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    Improved traffic flow in Mt. Orab
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Local drivers will soon be enjoying three million dollars worth of traffic flow improvements at two Mt. Orab intersections.
    The traffic signal at State Route 32 and Brooks-Malott Road went live on Aug. 28 and the barricades came down.
    That means that Southern State Community College students and staff can now access the campus from State Route 32, and can depend on a traffic light to help them turn safely.
    “This is a really good safety enhancement for the area....
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    Kasich comes to Bethel to tout farming
    , Kristin Rover - Press Staff
    Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor visited Bethel Feed and Supply during an agriculture-focused campaign stop on Aug. 26.
    Kasich and Taylor discussed their accomplishments since they have been n office and addressed several topics including agriculture, jobs, education, and more.
    “It's important to understand where we were and what we've accomplished,” Kasich said.
    Kasich and Taylor talked about balancing the budget, and reducing taxes.
    “We are not only balanced, but have a $1.5 billion surplus,” Kasich said.
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    Districts, police work to keep bus students safe
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Over 1000 kids in Ohio were injured in a school bus accident between 2011 and 2013.
    That is just one of the sobering statistics from the Ohio Highway Patrol.
    Almost 1500 crashes every year.  Just over 4000 drivers cited for failing to stop for a bus that was taking on or dropping off passengers.
    In Brown County, there were 16 motor vehicle accidents involving school buses between 2011 and 2013.
    Those buses are now back on the road for the...
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    Mt. Orab canine team racking up drug busts
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Two hundred successful drug detections in six months.
    That’s how well the Mt. Orab Police Department Canine Unit is working.
    The unit is lead by Officer Mike Dearing with his dog Monthy and Officer Craig Heintzelman and his dog Gator.
    “(Monthy) is an extraordinary dog.  Everyone says that for a young dog just starting his career, he’s doing very well”, Dearing said.
    He added that he and the dog have been staying busy.
    “We’ve been all over the county.  The only...
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    Groundbreaking for new visitors center held at Rankin House
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    On August 23, over 300 people took part in the re-dedication of the John Rankin House Historic Site in Ripley and were also privy to an exciting announcement.
    Members of the Ripley Heritage, Inc., the History Connection, and over 300 visitors watched as a ground breaking ceremony  was held for the construction of a new visitor center at the site.
    “That was our big surprise for everyone who came to the rededication of the Rankin House,” said Betty Campbell, president...
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    9/11 Memorial Dedication in Aberdeen
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    “Never Forget 9/11 Memorial Dedication” in Aberdeen, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at the Aberdeen Park greenspace.
    Thanks to the efforts of Aberdeen Fire Chief Will Eastwood, Police Sgt. Shawn Newman and members of the Aberdeen Concerned Citizens, the Village of Aberdeen was able to obtain a small piece of the World Trade Center, hit by terrorist attack in 2001.
    In early August 2009, the village learned that it would be one of only 40 sites in the state...
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    Mt. Orab Ford sponsors “Southern Saviour” at concert
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    This weekend Saturday,  Sept. 6 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Music in the Park Concert, the featured band will be ‘Southern Saviour’, a group from Cincinnati.
    Members of Southern Saviour include Tommy Williams, lead vocals and guitar, DJ, lead guitar and vocals, Bruce Stacy, bass guitar and vocals and Jimmy Bartels, drums.
    “This is an exciting band to watch,” said Woody Whittington, coordinator of the Concerts in the Park shows. “The band performs a mix of music from the 70’s...
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    Annual Farm Bureau meeting held
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Agriculture is the number one business in Ohio, and the Ohio Farm Bureau as well as the Brown County Farm Bureau gives farmers a seat at the table in making policies that affect farmers.
    The Brown County 2014 Annual Meeting was held August 18 at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center in Georgetown and was attended by over 100 farm bureau members, trustees, committee leaders and local and neighboring farmers.
    Following an invocation led by trustee Jim Crocker,  and a...
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    Bubp speaks to FP board, enrollment up in district
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Fayetteville-Perry Board of Education met in regular session Aug. 21 and had a visit from Danny Bubp, candidate for Brown County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge.
    Bubp told the board that there are approximately 7,600 school age  children in Brown County and unfortunately over 700 of them end up in the court system last year, some for  traffic violations some more serious.
    Bubp said he would like to bring juvenile court in to the schools so kids won’t miss as much...
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    Chamber meeting at Indian Spring Winery
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Brown County Chamber of Commerce’s August 21 meeting was held at the Indian Spring Winery, which opened it’s doors last year in the Sardinia area. Host Vernon Creighton welcomed everyone to the meeting and he and his family had prepared homemade muffins, cake and fruit for the members of the chamber.
    Following chamber president Brian Elliott’s call to order, Erin Richmond, chamber secretary gave her report, followed by treasurer, Gerry Schumacher’s report. 
    Chamber member and economic development committee chair...
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    Ripley Council hires new police officer
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    At the August 26 council meeting, Ripley Village Councilman Charles Poole, chair of the public safety committee, made a recommendation to council to hire Dakoda Jones as the newest police officer for the Village of Ripley.
    “Chief Harvey Bowman brought Mr. Jones to our public safety meeting to meet and interview with us,” Poole told council. “We had a nice interview with him and I would like to make the recommendation to hire him. He is a Ripley High School...
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    WB student Miranda Wallace attends HOBY World Conference
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Miranda Wallace, a Western Brown High School student. recently had a life changing event  when she took part in the World Leadership Congress held by HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Foundation).
    “In June of this year, I was privilege to be one of 185 students chosen to attend the Southwest Ohio HOBY held June 12 through 15 in Urbana,” Wallace said. “One of my cousins had attended the Southwest HOBY conference in the past, so I was excited about getting to go.

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