A massive fire destroyed the Burns Service Center in Bethel July 28. Owner Greg Burns was transported to Clermont Mercy Hospital with first and second degree burns on his arms and torso after the two-hour fire decimated the towing and service center that had been serving Bethel residents for decades.
Voters in the Batavia Local School district will decide in a special election Aug. 5 whether to approve a 9.8 mill bond issue and 0.5 mill maintenance levy for new schools.
The YWCA Eastern Area has announced the winners of the 10th annual Karen and Warren Haug Scholarships. The two eastern area high school seniors who have received the scholarships this year are graduating students Lauren Lefferson and Heather Bennett.
The Amelia Village Police Department has joined forces with hundreds of nationwide communities in fighting crime and spreading citizen goodwill by participating in the 25th annual National Night Out Aug. 5. This is the fifth year that Amelia has participated; the Amelia police department will be hosting a wide variety of special events to celebrate the event.
The Clermont Northeastern School District has announced that the Ohio School Facilities Commission would pay for 29 percent, or $6 million, of the cost of building a new high school campus soon after passing a bond levy.
One of the more popular events held every year at the Clermont County Fair is the general project demonstrations by the junior and senior level 4-H and FFA members. There are 14 4-H clubs in Clermont County and the programs are open to anyone with an interest between the ages of eight and 18.
More than 3,000 people braved the heat and lined the streets of Owensville to enjoy the 159th Annual Clermont County Fair Owensville Firemen’s Parade July 20. The annual firemen’s parade, organized by the Stonelick Township Firefighter’s Association, kicked off the Clermont County Fair and attracted more than 100 participants.
When U.S. Army Captain Michael Torok helped save the life an Iraqi boy who was badly burned in a cooking accident, he never dreamed that the boy would end up at the Shriner’s Burns Institute in Cincinnati – or show up in his Bethel home at his June 28 welcome home party.
Jamie Hazenfield and Alex Plante have been crowned the 2008 Clermont County Junior Fair King and Queen. In the opening ceremonies held on the fairgrounds July 20, the junior fair king and queen were selected after the judges, who said that this year’s decision was a very difficult one, deliberated on the responses of each candidate’s interviews, which were held in earlier, private individual sessions.
The Union Township Board of Trustees has rejected pleas by some residents to allow pet owners to walk their dogs in the Veteran’s Memorial Park. The July 8 unanimous decision by the trustees followed remarks by Clough Pike resident Tim Walker, requesting a reversal on the no-dogs policy, and by Union Township resident and veteran Tom Hessner, opposed to any changes.