Stranded students rescued by Brown County cooperation 4-H Teen Ambassador Dunning attends SHOT Show Veterans Service Commission invites veterans to seek help with benefits Unemployment rate rises in Brown County Pick a Lollipop, help a dog A season to remember G-Men hit the field for first baseball scrimmage Eastern’s Rigdon, Purdy earn AP SE District Div. III honors New blocking, kicking rules address risk minimization in high school football Judy A Schneider James M Darnell Lawanda R Truesdell Paul E Grisham Arrelous R Rowland Dennis E Stivers David M Daniels Fayetteville man is charged with child porn April 1st Grand Opening for Jacob’s Ladder Resale Boutique in Georgetown Talent Show auditions at Gaslight Theatre Nine indicted by county grand jury Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall visit coming next May to BC Fairgrounds In it to win it! Bronco wrestlers end season on successful note Eastern’s Hopkins finishes 5th in long jump at OATCCC State Indoor Track and Field Meet SBAAC awards academic all-stars, winning teams Marvin D Atkin Beverly S Flatt Jessie M Sanders Leroy Deck Sr Jody A Towler Sherman E Young Kenneth C Burton Varnau’s face second defamation suit Attorney General to visit Georgetown schools Clermont County GOP hosts Wenstrup, DeWine at dinner Fatal car crash in Adams County BC Chamber welcomes new Cricket Wireless store to Mt. Orab Aberdeen Council approves 2017 budget Royce K Zimmerman Lady Warriors advance to Elite 8 SBAAC awards boys basketball all-stars SBAAC girls basketball all-stars take home awards SHAC Winter Sports Awards Banquet set for March 12 Altman claims 170-pound district title Sirkka L Buller Arthur C Schneider Lowell G Neal Virginia M Schirmer Connie S Darling Harold L Purdin Terry E Frye Lucille Schumacher Lady Warriors roll to district finals Broncos take care of business to claim sectional crown G-Men upset MVCA to earn berth sectional finals WBHS JROTC Rifle Team competes at Camp Perry Lady Rockets finish 12-12 Season reaches end for Rockets Eugene D Ring Two indicted on major drug charges Two charged with home invasion Cincinnati airport expanding services, lowering prices in effort to compete Two sentenced in common pleas court Georgetown man hurt in car crash Robert G Miller Linda M Howland Robert E McKinney Mildred J Hodges Farrel L Amiott Patricia Brown Rick L Dye Mary E Nagel Betty Ratliff Broncos claim SBAAC wrestling title Broncos pull ahead for win over G-Men in SBAAC Tourney Ripley boys wrap up regular season with win at Lynchburg Eastern girls are sectional champs Anderson pleads not guilty to battery charge Some county offices to change locations Fayetteville prepares for Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall HealthSource hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Five sentenced in Brown County Common Pleas Court June Howser Marguerite A Fender Timothy D Harris Jay R Purdy Robin S Godwin Marc A Wachter Chester W Eyre Warriors blast past the G-Men, 61-40 Rockets performing well heading into post-season tournament play Lady Warriors bring home the Gold with perfect 13-0 finish in SHAC Western Brown Junior High wrestling team wraps up successful season Rockets fall victim to ‘Pack’ attack Broncos suffer heartbreaking loss to Mentor Lake Catholic in state quarterfinals Adult Education Center coming to county ‘Senior Playground’ moving forward at Georgetown park Brown County 4-H kicks off another year Eastern Middle School celebrates “Kindness Week” Billie L Shoemaker

BCSC holds annual awards ceremony

For the eighth consecutive year Brown County Safe Communities presented the “Friend of Brown County Safe Communities” awards. These awards began as a way of recognizing individuals, groups, agencies or organizations who have increase traffic safety in the county by means of education, road maintenance or additional signage.

This year, BCSC is honored to recognized three organizations in their never-ending tasks of keeping the roadways safe for vehicles, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. A ceremony was held on Sept. 8 at the Southern Hills Career and Technical center to acknowledge these recipients.

The first recipient was the Brown County Engineer and Highway Department under the direction of Todd Cluxton, County Engineer. The Brown County Highway Department is responsible for the maintaining of approximately 335 miles of road in Brown County. This includes resurfacing, widening, road relocation, bridge and culvert reconstruction, and removing snow/ice in winter months. The Department also works closely with its township trustees to improve approximately 387 miles of township roadways. Cluxton stated the men of the department are the true recipients of this award. It is through their efforts, determination and hard work that the roadways are safe for all Brown County travelers.

