The Clermont County Mental Health Alliance honored individuals last week for their work in either promoting or improving the study of mental health, or for working to overcome the effects of a mental illness. The second annual Celebration of Hope and Heroes ceremony honored three individuals with the hope award for overcoming mental health problems, as well as 13 individuals who have contributed to the eradication of mental health issues among the population.
Felicity-Franklin sixth grade special education teacher and soldier Toby Lewin was welcomed home from Iraq with a surprise homecoming parade and celebration on the school’s campuses May 23. The 1,200 students of the Felicity-Franklin School District, along with the school district’s staff and administration, took time during the day to welcome him home, greet him, and thank him for his service in fighting to secure and protect our freedoms.
Moler Raceway Park in Sterling Township (right outside Williamsburg) officially opened its gates over the Memorial Day weekend. After a couple of postponements due to weather and permit issues, Moler Raceway Park welcomed hundreds to its grand opening May 25.
What took years to grow was gone in seconds. 2007 Williamsburg High School graduates Sarah Banzhaf, Ashley Fox, Ashley Childs, and mother Lissa Childs, gathered together and, in an instant, felt the pull and cut from a pair of scissors as their flowing locks were severed.
What is believed to have started as a motorcycle stunt on state Route 32 Sunday resulted in the death of a Wheelersburg man. Jared Roe, 23, died after an apparent stunt he performed on his motorcycle resulted in a crash in Batavia.
A recent meeting of key individuals in the Clermont County community has helped spur progress on the new Clermont County Homeless Shelter. Billie Kuntz, executive director of community action, said that the meeting, held last week, included several key members of the community in a communication and strategy discussion designed to map out a plan of action.
For several years now, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and the Boys and Girls Club of Clermont County have made the first month of summer an interesting one for both law enforcement officers and children. The Junior Police Academy, a series of week-long educational interactions between kids and cops, will give kids around the county a chance to learn a little about being a law enforcement officer.
The West Clermont Board of Education has approved a $.25 increase in the district’s student lunch prices for the 2007-08 academic year. Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Personnel John Abegglen and West Clermont Supervisor of Food Service Operations Pam Sargent requested the price increase at the board’s regular meeting May 14.
A Hamilton County man was recently sentenced to several lifetimes in prison for the rape of his young stepson. Norman Houston, 40, was charged with four counts of raping the 12-year-old boy with force, which gained the man a stiff penalty from Judge Robert Ringland of the Clermont County Common Pleas Court.
A refinancing effort made by the Milford school district is expected to save taxpayers around $4 million, according to information released by the district. The refinancing came as part of the bond restructuring process that is built into the bond issue that made possible the construction of four elementary schools in 2001.