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 ‘Angela’s Curbside Cuisine’ taking area by storm Fisher sentenced to 17 years for child porn possession Fundraiser for Russellville 200th Celebration May 6

Eastern Local appoints Forsythe to board

It didn’t take long for the Eastern Local Schools Board of Education to find a replacement for their vacant seat on the board.

At their June meeting on Tuesday, June 9, the board appointed Debora L. Forsythe to take the place of Jeff Ratliff, who unexpectedly announced his resignation just five months and a half months after being appointed.

Forsythe, the assistant director of the Brown County Child Support Enforcement Agency, said that she was approached to fill the seat by Eastern Local Superintendent Michele Filon. And while many board members serve while they have children in the school system, Forsythe decided that now with her only child having graduated, it’s a good time to get involved and make a difference to the next crop of students entering the school system.

“I’m a big supporter of Eastern,” Forsythe said in a phone interview. “I had given it some thought a couple of different times throughout my daughter’s (Alexa Forsythe) time at Eastern, but it wasn’t until after she graduated that I took it seriously. I thought it would be a good opportunity.”

Forsythe has been very involved in the community and the school district in the past, though mainly on the coaching side for the school. She’s coached the varsity girls basketball team, as well as stints with the elementary and junior high school girls basketball teams, but she’s ready to take an active role in the decision making process for the district.

Forsythe didn’t have any goals or plans that she’d ultimately like to see approved, but she did hope that the school system focuses on keeping more students on campus. A number of students across Brown County take part in post-secondary enrollment options, whether at nearby community college or universities, or at Southern Hills Career Technical Center.

She admitted that PSEO is the right option for some kids, but she worries about some of the kids missing out on the quintessential high school experience.

“I would like to see us reaching towards keeping more of our students on the campus,” Forsythe said. “We’ve got great teachers there who are willing to jump in and continue their education to teach those classes.”

Forsythe wasn’t the only member of her family discussed in the board meeting.

The board approved the resignation of Debora Forsythe’s husband, Dennis Forsythe, after eight years of coaching, the last five of which were as the head coach of the Lady Warriors varsity softball team.

Dennis Forsythe announced his resignation following the end of the 2014/2015 softball season, with his team finishing as district runners-up. He resigned in order to focus on his antique furniture business.

The board also approved a number of other matters on the agenda at their June meeting.

The board agreed to a contract with Triple M Roofing of West Union to do roof repairs on the district office and the Eastern Middle School gym. The district office roofing repairs will cost $18,500 and the gym will cost $30,000.

The board approved a five-year leasing contract with Cincinnati-based office supplies company ProSource for school copy machines beginning on July 1, 2015.

The board approved a contract with Peebles-based Arrick’s Propane from July 1, 2015 through March 31, 2018. The school district can purchase propane from Arrick’s Propane for a fixed price of $1.20 per gallon.

The board also renewed their insurance through the Ohio School Plan for $50,140 from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

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