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Dugan, Tapp convicted

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Two former Brown County employees have been convicted of crimes, with one already sentenced to spend time in prison.John Kevin Dugan, a former nurse at the Brown County Detention Center, was sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a female inmate in 2013. Dugan, 35, was charged with five counts of Sexual Battery and pleaded guilty to two of those counts.Brown County Court of Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler sentenced Dugan on July 17. Both counts of Sexual Battery were third-degree felonies.


New sign to light old Decatur School

When you are 79 years old you can pretty much do what you want. Or, maybe we should rephrase that, you can do things when you feel like it.There was no question that Dale Cooper, 79, wanted to help his community out by providing the labor for a new sign for the Byrd Township Community Building. So over the past week he has toiled in the cool hours of the mornings laying brick for the new sign.With help from his great grandson, Avery Reynolds, 10, he laid the brickwork Tu...

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Adamsons file appeal

Steven and Rebecca Adamson are taking their fight against the Brown County Coroner to the next level.The Adamsons, through their legal counsel Tracy Hawkins, filed a motion for Leave to Appeal to the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals Tuesday, July 22, asking for a new hearing for the case to remove coroner Dr. Judith Varnau from her position. Hawkins also included a memorandum to the motion and delivered it to Dr. Varnau’s legal counsel, Thomas Eagle.The motion f...

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The News Democrat print edition has new look

The print edition of The News Democrat now features a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.Even though we live in a digital age, with more people than ever turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want, we recognize that our print products remain extremely important, both to thousands of readers and to our advertisers.

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Tull, McGuffy to wed

Gary and Gabby Tull, of Georgetown, announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Amanda Tull, to Travis McGuffy, son of Missy and Tim Gray and Jeff and Tina McGuffy, all of Georgetown.She is a graduate of RULH High School and will begin nursing school in August.He is a graduate of RULH High School and is employed at Towne Construction.The wedding will take place Aug. 16.

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Trying to keep Ohio businesses competitive in a global economy

For small and mid-sized businesses, securing the private financing needed to export their products can be difficult. To assist these companies, and allow them to expand and create jobs in the United States, the federal Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) offers loans, guarantees, and insurance. The bank, which operates at no cost to taxpayers, has provided financing for more than 250 Ohio businesses since 2007, supporting $2 billion worth of exports. The Ex-Im Bank’s authorization, however,...

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Benefit planned for Fizer

A Cancer Benefit is being planned, July 26, for Terry Fizer, MSG Army Retired after serving over 20 years in the military, of Georgetown, formerly of Adams County. Fizer was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in November 2013.The event will take place at the American Legion, located 17825 Main Street and state Route 247, in Seaman, just off state Route 32.The kitchen opens 11:30 a.m. There will be a cornhole tournament with a noon sign up and starting 1 p.m., with a “winne...

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Clayburn died from gunshots

HAMERSVILLE — Albert Robert Clayburn died of multiple gunshot wounds as he attempted to flee Hamersville Police, according to the opinion of Forensic Pathologist and Montgomery County Deputy Coroner Russell L. Uptegrove.On the evening of May 27, Hamersville Police fired at Clayburn, 42, as he attempted to escape from them in a vehicle on Main Street. Clayburn crashed his car through a Hamersville municipal building and was soon rushed to Southwest Regional Medical Center, whe...

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RULH levy campaign begins

As was to be expected, there have been many changes within the Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington School District since the levy did not pass in May. Much on the agenda at last Wednesday’s board of education meeting focused on approving the resignations and hiring of employees, approving facilities and transportation requests in efforts to save money and be resourceful, and hear from visitors, who responded to some recent changes.Among the visitors to the meeting was Mike Wright, ...

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Don’t let back-to-school tasks sneak up on you

Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo, let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you’ll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up carpools and, of course, taking the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money an...

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Local binge drinking similar to national average, lower than Cincinnati region

Binge drinking in Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Highland counties is reportedly lower than the Tri-state region as a whole, but close to the national average, according to new information released by the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey. Binge drinking in Greater Cincinnati was found to be slightly higher than the national average.“Just over half of adults in Greater Cincinnati (52 percent) report drinking at least one alcoholic drink in the month prior to the ...

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Hamersvillel School Honor Roll announced

Hamersville School Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks has been announced.

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Willaimsburg Garden Club to meet

The Williamsburg Garden Club will meet for a pot luck picnic 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the home of members Sherri and Kristin Kissinger. Club members may invite a guest. The program will be a planning session for the 2014/2015 calendar year. The specimen for the evening is to be a well-conditioned Queen Anne’s Lace.Plans will be finalized for the annual mum sales to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 through Sept. 6, at the corner of state Ro...

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Geneological Society facts on the Bratten family

According to tradition, the Brattens came to America from Northern Ireland, spelling the family name, “O’Bratten,” Later, the “O” was dropped and some branches of the family spelled the name, “Bratten” while others spelled it “Bratton.”

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SW Regional Medical Center to host Community Blood Drive

Southwest Regional Medical Center has partnered with Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati to host a Community Blood Drive from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. The Blood Drive will take place in the Lower Level Community Education Room, located 425 Home Street, in Georgetown.To schedule an appointment, call Hoxworth Blood Center at 1-800-830-1091. Hoxworth recognizes that blood donors’ time is valuable. Priority will be given to donors who have scheduled an appoint...

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Concessions from a rice farmer

The plan was a simple one. After the float bed was done floating the seed trays, add a layer of dirt to the water, broad cast rice seeds, add goldfish to eat the mosquito larvae, and sit back and watch the rice grow. Well, the rice did grow, and the gold fish did eat the mosquito larvae. I even sat back for a while, though I did periodically stop by the bed and watch as the rice sprouted, and the fist grew fatter.

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Houser birth announced

Brendan and Lacey Houser, of Bethel, announce the birth of their third son, Miles Wilson Houser. He was born March 19 at Anderson Mercy Hospital, weighed eight pounds and measured 21 inches long.Maternal grandparents are Wayne and Myndi Simpson of Bethel. Paternal grandparents are Rick and Sharon Houser of Bethel.He was welcomed home by brothers, Simon, 6 and Max, 3.

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Lacey roadside blooms go throughout the summer

Have you noticed the beautiful white blooms along the roadsides this week? Queen Anne’s Lace, (Daucus carota), blooms throughout the summer and is considered a weed because of its aggressive growth. Once a European garden plant, Queen Anne’s Lace is a biennial plant. The plant forms a rosette of pinnately compounded leaves (fern-like, with many divisions) the first year, then produces several flowers on tall stems the second year.

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