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Veterans receive service medals

Three World War II veterans and the widow of a Vietnam veteran received service medals in a ceremony May 11 at the offices of the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission. FULL STORY, B1

Concerns deal with drainage, noise

Sr. Mary George of Mercy dies

By John Seney

“Sister Mary George, from the early days, was the face of Mercy Clermont. Her tenacity and genuine love for the people of our area made Mercy Clermont a success from day one,” said Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud. FULL STORY, A2


Prom 2011

Alyssa Morrow and Daniel Chandler were named prom queen and king at Batavia High School’s prom May 7. For more from the prom, see page A10.


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Williamsburg eighth-grader Dana Little did her research project on one of the STEM Center laptops. Little presented her work to members of the community during the recent research expo. For more from the event, see Schools, A6.

PIERCE TWP. - A special meeting of the township trustees is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, to answer questions from residents about the new Kroger store. Township Administrator David Elmer said he has received a number of questions from residents living on Antiben Place and Naegele Road near the store site. The residents have concerns about drainage, noise and other issues. Elmer asked the trustees to schedule a special meeting to address the questions. The administrator said he is meeting with representatives of Kroger and the developer June 6 to find answers to the questions. The June 22 meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the township hall, 950 Locust Corner Road. The new store will be a Kroger Marketplace and cover about 123,000 square feet. It will be built on a 14-acre site on Ohio Pike near Amelia-Olive Branch Road. The store will be partly in the village of Amelia.

Kroger officials plan to close two existing stores in the area: One at Ohio Pike and Ohio 132 in Pierce Township and the other at Ohio Pike and Bach-Buxton Road in Batavia Township. Pierce Township owns about nine acres that Kroger needs to complete the project. The trustees are selling the land to the grocer. At the April 27 special meeting, the township officials discussed developing a recreation area around the pond Kroger needs to build for drainage from the new store site. Kroger officials told the township they will not pay for a recreation area, but they have no objection to the idea. To help finance the recreation area, the trustees May 9 authorized hiring attorney Arik Sherk from the firm Thompson Hine LLP to look into the possible tax increment financing (TIF) for the project. Trustees agreed to pay Sherk $364.50 per hour, with a cap of $7,500 for the work. Former Trustee Dan Owings asked why the trustees were hiring an attorney when they had just hired a new law director. Law Director Frances Kelly said a special attorney was needed to prepare the TIF financing. “This is who we have dealt with in the past,” said Trustee Bonnie Batchler about Sherk.

June in Olde Williamsburgh offers three days of fun By John Seney

Zack Dixon and Tori Cooker were crowned prom king and queen at the New Richmond High School prom Saturday, May 7. For more photos from the prom, see page B10.

West Clermont BOE defines cuts

The West Clermont board of education took no action Monday, May 9, on an additional $5 million in suggested cuts needed as a result of the levy failure May 3. FULL STORY, A3

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Mercy Clermont’s longtime leader dies By Kellie Geist-May

Sister Mary George Boklage, a driving force behind Mercy Hospital Clermont, died Thursday, May 12. She was 87. “Sister Mary George, from the early days, was the face of Mercy Clermont. Her tenacity and genuine love for the people of our area made Mercy Clermont a success from day one,” said Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud. “The reason Mercy Clermont is listed among the top 100 hospitals in the nation is because Sister Mary George’s vision and dogged dedication.” Boklage started working with the Clermont County Hospital Commission in 1971 until she was appointed as the Mercy Hospital Clermont administrator when the facility opened in 1973. “The Clermont County area will always be grateful to Sister Mary George for not only what she did, but

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who she was. She was definitely and angel among us,” Proud said. Boklage was born in 1924, grew up in Louisville and joined the Sisters of Mercy religious community in 1941. After completing the nursing education program at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Boklage obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Our Lady of Cincinnati College in 1953 and her Master of Science degree in Nursing Service Administration from the Catholic University of American in 1959. She served at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Mariemont until 1962 when she moved to Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Owensboro, Ky. She worked at St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital in Tennessee until 1971, when she returned to Cincinnati to be the assistant administrator of the Our Lady of Mercy Hospital and, later, to lead Mercy Hospital Clermont. Boklage retired as Cler-

mont Mercy Hospital’s CEO in 1995. “Back in the days when most CEOs were male, she was on top of her game,” said Phil Dever, who worked in human resources with Boklage from 1979 to 1992. “She was a very strong, knowledgeable person,” he said. Proud said Boklage’s commitment to the hospital and to Clermont County has made a “huge difference” to Clermont County. “If people are looking to put down roots or open a business, a high quality hospital is a huge attraction … Mercy Clermont plays a vital role in the every day life of Clermont County. They’re not just running a quality hospital, they’re involved in the community,” he said. Proud recommended people take the time to read Boklage’s book, “Out of the Cornfields: A 25 Year History of Clermont Mercy Hospital.” While leading Mercy

Close the tax gap and fund prevention.

By Kellie Geist-May

Clermont County’s administration is projecting the county’s budget will be stable for the next five years. The administration and the budget office put together a five-year budget projection for the county’s discretionary operating and nonoperating funds in the general fund. Although Clermont County has not previously had a five-year budget, the commissioners asked the administration to put together “their best estimate,” Commissioner Archie Wilson said. The forecast was presented to the commissioners during session Monday, May 9. “There has been a lot of

Although Clermont County has not previously had a fiveyear budget, the commissioners asked the administration to put together “their best estimate,” Commissioner Archie Wilson said. discussion in the last five months about forecasting,” County Administrator Dave Spinney said. “This is not the be-all, end-all, but it is a starting point.” The general fund total revenues are expected to be at $50.7 million in 2011, $48.6 million in 2012, $51.4 in 2013, $52.3 million in 2014, $55.2 million in 2015 and $53.0 million in 2016. Without salary increases, the projected expenditures are at $49.4 million in 2011, $49.9 million in 2012, $50.6 million in 2013, $50.1 million in 2014, 51.7 million in 2015 and $52.4 million in 2016, according to Budget Director Sukie Scheetz. Scheetz said the county can build and maintain the

cash reserves at 25 percent of the annual general fund operating revenue – about $13 million – if they keep the employee raises to about 1.5 percent per year. This estimate includes increases in health care costs and supplies as well as economic projections, which say the economy should be up in 2012, but could be back down in 2014, Scheetz said. Spinney said there are still many variables that could affect the budget including the economy, Senate Bill 5, fuel costs, changes in fees and rates and more. He said the budget includes scheduled capital improvements, but the commissioners also will need to decide on those before each yearly budget is finalized. Since the budget forecast is designed to be a working document, Spinney said they could add department budget requests and change the projections based on actual annual revenues. “This is our best guess at this point. There will be changes with the state budget and our yearly budget, but this is what we have so far,” he said.



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Williamsburg schools make cuts to balance budget By John Seney

Williamsburg school officials are cutting costs to help balance the district’s budget. The cuts include staff reductions, program cuts and furloughs for the central office workers, including the superintendent. Superintendent Jeff Weir said the district has a $400,000 deficit through the end of this year. In addition, a reduction in state funding and other revenues next year is expected to add another $600,000 to the deficit, bringing the shortfall to $1 million. To help make up this $1 million, the school board in March

authorized about $650,000 in cuts. Since then, officials have continued to find areas to cut. Weir said the cuts should total Weir close to $1 million when completed. “We’re just about there,” he said. The district is consolidating bus routes, which will result in the elimination of two bus drivers. A custodial position will be partially cut and a part-time food service position will be cut. Some positions contracted with the Clermont County Educational Service Center will be cut and

those jobs offered to district employees, Weir said. Two teachers are retiring – physical education teacher Jim Dyer and middle school language arts teacher Sharon Gannon. Art teacher Byron Jody, who had previously retired and was rehired, will not be back next year. Weir said at least two of those three lost teaching positions will not be filled. He said all central office workers – including himself – will take one-week furloughs during the 2011-2012 school year. Furloughs are time off without pay. Weir said more retirements are possible by the end of the year. If those retirements don’t hap-

pen, one or two more staff cuts are possible. Weir said the cuts will affect some programs next year. Fewer classes in physical education and art will be offered at the elementary school. There also will be one or two fewer courses offered at the middle and high schools. “That’s about it right now,” Weir said. “We have achieved the board’s objective in stabilizing district finances.” School board President Beth McManus said the cuts were needed because of diminished revenues from state funding and the tangible personal property tax. “The board is resolved to stay

fiscally responsible, balance our budget and not deficit spend,” McManus said. “Our goal is to continue our high standards of academic excellence with the least impact to students regardless of the cuts that must be made.” “Our staff understands our financial position and has worked with us to identify cost reduction strategies throughout the year. Although there will be some changes in course offerings and scheduling, our staff are some of the most creative and talented professionals in their field and will find a way to ensure each student receives what they need. We are blessed to be in a community that has always supported our school and the students,” she said.

West Clermont BOE gets more defined pictures of district cuts By Kellie Geist-May

The West Clermont board of education took no action Monday, May 9, on an additional $5 million in suggested cuts needed as a result of the levy failure last week. Voters rejected a 7.9-mill levy May 3. The 10 year, emergency property tax would have generated $10.9 million a year for the district and cost homeowners $241 annually per $100,000 of home value, according to the Clermont County Deputy Chief Audi-


West Clermont teachers, staff members, parents and community members talk about the district’s potential cuts during the board of education’s executive session Monday, May 9. Although no action was taken during the meeting, the district is looking at eliminating 40 classroom teacher positions and going to state minimum busing among other things. tor Chuck Tilbury. Superintendent Dr. Gary Brooks’ recommendations include

the following reductions: • Go to state minimum

transportation, which includes no busing for students who live within two miles of the school they attend and no high school busing. This should save $2 million and additional $100,000 in fuel costs. • Eliminate 40 classroom teachers including 20 elementary art and music teachers, 10 teachers at the Glen Este Middle School and High School campus and 10 teachers at the Amelia Middle School and High School campus. This should save $2.2 million. • Eliminate five custodi-

an positions and closing the buildings early should save $325,000 in salaries and energy savings. • Cut one administration position to save $121,000 in salary and the cost of related services. • Reduce the number of days the district contracts for speech and psychology services to save $270,000. • Reduce services from the Clermont County Educational Opportunities by a total of $20,000. • Cut ties with the High Aims professional development consortium to save

$10,000. • Reduce non-required SAT and explorer testing to save $25,000. The board already has cut 22 employees, removed physical education classes and reduced the number of credits required to graduate. Combined these cuts will mean no elementary school specials, no high school small schools and a reduction to gifted programs, Brooks said. “This is not a good position to be in, but there’s no where else to cut,” board member Barb Hartman said.


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Suicide vigil helps families honor, remember loved ones By Kellie Geist-May

As New Richmond resident Jayne Wessel waits for the fifth anniversary of her son’s death, she’s going to take some time to honor, remember and celebrate his life. Jayne and her husband, Mike, lost their son Aaron to suicide in June 2006. “He was just a couple months shy of his 21st birthday. He was going to school in Cleveland and had just been home that weekend

Clermont Co. assistant administrator to retire By John Seney

Clermont County Assistant Administrator Scot F. Lahrmer will retire in August. In a letter to County Administrator David Spinney dated April 3, Lahrmer said he will step down Aug. 1. Lahrmer “I am providing advance notice so that you may have adequate time to find my replacement or determine how best to proceed with this position,” Lahrmer wrote. “I have enjoyed working under your leadership and have intense admiration for your knowledge and management style. I would like to thank you for all the opportunities you have given me. I have enjoyed working with you, the board and department heads for the past five years, and am ready to move on to the next phase in my life,” he wrote. Lahrmer has been with the county since October 2006. His annual salary is $109,283. Lahrmer previously was city manager of Mason. County Commissioner Ed Humphrey said Lahrmer “will be missed.” He said Lahrmer has worked hard for the county. “We understand his desire to retire. We wish him well,” he said. Humphrey said Lahrmer’s replacement likely will have a different job description. “Someone more as an assistant to the administrator rather than assistant administrator,” he said.


… He was sitting with us at the kitchen table Sunday and we were making plans for vacation,” she said. “There were no apparent indicators that he was suffering from depression or was suicidal. It was a total shock to all of us.” The Wessels will be attending Lives Remembered, Lives Saved: A Candlelight Vigil for Suicide Prevention to light a candle for Aaron’s life and to be a light for others suffering a loss. The vigil is at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The event

is sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Wessels were speakers at organization’s first vigil last year. “It’s a very emotional event. You can come, not know anyone there, but be joined with them. Maybe you want to come and talk about your loss or maybe you just want to take in the events of the evening – either way, it’s important to see that you’re not alone,” Wessel said. Debra Clancy, co-chair of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Pre-

vention Board of Directors, said it’s also important for suicide survivors to be able to come together for a shared cause. “The vigil is a safe place for people to come together, share their stories and honor their loved ones. We all know what everyone is going through because we’ve all lost someone to suicide,” Clancy said. “When you can share those stories, it’s like huge weight has been lifted. You don’t have to be ashamed – there’s no reason to be ashamed – it’s OK.” Jayne Wessel said the vigil is

also a chance for her to help others. “It has helped us to reach out to others and give back. I can meet someone for the first time and think, ‘Oh my gosh, that was me however many months or years ago’ and reach out to them. You can do more than survive the death of your loved one. You can live again,” she said. For more information about the vigil or the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention visit www.afsp. org/cincinnati or check them out on Facebook.

BRIEFLY Classic car show

GLEN ESTE – The Pride of Glen Este Classic Car Show begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the high school, 4342 Glen Este-Withamsville Road. The original date was May 14, but it was rained out. The car show is presented by The Glen Este Music Association. Proceeds benefit the Glen Este High and Middle School Band Program. General admission is free to spectators, but donations will be accepted. The registration fee for participating vehicles is $12. Registration takes place between 9 a.m. and noon. Dash plaques and goodie bags will be given to the first 50 registrants. Judging begins at noon and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Awards are 24-inch and 21-inch trophies and will be given to the: Best of Show, Top 15 1979 and Older, Top 5 1980 and Newer, Best Ford, Best General Motors, Best Mopar, Best Other Class and Band Director’s Choice. The event will feature a split-the-pot, door prizes, DJ Kyle Adkins, food and drinks. Booths will be set up by the Yellow Ribbon Support Center and independent sales consultants. Appearances will be made by members of the Glen Este Band. For more information, contact

Motorcycle event

STONELICK TWP. - Destination Cyclesafe, a free event to promote motorcycle safety, will be held at the Clermont County Fairgrounds Saturday, May 21. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is hosted by ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education). A variety of different organizations will have displays and demonstrations promoting motorcycle safety. Some of the groups involved are the Miami Town-

ship Police Department, Clermont County Safe Communities Coalition, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Gold Wing clubs, University Hospital Air Care and the Stonelick Township Fire/EMS. Other entertainment will include a motorcycle stunt rider and a motorcycle gear fashion show. There will be vendors, concessions and door prizes. Any profits made from sponsors or concessions go to the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati.

