October 31, 2014

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Aurora meeting set
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:33 PM | Updated ( Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:38 PM )

The City of Aurora Common Council will have a public meeting at 5:50 p.m., or immediately following the Aurora Utility Board meeting, Monday, November 3, in the second floor conference room of the Aurora City Building, 235 Main Street, Aurora.

The meeting is to approve the city's salary ordinance for 2015.

Moments of Love
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:50 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:52 PM )

The Marshall family spent last weekend screen printing 1,700 T-shirts in honor of Greendale resident Lauren Hill.
Those shirts, about 1,200 more ordered than expected, pay homage to a young woman with a rare and terminal form of brain cancer.

Not quite a year ago Hill was diagnosed with DIPG, or Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma,  as a senior at Lawrenceburg High School. Her school rallied around her then, and LHS continues to rally around her now.

Her new school, the University of Mount St. Joseph, is making one of her final wishes come true. She will play a game of college basketball Sunday, Nov. 2, and on a much larger stage than she originally thought she would.
Back to the T-shirts, however, more specifically the place printing the shirts, Ohio Valley Screenprinting.
Brent Marshall is passionate about helping Hill’s cause, said LHS administrative assistant Judy Reese.

Reese and LHS girls basketball coach Zane White processed more than 1,700 T-shirt orders between Thursday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 23.

It was a labor of love, said Reese about her and White’s involvement.

It also was a labor of love for Brent Marshall. His wife, Elaine, had breast cancer. “I know what I went through with my wife. There were mornings where she’d look so bad and felt so bad.... I can’t even imagine what Lisa and Brent (Hill) are going through,” said Brent Marshall.

“What I had was easy. It was a cake walk compared to others,” said Elaine Marshall, a former administrative assistant at South Dearborn Schools now working in a similar position at Ivy Tech.

She would see other people getting cancer treatments, and thanked God her cancer was not so severe as others.

Elaine Marshall credits the support of her husband, daughters Jordan and Taylor, extended family, friends, and the South Dearborn High School Softball team of 2011.

The team rallied around her and her daughter Jordan, then a SDHS senior who was a pitcher on the team, and that support helped Elaine Marshall get through her treatments.

“They knew when I was having a good day or a bad day. I never missed a game, even if I sat in the car to watch if it was raining,” said Elaine Marshall.

So when Elaine Marshall hears about how Lauren Hill keeps going through the support of her teammates at MSJ, she understands it.

The support from so many, “a ton of support really” from family and friends and softball team, helped the Marshall family immeasurably.

Now Elaine and Brent Marshall and their daughters are able to give back and help Lauren’s team.

“People think printing this many T-shirts is hard. It’s not. For every shirt I put on the machine I think about

Lauren and what her family is going through. That’s hard...” said Brent Marshall stopping to wipe a tear from his eye.

He originally thought there would be 400 or 500 shirts ordered, but the orders kept coming and coming. White told him Tuesday, Oct. 21, he thought there’d be about 1,000. But the orders kept coming, as Lauren Hill’s story spread from the Tri-State to the nation.

The Marshall’s aren’t making a profit off the shirts. “Yeah, he has really cheap labor,” said daughter Jordan.

“Lauren is going through this with such dignity and courage. It’s just a little way to do our part,” said Elaine Marshall.

White and Reese were receiving emails, texts and messages on their personal Facebook pages. They enlisted family and friends to help tally up the orders to get the information to Brent Marshall in time to order the T-Shirts.

Marshall had 24 boxes of shirts delivered Friday afternoon, Oct. 25. Those were printed up and delivered to LHS for Reese, White and a small army of volunteers to sort, tag and bag.

Pick ‘em up!
Folks who ordered T-shirts can pick them up in the LHS cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.

People should use the side entrance across from Lawrenceburg Primary School. T-shirts will NOT be available for pick up before then.

Grey Matters
Why go grey? Grey is the color chosen for brain cancer awareness. Brains are described as grey matter, and in the kind of tumor Lauren Hill has, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, her world will eventually go grey.
DIPG affects the pons portion of the brainstem, rendering nervous system function impossible. Symptoms include double vision, inability to close the eyelids completely, dropping one side of the face, and difficulty chewing and swallowing, according to The Cure Starts Now website.

Dress up, compete in D’boro & Moores Hill
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:49 PM

Youngsters who want to show off their costumes can do so tonight, Thursday, Oct. 30, in Dillsboro, or after trick or treat concludes Friday, Oct. 31, in Moores Hill.

In Moores Hill, a costume contest sponsored by the town will be at the Moores Hill Fire House Oct. 31. Judging will follow the 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. trick or treat hours, and will be by age groups: 0-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12; and 13-17.
Prizes of Wal-Mart gift cards will be awarded to three winners in each group, $25 for first; $15 for second; and $10 for third. Light refreshments will be served.

Grief counselors at Ohio Co. Elem-Middle School after teen dies
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:48 PM

“It’s a tragic and heart wrenching  situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” superintendent Branden Roeder reported as the school sytem helps students deal with the death of a classmate.

Counselors and local ministers were at school Monday and met with middle school students and will extend their service all week after 13-year-old Trent Myers was killed in an ATV accident on Saturday.

Part III: Lawrenceburg Whiskey City Festival
Written by Hazel Huttner   
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:45 PM

This installment of Whiskey City Stories is from a Rising Sun resident recalling her childhood on the farm, and her father working at Schenley to make ends meet.
As Lawrenceburg gears up to celebrate its distilling heritage with the Whiskey City Festival at the Lawrenceburg Event Center Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8, Lawrenceburg Main Street wanted to remember the city’s rich distilling history.
The organization requested story submissions from distillery workers and/or their families. The Dearborn County Register is teaming up with Lawrenceburg Main Street to publish the stories.


