Austin Kirk, Jordan Lind, Sydney McFarland, Shayla Miano, Kelsey Morgan, Austin Parrett, Savanna Roades, Bailey Tarvin and Tawnee Jimenez. Mrs. Lightner's class: Kyla

Dawes, Chloe Dawson, Brandon Farley, Dylan Frey, Eryk Jones, Keara Little, Madison Lucas, Haley Lunsford, Evan Lykins, Taylor Martin, Austin Mingua, Gabe Ryan, Maddie Slack, Shelby Vogel, Jenna Wilson and Jaimon Young. Mrs. K. Hall's class: Hannah Bolender, Caleb Frush, Kailey Lohrum, Clayton Lucas, Mackenzie Moore, Joey Weaver, Tommy Wylie and Jacob O'Roark. Mrs. Hahn's class: Isabella Hall, Holly Gillham, Emma Chalker, Joshua Emerson, Kaitlyn Keller, Samantha Lewis, Lorianda Locke, Morgan Locker, Daniel Newberry, Tristin Smith, Brian Stigers, Caleb Strunk and Hunter Zeigelmeier. Mrs. Dowler's class: Blake Barr, James Carnes, Sarah Durbin, Sevanna Haggerty, Cory Fields, Makayla Henry, Summer Jamison, Kaydie Lopez, Bryan Lucas, Kailey Moon, Blake Richards, Lauren Shasteen, Savannah Stephens, Siara Swisher, Lexi Wallace, Wyatt Whitaker and Elexis Zinkhen. Mrs. Rymer's class: Eric Altman, Daniel Amiott, Ella Brinkman, Becca Carroll, Chloey Collins, Jacob Collins, Ciara Cox, Ethan Doan, Carson Eyre, Brandon Hammersley, Dylan Hardyman, Brittany Hauck, Deanna Hile, Lanoe Kessler, Gracie Osborne, Ryan Osborne, Tessa Pinkerton, Heather Porter, Grace Richman, Krista Signorelli, Brett Stinson, Seth Terk and Hanna Young.




The Western Brown High School Spanish Club, sponsored by Mrs. Paula Ekstedt and Ms. Rosa Weyrich, visited the Locust Ridge Nursing Home on Thursday, Dec. 3 for an afternoon of caroling. Songs were presented not only in English, but also in Spanish. Some of the carols consisted of: “Silent Night”/”Noche de Paz” and “Jingle Bells”/”Cascabeles”. This has been a holiday tradition of the Spanish Club for over 20 years. This Spanish Club is full of traditions. They celebrate Día de los Muertos, which is a Mexican custom that honors the dead taking place on the second of November. Another event that they have celebrated numerous times in the past

Mr. Faust's class: Autumn Boothby, Cora Cremer, Shawn Hull, Gabrielle Hurt, Cana Kleemeyer, Rachel Kuttler, Madison Mugnaini, Chloe Piatt, Sarah Pike, Colston Roades, Lane Sexton, Elijah Smith, Tyler Smith, Nick Sparrow, Macayla Temple, Sawyer Tolin, Ethan Whitt, Savannah Wilson and David Young. Mrs. Herrmann's class: Madison Barker, Tabytha Cooper, Scott Harris, Eric Helbling, A.J. Mider, Kensey Murray, Abbie Neal, Daniel Neal, Cora Propes, Serenity Slagle and Isaac Wallace. Mrs. N. Hall's class: Emily Bohrer, Blake Carter, Julia Hall, Noah Hayslip, Austin Ingels, Jed Marlow, Bailey Miller, Kara Partin, Emma Shultz, Sidney Vance and Amanda Woodyard. Mrs. Roger's class: Britney Chinn, Jordan Davidson, Olivia Hardy, Jessica Jester, Nathaniel Lipscomb, Cody Ryan and Alyssa Shorten. Ms. Lawwill's class: Kayleigh Baker, Jack Finn, Jayson Foppe, Kailei Gardner, Shelby Harris, Sarah Hayes, Sean Lapp, Scott McGuinnis, Peyton Riddell, Timothy Shanklin, Cadence Taylor and Zane Wilson. Ms. Britton's class: Adam Anderson, Nolan Barrn, Reed Beavers, Michelle Clark, Zack Farley, Sam Farrell, Katie Hastings, Zach Knight, Alexus Lovell, Ryan Mastin, Caleb Norris, Bret Perkins, Jessica Seipel, Austin Weber and Jaylee Williams.

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Front Row: Lois Striffolino, Zach Hollin, Jessica Rogers, Sarah Bishop, Roxy Willoughby Middle Row: Xander Meisman, Holly O'Hara, Carly Golden, Sydney Barger, Brooke Lindsey Back row: Chelsea Emery, Trevor Schramm, Andrew Marcum, MacKaela Fischer, Taylor Wilson, Hannah Keller, Kaylee Shiveley.

Hamersville students visit “Lost Egypt”

Art enrichment students deck the halls

Several students from Hamersville School recently traveled to the Union Terminal Museum Center, in Cincinnati. While there, students viewed the Omnimax film “Lost Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs” and toured the Egyptian exhibit. The film was impressive and the exhibit had many hands on activities for the students to experience what life was like in ancient Egypt.

The Art Enrichment students again painted the Public Library windows in Mt. Orab. This year, we did illustrations of Jose Feliciano’s

famous carol “Feliz Navidad” which was illustrated in a book by David Diaz. The students were the first group who completed the job in 2 hours

with no assistance from Mrs. Balz. We are very proud of our 2009-2010 Art Enrichment Students.

Woman facing a hard time asks Santa to help her daughter Editors Note: This letter to Santa is a little different. Although we asked for letters from children, this letter spoke to the devotion and love between child and parent.


The Brown County Press/WAYNE BOBLITT

Everyone sings ‘Silent Night’ at Ripley Concert Audience members sing the only congregational Christmas hymn, “Silent Night”, at the Ripley River Village Christmas Celebration’s Annual Concert Dec. 12 at Ripley First Presbyterian Church.

Dear Santa, I would like you to bring my daughter Robyn a laptop computer. I’ll tell you a little about her. She got married very young and she had three beautiful children. She has always volunteered in the community and church. She decided to go back to school and did and graduated with a Summa Cum Laude. The kids were very small, she did this while staying active in her church and community and studying whenever she could can caring for her

babies. She is now an english teacher at Williamsburg High, now she is more busy than ever. Mid October I got the flu and Robyn being Robyn brought me all the things I brought her when she was sick - meds, crackers, soup, Gatorade, etc. I didn’t get better and had to go in the hospital, where I was diagnosed with H1N1 and told I might not live through it. All of my family came. I don’t remember a lot, but I do remember Robyn being there. She lifted the spoon to my mouth when I couldn’t. She bathed me when I couldn’t. She was there every day for six days, when I couldn’t speak for myself or do anything for myself.



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She was my advocate, to make sure I got the best of care. And I got the best of care that any mother could ask. Her care got me through the sickest I ever was in my life and she had prayer chains with every one she knew. If I was able I would get a laptop for her and if anyone deserves it she does, for all the things she does for everyone else. I want her to know that she is all and more the woman I hoped and prayed for and has overcame so many obstacles that came her way. I know a laptop would help her stay organized and would make her life a little easier. If anyone deserves it she does. Robyn, I love you and thank you! Rose Fields Mt. Orab

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Dear Santa, I would like to have a Bengals party and I would like to a Cedric Benson t-shirt and I would also like a Chad Ochocinco t-shirt and a t-shirt that says candid cats. Sincerely, David Gabriel Herrington Dear Santa, Please get my Grandma Rosebud something at Jareds. Macie Graves, 6 Williamsburg

Dear Santa, I hope that you visit all the little kids and that all the people in shelters get enough food and what they wanted for Christmas. I hope all the homeless and animals out on the street get what they want and enough of food for Christmas. All I want to have for Christmas is a good dinner and all my family here for Christmas. But I hope that the people reading this newspaper have a wonderful Christmas and get what you want for Christmas. Becca Sherrill, 14 Mt. Orab Dear Santa, Please bring my baby sister Kailyn some teeth so she can eat Oreo’s with me. Love, Landon Ryan Scott, 3 Mt. Orab Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a blue DS for me and a magic pill to make mamaw all better. Love, Emily Boone, 5 Mt. Orab

Letters to Santa from Mrs. Beyer's First Grade Class at Sardinia Elementary Dear Santa, Please come to my house. I will have cookies for you. I have been pretty good. I really want a Furreal Friend and something nice for my family. Your friend, Allison Dear Santa, I want a Paradise Horse and a Pony in my Pocket. I would like a Brats’ laptop. Please leave me a reindeer bell. You can stop and rest at my house if you need to. Hope you have a good trip. Your friend, Kamryn Dear Santa, My name is Carter. I have been good. I would like a skateboard. Can I have an XBox 360? I will not get upset if not. Santa, you are a good guy. Have a nice watch over my brother Micheal. He has been bad. My cookies are special from my heart, even if my mom burns them. Your friend, Carter Dear Santa, I love you. I have been kind of good this year. I will be better at being good. Please visit my sister, Julia, in the Army. She has been good this year. I will leave cookies and milk for you. You are the best present giver. Your friend, J.D. Dear Santa, I want a Baby Alive for Christmas. I think I should get it because I always get good grades in school. If you also get me a Moxie Girl I will leave you milk and cookies. Your friend, Madyson Dear Santa, I love you. I hope you have a good year. I would like some Power Rangers, Transformer car, and a remote control go cart. Have a safe trip and stay warm. Your friend, Cole


Dear Santa, I am trying to be good. I hope you bring what I want. I will leave you some milk and cookies and some reindeer food. Your friend, Jarrett Dear Santa, I want a Nintendo DS and 4 games with it. One of the games I want is X-Men. I won’t mind if you get me any other stuff. Thanks Santa, for the toys you gave me in the past. Love you. Your friend, Noah Dear Santa, I have been good. I even cleaned and swept my room. I want a Nerf gun and the Pirate Mega Ship. Your friend, Zach Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. I need snow boots to play in the snow. Your friend, Makenna Dear Santa, I want a bike and bow and

arrow and an X-Box 360. Bring my brother a paint ball gun and a Tony Hawk skateboard. The dog wants a new bone. Mom and Dad want a new phone. Your friend, Kolton Dear Santa, Hi! I hope you had a great year with Rudolf. I had a fun year. I was good every day and I helped my mommy a lot. I was a nice big and little sister. I hope you can bring me all the presents on my list. Thank you, Santa Claus. You are the best. Your friend, Justice P.S. Can’t wait to give you milk and cookies. Dear Santa, I really want a Nintendo DS and that is all. I will leave you milk and cookies and I won’t forget the reindeer food either. I have been really good, but my brother and sister hasn’t. Your friend, Hailee Dear Santa, This year I have been mostly good, much better than my little brother. There are lots of things I want this year but mostly I want a goldfish and a real BB gun, so I can go hunting with my Dad. Your friend, Colton Dear Santa, I would like to have a real horse, but I know my mom won’t let me keep it so you better just bring me a fake one. I would also like a treasure chest full of prizes. Please bring my brother Dude some coal because he is mean to me, but don’t tell him I said that. Your friend, Mellissa Dear Santa, I have been good all year. I like Rudolf’s shiny nose, and I like how the elves make toys for Christmas. This year I would like a Hot Wheels Super Jump Raceway and also a true heroes rocket hauler. I also like the things you put in my stocking. Have a safe flight. Your friend, Trace Dear Santa, I have been good all year. My brother is not nice. I want Paint Form Basketball Hoop. Your friend, Allie Dear Santa, My name is Chloe. I have been pretty good this year. For Christmas I would like a Nintendo DS with a SpongeBob game for it. I would also like a pillow pet. I will leave out some cookies and milk for you and a few carrots for the reindeer. Have a safe flight. Thank you. Your friend, Chloe Dear Santa, I love you. Please can I have a fishing pole? Thanks for my Christmas tree. Your friend, Seth

Dear Santa, For Christmas I just want littlest pet shops for Christmas and everybody is o.k. P.S. Thank You. P.S.S. When you come to my house, I will leave a box on the table for the soldiers. Will you please give it to them. It has cards, candy, gum and stuff, and tell them I love them. Love, Cary Murrell, 8 Mt. Orab Dear Santa, My name is Sophia Murphy. I am 4 years old and I would like it if you could bring my mama Debi a new computer for Christmas.. Love, Sophia Murphy, 4 Winchester

Dear Santa, My name is Madilynn Murphy. I am 7 years old and I wish that I could go visit my grandpa in Kentucky, and bring him some new tools for Christmas. Love to Santa, Madilynn Murphy, 7 Winchester Dear Santa, I would like you to bring Sadie, my dog, a new chewy toy. I love Sadie because she plays with me and I like to cuddle with her. I love you Santa, Love, Landon Harcourt, 3 Georgetown

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is for my great-grandma to feel better from her surgery. Thank You, Makenzi, 4 months old Williamsburg Dear Santa, Will you please bring my grandma something for her feet, like a footsoaker for her feet, she likes her feet in a pan. She bys everybody stuff but not her. Shes the best grandma and bring my mom some boots to. I love her to. I will leave you a pice of piza so you don’t get sick of cookies and some oats for the deer, Chrismtas Eve. Love, Austin Starrett, 8

