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

Brown County Chamber of Commerce gets update on jail project

By Martha Jacob

The Brown County Chamber of Commerce met April 21 at Southern Hills Career and Technical Center for its monthly meeting with over 50 members in attendance.
Opening the meeting were comments from president of the chamber, Brian Elliott.
An Economic Development Committee report was given by chair, Brian Elliott.
“There is a lot going on in Brown County right now,” Elliott said, “We’ve got the Mt. Orab Ford and the auto mall moving forward, and O-Reilly’s Auto Parts in Mt. Orab is now under construction.
“There’s also a new dentist office in Mt. Orab and a new Health Source building is coming to Georgetown. It will be located between CVS and Burger King.”
Elliott also said that there are currently three new 1st Stops being built in Aberdeen, Ripley and Georgetown. He said that the Ripley 1st Stop would create more jobs for the area.
“Fancy’s Pizza has been purchased by an new owner and is now called JC’s Pizza,” Elliott said. “A lot of work is being done on St. Rt. 32, from Mt. Orab all the way to 275. ODOT plans on making that strip a ‘no stop’ area of 32. Not a single traffic light will be in place, it will be come a straight shot from here to Eastgate.”
Elliott added that a new children’s hospital is also in the works for the Eastgate area.
Brown County Commissioner Barry Woodruff updated the chamber on the ongoing jail project.
“The jail project is a multi-phase project,” Commissioner Woodruff began, “You don’t just switch out locks on an incarceration center. All the data has to be documented, so you can’t just run down to the hardware store and get new locks.”
“Then we discovered that the HVAC which is located in the attic, and is in three pieces, can’t be repaired. We brought in a commercially licensed guy who came down out of the attic after four hours and said… ‘I’m a tax payer here, don’t spend any money on that unit, replace it.’
“That was a couple weeks ago that they started on a new unit so that has given us the opportunity to do some painting and spruce things up while their working on it.”
Woodruff said that the county still have about 70 inmates at Butler County jail, which has been ongoing.
“We will continue to keep the female inmates out of county,” Woodruff said. “We will probably become an all male facility when we reopen.”
Later in the meeting Elliott explained that the Spring Dinner usually sponsored by the chamber in May had been postponed. He said the event would be rescheduled.
He reminded chamber members that booth applications were still available for this year’s Summerfest and that Leadercast at Southern State Community College, Mt. Orab campus on May 6.
The Coalition for a Drug Free Brown County will meet on Tuesday, May 9 instead of the first Monday of the month because of a conflict with an Opiate Conference in Columbus on May 8.
Jim Ludwick from Chatfield College spoke briefly about finding organizations or agency that could qualify for a substantial Healthier Buckeye Council Grant.
Ludwick said that the grant is a 65 page document which had to be hand delivered to Columbus on May 3. He said he plans on submitting at least 1 application from Brown County.
The next Brown County Chamber of Commerce meeting is set for Thursday, May 19 at 8 a.m. at the new Child Focus building in Mt. Orab. (the old Cole’s Furniture building.)

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