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Stray bullet that struck house is warning sign

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The stray bullet that struck the home of Rich and Kelli Pettit, Chesterville Road, early Sunday afternoon, Aug. 19, should serve as a reminder that people must pay attention to their surroundings when firing weapons because those rounds don’t know any limitations and can go anywhere.

Kelli Gentrup-Pettit was standing in her driveway with daughter, Carli, talking with Jennifer Cutter and daughter, Ava, when they heard weapons firing in the distance. A stray bullet whizzed by them, and struck the picture window on the front of the log home. The .45 caliber bullet was recovered.

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Swimming pool improvement proposal based on dry facts

To the baby pool!

No hold that thought. At least until the Lawrenceburg Board of Works conducts a work session Wednesday, Aug. 22, on a proposal for a new “splish-splash” park at the city swimming pool.

The approved version, and there is no reason to reject it, probably will come in under the original $1 million estimate, but regardless the pool needs the upgrades, and I can think of far worse ways to spend taxpayer or casino dollars.

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No guns in schools

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I am a resident of Bright. My husband and I have two children, one at North Dearborn Elementary and another entering kindergarten in 2019. I am an educated professional who works in Cincinnati and commutes home to Bright. We chose to raise our family in this area for several reasons - Sunman Dearborn Community School Corporation was our first choice.

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Tootsie Roll Drive nets $8,371 for mentally disadvantaged people

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The 41st Annual Community Campaign in behalf of the area’s mentally disadvantaged, conducted by the Msgr . William J . Kreis Council 1231 of the Knights of Columbus in Lawrenceburg netted $8, 371 for mentally disadvantaged people.

Providing a positive tone for this event prior to the drive was the official proclamation issued by Mayor Kelly Mollaun that designated May 11-12 as Taotsie Roll Weekend in Lawrenceburg.

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‘Come hell or high water’ is more than an expression

Remember the tiki barge that sank in April? The city is going to raise it from the ooze of the Ohio River come hell or high water.

Well, the high water part occurred in the spring, but the hell is coming right now from the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps wants the damn thing “out ’o the water” by Sept. 14, or the city loses its permit to host a river restaurant.

Read all about it on Page 1. Read all about the stink right here.

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A Mickey Mouse pursuit

I will be near Tampa Bay when you read this. It’s no great shakes weather wise. The temps are about the same as here this time of year, but our modest, little timeshare is “nestled” against the ocean, and you can catch an invigorating breeze in the wee hours.

I used “nestled” as a warning about how trite I can be when I’m in a hurry to get out of Mayberry. I need to vacate the premises, which is much more important to me than where we are headed, but this year we have a two-day side trip planned for Disney World.

So what?

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Don’t flick your butts!

The numbers look a little better, but is this message really working?

In May 2017, the Dearborn County Recycling Center, in conjunction with the Dearborn County Anti-Litter Committee, started implementing a Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant.

The grant required three rounds of scans to track the efficacy of placing new outdoor cigarette butt receptacles, called urns.

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Moms demand action for gun sense

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.

Moms Demand Action was founded by stay-at-home mom Shannon Wattson in December 2012 in response to the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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With me or about me; go ahead and laugh

An aspect of  the newspaper business is the sometimes amusing, sometimes embarrassing juxtaposition of headlines, words, photos, and all the various elements that make up pages.

We catch most of them, but I’m delighted we don’t catch them all.

After all, you must have something to laugh about when catching up months or years later.

We have scored some bonehead mistakes that were worthy of Lettermen, but I don’t think we ever made the cut.

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I am shocked and appalled

Shocked and appalled. That’s what I am.
I am shocked and appalled that no one seems to be shocked and appalled anymore.
Back in the day, I waited breathlessly for the next S-&-A letter, email, or phone call, but these days - nothing.
My theory is that many, if not most, Americans have given up the fight in our upside-down society, but S-&-A Man is here with a kettle full of S-&-As that just might leave you shocked and appalled and rekindle your spirits.

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