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    Legal fight not over in Aberdeen
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Annette Applegate wants to provide free water to the approximately 300 homes in her mobile home park in Aberdeen.
    The Brown County Rural Water Association does not want that to happen.
    Attorney Stan Purdy has filed a request for a Temporary Restraining Order from Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler on August 8 to prevent Applegate from proceeding with her plan.
    Applegate wants to bring water from wells that have been drilled on her property south of Highway 52 to service...
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    New system coming to BC
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    The Brown County accounting system is going to get its first upgrade since 1976.
    County  payroll and other financial transactions are currently being tracked on a 38 year old system that uses MS-DOS.
    But that will soon change.  Brown County Auditor Jill Hall signed a contract August 13 worth $178,539.97 with a Lebanon, Ohio company to provide the latest hardware and accounting software for the county.
    “Things that take twenty steps now will take two steps in the future”, Hall said.
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    Donohoo gets fifteen years
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Shaun Donohoo was sentenced to 15 years in prison on August 11 by Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Gusweiler.
    Donohoo pleaded guilty to three counts of Robbery and two counts of Felonious Assault on July 21.
    He was sentenced to four years for each Robbery count to be served consecutively to each other, and was sentenced to three years for each Felonious Assault count.
    The two assault charges will run consecutively, making his total prison sentence 15 years.
    When asked...
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    Tapp sentenced to 90 days in jail
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Former Brown County Title Office employee Heather Tapp has been sentenced to 90 days in the Brown County Jail and two years probation.
    She is now also barred from “holding any public office, employment or position of trust in this state”, according to her sentencing documents.
    Tapp to entered an Alford plea to Theft in Office charges before Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler on July 11.
    An Alford plea allows a defendant to plead guilty while officially maintaining innocence.  
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    Support for OVAM still strong after 44 years
    , Wade Linville - Press Staff
    The 44th annual Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show in Georgetown wrapped up on Aug. 9, and record attendance on at least one day of the event proved that locals are still very interested in vintage machinery. 
    “This year has gone really well,” said Debbie Luschek, OVAM Board Treasurer. “I do not have exact attendance numbers, but Thursday was a record show and Friday was really close to being a record show even with the misty rain.”
    For the past 44...
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    Buy-A-Brick in full swing, support Aberdeen 9/11 Memorial
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    It has been since August of 2009 that Sgt.  Shawn Newman of the Aberdeen Police Department learned that the village would be the recipient of a 79 inch, 2,233 pound I-beam from the scene of the 9-11  World Trade Center.
    On  Saturday, September 6, 2014 a very special “Never Forget 9/11 Memorial Dedication” will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Aberdeen Park, Green Space.
    “This memorial to 9/11 is important to our village,” said Chief Will Eastwood with the Aberdeen-Huntington Township...
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    Sardinia Council moves forward with refinancing debts
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Sardinia Village Council approved an ordinance on August 11, providing for the issuance and sale of notes in the amount of $375,000 which will be used to pay off a $322,000 loan owed to U.S. Bank. The  balance of the loan will go toward the cost to the village for crossing under State Route 32 with sewer lines.
    At councils’ July 14 meeting, Dallas Hurt, investment banker with Conners & Company, Inc., spoke to council and offered them the opportunity to borrow...
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    11 dogs, 1 bird rescued by shelter in abuse/neglect case
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Earlier this year, Brown County Animal Shelter Dog Warden Mike Darnall began a campaign to crack down on Brown County residents who abuse or neglect their dogs.
    Last Friday, after seeing a situation on facebook regarding 11 dogs living in one room of a Brown County double-wide, Darnall and his staff took immediate action.
    “After seeing what I saw on facebook,” Darnall explained, “I immediately contacted Municipal Court Judge  Joe Worley, and obtained a search warrant. It’s my understanding that...
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    Rankin House renovations nearly complete, rededication of historic site set for August 23
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    As grants became available the Ohio Historical Society, owners of the Rankin House, located in Ripley, raised enough money to completely renovate the historical home in Ripley.
    The public is openly invited to attend a grand rededication of the Rankin House on Saturday, August 23 at 11 a.m.
    “The research for restoring this home began last year and was extensive,” said Betty Campbell, Rankin House site manager and president of Ripley Heritage, Inc. “The new shake shingle roof, identical to its...
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    Off-R-Rockers Band to perform Aug. 23 at Mt. Orab Park
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Woody Whittington, coordinator of the Mt. Orab Music in the Park concerts is anxious about the upcoming concert featuring the “Off-R-Rockers Band” scheduled for Saturday night Aug. 23 from 6:30 until 10 p.m. 
    The free concert is sponsored by The Gingerbread House Daycare center at 406 W. Main Street in Mt. Orab.
    “This band is a real crowd pleaser and I know the band is going to be happy with our new bandstand at the park,” Whittington said.
    Off-R-Rockers Band is  Cincinnati based...
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    Fundraiser dinner for memorial plaque planned in Ripley
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Several months ago, Ripley resident Eddie Brierly approached the Ripley Village Council members and requested some kind of memorial in the village to recognize and honor Ripley resident Pfc. Thomas Glenn De Fosse, as the only serviceman to be killed in action in Vietnam.
    After discussing the matter, council recommended placing a memorial plaque on Front Street in his honor.
    During the Aug. 12 council meeting, Brierly talked to council about an upcoming fundraiser to help defray the costs of...

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