Fire-fighter and fire-safety advocate Robert Hauck, 66, passed away on July 14. He leaves behind not only a loving family, but an unsurpassed legacy of community service and civic-minded recognition. Hauck, who was born and raised in Williamsburg, became a junior volunteer firefighter for the Bethel-Tate Fire Department as a teenager after tragically losing some aunts and cousins who were burned to death in a house fire.
More than 60 young Potter-ites of all ages attended an event at the Amelia branch library to celebrate the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” July 21. The spellbound children, some dressed up as muggles or magicians, filled out raffle tickets as they entered in the hopes of winning a copy of “Deathly Hallows,” the final installment of the wildly popular series of Potter books written by J.K. Rowling.
The Amelia Village Police Department is joining forces with thousands of other nationwide communities in fighting crime by participating in the “24th Annual National Night Out” Aug. 7. The police department will be hosting a variety of special events that evening, starting with a parade from Groh Park to Spencer Shank Park, which is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
Russ Whitley approached Bethel Council Monday, July 23 and announced that he will be seeking to make Bethel’s precinct A open for alcohol sales. Last year, Whitley successfully opened up two other Bethel voting precincts to alcohol sales on the November ballot.
A popular event at the Clermont County Fair is always the general projects demonstrions by the junior and senior 4-H and FFA participants. The projects, which were presented to an appreciative audience of more than 50 people at the fair July 23, consisted of 12 demonstrations (twice more than last year) from the categories of junior/senior individual projects and junior/senior team projects.
The village of New Richmond is exploring the option of adopting a charter form of government. Village council held a special meeting to review information regarding the formation of a charter government in the New Richmond School Board meeting room July 17.
A group of Union Township mothers are hoping to turn a tragic incident into a source of hope for many county foster children. On Aug. 4, a WARM Walk will be held to raise money for a scholarship fund for foster children and a program to supply foster children with basic physical needs.
The Bethel Village Council voted July 23 to adopt a new village property maintenance code. The code is designed, said Councilwoman Donna Gunn, to make the village better than what current state and county codes will accomplish.
Reigning supreme over this year’s Clermont County Fair are newly crowned 2007 Junior King and Queen Kellie Howerton and Jeff Carlson. In opening ceremonies held on the fairgrounds July 22, the junior fair king and queen were selected after each candidate was given an opportunity to introduce themselves, give a brief speech, and then answer a final question in front of the more than 200 people assembled for the royalty contest.
Clermont Northeastern Middle School student Taylor Faecher has been selected to participate in the National Young Leaders State Conference in Columbus next spring. Faecher, 12, who was nominated by his seventh grade CNE math teacher Mrs. Dorsey and will enter the eighth grade in the fall, will join the hundreds of outstanding and exemplary eighth and ninth grade students across the nation who have been invited to take part in the leadership development program.