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

Georgetown hires two new part-time officers

By Martha Jacob –

Georgetown Police Chief Rob Freeland introduced newly hired part-time officer Jesse Green at the May 26 Georgetown Village Council meeting.
Green was promptly sworn in as a Georgetown Police Officer by Mayor Dale Cahall.
“We are glad to have a new officer like Officer Green on our department,” Chief Freeland said. “He brings with him over 15 years of experience.
“He is from Clermont County where he served Lincoln Heights as its SWAT team commander and was also the Police Chief in Sardinia for a while. He is a trained EMT and firefighter. He has completed his field training with our department and is now on the job.”
Chief Freeland told council that another part-time officer, John Pullin had also been sworn into office and is in the process of completing his field training. A third officer, Brittany Stamper will soon begin her field training and will be sworn in at a later time.
In other business at the meeting, Administrator Art Owens told council that by the next meeting, June 9, he would need a resolution passed by council, which would allow him to work with the OWDA (Ohio Water Development Authority) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to get a low interest loan to get the water program started.
“We’re  actually ready to start this loan process right away,” Owens said. “We will be replacing water mains on north and south Main Street, east and west State Street and a build a new water tower on the north end of town. We are not sure yet exactly where the new water tower will be located, but it will be somewhere around Stevens Avenue.”
Owens said the village owns property at that end of town, but the location is still up in the air. He said he is currently working on easements for the project.
“With the completion of this project, it will significantly reduce our water main breaks,” Owens said. “These lines are just so old that they are deteriorating. This project will help with increasing the water pressure within the village and residents will have better water flow for fire protection.”
He continued, “There are a lot of mains here in the village that just dead-end, and when this project is completed those ends will be looped, so water isn’t flowing in so many directions. We will also be creating some new master water taps with Brown County Rural Water so that we have water entering the village at more locations.”
Owens added that the State of Ohio would be paving all the way from Hamersville on Rt 68 to Rt 125 in 2017 or 2018.
Local resident Nancy Montgomery told council that she has completed the grant application for a State of Ohio Grant to purchase equipment for the village park for the enhancement of a Senior Playground. The senior facility would be to help older people dealing with issues such as mobility and balance.
The grant is for $81,000 which includes a reimburse of 75% of the cost. Montgomery said the village is very close to achieving the 25% it needs.

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