Dear Santa, I have been kind of good. I just want to tell you I really, really want a kitten. It would mean the world to me. I also would like my family to have a good Christmas. We would also like a wooden knife set. Have a good Christmas Santa. Afton Dixon, 8

Original art by Afton Dixon

Letters to Santa from Mrs. McCann's First Grade Class at Sardinia Elementary Dear Santa, I am trying to be really good this year. I would like a big Lego set because I love to build. I like Bakugan and Transformers, too. I love you, Santa. Say, Hi to Rudolph for me. Thank you. See you soon. Your friend, Tim Braun Dear Santa, I know that I fight with my brothers and sisters a lot, but you can still bring us something special for Christmas. I will leave milk and cookies and food for your reindeer. Your friend, Hunter Storer Dear Santa, I have been good. I would like some toys, a tv, and a PSP. Please bring my brother stuff, too. Your friend, Zach Fancher Dear Santa, I have been very great this year. Please don't forget my brother. He likes tractors. I would like a Leapster and a DS. We will leave milk and cookies. Your friend, Madison Borgmann Dear Santa, I have been a good boy. You know i want a aircraft carrier. I love you. Your friend, Gavin Baker Dear Santa, I want a Wii. I've been good and I'm going to leave out some good cookies and milk. My cousin hasn't been good, is he getting coal? How are the

elves doing? I also want batteries for all of my toys. Me and Mom are going to make some reindeer food. See you soon. Your friend, Colton Geering Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a keepsake bag, a phone, and a laptop? I have been an ok kid this year. My cousin Richard has been bad. Don't bring him anything for Christmas. Come hungry, I will have you some cookies and milk. Forever your friend, Brittany Lee

Sims Agent." I have been kind of good. Your friend, Seth Graham Dear Santa, I will leave you cookies and milk. I would like walkie talkies and Transformers. Your friend, Connor Furnish Dear Santa, I will leave your reindeer a treat this year. I would like a car that drives up the wall this year and bendaroos. Merry Christmas! Your friend, Emma Brown

Dear Santa, How have you been? I bet you've been busy making all those toys. I have been a good boy this year and tried not to fight with my brothers too much. This year I would like a stuffed Rudolph with a shiny nose, and anything Cars or Diego. My two older brothers would like a Wii, but they have been mean and fight a lot. We will leave you milk and cookies. Love, your friend, Nickolas Lorenz

Dear Santa, I have been a really good boy this year and am getting good grades. I really want a Bumblebee Transformer. Your friend, Ethan Burgess

Dear Santa, I have been a big help to my mommy around the house. What I really want for being a good boy is a guitar with a amp and a microphone. So I can play songs with my dad. That would be the best Christmas ever! Your friend, Isaiah Carroll

Dear Santa, My name is Steven Mingua and I'm writing to tell you what I would like to have this year for Christmas. I would like to have a PS Batman game, Transformers, and Ben 10 toys. I love you. Your friend, Steven Mingua

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Dear Santa, I would like a hot wheels track and a skateboard. I want a spiderman idea game. Please give me a reindeer bell. I promise to be a lot better next year! Your friend, Cole Morgan

year. My brother has been good so far. His name is Dakota. I want a Pokemon' game for my game boy. I like you, Santa. Your friend, Dalton Hiser Dear Santa, I want baby diapers, dolls, bike, cars, fake food, walking baby, and baby medicine. Thank you, Santa. Me and Mommy will make you cookies. Your friend, Trinity Dear Santa, I have been some days this year. My sister has been good except when she hits me. Please bring me playstation games like Mortal Combat, Toy Story, Teen Titan toys, and that is all. Your friend Sean Cracraft Dear Santa, I want a new bike because my old bike has rips and tears in it. I want a Christmas Tree Chia Pet. I would like a real dog. I wanted it for my birthday, and Dad said maybe, but I didn't get it. I will leave you cookies and milk. Sacorra Bauer Dear Santa, I have been good all the time. My brothers have been good, too. My sister has been good, too. I would really like a PS3 and an X-box. I would like a toy machine gun, too. I will leave you cookies and milk and carrots for the reindeer. Your friend, Parker Ernst

Letters to Santa from Mr. Riedel's First Grade Class at Sardinia Elementary Dear Santa, How are you? I can't wait for you to come to my house. I have been good and hope to see you soon. I would like a Nerf blaster for Christmas. My brother Will is good sometimes. Please bring him something too! Your Friend, Kolin Wolfe Dear Santa, My name is Landis. I will start being good right now! Please give me my front teeth for Christmas. Also bring my brothers some presents too. Thank you ! Your Friend, Landis Makstaller Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. I want lots and lots of presents this year. I want some cowboy movies and a new bike. I like all your reindeer. Comet is my favorite. I will remember to leave some oatmeal cookies for you! Thank you! Your Friend, Ethan Tracy Dear Santa, I would like to borrow Dasher this year. I have been a good boy and would like a Hilucopdra (helicopter) and a scooter please. Please bring my three brothers and my mom and dad something too. I will leave you some milk and cookies. Thank you! Your friend, Gavin Green Dear Santa, Me and my brother want a dirt bike for Christmas. We also want a nerf double shooter, a basketball, a rally mulit sports ramp and spy gear. I love you Santa! Your Friend, Aiden Sherman

Dear Santa, My brother has been really good this year so please bring him some baseballs. I love my brother. If I can be good myself i'd like a Bakugon. Thank you! Your friend, Adam Mosely Dear Santa, I have been kind of good this year. I would like to have a Nintendo DS. If i get this I will be better next year, but I'm not sure about my brother and sister. Your Friend, Hannah Keith Dear Santa, When you bring presents this year would you bring Frosty along so he can bring some snow? I tried to be good this year. Can I have a sled, a dollie, a wood boat, and a doggie puzzle? Thank you! Your Friend, Grace Gorham Dear Santa, I would love to have a black dog named Abby. I also want a toy swimming dog. I have been VERY GOOD! Thank you! Your friend, Emme Cox Dear Santa, I will probably leave you some milk and cookies. I have been good most of the year. I am getting good grades and I hope to have a good Christmas. I would like the Littlest Pet Shops, Bakugan, RC Truck and a Scooby Doo Trouble game. Thank you! Your Friend, Iliana Duffey Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I would like a DSI and a toy for

my dog. You can bring my brother Jacob a toy too if you want. I will leave some cookies and chocolate milk for you. Thank you! Your Friend, Rachel Dixson Dear Santa, I love you and the reindeer. I will leave you cookies and milk and apples for the reindeer. I would really like a train set this year for Christmas! Thank you! Your Friend, Casey Snider Dear Santa, I have been pretty good. Some days I'm better than others. I am leaving you some milk and cookies. I'd like to have a Play Station 3 and Pokemon Cards. Can you get something for my Granny too? She's been very good. Thank you ! Your Friend, Trent Dotson Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. I hope you can stop by my house. I would like a doll that does everything, some games and some puzzles. I will leave milk and cookies for you. Thank you! Your friend, Madison Pack Dear Santa, Hi! How are you? How was your summer break? I would really LOVE to have a toy monster truck, a nerf gun, a small wheely cycle, and an X box 360. I will leave you some milk and cookies on Christmas eve. Hope you like chocolate chip cookies. Give Rudolf some kisses from me. Thank you! Your friend, Todd Heath


Dear Santa, My name is Shanea Faul. I live in Decatur, Ohio. I just want Santa to know what I would like for Christmas this year. I would like to get a pink Barbie with a Ken, so Barbie won't be lonely. Also a Barbie car and a swim to me puppy. I just wish that Santa would grant me the one wish I really wanted, that is to live with my grandma and papaw again, Thank you Santa. Shanea Faul Decatur


Dear Santa, I have been VERY good this year, but my brother has been BAD. I want a Bakugan and a 24 power tool set. I want everyone to enjoy some snow this Christmas. I will leave you some milk and cookies and food for the reindeer. Thank you! Your friend, Gabe Puckett Dear Santa, I was REALLY good this year. I would like a four wheeler, an X box 360 and a DS. Again, I have been REALLY GOOD this year and i get good grades in school. I will leave you some milk and cookies. I love both you and Mrs. Claus...the reindeer too! Have a great Christmas! Your Friend, Blake Gunter Dear Santa, How have you been? I have been a good girl this year. Sometimes I am grouchy, but that's just because i am a kid. I have listened to my parents and I clean my room. I want a purple computer and a blue High School Musical bed set. I will leave some cookies and milk for you! Thank you! Your friend, Alexis Young Dear Santa, I have been a pretty good boy this year. Please bring me and my brothers, Trevor and Seth, something for Christmas. I like cars and video games. Merry Christmas! Love, Bryson Kennedy



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The new Georgetown High School Valedictorian Wall of Fame is shown above some basketball honoree pictures near an entrance to the Georgetown JuniorSenior High School Gymnasium. Valedictorians pictured thus far include Hannah Scott, the 2009 GHS valedictorian, at top right. The Brown County Press/ WAYNE BOBLITT

Principal starts ‘Valedictorian Wall of Fame’ at G’town High BY Wayne Boblitt The Brown County Press Georgetown High School has started a Valedictorian Wall of Fame to honor the top academic student from each year’s graduating class. Georgetown Junior-Senior High School Principal Perianne Germann said she was going to place pictures on that wall of all GHS valedictorians going back to the Class of 1988, the first class to graduate from the current high school building along Mt. Orab Pike in Georgetown. Germann said it seemed most of the plaques adoring that high school’s walls saluted GHS athletes and their accomplishments, but she thought the top academic seniors over the year deserved some recognition as well. “Really, that’s why we’re here,” she commented about GHS’ academic mission. The GJSHS wall on which the valedictorians’ pictures are hanging is opposite an entrance to the school gymnasium. Also at the meeting, District Treasurer Eric Toole gave a financial report for the month ending Nov. 30. The district’s General Fund had $957,589 at the end of last month, which Toole said amounted to 44 days of operating cash, while the district’s entire treasury had $1,557,913.



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Board members at the meeting also: • Appointed Board Vice President Steven Dunkin as the board’s representative on the Southern Hills Joint Vocational School District Board of Education for 2010 and 2011. • Rescinded a supplemental contract for Jennifer to serve as Shively Georgetown Junior High School drama advisor. • Discussed a draft of the district’s 2010-11 School Calendar.

New Christmas hours for driver examination stations throughout state The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that driver examinations stations throughout the state will modify the hours and days of operation for the week of the Christmas holiday. All exam stations will be open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Dec. 21 – Monday, Thursday, Dec. 24, and closed Friday, Dec. 25 – Monday, Dec. 28. Regular days and hours of operation will return on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

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Ripley first graders decorate Ripley Federal Savings Bank tree



Ripley Federal Savings Bank is inviting the community to stop and see the beautifully decorated Christmas tree located in the lobby of the main branch in Ripley. This tree was decorated with ornaments hand made by the first grade students of Ripley-Union-LewisHuntington Elementary school. Teachers assisting the students with the decorations were Aimee Carpenter, Kelly Saelens, Mary Edenfield and Lisa Moran. Funds were donated by Ripley Federal to purchase the supplies needed for the decorations.


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Warriors beat Blue Jays in Southern Hills League game

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Eastern’s Tyler Knabb shoots a jumper over Ripley’s Bryant Applegate during the Warriors’ win over the Blue Jays. Knabb dropped 19 points on the night.

The Eastern Warriors traveled to Ripley on Tuesday and defeated the Blue Jays by a final score of 62-50. “It wasn’t pretty,” said Eastern coach Rob Beucler. “But we’ll take it. Ripley gave us some trouble when we got in a hurry. If we put together some consistency, we’ll be pretty good.” Ripley coach Mike Kennedy had praise for his neighbors to the north. “They came out like they wanted to win and they dominated us inside,” said Kennedy. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds and putbacks. Our kids were devastated after Friday’s loss to Peebles and we were a little sluggish tonight.” Eastern jumped out to a 4-0 advantage after baskets by Tyler Knabb and Taylor Little. But the Blue Jays scored six unanswered points, grabbing a 6-4 advantage when Ravye Williams, Jarrin Taul and Dylan Johnson scored for Ripley. With the Jays leading 8-7 midway through the first frame, Eastern went on a 9-0 run fueled by two layups from Austin Smith. Before the end of the period, however, Ripley closed the gap to 16-14 when Logan Perkins and Jordan Mitchell each hit a 3-pointer. Knabb scored Eastern’s first seven points of the second stanza as the Warriors opened up a six-point lead, 23-17, with 4:47 remaining in the half. After Demarco Washington

scored in the post for Ripley, cutting the Eastern lead to 2319, Little scored four consecutive points for the Warriors. Eastern maintained a six to eight-point lead for most of the second quarter. Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, trimming the deficit for Ripley to 33-28 at the break. The third period belonged to Eastern. Knabb, Jordan Payne and Little combined to score the first five points of the quarter, pushing the Warriors’ lead to 38-28. Ripley got on the board with 3:51 left in the third when Perkins made two charity tosses. Payne answered for the Warriors, netting a jumper and putting Eastern ahead 40-30. Little had the hot hand for the Warriors in the final three minutes of the quarter, scoring once on a backdoor cut and draining two jumpers. After three complete, Eastern held a 48-33 lead. Ripley opened the final frame with a 10-4 run that saw Perkins hit two 3-pointers, closing the gap to 52-43 with 4:27 left in the game. After the teams traded baskets, Mitchell hit a three for the Jays, making the score 5648. Mitchell scored again with 1:49 remaining, pulling Ripley to within eight again at 58-50. Eastern closed out the scoring for the game when Knabb made two free throws and Aaron Wendel made a bank shot, securing the 62-50 win for the Warriors. “We played well for four or five minutes in the fourth quarter,” said Kennedy. “Eastern responded to our run. Against a good team, you can’t bury yourself and expect to come back.” Little led all scorers with 25 points. Knabb added 19 and Payne chipped in six for the Warriors. “We like to push the ball, but when you get up 15 you’d like to slow down and take care of the ball,” said Beucler. “We’ve been getting good play from our bench. We feel we can play with anybody if we prepare and come out to play.” Perkins paced Ripley with 13 tallies. Washington and Mitchell added eight points each.

