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THE BROWN COUNTY PRESS Serving Brown County, Ohio since 1973

Vol. 39 No. 19

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Primary ballot certified, two removed The Brown County Board of Elections certified the March 6 Primary ballot on Dec. 15. Two candidates failed to make the cut. Republican Clerk of Courts candidate Alesha Crawford was found to have an insufficient number of valid signatures.

Crawford turned in 53 signatures, three more than the required 50. However, seven of those were rejected, leaving her four valid signatures short. Brown County Board of Elections Director Kathy Jones said the board rejected some of the signatures on Crawford’s petition because the names were printed on the form rather than

signed. State law requires that signatures on petitions match the signature of the voter on the voters registration card. Crawford also had signatures of registered Democrats rejected. Signatures on petitions of voters registered to another party are not considered valid signatures.

Donald Thomas, candidate for Democrat Central Committee from Jackson Township, was also disqualified from the ballot. Thomas was found to have collected signatures prior to signing and dating his declaration of candidacy. The Brown County Democrat Central Committee will now appoint someone to

the Jackson Township seat. There will be three contested races within the Democrat and Republican parties for Brown County offices on March 6. Four Republicans are competing to face Democrat Dale Anderson for the Clerk of Courts office in November. The candidates are Jeff Frye, Clark Gray, Marilyn Cluxton and Sandy McKinney.

Incumbent Brown County Commissioner Bill Geschwind will face off against Tim McKeown in the Democrat primary. The winner will go up against Republican Darryl Gray in the general election. Finally, two Democrats compete for the right to face incumSheriff Dwayne bent Wenninger in November. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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A custodian at RULH MIddle School is facing charges after allegedly offering a 13 year old girl $20.00 to beat up another girl.

RULH custodian facing charges BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press A custodian at RULH Middle School is accused of offering a 13 year old girl 20 dollars to beat up another student. The beating did not take place. John Brooks, Junior, is charged in Brown County Juvenile Court with one count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. The charge is a first degree Misdemeanor. Brown County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Little said “By offering one student money to beat up another, Brooks showed the judgement and maturity of a

middle schooler himself.” Brooks will be facing Juvenile Court Judge Margaret Clark because her court has jurisdiction over Delinquency charges. Little said that an investigation by the Aberdeen Police Department showed that Brooks was upset over the treatment of an elementary age student he was familiar with. Little said he blamed a particular middle school girl for the bullying and approached the other girl to beat the alleged bully up. The student who Brooks approached also faces charges in juvenile court. Word of the plot eventually CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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The front of Southwest Regional Medical Center in Georgetown is lit up with the Christmas spirit during their annual Festival of Lights. The trees and luminaries are sponsored by gifts to the hospital foundation. This is the 16th year for the display, which will remain in place until after the first of the year.

911 Director Wilson takes Mt. Orab council approves small back letter of resignation water and sewer rate increases BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press Brown County 911 Coordinator Rob Wilson isn’t leaving after all. Wilson submitted a letter on Dec. 14 asking the Brown County Board of Commissioners to rescind his resignation of Nov. 28. By a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Rick Eagan voting “no”, the commission voted to accept the letter and continue his employment. The commissioners then voted 2-1, with Eagan voting “no” once again, to rescind the Nov. 28 motion accepting his resignation letter. The December 14 letter from Wilson reads “As you know, I submitted my resignation as of the Director Communications Center on

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Nov. 28, 2011. I had expected to and had every intention of working my last three weeks and leaving my position. What I did not expect was the overwhelming volume of calls of support from other officials in Brown County government, the public safety community, my staff as well as a majority of the Board asking me to reconsider my resignation. My family and I have talked at length about the current work climate and events over the last ten months or so. While I still believe in the points made in my resignation letter, we have reconsidered me

resigning at this time and believe it would be a mistake to leave while so much work is left to be done. I therefore ask the Board rescind my resignation and allow me to get back to the work at hand.” Commission President Ralph Jennings said “Rob is an asset to the public safety community and to 911 and I’m glad we were able to work this out. I think it’s a good thing for the county.” Commissioner Bill Geschwind said “I wanted to CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press It’s been nearly 20 years since the residents of the Village of Mt. Orab have had an increase in their sewer rates. But due to ongoing Ohio EPA mandates the past few years, those rates will soon be going up. During the December 13 village council meeting in Mt. Orab, members of council read a letter from the Board of Public Affairs advising them to raise the sewer rates and the water rates. According to the letter, the village has made major improvements to both water and sewer including adding

carbon filtration at a cost of $1,700,000. On the sewer system, the village spent $3,500,000 on unfunded EPA mandates. The letter explained that the improvements have included a lot of construction and the village had built up funds in both water and sewer taps. However in the past three years, with construction down, especially housing, surplus funds have been depleted. Water rates inside the village will remain the same: • 0 to 2000 gallons, $10.50; • 2001 to 3000 gallons, $5.85 per 1000 gallons; • 3001 and over, $5.25 per 1000 gallons. • bulk water $10.50 per 1,000

gallons. Water rates outside the village will change as follows: • 0 to 2000 gallons will rise from $19.75 to $21.00 per 1000 gallons; • 2001 to 3000 gallons will rise from $7.65 to $8.65 per 1000 gallons; • over 3000 gallons will rise from $6.75 to $7.75 per 1000 gallons; • bulk water will raise from $5.85 to $10.50 per 1000 gallons. Sewer services rates for residents inside the village will rise as follows: • 0 to 2000 gallons of usage will go from $12.75 to $15.75

explained. “The bad news for Georgetown is, we didn’t get the 75 percent debt forgiveness loan that we were once qualified for. We didn’t rank high enough to receive it. We could still receive it at a later time if other projects drop out and we move up on the list. Each time I file for one of these loans they always ask me how I’m going to pay it off and I have to show them where the money is going to come from.” Jones continued, “With this added expense we have to increase the sewer rates, we don’t have any choice. And we don’t have a lot of time to talk

about it. It’s a reality. We’re looking at a half a million dollars in debt and we have to pay it off.” Jones said that the 30 percent increase, needed to cover those costs, had to start the first of the year. Jones also told council that an $87,000 Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA), five year loan was due up-front once construction begins on the plant. “It was supposed to be a loan to blend in with the construction,” he said “but I received an email that said once construc-

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22 indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Residents of Village of Georgetown facing 30% increase in sewer rates BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press

22 people were indicted on various charges by a Brown County Grand Jury on Dec. 14. Derrick Shouse faces two counts of Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs and one count of Complicity to Trafficking in Drugs. Sherry Varney faces one count of Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs and one count of Complicity to Trafficking in Drugs. Darin Varney faces one count of Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs. Shonda Mason faces three counts of Permitting Drug Abuse and two counts of

Possession of Drugs. Yogesh Patel faces three counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs. Parekh Bhubnesh faces six counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs and two counts of Possession of Drugs. Ravi Singh faces three counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs and three counts of Possession of Drugs. Brittany Brown faces one count of Aggravated Robbery. Jimmy Bowling faces two counts for Complicity to Trafficking in Drugs. Trudy Rider faces two counts of Trafficking in Drugs and one count of Complicity to Trafficking in Drugs. Cynthia Burdine faces one count of Complicity to CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press During a December 8 meeting of the Georgetown Village Council, a special meeting was scheduled for Monday, December 19, to approve a 30 percent increase in sewer rates for the village. The village is facing the increase because of a Possum Run waste water treatment plant upgrade set for next year. “Next year we’re looking at around $135,000 in new payments if we receive the 50 percent debt forgiveness on the Possum Run Project,” Kelly Jones, village administrator

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Ripley Village Mayor Tom Leonard opened the December 13 council meeting by thanking everyone who had taken part in the luminary event in Ripley. “I believe it was the most beautiful luminary we’ve ever had,” Leonard said. “There were more people in town than I think I’ve ever seen. Everyone did a great job.” Leonard also welcomed all visitors to the meeting which included Harry Foxworthy, mayor-elect for the Village of Aberdeen. Foxworthy will take over as mayor of Aberdeen the first of the year and explained that he was just there to observe. Leonard then turned to outgoing Councilwoman Judy Brooks and asked her if she would come up to his desk. She immediately responded with a chuckle...”You’re not going to hit me with your gavel, are you?” Everyone laughed as Leonard presented Brooks with a plaque of appreciation of her eight years of dedication to the Village of Ripley serving on council from January 2004 to December 31, 2011. In other business at the meeting, village administrator Charles Ashmore presented his report. “We’ve been talking about this USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant for several months now,” Ashmore began, “It seems as if we’re not going to make it a partnership after all, so we’ve got to decide if we want to go it alone. We can go it alone with no problems, I think we can be approved for if even without a non-profit partner.” Ashmore explained that the maximum cost for the grant would be a $2,500 up-front fee, then $2,500 upon submitting the application. He also recommended that council put in at least a $5,000 match, which would be sufficient to assure getting the $100,000 grant. “This grant would be used to promote business in Ripley,” Ashmore added. “We would have to appoint our own board, and the money would be held by

sue the owners and get our money back through a civil judgement leans or attachment against any of the properties they own. We do, however have to give notice of these changes to the property owners on our list. All work has stopped until we decide if we want to do this. If council does want to add these changes, I can get the letters out as early as tomorrow.” Solicitor Jay Cutrell said that without the changes, the village had no ability to collect from the home owners. He also added that the changes were good for the village. After a brief discussion, council voted to pass the resolution as an emergency action. Ashmore asked council to pass another emergency resolution to allow him to apply for a Clean Ohio Grant to help a local family pay for clean up of an area near their home. “Back in the 70’s there was a shooting range on the property directly behind the Odessy and the American Legion,” Ashmore explained. “As a result, there could potentially be lead contaminant's as well as contaminants from all the clay pigeons they

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Reader says to prepare for the worst Dear Editor, There is a saying that “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it must be a duck.” This proverb no longer seems to apply to politics nor to ‘man’s religion’. Democrats, Republicans nor ‘tea-partiers’ no longer appear to be patriotic servants of ‘we the people’. These ‘politicians’ make great noises about how our lives are going to be improved and how they are going to ‘take back America’. But what has been the result of their empty and hollow promises? What have the ‘limp wristed political saviours’ of ‘we the people’ brought about? Has Mr. George Bush Jr.’s eight year legacy, or Barack Obama’s administration, brought back the economical, military, industrial or moral power that the United States used to be? Has the Tea Party cut the legs out from under ‘Obamacare’ and returned the government back to fiscal responsibility they promised? As of Nov. 28, 2011, ‘Obamacare’ is proceeding at

full steam with no news worthy attempt at stopping it coming from either the Senate nor the House of Representatives! Has any political party come up with a solution to the ever worsening debt crisis that very soon, if not solved, will cause the economic collapse of America? In fact, as of Nov. 28, 2011, the credit rating agency Fitch (is this real?) lowered the outlook of American long term bonds to negative. And what about the plight of the working man in America? According to Channel 5 news, 46 million American eat now on food stamps. How many millions of American will be forced to go on food stamps, or worse...into FEMA food lines, when the financial system of the E.U. finally implodes? With today’s Dow Jones climbing 490 points to 12,046, many will now call me insane. But I say to you here, just like the ‘Roaring ‘20’s and then the Great Depression of 1929, there is a world wide financial collapse coming that will make 1929 seem like a mild recession.

total of nine congressman thought it was illegal but now, after being exposed on 60 Minutes, 139 ‘saint-like’ political leaders have decided that this lucrative stock trading within Congress must stop! It gets even worse for this year, whether militarily, politically or both, the American government has helped cause the overthrow of the leaders of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and, soon, Yemen. Democratic elections have given, or will soon give, the Muslim Brotherhood a majority role, or at least heavy influence, in these governments. Why is this disturbingly important? The Muslim Brotherhood is the Patriarch of Hezbollah, the P.L.O., Al-Qaida, Hamas, the Taliban and many more Muslim terrorist groups! Anyone who has studied Middle Eastern and early European history would know that Islam, from its beginning, has made war upon ‘the infidel’ where ever it went. So why has the U.S. State Department not strongly encouraged the growth

Ohioans know that allowing citizens to keep more money in their pockets will allow them to pay rising food and energy costs, pay their rent or mortgage, and contribute to the local economy by buying goods and services. For an electrician or a plumber making about $50,000 annually, the Middle Class Tax Cut Act would not only preserve an existing $1,000 tax break, but it would also put an additional $550 a year in their pockets. If Congress fails to pass this commonsense legislation, the average nurse would see about $1,000 in additional taxes next year. If Congress fails to act, then we risk squandering an opportunity to help more than 5.7 million Ohioans take home more of their paycheck. Economists – of all political affiliations – agree that a payroll tax cut will enhance our economic recovery – empowering an estimated 200,000 Ohio small businesses to hire and keep the workers needed to increase production. Mark Zandi, who served as an economic advisor to John McCain’s presidential campaign, has said passing this legislation could create 750,000 jobs. He also said that our economy could CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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Parents should provide educational chances for kids Dear Editor, Possibly one of the greatest adventures a parent can provide for any child comes with the gift of books, supplemented with a life of travel. Books allow for intellectual stimulation; travel exposes the child to worlds and cultures other than their own. A truly intellectually stimulated child is created by having exposure to both. A child not given the opportunity to develop a love of reading and a love of exploring the wider world ends up being dull witted ... in other words, we create stupidity. It’s sad, but true. Great literature, coupled with an opportunity to see and hear things outside of ones mundane, limited existence is the only real education there happens to be. True enough, many may counter with the

idea that such things can only occur when opportunity to do so presents itself, and not everyone has an opportunity. I counter that with the position that all opportunity is created - it doesn’t just happen on its own. Parents who deny their children intellectual stimulation are creating a generation populated by the dull-normal types, those that have no capacity to think critically about life. And this is a major reason why America has been dumbing down over the past few generations. Recently I was reading some material about a family that was determined not to fall into a pattern of raising stupid children. They sold everything and bought a sailing vessel and spent eight years sailing the coasts of

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With the band aid like reforms made to the financial institutions of the world where major surgery should have been performed, the can has been kicked down the road again! Can anybody out there recall the Enron failure and the subsequent reforms which followed? How is it that the Sarbanes and Oxley Act had no effect upon the corrupt operations of Wall Street nor the ‘Too big to fail’ banks? With Republicans in charge during the Enron collapse and the beginning of our current fiscal crisis, I would like to think that the Democrats and the Tea Party would have made great strides in solving this crisis! I would like to think that as they solved this crisis and not kicked it down the road that they would’ve endeared themselves to the American people. Once ending this so called Great Depression they could rightfully proclaim ‘Change you can believe in!” But what have we gotten from all three parties? Would you believe access to stock trades that would have you and I arrested? For five years only a

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North, Central and South America, exposing their children to different cultures, teaching them to sail, and reading the Great Books of Western Literature - all six children were ready for college by the age of fourteen, knew Shakespeare inside and out, knew Spanish, Latin and French, and had memorized most of the Old and New Testaments. In addition to this they were accomplished artists, musicians, and knew how to sail a schooner. I say

that sounds healthy and wellrounded. (Beats playing video games and getting pregnant early.) Its true, not everyone can buy a schooner - but everyone can buy books and travel short distances to historic sites, museums, art galleries and concert halls. Opportunity for intellectual stimulation is not out of reach of most people, so there is no excuse for anybody to have idiots for children. Get a clue! Rev. Sam Talley

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I have to use an artificial tree because of allergies. Becky Reid, Georgetown

I use an artificial tree every year because it's easier to put up. Nickie Freeman, Georgetown

I put up an artificial tree, but the family wants a real one. Crystal Smith, Georgetown

I have neither real nor artificial, we don't do Christmas trees. Mervin Miller, Georgetown

I will be buying a live tree this year.

I like my artificial tree.

Thanks extended to those that helped with accident on Thanksgiving Day Dear Editor, First of all thank you to our Lord Jesus for his protecting power and love! Thank you to Pastor Larry & Jackie Bryant and the Living Church of Five Mile for their faithful prayers. To the EMT from Adams County and his wife who were first at the scene of the wreck. He assisted our son to help our precious Morgan. To his wife who took our daughter in law Jenny and prayed with her. Thanks to the teacher from Hamersville who took our sweet Holly to her car and kept her warm and comforted her. A very special thanks to the gentleman who was also in the accident who assisted with our Grandbabies to get them to safety. Thank you to the Mount Orab Fire Department for your hard work and dedication to our community and to our family. Thank you so much to the Drs., Nurses, and all others who

skipped turkey dinners with their families and went to work and took care of our family. We are forever grateful. To Dr. Steve Pendell, Dr. Chuck Miller, Dr. Bell and their staffs who all went the extra mile to take care of all of us. And to Trp. E.P. Weinman who was so kind and thoughtful during our stress. Thanks to the substitute teacher at Western Brown Elementary School, who also works with the American Red Cross and was there to make Morgan’s first day back to school less stressful. Thank you to all who do not even know us, but saw a terrible accident and prayed for healing and comfort for our family and to anyone else who took the time to pray and assist. We are thankful to you! Pastor Don and Virginia White, Mt. Orab

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Middle class families cannot afford a $1,000 tax hike right now. And small businesses looking to expand shouldn’t have a higher tax burden next year. But that’s exactly what would happen if Congress fails to extend the Payroll Tax Cuts – first passed in 2009 – which are set to expire on December 31st of this year. Right now, the United States Senate is considering an extension of the payroll tax cut – which puts more money back in the pockets of hard-working, middle class Americans who work hard and play by the rules. And it would also expand the payroll tax cut to include the small business owners. I’m fighting to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act – legislation that would extend and expand the payroll tax cut, providing an average Ohio household with a tax cut of $1,430 next year. If Congress fails to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, the payroll tax rate would skyrocket from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent on January 1st. What will it mean for Ohioans if the payroll tax cut isn’t extended? Bob, a small business professional in Franklin County, recently wrote to me about the “economic uncertainty that prevents customers from spending money (or having money) to put back into the economy in the form of purchases of goods and services from small businesses.” He summed up his letter with a simple question: “Doesn’t anyone get it?”

