News Archive

Amy Baker gives up her extradition fight with Kentucky

Amy Baker has decided to give up on her extradition fight. Baker, 25, appeared before Judge James Shriver in a Clermont County courtroom May 30 to sign the necessary paperwork waiving her extradition hearing to Mason County, Ky., where she is charged with tampering with evidence in last summer’s murder of foster child Marcus Fiesel.

Bethel-Tate expands kindergarten program

Kindergarten students and parents will receive new treatment this year at Bethel-Tate Schools when a new kindergarten format will be tested. According to Bethel-Tate Superintendent Jim Smith, the district will be moving to an all day, every day model for kindergarten this year.

Ceremony marks the reopening of Clough Pike

Long awaited, the rerouting of Clough Pike in Batavia has reached an official completion. A short ceremony was held last week to mark the official opening of the new portion of Clough Pike, which enters Batavia on the west end of town near College Drive.

Tree dedicated in memory of Marcus

A tree was dedicated to honor the memory of murdered foster child Marcus Fiesel at the Spencer Shank Park in Amelia June 3. The white flowering pear tree, which symbolizes a loss of innocence, is the first tree to be dedicated as part of Amelia’s recently formed memorial tree program. Amelia village Parks and Recreation Commission chair Tonya Spurlock said that she hopes that the tree brings peace to all those who look upon it and will allow the community to begin a healing process.

CNE to offer all-day preschool in the fall

Clermont Northeastern has announced that it will be offering an all-day, every day preschool program commencing this Fall. This will be the first academic year that the school district, working closely in collaboration with Child Focus, Inc., will be offering the full/day pre-school program.

New Richmond boat ramp dedicated

The village of New Richmond celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Augusta Street Boat Ramp with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 25. Due to a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft two years ago, the Augusta Street Public Boat Ramp received minor repairs to the existing ramp, brand new docks were installed, and handicapped access was added to the ramp.

Clermont Jail gets good marks from state

The Clermont County Jail recently earned another year’s worth of good report from state inspectors, according to Sheriff Tim Rodenberg. A yearly state inspection of the facility found the operation to be running smoothly and in compliance with state standards.

Milford students learn their history through an unusual assignment

Sophomores at Milford High School in Anna Lorenz’s class learned recently that there may be more to their families than what they see at holiday dinners. A recent project assigned by Lorenz gave students a chance to get to know their families better, and learn what it’s like to be a historian.

Littering continues to be a concern in Batavia Township

Long a scourge of the county, the practice of littering is again under fire, said Batavia Township Trustee Lee Cornett. Recently, a garbage dump site found on Filager Road prompted an investigation that identified the alleged perpetrator of the illegal dumping site.

Strickland signs off on Amy Baker extradition

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland issued an arrest warrant and has ordered that Clermont County Judge James Shriver consider extraditing Amy Baker to Kentucky. But prosecutors in Mason County, Ky., will have to wait until a mid-July hearing to find out if the judge will order Baker, 25, to stand trial across the river.


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