Star-spangled Clinton County


Blanchester High School graduate and former drama club member Logan Johnson takes a pie in the face from chemistry and physics teacher Andrea Harpen at the village’s celebration Monday.


Nathan Kraatz |Wilmington News Journal

Uncle Sam and several veterans with the American Legion began the parade of the Red, White and Blanchester Blue Festival on Monday, July 4.


Nathan Kraatz |Wilmington News Journal

Riders in a float cheer and throw candy to the crowds that lined the streets of Blanchester Monday.


Nathan Kraatz |Wilmington News Journal

The Blanchester Wildcats made a patriotic appearance Monday.


Nathan Kraatz |Wilmington News Journal

Members of the crowd at Bible Baptist Church of Wilmington place their hands over their hearts during Tara Ficke’s solo vocal performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” during a community patriotic service.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

At a Friday rally, the Sabina Church of Christ’s JAM Kids sing “God Bless America.” Earlier, they led pledges to the Christian flag and to the Bible. Cub Scout Pack 797 had led the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

At a God-and-country rally Friday night in the Sabina Church of Christ, World War II Army veteran Clarence Taylor receives a plaque in his honor from church minister Troy Villars.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

From left in the foreground, Keith Wightman accepts a plaque honoring his son Lance Cpl. Brett Wightman, a U.S. Marine who was killed in an Aug. 3, 2005 roadside bombing in Iraq. Keith Wightman spoke about a Foundation that was started in memory of his son and which provides scholarships to local students. Brett Wightman was an East Clinton Local Schools graduate. Sabina Church of Christ Connection Minister Rick Godlove, right foreground, presents the plaque at the church, while Minister Troy Villars applauds in the left background.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

World War II Army veteran Tom Anders, at center, receives a plaque in his honor during a God-and-country rally Friday night. In the left background is World War II Army veteran Clarence Taylor who earlier received a plaque. In the right foreground, Troy Villars presents the plaque to Anders.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

A local gospel quartet, Real Faith, sings during the community patriotic service held Sunday at Bible Baptist Church of Wilmington. From left are Kinsey Coleman, Maddie Peters, Nikki Peters and Bryan Coleman.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Blanchester High School graduate and former drama club member Logan Johnson takes a pie in the face from chemistry and physics teacher Andrea Harpen at the village’s celebration Monday.

Uncle Sam and several veterans with the American Legion began the parade of the Red, White and Blanchester Blue Festival on Monday, July 4.

Riders in a float cheer and throw candy to the crowds that lined the streets of Blanchester Monday.

The Blanchester Wildcats made a patriotic appearance Monday.

Members of the crowd at Bible Baptist Church of Wilmington place their hands over their hearts during Tara Ficke’s solo vocal performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” during a community patriotic service.

At a Friday rally, the Sabina Church of Christ’s JAM Kids sing “God Bless America.” Earlier, they led pledges to the Christian flag and to the Bible. Cub Scout Pack 797 had led the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag.

At a God-and-country rally Friday night in the Sabina Church of Christ, World War II Army veteran Clarence Taylor receives a plaque in his honor from church minister Troy Villars.

From left in the foreground, Keith Wightman accepts a plaque honoring his son Lance Cpl. Brett Wightman, a U.S. Marine who was killed in an Aug. 3, 2005 roadside bombing in Iraq. Keith Wightman spoke about a Foundation that was started in memory of his son and which provides scholarships to local students. Brett Wightman was an East Clinton Local Schools graduate. Sabina Church of Christ Connection Minister Rick Godlove, right foreground, presents the plaque at the church, while Minister Troy Villars applauds in the left background.

World War II Army veteran Tom Anders, at center, receives a plaque in his honor during a God-and-country rally Friday night. In the left background is World War II Army veteran Clarence Taylor who earlier received a plaque. In the right foreground, Troy Villars presents the plaque to Anders.

A local gospel quartet, Real Faith, sings during the community patriotic service held Sunday at Bible Baptist Church of Wilmington. From left are Kinsey Coleman, Maddie Peters, Nikki Peters and Bryan Coleman.

