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    Commissioners: ‘No more lawyers’
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Brown County Coroner Dr. Judith Varnau has responded to a request to halt her inquest into the death of Zachary Goldson.
    Five employees of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office filed a request on January 2 with Common Pleas Judge Scott Guswelier, asking him to halt the inquest.
    Gusweiler put the process on temporary hold on Jan. 5, issuing a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in advance of a Feb. 4hearing on the matter.
    “Defendant Brown County Coroner’s Office, and all...
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    Commissioners pay 12K for Sheriff’s lawyer
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger will receive $12,500 from the county to pay legal fees he incurred during his time in office.
    In a January 16 court entry titled “Entry Ordering Payment Of Funds For Legal Services”, Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler wrote that the commissioners “...shall pay the sum of $12,500 to Plaintiff/Relator (Wenninger) as and for his entire attorney fees incurred defending lawsuits in which (he) was sued in his capacity as Sheriff of Brown County.”
    Presumably, the...
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    Appeals court upholds dismissal in WB suit
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a wrongful death suit against three current and former employees of the Western Brown School District.
    The family of Chance Smith filed the suit in April of 2013 after Smith committed suicide in February of 2012.
    Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Gusweiler granted a summary judgement in favor of defendants Christopher Burrows, Heather Cooper and Dusty Gray in May of last year.
    The case was appealed to the Ohio 12th District Court...
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    Bubp to take bench Feb. 9
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Brown County Probate and Juvenile Judge Danny Bubp will be sworn into office on February 7.
    Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler will administer the oath of office to Bubp at 3 p.m. in the Probate/Juvenile Courtroom at 510 E. State Street in Georgetown.
    “The public is definitely invited to attend”, Bubp said.
    “I would not have the honor of serving the people of Brown County without their support. I’m so thankful for this opportunity.  I’m going to work really hard to justify the...
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    BCESC receives $15,000 grant for 40 Developmental Assets® Program
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    For the past 18 years ‘Interact for Health’® has awarded over 300 grants and has invested more than $111,713,312 in the 20-county Greater Cincinnati area which includes Brown County. The majority of the grants are given for community primary care, school-aged children’s healthcare, substance use disorders and severe mental illness.
    On Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at the Southern Hills Career and Technical Center, the Brown County Educational Service Center received a $15,000 grant check from the Interact for Health’s Thriving...
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    Five indicted, most for drugs
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Five people were indicted by a Brown County Grand Jury on January 22 on a variety of offenses.
    Timothy Freeman, 46 of Fayetteville, faces one count of Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer, a third degree felony.
    Aaron Brandenburg, 25 of Georgetown, faces one count of Theft and one count of Forgery, both fifth degree felonies.  He also faces a first degree misdemeanor charge of Petty Theft.
    Cindy Young, 40 of Batavia, faces three...
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    Brown County Chamber of Commerce prepares for 2015
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Brown County Chamber of Commerce met for its first meeting in 2015, on Jan. 15 at Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley, in Mt. Orab. Chamber President Brian Elliott opened the meeting by leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by participants standing and introducing themselves.
    Chamber members also heard committee reports from Dan Mitchell, communications and public relations, from Peggy Chalker, workforce development and from Melissa Layman, travel and tourism committee.
    Chalker discussed the upcoming Leadercast Event, scheduled...
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    FP Board recognized for service to district
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Fayetteville-Perry Local Schools Board of Education held its organizational meeting Jan. 15, just prior to its regular scheduled meeting. Craig Smucker was named as the new president of the board and Kathleen Johnson was voted in as board vice-president for 2015.
    Regular meeting dates were approved for calendar year 2015 with meetings to be held the third Thursday of each month with the exception of the June meeting which will be on the fourth Thursday.  
    Board treasurer, Jo...
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    Williams of G’town to attend Naval Academy
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Matthew Williams is a senior at Georgetown High School. On Jan. 6 2015 U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced that Williams had been nominated to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. 
    Each year, students are nominated for each slot available at the service academies which require congressional recommendations. Only 10 students were nominated to the Naval Academy this year by Brown. But a nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. The Academy’s admissions board ultimately decides who receives...
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    Equi-First Aid course now available
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Two local women have received their Equine First Aid certification and would now like to share what they’ve learned with all of Brown County horse owners.
    Brenda Durham and Marsha George, both from the Williamsburg area, heard about the Equi-First Aid USA and Equi-Health Canada, through George’s business, Optimal Health Equine Therapy, LLC.
    “Horses often have aches and pains just like humans do,” explained Durham, “Marsha is trained to give equine massages and has been doing it since 2009. That’s...