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Judge to decide St. Martin sewer fate The Village of St. Martin will remain open for business for the next few months, and it’s going to take a trip to court before things close down there for good. Residents voted 43-14 last November to surrender corporate powers and dissolve the village. However, it’s not a simple matter to wipe an incorporated village off the map. There are three things that must take place, including determining who will be responsible for the water and sewer systems and a final financial audit. The issue requiring a court

ruling will be the sewer system. The St. Martin sewer system faces approximately $600,000 in mandated repair costs from the Environmental Protection Agency, and whoever takes on the system will also take on the responsibility for the repairs. The two players are the Brown County Sewer District and the Fayetteville-Perry Township Regional Sewer District. Brown County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Little, acting in her capacity as attorney for the Brown County Board of Commissioners, will be asking Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler to decide which sewer district will take over the St. Martin system. The Brown County Board of

Commissioners is also the legal authority for the Brown County Sewer District. The decision to seek a court ruling came out of a meeting on Dec. 20, that was attended by most of the entities involved with the St, Martin dissolution issue. Those attending included the Brown County Commissioners, Little, Brown County Auditor Doug Green, Brown County Treasurer Connie Patrick, the Perry Township Trustees and Sue Spradlin of St. Martin. Representatives of the Fayetteville Perry Regional Sewer District, the Highland County Water District, the Auditor of State’s office and attorney Jay Cutrell also

attended. Dave Thompson of the Auditor of State’s Office said that the village “will need to continue as an entity until tax collection is complete and responsibility issues are resolved.” Thompson said once the final audit is complete, the village will turn over all assets to the Perry Township trustees. “Writing that check will be the final act of the village”, said Thompson. Much of the discussion at the meeting centered around the creation of the FayettevillePerry Township Regional Sewer District in the early 1990’s, and whether it included the village of St. Martin. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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The village of St. Martin will remain in existence for another few months as legal activities designed to dissolve the village continue.

Cell phone scams heat up for holiday Unemployment rate BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press Your cell phone is the latest tool used by people trying to steal your money or your identity. Fraudulent texts and voice mails are being increasingly sent to cell phones, telling people that there is something wrong with their bank account. “This time of year fraudsters are stepping up their efforts to find new ways to steal money and information,” said Elizabeth Boyuk, Spokesperson for Fifth Third Bank, Central Ohio affiliate. A typical scam involves the potential thieves sending a text to their intended victims which says something like “Your account has been frozen” or “Your card has been suspended due to suspicious activity” and instructing the person to call a provided number. Many in the banking indus-

try refer to such activity as “SMISishing” for text message scams and “Vishing” for similar scams using voicemail. According to Boyuk, both are highly sophisticated scams that computer hackers utilize to

obtain customers’ account numbers, login IDs and passwords. Pfishing is a similar scam using emails. In these types of scams, hackers send unsolicited texts or voicemail messages to large numbers of

“We the People...” high school students at Western Brown By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press The recently passed Senate Bill 165 was a topic of conversation brought up by Superintendent Chris Burrows

Index Classifieds ........Pages 21 Court News......Page 18 Death Notices.........Page 9 Education .............Pages 8 Opinion ..............Page 4 Social..................Page 8 Sports ........Pages 14-16

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at the December 19 Western Brown Local Board of Education meeting. According to Burrows the bill will have a direct impact on Western Brown high school students. “It will now be required that we include in our curriculum, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Ohio Constitution,” Burrows said. “These must be taught in their original form, not a replica or a copy. We have to adopt this plan. Interim tests will be given at the end of each course to access students from the class.” Burrows also gave the board an update on HB136, the school voucher bill. “I understand some amendments have been planned for HB 136,” he added. “Now the vouchers will vary by the district. It must be equal to the cost of the private school tuition, up to $4,500 per year, but no more than what we receive for that student. “Originally it was up to

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$20,000, and now it’s just whatever the tuition would be per pupil.” Burrows added that another change to the bill would be, the scholarships will be limited to 1% of the district. “That means we can’t lose over 1% or 34 of our students to this voucher system,” he added. “That's good for us, but we are still very much against this bill, as is the State Superintendent’s Association.” He added that the income eligibility has also changed in the wording of the bill since it is now tied to Medicaid. It was originally just a set income per family. Several board members said they are very much against the bill because they feel it is just the beginning of losing control of the district. The board also heard from David Brenner, EMIS (Education Management Informative System) coordinator for the district. Brenner talked briefly about the many changes the state is CONTINUED ON PAGE 23

people who may or may not be customers of the targeted financial institution. The fraudulent messages often state that the Bank will suspend service unless the customer updates their records; the texts/voicemail messages look and sound authentic, but are not. The hackers hope to lure some actual customers of the Bank to click a link to a fraudulent web site or call a phone number and enter their customer account numbers or personal information. Boyuk said a variation on the scam is to send a text or phone message advising recipients to call a phone number to activate their card. “Is is very important to note that Fifth Third will NEVER send customers an email, text or voicemail message asking them to verify or supply personal information,” said Boyuk. This personal information includes website User IDs, Passwords, Social Security CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

hits three year low BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press The unemployment rate in Brown County, the Cincinnati area and the state of Ohio is at a three year low. The jobless rate for Brown County in November was 9.8 percent, down from 10.4 percent in October. The Civilian Labor Force Estimates from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows that 2100 people are still looking for a job in Brown County in November, meaning that 100 more residents are working now than were working in October. The sharp drop in the jobless rate follows three months of essentially stagnant figures. That is the first time that the unemployment rate in Brown County has been in single digits since December of 2008, when it was 9.5 percent. Ohio counties surrounding Brown County showed similar

success in November. In Adams County, the rate dropped to 10.8 percent from 11.1. Adams County also dropped from the fifth highest unemployment rate in the state to a tie for sixth with Morgan County. Clinton County improved from 12.3 percent in October to 11 percent in November, dropping from the third highest jobless number in the state to fifth. Highland County saw a drop in its unemployment rate of 1.2 percent to 10.5 percent. Clermont County also showed strong improvement, dropping to 7.6 percent, and showing that 900 more people are working in November than were employed in October. Some of the improvement in the unemployment rate can be traced to seasonal retail hiring. In the Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Hamilton, Brown, Warren, Butler and CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Christmas miracle or just really good luck? By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press Some times, good things happen to good people, and good dogs. A few weeks ago the Brown County Animal Shelter received a call that a stray dog, with blood on him, that needed to be picked up from the New Hope area. “After they picked up the young dog, they brought him back to the shelter,” explained Humane Society member and volunteer at the shelter, Jan Staubach. “We saw a lot of blood on the front of the little guy, but could only see a tiny little cut on his lip. “It was hard to believe all that blood was coming from such a small cut. He was so weak from blood loss that he CONTINUED ON PAGE 23

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Fayetteville-Perry BOE says farewell to 8-year member Garry Luke, discuss contract with ESC Fayetteville Perry Local School Board members honored one of their own at the December 15 meeting, as Garry Luke leaves the board after eight years of service to the district. Although Luke was unable to attend the meeting, the board showed off a beautiful engraved wall hanging dedicated to him. Luke picked the hanging up the following day. The board also called for a recess in the middle of the meeting to enjoy a brief celebration of Luke’s eight years of service. As the board members reviewed the list of bills for approval, board member Angela Murphy expressed some concern over a $4,000 labor bill from contractor Roy Miller, for completion of the new dugouts at the school. “I’m just a little confused over the labor bill,” Murphy began, “I thought a lot of the labor was going to be done by volunteers and we wouldn’t be paying much for labor?” Board member Kathleen Johnson explained that the first part of the project was done by volunteers but the second half, and completion of the dugouts included extensive work which includes hanging two large doors and four large gates. “We’re actually saving a lot of money on these doors,” Johnson said. “they’re about a thousand dollars apiece. We’re getting the materials much cheaper because of Roy. The total cost to the school is very, very good, and Roy does excellent work.” Murphy also asked if they had gotten more than one bid on the project to which she was told Miller was the only bid. At that, board member Jim Holden said that perhaps they

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should get more than one bid on projects like this in the future, but added that he had no doubt that this was a very fair price. In other business, Bill Siegler, technical coordinator for the district, spoke extensively to the board about the multitude of problems he was facing in trying to make upgrades to the district’s 485 computers. According to Superintendent Raegan White, due to RIF (reduction in force) cuts made a couple years ago, an assistant tech coordinator and one other tech person was let go to save the district money. “This is a very complicated situation,” Siegler told the board. “The main problem is we’re on Windows Server 2008 and I’m trying to add these upgrades to 485 computers one at a time. “And all the while I’m trying to this, I’m handling all the other issues in the buildings with computers, printers,

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Murphy commented that the board truly appreciated Siegler’s efforts in obtaining three data storage computers from the Department of Defense “Computers for Learning Program” valued at $43,377 per unit. Superintendent White also discussed progress of House Bill 136, the school voucher bill, with the board during his legislative report. “I read an update in the form of a press release recently,” White began, “It was put together by the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA), the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO). The release said that the costs likely to accompany HB 136, it was determined, would create $480 million more dollars in new costs for Ohio’s education funding system.” White said although the board had already sent a letter to the General Assembly protesting HB 136, it would be a good idea for each of the board members to send a letter in protest. In other business the board voted to raise the pay per hour for any classified substitute from $7.50 an hour to $7.70 an hour to meet the Ohio minimum wage rates. Board treasurer Jo Anna Carraher said that the $7.50 an hour has been in effect since 2006. Following an executive session, the board approved the following actions: • approve volunteers Kurt Lanham, Tim Brockman and Stephen Burroughs; • approve Jenny Wiederhold as cafeteria/janitorial substitute and substitute aide pending certification, fingerprinting and background check; • approve Cindy Phillips for 8-hour head cook position; • approve 4% salary increase for the assistant to the treasurer position and increase the individual health insurance contribution to 4%; • set organizational meeting/regular board meeting for January 12, 2012 at 8 a.m; • appoint Betty Rowlands president pro-tem to start the organizational meeting in January; • motion was made for Jim R. Holden to serve as Southern Hills Career and Tech Center representative to be appointed for 2012, motion died due to a lack of second; • approve a resolution for Bright Local to send a representative to Southern Hills.

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Patrol: drive impaired and you will be arrested Patrol OVI arrests up by more than 1,300 The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers: If you choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. As part of the Patrol’s mantra – Trooper Shield – and their ongoing effort to contribute to a safer Ohio, troopers have had increased focus on impaired driving enforcement in 2011. Through December 11, troopers have arrested 1,383 more drivers for OVI than during the same period in 2010. “We are seeing positive results from the hard work of our troopers on the road everyday removing impaired and

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Bill aims to help businesses mired in slew of new regulations Many business people in this country are nervous. If they look at the recent past, they see devastation. If they look to the near future, they see uncertainty. They hate that. Successful businesses are very good at managing their cash flow. And companies want to be prepared, as best they can, for what might happen next. So they watch their cash reserves, knowing that might be the lifeboat that will keep them from sinking if conditions turn bad. Recently, I participated in a roundtable discussion on the economy with a half-dozen people who worry about payrolls and what gremlin or opportunity might be waiting around the corner. They are successful CEOs, all of them women, and all of them concerned about the future. Their businesses are quite diverse: high tech, insurance, health care, energy, and data. Their concerns are about a rising tide of government regulations that change the rules and make planning for the future nearly impossible. The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that federal regulations cost the economy $1.75 trillion annually. Over the first two years of President Obama’s term, executive branch agencies have published 112 regulations that would have an economic impact of at least $100 million annually. And, that’s just the beginning. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street

JEAN SCHMIDT Reform and Consumer Protection Act requires or authorizes hundreds of new rules, and it has been estimated that implementing Obamacare will lead to the production of 10,000 pages of new regulations. While the economic impact of all of these rules and regulations will differ, the cumulative effect will add to overall costs of complying with federal regulations. In an effort to ease the regulatory burden on our nation’s job creators, the House recently passed the REINS Act, which stands for Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny. This bill would require Congress to vote to approve new regulations that would have an economic impact of $100 million or more. I was proud to co-sponsor the bill. Congress does not create jobs or economic growth. We can however, work to create an environment that encourages those things. After my afternoon with the women CEOs, I am more convinced than ever that passage of the REINS act is a step in the right direction.

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Letters to the Editor Christmas Parade Grand Marshall says ‘thank you’ Dear Editor, I would like to thank any and all of the people involved in selecting me to be the Grand Marshall of the Mt. Orab Christmas Parade. I would also like to give a special thanks to the Shaw’s for providing their Hummer, as I have medical issues and needed to ride inside. I felt very privileged and honored to have been selected. This gave me time to reflect on what it takes to make this town what it is. It

takes our elected officials, different departments, organizations, clubs, schools, churches, business people and individuals to help put everything together, and it was so well done. The next time you see any of these people out doing something to make our town better, give them a thumbs and let them know you appreciate them. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Joe Glover

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Mt. Orab Women’s club winners Dear Editor, The Mt. Orab Women's Club would like to thank the Community and all of the local businesses for their continued support of our annual raffles. Our recent fall raffle winners were as follows: Clock - Freda Crawford Christmas Basket - B. Bohl Boys Basket - Corbin Sams Girls Baske - L. Ernst Afghan - Rita Eland Gift Certificate - Jim Wylie Fishing Rod & Reel Brenda Young Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas. Tammy Brown-Lind

website and voice your displeasure, contact store management and/or their District Manager. Other retailers will follow their lead unless enough people voice their concerns. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Rick Smith, Mt. Orab

H’ville Fall Festival a success Dear Editor, The Hamersville PTO would like to say Thank You to all who came out to the Fall Festival. The Festival was a huge success with more than 200 people in attendance. Also, Thank You to all those who volunteered and help set up, custodians, and staff, as well as those who gave donations to the silent auction, including McMullen's Country Store, Mt Orab Food Court, Stephanie Trent, Charity Stephenson, John Ruthven, Sub City, McKinney Mart, and Pamela Stevens Photography. We also appreciated the time of Colon Graves, balloon artist. We look forward to doing it again next year. Matt Ernst

SHERROD BROWN This is unacceptable. That is why I have been partnering with local leaders and working with my colleagues in Congress to pass meaningful legislation, like the Vow to Hire Heroes Act, to connect veterans with new jobs. We all have a responsibility to help America’s veterans find the resources needed to resume their civilian lives. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act – a new law that provides tax credits for employers who hire unemployed veterans and helps connect veterans with job opportunities – moves us closer to fulfilling that obligation. The Vow to Hire Heroes Act also ensures that all veterans have access to the Transition Assistance Program – an interagency workshop coordinated by the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs aimed at helping servicemembers transitioning to civilian life. To ensure a seamless shift from the military to civilian life, it also allows servicemembers to start the federal employment process prior to separation from service so that they can interview at the VA, Homeland Security, or other federal agencies in need of veterans’ expertise. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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This summer, I helped launch the “Solar by Soldiers” project which helps put veterans back to work. This program helps train veterans in clean energy technology and installation and then connects them with opportunities in this high-growth industry. And it is already generating results in our state. Flannagan’s in Dublin, a small business eager to install energy efficient technologies, completed the first building retrofit through Tipping Point Renewable Energy’s “Solar by Soldiers” program. A Marine from Central Ohio recently told me that he spent two years, following his return from Iraq, applying for jobs. With few promising leads, he heard news reports about the “Solar by Soldiers” program and went to Tipping Point Renewable to find a job. He has been working for them ever since. We need to do more to help Ohio veterans find jobs. Servicemembers – already armed with the discipline and skills needed to strengthen the 21st century economy – should not have to struggle to find a job when their military service ends. Yet, in the United States, more than 20 percent of veterans between the ages of 20 and 24 years old are unemployed. Some of America’s highest achieving young people are spending months searching the Internet, attending job fairs, reading the classifieds, and looking through the telephone book to find work – without success.

