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1st Highland County Farm Tour Sept. 13

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In an effort to introduce young farmers and others to new farming techniques and interact with them, the first Highland County Farm Tour has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.The event is free and open to the public.Co-sponsored by the Highland County Farm Bureau and the Highland County Soil and Water Conservation District, there will be four farm stops on the tour.


Jail time for Hillsboro woman awaits

A Hillsboro woman who was arrested in July following a call of a possible overdose entered into a plea agreement Friday in Hillsboro Municipal Court.The Times-Gazette previously reported that law enforcement responded to the call on East Beech Street on July 22. At that time, Stephanie Blair, 26, was found sitting on a bed in an upstairs bedroom.Upon seeing the officer, Blair allegedly grabbed a syringe from a nearby table and dropped it to the floor in an attempt to con...

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Sardinia man faces third OVI charge

A not guilty plea was entered on the behalf of a Sardinia man who is facing his third charge for operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) in Hillsboro Municipal Court.Along with the OVI, Timothy Slack, 30, is also charged with failure to maintain reasonable control, a minor misdemeanor.Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna said this new charge may be a probation violation of a reckless operation conviction from last year. That charge, he said, had been re...

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SSCC opens new campus

Southern State Community College held a dedication ceremony Wednesday for its new Mt. Orab campus, with the school’s president calling the facility a part of “fulfilling Southern State’s mission and vision.”In a press release, SSCC said that when the ground was broken last summer for the school’s new campus in Brown County, it seemed implausible that the facility would be completed in just one year. The construction project finished ahead of schedule, ...

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Sweet country drives

Someone recently asked me how I come up with the ideas for my articles. The truth is I don’t. The only thing I come up with is a plan on where to drive and then I put the rest in the hands of the creator and watch for the beauty all around me. It doesn’t take long before my senses are heightened and I get what I need to put together a fun article with photos to share.

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Agricultural development grant awards to be offered

The Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation has announced it is offering once again Agricultural Development Competitive Grant opportunities. The Agricultural Development Program is designed to grow an agricultural enterprise.Tobacco program eligible producers or applicants within the nine major counties the foundation currently serves with a current Farm Service Number on record with the Farm Service Agency as of July 1, 2014 may be eligible to apply.

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SOACDF offering grant

The Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation is offering the Educational Assistance Competitive Grant for school year 2014-15. The Educational Assistance grant is an award of up to $2,000 toward the cost of tuition, on campus housing, lab fees and books that can be billed through the college or university.Individuals who have a current Farm Service Number on record with the Farm Service Agency as of July 1, 2014 and reside in the nine major counties the found...

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Take Note

Hillsboro committees meeting on MondayThe Hillsboro Property Maintenance and Restoration Committee and the Street and Safety Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 in the Hillsboro Firehouse Community Room at 204 N. East St. to discuss a sign permit for the Hillsboro City Schools and sidewalks in the Historic district. The meeting is open to the public.AAA7 Board of Trustees to meetThe Area Agency on Aging District 7...

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Police Reports

Arrests and CitationsDevin Dakota Hartley, 18, Hillsboro, warrant, unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine.Shawn Charles Bene, 32, Sardinia, warrant, unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine.Jeremy Lee Ballein, 30, Hillsboro, bench warrant, failure to appear.Ryan L. Burns, 27, Hillsboro, bench warrant, failure to appear.

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Greenfield man bound for prison

A slew of damaged commercial and residential air-conditioner units around Madison Township has, for now, come to an end with one person confessing to a handful of the crimes and now heading to prison.While the dismantling of central air-conditioners outside of homes and businesses to salvage the copper and aluminum from within is not unheard of, in the last few months Madison Township has seen more than its fair share with approximately 35-40 of them.Tony L. Shoemaker, 4...

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Fairfield boys and girls golf team beat Eastern

The Fairfield High School boys golf team shot their way past Southern Hills Athletic Conference opponent Eastern Brown on Wednesday afternoon with a score of 188-245. Brad Bumgarner and Zach Shuler were medalist with a score of 45.The Fairfield girls glof team won their match as well over Eastern with a score of 243-289. Kylie Potts led her team with a score of 52.Robert Stegbauer can be reached at 937-393-3456 or follow him on Twitter @RStegbauer.

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Hillsboro golfers defeat Washington

The Hillsboro Indians golf team defeated Washington Court House on Tuesday with a score of 168-179.Austin Bagshaw led the way with a score of 37, Jacob Deatley 43, Alex VanZant and Travis Wehrung 44, Anthony Ventura and Hunter Lowe 47.Washington was led by Kyler Mount with a 42. Max Knisley 45, Logan Wilson and Griffin Shaw 46.Hillsboro is now 7-1 in matches played and is 7-0 in league play.Robert Stegbauer can be reached at 937-393-3456 or follow h...

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New Hillsboro sports complex ready to go

The new athletic complex at the Hillsboro High School-Middle School should be ready for interscholastic competition next week, superintendent Jim Smith said at Wednesday’s school board meeting.Smith said an occupancy permit for the bleachers at the complex has been approved and that the lights and scoreboard were tested Wednesday and appear to be working well.“We believe we’ll be in there next week,” Smith said.Several other athletic fa...

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Hillsboro tops McClain

The Hillsboro High School volleyball team hosted McClain on Thursday night for their first South Central Ohio League match up. After dropping the first two matches, the Lady Indians rallied back and won the next three to win the game 3-2 and bring their record to 2-1 and 1-0 in the SCOL.“Overall, we played very well, it just took them a while to get going,” Hillsboro coach Amy Vance said after the win. “The first two games, we were playing to catch up, the last th...

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New Bright bus routes

The Bright Local School District was acting on a recommendation from the Ohio Department of Education when it decided to switch to a double route busing schedule for the current school year, superintendent Dee Wright said Thursday.“It was recommended by the state that we look at it. They estimated we could save about $100,000 a year by double busing,” Wright said. “We’ve been deficit spending the last several years and we’ve cut everywhere else. The st...

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Hillsboro man gets 4 years on meth charges

A Hillsboro man was sentenced in Highland County Common Pleas Court to more than four years in prison on two meth-related charges, one for an incident in the vicinity of a juvenile.Kevin W. Colville, 36, pled guilty to two counts of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs on Thursday. The charge related to an incident in the vicinity of a juvenile is a second-degree felony and carries a mandatory prison term.The mandatory minimum sentence...

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Meth case going to grand jury

Two defendants who have other felony cases currently pending appeared on new felony charges for production of methamphetamine in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday.Amanda B. Campanaro, 32, and Kevin Colville, 36, both of Hillsboro, were each arrested on the second-degree felony on Aug. 13.The Times-Gazette previously reported that during the execution of a search warrant on Colville’s residence, multiple items were allegedly discovered. Among those were reported...

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Probation violation hearing set for man facing felony

A Hillsboro man facing a felony charge appeared in Hillsboro Municipal Court for a deferred sentencing on Thursday.Kenneth D. Mullis, 26, previously pled guilty to driving on a noncompliant suspension in July. Hillsboro Municipal Court Acting Judge Susan Zurface said this new charge could be a probation violation of previous convictions.In 2013, Mullis was found guilty of trespassing and criminal damages, fourth and second-degree misdemeanors respectively. Zurface said t...

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