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Beck’s attorney: He won’t resign

State Rep. Peter Beck is not going to resign from his seat, his lawyer said Monday.

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WCCC students learn at SkillsUSA summer events

Six students in Warren County Career Center’s SkillsUSA chapter attended the SkillsUSA National Conference in Kansas City June 23-29.

The school’s local chapter earned a Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement at the Ohio conference recently.

Rising senior Haley Pickett, Waynesville, Health Science, is the Ohio SkillsUSA Treasurer, and rising senior Shea Walker, Franklin, Cosmetology, is the Ohio SkillsUSA Secretary. Both attended the SkillsUSA National Conference as officers.

Sierrah Jones, a 2013 graduate of Little Miami and WCCC in Health Science, took fourth place in the Prepared Speech contest at the National Conference. Sierrah also served last school year as the Southwest Ohio Regional President. Marical Ryan, a 2013 graduate of Waynesville and WCCC in Criminal Justice, was the 2012-13 SkillsUSA National Parliamentarian. She attended the 2013 National Conference and was involved in the planning of that event.

Rising senior Chelsea Feagans, Little Miami, Graphic Arts, attended the National Conference as a lead voting delegate for Ohio. Easton VonHolle, a 2013 graduate of Little Miami and WCCC in the Criminal Justice program, was also a lead voting delegate at the National Conference. Advisors who attended with the WCCC students were instructors Carrie Frandoni, Deon Gephart and LeAnna Kincer.

“I learned so much at the National Conference,” Shea Walker said. “I think the biggest thing I learned was to communicate well with others and to make sure that what I am doing is what is good for me and accept my limitations and find my strengths. I plan to compete in Prepared Speech next year.”

Students at National Competition from Ohio marched in a parade around the block, observed the competitions, spent time with national officer candidates, and also enjoyed some fun activities such as concerts and dinners.

Hocking College in Nelsonville was the site of the SkillsUSA Ohio Leadership Conference in July. The WCCC students attending camp were Shea Walker, Franklin, Cosmetology senior; Haley Pickett, Waynesville, Health Science senior; Kelsey Gaylor, Little Miami, Criminal Justice senior; Chelsea Feagans, Little Miami, Graphic Arts; and Sierrah Jones, Little Miami Class of 2013 and WCCC Health Science.

Activities at the leadership camp included a "Co-Initiative Course" with the National Guard, which focused on developing teamwork skills through a physical obstacle course that included critical thinking and problem solving skills, and "Paint the Town" Community Service project, which involved sprucing up 17 area homes and businesses with new paint and landscaping. All campers were involved in a mock election for Camp Officers and competed in their choice of Leadership Competitions such as prepared or extemporaneous speech, opening/closing ceremony, Flag Raising, Quiz Bowl, Technical Math, and National Anthem.

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Salem Twp. Public Library ends summer reading party with archeological dig

The Salem Township Public Library ends its Dig Into Reading summer program July 25 with a family party that includes an archeological dig.

The 6:30 p.m. finale includes making and eating mud buddies that will be washed down with worm juice.

That’s after digging up ancient bones as part of an archeological team. The bones will then be used to construct an 11-foot dinosaur at the library, 535 W. Pike St.

Grand prizes that include Kindle Fire tablets, Costco cash card, Meijer gift card, tickets to Kings Island, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Newport Aquarium, mugs, books, and toys will also be distributed.

Children, teens and adults will have until Friday to submit records of books read or activities participated in that qualify them for T-shirts.

Information: 513-899-2588

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King's Island tickets, vacation packages available through Warren County visitor's bureau

Visitors to Kings Island now have another venue to purchase tickets and vacation packages.

The Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau has added Kings Island to the online booking agent, aRes, at its website, www.OhiosLargestPlayground.com

“Warren County has always offered attraction packages through individual partner hotel websites,” said Phillip Smith, president and chief executive officer for the visitor’s bureau.

