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

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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