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    Varnau verdict due by January
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    A ruling on whether Brown County Coroner Dr. Judith Varnau can remain in office could come as soon as January of next year.
    The Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals has placed the case on its accelerated docket, meaning that attorneys have less time to submit arguments for consideration.
    “There are issues in this case which are of great importance to the people of Brown County and the officeholder involved”, wrote Administrative Judge Robert Hendrickson in the Sept. 8 entry.
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    Land Conveyance Fee going up by one dollar
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    The cost of transferring land ownership in Brown County is going up.
    The Brown County Commissioners approved increasing the land conveyance fee from $3.00 per thousand dollars of value to $4.00.
    The $3.00 rate had been in place since 1989.
    The move is expected to generate between $80,000 and $100,000 per year for the county general fund.
    Brown County Auditor Jill Hall said that she discovered while talking to auditors in surrounding counties that all of them had land conveyance...
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    Board of Elections buys electronic system
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    The Brown County Board of Elections is moving voting into the digital age.
    At its Sept. 9 meeting, the board voted to purchase new software which will allow poll workers to check addresses of voters to ensure they are in the right place to vote.
    The “E Poll Book” system will replace the cumbersome black binders currently used by poll workers to verify the signatures and addresses of voters.
    The system will cost just over $56,000, to be paid over...
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    Three indicted by jury
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Three people were indicted by a Brown County Grand Jury on Sept. 5 on a variety of charges.
    Sherry McMillion, 36 of Georgetown, is charged with one count of Burglary, a second degree felony and one count of Theft of Drugs, a fourth degree felony.
    Charles Bryant, Jr., 56 of Russellville, is charged with three counts of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, a Drug of Abuse or a Combination of Them, all third degree felonies.
    Bryant was...
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    Aberdeen dedicates 9/11 Memorial with all day event
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Village of Aberdeen held a very special memorial dedication in remembrance of 9/11, Saturday, Sept. 6 in the village park.
    The all day event was opened by William Eastwood, Chief of Aberdeen Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department and Life Squad. He thanked a long list of people and businesses in the area for making the memorial a reality.
    The village applied for and received an I-beam weighing over 2,200 pounds and approximately 79 inches long that was taken from...
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    United Way Success by 6® now in all Brown County Schools
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Jina Bohl, director of curriculum and instruction at Western Brown Local Schools, was recently named to the Success by 6® Regional Leadership Council. She will represent Brown County.
    Bohl has organized all five Brown County Schools with hopes of making Brown County an important part of the regional leadership council.
    “Today (Sept. 9) we had our very first meeting with representatives from all five Brown County schools,” Bohl said energetically, “everyone involved is very excited and we are also happy...
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    Citizens for RULH Students invite Ripley Council to attend informational meeting
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Mike Wright, president of  Citizens for RULH Students, along with Linda Naylor, superintendent Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington School District, attended the Sept. 9 Ripley Village Council meeting.
    The pair wanted to invite the mayor and council to an October 9, free community supper and informational meeting to be held at the Ripley Life Squad building.
    “We wanted to personally give council members a handout which has information on it about the upcoming election,” Wright said. “The district is trying again to pass a desperately...
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    Sardinia police to purchase two new cruisers
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Village of Sardinia Chief of Police Jim Lewis approached council at its Sept. 8 meeting asking for approval for the purchase of two new cruisers. Council unanimously agreed to move forward on the purchase.
    Chief Lewis told council that he has been watching for a good deal on one new cruiser to replace his department’s aging 2006 and 2007 cruisers, which were used vehicles when bought by the village.
    “I’ve been looking for a good deal and I contacted Jeff...

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