Bethel-Tate High School graduate Christopher Nester, like many other kids his age, will be going to college in the fall. However, for this 2007 graduate, one major portion of the college experience will be greatly diminished: the debt. Nester is one of a handful of students in the state to receive the Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship from The Ohio State University, a full-ride scholarship that will provide the young man with tuition, room and board for four years of college.
Amy Baker, who was extradited to Kentucky June 6 where she has been charged with tampering with evidence for her involvement in the death of Marcus Fiesel, pleaded not guilty to the charge in a Mason County courtroom June 11. Going into the hearing, Baker’s cash bond was set at $50,000. But during the hearing, which was an eight-minute video conference, Mason County Judge Todd Walton decided to reduce her bond to only 10 percent of that.
Who says that community festivals are history? The Burke Park Log Cabin Committee, who will be hosting Bethel’s first historical community celebration in nearly a decade. The Founder’s Day Festival, which will take place June 29-July 1 at Burke Park in Bethel, will be the first such celebration since 1998 when Bethel celebrated its bicentennial. This will, in effect, celebrate Bethel’s 209th birthday.
The bodies of the father and son who went missing on William Harsha Lake in East Fork Park were recovered June 9. Charles E. Chippendale, 74, and his 38-year-old son Scott Chippendale, both from Lebanon in Warren County, are now known to have drowned after falling out of their 19-foot 1995 Ranger Bass fishing boat at approximately 11:45 a.m. April 2.
Former Deputy Sheriff Harold Ayers was honored by Sheriff Tim Rodenberg June 11 for a selfless act of giving that could help countless military families in need. Ayers, 83, of Amelia, made a Memorial Day donation that put a sort of life’s savings into the hands of countless families in need.
The artwork design of Pattison Elementary fifth-grader Sydney Carroll captured first place for Clermont County in this year’s Ohio Children’s Trust Fund child abuse prevention calendar art contest. Sponsored by Clermont County Family & Children First, the calendar art coloring contest was open to fifth-graders in all of Ohio’s 88 counties; Sydney took the top prize in Clermont. The top 12 statewide designs, one for each month of the year, were chosen from hundreds of received entries. The unique design that Sydney Carroll, 11, created was one of a rainbow and clouds. Some of those ways included serious conversations and parenting classes, she said. Carroll received a $50 Toys R Us gift certificate as well as a pizza party for her class.
The 45th annual Milford Frontier Days took place May 31-June 3. The traditional festival kicked off on May 31 with the Frontier Day’s Parade. The Frontier Day’s parade remains the largest parade in this part of the country.
The Milford Board of Education recently named a temporary successor for former superintendent John Frye. Serving for one year as an interim superintendent will be Dr. Robert Farrell, who will begin Aug. 1 as a one-year replacement for the former superintendent, who recently resigned.
Thanks to the quick thinking of a Union Township woman, animals in the township can breathe a little easier. After seeing a news story about obtaining oxygen masks for pets who have suffered from smoke inhalation from a house fire, Sherry Cooper decided to act. Now, the township fire department has a pet oxygen mask set for each of the five stations.
If spelling is your thing, you just may be in luck; the 15th annual literacy spelling bee will be held June 22 at the Milford Firefighter’s Bingo Hall. The event, the biggest fund raiser of the year for the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties, will pit teams of three against each other in a battle that will shake them to the depth of their vowels.