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    Varnau attorney asking for 18K
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    The attorney for Brown County Coroner Dr. Judith Varnau is asking the county to pay him another $18,150.58.
    Thomas Eagle filed a motion for the additional payment in Brown County Common Pleas Court on June 6 for his work in the appeal of the Adamson vs. Varnau case before the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals.
    Eagle has already been paid $10,800 in the case.  Visiting Judge John Kessler ordered that the county pay the attorney fees of Varnau during the...
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    Jones payout discussed by election board members
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    A scheduled $17,680.17 retirement payout to Brown County Board of Elections Director Kathy Jones is still a topic of discussion within the board of elections.
    Board member Dallas Hurt attempted to schedule an emergency meeting on June 12 to discuss the issue, but board chairman mariah Votel and member Bill Herdman did not attend.  Both cited prior obligations and the short notice of the attempted meeting.
    Hurt, board member Joann Kattine, Jones and Deputy Director Beth Thorne-McKenzie were present for...
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    G’Town hires new solicitor
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Following a length executive session of interviews on June 17 for a new council member, Georgetown Village Council approved Wade Highlander as its newest member. 
    Five candidates were seeking the new spot on council including Highlander, Ray Becraft, Brian Dutlinger, Nancy Montgomery and James West.
    Montgomery received two votes, one from Dennis White the other from Susan Bean, while Highlander received votes from Kelly Cornette, Drew Watson and Dave Guenther.
    Highlander was unable to attend the interview meeting but submitted...
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    Eastgate interchange construction to wrap up
    , Megan Alley - Press Staff
    The southbound lanes of Interstate 275 in Eastgate are set to reopen by July 4, and all road construction work on I-275/state Route 32 interchanges is set to wrap up by Labor Day.
    “We’re well on track to be done early,” said Jason Haus, Clermont County resident engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation in the monthly Clermont County Transportation Improvement District meeting on June 12.  
    “I can assure you that you’re probably getting calls from people who think we’re...
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    College credit for high schoolers
    , Leon Kratz - Press Contributor
    A new state program that allows students to take college-level courses for free while still in high school has come to Western Brown schools. 
    The program, which was implemented throughout Ohio last year, is called College Credit Plus, and replaces similar programs that have been around since the 1990s. 
    Grade 7-12 students are eligible, and those enrolled in CCP have the option to take up to 40 credit hours before they graduate high school, potentially saving them tens of thousands...
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    Fayetteville hears from two mayor candidates
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Fayetteville Village Council met in regular session June 10.  In the absence of Mayor Bernie Vilvens, Vice Mayor Jim McMullen led the meeting. Also in attendance at the meeting were resident Jody Edwards and former police chief Randy Carson. 
    Both men referred to themselves as a candidate for Fayetteville Mayor.
    Edwards told council that it was his belief that the council should become more involved with events that go on in the village. He made that comment after he...
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    Three indicted by Grand Jury
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Three people were indicted by a Brown County Grand Jury on June 15 on a variety of offenses.
    Austin Finley, 20 of Ripley, faces one count of Unlawful Sexual Conduct With A Minor.
    Brandon Overstake, 31 of Hillsboro, faces one count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a fourth degree felony and one count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a fifth degree felony.
    Overstake also faces forfeiture of a 2003 Cadillac Deville which was allegedly used to transport drugs or drug...
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    Three retire from Western Brown
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Three teachers at Western Brown Local School District who retired this year were honored during the board of education meeting June 15. Those honored included Pam Robinson, Pam Fite and Kathy Meeker.
       Robinson served as the FCCLA advisor for the high school for 21 years. Fite spent 15 years as a special education teacher and also served as a 2nd grade teacher for a total of 30 years. Meeker said that she was a student teacher under Peggy McKinney...
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    1946 GHS graduate keeps score at OSU games over 50 years
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Some people attend basketball games and just sit back and watch the game. But other people enjoy the game in different ways.
    Richard Swope (86) is one of those people who have found their own way of enjoying the game, especially games played by the Ohio State University.
    Swope has been keeping score for the basketball games at Ohio State University for over 50 years. His scores are of course, unofficial, but it is important to him to keep his...
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    Humane Society outreach program comes to Sardinia
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    One of the Brown County Humane Society’s Educational Outreach Programs includes the Red Rover Readers program. This program will be offered at the Sardinia branch of the Brown County Public Library from 1 to 2 p.m. all days, on Saturday, July 11, 18 and 25 also onThursday, July 30 and  Thursday, August 6. The library is located at 13309 Purdy Road in Sardinia.
    The RedRover Readers program helps children explore positive relationships between people and animals through stories and discussion. Educators trained in...