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A Christmas prayer ride

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The collection season for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is just around the corner, and this year things are going to kick off with a prayer ride on Saturday that will converge on each OCC drop-off site in a five-county area.Seven drop-off sites are contained in the OCC South Central Ohio Area that includes Highland, Fayette, Clinton, Adams and Brown counties. On Saturday, Oct. 4, Fayette County motorcycle club Prayer Riders will be joined by Bikers for Christ, which has clubs across the region. According to a press release, the motorcyclists will cover more than 130 miles in their travels.


Lady Tigers defeat Wilmington in “Claws for a Cause” match

The McClain varsity volleyball team played very well Monday night and defeated Wilmington 3 games to 0 in their annual “Claws for a Cause” match.The “Claws for a Cause” match was established three years ago with all proceeds earned used to help local cancer victims and their families in the McClain school district.“It was a big win for us in a game that had a special meaning for all of our girls and several of their families,” McClain ...

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Nonsupport lands man behind bars

A Portsmouth man is heading to prison for nonsupport after being sentenced in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.Joseph S. Hanshaw, 35, pled guilty to fifth-degree felony nonsupport in May, but that was after he was arrested on a warrant issued when he failed to appear for a pretrial hearing in April.According to court records, another warrant was issued when he failed to appear for his sentencing hearing in June. He was arrested on that warrant last week.

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Are you ever too old for go karts?

Whether or not I am too old for go karts, with evidence to suggest that I just might be, has been on my mind since a couple weeks ago.Oh, say it ain’t so!And now I will explain myself.A couple weekends ago I attended my stepfather’s employer’s employee appreciation day at a fun-filled place in Indianapolis that offered bumper boats, three go-cart tracks (one of those is for the kiddies), putt-putt golf, and games galore.We all got ...

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Chancellor Carey: ‘Exciting time’ in higher education

The chancellor of Ohio’s Board of Regents said Tuesday that higher education is a bipartisan issue, and that schools are seeing “dramatic increases” in retention rates.John Carey, who served nine years in the Ohio House of Representatives and eight years in the Ohio Senate, told Hillsboro Rotarians that increases in retention rates are good for both students and colleges, since more students are completing their educations and schools are bringing in more revenue....

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Fenders earn the Patriot Award

Jack and Kay Fender were awarded the 2014 Patriot Award at the Highland County Fair. The Fenders were chosen due to their outstanding support of the junior fair activities over the past 25 plus years. The award was presented by the 2014 Highland County Fair Board Members. The Patriot Award was presented to the Fenders’ by Board Member Delmar Ferguson.Article submitted by Pam Bushelman, Highland County Soil Water and Conservation District operations manager.

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Hillsboro FFA officers attend leadership conference

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, five Hillsboro FFA officers traveled to Columbus for the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference.The Ohio FFA hosted the conference which is meant to help members with understanding their role in supporting agriculture related programs.During the conference, they learned how to be a promoter for agriculture so others may see where their food comes from. The officers had a luncheon with Ohio legislatures and were able to talk to them about different...

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Highland County Republicans announce winners

Winners of $50 gas cards at the Highland County Fair were Renee Cress and James Elam, each of Hillsboro. Thanks to all who stopped at the booth and participated. Pictured is Cress, left, and Mrs. James Elam, right, accepting the gas card for her husband.

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James McLaughlin organ recital leads off ‘Music at St. Mary’s’ series

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church announces their 2014-2015 Concert Series, “Music at St. Mary’s”, will begin with former Hillsboro resident, James McLaughlin, presenting an Organ Recital on Sunday, October 19 at 3:00pm.Jim was born and raised in Hillsboro, the younger son of Bob and Virgie Lee McLaughlin. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1964 and had served as organist at Hillsboro Church of Christ during his high school years. After receiving his Bache...

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Mischal family celebrates five generations

Pictured are five generations of the Mischal family. Great-great- grandmother Bernice M. Mischal is holding great-great-granddaughter Audrina Caroline Taylor. Also pictured, from left, are Audrina’s great-grandmother Pamela J. Anderson, grandfather Kevin M. Anderson, and mother Sidney A. Anderson. Taylor has five generations on three sides of her family – two on her maternal side and one on her paternal side.Great-great-grandmother Mischal will also be turning 85 on Oct...

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Conaway to celebrate 82nd birthday

A card shower is requested for Al Conaway, who will be celebrating his 82nd birthday on Saturday, Oct. 4. Cards can be sent to 2650 Mount Olive Road, South Salem, OH 45681.

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Two arrested following heroin tip

Two men were arrested Monday night following a tip to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office that one of them was in possession of heroin.According to Highland County Sheriff Richard Warner, the tip reported that Preston Cress, 24, of Hillsboro, had heroin. Upon arrival to the Careytown Road residence, deputies said they noticed Brandon Allen, 21, of Blanchester, place something under a blanket on the front porch.Under the blanket, deputies found 21 caps of a brown s...

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Take Note

Reformers UnanimousReformers Unanimous Christian Support for all types of addictions will meet every Friday, 7-9 p.m., at the Greenfield Area Christian Center, 912 N. Fifth St., Greenfield. Call 937-515-6748 or 937-876-9868 for more information.Let’s Do Lunch

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Community Calendar

TODAYBainbridge Senior Citizens.Lynchburg Boy Scout Troop #120, 7 p.m., Lynchburg Lions Club.Lynchburg Lodge #178 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m.Free anonymous confidential HIV testing, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Highland County Greenfield Community Action.Al-Anon, noon to 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church Parlor, 133 East Walnut St., Hillsboro.Alcoholics Anonymous 7:30 p.m., Serenity Group, Big Book/12&12 Study, FRS Counseli...

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Hillsboro wins on Volley for a Cure night

The annual Volley for a Cure was held at Hillsboro High School on Monday night. The Lady Indians played host to South Central Ohio League opponent Wilmington and breezed through the Hurricane in just three sets with scores of 25-19, 25-17, and 25-19.“We definitely didn’t play up to our level tonight,” said coach Amy Vance. “We were playing to keep up and not to win. I think we can play a lot better. But we got the three sets and the win. We’re currentl...

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Supreme Court delays early voting in Ohio

The Supreme Court late Monday blocked early voting scheduled to start Tuesday in Ohio.The last-minute decision means early voting will not start on Tuesday, but instead will be delayed one week, the Associated Press reported.Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse or delay the district court order restoring Golden Week, a week-long window when people could both register to vote and cast a ballot in Ohio,...

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HHS soccer falls to Wilmington over weekend

The Hillsboro girls and boys soccer teams hosted Wilmington in two very physical soccer games on Saturday morning. Unfortunately for both team, the Hurricane of Wilmington came out on top in both games.In the girls game, the Lady Indians couldn’t find a way to score and dropped to 9-4 on the season with a 2-0 loss.

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Nightmares, stoplights, campaigns, loss

Years of digesting old horror films, coupled with poor late-night dietary habits, leave me susceptible to nightmares.Over the years I’ve regularly been chased by werewolves, plagued by vampires, lost in the deep, dark woods, haunted by ghosts, or experienced that old standby, endless falling. Probably once or twice a month Lora finds herself shaking me awake from my latest terrifying adventure in slumber.A few nights ago, I had a new nightmare. I dreamt that I was ...

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