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High school coach indicted for rape

Basketball coach Randall Ralston has been indicted for one count of rape and 13 counts of unlawful sexual conduct for allegedly having sex with three teenage girls, two of which were members of his summer league basketball team. Ralston, a 39-year-old Anderson Township resident, was indicted by a Clermont County grand jury last week. If found guilty, the coach could be sent to prison for the next 75 years.

Two challenge Niehaus for Ohio Senate seat

Democrat Greg Napolitano and Independent Mary Ann Leech are challenging incumbent Tom Niehaus for the 14th District seat in the Ohio State Senate. Niehaus, who was first elected to represent the 14th district in 2004, is finishing up his first four-year term in the state senate. He is seeking re-election because he wants to continue working and speaking up for the residents of the 14th senate district.

County to receive funds to improve roads for project

Clermont County is going to receive a $113,000 state grant to help pay for the road improvements related to the brand new headquarters of the Penn Station East Coast Subs restaurant chain. Located along U.S. 50 and Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, the $508,000 future project in Miami Township is also expected to improve the road access to an adjacent 100-acre industrial site, said Clermont County engineer Pat Manger.

Bethel mayor urges support for school tax

Bethel Mayor John Swarthout is urging all village residents to support the one percent earned income tax that will appear on next week’s ballot. “We are asking for your support for our outstanding rated school system,” the mayor said at the village’s regular Oct. 27 council meeting. “There cannot be anything more important than supporting our young people now and in the future.”

Amelia to hold annual veterans event Saturday, Nov. 8

The 5th annual Amelia village “Salute to Veterans” will be held Nov. 8. Amelia village council has invited all Clermont County citizens to participate in the ceremony, to be held at 2 p.m. at the Amelia Elementary School to honor and celebrate veterans, their families, and the men and women currently serving in the U.S. military.

Williamsburg church celebrates 200 years

The Williamsburg First Presbyterian Church celebrated its 200th birthday Oct. 11-12. It is the first Presbyterian Church begun in Clermont County and in the county’s oldest village. The church was organized in 1808 by Rev. Dr. Hodge, an evangelist. The first service actually took place in Williamsburg on Nov. 10, 1806, and was led by Rev. James Gilliland who lived in Red Oak, Brown County.

Thespians collect food for pantry

The Glen Este High School Thespians have been hard at work collecting food and money for the needy and bringing all the results of their labor to the Clermont County YWCA in Batavia. Joan Stek, the director of the troupe, reported the students collected a very impressive amount of 332 cans and boxes of food and $302.28 in cash.

Batavia graduate performs with world class drum and bugle corps

Drum Corps International held its World Class Championships on the Indiana University at Bloomington campus the first weekend of August. Twenty Division I Drum & Bugle Corps gathered for the last time this season to go head-to-head in competition for the grand phantom regimentize…the gold medal. Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Illinois emerged victorious, and by the narrowest margin in DCI history. They stood alone, for the first time in their 52-year old history as a corps.

Great Oaks hoping for passage of 2.7 mill levy

The Great Oaks Career Institute and Career Center has a 2.7 mill renewal tax levy on the Nov. 4 ballot. Issue 28 is a 10-year renewal of the current 2.7 mill levy; all generated funds would be used primarily for operating dollars for the institute’s high school, which includes instructors, materials, utility costs, and transportation.

Clepper, McCoy vie for County Recorder

There are two candidates running for the office of Clermont County Recorder, and they have similar views about the task ahead for whichever candidate replaces current Clermont County Recorder Carolyn Green.

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