The filming of a video promoting local folk hero Simon Kenton is now complete. Kenton was a pioneer largely responsible for helping settlers to reach this area. argely unknown in modern times, Kenton is the passion of local man, Mike Rumping, who portrays Simon Kenton in the video. “Simon Kenton was very under appreciated,” said Rumping. “He didn’t have John Filson writing his novel like Daniel Boone did. Daniel Boone had a lot of respect for Simon Kenton. As a matter of fact, Simon Kenton saved his life. Simon Kenton did more to open up the Northern Kentucky and Ohio frontiers than anyone else. I really think it’s important that people learn about him, and it’s a shame that American history isn’t taught more.”
The public is invited to attend an event to raise money for the Joshua Epperson Memorial Fund-Raiser at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Bethel Fields, behind Hill Intermediate School in Bethel. Josh was killed May 28 when a beam fell on him at a construction site. Josh was a member of the Killer Bees, a Knothole baseball team.
The Village Association of Batavia has announced the winners of this month’s property home improvement awards. Winning the recognition for June is the home of John and Linda Duncan and the home of John and Moira McManus.
“This & That,” a brand new clothing and crafts store in Felicity, opened June 16. Felicity residents and new store owners Jeff and Tina Blackburn said that their store will offer brand name clothes at reasonable, below mall prices.
Monroe Township resident Marie Holscher has donated a permanent agricultural easement on her family’s 42-acre farm to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. This is the first easement donation of its kind in Clermont County and is the 28th state-wide donation of an agricultural easement to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
A New Richmond Girl Scout troop has donated 63 cases of Girl Scout cookies to our American soldiers serving in Iraq. The 10 girls of New Richmond Girl Scout Troop #6649, who have been sending cookies to our men and women in Iraq for the past four years, assembled at the Chilo Post Office on the morning of June 14 to send this year’s delicious shipment. Troop #6649, which sold a total of 10,000 boxes of girl scout cookies this year, received donations for 756 of those boxes to be sent to our soldiers fighting in Iraq.
Zoning issues dominated the June 12 meeting of the Union Township Board of Trustees, bringing out a large contingent of residents who spoke out against a pair of cases that they claimed threatened either the quality of life, property or safety of their homes.
Williamsburg Local Schools recently earned back the right that many take for granted: independence. The district, which fell under government oversight during a fiscal emergency six years ago, was recently declared free from fiscal watch after several years of work created a turnaround in the district’s finances.
New Richmond Village Council is attempting to pass legislation prohibiting unruly large groups from congregating or loitering on the village’s public streets. Due to the constitutional issues involved in adopting such legislation, the lengthy process of passing an “unlawful congregation” ordinance requires three public hearings on the matter.
The Clermont County Humane Society will be putting the warm summer weather to work for them, scheduling two fund-raising events in less than one month’s time.