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Clayburn died from gunshots

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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, where he died from his injuries.


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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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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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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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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Woodcarvers/Woodworkers Day this Saturday

Some of the area’s best woodcarvers and woodworkers will display their unique crafts and talents Saturday, July 26, on the courthouse square in Georgetown as part of the annual Woodcarvers/Woodworkers Day.“The Courthouse Square Association, Inc., sponsors this show and sale of woodcraft which highlights the works of local artisans, including Ken Liming, a teacher of wood skills at the Grant Career Center in Bethel,” said Susan Bean, of the Courthouse Square Associ...

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Traumatic brain injury was devastating

Four days after getting his driver’s license at age 16 in 1975, Todd Bode was coaxed into joining his big brother on a road trip. The hook was that Bode would be allowed to drive.After about an hour on the road, 55-year-old Bode said, “A drunk driver hit us head on. I remember my big brother’s girlfriend screaming he was going to hit us. Then all I remember is everything going white and then everything going black.”

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National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 3-9

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared Aug. 3 through 9, “National Farmers Market Week.” Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate the nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 15th annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural ...

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