“Now, with the addition of Kings Island to the aRes system … it’s fewer clicks, fewer pages, and more convenient than ever for our visitors.”

Through the online system prospective visitors can select a pre-formed package or build a custom package, selecting their hotel, tickets to Kings Island and other attractions in both Warren County and the region.

Information: 513-204-1900

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Deadline is July 31 for $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit grant

The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana, Inc. (NYSE: HUM), is currently accepting applications for the sixth consecutive Humana Communities Benefit program in Greater Cincinnati. Humana Communities Benefit will award a one-time, $100,000 grant to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Tristate focused on improving health experiences or building healthy communities.

“Nonprofit organizations are the foundation for improving the health and well-being of Cincinnati residents,” said John Sinclair, president of Humana in Ohio and Northern Kentucky. “This Humana Foundation grant allows our deserving nonprofits to impact the community in a way they might not have dreamed possible.”

Humana Communities Benefit program in Cincinnati awarded the 2012 grant to ProKids, and the organization is using the funds to create an online learning platform to enhance training and education for volunteers, child protection professionals and community members. The “virtual academy” provides up-to-date information on issues surrounding children in protective custody.

“To help stop the abuse and neglect of our children, our community needs to be armed with comprehensive and current information,” said Tracy Cook, ProKids’ executive director. “The grant from Humana Communities Benefit is helping us transform the child protection system to better serve the kids still waiting for their chance at a childhood.”

Applications from eligible nonprofit organizations are being accepted through July 31. Organizations will be considered in the operational areas of childhood health, intergenerational health and active lifestyles. Following a selection process by a panel of local judges, the 2013 grant winner will be announced at a celebratory event in November.

More information on the application and the grant are available at www.Humana.com/HCB. Questions can also be directed to Humana by e-mail to [email protected]

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SMOY youth Appalachia service project builds relationships, construction projects

In early spring, St. Margaret of York Catholic Church sought adult parishioners who represented a cross-section of ages and life experiences.

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Loveland family excited with opera roles

For Pia, Anjali and Shonali Alm-Basu, working as part of the cast of ‘Aida’ is more than a chance to be on stage.

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Springboro District completes administrative team, welcomes new leaders to key positions

The Springboro Community City School District is pleased to announce that hiring of the administrative team is complete for the 2013-2014 school year.

“We could not be more pleased with the team we have assembled for Springboro,” said Todd Petrey, Superintendent. “We have a blend of people who each hold a record of excellence in their own right. Now, we are excited to see what we can accomplish when we all come together for our students, staff and the community.”

Christine Daniel was named Springboro High School (SHS) Principal in June. Two new assistant principals are joining the SHS staff. They are James Aker and Michael Myers.

Aker comes to Springboro with extensive experience in administration as well as athletics and coaching. He was Fairborn High School’s Dean of Students (2004-2009) and the Dean of Students (2009-2010) and Assistant Principal at Baker Middle School (2010-2013).

Myers has been an instructional leader and Assistant Principal for Dayton Public Schools. He also has worked for Northmont City Schools and the Montgomery County Educational Service Center. Myers also brings a unique post-secondary perspective to SHS with his experience as a business math, algebra and calculus instructor at Sinclair Community College since 2006.

At the Junior High School, Brooke Coulter joins the staff as Assistant Principal. She has nine years of teaching experience in the Madison Local School District and Lakota Local Schools with expertise in curriculum design. Coulter replaces Jeff Blakley, who will be the Junior High Principal.

In another internal transition, Kyle Martin moved from Assistant Principal at SHS to Springboro Intermediate Principal. Martin, Blakley and Coulter will be leading sixth through eighth grade students and staff in the district’s new math and language arts curriculum pilot program. An important parent meeting on the sixth through eighth grade math and language arts curriculum will be held on August 1 at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Five Points Elementary welcomes Diane Stacy as Principal. She brings twelve years of administrative experience to Springboro from Fairfield where she served as Assistant Principal of North Elementary (2001-2004) and as Principal since 2004. Stacy’s expertise includes implementing curriculum change, professional development, and intervention programs for reading achievement. Traci Griffen is continuing as Assistant Principal at Five Points.

