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State report cards sent

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The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) last week released district report cards for schools throughout the state, and locally, the grades received were varied.Hillsboro City Schools Superintendent Jim Smith said the school was “pleased” with Hillsboro’s performance index, one of the many areas measured by the report cards. He said the school advanced two points in that category, adding that such an increase is “really significant.”In reference to the new criteria, Smith said Hillsboro went from a “C” to a “D” in the performance indicator standard. He added that while the grade went down, the actual percentage stayed about the same.


Lady Indians defeat Fayetteville 2-1

The Lady Indians soccer team of Hillsboro High School took on the Fayetteville Lady Rockets on Monday night and added to the win column with a 2-1 victory.The Lady Rockets struck first with a goal with 35:20 to go in the first half but after that, the ball stayed mostly on the Lady Indians side of the field.Less than a minute after the goal from the Lady Rockets, Kaylynn Bell of Hillsboro answered back with a goal for her team with 34:33 to tie the game at 1-1. The Lady ...

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Indians soccer falls 2-1 to Fayetteville

The Hillsboro Indians boys soccer team was in action on Monday night against the Rockets of Fayetteville High School. After a closely contested game the Rockets came out on top with a score of 3-2.Fayetteville got out to an early lead, getting a ball to the back of Hillsboro’s net on nine minutes into the game and added to that with another at the 17:24 mark of the first. Two minutes after the Rockets’ goal, the Indians got their own by way of a header from Chris Karnes...

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4th annual AVC Trivia Night is Oct. 3

It’s time to shave off the last two decades of memory and recall the rise of Seattle music and Seattle coffee, floppy hats with flowers, that certain Beverly Hills zip code, and a slew of other things from the 90s.Why? Because that’s the theme of this year’s annual trivia night fundraiser from the Alternatives to Violence Center (AVC).Can’t remember much, you think? That shouldn’t be a problem, as general trivia is mixed in with the 90s-spec...

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Fairfield places second at Aaron Reed

The Fairfield High School boys earned the second place trophy at the Aaron Reed Memorial Invitational held at Southeastern Chillicothe High School on Saturday, September 13th getting beat out by only Unioto High School.The first runner for Fairfield was Wyatt Evans, who placed sixth with a time of 17:31; Matthew Mangus, 11th, 17:54; Trent Swisher, 23rd, 18:29; Noah Richmond, 28th, 18:39; Nick Price, 40th, 19:09; Dillon Burley, 53rd, 19:42; and seventh man, Tucker Ayres, 54th, 19:46...

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Hillsboro man cited for growing pot

Following a confidential tip, a Hillsboro man was cited over the weekend for cultivating marijuana and is scheduled to be arraigned in Hillsboro Municipal Court.According to an affidavit filed with the court, James Woodson, 78, was cited when officers from the Hillsboro Police Department responded to information from the city’s drug tip line.Officers arrived at the Joan Avenue residence on Sept. 12. From an adjacent property, officers observed marijuana plants grow...

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Wilmington College enrolls record-breaking class

Wilmington College is hosting the largest group of new students in its 144-year history.Enrollment figures, which became official after the 14th day since the start of classes Aug. 25, confirm the entering class of freshmen and transfer students constitutes a record.The new students include 383 first-time freshmen and 54 transfers. The 437 new students eclipse the entering class record of 430 students in 2007.President Jim Reynolds not only commended the admis...

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SOS celebrates 25 years of service

Live music and dancing served as the backdrop for Samaritan Outreach Services’ 25th anniversary gala held Saturday night.Approximately 70 people were on hand at the Elks Club in Hillsboro to commemorate the food pantry’s 25 years of providing emergency services to the Highland County community.Mary Carson, a daughter of two of the organization’s founders, John and Jean Carson, and co-founder Michael Maloney were on hand to talk about how the organizatio...

