August 21, 2014

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Fire & Iron
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:46 PM

All it takes is one spark for a fire to start.

And the results of that spark could be seen in and around Dearborn Saturday, Aug. 16.

Large groups of men and women on motorcycles in and around Dearborn County and Harrison, Ohio, are a regular occurrence.

The group riding through the area Saturday, Aug. 16, was a blend of local folks and people from out of town, who all had one common denominator.

S-DIS teachers face ICY challenge
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:45 PM

Is it hot enough to welcome a chill?

At Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School, 26 staff members will take the cold water/ice challenge Friday, Aug. 22, said SDIS Music Teacher Jeannie Herman.

“The students will be raising money for ALS by buying tickets for $1 to be able to have a chance of dumping a huge bucket of ice water onto the teacher of their choice!” said Herman. ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease.

Herman said they expect this event to be a huge fund raiser and lots of fun for the kids and the staff.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the St. Leon school, and is a response to the challenge of the school's “awesome” principal, Christina Vennemeier, said Hermon. Vennemeier is one of the 26 who will be participating in the challenge.

S-D super: hard decisions loom for board
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:43 PM

The official count won't come until mid-September, but enrollment in Sunman-Dearborn schools as of Thursday, Aug. 14, was down considerably, interim superintendent Dr. John E. Williams told the school board at its regular monthly meeting.

“We have 3,740.5 students today. Last year at the ADM count … was 3,870. That's 129 ½ students less this year than we had last year,” he said. The “half student” results from the state counting each kindergarten student as a half student, he explained.

Attendance numbers remain fluid, with the official count not till the second Friday in September, said Williams.

Special Crimes Unit will get $509,000 new headquarters in L’burg
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:40 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:53 PM )

Click here to view City of Lawrenceburg resolution

(Dearborn Co. resolution requested, but not provided by press time)

After hearing an explanation about where the money is coming from to build a new structure for the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit the Lawrenceburg Board of Works unanimously awarded a bid to Maxwell Construction for the new building.

BOW member and city councilman Aaron Cook was concerned the city would be footing the bill for the $509,000 building based on the wording of the resolution he had received as part of his council packet.

Public Record 8-21-14
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:36 PM

The following arrests list was obtained from the county sheriff. It contains arrests made by police agencies in the county.

Oxbow zone change from manufacturing to Ag OK’d
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:35 PM

Dearborn County commissioners passed a motion to approve a county zone map amendment requested by Oxbow Inc. during the Tuesday night, Aug. 19, meeting.

Dearborn County Plan Commission passed along a favorable recommendation to commissioners to rezone 905 acres of land in Lawrenceburg Township from M-3, a manufacturing designation, to agriculture, near the Ohio River.

County sewer district seeks help from regulatory commish
Written by Chris McHenry   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:35 PM

The Dearborn County Regional Sewer District has turned to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in an effort to obtain sanitary sewers for 14 homes on Georgetown Road and Bennett Lane.

DCRSD has filed  formal complaint against Valley Rural Utility Company, asking that the IURC order them to give up a portion of their  assigned area to allow those residents to obtain sewage treatment from LMH Utilities in Bright.

Be a Big!
Written by Staff Report   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:34 PM

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati is urgently in need of volunteers. The agency pairs mentors—Big Brothers and Big Sisters--with young people in the tri-state who can benefit from a positive role model.

Big Brothers Big Sisters needs volunteers throughout its 11 county service area in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.

This time of year we are we have a special need for Adult Mentors for our school based programs at Aurora Elementary, in Lawrenceburg schools and in Harrison at Harrison Elementary and Harrison Junior School.

“In just an hour a week during lunch and recess you can make a difference for a child,” said Laura Rolf, local Big Brothers Big Sisters coordinator.

Volunteers help boost kids’ self-esteem, encourage them to do well in school and have fun.
The proof: 99 percent of our children stay in school and out of the juvenile justice system. This is indeed mentoring that changes lives. Just ask the youth in our programs.

Kathy List, President and CEO of the agency, hopes the community will rally around the need for mentors, saying, “Please take a moment to recall someone in your life who helped you, not because they had to, but because they wanted to. Consider being a role model for a local child in honor of the person who helped you succeed in school and in life.”

For information about the school and community programs in Indiana/Harrison call 1-812-637-1235 or visit Big Brothers Big Sisters’ website at

North Hogan will close for bridge repair
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:50 PM

On Monday Aug. 25, 2014, Paul Rohe Company will be closing North Hogan Road between Soap Hill Road and Possum Ridge Road to repair Bridge No. 31. Road will be closed for approximately four to five weeks.

Moores Hill meets Friday
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:32 PM

Moores Hill Town Council will hold a special meeting 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Moores Hill Senior Center, 16610 N. Broadway.

Purpose of the meeting is to pay Globe Asphalt for the recent repaving of Main and Manchester street, said a town employee.