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Gas pocket ignites, closing 41

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Emergency services responded to reports of a gas explosion and fire in Adams County just south of the State Route 41 and State Route 136 junction near Roy Pence Road north of Bentonville on Friday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m.State Route 41 was closed by crews for over three hours, allowing southbound traffic access to State Route 136, but northbound traffic had to find alternative routes around.Workers were drilling a geothermal well at a private residence, when the drill struck a natural gas pocket. Normally the pocket vents without difficulty, but somehow the pocket ignited.One of the workers was flown by Air Evac off of the scene. He is reported as doing fine and was transported as a precaution.


Lady Indians defeat McClain 9-0

The Hillsboro girls soccer team played right after the boys on Saturday morning against the Lady Tigers of McClain. After 80 minutes of play, the Lady Indians came out on top with a final score of 9-0.Kaylee Achor netted three goals for the hat trick on the day, Trista Rhodes scored two goals, and Lindsay Ulicny, Riley Moberly, Hope Tira and Mallory Sluss all had one a piece.The Lady Indians will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Washington Courthouse for ...

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Indians get 2-1 revenge on against McClain Tigers

The Hillsboro Indians soccer team hosted McClain on Saturday morning in what was tightly contested game.The Tigers of McClain had the game in hand for the whole first quarter scoring a goal with 21:05 left in the first. Hillsboro scored back-to-back goals in the second half, one at 28:22 and the other at 26:27, both by Trey Moberly, to take a 2-1 lead which they held on for the final score.The boys will be back in action Tuesday when they take on Washington on the road f...

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Number one state-ranked Falcons roll over Tigers

The Clinton Massie Falcons showed early and often Friday night why they are the 2-time defending state champs in Division IV after posting a 71-0 victory over McClain.The Falcons scored on their first five possession of the game and led 64-0 at halftime.“What a great team Clinton Massie has again this year,” McClain head coach Randy Closson said “Back to back state titles and it looks like they are poised to make another run.”Clinton Ma...

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Indians fall 44-0 to the Hurricane

The Hillsboro Indians played host to South Central Ohio League match up Wilmington on Friday night and after two weeks of winning big, lost to the Hurricane 44-0.The Wilmington team got off to an very quick start after scoring on their third play of their first drive on a 52 yard keeper by the quarterback to make it 7-0.Hillsboro looked poised to come right back with their own score when Toby Warrington took the ball 29 yards on the very first play of the Indians drive, ...

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Southern Hills Athletic Conference golf tourney

The Southern Hills Athletic Conference’s four-day league golf tournament finished off on Thursday at the Hilltop Golf Course with West Union coming out on top for the boys with a low total score of 655.Lynchburg-Clay came in second with a 671; North Adams, third, 717; Ripley, fourth, 708; Fairfield, fifth, 747; Peebles, sixth, 821; Whiteoak, seventh, 845; and Eastern eighth with a score of 863.The top 15 golfers at the league events will be awarded All-League honor...

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What’d you say, honey?

Not so long ago I wrote a column about how my parents, during my formative years, often said I was hard-headed. They, of course, were talking about my mental state of mind. But it very well could have applied to the physical version, too.In this day and age where it seems like we hear about concussions and the problems they cause almost daily, I sometimes wonder how I made it this far without suffering one.Call it blind luck, a thick skull, or what have you, but in a tim...

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Man facing assault charge gets jail time

A Sardinia man who allegedly used a golf club during an assault was sentenced to 30 days in jail on probation violations in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Friday.Dustin Hall, 28, appeared on a bench warrant, at which time Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna said he had been cited twice for driving on suspension and charged with two counts of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, since he was convicted in 2012 on a separate assault charge.The Times-Gazette previ...

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Treatment set for teen in counselor case

The 16-year-old Hillsboro teen allegedly found with her 40-year-old mental health counselor has admitted to felony drug possession and is heading to rehabilitation.In a Friday hearing, the girl admitted to possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. She was ordered to complete drug treatment at Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation and Detention Center.This is the girl’s second stint at the facility. She previously underwent treatment there after admitting to sex-...

