It wasn’t an invasion, but an army of elementary school students were gathered outside of McCormick Elementary to meet what might as well have been visitors from another planet. Last week, a blackhawk helicopter flown by four Air National Guard personnel touched down in a field beside the school for a day of learning and exploration. April 5, the helicopter, flown by local resident Todd Godwin, landed in what may become an annual event for McCormick students. The flight was to be the last for Godwin, who is retiring from the national guard after two decades of service.
The Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee will present their 15th annual Grassy Run Rendezvous, a historically correct reenactment of a settler village, on April 27-29. The annual event is based around a school day where various area schools visit to learn about how the area was settled and where their ancestors came from.
Amy Baker may be the target of a new investigation launched by Mason County prosecutors in Kentucky for her role in helping burn and dispose of the body of three-year old murdered foster child Marcus Fiesel. Baker was granted immunity from prosecution in Clermont and Hamilton counties last year in exchange for her testimony which broke the Marcus Fiesel murder case that ultimately led to the arrest, conviction, and incarceration of foster parents Liz and David Carroll.
The village of Amelia is selling 7.2 acres of surplus property located at 44 Oak Street. Determining that it is not in the best interest of the village to retain the 7.2 acre parcel of property, council voted unanimously to authorize the advertisement and sale of the property at its regular meeting April 2. The minimum public bid for the property will start at two hundred thousand dollars; no lower bid will be accepted.
The new Clermont County Water and Sewer District five-year plan has 10 projects listed that should, if completed, benefit much of the county in terms of current and future system performance. According to Tom Yeager, water and sewer director, the plan will both allow for future demands to the system, as well as current usage requirements.
CASA for Clermont Kids will be hosting its signature fund-raiser May 4 in hopes of raising a substantial amount of money to support its work in protecting abused and neglected children.
During the week of April 1-7, 1,372 reminders will be planted to spin cheerfully in the wind. These reminders will each represent one case of child abuse or neglect that was reported to Clermont County children’s services.
While April showers may bring May flowers, spring can also result in a more destructive blaze than the colors of early blooms. Spring, like fall, is considered “wildfire season” by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and citizens are warned to watch for a possible escaped blaze whenever outdoor burning is involved.
Despite setbacks to the overall economy, Clermont County is celebrating an apparent leap in job creation locally. According to the Clermont County Office of Economic Development, jobs were created last year at a record pace. In all, more than 700 jobs were created with more than $26 million in capital investment, according to information provided by the Clermont County Office of Public Information.
Search teams were out on Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park Monday and Tuesday looking for two missing boaters. Seventy-four year old Charles Chippendale and his son, 38-year-old Scott Chippendale, of Lebanon in Warren County, disappeared from their boat on the lake at approximately 11:45 a.m. April 2.