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Crane trial on hold after challenge BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press The trial of Robert Crane is on hold. He is charged with 11 drug related offenses in connection with the death of his wife, Christine Crane, in March of 2011. The most serious charges are two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and Corrupting Another with Drugs. The jury trial hit a snag during the testimony of Dr. Gregory Wanger, a Medical Examiner for the state of Kentucky. Wanger examined the body of Christine Crane after she was taken to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville, where she was pronounced dead. Little was asking Wanger
about his findings when Crane attorney Nick Ring objected. Crane’s cause of death is listed as a drug overdose, with Wanger making that determination based, in part, on a toxicology report on Christine Crane’s blood. Ring objected to the fact that the toxicology analysis was prepared by an outside company, ATI Laboratories of Indianapolis, Indiana. Ring said that because Wanger was basing his conclusion of cause of death on data prepared by ATI, he should have the opportunity to confront and examine those within ATI who actually did the analysis. The sixth amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives those on trial the right to confront their accusers. Ring is maintaining that
the toxicology report is being used as justification to bring charges, and therefore those who prepared it should be cross-examined. Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler sustained Ring’s objection, laying out his reasoning to both the prosection and defense in open court, outside the presence of the jury. Little then asked for a continuance of the case to give her time to contact ATI and begin the process of bringing a representative to Georgetown to testify in the case. Following the ruling, Ring said he got what he wanted while acting in the best interest of his client. “At this point in time, an official cause of death has not been entered into evidence as testimony. We
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Robert Crane (center) listens in court during his trial, flanked by attorneys Nick Ring and Christine Tailer.
have no problem with Dr. Wanger at all, but we have to be able to look into those
who actually performed the tests that his conclusions are based on.”
Little said she was pleased that Gusweiler CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
SHCTC board votes to non-renew a teacher BY Martha B. Jacob The Brown County Press
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Three heart patients received emergency care from Southwest Regional Medical Center and The Christ Hospital in the month of April. The speed of their treatment beat the timeframe goal established by the American Heart Association.
Southwest Regional exceeds national standard for heart care Southwest Regional Medical Center is celebrating a big achievement patient care. Three patients have come to the Emergency Room this month with chest pain. They were all evaluated, treated and sent to The Christ Hospital for lifesaving heart pro-
cedures in under ninety minutes. The ninety minute time frame is a nationwide goal that is only met thirty percent of the time. “For us to be able to do this three times in one month shows the incredible dedication of our staff to patient satisfaction and quality healthcare”, said Southwest
Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Joan Phillips. Southwest Healthcare Executive Chairman Paul Tuft also had high praise for the hospital staff. “I know how difficult it is for hospitals to accomplish this goal, especially for facilities with smaller staffs. I CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
Jerry Underwood to take the wheel as principal at GEV Jr./Sr. High School proved for a three-year contract, will begin his new position in the 2012-2013 school year. He will no longer be athletic director. Underwood’s position as assistant principal will be filled by Nina Miller, an elementary school teacher in the district. “We’ve changed the actual title of the assistant principal to director of pupil and staff CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
BY Martha B. Jacob The Brown County Press A new principal was appointed for Georgetown Jr./Sr. High School with the retirement of Principal Perianne German this year. Jerry Underwood, the current assistant principal/athletic director, at the school was named as the new principal at the Georgetown Exempted Village School District Board of Education meeting held Wednesday, April 18. Underwood, who was ap-
The unemployment rate in Brown County and the surrounding area trended down in March.
Index 4-H Club News.............8 Classifieds.................20 Court News................17 Death Notices..........6, 7 Education ..............8, 15 Opinion ........................4 Social ...........................8 Sports ...................13-15 219 South High St. Mt. Orab, OH 45154
voted to renew Ripato’s contract. However, the following morning, the Brown County Press received a call from Kratzer advising that a special meeting had been called by the board for 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 to review
Gossett resigns as Aberdeen Solicitor BY Martha B. Jacob The Brown County Press Attorney Tresa Gossett has submitted her resignation as Solicitor for the Village of Aberdeen. The action follows several months of accusations from the mayor of Aberdeen and several members of council that they were not happy with the job she was doing. Most of the controversy stemmed from what some on council believed was a con-
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Jobless rate falls in Brown County, region BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press
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According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the jobless rate in Brown County dropped from 12.0 percent in February to 11.0 percent in March. Similar declines were seen in surrounding counties as well. Adams County saw a decline of a full percentage point to 12.1 percent, Clermont County’s rate fell ,6 percent to 7.7 percent, Clinton County dropped .8 percent to 11.1 percent and Highland County’s jobless rate fell .9 percent to 11.0 percent. To put the Brown County jobless rate in perspective, in March of 2011 it stood at 11.5 percent. In March of 2010, the local unemployment rate was 13.5 percent. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
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flict of interest for Gossett in regard to the purchase of property for the new water treatment plant. At the April 9 Aberdeen Village Council meeting, Councilwoman Billie Eitel questioned whether Gossett’s loyalty was to the village or to Annette Mineer, owner of the property where the new water treatment plant was to be constructed. The village had exercised its rights to purchase the propCONTINUED ON PAGE 12
PJ Trailers to host job fair May 5 BY Martha B. Jacob The Brown County Press PJ Trailers, Ohio in Mt. Orab is hosting a ‘Job Fair’ from 8 a.m. until noon, on Saturday, May 5. Human Resources representative Lori Kastrup said the company is looking for specific positions including: • MIG/Stick Welders (on site weld tests); • OTR Class A CDL drivers; • Grinders; • Finishers/assemblers; • Shipping and receiving. “We’re very excited about this event,” Kastrup said. “We’re going to have tables set up so that applicants can sit and comfortably fill out their applications. Our president and CEO from Texas is coming in and we are hoping to get some good people in here applying for good jobs. PJ Trailers is an equal opportunity employer as
well as a drug-free workplace.” PJ Trailers, founded in 1991 in Texas, assumed operating responsibility for the Mt. Orab facility in January and currently employees approximately 150 people with the hope of raising that number substantially by the end of the year. At least 60 employees have been hired this year. The company also has facilities in Texas and Mexico. PJ Trailers is owned by American Trailer Works, and has dealers in 49 states and Canada. PJ Trailers builds a broad line of trailers which include dump, flatdecks, utilities, tilts and equipment trailers all with 3-year frame warranty. Kastrup said the improvements made at the plant have been numerous with top of the line equipment added.
BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press
It was a room full of uncomfortable people at the April 25 meeting of the Southern Hills Career and Technical Center board meeting. Following a two hour executive session, and at the recommendation of Superintendent Kevin Kratzer, board members voted to non-renew limited teacher contracts for Gregory Himes, sports medicine program instructor and Amy Ripato, special education teacher. The votes to let the two teachers go was not unanimous. Board members Richard Applegate and Jim Ferguson both voted to renew Himes’ contract. Board members Jim Holden, Dick Colwell, Richard Applegate and Jim Ferguson
the decision on Ripato. Kratzer said that the board had received some incorrect legal advice on the definition of a super-majority vote (6 out of 7) or 3/4 of the votes. “We have now received additional advice from at least two different legal advisors on this super-majority vote,” Kratzer explained in a phone interview. “It only applies when a superintendent has recommended to not reemploy a teacher. Ms. Ripato was up for renewal and all the board needed was a majority vote. “At this point, I will recommend to the board, renewal of Ms. Ripato’s contract for one year, with stipulations. That would change the boards vote to four to renew and three to not renew.” Kratzer also stated that alCONTINUED ON PAGE 12
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The finishers at PJ Trailers in Mt. Orab are shown here placing reflective tape and stickers on a finished dump trailer, as well as some wiring.
“We’ve got all the supervisors coming in for this job fair so that they can do ‘onthe-spot’ weld testing,” she added. “ and hopefully our new employees can get to
work right away.” PJ Trailers is located at 200 Front Street in Mt Orab. To learn more about the company visit www.pjtrailers.com.
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Fay. board questions tax receipts CMYK
BY Martha B. Jacob The Brown County Press During the March 15 board meeting of the Fayetteville-Perry Board of Education, member Jo Anna Carraher told the board that in reviewing the tax rates and receipts for the school district, she thought some of the figures from the auditors office didn’t look right. Board president Angela Murphy said the board decided to contact Brown County Auditor Doug Green and ask him to attend the next board meeting and explain how the rates were figured. At the April 19 meeting, the board was updated on the situation. “When we held our March meeting,” Murphy began, “Jo Anna (the treasurer) had just received copies of our district’s tax rates and questioned how the auditor came up with certain rates. After (Superintendent Raegan) White’s meeting with Mr. Green some adjustments were made. It was important that these changes were made since the board had to approve it before April 1, which it did.” Murphy said the board held a special meeting to discuss the rates which Carraher felt were still not exactly correct. “Because tax rates are figured a year in advance,” Murphy added, “it makes things even harder to understand. But according to the auditor our district’s tax rates were lowered, and tax payers will be paying a little less next year. Now we’ve received another change from the auditor’s office, and Jo Anna is still not in full agreement of it. So we are holding off accepting the changes until our next meeting. Mr. Green was going to be here tonight to discuss the changes so we understand them completely but he was unable to be here, so hopefully he will be at our next meeting.” In a phone interview with Green, he apologized for being unable to attend the April meeting and stated that he would try to be at the next meeting in May to answer any questions from the board. “The confusion over the taxes paid in the Fayetteville-Perry School District goes all the way back to the early 90’s,” Green explained. “At that time the board made the decision to refinance a debt. They chose to combine two debts which created two different bond levys.” He continued, “Somehow, through the years, the levy’s got assigned to the wrong debts. So now that they are drawing near to the end of the levy’s, Ms. Carraher's numbers didn’t work out with the numbers in the auditor’s office.” Green said, nothing was done wrong, just differently. He added that his office works with specific identification numbers for the levy’s while the school works with it’s own numbers. “I hope to attend the next
meeting and explain all this to the board,” Green added. “It will all work out.” Murphy said the board is also concerned that since the district won’t take in as much tax money next year, the district could have trouble paying its mandatory tax bonds. The district cannot make money on the tax funds but there must be enough allocated to pay the bonds each year. Following discussion, the board approved the replaced tax rates but said they could re-approve them again at a later date as well if more changes were needed. Murphy was the only board member to vote against accepting the rates. In other business at the meeting, Murphy questioned why funds were taken out of the principal’s fund to pay $25 for bus drivers meals when they take groups on overnight trips. The group taking the trip pays the motel fees for the bus driver, according to Murphy. Carraher told Murphy that because the booster clubs are not under union contracts they don’t have to pay the meal fees. Carraher added that she would discuss the issue with the
boosters to see if maybe they could share the costs. Murphy also questioned the extreme jump on the electric bill (up $2,000) at the elementary school building. It was suggested that the old style lights in the gymnasium were not as economical to operate as the new ones were. Carraher said she would wait to see the electric bill to see if the rates leveled out and the issue will be discussed again at the May meeting. Carraher reported to the board that the district had received more Title I funding and she had been working with Greg Barlow, principal of the elementary school in regard to the funds. “We are very excited with receiving these funds,” said Barlow, “We met with Bill Seiger, who has done a lot of research on E-Books and today we met with a sales representative and it looks like we’re going to have enough funds to purchase 30 of the E-Readers for third, fourth and fifth graders. We’ll also have enough money to buy the books to put on them.” Board member Jim Holden, Legislative Liaison for the board, reported that
Southern Hills Career and Technical Center is expecting an enrollment of about 227, which is one of the highest they’ve ever had. “They are actually starting to get a little concerned over having enough space at the career center,” Holden said. “They are also looking into starting a culinary arts program possibly even opening a small restaurant at the school.” During the ‘old business’ portion of the meeting White reported that the finance committee had reviewed the 5-year forecast. He said the updated 5-year forecast would be presented to the board at the May meeting. Murphy said she was concerned over the district losing almost $300,000 in Jobs Ed money. She said with that loss the district would be in the red sooner than they originally thought. “We’ll have to keep our eye on it,” Murphy said, “And I’m wondering if we shouldn’t start doing something preventive right now, in case we have to start looking at cuts?” White said he agreed and felt another finance committee meeting should be held soon to discuss more costsaving measures.
Sheriff’s office arrests suspects for conveying drugs into Detention Center Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reports that on April 17, 2012, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office filed felony charges on two suspects for the Conveyance of Drugs into a Detention Facility (Felony 3rd Degree). Charged were: Nancy Bowles, 30 years of age, of Schlitz Drive, Fayetteville, OH Jason Metcalfe, 32 years of age, housed at the Brown County Detention Center, OH Sheriff Wenninger stated that Bowles smuggled drugs through the mail to Metcalfe who was incarcerated at the time of the
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Taking A Trip Through Time Greg Haitz, Ripley supplied us with this picture post card of the Ohio River and Columbus Railway in Ripley, the ORC, also called the "Old Rough and Crooked", the depot was at Easton Alley and Main Street, which is pictured here. It was a steam driven locomotive on full size track that ran from Hillsboro to Sardinia in 1888, then Sardinia to Ripley in 1901. It never connected to Columbus. Shut down in 1913 but Hillsboro to Sardinia became part of Norfolk & Western. The ORC line ended with a sheriff's sale in 1916. Taking a Trip Through Time’ is a new feature of the Brown County Press that is supplied by our readers. If you have photos of places within Brown County that are at least 30 years old please feel free to submit them along with s ome information about the photo to The Brown County Press by email to email@example.com or mail them to or drop them off at The Brown County Press 219 South High Street Mt. Orab, Ohio 45154. You can also reach us at (937) 444-3441.
Better health rewards: a path to a better budget In the last 40 years, federal spending on entitlements, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, has soared from less than half of Washington’s budget to almost two-thirds. This past year alone, Medicare spending totaled about $560 billion -- more than triple what it was two decades ago, even after inflation. Over the next decade, as the population ages, Medicare spending is projected to continue to grow at rates far outpacing inflation. This rate of growth is simply unsustainable. If not checked, it will eventually bankrupt the federal government. It’s critical, therefore, that Washington put these vital programs on a sustainable path.
ROB PORTMAN One way to reduce costs and have healthier seniors is to focus Medicare more on preventing health problems. Along with my Democratic colleague Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, I’ve introduced a bill that begins to do that – and it’s modeled on an innovative program developed by our state’s Cleveland Clinic. Better Health Rewards, as we’ve called our legislation, will reduce Medicare’s soaring costs by incentivizing seniors to lead healthier lives. It will save taxpayers money because healthier
Troopers to conduct failure to yield initiative Everyday, troopers go out on patrol looking for traffic violations that have been shown to cause crashes which result in serious injury or even death. The Georgetown Post will be conducting a Problem Behavior Initiative to specifically address failure to yield violations. This effort will start May 1, 2012 and run through May 15, 2012. It will be conducted in both Brown and Adams Counties, with a concentration on SR 32. Failure to yield enforcement is our primary goal;
LIEUTENANT RANDY MCELFRESH however, aggressive driving habits such as speed and following too closely will be targeted as well. For additional information please visit www.state.oh.us/ohiostatep atrol. Here you can find state traffic laws and crash statistics for each county in Ohio.
seniors will have fewer doctor and hospital visits and fewer chronic diseases. Our program changes the focus of Medicare from dealing with people when they’re sick to promoting healthy behaviors. The program will be completely voluntary and it shouldn’t increase Medicare’s cost because the program will be added to annual wellness visits, which the government already is paying for. It works like this: At the first annual wellness visit, Medicare providers will assess patients across six target categories that recognize current health challenges -- blood pressure, for example -- and are consistent with the best practices we’ve seen around the country. Seniors will receive points for maintaining and achieving progress in each of these areas. If they earn enough points, they’ll earn financial rewards in the second and third years. I believe this fundamental change of approach will lower overall health costs significantly over the long run. For now Sen. Wyden and I give Better Health Rewards a three-year lifespan so we can see how it works and collect data and information to determine whether it’s sound and should be expanded as a way to help fix Medicare. There’s already evidence that Better Health Rewards will pay off. The Cleveland Clinic has a strong history of leadership on employee wellness. Their Wellness In-
stitute brings in businesses from around the Cleveland area, helping those businesses set up wellness programs for their employees, so the businesses can see savings and healthier employees. It’s a twofer. Two years ago, the Cleveland Clinic saw that their own health care costs, around $300 million annually, continued to escalate despite the steps they’d taken to encourage their own employees to lead healthier lives. To tackle this problem, they decided to incentivize employees with chronic diseases to enter into disease management. The incentive they chose was a refund of the employee’s annual health care premium increase. Fast forward two years. The program has been highly successful, saving the Cleveland Clinic $15 million in 2011 and lowering hospital admissions for the participating employees. As Dr. Toby Cosgrove, the president and CEO, said on March 28 when he and chief wellness officer Dr. Mike Roizen came to Washington for our unveiling of Better Health Rewards, “for the first time we began to change the slope of the inflation of our health care costs.” But it’s not just about costs; it’s also about healthier, happier employees. Added Dr. Cosgrove, who says he’s regularly thanked by employees who’ve beneCONTINUED ON PAGE 5
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Crash Statistics website, Brown County has had one fatal crash resulting in one death during the time period of January 1 through March 31, 2012. In comparison, we had no fatal crashes for the same time period in 2011. On a positive note, our injury crashes are down in the first part of this year (53 injury crashes in comparison with 67 for the same time last year). There are several types of costs related to traffic deaths—heartache and suffering for those loved ones who are left behind, economic burdens on families, and financial costs to society. And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each traffic crash-related death has a comprehensive cost of $3,366,388 associated with it. So when you get down to dollars and cents, the traffic death-related financial cost experienced in Brown County to date in 2012 is $3,366,388. Please keep in mind that this figure doesn’t include all of the financial burdens realized with injury and property damage-only crashes! So how can you help to make Brown County roads safer? Our county seat belt use rate is now up to 80%-but we need to raise that number! We all need to buckle up for every ride no matter how short of a ride we take, encourage our family and friends to do the same, and remember that using our seat belt is the #1 defense against death and serious injury in most traffic crashes. Parents, remember that one of the
OPINION SUSAN BASTA leading factors for getting your kids and teens into the habit of always buckling up is you being a good role model and always buckling up yourself! Don’t drink and then drive, and don’t drive when you’re drowsy. “Park the phone” when you’re in your car and forget about texting while driving. And finally, stop at stop signs and red lights. Let’s all keep working together to prevent traffic deaths AND injuries in Brown County in 2012. Please help to keep our roads safe for your family and friends! The “Safe Communities” Program was developed through the Ohio Department of Public Safety to establish and/or expand community partnerships to create safer, healthier communities throughout Ohio. The Brown County Safe Communities Coalition is a group of dedicated individuals and agencies dedicated to reducing traffic crash-related deaths and serious injuries. It is funded by USDOT/NHTSA and ODPS/Office of Criminal Justice Services-Traffic Safety Section and administered locally by HEALTHUC and the University of Cincinnati Area Health Education Center Program. HEALTH-UC’s office is located at 114 East State Street in Georgetown, OH.