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Sardinia woman to celebrate her 100th Christmas Gladys Kelch is shown here in her home awaiting her 100th Christmas morning with her family. She is the mother of two daughters, four grandchildren, eight grandchildren and great-great-grandmother of twins. The family feels very blessed to have Gladys with them this joyous holiday.

Five indicted on drug charges in Adams County Chief Caudill of The Winchester Police Department reports that on Thursday, December 15, 2011 the Adams County Prosecutors office presented cases on 5 individuals on drug cases from the Winchester Police Department. Chief Caudill presented Drug Trafficking charges on Earl and Jessica Musser of Winchester for Trafficking of Methamphetamines. Also Drug Trafficking charges on

Brandon Lay of Aberdeen for Trafficking in Heroin. Lt. Benjamin presented charges on Casey Mosley of Piketon and Joshua Bartram of Sardinia on Felony Drug possession charges. Chief Caudill would like to thank the Adams County Prosecutors office for their assistance on these cases and remind anyone who may have information regarding criminal activity to call the Police Department at 937-695-5502.

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sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.” Those interested in auditioning should prepare and memorize two contrasting monologues. The contrast should be in character, as the actors in “The Laramie Project” portray many different roles. The content of this play is dramatic in nature, but that does not mean that all the characters are without a sense of humor -- one of your pieces could be comedic. Try not to present a period piece, as this is a modern play (1998). You can use monologues from “The Laramie Project” if you choose. If you have a resume or headshot, please bring it. “The Laramie Project” is directed by Rainee Angles and will be performed March 2-4, 2012. For more information about “The Laramie Project,” please visit www.sscctheatre.com.

Mt. Orab UMC sets Christmas services Mt Orab United Methodist Church invites our community to any or all of our Christmas Celebration Services. • Friday, December 23, at 7 p.m., is our Once Upon a Manger worship celebration at Western Brown High School. Childcare is provided on site, and refreshments will be served. Each family who attends can choose an ornament for their tree. • Saturday, December 24, at 10 p.m., is our annual Candlelight service at the church. Hear the Christmas story while the sanctuary is lit by candles, it really is quite lovely. • Sunday, December 25, at 10 a.m., we are having one worship service with a combi-

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Brown: make an effort to hire veterans CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 With this law, veterans and those who hire veterans will have access to the services needed to find good-paying jobs, and we have a critical new tool to combat high unemployment levels for Ohio’s veterans. When local leaders, small business owners, and members of Congress work together to pass legislation that matters to Americans in places like Hamilton County, with more than 60,000 veterans, we can make a big difference. That is why I recently held a VA hearing at Columbus State Community College to build on this momentum and continue improving the lives of Ohio’s veterans. This hearing was an important reminder that listening to Ohio’s veterans helps shape policies that will be beneficial to their continued career development and lifelong success. By raising awareness of veterans’ jobs services and better coordinating the range of resources available to them, we can help improve job prospects for America’s heroes. Ending veterans’ long waits between the end of service and the start of a new career will require smart legislation, local support, and continued outreach to veterans. If you’re interested in joining our efforts, contact my office at 888-896-OHIO (6446) or www.brown.senate.gov for additional information on how we can help end high unemployment among America’s veterans.

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Thanks to global climate change, many of the weather patterns we've grown accustomed to in the past are no longer the norm today. It seems much of the country experiences shorter than normal days of moderate spring and fall weather, with seasons simply switching from scorching sun one moment to chilly temperatures and snow the next. That means it's never too early to take a refresher course in preparing for safe winter driving. Winter weather takes all of the usual road hazards and steps them up a notch. Slippery roadways, congestion, road rage, pedestrian traffic -- all of these situations seem magnified when the weather is poor and daylight is waning. Although winter driving may be frustrating, there are ways to prepare for the season and prevent accidents and injuries.

Prepare It's important to check that a vehicle is in top shape before the cold weather sets in. Pay special attention to the tires. If tires are bald or their wear is signficant, that could prove hazardous on weather-slicked roads. Have tires replaced before the first snowfall. The same can be said when switching from regular performance tires to allweather or snow tires. Be sure to change all of the tires on the car, even if it is just a front-wheel drive vehicle. Now is the time to also get a tune-up on the vehicle. Cold weather can make it hard for a car to perform at its best, and any problems should be eliminated before they spiral out of control. Be sure to top off any fluids in the

car, especially windshield washer fluid you might need to improve visibility during a storm. Check the function of wiper blades and change them if they aren't up to snuff. Consult with a mechanic to find out if it is adviseable to switch

motor oil viscosity during the winter to improve flow through the engine and help with cold start turnover.

It also helps to stock up on supplies should you get stranded or stuck: - snow shovel - scraper/brush - tire chains - flashlight (with extra batteries) - abrasive material, like cat litter, sand, or salt - jumper cables - flares or reflective triangles - brightly colored cloth to signal for help - empty water-tight container with candles, matches or lighter, bottled water, and a snack - sleeping bags or blankets, ski caps, and mittens - first-aid supplies

Skidding How best to maneuver a car when it starts to skid depends on how the vehicle handles. If the rear wheels skid, turn the steering wheel, and subsequently the front wheels, in the same direc-

tion of the skid. If the front wheels skid, take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral. Don't try to steer immediately; the skid may slow, and traction could return. Then you can steer in the direction you want to go and put the car back into drive. Keep in mind that even with expert maneuvering it can be tricky to recover from a skid on ice. Snow tires are not infallible and may be ineffective on icy roadways. Leaving Space One of the best things a person can do when driving in winter weather is to slow down and add much more room for reacting to roadway conditions. Driving slowly and braking slowly may help to prevent skids. Also, should a skid occur, having more room between you and another

vehicle helps you to maneuver elsewhere or come to a stop without causing an accident. When visibility is poor, leaving extra room means you can react if something suddenly veers into the path of the car or you missed seeing it through the snow and sleet. Stranded or Stuck Should the car break down or it becomes stuck in the snow, there are some things you can do. Be sure to steer or push the car to a safe location, if possible. Put up warning flares or triangles so that you are visible and leave the four-way flashers on if the battery is operable. You can try "rocking" the car, by putting it in drive and hitting the gas, then in reverse and pressing on the accelerator to create a valley in the snow that might free the car. Use your abrasive material to provide traction. You can also attempt to shovel out the tires. If the car is inoperable, stay in the vehicle out of harm's way and call for help on a mobile phone. Leave a window cracked open if you will be running the engine for periodic heat. The National Safety Council says that you can run the engine for heat about once every hour, or every half hour in severe cold. Be sure to clean snow from around the end of the tail pipe to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. For extra heat, don blankets or a sleeping bag to prevent hypothermia. Driving in winter conditions can be exhausting and hazardous. Being prepared for common scenarios decreases risk of accidents.

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Navigate icy roads safely

Winter roads are rarely safe. Motorists who live in areas of heavy snowfall know full well the dangers of driving in the snow, while drivers who don't routinely drive on snowy roads might face slick and icy conditions as winter hits full swing. Regardless of the obstacles a motorist faces in the winter, defensive driving is always the safest approach to take. Defensive driving involves anticipating potential dangers on the road, and those dangers include harsh weather conditions. Though some regions never get any snow, most places where winters get cold do experience icy roads. To be safe on icy roads this winter, consider the following tips. * Leave several car lengths between cars. Drivers who normally prefer one car length between their vehicle and the one in front of them should maintain at least three car lengths when the roads are icy. Ice is often difficult to see, much less predict, so it's safer to leave significant distances between vehicles in case an ice patch causes a car to spin out of control. * Decrease speeds. Most people walk gingerly on ice, and the same should go for driving on ice. Driving at lower speeds is ideal in any harsh weather conditions, but especially valuable when the roads are icy and ice patches can appear suddenly and make it difficult to maintain control of a vehicle. * Don't use overdrive or cruise control. Overdrive might help in a snow-

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Hamersville second graders do ‘A Bugz Christmas’

Brady Rau and Christy Dickerson of Newport, Ky., announce the birth of their first child, Samuel James Rau, born November 30 at Christ Hospital. Samuel weighed 8 lb. 2 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Welcoming him home were his big sister, Zoe, and big brothers Austin and RJ. Grandparents are Charlene and Robert Dickerson of Hebron, Ky., Bob and Pat Rau of Russellville, Dave and Brenda Nie of Winchester, and Great- Grandfather Charles Gelter of Georgetown. The Brown County Press would like to congratulate Brady and Christy on the birth of Samuel James.

Karmphaus completes basic training at Parris Island Marine Corps Pvt. Seth A. Karmphaus, son of Marla and stepson of Jay Camery of Bethel, Ohio, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. Karmphaus and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Karmphaus spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training. Karmphaus and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values--honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Karmphaus and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers. The Brown County Press

would like to thank Marine Corps Pvt. Seth A. Karmphaus for serving our country.

Joseph King graduates from Flagler College Joseph Benjamin King, of Felicity, was awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Flagler College. King was one of approximately 180 Flagler seniors at the spring commencement ceremony held Saturday, December 10, 2011 on the college campus in St. Augustine, Fla.

Family night at Georgetown Elementary set On Tuesday, December 20, the Georgetown Elementary PTO will host Family Night in the school cafeteria from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to all Georgetown Elementary students, will include holiday festivities such as a Santa's Workshop; storytelling by Mrs. Claus; hot chocolate and cookies; and other surprises. Bring the family to share a night of holiday celebration and fun!

On December 5, 2011, the 2nd grade students at Hamersville Elementary under the direction of Mrs. Michelle Bernhardt did a great job performing their winter program, “A Bugz Christmas,” by J. Jacobson and J. Higgins. Students had to work hard to learn the lyrics to the songs, which included a piece for rapping termites, a beetle’s medley, and a girls’ ensemble. The parents did an excellent job making the costumes for the students. My Country ‘Tis of Thee by Carey/Smith and Jingle Bells by J. Pierpont were also part of the program and they were performed by two different groups of sixth grade students on the xylophones.

Shawnee State University announces fall graduates The third annual Fall Commencement at Shawnee State University with 184 students graduating was held on Friday, Dec. 16 in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. President Rita Rice Morris gave the opening remarks speaking to the parents, faculty and students. "By getting here today, you have now accomplished something that only one in four high school graduates in Ohio accomplishes," Morris said to the students. "You are a college graduate. With this degree, you will make a difference in your communities, you will impact the lives of people with whom you work, and you will help change the quality of life for Ohio and our region. The differences you make will be shaped by the fact that you are a college graduate." Joseph Cropper of Georgetown, Ohio graduated with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Eng. Thomas Crush of Georgetown, Ohio graduated with a bachelor's degree in Plastics Engineering Technology (4 yr). Rhonda Hassman of Hillsboro, Ohio graduated with a bachelor's degree in Nursing. Stephanie Rhoads of Hillsboro, Ohio graduated with a bachelor's degree in

Athletic Training. Michelle Ryan of Hillsboro, Ohio graduated with a bachelor's degree in Nursing. Kassady Jodrey of Winchester, Ohio graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.

Students participate in OMEA Honor Choir On Saturday, November 12, 2011, thirteen seventh and eighth grade students from Hamersville Middle School and two ninth grade students from Western Brown H. S. under the direction of Miss Sue Purtell attended the OMEA Junior High Honor Choir that was held at Western Brown High School. Students had to rehearse after school and all day on November 12th to prepare the music for their performance that evening. The guest director was Mrs. Jan Corrothers. Pictured front row L to R: Brittany Jennings, Caley King, Katie Price, Destiny Anderson, Brandon Seaman, Jonathon Taylor, Reed Schauer, Johnny Roberts, Jackson Erhardt. Back row: Renae Bishop, Kaylee Shiveley, China Whitmer, KK Massey, Anthony Howard, Jesse Arn.

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Sardinia Elementary students visit Festival of Lights Sardinia Elementary students that are members of the Warrior Pride after school program recently visited the Cincinnati Zoo, Festival of Lights. The children have worked hard after school and were awarded this trip for Christmas. The class shown in the picture of second grade students that are members of the Warrior Pride Club.

Nearly 4,700 students are enrolled at SSU this year, including 35 international students. The university offers more than 80 bachelor's and associate degree programs and three master's degree programs.

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The second grade classes at Hamersville Elementary were rewarded on Nov. 30 for their good behavior during the month of November. Mr. Don Geary gave a very fascinating presentation about his arrow head collections. Mr. Geary has written books, collected archery equipment, traveled the world searching for arrow heads and is a National Instructor of youth archery. Mr. Geary showed students some of his displays of arrow heads that were thousands of years old that he has found or collected from museums and tombs. Students learned that archery was used in the early days of the Indians for hunting and protection. They learned that arrow heads were made of quartz, stone, metal, antlers, bones and walrus tusks. They also learned arrows were used to hunt bear, caribou, fish and deer. Students were amazed that some arrow heads were filled with poison and others would whistle. The second grade students and teachers want to thank Mr. Geary for taking the time to share his interests with them.

The Americanism and Government test was given at Eastern High School by The George A. Lambert, American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 755 on November 11, 2011 to 13 students. The 10th ,11th , and 12th grade participants are trying to be the top scorers in the state to be eligible to win a five day all-expense paid trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. This trip also includes tours of educational and historic areas such as the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam

Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and even the White House (subject to availability). The winners at Eastern High School were: 12th Grade - Raegan Taulbee, Andrew J. Brewer; 11th Grade - Emily Neu, Jacob Garrett; 10th Grade Nick Holbrook. Please be sure to congratulate these students on their success and thanks to all the students who participated in the test. A special thanks goes to Miss Mason for coordinating the test.

Eastern FFA to have Consignment Auction BY Madison Buck Eastern Brown FFA Historian Eastern Brown FFA is hosting our second annual Consignment Auction. The date is set for Saturday, January 14 starting at 10 am. We will be accepting consignments until Friday, January 13. Last year's Consignment Auction helped benefit our chapter functions, like paying

for our CDE's and chapter events. We would love if you would bring in your farm machinery, shop tools and miscellaneous items to be auctioned. You will receive a percentage of the profit. For more information see us on http://www.auctionzip.com/Li stings/1257099.html Thank you, and hope to see you on January 14.

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Cherice Toler Crawford Cherice Toler Crawford, Williamsburg, died Wednesday, December 14, 2011. She was the beloved daughter of Carl Crawford and Sherisa Wilson, step daughter of Tracy Gray-Gross, sister of Christopher Crawford, Cynthia Armstrong, Zachary Saunders and Katelynn Holder, granddaughter of Norma (Dennis Maynard) Crawford and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Wilson, fiance' of Benji Brockman. Services were Tuesday, December 20, 2011. The Evans Funeral Home, Milford, served the family.

Stella Mae Faulkner, 62 Stella Mae Faulkner, 62 of Ripley, died Friday, December 16, 2011. Stella was born January 19, 1949 in Mayslick, Ky., the daughter of the late Wiley James Aker and Mary Ruth Aker Blanton. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Haggard and one brother, Charlie Aker. She was a retired LPN from the Ohio Valley Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center near Ripley. She was also a former member of the Ripley Life Squad and attended church at the First Southern Baptist Church in Ripley. Stella is survived by her loving husband of forty years, Wendell Faulkner; one son, Charles Jason Faulkner of Los Angeles, California; one sister, Loretta Snyder of Ripley, Ohio; one brother, Frank Aker of Russellville, Ohio; many nieces, nephews and friends. Services were held Tuesday, December 20, 2011 where Rev. James Robinson and Rev. Doug Brown officiated. Interment was in Red Oak Cemetery near Ripley, Ohio. The Cahall Funeral Home, Ripley, served the family.

