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

Ripley Village Council weigh in on their candidacy

With less than a week to go, it’s still a wide-open race for two seats on Ripley Village Council. Linda South is running for re-election, but with Daniel Dragoo deciding not to run again, the other four candidates for council are vying for one of the two seats available.

Here’s a chance to listen to the final three candidates for village council:

Judy Brooks

“I was on council before and I didn’t get everything accomplished that I liked to, so I’d like to try again. A lot of our condemned buildings and they’re still not taken care of. I don’t know what the solution to the problem is to get the people to work with us. I think maybe with some new people council can come up with some new ideas.

I would like to see more businesses come to town, I’d like to see our water problem solved, we still have people complaining about brown water, it seems like an ongoing problem, and I want to do what I can to make it better here.

I’ve lived in Ripley my whole life, for 66 years. I’m very active in the community. I’m in the heritage committee. I get involved in anything that goes on in the village to make it better. I was a business owner here for 22 years, I don’t have any thing to be done for myself, I want to do what’s best for our town.

Bill Taylor

“My main reason for running is just my concern for the community. My wife and I have four kids we are raising in Ripley and we want to make sure its a safe community for older and younger couples alike. I want to make it a place where people want to come and raise a family.

“I don’t have an agenda, I don’t have a particular thing I want done, I just want what’s best for the people of the village of Ripley, whether that means making sure we have a good strong police presence, making sure we communicate well with the citizens here, and inviting them to our meetings so that we know what their thoughts are. Turning it into an atmosphere where people have a voice, and I don’t know if you could say that right now.

“I would hope that people who vote who know me personally know the kind of person I am, the integrity I have, and they want a fresh face and a fresh voice in office.”

Kathy Lewis

“I decided to run for Ripley Village Council in July. I ran the last election as a write-in candidate. I have lived in Ripley all my life. I have been on the Ripley Life Squad for eight years. I have had the privilege of helping people in their time of need. I would like to try and help our town with the help of the other council members to try and focus on bringing business back to our village.

“First and foremost, we need to focus on getting a grocery store back to our town so our residents don’t have to go out of town or even out of state to buy groceries. We need to work on utilizing the empty buildings by trying to fix them up to attract potential new businesses.

“I am a big supporter of our Police and Fire Department. We need to make sure they have the proper equipment to keep them save and to be able to keep the residents and their properties safe. We need to stay up on the issues that the council have been working on to make sure they are accomplished.

“I will listen to all concerns and try to act on them with the help of other council members to settle any concerns the residents have. The Ripley Village Council has to work as a team to accomplish any goals which are set forth. I would do my best to help accomplish the goals which the council has for our town.”

Candidates vie for a place on Ripley Village Council.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_RipleyCouncil1-DanielKarell-.jpgCandidates vie for a place on Ripley Village Council. Daniel Karell | News Democrat

Five candidates are competing for two seats on Ripley Village Council.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_RipleyCommunityBuilding1-DanielKarell-.jpgFive candidates are competing for two seats on Ripley Village Council. Daniel Karell | News Democrat

By Daniel Karell

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