The administrators at Dennis Elementary and Clearcreek Elementary also are continuing from last year. At Dennis, Sandra Wray is Principal and Terrah Hunter is Assistant Principal. At Clearkcreek, the district’s preschool and Kindergarten building, Jen Johnson is the Principal.

The district’s new gifted coordinator is Deborah Glynn. With more than 18 years of experience in education, including teaching courses on differentiated instruction at Ashland University, Glynn will lead the district in providing gifted services. She has unique experience facilitating parent and stakeholder groups as well.

Also at the district level, John Pennell is the district’s new Business Manager. His leadership in duties including transportation, food services, maintenance and procurement will be complemented by his prior experience as a teacher and assistant principal. Pennell was Business Manager and Executive Director for Administrative Services for the Mount Healthy City School District since 2002.

Springboro’s new Athletic Director is Matthew Louis. Louis was a highly decorated athlete at Mason High school and Muskingum University. He holds a bachelors in business and a M.Ed. in Sports Administration, and he was most recently athletic director for Xenia Community Schools.

The Springboro School District welcomes these new and returning administrators. Parents should update their email preferences through the district website at www.Springboro.org in order to receive back to school news from their child’s building principal.

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Suit: Recognize gay marriage in Ohio

Two Cincinnati men who married in Maryland filed suit Friday in federal court asking Ohio to legally recognize their marriage.

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WCCC medical programs enrolling for fall courses

Careers in healthcare are currently in the top 10 in-demand jobs. Prepare now for a career in the medical field at the Warren County Career Center. Full-time programs begin in September and enrollment is going on now.

Medical Assistant and Medical Billing and Coding programs begin Sept. 26. Multiskilled Medical Technician begins Sept. 4. Full-time programs take about one year to complete. Earn certifications that lead to employment, and learn in a real work setting through an internship.

Part-time programs are Pharmacy Technician, which begins Sept. 7 and runs through Dec. 21, and Phlebotomy Technician, which begins Sept. 9 and runs through Nov. 25. Monthly starts are available for State-Tested Nursing Assistant.

Financial aid may be available, contact the coordinator for more information at 513-932-8145 ext. 5340.

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Attorney: State Rep. Beck to fight charges

A Hamilton County grand jury ended its session Thursday with no indictment of State Rep. Peter Beck. Grand jury hearings will resume on Friday.

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Couple has spent years enjoying, working operas

Steve and Kathy Biedenbach are life-long fans of the opera who found a way to be in on the action of their favorite performances.

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Loveland welcomes new pastor

LOVELAND, Ohio (July 18, 2013) – On Saturday, July 27, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will install the Rev. Lorne Hlad as a new pastor. Hlad, an Iraq War veteran, has previous experience in campus ministry, medical chaplaincy and served at a church in downtown Cincinnati.

“I’m thrilled to open this next chapter in my life. The community at Prince of Peace is exactly where I want to be – a place where I can minister and connect with people of all generations and work alongside them as they put their faith into action,” Hlad said.

Hlad was ordained in June at Messiah Lutheran Church in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, after completing his master of divinity at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus. He is an Ohio State University alumnus, and while in Columbus, he also served in campus ministry at Jacob’s Porch on the OSU campus.

He completed his internship at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church in Littleton, Colo., and served First Lutheran Church on Race Street in downtown Cincinnati. He also served as an on-call Chaplain at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Hlad served in the Army National Guard from 2004 to 2010, serving in Iraq from 2006-2007. He completed his bachelor’s degree in political science at Ohio State in 2009. He, his wife Becca and their newborn daughter live in Mariemont.

