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Republican picnic Sunday at Hillsboro VFW

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The Highland County Republican Party will hold its annual picnic Sunday, Aug. 24 at the Hillsboro VFW Pavilion beginning at 5 p.m. The featured speaker will be Ohio 2nd District Congressman Brad Wenstrup.Wenstrup is serving his first term representing Highland, Adams, Brown, Clermont and portions of Ross and Hamilton counties in the U.S. House of Representatives. No stranger to Highland County, Wenstrup’s family has owned a summer home at Rocky Fork Lake for several years.He currently serves on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Veteran’s Affairs. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corp, Wenstrup was deployed for a year of active duty in Iraq as a combat surgeon.


Lady Indians open league with 3-1 win

The Hillsboro Lady Indians soccer team defeated the Chillicothe Lady Cavaliers Tuesday night with a fonal score of 3-1.The Lady Indians got off to a quick start when Trista Rhodes scored with 33:57 left in the first half. The second goal was an own-goal with 21 minutes in the first. Chillicothe got themselves on the board with 15:52 left to make the score 2-1. Both teams were quiet for the rest of the half and they went to the half with the score of 2-1.In the second hal...

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Hillsboro boys fall to Chillicothe

The Hillsboro Indians boys soccer team hosted South Central Ohio League opponent Chillicothe on Tuesday night and were defeated with a score of 5-1.Trey Moberly had the lone goal for the Indians coming with 3:44 left to play in the first half to make the score 3-1 in favor of Chillicothe.Chillicothe got off to a quick start when they struck for a goal in the 39:04 minute of the first half and again with 22:53 to play. Their third goal came with 8:41 to play and Moberly f...

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Steward second

This past Saturday, August 16th, Hillsboro’s De-Andre Steward ran in the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Early Invitational located in Hebron, Ohio.Steward finished the 5k run with a time of 17:25.13, which earned him a second place finish in the event. He was right behind the runner from Beavercreek, Tristan Tapia, who ran the event in 17:13.53.Steward was running against high caliber DI schools such as Mason, St. Ignatius, and Sycamore.Ro...

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AGD receives $5,000 grant from AT&T

The Appalachian Gateway Development Initiative, which helps fund the Digital Works program in Lynchburg where local residents are trained to be customer service representatives for top-level companies, received a $5,000 contribution Tuesday from AT&T for training materials, outreach expenses, and program development costs.As late as February, Stu Johnson, executive director of the non-profit Connect Ohio, the parent to Lynchburg’s and other Ohio Digital Works locations includ...

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Leesburg teen heading to treatment

A Leesburg teenager on Tuesday admitted in Highland County Juvenile Court to drug possession and is to begin treatment at a facility later this week.The 17-year-old female admitted to felony possession of heroin. The charge stems from an incident that occurred nearly two weeks ago when the girl was taken into custody by the sheriff’s office following an altercation with her parents.At the time, the deputy testified that the girl’s car and cellphone had been c...

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Bus rear-ended, no injuries

A Greenfield Exempted Village Schools District bus was hit by another vehicle Monday afternoon, but no one was injured, superintendent Joe Wills reported to board of education members at their monthly meeting.Wills said at Monday’s board of education meeting that the bus was down to its last couple kids and was stopped just outside Fruitdale in Ross County. He said a vehicle came over a hill and didn’t see the stopped bus in time and hit it.Damage to the bus,...

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Ohio prez: AT&T reinventing its delivery

The president of AT&T Ohio said Tuesday that the evolving digital and data landscape has “turned on its head” the services his company is expected to deliver.Adam Grzybicki told Hillsboro Rotarians that a pending merger with DirecTV, an effort to replace a copper-based network with fiberoptics, and the growing demands of customers who expect multi-platform information at their fingertips is “a really challenging thing.”Grzybicki said that while AT...

