September 19, 2014

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County council irked by jail staff increase
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:34 PM | Updated ( Friday, September 19, 2014 10:33 AM )

As Dearborn County council members looked to slash the proposed 2015 county budget amid declining revenues, a debate was stirred regarding the need for additional staffing at the jail.

During budget hearings held at the end of August, Dearborn County Sheriff Mike Kreinhop defended the need to add staff to the jail.

However, some council members were not pleased about the request, stating they were told the expanded jail would initially be staff neutral.

Kreinhop brought along a group of people to help back-up his request, including Dr. Norman Johnson, CEO at Advanced Correctional Healthcare; Bill Wilson, Monroe County jail commander, and Kenneth Whipker, jail inspector with the Indiana Department of Corrections.

In a staff analysis conducted by Wilson, that takes in account the expansion and new criminal code, the average daily population is expected to increase from 285 to 310, said Kreinhop.

At issue in L’burg: ‘character,’ cabin dedication, buying land at tax sale
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:32 PM

Routine announcements for a joint meeting with the conservancy district and a dedication of the new “cabin” for the Boy

Scouts at Lawrenceburg City Council’s meeting Monday, Sept. 15, gave way to a discussion on name calling and “character,” before returning to regular city business.

Councilman JR Holdcraft asked fellow councilman Mike Lawrence why he called the mayor and two councilmen cowards on Facebook. Holdcraft was one of the councilmen alluded to in the Facebook post.

Lawrence said he didn’t call Holdcraft and the others cowards. “I said you were chickensh--s.”

Go back in time in Moores Hill Saturday
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:32 PM

The Moores Hill Heritage Festival is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Carnegie Hall in Moores Hill.

Activities at the festival include pumpkin decorating, an inflatable obstacle course, games, and a Victorian Tea Party, for which reservations are required; call 812-584-9623 or 812-744-3493.

New this year will be a train display from the Ohio County Model Train Club.

Festival board president Loretta Day is looking forward to seeing the train display, as well as the tea party.

There also will be a quilt display, and of course tours of Historic Carnegie Hall.

The Moores Hill Fire Department and Bev’s Boisterous Bun Relay for Life team will be serving up food, she said.

Dillsboro considers plan update
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:30 PM

Recommendations in a comprehensive plan update for Dillsboro include everything from annexation to additional capital investment in parks and recreation.

But in his review of the plan for council Monday, Sept. 8, GAI Consultants Senior Director Thomas Kohler first listed the concerns of “stakeholders,” include residents, business folks, officials and others:

Scooter driver hurt on U.S. 50
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:28 PM

A resident of the Heart House homeless shelter west of Aurora was hurt in an collision during rush-hour traffic Monday, Sept. 15.

Paul M. Wyatt, 41, was operating a scooter, driving west on Trester Hill on U.S. 50 West at 5:10 p.m. when his scooter was struck

in the rear by a vehicle driven by Leo Singleton, 83, according to a news release from the Dearborn County Sheriff's Department.

“This accident happened in a downpour just east of Blair Road,” wrote Sgt. Jon Evans, who investigated the accident along with deputies Craig Elliott, Charles Olsen and Steve Jackson. Wyatt, Heart House, U.S. 50, Aurora, was taken to Dearborn County Hospital, Lawrenceburg, and later transferred to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with possible internal and head injuries, said the release.

Singleton, 11061 Hoffman Road, Aurora, was not transported. Aurora Fire Department, Aurora police and Aurora Emergency Rescue assisted at the scene.