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21,500 distribution & growing! To advertise, call 812-637-0660 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CINCINNATI, OHIO Permit No. 9714 THE BEACON www.goBEACONnews.com PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 April 2019 INSIDE The BEACON Principal of the Year Moores Hill resident Destiny Rutzel, Principal at South Ripley Junior High School, received the honor. Page 6A 1934 Guilford Yellow Jackets Honored Guilford Yellow Jackets sectional basketball champions were inducted into EC Athletic Hall of Fame. Page 5B Moms Galore! Logan correspondent shares a story about friends, family, and a few familiar faces that spans generations. Page 9B New Voting System is a Win-Win for Voters Like most things in life, voting is entering a new age of technology. Dearborn County is implementing a new voting system for the next election on May 7. Voters will now have an easier time when voting. The new procedure takes precautions to protect a voter’s identity while implementing checks and balances to ensure voting accuracy. On May 7 voters will enter a polling location to vote. In the past, a voter had to go to one of forty-three places to This cute little German Shepherd puppy will melt your heart. (photo courtesy of Andrew Iceberg) A calf is one of many new residents enjoying spring in Bear Branch. By Maureen Stenger The chaos of the week replayed in my mind as I drove along the Ohio River. I took a left and headed up Market Street in Aurora as the foggy mist of the dreary day hung heavy in the air. At the top of the hill, my GPS indicated another left turn, and there I saw the sign for Veraestau Historic Site. As I pulled into the long asphalt drive lined with a white picket fence and towering Pin Oaks, I was suddenly transported back in time. The tension I carried from the long week began to dissipate as I sat in awe of the beauty that lay ahead. In 1810 Jesse Lynch Holman, a lawyer and one of the first justices of the Indiana Supreme Court, built the original home and coined it Veraestau. The name combines the Latin words for spring, summer, and fall. Mr. Holman’s son William, who was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives, was born here in 1822. Emerine Holman, Jesse’s daughter, married Allen Hamilton who enlarged the house in 1838. The additions to the home continued as Margaret Vance Hamilton, Emerine and Allen’s daughter, put her own touch on the home in 1913. Not only is the history of this estate rich, but so are the characters who once owned and occupied its walls. The Hamilton granddaughters who spent time at Veraestau made their mark on the world as well. Edith Hamilton authored the novel Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, which they were assigned. Under the new process, a voter can vote at any one of the locations that are convenient for him or her that day. Upon entering a polling location, residents will be asked to present their drivers licenses just as they always have. The bar code on the license will be scanned to determine in which precinct they are registered based upon their address. Upon completion, the voter will be given a card that has another bar code imprinted on it and will Signs of Spring! The idiom, “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” may prove to be true this year. These newborn faces will make everyone smile as we wait for spring’s arrival with great anticipation. A beautiful foal was born on the farm of Donna Gambill in Brookville. Adorable twin lambs are eagerly awaiting warmer weather and all that spring has to offer in Aurora. be guided to a voting machine. The voter must insert the card into the voting machine to have the proper ballot for their precinct pop up on the screen. At that point, the voter can make his or her selection. No personal information will be recorded other than the precinct in which the voter lives. After completing the ballot, the voter will receive a printout of his or her ballot. The voter can review the printed ballot to ensure that it accurately repre- Continued on page 3A State Slates Lane Closures On I-275 The Indiana Department of Transportation recently announced plans for a bridge project on Interstate 275. The project entails overlaying the bridge decks of two structures on I-275 at a location approximately 1.34 miles north of exit 182, the Lawrenceburg/ Greendale exit. The twin bridges are located over Action Lane , an access road in Greendale. The surfaces of these bridges will be hydro-demolished and replaced with two-and-a-half-inch thick concrete deck overlays. The three-span bridges are each one hundred forty-six feet long. New concrete bridge rails, approach slabs, and guardrail are planned for the project. During construction, the bridges will be restricted to one lane of traffic each way, and the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph. Over sixteen thousand vehicles travel these bridges on a daily basis. The project is slated to be completed by October 31, 2019. Another bridge overlay project is on the schedule for St. Peters Road where it crosses over Interstate 74 in Dearborn County. The bridge deck will be overlaid by a thin polymeric layer after the joints have been replaced and sealing has been completed. The approaching pavement and pier repairs will also be completed. The right shoulders in both directions will be closed during hydrodemolition and project completion. Veraestau- An Historic Site to be Enjoyed by All Veraestau graces the hill above Aurora and holds a majestic spot overlooking the Ohio River. It will be open for tours beginning in April. and Alice Hamilton became the first woman on the medical faculty at Harvard. In 1933 the Hamiltons sold the home to Cornelius O’Brien who used it as his country estate. Mr. O’Brien also owned what is now known as Fitch-Denney Funeral Home which will be one hundred years old this year. 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