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

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter to you in reference to the race for the Brown County Sheriff. I have lived in Brown County now for 28 years and have had several different types of involvement with the Brown County Sheriff, not just current but also past Sheriffs.

I am writing to give my opinion of who I feel would make the best candidate. Please understand that I am not someone who votes by party, or just supports any person who is running. The person I am in support of for the upcoming sheriff’s election is candidate David Benjamin. As I stated previously, I have had several types of experiences with our county law enforcement office and I do not just vote to be voting. I want to let the voters know why I am supporting Mr. Benjamin for Sheriff. I had not known Mr. Benjamin prior to September 2015. I approached him at the Antique machinery show and proceeded to ask him several questions. These were not just easy questions; these were some hardcore down to business questions ranging from all the different facets that I had previously experienced with our County Sheriff’s department in my past. Please know that I have had some major dealings and some not so major dealings both good and bad with this department, I did not speak of those dealings in any shape or form with Mr. Benjamin prior to asking the questions, so he had no idea what I “wanted to hear”.

He was with his family enjoying the day at the show and stood there for over an hour talking to me and answering questions. He never once acted stand offish or like I was putting him out. He is a Christian man who believes in the Bible and its teachings. You may say, “What does being a Christian have to do with this?” I say it has a lot to do with it! If you are a born again Christian and a follower of Christ, then you should know that the Bible wants us to lead the world in his ways. Mr. Benjamin has a plan for this county and has the people of this county in his best interest and is willing to Serve and Protect to put this county back on the map as a safe and reliable county rather than a laughing stock. We need to know that we have a Sheriff who is going to work and respond, not just put on a uniform when the time is right for him.

I want to thank you for your time and ask the voters of Brown County to stop David, ask him the questions, see what he is made of, don’t vote by party or just because this person is currently serving, vote for what Brown County needs and that is David Benjamin for Sheriff.

Sincerely,

Shannon VanWinkle

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