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Community celebration held for merger of banks

The Greenfield community was treated Friday to a feast at the Community Savings Bank as part of a celebration of the recent merger of the bank with the Home Building and Loan Company.Tables and chairs covered the parking lot at the corner of Jefferson and Fourth streets and grilling smoke wafted under the blue sky as folks gathered to partake of hamburgers and hot dogs, sides, cookies, and even homemade ice cream.The merger of the Bethel-based bank and Greenfield’s...

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Highland County Farm Bureau holds Annual meeting

The 2014 annual meeting of the Highland County Farm Bureau was held recently on the Baldwin Farm in Greenfield.President Jeff Roehm welcomed approximately 92 members and guests. Jim Faust gave the invocation and a buffet dinner was served by Ponderosa.Jeff Roehm introduced the public officials, candidates, Farm Bureau Board trustees, Farm Bureau personnel, friends of the Farm Bureau, and Nationwide agents.Ben Webb of Cliff Rosenberg’s office presented Ma...

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Bright Local students, teachers take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Bright Local School District recently challenged teachers, students and the community to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In attendance was Scott Purdin, the recipient of the donations which totaled about $1,500. Purdin is a Hillsboro man who has suffered with ALS for one year. In that time, he has lost the ability to speak and walk and must have round-the-clock help. If you would like to help Purdin, you can make a donation at any NCB bank under Mary Beth Craycraft/Scott Purdin Benefit, or ...

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Unified Christian Men’s Chorus to perform in Greenfield

The Unified Christian Men’s Chorus will be in concert at the Greenfield Church of Christ on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. This is a group of men from Clinton, Fayette, and Highland counties who sing Gospel and patriotic songs. The chorus has been together for two years, and sings primarily in the local area. They have an upbeat style, and enjoy singing for the Lord. The concert is free and all are invited to attend.

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Take Note

Benefit for Jessica MyersA benefit for Jessica Myers, a sophomore at Lynchburg-Clay High School who lost her life Aug. 30 in a tragic at-home accident, will be held starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Lynchburg fire department, 8123 SR 135, Lynchburg.Myers played in the band at L-C and had a love of cooking, art, gardening, music and spending time with her family.The event will start with a spaghetti lunch starting at 1 p.m. Live music ...

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Police Reports

On Sept. 4 at 6:16 a.m., the Hillsboro Police Department responded to a complaint of a possibly intoxicated male that was driving a lawn mower on the roadway. Officers located the male and identified him as Randy R. Gillespie of Hillsboro. Gillespie was found to be under the influence of alcohol; he was then arrested and transported to the Highland County Jail. Gillespie was charged with OVI, and held under standard bond.

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Community Calendar

TODAYAlcoholics Anonymous and Alanon meetings, 10-11 a.m., Rainsboro Methodist Church.Boy Scout Troop #171, 9-11 a.m., Camp Bowage, off Greystone Drive, Hillsboro. For more information call (937) 393-9065.SUNDAY, SEPT. 21Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., Sunshine Group, Chairman’s Choice, Southern State Community College, Room 203 and 204, 100 Hobart Dr., Hillsboro.Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Greenfie...

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Paint Twp. fire station complete

Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District’s station in Paint Township is finally complete and operational, according to Bill Redenbaugh, and an open house is planned for next month with a dedication ceremony for the newly-completed station.Redenbaugh, who sits on the fire board and is also a member of the Greenfield Village Council, said at the council’s Wednesday meeting that, while a couple things still need finished up, personnel are operating out of the new building.

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City, Wilkin dismissed from Wagoner suit

The city of Hillsboro and its safety and service director, Todd Wilkin, have been dismissed as defendants in a lawsuit filed by Doug Wagoner Insurance.The motion to dismiss the city and Wilkin was granted Wednesday in Hillsboro Municipal Court by judge Robert Judkins, who is presiding over the case.Judkins was ruling on a motion by Doug Wagoner Insurance to voluntarily dismiss the action against the city and Wilkin.

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