Genevieve M. (nee Craig) Forney, 34 Genevieve M. (nee Craig), Forney, 34, died December 18, 2011. Genevieve was the wife of Richard D. Forney, Jr., mother of Darren and Samantha Jones, Ric III and Melanie Forney, daughter of Raymond Craig and Dolores Craig-Cole, sister of Geannette, Terry, Kenny, Chad Craig, grandmother of Richy Forney, IV and Kyleighanne, also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Services were Friday, December 23, 2011. Interment was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Memorials may be made to donor's choice. The Moore Family Funeral Homes, Batavia, served the family.

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Paul Wayne Glaser, 43 Paul Wayne Glaser, 43, Mt. Washington, Oh., died Friday, December 9, 2011. He was born November 20, 1968. He was the beloved son of Teddy Glaser of Mt. Carmel, loving father of Kattie Mullins and Dillion Mullens of Mt. Carmel and Sammie Hopkins of Cincinnati, dear grandfather of Cameron and Jaden, caring nephew of Annie Lovell of Georgetown, Eva Irwin of Mt. Washington and Jerry Glaser of Georgetown, also survived by a host of additional family and friends. He was a member of the Greater Cincinnati Worship Center. Services were held Friday December 16, 2011. Burial was in Mount Orab Cemetery The Megie Funeral Home, Mt. Orab, served the family.

Dave Shelton, 78 Dave Shelton, 78, Sardinia, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011. He was born in Cincinnati, Oh., on July 10, 1933 the son of the late Robert and Anna Belle (Kidwell) Shelton. Dave attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arnheim; he was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict and a volunteer for the Life Squad and Fire Department at Forrest Park from 1962-1969. He is survived by his wife Barbara (Martin) Shelton of Sardinia, whom he married on February 16, 1957, three sons; Dave Shelton of Seaman, Michael and Heather Shelton of Cincinnati, and Tom Shelton of Harshaville, Oh., three daughters; Cindy and Mike Schmidt of Lake Waynoka, Tina McMillen of California, and Beth and Stacy Harper of Harshaville, two sisters; Betty and Mike Iverson and Sharon Marcum both of Albuquerque, NM., 19 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services were held on Monday, December 19, 2011 where Rev. Dohrman Byers officiated; Military Rites were given by the Adams County Honor Guard. Burial followed at the Shelton Family Farm. The Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home, LewisSullivan Chapel, Seaman, served the family.

Casey Keith Setty, 31 Casey Keith Setty, 31, of Hillsboro, formerly of Wilmington, died Monday, December 12, 2011. He was born February 26, 1980, in Wilmington. He was preceded in death by mother, Judith Lynn Cox; sisters, Brianna Dawn Setty and Melinda Sue Setty; maternal grandparents, Dorcey and Barbara Cox, and paternal grandfather, Arthur Eugene Setty. Casey is survived by his father, Brian (Kathy) Setty of Hillsboro; one daughter, Cadance Summer Lynn Setty of Wilmington; four brothers, Justin (Jennifer) Setty of Wilmington, Nathan Dale of Hillsboro, and Barry and Bobby Jordan, both of Ocala, Florida; sister, Michelle Burge of Wilmington; paternal grandmother, Lorena Mae Setty of Lynx; two uncles, Art Setty of Orlando, Florida, and Carl Setty of Lynx; and one aunt, Loretta Bryant of Cincinnati. Casey was an auto mechanic. He was a 1998 graduate of Laurel Oaks C.D.C. in Wilmington and specialized in automotive repair. He served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division where he volunteered for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 20022003 and was decorated with honors. Services were Saturday, December 17, 2011. The Adams County Honor Guard will perform a military service. The inurnment was held at the convenience of the family. The Lafferty Funeral Home, West Union, served the family.

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Esther McClain Heinemann, 74, Mt. Orab, died on Sunday, December 18, 2011. Mrs. Heinemann is survived by her husband, Walter Heinemann, 1 daughter, Lea Ellen Heinemann, 1 son, Walter Robert (Debbie) Heinemann II, 2 grandchildren, Eve Schutte and Joshua Schutte, sister, Marian Sons, numerous nieces and nephews. Services were at the convenience of the family. The Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home, Felicity, served the family.

Dorothy Grace Reeves Purdon, 104, passed away Monday, December 19, 2011. She was the widow of Meridith Purdon who passed away October 12, 1978. Mrs. Purdon was born in Adams County January 26, 1907 to the late Charles Norton and Louella Kress Reeves. Mrs. Purdon was an outgoing and active member of the Aberdeen community. She was a homemaker and had worked as a linotype operator for the Manchester Signal. She was a 1925 graduate of Manchester High school and attended her 75th alumni reunion, the oldest person in attendance. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Nathaniel Massie Chapter in Manchester, attended Aberdeen United Methodist Church and was a member of the Manchester Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Purdon is survived by Mike Faris, who she considered her nephew, and his wife Sherry of Aberdeen. She was preceded in death by two brothers Harry Lee Reeves and Burt Reeves. Services were held Thursday, December 22, 2011 where Brother Ronald Moffett officiated. Burial followed in the Manchester Cemetery. The Brell and Son Funeral Home, Maysville, served the family.

Paul W. Henges, 31 Paul W. Henges, 31, Fayetteville, died Monday, December 12, 2011. He was born August 17, 1980 in Ocala, Fl. He is survived by a son, David Tyler Henges, Fayetteville, parents, Daniel Sr. and Nora Henges, Fayetteville, brother, Daniel . Henges, Jr. Fayetteville, sister, Tammy L. (Steve) Sprinkles, Silver Springs, Fl., maternal grandmother, Greynolds, Dorothy Fayetteville. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Megie Funeral Home, Mt. Orab, served the family.

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Cliff Graham, 68

Daniel E. Maloney, Jr., 53, Newtonsville, formerly of Goshen, died Thursday, December 15, 2011. He was the loving father of Jessie (Angela) Maloney, Georgetown, caring grandfather of Danielle Popp, Ashley Meza, Justice Maloney, Savannah Cassady, and Christopher Heckman, dear brother of Tammy Maloney, James Maloney, Tony Maloney, and Victoria Griffith, beloved companion of Kelly Gilpin and a father figure to Brandi, Kelsey, and Shiley and grandfather to Julian and Laiah, cherished son of the late Daniel E. Maloney, and Betty Lou (nee Latchford) Griffith. Services were Wednesday, December 21, 2011. Interment was in Plainview Cemetery, Wayne Township, Ohio. The Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Goshen, served the family.

Cliff Graham, 68, Feesburg, Oh., died on Saturday, December 17, 2011. Mr. Graham is survived by numerous family, friends and relatives. He was a Purple Heart Veteran of the Vietnam War. Member of the VFW and member of the F&AM. Services were held Wednesday, December 21, 2011. Burial was at the Chilo Hill Cemetery, Chilo, Ohio with military honors. The Charles H. McIntyre Funeral Home, Felicity, served the family.

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Susanne Schmidt, 65 Susanne Schmidt, 65 of Georgetown, Oh., died Tuesday, December 13, 2011. She received a bachelor of science in nursing from the Ohio University and was a registered nurse for the Brown County General Hospital in Georgetown, the Clermont Mercy Hospital in Batavia, and the Ohio Valley Nursing and Rehabilation Center near Ripley. Sue was born May 24, 1946 in Cincinnati, the daughter of the late Harold and Katie (Dobbins) Reed. Ms. Schmidt is survived by one daughter – Jackie Planck and husband Shawn of Georgetown, one son – Tim Schmidt and wife Susan of West Chester, four grandchildren; one great grandson; one sister –Delores Brooks and husband Mills of Mt.Orab, and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Saturday, December 17, 2011 where Kevin Whitsett officiated. Interment was in the Shinkles Ridge Cemetery near Georgetown. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Brown County Humane Society, P.O. Box 228, Georgetown, Ohio 45121. The Cahall Funeral Home, Georgetown, served the family.

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The Eastern Athletic Department will honor Veterans on January 13, 2012 during the boy’s basketball game. All Veterans are invited to attend the ball game and they will receive free admission, a t-shirt and a special recognition before the start of the varsity game. Also this night, the JROTC from Ripley-Union-LewisHuntington HS will present the Colors for our celebration while the Eastern High School pep band performs the “Star Spangled Banner.” Veterans will need to be in attendance by 6:45pm to be recognized. Everyone is encouraged to come out and join in the support of our men, women and Veterans of the armed forces. Questions can be emailed to Eric Purdy at eric.purdy@eb.k12.oh.us or if you would like to speak to Mr. Purdy please call 937.378.6016 after 2 pm Monday through Friday.

Seniors to hold Christmas dinner The Brown County Senior Citizens Club will hold their Christmas Dinner, Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 12 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Georgetown. It will be catered by Bill Seip. Norma and Doug Green will entertain us with Holiday Music.

Church sets Christmas services The Williams Corner Church of God has set Christmas and New Years services. Sunday, December 25 the church will celebrate Jesus’ birth with a service at 11 a.m. Everyone in attendance will receive a treat as they leave. Mark Wednesday, December 28 at 7 p.m. to be at the midweek youth service. This service is geared toward all ages. Come to one or all of these services at the church at 6162 State Route 132, Goshen. For more information call 513288-1977.

WHO IS YOUR KING? Go with me today to the 23rd chapter of Matthew. Here you will find Jesus talking to his disciples and to the multitude of people saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” The Pharisees would tell other people how to live but then were not practicing what they preached. It is easier to tell someone how to do something than it is to do it yourself. Amen? But if we are living for God we ought to do what we tell others to do. The Pharisees were not. They were sayers but not doers. The Bible tells us: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Jesus also stated that the scribes and Pharisees sat in Moses’ seat. That meant that the authority of the Law of Moses was in their hands. The temple was still intact in Jerusalem and they were still carrying on with all of their ceremonies and sacrifices. Therefore Jesus was telling the people to do all of those things but not do as the Pharisees themselves did. Now lets see what happens with these Pharisees. In verse 13 Jesus tells them, “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” Do you know what a hypocrite is? It is a man or woman who pretends to be something they are not. He tells them, “for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” How could they shut up the kingdom of heaven? Do you remember when the three wise men came to Jerusalem seeking the baby Jesus? Do you remember what question they asked? “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” Was he truly born a king? Yes he was. What is a king to do? A king is to rule over a kingdom. In the 23rd chapter of Matthew, Jesus was in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the city of the king. Where did David rule? He ruled from Jerusalem. Jesus was there to set up his kingdom. They rejected their king and it never came to pass; but it could have come to pass if the Jewish hierarchy, which sat in Moses’ seat and represented the Jewish religion, would have accepted Him. Because of their rejection the door was opened for you and I. It is spelled out in the book of Romans. The natural branches were broken off and we Gentiles were grafted in. At that time though, the Pharisees were shutting up the kingdom. They would not receive the king. Therefore no one could have the kingdom at that time because the Pharisees would not go in neither would they let anyone else go in. But one of these days

DR. CHARLES SMITH MT. ORAB BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH www.bbcmtorab.com He’s coming back and will set up His kingdom. He will be KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS! The kingdom of heaven isn’t here yet, but all you have to do to get into the kingdom of God is repent. Say, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart and save my soul.” No one can shut you out of the kingdom of God except yourself. Now listen to verse 14. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites! For ye devour widows’ houses and for a pretence making long prayer.” How do they devour widows’; houses? It is the same way that con men do today. They make promises to the widows and then take them for all their money. I don’t think there is anything more crooked than con men in the name of religion. They pretend to be pious by saying long prayers at the same time they are robbing people. But you know what? God looks on the heart. God said, “therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.” Hell will be worse for them than the average unsaved person. It will be worse because of the pretence and because they deceived the people and turned them away from the truth, just like the devil does. In fact, in another place the Bible said that they were of their father the devil. In verse 23 it tells us that the Pharisees were guilty of outward deception and inward corruption. They were tithers, but even that was outward. God said it was good to tithe but they should also have judgment, mercy, and faith, and not just do things for show. Jesus was revealing the extreme that the Pharisees went to. He said, “ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” They couldn’t get over the simple things such as: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. They were into deep theology. Jesus told them to clean up inside. We need to do that also. To do that, you need Christ in your heart. Jesus told them, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” The answer is to accept Christ as your Saviour. It would have worked for them and it will work for you.

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Letters to Santa/2011 Sara Layton’s kindergarten Russellville Elementary Teachers note: The Kindergarten students have been reading holiday stories

with an emphasis on giving to others. They were told that the newspaper would like to get a message to Santa from them asking for something for someone other than themselves. The following are exact quotes from the students. (As you can see, this was a little difficult for many of the students.) Dear Santa, I wish my mom had a muppet watch. She took me to see the Muppet Movie and she really liked it. Also, please bring my friend Savannah a pillow pet. Love, Molly Dear Santa, My big dog needs some medicine for Christmas. He is sick, and I want him to get better for Christmas. My little dog isn’t sick, so he doesn’t need

any medicine. Love, Kohen Dear Santa, Please bring my mom a new phone. Love, Ava Dear Santa, I know a lot of people who have been good this year. My brother wants a gun, my dad should get a new watch, my neighbors need a new toy fire truck to play with, and I would like a new doll. I love you, Santa! Love, Jennifer Dear Santa, My dog wants a bone for Christmas. He has been very good, but sometimes he jumps on me. He should get a present anyway. Love, Austin

Dear Santa, My neighbors would really like to have new dolls to play with. Their names are Kristen and Cameron. They are nice to me and my brother. Love, Colt Dear Santa, Please bring my neighbors some new toys. Love, Logan Dear Santa, I think you should bring my mom a new watch for Christmas. She is really nice, and she takes good care of my dad, my brother, and my sister and me. I love my mom, and I love you, Santa! Love, Katie Dear Santa, I want a bed for my dog for

Christmas, and I want my cousin to get a remote controlled four- wheeler. Love, Branden Dear Santa, I want a baby doll, and my friend wants a Barbie. We have been really good this year. Love, Baylee Dear Santa, Please make my goat, Ethel, get better. She is very sick. Also, I would really like for my other goat, Hannah, to have another baby. I love you Santa! You are the best! Love, Emma Dear Santa, Bring every kid in the whole world toys and presents this year, please! Love, Breanna

Dear Santa, I wish John had a motorcycle. He is my best friend, and he is really nice to me. Love, Jordan Dear Santa, My grandpa needs a real alive cat. It would keep him company, and he would pet it and take very good care of it. Love, Antoinette

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Dear Santa, I think you should bring my friend Gavin a motorcycle. He would love it! Love, Koby Dear Santa, I want a cat for Christmas. Maybe you could give me one, and my mom one, too! Love, Peyton CONTINUED ON PAGE 17

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B R O A D S H E E T E V E N Southwest Healthcare Executive Chairman Paul Tuft and Susan Croushore, CEO of The Christ Hospital, celebrate their new affiliation.

Brown County General Hospital is now Southwest Regional Medical Center.

We would like to thank our staff for all of their hard work and sacrifices that led up to this new day for health care in Brown County and surrounding communities.

We look forward to serving the health care needs of Southwest Ohio with our new affiliate, The Christ Hospital.

