Celebrating “hope” for three individuals affected in some way by mental illness and also honoring seven individuals as mental health “heroes” making a positive impact on the daily lives of those suffering from mental illness, the Partnership For Mental Health Inc. has bestowed its third annual Hope and Heroes awards. Attended by 200 guests and held at the Eastgate Receptions May 13, the Celebration of Hope and Heroes is an annual event designed to draw much-needed attention to the many mental health issues in our community, and, perhaps most importantly, to help fight, and hopefully someday eliminate, the pervasive stigma that still surrounds many mental health issues.
The Batavia Local School District Board of Education has voted to place a 9.8 mill bond issue on the Aug. 5 ballot. The bond, which would raise $34,775,000, would pay for the district’s share of a new elementary school, new middle school, and renovations at the high school.
A multiple car accident in Pierce Township has claimed the life of a Bethel woman. Catherine Yost, 89, died after her husband John Yost, also 89, lost control of his Toyota Camry and impacted two cars head-on and then striking a third car before driving off the side of State Route 125 and Arcadia Lane around 3:30 p.m. May 1.
Due to the record snowfall that fell in early March, President George W. Bush has declared that Clermont County was in a state of emergency and is allowing F.E.M.A., the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to release federal funds to Clermont County and 16 other Ohio counties to assist in the costs associated with that blizzard.
Amelia High School celebrated its top 25 student academic achievers with an informal signing ceremony May 1. The first time for such an event, the signing ceremony was a chance for those outstanding Amelia High School seniors to represent a commitment as they signed for their scholarships to the college or university of their choice.
Lauren Schmidt, a student at Monroe Elementary in New Richmond, has won the third grade category of the Ohio River Sweep Poster Contest. This year, Schmidt was the only winner from Clermont County and the only third grade winner in the region, which encompasses Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office is engaged in weekly visits with senior citizens. For the last eight years, and in cooperation with Clermont Senior Services, Clermont County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been volunteering to spread goodwill by visiting and spending time with local senior citizens.
Washington Township resident George Thomas Robertson has been arrested and charged with attacking a 16-year old girl. According to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, the attack occurred May 1 on Bear Creek Road on the east side of the village of Neville. Robertson, 25, allegedly grabbed the girl and tried to rip her clothes off during the attack.
Pat Hill, New Richmond and Clermont County sports legend, will be retiring at the conclusion of this school year. Her illustrious career spanned 36 years, the last 10 as athletic director. She was the second female athletic director in Clermont County high school sports history following Mary Tiberghein (now Johnson) at Clermont Northeastern High School.
Amelia High School senior Heather Pendergrass never wants to see another student become a drunk driving statistic. Therefore, as part of Heather’s West Clermont Senior Exit Action Project, she studied and researched drunk driving fatalities, wrote a research paper on the topic, prepared and presented power-point presentations to different groups, and set up a display of crosses in front of the Amelia High School in memory of those young people killed in alcohol related crashes.