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Duke Energy pleads guilty in oil spill case

By Kelly Cantwell Editor Representatives from Duke Energy Beckjord, LLC pleaded guilty on Nov. 22 to negligent discharge of oil after a 2014 incident at the W.C. Beckjord Station. About 9,000 gallons of diesel fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River on Aug. 18. Duke worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast [ Read More ]

Montgomery pleads guilty

By Kelly Cantwell Editor Mark Montgomery pleaded guilty to negligent homicide for the shooting of James Baker, the owner of Kay Jay Gun Shop. Montgomery, 47 of Amelia and a Concealed Carry Weapons instructor, made the plea to the first degree misdemeanor on Nov. 17. The charge against Katie Dunham, Montgomery’s daughter, age 28 of [ Read More ]

Batavia moves to sell village building

By Kelly Cantwell Editor The village of Batavia has begun the process of selling the current village offices. On May 9, the village council approved a resolution to purchase the Batavia Armory, which is located at 65 North Second St. During the Community Improvement Corporation meeting that preceded the Nov. 14 Village Council meeting, the [ Read More ]

Williamsburg holiday train event set to roll into town

By Megan Alley Sun staff The public is invited to attend the annual Trains of Williamsburg Christmas Walk on Dec. 2. The free, family-friendly event will feature strolling carolers, a live nativity scene, a petting zoo, fire truck rides, musical performances, a scavenger hunt and a puppet show. Additional activities include a craft show and [ Read More ]

New homes to enlarge Batavia’s population

By Kelly Cantwell Editor The Batavia Village Council approved a resolution to create a community reinvestment area, which will allow Hal Homes to build a subdivision that will likely double the village’s population when full. “It’s dramatic,” said village administrator Dennis Nichols, adding that this is the biggest thing to happen to the village in [ Read More ]

Clermont library breaks ground on new Miami Township branch

By Kelly Cantwell Editor The Clermont County Public Library held a groundbreaking event on Nov. 19 for the new Miami Township branch, which is expected to open in March 2018. The branch will be located next to Mulberry Elementary. The land was owned by the Milford Exempted Village School District until the Milford Board of [ Read More ]

ALB infestation discovered in East Fork

By Kelly Cantwell Editor A new Asian longhorned beetle infestation was discovered recently in a section of the East Fork Wildlife Area in Williamsburg Township. This is the first time that ALB has been discovered in East Fork or in Williamsburg. The infestation is about a half of a mile from another infested area in [ Read More ]

Amelia fills one of two empty council seats

By Megan Alley Sun staff The village of Amelia’s mayor recently appointed a new councilman to fill one of two open seats. Javier Melendez, who co-owns Don Rigo Mexican Bar & Grill, located at 224 W. Main St. in Amelia, was sworn in on Oct. 11. “I’m really happy to help,” he said. Melendez fills [ Read More ]

County set to approve appropriations

By Megan Alley Sun staff During their meeting on Nov. 16, the Clermont County Commissioners heard the Office of Management and Budget’s recommendations for 2017 appropriations. Sukie Scheetz, director, delivered the presentation to the commissioners, who are expected to adopt the appropriations on Nov. 30. In 2017, the largest piece of the general fund operating [ Read More ]

Duke Energy gives update on Beckjord

By Megan Alley Sun staff During their meeting on Nov. 16, the Clermont County Commissioners received a brief update from Duke Energy officials about the company’s plans to decommission its W.C. Beckjord Station, located in Pierce Township and in the village of New Richmond. Warren Walker, district manager of community and government relations, and Lee [ Read More ]


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