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

‘It’s just overwhelming’

From left, center, Brown County Commissioners Tony Applegate, Daryll Gray and Barry Woodruff review agenda items during Monday’s meeting. Sarah Prebble, clerk, is pictured on the left.

Employees with the local Department of Job and Family Services are overwhelmed, according to its director.

Brown County commissioners heard about the department’s struggles from David “Mitch” Sharp, the department’s Brown County director, during his update to the board about personnel Monday morning.

Sharp said each case worker has approximately 600 cases. He said the expansion of Medicaid has added to the workload.

“It’s just overwhelming,” Sharp said.

Sharp said the department is “OK” the next couple of years, but funding from the state is expected to decline. He said reimbursement from the federal government is high and could still offset the decrease from the state.

Sharp said if funding decreases too much, though, the department would not replace a person if he or she leaves.

“Which exacerbates the caseload,” said Commissioner Barry Woodruff.

“Yes,” Sharp said.

Woodruff said Hamilton County’s JFS has a 40-percent turnover. Sharp said that caseloads are high “wherever you go.”

“It is such a grind. It never stops,” Sharp said. “The best day you have is Saturday because on Sunday, you’re thinking about Monday morning.”

Sharp said two employees are resigning, one is taking leave and two employees are retiring soon and are expected to be rehired at a lower rate of pay than what they’re currently making.

During Wednesday’s commissioners meeting, the board approved the hiring of two individuals to replace the ones which resigned. Sharp said he’ll bring two more folks in other positions for the commissioners’ approval in the coming weeks.

In other business on Wednesday, commissioners received a letter from their attorney, John Woliver, that stated Judge John Kessler will likely affirm the commissioners’ decision that $4,000 should be the fee paid to Brown County Coroner Dr. Judith Varnau’s attorney for his work in her appeals case.

Woliver stated in the letter Kessler wants to see if there were any agreements in place in the case.

Thomas Eagle is asking for $18,000 for his work on Varnau’s appeal.

Reach Lora Abernathy at 937-378-6161, ext. 1843 or on Twitter @abernathylora.

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