My mom and dad married in 1938. They bought a small farm in Switzerland County, near Rising Sun.

Family, church help nurse through dark times
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:56 PM

For the time being Kathy Hess is reveling in her freedom. After months of being stuck at home unable to work, unable to even visit her husband Alan in the hospital or her grandchildren at their homes, she is free.
Hess was charged in February 2014  in connection with the death of a Woodland Hills Care Center resident, Dionne J. Scalf. But Monday, Oct. 27, Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard had a request granted by Dearborn Superior Court No. 1 Judge Jonathan Cleary to dismiss the charges without prejudice.
“I’m so elated, but at the same time ...” said Hess with a sigh Wednesday morning.
“I prayed for him (Negangard) last night. He needs peace,” said Hess, who has maintained her innocence since being charged.
She doesn’t understand why he could have the charges dismissed “then go on TV and radio and say he’s going to re-file the charges.”
Throughout her months-long ordeal, Hess had a wonderful and blessed support network of friends and family, and most especially her church family at Dearborn Hills United Methodist Church, she said.
Before she was alleged to have killed an elderly woman at the nursing home where she had worked for nearly 30 years, Kathy Hess had been a strong church-goer, but the love and prayer chains sustained her.
“I can’t thank my church family enough, them and Mr. (Robert) Ewbank, and Anthony Smart and Debbie Leibrook,” said Hess.

Is homicide case against former Woodland Hills nurse over?
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:52 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:02 PM )

Instead of the final pretrial hearing set for Monday afternoon, Oct. 27, Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard requested a motion to dismiss without prejudice charges against Kathy Hess.
The charges filed in Feburary of this year against Hess in the death of a patient, Dionne Scalf, at Woodland Hills Care Center where Hess was a nurse, were battery resulting in death of an endangered adult, neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury, both class B felonies; and reckless homicide, a class C felony.
In the motion to dismiss, Negangard writes, “because counsel for the defendant has failed to provide discovery in a timely manner and the State wishes to conduct additional investigation at this time.” The motion was granted by Dearborn Superior Court No. 1 Judge Jonathan Cleary.
Defense attorney Bob Ewbank, however, takes umbrage at the phrase “counsel for the defendant has failed to provide discovery in a timely manner.”
Ewbank asserts he and co-counsel Anthony Smart were compliant in the discovery process of witnesses and evidence, in as much as they could be, since the defense witnesses’ testimony and expert opinions in some cases were dependent on information held by the State of Indiana, in this case the Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office.
The most pointed example of this are tissue samples and reports in the possession of the prosecutor’s office, said Ewbank.
Ewbank’s office initially requested the tissue samples for examination by their expert witnesses Dr. Thomas Bender and pathologist Dr. George Nichols and in May. Ewbank’s office asked for the samples again in August. They were finally released to Dr. Nichols and Dr. Bender on Oct. 1, said Ewbank.
Dr. Nichols issued his opinion on Oct. 20, and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Bender issued his opinion on Oct. 24. Click here to read the entire reports from Drs. Nichols and Bender.
Negangard asserts it wasn’t just the tissue samples his office had to provide access to for the defense. “He had three witnesses listed on discovery, one of which we never received information on, and one who had nothing to do with the tissue slides,” said Negangard.
As far the slides go, the prosecutor’s office was not going to let the slides out of its chain of custody; that issue did take a while to resolve.
“I disagree with his assessment. We were providing things in a timely manner,” said Negangard.
Dismissing the charges with prejudice means the prosecutor’s office can refile the charges, send the case to a grand jury, file different charges, or not file any charges.

Oxbow topic: Maine island
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:24 AM

An island's life and history will be the topic of the monthly Oxbow, Inc., meeting Tuesday, Nov. 11, in downtown Lawrenceburg.

Although born on an island s urrounded by warm Pacific waters, Kani Meyer migrates every insufferable cincinnati summer to another island surrounded by cold Atlantic waters. Swan's Island lies off Acadia National Park in Maine and Meyer's presentation about this island will offer a wonderful insight not only into island cultural life but also its rich and varied natural history, said Oxbow President Jon Seymour.

Mitigated by fog and sunshine, mosses and lichens carpet the forest floor, while blueberries and hay-scented ferns fill sunny meadows, he said. And of course, pink granite ledges and cobble beaches fringe the shore.

“Then there are those lobsters!” said Seymour. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Oxbow, Inc., office at 301 Walnut St. The public is invited.

West Harrison man killed in SUV crash
Written by Submitted   
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 4:27 PM

A fatal single auto crash near 5255 Ohio 128, Whitewater Township, took the life of the 23-year-old Adam Langdon of West Harrison, driver of the vehicle, according to Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil.

At about 5:10 p.m., a silver SUV was traveling southbound on Ohio 128, when Langdon failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the right side of the road.

The SUV landed in a creek bed, where it rolled over onto its top. The vehicle then caught fire.

Seat belt use is unknown due to the severity of the fire. At the time of this release, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash, said Neil.

The crash remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Traffic Safety Unit.

Angel tree needs volunteers
Written by Submitted   
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:29 PM

LifeTime Resources Angel Tree needs volunteers to help spread Christmas cheer to older adults and people with disabilities.

There are two ways to participate. You may stop call or stop by the Lifetime office to select a client and be given gift ideas for that client or you may donate a gift card, which will be used to provide gifts.

To ensure timelt delivery, gifts and/or gift cards must be dropped off or amiled to LifeTime Resources by Dec. 1. The office is located at 13091 Benedict Drive, U.S. 50, in Dillsboro.

For more information on how you can be an angel this Chrismas season, contact Diana Davis at 1-812-432-6213 or via email at ddavis@lifetime-resources.org.