The Bethel Village Council may soon be clear of the old Bethel Swim Club property. The council voted April 24 to proceed with a sale to a township couple who will, as part of the sale agreement, annex into the village. The sale of the property will benefit the village recreation fund by helping to maintain and make improvements to the existing park area in Bethel.
A peaceful-sounding creek located down from Marriott Road in Brown County’s Lewis Township flows opposite the site of a tragic and outrageous crime that occurred last summer. But thanks to the efforts of some workers who labored April 21, what had been a ugly sight because of what it represented has turned into a humble-appearing and poignant monument dedicated to the memory of a 3-year-old autistic boy named Marcus Fiesel.
The Clermont County Fair Board tried something a bit different this year, holding a contest to choose the winning design for the annual fair book cover. Each year, 40,000 fair books are printed and distributed in the county, and contain the schedule of events and descriptions of events held at the fair. This year was the first time a contest was used to determine the winning cover. Reed works locally as a photographer, graphic artist and webmaster. Many of the local village websites, he said, were designed by him, another area in which he has earned awards.
Amy Baker appeared in a Clermont County courtroom April 23 to fight being extradited to Mason County, Ky. for her role in and subsequent cover-up of the murder of three-year old foster child Marcus Fiesel. Mason County Ky. prosecutors have charged Baker with tampering with evidence, a class D felony which carries a minimum five-year jail sentence.
The United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Eastern Area, recently honored a number of individuals for their volunteering spirit at an annual breakfast banquet. The event noted the efforts of several people who have given a lot of their time and energy to helping people. Honored were volunteers in four categories. The Midland Company was chosen for the campaign leadership award, based on their work in helping the United Way to raise money to support social service efforts throughout the region.
Clermont 20/20 youth student leaders have donated $500 to the Batavia James Sauls Homeless Shelter. As part of a required group project for Look to Clermont, the youth leadership initiative of Clermont 20/20, the students held a fund-raiser at the Milford Bowling Lanes on St. Patrick’s Day to raise the donated funds which were presented to the shelter in an informal check presentation ceremony April 18. Bethel-Tate High School junior Tammy Guseman said that they chose the shelter because they wanted to ease the stress and ‘help out’ the homeless population in the county.
The Pierce Township Police Department has arrested a suspect in a violent home invasion/aggravated robbery that occurred Tuesday morning, April 10. The police department said that at approximately 2 a.m., Lloyd Sill, 35, and two black male accomplices help up four people at gunpoint in a Pierce Township home located on Culver Court.
Already enjoying his status as a television personality and valued member of the Union Township Police Department, Detective Jeff Brown was recently elevated to the rank of sergeant.
Completing the regular portion of their meeting in just over 11 minutes total, the Bethel Village Council last week endured over an hour and a half of grilling from Tate Township residents who were concerned that the village may try to strong-arm them into annexing into the village.
The Clermont County Public Library wants local students to turn off the television and design a bookmark instead. The first category is students in kindergarten through eighth grade and the second category is high school students.