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Ripley’s Logan Perkins tries to soar past Eastern’s Clay Garrett during the Blue Jays’ loss to the Warriors. Perkins led Ripley with 13 points.

The win lifted Eastern to 40 overall, 3-0 on the SHL. Ripley fell to 1-2 overall, 0-2 in the league. In junior varsity action, Ripley downed Eastern, 5039. Jesse Prince paced the Blue Jays with 14 points. Jay Woodruff added 10 and Riley Saelens chipped in nine. Blake Doss scored a gamehigh 17 for the Warriors. Conner Purdin finished with 11. In the freshman game,

Ripley won 31-28. Dylan Arnett led Ripley with eight points. Eric Frodge added seven. Chase Lawson led all scorers with 13 points. Josh Boudreau added 10 for the Warriors. Editor’s note: long-time Eastern scorekeeper, Gary Pickerell, suffered a brain aneurysm last week. He is recovering at Cincinnati’s University Hospital. We wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery.

The Press Box Boys Basketball 12/22 Georgetown vs. East Clinton 12/23 Ripley vs. Madeira Girls Basketball 12/21 Georgetown @ Lynchburg

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By Ritchie Butler The Brown County Press

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By Ritchie Butler The Brown County Press


The Georgetown G-Men pulled away from the Blanchester Wildcats in the second half on Saturday, winning 75-61. “Our mantra these first three games has been ‘slow


starts’,” said Georgetown coach Jerry Underwood. “From the second to the fourth quarters, we played well.” Jess Chadwell got the GMen an early lead when he converted a three-point play. But J.C. Luncan answered for the Wildcats, scoring two quick baskets in the post.

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Georgetown’s David Howser fires a 3-pointer during the GMen’s win over Blanchester. Howser connected for five threes and scored 17 points in the victory.

Two drives by Ben Cropper put the G-Men back in front, 7-6, midway through the first. The two SBC opponents traded baskets the rest of the period. Georgetown got the final points of the frame when Cody Drake canned a long 3pointer at the buzzer, putting the G-Men ahead, 18-17 after eight minutes of play. Georgetown increased its lead to 24-19 with 4:34 left in the half when Cropper scored on another drive. But the Wildcats responded. Cody Cromer made two free throws and Travis Jackson scored a layup, tying the count at 25-25 with 2:35 left in the half. Chadwell, after spending much of the first half on the bench in foul trouble, put the G-Men ahead for good when converted his second threepoint play. Georgetown beat the buzzer for a second time when Cody Dunkin made a layup as time expired on the half, giving the G-Men a 32-27 lead at intermission. “Jess got in foul trouble and our kids responded well,” said Underwood. “The two buzzerbeaters didn’t hurt.” The Georgetown offense got rolling in the third period. David Howser nailed three 3pointers in the period and Chadwell added two threes of his own. Drake added four points and Cropper made two points in the frame as Georgetown extended its lead to 57-43 before time expired on the third. With 6:25 showing on the clock in the fourth period,

Howser canned another three, his fifth of the night, giving Georgetown a commanding 62-43 lead. The spread increased to 21 points when Cropper made two free throws with just over four minutes remaining. Blanchester closed the gap to 72-59 by going on a 10-2 run, capped by Cromer’s three-point play with 1:09 left in the game. The G-Men finished 3-of-4 from the line in the final minute, securing the 75-61 win. “We got a little sloppy at the end,” said Underwood. “We’ve got to do a better job of handling the ball. We seemed to shoot it well from the floor and our press has worked well the last two nights.” Chadwell led the charge with 18 points. Howser and Cropper added 17 points each. Drake chipped in 10 and Dunkin finished with nine. “We need balance, and we got it tonight,” added Underwood. “Cropper and Howard were our secondleading scorers. We had another in double figures and a fifth player barely missed scoring 10. That balance makes us a better team.” Luncan paced Blanchester with 14 points. Cromer and Jackson added 13 points each. With the victory, Georgetown improved to 3-0 on the season. All three wins have come versus SBC opponents. In the junior varsity contest, topped Georgetown Blanchester, 49-37.


Strong second half lifts Georgetown over Blanchester

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Georgetown’s Ben Cropper goes strong to the hoop over Blanchester’s J.C. Luncan during the G-Men’s win over the Wildcats. Cropper scored 17 points in the victory.

Cain Cahall scored a gamehigh 15 points. Taylor Caudill added 10 and Tyler Fletcher chipped in nine for the GMen. Caleb McCullough and Will Trivett led the Wildcats with nine points each.

In the freshman game, Georgetown defeated Blanchester, 37-26. Tom Cropper led all scorers with 11 tallies. Nathan Lewis added nine for the G-Men. Janson Waialae scored nine points for the Wildcats.

Broncos defeat CNE, 60-53, in Southern Buckeye game By Ritchie Butler The Brown County Press The Western Broncos used a third-quarter surge to outlast the Clermont Northeastern Rockets last Friday, 60-53. “We came out in the second half and ran our offense,” said Western coach Doug

Williams. “We got some easy buckets off turnovers. We did the same stuff as we did in the first half, but in the first half we took some bad shots and got a little impatient.” In the first quarter, CNE established an inside presence offensively as Seth Varner and Jordan Smith combined to

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Western’s Kyle Puckett scores two of his game-high 17 points during the Broncos’ win over CNE.

score 18 points in the frame, most of which came inside and off short-range jumpers. Nick Woodyard and Ryan Shields scored four points each and Kyle Puckett netted the final five points of the first, keeping Western close at 20-16 after eight minutes played. In the second stanza, both teams stepped up the defensive effort. Western scored 10 points in the quarter and CNE managed only eight tallies. Jon Walker led the Broncos with four points in the second and Puckett added three as the SBC rivals traded baskets most of the way. Walker scored on a drive with just over a minute left in the half, pulling the Broncos to within two, at 28-26, heading into the break. “At halftime we talked about stopping the pass to the high post,” said Williams. “We also wanted to do a better job of running our offense.” Not only did the Broncos do a better job running their offense, they also turned up the heat on defense, causing several turnovers from the Rockets at the beginning of the third period. Western started the second half with a 14-0 run, fueled by nine points from Dylan Dawson, a layup by Craig Naylor and a 3-pointer by

Puckett. With 5:32 remaining in the third, the Broncos held a 40-28 lead. By the end of the period, Western built a 48-33 lead after a jumper by Woodyard, a drive by Walker and four free throws by Shields and Zach Siemer. “We had that nice run and decided to keep on doing what we do,” said Williams. In the fourth quarter, Varner and Smith went back to work for the Rockets, cutting the Broncos’ lead to 52-45 with four minutes left. Puckett stopped the CNE run with a three and Jake Barber made two free throws with just over three minutes left, putting the Broncos on top, 57-45. With less than a minute remaining in the game, CNE scored six points in the paint, but it was too late as Western held on for the 60-53 victory. “We are getting better,” said Williams. “The kids come to practice and beat on each other, working hard everyday.” Puckett led the Broncos with 17 points. Dawson added 12 and Shields chipped in nine. Woodyard and Walker finished with six points each. Naylor netted five. Varner paced CNE with 17 tallies. Smith added 15 and Ryan Mullen chipped in eight.

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Western’s Jon Walker looks to make a move during the Broncos’ win over CNE.

The win lifted Western to 30 overall, 2-0 in the SBC. In junior varsity action, Western defeated CNE in overtime, 37-33. Spencer Howard led Western with a game-high 12 points. Justin Nickel and Hiro Purdon added six points each. Lucas Wolfe, Trey Johnson

and Jeff Johnson scored seven points each for the Rockets. CNE won the freshman game, 44-35. Cody Randolph led all scorers with 19 points. Pierce Moore added six for the Broncos. Schmidt paced CNE with 13. Bierman added nine.

By Jeremy Sharp Press Contributor

12-0 run en route to a 19-15 lead at the end of one. Whitney Plymesser scored six points in the period, including a two-point shot with 1:17 left that put Ripley in front. The Lady Blue Jays refused to give up that lead for most of the game. However,


The Fayetteville Lady Rockets basketball team continues to impress early on in the season. The team’s latest win came against the Lady Blue Jays of Ripley, who they

defeated by a final score of 48-44 on Thursday, Dec. 10. After jumping out to a 13-5 advantage in the first quarter, Fayetteville looked like it might coast to an easy victory. However, Ripley wasn’t going to go away that quickly; the Lady Blue Jays assembled a

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Ripley’s Molly Malone tries to fight her way to the basket as Fayetteville’s Shelby Sheets (31) and Shelby Brown (33) defend.

Fayetteville didn’t go away, and tied it up in the fourth. The score was deadlocked at 37 with six minutes to play when Plymesser, one of the finest athletes in the county, took a hard fall under the basket. She landed on her right elbow, causing an injury that forced her to sit out the rest of the game. After a short timeout, the teams played on, but Ripley certainly felt the absence of one of its stars, and the Lady Rockets slowly pulled away. Desiree Dutro was instrumental in the fourth quarter, scoring seven points for Fayetteville, including the shot that put them up for good. When the final buzzer sounded, the Lady Rockets had come from behind to capture a well-deserved 48-44 win. “I was really happy the way we played defense,” said Fayetteville coach Toby Sheets, “it definitely made the difference. We’re going to get a lot of confidence from this victory.” Ripley coach Chris Coleman wasn’t as pleased with the results, but still praised his team for the way they played, “I loved the effort, the effort was there, and I hope we can keep it that way.” Shelby Sheets led the Lady


Lady Rockets nip Lady Blue Jays, 48-44

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Fayetteville’s Emily Stahl and Ripley’s Niya Royal battle for a loose ball during the Lady Rockets’ win over the Lady Blue Jays.

Rockets with 14 points; Dutro had 13 on the night, while teammate Shelby Brown had 10 on the night. Lady Blue Jay Melissa Mitchell led all scor-

ers with 15 points, Megan Kirschner tallied 11, and in limited action, Plymesser had eight.

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By Ritchie Butler The Brown County Press In their first non-conference game of the season, the Fayetteville Lady Rockets defeated the Bethel-Tate Lady Tigers by a score of 64-54. “Bethel has improved,” said

Fayetteville coach Toby Sheets. “They scored some points tonight and did a nice job. This was a good non-conference game.” From the opening tip, the Lady Rockets knew they were in for a fight. Bethel came out hot from the field and jumped

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Fayetteville’s Shelby Sheets makes a jump shot over a Bethel defender during the Lady Rockets’ win.

out to an 11-4 advantage midway through the first frame. Fayetteville slowly clawed its way back into the game behind their leading scorer, Shelby Sheets. The junior, who was 36 points away from 1,000 for her career coming into the night, scored seven points during a two-minute span in the first. Desiree Dutro added a bank shot and Shelby Brown connected on a jumper, pulling the Lady Rockets to within three, at 19-16, before the period ended. Dutro scored twice in the paint during the opening minutes of the second stanza. With 5:59 left in the half, Brown gave Fayetteville its first lead of the night when she stuck back an offensive rebound. The teams traded baskets until just under one minute left in the quarter when Emily Stahl canned a 3-pointer, putting the Lady Rockets in front, 31-30. Sheets added a layup with 22 seconds left, giving Fayetteville a 33-30 advantage at the break. “We needed to play under pressure,” said coach Sheets. “When you play on the road you’re going to take a team’s best shot.” The Lady Tigers didn’t go away in the third period. In fact, Bethel grabbed the lead at 40-39 when Cyra Jones stuck back an offensive board. Brooke Kenneda followed suit and did the same thing two minutes later. With 2:12 left in the third period, Bethel

held a slight 42-39 edge. Dutro quickly responded, tying the score when she converted a three-point play. Brown recaptured the lead for Fayetteville when she put back a rebound with just over one minute left in the third. After two Emily Vanderpool free throws tied the count at 44-44, Emily Stahl drained a three and Dutro scored inside, giving the Lady Rockets a 49-44 lead heading into the final frame. Ashley Scoggins gave Fayetteville a little breathing room when she hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth-quarter scoring. Morgan Gill cut the Lady Rockets’ lead to 54-50 with a score in the paint with 4:24 remaining in the game. After two Sheets free throws, Vanderpool cut the margin to four with a bank shot, but that was as close as Bethel would get. Fayetteville outscored the Lady Tiger 8-2 over the final two minutes, claiming the 6454 win. “We’re playing really well as a team,” said coach Sheets. “Our scoring has been balanced, and I like that.” Four Lady Rockets finished in double figures. Sheets led the way with 19 points. Dutro added 15. Brown chipped in 12 and Stahl netted 10 tallies. Sheets also added 10 assists while Brown grabbed 10 rebounds. Kenneda led Bethel with a game-high 22 points.


