Vilvens signs with Mount St. Joseph SBAAC awards girls tennis all-stars Layman inducted into Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame SBAAC hands out awards to First Team girls’ soccer all-stars John D Marks Fourteen indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Commissioners donate to task force Voters return Worley to the bench Georgetown Police Department welcomes new officers Ruby A Ratliff Donna J Moore Stella M Glasscock Ellen L Gelter Alverda T Guillermin Justin N Beach EHS dedicates ‘Kiser Court’ SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, winning teams Sizer earns SBAAC American Division Volleyball Player of Year honors for 3rd straight year Broncos to host Blue Jays for OHSAA ‘Jimmy Young’ Foundation Game, Nov. 17 Vern W Kidd Jr Brown County Election Results – 2017 Michael D Hines Raymond W Napier Leslie E Boyle Gary L Barber Meth makes a comeback The bomber crash of 1944 4-H holds ‘shootout’ with BCSO County jobless rate falls Russell K Wolfer SHAC recognizes volleyball all-stars SHAC cross country all-stars take home awards Eastern girls finish runner-up in SHAC golf standings Week 10 football roundup Kathleen J Bright Sister Marjean Clement Veterans Service Office Moves G’town FFA has great fair Bald Eagles spotted 2017 Celebration of Lights being planned Eight indicted by grand jury Carlos L Beck Georgetown XC teams qualify for regional championship meet Warriors advance to Div. II Regional Meet Lady Rockets reach end to successful volleyball season Week nine football roundup Lady Warriors regional bound Amy J Caudill Bertha Lindsey Bobby S Conley Body found in ditch, investigation underway Former Aberdeen Fiscal Officer pleads guilty Keeping kids safe on the school bus Mary E Hahn Gary R Cornette Week 8 football roundup Notable soccer season reaches end for G-Men Lady Broncos are SBAAC American Division XC champs SHAC XC title goes to Lady Warriors Arthur Smith Eugene M Jennings Jr Billy R Kilgore Sr Carol D Roberts Thelma L Gray Sheriff Ellis meets President Trump Quarter Auction to pay for fire engine restoration Upcoming Quarter Raffle, Oct. 14 to benefit PRC Man found dead in ditch Rev Alvin B Woodruff Jackson L Russell Lady Broncos bring home 11th SBAAC American Division title in 12 years Lady Rockets wrap up regular season Warriors rally for win Broncos make it two in a row Helen L Whalen Veterans saluted at the Brown County Fair Fayetteville cancels school after threat Tommy J Stamper Sue Day Broncos move closer to SBAAC American Division title Lady G-Men working hard, showing improvement Sports complex soon to open in Mt. Orab Week 6 football roundup H Ray Warnock Jennings faces multiple sex offenses Georgetown nears water system completion Bible Baptist Barbeque brings big crowd Linda Taylor Rene Sizemore-Dahlheimer Eugene Snider Eric Workman Gregory Terry Edith M Moore Eileen Womacks Michael C Jennings Janice K Brunner Cheer squads compete at ‘Little State Fair’ Truck, tractor pulls draw a crowd at Brown County Fair Week 5 football roundup Lady Broncos rise to 11-6 with win over Batavia

Wenstrup visits the county

MT. ORAB — In the final week of his summer recess from Congress, U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup took some time to meet with constituents in Brown County at an event called, “Coffee with your Congressman.”

The event, held at The Country Inn in Mt. Orab, attracted visitors from across the region, from Ripley up to Hillsboro and everywhere in between. Constituents discussed with Wenstrup various issues, including personal issues with disabilities and health insurance, the ongoing drug problem in the county, and the heated Planned Parenthood debate.

Wenstrup said he took away “a variety of things” on his visit to speak with the public in Mt. Orab.

“There are some people that have a personal issue, whether it’s with the (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) or something along those lines with a disability, and then you have other people who are angry at how things are in America today and want to see something change,” Wenstrup said. “They’re concerned about our national security, they’re concerned about whether we enforce our laws or don’t enforce our laws, and they feel really confused about the future of America.”

Wenstrup met with a number of locals, including Carol Stivers and Betty Campbell of Ripley, and Monica Sellers of Hillsboro. Stivers and Campbell discussed the ongoing push to place the John P. Parker House in Ripley within the National Parks Service, while Sellers discussed the ongoing Planned Parenthood sage that’s been a hot-rod topic amongst the Republican Presidential candidates.

With so many different and varying viewpoints not only from the visitors in Mt. Orab but also from other areas around Ohio’s second district, it’s a challenge Wenstrup welcomes every day as a congressional representative.

“It is the role of the congressperson to try and blend all these things together,” Wenstrup said. “I have urban areas and rural areas. There’s some frustration for me a lot of times when it comes to trying to make a difference in Washington on rural concerns, because there’s so much control in the executive branch, and the executive branch is elected by a few states and a few cities, typically not your rural areas. So it’s hard to get the executive branch engaged sometimes.”

“But we have a lot of things in common on both sides of the aisle. When we’re talking about drug addiction, that’s one of the topics we had today. So there’s a lot of common ground on both sides of the aisle for things that we need to work on in our district as well.”

With jobs one of the most discussed problems facing Americans today, Wenstrup agreed that it would do students well to learn soft skills before entering the work force, such as arriving to work on time, passing a drug test, and knowing how to balance a checkbook.

“I think it is important,” Wenstrup said. “Financial literacy, things that a lot of people were able to get in their home growing up, many people today aren’t getting those skills passed on to them. I can remember in my (medical) practice somebody who came to work for me and was getting a money order to pay an electric bill. My mom happened to be working that day and she said (to the worker), ‘I’m going to show you how to set up a checking account.’

“I know we’re doing a lot of that with veterans too. If people say ‘what are your skills?’, sniper isn’t really what the employer wants to hear. What they do want to hear is that you’re a leader of many people, you show up on time for work, etc. People do need help with that unfortunately and maybe we should have that as part of our curriculum in our schools, because the ultimate goal for everybody is to get a job, keep it, and provide for themselves.”

With Congress resuming their session this week, Wenstrup summed up his last month of traveling across the district, nation, and world as “very busy” and “very rewarding.”

“I gained a lot from all of these things,” Wenstrup said.” Going to Israel, especially at a time with this Iran treaty and hearing from our ally who this affects greatly, it’s good to get their perspective and be there, and of course it’s phenomenal to be in the holy land. As far as being in the military, I was teaching a class (in Fort Hood, Texas) talking about health readiness for our troops. We maintain our planes and our ships but we need to maintain ourselves as well. It doesn’t help us to have a lot of soldiers that aren’t ready to go. I’m on the Readiness Subcommittee as well so that’s a good parlay there.”

“Then of course time being at home like here today, talking to people, getting to know what’s on their mind, and also a great opportunity to spend time with my mom and dad, as well as my wife and son.”

Carol Stivers, left, of Ripley, shares a laugh with Congressman Brad Wenstrup during a public event with the Congressman at The Country Inn in Mt. Orab.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_WenstrupStivers.jpgCarol Stivers, left, of Ripley, shares a laugh with Congressman Brad Wenstrup during a public event with the Congressman at The Country Inn in Mt. Orab.

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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