A heated and passionate discussion on a book called “The Secret Life of Bees” dominated the West Clermont Board of Education’s regular board meeting April 23. Requesting that the board approve the book to start being taught in both district high schools was the first item on superintendent Gary Brook’s agenda.
The convicted murderer of a 15-year-old Union Township boy will be sentenced for his crime later this month. Charles Martin, 67, will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of Larry Mugrage Jr., his neighbor.
The defense attorney for Jaysen Bell, the Batavia Township resident accused of raping his two teenage foster sons, has accused an Amelia police officer of misleading a Clermont County judge in order to obtain a search warrant for Bell’s Batavia Township home.
Batavia resident and United States Navy veteran Howard Westphal passed away on April 13, 2007.Westphal was born on Jan. 20, 1910. Raised in Southern Ohio, he graduated from the Hughes High School in 1928 and embarked upon a life in the military. He married wife Louise (nee Mussey) in October, 1941, and they honeymooned in Florida. Westphal, who would eventually reach the rank of commander in his decorated 30-year naval career, had three children with Louise.
Special prosecutor Lynn Alan Grimshaw has been appointed to handle the extradition hearings for Amy Baker. Grimshaw, who is a former prosecutor for Scioto County and lives in Wheelersburg, was appointed by Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Judge William Walker April 25.
To be successful, one could say you need business sense, but sometimes, just a little horse sense will do. The Meadow Springs horse farm near Pleasant Plain recently decided that, in order to properly ride your horse off into the sunset, you need to be able to see the sun. So, in an effort to curb smog and pollution, the owner, Robert Buse Jr., decided to soak in a few sun rays, and then power his business with them.
Ohio’s swingingest sheriff recently joined the ranks of volunteers at WOBO, Clermont County’s public radio station, as a swing and big band disc jockey on the morning shift. Sheriff Tim Rodenberg, who spins discs Tuesdays from 5-8 a.m., said that he kind of stumbled into things after catching up with an old friend.
A Clermont County man is under arrest after what appears to be an accidental death caused by alcohol. The man, Paul R. Daugherty, of Bethel-Maple Road, allegedly ran over a woman who was trying to stop him from leaving a bar drunk, said a press release from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department. According to the release, at 2:11 a.m. on April 30, Daugherty, 38, was leaving Hoppy’s Bar in Amelia when he killed Melissa Robbres, 39.
A thousand local students had the chance to travel back in time to late 18th century Clermont County at the 15th annual Grassy Run Rendezvous preview day April 27. The school day preview was designed as a way for students of all ages to experience the things that they have read in their history books, said Grassy Run co-founder Sharon Brumagem.
The Southern Ohio Health Services Network (SOHSN) has announced that its name has changed to HealthSource of Ohio as of May 1. SOHSN, now HealthSource of Ohio, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006.