Nearly a year after a fire forced the closing of the Felicity General Store, the business, which has been a fixture in the community for 32 years, is once again serving customers. But the store hasn’t just been reopened. It has been completely renovated and expanded by owners Bob and Connie Taggart. The changes to the store were so extensive that the Taggarts thought a new name for the business was in order.
With the arrest of violent sex offender Parrish Shoemake last week, the Pierce Township Police Department is warning all residents not to open their doors to anyone. Shoemake, a sex offender from Arizona who was convicted of sex with a girl under age 14, was arrested in Pierce Township April 8 after a Clermont County deputy noticed him going door to door distributing flyers, an activity that is illegal in the township.
Union Township resident Jaysen Bell was sentenced to five years in prison for molesting two of his foster sons. The five-year sentence, which was handed down by Clermont County Common Pleas Court judge Robert Ringland April 8, was the maximum sentence allowed under state law.
Diane Linz, of Goshen, will spend the next 14 years in prison for the aggravated vehicular homicide of 23-month-old Ian Graves in an automobile accident that occurred at the intersection of Woodville Pike and Deerfield Road last November.
Vandalism in Amelia’s Groh Park last week by 11 juveniles has forced it’s closure for two weeks. Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington closed the park after the acts of vandalism were discovered April 8.
Bigg’s Eastgate has donated $4,725 to benefit the Matt Maupin Scholarship Fund. Matt Maupin’s parents, Keith and Carolyn Maupin, were presented the donated funds during a check presentation ceremony at the Bigg’s store April 15.
Frances Strickland is working to make a positive difference in the lives of Ohio’s families. Welcomed by many representatives of those county service agencies, including Child Focus, Inc. and Mental Health and Recovery Board, Frances Strickland visited the Clermont County April 11.
The Clermont County administrative and service offices have collected food and donated them to the Batavia YWCA. The eight barrels that were placed in county offices during the week of March 17-21 were completely filled by county workers; a total of eight barrels filled with food were delivered to the YWCA by Clermont Community Services April 11.
Clermont Community Services held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new James Sauls Homeless Shelter April 14. It took many county agencies, with more of a united grassroots approach to the project, and many community members and leaders to secure the land and the funding needed to make the new homeless shelter now become reality. The new James Sauls Homeless Shelter, which will be built directly behind the old Batavia Township Trustee building/Central Joint Fire Department on Old St. Rt. 32, was leased out to CCS by the Batavia Township trustees in January of this year.
The students at Willowville Elementary School in Union Township paused to honor fallen soldier Matt Maupin with an afternoon assembly April 9. Surrounded by the school’s staff, who were wearing red, white, and blue T-shirts with Maupin commemorative stickers, the elementary students at Willowville were only one of the many student bodies in the West Clermont School District who honored Maupin on April 9, the day that Union Township native Matt Maupin was captured in Iraq in 2004.