“Pastor Lorne is a great fit for our congregation. He brings both thoughtfulness and energy to his work, and we’re eager to have him on board,” said Bill Clevidence, president of the congregation. “We have been blessed with engaging and warm pastors throughout our 50 year history, and we have no doubt that Pastor Lorne will carry on that tradition.”

Prince of Peace unanimously voted to extend a call to him in May. He began his ministry at on June 17, when The Rev. Grant Eckhart, the previous associate pastor, became pastor at Jacob’s Porch at OSU. Hlad joins the Rev. Jonathan Eilert, lead pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, who has been with the congregation since March of 2006.

“Pastor Lorne brings many gifts to this new position – preaching, teaching, outreach, mission, community development and discipleship. I am confident he will be a great fit for our congregation. He brings tremendous leadership and organizational abilities while also contributing to the greater team of ministry and congregational leaders,” Eilert said. “This is an exciting time to be a part of Prince of Peace, and we’re pleased to be able to welcome him to our congregation and our community.”

The church is celebrating its 50th anniversary year with events planned throughout, including an anniversary gala on Nov. 2 at the Oasis in Miami Township. The congregation also recently broke ground on a construction project that includes a new sanctuary and education wing.

“I feel called to serve a congregation that is excited about sharpening their vision of what it means to be a Gospel community in the midst of societal change and transformation,” Hlad said. “Prince of Peace is that kind of congregation. From the passionate outreach happening every day in Prince of Peace’s missional communities to the determined enthusiasm of its active youth group, I can see that there will be plenty for me to assist with and walk alongside people on their journey of faith.”

About Prince of Peace Lutheran Church – Prince of Peace, located at 101 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland, Ohio, is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S., representing 4.2 million members in 10,000 congregations across the country. For more information on ministries and worship times at Prince of Peace, visit www.popluther.org.

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Mike’s Carwash event to benefit Local Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring agencies

All Mike’s Carwash locations are once again holding a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Greater Cincinnati Saturday, Aug. 17. The rain date is Aug. 24.

Purchase a “Works Wash” that day and half of the $15 cost is donated to local Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations. The fundraiser happens all day, with area mascots, bands, cheerleaders and celebrities appearing from noon-2 p.m. Big Brothers and Sisters, along with the Little Brothers and Sisters they mentor, will be there as well.

“It’s proven that one-on-one mentoring has a significant impact on young people facing adversity. It translates to greater success in school, and in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters does an exceptional job—we’re proud to partner with them and offer our customers the chance to do a little something that will have a big impact," said Bill Dahm, CEO of Mike’s Carwash

All of the 40-plus Mike’s locations in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana take part in the event. The locations that impact Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies here in the Tristate are 1170 E. Kemper Road in Springdale, 9056 Colerain Ave., 507 Ohio Pike, 8036 Burlington Pike in Florence, 8281 Highland Pointe in West Chester, Route 4 at 4025 Acme Drive in Fairfield, and 4898 Fields Ertel Road in Mason.

Last year’s event raised more than $16,000 for local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies.
Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies pair adult volunteers with children who can benefit from a positive adult role model. For information about getting involved as a donor or volunteer, go to www.bbbs.org. Put in your ZIP code and you’ll be directed to the website of your local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency.

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One person airlifted after Clearcreek Twp. crash

One person was airlifted to a Dayton area hospital in a crash involving a postal truck Wednesday afternoon in Warren County.

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‘Miracle baby’s’ death called ‘freak accident’

Christian and Griffin Shelton, both diagnosed with cerebral palsy, loved playing together. That’s what the twins were doing Monday when Christian wedged himself between a couch and chair.

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Cedar Village residents Take WCCC Computer Course

Ten residents at Cedar Village Retirement Center in Mason are sending emails and viewing photos with family and visiting great-grandchildren through Skype thanks to lessons provided by the Warren County Career Center.

