Pictured in January are (l-r) Hillsboro administrators introduced to city employees: council president Tom Eichinger, mayor Justin Harsha, chief of police/systems administrator Eric Daniels, safety and service director Brianne Abbott, public works superintendent Shawn Adkins and auditor Alex Butler. (HCP photo by Caitlin Forsha.)
Pictured in January are (l-r) Hillsboro administrators introduced to city employees: council president Tom Eichinger, mayor Justin Harsha, chief of police/systems administrator Eric Daniels, safety and service director Brianne Abbott, public works superintendent Shawn Adkins and auditor Alex Butler. (HCP photo by Caitlin Forsha.)
The Highland County Press presents a look back at 2020 with a few stories that are worth revisiting in this month-by-month recap.

January

• Former Hillsboro safety and service director and longtime public servant Ralph Holt died Jan. 1 at the age of 72.

• Hillsboro native and longtime Kroger Senior Classic golf tournament chairman Burch Riber passed away Sunday, Jan. 5. He was 87.

• Evans Landscaping owner Doug Evans was sentenced to prison Jan. 7, after being found guilty in December 2018 of six fraud-related charges. Evans Landscaping vice president of operations Jim Bailey was sentenced to three years of probation on Jan. 10. The city of Hillsboro has used – and continues to use – Evans Landscaping for multiple projects.

• Jeff Duncan was reappointed chairman of the Highland County commission Jan. 8.

• Under the direction of the Highland County Land Reutilization Corporation, local contractor Brad Banks of Banks Construction and Excavating began clearing one of the land bank’s first four blighted properties Jan. 8.

• Hillsboro administrators held two brief mandatory meetings Jan. 9 and Jan. 10 to introduce themselves to city employees. Mayor Justin Harsha introduced himself as well as his safety and service director, Brianne Abbott, and city auditor Alex Butler, as they began their respective roles in January.

• 2018 Hillsboro High School graduate Austin Goolsby, a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati, set a new personal record in the pole vault event Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Jim Green Track and Field International Track Meet at the University of Kentucky. Goolsby recorded his personal record-best by jumping 16-06.75, winning second place at the meet and moving to ninth all-time in UC program history.

• Hillsboro city council member Dane Allard was introduced at the Jan. 13 council meeting, as he replaced former councilman Justin Harsha, who was elected mayor.

• The 1,000-point club at Lynchburg-Clay High School added another player to its ranks Jan. 20, as senior Zoe Fittro reached the career milestone in LC’s 60-39 win over the visiting Goshen Lady Warriors. Fittro scored 21 points in the game.

• On Jan. 24, then-Director of the Ohio Department of Health Dr. Amy Acton declared novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) an immediately reportable disease.

• Following a 14-minute executive session during their Jan. 27 meeting, the Hillsboro City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to enter into a $40,000 land purchase contract for a five-acre tract on state Route 247 to construct an access road to and from the high school/middle school building. The property was purchased from Donita Everetts.

• The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) suspended all operations at Vista Grain, LLC on Jan. 28 after discovering it was unable to cover its outstanding obligations to farmers. Vista Grain, LLC is located in Washington Court House, with branch locations in Buena Vista and Lyndon.

• The Chatfield College Board of Trustees announced Jan. 30 that Robert P. Elmore was named president of Chatfield College. Elmore, who had served as vice president and chief operating officer at Chatfield College since 2014, became the sixth president in the college’s 48-year history.

February

• On behalf of the Highland County Society for Children and Adults, Judge Rocky Coss announced Feb. 4 that Dale Martin donated the use of the Hillsboro Orpheum for what they hope will be a permanent location for the annual Ernie Blankenship Memorial Radio-Telethon. He also announced a new bank sponsor, with First State Bank joining the rotation of financial institutions as a first-time host; and Elisha Duncan was introduced as the 2020 poster child.

• Feb. 4 marked the 100th anniversary of the first official meeting of the Highland County Board of Health. 

• The Fourth District Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming a 2019 judgment entry awarding attorney fees for Highland County resident Betty Clark in her civil case against the Enchanted Hills Community Association in Highland County Common Pleas Court. The appellate court’s entry — decided Feb. 5 and posted Feb. 18 — said the “trial court's judgment denying compensatory damages is not against the manifest weight of the evidence where only evidence in record is testimony based on speculation and conjecture.”