Bank robbery

UNION TWP. – Police May 10 arrested Brandon C. Murdock, 27, of Cincinnati in connection to the May 9 robbery of Guardian Savings Bank, 560 Ohio Pike. Murdock currently is incarcerated in the Clermont County Jail for one count of robbery, a felony of the third degree, said Det. Sgt. Scott Blankenship, Union Township Police Department. The Union Township Police thank Crime Stoppers for information that led to the arrest of Murdock, Blankenship said.

Water quality

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) is hosting a public meeting to describe the major findings and recommendations of the draft Clermont County Water Quality Management Plan and to get feedback from citizens. The meeting is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Union Township Civic Center. For more information, call 621-6300, ext. 104.

Election meeting

CLERMONT COUNTY – The board of elections has scheduled meetings for the following dates: • May 24 at 10 a.m., for the certification of special elec-

tion and conduct the regular monthly meeting. The meetings are held at the board office, 76 S. Riverside Drive in Batavia.

Dam safety meeting

CLERMONT COUNTY – citizens, public officials and dam owners are invited to attend a Wednesday, May 25, dam safety meeting/workshop sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the East Fork State Park Office, 3294 Elk Lick Road in Batavia Township. The session will cover Ohio’s Dam Safety Program and the importance of having an Emergency Action Plan in place for all dams. The ODNR program is presented in cooperation with the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Clermont County Office of Public Safety Services. It is made possible through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To reserve a spot at the free meeting/workshop, contact Clermont SWCD Director Paul Berringer by email at pberringer@co.clermont.oh.u s or call 732-7075.

Monroe Grange

MONROE TWP. – Monroe Grange will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, in their hall at 2644 Ohio 222 in Nicholsville. The Family Activities chair will have the program for the evening. Everyone will make a greeting card, which is one of the craft contests to be entered this fall. Since the Grassy Run Rendezvous was canceled, the Grange members need to make money in other ways to support community projects. One extra activity will be continuing the card parties monthly the first Saturday of each month throughout the year instead of taking a break

during the summer. Also watch for their Ice Cream Social July 9. The Grange welcomes new members interested in community activities.

MayFest dance

BATAVIA – The Batavia Eagles is hosting the Mayfest Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 21, at the lodge, 265 Foundry in Batavia. Acoustic Edge will provide the music. Cost is $10 per person at the door. Snacks are provided. For more information: email

Memorial Day Parade

CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission and Batavia American Legion Post 237 will host the annual Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 30. The parade will line up at 11 a.m. at Aztec Plumbing, 140 W. Main St. in Batavia. The parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. If interested in participating, register by contacting the Clermont County Veterans’ Services Office at 732-7363.

DV8 at Union Twp.

UNION TWP. –The trustees will present the first evening concert of the 2011 summer season Saturday, May 21. The DV8 concert will start at 8 p.m. at the Union Township Civic Center Amphitheatre, 4350 Aicholtz Road. DV8 is known for their classic hits, females voices and horns. They have opened for Loverboy, Starship and John Waite. The concert is open to the public and is free.

National Police Week

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New meeting date

BATAVIA TWP. – The regular June meeting date for the Batavia school board has been changed from Monday, June 20, to Monday, June 13. The meeting will be 7 p.m. at Batavia High School, 1 Bulldog Place.

Grant awarded

NEW RICHMOND - The village has been awarded a $177,860 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission to complete the Sanitary Sewer Lining Phase II project. The funds will be used to line the interior of 2,400 feet of the village’s sanitary collection system. The purpose of the project is to reduce infiltration of stormwater into the village’s sanitary sewer system. The village will contribute a local match of $21,990.

Evening of Dance

The Glen Este Dance Co. will hold their annual year-end Evening of Dance Thursday, May 19, Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults. The performances all start at 8 p.m. and will be held at the Glen Este High School Performing Arts Center, 4342 Glen Este-Withamsville Road.


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New Richmond changes graduation requirements

The New Richmond board of education has approved new graduation requirements that will reduce the number of credits required to 20 by 2014 to match new state standards. Superintendent Adam Bird’s recommendation that the school board reduce requirements for graduation from the current 23 credits to 21 in 2012 and 2013 and to 20 for 2014 and beyond was approved Jan. 20. The state currently requires 21 credits, but will reduce that to 20 in 2014. “We’re trying to create a system and schedule that is flexible for our students and we have found requiring our students to get 23 credits limits their flexibility in

scheduling college prep and AP courses,” said Bird. “What we have now also inhibits students taking post-secondary courses at Clermont College which gives them high school and college credit at the same time.” Current New Richmond High School students are required to have four credits each in English, mathematics and science, five elective credits, two credits of American history, one credit of American government, one credit of practical arts (industrial technology and business), one credit in fine arts (art and music) and a half credit each in health and physical education. The 2012-2013 requirements of 21 credits will be achieved by

reducing electives to four credits, science to three and a half credits, American government to a half credit, American history to one credit, practical arts to one half credit and the addition of one and a half credits in social studies. The reduction to 20 credits in 2014 will be achieved by dropping the half credit for practical arts and reducing the science requirement to three credits. Also included in the new graduation requirements are: • Students who participate in interscholastic athletics or cheerleading for two full seasons will be exempt from the physical education requirement, but must take another course of at least 60 contact hours.

• Students pursuing careertechnical programs at Grant Career Center will be exempt from the fine arts requirement. • Science units must include one unit of physical sciences, one unit of life sciences and one unit of advanced study (chemistry, physics, advanced biology, astronomy or other physical, life or earth or space science). • Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education, English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required. • All students must receive

instruction in economics and financial literacy and must pass all sections of the Ohio Graduation Test and complete a minimum of 20 community hours to graduate. Students will not be limited on the number of credits they may take in high school under the new standards and will have the opportunity to graduate in three and a half years. “They could go into the military or start college early if they wanted,” said Bird. “There are students who are looking to be accepted by a select university are going way beyond 23 and many of their electives are college prep or AP courses. Those students will still have the opportunity to get 25, 26 or 27 credits.”


Students and staff from the West Clermont Local School District thanked the school board Monday, Jan. 24, for school board recognition month. Students at Amelia Middle School presented the board with big “thank you” sign signed by the students.

Students and staff thank West Clermont BOE By Kellie Geist-May

West Clermont Local School District students and staff attended a recent school board meeting to thank the board of education. January is the Ohio School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Month. “Every board meeting we recognize outstanding students, staff and community members. Tonight, a large part of the recognition is for you. Our teachers, our parents ... and our kids want to show their appreciation for what you do for them every day,” Communications Director Sharon Oakes told the board. West Clermont By Request sang two songs dedicated to the

board, students at Glen Este High School created a thank you video and students at Glen Este Middle School signed a giant “thank you” banner. Thank you letters also were printed in the Amelia High School and Amelia Middle School newsletters. At the elementary level, the principals and students worked together to create a 25-minute video that included art work from each of the eight buildings as well as a renditions of the song “We Appreciate You” from each school. Barbara Hartman said it’s nice to be thanked. “It’s really great to be appreciated and to have you tell us that,” she said. “We won’t forget it.” For more about your community, visit

COLLEGE NOTES Cleary’s artwork displayed

The artwork of Chelsea Cleary, a freshman equestrian studies/children’s book illustration major, was displayed during The University of Findlay’s annual juried student art exhibition. Cleary’s drawing/mixed media piece, “Ranger, Moe & Rhett,” was displayed. Cleary, a 2010 graduate of Ursuline Academy, is the daughter of Lisa and Nelson Cleary of Amelia. All students are invited to submit pieces for consideration in the show. Only the best are chosen for inclusion.


New Richmond resident Tasha N. Liegel is among several Wilmington College Honors Program juniors recognized recently at the College’s 30th annual Student Recognition Ceremony. She is majoring in psychology and criminal justice. Liegel is a 2008 graduate of New Richmond High School. The Wilmington College Honors Program is designed to enrich the academic experience of qualified students with honors sections of the core courses, interdisciplinary seminars, a senior project and various non-credit enrichment activities.


A giving party

The students of St. Bernadette are learning not only the ABCs, but also the importance of being a part of a community. Dakota Reeves, left, Tristan Crawford, center, and Sandra Rabe, all fourth-graders, shared a birthday party and requested donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Society instead of gifts for themselves. The items will be distributed from the food bank to needy families in the Amelia area.


Ebon C. Hill Intermediate Principal Kay Nau checks out the research expo presented by Williamsburg eighth-graders Nathan Webb and Monica Parker. The expo was Thursday, April 14, at the intermediate school.

Bethel, ‘Burg students present STEM projects at annual expo By Kellie Geist-May

Williamsburg and Bethel-Tate students in the joint gifted Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Program presented their research projects during the sixth annual Research Expo Thursday, April 14, at Ebon C. Hill Intermediate School in Bethel. Teacher Fay Wagner said the expo is an exciting time for students to share what they’ve learned with friends, family and members of the community. “Each student picked a topic and put together a product and presentation about it for the expo,” she said. “It’s really a celebration of the learning our students achieved over the last six months.” “Some of the students went way above and beyond. It’s exciting to see all the topics they studied,” Wagner said. Bethel-Tate sixth-grader Beka Martin did her project on the Box Jellyfish. “I want to be a marine biologist, so this was an interesting topic for me,” she said. “Having to put together a presentation about a topic of my choice really helped me think about my subject.” “Sometimes, when you do an assigned project as part of a regular class, you don’t do your best on it,” Martin said. Martin said the most interesting thing she learned was that the Box Jellyfish’s eyes and ears are together. Projects at the expo ranged


Williamsburg eighth-grader Jessi Martin, center, explains her expo project to Bethel-Tate seventh-graders Jordyn Miley, left, and Tessa Moore. Martin’s project focused on how music affects the body, specially brain waves and heart rate. from music to animals and from the Taj Mahal to chocolate. The chocolate presentation, complete with samples, was put together by Williamsburg sixthgrader Christen Abrams. She learned that the Mayans were the first to drink chocolate, but that it was a specialty reserved for royalty and the gods and that the Aztecs used the beans as money. In fact, 100 beans would get you one slave, she said. “It was really cool to do a project on chocolate and I definitely learned a lot,” she said. “I’m a chocoholic, so this was something that got my attention.” After the expo, 13 students


Williamsburg Middle School eighth-grader Ciera Hayes explains her STEM Research Exposition project to Judy Adams, the vice president of Community Savings Bank in Bethel. The Expo, which involved gifted students from Williamsburg and Bethel, was held Thursday, April 14. were given Community Awards, 10 students were given Sweet Awards and 18 students were given Outstanding Glog Awards. The overall grand prize winners were Erin McKee and Joe Barth. McKee’s project looked at the number of bones and muscles in the body and which ones are the most important. Barth’s project was to study how guitars work. The Teachers' Choice Awards went to Shelby Hoeppner, whose project was about how individual perceptions of optical illusions differ, and Caleb Brink, who studied author J.K. Rowling.


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WEST CLERMONT SCHOOL NOTES • Amelia Middle School students March 11 had an opportunity to sign a contract vowing not to bully or accept the bullying of other students. Developed by a seventh-grade student Bethanie Horn, the contract was presented to all students during a weekly classroom meeting. Jen Mirlesina, sixth grade teacher, and her class provided handmade spirit bracelets for students who signed the contract and signed the Promise Banner that hangs in the cafeteria. The contract emphasized Baron Pride and stressed “SEE IT, SAY IT, STOP IT.” We take bullying seriously! Barons Don’t Bully!” • Glen Este Middle School held its annual Spring Book Fair. The sales profit will allow GEMS staff to purchase another SmartBoard. The students picked out some books for the upcoming weeks. Thanks again for the school and community support received for this event. Special thanks to Tamra Hagan and Tracy Singleton for their help and for all the volunteers who worked the fair. • Amelia Elementary

hosted a Family Science night April 19. Families were invited to explore tornados, make gluep (Silly Putty made with glue), discover what makes Fortune Telling fish work and stop by six other science stations. More than 100 adults and students attended. • Amelia Elementary kindergarten teacher Julia Smith was recently honored with the 2011 Outstanding Service Award presented by the Katie Haumesser Foundation acknowledging her vision and devotion to serving families affected by autism. Smith is the founder of Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders, that supports families living with autism. • Glen Este sponsored a safe driving mock emergency training exercise during the school day April 29. The event, produced by Glen Este High School’s Advanced Personal & Community Health Class, sup-

ported the idea that driving while distracted is dangerous. “By putting together this mock emergency, we hoped to raise awareness throughout the community starting with teenagers,” said Jasmine Yarbrough, event publicity manager. “The subject of driving while distracted includes anything from changing the song on your iPod, talking on the phone, texting, having too many people with you and/or even driving while emotional. We hope we informed the community on the effects and helped push everyone to have safer driving habits.” Participating in the training event were the following emergency response teams: Union Township fire and police departments, Clermont County coroner and University Hospital Air Care. Sponsors for the event were Farmers Insurance (providing funding for portable bleacher seating so

all juniors and seniors could safely attend and observe the event), Gray’s Towing (providing two vehicles, towing and placement services), and Everything Bagels, Subway, Kroger and Sam’s (providing brunch to the emergency responders, press and student participants). Following the event, many students took advantage of the opportunity to receive Safe Driver Program information from representatives of Farmers Insurance and to sign pledges for MADD (not driving while impaired), Remember Alex Brown (no texting and driving and wearing seat belts) and Oprah’s No Phone Zone

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The week at Glen Este

• The boys track team placed eighth with a score of 13.50 in the FAVC East Championships, May 11. Glen Este’s Stoffel won the 1,600 meter. • In boys tennis on May 9, Oak Hills beat Glen Este 4-1. Glen Este’s Colin Couch beat Byrne 6-1, 6-4.

The week at Amelia

• The Amelia baseball team beat Western Brown 65, May 7. Amelia’s Zac Hultz was 2-4 with a double and two stolen bases, and Tyler Hale scored two runs. On May 9, Clermont Northeastern beat Batavia 16-9. Batavia’s Ryan Gormley scored a homerun and had two RBI. On May 10, Princeton beat Amelia 4-3 in eight innings in sectionals. Amelia’s Cody Mauch hit a double. • In boys tennis, Amelia beat New Richmond 3-2, May 7. Amelia’s Azizbek Ruziboev beat Martin 6-0, 60; Cameron Nelson beat Raver 6-2, 6-4; and Nick Cardarelli beat Anderson 6-1, 60. New Richmond’s Lytle and Manning beat Brennan Horine and Chris Lau 6-4, 63; and Flood and Rydzewski beat Claire Schweinhart and Trent Wirth 7-5, 8-2.

