Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Air Evac Lifeteam requests contract with Ripley Council and life squad Odyssey Canvas Works, Inc. is back home working in new building Ripley’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 29 Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up Impressive post-season tourney run reaches end for Lady Rockets Rose M Crone Strategies discussed to join Maysville/Mason County KY with Brown County communities for economic growth Ripley-Lieutenant Byrd Chapter/DAR looking for new members Linda M Lawson Margaret G Newkirk Gregory R Dunn Sandra L Haitz Wesley A Cooper Everette F Donell Lady Broncos move to SW District Div. II finals Lady Rockets top Cincy Christian 22-1 to earn berth in district finals Lady Warriors head to SE District Div. III finals with win over Gallia SW District Track and Field Tourney action gets underway Russell E Conn Robert T Fisher Philip L Paeltz David Beals Gregory A Smith II William G Mullinnix Patricia Ogden Narcan use becoming a source of debate nationwide Rick Eagan Memorial 5K, Saturday, May 20 Cropper’s time as GHS girls basketball coach expected to end after 21 years at the helm Barnes’ perfect game and big hits lead Lady Broncos to round one sectional win Broncos advance in sectional play with win over Mt. Healthy Kenny B Williams Stephen E Marcum Christopher J Lovett Brandon M Traylor RHS students experience mock accident caused by drinking and driving Ripley Council discusses new Lidar system during April 25 session Warriors claim SHAC Div. I title in ‘run rule’ fashion Vilvens’ grand slam caps off Lady Rockets’ win over G’town Rockets lead SHAC Div. II at 9-4 WBHS dedicates new softball press box Rodney E Berry Erma D Painter Alma Cordes Ronald D Latham Economic development project planned Gerald P Morel Lady Broncos capture softball program’s 5th straight SBAAC American Division title

Ripley’s Tree City, USA committee receives $3,000 grant, prepares for Arbor Day


By Martha B. Jacob –

Ripley Village Council met in regular session on March 14.
Council heard an update regarding Ripley’s Tree City USA status and the upcoming Arbor Day celebration from resident Betty Campbell. Tree Committee member Tim Wilson was also in attendance.
“Since our village is only one of two in Brown County that is a member of Tree City, USA,” Campbell said, “I am here tonight to make you all aware of our Arbor Day Celebration set for April 28. It will include a 1 p.m. program at Ripley Elementary School.
“This year’s event will be a really big event, because this year the tree committee was the recipient of a $3,000 grant that was given by the Arbor Day Foundation, and this is a grant that was awarded to only one Tree City, USA in the United States.”
Campbell told council that the tree committee was thrilled beyond words at receiving the grant. She said the committee hopes to plant at least 6 trees instead of the one tree that is usually planted. The event will also include a poster contest. Each student from the elementary school will also receive a seedling.
In other actions at the council meeting Ripley resident Debi Sizemore spoke at length about the ongoing problem of feral cats on Catherine Street in the village. According to Mayor Tom Leonard, as many as 32 cats have been counted at a Catherine Street residence. The owner of the residence continues to feed the cats, even after being sited by the Brown County Health Department to stop feeding the cats.
“The owner of this home really is a nice person,” Sizemore said, “But these cats are not healthy, they are destructive and the smell they create is simply unbearable. And many of the cats are missing eyes and are definitely sick.
“The health department tells me there is nothing they can do. Doesn’t the Village of Ripley have some kind of nuisance ordinance in place to do something about this ongoing problem?”
Sizemore was told that the ordinance does not specifically address a feral cat issue so council’s hands were tied.
The mayor did say he would talk to the village solicitor, Tom Mayes about the problem and try to find a solution.
Mayor Leonard also stated that Clean-Up Days in the village will be May 11 through May 13, preceded on May 4, 5 and 6 by the Villagewide Yard Sale.
Village Administrator Pete Renshaw brought before council the following issues:
• Introduced a new auxillary police officer, Sawyer Rammell;
• Final samples from the new water wells has been sent off to EPA;
• Concerns were expressed over the traffic light, which is very old, in front of the Elementary School, plans made to test it;
• Contract with Village Magistrate signed for two  years;
• First reading on creating an impound lot;
• Accepted a bid of $1,050 on an old village truck.

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