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The Sunday Morning Monitor... NEWS Autry updates search for OCEDA Executive Director OC Fiscal Court recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month Ohio Circuit Clerk's Office sports Blue & Green to celebrate Donate Life Month OC Fiscal Court hires personnel, takes in road Increased work zone activity on WK Pkwy starting this week Governor signs bill banning sale of e-cigarettes to kids Amphitheater b ...

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VIDEO: U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks at OC Chamber Meeting

Republican United States Senator for Kentucky Rand Paul spoke at the April meeting of the Ohio County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at the Cornerstone Hall Senior Center in Hartford. Ohio County Judge-Executive David Johnston introduced Paul who discussed health care, taxes and the economy. He fielded a few questions from the crowd as well. Questions included topics such as defense spending, Medicare prescrip ...

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State’s unemployment rate at 7.9 percent in March 2014

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.9 percent in March 2014 from a revised 7.8 percent in February 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary March 2014 jobless rate was .4 percentage points below the 8.3 percent rate recorded for the state in March 2013. Th ...

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Meet the Candidates: Cecil Gilstrap, candidate for Fifth District Magistrate

Submitted by Cecil Gilstrap, Republican candidate for Fifth District Magistrate My name is Cecil Gilstrap. I am a candidate for Fifth District Magistrate in Ohio County. My mother and father raised me here, in Ohio County, and I have raised my children here. I am married to Cheryl Gilstrap. I have a daughter, Amanda Gilstrap Ford and a son, Jared Gilstrap. I also have a son-in-law, Sam Ford and two granddau ...

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Candidates invited to address readers

With the May 20 Primary Election getting closer everyday, the Ohio County Monitor has invited candidates to address its readers. We have asked candidates to submit an article about themselves, why they are running for office, and why the citizens of OHio County should vote for them. It is totally up to the candidates if they want to participate or not, but the Ohio County Monitor would hope they would want ...

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Former county employee indicted by grand jury

A former county employee accused of credit card fraud has been indicted by the Ohio County Grand Jury. Rhonda Spencer, a former clerk in the county treasurer's office, was arrested after discrepancies with the county's credit cards were discovered. Spencer, 42, of Beaver Dam, was the only county employee in a position to misuse the county's credit cards. According to the Ohio County Sheriff's Department (OC ...

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Mother of 2 year-old acid victim sentenced

The mother of a two year-old girl who swallowed sulfuric acid was sentenced for her crimes last week. In June of last year, Rachel Arroyo was arrested, along with her boyfriend, Jared McStoots, after an incident in which her 2 year-old daughter ingested sulfuric acid. According to the Ohio County Sheriff's Department, the sulfuric acid was being used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Both Arroyo and Mc ...

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New victim comes forward in sexual abuse case

Another person has come forward accusing a Hartford man of sexual assault. In December of 2013, Leroy Westerfield, 70, of Hartford, was indicted on charges of rape and sexual abuse after an investigation by the Ohio County Sheriff's Department (OCSD). According to a press release by the OCSD, another person came forward to report Leroy Westerfield had sexually assaulted them. The victim in this case reporte ...

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Amphitheater bids to be opened Thursday

During Monday night's Beaver Dam City Commission meeting, Beaver Dam Mayor Paul Sandefur and Beaver Dam Tourism Chairman Jason Tierney gave the commission an update on the bid process for the planned amphitheater at the Beaver Dam Family Park. The tourism commission opened bids on the amphitheater project last month, but according to Sandefur, the bids were too high for what the tourism commission wanted to ...

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Governor signs bill banning sale of e-cigarettes to kids

Calling the measure a big win for efforts to reduce tobacco use in the state and particularly among young people, Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 109 into law, banning the sale of all types of e-cigarettes to minors. The Governor specifically urged legislators to pass this bill during his State of the Commonwealth in January, and identified this effort as a key part of his legislative agenda. “We have ...

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