• On Feb. 8, a win by the McClain Lady Tigers and a loss by the Miami Trace Lady Panthers basketball teams left them tied as co-Frontier Athletic Conference champions.

• Then-Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds announced Feb. 10 he would leave the institution at the end of June to become the 16th president of Millikin University in Decatur, Ill.

• Hillsboro Mayor Justin Harsha opened his report to Hillsboro City Council at their Feb. 10 meeting with news they have been waiting years to hear: The Parker House Hotel building is ready for demolition, with plans to begin the process later in February.

• The African American Awareness Research Council and the Highland County District Library in Hillsboro presented a program Feb. 15 to honor the lifetime achievements of Art Brooks, Wilmington College’s first director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. He served in that position for 19 years until his retirement in 2012. Ronald C. Todd II, who serves as Gov. Mike DeWine’s Minority Affairs Liaison, was guest speaker of the annual Black History Month program.

• The Highland District Hospital Surgery Department celebrated its first surgical case in their newly expanded surgical suites on Feb. 17, making it one step closer to finalizing Building Expansion Project 2020.

• Luminex Home Décor & Fragrance announced Feb. 21 that after experiencing a 15-percent growth in market share over the past 12 months, Luminex's candle plant in Leesburg would expand its workforce by adding a third shift, creating 65 new full-time jobs.

• On Feb. 21, suspended Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader was charged in a superseding indictment in Pike County Common Pleas Court, including a new first-degree felony charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

• City of Hillsboro employees, demolition contractors and utility workers began the process of taking down the historic Parker Hotel in uptown Hillsboro Feb. 24.

• McClain High School/Great Oaks senior MacKenzie Kay was announced as the 2020 winner of the Wilfred R. Konneker Cutler Scholarship, a full, four-year scholarship to Ohio University that is enriched with additional opportunities. This marked the first time a Great Oaks student was awarded the annual scholarship.  

• Over 400 individuals enjoyed a discussion by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda Feb. 24 during the keynote address of the eighth annual Ag Is Everyone’s Business event, hosted by the Highland County Chamber of Commerce.

• State Representative Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) honored Southern State Community College President Dr. Kevin Boys for his 10 years of service to the college through a resolution presented Feb. 24.

• Wilmington College's Board of Trustees announced Feb. 28 the selection of Dr. Erika Goodwin as president on an interim basis upon the June 30 departure of President Jim Reynolds. Goodwin, a member of Wilmington College's faculty and senior administration, was the college’s first female president when she assumed the role.

• The Hillsboro Indians boys bowling team participated in the Division II State Bowling Tournament on Feb. 28, where they placed 11th overall at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

March

• The Highland County Health Department officially established Incident Command System (ICS) structure, as announced March 4. This formal system of management allowed the health department to be better situated to serve as the lead agency in local COVID-19 response efforts.

• Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky announced March 4 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding a $39 million loan for South Central Power Company to build two new headquarters facilities, which includes funding for a new Hillsboro Service Center in Highland County and a service and warehouse facility in Fairfield County.

• Ohio first lady Fran DeWine announced the start of the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) in Highland County at the Hillsboro Public Library March 6. Highland County children (birth to 5 years old), along with children across the state, are eligible for a free monthly book through this program.

• Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine delivered the keynote address Friday, March 6 at the annual Highland County Grand Old Party's Lincoln Day Dinner. During the ceremony, Highland County Commissioner Jeff Duncan announced the 2020 Republican of the Year award, presented to Second District Rep. Brad Wenstrup.

• The Fairfield Lions competed Saturday, March 7 at the Ohio University Convocation Center during the Division IV SE District Final game against the Trimble Tomcats, falling by a 62-41 score. Fairfield ended the season as district runners-up with a 15-10 overall record and a 2-1 record in the tournament.

• McClain junior Kade Rawlins qualified for the state tournament March 7, as he was a Division II SE District runner-up at Claymont High School following the two-day tournament. Due to COVID-19, the state tournament was canceled.