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As we get ready to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays with our families and friends, let’s all remember that Brown County law enforcement officials will be out in full force this holiday season from December 16, 2011, to January 2, 2012 to arrest anyone caught driving drunk. The message is clear and the message is simple- Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix! In December 2009, there were 753 people in the U.S. who were killed in crashes which involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher (.08 is now the BAC level which legally indicates intoxication in all 50 states). Statewide, we had 1,196 alcohol-related crashes in December 2010, with 30 deaths and 676 injuries. Too bad, then, that millions of drivers on America’s highways still think they are invincible, and they choose to risk their own safety and the safety of others on our roads. Now, whether or not you and your loved ones use alcohol, drunk driving is something about which you should be concerned. Your life can also be at risk with “the other guy” you encounter on the road who is driving drunk. So please wear your seat belt while in a car or use a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle, as these are your best defenses against an impaired driver. Make yourself more visible to others by always turning on your headlights—and remember that Ohio law now requires you to use headlights during daylight hours whenever you need to use your windshield wipers! You also need to know how to spot a drunk driver on the road to protect yourself and

SUSAN BASTA your passengers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), here are some of the signs: a vehicle straddling the center of the road or lane marker, and/or a driver almost striking another vehicle or object, turning suddenly or illegally, stopping inappropriately, or following others too closely. Other possible signs would be driving slower than 10 MPH below the speed limit; weaving or zigzagging across the road; driving on surfaces other than a designated roadway; turning with a wide radius; erratic braking; drifting or moving in a straight line; and driving into opposing or crossing traffic. Driving with headlights off when they are obviously needed, sudden stops and delayed starts, and signaling that doesn’t fit the person’s driving actions are some other clues. If you do spot a drunk driver while on the road, stay as far away from that vehicle as possible—do not try to confront the driver or pass that vehicle. Try to notice the license plate number and the model, color, and make of the vehicle BUT don’t take risks with your own safety while doing so. Finally, pull over and call 911. You will want to report the exact location of the vehicle as well as the direction it is traveling. You’ll also need to give the vehicle description. After you do this, you’re job is done—let the police and/or the State Highway Patrol take over!

Meanwhile, keep working to keep our roads safe for the holidays—don’t drink and then drive, and please try to get your loved ones on the bandwagon, too. Be a good holiday host or hostess. Remember that you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up causing a drunk driving crash! Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers. Serve lots of food—and include lots of nonalcoholic beverages at your party. Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired by alcohol. Now--are you still trying to decide what Christmas gift to give to some of your friends or relatives? How about this idea from MADD? Give the gift of a Designated Driver! It’s a good idea if you know folks who use alcohol, because we all know that the safest ride home is with a sober driver--whether you’ve had way too many or just one

too many, it’s not worth the risk! You can even download a “Frolic with Glee! Tonight I’m DD” coupon off of the MADD website www.madd.org/drunkdriving/) to put into your loved one’s Christmas stocking. What a great way (inexpensive, too) to show a loved one or friend how much you care! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Safe and Happy Holidays to all! The Brown County Safe Communities Program is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety/Office of Criminal Justice ServicesTraffic Safety Section, and is locally coordinated by the HEALTH-UC and the University of Cincinnati AHEC Program. HEALTH-UC’s office is located at 114 East State Street in Georgetown, Ohio.

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taxing earned income at $1 million. This legislation isn’t about pitting Democrats against Republicans, or millionaires against the middle class – it’s about working together to strengthen our nation. Given the fiscal challenges America faces, we need a balanced approach that helps bolster economic activity and creates jobs – that’s why we have to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act now.

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Old Sardinia hotel likely to be torn down, shop with a cop planned

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What was once a thriving hotel in the center of the Village of Sardinia will soon be but a memory. The hotel was built in 1898 on the site of the Marshall House and later became “The Commercial Hotel.” Located on old Rt. 74 which ran from Cincinnati to Portsmouth, it was very popular for travelers. The old hotel has been boarded up for many years and considered an eyesore in the village by most residents. Recently the structure was purchased by a local man who has tentative plans to tear the building down and replace it with a new business. “The building will probably be brought down this spring,” state Tim Mock, Sardinia Village Administrator. “Nothing is for certain yet, as far as the new owners plans, but he is considering a lot of different options. But it will be nice to have that old building out of there.” Council had talked about having the village purchase the building, demolish it then turn the area into a small park, but decided against it. In other business at the

December 12 meeting Police Chief Jim Lewis excitedly talked about a new program introduced into Sardinia called ‘Shop-with-a-Cop.’ The Shop-with-a-Cop program has been around for many years. The program assists local children by inviting them to spend a day with a police officer, shopping, going out for meals, to the movies then wrapping all the gifts that they had purchased for their family members at one time. “We are really pleased to have this program here in Sardinia for the first time,” Chief Lewis began. “It’s all been handled by Officer Mike Dearing and Judi Bumbalough.” According to Judi Bumbalough she and Officer Dearing went around to all the businesses in the village asking for donations. She had contacted the principal of the elementary school for help with finding families in the village who were having a difficult time this year who could use a little help. “Principal Bick gave us the names of three families that included 13 children,” Bumbalough said. “We were simply astounded at how generous the people and business owners are in this village. Not one person turned us down

when we asked for a donation. I think that’s really something. We were hoping to raise at least $300 for each family, but now we’re up to $500 that can be spent on each family.” On Tuesday, December 20, the 13 children will travel with a police officer to Hillsboro where they will be treated to a nice breakfast, courtesy of McDonalds. Then the children will visit Walmart where they can pick and choose gifts for their family members. Walmart will be offering great deals to the kids on their purchases. The shopping spree will be followed with lunch at Ponderosa then to see a movie at the Star Cinema with free passes, compliments of the Cinema. Their day will end back at the police department where the kids will wrap all their gifts. Lewis added that the venture has turned out even better than he had hoped. Any additional funds donated to the event will be held in a special account for next year’s Shop-with-a-Cop event. In other business at the meeting, Mock informed council that he had discussed the issue of another $7,000 water bill for the village, with John Vance. “John seems to think that the plant is taking more water than we originally thought,” Mock said. “He thinks if we put a four inch meter going into the plant that it will give us a good idea on just how much water in going to the plant. Hopefully we’ll know something by our next council meeting.” Council approved payment of a $940 bill for extra fire-safety training for two firefighters on the department. Each of the firefighters will be certified fire safety inspectors. Mock explained that he was currently working on a plan through the Ohio Public Works Commission Grant to repair a lot of other water lines while they were in the village doing other projects. If they complete their project and leave, bringing them back to the village would be expensive. Mayor Bumbalough told council that he had been notified by ODOT that in fiscal year 2012 they would be doing

paving and other work on St. Rt. 32 which would include removing the old railroad trestle that runs over St. Rt. 32. “We have complained to the state about that railroad to nowhere,” Bumbalough said shaking his head. “They’ve already pulled half the ties up, so now they’re planning on removing the trestle. “I’ve been working with the railroad for a couple years now trying to get them to take their railroad signals out of the village, where the tracks are gone and it’s been paved over. So now it looks like they’re going to come and take a look at it.” Other actions taken by council included signing a new twoyear contract with Village Solicitor, Jay Cutrell. Mayor Bumbalough stated that Cutrell has asked for an annual increase of $5,000. He is currently paid $6,000 annually. “I am trying to make some career decisions here,” Cutrell told council, “I’ve been in law as a solicitor for 30 years, and I like doing it. Some opportunities have come up for me and I need to make a decision on what I’m going to do in the next couple of years. “But if I can get my solicitors pay up with the three villages I represent, I will have enough for my retirement and I don’t have to look anywhere else. With no hesitation, full council and the mayor thanked Cutrell graciously for all the hard work he had done for the village. “Jay has been a huge help to me and to this village,” Bumbalough said. “He is a true asset to our village.” At that, councilman Art Hoovler told Bumbalough that he didn’t have to campaign for Jay, because they all agreed with everything he had said. Council immediately signed an ordinance employing Cutrell for two years at a rate of $11,000 per year. Council went on to discuss the sale of the Sardinia reservoir. However at the recommendation of Cutrell, the property must be surveyed before going up for sale. “The reason you need to have the property surveyed is because right now, it’s in five different

parcels,” Cutrell explained. “There is one parcel for 2.29 acres, one for .43 acres, 10.07 ares, .33 acres and one for 1.9

acres.” Council agreed and will hire an engineer to survey the property.

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Built in 1989 the old Commercial Hotel in the Village of Sardinia was a bustling business in a bustling town. The structure will be probably be taken down in the spring.

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This old boarded up building located in the center of Sardinia, considered an eyesore by residents, has been bought and will most likely be torn down making room for a new business in the growing village.

The Brown County Press/MARTHA B. JACOB

Passers-by will miss seeing this old railroad trestle which crosses St. Rt. 32 at the Sardinia/Mowrystown exits. The trestle is scheduled to be removed by ODOT some time in 2012.

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Janet Louise Barnhart, 79 Janet Louise Barnhart, 79, of Mowrystown, Oh., passed away Friday, December 9, 2011. She was born December 15, 1931 in Rarden, Oh., daughter of Lehman & Gertrude (Hoop) Odle. Janet worked as a Nurse for various hospitals. Surviving are daughter, Lisa Diane (Tim) Deering of Mowrystown, sons, Michael (Jane) Barnhart of Hillsboro, and Jerry (Marissa) Barnhart of Cincinnati; 7 grandchildren; brother - Charles "Buck" (Vern) Odle of Rarden, Oh., and a sisterSonja (Frank) Crawford of KS. In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by her infant son and grandson- Joshua Barnhart. Services were held Sunday, December 18 at Mt. Joy Cemetery, Rarden, Oh. The Edgington Funeral Home, Mowrystown, served the family.

Judy Ann Carter, 49 Judy Ann Carter, Williamsburg, 49, died Sunday, November 13, 2011. Judy was born February 26, 1962 to the late Harvey Raymond Carter and Betty Carter (nee) Morgan. She was the loving mother of Kanasda Star Roberts, sister of Lonnie Joe Carter, Harvey Allen Carter, Jerry Lee Carter, Debra Sue Rice and the late Daniel Ray Carter and Thomas Onal Carter. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Services were at the convenience of the family. The Moore Funeral Home, Batavia, served the family.

Frank A. Fischer, Jr., 74 Frank A. Fisher, Jr., 74, of Amelia, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2011. He was the father of Frank A. Fischer III, Suzanne (Bruce Thomas) Fischer, Amy Fischer, and Andrew Fischer. Grandfather of Nathan Fischer and Arias Fischer. Brother of Frances, Tina, Henry, Betty, George, Joe, Toni, Bill, Pete, Ted, and the late Emily. Services were held Saturday, December 10, 2011 at St. Peter Cemetery (New Richmond). The E. C. Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel, served the family.

Odes Earls, 77 Odes Earls, 77, Bethel, dies Wednesday, December 14, 2011. He was born May 20, 1934 in Morehead, Ky., to the late Clyde and Geneva (Epperhart) Earls. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a brother, Phillip Earls. Mr. Earles was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Mt. Orab. He was also a retired forklift operator for General Motors, Norwood. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth (nee Hoffer) Earls, daughters, Marilyn Page, Withamsville, Kay Manis, Batavia, Debbie (Karl) Cribbet, Bethel, brothers, Paul Earls, Flagler Beach, Fl., Wilford Earls, Florida, Avery Earls, Highland Heights, Ky., sisters, Joyce Hyatt, Rarden, Oh., Jean Ridner, Winchester, Ky., Wanda Liming, South Carolina, 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great grandchild. Visitation will be Friday, December 16, 2011 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church, Mt. Orab, services will be Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the church where Pastor Charles Smith will officiate. The Egbert Funeral Home, Mt. Orab, served the family.

Karissa Marie Ross, infant Karissa Marie Ross, infant passed away Sunday, December 4, 2011. She was born in Cincinnati, on Dec. 4, 2011 Karissa was the infant daughter of Tiffani Parker and Jonathan Ross of Sardinia. She was preceded in death by her maternal great great grandfather Louis Parker Sr. Besides her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Kimberly and Louis Parker Jr of Sardinia, paternal grandparents, Lisa Marie and Terry Combs of Middletown, maternal great great grandmother, Marcella Parker of Amelia, paternal great great grandparents, Frances and Daniel Mullins of Sardinia, several aunts, uncles and cousins. Services were held Friday December 16, 2011 where Clarence Abbott officiated. Burial followed at the Ash Ridge Cemetery. The Meeker Funeral Home, Russellville, served the family.

There is something about the holiday season that takes our heart and mind to thoughts of home and memories of Christmases past. Maybe it’s a special meal, the scent of Christmas cookies baking in the oven, or a holiday tradition that makes you smile. No matter the memory, the holidays often lead us home to connect with family and friends. Adult children may find when coming home for the holidays that Mom or Dad’s health might be declining and they may sense that some assistance may be necessary in order to maintain safety and the quality of life for their parents. Caregiving is not easy for anyone, and as a long-distance caregiver, it can be even more challenging. Please know that you are not alone - there may be as many as seven million people in your same situation in the United States. Read the list below to evaluate whether your loved one may need some assistance in order to remain in their home safely. If you notice that some of the statements ring true for your parent or loved one, call the Area Agency on Aging District 7. We can help you find resources and provide you with the peace of mind to enjoy your visit during the holiday season. Or, if you are a long distance caregiver living in our district and caring for someone outside our district, please feel free to also give us a call – we can find similar resources and assistance that are available in the area of the country where your loved one resides. Look for: • A decline in personal hygiene. Your loved one may not feel up to completing daily hygiene or may seem to be unaware of hygiene needs. • Difficulty managing medications. You may notice pills lying around in unusual places, unfilled prescriptions or empty pill bottles. • Falls or near falls, with or without injury. • Increased clutter in the home or a general lack of cleanliness of the living environment. • Outdated and spoiled food in the refrigerator. • Difficulty cooking or preparing meals. This can include problems following recipes or directions, burned food, lack of awareness of whether they have eaten, lack of appetite, or reliance on “junk food” that requires no preparation. • Difficulty keeping track of personal schedules, especially missing medical appointments. • Difficulty managing

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finances. You may notice bills piled up but unpaid, overdue bills, overdrawn checking accounts, lack of budgeting. • Decreased interest in previous hobbies and friendships. • A general decline in physical health. They may have lost weight and appear more frail. You may notice bruising or other injuries, increased forgetfulness, or less stamina for daily activities. If you decide that help is needed, the Area Agency on Aging District 7 is here to help. Our staff is available to provide information and answer questions about a number of care needs and options that are available. After speaking with a specially-trained nurse or social worker concerning your family member’s needs, an in-home consultation to assess your loved one’s situation will be provided at no cost to identify risks and determine what assistance or preventive measures could improve their quality of life. Call us toll-free at 1-800582-7277.

Pets have an undying love of all things that fit in their mouths, especially if they’re bright and shiny. In addition to good cheer, most homes are full of tempting hazards like these: Tinsel Animals that like to play with string often find tinsel irresistible. Batting around tinsel is fine, but swallowing the stuff can be life threatening. Strands can get caught in the GI tract and cause the intestines to bunch up. The only treatment is surgery to remove the offending mass. If your pet is attracted to tinsel, keep it off the tree this year.

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Electrical cords Like tinsel, electrical cords appeal to string lovers as well as teething puppies. Biting into a cord can cause severe tongue burns, which in turn can cause your pet’s lungs to fill with fluid. This condition requires immediate medical attention. Chocolate This human treat contains a substance called theobromine, which is toxic to pets. All chocolate is danger-

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Legion ladies serve the public The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 180 ladies served free coffee, hot chocolate and candy canes along with cookies during the second Georgetown Christmas Parade at the park on the square on Saturday, December 3, 2011. They had a wonderful time and hope to return next year.

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Watch out for holiday pet hazards ous, but the unsweetened variety (used in baking) is most harmful. Chocolate poisoning can result in hyperexcitability, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea, and death. Poinsettia Despite what you might have heard, the poinsettia plant is not poisonous, but its bright colors attract nibblers. Chewing on the petals can irritate your pet’s mouth and cause stomach upset. Mistletoe Eating some varieties of mistletoe may only cause stomach upset. Feasting on others can cause serious problems like liver failure and seizures. It’s best to play it safe and keep all mistletoe

Everyone needs a vacation from time to time, especially when it’s cold outside and sun goes down early and comes up late. The 5th Annual Ohio Farm Bureau South Region Member Only Cruise will take place in December 9-15, 2012. Carnival Cruise Lines' "Freedom" will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and head toward the beautiful Western Caribbean. On this six-day cruise, guests can enjoy three distinctly different island experiences – Key West, Florida; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica – each of which offers excellent shopping and dining opportunities, along with a variety of “fun in the sun” activities, including magnificent beaches and water sports. Spanning a length of 952 feet, Carnival Freedom offers a variety of on-board amenities and facilities: a 14,500square-foot health and wellness facility, a jogging track, a duty-free shopping mall, full casino gambling, a 12'x22' jumbo-sized LED screen with a crystal-clear picture and a 70,000-watt, easy-to-hear sound system and 22 lounges and bars, including a multilevel theater showcasing lavish revues. Dining options include two two-level main dining rooms

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where your pet can’t reach. People food We all like to include our pets in holiday meals, but remember that sudden changes in diet are hard on the digestive system, especially if the new food is high in fat. Although it might seem harmless, letting your pet sample from the table can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and even problems with the pancreas from eating too much fat. Dr. Dan Meakin, DVM, is the owner All Creatures Animal Hospital with locations in Amelia and Anderson. He has practiced veterinarian medicine since 1989.

MERRY CHRISTMAS Galatians 4:4: “But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law...” Notice the word made. “God sent forth his Son, made of a woman. Joseph was not involved here! But what I want to talk about is the phrase “when the fulness of time was come.” When was the fullness of time? It was when Christ was born. Go with me to Genesis 8. After the great flood Noah built an altar unto the LORD and took of every clean beast and of every fowl and offered burnt-offerings unto God. Verses 21-22 states: “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. (22) While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” The end of the season is the end of the year. Summer is past, harvest is ended, winter has come, and day is followed by night. Jesus was not born in the daytime; He was born in the night of that last day of “the fulness of time”. All the Old Testament prophecy of the Christ Child had been fulfilled. It was the conclusion of time. Not only that, but Israel had lost both of their kingdoms when the fulfillment of God’s promise took place at the birth of Christ. Do you realize that Dec. 22 is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere this year? The days begin to get longer only after the winter solstice. When the sun was as far away as it could be from Bethlehem that night and before it started back towards the equator, Christ was born. It was in the fullness of time! It was not in the middle of the year nor at the beginning but at the end of the year when the sun was as far away as it could be. The Hebrew calendar was never designed to fit that, however, the Roman calendar was. There is no doubt in my mind that God had His hand in the designing of that Roman calendar. Luke 2 states:

DR. CHARLES SMITH MT. ORAB BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH www.bbcmtorab.com “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.” Now, who set the date for the birth of Christ, the Roman empire when they set the date for every one to go to into their own city? No, that date was set according to God’s schedule. God over rules in these things, contrary to some opinions. Now, here is something else. When the Old Testament was coming to a conclusion at the birth of Christ, the New Testament was ready to take effect. Therefore it was not just the end of the year but also the end of the era of the Old Testament and the old covenant. A new covenant was pending. The new covenant would not come into effect the day Christ was born although the old one ended at His birth. The new covenant does not begin until afterwards. Let me show you something. We call the 25th of Dec. Christmas; we do not call it Jesusmas. Who was born then, Jesus or Christ? It was not Jesus; it was Christ. Do you know why? It was because He was not named yet. The name Jesus was not given to Him until eight days were accomplished (Luke 2:21). If you count the 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, and Jan. 1st, how many days is that? It is 8 days; it was circumcision day, His naming day, New Year’s day! Therefore, we celebrate Christ’s birthday on the 25th of Dec. and His naming day on Jan. 1. A very important day indeed!

