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Possible tornado near Hillsboro Sunday

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What was confirmed Monday afternoon to be a small tornado ripped through a portion of Highland County on Sunday evening, leaving a path of fallen trees and damaged structures.Doug Puckett of Holladay Road just west of Hillsboro said the tornado came through at around 8:40 p.m.A video submitted by local resident Sabrina Shoemaker of some ominous clouds that appear to be forming a funnel just before the tornado hit can be seen by clicking here.Puckett’s family was away at the time, and he was working on his computer when “I heard a low rumble for two or three minutes.” He went outside and noticed a “greenish, purple” sky.


Georgetown Fire and EMS recieve state award

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown’s volunteer fire department and EMS have been commended for the improvements they’ve made in the past year.Georgetown Fire and EMS has been honored as the 2014 Ohio Volunteer Fire Department of the Year from the Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Medical Services. Rockey was notified of the honor in an e-mail from Mel House, the executive director of the division of Emergency Medical Services.“More than ...

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Higginsport news

Well, Adams County Fair and Clermont County Fair are both in the books for 2014. The Brown County Fair is just around the corner. The weather these past several days already feels like “fair” weather. It’s been too cool for me to even get in the pool but by next week we will probably be hot and sweaty again.Get well wishes to Helen Bruan who has been on the sick list.

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Racial issue investigated

MT. ORAB - Former Western Brown student Eli Fulton was not “offended,” but rather felt “excluded” because of allegedly racist comments he heard as a student at Western Brown High School. That was the conclusion of education officials who investigated a complaint made by the African American student’s father.The News Democrat became aware of the situation when student athlete Eli Fulton told The News Democrat during a March tennis prac...

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Taking entries to the Clermont County Fair

Howdy Folks;We just got back from the Clermont County fair, taking garden produce and two cakes for the auction tonight. One cake was a blackberry jam and the other an angel food. The garden produce was zucchinis, red potatoes, shell beans, Roma tomatoes, and thumbelina carrots.The kids have brought a multitude of rabbits, chickens, turkeys, goats, hogs, cows, and horses and the 4-H building sure has some great projects displayed. The Junior Grange kids have a great disp...

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Dugan, Tapp convicted

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...

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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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