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The Brown County Press

www.browncountypress.com

2012 Brown County

PROGRESS O D D P A G E S

A Special Supplement to The Brown County Press

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BROWN COUNTY OHIO FACTS N’ FIGURES The county is located about 30-40 minutes east of Cincinnati. Brown County is bordered by the Ohio River on the South, Clermont on the West, Adams on East and Highland and Clinton in the Northern part of the county. It was formed in 1817 from parts of Adams and Clermont counties. The name comes from Jacob Brown, a hero of the War of 1812. Georgetown, the largest village in the county, is the county seat. It is also the boyhood home of Ulysses S. Grant. The Rankin House in Ripley was the first established station of the underground railroad which enabled slaves to escape to freedom. Agricultural products include; tobacco, livestock, and grain. Other principle industries in Brown county include; plastic machinery parts, surgical equipment, non-alcoholic beverages, cement blocks, metal tool boxes, and wildlife art prints.

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By Kevin Kratzer, Superintendent Southern Hills Career and Technical Center has moved into the 21st Century and beyond. As a Joint Vocational School District, Southern Hills offers a wide variety of career pathways for high school students as well as adult learners. As times change and industry has advancing needs in the workforce, Southern Hills meets those needs. One example of the responsiveness to industry needs is the new Biotechnology program that began with the 201112 school year. Biotechnology is a vast field that presents many employment opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area. Through this career

pathway students become employable in both the pharmaceutical industry as well as the agricultural industry. Students that successfully complete this program will be trained in proper laboratory procedures and will have obtained state certification verifying this fact. The Southern Hills program has elected to take an Agbioscience angle with-in their program working with heirloom seeds, aquaculture and culturing endangered plants. In 2012-13 the Biotechnology students will have a state of the art greenhouse to work with, allowing them to expand their research. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year SHCTC will host continued on page 3

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Belcher’s Body Shop business is growing

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In 1999 Tom Belcher Jr. along with his wife Heather, took over his father’s business, Tom Belcher’s Body Shop, located in Sardinia at 124 Mae Street. The business has grown into a productive family owned business. Belcher’s Body Shop has recently expanded with the hiring of an on-site mechanic, and offers complete major and minor service for your car. Tom Belcher Sr. started the business in 1958 with a small

automobile repair shop in Cherry Fork, Ohio. In 1964 he moved the business to Wamsley’s Auto Sales. He worked with Mr. Wamsley until 1976, and then moved the shop one more time to it’s current location in Sardinia, also where he and his wife, Marie lived. The couple worked together to build the shop. Marie was responsible for all the paper work and ordered parts for the vehicles as well as took care of the

paint booth. The couple had two sons, Joe Belcher and Tom Jr. Both sons helped their parents out in the shop. Eventually Joe went out on his own, while Tom Jr. worked alongside his father throughout his years in high school. Following his graduation in 1988 Tom Jr. stayed on with his father at the business. “I would really like to thank my parents for all their continued help and support over

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the years,” Tom Jr. said. “Our business wouldn’t be what it is today without their help.” Tom Belcher’s Body Shop is a 4600 sq. ft. facility which includes a down-draft paint booth, two frame racks, a Dupont mixing system, 4wheel alignment and a complete computer diagnostic system. In 2004, Tom Jr. started a 24-hour towing service, using a 19 ft. F550 rollback. The business is a “Preferred Service Provider”

for several insurance companies and offers free estimates and rental car services. According to Heather, he also now offers full antique car restoration and both major and minor mechanical repairs. The business accepts all major credit cards and repairs are handled by appointment. For further information about Tom Belcher’s Body Shop call (937) 446-3003 or cell (937) 213-3003.

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semester system, effective Fall 2012. This transition will align Southern State's calendar with other public colleges and universities in Ohio as

well as other higher education institutions across the United States. Southern State will be moving from the current three 10-week quarters (with an additional week for final exams) to two 15-

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semester conversion will be applied after the conversion. · No Extended Time to Graduation. If you are on track to complete your degree within a certain timeframe at the point of semester conversion and follow your advisor's recommendations, you will be able to complete your degree and graduate on time. · No Increased Costs. You annual tuition fees will not be greater for a twosemester academic year than for the three-quarter academic year system. Please note, that the College may implement annual tuition increases as authorized by the Board of Trustees. NEW BRAND - In October, the Southern State communications team announced that they would be launching a major project involving the rethinking of the Southern State image. The first large task force meeting was held Oct. 28 and yielded some unique and courageous perspectives on how the college should present itself in 2012 and beyond. Unanimously, the group, representing faculty, staff, administration, students, and community members, agreed that it is time for an image overhaul and com-

mitted to working on building the best brand promise and identity possible. The first phase of the project is underway and includes a number of specific surveys aimed at assisting the college in identifying strengths. Evidence suggests that it is the discovery/defining (research) phases which determine the success of the overall project. Our own research into executing this particular part of the project suggests that colleges often spend tens of thousands of dollars on such surveys. The team is particularly proud of their ingenuity in using existing resources to avoid such steep financial commitments yet execute a top-notch discovery/design phase of the overall project. Using the college’s inhouse talent and established contractual relationship with Hanover Research, the estimated savings based on comparison from other institutions hiring consulting firms is $60,000-$70,000. A dedicated webpage supports a two-way communication exchange for this project. To follow the project or to learn more, visit www.sscc.edu/rebrand.

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Georgetown Animal Hospital has been serving the Brown County area since 1952 The Georgetown Animal Hospital is committed to providing the best possible veterinary care for every state of your pets’ lives. We offer preventative medicine, diagnostics, inhouse bloodwork, x-rays, surgical care, dental care, and much more. The doctors and staff continually strive to provide quality veterinary care, customer service, and education so your pets can receive the

compassionate medical care they deserve. We love animals, and greatly appreciate the chance to help your family companions live the healthiest, longest, happiest lives possible. We are located at 9242 Hamer Road, Georgetown, Ohio. For more information or an appointment, please contact us at (937) 378-6334 and we will be happy to assist you.

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an Engineering program that will train students in the area of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). This program will follow the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way curriculum that comes with nationally recognized articulation agreements with colleges and universities across the country. The manufacturing industry has expressed that they are experiencing a significant “skills gap” in their employee candidate pool. The CIM Engineering program will accurately prepare workers with the skills needed to work in the manufacturing industry of the 21st century. The healthcare industry is one of the largest employers in the nation. In response to that fact, Southern Hills is transitioning their current Business program to Medical Information Systems (MIS). A student that successfully completes the MIS program will be in a position to work in a variety of

healthcare fields. From physician’s offices to insurance companies, the students that complete this curriculum will be trained and certified to effectively take their talents into the healthcare field. All three of these new programs, as well as the other 11 programs, position students to pursue further education in the field of their choice. Every program at Southern Hills has articulation agreements at one or more local colleges or universities. Nearly half of the students that complete their high school education at Southern Hills go on to further their training and education at the post-secondary level. Between the articulated credits earned at Southern Hills and the fact many employers pay for the advanced training, the higher education often comes at little to no cost to the student. The slogan at Southern Hills is, “You Can Go Anywhere From Here” and with these new program offerings that statement is now more accurate than ever.

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There's a new dollar store in town, but it's not like any dollar store you've seen before. Your Dollar Store, located in Eastgate near the Golden Corral restaurant on Glen Este Withamsville Road, was designed by its owners to create a more pleasant, positive shopping experience. "It's an independent dollar store," store owner Drena Francis said. "It's not like other

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dollar stores, the difference is in the quality of the product, and that it's organized and clean." Drena Francis and her husband Mike opened Your Dollar Store in December of last year, and they have taken pains to ensure that they provide the highest quality products and shopping experience possible for their customers. The building itself is new and

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clean, and Drena and her husband have researched their suppliers and manufacturers. The store carries some name brand p roducts, and you can special order products. Your Dollar Store carries just about anything you will find yourself in need of, from housewares and hardware to health and beauty items and office supplies. The store carries scrapbooking materials, greeting cards 2 for a dollar, pet food, toys and comic books. "Everything is a dollar," Francis said. "It's a complete

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store, with everything that you need". The store also features a large and growing selection of jewelry. Francis said that the jewelry line has been very well received by her customers. "Our spring items will be coming in this month," she said. "They will include a large selection of flowers, gardening, flower and vegetable seeds, summer toys and flip flops." Come visit the Easter Bunny and have your picture taken. Bunny hours are Friday March

23rd, 30th and April 6th from 5pm - 7pm, and Saturday March 24th, 31st and April 7th from 2pm - 5pm. Your Dollar Store is also giving away three 5day/4night Carribbean cruises for two. Customers may register for the give-aways at the store, and no purchase is necessary to enter or win. The cruises have a $1,700 value. Your Dollar Store is open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 - 6 p.m. Sunday.

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The mayor and council members of the Village of Mt. Orab continue to encourage and invite new businesses to its growing community. In early September last year, NetBraze, LLC out of Cincinnati asked the village for a property tax abatement of 75% for the next 10 years after purchasing a piece of property at the corner of Apple Street and Front Street in the village. With NetBraze came the addition of at least 50 new jobs. Then in mid September, it was announced by the Village of Mt. Orab that at least 185 more jobs would be added to the village workforce. American Trailer Works, Inc. would be expanding its powder coat paint line and

the facility would be located in Mt. Orab. “We worked with American Trailer Works for about nine months,” Lunsford said. “And it has now committed to 110 new jobs at an average wage of over $13 an hour, with the addition of 75 more jobs to be added later. NetBraze, LLC makes solder, welding and braising supplies and the Mt. Orab facility will not just be a warehouse. The products will actually be manufactured at the Mt. Orab facility and shipped world-wide. The original building at the site of the new business was built in 2008, but had been vacant for several years. According to Joseph W. Harris of NetBraze the business will have a minimum payroll of $2 million at the end of three years and will maintain it for the following seven years.

American Trailer Works, Inc., purchased the Front Street property in the village industrial park which belonged to HawkLine Company. “American Trailer Works (ATW) will spend more than $5 million for the expansion of their facility,” Lunsford said. “And the State of Ohio has granted the business tax incentives.” ATW is the largest trailer manufacturer in the world with nine plants in six states and mexico. It has over 1,400 employees and manufactures over 205,000 trailers per year. ATW brands include ‘Carry-On Trailer,’ ‘PJ Trailers’ and Hawkline. Lunsford said economic development in the village is an ongoing process and he and the village council continue to explore opportunities for job creation.

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SSCC embraces new vision to be a First-Choice College Southern State Community College is reinventing itself in just about every way possible – new degrees, new academic calendar, new brand and new campuses. At the dawn of 2011, the college emerged with a bright new vision: to become a “First-Choice College.” With that vision comes some bold new steps. Check out what’s been happening over the year… NEW CAMPUSES Southern State moved forward on plans to expand the college’s services by pursuing land acquisition in Adams and Brown counties. The college’s Board of Trustees approved two resolutions during their Nov. 2 regular meeting—to accept a donation of land in Adams County, and to approve a contract to purchase land in Brown County. The land in Adams County is a 19-acre parcel located on Moores Road near State Route 32 in Seaman, while the land in Brown County is a 63-acre parcel located at the junction of State Route 32 and Brooks Malott Road in Mt. Orab. “We knew the board had an interest in expanding into Adams County,” said Dr. Kevin Boys, SSCC president. “Prior to launching into this, we needed to complete an assessment of our current facilities. That led to a detailed facilities assessment by KZF Design, an architectural group in Cincinnati, which identified several needs on all four Southern State campus locations. The most notable and biggest surprise was the revelation that South Campus in Fincastle needed approximately $3 million in reinvestment to bring the facilities up to present standards. “That’s what got us thinking about a replacement for our current South Campus as a way to provide more access to more people in Brown County, while still maintaining our focus on expanding into Adams County as well,” he said. Following the facilities assessment, the college

worked with CEBRES, a real estate consultancy firm in Cincinnati, to thoroughly investigate different site possibilities. In Brown County, the market analysis identified Mt. Orab— specifically the State Route 32/Appalachian Highway area—as the prime location based on population centers and accessibility. In Adams County, the analysis numbers were more evenly distributed among three sites: West Union, Seaman and Peebles. The Seaman site became a compelling choice for numerous reasons: the land had been offered as a donation; it has close proximity to SR 32; and it lies adjacent to Adams County Regional Medical Center, Adams County Cancer Center, Adams County Dialysis Center, and North Adams High School. “The site in Seaman offers potential partnerships with the local school district, Adams County Regional Medical Center, and other nearby facilities for mutual efficiencies,” said Dr. Boys. “While the market analysis numbers showed three good locations, there could be good synergy for us to be in the Seaman community that’s greater than what the numbers show.” As for the current SSCC South Campus near Fincastle, Dr. Boys explained that while it will be “unfeasible to continue it as a Southern State campus, we hope to repurpose it for some other community service. As a campus site, it isn’t feasible because of its proximity to Mt. Orab and Seaman. But the building and site could be used for other purposes. “We have had discussions with government officials about potential uses of the building and site. Furthermore, the South Campus houses the Appalachian Gateway Center and we’d like to seek partnerships in order to keep traditional arts and culture a significant piece of that location. There is the potential to keep Southern State’s art classes on that site. Arts are a crucial part of the

college experience and we’re very committed to that.” Jim Buck, SSCC Vice President of Business and Finance, explained that the financing plan for the campus expansions does not rely on a tuition increase, rather on the projected increase in enrollment once the campuses are open. Construction costs at Mt. Orab are estimated at approximately $7 million, with the Seaman project coming in at around $4 million. Buck said that those costs will be financed through the sale of bonds and a major capital campaign. NEW DEGREES - Have an interest in Electromechanical E n g i n e e r i n g , Entrepreneurship, Food Processing and Technology, or Health Information Technology? You’re in luck. Four new associate degrees have been added to Southern State’s slate of academic offerings. Here’s a little background info on each: · Electromechanical Engineers work in various engineering and manufacturing companies using the principles and theories of science, engineering, and mathematics. They may prepare specifications for materials, test for quality control, study ways to improve manufacturing efficiency, supervise production workers, work as field representatives, install and repair technical equipment, or write repair and operation manuals. · Entrepreneurship is the act of becoming an entrepreneur. It is however, more than just starting a business. It is a process through which people recognize an opportunity and pursue that opportunity by acting pro-actively, building networks, leveraging resources, and taking calculated risks to create value. · Food Processing and Technology is a diverse discipline which requires a combined understanding of many sub-disciplines within the field. The exact nature of the profes-