What Do You Think? Are you looking forward to the next six months leading up to the presidential election?
No I'm not looking forward to it, I just can't pick one right now. Steve Evans, Mt. Orab
Not really, there's just too much controversy and I get tired of listening to it. Regina Catron, Mt. Orab
Oh yes I am, I'm hoping for some good changes in unemployment and for seniors. Robert Bowman, Williamsburg
Yes, I really am, because I'm hoping to see some much needed changes in how our money is being spent. Tanika Calhoun, Williamsburg
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time to smell the roses. Others view them as a type of anomaly...weird...too laid back...lacking push and drive. I view them as people
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who have learned the art of living and doing it well. Well adjusted people don’t need hype and hoopla. Well adjusted people find pleasure in the little things...very uncomplicated. Well adjusted people don’t get caught up in everybody else’s drama. When everyone else is screaming about this or that, well adjusted people may well say, “Oh, well...it really doesn’t matter to me that much.” And, having said that, they just go on with living their lives. Well adjusted people know their boundaries. Well adjusted people don’t need everyone’s approval...just their own. Well adjusted people don’t need a great deal of validation...just their own. Well adjusted people are not slaves to fashions and trends and could care less about what everyone else is doing...they have their own interests to occupy them. Well adjusted people are observant about what is going on in the world and
have the capacity to think critically about events taking place..and, yet, can be detached or involved as they choose to be. They are not led or coerced by anything or anybody outside of their own conscience. Well adjusted people have no need to be in control of anything or anybody outside of themselves. Well adjusted people can show concern and empathy when and where it is needed...and, yet, remain detached from the situation and be okay with that. Well adjusted people can view another person’s life with it’s trials and tribulations and recognize that it, indeed, is another person’s life...not their’s. Well adjusted people know when to let go of people, places and situations that would otherwise baffle them. A question to your readers, dear Editor: How many people, reading this editorial, are well adjusted people? Think very seriously about this. Rev. Sam Talley.
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Ripley Council says..’enough is enough’ on repairing old buildings
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Although the owner of this building on 2nd Street in Ripley has recently begun some repair work on it, Ripley Council says, ‘time is up.’
extensions should be granted. However, just when the decision was close to being made to begin demolition on the buildings, it was brought to the attention of council, that because changes had been made to the original ordinance and official letters had to be resent to all the property owners involved, the bids for demolition would have to be rebid. The original ordinance was changed to add a section which would allow the village to recoup its expenses by attaching costs to the owners real estate taxes. But council wasted no time in getting the process started. They called for new bids to be requested for each individ-
ual structure. The entire process should take about four weeks. By the close of the meeting council agreed to asked for bids to demolish one building and repair two other buildings at the owner’s expense. In other business at the meeting Kristi Scott, member of the Ripley Cannon Restoration Project asked council for a $1,000 contribution towards the restoration of the old historic cannon in front of the library. The total restoration cost is $13,500 and the restoration committee is well on its way to raising the funds. Council unanimously agreed to make the donation.
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Sheriff’s office arrests three suspects for manufacturing meth Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reports that on April 13, 2012, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant from Brown County Municipal Court Judge Joseph Worley, for a residence at 14789 Bodman Road, Mt. Orab. Upon execution of the search warrant, Deputies found items used in the manufacturing of meth and also seized several weapons from the residence. Arrested at the scene were: Andrew Pfeffer, 30 years of age, of Bodman Road, Mt. Orab, OH Jessica Behrmann, 20 years of age, of Bodman Road, Mt. Orab, OH Elizabeth Colby, 18 years of age, of Bodman Road, Mt. Orab, OH All suspects are facing charges of Manufacturing Meth and Illegal Assembly of Chemicals used to manufacture meth, Felony 2nd Degree and Felony 3rd Degree. They are all being held at the Brown County Adult Detention Center, where they await a bond hearing. Sheriff Wenninger stated that Andrew Pfeffer is also facing Weapons under Disability
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Negotiations with some building owners to repair or tear down unsafe structures in the Village of Ripley have been ongoing for at least nine years. But the current administration said no more negotiations and no more extensions during the April 24 council meeting. The building inspector for the village, Jeff Stine, updated council on the recent deadlines for the building owners to make mandated repairs He said the deadlines had come and gone and that it was time to make a decision on what he should do next. “We had an appeal hearing with Dwight Mayo concerning the wall next to his property that needs to come down,” Stine began, “He agreed to take the wall down, but when he got started, when he pulled the flashing off the wall came down on its own, which we told him several times was going to happen. He hasn’t, however, cleaned up the mess yet that it made. I talked to him today and he said he would get it cleaned up on Thursday.” Stine also discussed another building on Fourth Street that was supposed to receive repairs but hasn’t been touched. He said it actually has a tree growing out the back of the building. He discussed, at length, two additional properties on Second Street owned by Jim and Louise McCann. Jim’s brother John was in attendance of the meeting. “John McCann has been working on the roof of one of the buildings,” Stine added, “I asked him to come in and speak to council tonight about what his plans or goals were on those two buildings on Second Street.” McCann told council that he had contacted the Brown County Building Department to obtain a building permit and get all the proper paper work in place. “Right now I’m just trying to get the roof on and some of the cosmetics on the outside,” McCann said, “Also the gutters and the soffit on the two buildings. My goal is to have it done before the bicentennial festival.” McCann said he plans on remodeling the corner building on the outside and will go inside to work later. He told council that his time was limited when he could work on the buildings because he had a job. Stine told McCann that the building did not just need cosmetic repairs, it was also in need of structural repairs. At that point, Councilman Daniel Dragoo asked where the village was on the notices that were sent out. He was told that the time to make the improvements had come and gone. “The problem I have here is,” Dragoo began, “how long has it been since we started all this? A year or two already? Now it’s come to this point, and a little bit of work has been done and then it falls by the wayside and then the work stops. We’ve gotten to this point because of years of not doing something. Those buildings are going to fall down and someone on the street is going to get hurt.” He continued, “I don’t know how many more extensions we can give, before we’re right back where we began and have to start all over in this process of getting something done with these unsafe structures.”
Councilman Scott Eagan echoed what Dragoo had said that he too was tired of all the delays and it all had to stop. Dragoo commented that if McCann could assure council that he could truly make progress on the building repairs in the next 30 days he might feel differently. “There’s been no real progress on repairs to those buildings in the last two or three years,” Dragoo said, shaking his head. At that point Eagan turned to the administrator Charles Ashmore and asked if he could recall just how many years it has been since the process of forcing something be done to these unsafe structures first began. Ashmore told council that it had been between eight and nine years. “So it’s not two or three years, it’s nine years,” Dragoo quickly responded. Ashmore added that he believed it was not reasonable for council to believe that anything is going to happen with the buildings at this point in time. Councilwoman Linda South told council that she really hated to see these old historic buildings torn down but demolition might have to be considered. Dragoo added that it had been nine years and council was finally at a point to get something done and no more
charges. Sheriff Wenninger stated that the investigation is ongoing and that several other persons are alleged to be involved and the entire case will be presented to a Grand Jury in the near future. Anyone with information on ille-
gal drug activity in Brown County is asked to contact the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Drug Information Hotline at 937-378-4435 Ext. 278 or you may send an anonymous tip via the sheriff’s website at www.browncountyohiosheriff.us .
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BY Sue McKinley Contributor On April 21, 16 members of the Taliaferro Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met at Rock’n Robins Restaurant in Ripley, Ohio. Elise Kendrick, a 4-H State Buckeye Ambassador and a member of the Huntington Hotshots 4-H Club spoke to the group about the history of 4-H, providing a very comprehensive and factual look into the benefits 4-H provides in the lives of young people today. Elise is a 10yr. member of 4-H, and a freshman at The Ohio State University, is proof that the program develops young people into responsible and energetic leaders of tomorrow. A big thank you to Elise for a very enlightening presentation. Following Elise’ presentation, the group entered into their business meeting, focusing on plans and preparation of the chapter’s 100th birthday celebration to be held on October 13, 2012. Ohio State Senator, Thomas Niehaus will be the guest speaker and Brown County Auditor, Doug Green will provide the entertainment at this special meeting. Regent Jessica Little presented an opportunity for the group to mark the graves of Revolutionary Soldiers for Memorial Day. She also shared a thank you from Bacone College, in Muskogee, Oklahoma for the monetary support the chapter has provided to their cultural and educational programs. This is the third year the club has provided support, with this year’s contribution going toward the purchase of scan-
ners and shredders for the office, sports equipment and a portable PA system. She also acknowledged receipt of a thank you from the Christian Waldschmidt House in Camp Dennison, for the monetary donation the club made toward their fund raising efforts to build a kitchen in the Visitor’s Barn Center. The chapter voted to hold future meetings at a permanent location. The location selected is the historic Georgetown Presbyterian Church. Beginning in September of 2012, all regularly scheduled meetings will meet at noon at the church with lunch being catered. The chapter is excited to have a “permanent home”. The next chapter meeting will be June 9, 2012 at Blue Licks Battlefield off Route 68 in Blue Licks State Park south of Maysville, KY. We will have a noon buffet in the lodge, followed by a tour of the battlefield. If you are interested in becoming a member of the chapter and sharing your heritage for future generations, please contact Regent Little or any chapter member for information.
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Lerado Church of Christ will be hosting a free concert with Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson on Sunday evening May 13 at 6 p.m. Zack is the son of gospel musician Thomas Shelton and is a junior at Kentucky Christian University. Teaming with Zack is lead guitarist Craig Cunningham and fiddle player and vocalist, Laura Jones, who also attend KCU. Lerado Church of Christ is one of the band's first stops on their summer "Kickstart Tour". The band's purpose is to share their passion for Christ through their love for music. CD's will be available for purchase. The church is located in Clermont County off of St. Rt. 131 at 5852 Marathon Edenton Rd. in Lerado. Everyone is welcome.
to start the Quilt Trail 10 years ago. Adams County the home county of the founder Donna Sue Groves was first. This quilt square was a year long project funded by the 21st Century Grant under the direction of JoAnn May, Art Teacher and Enrichment Coordinator at RULH. This project was part of an afterschool enrichment program that connects classroom experience and community involvement. The students involved in this project had to use their math, history, art and graph design skills to develop the quilt square. Over the course of the year this process incorporated math terminology, fractions, history, storytelling, purpose and pleasures of quilts, color theory and graph design. Students each designed their own square on graph paper, then created several color variations from which different aspects of several of them were taken to create the final square titled “Kids Kaleidoscope”. JoAnn said “for the students to experience having their work go from a sheet of paper to an 8’ X 8’ square that will be displayed on the O.K. Warehouse directly across from Ripley Elementary has been an exciting and amazing learning process as well as enriching and empowering journey.” This is a very important link and honor for the students who created this quilt square that now links with the rest of the county and across the nation with the other trails. The square will be hung before the book signing at the library of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement”. For further information contact Brown County Department of Tourism at 937378-1970.
Ripley Legion to meet May 1 American Legion Auxiliary Unit 367 of Ripley will meet Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Place Apartments, 101 Governor Street in Ripley. All members are invited to come and meet their District President, Debbie Monroe. If anyone is interested in joining the Auxiliary you are also invited to join us to see if you are eligible.
OBITUARIES Mary Grace Green, 60
Beulah Inez Morrison, 90
Mary Grace Green, 60, New Richmond, passed away Monday April 23, 2012. She was born May 21, 1951 to the late Earl and Violet McAfee. Mary Grace was the loving wife of James Green, loving mother of Goomie Green, Angie Neal, Chris Green and Lisa Smith, grandmother of Pearlann, Jamie, Christian, Kayla, Kyle, Karissa, Michael, Sophia, Isaiah, Shane, Brandon, Destiny and Logan, great-grandmother of Jayden, Landon, Zoey and Bella, dear sister of Keith McAfee and the late Alex McAfee, Doug McAfee and Janeann Strange. Services were Friday, April 27, 2012 followed by interment at Tate Township Cemetery. The E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel, served the family.
Beulah Inez Morrison, 90 of Georgetown, Oh., died Friday, April 20, 2012. She was a homemaker and a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Arnheim, and the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Morrison was born July 3, 1921 in Georgetown, the daughter of the late Albert Henry and Minnie Augusta (Hanselman) Bohl. She was also preceded in death by six brothers – Harley Ray, Lloyd Albert, Charles Adam, Clarence, Harold and Garold Lee Bohl and two sisters – Vida Viola Gelter and Fern Elinor Laycock. Mrs. Morrison is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years – Kenneth B. Morrison, they were married January 18, 1945. One son – Kenneth Morrison and wife Debbie of Georgetown, three grandchildren – Michelle Fussnecker and husband Steve of Sardinia, Kenny Morrison, Jr. of Louisville, Ky., and Michael Morrison of Dayton, Oh., two great grandchildren – Ethan and Elyssa Fussnecker and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Arnheim, where Rev. Ken Severa officiated. Interment was in the Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church, 10581 Delhi-Arnheim Road, Georgetown, Ohio 45121. The Cahall Funeral Home, Georgetown, served the family.
Edmund Ray Vanderpool, 78 Edmund Ray Vanderpool, 78, Hamersville, passed away Tuesday April 24, 2012. He was born June 1, 1933. Mr. Vanderpool was the loving husband of Betty R. (nee Crawford) Vanderpool, dear father of Gordon (Lee), Dave (Becky), Ronda (Ricky), Ray, and Frank (Chanel), dear brother of Norma Helton, Sally Toles, Sue Toles, Lonnie, Clint, Phoebe, Deannie Vanderpool and the late Glynn and Leon Vanderpool, also survived by 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Services were Friday April 27, 2012 followed by interment in Tate Township Cemetery. The E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel, served the family.
James Harold York, 82 James Harold York, 82, Bethel, passed away Tuesday April 24, 2012. He was born June 1, 1929. Mr. York was the loving husband of the late Letty (nee Malott) York, dear father of Roy York, Mary (Larry) Stapleton, John York and James (Billie) York, brother of Carol Grigsby, Georgie Creech, Andy York, John York and the late Barbara Neeley, also survived by 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, 315 W. Plane Street, Bethel, followed by Funeral Services Saturday 1 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment will be in Tate Township Cemetery. The E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel, served the family.
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Phil Patton, Sr., 67 Phil Patton, Sr., 67, Feesburg, Oh., Sunday, April 22, 2012. He was preceded in death by twin boys and his father, Wayne Patton. He was born April 25, 1944. Mr. Patton was a member of Charity Baptist Church in Bethel, and F&AM Lodge 122 Moscow. He served in the 82nd Airborne 320th Artillery Division during the Vietnam era. He was a retired boilermaker from Local 105. He was the beloved husband of Pam Patton; cherished son of Estell Patton of Germantown, Oh.; loving father of Phillip Wayne Patton Jr. of Feesburg, Chrystine Meshelle Patton of Cincinnati, and Ryan Patton of Cincinnati, affectionate grandfather of Josh, Tori and Madison Patton; caring greatgrandfather of Carson Patton; dear brother of Jerry (Lois) Patton of Palm Harbor, Fl., and Danny Patton of Germantown, Oh.; also survived by a host of additional family and friends. Services were held Friday, April 27, 2012. Interment was in Mt. Orab Cemetery, Green Township, Oh. The Megie Funeral Home, Mt. Orab, served the family.