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Eastern withstands Fayetteville rally in regulation, overtime for first win of the season By Andrew Wyder The Brown County Press

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Fayetteville’s D.J. Iles drives around an Eastern defender during the Warriors overtime win last Friday night.

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Jordan Payne goes in for the layup during Eastern’s overtime win over Fayetteville last Friday night.

“We hit some shots,” Beucler said. However, once Lawson hit the 3-pointer to put Eastern up 12, the Warriors shooting went away as did their ball control. They went scoreless for a little more than five minutes while they turned the ball seven times in the quarter. The Rockets quickly took advantage of the Warriors mistakes to get back into the game. David Kranz finished on a fast break with a layup with 4:38 left in the third quarter to kick off an 8-0 spurt. A D.J. Iles offensive rebound and putback closed the gap to eight before Toby Lykins finished a driving layup down the lane to bring Fayetteville within 30-24 with 2:28 left in the quarter. Nick Durham finished the scoring burst with a layup as the Rockets patiently worked the ball down the floor against

the Eastern pressure before finding Durham alone by the hoop. The score brought Fayetteville within four, 3026, with 1:47 left in the quarter. “We executed a lot better than we have the previous games,” Iles said of his team’s offensive performance. “(We) executed and worked the ball. I’m thinking there’s about three or four times we took a bad shot compared to 14 times.” Eastern finally ended it’s scoreless drought when Conner Purdin was fouled on a drive to the basket. He hit both free throws to increase the Warrior lead to 32-26. The Rockets closed the gap to one, 32-31, as the third quarter ended on back-to-back baskets by Corey Lykins. He first got an offensive rebound in the lane with no one around and flipped it back in before he nailed a 3-pointer right before the buzzer sounded. Though his team still had the lead, Beucler felt the game had become so tight simply because his team didn’t execute. “Poor decisions,” he said. “Turnovers (and) just getting in a hurry. You’ve got to grow up. That’s one of the things, we’ve got to get more mature.” The teams traded baskets their first two possessions of the fourth quarter before Eastern put a little gap between themselves and the Rockets. After Fayetteville took its first lead of the game on another Corey Lykins 3-pointer, Lawson -- who scored a game high 24 points -answered with a three of his own. Nathan Scott hit a jumper on the baseline the next possession down for the Warriors

before Riley Prine grabbed a Lawson miss and put it back in. Prine’s basket put Eastern up 43-37 with 3:43 left in the game and forced a Rockets timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Rockets needed a basket so they went to leading scorer D.J. Iles. He didn’t let them down. Iles converted a tough driving layup while he was fouled. Though he missed the foul shot, the Rockets were down just four, 43-39. Two more Purdin free throws pushed the Warriors lead back to six but Iles answered again. This time he hit a long pull-up jumper. Again the Warriors answered at the foul stripe. This time Nathan Scott hit two more to give the Warriors a 47-41 lead with 2:09 left. Time continued to run down and it began to look bleak as the Rockets found themselves still down six with less than a minute to go. It was Iles, once more, who answered. With 49 seconds left he dribbled down court and nailed a pull-up 3-pointer. Then Iles stole the ball from Eastern’s Jordan Payne and found Clark, who was fouled. Clark hit both free throws to close the deficit to one, 47-46, with 37 seconds left. “He’s so quick,” Darryl Iles said of D.J. Iles. “He gives us an extra step on defense.” Payne answered with two more free throws for Eastern before Clark hit a short jumper to keep the Rockets down just one, 49-48, with 21 seconds left. After Lawson hit one of two free throws with 9.6 seconds left, Iles -- who scored a team high 18 points -- raced down the floor and through

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Chase Lawson goes up against two Fayetteville defenders for a rebound in Eastern’s overtime win last Friday night.

the lane for an easy layup to tie the game at 50. Despite having five seconds left, the Warriors couldn’t get a shot off and the game went to overtime. The Warriors wasted no time jumping to a lead in the extra session as Lawson battled for the ball off the tip, corralled it and went in for a layup. He followed that with a driving layup after the Rockets turned the ball over on their first possession of overtime. The baskets pushed the Warriors out to a 54-50 lead with 3:18 left in overtime. Toby Lykins hit two free throws to answer for the Rockets and bring the hosts back within two, 54-52. The gap was widened back to four when Purdin hit two more free throws. Toby Lykins then came up with a steal and found Iles streaking down court. He was fouled and hit two free throws to make it a 56-54 game with 1:52 left in overtime. Then, as the Warriors tried to get the ball inbounds, Toby Lykins stole the ball. He found his brother Corey for a 3-pointer that gave the Rockets a 57-56 lead with 1:42 left in overtime. The turnover was one of 21 turnovers on the night for the Warriors. “We don’t turn it over that much,” Beucler said, “it doesn’t get to be that tight.” Just like they did in the fourth quarter, the Warriors answered at the foul line. Scott was fouled and stepped up and hit two free throws that gave the lead right back to the Warriors, 58-57. The Rockets tied the game

at 58 with 1:03 left in overtime when Toby Lykins hit one of two free throws. Once the Warriors got the ball down the floor after the Rocket free throw, they ran over 30 seconds off the clock. Finally, with 28 seconds left in overtime, Payne was fouled. He stepped up to the line and hit the first free throw but missed the second. The free throw gave Eastern a 5958 lead. So with 28.5 seconds to go, the Rockets were going to have a chance for the win. The Rockets got the ball down the floor and ran their offense. After 18 seconds ticked off the clock and they hadn’t yet scored, Darryl Iles called a timeout to set up the final play. Out of the timeout, they found Clark near the right block and got him the ball. He turned around with an Eastern defender in his face and got off a short jump shot. Though the shot looked good, it rimmed off as the buzzer sounded. “It was a good shot. We executed near the end,” Darryl Iles said. “I thought we got a good look. He makes that seven, eight times out of 10 times. We wanted to go to him.” Payne chipped in with nine points for the Warriors while Scott added eight. Purdin and Prine scored six each while Daniel Faul scored four points and Gunner Politt dropped in two for the victors. For the Rockets, Corey Lykins scored 17 points. Clark added eight points and Toby Lykins scored seven while Kranz chipped in with four.

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Though they are just four games into their season, it must seem like the Eastern boys basketball team has already ground through an entire season. The Warriors have battled through injuries to their leading scorer, another starter and a top reserve in just three games -- all losses -- as they’ve struggled out of the gate. And Fayetteville nearly added to their woes last Friday night as the host Rockets overcame an early deficit to battle back from 11 points down early in the second half to tie the game on layup from D.J. Iles with just seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. While the Warriors jumped out to an early lead in the extra session, the Rockets battled back and nearly earned the victory as Trevor Clark’s short jumper from the right block seemed destined to find the bottom of the nylon but the bounce was not kind and the ball harmlessly rolled off the rim to give the Warriors their first win of the season by a score 59-58. “We’ve got to be able to just work, move and be patient and work with each other,” Eastern coach Rob Beucler said. “It’s maturity and we’ve got to get better at it (but) a win is a win.” Meanwhile, though the Rockets came up short, Fayetteville coach Darryl Iles could not have happier with his teams effort despite the tough loss. “We played well. Hats off to the boys,” Iles said. “They did everything. Executed, rebounded, made free throws...we did everything tonight. Just need that one little roll, that one little play. If we can give that effort and we play like that good things are going to start falling our way. (I’m) not disappointed at all.” The visiting Warriors (1-3, 1-1 SHL) were up 25-18 at halftime thanks to junior guard Chase Lawson. Lawson -- who returned to the lineup for the first time since their season opening loss to Blanchester -- scored nine points in the second quarter, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, to give the Warriors the seven point lead. He continued his strong shooting as the second half began as he hit a long jumper and then an open 3-pointer to quickly push the Eastern lead to 12. The baskets gave the Warriors a 30-18 lead with 6:57 left in the third quarter. Though the Rockets (1-4, 0-3 SHL) full court pressure had slowed the Warriors early, they found ways a surefire way to beat it in the second and early third quarters to open their lead.


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With a lineup dominated by freshman and sophomores, Georgetown boys basketball coach Jerry Underwood knows all too well that sometimes that youth will rear its head at inconvenient times. When their inexperience does appear, it can turn a winnable game into a loss very quickly. But just as often -- if not more -- those youngsters can play beyond their years to earn a victory even when they are playing their best. That was the case for the G-Men when they hosted Goshen on Tuesday night. Overcoming a bumpy first three quarters, the G-Men took over in the final quarter by turning up the defensive pressure and forcing the visiting Warriors into 10 turnovers that they turned into points as they rolled to a 66-50 victory. “I thought we played older tonight and mature enough to take care of it,” Underwood said. “I was proud of them. As young and inconsistent that we played Friday night (a loss to Williamsburg), I thought we played just the opposite tonight.” For much of the first three quarters on Tuesday night, the two teams had traded baskets and runs. And as the teams entered the final quarter, the G-Men held a 41-39 lead thanks to Jake Cropper’s layup right at the end of the third quarter off of teammate Jacob Miller’s steal. As the final quarter began, the teams continued to trade baskets. Austin Fischer tied the game at 41 for Goshen with a short jumper as the quarter began. G-Men forward BruceDerrick Williams answered the bucket with one of his own. He converted off the glass in the paint. It was just one of the many plays he made for the G-Men on what was a strong night for

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Georgetown’s Jacob Miller defends Goshen’s Ryan Ashcraft during the G-Men’s win on Tuesday night.

Williams. He scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. “It was probably as physical as he’s played a game all year,” Underwood said of Williams. “He took it stronger to the basket. He had a lot more confidence.” It was at that point that the G-Men unleashed their full court pressure. At first the Warriors were able to beat the press and got a couple good looks inside for easy baskets. Goshen forward Nick Messer -- who scored a team high 15 points and grabbed seven offensive rebounds -scored on back-to-back possessions inside. The first was one of the rare offensive rebounds the Warriors got in the second half after dominating the offensive glass in the first half. “I think we played a lot of man the second half and it’s always easier to find your man and block them out in

man to man,” Underwood said of the improvement on the boards in the second half. “In zone we had a hard time finding a guy because you’re blocking out an area.” But as the quarter wore on the press began to work better and better. With 4:26 remaining, the press began to start paying dividends and helped the GMen put away the Warriors. At that point Cropper stole the ball away from a Goshen ballhandler and went down for a layup and was fouled. He hit both free throws to put the G-Men up two and broke a 45 all tie. Williams added the lead when he converted a short hook in the lane to put the GMen up 49-45. Then Gage Bradley, who missed most of the first half with foul trouble, went to work. He scored off of a Williams miss to quickly push Georgetown’s lead to

six, 51-45. Two Quin Sandlin free throws and a fast break layup from Bradley increased their lead to eight before Bradley went to the foul stripe and hit two free throws to increase the G-Men lead to 10, 57-47, with 1:48 left. The G-Men burst was set up by their pressure defense knocking the Warriors back off their feet. “The press really bothered them,” Underwood said. “I wasn’t sure. It’s one of those things where you want timing where maybe you have a little lead and you just jump on them and surprise them and get a couple turnovers. And it happened.” The G-Men then iced the game at the free throw line. Having only shot two free throws the first three quarters, the G-Men finished the night with 18 attempts at the foul stripe in the final quarter. Miller nearly singlehand-

edly put the Warriors away as he hit 5-6 free throws down the stretch. “We shot 16-20 from the free throw line and that’s huge,” Underwood said. “We hit them down the stretch.” The G-Men opened up the lead for the first time at the start of the second quarter mostly thanks to quick hands defensively. Down 11-10 as the quarter started, Tommy Stenger put the G-Men up by two when he nailed a 3-pointer just seconds into the stanza. Then the G-Men’s defense led to three straight fast break baskets. First it was Williams who stole the ball, raced up court and finished with a layup. Miller then picked the pocket of a Goshen ballhandler and went in for an easy fast break layup. Finally, G-Men forward Sandlin took a pass from a teammate off a defensive rebound and beat the Warriors defense down the floor for another easy layup. His bucket pushed the G-Men lead out to 19-11 with 5:24 left in the half. As the quarter went on, the G-Men continued to build their lead but weren’t able to pull away because the Warriors finally caught fire about four minutes from halftime. After the second of two straight Cropper 3-pointers put the G-Men up 29-16, the Warriors went to work. Goshen guard Ryan Ashcraft hit a 3-pointer of his own to bring the Warriors back within 10, 29-19, before teammate Kyle Wake caught fire. Over the last 1:59 of the half, Wake hit three straight 3-pointers. The last, which went in right before the buzzer sounded for halftime, brought Goshen within one, 29-28, at the break. “When we got up and they made that run right before half and it kind of took the air out,” Underwood said. “But I thought our kids came back

and responded really well with just holding their composure.” The third quarter saw the teams go back and forth nearly the entire eight minutes. Neither team could get up by more than four before Cropper’s layup pushed the G-Men out on top as the final quarter began. Bradley paced the the GMen with 18 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Cropper chipped in with 12 points, Miller added 11 and Sandlin scored seven. But Tuesday night was about much more than basketball. Before the game started, the Coaches Cancer Fund put on a spaghetti dinner to help the family of Tom Cropper with medical expenses. Cropper, a junior and member of the basketball team, was diagnosed with testicular cancer two years ago and it was in remission until just a few months ago. With his protein levels spiking back up -- though nothing has came up on the scans -- Cropper went back for treatment. He has been through one treatment already and has two more yet to go. Thanks to the support of the community, the night was able to raise several thousand dollars through a silent auction, the dinner and Team Tom T-shirt sales to help the family. “I thought Christy Lucas and Karen Colwell did a great job of organizing this whole thing,” Underwood said. “Don’t get me wrong, we had so many people who were wanting to do something. We just had such a great response. “I always said the one thing about this community is when they need to do something they’re all stepping to the plate and everybody’s anxious to help out in any way they can. They’ve been doing that for years. I really, really just appreciate their efforts and everything they do.”

Eastern’s pressure helps them roll past West Union

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By Andrew Wyder The Brown County Press Coming off back-to-back tough losses, the Eastern girls basketball team looked to right its ship against West Union on Monday night. And with a tough schedule awaiting them over the course of the next two weeks -including the Brown County Tournament on Dec. 27-28 -the Lady Warriors were able to accomplish their goal when they beat the visiting Lady Dragons 60-17. In the victory, Eastern coach John Burrows was pleased to see his team execute in areas he knows they must improve with the tough stretch of games upcoming. “I saw the things I wanted to try to do,” Burrows said. “I think we’ve got to try to keep pressing and, like I said, I saw a little bit of improvement in that in the second half. We ran our offense a lot better at times especially the zone offense because that’s what they played most of the time.” Though they jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, the Lady Warriors weren’t quite hitting on all cylinders as the game began. They missed several open shots in the first quarter and led just 14-6 after one quarter of play. But as the second quarter began, the Lady Warriors (33, 2-2 Southern Hills League) started to find their rhythm. The biggest reason the Lady Warriors quick turn around in the second quarter was because they started to execute in their full court pressure defense. While they played the full court nearly the entire half, it wasn’t until the second quarter when the Lady Warriors began to put enough pressure on the Lady Dragons to affect them. In the second quarter the Lady Dragons were forced

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Kayla Seigla goes up for a shot during Eastern’s win over West Union on Monday night. Seigla scored 10 points on the night.

into 13 turnovers by the Lady Warriors and several of those led directly to Eastern scores. “We played a lot better defensively that second quarter,” Burrows said. “The first quarter we didn’t get up on them enough and let them pass out. (It was the) same thing we did at Lynchburg. We let them pass out of it or throw over the top of us. In that press we want them to dribble a little bit.