Dr. Kevin Boys (far left), president of Southern State Community College with members of the college’s Board of Trustees: (l-r) Paul Hall of Brown County, Rory Ryan of Adams County and Larry Anderson of Adams County. sion is dictated by the area of specialization the individual chooses. The options available to a two-year degree recipient include entry level positions with governmental agencies, technical assistance and/or sales positions with the agrichemical industry or the horticulture industry. · Southern State has entered into a partnership with Marion Technical College to offer the Health Information Technology program. This program will enable students to take classes at Southern State toward an AAS degree in Health Information Technology from Marion Technical College. Financial Aid and scholar ships

are offered through Marion Technical College. Health information management professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. NEW ACADEMIC CALENDAR - Southern State will change its academic calendar from the quarter system to the continued on page 26

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Snap Fitness 24/7 is very busy helping local residents meet their fitness goals! In just 7 short months they have added over 300 members. Snap Fitness is able to service a wide variety of people with members of all ages, genders, and fitness levels. Less than 10% of those who have joined are no longer members; a sign that people have created a routine, appreciate the benefits Snap Fitness has to offer and see the value in their membership. The Manager and Personal Trainer at Snap Fitness is Lynn Arnold. Lynn shares, “After 15 years at the YMCA, I wanted to take a more personalized approach to wellness coaching and have the opportunity to build a rapport with all members. Every member at Snap Fitness 24/7 receives an equipment orientation and an assessment to help them get started. You never have to struggle with not knowing what to do to achieve your desired results. We offer one-on-one personal training as well as fitness classes. Some of the classes we offer are Zumba, Yoga, Kickboxing, Cardio Fusion, Pilates, and Group Strength Training. The classes are smaller so everyone gets an individualized challenge.” Snap Fitness members are finding the facility has a lot

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By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press Following months of meetings between the Brown County Commissioners and members of the Brown County Humane Society, the society officially took over operations of the Brown County Animal Shelter in November of 2011. Within the contract it was agreed that all the employees

that were currently at the shelter would be considered for employment. President of the Brown County Hu mane Society Leslie Zureick, a certified humane agent, was named temporary dog warden. “We were excited about the decision by the commissioners,” Zureick said, “and we are looking forward to the challenge. “This is uncharted territory

for everyone and there is still a lot of work to be done, but we’ll make it work. This is good for Brown County.” The humane society is now responsible for managing the animal shelter. One of it’s first actions included adding extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays and adding Saturday hours and being closed on Wednesdays. The shelter and it’s operation is paid for by money paid

in to the Dog and Kennel Fund of the county. The fund is primarily supported from the sale of dogs tags within the county. The humane society now oversees administrative operations after separating administrative duties from that of the dog warden and assistant dog warden. The society is responsible for utilities and upkeep of the shelter. Since it’s take-over the

humane society has become more consistent in its paperwork, nearly eliminated dog euthanazia except in extremely rare cases and have increased dog adoptions tremendously. One major reason for the increase in dog adoptions is the use of facebook and petfinders.com. The society also works closely with other agencies to find homes for its dogs.

New roof and repairs to Brown County Courthouse nears completion By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press The Brown County Courthouse has been undergoing a facelift with the repair of a new roof which began in September of 2011. The project will last approximately six months. The roof of the structure had been leaking for some time with visible water stains and other damage visible on nearly every ceiling, including the main courtroom. Other issues with the structure was deterioration of the cupola atop the building and of the gutters which were leaking. Built in 1823, a simple square structure made of red

brick and a hipped roof, it was deemed too small and a new building was completed in 1851. The building was then extended with the construction of wings in 1914 which added much needed space. A fire started by an arsonist burned the courthouse in 1977. No one was ever arrested for the arson. After the decision was made by the Brown County Courthouse Reconstruction Association to repair the existing building, the work began. The courthouse was completed and re-dedicated in 1982. The Brown County Commissioners said the

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expensive is because the support structure of the roof does not meet current building codes and the metal roof was also deteriorated. “Current code requires that we place wooden trusses between the steel support beams,” Jennings added.

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PROGRESS 2012 • PROGRESS 2012 • PROGRESS 2012 Ripley Federal Savings Bank has grown with the surrounding community Ripley Federal Savings Bank was incorporated in 1895. It was originally started in 1889 as The Ripley Building & Loan Association. The savings and loan association was originally located at 117 Main Street and was moved to 109 Main Street in 1914. Various Ripley and Union Township residents were employees and directors of the association throughout the years. The association became a federal association in 1935. Becoming a federal association gave security and safety to savers’ deposits. Ripley Federal was the only federal savings and loan association in Adams, Brown or Clermont County. The association grew and prospered, and in 1958, the association purchased land just east of the Red Oak bridge

at 252 S. Second Street. An office was constructed at this site for occupancy in January 1959. In 1974, the branch office at 200 E. State Street in Georgetown was built and due to increasing growth, a new b u i l d i n g replacing the existing structure was constructed in 1999 to allow for increased teller and customer service areas as well as drive-thru service. In January, 2000, the Board of Directors adopted a charter and by-laws to reflect the association’s move from a tradition-

al savings and loan to be more reflective of its’ current plan of overall banking. At that time the name Ripley Federal

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cy taken in December of that year. Ripley Federal is proud to provide many varied products and services to the community, including, checking and s a v i n g s accounts, IRA/Retirement accounts, safe deposit box rentals, loan products, credit cards, ATM banking at three locations, a YesBanking Info-Line available 24 hrs. a day and on-line banking. The banking industry is constantly changing and economic conditions are at times turbulent, but Ripley Federal Savings Bank is still here as a small community bank continuing to grow and expand our products and services – all under the original Ripley Federal name. No mergers, no name changes, after more than 115 years of serving our friends and neighbors, we’re still here. With a total of 18 dedicated full-time employees, many of whom have double digit years of service, and one part-time employee, Ripley Federal takes great pride in delivering the kind of personal service not always available in larger institutions. Staff members at the main office in Ripley in add ition to President/CEO Aaron K. Wood, consist of Betsy L. Pasley, Secretary/Chief Operations Officer; Karen H. White, Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer; Michael S. Mussinan, VP Compliance; Nancy J. Linkous, VP Loan Operations; Loan Officers, Georgia S. Rogers and Linda

Beckelheimer; Loan Processor, Debbie Edmisten; Sarah Keiffer, Assistant Financial Officer; Head Teller, Brenda Barbour; Clerks/Tellers, Amy Schwallie, Joanna Dugan, and Kathryn Gilligan and Administrative Assistant/Receptionist, Margie Sims. The Georgetown branch is staffed by Beth Staggs, Branch Manager; Head Teller, Janet Harp; and Clerks/Tellers Julie Bolender Sturm and Amiee Havens. Sharon Bishop also works part-time at the Georgetown branch. Melissa Cheek serves as Ripley Federal’s IT Consultant. Our staff cares about our customers and our community. We take the time to treat you as a valued customer and not just a number. Ripley Federal Board of Directors are William Geschwind of Georgetown, who is Chairman of the Board, John P. Cropper of Georgetown, David E. Poole of Ripley, Kenneth D. Morrison of Sardinia, Danny R. Grooms of West Union, and Aaron K. Wood of Georgetown. The friendly and courteous Ripley Federal staff are ready to assist you at the main office at 1006 S. Second Street in Ripley and the branch office at 200 E. State Street in Georgetown, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Friday 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon. Everyone at Ripley Federal invites you to stop by and see for yourself what a hometown bank can do for you. As the last financial institution headquartered in Brown County, Ripley Federal strives to be a customer-friendly institution and be a positive influence on its customers, employees and the communities we serve.

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The 32 Senior Community looks toward a 10 year anniversary The 32 Senior Community located at St. Rt. 32 and Eastwood Rd. right next to the 32 Business Center will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary next year. They have served Brown County seniors by creating affordable housing that is fantastic. The 90 apartment units vary in size and cost. A 1 bedroom with no garage (720 sq. ft.) starts at $425 monthly and a 2 bedroom with a garage (1200 sq. ft.) starting at $600 monthly. They also have a deluxe version that is over 1500 sq. ft. Some of the units have been customized to suit the special needs of a new tenant. The 32 Senior Community is privately owned and is not income based, nor is it government housing. They are proud to acknowledge that the tenants have not had a base rent increase in 9 years of operation. Yes!, what they paid 9 years ago, they pay today. They also boast that they have very senior friendly housing. You may ask: What is senior friendly? Here is a list that

might help explain. 1. Slab floor plan (no steps.) 2. Parking and garages by the front door. 3. Garbage pick-up at the front door twice a week. 4. Mail boxes 30 ft. from front entry door. 5. 36” door opening throughout the unit. 6. Most bathrooms are ADA designed (walk-in shower) 7. Energy efficient HV/AC with insulation. 8. Stocked fishing pond for all tenants to enjoy. 9. Semi-gated. Jerry Seale is the acting manager of this facility and urges everyone to stop on by apartment #132 or call 937-444-1708 and he would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. The community’s goal is to maintain a clean, friendly, safe and peaceful environment for all tenants that reside at the 32 Senior Community.

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HealthSource of Ohio expands for a growing community

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across from the New Richmond Library and will open its doors in February. In early April, Eastgate Pediatrics will relocate its current location at 4357 Ferguson Drive to 559 Old SR 74, located next to Child Focus in Mt. Carmel. HealthSource will also add family dental services later in the year. The two new facilities will allow for increased access to primary care services for the residents of these communities. HealthSource of Ohio offices accept Medicare, Medicaid, most insurance and we also offer a discounted fee program based upon family size and income.

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Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley continues to expand services

In 2011, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley celebrated its 23rd anniversary of providing quality end-of-life care services to those who face life-limiting illnesses. For the past 23 years, the organization has served more than 9,500 patients and has extended its reach to include six Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Clinton, Clermont, Highland and Pike. This past year, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley was proud to partner with the national We Honor Veterans Program. This program, designed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), awarded Hospice of Hope “Level One” status. The program invites hospices,

state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing the unique needs of America's veterans and their families, community providers, in partnership with VA staff, learn how to accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending. Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley is committed to excellent care for our veterans and will continue to pursue all levels of the We Honor Veterans Program and its initiatives in the coming years. Also in 2011, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley was awarded “Deemed Status” accreditation from the Joint Commission Organization. Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in hospice care. The “deemed status” accreditation recognizes

Hospice of Hope's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state of the art standards Michael Parker, Director of PR & Development for Hospice of Hope stated, “2011 was another banner year for our organization. From our work with the We Honor Veterans Program, to achieving “Deemed Status” from The Joint Commission, we continue to “raise the bar” when it comes to hospice services in our area. We remain encouraged by the support of our community, volunteers and our Board of Directors to continually help us meet our organizational mission, vision and values”. Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley is a non-profit organization serving terminal patients in six Ohio Counties. Remember that anyone can make a referral to Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley. To find out how call 1-800-928-4243 or log onto www.hospiceofhope.org. You have a choice when it comes to hospice care... Ask for Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley by name.

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2011 A noteworthy year for Chatfield College 2011 was a significant year for Chatfield College in several critical areas. One of the most noteworthy accomplishments was receiving ten-year reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission – the maximum possible time frame that accreditation can be extended. The reaccreditation followed a visit from a team of evaluators from colleges across the country for a comprehensive evaluation. The team visit was the culmination of a rigorous self-study process lasting more than two years, during which Chatfield College addressed the Commission’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. At the conclusion of the March visit, the team recommended Chatfield’s reaccreditation. According to John Tafaro, President, one of the most gratifying aspects of the reaccreditation experience was the way the community rallied on the college’s behalf. “Our board, administration, faculty, alumni, and students, came out in droves to help tell the Chatfield story,” said Tafaro. “But most gratifying of all was the show of support we received from the Brown County community. Our neighbors, friends, and business partners throughout the community came out to participate in one of our community coffees and meet the HLC team.” Another significant event of the past year was the re-dedication and celebration of St. Angela Hall. Chatfield friends, supporters, students, faculty, staff, board members, and several Brown County Ursuline sisters took part in the celebration. St. Angela Hall was built in 1861 by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and still stands today as an amazing piece of history. St. Angela Hall has

been used as a residence for priests and the Ursuline of Brown County sisters, as well as a dormitory for the Ursuline Boarding School. After its renovation, made possible in part through sponsorships, community support and volunteers, St. Angela Hall began life anew as the main administration building for Chatfield College. St. Angela Hall now houses the president’s office, development and alumni relations office, and the marketing and communications staff. Renovations to St. Angela Hall were made possible in part through contributions from Duke Energy, Kent Shaw Interior Design, Kibbler Lumber, MSA Architects, Ohio Valley Flooring, ProSource and River City Furniture. Sponsors of the Re-dedication Celebration included National Bank & Trust (Presenting Sponsor); The Hauser Group; M. Kathryn Green, CPA; Anonymous; Holtman's Donuts and the Coca-Cola Company. “The re-dedication and renovation of St. Angela Hall was a wonderful example of a total community effort. It could not have been done without the hard work of volunteers from National Bank and Trust, Clermont Northeastern Junior High, and other members of the community who came out to participate in the renovation efforts,” said Tafaro. “The results are incredible, and we are grateful to have such a beautiful, historic structure as our new administration building.” The end of 2011 brought yet another momentous event for Chatfield. The Brown County Chamber of Commerce named Chatfield College as the recipient of the 2011 Peter Drucker Award, the highest honor the

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Brown County Chamber gives to a business and its staff. The Drucker Award is named for the late Peter Drucker, a renowned business consultant, prolific writer and lecturer also known as the father of modern management. The Chamber presents the award each year to honor a Brown County business or individual who has shown exemplary management skills. According to Kelly Cornette, president of the Brown County Chamber and Assistant Vice President of National Bank and Trust, Chatfield was chosen for the award because the college reaches out to the communities it serves by providing many opportunities for educontinued on page 8

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2011 A noteworthy year for Chatfield College continued from page 7

cation and community involvement. Chatfield has partnered with local businesses, such as LaRosa’s in Mt. Orab and the Cincinnati Cyclones, to provide scholarship opportunities to employees. In addition, the college hosts many activities, includ-

ing its Annual Quilt and Craft Show, Germanfest, and various musical concerts, that also draw people from surrounding counties. “I am so thrilled that Chatfi eld is part of our county, not only because of the educational opportunities they offer to Brown County

Members of the Chatfield Community take part in the ribbon cutting celebration for the rededication of historic St. Angela Hall.

residents and the surrounding counties, but also for everything they do to enrich our area,” said Cornette. “They are good partners to the community, and it is wonderful to have a local college that is so engaged right in our own back yard.” Perhaps the most rewarding accomplishment of all, according to Tafaro, is that Chatfield saw record enrollment for the second year in a row. “In the past year, we served 476 women and men – a diverse collection of adult-learners and traditional-age students, with varied religious affiliations, from urban, suburban and rural backgrounds. That, of course, is the reason we exist at all – to fulfill our mission, to empower those who might best succeed within our supportive, small college experience. – and to help our students realize their dreams for a college education. Because big dreams do come true at Chatfield.”