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UNION TWP. – Going into tournament week, Glen Este High School senior Kaylin Steinmetz was hitting .542 with eight home runs and 42 runs batted in. Those totals easily topped the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. Glen Este coach Tim Gregory (whose own daughters, Kierstin and Kayla are hitting .456 and .392, respectively) and Steinmetz talk about the season so far. (To coach Gregory) So Kaylin really gets it done for you? “Yeah, she does. She’s been a consistent hitter in our lineup the past four years. She bats in that three/four slot. She’s racked up a lot of RBIs for us the last four years and also home runs.” (To Steinmetz) How did it feel to commit to Northern Kentucky Uni versity in February? “It felt good because now I don’t have to worry about anything. I can go ahead and play without having to worry about where I’m going to college.” What did you like about NKU? “I really like the coaches there, and I know a few of the girls that

are already there, so I feel that they would welcome me. I think I can do a lot of good. I can help the team.” You are going to room with teammate Kelley Benhase at NKU. Who’s messier? “Me.” (To Gregory) Has it been fun to watch her develop over these years? “I would say she’s matured a lot this year. That’s been one of my goals over the last four years - to get Kaylin to mature into the person and the athlete she is. She’s really came into her own her senior year and stepped up and accepted that role.” We know she swings the bat, is she good in the field? “She’s really good in the field. She’s got one of the strongest arms that I’ve ever been around and covers a lot of ground in centerfield.” (To Steinmetz) How big is your bat? “34-24. 24 ounces.” You’re surrounded by a pretty good Glen Este baseball team. Most guys think they can hit a softball. Can they? “I don’t think they can. Softball is a lot harder than people think it is

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(with) the way they pitch and the movement of the pitches. People just think it’s so easy, but it’s really not.” Benhase told me her boyfriend tried to hit against her and couldn’t. Did you hear that? “He says he got a hit, but I don’t believe him.” Can you hit a baseball? “Give me a few tries, and I think I could. I go in the 70 mile an hour cage sometimes. I can hit it.” Hitting a baseball and hitting a softball (fast-pitch) are two different things, aren’t they? “Softball rises and the baseball drops. It’s easier to hit a dropping ball than it is to hit a rising ball.” (To Gregory) You think of girls hitting home runs and you think of a big girl. She’s not big. “It goes back to a lot of work ethic. She put’s a lot of time into her hitting. (It’s) a lot of bat speed and, believe it or not, she’s a pretty strong kid for her size.” What’s been your longest home run? “Probably at Milford this year. It went over the safety net. If the fence wouldn’t have been there, it

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The week at New Richmond

• The Batavia softball team beat Ripley 12-2 in six innings, May 9, in Division III Sectionals, advancing them to play Madeira, May 11. Batavia’s O’Brien was 3-4, hit a double and had four RBI. On May 11, Batavia beat Madeira 13-0 in five innings in sectionals, advancing them to play Clermont Northeastern on May 16. Batavia’s Fraley was 2-3 with four RBI. • In boys tennis, Batavia lost 4-1 to Blanchester, May 9. Batavia’s Moles beat Fugett 7-5, 2-6, 7-5. On May 11, Batavia beat Goshen 5-0. Batavia’s Moles beat Hayslip 6-1, 6-0; Bradburn beat Kain 6-0, 6-0; Conner beat Davis 6-0, 6-1; Goodsteed and Heist beat Herrington and Burch 6-2, 6-2; Griffith and Bonavita beat Hadley and Evans 6-3, 6-3. • In baseball, Batavia beat Blanchester 11-0 in six innings, May 10. Batavia’s Austin Lenhardt had three RBI and scored a homerun.


Glen Este senior Kaylin Steinmetz (pictured with coach Tim Gregory) leads the FAVC in home runs, runs batted in and average. She will join teammate Kelley Benhase on the softball field at Northern Kentucky University next season. would’ve been on the road. It was probably my hardest-hit ball, and it felt amazing!” What kind of a home run trot do you have? Do you taunt a little bit, or just circle the bases? “It’s kind of in the middle. Tim always says, ‘Act like you’ve been there!’ I don’t showboat around the bases. I just run, give him a high five and go touch home.” (To Gregory) How does Kaylin rate among other power hitters? “She’s pretty much leading the whole city in home runs right now. You’ve got a couple big hitters in the city who are going to some pretty big schools, but Kaylin’s above them all. We’ve played one of the toughest schedules in the city this year, so props to her.” See the full interview on

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• In baseball, Williamsburg lost 20-0 in five innings to Reading, May 11 in sectionals.

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The week at Williamsburg

• The New Richmond baseball team beat Goshen 13-10 in eight innings, May 9. New Richmond’s Cole Bird was 2-5, scored a homerun and had three RBI. On May 10, New Richmond beat Taylor 9-0 in sectionals, advancing them to play Batavia on May 12. New Richmond’s Austin Warden pitched eight strikeouts, and Tanner Wolfe was 2-4 with a double and two RBI. On May 11, New Richmond beat Amelia 15-11. New Richmond’s Cole Bird was 4-5 with four RBI. Amelia’s Justin Andler was 2-3 with a homerun and two RBI. New Richmond beat Batavia 7-5, May 12. Steve Binder threw eight strikeouts, and Tre Jetter hit a double for New Richmond. Batavia’s David Lenhardt collected two RBI.



Up and over

Williamsburg High School freshman Alexis Donthnier placed second in the high jump with a mark of 4-10 at the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Invitational, May 4.

Time to vote for Sportsman of the Year May 20 Friday, May 20, is the time to start voting for the third-annual Community Press Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year online contest. The award – whose winners are determined online by newspaper readers – recognizes student-athletes of the highest caliber who show excellence in the classroom, community and in their sports. Go online to and look for the red and blue Sportsman icon on the right hand side of the page. The ballots will be online

during the day Friday, May 20, and will run until midnight Monday, June 6. Top vote-getter wins. Voters will need a user account to cast a final ballot. (It will not be necessary to make one to nominate an athlete.) Sign up in advance of the voting period using the link at the top, left-hand corner of Contact Jordan Kellogg at jkellogg@community for assistance to get your account set up. For all other questions on the Sportsman of the Year, contact Melanie Laughman at

WILLIAMSBURG Williamsburg High School head softball coach Richard Healey can easily explain the softball team’s success down the stretch. “We played as a team and we hit the ball pretty well,” Healey said. The club’s statistics show the proof is in the pudding. Alexa Tibbs, Rachel Meisbeger and Courtney Wagers have all had big seasons for the Lady Wildcats. Through 14 games, Tibbs hit .469, while Meisberger batted .424 and Wagers hit .426. The trio also combined for 37 RBI. In the circle, Meisberger has been the ace of the diamond. In the regular season, the right-hander was 11-2 with 133 strikeouts. As for postseason expectations, Healey said the Wildcats (16-2, 8-2) have their sights set on a sectional title and a deep run into the state tournament. Williamsburg finished at the No. 8 spot in the final city poll and even made an appearance in the Division IV state coaches poll this spring. The Wildcats made quick work of Seven Hills and Cincinnati Country Day in the first rounds of the postseason, outscoring their opponents, 19-1. The Wildcats played Southeastern for a sectional

title, May 17 (after Community Journal deadline).

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Coach Kelly Throckmorton’s Amelia High School softball team continues to have a “quiet” successful year. In Clermont County, Glen Este’s powerhouse lineup featuring pitcher Kelley Benhase and slugger Kaylin Steinmetz and FelicityFranklin’s dominant Montana Wear tend to eat up the headlines. In the meantime, junior Shelby Engle has racked up an 11-3 mark in the pitcher’s circle for Amelia, who is now 14-3 overall after beating Norwood in the Division II sectional May 12, 13-0. Engle struck out 10 in the game and went over the 500 career strikeout mark earlier this season. Sophomore Jennae Chappel was 22 and drove in a pair of runs, while junior Jordan Kaiser drove in four runs. Engle has also been a terror at the plate, hitting .647 according to the last posted statistics with three home runs and 26 runs batted in. Amelia finished second in the Southern Buckeye Conference-American division and is the No. 2 seed in the sectional. They next take on the No. 7 seed Finneytown, who beat No. 6 McNicholas 10-7. That contest is May 17 at Batavia. The winner of that game moves to the sectional title game (likely against top

The Lady Bulldogs won four of their last six games heading into the 2011 postseason and kept their season alive with a 13-0 playoff win over Madeira, May 11. The win propelled Batavia into the Division III sectional final against Clermont Northeastern, May 16 (after Community Journal deadline). Sophomore McKenna Frayley went 2-3 with four RBI to help guide the Bulldogs to first-round win. According to head coach Tim Morrow, the Bulldogs’ offense was the strongest team asset this season. Batavia averaged 11 runs per game in its eight wins this year. Morrow added that senior Jill Crouch, junior Lexi Lipps and freshman Briana Appel would play a big role for the Bulldogs during the postseason.

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The Lady Lions couldn’t gain any momentum from a first-round, 9-7, win over Bethel-Tate and fell to Mercy, 8-0, in the second round of the playoffs. New Richmond (8-10, 45) finished third in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. Reporter Scott Springer contributed to this report.

Glen Este baseball, softball clinch titles The following are submitted summaries for Glen Este varsity baseball and softball.


• Heath Blandford’s three-run homer in the third inning staked Pete Winegardner to a 4-1 lead, and the senior left-hander retired 11 batters in a row from the second through the fifth, seven on strikeouts, as Glen Este clinched a share of the FAVC baseball championship with an 8-3 win over Anderson May 9. Then an Anderson loss to Milford later in the week assured GE of sole possession of first place. Walks to Anthony Clark and Matt

Jones sandwiched around a bunt single by Austin Rieck set the stage for Blandford's heroics, which occurred on an 0-2 pitch just after Tyler Burdick had barely beaten a potential inningending double play relay to first. Then GE added four more runs in the fourth, taking an 8-1 lead, on a double by Colin Pitman followed by singles from Jones, Ryan Henning, and Burdick, along with some aggressive base running which pressured the Anderson defense. When Winegardner ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing two runs and leaving with the bases loaded, Chris Linneman came on to strand two runners in scoring position, then closed the game out in the seventh.

The win improved GE's record to 17-2, 14-1 in the league. • Matt Jones, earlier in the afternoon honored as one of the top academic achievers in his senior class, recorded an RBI in each of his three at-bats, turning two double plays at shortstop, and also short-circuiting a potential Middletown rally with a fielding gem from deep in the hole at short, as Glen Este took a 7-3 victory in state tournament sectional play. GE wore the Middies down with two runs in each of the first, second and fourth innings. Nate Boston and Anthony Clark each had a pair of hits and scored two runs, while Austin Rieck added an RBI double. Chris Linneman scattered seven

hits in a strong complete game pitching effort to record his sixth win of the season, and first baseman Austin Istvan provided an insurance run for the Trojans with a solo homer in the fifth. Glen Este will meet Elder at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 19, at Lakota West.


The girls softball team completed a diamond perfecta for Glen Este on Friday, May 13, clinching an FAVC league championship, scoring a 2-0 shutout of Kings after a rain delay. Glen Este recorded an opening-round victory in state tournament play with a 18-1 defeat of Winton Woods May 11. They scored 18 runs twice in the week – having also downed Anderson

18-1 in league play May 10 – then garnered only two hits off Kings pitcher Casey Murdoch in atoning for their only league loss of the season, which had come at the hands of Murdoch only a week earlier. Kayla Gregory’s triple and pitcher Kelley Benhase’s single provided the only hits and runs that Benhase needed, as she recorded her 16th win of the season while striking out nine. During the feast part of the week, Kaylin Steinmetz registered her 9th and 10th home runs of the season to go along with nine RBI. Freshman Bailey Miller recorded her fifth pitching win of the year in the Anderson game. GE is now 22-4 on the season and will meet Colerain Monday, May 16, after deadline, in state tournament play.


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West Clermont schools needs to look at the money and benefits the teachers and employees are receiving. Example: We the taxpayers are letting the school board pay 92 percent of health care and 14 percent of retirement benefits. The superintendent makes $145.9K He also gets car and other benefits. Also Mr. Brooks has pay increases 2007 to 2011 of $20,000. If the board wants to balance the budget of $10 million, can’t they reduce healthcare and retirement benefits. The board is made up of mostly previous school officials, teachers, etc. Hey, reduce healthcare to 50

percent or less and the money will be there without any cuts. Also restructure the union contracts. Go to and search Southwest Ohio superintendents for additional information about school salaries etc. Clint M. Warren Union Township Editor’s note: According to Alana Cropper, West Clermont treasurer, Superintendent Dr. Gary Brooks made $132,263 in the 2006-2007 fiscal year. He made $145,901 in the 20102011 fiscal year. The board has approved his salary for 2011-2012 with no pay increase. The information provided in the letter is from and the salary listed for Brooks was incorrect, Cropper said.

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What do you think of the way the administration has handled the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, including the conflicting stoies about the mission, and the decision not to release photos? “I believe President Obama is doing it the right way with media control. “We have enough speculations and second guessing by the media on military missions, which of course is broadcasted for anyone to see.” O.H.R. “The issue of photos is something that occurs regularly in civil litigation in our courts. The courts ask a basic question when considering whether to admit photos into evidence. “Will the photos really add anything to the process of proving something? If someone is dead, what will a photograph add? “Usually a death certificate is sufficient. Testimony under oath by witnesses is an acceptable alternative. I am one of those that believe that releasing the photos adds nothing to the information already released by the government. If someone is suspicious of the government, a photo is probably not going to change that opinion. “It is unfortunate that we have a segment of the population that wants to discredit the government at every opportunity. “It has long ago been established that people believe what they desire. Since they desire to discredit the government they form an opinion that conforms to that desire. “Irrationality is too pervasive in society. Just another display of ignorance in action. It is part of the anti-intellectual attitude held by mostly uneducated folks in our society. If someone is not like them they condemn them. Uneducated and ignorant condemn the educated. “My intellect tells me that we do not need photos of a dead person to prove they were killed. If you need the photos you will probably conclude that they were altered or faked if they are released.” J.S.D. “This is one of those situations in which no matter what you do, you are not going to please every-




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This week’s questions: What do you remember of your high school graduation? Should the U.S. continue to give tax breaks to oil companies? Why or why not? Every week The Community Journal asks readers a questions that they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to with “chatroom” in the subject line. one. “The truth is that bin Laden was consummately evil, and no punishment could have been enough for what he did. “Pakistan might be understandably upset that we invaded their borders to do this, but that is the price that has to be paid. “I haven’t trusted the leadership of that country for a long time, and I don’t really think that the Islamic population has any love for the U.S. “It is hard to believe that this monster could have lived in that compound for five years without someone getting wise to it; if they did know, then they are complicit in protecting him. “As to conflicting stories, our intelligence community has a tough job of balancing the need to tell the public as much as possible, without compromising our security. “As to the photos, yes, a part of me would like to see that satanic face with holes in it, but I understand that you can’t always satisfy curiosity; it serves no purpose. “I’m not a fan of the Obama administration, but I’m glad they got this job done.” B.B. “I think it is a shame that the media concentrates on trivialities instead of the over-arching issues of what our policy towards the Middle East countries ought to be, and how we ought to go about getting it. “We need to recognize that our oil addiction is driving us to insanity. Whenever that point is raised someone points out how little of our oil comes from there, but U.S. oil consumption drives world oil demand. “China is catching up, but only because they have six times as many people as we do. They still use very little oil per person. “A strong climate solution could solve our Middle East oil dependence.” N.F.