Lady Rockets win first non-conference game at BT

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Fayetteville’s Desiree Dutro scores two of her 15 points during the Lady Rockets’ win over Bethel.

Vanderpool added 12. The win lifted Fayetteville to 5-0 overall. The Lady Rockets stand atop the SHL small division with a record of 4-0. In junior varsity action, Fayetteville held off a late run by Bethel, downing the Lady

Tigers, 47-43. Amanda O'Donnell led all scorers with 12 points. Tori Huber and Cheyenne Ramey added nine points each for the Lady Rockets. Whitney Schuster paced Bethel with nine points. Katelyn allen added seven.

Rockets fall to Lions, 56-41 By Jeremy Sharp Press Contributor It’s been a tough season so far for the Fayetteville Rockets. That trend continued on Tuesday, when the Rockets lost a home game to the Fairfield Lions by a final score of 56-41. After the Lions quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead, the Rockets were able to respond with four points of their own halfway through the opening period. However, Fayetteville wouldn’t score again for more then five minutes. Fairfield

held an 11-4 advantage at the end of one. In a quarter that saw five 3pointers made between the teams, it seemed as if the Rockets were climbing back into the game during frame number two. The home team was only down 18-15 with 3:30 to go in the half. But three points was as close as Fayetteville would get. The scoreboard favored Fairfield 26-17 at the end of two. Things went from bad to worse for the Rockets in the second half, as the Lions came out of the tunnel with a 19-3

scoring run that put the game away. When all was said and done, Fayetteville found itself on the short end of a 15-point, 56-41 loss. Zach Durham led the Rockets’ offense with nine points on the night, including a trio of treys. All of Jace Tussey’s points came from the charity stripe; he nailed six free throws. Miah Call, Tyler Guenther, and Trevor Clark each had five points for Fayetteville, while Tyler Gambrel and Steven Forehan had four and three points respectively.


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Western’s Jeanette Cunningham recently signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at William Penn University.

Cunningham signs with William Penn University William Penn University volleyball coach Jeremy Wise has announced the signing of Jeanette Cunningham to a letter of intent to attend the University next fall and compete for the volleyball program. Cunningham, the daughter of Brian and Diana Cunningham, is a native of Mt. Orab, Ohio and will come to Penn from Western Brown HS. The first four-time letterwinner in school history, Cunningham is the program’s

career kill record holder. A three-time first-team allSouthern Buckeye Conference player and one-time secondteam pick, she has also been named Player of the Year. She has also garnered firstteam all-city honors. Cunningham is a four-year scholar-athlete as well. “Jeanette will be a great asset to our team next fall,” Wise said. “She fits in very well with our team and will help fill one of our biggest needs next year. She is a tall middle hitter that also plays

defense very well.” “We need some height on the front row and a true middle hitter that can block from pin to pin and Jeanette should be able to do that next fall,” Wise added. “She has a lot of power in her swing and makes nice shots. She can also serve and pass well. We believe she should make a smooth transition to the college game.” Cunningham plans to major in education/special needs.


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Fayetteville's Tyler Guenther splits two Fairfield defenders during the Rockets’ SHL loss to the Lions on Tuesday.



Jones get dream buck

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Hunting trip pays off for Mt. Orab 6th-grader Submitted Photo

Blain Jones, 14-years-old, killed this 10-point buck with a 26-inch spread on Dec. 6, 2009 near Sardinia on his dad's farm. He is the son of Terry and Bunnie Bolender. He participates in 4H shooting sports and is a straight-A student.

Dakota Wilson, Mt. Orab bagged his second wild boar on a recent hunting trip to Tennessee. This boar, from the 225-pound class, was much tougher to land than last year’s. The boar took one shot from a .257 Roberts at 40 yards and recovered enough to run into the brush. Dakota and his grandpa, Don Geary, Mt. Orab, followed up and found the boar very unhappy and standing his ground. Dakota’s next shot was a frontal shot at about 30 yards, which put the boar down for the count. Dakota is a sixth-grader at Western Brown and the son of Mike and Franci Wilson, Mt. Orab.

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totaling $58,900 to vendors Georgetown IGA, Georgetown Office Supply, Grow Inc., WalMart, Direct TV, Brown Publishing, Clermont Sun, Southern Ohio Council and Abilitations. One was from the Felony Delinquent Custody/Care Fund to vendor Brown County Department of Job and Family Services for $581.25. Three were from the County General Fund/Municipal Court Fund to vendors Judge David Wilson for $344.10, and Thomas Grennan for $417. • Approved Brown County Probate/Juvenile Court Administrator William Carkeek’s request to decrease B20-9 Other Expenses by $4.01 in the Probate Indigent Guardianship Fund and increase B20-5 PERS by $4.01 in that fund. • Approved Brown County Building Inspector James Berry’s request for a $27.43 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated A00 County General funds into 6d18 PERS in the County General Fund. • Approved Brown County Clerk of Courts Tina Meranda’s request for the following appropriation changes in the County General Fund needed to pay bills for the remainder of the year: decrease 2e2 Salaries by $2,457, 2e18 PERS by $412.15 and 2e6 Contract Services by $340 and increase 2e3 Supplies by $3,209.15. • Transferred $9,283 from County General Fund Code 15a15 Transfer Out to Victim’s Assistance Fund Code T30-2 Transfer In. This represents Brown County’s cash match for Grant Year 2009-10 as requested by Brown County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Little. • Entered into a 20-minute executive session with Little to discuss sale of property. • Voted to recess that meeting until Dec. 10. Dec. 10, 2009 The Brown County Board of Commissioners meeting in the regular session reconvened from Dec. 9: • Approved Gusweiler’s request to decrease 2b12c Unemployment by $3,895.30 in the County General Fund and increase 2b28 PERS by $3,895.30 in that fund. • Approved Little’s request for a $284.52 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated B10A Prosecutor Delinquent Tax Assessment Collection funds into B10-11a PERS in the DTAC Fund. • Approved an easement across land owned by the Brown County Agricultural Society in Pleasant Township to .0179 acre of land owned by the Brown County Commissioners. • Approved a revised job description for the Brown County Board of Commissioners’ clerk position effective Dec. 1. • Approved Meranda’s request for a $8,000 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated C40 Common Pleas Court Computer funds into C40-5 Equipment in the Common Pleas Court Computer Fund. • Approved Meranda’s request to decrease C60-2 Equipment by $365.16 in the Certificate of Title Fund and increase C60-1 Salaries by $365.16 in that fund. • Voted to enter into a contract with the Mt. Orab Police Department to house prisoners in the Brown County Adult Detention Center in Georgetown for calendar year 2010. Compensation will be at the incounty rate of $50 per prisoner per day. • Approved the following supplemental appropriations of unappropriated A00 County General funds for the 27th pay period for 2009: increase 6d1 Building Department salaries by $1,443.37, 2c1 Magistrate salaries by $3,245.25, 2c2 Magistrate employee salaries by $1,131.97, 2c19 Juvenile Court salaries by $4,484, 2c31 Home Investigations salaries by $696 and 2d2 Probate Court salaries by $3,396.84. • Voted to reject all proposals received for health insurance agent services and to request quotes for Thursday, April 1, 2010, due in by Thursday, Jan. 20, 2010. • Approved the Brown County Board of Elections’ request for a $1,355 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated A00 County General funds into 3a6a Contract Services/Poll Workers in the County General Fund. These funds will pay for poll worker training, which will be reimbursed from a state grant. • Voted to forgive a $8,000 advance made on Dec. 3, 2008, to the Common Pleas Mediation Fund as requested by thenCommon Pleas Court Judge Alan Corbin. • Approved Gusweiler’s request for the following appropriation changes in the County General Fund: decrease 2b12c Unemployment by $1,288.70,

2b6 Attorney Fees by $3,000, 2b11 Foreign Judge by $1,632.50, 2b2a Transcript Salaries by $3,100, and 2b9 Transcripts by $1,000 and increase 2b2 Salaries by $4,288.70, 2b12d Other expenses by $3,932.50, and 2b3 Supplies by $1,800. The following activity took place Dec. 6-9: • The commissioners and Board of Commissioners’ Assistant Clerk Lisa Spiller attended the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio’s Winter Conference in Columbus. The following activity took place Dec. 8: • Board of Commissioners President Margery Paeltz attended the Adams Brown Counties Economic Opportunities Inc. Board’s monthly meeting in Georgetown. The following activities took place Dec. 9: • Nan Cahall, a representative from the office of U.S. Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, met with Paeltz. • Paeltz attended the Mt. Orab Middle School Christmas Tree Auction at MOMS. • The commissioners attended the Brown County Regional HealthCARE Board of Trustees meeting at Brown County General Hospital in Georgetown. • The commissioners attended the Brown County Trustees and Fiscal Officers Association’s Annual Dinner Meeting at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Georgetown. The following activities took place Dec. 10: • The Brown County Solid Waste Authority held its monthly meeting. • Paeltz attended the Brown Society County Agricultural Appreciation Dinner at the Brown County Fairgrounds. • The commissioners met with Brown County Common Pleas Court Administrator Joni Dotson to discuss appropriations for that court’s 2009 Budget.

Correction The Brown County Commissioners’ Journal published in the Dec. 13 edition of The Brown County Press incorrectly reported the commissioners’ approval of a decrease and corresponding increase in a county budget fund. The Commissioners’ Journal report in the newspaper should have stated the approved commissioners Brown County Probate/Juvenile Court Administrator William Carkeek’s request to decrease M60-1 Salaries by $165.25 in the Felony Delinquent Custody and Care Fund and increase M60-1a Medicare by $165.25 in that fund.


Dec. 9, 2009 The Brown County Board of Commissioners meeting in regular session on this date: • Approved the payment of bills from 21 funds totaling $202,002.86. • Voted to record as a matter of record an Amended Official Certificate of Estimate Resources from the Brown County Budget Commission to the Brown County C o m m i s s i o n e r s ’ Ta x i n g Authority. The certificate indicated an additional $5,000 being placed into A00 General Fund. With a resulting $1,703,322.44 as an unencumbered balance as of this past Jan. 1, $2,206,300 in Taxes and $5,790,000 in Other Sources, that made the total in that line item $9,699,622.44. The certificate also indicated an additional $65,000 in T10 Community Development Block Grant Special Revenue Fund. With a resulting $4,614.17 as an unencumbered balance as of this past Jan. 1 and $259,300 in Other Sources, that made the total in that Special Revenue Fund $263,941.17. The certificate indicated as well $210,167 in a new Special Revenue Fund, A27 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Office of Criminal Justice Services Grant. That amount of money was listed as both Other Sources and the total amount of money funded in that grant. The certificate also indicated an additional $250 in C44 Specific Special Project Fund/Mediation Special Revenue Fund. With a resulting $1,750 as an unencumbered balance as of this past Jan. 1 and $250 in Other Sources, that made the total amount of money funded in that line item $2,000. • Accepted the outcome for a preliminary disciplinary hearing held Dec. 3 for Brown County Communication Center employee Christina Holbrook. All parties agreed to a one-day suspension to be served on Tuesday, Dec. 22. • Approved Community Development Block Grant Coordinator Dorothy Ferris’ request to pay back a $20,000 advance from T10 CDBG Fund T10-18 Advance Out to County General Fund 47a Advance In. • Approved Ferris’ request for a $69,000 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated T10 CDBG funds into T10I5 Projects in the CDBG Fund. • Approved Ferris’ request to pay back a $12,000 advance from T12 Neighborhood Stabilization Program Fund T12I5 Advance Out to County General Fund 47a Advance In. • Approved Brown County Auditor Doug Green’s request for a $461,300 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated J01 Real Estate Assessment Funds into J3 Contract Services in the real Estate Assessment Fund. This was needed to pay for the sexennial reappraisal. • Approved Green’s request for a $2,809.86 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated J01 Real Estate Assessment funds into J1 Salaries. This was needed for the 27th pay period for 2009. • Approved Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger’s request for the following appropriation changes needed to cover expenses for the remainder of the year: decrease 6a3 Supplies by $4,149.78 and 6a3a Detention Supplies by $2,500 and increase 6a17 Unemployment by $2,000, 6a28 Public Employees’ Retirement System by $149.78, 6a2 Salaries by $2,000, and 6a8 Medical by $2,500. • Approved Brown County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Gusweiler’s request for a $500 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated C44 Common Pleas Special Projects funds into C44-6 Other Expenses in the Special Projects Fund. • Approved Brown County Municipal Court Judge Joseph Worley’s request for a $178.15 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated A00 County General funds into 2g2c Visiting Judge in the County General Fund. This was needed to pay Judge David Wilson for services rendered. • Approved Worley’s request for a $417 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated A00 County General funds into 2g3a Attorney Fees. This was needed to pay Thomas Grennan for services rendered. • Approved Brown County Communication Center Director Rob Wilson for a $210,167 supplemental appropriation of unappropriated A27 ARRA OCJS Grant funds into A27-4 Equipment in the ARRA OCJS Fund. This grant award was received from OCJS. • Approved 13 Post Certificate Purchase Orders totaling $60,242.35 from funds not encumbered in a timely manner. Nine were from the Developmental Disabilities Fund

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The Houston house following the fire on December 10th. Most of the roof is missing after the fire began in the attic.