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Lloyd Eugene Kinder, Jr., 78
Rhonda W. (Rigdon) Carter, 50
Jackie “Jack” Ray Gelter, 65
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Thomas Ray Garrett, 67 of Ripley, Oh., died Tuesday, April 24, 2012. He was an United States Army Vietnam War Veteran, a assembler at Wal-Mart in Maysville, Ky., a member of the Ripley Life Squad for twenty seven years, a member of the F&AM Union Lodge #71 in Ripley, a member of the VFW in Maysville, Ky., a member of the CourtsFussnecker American Legion Post #367 of Ripley and he attended the First Southern Baptist Church in Ripley. Mr. Garrett was born June 9, 1944 in Lewis County, Ky., the son of the late Willie and Ester (Mason) Garrett. He was also preceded in death by three brothers George, Billy and Jim Garrett and one sister Edna Tetrick. Mr. Garrett is survived by his loving wife of thirty nine years, Connie (Lightner) Garrett; two daughters Anita Farrow and husband Mark of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Cebrina Whitcomb and husband Mark of Lexington, Ky.; one son, Anthony Garrett and wife Maryah of Ripley, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way; three sisters - Alice Cummins and husband Donnie of Brookesville, Ky., Connie Sue Garrett of Flemingsburg, Ky., and Linda Rice and husband Jeff of Lexington, Ky.; two brothers - Wendell Garrett of Indianapolis, Ind., and Fred Garrett and wife Terri of Flemingsburg, Ky.; two sisters in law - Glenna Garrett of Brookesville, Ky., and Angie Garrett of Lewis Co., Ky.; one brother in law, Richard Tetrick of Florida; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Cahall Funeral Home in Ripley, where Rev. Doug Brown will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the funeral home. Interment will be in Red Oak Cemetery near Ripley, Ohio with Military Honors being provided by the Courts-Fussnecker American Legion Post #367 of Ripley, Ohio. If desired, memorial donations may be made to: The Ripley Life Squad, P.O. Box 174 Ripley, Ohio 45167. The Cahall Funeral Home, Ripley, served the family.
Lloyd Eugene Kinder, Jr., 78 of Ripley, Oh., died Tuesday, April 17, 2012. He was a United States Army Korean War Veteran and a member and past commander of the Courts-Fussnecker American Legion Post #367 of Ripley. He was a concrete superintendent for Foley Construction for over thirty years and was co-owner of Kinder Construction of Ripley. Mr. Kinder was born November 9, 1933 in Mason County, Ky., the son of the late Lloyd and Sybil (Wheatly) Kinder. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife in 2009, Katherine A. Kinder and two daughters - Gloria Jean Sexton and Glenna Kay Kinder. Mr. Kinder is survived by one daughter, Ramona Kinder of Ripley, two sons - Greg Kinder and wife Margaret and Mark Kinder and wife Susan, all of Ripley; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three sisters - Barbara Kinder, Sallie Hamilton and Lillie Groh, all of Ripley; his loving companion, Jeannie Otten of Feesburg, Oh. Services were held Saturday April 21, 2012 where Rev. Clark Castle officiated. Interment followed the funeral service in Maplewood Cemetery in Ripley, Oh., with military honors provided by the CourtsFussnecker American Legion Post #367 of Ripley, Ohio. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Ripley Church of the Nazarene children’s fund. The Cahall Funeral Home, Ripley, served the family.
Rhonda W. (Rigdon) Carter, 50, of Manchester, Oh., died Tuesday, April 24, 2012. She was born October 19, 1961, in West Union. She was preceded in death by parents: John and Faye (Guthrie) Rigdon. She is survived by husband, John Kenneth Carter of Manchester; son, Dylan (Emily) Carter of Owingsville; two daughters, Tasha (Derek Hurley) Carter of Manchester, Taylor Carter of Manchester; brother in law, Richard Brown of Manchester; sister, Johnna (Randy) Eldridge of Manchester; five grandchildren, Delaney “Laney” Young, Eric Hurley, Kaylee “KK” Carter, Kiah and Marcus; special friends, Tom and Elvara Shiveley; many uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces. She was a small business owner of a carpet installation company with her husband for 30 years. She was a member of New Beginning Church. She was a 1979 graduate of Manchester High School. Memorial donations may be made to The New Beginning Church, 36 West Second Street , Manchester, Ohio 45144. Services were Friday, April 27, 2012 where Rev. Dale Little officiated. The interment was at Kirker Cemetery in Liberty Township in Adams County. The Lafferty Funeral Home, West Union, served the family.
Jackie “Jack” Ray Gelter, 65, of Wytheville, VA passed away Monday, April 23, 2012. He was born on December 13, 1946 in Georgetown, the son of the late Harold Frances and Martha Prine Gelter. He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Sue Jones and a brother, Darold Frances Gelter. Jack was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Georgetown, the Wytheville Golf Club, Wytheville Moose Lodge #394, Wythe/Bland Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Small Business Owners. He is survived by two daughters, Lisa Ann GelterJonas and Michael, Jennifer “J.J.” GelterJonas and Todd all of Wytheville, Va.; his companion of 27 years, Dianna Hoback of Wytheville, Va.; sister, Judy Zimmerman and Dick Ratcliffe of Olathe, Ks.; sister-in-law, Betty Gelter of Georgetown, six grandchildren, Kaytlin Nichole Jonas, Nicholas Ryan Jonas, Evan Charles Hester, Eli Kristian Umberger, Ethan Kirk Umberger and Jeffrey Christopher Hoback; Dianna Hoback’s children, Kelly Umberger of Maidens, Va., and Chris Hoback of Wytheville, VA., and several nieces and nephews also survive. Services were held Friday, April 27, 2012 where Pastor Alan Wilder officiated. Interment followed in West End Cemetery. The Barnett Funeral Home, Wytheville, Va. served the family.
Donald Gene Cofer, 75, of West Union, Oh., died Monday, April 23, 2012. He was born March 3, 1937, in Rio Grande, Oh., to the late Elmerand Almeda (Moore) Cofer. He is survived by wife, Marcia Kay (Swayne) Cofer of West Union; three daughters, Susan (Jim) Altman of Aberdeen, DawnMarie (Bill) Meadows of New Richmond, Elizabeth (Bob) Henry of Hamersville; one step daughter Kathy (Bill) Knauff of West Union; two step sons, David (Lea) Fulton of H illsboro, Rick (Judy) Fulton of West Union; three sisters: Juanita Cofer, Ann Finn and Alma Banks all of Columbus; twenty-three grandchildren; ten great-
Betty Conn, 75 Betty Conn, 75, Russellville, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Betty was born in Decatur, on April 19, 1937, the daughter of the late William Sanders and Alice Kinnett. She was a homemaker. Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband Charles Conn, 1 son; Gary Conn, 1 brother; Charles Sanders and 1 granddaughter; Lori. Surviving her are 3 sons; Danny and wife Candy Conn, Larry and wife Dawn Conn, David and wife Sandy Conn, all of Russellville, 2 daughters; Susan and husband Dale Courtney of Russellville and Cathy and husband Mark Schumacher of Ripley, 1 sister; Cynthia Lancaster of Bethel, 7 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. Services were held Friday April 27, 2012 where Richey Pride officiated. Burial followed at the Linwood Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Russellville Life Squad, PO Box 187, Russellville, OH 45168 The Meeker Funeral Home, Russellville, served the family.
Smitty Loudermilk, Jr., 61 Smitty Loudermilk, Jr., 61, Hillsboro, Oh., died Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Smitty is survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. Services were held Tuesday April 24, 2012. The E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel, served the family.
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YE ARE THE BRANCHES Once again let us go back to John 15. Jesus said: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” We are the church age. God the Father has been in the process of growing His vineyard. He is the husbandman; Jesus is the vine; and we are the branches. He was using the analogy of growing grapes. If a grape vine does not produce, what will the husbandman do with it? He will remove it! If a church does not produce in a certain length of time, God will set it aside. Have you ever seen a church which has been closed down? Sure you have. Why; because it was not producing fruit. God is the One who shuts the doors. He wants fruit. What farmer do you know who will continue to work hard to plant a field that does not produce? Husbandmen are looking for a harvest; so is God! It is a terrible thing to lose the harvest. I was a farmer in Michigan. I have seen it happen with wheat when it is ready to harvest and it continues to rain until the grain sprouts in the head. I remember having navy beans in the field one year and losing them because the person we hired to harvest them did not get them in time. The beans began to germinate in the pods and the whole crop was lost. Do you know where the world is today? It is lost. Do you know who is supposed to be getting that harvest together? Do you know the laborers who are supposed to be helping the Father, the husbandman of the vineyard? Do you know who it is that is supposed to be helping Jesus, who is the vine? It is the branches. It is our responsibility to bring in the harvest. God’s harvest is so much more precious than any grain crop which farmers can harvest from the ground. It is sad when they lose a crop and can be devastating financially. But when we lose God’s harvest it is souls of mankind who are lost for all eternity. The devastation can not be measured! Therefore, when a church is bearing fruit God will purge it so that it will bring forth more fruit. Just as the branches of a vine will be trimmed so that the vine will produce more, the church also needs to be purged. I have raised apple trees. In order for
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Arn nominated for OSBA award
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Mrs. Carmen Arn, Southern Hills Career and Technical Center’s District Secretary, has been nominated for the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) Southwest Region Outstanding Classified Member. Mrs. Arn received the award at a private ceremony at SHCTC on March 20, 2012. Mrs. Arn has been employed by the district for 37 years, with 30 of those years as Student Services Secretary. She has been in the district office as the superintendent’s secretary since 2005. Mrs. Arn has been with the school since it opened in 1975. She has worked with five superintendents, seven directors/principals, three treasurers, around 50 board members, and thousands of students, staff, and community members. Mrs. Arn has also survived major construction, remodeling, and many office and career-technical changes. She has truly been the binding agent holding the school together as we go through tedious times. Mrs. Arn not only has involvement in numerous activities at SHCTC, (which always go off without a hitch) she is an active member of our community. Mrs. Arn is a pleasure to work with and always has others’ best interest at heart. Southern Hills is
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Mrs. Carmen Arn, District Secretary, receiving award from Mr. Kevin Kratzer, Superintendent of Southern Hills Career Technical Center.
honored to have such a caring and kind-hearted person who enjoys her job so much to remain with the district this long. Mrs. Arn was nominated by Southern Hills District superintendent Mr. Kevin Kratzer, and Vocational Special Education Coordinator Mrs. Chandra Bridges. Mrs. Bridges stated that “Mrs. Arn is the face of our district and will forever be a part of our school.” Mr. Kratzer said “I can’t express how much of an asset she is to me. As a new superintendent, the ability to have such a capable and experienced assistant has made my job
May graduates Marine H’ville Corps basic training Alumni Marine Corps Pvt. a small infantry unit during Bobby W. May, son of field training. to meet Linda P. and Tracy W. May May and other recruits of Hamersville, Oh., re- also received instruction on cently completed 12 weeks the Marine Corps' core valJune 23 of basic training at Marine ues--honor, courage and Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. May and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, May 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
commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. May 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. Bobby W. May for his service to our country.
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G’town residents visit Airforce Museum Chester Greene, (above) along with Michael Smith, and Barry Horstmeier, all of Georgetown recently toured the National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton. There are approximately 100 aircraft and missels featured inside the structure built in 1971.
immeasurably easier. She is trustworthy and confident and I am very lucky to have her wisdom and organizational history at my fingertips.” Mrs. Arn said this regarding her award, “I am very much honored to have been nominated for this award. I have always loved working at Southern Hills because I believe that career technical education is such an important option in the Brown County educational system. I also have to add that the administration, staff, and students at Southern Hills make my job pleasurable and rewarding!”
Red Oak Ranchers met The Red Oak Ranchers 4-H Club held their third meeting on Thursday, April 12 at the Red Oak Church. The meeting was called to order by President Nathan Bixler, pledges were led by William Jividen and Kaylee Lucas called the roll and minutes were read and approved followed by the treasurer’s report by Stephanie Sizemore. In new business: Community service of the flower bed was discussed
and each member is to mow and weed one week throughout the year, the schedule will be distributed. Several members have already mowed. The River Sweep is Saturday, June 16 and will be held at the Ripley Lions Club Park, Ripley. Marilyn Cluxton will be scheduling a date for the bowling party. Also don’t forget to make sure to attend the QA meeting in order to show at the county fair.
The Hamersville Alumni Association invites any student who attended Hamersville High School to attend the alumni banquet on Saturday, June 23 at the Hamersville School, located at 1950 State Route 125 in Hamersville. Registration is from 66:45 p.m. and the banquet will begin at 7:00 p.m. Attendees may bring a guest. Classes honored this year included 1967, 1962, 1957, 1952, 1947, 1942, 1937 and 1932. The cost, which includes the price of the meal and entertainment, is $15 each. The meal is being catered by Good Seasons Catering. A special room for the honored classes will be available to meet with former classmates. Anyone interested in attending should contact Lee Gray by phone at (937) 379-1165 or by mail at 9891 Fite Avenue, Hamersville, OH 45130.
Western Brown to hold Academic Hall of Fame inductions in May Western Brown Local School District will hold its Fifth Annual Academic Hall of Fame inductions at Western Brown High School on the evening of May 10 at 6 p.m. The event will take place in the High School Auditeria to be followed by the high school academic awards program. Being inducted into the Western Brown Academic hall of Fame is the ultimate honor to be bestowed upon a (Hamersville H.S./Mount Orab H.S.) Western Brown graduate. These individuals will have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and/or excellence in their chosen profession. Criteria for nomination: Nominee must be graduated a minimum of 10 years and has accomplished achievements above and beyond normal standards including military academy graduate, doctor, lawyer, engineer, veterinarian, education, pharmacist, dentist, architect, music, arts, business, politics, etc. Nomination period closes each year on January 15. Additional information available on website www.wb.k12.oh.us 2012 Western Brown Academic Hall of Fame Inductees Dr. Christopher L. Chadwell - Internal Medicine Physician affiliated with The Christ Hospital. He graduated from Western Brown High School in 1988. His list of high school scholarly attributes are exemplary: National Merit Scholar; Scored 32 on ACT test; First place in Geometry in Miami University District Ohio Scholastic Achievement Exam 1986; Certificate of Merit from Ohio University for High Achievement in OU’s American History Exam; 9th place in State of Ohio Geometry Scholastic Achievement Exam 1986; Honorable Mention in State of Ohio Algebra Exam 1987. Dr. Chadwell enrolled in the Honors program at the University of Toledo in 1988 majoring in Psychology and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree Cum Laude in 1992. He pursued a career in the medical profession and attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine from 1994-1998 earning a Doctor of Medicine degree and completed his residency at The Christ Hospital Internal Medicine Program 1998-2001. Dr. Chadwell is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine 2001present. He was named “Internal Medicine Resident of the Year 1998” and was named one of the “Top Physicians in the Cincinnati Area” by Cincinnati Magazine in 2008 and 2009. Dr. Chadwell and his family reside in the Cincin-
nati area. *** Dr. C. Timothy McKinley – Family Medicine Physician and elected Corner of Brown County. Dr. McKinley graduated Valedictorian of the Class of 1975 at Western Brown High School. He attended Southern State Community College 1975-1977 earning an Associate degree in Science, Summa Cum Laude. He attended the University of Cincinnati 1977-1979 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Summa Cum laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 19791983 earning the degree of Doctor of Medicine with honors in Gross Anatomy, Pediatrics, Pathology, Opthalmology, Microbiology and Psychiatry and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his residence at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Family Medicine 1983-1988. He is presently a volunteer on the teaching faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. McKinley has served in numerous medical affiliated positions. Most recently serves as Medical Director Regional Family HealthCARE and Chief of Staff Brown County General Hospital. He is a member of the Brown County Medical Society; Ohio State Medical Association; Ohio Academy of Family Practice; American Medical Association; American Academy of Family Medicine and Ohio State Coroners Association. Dr. McKinley and his family reside in the Georgetown area where the family is involved in raising and showing Morgan horses. *** Dr. Ray B. Stout – Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics. His expertise is in Physics, Numerical Methods and Systems Integration. He graduated from Hamersville High School in 1957. In 1964 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University and earned a Master of Science degree at The Ohio State University in 1968. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, in 1969 and a MBA in Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. He was employed at the Bettis Atomic Power Plant, Pittsburgh from 1969-1979 modeling thermal-diffusionmechanical design aspects of UO2 fuels and Zircaloy cladding structures in nuclear reactors. Thereafter he was employed at the
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (University of California) in Livermore, CA from 19792005 where he developed deformation and thermodynamics models; was responsible for the planning and technical management involving experiments and analyses performed on radioactive waste forms. Dr. Stout is a member of the American Physical Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Member of honorary societies: Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi and Pi Tau Sigma. He has international appointments and serves on the Advisory Board of Nuclear Spent Fuel Policy which includes: 3-France; 2-Canada; 1-Germany; 1-Japan; 1Sweden; 1-USA. Stout has a registered patent “TripleMaterial Stress-Strain-Resistivity Gage” and has authored numerous reports. Dr. Stout is retired and is a consultant in his field of expertise. He and his family reside in California. *** Dr. Todd W. Williams Family Practice Physician affiliated with Mercy Medical Associates/ Georgetown Family Medicine. He graduated from Western Brown High School in 1984 and attended The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and the Oxford University New College, Oxford, England. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1990; served as senior class president and received the leadership award from the Council of Ohio Colleges of Pharmacy for being the top pharmacy student in the state of Ohio. Dr. Williams then attended The Ohio State University where he earned a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1994. His residency was completed at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood, KY, from August, 1994-June, 1997. Dr. Williams is an American Board of Family Medicine Diplomat; Medical Director at Stein Hospice; Medical Director at the Ohio Veterans Home; Associate Medical Director at the Villa Nursing Home; Board Member/President of Brown County Health Department; Founder/President of Frontier Health Resources providing professional consultation on a variety of medical topics. Dr. Williams conducts monthly smoking cessation seminars and is a Big Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. His love of nature inspired him to create his business Williams Landscapes specializing in landscaping with unusual plants. Dr. Williams and his family reside in Georgetown.
