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Care must be taken with fireworks

Celebrating our national birthday has long been an explosive affair. Fireworks, a warm-weather friend to many, can wow an audience and spread wonder and cheer among both children and adults. Each year, millions include the purchase and detonation of commercial grade fireworks into their July 4 or Labor Day celebrations.

Charity event to raise money for disease research

Members of a local charity dedicated to wiping out a rare disease are hoping to promote healing through a little fun. CURED, or the Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Disease, will be holding their second annual bowl-a-thon on July 7 at Cherry Grove Sports Center. All proceeds from the event will go to aid in research of the illness that often prevents people from being able to eat.

Utopia Cakes opens in river village

The Meece family of Utopia has turned a love of baking into a home enterprise. Utopia Cakes, a home bakery that sells old-fashioned gourmet cakes, opened for business last September.

Harmony Hill Vineyards’ ‘Cellar on the Hill’ opens

The Harmony Hill Vineyards & Estate Winery in Bethel celebrated its Memorial Day grand opening last month with the addition of an interesting underground wine cave. Taking 10 months of planning and six months of actual construction to complete.

Kennedy-Stevens Funeral Home sold

The Kennedy-Stevens Funeral Home, a landmark on Plane Street in Bethel, was recently purchased by E.C. Nurre Funeral Homes. The purchase of the funeral home marks E.C. Nurre’s most recent expansion.

Cable bill signed by Governor

Senate Bill 117, which was signed into Ohio State Law by Governor Ted Strickland June 25, could provide either a significant benefit or equally significant drawback to Ohio residents. Depending on who you talk to, the bill has the potential to bring better cable television services at a better price to residents, but could in fact backfire, say opponents.

Baker case goes to Mason grand jury

An Ohio woman extradited to Kentucky for her involvement in the death of a 3-year-old boy last summer waived her right on June 25 to a preliminary hearing in Mason County District Court on a charge of tampering with evidence. The waiving of the hearing was announced when Amy Baker, 26, represented by her legal counsel, appeared before District Judge Todd Walton in the Mason County Courthouse in Maysville, Ky.

Chamber moves to Union Township

The Clermont Chamber of Commerce recently upgraded its surroundings, taking a fresh look at economic development through the relocation to a fresh new office. Formerly located on the outskirts of Milford, the Clermont chamber recently sold its former office in favor of a newly-created office park in Union Township.

Video about Simon Kenton filmed at Bethel’s Acord Cabin

The filming of a video promoting local folk hero Simon Kenton is now complete. Kenton was a pioneer largely responsible for helping settlers to reach this area. argely unknown in modern times, Kenton is the passion of local man, Mike Rumping, who portrays Simon Kenton in the video. “Simon Kenton was very under appreciated,” said Rumping. “He didn’t have John Filson writing his novel like Daniel Boone did. Daniel Boone had a lot of respect for Simon Kenton. As a matter of fact, Simon Kenton saved his life. Simon Kenton did more to open up the Northern Kentucky and Ohio frontiers than anyone else. I really think it’s important that people learn about him, and it’s a shame that American history isn’t taught more.”

Joshua Epperson Memorial Fund-Raiser to be held June 30

The public is invited to attend an event to raise money for the Joshua Epperson Memorial Fund-Raiser at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Bethel Fields, behind Hill Intermediate School in Bethel. Josh was killed May 28 when a beam fell on him at a construction site. Josh was a member of the Killer Bees, a Knothole baseball team.


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