• Indoor track and field athletes from Highland County competed in the OATCC Division II/III Indoor State Championships in Geneva at the SPIRE Institute Saturday, March 7, where Hillsboro senior Draven Stodgel earned a state championship in the shot put event with a throw of 56-02.00. Also competing at the state meet were Hillsboro’s Cierra Lively and Silas Simmons and Fairfield’s Gavin Campbell, Ethan Davis, Ailean Duffie, Cohen Frost and Blake Haines.

• The Wilmington Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash which occurred March 7 at approximately 10:50 p.m. on US 62 near mile post 15 in the city of Hillsboro. A pedestrian, Douglas L. Goodrich, 56, of Hillsboro was walking in the roadway and was struck. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

• The first three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio were reported March 9.

• Great Oaks Career Campuses Board member and longtime Fairfield Local Schools Board member Ron Friend was named Spahr/Steel Outstanding Career-Technical Board Member for 2020 by the SW Region, Ohio School Boards Association (SWOSBA), as announced March 11.

• Highland County commissioners met with representatives of the Highland County Department March 11 regarding COVID-19, with Highland County Health Commissioner Jared Warner advising the community to “be prepared, but don’t panic.” Warner explained the COVID-19 virus and common-sense measures to prevent its spread during the meeting.

• State Representative Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) joined then-Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and other state and energy industry leaders Thursday, March 12 in breaking ground for what will be the largest solar project in Ohio history. The groundbreaking kicked off construction on the 200 MW Hillcrest Solar facility which, when completed, will power approximately 39,000 homes. It is Ohio’s first utility-scale solar project. Innergex Renewable Energy owns and operates the Hillcrest Solar facility and will oversee its construction. The Hillcrest facility will cover approximately 1,350 acres of land near Mt. Orab.

• On March 12, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered that all kindergarten through 12th grade schools close “for a period of several weeks” — which ended up being through the end of the school year — and banned mass gatherings of 100 people or more.  
 
• The village of Greenfield was awarded a grant totaling more than $3.4 million for improvements on its 29-mile rail spur, as announced March 13. The award came with the help of partnerships with the Highland County Board of Commissioners, APEG (Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth), ODRC (Ohio Rail Development Commission), ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation), the Governor’s Office of Appalachia and the Federal ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission). Through the partnerships, the match money of more than $1.7 million was raised for the 50/50 grant. That money was matched through the federal Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program.

• President Donald Trump issued a proclamation March 13 proclaiming that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constituted a national emergency.

• Wesley Raymond Moore, Jr., 28, of Hillsboro pleaded no contest to rape and burglary March 13. He was sentenced to 10 years to life on the rape charge and two years in prison for burglary.

• Area health and emergency management leaders, first responders and public officials met at the Highland County Emergency Management Agency Saturday, March 14 to share information with the public on a person under investigation for COVID-19 in the Highland County area. The individual eventually tested negative.

• Governor Mike DeWine announced March 16 that he recommended the March 17 primary election be delayed until June. The absentee ballot deadline for Ohio’s primary election eventually was extended to April 28.

• Four Highland County basketball players — McClain junior Kyla Burchett, Lynchburg-Clay senior Zoe Fittro, Fairfield sophomore Emma Fouch and Fairfield senior Bryson Simmons — earned All-Ohio honors in boys and girls basketball, as voted on by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association, for their play during the 2019-20 season.

• Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss filed an order March 17 limiting attendance at court hearings.

• The Highland County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to declare a state of emergency at their weekly meeting March 18, though they said there wasn’t a call for concern.

• On March 19, Miranda C. Smith, 28, of Middletown was sentenced to a definite determinate term of two years for burglary, consecutive to a sentence of 10 years to life for rape, in Highland County Common Pleas Court.

• Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, announced March 20 that a 76-year-old Lucas County man died from COVID-19, marking the first death due to COVID-19 in Ohio. 

•  Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, announced March 22 that Ohio would be placed under a "Stay at Home" order.

• Highland District Hospital opened three new areas as part of Building Expansion Project 2020 on March 23. Those included a newly expanded parking lot on the west side of the building, just off of Fenner Road; a new Cancer Care & Hematology unit; and the complete relocation of The Center for Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, from its current location on Northview Drive to on-campus.