WB Band Boosters to hold Quarter Mania Quarter Mania will be presented by the Western Brown Band Boosters at Western Brown High School on Friday May 4 from 7 - 9 p.m. There will be many great prizes and gift baskets to bid on from many different local businesses and individuals. There will be vendors selling items such as Silpada Jewelry, Mary Kay, Avon, Wildtree, Pampered Chef, Thirty One, and Longaberger. Concessions will be available. Come out for a grand evening of fun and support the band.
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Western Brown FFA visits Hamersville School Several students from the Western Brown FFA presented a program covering several areas of safety for the students at Hamersville. Farm equipment, animals, plants, and fire safety were just a few of the topics covered in the presentation. The Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students enjoyed the learning experience and asked many questions following each area of discussion. We thank the FFA students for their time and presentation. The FFA students were Alisha Damon, Sydney Gibson, Taylor Hopkins, Emily Siemer, Dara Howser, Drew Howser, and Josh Prine.
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Eastern BOE recognizes students/teachers “Beat the Heat” spay/ of month, new changes to handbooks neuter cat clinic set As a new feature of the Eastern Local School District Board of Education meetings, each of the four principals recognize one staff member and one or more students who have excelled during the previous month. High school principal Jennifer Grimes recognized staff member Jenny Clark for her dedication to the district and FFA students Brandon Belcher and Ethan Mullins. Belcher and Mullins placed first out of 111 teams at the state FFA Agriculture and Industrial Diagnostic Team Competition. Both students received a $10,000 scholarship to the University of North Western in Lima. Principal of the middle school Rob Beucler recognized staff member Rhonda Moran and 8th grade student Bekah Colliver as the middle school spelling bee champion and as an active member and leader on the academic team, which is currently leading the county. Mike Bick, principal of Sardinia Elementary brought attention to the school librarian and physical education teacher Barbara Coin as well as students Jacob Dixon, William Wolf and Waylon Makstaller. “These three young men have been raising and lowering the flag since the first day of school,” Bick said, “They also open and close the gate for the busses. I know the job is getting done and I know it’s getting done well with these three boys in charge.” Principal of Russellville Elementary, Susan Paeltz recognized teacher Steven Krieger and students Kaitlyn Helton, fifth grade and Myra Stalbosky, fourth grade. Helton won ‘Best of Show” in 5th grade at the Art Show held recently and Stalbosky won “Best of Show” in 4th grade. In other business at the meeting, board treasurer Kevin Kendall told the board that he had received a final FY11 financial statement audit report and it was very clean. “I am very proud of this audit report,” Kendall said, “We received no citations, no deficiency and now material weaknesses. A lot of work went into this audit by a lot of hard working people, and I am very proud of it.” Kendall also reported that the district had received in-
creases on at least two grants, which had previously been decreased in January. He said he was glad to see these increases. In other business; • The board accepted a bid for a new school bus from Cardinal Bus Company for $82,380 which should be delivered in 120 to 150 days. • A resignation from teacher Christy McCann, effective May 31. • At the recommendation of Kendall the board passed a resolution to consent to the establishment of and membership in the South Central Ohio Computer Association Regional Council of Governments. The council provided computer services to the district. Superintendent Michelle Filon discussed, at length, recent changes made to the student handbooks that will go into effect 2012-2012 school year. Some changes include cell phone policies. Students may use their cell phones before the 8 a.m. bell rings, during their lunch period and after the 2:50 p.m. bell, including on the busses. There was some concerns expressed that cell phones on the busses could cause distractions for the bus driver. The issue is going to be monitored. Other changes were made in regard to classwork makeup due to absence, increases in lunch prices at all the schools. The increase at the high school and adults would be 10 cents, at the grade and middle school the increase will go up 5 cents. Dress codes were discussed with a recommendation to not allow yoga pants, pajama pants or any other type of leisure pants. Also not allowed are ripped pants of any kind, unless the rip is below the knee, and absolutely no skin can show above the knee. Home schooling policies also received some changes. Home school students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade will be allowed to take art, music and physical education at Eastern pending class size. Home school students grades 7 through 12, who are not athletes can register to take electives at Eastern, class size allowing. If the home school students wants to participate in athletics they will be required to take and pass five courses at Eastern.
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William Wolfe, Jacob Dixon and Waylon Makstaller (absent from photo) were recognized by Sardinia Elementary School Principal Mike Bick for doing an outstanding job at raising and lowering the flag each day of school. Bick said the job was in good, competent hands.
Ohio Alley Cat Resource (OAR) has partnered with Brown County Animal Shelter to offer a low-cost spay/neuter cat clinic on Wednesday, May 9. There are several special prices being offered with this clinic. Residents must make a reservation for the transport by calling 513-871-0185. First, all feral cats in traps will be spayed or neutered for only $10 which includes a rabies vaccination. The cats must be feral and will be ear-tipped during the surgery. Second, low income residents can have their cats spayed or neutered for $10 which includes the rabies vaccination. To qualify for
this price, you must participate in a government assistance program such as Medicaid, Section 8, food stamps, EBT, Ohio Direction Card, SSI, Social Security Disability, or WIC. Unemployment or regular Social Security programs do not qualify for this special. For all other cats, the charge is only $35 plus $10 for the rabies vaccination if needed. Cats may be dropped off at the shelter, 100 Veterans Blvd., Georgetown, on Wednesday, May 9, between 6:30 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. for transport to the clinic. You may pick your cats up at the shelter on Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m.
‘Burg to host Grassy Run, clean-up, yard sales
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Brandon Belcher and Ethan Mullins both received $10,000 scholarships to the University of North Western in Lima, after placing first in the FFA Agriculture and Industrial Diagnosis Team competition held in March.
The Village of Williamsburg will be holding the 20th annual Grassy Run Rendezvous from April 27 - 29 at the Williamsburg Community Park. For more information visit www.GrassyRun.org. The Village is also participating in Clean and Green on Saturday, April 28. You can help pick up trash and enjoy a
cookout afterwards. Contact Mayor Mary Ann Lefker at firstname.lastname@example.org g for more information. Then the weekend of May 5-6 Williamsburg will be holding their village wide yard sales. For more information on any of these events call the village offices at (513) 7246107.
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Eighth grader, Bekah Colliver, was recognized by Eastern Middle School Principal Rob Beucler and Superintendent Michelle Filon for being spelling bee champion as well at an active leader on the school’s academic team which is currently leading in the county.
Filon said the school will be funded for these students. Field trips were approved by the board as well as several requests to use the school. Classified contracts, certified contracts and administrative contracts were also approved by the board. The contract of Dylan Fain was not recommended for renewal. The board also approved a resolution to make the week of May 7-11 as Right to Read Week for all Eastern Local Schools.
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Beginning May 19, the Mt. Orab Music in the Park concert series will kick off for the summer of 2012. All shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Woody Whittington, coordinator of the event, is excited to announce the opening show which will feature the country, pop classic band “Inside Straight” of Leesburg. “This is a great band to start the series out,” Whittington said. “This band can play anything. Inside Straight is also one of the acts that will entertain at the Brown County Fair this year.” Inside Straight brings with it, it’s own sound and lighting production. The band will be the first to use the newly constructed natural amphitheater at the Mt. Orab Park. The band plays a huge variety of music including tunes like Margaritaville, Play That Funky Music, Save a Horse, Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, Sweet Home Alabama, Hang on Sloopy, and the list goes on and on. Inside Straight has opened for performers like Neil McCoy as well as entertained at Alley 21 in Hillsboro, the Festival of the Bells and the Relay for Life. The Leesburg band consists of Tony Colwell, Jeff Miller, Erik Sears, Shawn Young and Kevin Palmer. “We’ve got quite list of
‘Inside Straight’ Band will kick off the 2012 Mt. Orab Music in the Park series on Saturday, May 19. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend this free show.
entertainers for this years series,” added Whittington. “All our shows are outdoor and are free to everyone. Only bad weather will prevent the shows from happening. Because these are family oriented, no alcohol will be permitted in the park.” This years series also includes: • Saturday, June 2Phoenix Rising (classic rock band); • Saturday, June 16 - Off R’ Rockers (country, classic); • Saturday, June 30 - Bar Codes (pop, dance, classic); • Saturday, July 14 Kenny Welch Band (country); •Saturday, July 28 Spearpoint (classic rock); • Saturday, August 11 Robin Lacy and Dezydeco (Zydeco and cajun); • Saturday, August 25 -
Acoustic Edge (country classic rock); • Saturday, September 8 - Bar Codes (pop, dance, classic). “We’d like to invite everyone from the community to come out and enjoy these free family shows,” Whittington said. “There’s plenty of parking and with new amphitheater, no matter where you are in the park you will have a great view of the show. The event will include drink vendors, but no food, and there’s playground equipment for the kids. Last year we had shows once a month, but this year we will have a show every other Saturday. It’s going to be a great summer.” Visit www.mtorabmusicinthepark.com for the most updated information on the shows or call (937) 444-2916.
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BAM Fest moving to Burke Park BY Kristin Bednarski Sun Group Newspapers
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The Bethel Art and Music Festival is right around the corner, and with a new location and added entertainment, the third annual festival will provide additional fun for the entire family May 12. “We took everything off the streets and down to the park,” Judi Adams, BAM Fest committee chairman, said about changing the location of the festival. “There is plenty of room for the artists to spread out, the park has electricity and there is a big playground in the park.” Adams said they decided to move the festival to Burke Park after receiving feedback from several vendors last year. “It is so important for people to give us our feedback because we do try to fix things,” Adams said. “We want it to be a success.” She said the park will provide more room for artists and also create a nice children’s area this year. In addition to a new loca-
tion, BAM Fest will also feature new vendors and several new activities and entertainers this year. Adams said Hot Wax, a 50’s and 60’s show band, will be playing this year, there will be an antique toy display and also a remote control airplane display added this year. “A model airplane club is going to have demonstrations throughout the day,” Adams said . “That is going to be exciting.” Adams said they also decided to begin the festival a bit later this year, to extend it into the evening. The quilt show and historical museum will open at 10 a.m., and the activities at Burke Park will begin at noon. The Hot Wax Show will begin at 6 p.m. Just like last year, there will be a variety of activities and shopping opportunities for those who come out to the festival. The art exhibit will feature many arts and craft vendors displaying and selling everything from pottery to jewelry. Adams said the number of artists has more than doubled compared to
last year. There will also be a quilt show at Bethel United Methodist Church, a children’s art area, and activities at the Bethel Historical Museum and the Bethel branch of the Clermont County Library. Musicians will also be featured throughout the day on stage at Burke Park, ending with the Hot Wax Show at the end of the night. Adams said the show will be moved to Ebon Hill Intermediate School if it rains. “We just hope we have sunny, nice, warm weather,” Adams said. Because the committee was able to make money during the festival last year, Adams said they decided to start a scholarship fund and will be awarding their first scholarship to a local student this year. Adams said they will be selecting a senior from either Bethel Tate High School, Grant Career Center or Tate Township to receive the scholarship. Students must be pursuing a career in art or music to be eligible. Adams said this year
they have $1,500 to use for the scholarship and will award it to one student or split the amount between two students. “We wanted to give back,” Adams said about the scholarship. “There are so many kids going into the art or music field and they don’t have an opportunity for a scholarship.” Adams said they will present the scholarship at the festival and hope to be able to continue giving the scholarship away each year. Adams encouraged everyone to stop by the festival this year, especially to discover many of the talented artists that are right here in the community. “This is a kick-off of the summer season,” Adams, said. “Come out, look at some of the talented artists, admire it, hopefully spend some money and buy some pieces.” Adams said they are still accepting vendors to participate in the festival. For more information about the festival, applying for the scholarship or becoming a vendor visit www.bethelohevents.com.
Indictments in thefts of air conditioning units from churches and businesses A Pierce Township man and a woman have been indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury for forty-seven counts each related to their involvement in a series of Breaking and Entering and Theft offenses in Clermont and Hamilton Counties. Chief Deputy Rick W. Combs said the pair indicted on Wednesday, April 11 committed offenses in Batavia, Union, Tate and Pierce Townships in Clermont County. Also impacted was Anderson Township in Hamilton County. Jamie D. Prokop, W/M 8/30/70 of 1751 East Ohio Pike Amelia has been indicted for one count of Burglary a 2nd degree felony; 28 counts of Breaking and Entering, 5th degree felonies; and 17 counts of grand theft, 4th degree felonies. Christina Marie Laub W/F ,5/29/86 of 5410 SR 286 Williamsburg has been indicted for one count of Burglary a second degree felony; 28 counts of Breaking and Entering, 5th degree felonies; and 17 counts of grand theft, 4th degree
felonies. Combs said “Beginning in June 2011 through March 2012, ten churches and eighteen businesses located in villages and townships in Clermont County and Hamilton County experienced a significant increase in theft of air conditioning units and parts.” “Clermont County Sheriff’s Investigative Unit developed Prokop and Laub as suspects for a home burglary at 1543 Thornberry Drive in Batavia Township. Through the course of this investigation the suspects were identified and linked to other crimes listed in the indictments. Some of the A/C unit parts were sold to local recyclers.” Combs said. Both Jamie Prokop and Christina Laub are currently incarcerated at the Clermont County Jail on a $30,000 cash or professional bond. Combs said that due to a provision in Ohio law all the charges, though some occurred in Hamilton County, were indicted here in Clermont County due to a continuous criminal act rule.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 granted the continuance. “This preserves the rights of the defendant, while at the same time allowing the state to fully present it’s case. This is a very reasonable way to handle the issue.” Little said that the issue of the personal responsibility of Robert Crane is a key part of the case. “It’s a short step from furnishing the heroin to being the cause of her death”, she said. That’s why Little charged
Crane last year with two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, one in the first degree and one in the third degree. At the time, Little said “If Crane is convicted of simply permitting the drug use, the third degree charge will apply. If he’s convicted of actively furnishing the Heroin, the first degree charge applies.” The other first degree felony charge is Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity. Crane also faces two sec-
ond degree felony charges of Corrupting Another with Drugs and two fifth degree felony counts of Possession of Heroin. He also faces three misdemeanor charges of Permitting Drug Abuse and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. Christine Crane was found unresponsive by Aberdeen Life Squad rescue crews on March 17, 2011 after Robert Crane placed a 911 call. She was taken to Meadowview Regional Medical
Southwest Regional exceeds national standard for heart care CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 could not be prouder of Joan Phillips and the Southwest Regional Medical Center team.” The patients who came to the emergency room all had blood clots blocking the arteries in their hearts. When a blockage like that happens, SWRMC Patient Care Coordinator Danielle Richards said time becomes the most important factor. “Time lost is heart muscle lost”, Richards said. “Once it’s gone, patients have permanent cardiac damage or possibly even lose their lives.” Richards said a number of people within the hospital deserve praise for breaking the ninety minute barrier. “From the first person the patient sees in the emergency room, to the nurses, doctors, ward clerks...everyone works together to keep things moving as fast as possible.”
Richards also said having the Air Evac Lifeteam “in our backyard” also helped accomplish the goal. “They were over here within ten minutes of us calling them and they got in the air to Christ”, Richards said. Christ Hospital also has procedures in place to speed the treatment of people in cardiac distress, chief among them the “one call” system. “Our one call system eliminates waiting and duplication of effort” said Karen Day, Chest Pain Network Coordinator of The Christ Hospital. “One call from one of our affiliated facilities gets one of our cardiologists on the line, gets us moving on preparing our catheterization lab and any other coordinated efforts needed so we can begin treating the patient as soon as they arrive”, Day said. The treatment for a blood clot in the heart includes inserting a deflated ballon into
the blocked vessel and inflating it to open the vessel back up. The procedure is called a cardiac catheterization. Carol King, SWRMC Chief Nursing Officer, said that beating the ninety minute goal shows that the local health care system works. “It demonstrates how quickly we can work both inside the hospital and with other facilities to treat someone and, in some cases, save their lives”, King said. “It also shows that if you are experiencing chest pain and you live in Brown County, you should call 911 or come to our emergency room instead of trying to drive elsewhere. The sooner you access the system, the sooner you get treatment.” King added that the one call system with The Christ Hospital is also used with other forms of care at SWRMC where emergency intervention by specialists is needed.
