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    Clayburn hit by six bullets
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Albert Robert Clayburn was high on cocaine when he attempted to flee from Hamersville Police Officers on May 27.
    That is one of the findings in the autopsy of Clayburn that was released by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office on July 1.
    The report also states that Clayburn was hit by four bullets and grazed by two more.  Clayburn was hit twice in the upper back and also in each forearm, which broke his left and right radius bones.
    He also...
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    SSCC hosts “sneak peek”
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Ground started being moved on the site of the Mt. Orab complex of Southern State Community College’s newest campus in May, 2013. The 63-acre plot of land at the intersection of state Rt. 32 and Brooks-Malott Road in Mt. Orab was  perfect for the two-story, 50,000 square-foot building.
    The project was completed for the most part by July 15 with a projected opening date of August 1.
    The project was several years in the making. In 2011, the college’s board of...
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    Illegal arrest claim in G’town
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Members of the Georgetown Village Council heard from Joe Podolsky during its July 10 meeting regarding his granddaughter, whom he said had been illegally arrested by the Georgetown Police.
    Podolsky passed out DVD copies of the arrest of his granddaughter, Ashley Souder, taken at the scene of the arrest. He had obtained the video from Georgetown Police Chief Rob Freeland.
    “I would like for council members to take a look at this copy of the arrest, which was made illegally,”...
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    Sardinia takes action to save village thousands, raises water rates
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    In 2010 RCAP (Rural Community Assistance Partnership) recommended a water rate increase for the Village of Sardinia, but council voted to put the increase on hold until it was absolutely necessary. That day has now come, and residents can expect to pay approximately $4.17 more each month beginning with their September billing.
    That wasn’t the only fiscal decision of the meeting.
    Dallas Hurt, Investment Banker with Conners & Company, Inc. of Cincinnati, talked to Sardinia Council members at their July...
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    Dugan sentenced to two years
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    A former nurse at the Brown County Detention Center has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with a female inmate in his office at the jail during the summer of 2013.
    John Kevin Dugan, 35 of Georgetown, was originally charged in December of 2013 with five counts of Sexual Battery, and pleaded guilty to two of those counts on June 27.
    Dugan will also have to register as a Tier III sex offender.
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    Tapp pleads guilty to Theft In Office
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Former Brown County Title Office employee Heather Tapp has pleaded guilty to Theft in Office.
    Tapp entered an Alford plea before Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler on July 11.
    An Alford plea allows a defendant to plead guilty while officially maintaining innocence.  Tapp will still be sentenced and gives up all constitutional rights that are normally waived when making a guilty plea.
    The Theft In Office charge is a third degree felony, and Tapp faces a maximum sentence of three...
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    “Acoustic Edge” to perform July 26
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Music in the Park Concert series welcomes “Acoustic Edge” Band to the stage on Saturday, July 26 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
    Acoustic Edge is a four-piece band that plays everything from new and classic country to classic and southern rock, that packs the dance floor every time with their high energy style.
    The group plays music by George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldine, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Georgia Satellites, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams...
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    F’ville works to avoid falling into the red
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Fayetteville Village Council is continuing to closely monitor the village budget.
    Councilwoman Tina Houk, a member of the finance committee, updated council on the results of a recent committee meeting and some recommendations to help the village save money.
    “Basically the village is right on track now, but we could very well end the year like we did last year,” Houk said, “Things are tight, the money hasn’t come in quite like we anticipated and everything is just kind...
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    Eastern hold board meeting HB 487 discussed, new archery program in the works
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Eastern Local School District Superintendent Michele Filon presented a legislative report at the July 15 board meeting discussing information on House Bill 487. 
    “This bill is the college credit plus bill,” Filon began, “It begins the 2015-2016 school year (except for career-technical programs which will be effective July 1, 2016). 
    Filon said that college credits and grade point average calculation must be treated the same as all advanced standing classes.
    “Regarding the third grade reading guarantee,” she continued, “Before now, nonpublic...
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    2014 Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show set Aug. 7-10
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    August 7-10, 2014 will mark 44 years of celebration at the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show in Georgetown.
    “We are all very excited about this year’s show,” said Jeff Smith, with OVAMS. “We will be featuring International tractors and engines, which goes along with The International Harvester Collectors of Ohio Chapter 6. They are holding their state meeting at our show this year so it will be a big year and there will be a lot of red.”
    Smith added that...