The second recipient was Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9 with Craig Stout as the Transportation Administrator. In each county, the highway maintenance workforce is comprised of highway technicians, auto technicians and office personnel. The HTs are the most visible of all ODOT employees, as they are the ones who are seen clearing the state highway system of snow and ice during the winter-weather months. In addition to this and responding to emergencies as needed, maintenance crews perform other operations throughout the year, including: pavement repair, guardrail installation/repair, culvert replacement, and sign installation. The Brown County state highway system is comprised of 14 state routes and four federal routes (472 total lane miles) and 126 bridges.The ODOT also assists the Ohio State Highway Patrol with its OVI checkpoints by restricting road use and lighting the stops to keep the officers safe. Accepting the award with Stout were Kevin Pickerill and Stevie Fussnecker.

The third recipient was the Village of Georgetown with Mayor Dale Cahall. Accepting with Mayor Cahall was Village Administrator Art Owens. The village of Georgetown was platted in 1819 and as of the 2010 census, is home to 4,331 people. Its total area of 4.04 square miles has 17 acres of the village listed on the National Register of Historic Places and named the Georgetown Historic District (1978). Just recently the village erected new pedestrian crossing signs at the crosswalks on state Route 125 thru the village. The plan is that next year they will erect signs along Main Street, helping to make pedestrians safer.

The Coalition’s overall mission is to reduce traffic-related fatalities and injuries and associated costs, increase safety awareness, and increase the number of people involved in keeping Brown County safe. Our top four priority traffic safety issues for FFY 2015 were restraint use, impaired driving/alcohol related crash prevention, motorcycle safety, and a continued increased emphasis on teen driver safety and distracted driving.

Brown County Safe Communities began in October of 2000 and is a coalition of concerned citizens, service agencies, law enforcement agencies, schools, businesses, and government.

BCSC is funded by the USDOT/NHTSA and ODPS/Ohio State Highway Patrol-Ohio Traffic Safety Office and administered locally by the Area Health Education Center of the University of Cincinnati AHEC Program.

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Todd Cluxton, Brown County Engineer, and the Highway Department were one recipient of the 2015 “Friend of Brown County Safe Communities” award.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Cluxton1.jpgTodd Cluxton, Brown County Engineer, and the Highway Department were one recipient of the 2015 “Friend of Brown County Safe Communities” award. Submitted photo

The Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9, were also 2015 recipients of the “Friend of Brown County Safe Communities” award. Shown at the award presentation, from left: Lt. Randy McElfresh, Post Commander OSHP Georgetown; Pat Hopkins; Juvenile Judge Danny Bubp; Representative Doug Green; Stevie Fussnecker, ODOT; Craig Stout, Transportation Administrator; Kevin Pickerill, ODOT; Heather Roush, ABCAP Early Head Start; Ramona Applegate, ABCAP Early Head Start; Daryll Gray, Brown County Commissioner; and Sue Basta.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_ODOT1.jpgThe Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9, were also 2015 recipients of the “Friend of Brown County Safe Communities” award. Shown at the award presentation, from left: Lt. Randy McElfresh, Post Commander OSHP Georgetown; Pat Hopkins; Juvenile Judge Danny Bubp; Representative Doug Green; Stevie Fussnecker, ODOT; Craig Stout, Transportation Administrator; Kevin Pickerill, ODOT; Heather Roush, ABCAP Early Head Start; Ramona Applegate, ABCAP Early Head Start; Daryll Gray, Brown County Commissioner; and Sue Basta. Submitted photo

The village of Georgetown was another recipient of a 2015 “Friend of Brown County Safe Communities” award. Pictured here at the award ceremony, from left, Lt. Randy McElfresh, Post Commander OSHP Georgetown; Pat Hopkins, Juvenile Judge Danny Bubp; Representative Doug Green; Dale Cahall, Georgetown Mayor; Art Owens, Georgetown Village Administrator; Heather Roush, ABCAP Early Head Start; Ramona Applegate, ABCAP Early Head Start; Daryll Gray, Brown County Commissioner and Sue Basta.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Village-of-Gtown1.jpgThe village of Georgetown was another recipient of a 2015 “Friend of Brown County Safe Communities” award. Pictured here at the award ceremony, from left, Lt. Randy McElfresh, Post Commander OSHP Georgetown; Pat Hopkins, Juvenile Judge Danny Bubp; Representative Doug Green; Dale Cahall, Georgetown Mayor; Art Owens, Georgetown Village Administrator; Heather Roush, ABCAP Early Head Start; Ramona Applegate, ABCAP Early Head Start; Daryll Gray, Brown County Commissioner and Sue Basta. Submitted photo

By Jennifer Stewart-Hamblen

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