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National Day of Prayer celebrated The 60th annual National Day of Prayer was held Thursday, May 6, across our nation. Here in Clermont County, Christians prayed for our country, our county, our community and our children, America’s next generation. After days of rain and talk of building an ark, the Lord showered us with warm sunshine and blue skies Thursday, May 5, at noon in downtown Batavia. As the Stars and Stripes waved in the wind, patriotic music echoed from the steps of the county court house. Soloists included John Hale, the Eve Moody family and Jennifer Thomas. Commissioner Bob Proud greeted those who had gathered to pray for the nation. With an emphasis on America’s leaders, Gertrud Whitaker, representing U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, did a Bible reading while Pastor Mark Otten, Clear Mountain Community Church, lead the prayer. Those military on active duty, their families and vets came forward to be recognized on the steps. Carolyn Maupin, mother of Matt Maupin, had the Bible reading while Pastor Gus Lavin, Laurel-Spring Grove Methodist

Church, had prayer for them and all military around the world. Other elected officials who did Bible readings included Judge Libbie James Shriver Bennett and Sheriff A.J. Community “Tim” Rodenwith Lt. Press Guest berg, Roy Short repreColumnist senting all fire and EMS personnel in the county. Prayer for our “hometown heroes” was lead by Pastor Chris Jones, Orchard Baptist Church. Pastor John Martin of Eastgate Community Church, a retired elementary school principal, invited all children with their parents to come forward. His wife, Lynn, also a retired teacher, reminded parents to “train up their children in the ways of the Lord.” As Pastor John lead the prayer, we were reminded that these are America’s future. The noon prayer service concluded with a moment of silence and the playing of Taps as each one recalled the sacrifice of “all

Commissioner Bob Proud greeted those who had gathered to pray for the nation. gave some and some gave all” so we have freedom to meet and pray in public parks, church pews, the state house or the county court house. The county task force would like to thank Tim Rudd, honorary chair of the pastors brunch, Pastor Dale Campfield of Eastgate Community Church, his dedicated volunteers, Dee Deaton, Carol and Howard Bunch, who prepared a bountiful brunch for pastors and their special guests, the county’s elected officials. Also a special note of appreciation goes to Pastor John Martin, prayer walk coordinator; George and Cathy Vandergriff, bible reading coordinators; and Vickie Hale, adopt-a-leader chair. May we never forget to pray for America 365 days a year. God bless America – America, bless God. Libbie Bennett chairs the National Day of Prayer County Task Force.

Thank you for help with benefit The April 9th Let Us Never Forget Scholarship benefit was huge success. The total gross income was $100,000. I wish to thank the community for all their donations to the silent auction, making it possible to raise $9,460. Some special donations from Texas Roadhouse (Milford), Everything Bagel (Eastgate), Kim Pellington, Cincinnati Bell, Charlie Daniels, Sketches Framing (Dayton), Bass Pro Shops, DHL Express, Leslie Miller Gold Star Mom from Saratoga, NY, and Nippert Jewelers all helped with the live auction. We raised $34,700. A big thank you goes to Anthony Munoz and RJ Vilardo for being our auctioneers. Jack

Cassidy, our MC, was the best and helped make three Gold Star parents happy. Our corporate sponsors – Cincinnati Bell, Bass Pro Shops, June Izzie- Brian Monahan Bailey Coaching, TQL, Audio & Community Prestige Visual, Marge Press guest Schott Foundacolumnist tion, Castellini Foundation, MGilliam Graphics and the Oasis – all helped make it possible for us to give 124 scholarships this year in the amount of $62,500. Those who were at the

Cancer advisory board needs your help At some point, in almost every American’s life, cancer will touch them in a very personal way. They will have a child or family member, close friend or neighbor develop the disease. Their loved one will fight hard to be a survivor; some will win while others will not be victorious. This year, almost 900 Clermont County families will have a loved one diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. They will join ranks with other Clermont County families currently fighting cancer. While so many are fighting, and may even win, 350 residents will lose their battles with the disease. Cancers, of all kinds, continue to be one of the leading causes of death for Americans of all ages. The Southwest Ohio Region of the American Cancer Society is on a mission to educate our community about different cancers, the importance of early detection, patient and family support and research for finding cures. They are currently in the process of

establishing a Clermont County Advisory Board. Claire Combs, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Mercy Health Partners, will be Kim Laing leading the new Community advisory board in ways to reach Press guest out to our councolumnist ty community through education about different forms of cancers, disease prevention and the need for continued research into treatments and cures. The advisory board is seeking representatives from the business and healthcare community to expand the programs and services available in Clermont County. If you have a passion for fighting against cancer, please contact Laura Metzler, at the American Cancer Society at 888-227-6446, ext. 4101. And don’t forget Relay for Life

fundraiser heard me announce it was my last year as event coordinator. I will remain as the assistant. For those who want to know what IRA went for, he was purchased for $5,700. A Gold Star parent bought him. I wish to thank all the volunteers for their help. We have a new group of volunteers who will make sure Let Us Never Forget will continue. It has been a dream come through for me these past six years. God Bless America and our troops. June Izzi-Bailey has been the coordinator for the April 9th Let Us Never Forget Scholarship benefit for six years. She lives in Milford.

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May 18, 2011


Attending the Batavia High School prom May 7 were, from left, Josh McGeorge, Seth Rogers and Jackie Stanton.

Alyssa Morrow and Daniel Chandler were named prom queen and king at Batavia High School’s prom May 7.

Attending the Batavia High School prom are, from left, Katie Hamilton, Samantha Padgett and Bridget Paul-Prindle.

Chandler, Morrow crowned Batavia prom king and queen Alyssa Morrow was crowned Batavia High School prom queen at Coney Island May 7.

Attending the Batavia High School prom May 7 at Coney Island are Julia Navaro, Allen Davis and Victoria Davis.

Students dance May 7 at the Batavia High School prom at Coney Island’s Moonlite Gardens.

From left, Luke Bradburn, Shanya Wallace, Cierra Isner and Eric Numrich attend the Batavia High School prom May 7 at Coney Island.

Batavia High School’s prom king, Daniel Chandler, dances with the prom queen, Alyssa Morrow, May 7 at Coney Island.

Daniel Chandler and Alyssa Morrow were crowned king and queen May 7 at the Batavia High School prom. The prom was at the Moonlite Gardens at Coney Island. The theme was “Take Me to the Stars.” Members of the prom court were Stephanie Bare, Eleanor Bentley, Alyssa Gibson, Cassie Ewing, Sarah Gibson, Eric Brown, Tyler Roberson, Jared Craig, Brandon Griffin and Jacob Prindle. BAILEY RICHARDS/ CONTRIBUTOR

Andy Kabler and Ashley Tippitt enjoy the Batavia High School prom May 7 at Coney Island.

Batavia High School’s prom king and queen, Daniel Chandler and Alyssa Morrow, pose for photos May 7 at Coney Island.

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Ferenc settles in as common pleas judge By Mary Dannemiller


Wine Dog, an international wine and local art shop, held a ribbon-cutting grand opening April 7, at their newly opened location, 451 Ohio Pike. From left are: Union Township Planning and Zoning Director Cory Wright, Union Township Trustee Matt Beamer, Wine Dog owners Donna Schwarz and Ralph Taylor, and Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce member Bill Massa and Executive Director Eric Miller.

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Whether you’re looking Winedog LLC can be found for something to cool down at 451 Ohio Pike, across from your day or to spice up your the Cherry Grove Shopping home, Winedog LLC has you Center and next to Starbucks. covered. Their hours are 11 a.m. to Winedog, a new interna9 p.m. Monday through Friday tional wine and local art and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. shop, opened earlier this The shop is closed Sunday. month at 451 Ohio Pike, For more information, visit, email across from the Cherry Grove or call Shopping Center. 4-WINE-21 (494-6321). “We have a blend of international fine wines and local, professional art that we sell,” Society or the Colored Pencil said owner Ralph Taylor. Society of America artist “This (shop) is unique guild. Anyone who might be because it’s a perfect union of interested in displaying and the finer things in life – art selling their work at Winedog should contact Schwarz at 4and wine.” WINE-21 In addi( 4 9 4 tion to havWorks from six artists are 6321). ing a wide Taylor wine selec- currently on display. Those a n d tion on-site, artists – Donna Schwarz, Schwarz Taylor said live in he and his Debbie Hook, Sandy Pence, Clinton wife Donna Jennifer Wenker, David Kline, C o u n t y, S c h w a r z and Connie Barrett – are all but decidcan help ed to p e o p l e award-winning members of open the locate hard either the Brush and Palette shop in to find Society or the Colored Pencil Union wines and Township maybe help Society of America artist guild. because them disof the larger population. cover a new favorite. “We love this location,” “We do wine tastings all day, every day. We’ll have Schwarz said. “It’s perfect for five or six wines people can us.” Although art and wine try and, while they are here, they can walk around and can both be intimidating topics for the average citizen, enjoy the art,” Taylor said. Works from six artists are Schwarz encouraged people currently on display. Those to just “drop by.” “Just stop in, have a taste artists – Donna Schwarz, Debbie Hook, Sandy Pence, of wine and take a look at the Jennifer Wenker, David Kline, art,” she said. “We look forand Connie Barrett – are all ward to meeting people and award-winning members of sharing what we have to either the Brush and Palette offer.”

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After years arguing cases for both the defense and the prosecution in front of judges, Richard Ferenc is on the other side of the bench. Ferenc has been a Clermont County Common Pleas Court judge since January and has more than 30 years experience as an assistant prosecutor, private practice attorney and public defender. “I want to use that experience to really try and make some type of positive impact on how justice is administered here in the county and certainly to impact the criminal defendants,” MARY DANNEMILLER/STAFF he said. “That’s an enjoyable feature Clermont County Common Pleas Judge Richard Ferenc has been on the bench since January. of this job. It’s intellectually challenging and that’s exciting as well.” stored there that weren’t evidence so I public defender gives the new judge The judge not only works in the sent them down one of the elementary an unique perspective on defendants. county, but has called Clermont Coun- schools. My wife was a school teacher “You get two things from working ty home since 1961 and is a graduate so I know how much teachers need.” as a public defender,” Hannon said. of Glen Este High School. R. Daniel Hannon, director of the “You get some empathy for the defen“This is home,” he said. “My wife Clermont County Public Defender dant, but you also get a healthy dose grew up here and I have great roots Office, has known Ferenc for several of cynicism. He’s not going to buy in here, a lot of family ties and a lot of years and has worked with him as a to every cockamamie story that comes friends. It’s a good place to live and it’s public defender and against him on down the pike.” a great place to practice law.” Though he’s early into his term, Clermont County’s first death penalty And the judge’s affection for Cler- case, when Ferenc was an assistant Ferenc said he hopes to establish a mont County doesn’t end with his prosecutor. reputation as a judge who is respectful family, friends or law community, he “I think his extensive court room and makes thorough, careful decialso recently donated several boxes of experience makes him well-suited to sions. three-ring binders to Batavia Local be a judge,” he said. “He understands “I think any judge would like to be Schools. the trepidation that attorneys and liti- known as someone who listens fully “When I got in, I wanted to take gants have in appearing in the court to all sides of the issue,” he said. “You stock of everything for my cases, room and because of that, he has a want everyone to walk out of the including the evidence room,” he said. strong foundation to work from.” court room knowing they’ve gotten a “We found there were some notebooks Hannon also said Ferenc’s time as a fair consideration.”

Veterans receive medals By John Seney

BATAVIA - Three World War II veterans and the widow of a Vietnam veteran received service medals in a ceremony May 11 at the offices of the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission. “Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for our freedom,” Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud told the medal recipients. Terry Dennis of Batavia, holding back tears, accepted the medals of behalf of her husband, James Dennis, who died earlier this year. She said her husband was a surveyor in the Army during the Vietnam War. “He was proud of his country. He was proud he served,” she said. When her husband died in February he was buried at a military cemetery in Kentucky. “It was a wonderful service,” she said. The medals given to Dennis were the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Donald Bates of Pierce


Three World War II veterans and the widow of a Vietnam veteran received medals during a ceremony May 11 at the Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission offices. From left are John Slye of Nicholsville, Donald Bates of Pierce Township, Marvin Belkin of Blue Ash and Terry Dennis of Batavia, the widow of James Dennis. Township served in the Army during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines as a point man for his patrol. Bates received the Bronze Star Medal for bravery and valor in capturing enemy forces during a night patrol. He was supposed to receive his award from Gen. Douglas MacArthur, but the ceremony never took place. Years later, he made inquiries about the medal and he finally received it. “It came in the mail,” he said. He said the ceremony at the Veterans’ Service Commission was much better than getting the medal in the mail. Other medals he received

were the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal with One Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with One Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal for Japan, Honorable Service Label Button and Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar. John Slye of Nicholsville served in Europe with the Army during World War II. During a battle in January 1945, his squad was ambushed by Germans. “I knew they were killing my friends,” he said. “Every man in my squad was killed or wounded except me.” “Just get me back,” he remembers praying at one point. He won the Bronze Star

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Medal for helping repel enemy forces during the battle. Other medals he received were the European-AfricanMiddle Eastern Campaign Medal with Two Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Honorable Service Lapel Button and Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar. Marvin Belkin of Blue Ash served with the Army Air Corps during World War II. A bomber he was flying in was shot down during the war and he was held in a prison camp. “It’s hard for him to talk about it,” his wife, Maida Belkin, said of his experiences. “I’m proud of him.” After the war, Belkin helped start the Israeli Air Force, his wife said. Medals he received were the Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Bombardier Wings, Marksman Badge with Pistol Bar and Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin. “I’m so proud of each and every one of you,” said Dan Bare, executive director of the Veterans’ Service Commission, told the medal recipients.


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Board Game Day, 2-4 p.m., Bethel Branch Library, 611 W. Plane St., Scrabble and variety of board games. All ages welcome. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 734-2619; Bethel.

Ladies’ Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Eastgate, 4450 Eastgate Blvd., Entertainment and High Tea luncheon. Fashion show courtesy of T.J. Maxx. Jewelry, beauty, hobby and home products vendors. Appropriate for women ages 12 and up. Benefits A Caring Place Pregnancy Help Center. Family friendly. $25. Reservations required. Presented by A Caring Place Pregnancy Help Center. 300-3565. Union Township.




ART EXHIBITS Charley Harper Art Show, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, 6300 Price Road, Art exhibit and sale featuring works by the late artist. Free. Presented by Row House Gallery. 831-7230; Loveland. Creative Writing Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Inspire and offer suggestions. Ages 13 and up. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg. Blue Chip Jazz Band, 6:30 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 120 Front St., 553-4800. New Richmond. F R I D A Y, M A Y 2 0


Crop Out Cancer, 6 p.m.-midnight, Goshen Community Center, Francis Fagin Way and Wood Street, Goshen Community Center. Scrapbooking crop. Six hours of scrapbooking, dinner, drinks, snacks, one door prize ticket and a goodie bag. Benefits Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Email for more information. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Relay for Life. $10. Registration required. Presented by Team Davis - Relay for Life. 335-6511. Goshen.


