Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab 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

Woodcarvers welcomed in Gtown

GEORGETOWN — The Courthouse Square Association in Georgetown held their annual Woodworkers/Woodcarvers Day on Saturday, July 25, with nearly 10 tents set up showcasing beautiful works of art crafted by hand.

Estil Newberry sold food for visitors with his Big “E” BBQ truck, and Harold and Betty Manning brought their homemade ice cream to the square for visitors to enjoy.

Many of the woodcarvers from last year’s successful event returned for this year’s, including Ken Liming, Jim Crozier, Gary Howser, Ed Bailey, and C.G. Uebel.

The woodworkers stuck to their personal repertoire, including Liming’s human figurines with bushy mustaches and beards and Crozier’s fish plaques that come to life.

“You just try to hit all the bases when you come to these,” Uebel said.

There were also a pair of new woodworkers attending the event, Bob Lawrence from Hamersville and Chris Ring. Lawrence is a guitar maker, and has made more than 100 guitars in the past 13 years since retiring full time from work as a welder and then a consultant with General Electric.

“I was really impressed and thrilled because I got to meet so many nice people and be involved with something local and something good,” Lawrence said.

In addition to guitars, Lawrence brought mandolins and banjos for sale, and for a time he and his grandson, Kenny Lawrence, even played guitar for the visitors over the sound system.

He said he didn’t make any sales but he does repair work and spoke to many interested attendees about possibly hiring him to fix their instruments.

“Follow up business sometimes will surprise you,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence’s favorite guitar has interesting origins. He found out about a man who had acquired a number of old telephone poles made out of Western Red Cedar wood. The man sawed the poles in half and used most of the wood for paneling in his home. But he had a couple slabs that ended up in Lawrence’s possession, letting him build the body of a new guitar out of it.

Within seconds of playing the guitar for the first time, Lawrence knew he had discovered the perfect guitar for himself.

“It’s the sound that I love,” Lawrence said. “I’ve had it now for eight years or so. It just gets better with time.”

Organizer Carol Myers said that even though there was a lower than expected turnout, nearly every woodworker walked away with higher sales than last year and said they would return for next year’s event.

“They’re kind of a close knit group,” Myers said of the woodworkers, since many of them learned how to carve wood together. “It’s like a little reunion for them annually. If they sell they’re happy and if they don’t its just a good time. The Mannings came with their ice cream and that’s a bonus. It was just a fun day.”

The list of the prizes won by the event’s attendees includes: Best in Show: Bob Lawrence; Best Display: First Prize, Jim Crozier and Best Display: Second Prize, Ed Bailey Best Caricature: Ken Liming; Best Fish: Jim Crozier; Best Christmas: John Dotson; Best Bird: John Dotson; Best Cane or Staff: Ken Liming; Best Human or Person: John Dotson; Best Animal: Jim Crozier; Best Shelf Sitter: Ken Liming.

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By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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