Some county offices may be moved G’town Council approves 2017 budget Family doubles in size with adoption Sardinia Mayor looks forward to 2017 2017 Fayetteville Firemen’s Festival set 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

Revenue doubles in G’town Mayors Court

Georgetown Mayor’s Court has experienced a significant rise in revenue as compared to this time last year, raking in nearly double the total revenue than it did in 2015.
According to Georgetown’s year-to-date mayor’s court report discussed during the village’s April 14 regular council meeting, the mayor’s court revenue totaled $23,629.52 so far for 2016, while at this time last year mayor’s court revenue stood at $13,145.96.
The reason for the rise in revenue, Georgetown police officers are handing out more citations.
City revenue from fines was $7,439 so far this year, according to the mayor’s court report.
From Georgetown’s March 10 council meeting until April 14, the Georgetown Police Department issued 128 mayor’s court citations, including both traffic and criminal, while responding to 691 calls for service.
Georgetown Police Chief Robert Freeland discussed the police department’s monthly status report during the April 14 village council meeting, a report that provided details of some of the interesting matters that have recently took place, some leading to arrests.
A domestic call on the evening of March 10 would result in drug trafficking charges for two residents of the Georgetown Apartments.
According to the GPD’s report, officers responded to Georgetown Apartments in reference to a possible domestic abuse situation and conducting a “welfare check.”
Upon arrival, officers allegedly observed loose pills, drug paraphernalia, and scales. Officers obtained a search warrant and searched the apartment and its residents, according to Freeland.
The apartment residents, Alfonzo Pratt and Brenda Bellamy, were questioned by officers and charged with trafficking in drugs, drug possession, permitting drug abuse, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In a separate incident that occurred March 16, a man being served a protection order by a Georgetown officer violated the order less than two hours from receiving it.
Alexander Dickens received notice and a copy of the protection order filed against him by his live-in girlfriend, according to the GPD report. After receiving the order, Dickens allegedly extended both hands to the officer who served the order and said, “Arrest me now, because I can’t stay away from the woman I love.”
Freeland also notified council members of the rash of thefts from the elderly.
“Over the past several months our department has investigated numerous reports of thefts from the elderly,” said Freeland. “I’ve created a post on our Facebook page to make the community more aware of these scammers.”
Since December, the GPD has filed charges on five individuals for thefts from the elderly.
Such offenders have been known to make contact with elderly people by knocking on their doors and expressing a desperate need for money.
In some cases the offenders have been invited into homes while asking for monetary assistance, where they can gain access to money or valuables. Some offenders have also been known to return to the same home time and time again asking for money.
In other business during the meeting, plans continue on the Senior Playground Project at Kathryn Hanlon Park in Georgetown.
Nancy Montgomery, the project coordinator for the Senior Playground, appeared at the April 14 village council meeting to notify council of the progress being made in securing enough funds to cover the cost of the Senior Playground.
Montgomery handed out a brochure to village officials that included a lay-out of the Senior Playground. The playground is to consist of Motion Wellness Systems that are designed to improve stability, balance, coordination, and social interaction for senior citizens.
The playground will include 20 different activities that can be modified to adapt to the physical fitness level of senior citizens and other groups of people such as those suffering from a mental or physical issue that can affect balance and stability.
The fenced-in playground will also include tables with checkerboards and at least five benches.
“We appreciate what Nancy is doing to get this thing up and running,” Georgetown Mayor Dale Cahall said of the Senior Playground Project.
Georgetown council passed a resolution that will allow for the application of grants to help fund the Senior Wellness Playground.
“Right now, I’m just talking to people for money,” Montgomery said while giving an update on the playground project.
Also taking place during the April 14 meeting, Council member Susan Bean sparked a discussion regarding the possibility of digitizing the village’s public information such as ordinances and resolutions currently on record and burial plots.
Other village officials were in agreement at how digitizing this type of information could benefit the village, providing much easier access of such records.
Georgetown Administrator Art Owens said, if digitized and placed on a website, he would like the public information to be searchable.
“I totally agree with you on that,” Owens said to Bean as they discussed the digitizing of records.
“If it could be digitized, that would be great,” said Cahall.
Owens went on to say he would like to market the Village of Georgetown website.
Georgetown village officials also discussed repairs to the tennis court at the Georgetown Jr./Sr. High School. Per contract with the school district, the Village of Georgetown is responsible for maintaining the tennis court located on school grounds.
Large cracks have formed on the tennis court due to unstable ground, which could result in a cost to the village to repair the court if insurance or other sources of funds will not cover the cost of the repairs.
The next Georgetown Village Council meeting is scheduled for April 28 beginning at 7 p.m.

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