Job Search Learning Labs, 1-3:30 p.m., Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave., Technically-oriented learning opportunities for those in job transition. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


Clermont County Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 p.m., UC Clermont Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Free. Speaker: Greg Roberts presents “Clermont County Postcards.” The new “Historic Clermont” book will be available for purchase. 753-8672; Batavia.

Fish Fry, 6-7:30 p.m., Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562, 1596 Ohio 131, Fish sandwiches, chicken fingers or six-piece shrimp dinner. Includes cole slaw and French fries. Carryout available. $6 and up. Presented by Ladies Auxiliary Dennis Johnson VFW Post 6562. 575-2102. Milford.

Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Exhibit from 18901940 includes 30 purses made of shells, beads, lace, rhinestones, mesh and leather. Shoes include dainty lace boots to ornate evening slippers. Miscellaneous accessories include fans, compacts, gloves, hankies and scarves. Benefits Greater Milford Area Historical Society and Promont House. $5, $1 ages 12 and under. 248-0324; Milford.


All-Night Fishing, 8 p.m., Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Fish from the bank, dock, by rental boat or bring your own. Four horsepower or less electric and gas motors permitted. Light visible 360 degrees required on boats after dark. All ages. $16 for 24-hour permit, $9.75 for 12hour permit, free ages 12 and under and ages 60 and up; rowboat rental $11.27 for 12 hours, $9.39 six hours; vehicle permit required. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 791-1663; Symmes Township. Friday Night Racing, 7 p.m., Moler Raceway Park, 2059 Harker Waits Road, Annual Armed Forces Night. All Military in Uniform or with I.D. are free. Quarter-mile dirt oval racing. Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Chevettes and Street Stocks. Gates open 4:30 p.m. $13, $5 ages 7-15, free ages 6 and under. 937-4446215; Williamsburg. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 2 1


Sporty’s Fly-In, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport, 2001 Sportys Drive, Industry exhibits, educational seminars, tours and more. Free. Presented by Eastern Cincinnati Aviation. 735-9500; Batavia Township.

Paranormal Activities Research Group, 57 p.m., Riverside Coffee Mill, 177 S. Riverside Drive, Meet paranormal investigative team which serves your community, ask questions of members and more. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Paranormal Activities Research Group. 239-7274. Batavia.

COMMUNITY DANCE Mayfest Dance, 8 p.m.-midnight, Fraternal Order of Eagles 2289, 265 Foundry Ave., Music by Acoustic Edge. Includes snacks. $10. 732-9035. Batavia.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


Hypertufa Trough Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to make your own hypertufa containers. $45. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 12 and under. 2480324; Milford. Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1-4 p.m., Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, View weapons, ordnance, soldiers’ personal effects, historic photos. Free. 683-5692; Loveland.


Union Township Summer Concerts, 8 p.m., Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road, Amphitheatre behind center. Music by DV8. Bring seating. Free. 752-1741. Union Township.


Birding at Grailville, 8-11 a.m., Grailville Education and Retreat Center, 932 O’Bannonville Road, Ann Oliver and John Robinson lead rambling walk to listen for and spot birds during their spring migration. $15. Reservations required. 683-2340; Loveland.


Destination CycleSafe, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Riders and non-riders welcome. Motorcycle stunt show with Brian BuBash. Miami Township Police Motor Unit demonstrates precision riding. Family friendly. Free. Presented by ABATE of Ohio Inc.. 460-4661. Owensville.


Clermont County Master Gardeners Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Variety of perennials, annuals, ground covers and shrubs. Gardening items, tools, books and magazines for sale. Benefits community projects created and maintained by volunteer master gardeners. Presented by Clermont County Master Gardeners. 607-2302. Owensville. S U N D A Y, M A Y 2 2


Charley Harper Art Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., River Hills Christian Church, Free. 831-7230; Loveland.


Vintage Purses and Ladies’ Accessories Exhibit, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Promont House Museum, $5, $1 ages 12 and under. 2480324; Milford.


Birds of Prey, 1 p.m., Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Seasongood Nature Center. Meet live birds of prey. Free, vehicle permit required. ,521-7275; Anderson Township. M O N D A Y, M A Y 2 3


Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Take Off Pounds Sensibly weekly support meeting. Presented by TOPS. 528-5959. Anderson Township.


“Drawing the Line: the Art of Comics, Illustration, Animation,” will be on exhibit in the Park National Bank Art Gallery at UC Clermont College through Monday, May 23. It features professional artists, students, and friends and colleagues of curator Kim R. Taylor, former artist at “The Simpsons.” Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday; and closed Sunday. The exhibit is free. Location is 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia.


Crochet Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Branch Library, 594 Main St., Learn simple stitches each week. Participants need size H or larger crochet hook. Ages 13 and up. Free. Presented by Clermont County Public Library. 724-1070. Williamsburg. T U E S D A Y, M A Y 2 4

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Hypertufa Trough Workshop, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, $45. 6831581. Symmes Township. Hand-Painted Glassware Workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Learn to paint on glass. Choose wine glasses, glass dishes or glass mugs. $35. 683-1581. Symmes Township.


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BUSINESS MEETINGS Luncheon Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Loveland, 10681 Loveland Madeira Road, Panel discussion on running a successful business. Registration required by May 20. $30, $25 WIFS members. Presented by Women in Insurance and Financial Services. 588-4994; Loveland. HOME & GARDEN

Word Stone Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Put your favorite word in stone for all the world to see. $25. 683-1581; Symmes Township. Mini Escapes, 6:30-8 p.m., Loveland Greenhouse, 11924 Lebanon Road, Create your own miniworld/vacation in a container. Bring your own pot or terrarium or purchase one. Cost is materials used. 683-1581. Symmes Township.

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Community Journal


Can good people occasionally become angry at God? day long. (Jeremiah 20:7) Many of the Old Testament psalms are known as Lament Psalms, prayers of complaint registered against God. They show that people, in touch with their humanness, and to whom God was real, felt free to express their frustration to God. Praying such psalms can give us words we hesitate using on our own. Where else can we be totally human if not before the One who made us humans? We certainly can feel free to pray our anger, conflicts, and frustrations that question divine fairness until we’ve emptied them out and sent them echoing through the universe. Then, as Job did or as we often do in our human relationships, we begin to see things differently. We forgive original impressions, recant, see things anew and accept – until the next time. Being open with God is conducive to letting God be

because t h e y imagine God deliberately caused s o m e painful Father Lou incident in lives. Guntzelman theirAnger is Perspectives a human emotion. It’s as normal as contentment, loneliness, sexuality or satisfaction for a job well done. Anger arises from the perception (right or wrong) that someone has disrespected us. Are we allowed to shake our fist at God without fearing repercussions? Certainly. The Bible abounds with such examples. Some prophets became angry at God and said so. A prophet, the stature of Jeremiah, once rebuked God for mistreating him, “You duped me, O God, and I let myself be duped … I have become a laughingstock all

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anger at a Beloved because we feel safe. We realize the one who loves us will neither react with violence, reject us, or erect a wall of distance between us – but still love us. May good people ever become angry with God? Of course. Paradoxically our human struggles with God


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Some pious people say that their faith is so strong they never feel angry at God. If we’re honest with ourselves, however, I think most of us would admit there are times we become angry with God. An old monk claimed “It’s better to be honest than pious.” We become angry at God for many reasons: he seems so silent, so unresponsive when we pour out our hearts, so unrelenting in the misery we perceive he lets go on in our lives and in the world. Anger is one of our greatest blocks to prayer and a maturing spiritual life. When we were children we hid much of our anger toward authorities such as parents, teachers, coaches, etc. Our restraint was possibly for one of two reasons. 1. We were becoming acquainted with the power of our anger and what harsh things we could say or do under its influence. 2. We were also afraid of what these authority figures might do to us if we challenged them with our anger. Parents could discipline or reject us, teachers could administer punishment or poor grades, and coaches could put us off the team or never permit us to play. Thirty, 50 or 70 years later good people may hide their anger at God for variations of the same reasons: fear of receiving divine punishments such as illness, financial loss, loss of love, or “thunderbolts” of displeasure administered to us in some painful way. There are those who stop praying or worshipping


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Time to ‘stalk’ up on tasty rhubarb recipes 1 1⁄ 2 cups sliced strawberries

Our rhubarb has shot up overnight. In fact, some of it is starting to flower, so I went out to the garden this morning and cut as many stalks as I could. When we were kids, I didn’t like rhubarb at all. I guess it was the tanginess of it that made my mouth pucker. Interestingly enough, now I absolutely adore rhubarb. And it’s something that is at its best in season. Rhubarb is called “pie plant” because most folks make a rhubarb and strawberry pie with it. Rhubarb contains calcium and is good for our skeletal system. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties, as well

Preheat oven to 3 5 0 degrees. 2 Rita Combine ⁄3 Heikenfeld cup cake Rita’s kitchen mix and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Add nuts and set aside. Put rest of cake mix in bowl, add eggs and sour cream and mix. Fold in rhubarb and berries. Spread into sprayed 9by-13 pan. Sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake 40 to 50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Icing (optional) Stir in a couple tablespoons water into 1 cup confectioner’s sugar. If too thick, add a bit more water. Or put 1⁄2 cup cream cheese frosting (purchased) in the microwave for 15 seconds. Drizzle over cake. Serves 12 to 15.

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1 package, 18 oz. approx., yellow cake mix, divided 2 ⁄3 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter 3 ⁄4 cup chopped walnuts 2 large eggs 8 oz. sour cream 11⁄2 cups finely chopped fresh rhubarb (substitute frozen if you want, thaw slightly and drain if necessary)

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The cauliflower and carrots roast alongside the spiced chicken. 4 cups chopped rhubarb 2 cups strawberries, halved 1 ⁄2 cup each: sugar and orange juice Grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon (opt.) 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger 1 teaspoon vanilla Put in pan and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce to simmer, skim off any foam and cook until rhubarb is tender, about 10 minutes. Store in fridge. Makes about 4 cups. Tip from Rita’s kitchen: Only the stalks of

rhubarb are edible, not the leaves.

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This has now become a family favorite. Once you try it, you’ll see why. The cauliflower and carrots roast beautifully alongside the chicken. Now if you want, you can use any kind of chicken pieces with skin and bone on. 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks 1 nice head cauliflower, broken into florets


Freshly cut stalks of rhubarb from Rita’s garden. 2 teaspoons each: ground coriander and cumin mixed together Olive oil 4-5 chicken thighs with skin left on and bones left in Sea salt and freshly ground pepper Lemon wedges Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Combine veggies and chicken pieces. Coat

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May 18, 2011

Community Journal


National Day of Prayer celebrated ent group of people. The closing music was by t h e Nazarene Choir. The Bethel George communiRooks ty is so Ole fortunate to have Fisherman t h e churches join together in services. The ministerial association members do a super job with the needs of the community. Last Saturday Ruth Ann and I went to Zanesville to the Ohio State Friendly Hills Grange Camp, for a Grange deputies meeting. This meeting was to meet with different officers of the Grange and take pop tabs, used eyeglasses and the baking contest items. These glasses will be checked at Pomroy, Ohio, then taken to the third world countries and given to people in need of glasses. The pop tabs are sold and the money is given to the Deaf Schools of Ohio. They estimated more than 2,000 pounds were turned in. The Granges across the state collect these. The Monroe Junior Grange brings in quite a few. Monroe Grange and the Bethel Lions Club collected 543 pair of used glasses

plus donated another 100 pair to the Clermont Northeastern Lions Club to be sent to Haiti. There is a need for these glasses. One lady that went along to give glasses out said one elderly lady in one country had never seen her grandchildren or the flowers clearly. When she got these glasses she could not believe how clear everything looked. I apologize for not wishing each Mother a Happy Mother’s Day last week. Ruth Ann and I have both lost our Mother and Father as many of you folks have. Have you noticed the new signs by the Bethel school office and bus garage with the World Walker, Steve Newman. The older sign had been up for several years and the U.S. Grant Vocational School made a new one and it is beautiful. Thanks! The other day we were looking at seeds and I got to wondering about them. A grain of corn planted will produce a stalk and an ear of corn. A bean seed will

produce big plants with plenty of beans on it. The same with other plants. Now when you plant, there is an old saying, “one for the rook, one for the crow, one to die, and one to grow.” We hope the garden is drying so folks can plant. I was talking to Mike at the Boars Head Bait Shop in Afton. He said some folks were fishing in the parking lots and catching lots of stripers and some crappie. The lakes that don’t hold water back for flood control like Stonelick, Cowan and Rocky Fork, the fishing is good. Stonelick Lake has no outboard motor. But the other lakes Cowan, has a limit 9.9 horsepower, Rocky Fork, is all right for a bigger motor. Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord. God bless all. More later. George Rooks is a retired park ranger. Rooks served for 28 years with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park.

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Howdy folks, Last Tuesday evening Ruth Ann and I went up to Panhandle for a Grange meeting, this place is close to West Union. There was a good group there. This was a Grange Pomona meeting. There are two Granges involved in this meeting, Louisville and Jerusalem Granges. These folks are like other folks. There is a lot of sickness among them. These folks are hard workers and very church dedicated. If you need any garden plants, trees, shrubs, garden seeds, mulch, flowers, honey bee supplies, bags of Miracle Grow soil or other items, now that the weather is getting better, the Grants Farm and Greenhouses have plenty of them. They have three locations. The Farm is on Bucktown Road, off U.S. 50 east of Owensville, one is on Ohio 131 east of Willliams Corner and the third is at the Milford Shopping center on the hill. So stop and see them for your supplies. Last Thursday evening at the Bethel Nazarene Church the National Day of Prayer was held. There was a good crowd. The music was good. The Bethel Community Choir opened the service with the song, “Worth is the Lamb.” The ministerial association conducted the service with each minister praying for a differ-

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May 18, 2011

Clermont County Shred Day is free May 21 RIVER OF LIFE Assembly of God 1793 U.S. 52, Moscow, Ohio 45153 Pastor: Ralph Ollendick Sun. Contemporary Service SS -9:45am, Worship 11:00am Wed.- Informal Biblestudy 7-8pm Come Experience The Presence of the Lord In Our Services


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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MT REPOSE 6088 Branch Hill-Guinea Pike Ken Slaughter, Pastor

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2831 State Route 222 Mark Pence, Pastor 513-313-2401 Sunday School....9:30AM Sunday Worship....10:45AM Childrens Church & Nursery Avail Wednesday Prayer Service & Youth Meeting....7:00PM Nursery & Children’s Activities



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Locust Corner Community Church is hosting a musical celebration “In Honor of God and Country” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the church. Featured will be local pianist Annie Takeuchi Lanzone, who will highlight

larity,” said coalition member Jimmi McIntosh. “With inflatable slides, mechanical bulls, prizes, food, and movies, teens are having a great time attending these events. Those who choose not to attend are in the minority.” After-prom organizers contact parents if the young people ask to leave early, otherwise, these events are a lock in. To apply for a grant, schools are required to attend coalition meetings, participate in a Clermont Safe Communities program that encourages responsible driving and complete an application that states how the grant money will be used to increase awareness about the dangers of drug abuse. The mini-grants are awarded through a partnership between the Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County and the Clermont Mental Health and Recovery Board.

