Mark Planck has been sworn in as the new Bethel Police Chief. At the village council’s Oct. 13 meeting, Bethel mayor John Swarthout swore in Planck, who was surrounded by his very proud family members. Planck, who has been a Bethel police officer for the last 21 years, was chosen by village council to replace retiring chief John Wallace.
Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland attended a fund-raiser for democratic candidate Theresa Conover on Oct. 1. The “Barn Raiser,” which was also a rally for all of the local county democratic candidates, attracted about 100 people to the nationally registered historic Miami Township home of Theresa Conover, her husband Scot, and their two young children.
Economics was the issue that dominated the first debate between U.S. Representative Jean Schmidt, Democratic challenger Victoria Wulsin, and Independent candidate David Krikorian. Held at the Anderson Center Oct. 6, the one-hour debate focused on the $700 billion government bailout of the nation’s struggling financial markets, which Schmidt voted in favor of in Congress last week (but voted against the first version).
Bethel native Mark Planck is the new chief of the Bethel Police Department. “I am most looking forward to making the village police department the best it can possibly be,” Planck said. “And in turn, make Bethel the safest village that it can possibly be.” For the last 21 years, Planck has made a career out of law enforcement in the village; he started as a dispatcher for the police department and also a fire department cadet before becoming a full time village police officer in 1988.
The Bethel-Tate Local School District is hoping that voters will support a 1 percent earned income tax issue that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. Bethel-Tate Issue 22 will be a continuing operational school levy that will tax 1 percent on the earned income of individuals who live in the school district starting on Jan. 1, 2009.
The historic Blue Haven restaurant in Bethel is closing its doors. For more than half a century, the family-owned and family-style restaurant has been serving country cooking to the residents of Bethel. Before the ubiquitous fast food restaurants started popping up in the 1980′s, the Blue Haven was the only sit-down restaurant in the village.
The Batavia Village Council heard the first reading of an ordinance at its regular meeting Oct. 6 to reimburse the chief of police $3,008.69 in attorney fees. An ordinance prepared by Village Solicitor George Leicht authorizing the village clerk to pay the bill was presented to council at the Oct. 6 meeting.
Voters in the Clermont Northeastern school district will see a 5.8 mill bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot. If passed, Issue 23, a $26,200,000, 28-year bond issue, will help pay for new construction, renovations and additions to existing school facilities, improvements, and equipment, furnishings, and site improvements, all over the next 28 years.
Fastiques Rod and Custom of Southern Ohio presented the 33rd annual Pumpkin Run at the Clermont County Fairgrounds Oct. 3-5. Over the past 33 years, the annual classic car show known as the Pumpkin Run has become one of the most popular events in the county, drawing tens of thousands of people to Southwestern Ohio from all over the country.
More than 100 pugs descended upon Stonelick Lake Park for the second annual Pug Fair charity event Oct. 4. Pug Fair 2008, which attracted about 300 people and their costumed pet pugs (and many other breeds of dog), is an event designed to celebrate the popular breed of dog, and to especially raise money for the Ohio Pug Rescue Organization.