More than 200 people turned out to celebrate Independence Day at the third annual Pierce Township children’s parade and festival. Held at the Pierce Township Park, this year’s event was once again dedicated to the memory of Staff Sergeant Charles “Chuck” Kiser, a Pierce resident who was killed in Iraq on June 24, 2004. At last year’s festival, the Legendary Run Community Association announced the creation of a student scholarship freedom fund in Kiser’s name.
A new restaurant called Country Cruz’en opened in Owensville July 1. Randy Clem, his wife Shawna, and their two sons Justin, 21, and Jared, 19 are all part of the new endeavor.
The Clermont County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the annual Edward J. Parish Pacesetter award and the annual Corporate Pacesetter award. Chamber president Matt Van Sant said that the Edward J. Parish Pacesetter award is bestowed upon an individual who exhibits genuine concern for the county and its residents and has exhibited exemplary qualities of citizenship, character, and leadership.
The Settler Cemetery in Bethel will receive an extensive renovation over the upcoming months thanks to the efforts of the Bethel Historical Society and the Burke Trust.
It was a clear case of gridlock as customers lined up to get gas. However, the customers in question were all on foot. Hundreds of eager Clermont County residents lined up in front of the Department of Job and Family Services for a free $200 gas card.
Strong opposition to House Bill 154, a bill under consideration in the Ohio House of Representatives that would take away the powers of small-town mayors to decide guilt in traffic cases, is spreading through Clermont County. Since its introduction by Ohio State Representative Larry Wolpert (R-Hilliard) April 17 of this year, the village councils of Amelia and New Richmond and the city council of Milford have all discussed and passed resolutions opposing the state legislation.
Clermont County resident William Stephens has self-published his first novel, “11 Bravo Twenty Five Miles This Side of Insanity.” Stephens, 38, who has lived in Amelia for the past five years with his wife Kimberly, based the fictional novel on the personal experiences he endured while in military basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia in the mid 1980′s.
The Batavia Township Board of Trustees recently met in a special session to solve an issue revolving around an expired liquor license in the township. Benjy’s, a convenience store located on Old 32 near Greenbriar Road, was faced with the loss of its liquor license after a mix-up resulted in a failed reapplication for the permit.
The Clermont County Park District is looking for help. In an effort to create a better park environment for county residents, the district is giving park users a chance to help choose what amenities their parks will receive in the future. To this end, the district has posted an online survey for residents who can take a few minutes to let the park officials know what works, what doesn’t, and what would be really cool to have.
The Felicity branch of the United States Post Office has designed and created a cancellation stamp for the 2007 Clermont County Fair. And for the first time in the fair’s 158-year history, there will be a fully operational Clermont County Owensville branch of the post office booth set up on the fairgrounds every day (July 22 – 28) of this annual event.