• The Highland County Health Department and the Highland County Emergency Operations Center reported Highland County’s first case of COVID-19 March 23.

• Longtime Greenfield resident Harry V. Turner, one of Highland County's foremost educators and community leaders, passed away March 24 at the age of 91.

• On March 24, AgGrad announced winners of the first-ever AgGrad 30 Under 30 Awards. Among those recognized was Dr. Brooke Beam of Sabina, who serves as the Ohio State University Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development in Highland County.

• The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced March 26 that the winter sports tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey, which were postponed indefinitely on March 12, would be canceled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

• The $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed by President Donald Trump March 27.

• Hillsboro businessman and community servant Joseph “Joe” Mahan passed away March 29 at the age of 50.

April

• Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced April 2 that Ohio's Stay at Home order would be extended until 11:59 p.m. on May 1. 

• On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings.

• Ohio State University Extension announced April 7 that 4-H programming would be canceled statewide through July 6.

• The National Weather Service confirmed during 14 total tornadoes April 8 and 9 in the tristate area, along with straight line winds confirmed to the northwest of Hillsboro, and in other portions of Highland County.

• Highland County celebrated its first COVID-19 recovery April 10.

• Amid a shortage of personal protective equipment due to the pandemic, the Southern Ohio Makers Against COVID Coalition, a team of educators and other volunteers from across southern Ohio, began 3D printing, assembling and sanitizing face shields for medical organizations in the spring. The coalition is led by two Highland County educators, Josh Montgomery, a computer science professor at Southern State Community College, and Nate Luke, a computer technology teacher at McClain High School. They hosted an event to assemble face shields April 10 at the SSCC Patriot Center.

• The SATH (Supplementary to the Handicapped) Board of Directors announced April 13 the decision to cancel the 2020 KAMP Dovetail event.

• Highland County commissioners voted to extend a state of emergency declaration in Highland County through May 17 during their April 15 meeting.

• At 3:49 p.m. April 16, the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District’s dive team was requested by officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources due to a vehicle being in the water at the Fisherman’s Wharf launch ramp. According to Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera, the vehicle was a 2018 Jeep Wrangler that had been reported stolen out of Adams County.

• Jerry Jones, 52, of Winchester died April 18 after being attacked by a bull.

• Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced April 20 that all Ohio schools would continue to be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

• The Ohio High School Athletic Association informed member schools April 20 that the spring high school sports season was canceled.

• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $1,015,000 to replace 52 older diesel school buses in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, as announced April 23. Fairfield Local School District was awarded $20,000 for the replacement of one bus.

• Joe Gatto of the TV show “Impractical Jokers” surprised Fairfield High School teacher Amanda Martinez’s anatomy class April 23 on Zoom.

• Governor DeWine announced details of Ohio's Responsible RestartOhio Plan April 27.

• The Highland County Board of Elections tabulated results for Ohio’s primary, as Tuesday, April 28 was the voting deadline. Highland County had an overall turnout of 17.67 percent, compared to 38.19 percent in the 2016 presidential primary. Also during the primary, the Highland County Health Department’s .5-mill, five-year additional operating levy officially passed, after appearing on the ballot for the third time in three years.

May

• On May 1, then-Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton extended Ohio's stay-at-home order through May 29 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• On May 4, the Highland County Health Department confirmed the county’s first COVID-19 death.

• Three Highland County high school students — Gabrielle “Gabby” Cummins Ailean “Laynee” Duffie and Haley Adams — received statewide recognition for their artistic ability, as they were among just 300 individuals selected as winners of the 2020 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition.

• Two Highland County students were named to the 2020-21 Ohio FFA Officer Team, according to an announcement by the Ohio FFA Friday, May 7. Fairfield’s Paige Teeters was named State Vice President, while Hillsboro’s Joe Helterbrand was named State Secretary.

