Cliff Riley has been named Vietnam Veterans of America Buckeye State Council’s Veteran of the Year. Riley, who is the current president of the Clermont County Veteran’s Service Commission, said that he was deeply honored to be nominated and then to be chosen for such a distinctive honor. Raised in the Newtonsville area, Riley, 62, enlisted in the military upon graduating from Clermont Northeastern High School in 1966.
Front Wheel Drive in Batavia will officially be renamed after local businessman and Clermont County philanthropist James E. Sauls Sr. Approved by the Clermont County Board of Commissioners Sept. 3, the proposal to change the name in honor of the late Sauls was something that commissioner Bob Proud said was well deserved.
A 1.1 percent village earnings tax will be voted on by the residents of Amelia. At its regular meeting Sept. 4, Amelia’s six-member village council, based on the recommendation of mayor Leroy Ellington, passed a resolution to have the earned income tax be placed on a February 2009 special election ballot.
A major road construction project in Batavia Township is currently underway. The estimated $632,000 project, which is a joint collaboration between the Clermont County Engineer’s Office and Batavia Township, will replace a century-old bridge on Old State Route 32, improve the intersection at state Route 32 and Bauer Road, and straighten out that quarter mile portion of Old State Route 32 up to Brunk Road.
Slice of Stainless, Inc. celebrated a 25,000-foot expansion of its Union Township facilities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 5. Attended by approximately 50 people, the ceremony was a chance for elected local and state officials, and local dignitaries, to tour the new facility and congratulate the company on its accomplishment.
The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office has a new website. Sheriff Tim Rodenberg said that the new office site, which is www.clermontsheriff.org, has been recently updated into a brand new format with additional features.
The Clermont County Board of Commissioners has declared the week of Sept. 6-12 as “Suicide Prevention Week” in Clermont County. As part of National Suicide Prevention Week, the Clermont County Health and Recovery Board and the Clermont Suicide Prevention Coalition will once again sponsor a candlelight vigil in Union Township’s Veterans Park Sept. 10.
A married couple from the Warren County area was killed Aug. 27 when their automobile was struck by a dump truck in Goshen Township. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 55-year-old George Gleckler, of Lyons, Ohio, was operating a 1999 Sterling dump truck traveling west on State Route 28 on Wednesday morning when he failed to stop at a red light at the State Route 132 intersection.
The Clermont County League of Women Voters has announced the eight nominees for the 2008 Orpha Gatch Citizenship Award. The award, which is named for Orpha Gatch, a Milford suffragist instrumental in helping to ratify the 19th amendment granting the women the right to vote in 1920, is bestowed every year on a county woman who has made a significant impact on her community.
The Batavia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting only one fatal crash in Clermont County over the Labor Day holiday weekend. That two-vehicle fatal automobile crash, which happened at 6:35 a.m. on Friday Aug. 29, occurred on State Route 276 at Half-Acre Road in Williamsburg Township.