Center in Maysville, Ky., where she was pronounced dead by Mason County Coroner Robert Brothers. When Crane was indicted last May, Brown County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Little said “but for (Crane’s) commission of these drug offenses, Christine Crane would be alive today. His conduct is the proximate cause of her death”. Little said that Robert Crane faces “decades” in prison if convicted of all charges.
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Jerry Underwood to take the wheel as principal at GEV Jr./Sr. High School CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 services,” explained Superintendent Tom Durbin. “She will be working in both buildings assisting the principals. “She will also be working with curriculum, special education and helping with the teacher evaluations in both buildings.” Durbin said the position for Miller was created by taking the assistant principal job description, some from the Special Education and some from the description of someone who has a director of pupil and staff services position. Both Miller and Underwood have been a part of the Georgetown school system
for about 24 years, and both were deemed well qualified for the positions by the board. In other business at the meeting the board accepted resignations from Glenna Smith, teacher, effective Aug. 10, 2012 and from Sharon Caldwell, instructional aide, effective June 1, 2012 for retirement. Superintendent Durbin updated the board on the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative, the Teacher Incentive Fund and Race to the Top activities. He talked to the board briefly about the teacher evaluation changes to be implemented next year as well as a recent fire safety inspection done at each of the build-
Jobless rate falls in Brown County, region ing out the top five jobless rates were Ottawa County at number two with 13.1 percent, Morgan County at number three at 12.8 percent, Meigs County at number four with 12.7 percent and Adams County at number five with 12.0 percent. Brown County is tied with Monroe County for the 19th highest jobless rate in the state at 10.0 percent. In February, Brown County had the 17th highest unemployment rate in the state.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Regional and statewide jobless numbers also trended lower in March. The Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Brown, Clermont, Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties, showed a decline of .5 percent in March to 7.6 percent. Statewide, the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in March from 8.5 percent in February. The ODJFS said that the unemployment rate fell in each of Ohio’s 88 counties in March. The lowest unemployment rate in the state was in Mercer County at 4.9 percent. The highest jobless rate was once again in Pike County at 14.7 percent. The other counties round-
ings. The board approved a resolution consenting to the establishment of and membership in the South Central Ohio Computer Association Regional Council of Governments. Following an hour and a half executive session the board approved the following items: • approve budget reductions for the 2012-2012 school year in the amount of $228,344; • approve a resolution to eliminate position and reduce force effective June 4, 2012, eliminate a high school language arts teacher position; • approve the resignation of Kyle Seibert.
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Abandoned dog dies from tick infestation By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press
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The staff at the Brown County Animal Shelter are feeling the grief of losing a very special little dog named Hope, a small lemon beagle mix, according to Brown County Humane Society volunteer Jan Staubach. “Hope was left behind by her owners when they just up and moved away,” Staubach said with anger in her voice. “She was found in a field, too weak to stand and bleeding from her mouth and nose. “As soon as we got her back here to the shelter we could see that she was completely covered with ticks. We rushed her to the veterinarian where she was near death.” Staubach said the little dogs blood count had bottomed out and more that eighty blood-filled ticks were
removed as she was being prepared for a transfusion. “All the ticks had not only drained her of blood, but they carried parasites which had attacked her internally,” Staubach said. “She was in-
fested with the common wood tick as well as the deer tick which can transmit Lyme disease.” According to Staubach, all the experts have said this year would be a monumental
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tick and flea season due to the mild winter weather. “Little Hope had a companion with her too,” she added. “It was a black Labrador/shepherd mix we named Harmony. She was in a little better condition even though she too was covered with ticks.” Staubach said Hope was progressing at the shelter and beginning to show a little improvement. But then on Sat-
urday morning, because her immune system had been so compromised, her heart gave out and she died. “We were so sad at the shelter,” she said. “These two dogs are representative of what we can expect to see throughout the summer,” she said. “Every stray dog the wardens pick up so far has been covered with ticks and fleas. Worse than we’ve seen in the past.
“Pet owners should be aware of the dangers of tick and flea infestations and take preventative measures to keep their pets safe this summer as ticks and fleas are more than just a nuisance, they can be deadly.” The shelter is located at 100 Veterans Way, next to the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown or visit them on facebook, or call (937) 3783457 for more information.
SHCTC board votes to non-renew a teacher CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 though there were some issues to be resolved, he believed that Ms. Ripato was a good teacher. Before the decision was made, during the meeting prior to the executive session, several students and parents stood before the board and spoke on behalf of Himes and Ripato. Board president, Richie Pride, gave explicit instructions to the crowd of about 40 people, before they spoke. He warned that the public participation part of the meeting would be strictly controlled allowing five people to speak for five minutes only. Grimes spoke briefly in defense of his job. He told the board that when he first came to Southern Hills four years ago he started up the sports medicine at the school from nothing, just two empty rooms.
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“I’ve built this program up from nothing,” Himes began, “I have a passion for these young people, for Southern Hills and for education. I’ve worked very hard since I’ve been here and I’ve always done everything that’s been asked of me.”
Himes said he has had perfect attendance three out of the four years he has been at Southern Hills. He added that he is a certified athletic trainer and brought a multitude of awards with him when he came including local, state, national and professional. He also told the board that his students are his resume. Ripato asked to speak to the board privately and not in front of the crowd. She did enter into executive session with the board later in the meeting. Also speaking on behalf of the teachers was Gary Baumgartner, Southern Hills Teachers Association President. “What’s happening here at Southern Hills is not very nice,” Baumgartner stated. “I have copies of the evaluations of Ms. Ripato used by Mr. Chadwell (principal) and Mrs. Carrington. These are the tools used to
evaluate these two teachers. “Amy (Ripato) has been accused of several things here, all of which I basically consider to be a witch hunt.” Baumgartner handed out a large stack of papers to the board as he continued to speak. “Basically what has happened, in a nut shell,” he continued, “Since Mr. Kratzer first week on the job here at Southern Hills, he has been inundated with some bad news from Western Brown, where something happened in regard to Ms. Ripato. “Ms. Ripato has been accused of causing an audit to Western Brown School District in regard to an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) where she was involved in helping a family. It was said that she cost the district thousands and thousands of dollars because of an audit on district IEP’s.” Baumgartner read a portion of an email sent to an official at the Ohio Education Association to another OEA member in regard to the accusations of Ri-
pato causing the audit, which also included FayettevillePerry, Eastern and RULH School District, all in Brown County. “There is no way, Ms. Ripato actions triggered a countywide audit,” he said with conviction. “My sources in Columbus inform us that Brown County schools were already scheduled for an IEP Audit, and Amy had nothing to do with it. I was also informed that audits are not sorted by counties.” Baumgartner also touched on an issue regarding another teacher, who worked with Ripato, with the same title, same duties, who had been made Ms. Ripato’s boss which is against her contract with the school. He discussed briefly Mr. Himes’ accomplishments at Southern Hills as well as the wonderful relationship he has with his students, and how the program has grown since he joined the staff and his class was the third highest in recruitment for the school this year.
“In closing,” Baumgartner said, “There are a couple of things I am concerned about here at Southern Hills. First of all I’m concerned about the fact of all the bullying going on. We talk a lot about not allowing our students to be bullied or to bully others. But let me tell you, these to people (referring to Himes and Ripato) have been bullied all year and it’s an uncomfortable position to be in, for them and their families.” He continued “These families are suffering because of leadership issues that’s going on here. I see a ‘my way or the high way’ attitude. I see staff members, particularly women that are scared to speak out and can’t even show up here at this meeting because they’re scared to.” At that point, with another handful of papers in his hand, he shook his head and said, “I’m done.” Baumgartner received applause from the crowd at the conclusion of his remarks.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 erty in November, 2011, but members of council felt that Gossett was not on top of the issue and the option to buy the land had come and gone. Gossett tried to explain to council that they did actually exercise their option to buy when they hired a contractor to do the job. She added that Mineer had drawn up the deed and the land would be the village’s when it was paid for. Eitel stated at the meeting that she felt Gossett had steered the village in the wrong direction since she was also the attorney to the land owner. “I have no authority to tell this village anything,” Gossett told council. “That’s not my job. Mr. Kidston (consultant for the village on the water
treatment plant) inspected the property and he approved it, not me. I am not a contractor.” During the meeting Mayor Harry Foxworthy appeared to become very upset with Gossett and turned to her and told her he wanted her resignation right then. Gossett responded to Foxworthy and told him if he wanted to buy out her contract, that was the village’s option. However, after discussing the option to request her resignation that night, council said it was not the right time to discuss the matter and the request was retracted by the mayor. Gossett was unavailable for comment but her resignation letter is printed below: “Dear Village of Aberdeen Council, Fiscal Officer, Nathan Pfeffer has finally cor-
rected my OPERS account. I have received and reviewed the confirmation and correction. I hereby resign as Solicitor for the Village of Aberdeen effective immediately.” Fiscal officer Nathan Pfeffer said that the village did not buy out her contract.
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Brown’s big hit helps Ripley, Kirschner earn extra inning win over Fairfield BY Andrew Wyder The Brown County Press The tide certainly does seem to be changing for the Ripley baseball team. After struggling through a tough first season under coach Matt Folkerth a year ago, the Blue Jays have turned it around this season. With wins over top Southern Hills League teams Lynchburg-Clay and Whiteoak on its resume already, the Blue Jays are on their way to accomplishing more this season than last. And they looked to add to their list of accomplishments when they hosted Fairfield for a SHL Division II showdown on Tuesday night. They got just that as Houston Brown’s game winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning rewarded teammate Brad Kirschner’s dominant night on the mound as the Blue Jays earned a 1-0 extra inning victory. “It’s five wins. We’re coming off a season with four, not getting a lot of respect,” Folkerth said afterward. “I think it’s the most wins a Ripley team has gotten in about five years, if not ten. We’ve got four league victories now. “If we can take the three games we have left and the ball goes in the right court, we can be in the third place in the league in our division. That’s big for Ripley.” On a night where he was dominant on the mound, Kirschner’s only serious threat was during Fairfield’s first trip to the plate. Cody Bennett led off the game with a fly ball to right that went off Blue Jays right fielder Justin Cluxton’s glove. He ended up at second on play. Kirschner quickly recovered, however, as Bennett was tagged out at third as he tried to advance to third base on a grounder to Blue Jays third baseman Tommy Ramsey. But a single from the
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Brad Kirschner delivers a pitch early in Ripley’s win over Fairfield on Tuesday night. He threw a three hit shutout against the Lions.
next hitter, Kyle Carson, quickly put runners on the corners with one out. Again Kirschner, with some help from his defense, thwarted the Lions scoring chance. Zach Cox hit another ground to Ramsey at third. He came up firing home as Blake Hildebrant tried to score and he easily got him at the plate for the second out as the threat came to an a batter later. Though the Blue Jays have struggled with their defense at times through the year, they were solid on Tuesday night. “I told my kids we can win any game, and I honestly believe this, we’ll win any games we don’t have a lot of errors in,” Folkerth said. “If we can stay down on the ball and trust our defense, we can stay in any game.” The Blue Jays had a bit of a rally of their own in the second, with a little help from the Lions. Brown reached base on a fielders choice then stole second base and went to third as the throw from the Lions catcher, Carson, went into center. Tyler Planck then hit a chopper to second base. Brown tried to score on the play but was gunned down at the plate to keep the game scoreless. That didn’t end the rally,
however, as Ryan Poole singled and Cluxton walked to load the bases before Fairfield pitcher Joey Wilson struck Kyler Johnson out to escape. From that point on neither team really could muster much of a rally as Kirschner and Wilson began to dominate. Neither team would get a runner past second base until the eighth inning. Kirschner pitched all eight innings in the win collecting 11 strikeouts while giving up just three hits. “He is a workhorse. In all of my time coaching I’ve never had a pitcher quite like him,” Folkerth said of Kirschner. “His baseball instinct is just...I’ve never seen anything like that. But at the
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Ripley’s Houston Brown connects on his game winning single in the bottom of the eighth on Tuesday night.
same time I’d like to do a little shoutout. Their pitcher was just as good as Brad. He spun a gem up there as well.” After Kirschner struck out the side in the top of the eighth inning, he started the Blue Jays rally in the bottom of the inning with, of all things, a strikeout. He swung and missed on a pitch in the dirt for the third strike but the ball got passed the catcher and allowed him to reach first safely. He advanced to second on a single from Ramsey. Then Brown, a junior playing his first year of baseball, came up. He hit a ground ball that hugged the third base line and went into left field
Kirschner would come around to score the winning run from second. “He likes to get out in front of the ball. We got lucky. Maybe the line was bent just a little bit our way,” Folkerth said of the hit. “That was a big confidence booster for him.” The win improved the Blue Jays to 5-9 (4-6 SHL) on the season. “There’s only been one team that we haven’t proven ourselves (to) in the league this year. That would be Fayetteville and they beat us 11 to nothing,” Folkerth said. “But every other team, we have not been what typically Ripley has been known for...being embarrassed on the field. We are competing.”
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Second times the charm, too, for the Broncos BY Andrew Wyder The Brown County Press Even though they are finding it a little harder as they battle teams for a second time this season, the Western Brown boys tennis team has begun to understand they may have to dig a little deeper to pick up wins.
Facing Hillsboro for the second time this season on Wednesday night, the Broncos took care of business by reaching down and battling to pull out a 4-1 win at home. They had beat the Indians 3-2 when they played at Hillsboro on April 11. “I keep telling the kids we’re playing teams for the
second time and they’re learning to play our weaknesses,” Broncos coach Tom Ball said. “A lot of them, when they get down, they’re digging down and coming back and winning matches.” That was the case on Monday during a couple of the Broncos victories. CONTINUED ON PAGE 15
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Resilient Lady Jays rally Record breaking feats for win over West Union in hand, Tudor eyes
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fourth trip to state
It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride so far this season for the youthful and somewhat inexperienced Ripley softball squad. The Lady Jays have played well at some points this season but at others they’ve struggled as Lady Jay coach Aimee Carpenter has worked to determine the best group to put on the field. Coming into their matchup with Southern Hills League foe West Union on Monday night, the Lady Jays were riding a bit of a lull as they had lost their last four games after a 3-2 start. And it looked as if the Lady Jays struggles might continue after the visiting Lady Dragons erased an early five run Ripley lead to take a lead late. But the Lady Jays resolve never wavered and they recovered to pick up a come from behind 12-9 victory thanks to a six run sixth inning in a make-up game originally scheduled for April 4. “They bounced back,” Carpenter said. “We talked about it tonight how you have to put those games behind you and you have to look ahead. I think the girls did that tonight. Even when we were down, they didn’t get down tonight. They just kept on playing. I think that was big for the girls tonight. Big win for us.” Thanks to a big second inning at the plate and solid pitching performance early on from junior Morgan Wright, the Lady Jays had seized a 6-2 lead as the Lady Dragons came to the plate in the fifth inning. Nomi Day led off the inning with a dribbler down the third base line for an infield hit for the Lady Dragons. An out later Wright ran into some trouble. She hit Natasha Barr and gave up a run-scoring single to Sami Hinton that cut the Ripley lead to 6-3. Though she got her opposing number, and next hitter, Erin Ross to fly out to shallow right field, disaster struck. After right fielder Stephanie Sizemore made a nice running catch on the edge of the infield, her cutoff throw got by everyone and went to the fence on the third base line allowing Barr to tag and score to make it 6-4. Then, after a walk, Mary
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Kayla Eichner connects on a run scoring single during the Lady Jays decisive sixth inning on Monday night.
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Ripley third baseman Alexis McCray lifts a throw towards first baseman Lydia Hamilton (32) during the Lady Jays win over West Union on Monday.
Hinton delivered the big blow. She hit a long fly ball to deep right field over everyone’s head that went for a home run as she rounded the bases before the Lady Jays could get the ball back in. The three run long fly gave West Union their first lead of the night, 7-6. “We didn’t hit our cutoff and it came over here and it cost us a couple runs, which it shouldn’t have,” Carpenter said of the inning. “So just, you know, mental mistakes.” But after finding themselves down two, 8-6, after the Lady Dragons added a run in the fifth, the Lady Jays calmed down and took back control. With one out in the sixth inning Kelci Bowling singled down the first base line before Sizemore worked a walk to put two on with one
out. Leadoff hitter Morgan Bahnsen then dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line that Ross had no play on to load the bases. Then two of the Lady Jays more experienced players stepped up. Senior Kristi Stropes and Wright each took four straight pitches out of the strike zone to earn bases loaded walks. It forced in the two runs needed to tie the game at eight. Fellow senior Lydia Hamilton’s groundout to shortstop got Bahnsen in to give Ripley a 9-8 before runscoring singles from Kayla Eichner and Emily Patrick helped Ripley take a 12-8 lead. The inning saw the Lady Jays be patient at the plate, hit the pitches when they were there and run the bases with a careful aggression. “It was the little things that got us the runs,” Carpenter said. The Lady Dragons wasted no time kick starting another rally in the top of the final inning. Ross tripled to lead off the inning and scored on Jamee Graham’s double to right field to make it 12-9. Wright -- who had seven walks and hit a batter -- then walked the next two batters to load the bases with no outs. But she quickly recovered. She struck out Taylor Martin, got Day to popout to Bahnsen in foul ground behind the plate and got Taylor to hit it back to her for a forceout at home to secure the win. With the win the Lady Jays improved to 4-6 overall, 4-4 in the SHL.