“In the second quarter we did get up on them and make them dribble a little bit and force some mistakes.” Meanwhile, the Lady Warriors offense began to click as they starting hitting shots. Eastern forward Kayla Seigla scored the first points in the second quarter when she hit a little jumper in the lane. The basket kicked off what would be a run of 16

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straight points for the host Lady Warriors. Seigla scored again just seconds later after teammate Tressie Lewis stole the West Union inbounds pass and missed a shot. Seigla scooped up the offensive rebound and laid it back in to put the Lady Warriors up 18-6 with 6:02 left before halftime. Then the Lady Warriors started to hit their shots from deep. Lady Warrior forwards Andrea Tracy and Emile Turner found their stroke from beyond the three point arc over the next few minutes as the duo traded 3-pointers each of the next four Lady Warrior possessions. By the time Tracy’s 3pointer hit the bottom of the net with 2:30 left in the half, the Lady Warriors held a 30-6 advantage. Though they hit in the second quarter, the Lady Warriors weren’t able to hit their shots all night but they continued to get good looks. “We’ve got some good outside shooters and when they’re set they can make them but some of them didn’t drop tonight,” Burrows said. “I thought a few more of them should have.” While the Lady Warriors were scoring, the Lady Dragons had trouble getting past the pressure. They scored just two points in the second quarter. A Lewis fast break layup off of a Maria Johnson steal put the Lady Warriors up 32-8 as they entered halftime. Coming out of the halftime break, the Lady Warriors added to their lead as they were able to run their offense. Eastern guard Allison Prine drilled a 3-pointer about 30 seconds into the half to push the Lady Warrior lead to 27. Lewis pushed it to 29, 37-8, the next trip down the floor as she finished near the basket off a Prine find.

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Andrea Tracy tries to drive to the basket after stealing a West Union pass during the Lady Warriors win on Monday night. Tracy would drive in for a layup and was fouled.

West Union tried to mount a bit of a comeback but Natasha Barr missed three of four free throws before teammate Caitlyn Baldwin raced down floor to convert a layup off of an Eastern missed shot. But Seigla answered with putback off an offensive rebound to push the Eastern lead to 39-11 with 4:54 left in the third quarter. Though just a freshman, Seigla has played well early in the season. Her play, which included 10 points and nine rebounds against the Lady Dragons, has earned her a spot in the starting lineup. “Kayla’s coming along. She’s working hard,” Burrows said. “You don’t have to tell her too much. You tell her one time what she’s doing wrong and she corrects

it. She’s pretty receptive, rebounds pretty well and is a hard worker.” As the second half wore on, with the Lady Warriors in control, Burrows was able to let his team work on running their offense -- which he said they did pretty well -- and get some of the younger girls on the roster some experience. The Lady Warriors were led by a balanced scoring attack. Tracy led the way with 15 points while Prine added 11 points, Lewis seven, Turner six, Johnson five and sophomore center Madeline Bornstein scored four late points. “We traditionally here try to run offenses where everybody gets involved,” Burrows said. “I think that keeps...team unity.”

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Just as the basketball season is quickly moving right along, the Western Brown girls basketball team is improving each and every game. The Lady Broncos have used their experiences on the court so far this young season - including a tough loss in the second game of the season to Bethel-Tate -- to get better in each of the following games. And the latest example of the Lady Broncos improvement came last Thursday night against Goshen. Using a strong full court pressure defense, the Lady Broncos rolled out to a quick lead and never looked back as they went to earn a 65-44 Southern Buckeye Conference American Division victory. “We played a complete 32 minutes,” Western Brown coach Kyle Fender said. “We’re getting better about coming out stronger and maintaining a good intensity throughout the game.” Almost from the opening tip, the Western Brown full court pressure got the best of the Lady Warriors. The Lady Broncos (5-1, 2-1 SBC-American) forced 13 first half Goshen turnovers and several led directly to points for the home team. That was particularly true as the second quarter got underway. Though the Lady Broncos had jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter, the Lady Warriors fought back to make it a 12-7 game as the second quarter began thanks to a long jumper from Kelly Parriman and 3-pointer from Allie Jeandrevin late in the first quarter. But as the second quarter got underway, Western Brown began to open their lead. The Lady Broncos went on a 13-2 run over a little less than three minutes to jump out to a 25-11 lead with 3:34 left in the quarter. Western Brown guard Elizabeth Carter kicked off the

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Kylie Garrett looks to go up with the ball to score during Western Brown’s win over Goshen last Thursday night. Garrett scored 24 points in the win.

scoring outburst with an offensive rebound and putback before teammate Morgan Wright drove the baseline and pulled up for a short jumper on the block. Six of the points on the run were scored directly off of Goshen turnovers including Wright’s coast to coast layup off of a steal and Hannah Wiesenhahn’s easy layup off a steal as the Lady Warriors tried to inbound against the full court press. “We’re moving our feet really well on defense right now, which creates the turnovers,” Fender said. “It lowers the shooting percentage from the other team. We’re able to pick our head up now in transition

and make great passes to get the transition points that we got tonight.” The visiting Lady Warriors struggled mightily in the first half with the Lady Broncos pressure. “It shocked us that it hurt us,” Goshen coach Dave Mason said. “We worked on it but when you get out in the limelight it makes it a little different.” Though the Lady Broncos continued to put pressure on them, the Lady Warriors were able to stay within striking distance thanks to the play of Parriman as the half was nearing its end. Her persistence on the offensive glass paid off as she scored

five points in the final 2:10 of the quarter -- all off of offensive rebounds -- to keep Goshen within 14, 33-19, as the half came to an end. Parriman scored all nine of her points in the first half and grabbed seven of her 10 rebounds. “We gave up a few too many offensive rebounds than I would have liked,” Fender said. “But I think we tightened that up in the second half. That’s what helped us maintain our lead.” The second half opened nearly identical to the opening minutes of the second quarter. Using their defense as the catalyst, the Lady Broncos converted missed Lady Warrior shots and turnovers into easy offense. Once again it was Carter who kicked off a 13-2 Lady Bronco run with a long jumper to increase the Western Brown lead to 35-19. After two free throws from Goshen’s Courtney Turner, Kylie Garrett hit a 3-pointer and then two free throws of her own to push the Western Brown lead to to 40-21. Buckets from Wright and Ty Henry closed out the run and increased the Lady Bronco lead to 46-21 with 4:15 left in the third quarter. However, the Lady Warriors refused to go down without a fight. Senior guard Jeandrevin -playing for the first time this season -- went to work. She scored six straight points, the last of which was a 3-pointer with 1:50 left in the quarter, to close the Western Brown lead to 46-27. Teammate Kelsi Steele then followed Jeandrevin’s 3-pointer with one of her own to bring Goshen within 16, 46-30, with 43 seconds left in the quarter. But Wright hit a short jump shot to push the Lady Broncos lead back to 18, 48-30, as the fourth quarter began. However, the Lady Warriors weren’t done yet. As the final quarter got underway, Becca Davidson converted in the post to

Dugan says farmer’s tax guide available at office Farmer’s Tax Guides and more Recently I discussed some ideas about working on your taxes prior to the end of the calendar year. This week I have something available at the office that might help. The Farmer’s Tax Guides are here and available at all three county offices while supplies last. The publication is free, so stop by and pick one up, but you may want to call first. The OSU Extension Annual Conference is this Thursday, Dec. 15th and we may have offices closed from time to time. With reduced staff, if we are out doing programming the office door may be locked. Please call ahead to make sure before making the trip. The office number in Adams is 544-2339, in Brown, 378-6716 and in Highland County, 393-1918. There are other publications that you may want to pick up, too. One that you may want to check out is The Ohio State University 2011 Corn, Soybean, and Forage Performance Trials. This is a supplement to the Ohio Country Journal that is brought to you by: Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and The Ohio State University. Ohio Beef Schools I have talked about these Beef Schools for the past few weeks in this article and on the local radio stations. This past week, the details were in an article in the Beef Cattle Letter that comes out every week from the OSU Extension Beef Team. I send this letter to a fairly large group of people from the three counties. If you would like to be added to this e-mail list, or other mailing lists that I have, simply drop me a request to: dugan.46@osu.edu This is the article written by smith.263@osu.edu Stan Smith, PA, Fairfield Co. OSU Extension, and copied from the Beef Cattle letter: Ohio Beef Schools Explore "New Normal" "It's a great time to be in agriculture." "We have more people to feed and a growing global economy. I don't know of a better industry to be involved with than agriculture because the underlying fundamentals are strong." "If you're in the cow-calf business you've got what everybody else wants. Prices will continue to move higher next year." Those words came from Randy Blach, president of Cattle-Fax, at the recent Kansas Livestock Association annual convention. More specifically he said 2012

DAVID DUGAN and 2013 should provide excellent profit opportunities because declining inventories of stocker and feeder cattle will continue to support prices and keep cow-calf producers in the driver's seat. In fact, Cattle-Fax projects average national prices for 550-pound calves to average $1.75 per hundredweight next year, and 750 to 800-pound yearlings to average $1.50 per hundredweight. From a feeder's perspective, consider Blach's thoughts on marketing high quality fed cattle. "We've seen the Choice-Select spread widen to $18 or $19, and it could easily be $10 to $15 over the next 12 to 18 months. You need to consider that and possibly make some adjustments to your production. The spread will trump weight." For those of us who have forages which need to be converted to meat, it appears we are, indeed, in the drivers seat! But are we positioned correctly today to fully capture the benefits over the coming years of the scenario that Blach describes? Preparation to take full advantage of this "new normal" is the approach being taken as the speakers and agenda for the 2012 Ohio Beef Cattle School series have been assembled. Hold these dates and make plans to the participate during the first session beginning on January 26, 2012, and continuing on the Thursdays of February 9 and 16, and March 1. Each session will be broadcast locally by many of Ohio's Extension offices via an internet link, and will focus on optimizing efficient beef production in a rapidly changing business and consumer environment. Nothing is sacred as we explore trends in reproduction, genetics, feeds and feeding, targeted marketing, and the opportunities afforded by backgrounding calves versus finishing them in Ohio feedlots. More specifically topics and speakers include these industry respected individuals from across the Midwest. • January 26: Kevin Dhuyvetter, Extension Specialist, Farm Management, Kansas State University, speaking on Economic Considerations in Beef Cattle Production at North Adams HS.

• February 9: Dan Frobose, retired OSU Extension, and Sam Roberts, United Producers, speaking on Targeted markets and marketing alternatives at Hillsboro HS. • February 16: Dr. Les Anderson, University of Kentucky Beef Extension Specialist and John Grimes, OSU Beef Programs Coordinator on Genetics, reproduction efficiencies, calving season alternatives, etc. at North Adams. • March 1: Nevil Speer, PHD, MBA, Western Kentucky University, focusing on Meat industry perspective looking to the future including 'outlook', Choice/Select spreads, etc. at Hillsboro. See details below. Dates to Remember Pesticide Re-certification Pre-registration is required and will save you $10 on registration. The fee for re-certification is different from the fee to ODA. This fee is paid to OSU Extension for the class which includes publications and a meal. Pre-register, with payment at least 5 days prior to the class to save $10. The dates are Jan. 18, 2012 at noon and Jan. 23, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. Both classes are at Southern State Comm. College in Fincastle. To register call OSU Extension at (937) 3786716. Mailing address is 325 W. State St. Bldg. B, Georgetown, OH 45121. Gardening Educational Classes These are open to the public: Jan. 19 - Meditation Gardens; Feb. 23 Starting

Seeds; March 15 - Flowers; April 18 - Container Gardening; and May 17-Herbs. Classes taught by OSU Extension Master Gardeners. Master Gardener Meeting/Class The Master Gardener Meetings for Adams, Brown, and Highland Counties for January will be held at Southern State Community College in Fincastle on January 23rd. The meetings will be held separately for each county group following the educational session which begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. January session will feature Brad Bergefurd discussing Garden Lay-out, Pruning, and Spraying Options. Similar meetings will be held in March and May. Small Farm College First date is January 17th. That is a correction from earlier. The location is at OSU South Centers near Piketon, located on SR 32 and Shyville Road. Beef School The sessions are offered statewide, and locally, starting January 26th at North Adams HS in Seaman, in the round room. The class will also be at North Adams on Feb. 16. The class will meet at Hillsboro HS in the Voc. Ag classroom on Feb. 9 and March 1. Each class begins at 7:00 p.m. Sheep and Goat School First session is scheduled for this regional type meeting on Feb. 6, and will run for 4 sessions. Locations will be announced soon.

Cell phone scams heat up for holiday CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 numbers, card or account Numbers and the Credit Card Security Code. The credit card security code is the three digit number on the back of a debit or credit card. “If a Fifth Third Bank customer receives a suspicious text message or phone call, they should not respond. Instead, they should forward the message to 53investigation@security.53.com. Then, it is important to delete the message from your mobile devise or voicemail box,” said Boyuk. Fifth Third Bank is working to determine the origin of these

emails and texts. The bank has asked customers who have received a suspicious email to send the email and their contact information to 53investigation@security.53.com. “Additionally, we have established a dedicated customer service line at 1-800-6765869 for those customers who provided sensitive information via an unsolicited email, a link in an email or website, said Boyuk. Customers of any bank should review the security options and procedures of their financial institution to ensure the safety of their accounts and information.

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Western Brown’s Hannah Wiesenhan drives to the basket in the Lady Broncos win over Goshen last Thursday night.

decrease the Goshen deficit to 16 again. Then Jeandrevin -- who scored a a team high 13 points off the bench -- hit one of two free throws before she drilled another 3-pointer. Suddenly the Lady Bronco lead was only 48-36 with 5:56 left in the game. “They fought until the final horn,” Fender said of the Lady Warriors, “so all the credit in the world to them for their effort tonight.” The Lady Warriors quick 6-0 run was answered by another Garrett 3-pointer. Garrett scored a game high 24 points and pulled down a team leading nine rebounds. “Tonight she put a lot of daggers into the game,” Fender said of Garrett. “Anytime Goshen would start to come back I felt like she hit a big shot. But also, this is one of the most complete games I’ve seen her play. She was doing everything. Rebounding, scoring (and) assists.” A Davidson bucket in the post brought Goshen within 51-38 but that would be as close as the Lady Warriors would get. Western Brown answered

Davidson’s bucket with nine straight points -- several of those off of Goshen turnovers - to put the game away. “Western Brown, give them hats off,” Mason said. “Very good athleticism. They stepped up and when we turned it over they took advantage.” It was Wright who answered the Goshen bucket with a driving layup on the baseline to increase the hosts lead to 5338. Two quick fast break layups from Delayne Seigla and Garrett pushed the lead back to 19 before Wright converted a layup off a Carter steal to put the Lady Broncos up 59-38 and on their way to a victory. Wright chipped in with 16 points on the night. “I thought Morgan Wright played very well as well,” Fender said. “Morgan was throwing daggers out there.” Carter added eight points and six rebounds for the Lady Broncos while Seigla chipped in with seven points. Henry and Amberly Dowd scored four apiece. “I think every game, with the exception of our second game, I feel like we’ve gotten better every game,” Fender said.

