Archive for February, 2009

Public works committee updates council

Bethel Village Councilman Tim Cherry updated council members about the status of traffic signal upgrades within the village at the meeting on Monday, Feb. 23. Cherry reported that the generator for the back-up for traffic signals was recently lost and that there is a good possibility that ODOT will replace the generator.

UC Clermont seeks ways to educate returning veterans

Returning veterans often have a difficult time transitioning back into civilian life after serving in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and when they attempt to enroll in college, the transition is often compounded with numerous forms to fill out, student loans to consider and many times health issues factor in the mix.

Freeman named Owensville police chief

The Village of Owensville now has a new police chief. Mike Freeman was sworn in on Feb. 16 and began serving immediately. Freeman has 29 years experience in law enforcement, having served with the Clermont County Sheriff’s office and working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 15 years.

West Clermont announces new budget cuts

West Clermont Local Schools superintendent Gary Brooks announced the next round of budget cuts during the school board meeting on Monday, Feb. 23. District expenditures will be cut by $1.8 million during the 2009-2010 school year. This reduction is the latest in a series of budget cuts totaling $11.5 million that the superintendent and board have implemented since passage of $7.9 million emergency levy in March 2004.

Duckworth hired in Union Township

Union Township officials met in special session Wednesday, Feb. 18, to select a township administrator. After receiving 21 applications, narrowing the field to six and conducting interviews with the six, trustees Bob McGee, Timothy Donnellon, and Matthew Beamer agreed on David Duckworth to fill the position.

Mock trials fill Clermont County courtrooms

Sixteen high school teams from the area participated in the regional mock trial competition in Clermont County Friday, Feb. 20. New Richmond High School was the only Clermont County team to compete. They were invited to the regional competition after winning on the local level.

Students donate artistic talent for charity

Glen Este High School students were given a unique opportunity to display their artistic talents on Wednesday, Feb. 18, as they under-glazed soup bowls for a charity organization. Not all the students who participated were art majors. Some were from the Art Club, National Honor Society and Key Club.

Young engineers imagine the future

Batavia Middle School students are planning for the future and had an opportunity to showcase their ideas during The National Engineers Week Future City Competition at COSI, in Columbus, on Jan. 17. The eighth grade students in Mary Bradburn’s language arts class placed third in the state competition and received three additional special awards.

Seek wisdom if you want to enjoy happy relationships

If I could have one wish in life it would be for wisdom. A lot of money would be nice, but it won’t buy happiness. If you were to wake up tomorrow and discover you were the only person on earth, you wouldn’t spend the rest of your life gathering all the possessions you’ve always dreamed of; you would begin searching for another person with whom you could share life.

Milford, Bethel-Tate girls win tourney openers

Milford and Bethel-Tate each won their first game in the girl’s sectional basketball tournament. Milford eliminated the McAuley Mohawks 52-46 in the first game for both teams in the sectional tournament that took place at Lakota East High School. The E-Gals burst out to a 13-7 first quarter lead, but McAuley eked out an 18-17 lead at the end of the first half.

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