Floyd Newberry Jr Donna F Lang Gene Warren Dwight L Fulton Virginia A O’Neil Anne L Durbin-Thomas Marietta Dunn Charles L Latchford Broncos win ‘Battle of 32’ Lady Broncos claim win over Bethel-Tate Jays top Warriors, fall to Mustangs Lady Warriors claim top spot in SHAC with win over Lynchburg-Clay Broncos buck the Lions, 54-51 James N DeHaas Questions still linger in Stuart explosion New direction for Brittany Stykes case New public safety director now on duty in Brown Co. Fayetteville Mayor anticipates a good year for the village Chamber of Commerce announces awardees Robert Bechdolt Carl E Lindsey Audrey F Maher LeJeune Howser Tammy L Connor Henry C Mayhall Jr Chad Spilker Frank W Kemmeter Jr Wanda J Howard Dorothy Huff Colon C Malott Eastern varsity teams come out on top to capture Brown County Holiday Classic crowns WBHS Army JROTC hosts rifle shooting competition Bronco varsity wrestling team unbeaten at 8-0 Blue Jays finish 1-1 in Ripley Pepsi Classic Mona G Van Vooren Hiram Beardsworth Avery W McCleese Ethel E Long Children learn safety from ‘Officer Phil’ Microchips can help locate lost pets Local GOP plans trip to Washington Three sentenced in common pleas Estel Earhart Roy Stewart Tenacious ‘D’ leads Lady Jays to victory over Blanchester on day one of Ripley Pepsi Classic Fayetteville’s Thompson, Jester earn SWOFCA All-City honors Jays fall to Blanchester on first day of Pepsi Classic Ticket details announced for OHSAA basketball and wrestling state tournaments Jerri K McKenzie Randy D Vaughn Georgetown JR/SR high to have new library Georgetown saw many improvements in 2016 Three sentenced in common pleas court Esther O Brown G-Men go on scoring rampage for 77-41 win over Cardinals Warriors climb to 4-2 with wins over West Union, Lynchburg Rockets top Whiteoak for first win Shirley M Bray Carter Lumber closes in G’town Wenstrup looks forward to 2017 Seven indicted by county grand jury John Ruthven holds pre-Christmas Open House New pet boarding facility now open in Georgetown Denver W Emmons Carl W Liebig Mary L McKinley Blake C Roush Louis A Koewler William D Cornetet Western Brown dedicates Perry Ogden Court Lady Warrior win streak hits 5 Lady Rockets wrap up tough week on the hardwood Barons rally for win over Broncos Georgetown to hire two paid Firefighter/EMT’s Noble receives statewide law enforcement award County helps family in need after house fire Flashing signs banned in G’town historic district ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ at Gaslight Thelma L Ernst Roy L Bruce Ken Leimberger Cathye J Bunthoff Lending a holiday helping hand G’Town Christmas Parade enjoyed by spectators Mt. Orab Auto Mall collects over 1,100 canned goods for local families “Celebration of Lights” held at fairgrounds Thirteen indicted by grand jury Lady Warriors hit the hardwood with high expectations Warriors reload after graduating four starters Six seniors hit the hardwood for Rockets Lady Rockets packed with size, talent Lady G-Men to rely heavily on young talent G-Men seek improvement after last year’s three-win season Skilled crew on the return for the Blue Jays Broncos begin quest for SBAAC American Div. crown Lady Broncos working hard toward SBAAC American Div. title after finishing as league runner-up last season Experienced crew of Lady Jays return to the hardwood Stephen C Foster Mary J Fitzgerald Tyler Hesler

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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