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    Mt. Orab Mercy ER doubles in size
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    The emergency room at Mt. Orab Mercy Medical Center has doubled in size.
    An expanded area with a new nurses station and seven new rooms was dedicated on May 15, bringing the number of examination rooms in service to fifteen.
    Mercy Health East Market President and CEO Jeff Graham said the expansion was much anticipated.
    “We’re very excited to expand this facility.  Actually this expansion was planned in 2009 when we opened.  This is going to help us continue to...
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    BOE meeting ends in walkout
    , Wayne Gates - Editor
    A Brown County Board of Elections meeting ended abruptly on May 20 with Chairman Mariah Votel and fellow Republican Bill Herdman walking out of the meeting.
    The topic of discussion was the disputed payout between the BOE and the Brown County Commissioners for Director Kathy Jones.
    Votel grew upset by statements by board member Joanne Kattine, who said that Votel had been meeting alone with the Brown County Commissioners to discuss BOE business.
    Votel said she had met with the commissioners...
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    Toxic algae blooms a possible water problem
    , Megan Alley - Clermont Sun Staff
    This summer, toxins given off by harmful algal blooms could once again threaten local water sources.
    According to a presentation by Hannah Lubers, project manager for Clermont County’s Office of Environmental Quality, to Clermont County Commissioners on May 4, HABs, also known as blue green algae, are made up of cyanobacteria that contain chlorophyll and perform photosynthesis. They are known to release toxins that can attack the skin, liver and nervous system in humans and animals, said Lubers.
    When the...
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    Village solicitor Jay Cutrell announces retirement
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Jay Cutrell, village solicitor for Georgetown, told council on May 14 that he is stepping down as solicitor to concentrate on his law practice in Georgetown. Cutrell said he has worked for the Village of Georgetown for nearly 35 years as solicitor.  He has also served the same role with Sardinia for six years and Ripley for 26 years.  Cutrell will continue to serve the villages until June 30.
    In other business at the meeting, Lucas Brown, member of the Georgetown...
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    McKinney and Schlabach receive awards from BC Chamber
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    It was a packed house at the 2015 Brown County Chamber of Commerce Spring Dinner, May 18, held at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center. Five local residents were recognized for their achievements during the event. Peggy McKinney, current superintendent of Western Brown Local School District was presented with the ‘Horizon Award’ by the chamber. With over 35 years experience in education, all but one year serving Western Brown, McKinney moved up the ladder in the district, as a teacher,...
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    RTS to move to new, bigger location in Georgetown
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    RTS (Reliable Transportation Solutions) in Georgetown, has announced that a much-needed move to a larger facility will become a reality onJuly 1, 2015 and includes adding seven new employees.
    RTS, in short, moves and brokers freight for customers throughout the United States, coast to coast including a large amount of produce.  The operation is currently located at 801 Mt. Orab Pike in Georgetown, next to the Georgetown Fire Department. RTS will be moving into a new location  at 658 State Street...
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    New Superintendent prepares to take the helm
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Raegan White, superintendent of Fayetteville-Perry Local Schools, will take over as superintendent at Western Brown Local School District onJuly 1.  He will replace retiring Superintendent Peggy McKinney.
    White was in attendance of the May 19 Western Brown Board meeting to get a feel of things at the new district. 
    “It was nice being here today,” White said. “I want to thank Peggy for taking me on a tour; everyone has been great in showing me around the school district and...
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    New mayor’s clerk of court takes over as Sutherland retires in Fayetteville
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    On the first day of June, Fayetteville Village Council Clerk Barbara Kiley will take over as the Mayor’s Clerk of Court in addition to village clerk. Kiley will replace retiring clerk of court Janet Sutherland who has filled the position for 25 years. Kiley has  served for 35 years as clerk for the village and says she looks forward to assuming the new position. Mayor’s Court meets once a month.
    In other business at Fayetteville’s Village Council meeting held May...
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    Mission team collecting shoes
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    In 2014, members of the ‘Go Haiti Mission Team” collected shoes from people living in Brown County which were sent to the residents of Haiti, who are in desperate need of them. Now, the team is on the go again to collect even more shoes to send over to the people of Haiti during its 2015 mission. Their goal  is to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes.
    The Go Haiti Mission Team will be set up collecting shoes at the Mt....
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    BC animal shelter asking community for help
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    Beginning in June, the Brown County Animal Shelter will expand hours through the summer months. The new hours will be Monday andTuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shelter is located at 100 Veterans Blvd in Georgetown.
    The shelter currently has many great dogs who are looking for homes.
    The Brown County Humane Society is also actively looking for new members and volunteers. There are many ways to help. Please visitwww.bchsohio.org for...
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    “Southern Saviour” to perform Saturday
    , Martha Jacob - Press Staff
    The Mt. Orab Kroger store is sponsoring the Saturday, May 30 Music in the Park Concert. It features the country rock band, “Southern Saviour”. The band performed last year and was a big hit with the audience. The Cincinnati based band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night and play until 10 p.m. (weather permitting). The band plays a lot of country music with songs like ‘Boys ‘Round Here’, ‘Something Like That’, ‘Like Jesus Does’ and ‘Comin’ to...