A tree was dedicated to honor the memory of murdered foster child Marcus Fiesel at the Spencer Shank Park in Amelia June 3. The white flowering pear tree, which symbolizes a loss of innocence, is the first tree to be dedicated as part of Amelia’s recently formed memorial tree program. Amelia village Parks and Recreation Commission chair Tonya Spurlock said that she hopes that the tree brings peace to all those who look upon it and will allow the community to begin a healing process.
Clermont Northeastern has announced that it will be offering an all-day, every day preschool program commencing this Fall. This will be the first academic year that the school district, working closely in collaboration with Child Focus, Inc., will be offering the full/day pre-school program.
The village of New Richmond celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Augusta Street Boat Ramp with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 25. Due to a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft two years ago, the Augusta Street Public Boat Ramp received minor repairs to the existing ramp, brand new docks were installed, and handicapped access was added to the ramp.
The Clermont County Jail recently earned another year’s worth of good report from state inspectors, according to Sheriff Tim Rodenberg. A yearly state inspection of the facility found the operation to be running smoothly and in compliance with state standards.
Sophomores at Milford High School in Anna Lorenz’s class learned recently that there may be more to their families than what they see at holiday dinners. A recent project assigned by Lorenz gave students a chance to get to know their families better, and learn what it’s like to be a historian.
Long a scourge of the county, the practice of littering is again under fire, said Batavia Township Trustee Lee Cornett. Recently, a garbage dump site found on Filager Road prompted an investigation that identified the alleged perpetrator of the illegal dumping site.
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland issued an arrest warrant and has ordered that Clermont County Judge James Shriver consider extraditing Amy Baker to Kentucky. But prosecutors in Mason County, Ky., will have to wait until a mid-July hearing to find out if the judge will order Baker, 25, to stand trial across the river.
Union Township Television was recently honored by a consortium of local access television stations, earning awards in three categories for the “Cooking With Rita” program. UTTV, which went on air last year, also received mention for their work on a documentary on Orpha Gatch.
The Clermont County Mental Health Alliance honored individuals last week for their work in either promoting or improving the study of mental health, or for working to overcome the effects of a mental illness. The second annual Celebration of Hope and Heroes ceremony honored three individuals with the hope award for overcoming mental health problems, as well as 13 individuals who have contributed to the eradication of mental health issues among the population.
Felicity-Franklin sixth grade special education teacher and soldier Toby Lewin was welcomed home from Iraq with a surprise homecoming parade and celebration on the school’s campuses May 23. The 1,200 students of the Felicity-Franklin School District, along with the school district’s staff and administration, took time during the day to welcome him home, greet him, and thank him for his service in fighting to secure and protect our freedoms.