Four charged in overdose death Underage felonies strain county system Fayetteville looks forward to 2018 celebration Russellville council discusses underground tanks in village Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter Virginia L McQuitty Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher 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

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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