The inspiring life of Clermont County fallen soldier Matt Maupin was celebrated last weekend. Holding lit candles and waving American flags, hundreds of respectful, tearful mourners lined Maupin’s motorcade route from the Lunken Airport to the Union Township Civic Center on Saturday; the 20-hour visitation that followed was a chance for the estimated 6,000 well-wishers to pay their final respects to the soldier who had been missing in Iraq for almost four years before being found last month.
The Child Focus Head Start program at the Marr Cook Elementary School in Goshen has received a three-star Step Up To Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Bureau of Child Care and Development. The three-star rating that Marr Cook has achieved, which is the highest excellence award attainable, marks the first time for such a rating that any early child care center in Clermont County has received, something that makes all involved parties very proud.
Kelly Dorsey captured third place in the Ohio State Homecoming Queen Pageant held in Dayton April 12-13. Dorsey, 18, who was invited to compete as a finalist in the annual competition after being crowned Clermont Northeastern High School Homecoming Queen last fall, was in the running to represent Ohio and advance to the America’s Homecoming Queen contest to be held this August.
An estimated 3,000 visitors attended the annual open house at Grant’s Farm and Nursery April 19-20. Grant’s have been holding the customer appreciation open houses for more than 20 years.
Owensville resident Jennifer Wheeler was arrested for driving under the influence while en route to her sister’s wedding. Wearing a yellow bridesmaid dress, Wheeler, 28, was driving a red Dodge Neon when she crashed into a fence and a tree on Bauer Road the afternoon of April 13.
Amelia Middle School student Tyler Thompson placed seventeenth in the 2008 Ohio State Geography Bee held in Columbus April 4. “I was very proud of myself,” Thompson said. “Especially when the Geography Bee director told the final group that we had made the top 100 out of the more than 100,000 students in the state who competed.”
Union Township resident Lorene Middleton, 70, is receiving an elder caregiver award by the Ohio Department of Aging. Middleton, who has been a selfless and devoted caregiver for her entire life, said that she was shocked, but very happy, when she heard that she had been nominated and then selected to receive such an honor.
A stolen car was pulled from East Fork Lake last week. On April 16, the antenna of a 2006 Ford Explorer was spotted sticking out of the water by a park visitor in the Slade Road boat ramp area, an area of the lake that is a concreted, inside area of the boat ramp.
Thousands of yellow ribbons will “light the way home” for Clermont County fallen soldier Matt Maupin this weekend. Since Maupin’s remains were found in Iraq last month, hundreds of volunteers have been busy tying the yellow ribbons to fences, and all stationary objects, along the scheduled funeral route from Lunken Airport to Union Township.
The students at Clermont Northeastern Middle School honored Earth Day April 22. Appropriately wearing green and blue attire, the students, who are also taking the Ohio State Achievement Tests this week, participated in a book exchange to stress the importance of reusing and recycling books, were engaged in collecting cans all week, were encouraged to bring a no waste lunch to school (most did), and the science classes were held outside in the sunshine.