To keep Clermont County beautiful and litter-free, 656 volunteers participated in the 10th annual Clean and Green event held April 23. The Clean and Green program, an annual clean-up initiative sponsored by Clermont 20/20, is designed to improve the quality of life for all Clermont County residents, a primary mission of the Clermont 20/20 organization.
The Union Township Kiwanis Club has awarded a brand new car to Amelia High School student Daniel Santoro. As part of Operation Zero, which is a safe driving awareness initiative designed to eliminate the traffic deaths of our county’s youth, the Kiwanis Club presented the car to the fortunate high school senior in the awards ceremony held at Amelia High School April 23.
Goshen Township resident Artie D. Vineyard has been arrested and charged with drug trafficking. Vineyard, 22, was served with a search warrant at 8:30 a.m. April 24 at his residence in the 400 block of Country Lake Circle by Goshen Police Corporal Ron Robinson after allegedly selling marijuana to an undercover police informant on four separate occasions since February.
The morning before the prom, students at the Bethel-Tate High School assembled to watch a drunk driving mock automobile crash and its tragic aftermath. The OSHP sponsors mock crashes to promote smart choices.
The inspiring life of Clermont County fallen soldier Matt Maupin was celebrated last weekend. Holding lit candles and waving American flags, hundreds of respectful, tearful mourners lined Maupin’s motorcade route from the Lunken Airport to the Union Township Civic Center on Saturday; the 20-hour visitation that followed was a chance for the estimated 6,000 well-wishers to pay their final respects to the soldier who had been missing in Iraq for almost four years before being found last month.
The Child Focus Head Start program at the Marr Cook Elementary School in Goshen has received a three-star Step Up To Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Bureau of Child Care and Development. The three-star rating that Marr Cook has achieved, which is the highest excellence award attainable, marks the first time for such a rating that any early child care center in Clermont County has received, something that makes all involved parties very proud.
Kelly Dorsey captured third place in the Ohio State Homecoming Queen Pageant held in Dayton April 12-13. Dorsey, 18, who was invited to compete as a finalist in the annual competition after being crowned Clermont Northeastern High School Homecoming Queen last fall, was in the running to represent Ohio and advance to the America’s Homecoming Queen contest to be held this August.
An estimated 3,000 visitors attended the annual open house at Grant’s Farm and Nursery April 19-20. Grant’s have been holding the customer appreciation open houses for more than 20 years.
Owensville resident Jennifer Wheeler was arrested for driving under the influence while en route to her sister’s wedding. Wearing a yellow bridesmaid dress, Wheeler, 28, was driving a red Dodge Neon when she crashed into a fence and a tree on Bauer Road the afternoon of April 13.
Amelia Middle School student Tyler Thompson placed seventeenth in the 2008 Ohio State Geography Bee held in Columbus April 4. “I was very proud of myself,” Thompson said. “Especially when the Geography Bee director told the final group that we had made the top 100 out of the more than 100,000 students in the state who competed.”