Four charged in overdose death Underage felonies strain county system Fayetteville looks forward to 2018 celebration Russellville council discusses underground tanks in village Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter Virginia L McQuitty Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher 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

Renovations coming to Gaslight Theater

By Wade Linville

The historic Gaslight Theatre in Georgetown is expected to undergo renovations soon thanks to a grant from the State of Ohio.
The Gaslight Theatre, which houses the Village of Georgetown offices including the police department as well as a theatre for live entertainment, has been in desperate need of a restoration for quite some time, according to village officials.
The grant totals $300,000, and the village will be responsible for contributing $150,000 (50-percent) of the funds to be matched by the state.
It was Ann Cahall, of Taft Law Firm in Cincinnati, who took care of the grant application process for the village and the grant money could be released as early as June.
“She was able to get us a grant from the Capital Budget of the State of Ohio to refurb this entire building,” said Dale Cahall.
This marks the first of what could possibly be multiple grants to renovate the Gaslight.
“This also leads us to next year’s grant and the following year grant, so we have the potential of making this building much more sound,” said Dale Cahall. “It’s literally in some bad shape. The mortar is bad in just about all of the bricks. The upstairs of the Gaslight Theatre needs a refurb. There are just a lot of things that need to be done. We knew that this was one day going to happen. We didn’t know that we were going to be able to get a grant.”
“We are hoping to see some progress start sometime later this summer,” he added.
In other business during the Village of Georgetown’s April 28 regular meeting, Village Administrator Art Owens notified council members of the significant progress that has been made on digitizing cemetery records and village ordinances to make such public records more easily accessible.
“At the last meeting we discussed the possibility of digitizing the cemetery records. The day after the meeting on Friday we started looking around and we noticed on the county software that the state provides for us to use, there is actually some software on there for databases for the cemetery,” explained Art Owens. “We’re going to start digitizing all of those records.”
Owens said the cemetery records will still be kept on book, mainly for historic purposes.
As for digitizing the village ordinances to be searchable via internet, the village has received bids for the project.
“We’re probably going to go with American Legal Publishing,” said Owens.
According to Owens, the search for village ordinances will be web-based where the public will have easy access to scanned .pdf files.
“I love it. It’s going to be great,” Owens said of the village ordinance search after researching other village web searches.
Council member Susan Bean questioned Owens regarding the cost involved with the village ordinance project, and according to Owens the cost will be around $500 per year once it is complete.
“It will be well worth the money,” said Owens.
In other business:
• Ned Lodwick, local historian and member of the U.S. Grant Homestead Association, was recognized for his restoration of the historical marker signs recognizing the village as the boyhood home of Ulysses S. Grant.
• Village officials discussed the groundbreaking for the new HealthSource facility that will be located at 615 E. State Street in Georgetown.
• Bean read a proclamation from Mayor Dale Cahall that dubbed April 29 as Arbor Day in Georgetown. The proclamation was also to be read at the tree planting at the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown on April 29.

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