News Archive

Houston convicted, sentenced to life

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.

Refinancing move to save Milford taxpayers $4 million

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.

County officials push for increased federal funding of drug programs

Clermont County officials, as well as county officials around the nation, are hoping that a recent discussion with national legislative assistants will result in more federal funding for drug prevention programs.

Animal emergency services training held at fairgrounds

If a natural disaster strikes in the tri-state, Clermont County’s animals now stand a better chance of survival. The Tri-State County Animal Response Team hosted the American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services Training at the Clermont County Fairgrounds the weekend of May 19. Approximately 40 volunteers representing CART, the Clermont County Humane Society, many county animal control officers, the All Creatures Animal Hospital, and the Clermont County Citizen Corps members (who sponsored the training) participated in the weekend event.

Parker fills vacant council seat on Amelia Village Council

Molly Parker has been appointed to the vacant seat on the Amelia village council. Chosen from a pool of four interested applicants, Parker was appointed by and sworn in by Amelia Mayor Mike Scharf at council’s regular meeting May 21.

Vandals hit public, private property

Union Township Police are hoping to put an end to a longtime warm-weather tradition. Late last week, a number of vehicles at the Willis Heating and Air facility near Eastgate Mall were targeted by vandals with spray paint, who left their calling cards in what Lt. Scott Gaviglia says is a common problem when the weather turns warmer.

Paperwork error delays Baker extradition

An paperwork error has delayed the extradition hearing for Amy Baker. Prosecutors in Kentucky, who have charged Baker with the tampering of evidence in her role and cover-up in the murder of 3-year-old foster child Marcus Fiesel, will have to wait until a mid-July hearing to find out if Baker will be extradited across the river.

Milford Schools superintendent Frye to resign

Citing comments from the public that indicate his status as a stumbling block for community support, Milford Schools superintendent John Frye announced his intentions to resign, effective July 31. The seven-year superintendent of Milford Schools said that he wishes to end his tenure with the district after various critics of recent levy and bond issue attempts blamed him for creating a strained relationship with the public.

Bands on Broadway ice cream social held

The Batavia Band Boosters Association held its second annual ‘Bands on Broadway’ ice cream social at the Batavia Elementary School May 19. The event, which attracted more than 300 people, was designed to celebrate and support local bands, said booster’s vice-president Martha Enriquez. The three and a half hour event included musical performances from the Batavia High School Bulldog Marching Band, the Sycamore Community Band, and the Williamsburg Community Band.

Nascar Days held at Batavia company

The American Micro Products Company located in Batavia held its third annual Nascar Days May 18. The National Nascar Days started three years ago when racecar driver Kyle Petty’s son Adam was killed.

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