Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances FP School Board changes millage funding formula Thirteen charged by Brown Co. Grand Jury Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up Impressive post-season tourney run reaches end for Lady Rockets Rose M Crone Thousands visit Traveling Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall Strategies discussed to join Maysville/Mason County KY with Brown Co. communities for economic growth Road and bridge work planned in county Linda M Lawson Margaret G Newkirk Gregory R Dunn Sandra L Haitz Wesley A Cooper Everette F Donell Lady Broncos move to SW District Div. II finals Lady Rockets top Cincy Christian 22-1 to earn berth in district finals Lady Warriors head to SE District Div. III finals with win over Gallia SW District Track and Field Tourney action gets underway Russell E Conn Robert T Fisher Philip L Paeltz David Beals Gregory A Smith II William G Mullinnix Patricia Ogden Brittany Stykes remembered by friends and family 2018 county budget could be cut by up to ten percent Georgetown Police Chief updates council Over 40 vendors, crafters at 2017 Annual Craft Show Cropper’s time as GHS girls basketball coach expected to end after 21 years at the helm Barnes’ perfect game and big hits lead Lady Broncos to round one sectional win Broncos advance in sectional play with win over Mt. Healthy Kenny B Williams Stephen E Marcum Christopher J Lovett Brandon M Traylor Gaslight renovations set to begin Ripley students view mock crash at school

Cucumbers are growing!

Howdy folks!

I understand 1 p.m. June 14, at Union Township Veterans Memorial Park at the corner by the helicopter, there will be a flag retirement program. The veterans will have a special ceremony for this program honoring the American flag. They do a special program for this event so try to come.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Clermont County will be from 3 until 6 a.m. June 13 and 14, at the Veterans Memorial Park. At the opening ceremony during the relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they have overcome. In the closing ceremony, they remember loved ones who have been lost to the disease. So try to come. That is the disease that took Ruth Ann from me but someday I will be there with her and my dad and mother and her dad and mother.

I had a treat last Monday. The Kinners invited me to come to their house for lunch. Then they took me to see the animals their young kids are taking care of. Some of the animals are for the fair to be in competition with other young folks. That is good for the young folks to learn how to take care of animals and how to show them. These Kinner kids also know how to raise a garden and how to take care of honey bees. Their dad and mother are to be thanked for helping the children do this.

Now about Chester—at night after he comes in he likes to lay by me with my hand out so he can lay on it. When I sit in my chair he wants to lay on my lap. The other day the phone rang so I got up to answer it. He laid in my chair so when I was done talking on the phone I sat in Ruth Ann’s chair. Here he comes to lay on my lap. I would say he is spoiled – would you? – but he is! When his dry food gets low in his bowl he doesn’t like it to be low so he lets me know his food needs to be filled.

Ruth Ann’s birthday was May 28, it was a sad day. We never know when the Lord will call us home do we.

The cucumbers I put in the hanging baskets are sure growing along with the rest of the garden, also the weeds! It will be a couple weeks before I can hoe the garden. There was a program on television about the loss of honey bees. There is a cause but they are still trying to determine what causes it. White winter honeybee colony loses were down and summer bees rose—bringing the total annual losses to 42.1 percent. This is second-highest annual lost recorded to date. We need those honeybees to pollinate the fruits and vegetables. It is estimated that honeybees add between $15 and $18 billion to the value of agriculture each year

The fishing is good. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head at Afton and he said the crappie tournament held last Sunday was good. The fisherman can weigh in seven crappie. The first-place was five pounds eight ounces, second-place five pounds four ounces, third-place five pounds two ounces. The big crappie was one and one-quarter pounds. There were 10 boats in the tournament. Last year the fishermen were saying the price of gasoline was hurting minnows—last year cost $1.19 per dozen. This year minnows are $2.19 per dozen. I called Cedar Lake below Goshen on state Route 28. They are having some big catfish caught—40 pound, 50 pound, 63 pounds. One fellar caught an albino blue cat that weighed 34 pounds. On Father’s Day they have a drawing and give away a rod and reel so get over there and catch some big fish. Sherry’s Lake is having good catches also. Several in the 48 pound class. These are shovelhead catfish so stop at all these lakes and catch some big fish. Good luck!

Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praising the good Lord. God bless all.

More later.

George Rooks is retired as a park manager at East Fork State Park and writes on local events. He can be reached at grrooks@yahoo.com.

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