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The Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County has awarded mini-grants to six local high schools to fund after-prom activities that promote a safe and drugfree environment. During an afternoon presentation April 12, Amelia, Batavia, FelicityFranklin, Milford, New Richmond and Williamsburg high schools were presented with the grants. “After-prom activities are a great way to ensure that our young people are in a safe, secure place and having a great time without the dangers posed by alcohol and drugs,” said county Commissioner Ed Humphrey, who was on hand to help present the grants. The mini-grants are awarded as one way to bring awareness to the dangers posed by unsupervised prom and graduation parties. “The after-prom events continue to grow in popu-




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sight, the thief moves in, breaks into the car and pops the trunk open.” Farmer said that identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Farmer said that homeowners who shred documents on a regular basis should invest in a cross-cut shredder. “In some cases, thieves have been able to piece together personal information obtained by basic shredding machines,” he said. “I’d also like to caution citizens about information that is put out on social media sites, like Facebook. Anything beyond your name could be used by thieves to try to steal your identity. I’ve had cases where people weren’t even aware of the theft for years. They learned about it only when they got a bad credit report.” Brown recommends retaining personal tax returns for seven years and bank statements for three years. For more information about the free Clermont County Shred Day, sponsored by the Clermont Records Center and Cintas, call 735-8660. •


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The fourth Clermont County Shred Day will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Department of Job and Family Services parking lot, 2400 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia. “Clermont County citizens and businesses are encouraged to bring boxes of their documents to be disposed of by the Cintas Mobile Shredding Unit,” said Clermont County Records Center Manager Barb Brown. “It doesn’t matter if the documents contain staples, paper clips or rubber bands. This is a safe and secure way to ensure that your personal information on those items is destroyed.” Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Matt Farmer said he has seen too many people have their identity stolen by thieves stealing credit card application forms, and personal information left in cars and gym lockers. “Today’s identity thief is savvy,” said Farmer. “They watch people putting purses, wallets and laptops into car trunks while they go shopping or hit the gym. As soon as the person is out of

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Community Journal

May 18, 2011

May is Older Americans Month, and more May is Older Americans Month. I’m not sure who determines which month is the official month for what, but the month of May has 79 designations, including National Carrot and Cauliflower Month and National Hamburger Month. Seems like National Picnic Month should be in there, too. But Older Americans Month is different. It is a designation to recognize a special group of people. It is a chance to show our appreciation and support our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities. Their shared histories, diverse experiences and wealth of knowledge have made our culture,

economy and local character what they are today. In fact, older Ameriare Linda cans more active Eppler in communiCommunity ty life than Press guest ever before, in columnist thanks part to advances in healthcare, education, technology and financial stability over the last several decades that have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living. Older adults are out and about giving back and making a difference in their

communities. Older adults also serve as advocates and volunteers in our communities. They provide a reservoir of knowledge and experience. They’re involved in the lives of their grandchildren, their churches and other community organizations. And they possess a high degree of political savvy. Older Americans step up to help one another as well. In fact, many of our daytime volunteers are senior citizens. They deliver Meals-onWheels, grocery shop, visit, make minor home repairs, build wheelchair ramps, work in the office and serve on our board of trustees. Their efforts remind us that

when older adults are active and engaged in their communities, everyone benefits. Many seniors remain active in the workforce to help support themselves and their families. Some are raising their grandchildren. They readily learn new technology as well. They email and text their families, book travel arrangements on the Internet, download music, shop online and Photoshop their digital photographs.

Healthy, active seniors are the happiest. They are lifelong learners and lifelong givers of themselves. We are blessed by the lives of the senior citizens in our communities. They exemplify grace, generosity and responsibility. Have you hugged a senior citizen today? Linda Eppler is director of Communications and Lifelong Learning for Clermont Senior Services.


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Community Journal



Molly Parker, 32, 30 Arrowhead Drive, criminal mischief, April 20.

Incidents/investigations Criminal damage Window broken in vehicle at 52 Robinway, April 28.

Criminal mischief

Eggs thrown at residence at 37 S. Ridge Drive, April 25. Windows in vehicle and a guitar damaged at 30 Arrowhead Drive, April 20.


Two rings taken; $2,000 at 25 Hunters Court, April 28. Check card taken at 52 W. Main St., April 28.



Danielle Barton, 32, 3974 Piccadilly No. A, warrant, April 21.

Incidents/investigations Theft

Bottles of liquor taken from Batavia Station; $105 at West Main Street, April 21. 1993 GMC taken at Wilson Seat Co. At 199 Foundry, April 22. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $10 at East Main Street, April 28. Gasoline not paid for at United Dairy Farmers; $51 at East Main Street, April 30.



Mathew McCarthey, 25, 4700 Filager Road, warrant, April 18. Nicole R. Drew, 26, 815 Ackley Road, warrant, April 27. Christopher Esten, 36, warrant, April 29.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Lawn mower and chairs taken; $330 at 931 Old U.S. 52, April 26.

Criminal damage

Window broken in vehicle at 619 Market St., April 24. Vehicle scratched at 212 Market St., April 26.

Criminal mischief

Pump taken out of fish pond at 234 Washington, April 25. Male reported this offense at 726 Washington St., April 22.

Disorderly conduct

Fighting reported at The Landing at 401 Front St., April 30.

Domestic violence At Ohio 132, May 2.


Female stated ID used with no authorization at 315 Market St., April 25.

Menacing, criminal damage

Vehicle damaged and male was threatened at 201 Washington St., April 26.


Report made of breaking into vehicles at area of Washington and George Streets, May 1.

PIERCE TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Joshua D. Pierce, 31, 2353 Laurel Nicholsville, theft, April 24. Edwin J. Robinson, 20, 478 Piccadilly No. F, theft, April 26. Nick W. Woods, 22, 1760 Culver Court, theft, April 26. Keith D. Fille, 25, 3375 Smith Road, warrant, April 22. Sarah E. Gohde, 25, vendors resolution, April 26. Nuretta M. Gibson, 35, vendors resolution, April 26. Nathaniel B. Calloway, 22, 200 University Lane No. 307, theft, April 29. Aaron M. Estep, 19, 67 Huntington, theft, April 29. Bonita Cordell, 50, 366 St. Andrews No. D, drug possession, April 30.

Incidents/investigations Assault

Male was assaulted at 1756 Culver Court No. 1, April 29. Male juvenile was assaulted at 324 St. Andrews No. C, April 28.

Assault, domestic violence At Ohio Pike, April 26.

Criminal mischief

Loads of dirt dumped, blocking entrance at 1100 Ohio 749, April 29.

Drug possession, paraphernalia Items found in apartment upon answering a disorder offense at 366 St. Andrews No. D, April 30.

Endangering children

At 1756 Culver Court No. 1, April 29.


T-shirts taken from Walmart; $18 at Ohio Pike, April 25. Debit cards taken and used; $1,399 loss at 1177 Birch Bark Court, April 26. Memory card taken from Walmart at Ohio Pike, April 26. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 3800 block of Fulton Grove, May 1. DVDs taken from Walmart; $55 at Ohio Pike, April 29. Merchandise taken from Kroger at East Ohio Pike, April 29.

Vendors resolution

Subjects selling magazines at 3596 Caledonia Court, April 26.

UNION TOWNSHIP Arrests/citations

Timothy J. Wissman, 22, 777 Rue Center, obstructing official business, April 26.

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Joshua S. Morris, 19, 1263 Birchview, underage consumption, April 26. Casey Swinegar, 21, 722 Ohio Pike, disorderly conduct, April 25. Sarah J. Beck, 24, 4597 Roxbury Circle, driving under suspension, April 26. Robert Thacker, 24, 140 W. Main St., theft, April 26. Brian W. Anderson, 30, 2780 Lindale Mt. Holly, theft, drug possession, April 26. Gregory S. Gannon, 28, lka 412 Commons, theft, April 25. Luther K. Collins, 52, 306 St. Andrews, theft, April 26. Logan S. Kuhn, 24, 1085 Shayler, warrant service, April 27. Joshua Cravens, 28, 505 Lenkenann, driving under influence, driving under suspension, April 28. Kevin Webster, 43, 475 Piccadilly, domestic violence, April 27. Robert G. Webster, 38, 1024 Bellwood, robbery, April 27. Kevin Bockelman, 22, 4342 Longlake, warrant service, April 28. Dora L. Bryant, 28, 4275 Cidermill, warrant, April 28. Dale S. Cooper, 43, 46 Timber Trails, theft, April 27. Eric W. Janssen, 47, lka 640 Daniel Court, theft, April 26. Deann Mitchell, 45, 3960 Nine Mile Road, recited, April 28. Frederick L. Shadler, 27, 5860 Highview, driving under suspension, April 27. Christopher W. Nichols, 28, 5303 Belfast Owensville Road, warrant service, April 26. Wesley R. Giddens, 22, 4426 Eastwood, menacing, April 28. Lisa M. Lay, 25, 5987 Meadow Creek, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, obstructing official business, April 28. Kristan K. Drewry, 18, 6112 Oak Bridge, obstructing official business, underage consumption, April 28. Alexander L. Bull, 19, 3 Wildwood, underage consumption, April 28. Justin H. Ryan, 35, 7166 Brantham, driving under influence, April 27. Dale E. Rideout, 53, 4704 Beechwood, warrant service, April 29. Dmarcol L. Cain, 29, 4524 Weiner Lane, warrant service, May 1. David R. Keefer Jr., 37, 29 Manta Road, leaving the scene, April 30. Timothy Meckstroth, 46,658 Tealtown, open container, April 30. Ruben R. Catron III, 43, 315 Northeast St., warrant service, May 1. Lev Metrofanov, 20, 8632 S. Cove, drug paraphernalia, April 30. Jennifer C. Otey, 41, 1914 Heidleberg, obstructing official business, April 30. Terry A. Seevers, 26, 6280 Ridgefield, warrant service, April 30. Robert Hardin, 39, 515 Piccadilly, warrant service, May 1. Claude Godfrey, 31, 479 Piccadilly, marijuana possession, drug possession, driving under suspension, May 1. Jeanna D. Miller, 25, 479 Piccadilly, wrongful entrustment, May 1. Randy Watkins, 36, 4486 Forest Trail, driving under influence, driving under suspension, April 28. Michelle N. Slover, 22, 1889 Pebble Ridge, driving under influence, April 29. Danielle E. Waters, 18, 1501 Thomaston Woods, drug possession, April 29. Michael Stevens, 22, 5689 Willnean Drive, drug abuse, April 29. Josh Musselman, 28, 1086 Kensington Lane, domestic violence, April 30. Daniel M. Yarbrough, 21, 5876 Field Lane, marijuana possession, April 29. Levi R. Kimball, 21, 4511 Eastwood, tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property, weapons under disability, April 28. Anthony C. Voskuhl Jr., 21, 491 Little Turtle, domestic violence, May 1. Sarah K. Hans, 29, 484 Old Ohio 74, domestic violence, April 29. William F. Harness, 39, 2005 Franklin Laurel, warrant service, April 29. Phillip K. Gregory, 37, 616 Mercury, theft, April 29. Juvenile, 17, warrant service, April 29. Christopher Harmon, 32, 10 Lorilei, warrant service, April 30. Robert Wallace III, 31, 4367 Gleneste Withamsville, drug paraphernalia, May 2. Larry A. Riley, 24, 475 Piccadilly, driving under suspension, May 3. Matthew Tinsky, 26, 4475 Timberglen, drug abuse, May 3. Scott A. Brown, 26, 58 Amelia Olive Branch, drug instrument, driving under suspension, May 4. Deirdre M. Jossaua, 29, 1900 Lindkside No. 8, wrongful entrustment, May 4. James R. Neal, 27, 3960 Nine Mile Tobasco, warrant service, May 4. Roxanne J. Coots, 55, 1404 Abbott Ave., theft, May 3. Juvenile, 17, driving under influence, May 2. Adrian E. Nieves, 22, 484 Old Ohio 74, no drivers license, May 2. Juvenile, 16, underage consumption, May 2. Benjamin Williams, 25, 894 Sycamore Blvd., keg law, May 2. Kristin Kessling, 18, 1252 Nordica, underage consumption, May 2. Miranda F. Little, 18, 4624 Muirridge, underage consumption, May 2. Sharon R. Praechter, 20, 1440 Verdale, underage consumption, May 2.





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POLICE REPORTS Juvenile, 10, disorderly conduct, May 2. Juvenile, 9, disorderly conduct, May 2. Gregory A. Polverini, 33, 1826 Elm Ave., drug abuse, May 2. Jessica S. McCoy, 33, 1826 Elm Ave., drug abuse, May 2. Rachael J. Maupin, 19, 6292 Rollaway, underage consumption, May 2. Kyle C. Myers, 26, 727 Ohio Pike No. C, drug paraphernalia, May 2. Brandi A. Gamble, 22, 722 Ohio Pike No. C, drug paraphernalia, May 2. Tychisus Boone, 27, 432 Long Lake No. 3107, warrant service, May 2. Jamie K. Dozkur, 45, 5271 Montgomery Road, driving under suspension, May 2. Thomas E. Redkey, 23, 2942 Minot Ave., warrant service, May 2. Stephen M. Harrison, 29, 104 Southern Trace No. D, theft, April 30. Michelle Esz, 42, 3966 Wilma Court, leaving the scene, May 2.

Incidents/investigations Breaking and entering

Entry made into Protech Auto Care at Ohio Pike, April 26. Batteries, etc. taken from Sam’s Club; $505 at Clepper Lane, May 3.


Computers taken; $1,100 at 4002 Austin Drive, April 29.

Criminal damage

Window broken at Michael’s lot at Eastgate Blvd., April 26. Pad lock cut off trailer at 445 Craig Road, April 29. Glass broken in door at 469 Old Ohio 74, May 1. Vehicle scratched at 4724 Shephard, May 1.

Domestic violence

At Sugar Maple Road, May 2.

Inducing panic, theft

Radio taken and threats made at Walmart at Eastgate Blvd., May 4.

Misuse of credit card

Male stated card used with no authorization at 4615 Rumpke, April 27. Male stated card used with no authorization at 4702 Beechwood, May 3.

Passing bad check

Bad check issued to Beechmont Ford; $678.27 at Ohio Pike, April 25. Bad check issued to Beechmont Ford; $762.24 at Ohio Pike, April 25. Bad check issued to Beechmont Ford; $2,358 at Ohio Pike, April 25.


At 4700 block of Shephard Road, April 25.


