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A Christmas prayer ride

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The collection season for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is just around the corner, and this year things are going to kick off with a prayer ride on Saturday that will converge on each OCC drop-off site in a five-county area.Seven drop-off sites are contained in the OCC South Central Ohio Area that includes Highland, Fayette, Clinton, Adams and Brown counties. On Saturday, Oct. 4, Fayette County motorcycle club Prayer Riders will be joined by Bikers for Christ, which has clubs across the region. According to a press release, the motorcyclists will cover more than 130 miles in their travels.

 

Supreme Court reduces early voting in Ohio

Early voting in Ohio will start a week later than expected.The Supreme Court on Monday reversed a district-court decision in a 5-4 ruling, with the five conservative members on the bench all voting to reduce the amount of early voting days in the state of Ohio. The stay means that early voting will begin in Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 7 instead of Tuesday, Sept. 30.“Today’s ruling validates what I have long said, elections in Ohio should be run by the same rules in...

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Blanchester mayor’s death called a tragedy

BLANCHESTER — Many residents of Blanchester and business and community leaders were in a state of shock Tuesday after learning of the unexpected death of Mayor Chad Hollon who died late Monday night.Lisa Beach, president of the Blanchester Chamber of Commerce, met with Hollon on Monday and said he was his usual jovial self.“I met with him about closing the downtown streets for a Christmas event,” Beach said. “He was excited about the coming Christ...

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Hospital’s closure is felt across Brown County

With little warning, Southwest Regional Medical Center shut down operations 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, leaving everyone from patients to employees to first responders scrambling.The closing of the hospital came as a shock to nearly everyone in the health care and first response industry in the area. All of the sudden, what was once a key resource and crutch for the county is now gone.It remains to be seen whether the hospital will re-open any time soon, putting a huge stra...

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Void left with closure of hospital

Friday, Sept. 26 was a dark day for Georgetown and the surrounding community.Financially strapped Southwest Regional Medical Center closed its doors to the public at 5 p.m. on that day. Employees said they had little notice of the closure, most receiving notices two to three hours beforehand. It was pay day and employees were told they would not be paid. Truly a devastating blow for those families.Just the week before creditors had attempted to repossess the furniture be...

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Hospital employees ask for support

“There are several surgeries scheduled this week — what are people supposed to do? People need us,” said ER Supervisor Lisa Braswell, as she stood along Home Street and took part in an outdoor rally against the hospital closing. “We just had a man who drove by and said he had a heart attack last week, we saved him. He’s driving down the road.”The recent patient was one of hundreds of drivers who traveled down Home Street on Monday, honking at the...

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Spotted at the fair!

Fathead Davis performs patriotic ballads for a crowd Wednesday.Sue Brooks Lang, right, hands Dolores Smith the award for being the Oldest Lady in Attendance. At a youthful 95, Smith defeated her runner up by just 25 days.Returning to sweep this year’s award for Oldest Man in Attendance was Marvin Case, who at 97 was born Jan. 27, 1917.Evelyn Freeman returned to the fair this year, which helped her earn the award for Person Attending the Most Brown County...

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Gusweiler speaks to RULH 8th grade

ABERDEEN — Brown County Court of Common Pleas Judge Scott T. Gusweiler visited the eighth grade students at Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington Middle School Friday, Sept. 19, to discuss a wide range of historical and governmental topics, including voting rights, the election process, the U.S. Constitution, the branches of government, and the ins-and-outs of his judicial role.Gusweiler relayed early U.S. history regarding the Constitution to the students by creating an analogy they...

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New member joins Sons of the American Revolution

Genealogical research has proven that Sam Gilkison, a resident at the Ohio Veterans Home, Georgetown, has an ancestor who fought in the American Revolution. Operation Ancestor Search is a program offered to veterans who want to explore their family ancestry. It has been through OAS volunteer researcher Lee Wilkerson that Gilkison’s ancestor’s Revolutionary War service has been documented.Gilkison’s ancestor was Lt. Col. George Wilson, who served in the 8th Regimen...

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Community Christmas Concert planned in Sardinia

The Sardinia Historical Society is planning a Community Christmas Concert 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. The concert will be held at Sardinia Church of Christ. Those who would like to participate or volunteer time for this event should call Carolyn Carr at 937-446-3191 or Jan Crawford at 937-446-3085 or 937-515-0898. They ask to be notified by Oct. 20 in order to get the program together. They also ask that a list of music to be used be submitted to keep from have duplicate performances.Th...

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Politics were good at the county fair

The cake auction at Floral Hall went off fairly well with Bob Ruggles leading the sale. Bob does a good job with this as he makes it fun for everyone..I didn’t get as many cakes or pies as I usually do this year - prices were up. Guess there’s an election going on. No sooner did I walk out of the auction and the politicking begins.“Hey, there’s no Danny Bubp sign in the Republican booth. Are they not supporting him? You ought to check that out....

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Shower Hanselman with cards

A card shower is planned to celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty Hanselman. Her birthday is Sunday, Oct. 5.Cards may be sent to Betty Hanselman, 55 Hollywood Lane, Georgetown, Ohio 45121.

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First State Bank makes donation to Bronco athletics

MT. ORAB – The First State Bank team has announced the donation of $900 to the Western Brown Athletic Program. The contribution toward the program was made at the Western Brown football game on Friday, Aug. 29.The official check presentation was made during halftime. President and CEO Mike Pell and Mt. Orab Banking Center manager Vince Roades presented the check, on behalf of First State Bank, to Heather Cooper, High School Principal, and Tim Cook, Athletic Director....

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More than dirty politics

To the editor:Something I had hoped would never happen has. The dirty, underhanded politics of Washington D.C., which dictate that one accuses an opponent of a breach of conduct or to claim that he/she has done something harmful that would cause pain and suffering to someone else but to not have any proof whatsoever of any wrongdoing has come to Brown County.How many times have we watched Harry Reid, Senate President, accuse someone of a crime or misdeed...

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Hagedorn book signing coming to Ripley

What does New York City, Kansas City and DC have in common with Ripley? They have hosted Ann Hagedorn for a talk and signing of her newly released book The Invisible Soldiers, How America Outsourced Our SecurityHagedorn, a Ripley resident, will be at the Ripley Library Sunday, Oct.5 at 2:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.Publishers Weekly named The Invisible Soldiers one of the most anticipated books coming out this f...

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Great memories for this fair

The 163rd Annual Brown County Fair came to a close Saturday night after a spectacular showcase by talent from near and afar at the yearly Brown County Talent Show.“We look forward to going to the fair every year,” said Velma Tackett, of Mt. Orab, who brought her family from Florence, Ky., to the fair. “My grandson, Levi, is two weeks old so this is his first fair. It’s always a nice time.”Earlier in the week, Harold and Betty Manning led the...

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Ohio adults say their community is healthy

More than seven in 10 adults say Ohio is rated “excellent,” “very good,” or “good” as a healthy place to live, according to the 2014 Ohio Health Issues Poll.The OHIP is funded by Interact for Health and was conducted May 7-20, by the University of Cincinnati Institute for Policy Research. A random sample of 820 adults from around Ohio was interviewed by telephone, and the analyzing of their responses gives some insight into how “Buckeyes...

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Gardening seminars planned at SSCC

For the past several years the OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers have partnered with Southern State Community College to present a series of gardening seminars. These seminars are free and open to the public and are usually held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. We are excited to announce that we will be holding the seminars at the new SSCC facility in Mt. Orab.

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