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    Court keeps Sheriff’s file sealed
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    The Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals ruled on July 25 that it will not unseal the 2003 criminal case of Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger.
    The court upheld the decision made by Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Gusweiler in December of 2013.
    Attorney Thomas Eagle, who filed the motion to unseal the case on behalf of Joe Podolsky, said of the ruling, “We are considering options for requesting further review, but no decisions have been made at this time.”
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    Aberdeen voters to decide water fate
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Pay another two dollars a month for water or cost the village millions of dollars.
    Aberdeen Fiscal Officer Nathan Pfeffer said that is the choice facing village voters on August 5 when they decide whether to allow the sale of the water system to the Brown County Rural Water Association.
    “The consequences of the water system not selling are dire”, Pfeffer said.
    “Right now the EPA has us in violation of several issues.  Voting to accept the contract with Brown County Rural Water...
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    Donohoo pleads guilty to robbery
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    Shaun Donohoo pleaded guilty to three counts of Robbery and two counts of Felonious Assault on July 21.
    Donohoo robbed Fitzgeralds Pharmacy in Williamsburg on August 19, and the Mt. Orab Pharmacy twice, once on January 13 and again onFebruary 10.
    He will be sentenced on August 11 and faces a maximum sentence of 46 years in prison.
    His original charges included four first degree counts of Aggravated Robbery,  two first degree felony counts of Felonious Assault, three second degree felony counts of Robbery, a third...
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    Unemployment rises, but stays at fourteen year low
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    The June unemployment numbers for Brown County are a mixed bag.
    The rate rose .4 percent to 6.1 percent, but the rate is the lowest in 14 years for the month of June.  The last time the jobless rate in Brown County was below 6.1 percent was in 2001 when it hit 5.4 percent.
    The jobless rate also rose in surrounding counties.
    Adams County saw an increase of .8 percent, rising to 7.8 percent. Highland County saw an increase of...
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    OVAM show steams in this week
    , 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...
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    Aberdeen Police to hold first “Night Out at the Park”
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Village of Aberdeen’s Police Department has launched a campaign to unite the kids in the community with police officers, according to Ptl. Josh Miller and Aberdeen Chief of Police Brandon Swayne.
    “We’ve set up a special account  called  the“Police for Kids Fund, with a goal of raising money,” Ptl. Miller said.  “The funds will be used exclusively for events for our young people here in Aberdeen.
    “On Friday evening, August 8 our department will hold an event called ‘A Night Out at...
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    Music in the Mt. Orab Park to feature Robin Lacy and Dezydeco Band
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Cajun and Zydeco will be the sound from the stage Saturday night, Aug. 9 at the Mt. Orab Music in the Park Concert, as Robin Lacy and Dezydeco perform. 
    Since 1989 this six-piece group has been set apart from the mainstream with their unique instrumentation that includes the accordion, saxophone and rubboard, found mainly in the Zydeco and Cajun-styled bands of Southwest Louisiana.
    Taking lessons learned from the roots of New Orleans and Louisiana music and culture, the group has added its own original...
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    Project begins in Sardinia running water/sewer under Highway 32
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Construction began last week in Sardinia for running village water and sewer lines under Highway 32 which will open up the north side of the village.
    In July 2013, the Village of Sardinia announced that 25 acres of land, next to Matthews Road, had been purchased by local resident Jeff Wilson for the purpose of building a new strip mall on the property, located across from the Sardinia Church of Christ. The venture, however, was dependent on having access to...
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    MOFD upgrades ambulance
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    A brand new, fully equipped ambulance can cost anywhere from $140,000 to $260,000. But rather than purchase a new ambulance, the Mt. Orab Fire Department chose to upgrade its 2007 Braun Chief XL unit, according to Mt. Orab Fire Chief Lisa Reeves.
    “Earlier this year the 2007 Braun Chief XL ambulance had to be taken out of service because of major mechanical problems,” Reeves said. “It was out of commission for about a month. The issue had to be fixed...
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    Fayetteville-Perry hires new football coach, solar panels almost ready
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Fayetteville-Perry Local School District Board of Education hired a new football coach at it’s July 17 meeting after accepting varsity head coach Nathan Geer’s resignation.
    Following an executive session, the board unanimously voted to hire Kevin Finch as the new varsity head coach as well as middle school intervention specialist for the 2014-2015 school year.
    Before the executive session, Jim Allessi pleaded his case to the board to be considered for the coaching position.
    “I am here tonight to...
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    Georgetown school board honors Sininger
    , Brian Behrman - Press Contributor
    The Georgetown Exempted Village School District Board of Education held their monthly meeting on July 17th. 
    Foremost on the agenda, recognition was given to board member Ralph Sininger for his thirty years of service, and he was presented with a plaque on behalf of the board of education. Sininger began his time on the board in 1980.
     The board also discussed annual goals set last August. They had set a goal to maintain 60 days cash on hand throughout the...
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    Aberdeen Concerned Citizens determined to improve village park
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Members of the Aberdeen Concerned Citizens (ACC)  group have continued in their efforts to rally together and  make improvements to the Aberdeen Village Park.
    The groups latest venture was to begin phase 1 of 4 phases making improvements to the playground at the Aberdeen Park, according to Shari Stafford, coordinator of ACC.
    “We are working on a project to outline the play area with timbers, redo landscaping and erect some new structures including a swing set and replace the sand...