News Archive

Batavia’s town crier takes office

Batavia’s first town crier, Maybelle Murphy, took her oath of office and read her first proclamation at the village offices Thursday, Dec. 31. Murphy will appear at civic and holiday events, and at other special occasions in the village.

Bethel Police Department adds two auxiliary officers

Two auxiliary police officers have been added to the Bethel Police Department. On Monday, Dec. 14, Mayor John Swarthout recommended to council the appointment of Aaron Warren to the police department. On Monday, Dec. 21, he recommended Jillian Rudd. Council approved both of the appointments and they were both sworn in.

Applicants are needed to fill board positions

The Board of Clermont County Commissioners currently is accepting applications for a position on the Clermont County Developmental Disabilities Board. The applicant must be the parent of a child who is eligible for CCDD services.

Township ready to tackle transportation issues in 2010

Several transportation projects were discussed by Union Township officials during their regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 22. According to Township Administrator David Duckworth, a recent open house was well attended. A display of the proposed changes can be viewed at the Union Township Community Center and comments and suggestions will be considered.

Clough Pike Elementary students donate toys to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

A yearly tradition continued at Clough Pike Elementary School Tuesday, Dec. 22 with the annual toy donation to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Two women sentenced in murder for hire plot

Two Milford women have been sentenced for their roles in a plot to kill a 7-year-old child and her mother. The sentences came after the pair entered guilty pleas in the murder-for-hire plot, which was planned to affect the rape trial of Michael Gray. According to court records, Michael Gray was entrusted as the babysitter for the girl in 2008 when the rape occurred.

Evans has been indicted by grand jury

A former youth pastor at Saltair Church of Christ who was arrested Dec. 8 has been indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury. Chris Evans, 39, of Bethel, has been charged with 10 counts of sexual battery and 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor, all felonies in the third degree. The charges carry potential prison confinement of five years for each count. Judge Victor Haddad set his bond at $150,000.

Names of local soldiers on Vietnam Memorial Wall are basis for book

There were 40 Clermont County residents who sacrificed their lives during the War in Vietnam and according to author Gary Knepp, each one left a legacy behind. Knepp gave some background about how the concept for his new book, “Beyond the Names” was initiated.

Families benefit from donation

Union workers from United Steel Workers Local 498 at Smurfit Stone Container Corporation in Blue Ash recently held their annual toy and food drive. Their generous donations during the past month filled a large drum to over-flowing, but when the group didn’t receive any requests from union members for help they had to look for other places to donate the goods.

Young Amelia resident has been named Citizen of the Year

It began at a Native American Powwow Jan. 25, 2008, when Cameron Williams, then age 9, drew some pictures and sold them to raise money for veterans. She raised $38 that day for the local VFW and since that time, she has raised more than $4,500.


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