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Big blooms and blue ribbons

The Katherine Granger Floral Hall offered a spectacular array of dahlias at the Highland County Fair’s Monday Flower Show with over 200 specimens of the flower favorite in sizes ranging from tiny one inch blooms to the explosive ten inch platter entries. Mark Neil of Cincinnati took home Best of Show honors, as well as blue ribbons for largest and smallest blooms. Judy Moore’s arrangement of pink dahlias in curled metal was recognized as Best Artistic Design and Larry Moore took t...

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Do assisted living residences provide round the clock nursing?

While thinking about the content of my next article I was speaking to a friend of mine in the clinical field. We were discussing senior residences and he asked what type of nursing coverage do assisted living residences usually have? So I thought this would be a good topic for my next article.Assisted living has many differences from a skilled nursing facility, but one thing most of them have in common is 24-7 nursing coverage. Most if not all all residences have LPN staff and nurs...

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Take Note

Homeless shelter donationsThe Highland County Homeless Shelter is accepting donations of cleaning products for September including dish soap, scour pads, soap sponges, air freshener and Lysol. Drop off donations at the shelter or call for more information. Donation hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.L-C board meetingThe Lynchburg-Clay School Board will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at the middle school...

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Community Calendar

TODAYTops, 6 p.m., Tree of Life, 545 N. 6th St., Greenfield.Narcotics Anonymous, 6:30-8 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 231 Harry Sauner Rd., Hillsboro. Call 937/763-0750, Arnold.Highland County Homeless Shelter, 1 p.m., Hi-Tec Center, 1575 N. High St., Hillsboro.H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Express) Support Group.Greenfield Garden Club.Agri Farm Bureau, 8 p.m.Bainbridge Historical Society, 7 p.m....

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Stirring things up is a crowded business

For me, there are two major changes that have occurred since I began in this business.First, I got older, and hopefully wiser. I still come across columns I wrote in the 1980s or early ‘90s, and while some of them are okay, too many of them remind me of how reckless and irresponsible I could be 20 or 30 years ago, how black and white I was so sure everything was, and how quick I could be to slight anyone who disagreed with me.Even now, people will sometimes say to ...

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Pioneers spoil McClain’s homecoming 33-21

Injuries continue to plague the McClain football team and it showed again Friday night when Ryan Faulconer and Brandon Nebbergall would had to leave the game in the first half.It was homecoming for McClain and Zane Trace took control early in the contest and led 16-0 at the half. The Tigers had a couple of scoring opportunities in the opening half but failed to score on either possession.The Pioneers got a 30 yard field goal from Nathan Nesser at the 7:17 mark of the ope...

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Indians demolish CNE Rockets 39-0

The Hillsboro Indians gave their hometown football fans a treat on Friday night as they used their home opener to crush the Clermont Northeastern Rockets 39-0 and win their second game in a row.The Indians started out quickly, just like the did against Goshen the week before, with a first series touchdown. The drive started with the Indians testing out the Rockets with a deep pass that was incomplete. On the next play, Toby Warrington threw a quick pass to Braden Wildey who juked a...

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Hee Haw Show returns to center

Returning to the Highland County Senior Center stage with a “wee” bit of a twist on Sept. 27 is the semiannual Hee Haw Show.Actually, most of the two-hour show will be all new comedy, skits and music, but one of the featured new skits will be “Wee The People.”Each of the Wee People are actually two people costumed to look like one miniature person. One person is the face, body and legs, but an entirely different person’s hands complete the b...

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Lost children become SOPC’s gift

The interview with Dorothy Julliard about her 21 years working at the Southern Ohio Pregnancy Center was done. It had gone well – two hours passed in what seemed like a few minutes – but I still felt like I had missed something.As I stood to leave the Julliard’s Pricetown home I looked at some Facebook posts Dorothy’s husband, Terry, had handed me while I was there. I had not read them yet, and I asked if he’d mind if I kept them.He said I c...

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Woman enters agreement, says she’s a ‘new individual’

A Wilmington woman facing multiple charges – which included operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), child endangerment, failure to maintain control, and refusing to take an OVI test with a conviction in the last 20 years – entered into a plea agreement in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Friday.According to an affidavit filed with the court, the charges were the result of an accident which occurred on April 16. At that time, a state trooper observed a “strong o...

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