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Man who led police on chase enters plea deal

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A man who led Lynchburg police on a 10-minute motorcycle chase, which ended after he crashed the bike, entered into a plea agreement Thursday in Hillsboro Municipal Court.Billie Joe Vaught, 45, of Fayetteville, originally faced a total of 12 charges, including fifth-degree felonious assault.Vaught had also been charged with first-degree misdemeanors of assault, domestic violence, endangering children, operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), fictitious registration, failure to comply, and reckless operation; fourth-degree misdemeanor operating a motorcycle without an endorsement; and minor misdemeanors of failure to maintain control and running a red light.


Burfict emerges as Bengals ‘D’ leader

CINCINNATI — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has gone from low-risk investment to the heart of the Bengals defense in only two years.Cincinnati thinks so much of its Pro Bowl linebacker that it’s molding one of the league’s best defenses around him in only his third season. And coach Marvin Lewis, who has craved a leader in the style of former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, thinks he has one in the making.“I thought Vontaze had those qualities really ear...

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HDH Foundation annual 5K Family Fun Day Run/Walk

The Highland District Hospital Foundation annual 5K Family Fun Day Run/Walk will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Rocky Fork State Park North Shore Activity Center. There will be a free children’s race following the run/walk.The cost for the regular race is $20 and includes a race and technical T-shirt. Additional donations to the foundation will be accepted and all proceeds go toward the purchase of a new ultrasound unit. Additional T-shirts are available for $12...

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Niehaus case bound over to grand jury

The father of a 1-year-old child found dead and secretly buried in a woods last year, was among the defendants appearing on felony charges Thursday in Hillsboro Municipal Court.Ian Niehaus, 29, of Cleves, is charged with third-degree felony production of methamphetamine. On Thursday, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His case will be sent to a grand jury.Niehaus was never a suspect in the death of his son. The child’s mother and her boyfriend entered in...

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Thunder will return to Rocky Fork

It’s official. The Rocky Fork Thunder power boat races will return to Highland County in September.Race officials announced late Wednesday evening that what’s actually being called the Dr. Paul Yinger Memorial Rocky Fork Thunder will be held at Rocky Fork Lake on Sept. 20-21.Race director Dave Archiable said that the race committee has raised enough money to pull the races off and get them back in front of the people of Highland County, but they need about $1...

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Woman’s OVI, resisting arrest charges reduced

A woman originally charged with operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) and resisting arrest, first and second-degree misdemeanors respectively, entered into a plea agreement in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday.Carly D. Wardlow, 30, of Hillsboro, pled guilty to reduced charges reckless operation, a third-degree misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.According to an affidavit filed with the court, on May 23, Wardlow was arrested after ...

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First day of school upcoming for Greenfield Elementary

Greenfield Elementary will welcome all students in grades 1-4 on Wednesday, Aug. 13 for a full day of classes. Walkers are asked to report to school after 8:50 a.m. and before the start of school at 9 a.m. Students arriving at the proper time will report directly to their classrooms. No students shall be allowed on either playground before school, as no supervision will be provided. Any student who arrives before 8:50 a.m. must report to the McClain Cafetorium.

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Adena selects MedFlight for critical care air transport

Adena Health System has announced it is enhancing critical care patient air transportation in the region by entering into an agreement with MedFlight. To ensure the fastest response time, MedFlight will base a helicopter in Ross County by fall 2014 to better serve the area; and to compliment two other MedFlight aircraft located in southern Ohio.

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Take Note

Pancake and sausage breakfast in LynchburgThe Lynchburg Lions Club will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Lynchburg Lions Club/Gun Club Building on Sharpsville Road in Lynchburg. The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will feature an “all-you-can-eat” pancake and sausage breakfast plus other items such as sausage gravy and biscuits. The public is invited to come and enjoy the meal and support th...

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A safe place to mend

The South Central Ohio Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Chillicothe, more commonly referred to as JDC, is what is most readily utilized by Highland County when a juvenile must be detained.From the outside, the building is not imposing and the high, chain-link enclosure visible at the sides is the only thing giving it away as a place of confinement.Even inside, it does not feel like a jail, despite having to pass through locked anterooms with doors controlled only by...

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Stolen vehicle found crashed on Muntz Street

A vehicle, later found to be stolen, was crashed into a tree on Muntz Street in Hillsboro on Wednesday afternoon, but the occupants fled, according to a report from the Hillsboro Police Department.According to HPD Chief Todd Whited, a witness to the crash said two males were in the vehicle, but when officers arrived on the scene in the 100 block of Muntz Street, no one was there.An officer investigation revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from its owner....

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Teen released after sex offender treatment

A now 15-year-old juvenile, after a year in sex offender treatment, was released back to his mother Thursday.The boy, who was 13 at the time of the offense, admitted to gross sexual imposition last year and was ordered by the court to successfully complete a sex offender treatment program at the Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation and Detention Center.A representative of the center said the teen had made “significant improvement” during his time at the facil...

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Bates signs with SSCC

Fairfield High School standout Ryan Bates has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Southern State Community College.“We are really excited to have Ryan a part of our basketball program here at Southern State. He is not only a good basketball player, but a great student,” said Blake Kibler, SSCC men’s basketball coach. “Ryan is a great rebounder, defender and will fit into the small forward position quite well. Ryan comes from a great program at F...

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Reds lose for 10th time since break

CINCINNATI — Alfredo Simon hasn’t won a game since his first All-Star selection. The rest of the Reds aren’t doing much better, either.Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer that kept Simon winless since the All-Star game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to beat Cincinnati 5-4 on Wednesday, taking a series between two teams struggling to score runs.Goldschmidt’s 19th homer off Simon (12-6) gave the Diamondbacks two of three in the series. Simon...

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Retiring after 30 years

Sharon Bell never planned on being a police dispatcher. But 30 years after she started working for the Hillsboro Police Department, Bell will officially retire today.“I just fell in it,” Bell said this week.Bell was working as a clerk at the former Party Del on Muntz Street in Hillsboro in the 1980s when she enrolled in a program at Southern State Community College while looking for a new opportunity.“One day they came in and said put down so...

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Rocky Fork Thunder officially a go

BREAKING NEWS — Officials announced late Wednesday evening that the Dr. Paul Yinger Memorial Rocky Fork Thunder power boat races will return to Rocky Fork Lake this fall.The races will be held Sept. 20-21.Race director Dave Archiable said Wednesday that the race committee has enough money now to pull the races off and get them back in front of the people of Highland County, but they need about $15,000 more, “to put on a more robust race.”For ...

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$10,000 up for grabs at SOS Golf Outing

Golfers will have a chance to win $10,000 during Samaritan Outreach Services’ golf outing Saturday, Aug. 23. The nonprofit organization will hold its second Drive Against Hunger Golf Scramble at the Valley Vista Golf Course in Bainbridge, and any participant who makes a hole-in-one at hole No. 14 will win $10,000.Samaritan Outreach has teamed with insurance company Hole-In-One International to offer the $10,000 hole-in-one prize.“We’re asking the commun...

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GNG Back To School Free Sale Aug. 2

Free clothes, school supplies and more will be available to local students when the annual Back To School Free Sale is hosted this Saturday by Good News Gathering.The event runs from 1-4 p.m. and will be held in the Rabbit/Poultry Building on the Highland County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro.In past years the event, along with a similar Christmas Free Sale, have been held from 8-11 a.m., but church member Ron Hennison said that’s been changed because people used to star...

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