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Mt. Orab’s Scott Ryan to appear on Bengals Nation Singer/songwriter and Mt. Orab resident, Scott Ryan, will be this week's featured musician on Bengals Nation airing Friday December 23 at 7pm on WKRC Channel 12. Bengals Nation is a free event, open to the public of all ages and will tape this Wednesday December 21 from 6pm-8pm at The Holy Grail at The Banks (across from Great American Ballpark). Scott's sons Scotty and Cody attend Western Brown Schools.

Wendy Gabb wins Miracle Make-Over contest Wendy Gabb was the recipient of the Miracle MakeOver provided by Valore Salon and Fashion Bug of Georgetown. Wendy received her skin care and make-up services at Valore Salon before traveling to Fashion Bug in Georgetown to choose her brand new fall outfit. "It was nice to meet Wendy," says RaeLena Morrison, owner of Valore Salon. "She is such a wonderful person and has an incredible personality." Wendy is a mother and a recently new grandmother who loves her family and is surrounded by support from them. Fashion Bug and Valore Salon would like to thank everyone who sent in entries for the contest. Morrison is already thinking about next year, "I want everyone to know that we hope to make this an annual event. The amount of people that sent in entries for their friends and families was overwhelming.

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SHCTC honor roll Agriculture Mechanics I: Jordan Adamson, Nicholas Carter, Taylor Lucas, Douglas Osborn, Seth Roush Agriculture Mechanics II: Brandon Barber, Johnathon Baugus, Christopher Blank, Dusty Brandenburg, Kurtys Carter, Eric Courts, Shawn Gillespie, Corey Reed, Jared Reveal, Tyler Smith Auto Mechanics I: Connor Adkins, David Latham, Devin Livengood, Kyle Jones, Anthony Seibert, Michaela Taylor, Nicholas Volk Auto Mechanics II: Ryan Bost, Andrew Brinson, Dylan Doyle, Anthony Patrick, Brandon Penny, Becca Roberts, Anthony Sharp, Austin Wagner, Andrew White Bio-Technology: Kasey Fitzpatrick, Cody Hacker, Sandra Hughes, Brandon Kaylor, Jess Music, Brittany Rose, Hannah Roush, Rayna Shaffer, Zachary Stamper Business Finance Inc. I: Kendra Creech, Hannah Newman, Marcus Smith, Megan Werring, Jessica Young Business Finance Inc. II: Emily Kistler, Brittany Liming, Brandy Rinehart, Carpentry I: Jimmy Bennington, Johnny Dotson, Jeramie Jones, Jacob Latham, Angel Stacey Carpentry II: Jacob Knox, JLee Nichols, Brian Traylor Cosmetology I: Clarissa Johnson, Amanda Ogle, Ashley Robinson, Amanda Varney, Priscilla Wagner Cosmetology II: Victoria Baumbach, Cheyenne Bostic, Caitlin Carter, Kierstin Clark, Alexis Eagle, Bridget Reeves, Britany Wisecup Criminal Justice I: Jesse Adamson, Leonard Becraft, Logan Dennis, Brittany Hoffer, Jared Kaylor, Ron McMullen, Joseph Paul, Travis Smith, Roy Workman Criminal Justice II: Christopher Ball, Thomas Bradford, Karen Burson, Brittany Mobley, James Stoops Diversified Health I: Jessica

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DECA Week Celebrated at Georgetown High School The Georgetown High School DECA Chapter recently celebrated National DECA Week. The chapter sponsored different activities each day that reached both the school and the community. The first two school outreach activities were held on that Monday. Members showed a promotional video to the entire student body in grades 7-12. This allowed all students to gain knowledge of DECA and the opportunities it and marketing education have to offer. Also, Monday was “Be a DECA Week Geek” dress-up day. Students and staff embraced their inner geeks and dressed the part! The third school outreach activity, “Dress for Success Day,” was held on Tuesday. DECA members wore their best and invited all students to participate. It was great to see all the students looking so nice and professional. The fourth school outreach activity, dubbed “1980’s Trivial Pursuit,” was held on Wednesday. DECA members hosted a trivia contest during homeroom. To continue the fun, students and staff dressed like they were stuck in the 80’s which made for a very colorful school day! The final school outreach activity, “Sports Marketing Mania,” was held was on Friday. The chapter president read an announcement to the student body about sports marketing career opportunities. The DECA members also wanted to spread the word about marketing education to the community. Mayor Dale Cahall visited the school and made a proclamation dedication of DECA Week. He met with the officer team and congratulated the entire chapter on their efforts. The next community outreach activity involved partnering with the Greater Cincinnati Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Since DECA Week is held in October, which is also breast cancer awareness month, the chapter hosted “Think Pink

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Thursday.” The Susan G. Komen Foundation provided breast self-awareness exam kits for the members to pass out to all the teachers. Additionally, the chapter president read a morning announcement about the importance of early detection, and students and staff wore pink to show their support for those battling cancer. The last community outreach activity for DECA Week was the Fourth Annual PowderPuff Football Tournament which was held on Friday evening. The tournament was held at the Brian Grant Stadium/Vern Hawkins Field and featured concessions, music, and raffle

prizes. Students, parents, and community members attended the event and several local businesses served as sponsors. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Georgetown DECA Chapter throughout the year. DECA and marketing education prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Students in grades 10-12 may enroll in the marketing education program at Georgetown High School which is offered through the Southern Hills Career and Technical Center.

The Georgetown High School DECA Chapter received the highest level of achievement for their activities and involvement in the 2011 DECA Week held this past October. DECA challenged chapters across the country to perform five school outreach activities, contribute five DECA alumni success stories, and perform five community outreach activities. Georgetown was the only chapter to be recognized in the entire state of Ohio for their efforts. The chapter will be awarded a plaque and a promotional pennant, and will be profiled on DECA’s official website, www.deca.org.

EMS hosts Warrior PRIDE family night The EMS Warrior PRIDE club hosted its first family night on Wednesday, November 15, 2011. The event was a hands on session for parents and kids to learn about and create an ancient mask from the past. Mrs. Bradley and Mr. Richey gave short presentations on the history of ancient masks and their significance to ancient civilizations. After the brief presentations the fun began; families worked together to select a mask and items to use for decorations such as paint, jewels, beads, etc. The following Warrior PRIDE club members attended with their families: Kevin Coburn, Jim Bob O’Cull, Chance Amburgey, Emily Brown, Shelby Daulton, Jerah Lynch, Nathaniel and Makenzie Strole, Megan Scarberry, Victoria Kohler, and Justin Cook. Prior the mask making the families were served pizza bagels that were made by the Warrior PRIDE club mem-

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bers. The event was a great success. The Warrior PRIDE club staff in attendance was Mrs. Bradley, Mrs. Moler, Mrs. Ayres-Smith, Mrs. Day, and Mr. Richey. We look for-

ward to hosting our 2nd family night on Thursday, December 16, the event will be a family game night.

The Georgetown Exempted Village Schools will be dismissed early on Wednesday, December 21, 2011. On this date the following dismissal schedule will apply: 1:20 p.m. - Georgetown Jr/Sr High School students dismissed; 2:20 p.m. - Elementary School walkers and car riders dismissed; 2:30 p.m. - Elementary School bus riders dismissed.

SHCTC offers Firefighter course The Southern Hills Career and Technical Center Adult Education Department is offering a Firefighter I Transition Course. The course will meet at the Ripley Fire Department, 119 Waterworks Road, Ripley, Ohio, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Orientation and pre-testing will be January 4, 2012, at 5 p.m. at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, 9193 Hamer Road, Georgetown, Ohio. Students must hold a current and valid Volunteer Firefighter Card to enroll in the Firefighter I Transition course. Upon successful completion of this course, students may take the Firefighter I state certification examination. A minimum score of 70 percent on the state exam is required to become a certified Firefighter I. Classes fill up quickly. Call and reserve your spot today! For more information or regplease contact istration, Southern Hills Adult Education Department at (937) 378-6131 Ext. 357. We accept Visa and MasterCard or we can offer a payment plan to fit your needs.

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Senior Citizens’ Day at Southern Hills CTC On November 17, senior citizens from Brown County and residents of local nursing homes once again enjoyed fun activities and a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner provided by Southern Hills Career and Technical Center. The school’s staff and students worked extra hard and donated their time and talents to bridge the gap of the generations on this wonderful day. As the seniors entered, they were paired with a Career Center student as their “buddy” for the day. Together they participated in horse racing, bingo, cornhole, chair volleyball, receiving manicures, listening to Christmas carols, making digital Christmas cards, address labels or gift name tags! After activities, buddies served the senior citizens a delicious turkey dinner prepared by the cafeteria staff. Principal Tim Chadwell gave a short welcome speech and acknowledged milestones before guest departed. Pictured top left, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Bowling, the most newly married couple, right, Lanny Ogden, Sardinia, with winnings from the horse races.

Inservice day held for WB bus drivers On November 8, 2011, the Transportation Department at Western Brown held an inservice for all bus drivers in the district. The guest speaker was Mr. Don Armstrong, founder of Oikonomia, a company that provides workshops that help equip leaders to manage well what they are given, to achieve goals, and to be better at what they do. In the meeting, Mr. Armstrong explained different ways to discipline students and get to the point. Every student is different and

needs to be approached differently. Another aspect is that bus drivers and building principals need to be on the same page when dealing with students, understanding each child’s situation and what approach works with that student. Bus Drivers play an important role for the district, being the first person students see in the morning and the last person they see in the afternoon. They get a sense of how a child’s day is going to be and

how their day went at school. Mr Armstrong shared with the bus drivers “8 Things for Bus Drivers to Eliminate 80% of the Problems” they have on their routes. Mr. Joe Howser, Western Brown’s Transportation Department Supervisor stated, “The presentation made us all aware that the children who ride our buses are very different from one another and taking the time to get to know them, helps everyone get along and less problems occur.”

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 reached the intended victim, who approached RULH Middle School Principal Martha Hasselbusch. Brooks is currently on Administrative leave with pay, until a Dec. 20 meeting by the RULH Board of Education. According to a memo to RULH Board of Education members from Interim

Superintendent Charles Kimble, he will be recommending at that meeting that the board terminate Brooks’ employment. The copy of the memo obtained by the Brown County Press has the names of the juveniles involved removed. It describes a meeting that took place between Brooks, OAPSE Union Representatives and RULH Officials. It reads in part, “During this meeting, Mr. Brooks was questioned about the

bullying/harassment incident. He gave testimony...that he had gone up to (redacted) while in the gymnasium and asked (redacted) to jump or beat up (redacted) who he felt had been bullying (redacted). Furthermore, he offered to pay (redacted) $20.00 to carry out this act. His confession to these actions (excluding the payment of money) was heard/witnessed by RULHMS Principal Martha Hasselbusch, District

Superintendent Charles Birkholtz and Officer Prince from the Aberdeen Police Department. Those witnessing his confession to the payment part were Mrs. Bailey, Mr. Chapman, Mrs. Hasselbush, Mr. Zurbuch and myself.” Little praised the quick response of the RULH Administrative team for acting before any assault took place. A hearing date for Brooks had not been set at press time.

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Sardinia UMC to host free dinner Sardinia United Methodist Church will be hosting a Free Community Dinner on Saturday, December 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. The church is located at 105 S. Main Street, Sardinia.

Carriage rides at Village Park in Mt. Orab enjoyed by residents Carriage ride were offered to the public December 10 at the Mt. Orab Village Park . The rides were sponsored by the Mt. Orab Christmas Parade Committee. According to Sheena Foster of Two Sisters & a Camera Photography in Milford, who took the photo, over 25 pictures were taken during the event. “Everyone really seemed to enjoy the carriage rides,” Foster said. “It was a fun evening for everyone.” Driving the carriage is Stephanie Standring. Enjoying the ride are several costumed characters.

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The bill passed the House 7717, and the Senate followed later with a 27-6 vote. It goes into effect upon signature. The Ohio Democrat Party had opposed the map redrawing congressional districts and had been gathering signatures to get the issue on the ballot. The resulting political battle had filled the congressional and presidential primary in Ohio with uncertainty and resulted in a tentative scheduling for a “congressional and presidential only” primary in June. A second primary was estimated to cost the state an extra 15 million dollars. “I’m thrilled the Democrats finally came to the table and we were able to work out a compromise”, said State Representative Danny Bubp. “It made no sense at all to have two primaries. And now that we’re going to have it in March, Ohio residents can have a significant voice in the Presidential race.” Ohio Governor John Kasich was expected to sign House Bill 369, the primary compromise bill, into law on Dec. 15. Brown County Republican Chairman Paul Hall said he was pleased that the issue was finally settled. “I think it brings common sense back to our legislature. It would have cost us a lot of money to run two primaries and it would have been confusing to

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the voters.” Brown County Democrat Party Chairman Dallas Hurt agreed that one primary would save money, but questioned the way the congressional lines were drawn. “The losing party has never been happy when the district lines are drawn, but this cycle was particularly egregious because it was done behind closed doors in violation of sunshine laws and the final plans were put together within just 48 hours.” Hurt continued, “Contrary to popular belief, Democrats are fiscal conservatives and believe in saving money. We are certainly glad that this 15 million dollars is going to be saved for the taxpayers and we endorse

this change.” Hall’s participation in the certification process was likely his last official act as a member of the board of elections. Hall said he plans to leave the board at noon on Dec. 19 to concentrate on his run for District 14 of the Ohio State Senate. Hall also plans to leave his position of Chairman of the Brown County Republican Party next Spring when his term expires. Mariah Votel, Vice Chair of the Brown County Republican Party, is expected to be appointed to replace Hall on the Board of Elections, and Hall has endorsed Votel as his replacement as Chair of the county Republican Party.

One piece of business for the Brown County Republican Party will be to name an interim Clerk of Courts to replace the retiring Tina Meranda. The Brown County GOP will meet on Dec. 22 to vote on a replacement for Meranda, and to decide whether that appointment will extend through the March Primary or until the end of her term in January of 2013. Once that replacement is chosen, it must be approved by the Brown County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners were expected to appoint County Clerk Mary Lindsey to serve as interim Clerk of Courts from Dec. 16 through Dec. 28, giving the Brown County GOP time to meet.

911 Director Wilson takes back letter of resignation CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 keep Rob. I think the public safety community has been happy with the way things have been progressing over the past three years.” Commissioner Rick Eagan was direct in his opinion as well. “He’s brought some new technology, but I don’t think he’s an asset to the county. In questions, I have asked and he has answered, I’ve gotten nothing but lies.” Eagan said he was referring to a disagreement with Wilson on whether the county or the Village of Georgetown was responsible for a delay in sounding warning sirens during a tornado last fall. Eagan also said that Wilson lied to him when he said he could not find recording of phone conversations regarding the county mutual aid policy that were requested by the sheriff. Wilson said that he was not able to find the recordings before going on funeral leave, but found them when he returned. Chief Deputy John Schadle

is conducting an open investigation about “activities at the 911 center”. He would not be more specific, citing concerns about the integrity of the investigation. Individuals familiar with the situation say the investigation is centered around the Wilson’s response to the request for the recordings. “We’ll sit down and have a meeting and we’ll work together for the community and the safety of our volunteers. But I will hold him accountable. I ain’t backing off”, Eagan said. In Wilson’s resignation letter, he wrote “Please accept this as my official notice of resignation. As you know, over the last year I have continually found myself at odds with a member of the Board. While I believe my resignation will be portrayed otherwise, I also believe that this ongoing tension is largely motivated by politics and has no foundation in fact. Numerous times over the last year, facts regarding the Communications Center and myself have been distorted to serve the interests of those with a story to tell or with a political

axe to grind with someone else. In my opinion, I have continually been subjected to hostility, harassment and bullying by those who would obstruct the day to day operations of the center as well as micromanage the operations of the center as it relates to the chain of command, standard procedures within the organization and deployment of new systems within the county. This hostile work environment and ongoing conflict has affected my ability to effectively manage my staff. It has added to the level of anxiety of the staff of the Communications Center whose job is already stressful. It is clear that this conflict will continue and that no matter what I do facts will continually be manipulated to suit the wishes of others. In an effort to minimize the negative health effects to myself and my immediate family, I feel that resigning is the only option left for me.” When contacted by telephone, Wilson had no further comment beyond his letter requesting that commissioners rescind his resignation request.

Mt. Orab council approves small water and sewer rate increases CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 (minimum); • 2001 gallons to 3000 gallons will rise from $6.15 to $8 per 1000 gallons; • over 3001 to 5000 gallons will be $7.75 per 1000 gallons; • over 5000 gallons will go to $7.25 per 1000 gallons.

“I don’t think that is is a very big increase considering the last time we had an increase was 19 and 12 years ago,” said Bruce Lunsford, mayor of Mt. Orab. “We’ve done a tremendous amount of work on these facilities and we just can’t get by any longer. Our surplus has gone

down, and we need to do this.” Lunsford added that he can’t see the rates going up again for a very long time, and that the village held off raising the rates as long as it could. Council signed ordinances approving the rate increases and declared them an emergency.