Judge to decide St. Martin sewer fate CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The Brown County Sewer District was created in by a Brown County Commission resolution in 1998, after the FPTRSD, and includes “all property inside the county outside of municipal corporations and legally established existing sewer districts.” Both the Village of St. Martin and the FPTRSD existed at the time of the BCSD establishment. “I think we’re going to have to find out legally who is going to have to take (the St. Martin sewer system)”, said Commissioner Bill Geschwind. The St. Martin water system also has a $17,000 debt to the Ohio Water Development Authority that any entity that takes over the water system will be responsible for. Representatives of the Highland County Water

Company said they “would be willing to consider” taking on the water system and associated debt. Thompson said that there may be a legal issues involved in turning over the assets of the water system to a non-governmental entity. A full vote of the Highland County Water Company board would be required to make that happen. Spradlin said that St. Martin Village Council will continue to meet on a monthly basis and that she would continue to serve as village clerk. The current St. Martin council members are James Lynch, Sr. Cecilia Huber and Dolores Coffman. Spradlin said that Cutrell suggested that the village find three more council members to serve on a temporary basis until the village is dissolved.

Unemployment rate hits three year low CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Clermont Counties, the jobless rate dropped to 7.7 percent from 8.4. Gov. John R. Kasich issued the following statement in response to the announcement today that Ohio’s unemployment rate in November dropped from 9.0 percent to 8.5 percent, the largest one-month drop in almost three decades and the lowest rate in three years: “It is so encouraging to see Ohioans getting back to work. We’ve struggled for far too long but things are beginning to get back on track. Ohio employers have added more than 45,000 jobs so far this year, but too many Ohioans are still out of work and we have a lot of progress yet to make. It’s encouraging however, to see Ohio regaining the capacity for an improvement like this, and it should drive us to redouble our efforts to create the jobs-friendly environment we need.” The Ohio counties with the highest unemployment rates are

Pike County at 13.9 percent, Ottawa County at 11.9 percent, Scioto County at 11.5 percent, Meigs County at 11.3 percent and Clinton County at 11.0 percent. 77 of Ohio’s 88 counties now have an unemployment rate below 9.9 percent.

Candlelight Service at Bible Chapel Bible Chapel U.C.C. will hold a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Saturday, December 24 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas Season. Bible Chapel is located at 119 North Avenue in Hamersville, just one block north of State Route 125.

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Dear Santa, I want my brother to have a new movie for Christmas. He is a good big brother, and he is nice to me all of the time. Love, John Dear Santa, Please bring Molly a new stuffed horse. I think it would make her feel better, and she would be nice to it. My sister needs a puppy, too. Love, Savannah

Letters to Santa/2011 Kelly Murphy’s 1A first grade Russellville Elementary Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring my dad some lights because he goes into fires and can not see. Your Friend, Brendan Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring my mom some money because she is broke. Your Friend, Donald Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring Burak a Wii because he would really like it. Your Friend, Alex Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring my dad a guitar because he needs it. Your Friend, Hannah

Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring Tyler a PlayStation because he is so good. Your Friend, Zach Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring Zach a cap gun because he really needs it. Your Friend, Garett Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring my mom a ring because she deserves it. Your Friend, Shylar Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring Zach a DS because he needs it. Your Friend, Brandon Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring my daddy some lights because he needs them for the backyard. Your Friend, Sophia Letters to Santa/2011 Christy McCann’s first grade Russellville Elementary

Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring grandma a ring because she needs one. Your Friend, Cici

Dear Santa, What I want for Christmas is PSP games, a phone, DSI, Kobe Bryant shoes, and Hot Wheel Cars. Thank you, Jonston

Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring Aubree a Laguna Blue High Fashion Station because she really, really wants it. Your Friend, Alissa

Dear Santa, I want a DS for Christmas. And a robot dog. I like you, Santa. Brandon

Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring Alex a lot because he is my best friend. Your Friend, Burak Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring Sarah diamond earrings because she loves them. Your Friend, Katie Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring my mom a mat because she wants it. Your Friend, Lacey Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring Alissa an Ipod because she is so good. Your Friend, Kyla Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring Sophia a doll because she is being good in class. Your Friend, Brianna

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Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring the homeless and those who have nothing some toys because they don’t have anything. Your Friend, Tyler

Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring Alissa a Monster High Doll because she is good. Your Friend, Savannah Dear Santa, I would like to ask you for something for someone else. Please bring my dad a new wrap for his finger because his is hurt. Your Friend, Marlee

Dear Santa, I would like to have a Monster High Doll, Just Dance 3 for my Wii. I would also like to have a pillow pet and more clothes and John Deere boots. Thank you, Hayley Dear Santa, PLEASE, PLEASE bring me TOYS! Ayden Dear Santa, For Christmas, Please bring me a IPod and IPad, GPS. Love, Emma H. Dear Santa, Please bring me a real live unicorn that can fly for Christmas. Thank you, Kaylee Dear Santa, Come to my house first, cause my mom makes the best cookies and please bring me a Wii and two games. I have been good, Santa. Merry Christmas, Caleb Dear Santa, I would like some Monster High Dolls and a Lalaloopsy hair doll. I will leave you some milk and cookies. Love, Hannah Dear Santa, I‘ve been good this year. I’m going to leave you milk and cookies. What is your favorite kind? What time will you be here? I would like a Lego City Set, Cars 2 DVD, and a DS game. Thanks, Wyatt Dear Santa, I want a Nerf Sonic Series Blaster. I would also like a Doctor Dreadful Zombie Lab, and a Ooh LaLa Salon, and a Prepare and Share kitchen. Thank you, Santa, Emma O.

Dear Santa, I want six presents this year. I drew a picture for you. From, Landon Dear Santa, What I want for Christmas is: Jenny the Skull DQ Blizzard Maker X-Box Live Lazer Tag Harry Potter Set Andy Dear Santa, I want jewelry, new clothes, fur real puppy, barbies, puppy pillow pet. Love, Taylor Dear Santa, Please bring me a DSI and Wii game. I also would like Luigi Mario Kart Raceway. Chad Dear Santa, My name is Emma. I have a brother named Caleb and a cousin Chloe. We want to know what the elves are making. How are you and Mrs. Claus? What do the reindeer eat? I like pizza, do you guys? Do you think I have been good enough for a doll? My mommy and daddy says they don’t know. I have to try! Merry Christmas from all of us! Love, Emma W. Dear Santa, I want the long striker and new shirts. Love, Jacob

Christmas Letters from Sardinia Elementary Letters to Santa/2011 Dennis Riedel’s first grade Sardinia Elementary Dear Santa, I love you ! For Christmas I want a Lala Loopsey Doll, make-up and games. I will leave you milk and cookies. Thank you! Your friend, Brianna Dear Santa, I've been good this year! I want a Gizmo Hat and and ear muffs. My sister Harley wants more Pokeman cards. Misti wants lots of make-up! BUT.... if my sisters don't start behaving...don't bring them anything!' Thank you! Your friend, Meghan Dear Santa, Hi Santa! I would like a clock to wake me up in the morning. I want a clock that sounds like a frog. Could you also bring my Uncle JuJu something? Thank you! Your friend, Jayson Dear Santa, I can't wait for Christmas! I have tried to be very good all year long. I really want a dollhouse, a bop-it-XD and if you think i've been really good, i'd like a guitar. Thank you! Your friend, Grace Dear Santa, I have been a VERY good girl this year. I would really like a gingerbread house and a Bengals pillow pet. I will leave you cookies and milk.(Hopefully my sister and pawpaw won't eat them) I will leave carrots for the reindeer. I also promise to sleep in my bed and not on the couch. Your friend, Alyssa Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. I'm leaving you Buckeyes and chocolate milk again this year. I would like to have some board games, Wii games, and a chair for Christmas this year. Thank you! Your friend, Bryce Dear Santa, I would like a REAL LIVE HORSE this year and a new Baby Alive and a Barbie. I

have been a good girl. I will leave you cookies and milk! Thank you! Your friend, Rhylee Dear Santa, I want an X-Box 360 and a whole bunch of games. Plus army men and Star Wars bed sheets! I have been a very, very good boy! Thank you! Your friend, Nate Dear Santa, I hope you have a Merry Christmas! I am wishing for a DS this year. Please make sure the children in need get extra gifts. I am hoping you can help them have a Merry Christmas too. Please bring some snow...I'd really like to make a snowman. Thank you! Your friend, Madison Dear Santa, I help clean my room and will be good for my mom and dad. I will leave you some cookies and milk and carrots for the reindeer. I would really like a wrestling belt and a DS for Christmas. Also a Rumbler truck. My brother RJ would like an X-Box 360. Thank you! Your friend, Devin Dear Santa, All i want for Christmas this year is to be one of your elves. I have been VERY VERY GOOD! I would like a Surfer Barbie and a Toy Story Doll. Give my brother some COAL. He is mean to me! Thank you! Your friend, Savannah Dear Santa, I have been a good boy this year. My brother is trying to be good. I made you some cookies and will leave you some milk. Please bring me Wrestler Rumblers and Trash Pack. Thank you Santa! Your friend, Randolph Dear Santa, I want some toys horses and a Barbie for Christmas. I love you! Thank you! Your friend, Grace Dear Santa, I have been super good this year. I wish for a new sachel and a real guitar. I hope you have a nice trip delivering all those presents. I hope you eat all the cookies i leave you and drink all the milk that we give you. Have a Happy Christmas! Thank you! Your friend, Natalee Paige Dear Santa, I have been waiting a LONG time for you to stop by my house. I have been really good this year. I would really like a fancy bike, a Figit, an I-pod, 100 stickers, and a MILLION DOLLARS. Please do NOT get me and my sister matching stuff. Thank you! Your friend, Makayla Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. I would like a Rapunzel set, a Squeaky set and a Lala Loopsey Doll. My dad wants a fishing pole and my sister a keyboard. My mom likes anything flashy, gold, diamonds, .... I will leave you and the reindeer milk and cookies. Thank you! Your friend, Brieanna Dear Santa, I love you! I have been good most of the time. My brother has been BAD. I would love a pink pair of cowboy boots for Christmas. I will leave you milk and cookies. What do your reindeer like? Merry Christmas! Thank you! Your friend, Lauren Dear Santa, I need a new Buzz Lightyear. Don't forget my sister and older brother. I will leave you some milk and cookies and some

food for the reindeer. Thank you! Your friend, Dakota Dear Santa, I have been a good girl! I would like to have a Fijit Friend, a DS. and some ZhuZhu Pets. Will you please bring my baby sister a gift too? Your cookies will be on the table. Thank you! Love you! Your friend, Jacqueline

Letters to Santa/2011 Amy Beyer’s first grade Sardinia Elementary Dear Santa, Tell your reindeer and elves hello. This year I want Smokey the Fire Truck. Thank you for the toys I got last year. Your friend, Tyler Dear Santa, I have tried to be good this year. I would like an Illumination Station and a flute. I hope your sleigh doesn’t get stuck if it snows. Your friend, Kaitlyn Dear Santa, I would like a snow globe, Bengals shirt, a pink MP3 player, and a pink Bible. Can you bring a toy for our dog Spencer? I will leave Rudolf and the other reindeer some carrots. Thank you. Your friend, Averi Dear Santa, I would like a new Bible, a Bengals shirt, a snow globe, and a MP3 player. Please bring our dog a bone and a leash. Say “hi” to Mrs. Claus for me. Your friend, Alli Dear Santa, I have been a good girl. I would like some crafts. We do not have a chimney, but I will tell my mom to keep the door unlocked for you. I also want a Tinkerbell doll. Your friend, Ashleigh Dear Santa, I hope you have a nice Christmas. Your friend, Alyssia Dear Santa, I wish for X-Box Kinnect with a deer game and some other X-Box games. I also want a dirt bike. Your friend, DJ Dear Santa, I have been good this year. Please don’t let the reindeer go to the bathroom in our yard. My favorite deer is Rudolf. I will leave them carrots. His will be on the left side of the porch and the right side of the others. Please will you leave me Lego Star Wars? I also want a 3DS. Thank you for last year’s toys. Your friend, Nolle Dear Santa, I want a sled, Lalaloopy doll, and Legos. Santa, I will leave you milk and cookies. Your friend, Hannah

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Dear Santa, I would like an X-box for Christmas. I will leave cookies and milk. I will leave carrots in a bag for Santa’s reindeer. I would like to know how your elves are doing and have a Merry Christmas. Your friend, Kamryn Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I would like to have a few dolls, a Nintendo DS, but the thing I would like most is a Merry Christmas. Your friend, Jesstina Dear Santa, I hope you have a good time delivering presents to everyone. Thank you for my gifts last year. I want to know how you never get full eating everyone’s cookies. Your friend, Tanner Dear Santa, I would like a wallet, please. Your friend, Matthew Dear Santa, This year for Christmas I want a dart gun and some wrestlers. I promise to be good, and Daddy said I was good this year. I hope you have a good Christmas. Your friend, Evan Dear Santa, I like you because you make gifts to make kids happy. My sister, Riley, is trying to be good. I’ve been good. Have a safe trip and watch out for airplanes. Your friend, Ethan Dear Santa, I have been very good. My sister and brother have been bad. Please bring me a Monster High Doll and a Barbie House. I will leave cookies and milk. Your friend, Jasmine Dear Santa, I would like a book about Clifford. I really would like the book called “Clifford’s Birthday Party”. Your friend, Vanessa Dear Santa, My teacher said I have been very good this year. I want a new DS this year. My old one got broken. Your friend, Alynna

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Dear Santa, I want an American doll. I have been good. I have milk and cookies for you. I have feed for your reindeer. Your friend, Emily Dear Santa, My sister and I have been good most of the time. I will leave you some chocolate cookies and milk. I would like to have a couple new games for my X-Box. My sister likes baby dolls. Your friend, Dylan Dear Santa, I can’t wait until Christmas. I want a cement truck and a recycle truck. I would like some Hot Wheels. Thank you! Your friend, Jayson

Sardinia Church of Christ schedules services Come and join the Sardinia Church of Christ this Christmas. Both Christmas services will include worship, special music, communion, etc. Christmas Eve Worship Service will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 24 Christmas Day Worship Service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, December 25. Then start the New Year off right. Join Sardinia Church of Christ for their New Year's Services. Both services will include worship, music, and communion. New Year's Eve Service begins at 6 p.m. New Year's Day Service begins at 10 a.m. Sardinia Church of Christ is located at 7130 Bachman Rd. Sardinia Oh Phone number is 446-2594 or check us out on the web at www.sardiniacc.com.

Merry Christmas from the staff of The Brown County Press

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Saturday, December 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Buford Church of Christ, 2457 St. Rt. 138. There will also be a Christmas morning service at 10 a.m. All are welcome to come.

TOPS Chapter in Mt. Orab will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December, 26 at the Mt. Orab Public Library, 613 S. High St. Further information is available by calling Hope Fain at (937) 444-0404.

Christmas Eve Mass at St. Martin Chapel in St. Martin will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 24 at the chapel, 20864 St. Rt. 251 in St. Martin. For more information call (513) 875-5020. Christmas Mass at St. Patrick Chapel in Fayetteville will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 24 and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 25. The chapel is located at 130 Stone Alley in Fayetteville. For more information call (513) 875-5020.

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Candlelight Service at Bible Chapel U.C.C. will be held on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. Bible Chapel is located at 119 North Avenue in Hamersville, just one block north of St. Rt. 125. Special Worship Service on Christmas Eve at the Sardinia Church of Christ December 24, beginning at 6 p.m. then at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 25. Will include worship, special music, communion, etc. Everyone is welcome. Christmas Mass at St. Michael Church in Mt. Orab will be held on Saturday, December 24 at 3 p.m. and on Sunday December 25 at 9:15 a.m. The church is located at 220 S. High Street in Mt. Orab. For more information call (513) 875-5020. Candlelight Worship on Christmas Eve will be held at the Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church, and the community is invited. Evening worship will be at 7:30 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 24, and will include scripture, music, media and the soft glow of candlelight. The church is located at 11693 St. Rt. 774 near the crossroads of 774 and Bethel New Hope Road. Annual Christmas Eve Service, sponsored by the Georgetown Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 24, beginning at 7 p.m. The program will include music, youth performance, Christmas message and the lighting of candles. The church is located at 401 S. Main Street in Georgetown.