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‘Natural Amphitheater’ constructed in Mt. Orab park By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press As the village of Mt. Orab continues to grow, the village council has made a multitude of changes and improvements. Among the impressive details is the construction of a new ‘natural amphitheater’ built in the village park. A couple years ago Mt. Orab resident Woody Whittington approached council about holding live concerts in the park. Whittington organized a couple free concerts in the summer of 2010 that were very well attended. So in the early summer months of 2011, the shows began playing every other Saturday night. Well-known groups were performing at the shows including: • Inside Straight Band • Off R Rockers Band

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• Bar Codes The concerts continued to draw large crowds of people who would bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a free show. Then one evening in September after the last show, members of the village council walked over to the park to see how the landscaping of the park could be enhanced. Mt. Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford said that the village engineer drew up a sketch of the park and how by moving dirt around, it could be turned into an amphitheater. “The drawings we had were really good,” Lunsford said, “so we just tweaked them a little and the digging began.” Construction workers built up a mound around the edge of the walking track at the park which created a buffer for the noise that goes backwards, forcing it forward. Then the mound or the stage area was leveled out with a slight slope. Just out from the stage area the land began to slowly rise as it went away from the stage. “Everyone should be able to see the staging area clearly at every level,” Lunsford added. “It’s now truly an amphitheater and will also be more usable for other events. Discussion is ongoing on other improvements at the park including a permanent roof for the performers and their equipment.

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Come see what has been added to The Home Place menu The Home Place promises the tried and true values you’ve come to expect. However, they seem to be in a constant mode of adding new bits and pieces in a way that keeps us wondering as to “what next?” In response to customer requests and interest there are a few new bakery items you can expect on given days of the week: 100% whole wheat bread, all natural, made with honey, ( no sugar); nutrition facts included; mixed, kneaded and baked in house. Flavored crème horns like red raspberry / cream, or mocha/cream…What more could one wish for? Snickerdoodles. Cookies packaged in baker’s dozen. Their granola is becoming a wholesale item, available in more and more southern Ohio food stores. And if you’re visiting for the first time, make sure you tell them; because there’s a free little sample bag of granola going home with you. They have got to be the grand central of dried fruits. Here’s the list today, tomorrow’s may be even longer: strawberries, raspberry flavored cranberries, peaches, pears, bananas, raisins, prunes, nectarines, kiwi, cherries, cranberries, pineapple, blueberries, apples, sundried tomatoes. Whey-low is an all-natural sugar, low glycemic index, manufactured from whey, being offered in granulated, powdered, and brown. This product is diabetic friendly and excellent for baking. To date, THP offers oatmeal raisin cookies baked with this product, with hopefully more coming soon. In the deli look for Yoder’s Country Ham. It is available in ends and pieces, pieces precut ready for frying alongside the brown, homegrown eggs they offer, or deli sliced for sandwiches. This is a specialty old fashioned ham that has long been recognized as a trade-

mark in country hams. Sandwiches continue to be offered on their own whole wheat, white or herb/cheese breads. The herb/cheese bread is a special creation that’s been offered at local Meranda/Nixon winery since its beginning; and many of those connoisseurs have learned to look for it here as well. BBQ season is around the corner. Barbecued baby back ribs are back! Look for them on Fridays, beginning in April. Stay tuned to their ads for the final dates, or subscribe to their weekly emails, details below. Rumor has it that barbecued chicken will follow the ribs… Speaking of rumors. There is that probability that “bulk foods” will be the next new arrival. Spices, flours, gluten free products and whoknowswhatallelse are crowding in at the door. Here’s a suggestion: If there is a certain product you cannot live without, speak to the proprietors of The Home Place. They’ve been known to listen to their customers. Just maybe. New styles, colors and prices on popular poly vinyl lawn furniture arriving soon! Again, Ohio

made, and manufactured out of recycled plastics like your milk jugs and pop bottles. Maintenance free and boasting an all weather exposure. A few years ago this product was almost unheard of; today wood has needed to take the back seat and poly vinyl wins the race hands down. Check out the new inventory soon! New styles of interior décor and furniture are in as well. A dark maple Legacy bedroom suite received raves at the recent Cincinnati Home and Garden Show. Gift items in the line of Signature stoneware, lanterns, graniteware, textiles; the list goes on and on. Mini barns, garden sheds, and even a gazebo shaped styled garden shed are being brought to their lot daily. Besides the wood, metal, vinyl buildings offered, they now boast a mini barn with painted side walls, shingle roof. An attractive rent to own program makes the purchase one you cannot afford to miss. For the serious economizer, there are pre-owned models on the lot as well, doubtlessly exactly what you would have ordered new,

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and at a most affordable price! Setting itself apart from notorious “junk emails” this business offers weekly emails to let you know whether there’s a new barn, or a new cookie, weekly deli specials, or bakery trivia, photos, or whether the daffodils are blooming, or one of the staff is abroad…It’s kind of like a letter you’d expect from your Homeplace…Drop them an email if you’d like to stay on top of their news: thehomeplace@emypeople.net. They’re not offended if you unsubscribe either. Making sure you get what you want is what The Home Place is about.

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Brown County welcomes new hospital By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press

After months of negotiations, beginning in January, 2011, the Brown County Commissioners signed off on the sale of the Brown County General Hospital to Paul Tuft, executive chairman and owner of Southwest Healthcare. The final paperwork and handshake on the deal was made on June 2. No money actually changed hands at that time but Southwest was given the deeds to four pieces of real estate in Bethel, Fayetteville, Georgetown and Mt. Orab formerly owned by the county. Southwest also agreed to shoulder over ten million dollars in debt. Then in late December,

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Southwest Regional Medical Center is proud of the progress we have made in 2011 to continue to bring quality health care to our friends and neighbors in Brown County and the surrounding area. We look forward to continuing our work with The Christ Hospital to bring the latest technology and our experienced staff to the citizens of Southwest Ohio.

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2011, Southwest announced an affiliation agreement with The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and officially changed the name of the hospital to ‘Southwest Regional Medical Center, (SWRMC). Tuft stated that working with The Christ Hospital would mean more jobs for the community and was a step forward improving the health of people in and around Brown County. “We are very excited about working with The Christ Hospital to bring our patients the same quality health care available in Cincinnati without them having to leave home”, Tuft said at the December event. The new facility is working together with The Christ Hospital on operational improvements and leverage those improvements to bring a higher level of care with increased access to the region, including access to advanced research and clinical protocols. One of the first benefits to local residents was the expertise of The Christ Hospital and its Ohio Heart and Vascular Center. It is anticipated that with this union, SWRMC will be able to cut costs while expanding availability to specialty care for patients. Dr. Tim McKinley, SWRMC Medical Director, said he hopes to energize the medical staff and step it up to a whole new level. “Up until now, we’ve been kind of working on an island,” he said. “but now we’ll have more access to technology and specialized

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Grant Career Center provides training with an eye toward the future expertise. It’ll be a great thing for the staff and the patients alike”. McKinley said the affiliation would also help with the recruitment and retention of staff. Even before the partnership with The Christ Hospital the new owners of the hospital had begun significant changes. Joan Phillips, chief executive officer of Southwest Healthcare stated that many positive changes were made at the facility including: • hourly rounds by nursing staff for patients were implemented; • follow-up phone calls are made to patients after they are discharged; • patients are to be provided with a private room until all rooms are full; • changes in emergency room procedures to decrease waiting times; • allow patients seeking medical appointments to have appointments within 3 days, (same day treatment for patients with acute symptoms; • all education and certification standards for staff would be examined closely; • increase involvement with the hospital’s physicians; • convene community focus groups to allow residents a chance to share their thoughts about the hospital. “We look forward to working with The Christ Hospital to bring the latest in quality healthcare and expertise to the citizens of Brown County and the communities we serve”, Phillips said.

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With a constant eye towards the future of Clermont County and keeping in step with current trends, Grant Career Center offers a variety of career and technical education programs with hands-on training in specialized fields. In 1976 Grant Career Center opened its doors to the community. The Career Center is easily accessible just west of the town of Bethel on State Route 125. The campus consists of a one-building school housing academic areas, career training classrooms and labs and is surrounded by 41 acres, much of which is landscaped and maintained by the horticultural students and the staff maintenance crew. The Career Center provides area juniors and seniors with hands-on career training in specialized fields. The Career Center offers thirteen career-training options to high school juniors and seniors of the BethelTate, Felicity-Franklin, New Richmond and Williamsburg school districts. Along with the high school training, Grant also offers full-time adult career training classes, and a wide variety of parttime special interest and career tion, students receive their high school diploma from their home schools. Students participate in related Career Training Youth Organizations which prepare them for the workforce through competitive events that promote mastery of their skills and teach them valuable communication and social skills for the work place. Students have the opportunity to compete at the local, state and national levels where they have brought back numerous awards in the past decade. Numerous national titles belong to stu-

dents of Grant Career Center. The career training programs are continuously updating their standards to meet the needs of business and industry in the global marketplace. Students have the chance to learn and to perfect their skills on industry-ready equipment and the most recent software editions. New this year is a Metal Fabrication building where students have space to work on fabrication projects and receive training for jobs in the pipeline industry. Student training on a daily basis is consistent with industry standards; many labs and shops are run as actual businesses. Students gain additional experience through industry-based internships and apprenticeship programs by actually spending time with mentors in the field of their choice. At the completion of their career training program, students are encouraged to continue their training at local colleges and universities and then enter local community workforces. Each year, the percentage of students seeking additional training increases. Students reach higher levels of success with additional training and make greater contributions to our county. “The Career Center believes its contributions to the progress of Clermont County are secure and the future is in the capable hands of our graduates,” states Pam McKinney, Public Relations Director. “Students are working and living in Clermont County and our strengthening our communities.” Visit our website at www.grantcareer.com for more information on our programs and facilities.

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Sharefax Credit Union, which is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution, has just opened a new branch in Lebanon, Ohio. The credit union, which has been part of Greater Cincinnati for over 51 years, has now grown to five locations with over $280 million in assets. Sharefax offers a full range of financial services such as free checking, credit and debit cards, mortgage, personal, and vehicle loans, free online banking, more than 3,000 nationwide surchargefree ATMs, free bill payer, credit counseling, investment services, plus “best” rate guarantees on automobile loans and certificates with all deposits being federally insured up to $250,000. in addition, the credit union offers money market accounts, as well as debit cards, iRAs, and Health

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Savings Accounts. Sharefax has also partnered with investment advisors Mackey investment Advisors & L.M. Kohn & Co. to assist members in planning for their financial futures and with The Home Lending Source to offer VA, FHA, and reverse mortgage loans. Sharefax has expanded to include more than 25,750 members from more than 400 select employee groups as well as individuals who live or work in Adams, Clermont, Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Brown, Clinton, Fayette, Highla nd, Greene, Preble, and Montgomery counties. Sharefax is dedicated to fulfilling the individual needs of its members by offering the finest service and most technologically advanced products available. The cooperative has developed a tremendous reputation for its community involvement and com-

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can make deposits and perform transactions at a credit union branch almost anywhere in the United States. For more information,

please call Sharefax Credit Union at (513) 753-2440 or visit their website at www.sharefax.org.

Clermont YMCA looks to support and provide a healthy lifestyle for all We all know that the Clermont YMCA is a place to exercise, but there’s a lot about the Y that our community may not know about. The Clermont YMCA achieves it mission through 3 areas of focus- healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. We strive to provide opportunities for all to access a healthier lifestyle, which can mean building a young child’s confidence and self-esteem through learning how to swim or going to

camp, or providing a comfortable environment for an older adult who wants to keep active and healthy, or offering a variety of activities every day of the week that can bring a family together, to providing a place for kids to go before and after school, or to simply offering a preschool program for working parents. The Clermont YMCA is a nonprofit organization that has provided programs for the Clermont County community and families since 1983.

The Y runs its Annual Support campaign every year around this time. Our overall theme this year is: Support the efforts of the Y in your community…for their health, their potential, their future. We count on the generosity of the community, our boards and our members to help people of all ages and from all walks of life to become more confident, healthy and connected. 1 in 5 people who come to the Y need our financial support. Last year, the Clermont Y provided over $30,000 in assistance because the Y believes in delivering life-changing programs to all. This year, our goal is to raise $40,000 by March 29. How can you help? The Clermont Y is always in need of mentors, board members and volunteer coaches. if you are interested in getting involved in a most worthwhile organization, stop by the Clermont Y (2075 James E Sauls Sr. drive) or visit our website www.myy.org.

