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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Village Association of Batavia has announced the winners of this month’s property home improvement awards. Winning the recognition for June is the home of John and Linda Duncan and the home of John and Moira McManus.
“This & That,” a brand new clothing and crafts store in Felicity, opened June 16. Felicity residents and new store owners Jeff and Tina Blackburn said that their store will offer brand name clothes at reasonable, below mall prices.