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Mt. Orab 4th Grade Boys Coach Jarrod, Ian, Nick, Dylan, Tannin, Cole, Will, Coach Shane
A little over a year ago Western Brown track and field athlete Mack Tudor had one of the rare bad days in his career. The senior thrower failed to make the finals in either shot put or discus -both of the events he qualified for -- at the Ohio State Track and Field Tournament when he felt like he could and should have. It was a moment he held on to as he started to intensify his training last summer as he headed into his go-around. Fast forward nearly 11 months later and Tudor is exactly where he wants to be -- on top. Not only has he won every single time he has competed in the discus and shot put during the outdoor season -- 10 meets so far -but he has continued to set personal, school and, now, city records as his high school career winds down toward what he hopes will be a fourth straight state appearance. It all started with an uncharacteristically bad day. “That really is what drove me throughout the summer. I’d come out here and that’s all I’d think about,” Tudor said Tuesday afternoon at the Western Brown throwing rings. “It’s just that terrible performance. That’s when the colleges look at you. It really just ticked me off. The car ride home wasn’t fun with dad. I don’t think I said one thing. I didn’t grab anything to eat. It was a quiet ride home, just staring at the ground.” While he continues to work hard to improve upon where he currently stands, Tudor has already performed quite well. He’s broken each of his own school records in the shot put and discus at least twice already this season. The record of most significance he’s set, however, is one he set a little over a week ago at his last home meet, the Western Brown Invitational. When he threw the discus a school record and personal best 192 ft., 9 in. on April 17, Tudor set the Cincinnati city record in the event, It was officially measured by a city official to be verified. Once Tudor was informed by his father, Todd, that he was close to the city record after throwing near ly that far at the Blanchester Invitational on April 12 he just went for it. “It just kind of hit me,” he said. “Along with that in the back of my mind and my last senior home meet the other night, it just got me pumped. I think that’s why I let one loose even further.” It’s no surprise to Western Brown coach Chad Sexton that Tudor was able
Western Brown’s Mack Tudor -- shown here at an indoor event at Marietta College in January -- has had a very successful senior season so far.
to break the record. What he sees from Tudor is a rare combination of traits that combine to make a rare athlete. “He’s the kind of athlete you get when talent and hard work mesh,” Sexton said. “And just sheer drive. He’s physically gifted but he’s a tremendously hard worker. When those two things combine the result is the kind of athlete you see. A lot of kids may be talented but they don’t work as hard or a lot of kids may work as hard but they don’t have the natural talent. He’s got a blend of all that and that makes him a super athlete.” His work ethic -- which includes over two hours of work at the throwing pits and in the weight room each day -- has helped him improve not only in the discus but in the shot put as well. With a new throwing motion that has saw him move from taking a couple glide steps before he threw the shot to a full rotation, Tudor has been unbeatable so far this season. At the New Richmond Invitational on April 4, Tudor threw the shot put 62 feet to break his own school and personal records. Continuing to break those records is something that is important to Tudor because they set the barriers he tries to break each time out. “They mean everything to me,” he said. “What I really try to focus on is my (personal records). I’ll go into a meet thinking this is the number that I have to beat to be happy, to go home and get a good night of sleep. That’s what I really try to focus on.” Even as Tudor continues to break records each time he throws, he isn’t yet performing at his peak. He uses the season as training for what is important -- the district, regional and state tournaments. “He’s still in heavy training so, honestly, if he’s PRing right now (and) if he’s still setting personal records it’s kind of just a bonus because he hasn’t ta-
pered the training,” Sexton said. “It won’t be until later in the season, when he tapers the training, that we should see his throws maximized. Right now it’s just a perk.” Though the records mean quite a bit to him, Tudor has higher standards of which to measure himself. That is represented best in that Tudor is nationally ranked in the top 15 in both of his outdoor events. He is currently fifth in the country in the shot put with his throw of 62 feet. The No. 1 throw is 67 ft., 2 in. In the discus, Tudor currently stands 12th with the throw of 192 ft., 9 in. while the best in the country currently is a 209 ft., 8 in. throw. “I really try to focus on a lot of national standings because I want to be the best of the best,” Tudor said. “It still kind of bugs me that I’m not the best. But hopefully by the end of the season I could be one of the best.” With three straight state appearances under his belt -- and 11 overall including the indoor state meet where he finished second to Coy Blair of Logan in the shot put this past winter -- Tudor looks to make it a clean sweep with another appearance at Ohio State University in June. Both Sexton and Tudor are confident that he can not only make it to state but compete for a titles in both the discus and shot put. And though his experience in Columbus wasn’t great last June, Tudor is confident this year will be different. “I’ve looked around at the state marks, like the top marks so far, and I’m confident that even on a decent day I can beat the people up there around me,” he said. “So, we’ll see.” Tudor and the Broncos still have three regular season meets and the Southern Buckeye Conference Meet -- May 8-9 at Bethel-Tate - left before districts begin May 16 at Mason High School.
Sheets named Most Improved at Capital U. Former Fayetteville girls basketball standout Shelby Sheets was recently named as the Capital University women's basketball team’s Most Improved Player at the teams banquet on April 14. Sheets, a 2011 Fayetteville graduate, was a reserve guard on this year’s Capital team that finished 18-9 and fourth in the Ohio Athletic Conference. At the banquet longtime Capital women's basketball coach Dixie Jeffers, who became just the seventh coach in NCAA Division III history to reach 600 wins this past season, said of Sheets: “Shelby has a great understanding of the game and anytime I ask something of her in practices and games Shelby always says, ‘Okay Coach,’ which is a direct reflection of how coachable she is and evidence of her coming from a coaching family in which her father,
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Former Fayetteville girls basketball standout Shelby Sheets poses with Capital University women's basketball coach Dixie Jeffers.
Toby, coaches the high school girls basketball team and her mother, Sharon, coaches the high school volleyball team,” Jeffers said. “We feel that Shelby will
be a great one here at Capital.” Sheets saw action in all 27 Crusaders games and averaged two points, two assists and 1.5 rebounds per game.
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Mt. Orab Livewire’s 4-H Club chooses officers The Mt. Orab Livewire’s 4-H Club chose their officers during a meeting held on March 20th at the Western Brown High School. The Officers are as follows: Left Top Row: Trevor Corboy, President; Vanessa Corboy, Vice President; Jessica Tolle, Secretary; Krystal Rump, Treasurer; Claudia Books, Member; Left Bottom Row: Joshua Tolle, Inspirational Officer; Tommy Rump, Environmental Officer; Allison Kelsey, Reporter; Chase Patterson, Recreational Officer.
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Chase Latham plays a ball at the net during Western Brown’s win over Hillsboro on Wednesday evening.
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Western Brown’s Jordan Hilton prepares to return a ball during the Broncos match win over Hillsboro on Wednesday evening.
this Saturday and April 30, the Broncos will finish out the season at Goshen (4/26)
and home against New Richmond (5/1), East Clinton (5/2) and Amelia (5/3).
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Moler Raceway Park hosts fan appreciation night
Seventeen individuals and teams are among the more than 1,220 aspiring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students in grades 5–12 that will exhibit their science research projects at the 64th annual State Science Day on Saturday, May 5 hosted by The Ohio State University. The STEM scholars—who represent 297 schools in 67 Ohio counties—will vie for more than $2.2 million in scholarships and awards. The Ohio Academy of Science, American Electric Power, The Ohio Environmental Education Fund, Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc., Battelle and Time Warner Cable, sponsor State Science Day. The Ohio State University Office of Extended Education coordinates the event. “Ohio’s innovation economy is tied directly to the mastery of science and mathematics, the pillars of STEM education sought by State Science Day students,” said Ohio Governor John Kasich. “The Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards further reinforce the importance we place on research and devel-
opment in energy, advanced materials, agriculture and food technology, biotechnology, information technology and a clean environment,” he continued. State Science Day is to STEM education as a state championship game is to athletics. More than 1,000 judges will evaluate student-originated, inquiry- and technologically-based projects and the communication skills of the students who advanced to the state-level competition from 15 district science days. Among the many awards at State Science Day are the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in Student Research in Advanced or Alternative Energy; Advanced Materials; Agriculture and Food Technology; Biotechnology and Biomedical technologies; Environmental Sciences and Information Technology. Sponsors for the Governor’s Awards include The Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Development (Technology Division), the Ohio Environmental Education Fund and several Edison
Technology Centers. Starting at 10 a.m. in St. John Arena, 410 Woody Hayes Drive, an Ohio State official will address parents at a meeting entitled “Life after State Science Day.” An interactive Fun with Physics Science Demonstration and the awards ceremony begin at 2 p.m. in St. John Arena. Admission is free. Brown County students and teams participating include: Paetyn Kaesheimer, Eastern JS; Marcus Silcox, Eastern JS; Ashley Jakeway, Fayetteville Perry MS; Zachary Koehler, Georgetown ES; Wesley Wolfe, Georgetown ES; Madison Brown, Georgetown Jr/Sr HS; Shelby Griffith, Georgetown Jr/Sr HS; Lorrin Hrack, Georgetown Jr/Sr HS; Bayley Johnson, Georgetown Jr/Sr HS; Sariah Jones, Georgetown Jr/Sr HS; Lydia Powell, Georgetown Jr/Sr HS; Zachary Roe, Georgetown Jr/Sr HS; Drew Day, Hamersville ES; Caley King, Hamersville ES; Megan Ogden, Hamersville ES; Ashley Prine, Hamersville ES; and Craig Horton, Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington MS.
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With the first of two fan appreciation nights on tap, teams at Moler Raceway Park came prepared with giveaways and freebies for the fans -- especially the kids -- on hand at the race track. To prepare the Chevette Division drivers for race track conditions for their Hillbilly Nationals Event in two weeks, they were the first division of cars to race on the night and they put on an exciting race in their feature event. Rusty Yarger jumped out front at the drop of the green flag with Derick Davis and Miles Tarvin right on his back bumper. Following a caution on lap six, the #78 machine of Tarvin did not go on the start, which brought out the caution once again and allowed Jeff Watson to join the battle for the top spot up front. With three laps to go Davis was able to get beside Yarger for the lead but the two leaders made contact off of turn four and Davis ended up sliding through the infield and to a stop. On the restart it was Yarger holding off the charge of Watson to claim his first win of the 2012 season in his Wilson’s Bodyshop, Northwest Transmission, Roark Construction sponsored machine. Following Watson across the line was Michael Bowling, John Clark and Devin Puckett. A very fast, hammered down track awaited the field of cars in the Mt. Orab Ford Late Model Division and was just fine with them. Heat race action saw Chad Stapleton take the first heat win while Barry Doss, of Sardinia, claimed the win in heat number two.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 Broncos No. 3 singles player Brandon Elliot found himself in a battle with his Hillsboro opponent. After taking the first set 6-4, Elliot dropped the second 3-6 before coming back from an early deficit in the third set to win 6-3. The No. 1 doubles team of Nate Creech and Jordan Hilton won in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 but had to fight a little bit to earn the victory. Meanwhile, the Broncos No. 2 doubles team and No. 2 singles player each earned fairly easy victories. Nathan Rymer and Quade Kidwell combined to pick up an easy 6-0, 6-1 victory in the No. 2 doubles match. It was another good day for the Broncos No. 2 singles player Chase Latham as he picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win. The win moved Latham to 12-2 on what has become a very good season for the junior. “Chase has had a very, very good year,” Ball said. “I’m going to try to get him seeded (at the sectional).” Mcree Kidwell picked up a tough loss against the Indians. He battled in a back and forth three set match but came up short 6-4, 2-6, 1-6. The team win improved the Broncos to 13-1 on the season. Ball feels pretty good about this year’s squad as they look to secure a Southern Buckeye ConferenceAmerican Division title. They are currently 7-0 in conference with three matches to go. “Yeah, even though I climb their cases,” Ball said of if he thinks the team can finish the year strong. “Something must be getting through. We are 13-1.” In addition to hosting the Western Brown Invitation
St. Michael School is now enrolling students for the 2012-2013 school year. St. Michael School is a Catholic elementary school (pre-school through 8) that exists to serve the academic, spiritual, and emotional needs of a child. It is fully accredited by the State of Ohio. The school offers a family an excellent opportunity to experience Christian education in action, as well as the finest education in the traditionally prescribed areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts. We have been successfully doing this for more than 150 years! St. Michael School offers
it’s students: • Religious Education • Academic Excellence • Small Class Sizes ( 12 students in a class) • Individualized Attention • Emphasis on Christian Values • Policy of Inclusion • New Automated Library • Structured Curriculum • Technology St. Michael School exists… • To Know Christ • To Love Christ • To Bring Others to Christ Small class sizes, coupled with commitment to individual attention create an educational environment where each student is valued and
challenged. At St. Michael School we are committed to a child’s intellectual growth. Through our emphasis on moral development, a child is challenged daily to lead a life that searches for truth in discerning right from wrong. Through the emphasis on spiritual development, a child is supported in a faith experience. Indeed, a child will be encouraged to grasp the deeper meanings of faith whether through the daily prayers that are offered or by seeing the hand of God in the curriculum that is taught. Schedule a tour at (937) 392-4202 or visit the school website at www.stmichaelcatholicschool.org
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Rusty Yarger won the Chevette Division feature race last Friday night at Moler Raceway Park.
In the feature event, it was Doss and Stapleton bringing the field to the green flag but third place starting Jason Jameson had other ideas as he snuck under Doss in turn one to take the lead on the first lap. Jameson would then set sail and runaway with his second feature win of the season at MRP in his Bert Transmission sponsored machine. Wayne Chinn would take the third position away from Stapleton on the final lap while current track points leader Chamberlain would manage to pull away from James to claim fifth place. Devin Gilpin was looking for win number four on the season in the Holman Motors Modified Division but as with every other night this season there was a strong field of cars on hand to try and prevent that. The preliminary action saw Joe Godsey claim the first heat win while Goshen’s Dustin Webber would claim his second heat win of the season over Bethel’s Larry Pickelheimer Jr. Heat number three ended with Maysville’s Jeremie Bretz claiming his second straight heat win with a final lap pass. The feature event was a
repeat of last week as Bretz jumped out front with Webber and Gilpin in pursuit. Following a big pileup in turn one on lap three, it was Bretz out front but h e wouldn’t be for long as, on the restart, Gilpin would charge to the top spot two laps later and set sail to claim his fourth win in a row. Bretz would maintain second spot throughout the race while Webber and Godsey would claim third and fourth positions. Fifth place was claimed by Jimmy Lennex Jr., who had a great race long battle with Doug Adkins and Pickelheimer Jr. Near the conclusion of the modified feature event Mother Nature started creating havoc with some strong winds and light rain. It was decided to forego the Crazy Compact feature event until next week to allow fans and drivers to exit the facility with storms in the area. Many thanks go out to the numerous teams for providing kid’s t-shirts and items that were given away throughout the night. A special thanks to the Dirt Racing Connection crew for the box of giveaways they were able to throw into the crowd throughout the evening.
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Pictured Left to Right: Amanda Lucas, Stephanie Lester, Rebecca Shaffer, Emily Spires, Jamie Pritchett and Kendra Boggs.
SHCTC students qualify for state at FCCLA Regional Rally BY Julie Bryan Senior students from the Early Childhood Education program at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center participated in the FCCLA Region 10 Regional Rally at Ripley High School on March 3. Seven students competed in three different contests, all bringing home medals. Stephanie Lester and Amanda Lucas competed in Chapter Service Manual Scrapbook. The goal of their project was to inform the community about the dangers of texting and driving. To emphasize the consequences, they used graphic images and alarming statistics of the results of this ever expanding problem. For this service project, the girls pre-
sented their findings at three local high schools. Stephanie and Amanda wanted others to see the importance of this issue and encourage everyone to make a pledge to not text and drive. Kendra Boggs, Emily Spires, and Jamie Prichett also competed in the FCCLA Chapter Showcase Manual event. This event showcases Southern Hills FCCLA chapter activities such as recruitment, membership campaigns, community service, and student recognition in a scrapbook they created to highlight these activities and show all of the accomplishments of their chapter. One of the students’ favorite community service projects was collecting pop tabs for Shriners Burn Institute in Cincinnati. The stu-
dents collected over 300 pounds of pop tabs. The money earned from the tabs goes towards purchasing items for burn victims and their families. Rebecca Shaffer competed in the Illustrated Talk event. She chose the topic of bullying and has created a student organization at SHCTC called the “Speechless Ones.” This organization hopes to diminish bullying at the all local schools. These students want to get the word out that there are people in the school system and the community that will listen and help. All students are state qualifies and will compete in April at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. Great Job ladies! SHCTC is very proud of you.
