Senior citizens, as well as many others in Clermont County and throughout Ohio, lost an advocate Sunday, Aug. 16 with the death of Helen Lois Brown Dale. She was instrumental in getting funding for senior services through tax levies and was the founder of Clermont County Senior Services. Dale, 91, a resident of Milford, was working as an administrator in Clermont County offices in 1967 when she had the idea to get senior services funded through a county-wide tax levy.
Village of Williamsburg fiscal officer Mike Murray shared an updated report with members of council during its meeting Thursday, Aug. 13. With the economic downturn, council members had requested that Murray prepare a “snapshot” of the village financial condition.
An event is taking place in the Summerside area that is evidence of the compassion and caring of Clermont countians. Phillip Bryant of Summerside recently experienced a 24-foot fall that has left the 39-year-old as a quadriplegic.
The Union Township Police Department will conduct a high-visibility enforcement patrol during this Labor Day/”Over the Limit, Under Arrest” season, from Friday, Aug. 21, through Monday, Sept. 7.
The weather cooperated on Saturday, Aug. 8, when 114 runners and walkers converged on Burke Park for the first 10K run and 5K walk in the village of Bethel. The event, sponsored by Bethel Building and Loan, had participants ranging in age from 14 to 70.
When the Batavia Township trustees met Tuesday, Aug. 4 they agreed to approach the Clermont County engineer concerning a confusing section of road. The township currently maintains a section of Chapel Road east of state Route 132 while the county is responsible for maintaining Mt. Holly Road. The end of Mt. Holly Road jogs onto the end of Chapel Road for a very short section before it ends at state Route 222.
During an audit of Bethel’s finances by the state auditor’s office, a discrepancy in the mayor’s court account was discovered and subsequently Laurie Taylor, who was responsible for the account, was charged with two counts of theft in office. On Aug. 5, Taylor pleaded guilty to the charges in Clermont County Common Pleas Court.
An issue that was brought before Bethel Council during its meeting of July 27, was addressed by Solicitor George Leicht Monday, Aug. 10. Jim Royce, owner of Sunrise Lake, expressed an interest in annexing his 20-acre property into the village.
In spite of soggy weather, Bethel Police and Fire Departments, as well as representatives of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, met with the public in Burke Park on Tuesday, Aug. 4 for National Night Out. The 26th annual crime prevention event is held each year in an effort to unite law enforcement agencies and the public. More than 15,000 communities throughout the country participate in the night out.
During the summer, some American Recovery and Reinvestment funding made its way into Clermont County through a special collaboration of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The partnership created jobs for Ohio youth ages 16 – 24 as part of the Recovery Conservation Corps. The Summer Youth Program locally created jobs for five young Clermont Countians to help improve parks, trails and natural assets.