Scrap metal taken from Equipment Maintenance at Old Ohio 74, April 26. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 816 Old Ohio 74, April 25. A guitar taken from Willis Music; $300 at Eastgate Blvd., April 27. Medication taken from vehicle at 4248 Mt. Carmel Tobasco, April 27. Gasoline not paid for at Thornton’s; $35 at Newberry Drive, April 26. Copper wire taken from cell tower at 5200 Beechwood, April 26. Cellphone taken from Walmart at Eastgate Blvd., April 26. Handgun taken at 3967 Piccadilly, April 28. Female stated ID used with no authorization at 1139 Sparrow Wood, April 29. 2011 Chevrolet not returned to Jeff Wyler at Ohio 32, April 29. AC unit taken; $2,000 at 4001 Bach Buxton, April 30. Tow-behind auger taken from trailer; $1,000 at 860 Staghorn, April 29. Tools taken; $200 at 4593 Summerside, April 29. A ring was taken from Kohl’s; $115 at Eastgate Blvd., May 3. Gasoline not paid for at Thornton’s; $71.01 at Newberry Drive, May 3. Item taken from Motel 6; $300 at Nine Mile Road, May 3. Merchandise taken from Walmart; $22 at Eastgate Blvd., May 2. Medication taken at 4001 Brandy Chase No. 241, May 2.

Violation of protection order

Female reported this offense at 640 Daniel Court, April 26.



Daniel W. Dickerson, 29, 2191 E. Ohio Pike No. 215, open container, disorderly conduct, April 30.


Stacy Naegel, 24, 83 Sierra Court, Batavia, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs at 83 Sierra Court, Batavia, Jan. 18. Clyde R. Warren, 27, 83 Sierra Court, Batavia, possession of drugs at 83 Sierra Court, Batavia, May 5. Keith Thomas Long, 35, 5095 Ohio 276 No. 1, Batavia, theft at 2615 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, May 2. Cody R. Clark, 22, PO Box 1602, Whitley City, Ky, breaking and entering, burglary at 3790 Fagins Loop Road, New Richmond, May 6. Cody R. Clark, 22, PO Box 1602, Whitley City, Ky, breaking and entering at 1890 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, May 6. Cody R. Clark, 22, PO Box 1602, Whitley City, Ky, breaking and entering at 1889 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, May 6. Cody R. Clark, 22, PO Box 1602,

Whitley City, Ky, breaking and entering at 1886 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, May 6. Cody R. Clark, 22, PO Box 1602, Whitley City, Ky, breaking and entering at 1802 Ewing Lane, New Richmond, May 6. Cody R. Clark, 22, PO Box 1602, Whitley City, Ky, burglary at 1372 Twelve Mile Road, New Richmond, May 6. Cody R. Clark, 22, PO Box 1602, Whitley City, Ky, breaking and entering at 1390 Twelve Mile Road, New Richmond, May 6. Steven Hodges, 49, 98 Forest Ave, Hamilton, passing bad checks at 2281 Bauer Road, Batavia, May 6. Clinton B. Zepf, 30, 1689 E Main St., No. 1, Amelia, assault at 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, May 6. Wendell R. Collett, 56, 2880 Bolender Road, Felicity, theft at 2587 Airport Road, Bethel, May 6. Wendell R. Collett, 56, 2880 Bolender Road, Felicity, theft at 3001 Fair Oak Road, Amelia, May 6. Christopher Joseph Rhoden, 30, 243 McCullough Ave., Cincinnati, receiving stolen property at 1342 Post Creek Road, Batavia, May 5. Kenneth Seibert, 45, 5420 Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road, Milford, receiving stolen property at 1342 Post Creek Road, Batavia, May 5. James R. Rock, 32, 600 University Lane No. 111, Batavia, unauthorized use of motor vehicle at 600 University Lane, Batavia, May 4. Thomas S. Maxfield, 43, 1962 Antioch Road, Hamersville, assault at 1962 Antioch Road, Hamersville, May 2. Douglas W. Baucom, 30, 283 Dunbar, Georgetown, assault at 1962 Antioch Road, Hamersville, May 2. Brandon S. Hymer, 33, 3116 Park Road, Goshen, domestic violence at 6227 Roudebush Road, Goshen, May 3. Lawrence H. Wuebold, 46, 1921 Bethel Maple Road, Hamersville, aggravated menacing, domestic violence, telecommunications harassment at 1990 Bethel Maple Road, Hamersville, May 3. Jarrod E. Pyles, 28, 1030 Minning Drive, Batavia, domestic violence at 1030 Minning Drive, Batavia, May 4. Raymond J. Ballew, 20, 848 Youngs Lane, Apt 5, Cincinnati, drug paraphernalia at Amelia Olive Branch at Gumbert, Amelia, May 4. Wendy Dillman, 32, 222 Walnut Ave., Somerset, Ky, fugitive from justice at 100 University Lane Apt. 110, Batavia, May 5. Sara Seiter, 29, identity fraud at 1261 E. Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 6. Jacob L. Snider, 23, 3322 Sandy Lane, Blanchester, illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse detention mental health facility, possession of drugs at at 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, May 4. Keith Rance Nally, 38, 4945 Woodglen Circle, Batavia, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, May 5. Paul Allen Kaesheimer, 28, 591 Ohio 222, Felicity, breaking and entering, theft at 595 Ohio 222, Felicity, May 5. Anthony J. Raith, 34, 770 Wood Street, Batavia, fugitive from justice at 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, May 5. Calvin D. Thompson, 33, 1401 Stonelick Woods, Batavia, domestic violence at 1401 Stonelick Woods Drive, Batavia, May 5. Donald M. Swing, 23, 5721 Tall Oaks Drive, Milford, menacing at 700 University Lane, Batavia, May 6. Jason R. Vogel, 32, 850 Southwynd Trail, Williamsburg, assault, criminal damaging/endangering at 4068 Tollgate Road, Batavia, May 6. Michael L. Riley, 29, 3172 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, domestic violence at 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 6. Daniel Tansey, 53, 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, possession of drugs marijuana at 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 7. Stephanie Curry, 25, 500 University Lane, No. 105, Batavia, disorderly conduct at 500 University Lane, Batavia, May 9. Rachel Easter, 23, 500 University Lane No. 111, Batavia, disorderly conduct at 500 University Lane, Batavia, May 9. Christopher W Bowling, 30, 1919 U.S. 52, Moscow, open container liquor at 1960 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 8.

Incidents/investigations Aggravated menacing

At 1990 Bethel Maple Road, Hamersville, May 3.


At 1341 Clough Pike, Amelia, May 5. At 1351 Clough Pike, Batavia, May 3. At 1962 Antioch Road, Hamersville, May 2. At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, April 9. At 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, May 7. At 3027 Ohio 132, Amelia, May 2. At 4068 Tollgate Road, Batavia, May 6. At 8 Pine View Drive, Amelia, May 8. At 85 Judd Road, Amelia, May 7. At Lenroot Road, Felicity, May 7.

Breaking and entering

At 1390 Twelve Mile Road, New Richmond, April 6. At 1802 Ewing Lane, New Richmond, April 1.

At 1886 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, March 31. At 1889 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, March 31. At 1890 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, March 31. At 2882 U.S. 50, Batavia, May 8. At 3346 Ohio 743, Moscow, May 4. At 3790 Fagins Loop Road, New Richmond, April 1. At 4237 Grissom Drive, Batavia, May 4. At 595 Ohio 222, Felicity, May 5. At 6276 Taylor Pike, Goshen, May 7. At 6294 Hunt Road, Goshen, May 6.


At 2222 Elklick Road, Batavia, May 4. At 1156 Fagins Run Road, New Richmond, May 4. At 1323 Fagins Run Road, New Richmond, May 2. At 1342 Post Creek Road, Batavia, April 29. At 1372 Twelve Mile Road, New Richmond, April 1. At 2152 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 7. At 2413 Ohio 232, New Richmond, May 4. At 3287 Musgrove Road, Williamsburg, May 2. At 3790 Fagins Loop Road, New Richmond, March 30.

Criminal damaging/endangering

At 11 Montgomery Way, Amelia, May 6. At 1227 Caldwell Road, Bethel, May 4. At 1298 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 2. At 1372 Twelve Mile Road, New Richmond, April 1. At 1726 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 7. At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 3. At 2373 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 6. At 30 Pine Bridge Drive, Amelia, May 4. At 3831 Bach Grove Court, Amelia, May 8. At 4068 Tollgate Road, Batavia, May 6. At 6294 Hunt Road, Goshen, May 6. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, May 6. At River Birch Park, Amelia, May 5.

Criminal mischief

At 1502 Stonelick Woods, Batavia, April 30.

Criminal simulation - forging, altering, or counterfeiting liquor labels At 595 Ohio 222, Felicity, May 5.

Criminal trespass

At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, April 29. At 1227 Caldwell Road, Bethel, May 4. At 3521 Ohio Pike, Bethel, May 6.

At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, April 25. At 2911 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, April 26. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, April 25. At 9 Sulphur Springs Drive, Batavia, April 26. At 9 Sulphur Springs Drive, Batavia, April 26. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 8. At 3734 Maplebrooke Lane, Amelia, May 7. At 597 Felicity Higginsport, Felicity, May 8. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, May 6. At 904 Stonelick Woods Drive, Batavia, May 5.

Misuse of credit card

At 370 North St., Batavia, April 29. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, April 30. At 5556 Ansteatt Road, Batavia, May 5.

Offenses involving underage persons - underage consume beer intoxicating liquor

At 2191 East Ohio Pike, Amelia, April 26.

Open container liquor

At 1960 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, May 8.

Pandering obscenity involving a minor - buy, procure, possess, obscene material

At 2892 Bigam Road, Batavia, Dec. 8.

Passing bad checks

At 2281 Bauer Road, Batavia, March 31.

Possessing drug abuse instruments

At 595 Ohio 222, Felicity, May 5.

Possession of drugs

At Willow St./ S. 5th St., Williamsburg, April 30. At 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 7. At 1197 Ohio 222, Bethel, May 5. At 1197 Ohio 222, Bethel, May 5. At 83 Sierra Court, Batavia, Jan. 18. At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, May 4.


At Thomaston Drive, A, Amelia, April 27. At Wolfer Drive, Amelia, April 28. At Ohio 131, Goshen, May 5.

Receiving stolen property

At 1342 Post Creek Road, Batavia, April 29.

Telecommunications fraud

At 187 Amelia Olive Branch Road, Amelia, May 2.


At 5152 Monterey Maple Grove Road, Batavia, April 27.

At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, April 26. At 3001 Fair Oak Road, Amelia, April 25. At 2556 Ohio 232, New Richmond, April 30. At 1105 Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, April 29. At 1422 Clermontville Laurel Road, New Richmond, April 30. At 1783 Ohio Pike, Amelia, April 28. At 1788 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 1. At 2200 Winemiller, Batavia, April 29. At 290 Sherwood Court, Batavia, April 25. At 3027 Ohio 132, Amelia, April 26. At 3139 Sugartree, Batavia, April 29. At 3151 Christine Drive, Amelia, April 28. At 370 North St., Batavia, April 29. At 400 University Lane, Batavia, April 29. At 4269 Armstrong Blvd., Batavia, April 29. At 4303 Batavia Meadows Drive, Batavia, April 26. At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, April 29. At 4589 Ohio 132, Batavia, April 29. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, May 1. At 74 Lucy Creek, Amelia, May 1. At 77 Amelia Olive Branch, Amelia, April 30. At 2587 Airport Road, Bethel, April 17. At 3001 Fair Oak Road, Amelia, April 25. At 1030 Minning Drive, Batavia, May 5. At 1241 Glenwood Court, Amelia, May 7. At 1298 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 2. At 1549 Maryan Ave, Amelia, May 8. At 165 Sulphur Springs Drive, Batavia, May 6. At 1894 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 2. At 1942 Franklin Laurel Road, New Richmond, May 2. At 2062 Ohio 232, New Richmond, May 5. At 2172 Marylan Drive, Bethel, May 6. At 2191 Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 4. At 2192 Bethel Hygiene Road, Bethel, May 8. At 2403 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, May 5. At 2615 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, Feb. 25. At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, May 3. At 2755 Ohio 132, New Richmond, May 4. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 7. At 2780 Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 8. At 2821 Cedarville Road, Goshen, May 7. At 3145 Beech Road, Bethel, May 5. At 3246 Ohio 131, Goshen, May 5. At 3317 Ohio St., Bethel, May 8. At 3398 Ohio 133, Williamsburg, May 3. At 3521 Ohio Pike, Bethel, May 6. At 38 Wolfer Drive, Amelia, May 7. At 5556 Ansteatt Road, Batavia, May 5. At 595 Ohio 222, Felicity, May 5. At 600 University Lane, Batavia, May 1. At 6276 Taylor Pike, Goshen, May 7. At 700 University Lane, Batavia, May 6. At 718 Market St., New Richmond, May 4. At 806 Market St., Bethel, May 2. At 86 Sierra Court, Batavia, May 7. At 939 Ohio 133, Bethel, May 6. At 97 Cutty Shark, New Richmond, May 4. At Saltair Maple at Ohio 222, Bethel, May 7.

At 1560 Bethel New Richmond Road, New Richmond, April 28. At 2091 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia, April 26.

Unlawful restraint

Cruelty to animals

At 3145 Beech Road, Bethel, May 5.

Disorderly conduct

At 500 University Lane, Batavia, May 8.

Disseminate matter harmful to juveniles

At 2559 Old Ohio 32, Batavia, May 4.

Domestic violence

At Montgomery Way, Amelia, April 26. At Ohio Pike, Amelia, April 25. At Fair Oak Road, Amelia, April 28. At Stonelick Woods Circle, Batavia, April 25. At Roudebush Road, Goshen, May 4. At Roudebush Road, Goshen, May 3. At Bethel Maple Road, Hamersville, May 3. At Lindale Mount Holly Road, Amelia, May 6. At Roudebush Road, Goshen, May 3. At Minning Drive, Batavia, May 4. At Stonelick Woods Drive, Batavia, May 5.

Drug paraphernalia

At Willow St./ S. 5th St., Williamsburg, April 30. At 83 Sierra Court, Batavia, Jan. 18. At Amelia Olive Branch at Gumbert, Amelia, May 4.

Endangering children

At 2279 Ohio 222, Batavia, April 29.


At 270 Main Street, Batavia, May 6.

Failure to confine a canine

At 158 Sweetbriar Drive, Batavia, May 5.


At 400 University Lane, Batavia, April 29. At 2192 Bethel Hygiene Road, Bethel, May 8.

Fugitive from justice

At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, April 26. At 100 University Lane Apt. 110, Batavia, May 5. At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, May 5. At 4430 Ohio 222, Batavia, May 5.

Gross sexual imposition

At Wolfer Drive, Amelia, April 28.

Having weapons while under disability At 5152 Monterey Maple Grove Road, Batavia, April 27.

Identity fraud

At 1261 E. Ohio Pike, Amelia, May 6. At 4558 Ohio 222, Batavia, May 2.

Illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance - possess, view material or performance

At 2892 Bigam Road, Batavia, Dec. 8.

Illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse - detention mental health facility

At 4700 Filager Road, Batavia, May 4.

Illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia At 595 Ohio 222, Felicity, May 5.

Improperly discharging firearm at or into habitation or school


Unauthorized use of motor vehicle

At 600 University Lane, Batavia, May 1.

At 2061 Ohio Pike, Amelia, April 25.

On the record The following cases have been filed with Clermont County clerk of courts.


Benjamin F. Barger vs. Curtis C. Williams, et al., other tort. Paul L. Crawford vs. Yard Wox, et al., worker’s compensation. Teresa Cahall vs. Marsha Ryan, et al., worker’s compensation. Nationstar Mortgage LLC vs. Esteban M. Berry, et al., foreclosure. Huntington National Bank vs. Richard Hacker, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Eric Marsh, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Mark Jones, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. David T. Fithen, et al., foreclosure. Guardian Savings Bank FSB vs. Marlin B. Cox, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Krista J. Sorge, et al., foreclosure. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. David E. Shenefelt, et al., foreclosure. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Tara Foley, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Michael D. Hall, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Pamela Willman, et al., foreclosure. CitiMortgage Inc. vs. Kurt Miller, et al., foreclosure. Flagstar Bank FSB vs. Wayne M. Roehm, et al., foreclosure. Flagstar Bank FSB vs. Harley F. Roush, et al., foreclosure. Cheviot Savings Bank vs. Gregory A. Hogue, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Brian O. May, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Connie Gale Fajardo Applegate, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Joseph A. Ogletree, et al., foreclosure. PNC Bank NA vs. Roderick Howard, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Elizabeth Waldeck, et al., foreclosure. HSBC Bank USA NA vs. George Smith, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Brian K. Koger, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Tony A. Back, et al., foreclosure. Everbank vs. Matthew Knapp, et al., foreclosure. U.S. Bank NA vs. Christopher J. Wright, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Alejandro Monfort, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. John E. Brown, et al., foreclosure. Citimortgage Inc. vs. Sherl H. Engel, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. John M. Partin, et al., foreclosure. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA vs. Kathryn Newberry, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Melody Irwin Keeton, et al., foreclosure. National Bank and Trust Co. vs.

Christina M. Collins, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Mary Davis, et al., foreclosure. Velocity Investments LLC vs. Julie A. Browne, other civil. Citibank South Dakota NA vs. Robert Barcheski, other civil. Ryan A. Fromm vs. BMW of North America LLC, other civil. William Reeves, et al. vs. Billy Bradburn, et al., other civil. CACH LLC vs. Brian M. Allen, other civil. Jacqueline Randolph Wilson et al. vs. Nicole Weaver, et al., other civil. Pierce Township vs. Curt C. Hartman, other civil. Joseph J. Carpenter vs. Wesley E. Hilberg, et al., other tort. Kimberly S. Bixler vs. Bradley J. Connley, et al., other tort. Duane Sinclair vs. Stephen Buehrer, et al., worker’s compensation. Victoria L. Cragwell vs. Stephen Buehrer Administrator, et al., worker’s compensation. Latasha L. Hull vs. Stephen Buehrer Administrator, et al., worker’s compensation. Russell W. Idler vs. Mike Castrucci Ford Sales Inc., et al., worker’s compensation. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP vs. Donna M. Haag, et al., foreclosure. Nationstar Mortgage LLC vs. Esteban M. Berry, et al., foreclosure. Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. vs. Kenneth Baldwin, et al., foreclosure. RBS Citizens NA vs. Unknown Spouse Creditors of Frank H. Chisman, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Harold Flaugher, et al., foreclosure. J. Robert True Treasurer of Clermont County vs. Rosalie Reid, et al., foreclosure. U. S. Bank NA vs. Tyler N. Hughes, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Judith K. King, et al., foreclosure. GMAC Mortgage LLC vs. Eddie D. Tilley, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. Richard R. Ruth, et al., foreclosure. Ohio Valley Federal Credit Union vs. James M. Burchett, et al., foreclosure. Bluffs of McGuffey Lakes Community Association Inc. vs. Matthew N. Ready, et al., foreclosure. Commons of Eastgate Condominium Unit Owners vs. Rick G. Ehemann, et al., foreclosure. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. vs. Bret Van Zandt, et al., foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank NA vs. John J. Madden, et al., foreclosure. Fifth Third Mortgage Co. vs. Stephanie N. Steinmetz, et al., foreclosure. First Clermont Bank vs. Ruth A. Franke, et al., foreclosure. Park National Bank vs. Richard Hacker, et al., foreclosure.

Michael R. Krusling vs. Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, administrative appeal. Larry Lewis vs. Brian P. Macke, other civil. Cheryl O’Rourke Individually and as administrator vs. State Farm Insurance Companies, et al., other civil. Margaret B. Anderkin vs. Ted M. Schantz, et al., other civil. Target National Bank vs. Patty A. Varney, other civil. Billy Braden vs. Alan Michael Taylor, et al., other civil.


Connie M. Moore vs. Randy W. Moore Cynthia J. Decker vs. William D. Decker Angela Evanchyk vs. Jamey Evanchyk Felicia McCall vs. Kyle McCall Katherine K. Shipley vs. Nicolas Shipley Ashlyn Baker vs. Michael Baker Mindi Czarnecki vs. John P. Czarnecki Paula Bradford vs. Jordan Bradford Leslie J. Charleville vs. Maureen S. Charleville Amy M. Borchers vs. Matthew T. Borchers Natalie Haney vs. Dennis M. Haney Amber L. Brossert vs. Brennan M. Brossert Joellen Howard vs. Steven E. Howard


Edwin Drotar vs. Evette Drotar Rita S. Darnell vs. Nicholas R. Darnell Dana B. Todd vs. Donnie D. Todd Jr Diane M. Brunner vs. Michael L. Brunner Kenneth E. Gray Jr. vs. Darlene M. Gray Danny L. Poff Jr. vs. Candace A. Poff Marcia L. Ferguson vs. Michael A Ferguson John P. Woods vs. Kimberly R. Woods Patricia Jones vs. Ralph Jones

Betty Jean Berwanger, 87, Amelia, died May 12. She was a library assistant. Survived by children Ken (Sue), Ron (Rose), Steve (Barb), Mike (Barbie), Gary (Betty), Tom, Bill, Bob (Rae), Rick (Bridget), Dave (Kim) Berwanger, Babs Hefley, Peggie (Ted) Wiechman, Mary Kaye (Jack) Neuhaus; 26 grandchildren; 22 greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband James Berwanger. Services were May 17 at St. Bernadette. Arrangements by E.C. Nurre Funeral Home. Memorials to St. Bernadette Parish, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Hospice of

Southwest Ohio or Clermont County Public Library.

Gwendolyn Hawes

Gwendolyn A. Hawes, 80, Union Township, died May 6. She was a real estate agent. Survived by children Michael D. (Deborah) Hawes, Paula (Richard) King, Merrilee (Bill) Carlin; grandchildren Matthew, Rachel, Nathaniel Hawes, Katherine King, Justin, Rebecca Carlin. Preceded in death by husband Larry Hawes. Services were May 11 at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church. Arrangements by T.P. White Funeral Home.

Ohio 74, Apt. E, Cincinnati, abduction, domestic violence, Union Township Police. Amanda L. Houillion, 32, 5632 Bucktown Road, Williamsburg, theft of drugs, deception to obtain dangerous drugs, Union Township Police. Lester Gregory, 60, 316 St. Andrews, Apt. D, Cincinnati, tampering with evidence, Pierce Township Police. Phillip A. Brady, 27, 4121 West Fork Ridge Road, Batavia, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, forgery, misuse of credit card, Pierce Township Police. Christopher J. Johnson, 21, 2002 Stillwater Lane, Apt. 2, Milford, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, forgery, misuse of credit card, Pierce Township Police. Justin Allen Walker, 20, 11 Montgomery Way, Apt. 1, Amelia, receiving stolen property, misuse of credit card, Pierce Township Police. Sam Massengale, 44, 282 W. Charles Street, Batavia, operation while under the influence of alcohol or drug or with specified concentrations of alcohol or drug in certain bodily functions, vandalism, Williamsburg Village Police. Jeffrey Duane Russ, 31, 3674 Oakwood Drive, Amelia, non-support of dependents, Clermont Department of Support Enforcement.


5 Eastridge Drive, Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to Brittany Patrick, $90,000. 3334 Huntsman Trace, Lance Strahorn, et al. to Everhome Mortgage Co., $61,828. 7 Woods Edge Lane, Jason Spurgeon & Holly Burkhardt to Brian & Angela Bayless, 0.3510 acre, $149,900. 131 Woodside Park Drive, The Drees Co. to Margaret Bender, $99,370.


4045 Andora Blvd., Federal National Mortgage Assoc. to SunTrust Mortgage, 0.2290 acre, $183,333. 2045 Commons Circle Drive, The Drees Co. to Tiffany Silverman, $78,900. 3709 Loch Lamond Drive, Douglas & Christine Fischer to U.S. Bank NA, $73,333.34. 24 Rockwood Trust, Georgia Nicolaci to Victoria Nicolaci, trustee, 6.2100 acre, $110,000. 1352 Satinwood Drive, Kenneth & Artie Douglas to James & Heather Kidwell, 0.2390 acre, $150,450.


2270 Harvey Road, Steven & Lillian Kirschner to Brian Morton, 5.0000 acre, $85,000. 3221 Lindale Mt. Holly Road, Charles Odgen, et al. to Betty Wright, 1.0000 acre, $22,000. 2901 N. Dunham Road, Justin Rigg, et al. to Federal National Mortgage Assoc., 0.8500 acre, $40,000.


1988 Ohio 133, Bernice Braun to Michael & Kimberly Eckel, $11,500.


Bethel-New Richmond Road, Amy & Leland Story to Kenneth & Nancy Story, 5.3850 acre, $48,000.


1024 Gaskins Road, Barbara McCord, successor trustee to Bradley & LeAnne McCord, 0.6400 acre, $120,000.


779 Dorgene Lane, Andrew & Denise Johns to Johnny Hampton, 0.5100 acre, $250,000. 865 Ellery Drive, M/I Homes of


Fischer Single Family Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., new, 15 Belwood Court, Amelia Village, $78,925; new, 1136 Westchester, Union Township, $124,054. JJ Smith Heating & Cooling, Cincinnati, HVAC, 130 Amelia Olive Branch, Batavia Township. Klimat Master Pools, Cincinnati, pool, 2321 Green Meadows, Batavia Township. Bartley Electric, Greenfield, alter, 150 N. Riverside Drive, Batavia Village. Safeway Electric, New Richmond, alter, 515 Front St., New Richmond Village. Daily Gross, Bethel, new, 1195 Wilson Dunham Hill, Ohio Township, $216,000. Tri-State Enclosures Inc., addition, 923 Grand Cypress Court, Pierce Township, $10,235. Joseph Urban, Cincinnati, alter, 884 Jackie Drive, Union Township. Mike Hodges, Bethel, alter, 662 Chateau Drive, Union Township. M/I Homes of Cincinnati, Columbus, new, 4169 S. Gensen Loop, Union Township, $145,000. The Drees Co., Ft. Mitchell, Ky., new, 4062 Woodsly Drive, Union Township, $122,000. Eastgate Pools, Cincinnati, pool, 3813 Happy Hollow Road, Williamsburg Township.


JD Stine, PE & Assocs., Bethel, addition-Flash Baseball, 1426 Ohio


125, Clark Township, $181,000. A-1 Sprinkler Co., Miamisburg, fire suppression, 560 N. High St., Mt. Orab Village. Maple Street Homes, Crestview Hills, Ky., construction trailer, 103 Sunrise Lane, New Richmond Village. Atlantic Sign Co., Cincinnati, sign, 700 Eastgate S. Drive, Union Township. Ray Meyer Sign Co., Loveland, sign, 4530 Eastgate Blvd., Union Township.

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The following people have been indicted by the Clermont County grand jury to the Court of Common Pleas. This means members of the grand jury decided enough evidence has been collected to warrant filing charges. Patricia L. Freeman, 22, 169 Felicity Cedron Rural Road, Georgetown, theft, forgery, Miami Township Police. Mark A. Horn, 39, 3530 Ohio 125, Bethel, theft, forgery, Miami Township Police. Henry Albert Burson Jr., 36, 10703 Arnheim Dayhill Road, Georgetown, sexual battery, pandering sexual oriented material involving a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, Union Township Police. Kelly Ann Reilly, 26, 1 Queens Creek, Batavia, escape, Probation. Morgan N. Davis, 29, St. Andrews Drive, Cincinnati, complicity to escape, Probation. Kyle Andrew Hesler, 25, 980 Old


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Nola Mangrum Hopewell, 75, Union Township, died May 9. Survived by children Sherry Reynolds, Sandra (Mark) Casale, Allen (Merriann) Hopewell, Sheila (Bob) Ritter; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter Suzanne (David) Aldemeyer, parents Eddie, Nina Mangrum. Services were May 12 at Connections Christian Church. Arrangements by T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home. Memorials to the Hospice of Cincinnati.

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Community Journal

May 18, 2011

New Richmond Prom 2011

Phillip Cochran and Kristin Markham at the New Richmond High School prom Saturday, May 7.

Jennifer Jones, Michaela Jordan and Ciara Wagers at the New Richmond High School prom.

Zack Dixon and Tori Cooker were crowned prom king and queen at the New Richmond High School.

Cooker, Dixon named New Richmond prom royalty

Kallie Long and Kevin Scholz at the New Richmond High School prom Saturday, May 7.

Grant Gilman and Emily Grooms at the New Richmond High School prom Saturday, May 7.

New Richmond High School’s annual prom was held Saturday, May 7, at The Syndicate in Newport, Kentucky. The dance had a Neon Magic theme, with students wearing glow-in-the-dark necklaces and the tables decorated with brightly colored feather centerpieces. Seniors Zack Dixon and Tori Cooker were crowned prom king and queen.

MARY DANNEMILLER/STAFF Nikki Dillow, Faith Williams, Kelsi Ober, Megan Louis, Ian Courtney, Derrick Dillow and Molly Heiden at the New Richmond High School prom Saturday, May 7.

Les Brewer, Casey Meyers, Austin Antoni and Tina Gortemiller at the New Richmond High School prom Saturday, May 7. The cups were glow-in-the-dark blue.

Justin Underwood and Lindsey Blankenship at the New Richmond High School prom Saturday, May 7.

Lindsey Bicknell and Tyler Burns at the New Richmond High School prom Saturday, May 7.

Nick Bowling and Kim Workman at the New Richmond High School prom Saturday, May 7.

Kayla Riley, Megan Stewart, Ashlee Booker, Amanda Walls, Laura Blevins and Kaylee Edgell at the New Richmond High School prom Saturday, May 7.


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