Residents of Village of Georgetown facing 30% increase in sewer rates CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 tion begins, the full amount is due immediately. I’m still trying to find out why that is, because that’s not what the paperwork says. I have the money to cover it, but those funds will have to be replaced.” In other business at the meeting, council discussed closing the yard waste facility in Georgetown, located behind the village park. By early next year the waste site will be phased out and a fence will be placed around the facility, which will then be cleaned up. All yard waste will have to be taken to the Adams/Brown Recycling facility. “We will be putting up signs letting people know the facility is closing,” Jones said, “and we will also be contacting all contractors about taking their waste to the recycling center. It may take a little while, but we want to close it down by early spring.” Jones added that Georgetown’s yard waste facility was one of only a couple left in the county. Jones also explained to council that the village was facing a 20 percent increase in the current cost of health insurance for next year. He added that he would be bidding out the coverage which will include several types of coverage and costs. Jones reported that work on the North Street water tower had begun. He explained that it will be cleaned and new wax liner will be applied.

“This year we will also be replacing the stand pipe,” he said. “Over the past few years we have had leaks in this pipe. The last time it was changed was back in the 70’s. The total cost for the project is $20,320.” After suspending the rules council approved a resolution making a supplemental appropriation for the village for additional revenues set in the Amended official Certificate of Estimated Resources received from the budget commission for $52,000 for othercapital outlay and $7,500 for other contractual services which will finish up Rumpke’s contract for December billing. Council also approved the village temporary budget after suspending the rules.

“Our budget is basically the same as last year,” Jones commented. “It’s $9.2 million. The final budget won’t be due until March.” Following an executive session council approved a negotiated contract with Duke Energy where the village will purchase electric infrastructure including utility poles and transformers currently owned by Duke. Council also took action on an amended contract with DP&L which included a cost increase in one area but a decrease in another area. Council approved the changes. Council also signed a three year agreement with liability insurance and also approved a contract with Franklin Township for fire protection.

22 indicted by Brown County Grand Jury CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Deception to Obtain Dangerous Drug. Bentley McCarty faces one count of Complicity to Deception to Obtain Dangerous Drug. Michael Hedge faces one count of Failure to Register Change of Address. James Nash faces one count of Aggravated Robbery. Cory Reynolds faces one count of Theft and one count of Forgery. Brandon McCarty faces one count of Theft and one count of

Breaking and Entering. Adam Boyd faces two counts of Receiving Stolen Property and two counts of Breaking and Entering. Steven Garrett faces one count of Domestic Violence. Wesley Howlett faces one count of Theft of Drugs. Charles Gulley faces two counts of Domestic Violence. Jerrod Stevenson faces one count of Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle. Kyle Moore faces one count of Receiving Stolen Property.

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Bill prohibiting taxpayer-funded abortions under Washington mandates passes Ohio senate awaits Governor’s signature State Reps. Danny Bubp (RLake Waynoka) and Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) have announced that the Ohio Senate has passed House Bill 79, which will prohibit the coverage of elective abortions within the health plans required by the new federal health care law. The federal health care law requires each state to establish an “American Health Benefit Exchange” to encourage the purchase of health care plans, which may include elected abortions as a health care benefit. However, a state may pro-

hibit abortion coverage in its own health benefit exchange if the state passes a law specifying as such. “It’s very important that abortions do not take place at taxpayer expense,” Rep. Bubp said. “This legislation will ensure that the wishes of Ohioans are respected.” House Bill 79, which passed with bipartisan support, was originally introduced in May 2010 of the previous General Assembly. It will now move to the Governor to be signed into law.

Fatal traffic crash under investigation The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a two vehicle fatal traffic crash. The crash occurred on December 10, 2011 at approximately 10:56 A.M. on Portsmouth Road, south of State Route 32, Franklin Township, Adams County, Ohio. A 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix, operated by, Cora E. Fletcher, age 77, of Peebles, Ohio was traveling westbound on Portsmouth Road. A 2001 Ford F350, operated by Gregory S. Hussey, age 50 of Rarden, Ohio was traveling eastbound on Portsmouth Road. The preliminary investigation indicated the vehicle operated by Cora Fletcher drove off the right side of roadway and overcorrected. Ms. Fletcher’s vehicle traveled left of center and was struck

by the vehicle driven by Gregory S. Hussey. The vehicles collided in the east bound lane of travel causing extensive damage. Mr. Hussey’s vehicle caught fire after impact and came to final rest off the left side of the roadway. Ms. Fletcher’s vehicle came to rest of the east edge of roadway. Ms. Fletcher was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Adams County Coroner Representative, Kenny Dick. Gregory S. Hussey was transported by Peebles EMS to the Adams County Regional Medical center with non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol- Georgetown Post.

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Fayetteville weathers Ripley rally to come out with tough road win When the Ripley girls basketball team hosted Fayetteville on Monday night, it was a matchup of the two teams most believe to be among the best in the small school division of the Southern Hills League. By the time all was said and done on the court, it seemed that the prediction had rung true. The host Lady Jays ran out to an early lead on the Lady Rockets before the visitors from Fayet teville sprinted out to a double digit lead as the second half began before seeing it quickly disappear as the fourth quarter got underway. While the teams traded jabs as the final quarter wound down, it was the Lady Rockets who came away with a 60-52 league victory as they came up with a few big plays down the stretch. “I knew they’d be very aggressive. This is a tough place to play,” Fayetteville coach Tob y Sheets said. “If you can get a win out of here you’ve got to feel pretty good about yourself.” Meanwhile, though he was pleased with the effort and comeback, Ripley coach Chris Coleman had one thing on his mind after the hard fought game -- turnovers. The Lady Jays committed 25 turnovers, including nine in the decisive final quarter, in the game. “We kept fighting back,” he said. “But every time we’d have a shot we’d turn it over.” When the teams came out from the locker room, it was quickly apparent who had captured the momentum. Having scored the final four points of the first half to capture an 18-16 halftime lead, the Lady Rockets kept their scoring run alive as the third quarter began. Fayetteville guard Megan Eyre got the scoring underway in the second half with a floater in the lane to push the Fayett eville lead to 20-16 lead. Eyre’s backcourt mate Makayla Rosselot -- who scored a game high 25 points - scored on a layup after she got behind the Ripley defense and was fouled. She hit the free throw to push the lead to 23-16. Two more buckets from Eyre and Rosselot, on a fast break layup off an Eyre steal, quickly increased the Lady Rocket lead to 27-16. “We got to seeing down the floor a little better,” Sheets said of the Lady Rockets run. “When they went to the full court press, although it was effective, we like that pace. We want to run.” While the Lady Rockets were starting to hit on all cylinders, the Lady Jays hit an offensive lull. After missing their first seven shots of the second half, Jessica Garrison’s 3-pointer ended the Lady Rocket run and the Lady Jay scoreless streak. The basket pulled Ripley w ithin eight, 27-19.

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Fayetteville’s Carly Burroughs tries to get around Ripley’s Tori Boone in the Lady Rockets win on Monday night.

But the Lady Rockets kept attacking. Back-to-back buckets by Carly Burroughs and Rosselot pushed the Fayetteville lead to 31-19 with 2:32 left in the third quarter. Ripley forward Lydia Hamilton -- who helped the Lady Jays to an early lead in the first half before spending much of the half on the bench in foul trouble -- converted a layup and was fouled. Her foul shot was off the mark but the Lady Jays had pulled back within 10 points, 31-21. Once again the Lady Rockets answered as they got two more Rosselot fast break buckets off Ripley turnovers to push their lead to 35-21. “They got into their running but I think we wore out a little bit maybe,” Coleman said. “The third quarter seems to be a killer for us.” Down 14 points the Lady Jays went to work and looked to turn up the pace. Even though the Lady Rockets like to run, the Lady Jays went to a full court press as they tried to work their way back into the game. A 3-pointer from Niya Royal cut the Fayetteville lead to 11 before Royal converted a layup on a hard drive down the lane the next trip down the floor to close the gap to 35-26 with 47 seconds left in the third quarter. Burroughs ended Royal’s 50 personal run when she hit one of two free throws but it didn’t deter the Lady Jays, who continued to cut into the lead. With 23 seconds left in the quarter, Brianna Payne hit the only shot she took on the night, a 3-pointer, to bring Ripley within 36-29. Then, with the Lady Jays employing full court pressure, Hamilton stole the ball near halfcourt, passed to a teammate and ran down the floor.

She got the ball back and converted two of her 12 poin ts to cut the Fayetteville lead to 3631 with just 10 seconds left in the quarter. “She made a big steal on the trap there. She gambled but that’s what we had to do,” Coleman said. Right before the quarter ended, however, Rosselot quickly dribbled down the floor and got off a shot right before the quarter ended. She was fouled and hit one of the two free throws to give Fayetteville a 37-31 lead at the end of three quarters. As the final quarter started, Ripley wasted no time catching up to the Lady Rockets. On back-to-back possessions to start the quarter, Lady Jay guard Jaden Royal hit 3pointers. Her second tied the game at 37 with 7:09 left in the game. “They don’t quit and they play hard,” Coleman said of his team. But the Rockets wasted no time themselves responding to the Lady Jay’s surge. Eyre scored four straight points, the last three on a three point play off of her own steal, to push the Lady Rockets out front 41-37. Eyre was big for the Lady Rockets all night long, particularly on the defensive end of the floor. She scored 13 points but also had nine steals and six assists. “She’s able to get those steals (because) those arms are deceiving,” Sheets said of Eyre. “She plays back in that 2-3 (zone), and we had talked about this before, she’s able to explode out and get that pass.” Then Burroughs converted a fast break layup to increase the Lady Rockets lead to six before teammate Brianna Plapp grabbed an offensive rebound the next possession down and put it back in. Then Plapp found teammate Ashley

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Benefit dinner for studentathlete battling cancer The Coaches Cancer Fund, and those associated with Georgetown High School, will be hosting a benefit dinner for one of their own - a student who is battling cancer. Tom Cropper, a 16-year-old junior, will be undergoing cancer fighting treatments over the next few months. Tom is well-liked among both his teachers and peers. He is class president and an active member of the National Honor Society. Tom also runs track and is a G-Men basketball player. A Team Tom Spaghetti

Benefit Dinner will be held on Tuesday, December 20 at 5 p.m. before the men’s reserve and varsity basketball games. Attendees will enjoy a delicious spaghetti entrée, salad bar and a dessert for only a $5 donation. Staff, students, athletic teams and other organizations at the high school are partnering with the Coaches Cancer Fund to help support Tom and his family during this difficult time. In addition to the dinner, there will also be a silent auction and raffle of great, quality

items donated by area businesses and community members. All proceeds from this philanthropic evening will be donated to the Croppers to help with medical expenses. Team Tom T-shirts will also be available for purchase for $10 and 100 percent of the sales will be going to help the Cropper family. If you are interested in helping sponsor this event, making a donation, or would just like more information about attending, please contact Christy Lucas at 378-6730.

us.” Meanwhile, Garrison added 12 points for the Lady Jays (33, 2-2 SHL) while Jaden and Niya Royal added eight apiece. Kody Gilkerson chipped in with five points, Tori Boone four and Payne three. Playing their third game in five days against some of the better teams in the area -- they lost to SHL big school division favorite Peebles on Thursday

Scoggins for a layup to cap the Lady Rockets 10-0 run that pushed their lead to 47-37 with 4:02 remaining. The Lady Jays weren’t going to go away, however, as they answered Fayetteville’s run with six straight points. Hamilton’s basket in the post over two Fayetteville defenders brought the Lady Jays within four, 47-43, with 2:58 remaining. Eyre responded by nailing an open 3-pointer before Rosselot converted back-toback layups, the second off a Ripley turnover, to increase the Lady Rockets lead to 5443 with 1 :44 left. Garrison hit a 3-pointer the next trip down for Ripley before Niya Royal hit one of two free throws after being fouled on a drive. Then another Garrison 3pointer with 49 seconds left brought Ripley back within four, 54-50. But Fayetteville was able to put the game away when Burroughs converted back-toback layups while being fouled on press breaks. She made both free throws. Burroughs chipped in w ith 13 points off the bench for the Lady Rockets while Scoggins scored four points and Plapp added four points and five rebounds. The win was the first of the season that the Lady Rockets (5-0, 3-0 SHL) had to earn late. “I think it’s good,” Sheets said. “We’re going to see that. We’re not going to beat everyone by the margin we have been. It’s a good challenge for

and Georgetown on Saturday in close games -- Coleman was pleased at how his team played the explosive Lady Rockets despite being disappointed in the result. “They played hard and I thought defensively we did well,” Coleman said. “You’re going to give up fast break points to them because they’re going to run out. They always do. You try to contain them as best as you can.”

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Ripley’s Lydia Hamilton (32) finishes a layup late the Lady Jays loss to Fayetteville on Monday night. Fayetteville’s Carly Burroughs tries to stop Hamilton.

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WILLIAMSBURG-- The Georgetown girls basketball team got all it could have wanted from Williamsburg last Thursday night. After having coasted to three fairly easy victories to open the season, the scrappy Wildcats put pressure on the Lady G-Men from the outset. The Wildcats absorbed an early punch from the Lady GMen before they went on to take a one point halftime lead thanks to strong defense and getting the Lady G-Men’s two top scorers -- Casey Carter and Jesse Kidwell -- in foul trouble. But once the third quarter started, with Carter and Kidwell back in the game, the Lady G-Men took off offensively and were able to earn a hard fought Southern Buckeye Conference National Division road victory by a score of 48-37. “A lot of credit to Williamsburg. They came out and played extremely hard. I thought they really played outstanding defense in the first half so a lot of credit to ‘Burg.,” Georgetown coach Bernie Cropper said. “When you have your two top scorers both sitting for most of the first half with fouls it’s not good. Hopefully we can learn we’ve got to come out and be a little smarter and not make those kind of fouls.” The Lady G-Men -- with Carter and Kidwell back in the game -- wasted no time taking control as the second half got underway. Carter hit her first 3-pointer of the game about 30 seconds into the half to give Georgetown the lead back 1917. An offensive rebound and putback by Madison Pack followed by a Kidwell 3-pointer quickly pushed the Lady GMen lead to seven, 24-17. Williamsburg guard Heidi McManus ended the Lady GMen’s 8-0 run to open the half with a free throw before teammate Tara Dennis corralled an offensive rebound and converted the putback to pull the

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Madison Pack drives towards the basket in the first of Georgetown’s win over Williamsburg last Thursday night.

Wildcats back to within four, 24-20. But, once again, Carter answered. She started another Georgetown run but this time Carter did it herself as she scored six straight points to increase the Lady G-Men lead to 10 points, 30-20. Then Dennis, who scored a team high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Wildcats, answered. Her layup over two Lady G-Men defenders closed the gap to 30-22. Pack answered the layup with one of her own to push the Georgetown lead back to 10, 32-22 with 1:21 left in the quarter. Two free throws from Elizabeth Meisberger helped bring Williamsburg within 3224 at the end of the third. The Wildcats scored just seven points in the quarter. “I thought our defense in the third quarter was outstanding,” Cropper said. “We were much more patient in the second half offensively.” Though the Wildcats con-

tinued to challenge them, the Lady G-Men wasted no time building their lead as the final quarter began. Megan Hatfield kicked off a 7-0 run with a basket off a spin move in the post before Becca Whitaker finished the quick scoring outburst with a cutting layup off an inbounds pass to put Georgetown up 39-24, and the game out of reach, with about six and a half remaining. The Wildcats (1-4, 1-1 SBC-National) could get no closer than 11 in the final quarter as they fell short despite a valiant effort. It was Carter, who scored 16 of her team leading 18 points in the second half, who led the way for the Lady GMen (4-0, 2-0 SBC-National). Kidwell added eight points while Pack, Hannah Jones and Hatfield scored six apiece. “We had Casey and Jesse in the game for us,” Cropper said of the difference in the second half. “Casey had a big second half for us.” The game started off well enough for the Lady G-Men.

After Jones converted a layup in the post, the Lady GMen had jumped out to a 5-0 lead a little less than two minutes into the game. Dennis got the Wildcats on the board with 5:24 left in the quarter when, off the dribble, she hit a jumper from the foul line with a Lady G-Men defender in her face. The Lady G-Men answered Dennis’ bucket with two free throws from Pack to increase their lead to 7-2 but that was the point when the Wildcats took off. A Sarah Wetzel driving layup closed the gap to three before Dennis converted a fast break layup off a Georgetown turnover to make it a 7-6 game. McManus tied the game at seven when she hit one of two free throws after she was fouled on a drive to the hoop with 2:28 left in the first quarter. Not only did the free throw tie the game but it also was the second foul on Carter. She would sit out the rest of the first half with the two fouls. Kidwell would pick up her second foul minutes later and would also be relegated to the bench for the remainder of the half. It was at that point that the Wildcats began to beat the Lady G-Men’s full court pressure defense and take back the momentum. Using her speed, McManus was able to consistently get past the Lady G-Men defenders in the press and find her teammates open. “We had to go back to our halfcourt defense because they were hurting us in our fullcourt pressure,” Cropper said. “(McManus) was just getting through it and they were getting some open shots.” Dennis scored back-toback buckets right at the rim to give the Wildcats a two point lead before McManus found Mallory Guess wide open underneath the basket after she was able to get through a Georgetown trap at halfcourt. The basket gave Williamsburg a 13-9 lead as the first quarter was nearing its end.

Though neither team was able to do much in the second quarter, the Wildcats found a way to go into the break with the lead. McManus converted a layup off of a steal to give the Wildcats a 15-13 lead with 3:55 left before half. After Jones hit a free throw for the Lady G-Men, Wetzel answered with a bucket in the post to push the Wildcat lead to three, 17-14. But Jones -- who combined with Pack to keep the Lady GMen close with Carter and Kidwell battling the foul trouble -- scored again in the post to make it a 17-16 game at half. “Hannah Jones and Madison Pack both were

steadying influences on the floor for us with the other two girls off,” Cropper said. “Plus they did a good job on the Dennis girl. She’s a good player. They did a nice job boxing her out and making it kind of tough for her to get the ball.” After giving the Lady GMen a game not only in the first half but until the end, Williamsburg coach Ken Lowe was very happy with how is shorthanded team played. “We played right there with them,” he said. “We did some different things but the kids came ready to play...(and) gave them all they could handle.”

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Georgetown’s Hannah Jones concentrates as she looks to finish a basket while Williamsburg’s Tara Dennis tries to block her shot.

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Jordan Mitchell shoots a jumper in the first half of the Blue Jays win over Manchester on Tuesday night.

of the night, the Greyhounds offense awoke as they climbed back into the game in the third quarter. After the teams traded buckets the first four possessions of the half, the Blue Jays still found themselves up eight, 48-40, with 4:30 left in quarter. However, as the Blue Jays offense became stagnant, the Greyhounds went to work. A Dalton West 3-pointer followed by a Braxton Gaffin offensive rebound putback closed the gap to three, 48-45. When Kyle Adams dropped in one of two free throws the next possession down the court it was suddenly a two point game, 4846, with just over three minutes left in the quarter.

