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Dearborn County register

TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2018

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G’dale slates meeting over proposed increases in sewer and water costs By Chris Mchenry Contributor

Greendale City Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Nov. 14, to discuss proposed increases in sewer and water utility rates Sewer rates are slated to increase by 22.75 percent the first year and by about 2.5 percent each of the following four years. A little over half of the increase is due to vastly greater charges by the South Dearborn Regional Sewer District, which is facing

Habitual offender convicted on meth charges A Dearborn County jury convicted Robert Judd Jr., after a four-day trial last week, of meth possession and intent to deliver, a Level 5 felony; possession of Meth, Level 6; and unlawful possession of a syringe, also a Level 6, which is the highest felony degree in the state. The jury also determined Judd to be an habitual offender based on his prior felony record, said Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens. Judd was arrested on May 29, when Lawrenceburg police officers Troy Cochran and Bill Lynam responded to suspicious activity near a vacant Lawrenceburg house. Judd was spotted trying to cancel a syringe on the floorboard of his vehicle, and also found to have three-fourths of a gram of meth, packaged in several bags, in his pocket, said Deddens. Detective Carl Pieczonka, Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, performed a cell phone analysis. Detective Nicholas Beetz, Lawrenceburg Police Department, completed the investigation, resulting in charges filed about June 29. The phone contained several texts to prospective meth buyers, and a text asking Judd to provide her with meth, said the prosecutor. Deputy Prosecutor Blaine Burgess and Chief Deputy Prosecutor M. Joseph Kisor handled the case, said Deddens, who thanked the jury for its hard work sifting through evidence. Sentencing is set for Tuesday, Nov. 13, before Dearborn Circuit Court Judge James D. Humphrey.

Robert Judd Jr.

Sewer rates would jump 22.75 percent first year

huge expenditures to meet federal requirements. It is expected to cost Greendale an additional $189,000 a year, according to Mayor Alan Weiss. He adds the remainder will offset increases in operational costs, and will make the utility more self-sufficient and less dependent on riverboat and TIF funds. The increase would mark the first to Greendale customers in more than 10 years.

Staff Report Lowe’s Lawrenceburg location most recently partnered up with the Town of Dillsboro by creating an outdoor space at the Friendship Gallery. After contacting store manager, Frank Hamelin, the local volunteers agreed to build an 18-foot-by28-foot deck addition to the exterior of the art gallery. The “Heroes” from Lowe’s completed the deck Friday, Oct. 5. The deck includes an ADA ramp that will provide access for everyone to the facility. About 25 volunteers have devoted more than 40 hours to the project. Annually, the local volunteers select a project in a neighboring community. Past projects include community gardens in Lawrenceburg, concession stand at the Aurora Soccer Fields, walk-in cooler for the Dearborn County Clearinghouse, and a playground at Moores Hill Elementary School. Each project typically is headed by a Pro, and other volunteers contribute their individual talents. Lowe’s provides all materials and equipment. On completion, this space provides a place for the community to gather, share, and continue the conversation. The Town of Dillsboro thanks its Lowe’s community partners for gifting this public space. Everyone was encouraged to enjoy the celebration Friday, Oct. 12. “Through charitable giving and the help of Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, Lowe’s works to transform community spaces, improve educational opportunities and provide relief to communities impacted by disaster.” is the Heroes’ motto. “We’re so grateful for their generosity and dedication to our community. They donated the materials

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Rates would increase by less than $1 per gallon over a total of five years. Weiss pointed out that even after the increase Greendale still will have among the lowest sewer and water utility rates in Indiana. The last increase in water rates was in 2006. Member Vince Karsteter explained that, over the years, most high ticket projects already have been completed and large expen-

ditures are not expected The fund now stands at about $5 million, and the city is required to save 25 percent of its riverboat income. Councilman Scott Libbert voted against the budget, which passed five to one. Libbert also opposed a “re-TIF” of undeveloped land in the current TIF area, pointing out that 12 years still remain on the area, and

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The new deck at Heritage Pointe, Dillsboro, will provide a venue for future events.

A group of employees from Lowe’s Lawrenceburg location work on a new deck for the Town of Dillsboro.

Ferry fully operational Staff Report Full House Resorts, Inc. CEO Dan Lee was joined by Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore and Rising Sun Mayor Brent Bascom for the Wednesday, Oct. 3, official launch of Rising Star Casino’s MS Lucky Lady maiden voyage. The $1.7 million project provides vehicular ferry boat service from Rabbit Hash, Ky., to Rising Sun to shorten travel between Boone County and Rising Sun. Currently the trip takes approximately one hour by roadway. The ferry ride decreases the time to only a few minutes. Contact Register Publications

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“We’re excited to see the ferry in full-time operation. This is a win-win for both Boone and Ohio counties,” said Kendal Miller, executive director of Ohio County Tourism. Miller explained the Visitors Center in Rising Sun has received frequent telephone calls about the ferry, along with an increase in inquiries about property for sale in Rising Sun. Now open to the public, the ferry runs every 15 minutes, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from KENDAL MILLER PHOTO 8 a.m. until midnight Friday and Vehicles roll off the MS Lucky Lady after the ferry’s official launch at the Burlington, Ky., ferry landing Wednesday, Oct. 3. See FERRY, Page 8



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Saturday. A one-way trip on the ferry boat costs $5, with round-trip tickets priced at $8. The ferry has the capacity for 10 vehicles. Walkers, bicycles and motorcycles are welcome, at $3, $3 and $7, respectively, round-trip. The dock location in Rising Sun is adjacent to the Rising Star Casino Resort, accessed past the Resort’s Golf Course club house. The address is 102 Ferry Way, Rising Sun. The ferry dock location in Rabbit Hash is located just off Ky. 18 between Rabbit Hash and Belleview. The address is 8555 Lower River Road, Burlington. The location is only minutes from the Rabbit Hash General Store. “Rising Sun Main Street and Ohio County Tourism have been in touch with the Rabbit Hash Historical Society and businesses in Rabbit Hash. We’re looking forward to future collaborations between the two locations in hopes of increasing tourism to both areas. The key element was the ferry becoming operational,” said Miller. The MS Lucky Lady is a new, custom-built, top-ofthe-line ferry boat made specifically for Rising Star Casino Resort. It is comprised of two components, the tug and the barge, which have been joined to make the Lucky Lady ferry boat.