Macon family escapes house fire CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Each time he would return, Tammy would scream at him to stay outside. Jimmy said later that he stopped going back in because the flashlight in his hand would no longer penetrate the smoke. That and his very insistent wife. All five of them had escaped the fire, and now stood in the cold and watched the uninsured home burn. Neighbor Tina Stivers noticed the commotion. “I saw the flames, woke my parents and called 911”, Stivers said. Then she invited the family into her home. One of the first things she did was give Logan the shoes off her feet. The Houston family spent

the night in the Stivers home. The Red Cross arrived soon after the fire with vouchers for clothing and food. The staff and students of the Eastern Brown came together to help. The family moved in temporarily with Tammy’s sister in Winchester, making a home of three people a home of eight. All of this made it somewhat easier for Tammy to deal with her cancer surgery. Tammy was one week away from having part of her right lung removed when the fire broke out. The cancer was found when doctors were examining her from an earlier, different cancer treatment. When asked about everything that was on her plate at the moment, Tammy teared up

and admitted that she was overwhelmed and scared. Jimmy was also a little emotional saying “there’s no words” to fully describe how he felt. “We got out with our lives”, Tammy said. They both said they have a long list of family and friends to thank for coming to their aid. They didn’t want to mention anyone for fear of leaving someone out. Jimmy works in construction and said business is slow this time of year. Tammy is a stay at home mom, facing a three month recovery from surgery. So Christmas 2009 could be better for the Houstons...but they both say it could have been worse...0a lot worse.

Local company taking the lead in producing bioengineered soybean seeds CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 farmers are the increased yields promised by the 2010 corn seeds. “Farmers will be able to plant 95 percent of their fields with these biotech seeds instead of the current 80 percent”, Lawwill said. “This will result in significantly higher yields at harvest time.” Agriculture experts advise corn farmers to set aside a certain amount of their crop as “refuge” or without biotech traits. The idea is for insects to feed on the refuge so they do not develop a resistance to the properties in the insect-resistant biotech corn. Lawwill said the “Genuity SmartStax” corn is actually

designed to kill the insects that feed on it. He added that this allows farmers to avoid spraying insecticide on their crops, some of which may find its way into the groundwater supply because of runoff. Lawwill said that the insect killing trait in the corn is present during the beginning and middle of the plants growth cycle and disappears before harvest. He added that extensive studies have been done to make sure the insect-resistant trait of the corn is not harmful to humans. Soybeans are also a large part of Bio Gene Seeds. Lawwill said the 2010 “Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield” soybeans also promise

a higher yield than the 2009 seeds based on independent research and testing. Brown County residents also play a role in the soybean products at Bio Gene. “We contract with local farmers to produce the raw seeds that we condition and sell”, said Lawwill. The company contracts about 2500 acres in Brown County for landowners to provide the raw seeds. The company processes the seeds onsite in Sardinia. Similar work with corn is done at a company facility in Illinois. Lawwill said that Bio Gene has annual sales of approximately 8 million dollars a year in the high competitive agriculture industry.

Mt. Nebo UMC Christmas production presented

Health Board votes to drop lawsuit against County Budget Commission

Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church's children's ministries will present "The Little Drummer Boy - What Gift Will You Bring?" on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. The church is located at 11693 State Route 774 Bethel, (Just 3.2 miles north of Hamersville). For directions or more information please call the church office at (937) 3791225 or Susan Davidson at (937) 379-1791.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of licensure and compliance. BCSWA agreed to contract with the Health Board for BCHD to install an air quality program at the Rumpke landfill at sites to be determined by the Health Board; to monitor those sites bimonthly for the first three months and then monthly thereafter; perform partial landfill and (junk) tire

inspections weekly; and to perform complete landfill and tire inspections monthly. Lawsuit Background Given BCHD has asked earlier this year for BCBC to assess $260,000 from Brown County’s 16 townships and 10 villages to help pay for the department’s operations in 2010. At its regular meeting Aug. 3, the Budget Commission voted unanimously to assess

only about half that requested amount – $130,304 – from those townships and villages during next fiscal year to help fund the Health Department. The Health Board claimed in the lawsuit that the Brown County Health Department had certain duties required by state law, and it was the obligation of the Brown County Budget Commission to allocate sufficient funds to perform those duties.

Eastern HIgh School hosts Foundation Games The girls and boys basketball programs at Eastern High School recently hosted Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Foundation Games in collaboration with Blanchester High School. The mission of the OHSAA Foundation is to provide scholarship, leadership and service opportunities for Ohio’s student-athletes. In connection with the game, Eastern Local Schools sponsored a district wide canned food drive so as to provide food for the needy in our area. Proceeds from the boys and girls contests totaled $2000. $1000 was donated to the OHSAA Foundation scholarship program and $1000 was split between the Decatur Food Pantry and the Sardinia Inter-Faith Food Pantry.



Commissioners’ Journal

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Steve Hahn of the Decatur Food Pantry, Jennifer Grimes, Principal of Eastern High School, Dylan Fain, Athletic Director of Eastern High School, David Granger of the Agape Council.

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Five Mile Old-Fashion Holiness Church, 3641 State Route 286, Sterling Township, will present its Annual Christmas Program at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The church choir will perform traditional Christmas carols, and the youth group will present “No Room,” a modern-day Christmas play. The program will be followed by a catered luncheon. Further information is available by calling Pastor Bob Sandlin at (513) 550-3476. Bible Chapel United Church of Christ, 119 North Avenue, Hamersville, will hold its “Blue Christmas” service at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, for those who find Christmas is not the same for them due to the loss of a loved one or a hardship in one’s life. Children’s Ministry of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church, 11693 State Route 774 north of Hamersville, will present “The Little Drummer Boy – What Gift Will You Bring?” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Further information is available by calling the church office at (937) 379-1225 or Susan Davidson at (937) 379-1791. Wilson Sroufe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9772 will host its Annual Santa Claus Night at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the VFW Hall, 117 W. Main St., Mt. Orab. Monday Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Commissioners’ Office, 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown. Free bingo will be offered to senior citizens 60 and older 9:45-11:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Brown County Senior Nutrition Center, 505 N. Main St., Georgetown. Those coming are asked to bring a wrapped $1 gift for the prize table. All senior citizens are invited to attend for fun, fellowship and food. A regular nutritional lunch will be served at noon each weekday at the Center. Northern Brown Senior Center at St. Martin’s Chapel Hall in St. Martin will host activities for senior citizens 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. A Christmas Party is scheduled. All area citizens 55 and older are invited to attend. Brown County General Hospital Auxiliary will not hold a December meeting on Monday, Dec.21, but will hold its next meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in the BCGH Executive Conference Room in Georgetown. The Auxiliary normally meets at 1 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Brown County Health Department will conduct a H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic for everyone 6 months

and older 2-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Mt. Orab First Baptist Church, 704 S. High St., Mt. Orab. These free clinics are first come first serve while vaccine supplies last. Further information is available by calling BCHD at (937) 378- 6892. Sardinia Village Council Finance Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Sardinia Town Hall, 151 Maple Ave., Sardinia. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter in Mt. Orab will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 220 S. High St. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 377-2501. TOPS Chapter in Ripley will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Ripley Church of The Nazarene, 230 N. Second St. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 377-2501. TOPS Chapter in Sardinia will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Sardinia Church of The Nazarene on Sardinia-Mowrystown Road. Further information is available by calling Bobbi Wilson at (937) 4464662. Eastern Local School District Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the District Administrative Offices on U.S. 62 south of Macon. Mt. Orab Lions Club Directors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Houser Law Offices, 750 S. High St., Mt. Orab. Holy Trinity Church at Seventh and Wood streets in Batavia will host bingo at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the kitchen at 6 p.m. Aberdeen Village Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Municipal Building. Sterling Township Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Township Hall at Eastwood and Greenbush West roads. Anyone with township business should contact the trustees prior to the meeting. This is a change from the normal meeting date on the last Monday of each month. Russellville Community Action Planners will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Rambler Community Center in Russellville. Carey Bavis Post No. 180 and Auxiliary of the American Legion, 1001 S. Main St., Georgetown, will meet at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Post. Monday through Thursday Ripley Farmers’ Market will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. MondayWednesday, Dec. 21-23, and 9 a.m.p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. The Market will be closed Friday and Saturday, Dec. 24 and 25, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and remain closed until it moves to its new location at 14 Main St. in downtown Ripley. News about the move and

reopening is expected to be reported in The Brown County Press. The Market currently is located at 30 Main St. in downtown Ripley across from the Union Township Public Library and is run by its Vendors’ Association. Further information is available by contacting Julie Kline at (937) 3921543 or Vicki Bixler at (937) 5150109. Tuesday Brown County Health Department, 826 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown, will administer general immunizations 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, or other days by appointments. Those wishing to be immunized need to bring their shot records with them. Seasonal flu shot administration is finished for this year, and swine flu shots are available presently only for priority groups at special clinics with their times to be announced. Further information is available by calling (937) 378-6892 or 1-866-867-6892 or by watching for specific announcements in The Brown County Press. Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, and AlAnon Family Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Both meetings will take place at Sardinia Town Hall, 151 Maple Ave., Sardinia. Adams Brown Community Action Program will host bingo every Tuesday, including Dec. 22, at 406 W. Plum St., Georgetown. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with bingo beginning at 7 p.m. Further information is available by calling (937) 378-6041, Ext. 257. Whiteoak Valley Grange will hold its Carry-In Christmas Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Grange Office on East Main Street in Mowrystown. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish and a $3 gift for a gift exchange. Wednesday Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Commissioners’ Office, 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown. Brown County Subdivision Regulations Review Board Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Brown County Planning Commission Office, 740 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown. The Committee normally meets at 9 a.m. each Thursday at the Brown County Planning Commission Office. Rambler Weavers will not meet on Wednesdays, Dec. 23 or 30, because of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holidays, but will resume its weekly meetings 9:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at the Rambler Center in Russellville. Membership in the Rambler Weavers group is open to any interested person. Further information is available by calling Geri Cahall at (937) 3783426. TOPS Chapter in Aberdeen will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Riverbend Apartments Community Room. Further information is available by calling Kaye

Nichols at (937) 377-2501. Southern Hills Joint Vocational School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the District Office in Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, 9193 Hamer Road, Georgetown. Yoga class will be held 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Mt. Orab United Methodist Church. The cost is $8. Further information is available by calling Jane Amiot at (513) 535-7507. Mt. Orab United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas Eve Eve Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, in the Western Brown High School Auditeria in Mt. Orab. Ripley Life Squad will host bingo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Life Squad Building, 799 S. Second St., Ripley. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Thursday St. Michael Church (Mt. Orab) Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at 220 S. High St., Mt. Orab. St. Patrick Chapel of St. Angela Merici Parish Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at 130 Stone Alley, Fayetteville. New Harmony United Methodist Church, 1445 New Harmony-Shiloh Road, Pike Township, will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. Further information is available by contacting Pastor Don Mundy at (513) 7344334. Buford Church of Christ will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. St. Martin Chapel of St. Angela Merici Parish Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, at 20864 State Route 251, St. Martin. George A. Lambert Post 755 of the American Legion will not host bingo Thursdays, Dec. 24 and 31, because of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holidays, but will resume hosting bingo on Thursday, Jan, 7, 2010, at the Legion Hall on College Avenue in Sardinia. Instant bingo will begin at 6 p.m., Early Bird bingo at 7:15 p.m. and regular bingo at 7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous will meet 8:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Mt. Orab. Mt. Orab United Methodist Church, 212 Church St., will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at the church. Friday St. Michael Church (Mt. Orab) Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 25, at 220 S. High St., Mt. Orab. St. Patrick Chapel of St. Angela Merici Parish Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday,

COURT NEWS Property Sales


Janet M. Herring to Steven J. and Loretta S. Mezger, 5.28 acres, Sterling Twp., $92,000 Joseph W. and Susan McKee to J. Keith Hermann, Lot 25 (Germann Addition), Ripley Village, $41,000 Carolyn R. Breisler to Brian C. Day, Lot 15 (Decatur Lots), Byrd Twp., $55,500 Loran D. and Lorene D. Grooms to Grant Grooms and Brandi Kelly, Lot 3 (Rustic Ranch Subdivision), Clark Twp., $28,000 Toy Hazenfield to Gary Andrew Riley, Lot 18 (Brownsville Lots), Clark Twp., $20,000 Household Realty Corporation to Randi K. Evans, 7.39 acres, Eagle Twp., and .28 acre, Jackson Twp., $63,125 Michael S. and Julie Rigdon to Liquidation Properties Inc., Lot 2675 (Lake Waynoka Subdivision), Franklin Twp., $60,000 Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Jeffery Siefert, Lots 429 and 430 (Lake Lorelei Subdivision), Perry Twp., $75,000 Raymond E. Toncray to Federal National Mortgage Association, 2 acres, Perry Twp., $28,334 CB & Sons Inc. to Federal National Mortgage Association, Lot 160, Georgetown Village, $14,000 Bette Lou Lucas to Jonathon E. Cunningham, 2.1 acres, Scott Twp., $40,000 Jinger Barefoot to James F. and Deborah L. Griffith, .67 acre, Union Twp., $82,500

