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

It feels good to be back home again…

I am more than pleased to be back at the paper I love. It has been quite a journey for me these past few days, but I must say I am happy to be your hometown newspaper editor. I just wanted to briefly introduce myself for anyone who doesn’t know who I am. My name is Brian Durham and I am the new editor of the News Democrat.

I came Ohio by way of Montana and before that Indiana. I am a Hoosier through and through but in my two years in Brown County I have firmly planted Buckeye roots and really have enjoyed my time working in this beautiful county. Although I must admit, I am still not a fan of those Ohio State Buckeyes.

One thing I will always admit though, I am not perfect. I have made many mistakes in my life, but have always been the type of person to except responsibility for my actions. This is my second stint here at the News Democrat and I am more than happy to be back. I consider this place my home more than anything.

Now when it comes to news, I like to think I have no bias but, I am sure all people have some sort underlying biases, but I will never let any personal opinion I may have get in the way of the truth. To me, truth is the most important thing – sometimes we don’t always like the truth and sometimes that truth hurts, but it is through truth that people grow. I expect our readers to hold me accountable when it comes to the truth. That is the thing about news. Truth happens whether we like it or not. I expect to be held to a higher standard than anyone when it comes to truth.

While there are many people in this county I have met, I look forward to meeting more and more of you. I want to bring you the best news coverage I can and strive to keep an informed, educated public through the news. I do have an open invite to anyone here.

My door is always open if you have concerns on things happening in the county or if something just doesn’t seem right. I strongly encourage letters to the editor – whatever you opinion my be, there is no wrong one. It is the centerpiece of our democracy. A free an open press was so important, James Monroe included it as part of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. I look forward to hearing from you, the citizens, and it is together we will make Brown County and better place to live.

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By Brian Durham – Editor

bdurham@civitasmedia.com

Reach Brian Durham at 937-378-6161.

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