Vampires, werewolves, and a giant horseshoe crab are now part of the history of Blanchester, Ohio, courtesy of Baptist minister, Jim Rankin. Rankin is no stranger to show business. He began touring the country as an entertainer when he was seven years old. He was in radio for 23 years. He sang back-up for the Beach Boys, Tom Jones and Ronnie McDowell.
Robert (Bobby) L. Shepherd Jr. and Lisa Marie McKenzie were united in marriage June 19, 2010 at the Inn at Evins Mill in Smithville, Tenn. The groom’s parents are Bob and Betty Shepherd of Felicity. The bride’s parents are Gary and Debbie McKenzie of Higginsport. Both parents attending the wedding along with groom’s son Jonathan Shepherd and bride’s son Trever McKenzie.
The Clermont County Recorder’s Office is now accepting electronically filed documents (e-recordings). The fees to record documents with the Recorder’s Office are the same for both e-filed and those brought into the office.
Can you tell the difference between a swallowtail and a Pearl Crescent butterfly? You will be able to, if you become a citizen scientist with the Clermont County Park District. Volunteers are needed to take part in the weekly butterfly count at the Chilo Lock #34 Park in Franklin Township.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith of Owensville, Ohio announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Smith, to Dan Shawhan, son of Tom and Janet Shawhan, of Hillsboro, Ohio. The couple will wed August 21, 2010. Rebecca is a 2006 graduate of Wilmington College and is a legal editor. Dan is a 2004 graduate of the University of Northwestern Ohio. He works with his family on their dairy and grain farm.
As part of an ongoing beautification plan, the Village Association of Batavia recently put new flowers in the planter boxes on the bridge on Main Street. The group used hot pink petunias, blue scaevola and lime green sweet potato vine as the plant material. New this year are four new barrel planters, two on each end of the bridge.
Grant Career Center SkillsUSA members recently returned from Kansas City, Mo. where they competed at the 46th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships. The competition was held at H. Roe Bartle Hall and Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, June 21-25.
More than 200 Clermont County residents earned a “second chance” this June. The Clermont County Educational Service Center celebrated its twenty-third annual graduation ceremony for the Adult Basic and Literacy Program (ABLE) on June 10, at Clermont College. During the 2009-10 program year 201 people took the GED test and 146 received their GED Equivalency Diploma.
The Clermont County Commissioners have proclaimed the month of July as Parks and Recreation Month in the county, citing the importance of the park system in establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our community.
Independence Day activities can be found on the river this weekend. Check out the schedules and plan to catch the fireworks.