Festival closes, election results, white Christmas

Editor’s note: Below is a month-by-month look at the top local stories of 2022 as reported by The Times-Gazette. We congratulate our readers on the New Year.


5 – Greenfield native James Morris has accepted a position as an educator covering agriculture, natural resources and community development for the Ohio State University (OSU) Extension Office in Highland County. Morris said the position involves talking with agricultural producers and business owners in the county one-on-one or in a group setting.

7 – The Highland County Visitors Bureau unveiled its new website at www.visithighlandcounty.com. Jamie Wheeler, executive director of the Visitors Bureau, said the redesign was “not quite finished” at the time and that the organization would continue to make additions to it in the months following the announcement. He said the organization would “start collecting statistics on items that people still want to get.”

17 – Madisyn Hollen, a junior at Hillsboro High School, was named Miss Fall Foliage 2022. Holle was accompanied by her maid of honor, Rachelle Priest, the first maid of honor from McClain High School; Sophie Stauffer, sophomore from Paint Valley High School; and third baseman Reagan Truitt of Paint Valley High School.

24 – The Greenfield Rotary Club announced its decision to step down as festival sponsor of the Greene County Towne Festival after 35 years in that role. According to a report, it has been revealed that a new organization will be formed which wants to “carry on the traditions of the festival with some new energy and ideas and probably some changes”.

31 – The Highland County Workforce Development Center celebrated its grand opening in Greenfield. Julie Bolender, director of Highland County Economic Development, said the center has one large room that can be divided into two if needed thanks to a divider, and three small personal workspaces for residents to use if they want to work remotely or remotely. silence


2 – The Highland County Visitors Bureau announced a successful year at the morning meeting of the Highland County Board of Commissioners. Wheeler said the successful year came from many aspects, such as a new website, the Ohio Cooperative Advertising Program, which featured a video promoting the county’s outdoor activities, and the 2022 Social Media Influencer Tour, among several other projects the bureau completed.

9 – Unofficial results for the 2022 general election have been released by the Highland County Board of Elections. Republican Brad Rhodes defeated Democrat Tara Campbell for the Highland County Commissioners seat vacated by Jeff Duncan, and Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) won state senator over Gary Boone (D-Hillsboro).

15 – The Lynchburg-Clay Marching Mustangs earned the highest ranking possible at the 2022 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State Marching Band Finals held at Alexander Stadium in Piqua. The performance was the second straight state finals for the group, as they received an outstanding (I) rating for their performance of “Under the Moonlight.”

29 – A proposal for a new livestock facility at the Highland County Fairgrounds was awarded to Perkins Carmack Construction at Wednesday’s weekly meeting of the Highland County Board of Commissioners. The project plan was announced to include a steel building and installation, concrete foundation, concrete slab and electrical work, and was scheduled to be completed by the 2023 fair.

30 – The Transportation Committee attended the weekly Wednesday morning meeting of the Highland County Board of Commissioners to offer an update on Family Recovery Services (FRS). FRS director of transport Damon Lucas said the organization was working to develop a downloadable app for the service where people could plan their journeys and also see where their cars were located.


6 – The Ironclad bowling tournament was scheduled to be held at Highland Lanes in Hillsboro. The tournament was scheduled to feature 40 boys and girls teams from 20 different high schools in Southern Ohio. In the tournament’s second year, teams were “mainly fighting for bragging rights” as well as trophies and medals.

6 – The new Appalachian Community Grant was detailed at the morning meeting of the Highland County Board of Commissioners. Highland County Economic Development Director Julie Bolender said the new grant has three different funding packages, for infrastructure, health and workforce development.

19 – The Bright Elementary Writing Bee was held for the first time in five years, and sixth grader Natalie Burnett won the event. 24 students were involved in this stage of the event after the “difficult spelling test, which was attempted by more than 70 fourth, fifth and sixth graders”. For Burnett, the win meant she advanced to the regional qualifiers of the Scripps Spelling Bee.

20 – National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Matthew Campbell in Wilmington says there is a possibility for a White Christmas. Campbell said an inch was forecast from Thursday evening to Friday morning before Christmas, and also said Christmas snow would still be on the ground.

22 – Ethan Emery, a 2013 graduate of Hillsboro High School and current FOX 19 meteorologist, was named a Kentucky Colonel for his work as a meteorologist covering tornadoes in Western Kentucky for his previous station at WBKO in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Lauren Walker, economic development coordinator for the city of Hillsboro, is testing virtual reality training.

James Wheeler, executive director of the Highland County Visitors Bureau, presents the organization’s newest updates and projects.

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