“Just some breakdowns,” Adams said of how the Greyhounds closed the gap. “We had a couple guys get in foul trouble there early in the third quarter. “We missed three three’s and they come back and capitalized. There’s (a) seven point turnaround with us missing those three bad three’s.” The Blue Jays offense started to heat back up as they began to attack the basket again. On the next trip down the floor, Gage Bradford -- who scored nine of his 11 points going to the basket in the first half when the Blue Jays were struggling offensively -- drove down the baseline, took a hard step to the basket and finished. It pushed Ripley back on top 50-46.

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Blue Jay forward Logan Perkins attacks the rim during Ripley’s 74-59 win over Manchester on Monday night.

“We talked about getting it to the rim and when the opportunities are there get it to the rim,” Adams said. “We weren’t getting fouled very often because we were settling for threes. Gage has been key for us all year. He’s a tough nosed kid.” Then Mitchell -- who scored a game high 27 points -- hit a 3-pointer from the corner to push the Blue Jay lead back to seven, 5346, with 2:11 left in the third quarter. Manchester answered with back-to-back layups by West and then Gaffin to close to within three, 53-50, before Austin Brooks got up high for an easy putback on an offensive board for the

Blue Jays to push it back to five. With Logan Perkins, Riley Saelens and Michael Haley all battling foul trouble much of the night, the Blue Jays reserves -Brooks, Brad Kirshner and Dylan Arnett -- stepped up well to fill in. “Without them it could, maybe, be a different game,” Adams said of his reserves, “because they could have rolled out to a big lead in the first half if it’s not for those guys stepping up and playing those minutes.” A Manchester free throw closed the Ripley lead to 5552 at the end of the third quarter as the Greyhounds

continued to cut into the Ripley lead. And by the time one minute had passed in the final stanza, Gaffin had converted a bucket in the post and West hit a free throw to cut the Ripley lead to 57-55. That was the point, however, when the Blue Jay defense stepped back up. Ripley held the Greyhounds to just four points over the final seven minutes of the game while forcing the Greyhounds into seven turnovers. Additionally, while using a box and one zone defense, the Blue Jays held Combs to just 11 points but just four in the second. “I think we did a better job in the second half of getting over their screens and getting out on them,” Adams said. Then Ripley put the game away with some quick offense off of their defense. Donte Bennett stole a Manchester pass and found Perkins streaking towards the basket for a fastbreak layup. After Mitchell hit a pullup 3-pointer to increase the Blue Jay lead to 62-55, Michael Haley put the game away. He finished at the basket off a Perkins find to put the Blue Jays up 64-55 with 4:17 left. Then Haley stole a Greyhounds pass, raced up court and finished the fastbreak with a layup. Another Haley basket -- this one off a Mitchell drive and dish -put the Blue Jays up 68-55 and the game out of reach. “I told the guys this is a good stepping stone for us to come into Manchester and get a win and then (move) on to the next game,” Adams said. “Getting out of here with a win is good anytime on the road.” Perkins added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Jays while Haley chipped in with eight.

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By Andrew Wyder The Brown County Press SEAMAN-- For one half last Friday night the Fayetteville boys basketball team did more than enough defensively to put themselves in position to earn a road win over Southern Hills League foe North Adams. Unfortunately for the Rockets, their offense wasn’t nearly as effective so despite holding the Devils to just 24 first half points they went into the locker room down 13 points. And once the second half got underway the Devils offense found its rhythm as they quickly increased their lead and rolled to a 77-55 league victory. “The first half I thought defensively we played well enough but offensively we couldn’t score. We had a lot of shots go in and out,” Fayetteville coach Darryl Iles said. “Our kids played hard the first half but I think the mental part of the game got to us the second half and we just lost our composure.” Though it didn’t last too long, early on the Rockets were able to hit some shots. Nick Durham got the Rockets on the board first with a nice up and under move in the paint to put the visitors up 2-0. Teammate D.J. Iles increased the Rocket lead to three, 3-0, when he stole a Devils pass the next time down the floor, missed the layup but got his own miss and was fouled on the putback attempt. He made one of the two free throws. But that was the point when the game turned, just over two minutes into the game. North Adams scored 12 straight points -- the run punctuated by a layup/dunk by Devils forward Levi Bales after he got behind the Rockets defense -- over the next five minutes to jump out to a 12-3 lead as the first quarter was nearing its end. One reason the Rockets struggled on the offensive end of the floor was because senior Trevor Clark -- who had scored 20 points in each of the team’s first two games -- went to the bench early in the game with two fouls. “Trevor, he had been leading us the last two games with 20 points, to come out and get two fouls right away and then got right back in the game and get another two fouls...it was pretty disappointing,” Iles said. “He’s been a good leader, scorer, rebounder. He’s been doing it all.” An Iles 3-pointer closed the gap to 12-6 with 29 seconds in the quarter before Devin Gardner answered with a 3pointer of his own to increase the North Adams lead to 15-6 at the end of the first quarter. Durham cut into the Devil lead as the second quarter

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Fayetteville’s Michael Kranz drives to the hoop in the Rockets game against North Adams last Friday night.

began with a jumper from the elbow that cut the North Adams lead to 15-8. At that point, just like a five minute scoreless stretch in the first quarter, the Rockets found themselves in another scoring drought. Though they got some good looks at the basket it just wasn’t the Rockets night. “We got the shots but we’ve just got to finish,” Iles said. The Devils were able to increase their lead to 12 as the Rockets struggled offensively. Banes got the Devils going after Durham's jumper with an offensive rebound and putback to increase their lead to 17-8. After Sheridan Carroll hit one of two free throws, Gardner converted a fast break layup off of a Fayetteville turnover to push the North Adams lead to 20-8. The run came to an end when Devils big man Quintin Baker finished an open layup in the post. Fayetteville’s Toby Lykins ended his team’s scoreless stretch when he hit two free throws with 1:36 left in the half to cut the Devils lead to 22-10. Another low post bucket by the Devils pushed their lead to 24-10 before Iles hit one of two free throws right before the half ended. Though the Rockets had played solid defense in the half, they struggled against the North Adams big men. The Devils have two players 6-foot4 or taller while the Rockets don’t have much height. The Devils size also played a part in the Rockets offensive struggles. “I think it altered our shots,” Iles said. “(But) I think we went at them well.” Kris King hit a layup off of a cut to start the second half and push the Devil lead to 16 points before Clark scored his only

two points on the game on a pull-up jumper on the baseline to close their lead to 26-13. The team’s then started to trade baskets as both offenses heated up. When Fayetteville’s Corey Lykins hit a 3-pointer with 2:11 left in the third quarter the Rockets had closed the gap to 14, 37-23. North Adams answered with six straight points, including back-to-back fastbreak layups off Fayetteville turnovers, to push their lead to 20 for the first time, 43-23. Corey Lykins -- who scored a team high 17 points -- then hit another 3-pointer as Fayetteville tried to cut into the Devils lead. But the Rockets weren’t able to take advantage of their opportunities in the third quarter. After Corey Lykins second three, Durham missed three of four free throws before Corey Lykins stepped up and hit two to make it a 44-29 game. But North Adams hit 5-6 free throws in the last 41 seconds of the third quarter to push their lead back to 17, 49-32, as the final stanza began. Despite their effort, the Rockets weren’t able to slow down the Devils in the fourth quarter -- nor ever really get on track offensively -- as North Adams coasted to the victory. “I thought the game was very winnable,” Iles said. “After the first half, I think we were down 13 at halftime, I still thought we’ll come out and get on a roll because if we can make some buckets -- we can score six, eight points in 30 seconds -- we just couldn’t get them to drop.” Iles chipped in with 11 points while Durham added 10 points and six rebounds. Toby Lykins scored seven points while Austin Fowler scored five off the bench.

NEWPORT, KY-It seemed to happen in a flash. One moment the Georgetown boys basketball team had retaken the lead for the first time in the second half over Campbell County (KY). The next the G-Men were down eight and in the midst of 16-0 Camel run that burst open the game in the third quarter and led to a 68-52 GMen loss in the First Annual John Turner Basketball Classic at Newport Hig h School early Saturday afternoon. “What they did in the second half that they didn’t do in the first half is that they (did) shoot very well from outside,” Georgetown coach Jerry Underwood said. “I think it was like three straight possessions, it seemed like, they hit a three. We went from being up one to down eight in what seemed like a minute.” Coming out of the halftime down just one, 26-25, the GMe n were able to stay within striking distance as the third quarter began. Campbell County opened the second half with a Kris Miller layup to push their lead to three, 28-25, before Georgetown answered. Off a pass from Nathan Lewis, Bruce-Derrick Williams finished down low to bring the G-Men back within one, 28-27. The teams then traded baskets for the next two possessions. After Georgetown freshman Gage B radley, who scored a team best 19 points, finished deep in the post, the Camels had a 33-31 lead with 5:58 left in the third quarter. Then the G-Men finally got over the hump and took back the lead for the first time in the half. Williams rebounded his own miss, got the putback to go down and was fouled. Off Williams’ missed free throw, Bradley corralled the offensive rebound, went back up and was fouled. He hit the first free throw to give the G-Men a 34-33 lead with 5:16 left in the quarter. His second was off the mark. “We came out in the third quarter and did a good job and maintained for a little bit but things just fell through,” Underwood said. “Maybe we just ran out of gas a little bit too.” When Cameron Addie answered Bradley’s free throw with a pull-up jumper about 50 seconds later the Camels had the le ad again at 35-34. But Addie’s shot did more than just give the Camels the lead. It started them on the game changing run. Miller hit a 3-pointer the next possession down then

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Georgetown’s Bruce-Derrick Williams goes up against a Campbell County defender during the teams game last Saturday afternoon.

Cory Holbrook converted a layup and was fouled for the Camels. His free throw pushed their lead to 41-34 with 3:32 left in the quarter. Another Miller jumper followed before Holbrook and Miller -- who scored a game high 20 points -- hit back-toback 3-pointers to increase the Campbell County lead to 49-34 with 1:13 left in the quarter. In the span of just four minutes the Camels turned a one point deficit into a 15 point lead. “Their quickness and their ability to hit the three in the third quarter, I think, changed the game,” Underwood said. Despite the lead, the Camels kept the pressure on the G-Men. By the end of the third quarter they ha d increased their lead to 18, 54-36. It ballooned to 21 when Addie completed an old fashion three point play on a drive to the bucket early in the final quarter. Georgetown responded with a quick 6-0 run jump started by a Quin Sandlin 3pointer but could get no closer as Nate McGovney, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, hit a layup. Jake Cropper hit a 3-pointer to answer McGovney and bring G eorgetown within 14, 59-45, but that was as close as the G-Men would get as the Camels closed out for the win. “It’s a good opportunity for them to get out of our league a little bit, to see what else is out there,” Underwood said. “It can only help us playing

against this kind of competition. You’re talking about a school that’s got a thousand kids, well over a thousand kids. Where we have 400.” In the fir st half the G-Men were able to fight back from an early deficit and seemed to have found their stroke as the second quarter got underway. After Jared White’s scoop layup across the lane tied the game at 16 for Campbell County, Cropper and Bradley hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push Georgetown out to a 2216 lead. But the G-Men had that lead taken away nearly as quickly as they had gotten it as several of thei r starters began to battle foul trouble. “We ended up sitting two starters out in the first half, maybe three,” Underwood said. “But our kids held their own. We did a good job staying in the game.” Though they were able to stay with the Camels despite the foul trouble, it seemed that their length got to the GMen late in the first half. McGovney, a 6-foot-4 guard, scored the last 10 Camel points of the hal f, including the last four points of the half, to help Campbell County to the halftime lead. “Their guards are pretty strong and pretty quick getting to the hole,” Underwood said. “I think penetration, and their ability to finish around the hole, made a difference.” Williams chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds for Georgetown while Cropper added eight points and Sandlin scored seven points off the be nch.

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Boys Basketball Western Brown’s defense carries them to two wins The Broncos improved to 31 on the season with wins over Bethel-Tate and Blanchester last weekend. On Friday night the Broncos beat Bethel 77-58 thanks to a solid defensive showing and the play of senior forward Spencer Howard. Howard, who had been struggling with foul trouble in the team’s first two games, scored 18 points and helped open up the Broncos offens e. “It’s a lot easier for everyone else when he’s in the game,” Western Brown coach Greg Foster said. Then, on Saturday evening, the Broncos hosted Blanchester and came away with a 52-44 win. Foster was very pleased with how the Broncos played defensively as they limited a team that had been averaging 60-70 points to just 44. He said the key was forcing Blanchester’s 6-foot-8 forward J.C. Luncan off the pos t. With three wins on the young season, Foster likes how his team is adjusting to his quick-paced style of play. “They’ve adjusted pretty well,” he said. “They like to get up and down.”

Ripley gets SHL win Ripley earned its third win of the season last Friday night when they held off a late charging Lynchburg-Clay squad for a 74-63 Southern Hills League win. “I knew they were pretty good,” Ripley coach Marty A dams said. “It’s tough every night in this league.” Fayetteville drops game to Fairfield Without leading scorer D.J. Iles, who was out with an injury, the Rockets fell to Fairfield on Tuesday night in a Southern Hills League contest by a score 47-36. The Rockets played pretty well in the first half -- particularly on defense. However, the Rockets (1-3, 0-2 SHL) struggled when they came out of the locker ro om to begin the third quarter and couldn’t recover. “We came out in the third quarter and turned the ball over and they got up,” Rockets coach Darryl Iles said. “We played even from there.” Trevor Clark led the way with 12 points while Corey Lykins added eight points and Nick Durham added seven points. Girls Basketball Lady Broncos earn two more wins Western Brown earned their

second and third wins of the season last week with wins over Clermont Northeastern and Blanchester. Last Thursday night the Lady Broncos jumped out on CNE early and often as they cruised to a 71-26 Southern Buckeye Conference American Division win. A strong defensive effort, which included 32 steals, combined with balanced scoring from Elizabeth Cart er (18 points), Kylie Garrett (16), Ty Henry (10) and Morgan Wright (8) helped Western Brown to the victory. “Our defensive intensity and footwork was the key to the game,” Western Brown coach Kyle Fender said. “We played hard from the tip to the final horn.” The Lady Broncos followed up their win over CNE with a 54-40 win over Blanchester on Saturday. With Garrett and Henry confined to the bench for much of th e second quarter, the Broncos played to a 27-25 halftime lead. However, their second half defense helped them propel for the win. “We played much better defense in the second half in terms of keeping our feet active which led to more steals and rebounds while commit-

ting less fouls,” Fender said. Garrett led the way with 14 points while Henry chipped in with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Wright added nine points and seven boards while Carter scored eight and corralled seven boards. Eastern splits pair of games The Lady Warriors split their two games last week as they beat Whiteoak last Thursday before falling to Greenfield McClain on Saturday. A solid team effort helped the Lady Warriors roll past Whiteoak 64-14. “We played pretty well,” Eastern coach John Burrows said. “We were able to play a lot of players. All we re able to contribute.” Kayla Seigla led the way with 13 points while Andrea Tracy chipped in with 10. And the Lady Warriors solid play seemed to follow them to their game against Greenfield McClain on Saturday -- at least for one half. Despite jumping out to an 18-2 at the end of the first quarter, Eastern went cold shooting the ball in the second half before they succumbed to Greenfield by a score of 5239. The team’s performances seemed to flip by the half.

Greenfield struggled from the start shooting the ball before warming up to shoot 56 percent in the second half while the Lady Warriors shot at a 54 percent clip in the first half before finishing the game shooting 34 percent. However, Burrows felt foul shooting late was the difference. “The last quarter we missed several foul shots,” he said. “I thought t hat was the key.” Allison Prine led the way with 12 points for the Lady Warriors (2-2, 1-1 SHL) while Maria Johnson added 11. Lady G-Men add to 6-0 start The Lady G-Men earned their fifth win of the season with 53-39 win over Ripley last Saturday. Casey Carter led the way as she scored 22 points while Jesse Kidwell chipped in with 13 and Madison Pack added 11 points. “I thought it was our best effort of the ye ar,” Georgetown coach Bernie Cropper said. “Ripley played well. Ripley’s well coached.” Then, on Tuesday night, the Lady G-Men earned their sixth win of the season with a 54-46 comeback victory over Bethel. After being down 25-19 at halftime, the Lady G-Men stepped up defensively and

worked the ball inside against the Bethel zone. “In the second half we did a much better job defensively getting back and moving our feet,” Cropper said. “We were patient on offense and got it inside against their zone.” Kidwell led the way against the Lady Tigers with 19 points, on 13-14 shooting from the foul line, and nine rebounds. Carter added 16. Fayetteville earns second league win The Lady Rockets improved to 4-0 on the season with a 77-46 win over Lynchburg-Clay last Thursday night. “I felt like they came out and punched us rig ht in the mouth, we took the hard hit and battled very aggressively ourselves and eventually were able to respond with our own haymaker,” Fayetteville coach Toby Sheets said. Makayla Rosselot scored 27 points to lead the way while Lincoln Smyth, Megan Eyre and Carly Burroughs each added 13 points.

