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Hundreds gather for the Rendezvous

The Grassy Run Heritage Rendezvous was held at Community Park in Williamsburg April 27-29. This was the 15th annual rendezvous, which featured a 1700s living history encampment, Native American dancers, story tellers, and demonstrations in blacksmithing, gun smithing, weaving, and many other frontier crafts. Shouse said that this year, more than 200 living history enthusiasts dressed in period clothing and camped at Williamsburg’s Community Park.

Man faces charges after shooting at paramedics during domestic incident

An incident over the weekend has resulted in one man facing jail time for felonious assault, among other things, according to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department. Kurtis A. Mathers, 31, of Ireton Trees Road, is charged with firing a gun in his parent’s home at members of a paramedic team that was examining his father.

Milford prom night activities are directed at keeping students safe

As prom season gets into full swing, communities around the nation are trying to send a message to teenagers. Locally, Milford students will be enjoying what seems to be one of the most exciting safety programs around, the annual after prom.

West Clermont Board of Education approves novel for curriculum

A heated and passionate discussion on a book called “The Secret Life of Bees” dominated the West Clermont Board of Education’s regular board meeting April 23. Requesting that the board approve the book to start being taught in both district high schools was the first item on superintendent Gary Brook’s agenda.

Martin convicted of murder

The convicted murderer of a 15-year-old Union Township boy will be sentenced for his crime later this month. Charles Martin, 67, will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of Larry Mugrage Jr., his neighbor.

Defense lawyer accuses Amelia police officer of misconduct

The defense attorney for Jaysen Bell, the Batavia Township resident accused of raping his two teenage foster sons, has accused an Amelia police officer of misleading a Clermont County judge in order to obtain a search warrant for Bell’s Batavia Township home.

Howard Westphal, WWII veteran, Batavia resident, passes away

Batavia resident and United States Navy veteran Howard Westphal passed away on April 13, 2007.Westphal was born on Jan. 20, 1910. Raised in Southern Ohio, he graduated from the Hughes High School in 1928 and embarked upon a life in the military. He married wife Louise (nee Mussey) in October, 1941, and they honeymooned in Florida. Westphal, who would eventually reach the rank of commander in his decorated 30-year naval career, had three children with Louise.

Special prosecutor appointed for Baker

Special prosecutor Lynn Alan Grimshaw has been appointed to handle the extradition hearings for Amy Baker. Grimshaw, who is a former prosecutor for Scioto County and lives in Wheelersburg, was appointed by Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Judge William Walker April 25.

Clermont horse farm goes solar

To be successful, one could say you need business sense, but sometimes, just a little horse sense will do. The Meadow Springs horse farm near Pleasant Plain recently decided that, in order to properly ride your horse off into the sunset, you need to be able to see the sun. So, in an effort to curb smog and pollution, the owner, Robert Buse Jr., decided to soak in a few sun rays, and then power his business with them.

Clermont sheriff moonlights as disc jockey on WOBO radio

Ohio’s swingingest sheriff recently joined the ranks of volunteers at WOBO, Clermont County’s public radio station, as a swing and big band disc jockey on the morning shift. Sheriff Tim Rodenberg, who spins discs Tuesdays from 5-8 a.m., said that he kind of stumbled into things after catching up with an old friend.


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