Linda M. Colston, 36, Sardinia, self-employed worker, and Todd Wesley Haas, 33, Sardinia, self-employed worker Christina Diane Dabbs, 28, Mt. Orab, manufacturing worker, and Roger Daniel Brown, 22, Mt. Orab, student


Probate Arville Lee Alcorn, Williamsburg, Case No. 20091204, DOD 11/02/09, file date 12/11/09 Joseph William Fauth, Ripley, Case No. 20091203, DOD 10/11/09, file date 12/11/09 David C. Garrett, Russellville, Case No. 20091199, DOD 09/25/09, file date 12/10/09 Rose Anna Jordan, Sardinia, Case No. 20091201, DOD 10/20/97, file date 12/10/09 Samuel Wesley Jordan, Sardinia, Case No. 20091202, DOD 11/25/09, file date 12/10/09 Elbert Malone, Georgetown, Case No. 20091198, DOD 10/12/08, file date 12/09/09 Leslie Eugene McKibben, Russellville, Case No. 20091200, DOD 07/12/09, file date 12/10/09 Alfred Lee Shaw, Williamsburg, Case No. 20091197, DOD 01/13/09, file date 12/08/09

Common Pleas CIVIL CASES Green Tree Servicing, L.L.C., formerly known as Green Tree Financial Servicing Corporation vs. Paul K. Baker et al, foreclosure Brown County Treasurer Connie Patrick vs. Benny J. Jackson et al, foreclosure Brown County Treasurer Connie Patrick vs. Steven Overstake et al, foreclosure Capital One Bank (U.S.A.), N.A. vs. William J. Richey, other civil Capital One Bank (U.S.A.), N.A. vs. Susann Q. Royalty, other civil DOMESTIC CASES John Schuler, Ripley, vs. Robert McKenzie, Ripley, domestic violence Amy Wright, Georgetown, vs. Jeremy Wright, Mt. Orab, domestic violence Amy Wright, Georgetown, vs. Ami Blakely, Mt. Orab, stalking order Rebecka Robbins, Williamsburg, vs. Josh Foreman, Mt. Orab, stalking order Kyle Shuemake, Bethel, vs. Chad Banyea, Mt. Orab, stalking order Mark L. Reynolds, Georgetown, vs. Lisa Reynolds, Georgetown, dissolution of marriage Amy J. Hoop, Russellville, vs. Jeremy L. Hoop, Russellville, dissolution of marriage Samantha Howell, Sardinia, vs. Gary Seitz, Sardinia, domestic violence Scott Rutan, Georgetown, vs. Nancilyn Rutan, Georgetown, termination of marriage Jessica Barnett, Georgetown, vs. Brandon Barnett, Winchester, dissolution of marriage Crystal L. Hafer, Ripley, vs. Mark D. Hafer, Ripley, domestic violence William D. Jimison, Sardinia, vs. Tonya Jimison, Mt. Orab, termination of marriage Lance V. Corsi, Hamersville, vs. Tracy Shumake, Feesburg, domestic violence Lance V. Corsi, Hamersville, vs. Devon Jackson, Feesburg, stalking order Deborah Bodley, Fayetteville, vs. William Richardson, Fayetteville, domestic violence

Dec. 25, at 130 Stone Alley, Fayetteville. Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25, at Sardinia Town Hall, 151 Maple Ave., Sardinia. Saturday Ripley Life Squad will host bingo at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Life Squad Building, 799 S. Second St., Ripley. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Courts-Fussnecker Post 367 of the American Legion will host a dance 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Post, 2944 Elk River Road, Ripley. The event is open to the public. Upcoming Events Cherry Ridge Farms, 4158 Vinegar Hill Road, Scott Township, will offer Mini Equestrian Day Camps 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Dec. 27 and 28. Registration fees are $65 per day and include pictures taken throughout the day and a craft to take home. There are limited registrations for ages 5 and up, so early registration is recommended. Further information is available by calling (937) 444-3757. New and Small Farm College will be held 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 4, 2010, at the Fayette County Extension and Agriculture Center, 1415 U.S. 22 SW, Washington Court House. Ongoing Events Beef Performance and Carcass Quality Contest will be conducted once again as part of the 2010 Junior Beef Show at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. Ohio youths enrolled in Market Beef projects will have the opportunity to participate. Cattle must be weighed and identified between Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. Further information is available by contacting Carrie Pickworth at pickworth.3@ or (330) 2871375 or Kenny Wells at wells.296@ or (740) 286-3803. Emergency Adams-Brown Home Energy Assistance Program temporarily has extended its hours of operation one evening each week. The hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays only. Walk-ins are accepted daily 8-11 a.m. Brown County residents interested in the program may contact the Adams Brown Community Action Program Office in Georgetown at 1-800-5537393 or (937) 378-6041, Ext. 253 or 254, to schedule an appointment. Outreach is available for the very elderly or disabled. Ohio Department of Health H1N1 Call Center has expanded its hours to 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. That center, which may be reached toll-free at 1-866800-1404, will be staffed during that time to answer questions from the public about influenza and vaccine. ODH has added an H1N1 vaccine registration component to its website at Ripley Community Food Pantry, which is housed in the downstairs of First Presbyterian Church, 114 Mulberry St., Ripley, needs help in replenishing its supply of food to help needy people in the Ripley community. Anyone desiring to help or obtain further information may contact Nathan Poff at (937) 392-4869 or Cecil and Shirley Black at (937) 3924897. Brown County Senior Citizens Center in Georgetown is offering assistance to individuals needing to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program designed to help low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. Anyone desiring information, wishing to have questions answered or wishing to make an appointment should not hesitate to call (937) 378-6603. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Brown County Animal Shelter in Georgetown needs volunteers to stop in and take its dogs for a walk. Senior citizens and families are welcome, and children may walk the canines if an adult is with them. Walkers are needed each day but Sunday, and the Shelter is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Brown County Health Department, 826 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown, is offering “free and confidential” HIV and Hepatitis C screening by appointment only. Anyone wishing to schedule an appointment may call (937) 378-6892 or toll free at 1-866-867-6892. This free service is offered by the South Central Ohio Education and Test Center in coordination with BCHD. Southern Hills Adult Education Department offers adults an array of computer classes throughout the school year at Southern Hill Career and Technical Center, 9193 Hamer Road, Georgetown. Anyone wanting further information or wishing to register for a class may contact Southern Hills Adult Education at (937) 3786131, Ext. 357.

NB&T Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NBTF), parent company of The National Bank and Trust Company, Wilmington, has declared a dividend of $.29 per share payable Jan. 25, 2010 to shareholders of record Dec. 30, 2009. This dividend is the same as the previous quarter and the same as declared in December 2008. John J. Limbert, President and CEO, commented, "While many of the large national and regional banks are making news paying back taxpayer money, we're proud to part of the local community bank fraternity that did not take any TARP funds, but instead is paying back our shareholders for their continued investment in us and their local communities." National Bank and Trust, with assets of $555 million, operates 19 banking offices and an insurance subsidiary, NB&T Insurance Agency, Inc., in Clinton, Clermont, Brown, Warren and Highland counties.

Moler Raceway Park schedules 2009 Banquet of Champions Moler Raceway Park's Third Annual Banquet of Champions will be held on Jan. 16 at the VFW Post 3954 located at 4070 Greenbriar Road, Batavia, Ohio to honor the top drivers of the 2009 season. For further information contact Kim at (937) 4446215, email Any updates will be on our website:

The Ripley River Village Christmas Raffle Winners The following list is the includes the raffle item, raffle winner and where to pick the item up at: $100 Savings Bond, JoAnn Fauta, First State Bank Ripley; Organic Farm T-shirt, Roberta Platt, Farmers Market; Tiny’s Christmas Plaque, Roberta Platt, Farmers Market; RVC Grill Set, Toni England, Farmers Market; Organic Farm T-shirt, Susan Poole, Farmers Market; Rockin’ Robins Gift Cert, Susan Poole, Farmers Market; Ripley Federal Sno-Globe, Seldon R. Elam, Farmers Market; Christmas Story Video, Sherri Evans, Farmers Market; Farmers Market Lunch, Rosie Scott, Farmers Market; RVC Stuffed Animal, Jerry McAfee, Farmers Market; Exp Ripley Rankin Print, W Hampton, First State Bank Ripley; Sunset Grill 5 Pizzas, Leon S, Farmers Market; Bristow $25 Gift Card, Jim Malone, Farmers Market; Kinkead Ridge Basket, Joni Kellum, Farmers Market (Must be 21-Bring ID please); P Dengler Make-up Gift Cert, Rhonda Brandenburg, Farmers Market; RVC Stuffed Animal, Rob Ramsey, Farmers Market. All prizes are as is, no cash substitutes, and must be picked up by Feb. 7, 2010. Ripley River Village Christmas Committee wishes to thank all the merchants who contributed these great prizes and all the people who entered the raffle. This money allowed us to have over 500 luminaries for 2 nights, free wagon rides on Saturday, advertising, and promotion. Please call Fred Dengler at 392-5476 with any questions.


Sunday Ohio’s Deer Gun Season concludes Sunday, Dec. 20. Further information is available by reading the 2009-10 Ohio Hunting Regulations or visiting on the Internet. Ohio’s Archery Season remains open until Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010.

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MYSTERY SHOPPERS, earn up to $100 per day, undercover shoppers needed to judge retail & dining establishments, 300 - APTS. UNFURNISHED experience not required. $450, GEORGETOWN, 1br, living, kitchen, bath1-877-581-1844. room, all utilities inNOW HIRING: Compa- cluded, heat extra $75, no nies desperately need em- bills, Kalra ployees to assemble prod- 937-483-4102. ucts at home. No selling, any hours. $500 weekly FREE RENT potential. Info. 1 & 2BR apartments, 1-985-646-1700 DEPT. Williamsburg, all utilities OH-7268 included except electric. Ask about 1br FREE OWNER OPERATORS RENT and $90. deposit ONLY special. 513-724-7802. * Yes we are busy * Midwest only 2BR APARTMENTS * Dry Van w/attached garage in a * Plate Program 1-story tri-plex w/an * Repeat Customers... equipped kitchen & launMuch more dry room, ample closet For details, call space, patio & a yard. No ANYTIME! steps, private street. Dar888-446-4642 ling apartments. Utilities not included. Small pets PINE RIDGE Pine Vil- allowed. Located at the lage Residential Home Sandstone Estates, a maInc., Williamsburg, Ohio. ture-living community in Now accepting applica- Mt. Orab. 513-625-4522. tions for 2nd and 3rd ACCEPTING APPLIshift, to work with men- CATIONS for 1, 2 & tally and physically chal- 3br, Equal Opportunity lenges adults. Must have Housing, apply at Forest clean background check, Glade Apartments, 9001 good driving record and Airport Rd., Georgetown, high school OH, 937-378-4565. diploma/GED. No expeEXCEPTIONAL rience necessary will SPECIAL train. Please call Teresa 1br, Really Big! or Danny @ Lots of Storage 513-724-3460 if interA/C ested. All Single Story RESPONSIBLE FEw/private patio MALE to provide care Quiet, well taken care of for 2 year old boy in my property! Hamersville area home, THIS IS WORTH A 2-5 days/week, 7am-2pm. LOOK! Call 937-379-4800. 513-724-3951 SALES PERSON/ FOR RENT: 1br apartESTIMATOR ment, upstairs, Sardinia. Maaco, a progressive Electric heat, tenant pays Body shop seeks an ener- all utilities. $300/mo., degetic individual. Prefer posit required. w/automotive experience. 937-205-0848 or Good communication 937-446-9565. skills a must. Will train. Excellent earning potenFREE, FREE, FREE tial. Mr. Saha Efficiency unfurnished, 513-752-2720. ready now, nice size! A/C, extra storage, TAKING APPLICAsingle story! TIONS - Direct Care Short term available Staff needing first shift. $YES, IT DOES PAY Must be able to pass a TO COMPARE$ back ground check, have 513-724-3951 a diploma or GED & Will Train. Must have a clear GEORGETOWN: 1 & 2 driving record; be able to bedroom apartments. All drive in city and sur- utilities included. Starting rounding areas. Will not at $445 month. Daytime answer calls left on an- 937-378-6146, evenings swering machine. For 513-752-6549. more information call LIMITED TIME OF937-446-2803. FER - GEORGETOWN VILLAGE OF Aberdeen -2BR $500/MO. & also is now accepting applica- 3br apartments w/garage tions for an Ohio Certi- available for $675/mo. fied Waste Water Opera- $675/dep. Pets allowed. tor. Class 1 Water license 513-253-8170 or and Class 2 Sewer license 513-616-3504 required. Send application to: MT. ORAB - 1br apartVillage of Aberdeen ment at $495/mo. You c/o Mayor Renchen pay NO utilities. PO Box 509 937-444-4168 or Aberdeen, OH 45101 513-739-5550.