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CPR Classes at SHCC will be offered on Saturday, December 17 beginning at 9 a.m. lasting approximately 4 hours depending on the number of students. To register call Southern Hills Adult Education at the Career Center at (937) 378-6131, ext. 357 for more information. Candle Light Service will be held at the Shinkles Ridge Union Chapel on Saturday, December 17 beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come join us to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. Free Community Dinner, hosted by the Sardinia United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, located at 105 S. Main Street in Sardinia. A Night with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be held on Saturday, December 17 at the Rambler Gym Center. The event will be assisted by the girl scouts and everyone is welcome. For more information call Bobbie Sue Tibbe at (937) 377-4300 or (937) 974-0063. SUNDAY 12/18 Blue Christmas Church Service, will be held at the Bible Chapel U.C.C. in Hamersville on Sunday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m. Bible Chapel is located at 119 North Avenue in Hamersville just one block north of St. Rt. 125. Please come join us. OEFFA (Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association) chapter meeting will be held on Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. at the home of Ivan and Kathy Cunningham, 5920 Stephan Road in Sardinia. An educational presentation on soil will be given and new people are welcome. Snacks will be provided as will a tour of the Cunningham’s black sheep fiber

“From the Manger to the Cross” will be presented by the Hutchinsons and Victory Road on Sunday, December 18 at 7 p.m. at the West Fork Baptist Church. The church is located at 10127 West Fork Road, Georgetown (near Wahlsburg). For directions visit www.westforkbaptist.org or call Kevin Johnson at (937) 515-0675. Christmas Musical at Williams Corner Church of God will be presented on Sunday, December 18 at 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. as part of Christmas and New Year’s services. Then on Sunday, December 25, the church will celebrate Jesus’ birth with a service at 11 a.m. Everyone in attendance will receive a treat as they leave. The church is located at 6162 state Route 132, Goshen. For more information call (513) 2881977. MONDAY 12/19 TOPS Chapter in Mt. Orab will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December, 19 at the Mt. Orab Public Library, 613 S. High St. Further information is available by calling Hope Fain at (937) 444-0404. Western Brown Local School district Board of Education Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 19. This meeting is open to the public. Russellville Community Action Planners (RCAPS) regular monthly meeting will be held on Monday, December 19 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Rambler Center, 203 East Main Street in Russellville. For more information call 377-5224. TOPS Chapter in Sardinia will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 19, at Sardinia Church of the Nazarene on Sardinia-Mowrystown Road. Further information is available by calling Regina Davidson at (937) 446-3714. Diabetic Support Group will meet on Monday, December 19, at the Georgetown Methodist Church from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will have guest speakers, educational material, diabetic recipes and more. Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, December 19, at

the Commissioners Office, 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown. The public is invited to attend. TOPS Chapter in Ripley will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 19, at Ripley Church of the Nazarene, 230 N. Second St. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 377-2501.

These classes are for members of Snap Fitness as well as nonmembers. Please call (937) 4445230 for more information. Ripley-Union-LewisHuntington Board of Education will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20. The public is invited to attend this open meeting.

TUESDAY 12/20 Pleasant Township Trustees will meet in regular session at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20 in Georgetown. This meeting is open to the public. Coaches Cancer Fund to sponsor Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, December 20 at 5 p.m. at the Georgetown High School. The cost for the dinner is a $5 donation for the family of Tom Cropper, a 16 year old Georgetown High School student currently fighting cancer. Tom is the junior class president, a member of the National Honor Society as well as on the varsity cross country, basketball and track teams. T-shirts for only $10 will also be sold with 100% of the sales donated to the family. Call the high school with any questions at (937) 3786730. Alcoholics Anonymous in Sardinia meets from 11 a.m. until noon each Tuesday morning at the Sardinia Town Hall. Please enter the back door. For more information cal (937) 4443877. Brown County Governing Board of Educational Service Center will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 20. The public is welcome to attend. Family Night at Georgetown Elementary School School will be held on Tuesday, December 20, hosted by the PTO. The event will be held in the cafeteria from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to all Georgetown Elementary School students and will include holiday festivities including a Santa’s Workshop, storytelling by Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate and cookies. Eastern Local School District Board of Education will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20. This meeting is open to the public. Zumba Classes will be offered by Snap Fitness, 127 North Point Drive in Mt. Orab at 6:30 on Tuesday, December 20.

Mt. Orab Village Council will meet in regular session on Tuesday, December 20 at 8 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Yoga Classes will be offered by Snap Fitness, 127, North Point Drive, Mt. Orab at 7:30 p.m. at the center on Tuesday, December 20. Members of Snap Fitness as well as non-members are welcome. Please call (937) 444-5230 for details. Burger Bash Benefit for Local Girl’s Soccer at Mt. Orab Wendy’s will be held on Tuesday, December 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. This Burger Bash will benefit the BSC Eagles team. Provided/THE BROWN COUNTY PRESS

WEDNESDAY 12/21 Free Living Nativity, sponsored by three local Churches of Christ can be seen on Wednesday, December 21 and Thursday, December 22 at the gravel parking lot across from Subway Restaurant in Winchester. Come share a quiet moment away from the Christmas rush. Free cookies and hot chocolate. This event will be held between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more information call 373-4533.

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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter in Winchester will meet at 10 a.m.. Wednesday, December 21, at Winchester Church of Christ in Christian Union, 1540 TriCounty Highway, Winchester. Further information is available by calling Bobbi Wilson at (937) 446-4662.

The Pregnancy Resource Center A Place of Hope is a nonprofit agency that provides for the needs of expectant mothers and families with infants and children. Services provided include helping families with needed baby supplies such as diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, blankets, clothes and toys. Seeing 75 to 100 clients each month means the supply of these items are quickly depleted. During the Christmas season, the community is invited to “Bring a Gift to the Manger” of the items mentioned above. Items donated will help those less fortunate have a more joyful Christmas season. Other services include parenting classes, a program to earn a crib, car seats and other needed baby equipment. The Pregnancy Resource Center is supported solely through private donations and fund-raisers. They receive no local, county, state or federal government grants or funds. Donations are tax-deductible. Donations may be brought to the Center during their regular business hours: Monday and Thursday, 10 am to 2 pm; Tuesday, 10 am to 8 pm; and Wednesday, 2 pm to 6 pm. Those desiring further information about the Pregnancy Resource Center and their services may call 937-378-6853 and speak with Executive Director, Tamma Plymesser or Client Services Director, Rebecca McRoberts. Thanks to the support of the community the PRC will be able to remain A Place of Hope to families with infants and toddlers here in Brown County.

Georgetown Exempted Village School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21. This meeting is open to the public.

Book Club for Adults will meet at the Sardinia Library on Wednesday, December 21 at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet 8:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, December 22, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 220 S. High St., Mt. Orab.

Brown County Public Library Board Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 at the meeting room of the Sardinia Library, 13309 Purdy Road in Sardinia.

Adams/Brown County Alzheimer's/Dementia Family Caregiver support group will meet Thursday, December 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Adams County Regional Medical Center, second floor. For more information (937) 386-3590.

Brown County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 21, at the Commissioners Office, 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown. The public is invited to attend.

COURT NEWS Property Sales Joshua R. and Freeland Schweickart to Federal Home loan Mortgage Corporation, Lot 1 and Lot 24 in Decatur Lots, Byrd Twp., filed 12/7/2011, $35,334 Willadeen Davidson to Wanda Hurst, 1.57 acres of land in Clark Twp., filed 12/5/2011 Gabe Farrell Jr. etal to Matthew and Deborah Farrell, 3.01 acres of land in Clark Twp., filed 12/6/2011 Donald Gelter to Donald and Ellen Lee Gelter, 127.85 acres of land in Franklin Twp., filed 12/5/2011 Donald R. Gelter etal to Donald, Ray and Dale Gelter, .64 acres of land in Franklin Twp., filed 12/5/2011 Waynoka Property Owners Association to Waynoka Property Owners Association, Inc., Lot 2735 in Lake Waynoka Sub., Franklin Twp., filed 12/6/2011 Dorothy Maloney to Timothy J. Dooley, 14.29 acres of land in Franklin Twp., filed 12/8/2011 Shaun P. and Sarah M. Jones to Nicholas L. Gray, 1.14 acres of land in Franklin Twp., filed 12/8/2011, $84,900 John W. and Kay W. Cole to Tracy J. Carr, .65 acres of land in Huntington Twp., filed 12/7/2011, $89,000 Farm Credit Services of Mid-America to Stephen R. Liming, 1.84 acres of land in Lewis Twp., filed 12/5/2011, $53,600 Billy J. Frazier and Sam Schmidt, 1 acre of land in Lewis Twp., filed 12/6/2011, $52,667 Phillip D. McCord to Mark E. McCord and Melissa L. Jimison, 1.86 acres of land in Lewis Twp., filed 12/6/2011 Edward R. and Carol Calloway to Edward R. Calloway, 1.02 acres, Lot 37 in Clearview Acres Sub., Perry Twp., filed 12/7/2011 Gary Keplinger to Allen Mastin, 3.36 acres of land in Perry Twp., filed 12//2011, $74,000 Marsha J. and Samuel L. Snider to Kenneth W. and Misty L. Harris, 13.22 acres of land in Perry Twp., filed 12/8/2011 Brian Liming to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Lot 8F in Grant View Acres, Pike Twp., filed 12/7/2011, $53,334 Benjamin Jones and Tressa Bailey to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, Lot 20 and Lot 21 in Timberwood Estates #4, Pike Twp., filed 12/7/2011, $56,667 Home Solutions Properties, LLC to Debra JZ Real Estate, .51 acres of land in Pike Twp., filed 12/6/2011, $2,000 Mark E. Burba and Tonia Lee Fryman to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Lot 10 in Grant’s Landing Sub II, Pike Twp., filed 12/8/2011 James and Kathy Watson to Journey Systems, LLC, 3.56 acres, 1.36 acres and 1.19 acres of land in Pike Twp., filed 12/7/2011, $33,800 Frank and Alta Cordle to Alta Cordle and Phyllis Christy Robinson, .42 acres of land in Mt. Orab, Pike Twp., filed 12/8/2011 Beverly L. Robinson etal to Jesse McKinzie, Lots 1,2,3,4,5,6 ,7 and B7 in Fulton Park Sub in Georgetown, Pleasant Twp., filed 12/8/2011, $8,700 Carla A. Warren to Joshua and Kimberly Kirk, out-Lot 24 in Georgetown, Pleasant Twp., filed 12/7/2011, $90,000 Jacklyn E. Zucco to Carol L. Davis, Lot 8 in Georgetown, Pleasant Twp., filed 12/2/2011, $25,000 Tony J. and Carla J. Waits to Carla J. Waits, 2 acres of land in Sterling Twp., filed 12/8/2011 Dale and Mary Shumaker to Charles Bradford and Candee Stewart, 2.26 acres and 2.63 acres of land in Washington Twp., filed 128/2011

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Helping the Veterans this Christmas, sponsored by the George A. Lambert American Legion Auxiliary junior members from Post 755 are planning some fun activities for the holiday season. Christmas caroling in Sardinia will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 16, then on Saturday, December 17 a Holiday Craft Sale will be held at the American Legion Hall from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. which include hot dog's, chips and drinks. For details call (937) 446-3191 or (937)213-1245.

farm For more information or directions call (937) 392-1543 or (937) 446-2538 for directions.

James Burger to Luke A. and Lydia D. Ogden, .40 acres of land in Mt. Orab, Lot 3 in Village at Wills Point, filed 12/2/2011, $104,900

Marriages Carinia Sunshine J. Brannon, 31, Georgetown, property manager to marry Bradley Duane Watson, 34, Georgetown, surgical tech, filed 12/5/11 Leslie Anne Gibson, 21, Georgetown, homemaker to marry Bryan Ross Phillips, 22, Georgetown, Salvation Army Walmart, filed 12/6/2011 Rustina Sue Smith, 20, Williamsburg, nurse aide to marry Aaron William Soete, 22, Ft. Carson, CO, Army, filed 12/8/2011 Amber Jean Paeltz, 32, Sardinia, teacher to marry Travis Wayne Smith, 38, London, KY, correctional officer, filed 12/9/2011 Amie Rose Lang, 37, Sardinia, care provider to marry Zackary Tyler Meyer, 20, Sardinia, student, filed 12/9/2011 Kristan Danielle Starrett, 26, Fayetteville, homemaker to marry Thomas Edward Bolton, Jr., 25, Fayetteville, welder

Probate Emma E. Black, Decatur, case #20111225, DOD 11/3/2011, filed 12/6/11 John A. Fetters, Georgetown case #20111224, DOD 11/9/2011, filed 12/5/2011 Shirley M. Stewart, Hamersville, case #20111226, DOD, 11/15/2011, filed 12/6/2011

Book Club for Adults will meet in regular session on Wednesday, December 21 at 1 p.m. at the Georgetown Library. Everyone is invited to attend. Sit and Stitch will meet 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, December 21, at the Sardinia Public Library, 13309 Purdy Road, Sardinia. Anyone who is a crocheter or spinner or who wants to learn, is invited to attend and bring a current project. Children are welcome. Further information is available by calling (937) 403-8481 or (513) 314-1656. Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 at the Brown SWCD office located at 706 South Main Street in Georgetown. Meetings are open to the public. TOPS Chapter in Aberdeen will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, at the Riverbend Apartments Community Room. Further information is available by calling Kaye Nichols at (937) 3772501. THURSDAY 12/22

Common Pleas CIVIL CASES Asset Acceptance LLC versus Emily J. Hardy, case 20111142, filed 12/5/2011, Action: other civil Asset Acceptance LLC versus Jeanine Anderson, case 20111143, filed 12/5/2011, Action: other civil Asset Acceptance LLC versus Tonya Hostetler, case 20111144, filed 12/5/2011, Action: other civil Bank of America, NA Successor versus Karen A. Sutton, case 20111148, filed 12/6/2011, Action: foreclosures Wells Fargo Bank NA Successor versus Alfred E. Orme, case 20111150, filed 12/7/2011, Action: foreclosures JP Morgan Chase Bank National versus Orvie Hoffer, case 20111151, filed 12/7/2011 Neil Rostvold versus Tim Gray, case 20111152, filed 12/7/2011, Action: other civil Rhonda M. Fuson versus Emberly Weaver, case 20111153, filed 12/7/2011, Action: other civil stalking Capital One Bank USA, NA, versus Stephen M. Maxwell, case 20111156, filed 12/8/2011, Action: other civil Lvnv Funding LLC versus Jeffery A. Edge, case 20111157, filed 12/8/2011, Action: other civil Tim C. Gray versus Timmy Gray, case 20111158, filed 12/8/2011, Action: civil stalking order

Kickboxing Classes will be offered on Thursday at 6:30 on December 22, at the Snap Fitness Center in Mt. Orab, 127 N. Point Drive. These classes are open to members as well as non members. For details call (937) 444-5230. Georgetown Village Council will meet in regular session on Thursday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. Yoga Classes will be offered at the Snap Fitness center in Mt. Orab, 127 North Point Drive beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 22. These classes are open to both members and non-members. Call (937) 444-5230 for more information.

FRIDAY 12/23 Free knitting and crocheting classes at the Rambler Center (old Russellville-Jefferson High School) in Russellville will be held 10 a.m.-noon Friday, December 23. 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) 5433137. Donations being accepted for Dress for Success at Valore Salon seven days at week. Now accepting jewelry, scarves, belts/purses, pants suits, dresses/skirts and blouses. Donations will be accepted until December 23. To contact Valore Salon call (937) 378-4SPA, located at 121 N. Main Street in Georgetown or visit www.valoresalon.com. SATURDAY 12/24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Saturday, December 24 at the Buford Church of Christ, 2457 St. Rt. 138. All are welcome to come. Candlelite Service at Bible Chapel U.C.C. will be held on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. Bible Chapel is located at 119 North Avenue in Hamersville, just one block north of St. Rt. 125. Special Worship Service on Christmas Eve at the Sardinia Church of Christ December 24, beginning at 6 p.m. then at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 25. Will include worship, special music, communion, etc. Everyone is welcome. Continued on Page 19

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Christmas Letters from Hamersville Elementary Letters to Santa/2011 Angela Walters' Kindergarten Hamersville Elementary Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a tow truck and a guitar. Could you also get mom a ring? Your friend, Zackery Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a skateboard. Could you also get momma a Diet Pepsi? Your friend, Gage Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a Nintendo 3DS. Could you also get my dog a bone? Your friend, Terry Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a butterfly toy. Could you get my new baby brother a baby toy? Your friend, Kerstyn Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want two Barbie dolls and a scooter. Could you also get Mom a new umbrella? Your friend, Laney Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a Christmas tree. Could you get mom a big paper heart? Your friend, Kalie Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a monster truck. Could you also get Mom some earrings? Your friend, John Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a Shake N Go World Raceway. Also, I would like the Cars movie. Your friend, Blaze Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a shark boat. Could you also get a guitar for my grandma and grandpa? Your friend, Matthew

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Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a scrapbook. Could you get a new phone for Mamaw? Your friend, Emma Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want an elf costume. Could you also get mom, dad, and my family a cat? Your friend, Elizabeth Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a shark boat. Could you get a dog for Mom and Dad? Your friend, Shiloh Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a scrapbook and a skateboard. Could you get a book for my aunt? Your friend, Bobby

Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a black guitar. Could you get a puppy for my family? Your friend, Brianna Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want Army people. Could you get candy for my daddy? Your friend, Andrew Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a skateboard. Could you get Dad a pocket knife? Your friend, Landon Dear Santa Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a real microphone. Could you get mommy another sprinkler? Your friend, Caitlynn Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want a sheriff's costume and a cop car. Could you get daddy a computer? Your friend, Preston Dear Santa, Hi! I have been good. For Christmas I want Ironman toys. Could you get Mom an Ironman toy too? Your friend, Jacob

Christmas Letters from Mt. Orab Elementary Letters to Santa/2011 Kenneth Aker’s first grade Mt. Orab Elementary Dear Santa, Can you bring my mom a Tom and Jerry Picture, my dad a bike and my brother a motorcyle? Nathan Dear Santa, Please bring my mommy a new car and my daddy wants a Call of Duty, Black Ops game. Kai Dear Santa, Can you get my mom and dad the Bengal football and the Bengal t-shirt? Love, Colten Dear Santa, Please get my brother a head phone set. David Dear Santa, Can you give my mom a ring and can you give my dad a computer? Cody Dear Santa, I want you to bring my sister a barbie airplane witha pool and with a cooking pan. Love, Dakota Dear Santa, Please bring my sister Pop the Pig and Chris an X-Box 360. I hope you have a great and good day! Love, Camrom Dear Santa, Please bring my dad a new pair of pans and plese bring my mom a new blue dress and a new blue high heels. Love, Morgan Dear Santa, Please bring my grandma a soft bed for her dog. Love, Olivia Dear Santa, Please bring my mommy a candel and my dad guns. Love, Alexis Dear Santa, Please bring my mom a bear and my dad a gun. My sister wants a Pop the Pig game and my brother a toy truck. My baby brother wants some clothes. Love, Emily

Dear Santa, Please bring my sister a barbie doll and please bring my mommy jewelry. Andrew Dear Santa, Please bring my mom and dad a picture. I love you. Robert Dear Santa, My dad would like a football set and my mom wants jewelry. Evan Dear Santa, My mom wants a ring and my dad wants a ring too. Eric Dear Santa, Please bring mom an XBox 360 with the game Dance Central. Love, Davona Dear Santa, Bring my mom candles and bring my dad a ring. Gracie Dear Santa, Please bring my sister a barbie doll that is named April. Love, Jazmine Dear Santa, Please bring my bother, Brantly, a stuffed animal. Lane Letters to Santa/2011 Stacey Camp’s first grade Mt. Orab Elementary

Santa my nebrs need mune. Love Coby Dear Santa Plees bring my mom a neclis. Bring my big brother x box 360. Bring my dad a 500 dolers. I luv u… Zack Baker Dear Santa can you get my cousin Monstr Hiydoll can you get my baby cousin a blackit and some toys. Love Mya Dear Santa Please giv my mom a per of sliprs and will u giv my baby brothr a perouv sliprs. And will u giv my cousin a per of sliprs. Love Brayden Dear Santa please get my baby sister Reesie a pelow pet. Thank you Love Rayna

Dear Santa my cousin is in the hospital will you get him a blackit. My daddy needs 5 nuw tirs. Love Tyler Dear Santa can you please get my brother a x box 360 and my baby brother a blankit and my mom some sliprs. Love Alyssa.

