75TH ANNIVERSARY B1 Williamsburg Garden Club members Carol Sandberg, left, and Sharma Hatcher work on the Memorial Garden. Members are celebrating the club’s 75th anniversary this year. Vol. 112 No. 24 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Vote for Community Choice Awards From east to west, north and south, whatever community you’re in, we know you love your local pizza place, have your favorite beauty salon and won’t miss your favorite local festival. Now you can show all of your favorites how much you love them by voting for them in the 2011 Community Choice Awards. Vote online at www. cincinnati.com/community choice. Everyone who votes is entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card. Kids discover nature at camps The Cincinnati Nature Center hosts summer camps each year for kids ages 5 through 16. FULL STORY, B1 Pink Elephant moves a few blocks The Pink Elephant, a brightly colored used furniture, antiques and home decor store, has moved to a new location on West Plane Street. The Pink Elephant, whose old location at 203 W. Plane St. was painted hot pink, is now just a few blocks down at 409 W. Plane St. There is now a large, hot pink elephant painted on the side of the new building and owner Rich Thompson said the rest of the building will be painted to match it. FULL STORY, A2 Your Community Press newspaper serving Bethel, Chilo, Felicity, Franklin Township, Moscow, Neville, Tate Township, Washington Township E m a i l : c l e r m o n t @ c o m m u n i t y p r e s s . c o mm Website: communitypress.com T h u r s d a y, J u l y 7, 2011 JOURNAL B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ 11 charged with vandalism TATE TWP. - Eleven people have been charged with defacing a wall just west of Bethel in Tate Township on Ohio Pike. Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg June 30 said in a press release three separate incidents were investigated successfully, and all parties involved have been identified and charged. Nine adults and two juveniles were charged with causing more than $2,000 in damage to the wall, Rodenberg said. “Local citizens and volunteers organized and painted a striking mural of the American Flag on the wall in April,” Rodenberg said. “Within a month the first incident of graffiti occurred when four subjects spray painted ‘Big Bullhorn,’ ‘Wong Dong Daddy from the Naddy,’ ‘Iron Kong Lives,’ ‘God Bless Bethel’ along with other drawings on the wall.” Charges of criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor, were filed against Lyle Behymer, 18, of 2427 Swings Corner-Pt. Isabel Road, Bethel; Ryan Behymer, 18, of 2427 Swings Corner-Pt. Isabel Road. Bethel; Patrick Helton 18, 1245 Deblin Road, Milford; and Caleb Castle, 18, of 2438 Cedarville Road, Goshen. The second incident occurred between June 13 and June 14 when five people painted over the flag again. They used black paint to draw inappropriate and foul language and graphic pictures, said Chief Deputy Rick W. Combs. The Ohio Department of Trans- This wall outside of Bethel in Tate Township has been vandalized several times in the last several months. portation painted the entire wall white June 13 to cover up the graffiti, Rodenberg said. “This particular act drew a lot of outrage from the community,” Combs said. As a result, residents in the community contributed and offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those individuals involved. Combs had no further information about the reward. For this second act, charges of criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor, were filed against Matthew Plunkett, 18, of 2152 Donald Road in Bethel; Thomas Russell Jr., 18, of 1314 Ohio 133 in Bethel; Joseph Crawford, 18, of 310 N. Union St. in Bethel; a 17year-old juvenile from Hamersville and another 17-year-old juvenile from Cincinnati. The third and final incident took place the evening after ODOT employees painted the entire wall white, Rodenberg said. Various symbols and letters were spray painted on the wall with red and purple paint. For this incident, charges of criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor were filed against Tyler Bullock, 18, of 3567 Starling Road in Bethel; and Zachary Tyler Baker, 18, of 2540 Bethel-Maple Road in Bethel. MARY DANNEMILLER/STAFF The nine adults have been notified and served summonses and have a scheduled court date at 8 a.m. Friday, July 8, in Clermont County Municipal Court. As per Juvenile Court procedures, the juveniles will be mailed their summonses via U.S. Mail. Combs said one person did come forward during the investigation and offer some information to investigators about the purchase of some paint as a result of the reward offer, yet most of the success resulted from the efforts of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office investigative unit through following up on several leads and conducting dozens of interviews. Bethel hires zoning inspector By Mary Dannemiller firstname.lastname@example.org Taste of Clermont moving to Batavia The Taste of Clermont is moving back to Batavia after two years at Eastgate Mall. “People wanted it back in the village,” said Barb Haglage, one of the organizers of the event for the Village Association of Batavia. “It’s a cozier, hometown atmosphere.” FULL STORY, A3 For the Postmaster Published weekly every Thursday. Periodical postage paid at Bethel, OH 45106 ISSN 1066-7458 * USPS 053-040 Postmaster: Send address change to The Bethel Journal 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170 Loveland, Ohio 45140 Annual Subscription: Weekly Journal & Sunday Enquirer In-County $18.00; Weekly Jounral only all other in-state $20.00; Out-of - state $20.00 KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF Playing respects Felicity-Franklin High School sophomore Jacob Zulegar, along with classmate Zack Preston (not pictured) played “Taps” for the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 649 Flag Retirement Ceremony Sunday, June 12, at the Union Township Amphitheatre. To place an ad, call 242-4000. Unlock your car-selling conﬁdence. BETHEL - After months without an official zoning inspector and code enforcement officer, the village has hired a replacement for Ron Dunn. Dunn resigned from the position late last year and Kathy Cromer was hired to replace him at the Monday, June 27, council meeting. Fiscal Officer Bill Gilpin said she will be paid $400 per month and the salary was already in the village’s appropriations for this year. “This has been a long time coming,” said council member Donna Gunn. “The residents of the village will appreciate (her) presence and the majority of them are going to be extremely glad.” Cromer worked in zoning for Wayne Township for about nine years and also has worked for the village of Amelia and Moscow’s zoning departments and said she’s eager to get started in Bethel. “I really enjoy doing this because I feel like it benefits the residents who live in each community,” she said. “I’ve had things thrown at me and been called names, but somebody has to do it and in the long run, it’s worth the hassle you have to go through to get something done.” Her experience as an EMT with Wayne Township also helps her keep a level head in the stressful situations she encounters while enforcing the zoning code, Cromer said. “I’m very understanding, I know what it is to be in dire straits and in need,” she said. “I’m not going to go out of my way to upset people, I do have understanding, but I’ll only take excuses for so long before something has to be done.” Council member Rus Whitley questioned Cromer about her experience handling residents who keep unlicensed vehicles in their yards and said he hoped she would address that issue in the village. “I will send a warning letter as a courtesy and if nothing is done within a certain period of time, a violation notice is issued and if nothing happens after that it will be taken to mayor’s court,” Cromer said. 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