WCCC recently completed a 12-week training session for the residents and held a graduation ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments. The residents learned basic computer skills and some specifics of Windows 7, Email, Skype and Facebook. Most of the participants had no prior computer experience and were beginning a new adventure in the area of technology. The Warren County Career Center provided on site instruction at Cedar Village weekly. WCCC Instructor Peggy Goodwin taught the class to the individuals and was very successful in working with these residents to teach them these basic computer and specialized skills.

All of the students were extremely excited to use their new skills. One of the students, Helen Werner, said, “I was able to see my 1-year-old great-granddaughter walk by using Skype.” Other residents also expressed their excitement with learning how to communicate with family members via email and download and view pictures. Many have purchased computers for their own personal use now that they have these new skills.

A second session for more residents will begin in late July. “This was one of the most rewarding experiences to be involved with in my career at the WCCC,” WCCC Business and Industry Coordinator Donna Cox said. “The senior population typically does not have the opportunity to have hands-on instruction for computer skills and the residents were very fortunate that Cedar Village made the commitment for their training. We were very excited to partner with Cedar Village to provide this customized training to meet the needs of the residents that participated in the class and are looking forward to our next group of graduates.”

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Stream Snapshot tests Little Miami River

For the past 10 years, volunteers working with the Greenacres Foundation have been collecting and analyzing water samples through the Stream Snapshot program to highlight problems with public water sources.

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Judge won’t dismiss Moore case

Reporting on what happened in the oral arguments held last Friday in Michael Moore’s motion to dismiss the charges against him for allegedly killing his parents four years ago in Union. Public defender Joanne Lynch claims that prosecutors failed to inform her that human DNA found on the gun used in the killings does not match Moore or his parents.

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Peoples First hires new lending, business development manager

Effective July 15, 2013, Bill Federle will join the professional staff of Peoples First Savings Bank to support commercial/residential lending and business development efforts. Bill comes to Peoples First with more than 35 years of banking experience in the Mason, OH community. His hiring will expand the Bank’s ability to meet the needs of commercial and residential customers in Warren, Butler, and Hamilton County.

“I joined Peoples First Savings Bank because of their commitment to customer service,” said Bill Federle. “I am a dedicated customer, who is now a dedicated employee.”

Born and raised in Mason, OH, Bill is an active member of the Kiwanis Club and is a past Citizen of the Year (awarded by the Northeast Chamber of Commerce).

Peoples First Savings Bank, believed to be the oldest local company in Mason, OH, is a rock solid, full-service banking institution serving residents and businesses primarily in Warren County, along with neighboring Hamilton and Butler counties, Ohio. For more information about Peoples First Savings Bank, please visit www.peoplesfirstohio.com.

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Warren County Fair to feature new family circus

Visitors of all ages should find something to their liking during the five-day run of the Warren County Fair, which begins Tuesday.

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Little Miss Heritage Pageant seeks contestants

The Little Miss Heritage Pageant invites girls entering the 2nd grade in the fall of 2013 to enter the 20th annual Little Miss Heritage Pageant. Contestants must live within the Mason school district but do not need to attend a Mason public school.

Contestants must be available to attend a tea for refreshments and interviews on Saturday, September 7th. No fancy pageant dresses or talent are required. Judging will be based on personality only. All contestants will participate in Mason’s Heritage Festival Parade which will be held on Saturday, September 14th. The crowning of Little Miss Heritage 2013 and her court will take place on the festival’s main grandstand after the parade. Winners will be expected to represent the Mason Heritage & Bicycle Festival at other Ohio festivals throughout the year.

For more information, please email [email protected] Entries must be received by August 24, 2013. An acceptance email giving more detailed information about the tea and parade will be sent to each contestant beginning after August 24, 2013.

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A month’s worth of rain fell in one week

Hard-hit Covington residents are still coping with damage resulting from the heavy rains — 3.75 inches measured at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport — in a week, leaving some homeowners frustrated.

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