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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:46 PM
After all the public meetings and proverbial sidebars, executive sessions and political arm-twistings, here we are almost a year later, and some on city council are still thinking of joining the PC district – and with confirmation of eliminating the additional city income tax. That is sheer audacity. I’ll give you that much. The citizens and taxpayers of Hillsboro need to make their voices heard. Many of you, admirably, did so last November. You can send another message on Nov. 6 to distance our community from the king and his court.
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:46 PM
    After all the public meetings and proverbial sidebars, executive sessions and political arm-twistings, here we are almost a year later, and some on city council are still thinking of joining the PC district – and with confirmation of eliminating the additional city income tax. That is sheer audacity. I’ll give you that much. The citizens and taxpayers of Hillsboro need to make their voices heard. Many of you, admirably, did so last November. You can send another message on Nov. 6 to distance our community from the king and his court.
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  • Sunday, September 9, 2018 3:34 PM
    According to a Washington Post story (they’ll print anything, you know), committee chairman Congressman Greg Walden tried to gavel down Laura Loomer’s lament. Loomer labored on. That is, until Congressman Billy Long broke into an impromptu auction call, while “accepting” his imaginary bids. “Thirty dollars now, two and a half, seventy-five, forty. We’re selling the cell phone, there. Four and quarter, four and a half. Sold. I yield back."
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  • Monday, September 3, 2018 3:11 PM
    For some of us, the month of September and the Highland County Fair are almost synonymous with the end of summer. For those of us who are baseball fans – especially fans of the Cincinnati Reds – the end of summer means the end of warm summer nights, sitting back on the deck, watching the stars appear one by one after dusk, and listening to the Reds’ broadcast from Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman and his on-air partner, former Major League pitcher Jeff “The Cowboy” Brantley.
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  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 7:49 PM
    Since the commissioners’ 3-0 vote to approve the new contract on Aug. 22 – which Sheriff Donnie Barrera refused to sign – I have asked the commissioners and the county auditor for the total increase from 2017 to the year-end 2018 contract. Just give us a number. Last week, I offered a WAG (Wild-Ass Guess) on the increase to be $65,000. If that was anywhere in the ballpark, I figured the county was OK. In the grand scheme of things, Auditor Bill Fawley isn’t likely to be taken aback by a $65,000 hit to a departmental budget of more than $2 million
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  • Sunday, August 19, 2018 7:14 PM
    Dick Zink stopped by The Highland County Press just before my family’s vacation/reunion at the Outer Banks in North Carolina this month. He showed absolutely no indication of battling the cancer that would soon take him from his family and friends. He was smiling; knowing that when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you. No one could have imagined what he was going through. But that’s not surprising, once you think about the man. He was always a Type A individual. Strong. Tough. Resilient. Like Frank Sinatra, he did it his way. Always.
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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:15 PM
    There’s an old saying on the college football coaches speakers’ circuit that no one should speak after dinner – or after legendary Coach Lou Holtz. Coach Holtz was always a tough act to follow. At the 38th annual Highland County Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 14 at Southern State Community College, 2018 inductee and Germany native Luise Curtis was a very, very tough act to follow.
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  • Monday, August 13, 2018 7:25 PM
    Given Highland County’s current political landscape, one thing is certain: Randy Mustard will either need Republican cross-over voters in order to win (much like Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera received cross-over support from many Democrats en route to his impressive, county-leading vote total of 14,017 less than two years ago) or Randy will need a number of Republican voters to skip over their central committee’s chosen candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Democratic Party has a solid candidate for county commissioner on Nov. 6 in Randy Mustard.
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  • Monday, August 6, 2018 5:52 PM
    After our weeklong vacation, I stopped by The HCP office to check business mail and other assorted obligations. The first thing that caught my attention was a handwritten letter from the Hon. Adams County Common Pleas Court Judge Brett Spencer. To be honest, letters from judges and lawyers always catch my attention. Some of my best friends are lawyers, too, and even their letters get my attention. (Not yours, Topper!)
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  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:20 PM
    Almost two years ago – on Oct. 5, 2016, to be exact – I reported on a meeting of the Highland County Board of Commissioners at which U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced on the commissioners’ office speaker phone the awarding of a U.S. Department of Justice grant of $843,498 for the Rocky Fork Lake Area Safety and Advancement Plan. I’m pretty sure that was the last time I heard Portman speak about the grant. Thus far, it’s been a pipe dream. (Opium pipe not required, of course.)
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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:56 AM
    This past weekend provided one of the more peculiar events since the day back in the summer of 2009 when I was debating about buying The Highland County Press from previous owner William Latham. My family and I were attending a Cincinnati Reds game and the stadium scoreboard message was “Happy Birthday, William Latham.” I saw it first. I nudged Pam and pointed toward the centerfield digital scoreboard. She saw it, too. Then, in a moment, it was gone. That was our “Field of Dreams” message along the lines of former Major Leaguer Moonlight Graham. The peculiarities have not stopped since.
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