Bethel resident Randy Valentine was seriously injured when his high-powered, modified go-cart overturned and crashed on Airport Road at 6 p.m. March 22. Valentine, who was not wearing a helmet when his go-cart slid sideways and flipped over, was flown to the University Hospital where, as of press time, he remains in critical condition.
Clermont County Duke Energy customers experienced an electrical power outage for a couple of hours on Sunday night. From 10 p.m. to around midnight Easter Sunday, 6,800 residents in Pt. Pleasant, Felicity, New Richmond, Moscow, Pierce Township, and Ohio Township were left in the dark when a cross arm near the Moscow substation broke.
High flood waters led to an arrest in New Richmond March 22. After a high-speed night car chase, the New Richmond Police Department and the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office apprehended suspect Seldon Leroy Sams near the Ohio River.
U.S. Army Sergeant Brad J. Oberklaus II was honored at an appreciation ceremony held at the Clermont County Board of Commissioner’s March 19. Born into a military family in Galion, Ohio – his father Brad Oberklaus retired from the Army in 1994 – Brad graduated from New Richmond High School in 2001 before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2002 (this Iraq tour of duty is his second enlistment).
Six suspects believed to be responsible for desecrating the Olive Branch Cemetery have been identified and charged with vandalism. As of press time, deputies continue searching for the now charged suspects.
Amelia Middle School student Tyler Thompson has qualified to compete in the 2008 Ohio Geography Bee. Thompson, an eighth-grader, has become the first student challenger at Amelia Middle School, and the West Clermont School District, to ever advance as a semifinalist in the annual state competition.
The Partnership for Mental Health Inc. is once again celebrating hope for those individuals living with mental illness and recognizing those heroes in the professional mental health field who daily make a positive impact on the lives of those suffering from mental illness. To that end, the third annual “Celebration of Hope and Heroes” will take place at the Receptions Conference Center in Eastgate May 13.
Clermont County has a new town crier mobile. The Old Glory Mobile, as it has been named, was unveiled amidst much pomp and circumstance at the Lykins Oil Corporation in Miami Township March 20. Last year, official county town crier William Knepp conceived of the town crier mobile idea while in Branson, Mo. with his wife Nancy. Knepp, after spotting a white pick-up truck that was patriotically decorated, was “instantly” inspired to create something similar.
U.S. Marine Corporal John Conners, 30, of New Richmond, has recently been deployed to Iraq with the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron #115 (VMFA). Operating out of the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, Conners, an airframe mechanic and assistant night crew supervisor for the airframes section, graduated from New Richmond High Schoo
The New Richmond Rivertown IGA donated $1,000 worth of groceries to the New Richmond Food Pantry March 17. “This is like an answered prayer,” said food pantry representative Sonia Kroger. “This will help and mean so much to our clientele – especially around Easter time.”