Sterling Township Trustees will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 26 at the Township Hall. This meeting is open to the public. TOPS Chapter in Sardinia will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 26, at Sardinia Church of the Nazarene on Sardinia-Mowrystown Road. Further information is available by calling Regina Davidson at (937) 446-3714. Brown County Board of Commissioners Monday, December 26, at the Commissioners Office will be canceled due to the holiday, 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown. TOPS Chapter in Ripley will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 26, at Ripley Church of the Nazarene, 230 N. Second St. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 377-2501. Perry Township Trustees will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 26 in Fayetteville. This meeting is open to the public TUESDAY 12/27 Alcoholics Anonymous in Sardinia meets from 11 a.m. until noon each Tuesday morning at the Sardinia Town Hall. Please enter the back door. For more information cal (937) 444-3877. Ripley Village Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27. This meeting is open to the public. Brown County General Hospital (BCGH) retirees and former employees will meet for breakfast at the Cherry Street Eatery, at 9 a.m. on tuesday, December 27. Zumba Classes will be offered by Snap Fitness, 127 North Point Drive in Mt. Orab at 6:30 on Tuesday, December 27. These classes are for members of Snap Fitness as well as non-members. Please call (937) 444-5230 for more information. Ripley Village Council will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27. The public is invited to attend this meeting.

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Snap Fitness, 127, North Point Drive, Mt. Orab at 7:30 p.m. at the center on Tuesday, December 27. Members of Snap Fitness as well as non-members are welcome. Please call (937) 444-5230 for details. WEDNESDAY 12/28 TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter in Winchester will meet at 10 a.m.. Wednesday, December 28, at Winchester Church of Christ in Christian Union, 1540 Tri-County Highway, Winchester. Further information is available by calling Bobbi Wilson at (937) 446-4662. Special Youth Service at Williams Corner Church of God, 6162 St. Rt. 132 in Goshen at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28. The service is geared toward all ages. Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, at the Commissioners Office, 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown. The public is invited to attend. Sit and Stitch will meet 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, December 28, at the Sardinia Public Library, 13309 Purdy Road, Sardinia. Anyone who is a crocheter or spinner or who wants to learn, is invited to attend and bring a current project. Children are welcome. Further information is available by calling (937) 403-8481 or (513) 314-1656. Brown County Senior Citizens Club will hold its Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, December 28 at noon at the American Legion Hall in Georgetown. It will be catered by Bill Seip, Norma and Doug Green will entertain us with Holiday Music. TOPS Chapter in Aberdeen will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, at the Riverbend Apartments Community Room. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 3772501. THURSDAY 12/29 Kickboxing Classes will be offered on Thursday at 6:30 on December 29, at the Snap Fitness Center in Mt. Orab, 127 N. Point Drive. These classes are open to members as well as non members. For details call (937) 444-5230. Yoga Classes will be offered at the Snap Fitness center in Mt. Orab, 127 North Point Drive beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 29. These classes are open to both members and non-members. Call (937) 4445230 for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet 8:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, December 29, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 220 S. High St., Mt. Orab. Adams/Brown County Alzheimer's/Dementia Family Caregiver support group will meet Thursday, December 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Adams County Regional Medical Center, second floor. For more information (937) 386-3590.

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FRIDAY 12/30 Free knitting and crocheting classes at the Rambler Center (old Russellville-Jefferson High School) in Russellville will be held 10 a.m.noon Friday, December 30. Anyone who would like information or a list of supplies or who wishes to register for the next group of classes may call Mary Kelch at (513) 734-2501 or (513) 543-3137. Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation grants for 2012 application deadline is Friday, December 30, 2011. To download grant guidelines and application and learn more about the National Youth Fishing ad Boating Initiative visit RBFF.org. Applicants will be notified in April 2012. Washington Township Trustees will meet in regular session at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 30 at the firehouse. The public is invited to attend. Donations being accepted for Dress for Success at Valore Salon seven days at week. Now accepting jewelry, scarves, belts/purses, pants suits, dresses/skirts and blouses. Donations will be accepted until December 23. To contact Valore Salon call (937) 378-4SPA, located at 121 N. Main Street in Georgetown or visit www.valoresalon.com. SATURDAY 12/31 New Year’s Eve Service at the Sardinia Church of Christ beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 then on Sunday, January 1 beginning at 10 a.m. This service will include worship, music and communion. Please come join us. New Years Pot Luck at Williams Corner Church of God, 6162 St. Rt. 132 in Goshen on New Years eve, December 31 beginning with a pot luck dinner at 8:30 p.m. Following the dinner, a Watch Night Service will be held to pray in the New Year. New Years Eve Dance sponsored by the American Legion Post 180 in Georgetown will be held on Saturday, December 31 from 8 p.m.

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COURT NEWS Common Pleas CIVIL CASES Capital One Bank USA NA versus Johnny A. Davis, case 20111068, filed 12/13/2011, Action: other civil Security Credit Services, LLC versus Melissa Kirshchner, case 20111162, filed 12/12/2011, Action: other civil Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance versus Nancy D. Fore, case 20111163, filed 12/12/2011, Action: other civil Karen Spires versus Ricky Horn, case 20111164, filed 12/12/2011, Action: other civil stalking Melissa Bartley versus John Brooks, case 20111165, filed 12/12/2011, Action: other civil stalking The University Hospital versus Toya Bunch, case 20111167, filed 12/12/2011, Action: other civil National Bank and Trust Company versus Bambi L. Beachy, case 20111168, filed 12/12/2011, Action: foreclosures PNC Bank, National Association versus Paula Suttman, case 20111169, filed 12/13/2011, Action: foreclosures PNC Bank, National Association versus James Mingua, case 20111170, filed 12/13/20111, Action: foreclosures Lvnv Funding LLC versus April Begley, case 20111172, filed 12/13/2011, Action: other civil Westlake Services, LLC versus Brian D. Reed, case 20111173, filed 12/13/2011, Action: other civil Fannie Mae c/o Dovenmuehle versus Joshua Neaves, case 20111174, filed 12/13/2011, Action: foreclosures Deutsche Bank National Trust Company versus James F. Dean, case 20111175, filed 12/13/2011, Action: foreclosures Billie Jo Temple versus Joshua Covert, case 20111176, filed 12/13/2011, Action: stalking order Erin Schumacher versus Derrick McElroy, case 20111177, filed 12/13/2011, Action: civil stalking Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance versus Shelly D. Mason, case 20111179, filed 12/14/2011, Action: other civil Jean E. Kiser versus Irving Nelson Fitch II, case 20111182, filed 12/14/2011, Action: civil stalking order Deutsche Bank National Trust Company versus William Morris, case 20111183, filed 12/14/2011, Action: foreclosures Asenath Doss versus Mark Barnes, case 20111185, filed 12/16/2011, Action: other torts (personal injury) Melissa Gilbert versus Billy R. Teegarden, 20111186, filed 12/16/2011, Action: other civil Connie Patrick, Treasurer versus Ken Bowman, case 20111190, filed 12/16/2011, Action: foreclosures Robert Ramey versus Jessie Prince, case 20111192, filed 12/19/2011, Action: civil stalking

12/19/2011, Action: domestic violence Pamela K. Henderson, Higginsport versus Jay L. Henderson, Hamilton, case 20111184, filed 12/15/2011, Action: domestic violence Melissa L. Gilbert, Higginsport versus Billy R. Teegarden, Higginsport, case 20111187, filed 12/16/2011, Action: domestic violence Patricia Blount, Georgetown versus Keith Shouse, Georgetown, case 20111188, filed 12/16/2011, Action: domestic violence Nicole J. Becht, Mt. Orab versus Ryan J. Becht, Mt. Orab, case 20111189, filed 12/16/2011, Action: dissolution of marriage Jeffrey W. Dolinger, Odenville, AL, versus Jimmie L. Dolinger, Sardinia, case 20111191, filed 12/16/2011, Action: termination of marriage

DOMESTIC CASES Joyce Lucas, Bradenton, FL versus Danny Lucas, Mt. Orab, case 20110958, filed 12/14/2011, Action: termination of marriage Emilie J. Boone versus Harold L. Boone, Hamersville, case 20111166, filed 12/12/2011, Action: domestic violence Fred Napier, Mt. Orab versus Kimberly Y. Napier, Cincinnati, case 20111171, filed 12/13/2011, Action: dissolution of marriage William R. Barker, Sardinia versus Christy Barker, Sardinia, case 20111178, filed 12/14/2011, Action: dissolution of marriage Teresa M. Slater, Mt. Orab versus Daniel S. Slater, Mt. Orab, case 20111180, filed 12/14/2011, Action: termination of marriage Robert Ramey, Aberdeen versus Geneva Ramey, Aberdeen, filed

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Property Sales William L. Alsip to William L. Alsip, 3 acres of land in Pike Twp., filed 12/14/2011 Stanley R. and Tammy L. Taylor to Scott and Wallace Investments LLC, .61 acres of land in Pike Twp., filed 12/12/2011 Mark and Jennifer Hammond to William and Alice Sweet, Lot 34 in Virginia Acres Estate, Georgetown, Pleasant Twp., filed 12/12/2011 Judith M. Ruthven trustee to John A. Ruthven trustee, Lot 177, Lot 178 Whole, Lot 263 part, Lot 171 and Lot 179 whole in Georgetown, Pleasant Twp., filed 12/12/2011 Tracy Parrett, Primelending to Michael S. and Lori Renick, 1 acre of land , Lot 1 in Tower Sub., in Sterling Twp., filed 12/13/2011, $93,700 Dolly R. Mullins to Clinton Glenn Kinhalt, 2.35 acres of land in Sterling Twp., filed 12/12/2011, $32,700 John A. and Gwen Corboy to John A. and Gwen M. Corboy, 12.77 acres, 6 acres and 5.41 acres of land in Washington Twp., filed 12/12/2011 Josh Paeltz and Amber Hamilton, 8.90 acres of land in Washington Twp., filed 12/14/2011 Joshua Layton to David Mignerey, Lot 49 and Lot 50 in Sardinia, Washington Twp., filed 12/12/2011, $96,000

Marriages Samantha Massmann, 21, Cincinnati, day care teacher to marry Carl Andrew Sams, 26, Georgetown, diesel tech Jennifer June Adkins, 31, Fayetteville, homemaker to marry Albert Kyle Icard, 28, Fayetteville, warehouse manager Lauren Marie Clay, 23, Williamsburg, certified pharmacy tech to marry Joseph Carl Lawson, 31, Williamsburg, quality control

Charles R. Germann, Ripley, case 20111231, DOD 12/3/2011, 12/14/2011 Lula K. Linville, Georgetown, case 20111228, DOD 10/1/2011, 12/12/2011 Vickie D. McCall, Georgetown, case 20111229, DID 10/3/2011, 12/13/2011 John Edward Peters, Bethel, case 20111239, DOD 11/24/2011, 12/13/2011 Judy Ann Soner, Georgetown, case 20111227, DOD 11/9/2011, 12/12/2011

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Students decorate Christmas tree at Ripley Federal Savings 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 again this year with ornaments hand made by the first grade students of Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington Elementary school. Funds were donated by Ripley Federal to purchase the supplies needed for the decorations. The hard work and creativeness of the students is very much appreciated by Ripley Federal.

to 1 a.m. Music will be provided by “Double Vision” and the evening will include food, door and raffle prizes and the cost is only $15 per person. All proceeds go to sponsor the Veteran’s Assistance Programs at the post. For details call Dianna at (937) 515-8222. New Years Eve Dance at Williamsburg American Legion Post 288 will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 at the post. Music provided by Shawn Hammonds, $15 per person. The post is located at 208 East Main Street in Williamsburg. For details call (513) 724-9915 or (513) 2539927. UPCOMING EVENTS 7th Annual Bridal Show in Brown County, will be held on Sunday, January 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brown County Fairgrounds. The fashion show will begin at 3 p.m. For more information contact Doug or Candace at (937) 378-6830. 2012 Conservation District Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 18 at 7 a.m. at the Brown Soil and Water Conservation District office located at 706 S. Main Street in Georgetown. Meetings are open to the public. For details call (937) 378-4424, ext. 4. Certified Crop Adviser Exam Training Session will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, January 18-19 at the Shelby County office of the Ohio State University Extension, 810 Fair Road in Sidney. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, January 10. The cost is only $225. For more information call (937) 484-1526 or visit watters.35@cfaes.osu.edu. “Core Construction” at Eastern Local Schools will be held at 9 a.m. in the board conference room on Monday, Jan. 9 to discuss construction. The public is welcome. Parents Night Out held at the West Fork Baptist Church, 10127 West Fork Road, Georgetown, near Wahlsburg will be held for three hours from 5 to 8 p.m. for children ages 5 through 12 on Friday, January 13. Please call (937) 3783335 for details. Relay for Life Committee and Team Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 11 at 6 p.m. The 2012 rally will be discussed. All announcements can be viewed on line at relayforlife.org/browncounty.

Georgetown. The course will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ripley Fire Department, 119 Waterworks Road in Ripley. For details call (937) 378-6131, ext. 357. LPDC (Licensure and Professional Development Committee) of Western Brown will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, January 23 at the district office. For more information call the Western Brown High School at (937) 444-2544 for more information. Ohio Pesticide Commercial Applicator Recertification Conference will be held from 8 a.m to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, at Kalahari Conference Center and Resort, 7000 Kalahari Drive in Sandusky. For information visit http://pested.osu.edu/ or call (614) 292-4070 RCAPS (Russellville Community Action Planners) will meet in regular meeting on Monday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rambler Center, 203 E. Main Street in Russellville. This group meets every third monday of each month. Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Course will begin on Tuesday, January 3 at UC Clermont College in Batavia. The program consists of 582 hours and covers two quarters. Tuition only $4,363. For more information visit www.ucclermont.edu/academics/police_academy.html or call (513) 732-5319. 8th Annual Valentine’s “Sweetheart Charity Ball” is set to take place on Saturday, February 11 a Roberts Centre in Wilmington from 8 to 11 p.m. Semi-formal/formal attire, at a cost of $100 per couple which includes appetizers, dinner, dancing photo of each couple and door prizes. This event is sponsored by SATH (Supplementary Assistance to the Handicapped). For more information contact Linda Allen at (937) 393-1904 Ext. 131 or (937) 3646144. Please visit our website at 222.kampdovetail.com. Brown County Master Gardeners Free Workshop “Meditation Gardens” will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 at the Learning Resources Center of Southern State Community College’s South Campus near Sardinia, 12681 U.S. Rt. 62. Refreshments will be served. ONGOING EVENTS

Agape Food Pantry Hours will be on Friday, January 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church, 61 East Humber Street. This is for all Perry Township residents. Livestock Mortality Composting Workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 18 at Wyandot County Recycling Center, 11385 County Highway 4, Carey. Deadline for registration is Friday, January 13. Details on alternative, cost-effective, environmentally friendly ways to dispose f dead livestock. registration fee $15. For more information visit http://go.osu.edu/GcY or call (419) 447-7073. Firefighter I Transition Course testing, will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 5 p.m. at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, 9193 Hamer Road in

Helping Hands will be open the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for shopping only. Helping Hands is located at 668 Camp Run Road in Georgetown. Anyone involved with a governing body, an organization, or a regularly-scheduled activity that has a meeting date and/or time or location change should contact The Brown County Press two weeks in advance, if possible, about that change(s) so the correct date and/or time and location may be listed in the Weekly Calendar. Also, anyone who would like an activity listed in The Brown County Press' Weekly Calendar that currently is not listed should call the newspaper office during regular hours at (937) 444-3441.