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Steddom looks back on a year of transition Julie Steddom, local attorney, says that 2011 was a year of transition for her office in Ripley, thanks to the new and returning clients who contributed to the growth of her practice. in order to continue to provide clients with the personal attention they deserve she has added a paralegal and another attorney to her office. Mark Eppley joined the practice in late August. He is a graduate of Ohio Northern University’s law school. Mark has practiced law since 2005 and gained diverse experience in that time. “Mark is great about going to the surrounding counties and even further to work for clients,” says Steddom. “He takes cases in Scioto, Franklin, Hamilton, Butler, and Warren counties, to name a few, as well as locally. i appreciate the energy level it takes to go all over the place as he does. i was looking for an attorney to work with me and i wanted

to be sure he or she had the same philosophy i have when it comes to representing our clients professionally and staying in touch with them regarding their cases. i was lucky to find Mark. He had a thriving solo practice, but was willing to join forces with me and is enjoying getting to know the Brown and Adams county legal community.” Steddom says Mark is active with a comedy team who appear often at the Know Theater in downtown Cincinnati. Steddom says that she realized early last year that she needed someone to help in her office, but that it had to be a person with experience who could essentially walk in and know what to do. “dottie McNown was recommended to me by an attorney friend of mine. i interviewed dottie when i had just returned from vacation and was behind schedule. She could see i was in need of help, so she

started the very next day.” dottie graduated from University of Cincinnati with an associate degree in applied business – paralegal studies in 1999, then earned a bachelor of arts in social sciences from Shawnee State in 2008. “in addition, dottie has worked in law firms for many years, most recently working three years for the late doug Mcilwain until his untimely death two years ago,” reports Steddom. “dottie’s experience and education both make her an asset to our office, but it’s her outgoing personality and ability to work closely with clients, court personnel, and anyone else who comes through the door that make her truly indispensable to us.” Steddom says that dottie will be applying to law school soon, but plans to continue to work in the firm as much as possible while attending. “We’re planning way ahead, since she hasn’t completed

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the application process yet, but Mark and i hope dottie will stay and work with us after graduation,” smiles Steddom, “because neither of us want her on the other side of a court case!” Steddom Law Office is along the Ohio River in Ripley and is open by appointment, although dottie is available to handle walkins most business hours. “Mark and i make appointments around our clients’ schedules as much as possible, which includes seeing people on evenings and weekends when necessary. if people are lucky enough to be working full time these days they do not need to miss work to meet with us.”

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The Classic Closet celebrates 9 years The Classic Closet is in its 9th year of serving the area as the only Upscale Consignment Shop. We have grown each year by consigners who have brought great name brands for resale for all ages. Toddlers and children can choose between name brands such as Talbot’s Kids, Rothschild, The Children’s Place, and Gymboree. Teen name brands include Aeropostle, Limited Too, Abercrombie, Hollister, and American Eagle. Ladies include Talbot’s, Chico’s, Ralph Lauren, Christopher &

Banks, and Coach, plus prom dresses. The men have choices such as Tommy Bahama, Polo, Columbia, Levi and Carhartt. We also have Classic Accents, a room filled with crafts, furniture, and many decorative items. We have Candleberry candles, Wind & Willow dips and cheese balls, Cream Candy, MailWraps, UK and Ohio State items, jewelry, plus much more. Also don’t forget we can make money for you by selling your gently used clothing and

home items. New consigners are always welcome. Please stop in to see how it works or just to browse. We’re sure we have something of interest for everyone! THE CLASSiC CLOSET ANd CLASSiC ACCENTS 17 E. Second St., downtown Maysville, Kentucky 606-563-0090 Hours: 9-5 Mon. - Fri. 9-3 Sat. Bonnie Mitchell, Owner

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Rankin House, John P. Parker House in Ripley recognized by Secretary of State By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press

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Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted presented a certificate of commendation to members of the Ripley Heritage, Inc. and the John Parker Historical Society at the John P. Parker House Museum in 2011. Two certificates were presented, one for the John Parker House and one for the Rankin House, both of which have received hundreds of hours of hard work and preservation by members of the Ripley Community. The Rankin House is a National Historic Landmark and Underground Railroad Station. It is located on Liberty Hill which overlooks the Ohio River and Ripley. It was built in 1928. Rankin House offers one of the most beautiful views on the Ohio River and at least seven bends in the Ohio river

are visible from the site. John P. Parker House is also a National Historic Landmark since 1997, located in Ripley and was the home to former slave and inventor John P. Parker from 1853 to his death in 1900 and was also a stop on the Underground Railroad. During the presentation of the commendation Keith N. Corman, regional liaison for Husted’s office spoke to a large crowd. He said he considered it a real honor and privilege for him to be there even though the buildings represented a troubled time in American history. “Today is a beautiful, clear day here in Ripley,” Corman said. “But in 1865 a day like this would be considered a bad day if you were a slave trying to find freedom. A perfect day for a runaway slave would be a dark, rainy, even stormy day so that it wouldn’t

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Historical society for all their hard work in preserving their rich history forever. The group worked from 1996 until 2002 to restore the John P. Parker House after receiving grants and holding fundraisers. The museum

stands next to the Ohio river on Front Street in Ripley. To visit and tour the restored home of John P. Parker or the Rankin House the society can be contacted at (937) 392-4044 or (937) 392-1627.

SSCC to build new campus in Mt. Orab By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press Southern State Community College will soon begin construction on a $14 million campus to be built in the Village of Mt. Orab at the corner of US 32 and Brooks Malott Road on a 63 acre parcel. Construction of the new campus will take about 18 months to complete. The first students are expected to begin classes in the fall of 2013. The board of trustees at SSCC approved a resolution to purchase the property and build the new facility in Brown County and also in Adams County in early November, 2011. The new campus in Adams County will be located on a 19 acre parcel on Moores Road near SR 32 in Seaman. SSCC worked with a real estate consultancy firm out of Cincinnati to thoroughly investigate different possible

sites. In Brown County, the market analysis identified Mt. Orab as a prime location based on population centers and accessibility, according to the college’s web site. The current south campus in Fincastle was found unfeasible to continue as a campus, will be repurposed for some other community service. According to Jim Buck, SSCC vice president of business and finance, said that the financing plan for the campus expansion will not rely on a tuition increase, but a projected increase in enrollment once the campuses are open. Buck added that the costs of the two projects will also be financed through the sale of bonds and a major capital campaign. Local business man and trustee for SSCC representing Brown County, Paul Hall said he was excited that the community college was moving to Mt. Orab.

“This is good for Southern State as we expand our borders,” Hall said. “We will work with local employers to find out what their needs are and what we can do to help fill them.” Hall said he expects the Mt. Orab campus to be the largest facility n the SSCC system within four to five years. He added that the building will be designed with expansion in mind. Mt. Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford also expressed his excitement upon hearing the news. “This will mean great things for Mt. Orab and the entire area,” Lunsford said. “Every time I show a prospective buyer around the village they always want to know where the nearest college is. This will have a very positive spinoff effect of businesses locating near the college to service the students and staff.”

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Brown County Chamber holds business breakfast BY Martha Jacob The Brown County Press The Annual Brown County Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast was held on Monday, January 30 at the Georgetown Church of Christ before a packed house. Nearly every chair in the room was filled with chamber members and other visitors who enjoyed a big breakfast and were anxious to see the presentation of the 2011 Drucker Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The chamber named Becky Cropper as recipient of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’ Cropper was a long time extension agent for Brown County who has been heavily involved in local 4-H programs and other organiza-

tions over the past 33 years. Cropper’s accomplishments included partnering with former Juvenile Court Judge Ron Dvorachek and former Ohio State highway Patrol commander Lt. Rex Newbanks to create the Ohio 4-H Carteen program in Michigan. She is still currently active in Brown County in collaboration with the juvenile court and the Ohio Highway Patrol. According to Tim McKeown, Brown County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, Cropper’s efforts have helped the chamber and every other organization she has ever been involved with. As Cropper was called to the podium a huge round of applause followed her all the way. Following her accep-

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tance of the Lifetime Achievement Award, she spoke briefly to the crowd. “I’m certainly pleased and this is such an honor to receive this award from the chamber,” Cropper began, “It’s been my honor to have served all of you over the last 33 years. The motto I have always lived by is... ‘We can’t adjust the wind...but we can adjust the sails.’ I hope everybody would think about what’s in your sailboat and what’s on that sail that we can continue to do as a community and as a county to make a difference.” Cropper concluded “I know many of the individuals in this room have had a lot of impact on a lot of people. So we need to ask ourselves what are we going to do, what are we going to put on our own sails?” Just before leaving the podium, Cropper turned to her husband, Harold, and personally thanked him for all his support through all her endeavors. State Representative Danny Bubp also presented Cropper with an award from the Ohio House of Representatives and, representing Senator Tom Niehaus, an award from the Ohio Senate. Bubp described Cropper as positive and smiling with a cheerful attitude toward everything she does. Next on the agenda, was the presentation by the chamber of the 2011 Drucker Award to Chatfield College. The award was accepted by President John Tafaro. Tafaro spoke briefly to the crowd as he held the award and introduced members of his staff at Chatfield. “I consider this a high honor and a great privilege to accept this Peter Drucker Award on behalf of Chatfield,” Tafaro said, “It is especially

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humbling, in light of those who have received this award before us like the Cahall Brothers, Al Norris, Jim Griswald and Jerald Gabbard. It’s an honor to be in their company.” Tafaro went on to give a special thanks to First State Bank for sponsoring the Drucker award and to National Bank and Trust for all their support to Chatfield the past few years. √Additional congratulatory awards came from Steven Caraway on behalf of Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, the Ohio State Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives via Bubp. “Chatfield, is an all-faith or religion college and all are welcome,” Tafaro said. “We

teach liberal arts and hopefully turn out graduates who are prepared to engage in the world in a way that is good and loving and consistent with gospel values.” Tafaro ended quoting the schools motto, “Big dreams do come true at Chatfield.” Following the presentations, centerpieces were raffled off to those who had purchased raffle tickets. The executive team of the Brown County Chamber of Commerce consists of Kelly Cornette, president, Brian Elliott, vice president, Gerry Schumacher, treasurer, Erin Richmond, secretary, Tim McKeown, chairman of the board and Heather Frye, director.

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Kibler Lumber gears up for a new season continued from page 16

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their new kitchen on a 36 inch TV screen. With the interest in vegetable gardening continuing to increase, Kibler has added a new seed line in the garden center this “In addition to spring. Burpee and Livingston seeds that have been stocked in past years, we are now stocking a high quality seed line called Botanical Interests (insert registered symbol),” said Joan Yockey, Kibler sales rep and long time gardner. “This is the highest quality seed available in one-of-akind packaging that I think will inspire the gardener in us all,” remarked Yockey. Kibler Lumber is located at 665 E. Main Street, Mt. Orab. Kibler also operates full service lumberyards and home center showrooms in Wilmington, Hillsboro and

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Rockin’ Robin’s takes you back to the Fifties Rockin’ Robin’s Soda Shoppe & Catering owner Tara Davis took over the highly popular river front business at 8 North Front Street in downtown Ripley in 2001. The restaurant offers daily blue plate specials, hot sandwiches, homemade soups and an extended dinner menu. The same great burgers,

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Becky cropper is shown here wearing her usual friendly smile shortly after being presented with the 2011 Lifetime achievement award during the January 30 Brown county chamber of commerce Business Breakfast.

shakes, and banana splits are still offered daily. The 50’s and 60’s themed soda shop offers a spectacular view of the Ohio River while its interior is adorned with lots of memorabilia. Davis also caters all events from small gatherings and office parties to weddings and formal events. Rockin’ Robin’s is

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Locally-owned building materials supplier, Kibler Lumber, is ready to kick off the spring season helping customers with their building and remodeling projects. “Winter weather has been mild,” said David Bohl, Kibler Lumber president, “and although we had some unexpected volatile weather in our area the past few weeks, our customers have been coming to us with plans for home improvement projects.” “And we are ready to help them,” continued Bohl. “We have a lot of material on the ground—from lumber to roofing to decking and landscaping materials—ready for delivery to homes and jobsites all around southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky.” Although the economy seems to be trending upward, local residents continue to concentrate on improving their homes rather than build new. Homeowners are investing in upgrading their insulation, replacing old roofing,

updating their kitchens and expanding their outdoor living areas. “To be ready for these projects, we have done some additions to our business,” explained Bohl. “We recently added a new insulation truck to our fleet at our Mt. Orab location. This new truck allows our staff to continue installing fiberglass insulation in homes throughout our market area—Ultrafit for walls and loose fill fiberglass for attics along with traditional batts of insulation.” Roofing shingle lines have been expanded to include many stock colors in Tamko and CertainTeed brands. “While we can’t carry every color available,” explained Mt. Orab store manager Randy Colliver, “we have a great selection stocked right here in our yard. And if we don’t have the color you need, we can get it in just a day or so from our local vendors.” “Our composite decking continued on page 17

Merchants National Bank is growing with Brown County!!! Merchants National Bank has been a part of Brown County since February 2006 when our office opened at 370 N. High Street in Mt. Orab. In August of 2009 Merchants acquired the Citizens Bank of Higginsport and now is pleased to be serving Brown County with three locations. Our Georgetown Office is located at 120 S. Main Street and in Higginsport we are located at 314 Washington Street. All three are full service branches with loan officers in each location.

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Bible Baptist Church: Infusing technology . . . the old-fashioned way A membership in the Brown County Chamber of Commerce is worth more than you might think. your business could be missing out on some BIG dividends, like: SAVE ON YOUR WORKERS COMP PREMIUMS WITH OUR GROUP RISK POOLING PROGRAM. MANY MEMBERS SAVE OVER $10900 OR MORE PER YEAR. GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE DISCOUNTS DENTAL HEALTH PLAN DISCOUNTS LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE DISCOUNTS FREE OR DISCOUNTED TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES NETWORKING WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS AND OTHER COUNTY DECISION MAKERS THAT IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS Call the Chamber today for information on any of there programs. Small business memberships start at just $50 per year.

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Throughout its history, the Church has used technology to advance its ministry: papyrus, printing press, piano, organ, lighting, even voice through the utilization of microphones. Dr. Charles Smith, Pastor of Bible Baptist Church, Mt. Orab (BBC Mt. Orab), believes keeping up with today's technology is vital to spreading the Gospel to the community. The www.BBCMtOrab.com website went through a complete redesign in 2011 and now offers everything from information about every aspect of the church, to streaming sermons and even music by nationallyknown recording artists. Dr. Smith said, "We are fortunate to have a close relationship with Squire Parsons, The Dixie Melody Boys, and Soul'd Out Quartet. These, and other artists, have graciously provided their music for BBC Mt. Orab to stream on our website completely free of charge." He added, "It's my understanding that we are the only church in the Nation to be afforded this incredible opportunity." The church can also be found on Facebook. BBC Mt. Orab has added a full-service kiosk which provides avenues for involvement at the church. The kiosk can be used for people to signup for church events, email to missionaries supported by BBC Mt. Orab, or even for giving tithes and offerings. The www.BBCMtOrab.com website also allows people to

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securely give their tithe, as well. Other technology being used at BBC Mt. Orab are: a video projector with a large drop-down screen that can be used for films or video presentations. This technology was recently expanded to enable live broadcasting from anywhere in the world. According to Dr. Smith, "This technology will allow us to feature our missionaries, who will have the capability of delivering a sermon to the congregation live on our large screen." BBC Mt. Orab is proving that a church doesn't have to let technology change its message. "We are still using the King James Translation, we're still using the hymnal, and we haven't altered the Message by one word," said Dr. Smith. He concluded saying, "Bible Baptist Church, Mt. Orab, is the most state-of-the-art, old-fashioned church around where you will always find a warm and friendly welcome."

