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Retiring after 30 years

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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 some things you might be interested in and one of the things you could put down was dispatcher,” Bell said. “So I put that down, never dreaming in the foggiest…”Then one day she was checking on jobs and found that the HPD needed a dispatcher.


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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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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Drug use = kids’ removal

An emergency hearing held Wednesday in Highland County Juvenile Court left temporary custody of four children with the county.According to a representative with Children Services, who testified in the hearing, a report was filed with the agency last week claiming that the childrens’ mother was using drugs. Upon agency investigation, a drug screen was administered to the mother of the children and to the mother’s reported boyfriend.Both tested positive for met...

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When we discover the raisins

There are a lot of pictures on Facebook that I didn’t really understand until I graduated from college. They are usually shared by people around my age, which shouldn’t come as a surprise.These pictures usually say things like, “I’ve decided that I no longer want to be an adult … If anyone needs me, I will be in my blanket fort, coloring.”They say human nature wants what it can’t have, and that perfectly describes growing up. Whe...

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Deputy dog warden down to two people

A fountain proposed last week by the city of Hillsboro, the new dispatcher system at the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, and the progress of deputy dog warden interviews were among the topics discussed during Wednesday’s Highland County Commissioners meeting.According to commissioners, the deputy dog warden position has been narrowed down to two applicants. A decision, they said, will be made soon.In relation to Hillsboro’s proposed fountain, Commissi...

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Elks donation leads to new ipad

The Hillsboro Elks Foundation made a $700 donation to the city of Hillsboro which was used to purchase a new ipad, which will be used by city IT manager Eric Daniels, who doubles as a code enforcement and parking enforcement officer. The ipad will allow Daniels to deal with IT issues while he is in the field on other duties. From left are mayor Drew Hastings, Dan Pearce, PER of the HIllsboro Elks, Daniels and chief Todd Whited. The funds were initially distributed to local Elks foundations by...

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New patrolman joins HPD

Adam Day was sworn in Wednesday as a new patrolman with the Hillsboro Police Department. Day has served the last six years with the Sabina Police Department. Also on hand were Day’s parents, Leroy and Debbie Day, along with his fiance, Bethany, and daughter, Peyton. From left are chief Todd Whited, Day and mayor Drew Hastings.

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Rogers graduates from basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Quincy Rogers graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force....

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Stinsons to celebrate 45 years of marriage

James A. Stinson Sr. and the former Evelyn Black will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary Aug. 1. They were married Aug. 1, 1969 at the Hillsboro Nazarene Church. They have lived all their married life in Hillsboro. They have two sons, James A. Stinson Jr. of Xenia and Lawrence Stinson of Hillsboro.

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Marshall Church of Christ to host homecoming

The Marshall Church of Christ, 10611 SR 124, east of Hillsboro, will hold its homecoming Sunday, Aug. 10 featuring preaching by Alex Butler and special music by Lauren Allen.Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., worship service at 10:30 a.m., a dinner on the grounds at 12:30 p.m. and a gospel concert at 1:30 p.m.A nursery is available and everyone is welcome.

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Traffic! Don’t you just love it?

Traffic! Don’t you just love it? The other day I was driving through Hillsboro and was stopped behind three other vehicles at one of the traffic lights in the uptown business area. Behind me was a vehicle, the driver of which I did not know. He pulled up behind me at seemingly break-neck speed, and slammed on the brakes stopping just a few inches away from my rear bumper. Planning to turn left at the light, I was sitting there with my turn signal blinking and waiting for the light to ch...

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Local Religion Briefs

Fall kick-off in LeesburgCome and join the Leesburg Church of Christ on Sunday, Aug. 3 for their annual back-to-school kick-off. The church will be “kicking” the school year off right with a hog roast and games for the kids. Prizes will be school supplies (including a backpack). The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. The Leesburg Church of Christ is located at 236 South Fairfield Street....

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Take Note

Highland County Honor Guard fundraiserA community fundraiser for the Highland County Honor Guard will be hosted by Bob Evans Restaurant in Hillsboro from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31. When you present a coupon at checkout the restaurant will donate 15 percent of the cost of the meal to the honor guard. The coupons are available at the Veterans Service Office at the Hi-TEC Center in Hillsboro or from any of the veterans organizations. The coupons can also be r...

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AVC receives rape crisis funding

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine visited the Alternatives to Violence Center (AVC) on Tuesday in recognition of a recent grant awarded to the organization.The grant, which is for $31,000, is one of two that will be awarded to the AVC. The second, DeWine said, will come in October and will be for $47,000.AVC director Julie Brassel said the funding will go towards rape crisis services. She added that, while some are already in place locally, there is still a “great ...

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