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The good news? The plants will grow where others won’t. The bad news? The plants will probably spread rapidly if not controlled. Read carefully! This time of year is a good time to pull out your garden notes from this summer. If you didn’t make a journal, take time right now to remind yourself about the successes and failures in your garden. This will remind you if there is a need to try a different variety of a particular plant because the past year’s crop was not successful. Did you make that wish list for your landscape this fall? If not, take a walk around your property and take notes. Look out your windows. Are there places where new trees or shrubs might be attractive? Have you up-dated your gardening journal? Be sure to record the names and planting times of new

shrubs, plants, etc. Ready to start planning your new garden? The second of four Master Gardener educational seminars for anyone interested in gardening will be offered at the Fincastle campus of Southern State College on Monday, January 23. This class will include information about garden lay-out and spraying and will be taught by Brad Bergefurd (OSU Extension). No pre-registration is required. The class will meet in Room 110 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. These seminars are free to the public. Mark your 2012 calendars and plan to attend the free informational seminars being presented by Brown County Master Gardeners at the Fincastle campus of Southern State College. Seminars are held in the library, 6:00 p.m.

until 7:30 p.m. The schedule includes: January 19 – Meditation Gardens February 23 – Starting Seeds March 15 – Flowers April 18 – Container Gardening May 17 – Herbs Don’t forget your feathered friends outside and sprinkle some birdseed! My bird count this morning was pretty high! Kitty was highly entertained by the 5 Blue Jays that kept crowding the smaller birds to another feeder. It is cold, we’ve had some snow….I’m sure I will receive my first seed catalog soon! Have you started your New Year’s Gardening Resolutions list? Next week we will look back over my list and see how I fared in the Year 2011!

Bayer scientist creates Aspirin This is a story that starts long, long ago. The ancient Egyptians recognized that the bark from the willow tree helped to relieve pain and help reduce fever. Fast-forward to the 1800s when European chemists discovered that the chemical in the willow bark that was responsible for its medicinal properties was salicylic acid. Sometimes it seems that the cure can be worse than the disease, and that would be the case when people tried to take salicylic acid for aches and pains. Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in Compound W, the acid that is used to get rid of warts. It had a similar effect on patient’s stomachs. In 1897, a chemist named Felix Hoffmann discovered that the chemical acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) was much easier on the stomach. Hoffmann worked for the company Bayer, and Bayer named his chemical Aspirin. That was Aspirin with a capital A because Aspirin was Bayer’s brand name for acetylsalicylic acid. The capital- A Aspirin is still a valid trademarked name in most of the world, including Canada. Aspirin lost its capital A and became the generic name in the United States during World War I. Because Bayer was a German company, the United States nationalized it in 1917, and later sold off the properties including the Bayer brand name to Sterling Products Inc. The U.S. rights to

HEALTH MATTERS TOM CALLAHAN, RPH the Bayer name and the trademarks were sold back to Bayer in 1994 for one billion dollars. Aspirin is a member of a group of drugs called NSAID’s (pronounced en-sed). Other NSAID’s are ibuprofen and naproxen, which are both also available over the counter. There are also a bevy of prescription drugs. None of these drugs should be taken together. The exception to this general rule is if your doctor has you taking one “baby” aspirin a day to thin the blood, then it’s generally considered OK to take another NSAID for something like arthritis. The term “baby” aspirin refers to the 81mg chewable aspirin because it used to be given to young children. All that changed in the 1980s when the association between aspirin use and Reye’s syndrome was discovered. In 1986, the FDA required that any product containing aspirin carry a warning about not giving them to anyone under the age of 19. For decades, scientists were stumped trying to figure out how aspirin works. They figured out that aspirin’s blood thinning abilities, its pain relieving properties

and its anti-inflammatory effects all come from its ability to block a single enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for producing two chemicals in the body, prostaglandins and thromboxanes. By inhibiting thromboxanes aspirin prevents platelets from sticking together which is one of the steps in forming a blood clot. Platelets can also stick to the sides of blood vessels, and then start to stick to each other forming a clot inside the blood vessel cutting off the blood flow. Aspirin’s ability to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins is what is responsible for both its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Prostaglandins are part of the body’s inflammatory process, plus they are also partly responsible for the initiation of pain. Although aspirin has lost market share to Tylenol and ibuprofen, it is still an amazingly effective pain reliever. When you consider aspirin’s ability to relieve pain, help prevent heart attacks, strokes and possibly prevent certain cancers (those results are still preliminary), it’s obvious there’s no other drug on the market that compares to it. If you have a question you’d like me to address, stop in and see me at Pamida pharmacy, call me at 378-6849, or send an email to PRXM093@Pamida.com. You can find archives of previous Health Matters at tomhealthmatters.blogspot.com

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The Mary P. Shelton Branch of the Brown County Public Library has recently donated a “Welcome Wagon” to the Pregnancy Resource Center. The “Welcome Wagon” is a child’s wagon filled with books and toys that will hold the interest of preschool aged children. The purpose is to occupy children who come to the Center with their parents who are participating in programs to improve their parenting skills and earn needed baby supplies and equipment. The library has also donated “Welcome Wagons” to other community organizations whose clients may have young children with them when they come in for appointments. The children of PRC clients have gotten lots of enjoyment from playing with the toys and books that came with the wagon as well as playing in the wagon itself. The toys included in the wagon are fun to play with as well as educational. This gift has been very helpful to parents who are clients at the Pregnancy

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Ohio State Patrol plans extra enforcement during the Holidays BY Randy McElfresh Ohio State Patrol Georgetown The Georgetown Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force this holiday season removing dangerous and impaired drivers in an effort to reach historic lows in the number of people killed on Ohio’s roadways in 2011. Last year fatalities increased to 1,080 over a record low of 1,022 in 2009. With the upcoming holidays, the Patrol is asking motorists to help Ohio achieve a record year by not driving impaired, buckling-up and keeping their focus on the road. During last year’s holiday reporting period of Midnight on Thursday, Dec. 23 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26 – 14 people lost their lives on Ohio’s roadways, with four deaths alcohol-related.

“The holidays can be one of the most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in impaired driving,” said Lt. McElfresh, commander of the Georgetown Post. “Last year during the holiday weekend, troopers arrested 226 drivers for impaired driving.” As part of national holiday enforcement efforts, the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services is assisting law enforcement around the state, including OVI task forces, in coordinating efforts to step-up enforcement of traffic and impaired driving laws. Last year in Ohio, 39 people died in alcohol-related crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The public is encouraged to continue using 1-877-7PATROL to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as stranded motorists.

located at 852 Mt. Orab Pike in Georgetown, Ohio. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted. Clients may call 937-378-6853 to make an appointment. Anyone interested in learning more about the PRC services is also welcome to call. PRC hours are Monday and Thursday (10 am – 2 pm); Tuesday (10 am – 8 pm); and Wednesday (2 pm – 6 pm).

Conservation District meetings set for 2012 The Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District (Brown SWCD) Board of Supervisors is announcing its first board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 18 at 7 a.m. Future meetings will also be held at 7:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. All meetings are held at the Brown SWCD office located at 706 South Main Street, Georgetown Ohio 45121. Meetings are open to the pubic. Media sources and the general public should call 937378-4424 extension 4 if they wish to be informed of regular and special meetings.

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RIPLEY - 2br, laundry in apartment, 2nd floor, deck, large yard, no pets, $450/mo. plus deposit of $225. 937-392-4653. 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.

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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) GREAT LOCATION 3br, 2ba nice home, nice lot. P/I only $440/mo. approx.. Bank financing required. Viji Grant, Remax Advanced 937213-1548.

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Asking $199,500 Dan 513-734-6349 or 937-444-6925 (Smaller parcels also available) THREE ADULTS looking to obtain a year round hunting lease. If you have vacant land, are looking to make some easy money, please give me a call. References available. 989-948-8812.

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607 - FIREWOOD SEASONED & Split mixed hardwood, $80 full-size pickup truckload, thrown in & thrown out, will deliver in areas between Mt. Orab & Felicity & Amelia & Georgetown. 937-379-5071 or 937-670-0307. Prefer cash payment with receipt. SEASONED FIREWOOD for sale. Also cash paid for cars running or not, & I do general clean up from barns to basements. Call Gary 937-515-4012.

LISW STEIN Hospice is seeking a LISW with 2 years of experience (preferably in a hospice setting). This compassionate candidate will be required to perform both SW and counseling duties at our Ohio Veterans Home facility, located in Georgetown, Ohio, and surrounding areas. They will guide families and loved ones through their grief and loss. This 32 hour weekly position provides competitive pay and excellent benefits.

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BEAUTIFUL FEMALE Boxer puppies, born 8/8/11, fawn & brindle. Would make a great Christmas gift, $175.00. 937-618-1611.

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POST & Beam Kit, 14ft.x16ft. Oak included frame, rafters, braces, etc. 6” thick wall over 9ft. high to top plate. Would make a fine shop, room, garage, etc. Other oak available 2”x8” tongue & groove pine flooring. Call 937-289-1040.

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1265584 Mt. Orab OWNER FINANCING! Flexible Terms!! Former Cahall Apparel Store in the heart of Mt. Orab. >1100 sq ft of store front office area w/4 add'l rental apts. Full walkout bsmt. Low maintence. 15 space parking lot with mo. income. Public Utilities. $199,900

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1275452- Western Brown Schools Established neighborhood, no outlet street. Immaculate! 3BD, 2BA. Newer laminate. Brand new roof, carpet, paint, light fixtures & electric outlets throughout. 1600 sq. ft. living area. All brick. Fenced yard. Pool. Beautiful $119,900

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1253803 Higginsport2BR Apartment Rental! -County Bldg.1st. flr.currently used as the Higginsport Post Office. Corner location. 2nd. flr. apt. 2 bdrm, 2 Ba, Lr, Dr, & Kit. Ready to move in. Rental income will make your payment. Don’t miss out on this investment opportunity. $59,750

1289593- Sardinia - FIRST OFFERING! Custom Blt Full Brick 5 BR 3 Ba home sitting atop a gently rolling knoll. Master BR suite on the 1st flr. Newer roof, furnace and HWH. Lrg. eat-in country kitchen w/re-finished cabinets. 3 season room on rear. Stocked pond. $249,900 1290259- Mt. Orab Excellent Investment Property! 4 bay and 4 vacuum cleaner carwash located in the heart of Mt. Orab, Brown Counties fastest growing area. One no touch bay and 3 self service all w/ heated concrete flrs. Contact Mgr. will consider staying. $300,000

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

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

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

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ing at All Creatures Animal Hospital, Trooper was put up on a table where he received a full examination. Dr. Dan explained that Trooper was in big trouble. He was bleeding internally and tests showed that he had eaten rat poison, and his blood could no longer clot. “Dr. Dan told us it didn’t look good for Trooper, and that he needed a blood transfusion immediately if he was going to survive,” Staubach said. “He went next door and talked to someone at the “Friends of Noah Animal Shelter and found a big, sweet retriever named Rufus to become the donor to Trooper. He needed at least a liter of blood, according to Dr. Dan.” Staubach said she and her husband stayed with Trooper the five

hours of treatment. They continued to talk to him and reassure him. Following the transfusion Trooper was given a 50/50 chance of living. But thankfully, by early morning he seemed to be recovering and his blood was once again trying to clot. “Unfortunately,” Staubach said in a shaky voice,” the effects of rat poison can be devastating. It eats away at the intestines of the rat, or in this case, the dog.” Trooper began to move around in his cage by morning, but he was found to be blind. Dr. Dan explained that blood was pooling behind his eyes. “Well,” she continued, “we placed Trooper in a foster home where he could be watched. About three days later his vision returned and he was bouncing around like a young dog should.” Staubach said the people at the foster home just love Troopers personality. He is completely house broken and gets along very well with other dogs. “Trooper is a very precious dog,” she said with an emotional voice. “He, like so many other dogs at the shelter was very much worth saving. “You can bet, whoever adopts Trooper will be special people, we at the shelter will see to that.” Anyone interested in adopting Trooper or any of the other wonderful dogs at the shelter can call (937) 378-3457.

some point in time. Then when a teacher meets with parents of a special education student, they can pull all this information up for them on a smart board and even print it out for the parents.” Brenner went on to tell the board that all the bugs have not been worked out yet, but once they are, even school audits will be done electronically. No pencil’s or white-out will be allowed. “Another thing about these new programs is that the day the students enter the school system, they are given a ‘State Student ID number’ which will stay with them through their college years,” he added. Burrows reported that enrollment at Western Brown was up by 32 students. He said that the school was down by 30 students last year so he was optimistic. “This is a good turn-about, funding wise,” Burrows said. “But typically that second half of the year is when we start getting those funds in for that increase. “We’ve also been hearing a lot about the new standards to the common core since Ohio has gone with a new assessment system which kick in 2014-2015 school year. This will be a different assessment than we’ve seen in the past.” Burrows said funds from the Race to the Top program were used to help build some leadership capabilities within the school. They have chosen experts (Formative Instruction Leaders) in their field to learn everything they can about the new standards. Then they will come back and help the rest of their peers.

“We just had our first meeting with this group last Wednesday,” Burrows said, “And they were very excited about what they had learned. We had 11 people take part, and 9 of these people are new to taking a lead position at Western Brown.” Burrows also told the board that kindergarten teacher Shannon Mullis has been hired with Race to the Top money as a public relations person for the district. Mullis has already contacted all the principals, teachers and other staff members in regard to what she will be doing. She will make sure the community knows what’s going on within the schools with their children. She will be submitting articles to the paper as well as posting updates on the school’s website (www.wb.k12.oh.us/) with a tab on Bronco Bulletin. Burrows commended the high school student council for their recent canned food drive where they collected over five thousand cans of food so far. “They are really rolling it home,” Burrows said with a smile, “ We are all very proud of them. In other business, following an executive session, the following actions were taken: • accepted the retire/rehire of district office executive secretary Eva Lanter, effective January 1, 2012; • approved Corey Gould as volunteer assistant wrestling coach and Nick Rymer as assistant baseball coach; • approve supplemental contracts and a substitute teacher list.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 making to get all student information data collection done electronically. “We are basically dealing with several different data entry programs,” Brenner began, “The program called ‘Progress Book” is the one being used by every school in the district. It’s used by administration, counselors, teachers and students. Teachers are now using the program as their grade book, along with their paper grade book. Eventually every teacher will have to be integrated into Progress Book.” Brenner said the program will be used for attendance which will go directly to the office then sent on to the state which will then have a daily account of students. He added that one of the many positive things about the program is that parents will be able to check on their child's classes at any time and find out when tests are being given and keep up to date on grades. “All the information on a student will be included in this program,” he said. “That includes their name, address, date of birth, mothers maiden name and several other items. “Once this information is collected it will be transferred into a program called DASL, (Data Analysis for Student Learning). This even includes information from special education teachers who will submit IEP’s (Individualized Education Programs) into DASL. “The state is pushing to have all this information available, electronically at

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