News Archive

New council member chosen

By Kelly Doran Sun staff The Batavia Village Council appointed Bill Raper II to replace councilman Earl Carter after his death. Council unanimously chose Raper over two other candidates on May 4 during the regular council meeting. “I’m just very humbled and happy to be able to serve,” Raper said. The council has 30 days [ Read More ]

Students, staff break world record

By Kelly Doran Sun staff The University of Cincinnati Clermont College may be featured in the Guinness World Records book after breaking a record for the highest voltage from a potato battery. On May 4, UC Clermont students, staff and faculty and Reading High School students worked together to connect 1,846 potatoes to break the [ Read More ]

Batavia Swim Club to reopen

By Kelly Doran Sun staff When the Batavia Swim Club almost went into foreclosure in July 2014, 14 county residents banded together to rescue the beloved pool to repair and reopen it. The residents have succeeded and the pool will reopen Memorial Day weekend. “It holds a special place in a lot of people’s hearts,” [ Read More ]

Kings Hammer breaks ground

By Kelly Doran Sun staff The ground breaking of the Kings Hammer Soccer Club at the Red Barn facility on May 7 was not just significant for the village of Batavia and the county, but for the Ruebel family as well. In a letter to his son, Nick, before he died, Nick Ruebel Sr. wrote [ Read More ]

Bethel police officer charged with rape

By Kelly Doran Sun staff A Bethel police officer is being charged after allegedly sexually abusing a woman in December. Brandon Brenes, age 25 of Batavia, is charged with rape, a first-degree felony, and sexual battery, a third degree felony. He will go to pre-trial on May 12. On December 28, 2014, a female victim [ Read More ]

New Richmond considers student drug testing

By Megan Alley Sun staff New Richmond High School students participating in extracurricular activities could be randomly drug tested beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. Superintendent Adam Bird has asked the New Richmond Board of Education to consider implementing a random drug testing program for athletes and students participating in other extracurricular activities such as [ Read More ]

Clermont County to upgrade water meters

By Megan Alley Sun staff Some Clermont County Water Resources Department customers may see an increase in their water bills after the county upgrades more than 40,000 water meters throughout its distribution area. The department intends to replace 25,000 old water meters with more accurate equipment that will also allow the new meters to be [ Read More ]

EPA to set new air quality standards

By Megan Alley Sun staff Warm summers and stricter air quality standards may lead to less permits for industry. The United States Environmental Protection Agency sets the standards for six criteria pollutants considered harmful to public health and the environment, including carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone and particulate matter. The EPA reviews [ Read More ]

County parks add attractions

By Megan Alley Sun staff The Clermont County Park District will have many new offerings for outdoor enthusiasts this summer. The electricity at Pattison Lodge has been updated, and the kitchen counter and sinks at Harman Cabin will be replaced. According to the park district’s website, almost 22,000 people attended 296 events at these facilities [ Read More ]

Mayor conducts marriages to fund park improvements

By Megan Alley Sun staff This summer a drinking fountain with a dog bowl will be added to Amelia’s off-leash dog park, an improvement funded largely by Mayor Todd Hart performing marriage ceremonies. “I’ve officiated 90 weddings since I was elected in 2012,” said Hart. “I’m the marrying mayor.” Hart raised about $4,000 last year [ Read More ]


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