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Find a “new you” at The Ultimate Salon Have you experienced the New Image of The Ultimate Salon? The Ultimate Salon in Georgetown is located in the Village Plaza between Radio Shack and Subway. The salon moved to this location in September 2011. The salon has been servicing the Brown Area for 25 years and continues to grow and expand. The Ultimate Salon thrives on excellent customer and salon services. The salons new image has a modern look with state of the art equipment. The salon recently purchased 4 new high tech tanning beds to provide the best tanning experience. They purchased a 40 bulb and 32 bulb tanning units with facials and a 54 bulb stand up unit and they have "HOT" New Tanning bulbs. Their experienced and qualified staff includes

Tabitha Ring, Brittany Kistler, Lindsay Kirker are Managing Cosmetologist and Tammy Rockey is the Managing Manicurist, and Morgan Steele and Kate Rockey are the receptionist. Looking for a New You....they can do that. They offer all of the upto-date and trendy styles as well as maintaining the classic style for the discreet customers. Their staff is always continuing their education to provide the best service. They now have the new O.P.I. Gelcolors for your natural nails. Come and experience their Ultimate whirlpool pedicures and Norvell spray tans. The salon is open 7 days a week Monday-Friday 10-8, Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 11-5. Their services include hair, nails, make-up, waxing, tanning beds, spray tans and ear piercing. They also sell

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Bible Baptist Church: Infusing technology . . . the old-fashioned way A membership in the Brown County Chamber of Commerce is worth more than you might think. your business could be missing out on some BIG dividends, like: SAVE ON YOUR WORKERS COMP PREMIUMS WITH OUR GROUP RISK POOLING PROGRAM. MANY MEMBERS SAVE OVER $10900 OR MORE PER YEAR. GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE DISCOUNTS DENTAL HEALTH PLAN DISCOUNTS LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE DISCOUNTS FREE OR DISCOUNTED TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES NETWORKING WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS AND OTHER COUNTY DECISION MAKERS THAT IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS Call the Chamber today for information on any of there programs. Small business memberships start at just $50 per year.

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Throughout its history, the Church has used technology to advance its ministry: papyrus, printing press, piano, organ, lighting, even voice through the utilization of microphones. Dr. Charles Smith, Pastor of Bible Baptist Church, Mt. Orab (BBC Mt. Orab), believes keeping up with today's technology is vital to spreading the Gospel to the community. The www.BBCMtOrab.com website went through a complete redesign in 2011 and now offers everything from information about every aspect of the church, to streaming sermons and even music by nationallyknown recording artists. Dr. Smith said, "We are fortunate to have a close relationship with Squire Parsons, The Dixie Melody Boys, and Soul'd Out Quartet. These, and other artists, have graciously provided their music for BBC Mt. Orab to stream on our website completely free of charge." He added, "It's my understanding that we are the only church in the Nation to be afforded this incredible opportunity." The church can also be found on Facebook. BBC Mt. Orab has added a full-service kiosk which provides avenues for involvement at the church. The kiosk can be used for people to signup for church events, email to missionaries supported by BBC Mt. Orab, or even for giving tithes and offerings. The www.BBCMtOrab.com website also allows people to

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securely give their tithe, as well. Other technology being used at BBC Mt. Orab are: a video projector with a large drop-down screen that can be used for films or video presentations. This technology was recently expanded to enable live broadcasting from anywhere in the world. According to Dr. Smith, "This technology will allow us to feature our missionaries, who will have the capability of delivering a sermon to the congregation live on our large screen." BBC Mt. Orab is proving that a church doesn't have to let technology change its message. "We are still using the King James Translation, we're still using the hymnal, and we haven't altered the Message by one word," said Dr. Smith. He concluded saying, "Bible Baptist Church, Mt. Orab, is the most state-of-the-art, old-fashioned church around where you will always find a warm and friendly welcome."

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Find a “new you” at The Ultimate Salon Have you experienced the New Image of The Ultimate Salon? The Ultimate Salon in Georgetown is located in the Village Plaza between Radio Shack and Subway. The salon moved to this location in September 2011. The salon has been servicing the Brown Area for 25 years and continues to grow and expand. The Ultimate Salon thrives on excellent customer and salon services. The salons new image has a modern look with state of the art equipment. The salon recently purchased 4 new high tech tanning beds to provide the best tanning experience. They purchased a 40 bulb and 32 bulb tanning units with facials and a 54 bulb stand up unit and they have "HOT" New Tanning bulbs. Their experienced and qualified staff includes

Tabitha Ring, Brittany Kistler, Lindsay Kirker are Managing Cosmetologist and Tammy Rockey is the Managing Manicurist, and Morgan Steele and Kate Rockey are the receptionist. Looking for a New You....they can do that. They offer all of the upto-date and trendy styles as well as maintaining the classic style for the discreet customers. Their staff is always continuing their education to provide the best service. They now have the new O.P.I. Gelcolors for your natural nails. Come and experience their Ultimate whirlpool pedicures and Norvell spray tans. The salon is open 7 days a week Monday-Friday 10-8, Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 11-5. Their services include hair, nails, make-up, waxing, tanning beds, spray tans and ear piercing. They also sell

Avon. Their website is www.youravon.com/ultimatesalon. You can find them on Facebook or their website is

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www.ultimatesalongtown.co m or for more information please call them at (937) 378-3481. They look forward

to servicing you and they appreciate your business.

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Kibler Lumber gears up for a new season FREE $100 Kibler Lumber Gift Card when purchasing Metal Roofing. Minimum purchase $1999. Limit one per household. Not valid with other offers. Expires 3/31/2012. See store for details.

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Locally-owned building materials supplier, Kibler Lumber, is ready to kick off the spring season helping customers with their building and remodeling projects. “Winter weather has been mild,” said David Bohl, Kibler Lumber president, “and although we had some unexpected volatile weather in our area the past few weeks, our customers have been coming to us with plans for home improvement projects.” “And we are ready to help them,” continued Bohl. “We have a lot of material on the ground—from lumber to roofing to decking and landscaping materials—ready for delivery to homes and jobsites all around southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky.” Although the economy seems to be trending upward, local residents continue to concentrate on improving their homes rather than build new. Homeowners are investing in upgrading their insulation, replacing old roofing,

updating their kitchens and expanding their outdoor living areas. “To be ready for these projects, we have done some additions to our business,” explained Bohl. “We recently added a new insulation truck to our fleet at our Mt. Orab location. This new truck allows our staff to continue installing fiberglass insulation in homes throughout our market area—Ultrafit for walls and loose fill fiberglass for attics along with traditional batts of insulation.” Roofing shingle lines have been expanded to include many stock colors in Tamko and CertainTeed brands. “While we can’t carry every color available,” explained Mt. Orab store manager Randy Colliver, “we have a great selection stocked right here in our yard. And if we don’t have the color you need, we can get it in just a day or so from our local vendors.” “Our composite decking continued on page 17

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Brown County Chamber holds business breakfast BY Martha Jacob The Brown County Press The Annual Brown County Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast was held on Monday, January 30 at the Georgetown Church of Christ before a packed house. Nearly every chair in the room was filled with chamber members and other visitors who enjoyed a big breakfast and were anxious to see the presentation of the 2011 Drucker Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The chamber named Becky Cropper as recipient of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’ Cropper was a long time extension agent for Brown County who has been heavily involved in local 4-H programs and other organiza-

tions over the past 33 years. Cropper’s accomplishments included partnering with former Juvenile Court Judge Ron Dvorachek and former Ohio State highway Patrol commander Lt. Rex Newbanks to create the Ohio 4-H Carteen program in Michigan. She is still currently active in Brown County in collaboration with the juvenile court and the Ohio Highway Patrol. According to Tim McKeown, Brown County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, Cropper’s efforts have helped the chamber and every other organization she has ever been involved with. As Cropper was called to the podium a huge round of applause followed her all the way. Following her accep-

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tance of the Lifetime Achievement Award, she spoke briefly to the crowd. “I’m certainly pleased and this is such an honor to receive this award from the chamber,” Cropper began, “It’s been my honor to have served all of you over the last 33 years. The motto I have always lived by is... ‘We can’t adjust the wind...but we can adjust the sails.’ I hope everybody would think about what’s in your sailboat and what’s on that sail that we can continue to do as a community and as a county to make a difference.” Cropper concluded “I know many of the individuals in this room have had a lot of impact on a lot of people. So we need to ask ourselves what are we going to do, what are we going to put on our own sails?” Just before leaving the podium, Cropper turned to her husband, Harold, and personally thanked him for all his support through all her endeavors. State Representative Danny Bubp also presented Cropper with an award from the Ohio House of Representatives and, representing Senator Tom Niehaus, an award from the Ohio Senate. Bubp described Cropper as positive and smiling with a cheerful attitude toward everything she does. Next on the agenda, was the presentation by the chamber of the 2011 Drucker Award to Chatfield College. The award was accepted by President John Tafaro. Tafaro spoke briefly to the crowd as he held the award and introduced members of his staff at Chatfield. “I consider this a high honor and a great privilege to accept this Peter Drucker Award on behalf of Chatfield,” Tafaro said, “It is especially

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humbling, in light of those who have received this award before us like the Cahall Brothers, Al Norris, Jim Griswald and Jerald Gabbard. It’s an honor to be in their company.” Tafaro went on to give a special thanks to First State Bank for sponsoring the Drucker award and to National Bank and Trust for all their support to Chatfield the past few years. √Additional congratulatory awards came from Steven Caraway on behalf of Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, the Ohio State Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives via Bubp. “Chatfield, is an all-faith or religion college and all are welcome,” Tafaro said. “We

teach liberal arts and hopefully turn out graduates who are prepared to engage in the world in a way that is good and loving and consistent with gospel values.” Tafaro ended quoting the schools motto, “Big dreams do come true at Chatfield.” Following the presentations, centerpieces were raffled off to those who had purchased raffle tickets. The executive team of the Brown County Chamber of Commerce consists of Kelly Cornette, president, Brian Elliott, vice president, Gerry Schumacher, treasurer, Erin Richmond, secretary, Tim McKeown, chairman of the board and Heather Frye, director.

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Kibler Lumber gears up for a new season continued from page 16

products have also been expanded to include TimberTech ReliaBoard Plank (insert trademark symbol) Decking, Earthwood Evolutions (insert trademark symbol) and Radiancerail (insert registered symbol) Express railings,” continued Colliver. “TimberTech along with our Guardeck (insert trademark symbol) Prestige decking makes us the composite decking headquarters in this area,” laughed Colliver. Another addition at the Mt. Orab location is a new Merillat Cabinetry virtual selection center in the cabinet display area. Visualize2Realize (insert trademark symbol) is a great new system that allows customers to make “touch screen” cabinet selections and visualize

their new kitchen on a 36 inch TV screen. With the interest in vegetable gardening continuing to increase, Kibler has added a new seed line in the garden center this “In addition to spring. Burpee and Livingston seeds that have been stocked in past years, we are now stocking a high quality seed line called Botanical Interests (insert registered symbol),” said Joan Yockey, Kibler sales rep and long time gardner. “This is the highest quality seed available in one-of-akind packaging that I think will inspire the gardener in us all,” remarked Yockey. Kibler Lumber is located at 665 E. Main Street, Mt. Orab. Kibler also operates full service lumberyards and home center showrooms in Wilmington, Hillsboro and

Maysville. Visit www.kiblerlumber.com

Rockin’ Robin’s takes you back to the Fifties Rockin’ Robin’s Soda Shoppe & Catering owner Tara Davis took over the highly popular river front business at 8 North Front Street in downtown Ripley in 2001. The restaurant offers daily blue plate specials, hot sandwiches, homemade soups and an extended dinner menu. The same great burgers,

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Becky cropper is shown here wearing her usual friendly smile shortly after being presented with the 2011 Lifetime achievement award during the January 30 Brown county chamber of commerce Business Breakfast.

shakes, and banana splits are still offered daily. The 50’s and 60’s themed soda shop offers a spectacular view of the Ohio River while its interior is adorned with lots of memorabilia. Davis also caters all events from small gatherings and office parties to weddings and formal events. Rockin’ Robin’s is

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Rankin House, John P. Parker House in Ripley recognized by Secretary of State By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press

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Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted presented a certificate of commendation to members of the Ripley Heritage, Inc. and the John Parker Historical Society at the John P. Parker House Museum in 2011. Two certificates were presented, one for the John Parker House and one for the Rankin House, both of which have received hundreds of hours of hard work and preservation by members of the Ripley Community. The Rankin House is a National Historic Landmark and Underground Railroad Station. It is located on Liberty Hill which overlooks the Ohio River and Ripley. It was built in 1928. Rankin House offers one of the most beautiful views on the Ohio River and at least seven bends in the Ohio river

are visible from the site. John P. Parker House is also a National Historic Landmark since 1997, located in Ripley and was the home to former slave and inventor John P. Parker from 1853 to his death in 1900 and was also a stop on the Underground Railroad. During the presentation of the commendation Keith N. Corman, regional liaison for Husted’s office spoke to a large crowd. He said he considered it a real honor and privilege for him to be there even though the buildings represented a troubled time in American history. “Today is a beautiful, clear day here in Ripley,” Corman said. “But in 1865 a day like this would be considered a bad day if you were a slave trying to find freedom. A perfect day for a runaway slave would be a dark, rainy, even stormy day so that it wouldn’t

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Historical society for all their hard work in preserving their rich history forever. The group worked from 1996 until 2002 to restore the John P. Parker House after receiving grants and holding fundraisers. The museum

stands next to the Ohio river on Front Street in Ripley. To visit and tour the restored home of John P. Parker or the Rankin House the society can be contacted at (937) 392-4044 or (937) 392-1627.