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havioral functioning, selfhelp skills, and/or cognitive skills. For school-age students, a disability means that a student has been identified as having one or more of the following conditions: autism, deaf-blindness, hearing impairment including deafness, cognitive disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional disturbance (SBH), specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and/or visual impairment including blindness. Your public school offers: Evaluation for all children with suspected disabilities birth through age 21; Education for all children with disabilities ages 3 through 21; Once the school district is notified about a child who is suspected of having a disability: The child’s parent(s) are contacted and informed of their rights, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),
the Ohio Revised Code, and the State Board of Education’s Rules for the Education of Handicapped Children; Arrangements are made to evaluate the child in cooperation with the parent(s). If you know a child who is suspected of having a disability, contact your local public school district. In the RULH District contact the Special Services Department at 937-392-7036 or the Superintendent’s Office at 937392-4396. 504 Plan Notification: Ripley Union Lewis Huntington School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its admission or access to, or treatment of, or employment in, its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Pam Sebastian, RULH School District, 502 S. Second Street, Ripley, OH. 45167, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 937-392-7036.
G’town holds annual local science day, sends superior projects to District Science Day Georgetown Jr/Sr High School held its annual local science day on February 23. There were 171 projects that participated from grades 58. Of those, there were 28 superior projects, 58 excellent and 78 good. Projects that scored a superior rating, were eligible to participate at the District Science Day at Wilmington College on Saturday, March 17. There were 19 students and 16 projects from Georgetown Schools that participated in the District Science Day. They are (pic-
tured below): Austin McCord, Lorrin Hrack, Summer Stewart, Kelsey Martin, Cierra Young, Madison Brown, Clinton Church, Zach Roe, Zach Koehler, Tiffany Stanley, Lydia Powell, Kristan Manning, Sariah Jones, Kyle Davis, Jenna Griffith, Wesley Wolf, Shelby Griffith, Bayley Johnson, and Allison Bailey. Out of the 16 projects, 9 scored Superior and qualified to participate in the State Science Day at Ohio State University on May 5. State qualifiers are
(pictured below): Lydia Powell, Shelby Griffith, Sariah Jones, Lorrin Hrack, Bayley Johnson, Wesley Wolf, Madison Brown, Zach Roe, Jenna Griffith, and Zach Koehler. Jenna Griffith received the Ohio Soybean Council Award and received a $100 cash prize. Wesley Wolf received two environmental science awards and also received a $100 cash prize. Congratulations to all these students and thank you to all who helped them prepare!
F’ville Middle School honor-merit roll 6th Grade Honor - Trinity Arbino, Faith Holden, Elizabeth Keiber, Gabby Richardson, and Paige Vilvens Merit - Seth Allen, Simon Aubry, Gabe Beebe, Payton Bone, Gabrielle Brinkman, Austin Claytor, Colin Connor, Clay Davis, Addie Fowler, Shelby Gregory, Lauren Guenther, Makenzie Hesser, Alexis Houk, Zach Jeffers, Kelly Johnson, Jarret Lawson, Makayla Meadows, Clay-
ton Ramey, Josie Rummel, Austin Saylor, Malachi Shelton, Isabel Siler, Faith Stegbauer, Andrew Stephens, Jason Stephens, Emily Stewart, Luke Wiederhold, Sydnie Wolf, and Gabby Woods. 7th Grade Honor - Macy Boggs, Brandon Sandlin and Garhett Thompson Merit - Cheyenne Bailey, Bailey Barber, Shannon Barker, Karla Beverly, Blaise Boler, Grant Brown,
Taylor Call, Sarah Collins, Logan Elswick, Savannah Fisher, Corie Hagge, Nathan Hill, Skylar Minton, Brandon Sandlin, Ryan Shaw, Andy Smith, and Garhett Thompson. 8th Grade Honor - Nichole Jones and Samantha Murphy Merit - Trace Burton, Kira Hood, Max Iles, Andrew King, Kimberly Luke, Cole Schaefer, Jordan Siegler, Corinne Strong, and Sarah Young.
Eastern MS honor roll The following students made the Honor Roll at Eastern Middle School for the 3rd nine weeks of the 20112012 school year. 6th Grade: Quinton Bennett, Cassie Beyer, Tanner Bogart, Emily Bolin, Breanna Brock, Christopher Broughton, Whitney Broughton, Jessika Burton, Makenzy Cate, Trysten Clifton, Michael Collett, Kiara Colliver, Justin Cowdrey, Megan Cox, Caitlyn Dawson, Allison Day, Isaac Dotson, Jasey Dufresne, Maria Fagaly, Haley Fannin, Mikayla Farris, Shawna Faul, Shelby Fist, Maggie Fultz, Dakota Hiser, Katie Hoover, Madison Hopkins, Jacob James, Melissa Lacey, Makenna Lane, Eli Lawrence, Jarrett Lewis, Lauren Lewis, Spencer Miller, Dare Minton, Riley Morris, Garyn Purdy, Alyssa Ramey, Victoria Richards, Bailey Rockey, Dyllan Schneider, Ryanna Shearer, Shelby Shuemake, Cassidy Staggs, Makenzie Strole, Josh Tolle, Nathan Troutman, Grace Woollard, and Alex Wright. 7th Grade: Haley Adamson, Brooke Anderson, Brittany Ballein, McKenna Benjamin, Cory Burchell, Gwena Caldwell, Hayley Cook, Alison Cramer, Jewel Dailey, Payton Dorsey, Sydney Dotson, Amber Foster, Emily Gast, Haley Hatfield, Madyson Herren, Calder
Holton, Abigail Houghton, Ian Hunter, Paetyn Kaesheimer, Dylan Kimball, Lillyann Kimberly, Madison Layton, Adrainann Martin, Taylor Mason, Sean McManes, Peyton Murphy, Rheanna Newman, Kennedy Patrick, Noah Pitts, Alex Prather, Jayelyn Ramey, Gavin Reeves, Blake Rigdon, Destinie Rose, Kassidy Seigla, Alexis Tapke, Branden Tomlin, Levi Troutman, Trista Tyler, Olivia Wendel, and Cassie Winterod. 8th Grade: Sabrina Beyer, Kassi Brown, Morgan Buck, Ashley Cassidy-Fields, Rebekah Colliver, Vanessa Cor-
boy, Rebecca Cowan, Marcus Day, Austin Doss, Rebekah Ellis Abigail Fultz, Bethany Grayless, Jacob Harness, Daniel Hopkins, Adrian Hunter, Mackenzie Jimison, Brady Klein, Morgan Long, Lindsey Malott Michelle Mayhugh, Jordan Mingua, Alex Minton, Grace Murrie, Molly Prine, Kendall Purdy Vanessa Rose, Blake Shannon, Shelby Shepard, Marcus Silcox, Lauren Tatman, Jessica Tolle, Kayla Tomlin, Caleb Troutman, Natalie Wagner, Soloman Wagner, Delaney Walsh, Emily Williams, and Olivia Williams.
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EMS students participate in spelling bee Eastern Middle School students, Bekah Colliver and Katie Hoover participated in the annual Brown County Spelling Bee held at the Brown County Fairgrounds on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Katie placed 3rd overall in the bee, while Bekah Colliver was the Brown County Spelling Bee Champion. Excellent job girls!
Ripley Union Lewis Huntington School District and St. Michael School-Ripley is conducting an Intensive Awareness Campaign in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Ohio Revised Code, and the State Board of Education’s Rules for the Education of Handicapped Children. Each public school district, Ohio’s 16 special education regional resource centers, and the Ohio Department of Education are trying to identify children with disabilities, birth through age 21 who may be in need of special education services. For children birth to three, a disability means an established condition known to result in delay or a documented developmental delay. For children ages three through five, a disability means that a child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following developmental areas: communication, vision, hearing, motor skills, social-emotional/be-
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Left to Right: Andy Courts, Joe Paul, Ashley Robinson, and Michael Knight
Southern Hills students shine at Skills USA competition BY Julie Bryan The Brown County Press At Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, six career-technical programs are involved in Skills USA, an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. Skills USA builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. Skills USA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service. On March 3 and 4, the South Central Skills USA Regional Competition took place at Buckeye Hills Career Center in Rio Grande, Ohio. SHCTC students, along with students from 12 other schools in our region participated in a wide variety of competitions encompassing the program areas of Criminal Justice, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Prepared Speech, and Welding. Joe Paul, a junior in Crim-
inal Justice, competed in that program area’s contest involving the skills of PT, Traffic Stop, Stop and Frisk, and lifting and rolling prints. Instructor Randy Carson said, “As a junior against all seniors he did amazingly well. He will be fully prepared for competition next year.” Carpentry senior Michael Knight competed in the Carpentry division, winning third place. In this contest, students were given a blue print and required to read and build the project shown on it. Michael was given a “mock up” of a floor. He had not seen the project previously, nor was it a repeat of a project at past competitions. Mr. James Wilson, instructor, said, “Michael’s ability to think outside the box and apply his knowledge of framing really helped him. He did a great job at problem solving and I’m very proud of him.” In the Cosmetology skills area, senior Taylor Mullis performed in front of judges, creating a hair style incorporating three different techniques—twist, braid and pin curl. She was also required to do an inverted bob haircut. Instructor Mrs. Toni Layman remarked, “Taylor’s haircut was very classic and beautiful.” Ashley Robinson, junior in Cosmetology, won second place in the Prepared
Speech competition. Her speech “Champions at Work” was skilled and motivated. Mrs. Layman also stated, “Ashley worked very hard on her speech and was well prepared. Public speaking is one of her strong suits.” Andy Courts, a senior in welding, earned first place in the welding competition. Andy was given the figure of his project but not the actual sizes. The welding contest consisted of two different competitions. First, Andy used the skills of welding such as stick, flux core, mig, torches, and cutting. The second competition was to weld aluminum. Mr. John Adams, welding instructor, said, “Andy studied vigorously before the day of the competition and his hard work paid off. I expect him to do very well at state.” Andy Courts, Ashley Robinson, and Michael Knight are all state qualifiers and will compete at state level on April 27 and 28 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. Winners from state competition will progress to nationals in Kansas City, Kansas in June. SHCTC wishes these students the best in their upcoming state competitions.
G’town Jr-Sr High School honor roll Georgetown Jr-Sr High School principal, Perianne Germann, is pleased to announce the students in grades 7-12 who achieved Honor Roll status for the 3rd quarter. To achieve Honor Roll status, students must attain a grade point average of 3.30 (B+) for the 3rd quarter. Students who received all A’s (4.0 GPA) are named to the Principal’s Honor Roll. These students are indicated with an asterick. Grade 12 – Morgan Alexander*, Cory Bettle, Casey Carter* Taylor Caudill*, Jake Carpenter, Carlee Clark, Sierra Colliver, Spencer Colliver, Brandon Crawford, Zane Dixon*, Travis Gilreath, Sarah Hamilton, Jacob Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Hannah Jones*, Whitney Kistler*, Courtney Koehler, Stephanie Korczyk, Autumn Marshall, Britta Mote, Jacob Norris, Emily Pittman, Alicia Richmond, Cecilia Schwartz*, Elani Sininger, Dylan Taylor, Evan Turner*, Tanner Turner, Holly VanKeuren, Austin West*, Ben Wiechman Grade 11 – Adrianna Boothby, Cody Burton, Tom Cropper*, Kyle Damen*, Courtney Darnall, Jesus Fernandez, Janson Florence, Caty Fussnecker*, Kylie Gleason, Sydney Helbling, Kaelyn Jordan, Jesse Kidwell*, Veronica Lawrence, Nathan Lewis*, Nicholas Lewis, Logan Lucas, Paige Luck, Nick McAfee, Trent McFarland, Hannah Mount, Madison Pack*, Brittany Neff, Suyoun Oh, Austin Rust, Quin Sandlin, Banon Swartz, Jennifer Wardlow, Abigail West, Bradley Zurbuch Grade 10 – Kiersten Adkins, Kourtney Bruton*, Kaitlyn Bentley, Aaron Blount, Austin Briggs, James Burns, Austin Carrington, Mackenzi Carrington, Elijah Cochran, Dakota Colliver, Ieshia Croswait, Jackie Davis*, Cain DeBord, Breanna Dyer, Clinton Evans, Alicia Gifford, Karissa Hamblen, Antonio Hill, Nikki Housley, Douglas Johnson,
Dawnya Keith, Jake Kelch, Devin Kern, Courtney Kidwell, Allison Kistler, Trevor Lewis, Hannah Lillich, Connor McKenney, Taylor McRoberts, Morgan Meranda, Morgan Ott, Sabrina Parker, Elyse Platt, Trenton Poe, Missy Purvis, Autumn Rhoten, Caitlyn Richey Lauren Ring, Michele Schmidt, Allison Smith, Amber Snider, Cassandra Starrett, Jesse Steinman, Meranda Sullivan, Kylie Watson, Clayton Wenninger, Emily Werring, Chloe Whaley, Becca Whitaker, Kara White, Bruce-Derrick Williams, Jerod Young Grade 9 – Daniel Broadwell, Morgan Cowdrey, Jake Cropper, Darienne Doss, Ally Dowd, Carlee Ellis, Morgan Gast, Jessica Griffith, Mariah Harvey, Veronica Johnson, Clinton McElroy, Ashley McKinney, Jacob Miller*, Jessie Mootz, Mollie Reed, Summer Schroder, Kasey Spires*, Savanna Swartz, ShaLane VanWinkle, David Ward,
Courtney Wiechman, Matthew Williams*, Megan Williams* Grade 8 – Ethan Alexander, Shelby Ast, Allison Bailey, Kelsey Crawford*, Cheyenne Dunseith, Tyler Fox, Kelsey Gleason, Shelby Griffith, Kiley Hyde, Lorrin Hrack*, Bailey Johnson*, Sariah Jones, Chad Lambert, Kristin Manning, Darla McKinzie, Kelsey Miller, Amanda Poff*, Kalamity Spencer, Cierra Young Grade 7 – Austin Baker, Zachary Bentley, Ashley Bilbrey, Zoey Black, Mariah Bonar, Ashley Brandenburg, Alexis Cahall*, Sydney Carrington, Blake Colliver, Britney Davis, Christopher Dietrick, Lexi Drake, Alexandria Graves, Tanner Householder, Kimberly Johnson*, Cheyenne Kirk, Cheyenne Kirlik, Olivia Kistler, Kylee Leggett, Taylor McKinney, Lydia Powell, Zachary Shouse, Eric Siemianowski, Abigail Stapleton, Piper Tomlin*, Dakota Turner, Solomon Underwood*, Britney Vail*,
RULH announces intensive awareness campaign
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Two Eastern girls to attend Power of the Pen State McKenna Benjamin and Vanessa Corboy will represent Eastern Middle School on May 25, 2012 in Wooster, Oh., at the Power of the Pen State competition. Each student participating will be given three writing prompts with 45 minutes to complete each writing. Each of the girls competed at the regional tournament to earn their place to compete at the state. Good Luck to these two excellent writers!
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Benefit Dinner in Memory of Carson Moore will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Veterans Club (VFW) located in Manchester. This benefit is to help raise money for any expenses left to pay, due to Carson’s death on April 6, 2012. Event will include a 50/50 split-thepot, an auction and dinner at a cost of only $7 per plate-adults and $4 for children. We are still in need of food donations for the dinner. For more information call (937) 217-6496. Spring Fling Craft/Vendor Show will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Williams Corner Church of God, 6162 St. Rt. 132 in Goshen. The event will include Longaberger, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, Birdman Bird Houses and many, many more. For details call (513) 5197159. Annual Quilt and Craft Show, hosted by Chatfield College will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the St. Martin Campus. This show will highlight over 25 area artisans who will exhibit, demonstrate and sell their traditional crafts. Admission is only $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and children 12 and under are free. To learn more about this event visit www.chatfield.edu or call (513) 8753344, ext. 140. “God’s Closet” Free Shopping at the Russellville Church of Christ the last Saturday of the month including Saturday, April 28. The church is located on South Columbus Street (Rt. 62) in Russellville. This event is sponsored by the Russellville Church of Christ ‘In-Reach’ ministries. Anyone with questions please call (937) 377-5505. Book Sale and Plant Exchange will be held at the Fayetteville-Perry Library will end Saturday, April 28. Hours for this event are Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details call (513) 875-2665. MONDAY April 30 TOPS Chapter in Mt. Orab will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the Mt. Orab Public Library, 613 S. High St. Further information is available by calling Hope Fain at (937) 444-0404. Annual Flower and Plant Sale sponsored by the FFA of Western Brown is now going on. The chapter will be selling all kinds of flowers and
TOPS Chapter in Sardinia will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Sardinia Church of the Nazarene on Sardinia-Mowrystown Road. Further information is available by calling Regina Davidson at (937) 446-3714. PERI District Meeting will be held on Monday, April 30, at 9:30 a.m. at the Owensville United methodist Church. For more information and reservations call (937) 378-3641 or (937) 378-6879 no later than Sunday, April 15. TOPS Chapter in Ripley will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the Ripley Church of the Nazarene, 230 North Second Street. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 377-2501. Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 30, at the commissioners office, 800 Mt. Orab Pike in Georgetown. This meeting is open to the public.