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‘More clarity’ on unfunded pension reporting

A new government accounting rule will for the first time let taxpayers know how much each local government body has racked up in unfunded public pension liabilities.According to some analysts, the change will finally shine a light on the impact of unfunded pensions on taxpayers at the local level, and possibly lead to reforms to the system.The new public employee pension accounting standard that went into effect this summer means that local government entities ranging fr...

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Locally, new standard gets mixed response

The Government Accounting Standard Board’s (GASB) new reporting criteria requiring that local governments report their share of unfunded pension liabilities has been met with mixed reactions across Highland County, with some viewing its possible impact as minor, and others predicting the effect will be significant.Hillsboro City Auditor Gary Lewis said the new accounting standard is “not going to matter one way or another.”Lewis said that the city’...

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Bucilla named new Board of DD superindendent

Debra Buccilla has been hired as the new superintendent of both the Fayette County and Highland County Boards of Developmental Disabilities.Current Superintendent Fred Williams is retiring on Aug. 29., but he will continue helping with special projects, according to the board.“The new superintendent will be in charge of both Fayette and Highland counties,” said Fayette County Board of DD Administrative Assistant Marilyn Weidman. “We sent three board mem...

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L-C’s superintendent resigning

Lynchburg-Clay Superintendent Shane Shope has been with the district for more than two decades, but in January he will embark on a new career when he begins as a professor at Morehead State University.“I’ve always wanted to be able to teach on a college level,” Shope said.Shope will serve as superintendent until Jan. 2, and begin his new career on Jan. 5 when he will join the Education Leadership Department at Morehead State University in Kentucky....

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OVRDC earns Auditor of State Award

A recent financial audit of Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) by the Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office returned a clean audit report for the period ending Dec. 31, 2013. The OVRDC’s record keeping has earned it the Auditor of State Award. This is the second year in a row that OVRDC has received this award.

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Fundraiser winner attends NASCAR VIP weekend

Sharon Roark, the winner of the NASCAR Michael Waltrip Racing VIP Weekend is shown with the legendary Michael Waltrip. The trip was donated by Waltrip to St. Mary Catholic School as a fundraiser. A big thanks to Matt Sharkey and Michael Waltrip for their donations to St. Mary.

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Community Calendar

TODAYLynchburg Boy Scout Troop #120, 7 p.m., Lynchburg Lions Club.AmVets Post #61 Auxiliary, 7:30 p.m., AmVets Hall, 10780 North Shore Dr.Southwest Central Ohio Detachment #995 Marine Corps League, Inc., 7 p.m., Senior Citizens Center, 717 N. Nelson Ave., Wilmington.Highland Trailbreakers, 8 p.m., clubhouse at Highland County Fairgrounds.Free anonymous confidential HIV testing, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Highland County Greenfi...

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Take Note

Back-To-School Night at HCAThe Hillsboro Christian Academy’s Back-To-School Night featuring a cruise-in with classic cars, bouncers, games for the kids, food, and several safety demonstrations by the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District (including a live fire demo, use of fire extinguishers, etc.,) will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at 8230 U.S. Route 50. Parents and students will also be able to visit classrooms and pick up their schedules and first d...

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SATH Cutie Pie Contest at fair

The 23rd annual Supplemental Assistance to the Handicapped (SATH) Cutie Pie and Cutie Pet contests will be held at this year’s Highland County Fair, which runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 6.If you would like to enter your child, ages 1 day to 6 years old, or your favorite pet, submit a photo of the child or pet, along with a $2 registration fee, to Cutie Pie Contest, P.O. Box 608, Lynchburg, Ohio 45142. Include the child or pet’s name, the child’s date of birth, and an addre...

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Unused $$ helped kill water-sewer rate hike

Hillsboro City Council’s unanimous vote last week to place a one-year moratorium on a scheduled water-sewer rate increase had its genesis in a series of events that began a year ago, and represented welcome relief to a community with water and sewer rates that are among the highest in Ohio.In September 2013, The Times-Gazette reported that the city had “received nearly $2 million more in federal stimulus money to pay for the (wastewater treatment) plant, and mayor Drew ...

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