August 29, 2014

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Candidates file for school boards
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Friday, August 22, 2014 3:58 PM | Updated ( Saturday, August 23, 2014 5:54 PM )

Sixteen individuals have filed as candidates for school board trustees in the Tuesday, Nov. 4, election. Only three positions are contested, however.

South Dearborn

In the South Dearborn Community School Corporation, the at-large position is being sought by Amy Marie Hummel, Angela M. Ferguson-Shepherd and Helmer S. “Sy” Bryant.

The District 1 SD set also will be a three-way race, with Jerry Hinkle II, Jeffery Allen Lane and Anthony W. Hummel campaigning. That district includes Caesar Creek, Clay, Hogan and Washington townships.

The third SD seat open this fall, Center Township, is being sought unopposed by Jeffrey E. Stratman.

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 | Updated ( Friday, August 22, 2014 4:03 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 | Updated ( Friday, August 22, 2014 4:01 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.