Gene Warren Dwight L Fulton Virginia A O’Neil Anne L Durbin-Thomas Marietta Dunn Charles L Latchford Broncos win ‘Battle of 32’ Lady Broncos claim win over Bethel-Tate Jays top Warriors, fall to Mustangs Lady Warriors claim top spot in SHAC with win over Lynchburg-Clay Broncos buck the Lions, 54-51 James N DeHaas Questions still linger in Stuart explosion New direction for Brittany Stykes case New public safety director now on duty in Brown Co. Fayetteville Mayor anticipates a good year for the village Chamber of Commerce announces awardees Robert Bechdolt Carl E Lindsey Audrey F Maher LeJeune Howser Tammy L Connor Henry C Mayhall Jr Chad Spilker Frank W Kemmeter Jr Wanda J Howard Dorothy Huff Colon C Malott Eastern varsity teams come out on top to capture Brown County Holiday Classic crowns WBHS Army JROTC hosts rifle shooting competition Bronco varsity wrestling team unbeaten at 8-0 Blue Jays finish 1-1 in Ripley Pepsi Classic Mona G Van Vooren Hiram Beardsworth Avery W McCleese Ethel E Long Children learn safety from ‘Officer Phil’ Microchips can help locate lost pets Local GOP plans trip to Washington Three sentenced in common pleas Estel Earhart Roy Stewart Tenacious ‘D’ leads Lady Jays to victory over Blanchester on day one of Ripley Pepsi Classic Fayetteville’s Thompson, Jester earn SWOFCA All-City honors Jays fall to Blanchester on first day of Pepsi Classic Ticket details announced for OHSAA basketball and wrestling state tournaments Jerri K McKenzie Randy D Vaughn Georgetown JR/SR high to have new library Georgetown saw many improvements in 2016 Three sentenced in common pleas court Esther O Brown G-Men go on scoring rampage for 77-41 win over Cardinals Warriors climb to 4-2 with wins over West Union, Lynchburg Rockets top Whiteoak for first win Shirley M Bray Carter Lumber closes in G’town Wenstrup looks forward to 2017 Seven indicted by county grand jury John Ruthven holds pre-Christmas Open House New pet boarding facility now open in Georgetown Denver W Emmons Carl W Liebig Mary L McKinley Blake C Roush Louis A Koewler William D Cornetet Western Brown dedicates Perry Ogden Court Lady Warrior win streak hits 5 Lady Rockets wrap up tough week on the hardwood Barons rally for win over Broncos Georgetown to hire two paid Firefighter/EMT’s Noble receives statewide law enforcement award County helps family in need after house fire Flashing signs banned in G’town historic district ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ at Gaslight Thelma L Ernst Roy L Bruce Ken Leimberger Cathye J Bunthoff Lending a holiday helping hand G’Town Christmas Parade enjoyed by spectators Mt. Orab Auto Mall collects over 1,100 canned goods for local families “Celebration of Lights” held at fairgrounds Thirteen indicted by grand jury Lady Warriors hit the hardwood with high expectations Warriors reload after graduating four starters Six seniors hit the hardwood for Rockets Lady Rockets packed with size, talent Lady G-Men to rely heavily on young talent G-Men seek improvement after last year’s three-win season Skilled crew on the return for the Blue Jays Broncos begin quest for SBAAC American Div. crown Lady Broncos working hard toward SBAAC American Div. title after finishing as league runner-up last season Experienced crew of Lady Jays return to the hardwood Stephen C Foster Mary J Fitzgerald Tyler Hesler Herbert Polley Robert Layton

Celebrating the 4th

Communities in Brown County will celebrate Independence Day this weekend.

Several communities are hosting July 4 celebrations in Brown County.

Russellville

The Russellville July 4 dinner and homecoming will take place at the Rambler Center. Food will be available beginning 11 a.m. RCAPS is sponsoring the event. Proceeds will go toward the expenses for the center.

The Walter Miller American Legion will hold a flag burning ceremony at 10 a.m. Anyone with worn or torn flags that need destroyed properly should put them in the container at the front entrance of the Rambler Center.

The legion will present the colors at 11 a.m., the dinner and homecoming will take place, the annual Joe Myers Memorial 5K Run will take place, and the museum will be open part of the day.

Aberdeen

The Talent Show at the Aberdeen Park on the river will be held 5 p.m. July 4. Anyone is eligible and can participate. All participants will compete against each other, regardless of age. Performance may showcase any talent signing, dancing or performing a musical instrument. Participants may perform solo, duo or in a small group.

First place will receive $150; second place, $100 and third, $50. Registration is from 1 to 4:45 p.m. the day of talent show. The event is sponsored by the Aberdeen Festival Committee. For more information, call Kay at 606-759-0421 or Lynn at 937-549-2941.

Winchester

The Winchester First Church of Christ Choir will present its second annual patriotic concert 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5, including “Stars and Stripes Forever,” a presentation through the history of the American flag and the legacy on which it was founded. This is enhanced with a DVD presentation. Following the concert, members invite everyone to stay for a dinner of American picnic food.

The church is located 1408 Tri-County Hwy. in Winchester, immediately west of the railroad tracks. Those with questions should contact Minister Gene Toole at 937-205-2518.

Ripley

The Ripley Lions Club 4th of July Festival activities have been announced. Daily prizes will be awarded throughout each day. The events are:

Thursday, July 2

5 p.m. — Festival opens (food, vendors, games)

5 p.m. — Chili cook-off registration (all ages)

6 p.m. — Chili cook-off

7 p.m. — Entertainment

10 p.m. — Festival closes

Friday, July 3

7 a.m. — Fishing tournament (largest fish caught — 15 and under)

10 a.m. — Festival opens (food, vendors, games), pie/cake registration (all ages)

11 a.m. — Pie/cake contest (auction to follow)

noon — Fishing tournament winners announced — decorated bike registration

1 p.m. — Decorated bike contest

2 p.m. — Decorated bike parade

3 p.m. — Baby Show, Little Miss/Mister, and Junior Miss registration

4 p.m. — Baby Show, Little Miss/Mister, and Junior Miss competition

7 p.m. — Inside Out band

11 p.m. — Festival closes

Saturday, July 4

7 a.m. — Fishing tournament (most fish caught — 15 and under)

8 a.m. — Festival opens (food, vendors, games), registration for “Color Run” sponsored by the RULH cheerleaders

9 a.m. — “Color Run” begins

11 a.m. — Frog jumping and turtle racing registration (15 and under)

noon — Frog jumping and turtle racing competition (your own frog/turtle)

1 p.m. — Boat parade registration

2 p.m. — Boat parade, Pet Show registration

3 p.m. — Pet Show

6 p.m. — Duck Race

7 p.m. — Mostly Mosley

10 p.m. — Fireworks

10:30 p.m. — Big prize raffle give-away

Additionally, Rankin House historic site grounds will be open July 4 to view the fireworks. Those in attendance are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets on which to sit.

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