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Rededication ceremony Saturday

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The Ohio History Connection reports that the completely restored home of abolitionist Reverend John Rankin will open on Saturday, August 23, after a six-year, $1 million-plus restoration effort to restore the home to the appearance circa 1840.Built in 1828, the John Rankin House is a National Historic Landmark and a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site. The complete initiative restored the Rankin House’s exterior and interior. The celebration on Saturday, Aug. 23 begins at 10 a.m. when the Rankin House opens, followed by program remarks at 11 a.m. Following the rededication, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony in the vicinity of the Rankin Houses’ new visitor center. Refreshments will follow.


Grants offered to agricultural enterprises

The Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation has announced that they are offering two grants this year - one for agricultural entrepreneurs and one for students.The Agricultural Development Competitive Grant, which has been offered in the past, is available to help with the growth of an agricultural enterprise. Those awarded the grant can receive up to 50 percent of the cost share for the planned development with a maximum of $25,000 provided by the grant.

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Council approves Intra-fund transfers

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown Village Council approved two resolutions and said good-bye to their administrator of two years at their most recent meeting.The resolutions involved the town’s budget, including regularly scheduled intra-fund transfers. Resolution 1097 authorized fiscal officer Natalie Newberry to transfer funds from four different line items into other items within the same fund. The resolution transferred funds within the general fund, EMS fund, and third enter...

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TANF Summer Program has another successful summer

Youth returning to high school for the 2014 – 2015 school year had their last day of employment Friday, August 8, 2014. The summer ended with an Enrichment Retreat at Logan’s Gap in Ripley, Ohio where youth enjoyed lunch, games and a guest speaker.Through the TANF Summer Youth Employment Program residents of Adams and Brown counties who are between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age may qualify for a work experience that will help them earn a paycheck, gain useful knowl...

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Royal receives Ripley Federal award

Jaden Royal, a recent graduate of Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School, was chosen by the Ripley Alumni Association to receive the Self-Reliant Award donated by Ripley Federal Savings Bank.The award was originated in the 1960s by former principal Fielder Pitzer Jr. to honor Tom DeFossee, a 1967 Ripley High School graduate who lost his life serving our country in VietNam.Royal was a very active student while attending RULH and participated in many community and schoo...

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Brown County Safe Communities kicks off ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

Brown County Safe Communities held its kickoff of the nationwide campaign of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Saturday, Aug.9 at the Mt. Orab Music in the Park.This year’s campaign will run Aug. 15 through Sept. 1, covering the end of summer and the busy Labor Day holiday weekend. The goal is to present an unmistakable show of force, ready to discourage individuals from driving drunk and putting lives at risk.

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Sweet corn is coming up this year

The water no longer flows over the ledge rock down at the creek and it is easy to see the blue gill, crappie, and bass swimming lazy circles in the deeper holes. I toss pebbles into the water, right on top of them, and they seem to barely notice. Perhaps even the fish understand that it is that brief time of year, between growing season and harvest, when we are allowed to slow down, if only for a few moments.

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Aberdeen Concert in the Park is Aug. 21

The Aberdeen Concert in the Park will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at the old Gretna Green Pavilion, located on High Street, in Aberdeen Park. Seating is limited; bring a lawn chair.This year’s concert is dedicated to the late Kay Walton Haag, founder and first president of the Aberdeen-Huntington Township Museum. Funding is needed in order to procure a new location for the museum. After 17 years in the Aberdeen Municipal Building, it is necessary to relocate....

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Aberdeen added to complaint

GEORGETOWN — Brown County Rural Water Association’s attempt to file an injunction against Annette Applegate has been pushed back one month.Following a short hearing at the Brown County Courthouse on Aug. 15, Brown County Court of Common Pleas Judge Scott T. Gusweiler ordered the hearing could not continue at the present time because BCRWA is not in control of Aberdeen’s water operating system yet and because the village needed to be added to the plaintiffs in the ...

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Freedom in the Rock Church revivals to be held

Freedom in the Rock Church, located 3187 South Bantam Road, in Bethel, will hold revivals beginning Aug. 29.Revivals will be held 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.Special pastors are scheduled to preach nightly.

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BCBDD to hold regular meeting Aug. 27

The Brown County Board of Developmental Disabilities regular meeting will be held 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27. The meeting will be held at 208 E. Grant Street, in Georgetown.Meetings are open to the public.

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AAA7 meeting is Monday, Aug. 25

The Area Agency on Aging District 7 Board of Trustees Meeting will be held Monday, August 25 at the Friends Center in Portsmouth. For more information about time or other details, call 1-800-582-7277.

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Labor Day holiday deadlines announced

The office of The News Democrat and The Ripley Bee will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day.Deadline for the The News Democrat and The Ripley Bee Thursday, Sept. 4 editions will be noon, Friday, Aug. 29.The office will reopen 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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Money raised for Parkinson’s

More than $13,000 was raised Saturday, Aug. 16 benefiting the Brian Grant Foundation to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease.Shake it, Bake it, Grill it! started last year and was very successful. This year, the second annual event, was just as fun but was more streamlined with several new events added.

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Higginsport News

Sympathies to the family of Alline Himes who passed away recently. Ms. Himes just celebrated her 91st birthday. I was glad I got a chance to visit with her recently while at her granddaughter Samantha’s graduation party. She knew her time was near and she gave a short speech that left everyone in tears. Thoughts and prayers to all her family and friends.Congratulations to Bill Frazier who is the new transportation superintendent at RULH schools. Good luck to Bill on his new c...

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Decatur Post Office meeting to be held

The postal town meeting for Decatur has been set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 in the gym of the Decatur Community Center, located on state Route 125.This meeting is open to the public and all those concerned with the fate of this US Post Office are encouraged to attend.

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Gelter-West reunion set for Aug. 31

The Gelter/West reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 31. Those who attend should bring dinnerware, a covered dish and any pictures to share with the group.Serving begins 1 p.m. in the annex of the Macon Church of Christ.

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Hopewell site deserves UNESCO nomination

To the Editor:The UNESCO World Heritage Site program is considering three historic sites in southern Ohio for designation as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These sites are Fort Ancient, the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and the Newark Earthworks.Within the tourism industry, recognition as a World Heritage Site is the equivalent of winning four stars for a restaurant or an Olympic gold medal for an athlete. Having the Hopewell sites listed would...

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