SSCC to build new campus in Mt. Orab By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press Southern State Community College will soon begin construction on a $14 million campus to be built in the Village of Mt. Orab at the corner of US 32 and Brooks Malott Road on a 63 acre parcel. Construction of the new campus will take about 18 months to complete. The first students are expected to begin classes in the fall of 2013. The board of trustees at SSCC approved a resolution to purchase the property and build the new facility in Brown County and also in Adams County in early November, 2011. The new campus in Adams County will be located on a 19 acre parcel on Moores Road near SR 32 in Seaman. SSCC worked with a real estate consultancy firm out of Cincinnati to thoroughly investigate different possible

sites. In Brown County, the market analysis identified Mt. Orab as a prime location based on population centers and accessibility, according to the college’s web site. The current south campus in Fincastle was found unfeasible to continue as a campus, will be repurposed for some other community service. According to Jim Buck, SSCC vice president of business and finance, said that the financing plan for the campus expansion will not rely on a tuition increase, but a projected increase in enrollment once the campuses are open. Buck added that the costs of the two projects will also be financed through the sale of bonds and a major capital campaign. Local business man and trustee for SSCC representing Brown County, Paul Hall said he was excited that the community college was moving to Mt. Orab.

“This is good for Southern State as we expand our borders,” Hall said. “We will work with local employers to find out what their needs are and what we can do to help fill them.” Hall said he expects the Mt. Orab campus to be the largest facility n the SSCC system within four to five years. He added that the building will be designed with expansion in mind. Mt. Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford also expressed his excitement upon hearing the news. “This will mean great things for Mt. Orab and the entire area,” Lunsford said. “Every time I show a prospective buyer around the village they always want to know where the nearest college is. This will have a very positive spinoff effect of businesses locating near the college to service the students and staff.”

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needs. At Tecumseh Buildings we take pride in our many satisfied customers and overtime development of trust with each customer. Our customers rely on us to serve on their behalf, ethically and responsibly. Since 1975, our philosophy has remained the same; to deliver quality construction, on time and in budget. Our commitment to this has been proven by the fact that customers who work with us for one project return to Tecumseh Buildings for all of their future construction needs. We invite you to visit our office at 12338 Martin Alexander Rd Sardinia, Oh 45171. We will be happy to meet with you and inspect your building site. We offer free consultations and estimates. Call us for an appointment today at 1-877-4630359 or visit us at www.tecumsehbuildings.com.

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Sharefax Credit Union, which is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution, has just opened a new branch in Lebanon, Ohio. The credit union, which has been part of Greater Cincinnati for over 51 years, has now grown to five locations with over $280 million in assets. Sharefax offers a full range of financial services such as free checking, credit and debit cards, mortgage, personal, and vehicle loans, free online banking, more than 3,000 nationwide surchargefree ATMs, free bill payer, credit counseling, investment services, plus “best” rate guarantees on automobile loans and certificates with all deposits being federally insured up to $250,000. in addition, the credit union offers money market accounts, as well as debit cards, iRAs, and Health

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Savings Accounts. Sharefax has also partnered with investment advisors Mackey investment Advisors & L.M. Kohn & Co. to assist members in planning for their financial futures and with The Home Lending Source to offer VA, FHA, and reverse mortgage loans. Sharefax has expanded to include more than 25,750 members from more than 400 select employee groups as well as individuals who live or work in Adams, Clermont, Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Brown, Clinton, Fayette, Highla nd, Greene, Preble, and Montgomery counties. Sharefax is dedicated to fulfilling the individual needs of its members by offering the finest service and most technologically advanced products available. The cooperative has developed a tremendous reputation for its community involvement and com-

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can make deposits and perform transactions at a credit union branch almost anywhere in the United States. For more information,

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Clermont YMCA looks to support and provide a healthy lifestyle for all We all know that the Clermont YMCA is a place to exercise, but there’s a lot about the Y that our community may not know about. The Clermont YMCA achieves it mission through 3 areas of focus- healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. We strive to provide opportunities for all to access a healthier lifestyle, which can mean building a young child’s confidence and self-esteem through learning how to swim or going to

camp, or providing a comfortable environment for an older adult who wants to keep active and healthy, or offering a variety of activities every day of the week that can bring a family together, to providing a place for kids to go before and after school, or to simply offering a preschool program for working parents. The Clermont YMCA is a nonprofit organization that has provided programs for the Clermont County community and families since 1983.

The Y runs its Annual Support campaign every year around this time. Our overall theme this year is: Support the efforts of the Y in your community…for their health, their potential, their future. We count on the generosity of the community, our boards and our members to help people of all ages and from all walks of life to become more confident, healthy and connected. 1 in 5 people who come to the Y need our financial support. Last year, the Clermont Y provided over $30,000 in assistance because the Y believes in delivering life-changing programs to all. This year, our goal is to raise $40,000 by March 29. How can you help? The Clermont Y is always in need of mentors, board members and volunteer coaches. if you are interested in getting involved in a most worthwhile organization, stop by the Clermont Y (2075 James E Sauls Sr. drive) or visit our website www.myy.org.

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Steddom looks back on a year of transition Julie Steddom, local attorney, says that 2011 was a year of transition for her office in Ripley, thanks to the new and returning clients who contributed to the growth of her practice. in order to continue to provide clients with the personal attention they deserve she has added a paralegal and another attorney to her office. Mark Eppley joined the practice in late August. He is a graduate of Ohio Northern University’s law school. Mark has practiced law since 2005 and gained diverse experience in that time. “Mark is great about going to the surrounding counties and even further to work for clients,” says Steddom. “He takes cases in Scioto, Franklin, Hamilton, Butler, and Warren counties, to name a few, as well as locally. i appreciate the energy level it takes to go all over the place as he does. i was looking for an attorney to work with me and i wanted

to be sure he or she had the same philosophy i have when it comes to representing our clients professionally and staying in touch with them regarding their cases. i was lucky to find Mark. He had a thriving solo practice, but was willing to join forces with me and is enjoying getting to know the Brown and Adams county legal community.” Steddom says Mark is active with a comedy team who appear often at the Know Theater in downtown Cincinnati. Steddom says that she realized early last year that she needed someone to help in her office, but that it had to be a person with experience who could essentially walk in and know what to do. “dottie McNown was recommended to me by an attorney friend of mine. i interviewed dottie when i had just returned from vacation and was behind schedule. She could see i was in need of help, so she

started the very next day.” dottie graduated from University of Cincinnati with an associate degree in applied business – paralegal studies in 1999, then earned a bachelor of arts in social sciences from Shawnee State in 2008. “in addition, dottie has worked in law firms for many years, most recently working three years for the late doug Mcilwain until his untimely death two years ago,” reports Steddom. “dottie’s experience and education both make her an asset to our office, but it’s her outgoing personality and ability to work closely with clients, court personnel, and anyone else who comes through the door that make her truly indispensable to us.” Steddom says that dottie will be applying to law school soon, but plans to continue to work in the firm as much as possible while attending. “We’re planning way ahead, since she hasn’t completed

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the application process yet, but Mark and i hope dottie will stay and work with us after graduation,” smiles Steddom, “because neither of us want her on the other side of a court case!” Steddom Law Office is along the Ohio River in Ripley and is open by appointment, although dottie is available to handle walkins most business hours. “Mark and i make appointments around our clients’ schedules as much as possible, which includes seeing people on evenings and weekends when necessary. if people are lucky enough to be working full time these days they do not need to miss work to meet with us.”

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The Classic Closet celebrates 9 years The Classic Closet is in its 9th year of serving the area as the only Upscale Consignment Shop. We have grown each year by consigners who have brought great name brands for resale for all ages. Toddlers and children can choose between name brands such as Talbot’s Kids, Rothschild, The Children’s Place, and Gymboree. Teen name brands include Aeropostle, Limited Too, Abercrombie, Hollister, and American Eagle. Ladies include Talbot’s, Chico’s, Ralph Lauren, Christopher &

Banks, and Coach, plus prom dresses. The men have choices such as Tommy Bahama, Polo, Columbia, Levi and Carhartt. We also have Classic Accents, a room filled with crafts, furniture, and many decorative items. We have Candleberry candles, Wind & Willow dips and cheese balls, Cream Candy, MailWraps, UK and Ohio State items, jewelry, plus much more. Also don’t forget we can make money for you by selling your gently used clothing and

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Brown County welcomes new hospital By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press

After months of negotiations, beginning in January, 2011, the Brown County Commissioners signed off on the sale of the Brown County General Hospital to Paul Tuft, executive chairman and owner of Southwest Healthcare. The final paperwork and handshake on the deal was made on June 2. No money actually changed hands at that time but Southwest was given the deeds to four pieces of real estate in Bethel, Fayetteville, Georgetown and Mt. Orab formerly owned by the county. Southwest also agreed to shoulder over ten million dollars in debt. Then in late December,

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Southwest Regional Medical Center is proud of the progress we have made in 2011 to continue to bring quality health care to our friends and neighbors in Brown County and the surrounding area. We look forward to continuing our work with The Christ Hospital to bring the latest technology and our experienced staff to the citizens of Southwest Ohio.

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2011, Southwest announced an affiliation agreement with The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and officially changed the name of the hospital to ‘Southwest Regional Medical Center, (SWRMC). Tuft stated that working with The Christ Hospital would mean more jobs for the community and was a step forward improving the health of people in and around Brown County. “We are very excited about working with The Christ Hospital to bring our patients the same quality health care available in Cincinnati without them having to leave home”, Tuft said at the December event. The new facility is working together with The Christ Hospital on operational improvements and leverage those improvements to bring a higher level of care with increased access to the region, including access to advanced research and clinical protocols. One of the first benefits to local residents was the expertise of The Christ Hospital and its Ohio Heart and Vascular Center. It is anticipated that with this union, SWRMC will be able to cut costs while expanding availability to specialty care for patients. Dr. Tim McKinley, SWRMC Medical Director, said he hopes to energize the medical staff and step it up to a whole new level. “Up until now, we’ve been kind of working on an island,” he said. “but now we’ll have more access to technology and specialized

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Grant Career Center provides training with an eye toward the future expertise. It’ll be a great thing for the staff and the patients alike”. McKinley said the affiliation would also help with the recruitment and retention of staff. Even before the partnership with The Christ Hospital the new owners of the hospital had begun significant changes. Joan Phillips, chief executive officer of Southwest Healthcare stated that many positive changes were made at the facility including: • hourly rounds by nursing staff for patients were implemented; • follow-up phone calls are made to patients after they are discharged; • patients are to be provided with a private room until all rooms are full; • changes in emergency room procedures to decrease waiting times; • allow patients seeking medical appointments to have appointments within 3 days, (same day treatment for patients with acute symptoms; • all education and certification standards for staff would be examined closely; • increase involvement with the hospital’s physicians; • convene community focus groups to allow residents a chance to share their thoughts about the hospital. “We look forward to working with The Christ Hospital to bring the latest in quality healthcare and expertise to the citizens of Brown County and the communities we serve”, Phillips said.

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With a constant eye towards the future of Clermont County and keeping in step with current trends, Grant Career Center offers a variety of career and technical education programs with hands-on training in specialized fields. In 1976 Grant Career Center opened its doors to the community. The Career Center is easily accessible just west of the town of Bethel on State Route 125. The campus consists of a one-building school housing academic areas, career training classrooms and labs and is surrounded by 41 acres, much of which is landscaped and maintained by the horticultural students and the staff maintenance crew. The Career Center provides area juniors and seniors with hands-on career training in specialized fields. The Career Center offers thirteen career-training options to high school juniors and seniors of the BethelTate, Felicity-Franklin, New Richmond and Williamsburg school districts. Along with the high school training, Grant also offers full-time adult career training classes, and a wide variety of parttime special interest and career tion, students receive their high school diploma from their home schools. Students participate in related Career Training Youth Organizations which prepare them for the workforce through competitive events that promote mastery of their skills and teach them valuable communication and social skills for the work place. Students have the opportunity to compete at the local, state and national levels where they have brought back numerous awards in the past decade. Numerous national titles belong to stu-

dents of Grant Career Center. The career training programs are continuously updating their standards to meet the needs of business and industry in the global marketplace. Students have the chance to learn and to perfect their skills on industry-ready equipment and the most recent software editions. New this year is a Metal Fabrication building where students have space to work on fabrication projects and receive training for jobs in the pipeline industry. Student training on a daily basis is consistent with industry standards; many labs and shops are run as actual businesses. Students gain additional experience through industry-based internships and apprenticeship programs by actually spending time with mentors in the field of their choice. At the completion of their career training program, students are encouraged to continue their training at local colleges and universities and then enter local community workforces. Each year, the percentage of students seeking additional training increases. Students reach higher levels of success with additional training and make greater contributions to our county. “The Career Center believes its contributions to the progress of Clermont County are secure and the future is in the capable hands of our graduates,” states Pam McKinney, Public Relations Director. “Students are working and living in Clermont County and our strengthening our communities.” Visit our website at www.grantcareer.com for more information on our programs and facilities.

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2011 A noteworthy year for Chatfield College continued from page 7

cation and community involvement. Chatfield has partnered with local businesses, such as LaRosa’s in Mt. Orab and the Cincinnati Cyclones, to provide scholarship opportunities to employees. In addition, the college hosts many activities, includ-

ing its Annual Quilt and Craft Show, Germanfest, and various musical concerts, that also draw people from surrounding counties. “I am so thrilled that Chatfi eld is part of our county, not only because of the educational opportunities they offer to Brown County

Members of the Chatfield Community take part in the ribbon cutting celebration for the rededication of historic St. Angela Hall.

residents and the surrounding counties, but also for everything they do to enrich our area,” said Cornette. “They are good partners to the community, and it is wonderful to have a local college that is so engaged right in our own back yard.” Perhaps the most rewarding accomplishment of all, according to Tafaro, is that Chatfield saw record enrollment for the second year in a row. “In the past year, we served 476 women and men – a diverse collection of adult-learners and traditional-age students, with varied religious affiliations, from urban, suburban and rural backgrounds. That, of course, is the reason we exist at all – to fulfill our mission, to empower those who might best succeed within our supportive, small college experience. – and to help our students realize their dreams for a college education. Because big dreams do come true at Chatfield.”

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‘Natural Amphitheater’ constructed in Mt. Orab park By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press As the village of Mt. Orab continues to grow, the village council has made a multitude of changes and improvements. Among the impressive details is the construction of a new ‘natural amphitheater’ built in the village park. A couple years ago Mt. Orab resident Woody Whittington approached council about holding live concerts in the park. Whittington organized a couple free concerts in the summer of 2010 that were very well attended. So in the early summer months of 2011, the shows began playing every other Saturday night. Well-known groups were performing at the shows including: • Inside Straight Band • Off R Rockers Band

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• Bar Codes The concerts continued to draw large crowds of people who would bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a free show. Then one evening in September after the last show, members of the village council walked over to the park to see how the landscaping of the park could be enhanced. Mt. Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford said that the village engineer drew up a sketch of the park and how by moving dirt around, it could be turned into an amphitheater. “The drawings we had were really good,” Lunsford said, “so we just tweaked them a little and the digging began.” Construction workers built up a mound around the edge of the walking track at the park which created a buffer for the noise that goes backwards, forcing it forward. Then the mound or the stage area was leveled out with a slight slope. Just out from the stage area the land began to slowly rise as it went away from the stage. “Everyone should be able to see the staging area clearly at every level,” Lunsford added. “It’s now truly an amphitheater and will also be more usable for other events. Discussion is ongoing on other improvements at the park including a permanent roof for the performers and their equipment.