Clothing Ministry, Phileo Ministries will be open on Tuesday, May 1 and Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. This event is a ministry of Tri-County Baptist Church, 110 Winchester Street in Sardinia. For more information call (937) 446-1416. Zumba Classes will be offered by Snap Fitness, 127 North Point Drive in Mt. Orab at 6:30 on Tuesday, May 1. These classes are for members of Snap Fitness as well as non-members. Please call (937) 444-5230 for more information. Yoga Classes will be offered by Snap Fitness, 127, North Point Drive, Mt. Orab at 7:30 p.m. at the center on Tuesday, May 30. Members of Snap Fitness as well as non-members are welcome. Please call (937) 444-5230 for details. WEDNESDAY, May 2 TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter in Winchester will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 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.
TUESDAY, MAY 1 Alcoholics Anonymous in Sardinia meets from 11 a.m. until noon each Tuesday morning at the Sardinia Town Hall. Please enter the back door. For more information call (937) 444-3877. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 367 of Ripley will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 at the Riverview Place Apartments, 101 Governor Street in Ripley. All members are invited to come and meet their district president, Debbie Monroe. Anyone interested in joining are also invited to attend. Mt. Orab Village Council will meet in regular session at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 and this meeting is open to the public. Relay for Life, Brown County Art and Poetry Contest Deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 1. The theme for this year’s event is “You Don’t Have to be a Superhero to Fight Cancer.” The contest will be held at the Brown County fairgrounds on Saturday, May 19. Entries may be dropped off at the Mt. Orab Library or mailed to Relay Art /Poetry Contest c/o Rene Green, 12498 Brannon Road, Bethel, Ohio, 45106. Annual Plant Auction, sponsored by the Williamsburg Garden Club will be held at 7 p.m. at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church on May 1. The church is located at Third and Gay Streets and a variety of plants will be available for sale. For more information call (937) 724-3654.
Yoga Classes will be offered by The Hospice Center located on Hughes Blvd in Mt. Orab at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2. For more information on this class please contact Jane Amiot at (937) 444-3446. Belly Dancing Classes will be offered Wednesday, April 25, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m at the Hospice Center located on Hughes Blvd in Mt. Orab. For more information on this class please contact Jane Amiot at (937) 444-3446. Jefferson Township Trustees will meet in regular session at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2 and this meeting is open to the public. Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 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, May 2, at the Sardinia Public Library, 13309 Purdy Road, Sardinia. Anyone who is a crocheter or spinner or who wants to learn, is invited to attend and bring a current project. Children are welcome. Further information is available by calling (937) 403-8481 or (513) 314-1656. TOPS Chapter in Aberdeen will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the River Bend Apartments Community Room. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 377-2501.
THURSDAY, May 3 Kickboxing Classes will be offered on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on May 3, at the Snap Fitness Center in Mt. Orab, 127 North Point Drive. These classes are open to members as well as non-members. For details call 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, May 3. These classes are open to both members and non-members. Call (937) 4445230 for more information. Alcoholics Anonymous will meet 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 220 S. High St., Mt. Orab. County Adams/Brown Alzheimer's/Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group will meet Thursday, May 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Adams County Regional Medical Center, second floor. For more information (937) 3863590. FRIDAY, May 4 Free knitting and crocheting classes at the Rambler Center (old Russellville-Jefferson High School) in Russellville will be held 10 a.m.noon Friday, May 4 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. Large Rummage Sale, sponsored by the Georgetown Presbyterian Church will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, May 4 and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 5 at the church. The church is located at 401 South Main Street in Georgetown. All proceeds will go to church mission projects. SATURDAY, May 5 Flea Market in Sardinia, will be held at the Sardinia Veterans Park (located on Purdy Road behind the library) on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food will be served. Any organization wanting to sell food as a fundraiser must call in advance. To inquire about a space call (937) 442-5675. Williamsburg Village-wide Yard Sale and United Methodist Women serving great food during the sale featuring their famous chicken sandwiches on Saturday, May 5 beginning at 10 a.m. at the church located at 330 Gay Street. Please stop by for some great food while visiting all the yard sales. Central Ohio Classic Country Opry will be held at the Clay Township Park (the old Buford School) the first and third Saturday of each month, including Saturday, May 5,
Property Sales Ron Kiser to Robert L. Kiser, 3.65 acres of land in Byrd Township, filed 4/18/2012 Joshua R. and Freeland Schweickart and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Kevin Palmer, Lot 1 and Lot 24 in Decatur Lots, Byrd Township, filed 4/13/2012, $24,000 Julia Perry to James Lager, 160.55 acres and 14/51 acres of land in Clark Township, filed 4/18/2012, $606,000 Edwin E. Klein to Thomas E. Day, 17.20 acres of land in Eagle Township, filed 4/18/2012, $160,000 Waynoka Development Corporation to Andrew Reinhart and Lori Lang, Lot 3359 in Lake Waynoka, Franklin Township, filed 4/12/2012, $683 George Watson and Wells Fargo Bank NA to Barry Wallace, .47 acres of land in Mt. Orab, Green Township, filed 4/13/2012 Oren Wolfinbarger to Jerri Brinson trustee, 28.56 acres in Jackson Township and Lot 2218 in Lake Waynoka Sub., filed 4/16/2012 Brady G. Liming to Brady G. and Karli Liming, Lot 819 in Lake Waynoka Sub., Jackson Township, filed 4/18/2012 Eric B. and Dawn A. Gregory and Waynoka Development Corporation National to Eric and Dawn Gregory, Lot 1454 in Lake Waynoka Sub., Jackson Township, filed 4/12/2012, $664 Randall and Lisa Gladwell to Charles E. Palk, Lot 1030 in Lake Waynoka Sub., Jackson Township, filed 4/12/2012, $664 Waynoka Development Corporation and Mike D. and Norma J. Matthews to Michael and Norma Matthews, Lot 2089 in Lake Waynoka Sub., Jackson Township, filed 4/13/2012, $445 Kathy L. and Roy M. Foster III, and Mike D. and Norma J. Matthews to Michael and Norma Matthews, Lot 2091 in Lake Waynoka Sub., Jackson Township, filed 4/13/2012, $562 Steven H. Oram, trustee to Lisa Michelle Godwin, 4 acres of land in Lewis Township, filed 4/13/2012 Bill Howard to Fannie Mae, .96
acres of land in Lewis Township, filed 4/18/2012, $46,667 Ram Jindal to William B. Fiscus, Lot 967 in Lake Lorelei Sub., Perry Township, filed 4/17/2012, $900 John D. and Marcia R. Vandiver to John D. and Marcia R. Vandiver, trustees, Lot 386 in Lake Lorelei Sub., Perry Township, filed 4/12/2012 Robert and Kathie Willhite to Fannie Mae, Lot 248, Lot 249 and Lot 250 in Lake Lorelei Sub., Perry Township, filed 4/13/2012 Ronald Kiser to Robert L. Kiser, Lot 1525 and Lot 1524 in Lake Lorelei Sub., Perry Township, filed 4/18/2012 Charles M. Spaeth III and Heath C. and Wendy Rigby to Heath C. and Wendy E. Rigby, Lot 809 and Lot 834 in Lake Lorelei Sub., Perry Township, filed 4/13/2012, $1023 Bean Taylor and Whitager Mortgage to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 3 acres of land in Perry Township, filed 4/13/2012 Coleen S. Halloran to Katherine C. Wiles, 2 acres of land in Pike Township, filed 4/12/2012, $2,555 Betty Lou Back to Luther and Irene Lunsford, Lot 2 in Beacon Hill Sub., First Addition in Mt. Orab, filed 4/17/2012, $12,500 Patrick A. and Nancy A. Kehoe to Patrick A. Kehoe, Lot 39 and Lot 39G in Quail Trace Sub., in Georgetown, Pleasant Township, filed 4/13/2012 Jason M. Bodley to Jason M. Bodley, Lot 4 in Virginia Acres Sub., Georgetown, filed 4/18/2012, $40,000 Charles Germann to Joan Germann, 124.19 acres of land in Union Township, filed 4/17/2012 Joan R. Bullock to James E. and Sharon Williams, 14.82 acres of land in Washington Township, filed 4/13/2012, $41,000 Kenneth S. and Robert C. Green to Robert C. Green, 1.50 acres of land in Washington Township, filed 4/13/2012
Marriages Dawna Rachel Mitchell, 43, Sardinia, administrative assistant to
marry David Thomas Frebis, 49, Ripley, self employed, filed 4/13/2012 Amber Rickey, 24, Russellville, student to marry Travis Michael Moler, 24, Russellville, miner, filed 4/13/2012 Rose Litts Buonomo, 52, Wesley Chapel, FL, sales manager to marry Brent Allen Waltz, 44, Ripley, sales, filed 4/16/2012 Ashley Marie Lewis, 19, Williamsburg, assistant manager to marry Brandon Scott Gregory, 20, Williamsburg, sales, filed 4/17/2012
Probate Ruby Myral Bibb, Georgetown, case #20121066, DOD 3/25/2012, filed 4/17/2012 Jane M. Cooper, Aberdeen, case #20121065, DOD 2/5/2012, filed 4/17/2012 Jack Eckler, Ripley, case #20121064, DOD 11/12/2002, filed 4/16/2012 Martha Scheffel, Williamsburg, case #20121067, DOD 3/5/2011, filed 4/18/2012 Paul Yelton, Hamersville, case #20121068, DOD 3/2/2011, filed 4/18/2012
Common PleasCIVIL CASES U.S. Bank National Association versus Robert F. Aubry, case #20120358, filed 4/12/2012, Action: foreclosures Ally Financial Incorporated versus Joshua R. Helton, case #20120359, filed 4/13/2012, Action: other civil Capital One Bank (USA) NA versus Michael L. Rickey, case #20120360, filed 4/13/2012, Action: other civil Reverse Mortgage Solutions versus Howard D. Collette, case#20120362, filed 4/16/2012, Action: foreclosures Capital One Bank (USA) versus Timothy Jackson, case #20120363, filed 4/16/2012, Action: other civil Midland Funding LLC versus Adam Savage, case #20120364, filed 4/16/2012, Action: other civil Betty Watkins versus Brown
Clothing Ministry, Phileo Ministries will be open on Saturday April 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. This event is a ministry of Tri-County Baptist Church, 110 Winchester Street in Sardinia. For more information call (937) 446-1416.
vegetable plants over the next couple of weekends at various places throughout Mt. Orab and after school. For questions contact Doug Dyer at (937) 444-2544.
County Senior Citizens case #20120365, filed 4/16/2012, Action: workers compensation Fifth Third Mortgage Company versus Randall T. Miller, case #20120366, filed 4/17/2012, Action: unknown Citimortgage, Incorporated versus Phillip T. Burton, case #20120368, filed 4/17/2012, Action: foreclosures U.S. Bank National Association versus David W. Fyre, case #20120370, filed 4/18/2012, Action: foreclosures U.S. Bank N.A. as trustee versus Sunnie Dumford, case #20120372, filed 4/18/2012, Action: foreclosures DOMESTIC CASES Kendra Delaney, Mt. Orab versus Stuart Delaney, Felicity, case #20120356, filed 4/12/2012, Action: termination of marriage Emily J. Rhyne, Mt. Orab versus Samuel Rhyne, Mt. Orab, case #20120357, filed 4/12/2012, Action: termination of marriage James F. Smith, Mt. Orab versus Deanna F. Smith, Mt. Orab, case #20120361, filed 4/13/2012, Action: domestic violence Maureen G Zureick-Pappas, Fayetteville versus James E. Pappas, Loveland, case #20120367, filed 4/17/2012, Action: dissolution of marriage Christin A. Lomax, Mt. Orab versus Casey J. Lomax, Caldwell, OH, case #20120369, filed 4/18/2012, Action: termination of marriage Roy Nace, Hamersville versus Tracy Jackson, Hamersville, case #20120371, filed 4/18/2012, Action: domestic violence
Correction In the 4/22 edition of the Brown County Press, in the Court News section, the civil case of Melissa Rembis vs. Nick Rembis was incorrectly identified as being a Domestic Violence case. Rembis vs. Rembis is a Termination of Marriage case.
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Book signing to take place at Ripley Library The book, “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” that Quilt Trail enthusiasts have been waiting for has been released. It has been 11 years since the first square was hung in Adams County. Brown County was the next county to start the project. On Saturday May 5 at 1 p.m., Donna Sue Groves will be at the Ripley Library to sign books and answer questions. If you are unable to attend, but would like to purchase a signed copy of the book there is a form on the Brown County Tourism website, www.browncountytourism.com
featuring Heather Roush and Scott Stamper, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with guest singers Alyssa Oeder and David Schrenk. For more information contact Patricia K. Malott at (937) 288-2316. Admission only $8 (children under 12 free.) Ohio Therapeutic Horsemanship’s Outdoor Family Day will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. (rain date May 12) at Cherry Ridge Farms, 4158 Vinegar Hill Road, Georgetown. This event is for children with a need for service and their families and is free RSVP. Online registration form at www.cherryridgefarms.org. Musical Drama Performance of “Dead Serious...About Life” by Mishpachah, Incorporated will be presented at Georgetown Elementary School on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday May 6. Performance on Saturday begins at 6 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call (937) 378-3309 or visit www.mish-inc.com. Annual Plant/Flower Sale by Mt. Orab Garden Club will be held on Saturday, May 5 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the Lions Club Pavilion, at the community park behind the Mt. Orab Municipal Office. All proceeds will be used specifically for Mt. Orab beautification projects. For more information on this project of the Mt. Orab Garden Club call Dan at (937) 4447407. Lake Lorelei Spring Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Don’t miss the Grants farm plant sale and homemade bake sale held by the Women’s Club at the clubhouse. The Women’s Club will also hold a special sale at the pavilion on Saturday. For more details call (513) 875-3851. UPCOMING EVENTS Mt. Orab Music in the Park concert series will begin on Saturday, May 19 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and the beautiful new amphitheater in the village park. Featured entertainment will be ‘Inside Straight’ performing country, pot and classic music. This event is free to the public and all dates are pending weather. For more information contact Woody Whittington at (937) 444-2916 Annual Ripley High School Alumni Dinner will be held at the RULH Elementary School auditorium on Saturday, May 26. Deadline for purchasing tickets is May 21, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at John Wood Insurance Agency in Ripley or at RULH High School during business hours. Free Presentation on Cancer Prevention and Care, Cancer 101, sponsored by Mercy Women will be held on Thursday, May 10 at the Anderson Community Center (7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati) with free information booths from 5 to 6 p.m. and presentations and a question and answer session from 6 to 7 p.m. Seating is limited. Please call Karen Borchers to register at (513) 6241260, or email email@example.com. 117thWilliamsburg Alumni Association Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Williamsburg Middle/Senior High School, 500 South fifth Street in Williamsburg. Deadline for reservations is Friday, May 25, which must be made in advance. No tickets at
door. For information contact Charlene Speeg at firstname.lastname@example.org at by calling (513) 724-5544 or visit www.burgschools.org. Brown County Relay for Life Meetings, will be held at 6 p.m. for team captains and at 7 p.m. for committee meeting on Wednesday, May 9 at the Greystone Country Homes, model home located at 221 Hughes Blvd., in Mt. Orab. For more information on this meeting or becoming a part of the Brown County Relay for Life at (888) 227-6446. Parent’s Night Out, sponsored by West Fork Baptist Church will be held on Friday, May 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church building, 10127 West Fork Road, Georgetown, near Wahlsburg. For more information call (937) 378-3335 or Joe at (937) 2171824. Fayetteville-Perry Community Organization will meet on the third Wednesday of each month including Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the Fayetteville Village building. Anyone interested in Fayetteville and Perry Township issues is welcome. “Core Construction: Meeting for Eastern Local Schools will be held on Monday, May 14 at 9 a.m. in the board conference room. This is an open meeting. The LPDC (Licensure and Professional Development Commission) will meet at 4 p.m. at the Western Brown High School on Monday, May 7 at the district office. For more information call (937) 444-2433, Ext. 11197.
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Brown County Master Gardeners will present a free workshop on “Herbs” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at the Learning Resources Center of Southern State Community College’s South Campus, 12681 U.S. Rt. 62 near Sardinia. For more detail call (800) 628-7722 ext. 3681. Brown County Relay for Life Committee is looking for participants and teams to register for the big Relay coming up May 19. The theme this year is “You Don’t Have to be a Superhero to Fight Against Cancer,” Anyone wanting more information on participating in the Relay for Life, they can visit www.relayforlife.org/browncounty or contact Abbey Sullivan at 1-888-227-6446. 30th Annual Quilt Show, sponsored by Clinton County Quilt Association will be held September 7, 8 and 9 at the Clinton County Corn Festival at the fairgrounds, 958 West Main Street in Wilmington. For more information or to enter a quilt for judging contact Kathy Szelagiewicz at (937) 783-3742. ONGOING EVENTS “Bread of Life Food Pantry is currently accepting donations for it’s 4th season. The pantry opens for donations each 21st day of the month after 3 p.m. To make a contribution or donation at another time please contact us at (937) 444-3972 or (937) 444-3440. We continue to collect. Southern Hills Tea Party meets each 4th Thursday of the month at the Ripley Library. The public is invited to attend. Helping Hands Please come shop with us any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 9 a.m. until noon at 668 Camp Run Road in Georgetown.
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