The Batavia Ford Motor transmission plant will halt production and close at the end of May, 2008. Last week, Ford announced to its more than 750 employees and concerned county officials that the plant will indeed close, a predicted announcement that has been expected since the winter of 2006.
It wasn’t the news that Clermont County had hoped and prayed for, but local soldier Matt Maupin is finally coming home. The remains of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matt Maupin have now been found and identified in Iraq. The sad news comes three years and 11 months after Maupin’s fuel convoy was ambushed near the Baghdad International Airport and he was captured in April 2004.
Natalie Fossier may have only been nine years old when she was tragically killed, but her too short life will now continue to inspire and help others forever. David and Melissa Fossier, in conjunction with the Clermont Community Fund and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, have created a fund in the memory of their daughter Natalie, who was killed by a falling ice-covered tree branch in Miami Township as she walked her dog Angel in Feb. 2007.
John Abegglen, assistant superintendent for personnel and administration for the West Clermont Local School District, has died at the age of 63. The school district has released a statement saying that the administrator suffered from what appears to be a heart attack and died Monday, March 24. West Clermont communications director Sharon Oakes said that Abegglen was at work when the incident occurred.
The Union Township Board of Trustees are designating April 9, 2008, as Matt Maupin Day in Union Township. The proclamation will be made at the trustees’ regular board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Township Hall, Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.
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.