The tug boat was built in Bridge City, Tex., and arrived in Cincinnati late last year. The barge component was built in Jacksonville, Fla., and traveled up the Ohio River making stops in Paducah and Louisville. Once in Louisville, the tug and barge were connected to become the completed ferry boat, MS Lucky Lady. Traveling the remaining miles up the Ohio River, the MS Lucky Lady took part in her christening and arrival celebration in Rising Sun Thursday, July 12. A ferry operated between Rising Sun and Rabbit Hash from the early 1800s until 1948 when it was one of the many ferries along the Ohio River, most of which have been replaced by bridges. Rising Sun and Rabbit Hash, however, are only 2,000 feet apart, and 26 miles from the airport. Rising Star’s MS Lucky Lady brings these two neighboring communities back together. For residents of Indiana, the new ferry offers a convenient shortcut to the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky International Airport, as well as to the malls and businesses in Florence, Ky. For Kentucky residents, the ferry provides easy access to the Rising Star Casino Resort and the historic town of Rising Sun.


From left, ferry boat captain Warrington Marsham, Jr., Brian Gregory, Jim McDaniel, and ferry captain Geoff Hatfield look down from the MS Lucky Lady tugboat.


Lowe’s “Heroes” work on a new deck at Friendship Gallery, in Dillsboro. Jeff Heile, left, steadies a board as Wayne Satchwell planes it.

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and their time to see the project to completion. We are looking forward to the community using this as a

venue for many future events,” said Dillsboro Economic Development Director Susan Greco. “Now ... on to funding and installing a sound system,” she said, referring to a recently launched crowdfunding effort. The Sounds at Heritage Pointe

campaign, through Patronicity, had raised $5,100 of a $6,000 goal as of Tuesday, Oct. 9. If it reaches $6,000 by Monday, Nov. 12, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program will provide a $6,000 match.


Hospital seeks to hire 70 nurses Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that West Hospital is hosting a recruitment event for 70 nursing positions in the Fall Creek Ballroom at the Lawrenceburg Event Center, located at 91 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg. The event takes place from 1 p,.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. West Hospital has 70 positions for registered nurses available in the fol-

lowing departments: critical care, medical surgical, rehabilitation, orthopedics, progressive care unit, post-anesthesia care unit, operating room and cardiovascular operating room. Applicants should be graduates of state-approved nursing schools and hold current RN licensure to practice nursing as issued by the State of Ohio or have plans to obtain their BLS or ACLS for some specialty some areas).  There’s no need to apply ahead of time but if you would like to submit your

resume before the event, please visit and search for job opening ID #4668504. Please bring a copy of your resume and be prepared for on the spot interviews. If you are unable to attend, please send your resume to the attention of Katie Wright at KTWright@ or apply online at careers. West Hospital is part of is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health (, one of the top 20 health systems in the

United States, one of the largest employers in Ohio and part of the top performing quartile of Catholic health systems for lowest cost per case for patient care. Mercy Health offers:

■full-time ■ and part-time positions ■competitive ■ wages ■full ■ medical, dental and vision benefits ■an ■ opportunity to make a positive impact on your community’s health Mercy Health is a non-smoking workplace. Non-smokers preferred.

Get the scoop on Next Level jobs Ivy Tech Community College will host a special event Thursday, Oct. 18, at Ivy Tech, Lawrenceburg, to introduce working adults to the state’s Next Level Jobs initiative and educational opportunities at the college. The event is 6 p.m to

Ferry boat captain Geoff Hatfield makes an adjustment as Rising Star’s new ferry makes its first official trip from Kentucky to Rising Sun. The ferry ran on a trial basis for a few days before its official launch Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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questioning the need to extend the TIF another 25 years. Redevelopment Executive Director Al Abdon maintained that the extra TIF income is necessary to offset large expenditures made to attract new business to the area, but Libbert once again voted “no” and once again the measure passed five to

one. As currently proposed, the 2019 budget would raise $5,908,886 with a real estate tax rate of $1.9384. Additional funding would come from riverboat and TIF funds. Clerk treasurer Mary Jo Lynch said she expects mandated cuts to the budget and tax rate by state officials after adopted by council, with Libbert voting against.

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8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg, 50 Walnut St. Next Level Jobs is the initiative to take the state’s work force to the “next level” with the focus on the high-priority industries and in-demand, high-paying jobs driving Indiana’s

21st Century economy forward. Funded by the Workforce Ready Grant, Next Level Jobs provides an opportunity for Hoosier working adults to earn a high-value certificate at Ivy Tech Community College free of cost.

At the event, adults will have the opportunity to enroll in a NLJ program for spring 2019, and learn how they can earn college credit for what they already know. Visit https://www. to learn about eligibility qualifications and to RSVP.

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