• At its May 8 Board of Trustees meeting, Southern State Community College President Kevin Boys outlined a far-reaching set of actions in response to anticipated cuts of up to 20 percent in state subsidy during the 2020-21 academic year. That included a plan for an across-the-board reduction in weekly hours worked by nearly all non-teaching personnel and a four-day operating schedule throughout the college and a plan to shrink the physical outlay of Southern State by not reopening the College’s North Campus in Wilmington.

• Longtime Hillsboro businessman and public servant Jack Walker died Saturday, May 9 at the age of 91.

• Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera reported that on Sunday, May 17 at approximately 11:22 a.m., the Highland County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the mother of 18-year-old Madison Bell, whom she reported missing. The case was under investigation by the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, Ross County Sheriff’s Office, BCI and the Greenfield Police Department. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office listed Bell on their Ohio Missing Persons page as a “Lost, injured or missing” person. A prayer vigil for Bell was held May 20 in the parking lot of Greenfield Church of Christ, and Rescue 101 SAR and Texas Equisearch and local volunteers helped search for Bell on foot and by ATV. Sheriff Donnie Barrera reported early Saturday morning, May 23 that Madison Bell was located and was safe, as she had left the area of her own accord.

• Willard Parr, a Hall of Fame radio broadcaster with a a 62-year career, passed away May 18 at age 94.

• The Ohio Expositions Commission announced May 21 the cancellation of the 2020 Ohio State Fair.

• Greenfield’s 2020 Greene Countrie Towne Festival was canceled by the Greenfield Rotary Club due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, as announced May 21.

• The 2020 Festival of the Bells, scheduled for July 2-4, was canceled May 23, according to an announcement by the festival committee. On May 26, the committee announced the 2021 concert lineup and other changes. The 2021 concert lineup is set to include Caylee Hammack, Matt Stell and Jordan Feliz. The 2021 festival will be held July 1-3 and will be returning to uptown Hillsboro in 2021, after being hosted at Southern State Community College’s Central Campus in 2018 and 2019. Another change announced is the contemporary Christian artist, Feliz, will be performing as the Saturday night headliner, while the country music concerts will include the first two days.

• On May 26, the Hillsboro and Greenfield Rotary Clubs announced the rescheduling the 48th Annual Ernie Blankenship Memorial Radio Telethon as a combined virtual event only on June 24.

• After months of construction and years of planning, a fountain on the Highland County Courthouse lawn was installed and operating as of May 27.

• Damage to the Ohio Statehouse windows and doors, as well as various exterior areas, were reported during the first protest over the death of George Floyd in Columbus May 28.

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June

• After approximately two hours in executive session, the Lynchburg-Clay Local School District Board of Education voted June 1 to rescind two employment decisions from a board meeting held May 21, where they voted against renewing the supplemental one-year contracts of athletic director Mark Faust and varsity boys basketball coach Matt Carson.

• A Brown County grand jury handed down 61 combined charges June 4 against a Amber Brewer, 26, of Hamersville, and Billy Sheeley, 47, of Winchester, both of whom were accused of “sexual activity with children.”

• Hundreds of marchers and a sizable number of onlookers attended a Black Lives Matter rally in the city of Hillsboro Saturday evening, June 6. Marchers met at the former Hillsboro High School parking lot at 5 p.m., where they had a Hillsboro Police Department escort as hundreds of concerned citizens marched from the Scott House to the Highland County Courthouse.

• After close to two years of committee meetings and public outreach devoted to implementing a comprehensive city plan, Hillsboro city council voted Monday, June 8 to approve the “Imagine Hillsboro” ordinance. The city of Hillsboro, under then-mayor Drew Hastings and then-safety and service director Mel McKenzie, announced the Imagine Hillsboro comprehensive planning process in September 2018. The 44-page Imagine Hillsboro plan is described as “the official policy guide for public and private interests in the City of Hillsboro.”

• The Highland County Sheriff’s Office permanently stopped all public visitation for inmates effective June 8.

• The National Weather Service confirmed “non-tornadic” straight-line wind damage in Highland, Clinton and Fayette counties as well as a tornado in Ross County June 10.

• Dr. Amy Acton resigned as Ohio Department of Health Director, effective immediately, on June 11.