Telephone 937-379-2032 for further information. “I would like you to join us for a very exciting future.”

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300 - APTS. UNFURNISHED 303 - HOUSES FOR RENT LYTLE TRACE Apartments, Williamsburg, OH. Unfurnished, age 62+, 1br, secure building, utilities included, rent subsidized, laundry room, community room, library, cozy living. Call 513-724-3358. MT. ORAB - 2br apartment, 1st floor, $450/mo., $450/dep., no pets. 937-444-2689. MT. ORAB - DECEMBER SPECIAL - 2br, 1ba, $575/mo., $575/dep., w/washer/dryer, stove, refrigerator, water/sewer/garbage included. Also brand new, $600/mo. w/cathedral ceilings. 513-504-3368 or 513-616-6817.

MT. ORAB 2BR Townhouse apartments, CALL ABOUT OUR CURRENT SPECIAL! Fully equipped kitchen, central air, natural gas heat, on-site laundry. No pets. No HUD/Section 8, $565 and up. Deposit same as rent. Water, sewer & trash included. On Candlelight Way off E. Main St. Visit our photo gallery & website @

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MT. ORAB, 2br apartment, water/garbage/heat included, newly renovated, $500/mo. plus deposit, 1yr. lease. 513-403-0407. NOW RENTING One bedroom apartment, utilities included. Rent is income based. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria and have a mental illness. For more information call Amanda 937-378-6041, Ext. 257

RIPLEY SCHOOLHOUSE Apartments, 1br units available, Move-in Rent Special, rent-$255 plus utilities, for Seniors 62 years old, disabled or handicapped. For questions call 937-392-9216 or 937-378-6603. Managed by Brown County Senior Citizens Council.

SARDINIA - Apt. 3br, no smoking or dogs $550. plus deposit some utilities paid. 513-309-4319.

303 - HOUSES FOR RENT 3BR, GOSHEN area, $650/mo., plus deposit. Available January 1, 2010. 513-625-5563 or 513-404-4543. GEORGETOWN AREA, large 2br, 1ba, brand new kitchen, new carpet, secluded farm setting, 2-person max., $550/mo., 1st & last month up front. 513-310-7312.

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HOUSE FOR rent, 2br, WBS, nice neighborhood, $575/mo. plus deposit. 937-379-1128. MT. ORAB - Nice 3br, 1ba brick ranch home, 2-car garage, C/A, gas heat, electric range, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, next to park, no smoking, no pets, references required, $750/mo. + security deposit. May consider lease/option to buy. 513-505-3085. WHY RENT when you can own. 4br, 1ba, basement, 1-acre lot, Mt. Orab. 3br, 2ba, Lake Waynoka. Call 937-515-4734.

HEALTHSOURCE OF OHIO, A network of community health centers offers quality care close to home, has many opportunities now available. MEDICAL ASSISTANT 30 hrs/wk - Batavia Graduate from MA program required. At least one year medical office experience desired. MEDICAL ASSISTANT 40 hrs/wk - Eastgate Graduate from MA program required. At least one year medical office experience desired. We offer an excellent benefit package Apply online by visiting our website at: Email resumes to: Or fax to: 513-576-1018 M/F/D/V Equal Opportunity Employer

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

HOUSE FOR Sale, 3br, 307 - MOBILE HOMES 1.5ba, newly remodeled kitchen, newer heat FOR RENT 2BR MOBILE home for pump, 30x40 garage Call rent, WBSD, 1.5-acres, w/bath. $385/mo. Call 937-378-1710. 513-284-8585. LOW INCOME? Want a 2BR, 1-ACRE, large new home? Call to eat-in kitchen, very nice pre-qualify. & clean, garage, no pets, 888-410-0461. Call to good credit, $500/mo. pre-qualify. plus deposit. 513-575-3715. 937-444-3701. LOW INCOME? Want a 2BR, 1BA, newly remod- new home? Call to eled, no pets, stove, pre-qualify. fridge, W/D hookup. 888-410-0461. $400/mo., $400/dep. Wahlsburg area, refer- NEW HOMES for sale ences & proof of income. starting at $128,000, Mt. Orab. Call 513-625-5563 937-378-3654. or 513-404-4548. Buy FOR RENT mobile while you can get your home 14x70, 2br, newly tax credit - first time remodeled on US Rt. 62 homebuyer. between Macon & Ash Ridge, $400/rent, SPECIAL FHA, financ$400/dep. No pets. ing available for new homes. Call to pre-qual937-446-2155. ify. 513-575-3715. FOR RENT: 3br, 2ba doublewide, WBS, no SPECIAL FHA, financpets, $650/mo., $500/dep. ing available for new 513-724-5534 or homes. Call to pre-qualify. 513-575-3715. 937-302-7992. SARDINIA, 2BR mobile 403- MOBILE HOMES home, no pets, $395 plus FOR SALE deposit. Also 2br house 1999-16X80 4BR/2BA coming available. Call Singlewide available. 937-695-1469. Will set up on your lot, w/low monthly payments 308-OFFICE/BUSINESS starting at $250 to qualiSPACE FOR RENT fied buyers. Call or stop UPTOWN BUILDING, by Homes “R” Us for details prime location, 2000sq. more ft., great for retail or of- 937-444-2539. fice space. Call DOUBLE937-205-1678 for details. 2-28X80 WIDES available 400 - HOUSES FOR SALE 2005/2008 models, 139 MUNSTER, Lake 4br/5br. Will set up on Lorelei, 3br, 2ba manu- your lot w/monthly payfactured home on two ments starting as low as large lots w/mature shade $400 to qualified buyers. overlooking the lake, For more details call or large kitchen, stone fire- stop by at Homes “R” Us place, master suite w/ja- 937-444-2539. cuzzi tub. Oversize 2-car detached garage. Possible 2-LAND/HOME PACKshort term owner financ- AGES available. 3br/2ba ing $79,900 OBO. doublewides, located just minutes off Hwy. 32 in 513-460-1269, Sardinia/Winchester. Fi937-213-2060. nancing available. For 2-STORY VICTORIAN more details call or stop house, 2br, basement, un- by Homes “R” Us attached garage, new fur- (937)444-2539. nace & roof, beautiful woodwork, convenient lo- COUNTRY LIVING, $0 cation, Georgetown, Down, 3br, 2ba. Call to pre-qualify. $60,500. 937-378-0476. 513-575-3715. AFFORDABLE, CUSTOM homes by Ameri- LOW INCOME? Want a ca’s #1 home builder, live new home? Call to the American Dream! pre-qualify. 888-410-0461. 513-575-3715.


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LAFAYETTE PLACE APARTMENTS Equal Opportunity Housing NOW RENTING 1 Bedroom apartments, rent is income based, utilities are included in the rent. Applications can be obtained at 406 West Plum St., Room. 99, Georgetown, Ohio; Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Friday’s from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Lafayette Place Apartments, 190 Lindsey Lane, Fayetteville, Ohio 45118. To qualify, you must be income eligible and be at least 62 years of age or older. For more information contact:

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MORRISON PLACE APARTMENTS Now renting 2 bedroom apartment with a den, rent starting at $550.00 with attached garage, washer & dryer hookups. For 55 & older accepting applications

For questions call Amanda

937-378-6041 ext. 257 405 - 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)



ANTIQUE SHIFFEROBE, must see! Call for price. Will negotiate. 513-734-7524.

MALTIPOO-MALES only, 8mos., shots current, 7 lbs., one white, one black, one brown. $100/cash. 937-378-2113.

606 - FARM MERCHANDISE 364 INTERNATIONAL, 850 & 8N Ford tractors w/bush hogs, disk, tillers, finish mowers, will sell separate. Also, 25HP Kubota, 55HP Ford, both are 4x4’s w/loaders, 1 is skid loader w/compatible bucket, both are low hours, can deliver, 937-402-0769.



FOR SALE by Owner 10-acre farm in Eastern Brown School District. 3br home, 48x64 pole barn w/4 horse stalls + hay loft, 24x32 Eq. barn, 12x16 workshop w/gas heat, 4-acres - wooded, 5-acres fenced in for horses. Very private. Call 513-335-7327 after 4pm for more info.

1 YEAR. SEASONED & split mixed hardwood, $80, full size truck load thrown in & thrown out. Will deliver in area between Mt. Orab & Felicity & Amelia & Georgetown. 937-379-5071.

504 - BUSINESS SERVICES PONDER SERVICE SPECIALISTS * HVAC * Electrical * Tile * Appliance Repair * Dry Wall * Plumbing * Renovations * Painting * Rental Turns * Fully Insured 24/7 Emergency Service Available

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POMERANIAN PUPPIES, 8wks. old, cream & white, $100/ea. Call 937-509-7169. PUPPY RESCUE cepting litters, pickup, Non-kill. In ness for 15 years. 513-885-9943.

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614 - HORSES/LIVESTOCK 2-3 YR old goats; Purebred Nubian Does w/Nubian Doelings at side. 2 yr old Doe Bred to Freshen in June. Yearling Doe open, born June 11, 2006. Call after 5pm for prices. Interested calls only, please. Call 937-764-1260.


BETTER-N-BENZ WOODBURNING Fire- 615-MISC. FOR SALE place insert, $425. Call 4 BRAND new Toyota 937-378-4808. Camrey 5 lug 16” steel FIREWOOD FOR Sale, rims with Toyota hub seasoned & split hard- caps with emblem still in wood, 1/2 cord $80 deliv- the boxes. $150 FIRM. ered & thrown out. Contact 513-876-3403. 513-876-3403. FOR SALE Firewood, sold by State Regulations, u-pick up or we deliver. For fast friendly service call Cox Firewood at: 937-378-4309 No answer, leave message or call 937-515-5829 Located 3600 SR 125 Georgetown, OH State & County Voucher welcome

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


RESIDENTIAL CLEANING or just needing some spring cleaning, great rates, and even better references. Call for a quote, or for more information. 513-255-4342.

FOR SALE, seasoned DOLL HOUSE, handdeluxe firewood, $100/cord. made, 38”Wx25”Dx33”H, fur937-515-6973. nished/accessorized, $550. 937-444-7123. 611 - WANTED TO BUY CASH PAID for movies, T.V.'s, CD's, records, FOR SALE - 30,000 sq. toys, jewelry, furniture, ft. pre-finished wood antiques, books, used cars, flooring. Towler’s Felictools. almost anything. ity. 513-315-4360. WANTED - Someone to Call 937-378-2850. do light cleaning in our FORD PARTS, motors, home one day per week. 613-PETS AND SUPPLIES transmission. For sale, 6WK. OLD MIXED Please send references, from 1830’s very lumber salary requirements and LAB/HUSKIES, cute & lovable. $10/ea. home, oak, all parts. contact information to: Just in time for Christ- 937-289-1040. CLEANING mas. 513-875-3037. 219 South High Street Mt. Orab, OH 45154 SOLID OAK 8-piece AUSSIE-COLLIE PUPdining room set, $1500 PIES, $50, just in time 507 - SEWING OBO. Size 26 wedding for Christmas, very cute, dress, Robot sweeper& ALTERATIONS will hold until Christmas brand new, $200 OBO. For all your sewing needs Eve. 937-695-0387. Call 937-444-2905. for you, your family and your home. Call 937-444- FREE 6WK. old kittens, 4276. Reasonable rates, 3-males, 2-females. Some 701 - LOST AND FOUND short, some long haired. FOUND IN Russellville expert service. Yellow & white. Call near Ricky’s Nursery, 600 - FURNITURE 937-444-3749 or Collie/mix, white bib & white on back of neck. 513-520-0700. FOR SALE - Brown lift Young dog, playful, beCOUNTRY LIVING, $0 SPECIAL FHA financ- chair, like new, FREE PUPPIES me- haves well. ing available for new Down, 3br, 2ba, country dium to large size, be 513-739-0948 or $300/firm. Call living, call to pre-qualify. homes. Call to pre-qualready in time for Christ- 513-739-0951. ify. 513-575-3715. 513-575-3715. 937-213-0305. mas. 513-724-1942.




