To let West Chester and Liberty Township residents catch up with the news that they need to know, WestChesterBuzz.com will list and link to all of last week’s top local stories every Monday.
Nerf Wars have everyone talking – Local television reporters and radio talk show hosts were all talking about Lakota high schools this past week. It wasn’t because of anything that was taking place at school, but rather after. A spring tradition of Nerf Wars is now underway and it involves possible reckless driving and nudity.
Lakota East wants Ellen to help – Senior projects are commonplace at high schools. They often involve charity drives. Rarely do they focus on getting the attention of Ellen DeGeneres. Lakota East National Honor Society members decided to go after DeGeneres in February as the person who could bring the most awareness to their cause. Students have been emailing whoever they can, tweeting #WeWantEllen and writing letters – close to 600 – to the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.’’ The school has done this all to raise awareness and funds for the Center for Spina Bifida Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Lakota West bests East – Led by the pitcher-catcher combination of junior Ashley Sharp and sophomore Ciara Incorvati, Lakota West – No. 3 in The Enquirer’s preseason poll – out pitched and out hit rival No. 2 Lakota East in a 5-0 win on the road Monday. It was the first West/East matchup of the spring season in softball.
West Chester Caribou Coffee locations close – Bad news for fans of Northern Lite lattes and other specialty drinks at Caribou Coffee: The Minneapolis-based company’s five Greater Cincinnati stores closed Sunday, Shauna Steigerwald of The Enquirer reported. Beechmont, Blue Ash, Cox Road, Tylersville Road and Eastgate (Jungle Jim’s) are all closed. The Cox Road (off Tylersville by Mason border) and Tylersville Road (off 747) locations were in West Chester.
Accused swim coach faces 16-month term – An assistant swim coach from West Chester who was fired from Countryside YMCA in Lebanon after being charged with inappropriately touching a young female team member during a North Carolina championship meet Saturday has a long history of coaching area children, Sheila McLaughlin reported for The Enquirer. Patrick Jeanneret, 30, of West Chester Township coached the varsity swim team at Fairfield High School from 2007 to 2011.
Lakota East student named Ohio journalist of the year – Lakota East senior Kaitlin Lange was recently named 2013 Ohio Journalism Education Association Journalist of the Year at the annual Ohio Scholastic Media Association state conference at Kent State University. Lange is the managing editor and a three-year staff member of Spark Magazine, an award-winning publication produced by high school students. Lange is the sixth Spark journalist to receive the honor since 1998.
Katelyn Markham’s body found – During the past 20 months, any time an unidentified body surfaced in Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky, Fairfield investigators probed whether the remains were Katelyn Markham’s, said Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey. But the investigation shifts into new territory, Dickey said, now that Indiana State Police have verified that the remains found along a Franklin County creek belong to the Markham, who vanished in August 2011. She would have been 23 years old today.
Elements Therapeutic Massage opens – Elements Therapeutic Massage will open a new studio Saturday at 7594 Cox Lane in West Chester Township. According to the company’s website, there are more than 110 locations nationwide. The West Chester location, along locations coming soon to Mason and Florence (Ky.), are the only franchises in Greater Cincinnati.