• Following revised guidelines released June 9 and additional funding from the state, the Adams County Agricultural Society announced June 11 that they overturned a decision from May 28 to cancel their 2020 junior fair.

• The Highland County Women’s Hall of Fame Committee announced June 15 that for the first time since 1981, an induction ceremony will not be held in 2020, as the committee decided to take a “hiatus” due to the pandemic.

• The Hillsboro City Schools board revised the district’s policy on student cell phones June 15. Superintendent Tim Davis explained that starting this year, students will not be permitted to use cell phones at any point during the school day, as all students will be using a Chromebook and the phones serve no “educational purpose.”

• State Representative Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) announced June 15 the movement of over $1 million within the 91st House District, including a Development Services Agency request of $310,797 to the Village of Greenfield for public roadwork improvements in support of the Candle-lite, Huhtamaki and Adient project in Greenfield.

• The Greenfield Police Department in conjunction with Investigator Randy Sanders of the Highland County Prosecutor's Office executed a number of drug-related arrests in Greenfield Tuesday, June 16. The drug busts in Greenfield were the first large-scale arrests in Highland County since October 2015. Of the 28 individuals charged in the Greenfield drug eradication effort, 26 have been sentenced thus far, as of this posting.

• The Highland County Historical Society announced June 16 the 2020 inductees into the Highland County Hall of Fame: radio and television evangelist and minister Ed Bousman; public school educator Benton “BR” Duckworth; the first and only woman elected Highland County commissioner, Harriet (Hack) Fenner; and journalist, lecturer, author and leader in the suffrage movement Wenona Marlin.

• Ryker Stark, 7, earned the Village of Greenfield’s first Citizen of the Month Award June 16 after he encountered two men experiencing a drug overdose and alerted his father. The father was able to call for emergency personnel for help, saving the men’s lives.

• It was announced June 16 that funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Safe Routes to School program was awarded to the Fairfield Local School District. Fairfield Local earned $293,000 in funds for a project to connect the school to its athletic complex and to an existing sidewalk along state Route 771 that leads into the village of Leesburg.

• Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced June 16 that Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes signed an order “reopening county fairs and animal exhibitions, with exceptions.”

• During a hearing June 22, a request from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to withdraw from prosecution in the Pike County case of the eight murders of Rhoden family members was granted. In December 2019, George "Billy" Wagner III and Angela Wagner and their children, George Wagner IV, and Edward "Jake" Wagner of South Webster, were each charged with eight counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications. The eight counts represent each victim found dead on April 22, 2016.

• The Highland County Republican Central Committee announced June 23 the appointment of Herb Day to the committee for the Hillsboro Southeast seat. The position had been vacant due to the death of Jim Grove, who passed away Feb. 1.

• The virtual 2020 Ernie Blankenship Radio-Telethon held Wednesday, June 24 raised over $93,000 for the Highland County Society for Children and Adults.

• The Highland County Agricultural Society officially voted to move forward with the 2020 fair, as announced June 25.

• It was announced June 26 that Destiny Bryson, executive director of The Highland County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau of Highland County, was stepping down to transition to a new role with the Ohio Southeast Economic Development team.

• Hillsboro street and safety committee members Patty Day, Brandon Leeth and Adam Wilkin heard comments regarding food trucks in the city from a standing-room-only crowd June 26 at the former Hillsboro firehouse.

• One of Greenfield's most notable and distinguished community leaders, Paul Edgar Orr, passed away at the age of 96 on June 28.

• Lynchburg-Clay High School announced June 29 the Ohio Academy of Science’s results of this year’s State Science Day. Lynchburg-Clay High School had two students, Sydney Hamilton and Allison Kohus, who received the highest rating of Superior. Matthew Gossett, Garrett Reno, Hunter Balon and Ashley Ernst received Excellent ratings with their projects.

• City of Hillsboro administrators presented scholarships to three recent Hillsboro High School graduates during a ceremony at the Colony Park Tuesday, June 30. Hillsboro City Council voted 6-0 June 8 to “authorize and direct the city auditor to disburse scholarship awards” to three members of the HHS Class of 2020, each receiving $1,000: Katie Condo, Joe Helterbrand and Gideon Pickering-Polstra.

To be continued.