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Most Christmas waste is recyclable

By Megan Alley Sun staff Christmas is over, and county and local officials are encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees, gift wrap and cardboard boxes. By recycling, or “treecylcing,” trees, which must be free of all decorations and tinsel, are composted or turned into useful mulch, and kept out of the landfill. “If they [ Read More ]

Schmogrow not guilty by reason of insanity

By Kelly Cantwell Editor The woman arrested at Monroe Elementary on Aug. 16 for bringing a gun onto school property was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Dec. 22. Alayne Schmogrow, 55, of Monroe Township, was charged with one count of weapons while under disability, a felony of the third degree, and one [ Read More ]

Proud prepares to leave commissioner seat

By Megan Alley Sun staff Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud will retire early next year after 28 years of public service, and he presided over his last regular session on Dec. 14. “It’s bittersweet,” Proud said as he closed out the meeting. “I love the job; love it today as much as I loved it [ Read More ]

Business owner collects gifts for needy kids

By Kelly Cantwell Editor When Leah Mendenhall, owner of Anchor Fitness, heard from her clients who are employees of Clermont County’s Children’s Protective Services about the need for Christmas presents for children, she decided to use her business to help out. Initially taking on five families, but later adding five more and filling stockings for [ Read More ]

Union Township K-9 retires

By Kelly Cantwell Editor The Union Township Police Department officially retired K-9 Officer Daron on Dec. 8 after nine years with the department. He started at the department in April 2008, working with Officer Mark Stephens. Since Daron began, he and Stephens have logged more than 1,500 hours of training, been deployed more than 4,700 [ Read More ]

Lot sales sluggish at county commerce park

By Megan Alley Sun staff Construction of the county’s South Afton Commerce Park is on track, but business agreements lag, according to project officials. In February, it was announced that the Clermont County Community Improvement Corporation, Inc. had purchased 242 acres of land to build the commerce park at Half Acre Road and state Route [ Read More ]

Bethel-Tate appoints new board member

By Megan Alley Sun staff The Bethel-Tate Board of Education appointed a returning board member during its meeting on Nov. 29. Gary Shepherd, who served on the board for 13 years beginning in 1988, will fill the seat left vacant by board member Andrew Hamrick, who resigned on Nov. 10. In his resignation letter – [ Read More ]

Final beam placed in West Clermont High School

By Kelly Cantwell Editor The West Clermont Local School District celebrated a milestone in the West Clermont High School project on Dec. 2 with a “topping out” ceremony. During the ceremony, school staff and more signed the final beam, which was then lifted into place. The topping out ceremony is one of three times during [ Read More ]

Bethel council passes income tax

By Megan Alley Sun staff During a special meeting held on Nov. 22, the village of Bethel council unanimously approved an ordinance to levy a 0.5 percent income tax. The tax is intended to replace the 0.5 percent income tax that the electorate voted on Nov. 8 to repeal. The council waived its three reading [ Read More ]

Batavia woman sentenced for stealing, selling baby formula

By Kelly Cantwell Editor A Batavia woman was convicted in Warren County on Nov. 21 for purchasing stolen formula and selling it overseas. Thuy Thu Do, 35, was involved in an organized retail theft ring. She pleaded guilty to five counts of receiving stolen property, a fifth degree felony, possession of criminal tools, a fifth [ Read More ]


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