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Gas pocket ignites, closing 41

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Emergency services responded to reports of a gas explosion and fire just south of the State Route 41 and State Route 136 junction near Roy Pence Road north of Bentonville on Friday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m.State Route 41 was closed by crews for over three hours, allowing southbound traffic access to State Route 136, but northbound traffic had to find alternative routes around.Workers were drilling a geothermal well at a private residence, when the drill struck a natural gas pocket. Normally the pocket vents without difficulty, but somehow the pocket ignited.One of the workers was flown by Air Evac off of the scene. He is reported as doing fine and was transported as a precaution.

 

The outhouse was in centerfield

Right after I started editing the paper in West Union I received an email from a reader of the People’s Defender. He said, “loved reading your column about getting lost in Shawnee State Forest. Brought back many memories since I was there with you!”Randy told me he has read the People’s Defender for many years to keep up on news back home. I had literally not heard from Randy Russell since high school, so it was great to get email from him....

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Georgetown selects Owens

GEORGETOWN — Art Owens has been appointed to be the next Georgetown Village Administrator.Following a special council meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, council exited executive session and approved Mayor Dale Cahall’s appointment of Owens. Owens, who is leaving his job as the Fire Chief of Washington Township in Clermont County, will begin work on Monday, Sept. 29.“I’m really looking forward to it,” Owens said. “I’m going to come in...

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St. Michael School is pick for Rusty Ball

St. Michael School has been chosen as a beneficiary of The Rusty Griswolds’ Rusty Ball 2014.The event is Nov. 8 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati and serves as an initiative where several non-profits and causes come together for a fun night, raising money for each of the invited organizations through ticket sales.“This is the seventh year for The Rusty Ball,” said Mary Martin, principal of St. Michael School. “Since their first ev...

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Remembering 9/11

GEORGETOWN — A large crowd converged in front of the Brown County Courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 11 to honor those who died in the terrible tragedies on that day, 13 years prior.Under a giant American flag held aloft by two fire engines, one from the Georgetown Fire Department and the other from Ripley’s Fire Department, event coordinator Larry Downing hosted the service, which began with a singing performance from Third Generation.Third Generation consists of...

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Educational events schedule for Brown County Fair

The schedule of educational events for the Neal Building at the 2014 Brown County Fair includes:Monday2 - 3 p.m. FFA State President workshop for chapter officers3 - 4:30 p.m. Meet and Greet with FFA State President Sydney SniderTuesday6 - 8 p.m. Soil and Water Conservation ProgramDanielle Thompson, Education and Wildlife SpecialistWednesday6 - 8 p.m. Hear...

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Tackling woes lead to losing battle for Rockets

FAYETTEVILLE - Another week of football action resulted in another tough loss for the Fayetteville Rockets on Friday, Sept. 12, as they fell to the Batavia Bulldogs 35-21 at home.“The Bulldogs had a couple of great plays,” head coach Kevin Finch said. “But I can’t criticize, I thought they played very hard and aggressively. Batavia was the best team we have faced this year. It was nice to see us play four quarters and lay it all out on the field. We have som...

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Broncos record remains intact after tough road victory

ROSS - The Western Brown Broncos found themselves in the rare instance of trailing going into the half in the Friday, Sept. 12, game at Ross High School. The Rams had taken a 10-7 lead going into the break and had virtually stopped the high potent offense of Western Brown.Enter the start of the third quarter and Broncos get the ball. From the opening kick of the second half it was evident the Broncos had came to play. They scored on the opening drive to take the lead 14-10 and foll...

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Remembering Sept. 11

GEORGETOWN — A large crowd converged in front of the Brown County Courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 11 to honor those who died in the terrible tragedies on that day, 13 years prior.Under a giant American flag held aloft by two fire engines, one from the Georgetown Fire Department and the other from Ripley’s Fire Department, event coordinator Larry Downing hosted the service, which began with a singing performance from Third Generation.Third Generation consists of...

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Brown County hosts BOE district meeting

GEORGETOWN — The Brown County Board of Elections hosted a District 4 meeting Friday, Sept. 12 with more than 40 people from nearby Board of Election offices in attendance.District 4 consists of Fayette, Hamilton, Brown, Highland, Clinton, Green, and Warren counties, and the directors and a number of staff members attended the meeting, which took place at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge. Also attending the meeting was Gretchen Quinn, from the legal services division of the...

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Georgetown hears about Solid Waste Plan

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown Village Council met in regular session on Sept. 11, and commenced what ended up being a meeting lasting more than an hour and a half.For the second time in as many months, Adams Brown Recycling Director Dan Wickerham spoke to council, and discussed the Solid Waste Management Plan that is set to be ratified this winter. Wickerham discussed with the administrative staff and council one of the new features of the plan, the “pay as you throw” m...

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News Democrat and Ripley Bee office to close early

The office of The News Democrat and The Ripley Bee will close 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22 for the Brown County Fair parade.Deadline for all classified and display advertising for the Thursday, Sept. 25 editions will be 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22.The office will reopen 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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The pear tree and lessons of harvest

It was the end of the season. The grass had stopped growing and the night air was crisp. The buckeye leaves had begun to fall, and one day, when Greg and I were out and about, we decided to stop by the mega discount store to see what already discounted items might be on sale.Just outside the sliding entrance door we noticed a scraggly tree, looking rather homeless and forlorn. We paused for a closer inspection. It was marked as a pear, but it certainly appeared to be half dead. It&...

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Ensuring clean Drinking water for Ohio communities

Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal blooms.A high level of phosphorous in the lake is a contributing factor to the algal blooms, and I’ve recently announced funds to help farmers implement conservation practices that reduce phosphorous runoff into the lake. But we must ad...

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Schmitt adds 5 goals in rout

SARDINIA - Jealousy may have set in Monday night at Eastern High School between two seniors. Last Monday, senior Jacob Handra set the Eastern record scoring five goals in a game against Ripley. Not to be outdone, one week later fellow senior Nathan Schmitt tied the mark of five goals in a 7-1 rout on Fairfield.Schmitt was playing like a man on a mission Monday. He was all over the field with quick cutting moves and total control of the ball. His coach, JP Gauche, said it was hard t...

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Southern State shocks PSU-GA in overtime

In the second game of the season, the Southern State Community College soccer team defeated Penn State University – Greater Allegheny, Aug. 31, in a sudden death overtime thriller.SSCC freshman Noah Mesker (Washington HS graduate) entered the game midway through the first overtime period and, with 36 seconds remaining, he delivered the “golden goal” and a victory to Southern State. Mesker was assisted by former high school teammate and SSCC team captain Josh Moore...

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Not a stamp too late!

One hundred years ago, Americans across the eastern United States could have looked up into the sky and seen it filled with passenger pigeons. Their flocks numbered in the billions and could turn day into night. Now they are extinct, the victim of overhunting and habitat destruction. The loss of this species is one of the greatest examples of what can happen if we are not committed to conserving our wildlife. We must learn from their example, and work to ensure that species such as the Africa...

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Lady Jays dropped match to tough Lady Warriors squad.

RIPLEY - Last Thursday, Sept.11, the RULH volleyball team met with cross-county and league foe Eastern at RULH High School. The Lady Jays fell behind early and dropped three games 25-12, 25-14, 25-18 to the Lady Warriors.The Lady Warriors dominating performance came for the experienced play at the net. Seniors Shelby Cowdrey and Angela Cox held down the next against the Lady Jays who lack height to control the middle of the next. The Lady Warriors had the distinct advantage in bein...

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