The final credits will roll on Bethel’s Midway Theater screen April 4. Owner Deborah Brooks has announced plans to close the historic Bethel theater this week and will have a customer appreciation party on April 4. The 280-seat theater, which was illustrious for showing family-friendly fare, was opened in 1937 by Brook’s grandfather Earl Hewett.
Amelia mayor Leroy Ellington is making good on his campaign promise to reconnect the village residents to its representative government. The town hall meeting, held at the Amelia Public Library March 31, attracted more than 65 people and included introductions and reports from all elected and appointed officials, the Amelia Police Department, the Union Township Fire Department, and many different committees.
A bowling benefit for kids living with autism will be held later this month in memory of former West Clermont speech pathologist Katie Haumesser. Haumesser, 27, was killed by a drunk driver in Clermont County in Feb. 2006 on the way home from taking her 10-year-old daughter Emma to Children’s Hospital after treatment for an asthma attack.
Two Batavia Township residents were robbed at gunpoint during a home invasion March 25. At approximately 10:30 p.m., the Clermont County communications center received a 911 call from Erica Collins on Pochard Drive.
To raise funds for the American Breast Cancer Foundation, and to promote the early detection of breast cancer, the Auxier Gas Company in Batavia has recently purchased a pink delivery truck. The ABCF, which is celebrating 10 years, contracted with Auxier Gas for the new truck; it is the only one of its kind in southwest Ohio, Sears said.
The Pierce Township Police Department has received a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) to assist in the fight against prescription drug abuse. The $25,000 grant (the funds were provided by Abbott Laboratories) will allow a Pierce Township police officer to be assigned full-time to the county’s narcotic unit to investigate and divert pharmaceutical related crimes and other issues as needed.
Lance Corporal Steward Paul Moss III was honored at a recognition ceremony by the Clermont County Board of Commissioners March 26. Eastgate resident Moss, 22 (he goes by Paul), deploys to Iraq in mid-April for his first seven-month tour of duty. Born in Chicago and raised in the Eastgate area, Moss, a 2004 Glen Este High School graduate, enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 2007.
The Batavia Ford Motor transmission plant will halt production and close at the end of May, 2008. Last week, Ford announced to its more than 750 employees and concerned county officials that the plant will indeed close, a predicted announcement that has been expected since the winter of 2006.
It wasn’t the news that Clermont County had hoped and prayed for, but local soldier Matt Maupin is finally coming home. The remains of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matt Maupin have now been found and identified in Iraq. The sad news comes three years and 11 months after Maupin’s fuel convoy was ambushed near the Baghdad International Airport and he was captured in April 2004.
Natalie Fossier may have only been nine years old when she was tragically killed, but her too short life will now continue to inspire and help others forever. David and Melissa Fossier, in conjunction with the Clermont Community Fund and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, have created a fund in the memory of their daughter Natalie, who was killed by a falling ice-covered tree branch in Miami Township as she walked her dog Angel in Feb. 2007.