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Come see what has been added to The Home Place menu The Home Place promises the tried and true values you’ve come to expect. However, they seem to be in a constant mode of adding new bits and pieces in a way that keeps us wondering as to “what next?” In response to customer requests and interest there are a few new bakery items you can expect on given days of the week: 100% whole wheat bread, all natural, made with honey, ( no sugar); nutrition facts included; mixed, kneaded and baked in house. Flavored crème horns like red raspberry / cream, or mocha/cream…What more could one wish for? Snickerdoodles. Cookies packaged in baker’s dozen. Their granola is becoming a wholesale item, available in more and more southern Ohio food stores. And if you’re visiting for the first time, make sure you tell them; because there’s a free little sample bag of granola going home with you. They have got to be the grand central of dried fruits. Here’s the list today, tomorrow’s may be even longer: strawberries, raspberry flavored cranberries, peaches, pears, bananas, raisins, prunes, nectarines, kiwi, cherries, cranberries, pineapple, blueberries, apples, sundried tomatoes. Whey-low is an all-natural sugar, low glycemic index, manufactured from whey, being offered in granulated, powdered, and brown. This product is diabetic friendly and excellent for baking. To date, THP offers oatmeal raisin cookies baked with this product, with hopefully more coming soon. In the deli look for Yoder’s Country Ham. It is available in ends and pieces, pieces precut ready for frying alongside the brown, homegrown eggs they offer, or deli sliced for sandwiches. This is a specialty old fashioned ham that has long been recognized as a trade-

mark in country hams. Sandwiches continue to be offered on their own whole wheat, white or herb/cheese breads. The herb/cheese bread is a special creation that’s been offered at local Meranda/Nixon winery since its beginning; and many of those connoisseurs have learned to look for it here as well. BBQ season is around the corner. Barbecued baby back ribs are back! Look for them on Fridays, beginning in April. Stay tuned to their ads for the final dates, or subscribe to their weekly emails, details below. Rumor has it that barbecued chicken will follow the ribs… Speaking of rumors. There is that probability that “bulk foods” will be the next new arrival. Spices, flours, gluten free products and whoknowswhatallelse are crowding in at the door. Here’s a suggestion: If there is a certain product you cannot live without, speak to the proprietors of The Home Place. They’ve been known to listen to their customers. Just maybe. New styles, colors and prices on popular poly vinyl lawn furniture arriving soon! Again, Ohio

made, and manufactured out of recycled plastics like your milk jugs and pop bottles. Maintenance free and boasting an all weather exposure. A few years ago this product was almost unheard of; today wood has needed to take the back seat and poly vinyl wins the race hands down. Check out the new inventory soon! New styles of interior décor and furniture are in as well. A dark maple Legacy bedroom suite received raves at the recent Cincinnati Home and Garden Show. Gift items in the line of Signature stoneware, lanterns, graniteware, textiles; the list goes on and on. Mini barns, garden sheds, and even a gazebo shaped styled garden shed are being brought to their lot daily. Besides the wood, metal, vinyl buildings offered, they now boast a mini barn with painted side walls, shingle roof. An attractive rent to own program makes the purchase one you cannot afford to miss. For the serious economizer, there are pre-owned models on the lot as well, doubtlessly exactly what you would have ordered new,

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HealthSource of Ohio expands for a growing community

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across from the New Richmond Library and will open its doors in February. In early April, Eastgate Pediatrics will relocate its current location at 4357 Ferguson Drive to 559 Old SR 74, located next to Child Focus in Mt. Carmel. HealthSource will also add family dental services later in the year. The two new facilities will allow for increased access to primary care services for the residents of these communities. HealthSource of Ohio offices accept Medicare, Medicaid, most insurance and we also offer a discounted fee program based upon family size and income.

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In 2011, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley celebrated its 23rd anniversary of providing quality end-of-life care services to those who face life-limiting illnesses. For the past 23 years, the organization has served more than 9,500 patients and has extended its reach to include six Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Clinton, Clermont, Highland and Pike. This past year, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley was proud to partner with the national We Honor Veterans Program. This program, designed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), awarded Hospice of Hope “Level One” status. The program invites hospices,

state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing the unique needs of America's veterans and their families, community providers, in partnership with VA staff, learn how to accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending. Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley is committed to excellent care for our veterans and will continue to pursue all levels of the We Honor Veterans Program and its initiatives in the coming years. Also in 2011, Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley was awarded “Deemed Status” accreditation from the Joint Commission Organization. Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in hospice care. The “deemed status” accreditation recognizes

Hospice of Hope's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state of the art standards Michael Parker, Director of PR & Development for Hospice of Hope stated, “2011 was another banner year for our organization. From our work with the We Honor Veterans Program, to achieving “Deemed Status” from The Joint Commission, we continue to “raise the bar” when it comes to hospice services in our area. We remain encouraged by the support of our community, volunteers and our Board of Directors to continually help us meet our organizational mission, vision and values”. Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley is a non-profit organization serving terminal patients in six Ohio Counties. Remember that anyone can make a referral to Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley. To find out how call 1-800-928-4243 or log onto www.hospiceofhope.org. You have a choice when it comes to hospice care... Ask for Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley by name.

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2011 A noteworthy year for Chatfield College 2011 was a significant year for Chatfield College in several critical areas. One of the most noteworthy accomplishments was receiving ten-year reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission – the maximum possible time frame that accreditation can be extended. The reaccreditation followed a visit from a team of evaluators from colleges across the country for a comprehensive evaluation. The team visit was the culmination of a rigorous self-study process lasting more than two years, during which Chatfield College addressed the Commission’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. At the conclusion of the March visit, the team recommended Chatfield’s reaccreditation. According to John Tafaro, President, one of the most gratifying aspects of the reaccreditation experience was the way the community rallied on the college’s behalf. “Our board, administration, faculty, alumni, and students, came out in droves to help tell the Chatfield story,” said Tafaro. “But most gratifying of all was the show of support we received from the Brown County community. Our neighbors, friends, and business partners throughout the community came out to participate in one of our community coffees and meet the HLC team.” Another significant event of the past year was the re-dedication and celebration of St. Angela Hall. Chatfield friends, supporters, students, faculty, staff, board members, and several Brown County Ursuline sisters took part in the celebration. St. Angela Hall was built in 1861 by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and still stands today as an amazing piece of history. St. Angela Hall has

been used as a residence for priests and the Ursuline of Brown County sisters, as well as a dormitory for the Ursuline Boarding School. After its renovation, made possible in part through sponsorships, community support and volunteers, St. Angela Hall began life anew as the main administration building for Chatfield College. St. Angela Hall now houses the president’s office, development and alumni relations office, and the marketing and communications staff. Renovations to St. Angela Hall were made possible in part through contributions from Duke Energy, Kent Shaw Interior Design, Kibbler Lumber, MSA Architects, Ohio Valley Flooring, ProSource and River City Furniture. Sponsors of the Re-dedication Celebration included National Bank & Trust (Presenting Sponsor); The Hauser Group; M. Kathryn Green, CPA; Anonymous; Holtman's Donuts and the Coca-Cola Company. “The re-dedication and renovation of St. Angela Hall was a wonderful example of a total community effort. It could not have been done without the hard work of volunteers from National Bank and Trust, Clermont Northeastern Junior High, and other members of the community who came out to participate in the renovation efforts,” said Tafaro. “The results are incredible, and we are grateful to have such a beautiful, historic structure as our new administration building.” The end of 2011 brought yet another momentous event for Chatfield. The Brown County Chamber of Commerce named Chatfield College as the recipient of the 2011 Peter Drucker Award, the highest honor the

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Brown County Chamber gives to a business and its staff. The Drucker Award is named for the late Peter Drucker, a renowned business consultant, prolific writer and lecturer also known as the father of modern management. The Chamber presents the award each year to honor a Brown County business or individual who has shown exemplary management skills. According to Kelly Cornette, president of the Brown County Chamber and Assistant Vice President of National Bank and Trust, Chatfield was chosen for the award because the college reaches out to the communities it serves by providing many opportunities for educontinued on page 8

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at 252 S. Second Street. An office was constructed at this site for occupancy in January 1959. In 1974, the branch office at 200 E. State Street in Georgetown was built and due to increasing growth, a new b u i l d i n g replacing the existing structure was constructed in 1999 to allow for increased teller and customer service areas as well as drive-thru service. In January, 2000, the Board of Directors adopted a charter and by-laws to reflect the association’s move from a tradition-

al savings and loan to be more reflective of its’ current plan of overall banking. At that time the name Ripley Federal

Savings Bank was adopted. The savings bank continued to grow and in 2004, the facility at 1006 S. Second Street in Ripley was built with occupan-

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cy taken in December of that year. Ripley Federal is proud to provide many varied products and services to the community, including, checking and s a v i n g s accounts, IRA/Retirement accounts, safe deposit box rentals, loan products, credit cards, ATM banking at three locations, a YesBanking Info-Line available 24 hrs. a day and on-line banking. The banking industry is constantly changing and economic conditions are at times turbulent, but Ripley Federal Savings Bank is still here as a small community bank continuing to grow and expand our products and services – all under the original Ripley Federal name. No mergers, no name changes, after more than 115 years of serving our friends and neighbors, we’re still here. With a total of 18 dedicated full-time employees, many of whom have double digit years of service, and one part-time employee, Ripley Federal takes great pride in delivering the kind of personal service not always available in larger institutions. Staff members at the main office in Ripley in add ition to President/CEO Aaron K. Wood, consist of Betsy L. Pasley, Secretary/Chief Operations Officer; Karen H. White, Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer; Michael S. Mussinan, VP Compliance; Nancy J. Linkous, VP Loan Operations; Loan Officers, Georgia S. Rogers and Linda

Beckelheimer; Loan Processor, Debbie Edmisten; Sarah Keiffer, Assistant Financial Officer; Head Teller, Brenda Barbour; Clerks/Tellers, Amy Schwallie, Joanna Dugan, and Kathryn Gilligan and Administrative Assistant/Receptionist, Margie Sims. The Georgetown branch is staffed by Beth Staggs, Branch Manager; Head Teller, Janet Harp; and Clerks/Tellers Julie Bolender Sturm and Amiee Havens. Sharon Bishop also works part-time at the Georgetown branch. Melissa Cheek serves as Ripley Federal’s IT Consultant. Our staff cares about our customers and our community. We take the time to treat you as a valued customer and not just a number. Ripley Federal Board of Directors are William Geschwind of Georgetown, who is Chairman of the Board, John P. Cropper of Georgetown, David E. Poole of Ripley, Kenneth D. Morrison of Sardinia, Danny R. Grooms of West Union, and Aaron K. Wood of Georgetown. The friendly and courteous Ripley Federal staff are ready to assist you at the main office at 1006 S. Second Street in Ripley and the branch office at 200 E. State Street in Georgetown, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Friday 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon. Everyone at Ripley Federal invites you to stop by and see for yourself what a hometown bank can do for you. As the last financial institution headquartered in Brown County, Ripley Federal strives to be a customer-friendly institution and be a positive influence on its customers, employees and the communities we serve.

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The 32 Senior Community looks toward a 10 year anniversary The 32 Senior Community located at St. Rt. 32 and Eastwood Rd. right next to the 32 Business Center will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary next year. They have served Brown County seniors by creating affordable housing that is fantastic. The 90 apartment units vary in size and cost. A 1 bedroom with no garage (720 sq. ft.) starts at $425 monthly and a 2 bedroom with a garage (1200 sq. ft.) starting at $600 monthly. They also have a deluxe version that is over 1500 sq. ft. Some of the units have been customized to suit the special needs of a new tenant. The 32 Senior Community is privately owned and is not income based, nor is it government housing. They are proud to acknowledge that the tenants have not had a base rent increase in 9 years of operation. Yes!, what they paid 9 years ago, they pay today. They also boast that they have very senior friendly housing. You may ask: What is senior friendly? Here is a list that

might help explain. 1. Slab floor plan (no steps.) 2. Parking and garages by the front door. 3. Garbage pick-up at the front door twice a week. 4. Mail boxes 30 ft. from front entry door. 5. 36” door opening throughout the unit. 6. Most bathrooms are ADA designed (walk-in shower) 7. Energy efficient HV/AC with insulation. 8. Stocked fishing pond for all tenants to enjoy. 9. Semi-gated. Jerry Seale is the acting manager of this facility and urges everyone to stop on by apartment #132 or call 937-444-1708 and he would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. The community’s goal is to maintain a clean, friendly, safe and peaceful environment for all tenants that reside at the 32 Senior Community.

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By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press Following months of meetings between the Brown County Commissioners and members of the Brown County Humane Society, the society officially took over operations of the Brown County Animal Shelter in November of 2011. Within the contract it was agreed that all the employees

that were currently at the shelter would be considered for employment. President of the Brown County Hu mane Society Leslie Zureick, a certified humane agent, was named temporary dog warden. “We were excited about the decision by the commissioners,” Zureick said, “and we are looking forward to the challenge. “This is uncharted territory

for everyone and there is still a lot of work to be done, but we’ll make it work. This is good for Brown County.” The humane society is now responsible for managing the animal shelter. One of it’s first actions included adding extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays and adding Saturday hours and being closed on Wednesdays. The shelter and it’s operation is paid for by money paid

in to the Dog and Kennel Fund of the county. The fund is primarily supported from the sale of dogs tags within the county. The humane society now oversees administrative operations after separating administrative duties from that of the dog warden and assistant dog warden. The society is responsible for utilities and upkeep of the shelter. Since it’s take-over the

humane society has become more consistent in its paperwork, nearly eliminated dog euthanazia except in extremely rare cases and have increased dog adoptions tremendously. One major reason for the increase in dog adoptions is the use of facebook and petfinders.com. The society also works closely with other agencies to find homes for its dogs.