Dear Santa Will you bring my cusint a X box 360 thank’s love Zoey

Dear Santa please bring my baby cousin sum slipers and sum shoes and my other cousin sum flipflops because they need some. Love Haley

Dear Santa Please bring my mom some eirrings and my dad some boots and my mamaw a stuff animl cat and cousin a zozo pet. Bring my other cousin a reselling game and my popaw a new hat and my other cousin some boots. Thanks You! Love Kaitlyn Dear Santa Can you please breg my friend Holly sum toys a lot. Thank you, Madison Dear Santa Please brung my uncle a wellchayr and a wockr beckus my uncle needs thim buwth. Love, Evy thank you Dear Santa gev my brother a toy. Lov AJ Dear Santa will you give my brother a game. Thank you, Alex Dear Santa me and my sister wat to lev together. Sadie Dear Santa, Please bring my mom and dad sliprs thank you, Love Hunter I hooppe you have a good Chrimsmes Dear Santa get my dad the game call of duty mw3 love Devon David Thank you

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Dear Santa can you giv my aunt a reeng and my papaw Reds cup and my dad a poket nife and my mom a nekulis and my nana a ring. Love Emma

Dear Santa Please bring my Dad a hunting game and my mom a pair of sliper and my gradma a pair of ring. Love, Logan R.

Dear Santa Peas get my dad a x box 360 and my mom a reeng. My popo a noow gun and my nunn a noow car. Bring my mama a noow book and uder popol a duk kall. And my teechr a noow wisl. Love Spence

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Christmas Letters from RULH Elementary Letters to Santa/2011 Regina Smith’s kindergarten RULH Elementary Dear Santa, Please bring a cell phone for my dad. Thank you, Casie Turner Dear Santa, I would like you to bring a surprise for my brother, Silas. Thank you, Lydia

Dear Santa, Please bring my dad some shells. Love, Jayden Dear Santa, Please bring my mommy a new house. Love, Billy Dear Santa, Please bring an ipod for by Mom. Love, Ryan Dear Santa, Please bring my mom a PSP. Thank you, Carson

The following letter was submitted by the writer directly to Santa Claus, not through a teacher. Dear Santa Claus, I love your white bread. I was seeing if I could have ... IPod, dog trest for my dog, a stuff dog, a puppy, a moster High Doll, make up, Wii game, Wii, a bed spread, a gitar, a poller bear rog, a new babby doll, a art set, a flute, a dreess, nail polsh, a santa hat, a ria deer, motersicer, bike, phone, Pussin boot’s the move, hexbug, cupter, be on the good list, ordes, easybake oven. Gracie Chambers PS: Rite me bake. What cid of cookies do u want? Santa’s note: Gracie, I love any kind of cookies! I’m gald you thought of me! Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

Williams Corner Church of God sets Christmas services The Williams Corner Church of God has set Christmas and New Years services. Celebrate The Day, a Christmas musical will be presented at the Williams Corner Church of God on Sunday, December 18 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. This event is for all ages and presents the celebration of Christ’s birth through music of a mixed choir of adults and young people Then on Sunday, December 25 the church will celebrate Jesus’ birth with a service at 11 a.m. Everyone in attendance will receive a treat as they leave.

Mark Wednesday, December 28 at 7 p.m. to be at the midweek youth service. This service is geared toward all ages. Then on Saturday, December 31 the church will be ringing in the new year with a pot luck dinner at 8:30 p.m. Following the dinner, a Watch Night service will be held to pray in the New Year. On Sunday, January 1, 2012 we will start the New Year right with our service at 11 a.m. Come to one or all of these services at the church at 6162 State Route 132, Goshen. For more information call 513288-1977.

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Dear Santa, Please bring a new coffee cup for my Nanny. Love, Marlee Dear Santa, Please bring a toy for my Mamaw’s cat. Thank you, Kiera Dear Santa, Please bring a cat for my Mom. Love, Kyla Dear Santa, Please bring my sister some new clothes. Love, Emily Dear Santa, Please bring my brother Jon a DSI Excel so we can play games together. Love, Jackson Dear Santa, Please bring my Mamaw a mask. Thank you, Suvanna Dear Santa, Please bring a dog for my Nanny. Love, Tristan

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Ripley Lions Club winner announced The Ripley Lions Club would like to thank everyone that helped make the River Village Christmas Lions Club Bazaar a success. Thank you too, Lillie Rice for donating a beautiful afgan. Bristows for the Yankee Candle gift set. John Ward of John Wards Lithographs for his prints and too all the Lion Club members and non-member who donated all the wonderful items we had. A special thanks goes to our "Mrs. Claus" aka Alice Spires for spending two days helping the Lions, and too Terry Kemmeter for framing and matting. The winner of the 50/50 drawing was Danny Anderson, the winning ticket was sold by Shirley Malone. The afgan was won by Melinda Dolton. We would also like to thank the owners of Wag's Building where our bazaar was held. We are very thankful for the wonderful weather that occurred over the weekend. Finally, the River Village Christmas committee whose dedication year after year brings together all the events of the weekend. Thank you again to all. Merry Christmas from the Lions Club.

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Annual Christmas Eve Service, sponsored by the Georgetown Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 24, beginning at 7 p.m. The program will include music, youth performance, Christmas message and the lighting of candles. The church is located at 401 S. Main Street in Georgetown. UPCOMING EVENTS 7th Annual Bridal Show in Brown County, will be held on Sunday, January 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brown County Fairgrounds. The fashion show will begin at 3 p.m. For more information contact Doug or Candace at (937) 378-6830. New Year’s Eve Service at the Sardinia Church of Christ beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday,

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Firefighter I Transition Course testing, will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 5 p.m. at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, 9193 Hamer Road in Georgetown. The course will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ripley Fire Department, 119 Waterworks Road in Ripley. For details call (937) 378-6131, ext. 357. Perry Township Trustees will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 26 in Fayetteville. This meeting is open to the public. New Years Eve Dance sponsored by the American Legion Post 180 in Georgetown will be held on Saturday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music will be provided by “Double Vision” and the evening will include food, door and raffle prizes and the cost is only $15 per person. All proceeds go to sponsor the Veteran’s Assistance Programs at the post. For details call Dianna at (937) 515-8222.

Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation grants for 2012 application deadline is December 30, 2011. To download grant guidelines and application and learn more about the National Youth Fishing ad Boating Initiative visit RBFF.org. Applicants will be notified in April 2012.

Williams Corner Church of God, 6162 St. Rt. 132 in Goshen on New Years Eve, December 31 beginning with a pot luck dinner at 8:30 p.m. Following the dinner, a Watch Night Service will be held to pray in the New Year. For more information call (513) 2881977.

classes throughout the school year at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, 9193 Hamer Road, Georgetown. Anyone wanting further information or wishing to register for an Adult Education class may contact Southern Hills Adult Education at (937) 378-6131, Ext. 357.

Sterling Township Trustees will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 26 at the Township Hall. This meeting is open to the public.

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The Brown County Senior Citizens Council, located at 505 N. Main Street in Georgetown offers transportation for medical appointments, shopping area, nutrition sites and other service providers. It also offers homemaker assistance, Respite Care, Passport which offers alternatives to nursing home placement and caregiver support. To con-

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Course will begin on Tuesday, January 3 at UC Clermont College in Batavia. The program consists of 582 hours and covers two quarters. Tuition only $4,363. For more information visit www.ucclermont.edu/academics/police_aca demy.html or call (513) 7325319. Ripley Village Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27. This meeting is open to the public. Washington Township Trustees will meet in regular session at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 30 at the firehouse. The public is invited to attend. New

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Flu Clinics at the Brown County Health Department have been scheduled for each Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $20. For more information call (937) 378-6892. Diabetic Support Group, sponsored by the Brown County Sugar Helpers Group invites anyone interested in learning more about diabetes to meetings held the second Monday of each month at the Georgetown United Methodist Church from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The church is located 217 South Main Street in Georgetown.

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Order new book on one room schools now, from the Brown County Historical Society. The book discusses about 70 oneroom schools located in Brown County. Please call Joyce Wallace at (937) 378-4444 or any society member to purchase a book. Senior Bingo will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each Monday at the Georgetown Nutrition Center. Please bring a $1 wrapped gift. A nutritional meal will be offered. HIV/Hepatitis C Testing is offered free by the Brown County Health Department by appointment only. The HIV test results are available within 15 minutes. To schedule an appointment call (937) 3786892. Crafting Classes will begin the second Saturday of the month at the Mt. Orab Public Library, sessions from 1 to 2 p.m., at the library, 613 South High Street in Mt. Orab. The classes are for adult patrons with the Care and Share program. Adams/Brown County Alzheimer/s/Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group will meet on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Adams County Regional Medical Center in the second floor conference room. For more information (937) 386-3590. Adams-Brown Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program income guidelines have been increased to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Anyone wishing to obtain further information or to schedule an appointment to discuss obtaining E-HEAP services may contact the Adams Brown Community Action Program Office in Georgetown at (937) 378-6041 or 1-800-553-7393, Ext. 253 or 254. Walk-in hours are 8-11 a.m. daily at the ABCAP Office at 406 W. Plum St., Georgetown, and outreach is available for the very elderly or disabled. We Can Help Food Bank at the corner of Decatur-Eckmansville Road and State Route 125 is open 11 a.m-4 p.m. Fridays and is sponsored by private donations. Donations should be made when the Food Bank is not open, and all donations are appreciated. Southern Hills Adult Education Department offers adults an array of computer

tact a representative, call (937) 378-6603 or toll free at (877) 259-8598. Anyone involved with a governing body, an organization, or a regularly-scheduled activity that has a meeting date and/or time or location change should contact The Brown County Press two weeks in advance, if possible, about that change(s) so the correct date and/or time and location may be listed in the Weekly Calendar. Also, anyone who would like an activity listed in The Brown County Press' Weekly Calendar that currently is not listed should call the newspaper office during regular hours at (937) 4443441.

Local food distribution success in Decatur The ‘We Can Help’ Food Bank distributed food to 102 area families on Wednesday, December 7 at the Decatur Community Center on state Route 125. Coordinator Annie Staggs expressed her appreciation to everyone in the Decatur community who donated money for the food and to everyone who helped distribute it. She also expressed her gratitude for the use of the Community Center. Staggs offered a special thanks to Robert Drake who assisted with the fundraising, set up and distribution. Staggs opened the ‘We Can Help’ Food Bank in 2009 to assist area residents who were having a hard time making it in this troubled economy. “As food prices continue to soar more and more people are going hungry. I felt then as I do now that there is a real need for this service. I focus on individuals and families who do not qualify for government food assistance, who are struggling to get by and just need a little help to keep their head above water, so they don’t fall through the cracks.” This is the third food distribution Staggs has coordinated in the last 2 1/2 years. “I am blessed to live in such a caring and giving community,”

West Fork Baptist hosts Hutchinsons, Victory Road West Fork Baptist Church welcomes the Hutchinsons and Victory Road on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 7 p.m. to present "From the Manger to the Cross." West Fork Baptist Church is located at 10127 West Fork Rd, Georgetown. For directions visit www.westforkbaptist.org or call Kevin Johnson at (937) 515-0675.

Sardinia Church of Christ sets Christmas services Come and join the Sardinia Church of Christ this Christmas. Both Christmas services will include worship, special music, communion,etc. Christmas Eve Worship Service will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 24 Christmas Day Worship Service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, December 25. Sardinia Church of Christ is located at 7130 Bachman Rd. Sardinia Oh Phone number is 446-2594 or check us out on the web at www.sardiniacc.com.

Staggs states. The “We Can Help” Food Bank is located in Decatur across the street from the U.S. Post Office on Decatur Eckansville Road. It is open on Fridays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Food donations are always welcome Staggs states, just call me at (937) 373-1006, any help given is truly appreciated.

OEFFA set to meet Our next Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) Chapter meeting will be Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. at the home of Ian and Kathy Cunningham at 5920 Stephan Rd., Sardinia. We'll have an educational presentation on SOIL (which we promise will be much more interesting than it sounds - guaranteed to make us better farmers and gardeners). New people are welcome. We will feed you delicious snacks and you will be able to tour the Cunningham's beautiful Black Sheep Fiber Farm. Call (937) 392-1543 for more information about OEFFA, or (937) 446-2538 for directions.

Mt. Nebo Candlelight Services Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church invites the community to attend Christmas Eve Candlelight worship services at 7:30 or 9:30 p.m. Scripture, music, media and the soft glow of candlelight will be part of these worship times. Plan to bring the whole family and participate in honoring God for the birth of Jesus Christ, the Christ of Christmas. The church is located at 11693 State Route 774 near the crossroads of 774 and Bethel New Hope Road.

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New Year’s Eve dance in ‘Burg American Legion Post 288, Williamsburg is hosting a New Year’s Eve Dance on Saturday, December 31, 2011 from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Music will be provided by Shawn Hammonds, set-ups included, $15.00 per person. The post is located at 208 East Main Street, Williamsburg. For more information call (513) 724-9915 or ‘Spoonie’ at (513) 253-9927.

RMA streamlines Ohio acreage reporting dates for 2012 As announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) have established 15 common Acreage Reporting Dates for producers participating in RMA and FSA programs. Brian D. Frieden, Director of the Springfield Regional Office, Risk Management Agency, states “For Ohio producers, this means the number

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December 31 then on Sunday, January 1 beginning at 10 a.m. This service will include worship, music and communion. Please come join us.

of Acreage Reporting Dates will decrease from five to four.” For more information and a list of local crop insurance agents, please visit the RMA Web site at www.rma.usda.gov/tools/agent.html. Waivers of administrative fees for producers who qualify as limited resource farmers are available. Crop insurance agents will assist those qualifying producers with determining eligibility for waivers.

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206 - BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES LAKE WAYNOKA Restaurant is available for leasing. Interested parties should contact the Administrative office for details at 937-446-3232, M-F 8am-4pm

300 - APTS. UNFURNISHED 1 & 2br apartment for rent in Ripley, utilities not included, no pets. 1br $225 & 2br $350. 937-618-0063. 2BR, 1BA duplex apartment, quiet location, village of Mt. Orab, $550/mo., deposit, no pets. 513-313-5553. 2BR, LR, DR, equipped kitchen, laundry hookups, A/C, wired for cable. Anderson State Road near Fayetteville/St. Martin. Deposit & references required. 513-875-3223 or 513-543-5680. ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 1, 2 & 3br, Equal Opportunity Housing, apply at Forest Glade Apartments, 9001 Airport Rd., Georgetown, OH, 937-378-4565. APARTMENT FOR rent - Georgetown, 1br, all utilities included, no pets, references required, $450/mo., $450/dep. 937-379-2103. BATAVIA - 2br, 1ba, balcony, $520/mo. plus deposit. 513-561-4014. FAYETTEVILLE - 2br, equipped kitchen, washer/dryer hookup, no pets allowed, $525/mo. plus water, trash & deposit. 513-875-3308. FELICITY GARRISON PLACE SENIOR APARTMENTS 62 & OVER Rent Subsidized Free Utilities Secure Bldg. On-site laundry Pets allowed

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MT. ORAB, 2br, 1.5ba townhouse, Mill St. equipped kitchen, 1/yr. lease, $470 plus utilities, $470/deposit, no pets, good credit, reference check required. December/January vacancies, 937-442-3275. MT. ORAB, 2br, 1ba, washer/dryer, stove, refrigerator & water, $575/mo., $575/dep. 513-504-8152. RIPLEY SCHOOLHOUSE Apartments, 1br units available, Move-in Rent Special, rent-$255 plus utilities, for Seniors 62 years old, disabled or handicapped. For questions call 937-392-9216 or 937-378-6603. Managed by Brown County Senior Citizens Council.

2BR MOBILE home in Winchester, OH. Water, sewage, gas heat included, tenant pays electric. NO PETS! $500/mo. plus deposit. 937-695-0755. Call evenings.

3BR, 1-ACRE lot, storage shed, newly remodeled, no pets, good credit, $500/mo plus deposit. 937-444-3701. BETHEL/HAMERSVILLE - 3br, new carpet, A/C, 1-acre lot, large deck, NO PETS!, $595 plus deposit. 513-797-7278 or 513-200-9909. MOBILE HOME in Georgetown, 3br, 1ba, $400/mo. Also 2br, 1ba duplex, in Georgetown, 1-car garage, new carpet, $475/mo. Call 937-515-9758 TAKING APPLICATIONS on a nice small 12x60 2br mobile home on Rt. 62 between Macon & Ashridge, no pets, $350/mo., $350/dep. 937-446-2155.

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HAMERSVILLE, 3BR, 1ba, all appliances furnished. Absolutely no pets. Credit references, $695/mo. plus deposit and utilities. 937-3926052 or 513-734-4460. HOUSE FOR rent Bethel, 3brs, bath & 1/2, $675/mo. plus deposit. Must have clean background and no judgments. 513-314-0067. MT. ORAB - Remodeled 3br, 2ba ranch, 2-car attached garage on 1-acre. New appliances, $800/mo. 513-886-8325. NEW 4BR home Mt. Orab w/rent/land contract options. Available end of December, no pets. Viji Grant, Remax Advanced 937-213-1548. SARDINIA - 3br, 2ba, full basement, $600/dep., $600/mo. NO PETS! NO SMOKING! References required. 937-515-1583.

307 - MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT SARDINIA, 2 mobile homes, 2br $395, 3br $425 + deposits. No pets! 937-822-1366.

Due to the upcoming Christmas & New Year Holidays we will be having an early deadline for your classified & real estate ads. Please make sure you don’t miss getting your ads in on time. The deadline for the Brown County Press Sunday, December 25th edition will be Wednesday, December 21st at 10:00am!