Blanchester High School graduate and former drama club member Logan Johnson takes a pie in the face from chemistry and physics teacher Andrea Harpen at the village’s celebration Monday.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC_0100-2.jpgBlanchester High School graduate and former drama club member Logan Johnson takes a pie in the face from chemistry and physics teacher Andrea Harpen at the village’s celebration Monday.

Nathan Kraatz |Wilmington News Journal

Uncle Sam and several veterans with the American Legion began the parade of the Red, White and Blanchester Blue Festival on Monday, July 4.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC_0144-2.jpgUncle Sam and several veterans with the American Legion began the parade of the Red, White and Blanchester Blue Festival on Monday, July 4.

Nathan Kraatz |Wilmington News Journal

Riders in a float cheer and throw candy to the crowds that lined the streets of Blanchester Monday.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC_0165-2.jpgRiders in a float cheer and throw candy to the crowds that lined the streets of Blanchester Monday.

Nathan Kraatz |Wilmington News Journal

The Blanchester Wildcats made a patriotic appearance Monday.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC_0302-2.jpgThe Blanchester Wildcats made a patriotic appearance Monday.

Nathan Kraatz |Wilmington News Journal

Members of the crowd at Bible Baptist Church of Wilmington place their hands over their hearts during Tara Ficke’s solo vocal performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” during a community patriotic service.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_hands_oer_hearts_p_f-1.jpgMembers of the crowd at Bible Baptist Church of Wilmington place their hands over their hearts during Tara Ficke’s solo vocal performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” during a community patriotic service.

Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

At a Friday rally, the Sabina Church of Christ’s JAM Kids sing “God Bless America.” Earlier, they led pledges to the Christian flag and to the Bible. Cub Scout Pack 797 had led the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_sabina_kids_p_f-1.jpgAt a Friday rally, the Sabina Church of Christ’s JAM Kids sing “God Bless America.” Earlier, they led pledges to the Christian flag and to the Bible. Cub Scout Pack 797 had led the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag.

Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

At a God-and-country rally Friday night in the Sabina Church of Christ, World War II Army veteran Clarence Taylor receives a plaque in his honor from church minister Troy Villars.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_taylor_p_f-1.jpgAt a God-and-country rally Friday night in the Sabina Church of Christ, World War II Army veteran Clarence Taylor receives a plaque in his honor from church minister Troy Villars.

Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

From left in the foreground, Keith Wightman accepts a plaque honoring his son Lance Cpl. Brett Wightman, a U.S. Marine who was killed in an Aug. 3, 2005 roadside bombing in Iraq. Keith Wightman spoke about a Foundation that was started in memory of his son and which provides scholarships to local students. Brett Wightman was an East Clinton Local Schools graduate. Sabina Church of Christ Connection Minister Rick Godlove, right foreground, presents the plaque at the church, while Minister Troy Villars applauds in the left background.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_wightman_p_f.jpgFrom left in the foreground, Keith Wightman accepts a plaque honoring his son Lance Cpl. Brett Wightman, a U.S. Marine who was killed in an Aug. 3, 2005 roadside bombing in Iraq. Keith Wightman spoke about a Foundation that was started in memory of his son and which provides scholarships to local students. Brett Wightman was an East Clinton Local Schools graduate. Sabina Church of Christ Connection Minister Rick Godlove, right foreground, presents the plaque at the church, while Minister Troy Villars applauds in the left background.

Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

World War II Army veteran Tom Anders, at center, receives a plaque in his honor during a God-and-country rally Friday night. In the left background is World War II Army veteran Clarence Taylor who earlier received a plaque. In the right foreground, Troy Villars presents the plaque to Anders.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_anders_p_f.jpgWorld War II Army veteran Tom Anders, at center, receives a plaque in his honor during a God-and-country rally Friday night. In the left background is World War II Army veteran Clarence Taylor who earlier received a plaque. In the right foreground, Troy Villars presents the plaque to Anders.

Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

A local gospel quartet, Real Faith, sings during the community patriotic service held Sunday at Bible Baptist Church of Wilmington. From left are Kinsey Coleman, Maddie Peters, Nikki Peters and Bryan Coleman.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_real_faith_p_f.jpgA local gospel quartet, Real Faith, sings during the community patriotic service held Sunday at Bible Baptist Church of Wilmington. From left are Kinsey Coleman, Maddie Peters, Nikki Peters and Bryan Coleman.

Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

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