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MARK WANTS running, wrecked, dead cars and trucks. Now paying $75 - $150/cash for complete vehicles. FREE TOW! 937-446-3021 or 513-739-0774


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1199723- Mt Orab- Look no more! *Ceiling to floor stone F/P, wrap around kitchen, walk-in closets, 2 full baths, MBR Suite, W/O to solidly built deck, stocked pond, tree-lined yard. 2.16 acre lot, attached Oversized 2 car gar. *All of this for $94,900




1198955- Mt. Orab - Immaculate w/location! 1st flr.Master, 1st flr bath. Beautiful & roomy. Nice sized laundry rm dbls as an home office. Possible conversion to an office building. Extra wide driveway. Huge rolling back yd. Public water & sewer. Do not delay! $95,000









1140565- Georgetown- Will Consider Owner Financing! Solid all brick duplex. Two, 2bdrm. units. Equip. kitchen & full bath.1 unit has covered porch. Live in one side- rent the other. Multi-panel doors. All dry wall. $85,000

1179819-Aberdeen- MOTIVATED SELLER! Owner Financing! Ready to move-in Bi-level in excellent condition.Fully equipped kit. w/stainless appliances, washer & dryer stay. Tiered decking, 30x35 det.gar.fully fenced back yard. $144,500




1194692- Mt. Orab- Get ready to move! 3 BR, 2 BA home in quiet neighborhood.Excellent condition. Floor plan is open & spacious. Det.2 car garage.New garage door. Back yard completely fenced. Public Utilities. $114,900








1165982- Mt. Orab- The former Cahall Apparel store w/4 apts. Located in the heart of downtown Mt.Orab. All 4 Apts. have equipped kitchen. Fifth rental is a store front which contains two large areas and bsmt access. Off street parking in rear. Great cash flow. Brand new rubber membrane roof. $199,900

1148245- Mt. Orab- Beacon Hill Subdivision- New Construction - Custom Schlabach home. 3BD, 2BA. FULL BASEMENT. Attention given to every detail. 9' ceilings. Open floor plan. Blum motion slides & hinges on kit cabinets & drawers. MBR suite w/ tub & shower. Recessed lites, 6 panel doors. All on .57 wooded ac. $199,900

Fantastic positive cash flow! Duplex in good condition. 1 & 2 bdrm. units. Fully equipped washer, dryer hook-ups in both units. Great location. Huge walk in attic. $49,900


1197834 - Winchester - Look no further! Nice farm w/barn, woods & over 850' of road frtg. Land nicely rolls with good drainage. Beautiful private home sites. Water the road. Located on a dead end road. Make an Offer. Motivated Seller!Two min. from SR 32. MAKE AN OFFER, MOTIVATED SELLER $109,900




1192637- Mt. Orab- Immaculate 3 bdrm. Ranch on double lot.New flooring in LR & FR,open floor plan, freshly painted.Beautifully landscaped, Coy pone w/serenty sitting area.Back yard tree-lined. $119,900




1140569- Georgetown-Will Consider Land Contract- Historic Bldg. converted to 6 family unit. Efficienc 1 Br & 2 Br apts. All units but 1 has two entries. All kitchens equipped. Original staircase w/bannister in place. $175,000


1186984- Bethel - Private setting for this custom built home. Amenities include: formal dining room, hardwood flrs, blt in kit. appliances, jetted jacuzi, shower & toilet closet in MBR, tray ceil1192634 Mt. Orab- Brand new inside! Kitchen & BA ings, open foyer, stone gas log F/P, full part-fin completely new. All new windows, ext. doors, gutters & sof- bsmt. Prof. landscaped. $259,900 fets, railing on porch & deck. Possible 3rd. BR upstairs. This is a doll house! $109,900

1142530- Jefferson Twp- Gentlemans farm. Private location. Cont. home w/soaring ceils. Flr to ceil dbl sided fpl.1st flr master BR. Fire escape off second flr BR. Inground pool, stocked pond, huge barn. Land nicely rolls w/1168' of rd frontage. $249,900




1200703- Ripley- Picturesque setting for this unique two story. Contemporary. DBL skylites in spacious great rm. Fully equip. Kit. Island w/ wet bar. Dining room has walk-out to indoor,inground pool & Spa area. MBR suite w/shower + Jacuzzi.Family Rm. Loft. $299,900


1173876-Georgetown- Immaculate! *This well built ranch is ready to move into. *Natural woodwork,solid 6 panel doors,fully equipped kitchen. MBR suite. Covered front & back porch. *Beautifully landscaped yard. Storage shed. Poured foundation. Location, location $119,900



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1140572- Georgetown- Will Consider Owner Financing- Excellent condition! Two one BR apts.Lg & roomy. Drywall thru-out. Brand new A/C Units.Central systems. 1 unit has a laundry rm. Covered front porch. Good cash flow. $55,000



1179076- Fayetteville - Updated w/great location! Open bright & airy this Ranch is waiting for it's next family! Fully equipped kitchen. Newer tub, HWH, flooring thru-out & faucets. Enjoy your privacy on your 24x24 tiered deck. Tree lined. Public water & sewer. $79,900

1123757- Four family Apt. bldg. located two blocks off of SR 52. All units have been totally renovated. Each unit has a laundry area available. Each apt. is separately metered. 4000 plus SF. Bldg and units are in mint condition. PLEASE, ONLY PREAPPROVED BUYERS. $147,500


998420- Mt. Orab- Reduced!!!! Will Land Contract or Lease Option!! '02.*New roof '03*Sprinkler system*Fire monitoring system *Four separate restrooms *Elec ballist *>3500 sf *Dual furnaces *3000 s/f fenced area* .79 ac *20 parking spaces. Immediate Occupancy! $159,900

Hamersville TURN KEY OPERATION W/SEP. LIVING QUARON TERS PREMISES. Well known dairy bar. Impeccable condition in the heart of town. 3BR house in, better than move in condition, included. City water and sewer metered separately. Financials avail. w/ Bank pre-approval. Will temporarily stay on to train. Call today for a personal showing. $299,900

SOLD PENDING- 1180014- Eagle Twp: 10 ACRES! REDUCED $10,000! Great corner location right on SR 32. Slightly roll w/some woods. Will not last long!! $69,900 1171915 - Sterling Twp- REDUCED! - Private acreage! Income producing with .5 ac. fully stocked pond . Brand new 12x16 dock. 3 total ac in woods. Vegetation planted to attract wildlife. Beautiful homesites. $129,900 1170543-Winchester- REDUCED! - Nice farm w/barn, woods & over 850' of road frontage. Land nicely rolls with good drainage. Beautiful private home sites. Water available at the road. Located on a dead end road. Mins from SR 32. $119,900 Residential .46 ac lot. Milford School District. Slightly rolls. One of the few building lots left in the area. $29,900.00 30 Acres to be split off of a 49 acre tract. Beautifully rolls. Can be sub-divided. Plenty of road frontage. In an area of farms. 64x32 tobacco barn.

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PRICE SLASHED!! Home in Georgetown Village on .309 acre lot. Good location with nice sized yard. 6 Rooms. 3 Bedrooms. 11⁄2 Bathrooms. Family room w/WBFP. Covered front porch & large rear patio. Now Reduced to $72,000. PRIVATE COUNTRY SETTING- 3 BR’s 2 Bath ranch on 1.48 acres. 2’x6’ Walls. Vinyl tilt windows. Gas FA w/CA. Large LR has fireplace w/woodburning insert. Kitchen/DR has laminate flooring & abundant cabinetry (including 2 built-in china/curio cabinets). All appliances stay. Front & rear decks. 40x22 Storage bldg. Cellar. Asking $85,900.


IMMACULATE brick retirement home or starter home. 2 Bedrooms, 11⁄2 Baths, LR, DR, & Kitchen w/wood cabinets. Gas Fireplace. CA. Attached 2 Car garage with 22x10 3rd garage. Located in Georgetown Village. Asking $138,500. GEORGETOWN- 2400 sq.ft. commercial building located in area of increasing commercial activity. 6” Walls. Shingle roof. Commercial wiring & plumbing. Building currently occupied by an active business. Many possible uses. Asking $135,000.







2000 PONTIAC Grand Am SE, clean, 2.4 liter, power windows, locks, sunroof, 2/dr., CD, 87K miles, new 15 inch tires. $6995 OBO. 937-763-3031. JUNKED, WRECKED unwanted autos, autos, trucks, motorcycles, etc., some towed free, cash paid for some. Call 513-734-1650



COUNTRY HOME ON 5 ACRES!! Very nice 11⁄2 story vinyl home with seven rooms including 3 BR’s & 1 Bath. Home is nicely remodeled. Floors are hardwood, laminate, vinyl & carpet. LR has propane gas fireplace. Exceptional 50’x22’ workshop/garage w/concrete parking area. Older all purpose barn. Upground pool w/vinyl privacy fence is negotiable. Mature shade. Easy access to US 68/62. Asking $104,500. SPACIOUS vinyl ranch w/corner location in small country community. 8 Rooms. 4 Bedrooms. 2 Baths. New roof & 2 insulated exterior doors in 05/08. 1584 SF (Per CH) + 4 outbuildings. Central heat & AC. Kitchen appliances stay. Fenced back yard. WBSD. Motivated seller. Asking $74,900. GEORGETOWN- Beautiful updated Victorian w/3 BR’s & 2 Baths. Large rooms, original floors & woodwork. Nice oak staircase. Large attic storage & partial basement. Large front porch, enclosed porch & terrace. Numerous flower beds & garden. Storage shed. Situated on 1.26 acre w/plenty of room for outdoor recreation & privacy. Now Reduced to $165,000. David “Sam” Cropper - Broker/Owner Cell (513) 520-2552 Beverly Cropper, Realtor/Owner Cell (513) 520-3788 Barry Daulton - Realtor • Cell (513) 403-7832 Pat Daulton, Realtor • Cell (513) 218-8766 Jay Hanselman, Realtor • Cell (513) 535-5309 Lee Schweickart, Realtor • Cell (937) 515-6639 Email

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The Brown County Press - Sunday, December 20, 2009 - Page 21

Sardinia soldier takes part in training drill for terrorist attack

Submitted Photo/DOD Photo by Benjamin Faske

Marines assigned to the Chemical-Biological Incident Response Force, Indian Head, Md., remove a victim from a contaminated building during "Vibrant Response."


"There's just been a terrorist attack of a 10-ton nuclear device explosion in downtown Indianapolis, and the surviving town on the outskirts needs immediate emergency aid response," was the call that jolted the son of a Sardinia couple into action. Luckily for Army Spec. Robert W. Wright, son of Warren K. and Tina S. Chambers of Freeh Road, Sardinia, the call wasn't for a real terrorist attack, but for a federal emergency response exercise called "Vibrant Response." The week-long exercise simulated a terrorist nuclear attack in the United States, and required our nation's military from all services, along with local and state first responders to quickly be put into action. Wright was one of more than 4,000 military and civilian participants who recently on Camp converged Atterbury's Joint Maneuver Training Center, along with the nearby Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, and its surrounding communities in southern Indiana to test their emergency response capabilities. "My role here is to save lives and help the community

Submitted Photo/ DOD Photo by Benjamin Faske

Army Spec. Robert W. Wright was one of more than 4,000 military and civilian participants who recently participated in the joint training exercise "Vibrant Response," at Camp Atterbury's Joint Maneuver Training Center, along with the nearby Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, and its surrounding communities in southern Indiana.

get back on track," said Wright, who is a military police officer with Task Force 716, 411th Military Police Company, Fort Hood, Texas. With an underground tunnel system, nine miles of roads, and more than 120-plus buildings, which included a hospital, nursing home, parking garages, power plant, schools, and a police station, Muscatatuck was the perfect location for this training event. Burning vehicles and garbage, rubbage piles, emergency sirens, and lots of smoke from fog machines and smoke candles, made the training center look like it had indeed been the site of a nuclear disaster. Role players were hired to portray and moulage survivors, experts made the injuries and ailments that they would receive by surviving such an incident look as realistic as possible. Assessment, search and rescue, decontamination, medical, aviation, engineering and logistics missions were performed by military teams that surveyed the damage, erected triage centers, setup decontamination sites, and performed

Submitted Photo/DOD Photo by Benjamin Faske

U.S. Army medical Black Hawks sit on the runway awaiting a mission at Shelbyville Municipal Airport, Ind., during "Vibrant Response."

radiation tests to ensure it was safe for service members to begin work. Search and rescue, and decontamination teams removed civilians and casualties from the devastated area. Affected victims were decontaminated and then triaged and provided with medical care. As ambulances and helicopters stood by, the medical team coordinated ground evacuation, hospitalization, veterinary care, preventive medicine, blood distribution, and medical logistical support of patients. Military members constantly train for battle in a foreign country, but making sure that they are prepared to respond on American soil is also important. Training for such a catastrophe has been deemed mandatory by U.S. military officials. "Prior to coming here, I spent long hours training for this deployment," said the 2004 graduate of Eastern Brown Senior High School. When a natural disaster occurs, local city and county first responders are the first on the scene. But an event like a nuclear detonation would quickly require regional and national responders to assist. For Wright and the others, an exercise like "Vibrant Response" allows everyone to work out any kinks that may arise at an inopportune time during a real disaster. Valuable lessons were learned each day

communication, including logistical, and coordination issues. It also helps Wright and the others understand how federal, local, and state agencies become one to complete a mission of this magnitude. "This exercise will help us build team confidence in case

Submitted Photo/DOD Photo by Benjamin Faske

Decontamination team members move a contaminated patient from the disaster zone to the decontamination tent during "Vibrant Response," at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, in Butlerville Indiana.

a real-world disaster should ever happen in the United States," said Wright, who has been in the military for three years. Hopefully for Wright and all

of the participants, lessons learned during "Vibrant Response" will never have to be used. But in case they do get that call one day, they will be prepared to respond.


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Brown County Press  

20 December 2009

Brown County Press  

20 December 2009