New roof and repairs to Brown County Courthouse nears completion By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press The Brown County Courthouse has been undergoing a facelift with the repair of a new roof which began in September of 2011. The project will last approximately six months. The roof of the structure had been leaking for some time with visible water stains and other damage visible on nearly every ceiling, including the main courtroom. Other issues with the structure was deterioration of the cupola atop the building and of the gutters which were leaking. Built in 1823, a simple square structure made of red

brick and a hipped roof, it was deemed too small and a new building was completed in 1851. The building was then extended with the construction of wings in 1914 which added much needed space. A fire started by an arsonist burned the courthouse in 1977. No one was ever arrested for the arson. After the decision was made by the Brown County Courthouse Reconstruction Association to repair the existing building, the work began. The courthouse was completed and re-dedicated in 1982. The Brown County Commissioners said the

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expensive is because the support structure of the roof does not meet current building codes and the metal roof was also deteriorated. “Current code requires that we place wooden trusses between the steel support beams,” Jennings added.

“When the roof was originally put on, those trusses were not required.” The roof itself was last replaced in 1982 following the fire.

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clean, and Drena and her husband have researched their suppliers and manufacturers. The store carries some name brand p roducts, and you can special order products. Your Dollar Store carries just about anything you will find yourself in need of, from housewares and hardware to health and beauty items and office supplies. The store carries scrapbooking materials, greeting cards 2 for a dollar, pet food, toys and comic books. "Everything is a dollar," Francis said. "It's a complete

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store, with everything that you need". The store also features a large and growing selection of jewelry. Francis said that the jewelry line has been very well received by her customers. "Our spring items will be coming in this month," she said. "They will include a large selection of flowers, gardening, flower and vegetable seeds, summer toys and flip flops." Come visit the Easter Bunny and have your picture taken. Bunny hours are Friday March

23rd, 30th and April 6th from 5pm - 7pm, and Saturday March 24th, 31st and April 7th from 2pm - 5pm. Your Dollar Store is also giving away three 5day/4night Carribbean cruises for two. Customers may register for the give-aways at the store, and no purchase is necessary to enter or win. The cruises have a $1,700 value. Your Dollar Store is open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 - 6 p.m. Sunday.

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The mayor and council members of the Village of Mt. Orab continue to encourage and invite new businesses to its growing community. In early September last year, NetBraze, LLC out of Cincinnati asked the village for a property tax abatement of 75% for the next 10 years after purchasing a piece of property at the corner of Apple Street and Front Street in the village. With NetBraze came the addition of at least 50 new jobs. Then in mid September, it was announced by the Village of Mt. Orab that at least 185 more jobs would be added to the village workforce. American Trailer Works, Inc. would be expanding its powder coat paint line and

the facility would be located in Mt. Orab. “We worked with American Trailer Works for about nine months,” Lunsford said. “And it has now committed to 110 new jobs at an average wage of over $13 an hour, with the addition of 75 more jobs to be added later. NetBraze, LLC makes solder, welding and braising supplies and the Mt. Orab facility will not just be a warehouse. The products will actually be manufactured at the Mt. Orab facility and shipped world-wide. The original building at the site of the new business was built in 2008, but had been vacant for several years. According to Joseph W. Harris of NetBraze the business will have a minimum payroll of $2 million at the end of three years and will maintain it for the following seven years.

American Trailer Works, Inc., purchased the Front Street property in the village industrial park which belonged to HawkLine Company. “American Trailer Works (ATW) will spend more than $5 million for the expansion of their facility,” Lunsford said. “And the State of Ohio has granted the business tax incentives.” ATW is the largest trailer manufacturer in the world with nine plants in six states and mexico. It has over 1,400 employees and manufactures over 205,000 trailers per year. ATW brands include ‘Carry-On Trailer,’ ‘PJ Trailers’ and Hawkline. Lunsford said economic development in the village is an ongoing process and he and the village council continue to explore opportunities for job creation.

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SSCC embraces new vision to be a First-Choice College Southern State Community College is reinventing itself in just about every way possible – new degrees, new academic calendar, new brand and new campuses. At the dawn of 2011, the college emerged with a bright new vision: to become a “First-Choice College.” With that vision comes some bold new steps. Check out what’s been happening over the year… NEW CAMPUSES Southern State moved forward on plans to expand the college’s services by pursuing land acquisition in Adams and Brown counties. The college’s Board of Trustees approved two resolutions during their Nov. 2 regular meeting—to accept a donation of land in Adams County, and to approve a contract to purchase land in Brown County. The land in Adams County is a 19-acre parcel located on Moores Road near State Route 32 in Seaman, while the land in Brown County is a 63-acre parcel located at the junction of State Route 32 and Brooks Malott Road in Mt. Orab. “We knew the board had an interest in expanding into Adams County,” said Dr. Kevin Boys, SSCC president. “Prior to launching into this, we needed to complete an assessment of our current facilities. That led to a detailed facilities assessment by KZF Design, an architectural group in Cincinnati, which identified several needs on all four Southern State campus locations. The most notable and biggest surprise was the revelation that South Campus in Fincastle needed approximately $3 million in reinvestment to bring the facilities up to present standards. “That’s what got us thinking about a replacement for our current South Campus as a way to provide more access to more people in Brown County, while still maintaining our focus on expanding into Adams County as well,” he said. Following the facilities assessment, the college

worked with CEBRES, a real estate consultancy firm in Cincinnati, to thoroughly investigate different site possibilities. In Brown County, the market analysis identified Mt. Orab— specifically the State Route 32/Appalachian Highway area—as the prime location based on population centers and accessibility. In Adams County, the analysis numbers were more evenly distributed among three sites: West Union, Seaman and Peebles. The Seaman site became a compelling choice for numerous reasons: the land had been offered as a donation; it has close proximity to SR 32; and it lies adjacent to Adams County Regional Medical Center, Adams County Cancer Center, Adams County Dialysis Center, and North Adams High School. “The site in Seaman offers potential partnerships with the local school district, Adams County Regional Medical Center, and other nearby facilities for mutual efficiencies,” said Dr. Boys. “While the market analysis numbers showed three good locations, there could be good synergy for us to be in the Seaman community that’s greater than what the numbers show.” As for the current SSCC South Campus near Fincastle, Dr. Boys explained that while it will be “unfeasible to continue it as a Southern State campus, we hope to repurpose it for some other community service. As a campus site, it isn’t feasible because of its proximity to Mt. Orab and Seaman. But the building and site could be used for other purposes. “We have had discussions with government officials about potential uses of the building and site. Furthermore, the South Campus houses the Appalachian Gateway Center and we’d like to seek partnerships in order to keep traditional arts and culture a significant piece of that location. There is the potential to keep Southern State’s art classes on that site. Arts are a crucial part of the

college experience and we’re very committed to that.” Jim Buck, SSCC Vice President of Business and Finance, explained that the financing plan for the campus expansions does not rely on a tuition increase, rather on the projected increase in enrollment once the campuses are open. Construction costs at Mt. Orab are estimated at approximately $7 million, with the Seaman project coming in at around $4 million. Buck said that those costs will be financed through the sale of bonds and a major capital campaign. NEW DEGREES - Have an interest in Electromechanical E n g i n e e r i n g , Entrepreneurship, Food Processing and Technology, or Health Information Technology? You’re in luck. Four new associate degrees have been added to Southern State’s slate of academic offerings. Here’s a little background info on each: · Electromechanical Engineers work in various engineering and manufacturing companies using the principles and theories of science, engineering, and mathematics. They may prepare specifications for materials, test for quality control, study ways to improve manufacturing efficiency, supervise production workers, work as field representatives, install and repair technical equipment, or write repair and operation manuals. · Entrepreneurship is the act of becoming an entrepreneur. It is however, more than just starting a business. It is a process through which people recognize an opportunity and pursue that opportunity by acting pro-actively, building networks, leveraging resources, and taking calculated risks to create value. · Food Processing and Technology is a diverse discipline which requires a combined understanding of many sub-disciplines within the field. The exact nature of the profes-

Dr. Kevin Boys (far left), president of Southern State Community College with members of the college’s Board of Trustees: (l-r) Paul Hall of Brown County, Rory Ryan of Adams County and Larry Anderson of Adams County. sion is dictated by the area of specialization the individual chooses. The options available to a two-year degree recipient include entry level positions with governmental agencies, technical assistance and/or sales positions with the agrichemical industry or the horticulture industry. · Southern State has entered into a partnership with Marion Technical College to offer the Health Information Technology program. This program will enable students to take classes at Southern State toward an AAS degree in Health Information Technology from Marion Technical College. Financial Aid and scholar ships

are offered through Marion Technical College. Health information management professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. NEW ACADEMIC CALENDAR - Southern State will change its academic calendar from the quarter system to the continued on page 26

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In 1999 Tom Belcher Jr. along with his wife Heather, took over his father’s business, Tom Belcher’s Body Shop, located in Sardinia at 124 Mae Street. The business has grown into a productive family owned business. Belcher’s Body Shop has recently expanded with the hiring of an on-site mechanic, and offers complete major and minor service for your car. Tom Belcher Sr. started the business in 1958 with a small

automobile repair shop in Cherry Fork, Ohio. In 1964 he moved the business to Wamsley’s Auto Sales. He worked with Mr. Wamsley until 1976, and then moved the shop one more time to it’s current location in Sardinia, also where he and his wife, Marie lived. The couple worked together to build the shop. Marie was responsible for all the paper work and ordered parts for the vehicles as well as took care of the

paint booth. The couple had two sons, Joe Belcher and Tom Jr. Both sons helped their parents out in the shop. Eventually Joe went out on his own, while Tom Jr. worked alongside his father throughout his years in high school. Following his graduation in 1988 Tom Jr. stayed on with his father at the business. “I would really like to thank my parents for all their continued help and support over

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the years,” Tom Jr. said. “Our business wouldn’t be what it is today without their help.” Tom Belcher’s Body Shop is a 4600 sq. ft. facility which includes a down-draft paint booth, two frame racks, a Dupont mixing system, 4wheel alignment and a complete computer diagnostic system. In 2004, Tom Jr. started a 24-hour towing service, using a 19 ft. F550 rollback. The business is a “Preferred Service Provider”

for several insurance companies and offers free estimates and rental car services. According to Heather, he also now offers full antique car restoration and both major and minor mechanical repairs. The business accepts all major credit cards and repairs are handled by appointment. For further information about Tom Belcher’s Body Shop call (937) 446-3003 or cell (937) 213-3003.

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semester system, effective Fall 2012. This transition will align Southern State's calendar with other public colleges and universities in Ohio as

well as other higher education institutions across the United States. Southern State will be moving from the current three 10-week quarters (with an additional week for final exams) to two 15-

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mitted to working on building the best brand promise and identity possible. The first phase of the project is underway and includes a number of specific surveys aimed at assisting the college in identifying strengths. Evidence suggests that it is the discovery/defining (research) phases which determine the success of the overall project. Our own research into executing this particular part of the project suggests that colleges often spend tens of thousands of dollars on such surveys. The team is particularly proud of their ingenuity in using existing resources to avoid such steep financial commitments yet execute a top-notch discovery/design phase of the overall project. Using the college’s inhouse talent and established contractual relationship with Hanover Research, the estimated savings based on comparison from other institutions hiring consulting firms is $60,000-$70,000. A dedicated webpage supports a two-way communication exchange for this project. To follow the project or to learn more, visit www.sscc.edu/rebrand.

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Georgetown Animal Hospital has been serving the Brown County area since 1952 The Georgetown Animal Hospital is committed to providing the best possible veterinary care for every state of your pets’ lives. We offer preventative medicine, diagnostics, inhouse bloodwork, x-rays, surgical care, dental care, and much more. The doctors and staff continually strive to provide quality veterinary care, customer service, and education so your pets can receive the

compassionate medical care they deserve. We love animals, and greatly appreciate the chance to help your family companions live the healthiest, longest, happiest lives possible. We are located at 9242 Hamer Road, Georgetown, Ohio. For more information or an appointment, please contact us at (937) 378-6334 and we will be happy to assist you.

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an Engineering program that will train students in the area of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). This program will follow the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way curriculum that comes with nationally recognized articulation agreements with colleges and universities across the country. The manufacturing industry has expressed that they are experiencing a significant “skills gap” in their employee candidate pool. The CIM Engineering program will accurately prepare workers with the skills needed to work in the manufacturing industry of the 21st century. The healthcare industry is one of the largest employers in the nation. In response to that fact, Southern Hills is transitioning their current Business program to Medical Information Systems (MIS). A student that successfully completes the MIS program will be in a position to work in a variety of

healthcare fields. From physician’s offices to insurance companies, the students that complete this curriculum will be trained and certified to effectively take their talents into the healthcare field. All three of these new programs, as well as the other 11 programs, position students to pursue further education in the field of their choice. Every program at Southern Hills has articulation agreements at one or more local colleges or universities. Nearly half of the students that complete their high school education at Southern Hills go on to further their training and education at the post-secondary level. Between the articulated credits earned at Southern Hills and the fact many employers pay for the advanced training, the higher education often comes at little to no cost to the student. The slogan at Southern Hills is, “You Can Go Anywhere From Here” and with these new program offerings that statement is now more accurate than ever.

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BROWN COUNTY OHIO FACTS N’ FIGURES The county is located about 30-40 minutes east of Cincinnati. Brown County is bordered by the Ohio River on the South, Clermont on the West, Adams on East and Highland and Clinton in the Northern part of the county. It was formed in 1817 from parts of Adams and Clermont counties. The name comes from Jacob Brown, a hero of the War of 1812. Georgetown, the largest village in the county, is the county seat. It is also the boyhood home of Ulysses S. Grant. The Rankin House in Ripley was the first established station of the underground railroad which enabled slaves to escape to freedom. Agricultural products include; tobacco, livestock, and grain. Other principle industries in Brown county include; plastic machinery parts, surgical equipment, non-alcoholic beverages, cement blocks, metal tool boxes, and wildlife art prints.

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pathway students become employable in both the pharmaceutical industry as well as the agricultural industry. Students that successfully complete this program will be trained in proper laboratory procedures and will have obtained state certification verifying this fact. The Southern Hills program has elected to take an Agbioscience angle with-in their program working with heirloom seeds, aquaculture and culturing endangered plants. In 2012-13 the Biotechnology students will have a state of the art greenhouse to work with, allowing them to expand their research. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year SHCTC will host continued on page 3

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