2BR TRAILER in the country, secluded setting, Eastern School District, water/sewage furnished, $450/mo. plus deposit. NO PETS! 937-6950755, call evenings.

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400 - HOUSES FOR SALE COMPLETELY REMODELED 3br, country setting, ELSD, 2-miles from 32, 2-car attached garage, new windows, doors, central heat/air, carpet, cabinets, asking $94,500. 937-446-4129. FARM WITH nice 1.5 story older home w/basement, 3 car detached garage, barns & 20 rolling acres with large rock lined creek and woods, great for hunting or farming, more or less acreage available, Bethel New Hope Rd., 1 mi. from Clermont County line, Western Brown but close enough for Bethel. Asking $215,000 513-734-6349 or 937-444-6925 Dan (May also sell for less with fewer acres)

FIVE ACRES in Arnheim, 7079 Yockey Rd., Eastern Schools, two acres heavily wooded. Completely remodeled 3br, 2ba ranch, laminate floors, lots of privacy, $89,900, possible short term owner financing. Call Dennis Wright for details 937-213-2060. GREAT LOCATION 3br, 2ba nice home, nice lot. P/I only $440/mo. approx.. Bank financing required. Viji Grant, Remax Advanced 937213-1548.

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400 - HOUSES FOR SALE LIVE FREE in Mt. Orab, live in downstairs and rent the upstairs 4br, 2ba in Mt. Orab zoned business, 2 front entrances, business downstairs, rent upstairs, many possibilities, 118 S. High St. below market at $75,000, possible short term owner financing. Call Dennis Wright for details. 937-213-2060.

402 - APT.HOUSES FOR SALE SARDINIA - 3-family $98K, rents $1350/mo., 2-family, $120K, rents $1300/mo. on acre in town, single families $55K, $68K, $73K. Land contract considered. E-mail deafoldman@hotmail.com

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

Asking $199,500 Dan 513-734-6349 or 937-444-6925 (Smaller parcels also available) FOR SALE - Building lot in Mt. Orab on North High Meadows Drive. Lot size is .5 acres on quiet, dead end street among beautiful homes with large shade trees. Listed for $19,750. 513-379-4194.

THREE ADULTS looking to obtain a year round hunting lease. If you have vacant land, are looking to make some easy money, please give me a call. References available. 989-948-8812.

410 - LEASE/OPTION TO BUY 3BR homes available for $650/mo. on 1-acre track in Mt. Orab area, 937-403-6946 or 800-382-4853.

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

507 - SEWING & ALTERATIONS For all your sewing needs for you, your family and your home. Call 937-4444276. Reasonable rates, expert service.

600 - FURNITURE BEDROOM SUIT, maple 4/piece, full size, includes mattress & box springs, excellent condition, $400. 513-735-2987.

606 - FARM MERCHANDISE 2005 JOHN Deere tractor w/loader & cutter, price $6500. I’m available at: mndtc@msn.com 440-839-8403.

607 - FIREWOOD SEASONED FIREWOOD for sale. Also cash paid for cars running or not, & I do general clean up from barns to basements. Call Gary 937-515-4012. SEASONED FIREWOOD, $60 per Rick, you pick up. 937-690-9346.

611 - WANTED TO BUY BUYING JUNK vehicles any condition. Paying cash at pickup. Call/Text 513-310-6319. FREE TOW-A-WAY.

“TOP DOLLAR PAID” FOR Antiques, Furniture, Jewelry, Silver, Gold, Tools, Games, DVD’s, CD’s, any Collectibles! 937-378-1819 937-378-2850 “Almost Anything”

613 - PETS AND SUPPLIES BEAGLE FEMALE reg-istered, 4/yrs. old, $150. 513-724-1097.

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

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

937-515-2692 FORD PARTS, motors, transmission. For sale, lumber from 1830’s home, oak, all parts. 937-289-1040.

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Have a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from our Family to Yours!

615 - MISC. FOR SALE FRESH CUT Christmas Trees, live wreaths, swags, also Vine Trees, wreaths, ornaments & stars, gift baskets & more. Come visit our Gift Shop at Cox Firewood. 3600 SR 125, Georgetown, OH. 937378-4309, Visa, Mastercard accepted.

NEW CARGO trailer parts for sale, Good Year 16” tires on 8-lug wheels, alum. fenders, jacks, seals, etc. Call TJ at 513-262-9400.

808 - AUTOS FOR SALE 1930’S-PRESENT

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

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

701 - LOST AND FOUND FOUND MALE Siberian Husky. 513-417-5147.

802 - MOTORCYCLES/ MINI-BIKES FOR SALE - 2006 Harley Davidson Street Bob. 1450CC motor, 6spd, 6000/miles. Excellent condition. Stays covered in garage, lots of extras, passenger seat, backrest, forward controls, Screamin Eagle pipes, grips, pegs, etc. Kelley Blue Book retail price is over $10,000 without the extras. Asking $9,750. No rides. 513-379-4194.

804 - AUTOS WANTED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOL 1270287D Beacon Hill Subdivision - First Offering! Location, location, location! Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in Beacon Hill. Well known local builder. Solid ranch 3BR 1.5BA/ 2 car att gar., seller had it blt. Lightly wooded .34 ac. lot, Located on a short cul-de sac. $89,900 CH RICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1289196- Lake Waynoka- Simply Magnificent! 3BD, 2BA. This is a custom built Schlabach home. Open floor plan with soaring ceilings. Hardwood entry and kitchen flring. Beautiful kitchen cabinets w/crown molding. Kit. island. MBR suite w/stand up shower. Spacious laundry rm. $129,900

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

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10 Room Duplex with 2 Five Room Apartments, Natural Gas Heat and Basements. Asking $52,900.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31ST, 2011 INSPECTION TUES., DEC. 27 FROM 4-5 PM

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THREE PARCELS - 5 HOUSES NICE 3 BEDROOM- 2 BATH BRICK RANCH HOME- THREE RENTAL HOMES & 1-1/2 STORY FRAME HOME. (NEEDS RENOVATION) ALL PROPERTIES SELL ON SITE.

Stephen Penny, Broker 937-795-0184 Robert Ruggle Associate & Auctioneer 937-549-3150

(1) STARTS @ 10AM: LOCATED 3982 ST. RT. 133 AT THE SOUTH EDGE OF WILLIAMSBURG. BEING A 1.44 ACRE LOT SERVED BY PUBLIC WATER, NATURAL GAS AND 3 SEPARATE ON SITE SEWAGE SYSTEMS. (A) BRICK RANCH HOME HAS 3 BEDROOMS, 2 FULL TILE BATHROOMS (ONE FOR HANDICAP), BIG LIVING ROOM, KITCHEN - DINING COMBINATION, 12’X16’ FAMILY ROOM, UTILITY ROOM, EXTRA STORAGE SPACE, HARDWOOD FLOORS, NEWER WINDOWS, ELECTRIC HEAT W/SEPARATE ROOM CONTROLS, CENTRAL AIR SYSTEM, PATIO, CARPORT ETC. NICE ROLLING LOT, NEEDS SOME SPRUCING UP. (B) OLDER 4 ROOM HOUSE WITH 2 BEDROOMS & FULL BATH OVER FULL BASEMENT. SEPARATE UTILITIES INCLUDING NATURAL GAS. LAST RENTED FOR $400 PER MONTH. (C) OLD STYLE 1-1/2 STORY FRAME, HAS 7 ROOMS TOTAL. PARTIAL BASEMENT. SEPARATE UTILITIES AND SEWAGE SYSTEM. NEEDS TOTAL RENOVATION INSIDE & OUT. NOTE: A-B & C ON THE 1.44 ACRE LOT SELLS AS ONE PARCEL.

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(2) STARTS @ 11 AM: LOCATED 228 FOURTH STREET. ONE FLOOR FRAME W/1,152 SQUARE FEET OF LIVING SPACE. LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM, 2 BEDROOMS, FULL BATH, EAT IN KITCHEN, UTILITY ROOM ETC. NATURAL GAS HEAT & CENTRAL AIR SYSTEMS. DETACHED FRAME GARAGE & STORAGE BUILDING. NEEDS SOME MINOR SPRUCE UP & RENOVATION. LAST RENTED FOR $550 PER MONTH. (3) STARTS @ 12:00 NOON: 126 N. FIFTH STREET. 1-1/2 STORY HOME COMPLETELY RENOVATED A FEW YEARS AGO. NEW SIDING, ROOF, HEAT-AIR SYSTEMS, WINDOWS ETC. HAS LIVING ROOM, BEDROOM, BIG KITCHEN, FULL BATH & UTILITY ROOM ON 1ST FLOOR, 2 BEDROOMS ON 2ND FLOOR, FULL BASEMENT. ALL UTILITIES INCLUDING NATURAL GAS. NEEDS A LITTLE CLEAN UP @ TLC - READY TO MOVE IN. LAST RENTED FOR $600 PER MONTH.

If you’re preparing to sell your house, start by doing a few simple things that will make your house seem more appealing and increase its value to prospective buyers. Check off the items on this handy checklist to help you evaluate your home and decide what will need work. Remember when you are ready, our experienced sales specialists can help you locate prime prospects and get the price you’re looking for. • Fix and paint fences, house trim, and railings. • Mow the lawn, sweep the walk, and eliminate clutter. • Polish front-door brass, and make sure the bell and porch lights are working • A new door mat and flowering plants make a good first impression. • Bathrooms and kitchens should be in good working order, and be neat and clean. • All mechanical and electrical devices should function properly.

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HERE IS A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO BUY AT ABSOLUTE AUCTION, ONE OR ALL OF THESE PROPERTIES. LOTS OF POTENTIAL AND POSSIBILITIES HERE!!! RENTAL HOME INVESTORS- RESELLERS- RENOVATORS TAKE NOTE. GOOD RENTAL PROPERTIES ARE IN VERY STRONG DEMAND. PICTURES OF HOUSES ON WWW.JTWILSON.COM INTERIOR INSPECTION DEC. 27TH FROM 4:00 TO 5:00 PM TERMS - CONDITIONS: HIGH BIDDERS TO PAY A 10% DEPOSIT OF THE PURCHASE PRICE AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE BIDDING, ON EACH PARCEL AND SIGNING A NO CONTINGENCY SALES CONTRACT. BALANCE DUE AT CLOSING BY JANUARY 31ST, 2012. NOTE: THERE WILL BE A 10% BUYER PREMIUM ADDED TO THE FINAL BID TO DETERMINE THE ACTUAL PURCHASE PRICE. BROKER/AUCTIONEERS REPRESENT THE SELLER ONLY. JOEL T. WILSON, BROKER/AUCTIONEER & DAVID P. LEWIS, AGENT/AUCTIONEER. SALE REFERRED BY JAMES R. VICKERS - JAMESTOWN REALTY. SELLING FOR THE HEIRS OF THE JACK V. ARWINE ESTATE MICHAEL ARWINE, P.O.A.

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With a roster filled with more youth than experience, the Western Brown wrestling team is still feeling its way around the mats as the wrestling season begins to kick into gear. The inexperienced Broncos had only one tournament under their wings when they took to the mats on Wednesday night to host Winton Woods in a dual meet. Despite all of that the Broncos put up a solid showing against the Warriors and came up with a 45-33 victory to open their season. “It’s a good win for us. It’s a good win for the program,” Broncos coach Wendel Donathan said. “Last year we didn’t win anything for awhile. “It’s good for the kids. Despite the inexperience and the youth, they’re working hard. For them to come out and get a win, it’s good for them. It reinforces what you’re putting them through in the room.” Though the Broncos coaches are still figuring out certain things about the team, those who took the mat against the Warriors were able to come out with a victory thanks to some experienced Broncos stepping up and some inexperienced wrestlers taking the next step. Western Brown seniors -and leading returners -- Jake Latham, Andy Wallace and Payton Bailey all clinched Bronco victories with pins. Latham and Bailey pinned their Winton Woods opponents in the second period of their matches while Wallace pinned his with 44 seconds left in the first period. The result for Bailey was just a continuation of his performance in the Broncos first action of the year. When the Broncos traveled to take part in the Dublin Coffman invitational last Saturday, Bailey was the Broncos top finisher. He fin-

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Nick Orr tries to finish off his Winton Woods opponent during Western Brown’s dual meet win on Wednesday night.

ished the tournament by going 4-1 on the day with his only loss to the champion of his weight class. “Bailey last weekend wrestled his butt off at the Dublin tournament,” Donathan said. “He wound up taking third and he was our highest placer. “You’re talking about a kid who came out as a sophomore so he’s a senior with two years experience. He’s wrestling the best of anyone we’ve got right now, which is what we need. We need more kids like him.” Fellow senior Josh Kollman picked up another victory for the Broncos against the Warriors as he pinned his opponent in the first period. Though the seniors led the way, they weren’t the only ones who picked up victories Two of the team’s juniors also came up with big wins. Garrett Taylor won with a pin in the first period while classmate Nick Orr held on for a back and forth 13-9 victory. Orr was able to bounce back and pick up the decision after he was nearly pinned in the first period. He fought back to take the lead late in the third period when he was able to escape his opponent and take control. “The Orr kid came out and won a match for us,” Donathan said. “(He’s) a junior, never wrestled before, and won a match. That’s big.” Freshman Tyler Adkins and

sophomore Blake Silvis each picked up a forfeit victory. While only a couple matches came down to the decisive third period, Donathan felt winning those final periods was the key. “Despite what happens in the first two (periods), we really sit down as a staff and look at ‘Okay we got beat but did we win third period,’” he said. “It’s like winning the fourth quarter in football or basketball. We try to win the last period and we did that tonight.” The win improves the Broncos to 1-0 on the season despite the aforementioned Dublin Coffman tournament. Western Brown opened their 2011-12 season at that tournament and came home with a seventh place finish out of 10 teams. Donathan said the tournament was the Broncos ‘realization weekend’ because they were facing strong competition that had already wrestled in several meets before the tournament while the young Broncos came in to wrestle for the first time. “We realized that we have some kids that aren’t in the right weight classes yet,” he said. “We realized we’re going to have to work hard.” The Broncos will next be in action this Friday and Saturday when they travel to West Virginia to take part in the Point Pleasant Invitational.

Western Brown to recognize All-Ohio athletes and veterans The Western Brown High School athletic department is inviting Western Brown athletes that have been selected All-Ohio in boys and girls basketball, volleyball and wrestling back on Thursday, December 22nd when the boys and girls basketball teams play East Clinton. The All-Ohio athletes and veterans will be admitted free

at the gate that evening. The schedule is as follows: -Girls freshman: 12:00 p.m. vs Kings -Boys freshman: 1:30 p.m vs East Clinton -Girls junior varsity: 3:00 p.m. vs East Clinton -Boys junior varsity: 4:30 p.m. vs East Clinton -Girls Varsity: 6:00 p.m. vs East Clinton (All-

Ohio athletes will be introduced at end of girls varsity game.) Boys Varsity: 7:30 p.m. vs East Clinton (Veterans will be introduced at halftime of boys varsity game.) Each game will start immediately following the previous game so arrive sooner than the listed start time in case the games finish early.

A German shepherd/mix, this boy weighs 55 lbs. and is around 7 years old. He’s a bit timid but friendly. Has a slight skin disorder.

This beautiful mix/breed has great markings. He is 3 yrs. old and was found on Clifton Avenue in Russellville.

Husky/mix, male, between 1 and 2 yrs. old, this dog is very playful and will steal your heart with his eyes.

This female boxer is about 2 yrs. old, is housebroken, microchipped and was owner surrender. Needs to be in a one-dog home.

A male shepherd/mix, this boy reminds you of a fox. He is very playful and friendly, found near Smoky Row Rd.

This pretty Jack Russell/beagle mix, 3 yrs. old, was found near the Catholic school in Ripley, wearing a belt for a collar.

Under new management, animal shelter anticipates many improvements By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press With the Brown County Humane Society now operating the animal shelter as of November 17, volunteers from the society are making improvements at the facility with many more changes slated for 2012. Volunteers with the humane society, Ray and Jan Staubach spend much of their time in the office updating files and adopting out dogs. “After the holidays,” Jan Staubach began, “the shelter will offer a low cost shot-clinic for Brown County residents. Normally dogs have to be taken to a veterinarian and that can get expensive. This clinic is not just a discount, it’s going to be very low prices. “Another project in the works is microchipping for dogs. We’ve already paid for these chips, and we have to use them up within a year, so we’re going to be able to keep the price way down.” Staubach highly recommended the microchip program for dogs because of how useful it is in locating a lost dog quickly through an extensive rescue network. “Several people have asked us how they can help the shel-

ter,” she continued. “I always tell them the same thing, buy license tags for your dog or dogs. “Not one dime of tax money in the county is used to help support this shelter. We depend on the money that comes from the sale of the dog tags, adoption fees and rescues. So please get your dog a license tag and encourage others to license their dogs.” Staubach said the humane society is also planning special training programs at the shelter next summer. A professional dog trainer will be at the shelter on certain days to teach residents how to train their dogs. Staubach said that the shelter volunteers have also been kept busy reuniting lost dogs with their owners. “Last week alone,” she said, “we were able to call four families and tell them that we had found their dogs and they could come and pick them up. “When we get a call about a lost dog, we ask a lot of questions about that dog. Personal habit questions as well as what they look like. That way when we get a call about a stray that’s been found we go back through our notes and try and find a match.” Currently the new temporary hours at the shelter are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, the shelter is open 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., on Thursday noon to 8

p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Wednesday. “We plan on being open on Wednesday’s soon,” she added, “but right now we need that time to work on catching up on paperwork.” The shelter is located next to the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown at 100 Veterans Blvd and may be contacted at (937) 378-3457. “Please check out the beautiful animals displayed here,” Staubach added, “ and consider adopting one of them and making them part of your family.” All the dogs currently residing at the shelter can be seen on facebook at browncountyanimalshelter.

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

Brown County Animal Shelter asks community for Christmas donations Just inside the lobby of the Brown County Animal Shelter is this beautiful Christmas tree which is covered with paper decorations. On each of the decorations is the name of an item needed by the dogs at the shelter such as bleach, blankets, paper towels, collars and leashes, money for vaccines, etc. Volunteers at the shelter, members of the Brown County Humane Society and all the dogs at the shelter hope residents will donate these items and help defray costs for operating the shelter. The shelter is located at 100 Veterans Blvd. in Georgetown (next to the Ohio Veterans Home).

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The Brown County Press/MARTHA B. JACOB


Brown County Press 12-18-11