September is being observed nationally as “Preparedness Month,” in an effort to get U.S. citizens motivated to always be prepared for unexpected disasters. Two years ago, hurricane Katrina showed that the price of being unprepared can be disastrous. Over the space of a day, thousands of New Orleans residents became homeless, lost all they owned, or died due to a natural disaster that nobody was prepared to handle.
Felicity-Franklin Superintendent William Shepherd was relatively pleased yet still discontent with an “effective” rating on its annual state report card from the Ohio Department of Education. “I was excited to see that we had maintained our status as effective, but our goal is not to be effective, we all want and need to be excellent,” he said in his office Aug. 24. The Ohio report card, which uses many different criteria in determining an individual school district’s rating, uses a total of 30 indicators.
An unidentified man died last week when a workplace accident resulted in a fall into a gravel pit. According to Lt. Scott Gaviglia of the Union Township Police Department, the man was employed by Evans Gravel, but the deceased worker’s exact relationship with the company is not yet clear.
The Goshen Township Police Department has unveiled a new safety “rollover vehicle” simulator to encourage seat belt use. The rollover vehicle, which simulates how someone can be injured or ejected in a car crash when they are not restrained by safety belts.
Clermont County prosecutors have decided not to pursue any criminal charges against Glen Este Middle School Assistant Principal Brenda Slaby in regard to the tragic death of her 2-year-old daughter Cecilia Slaby. Prosecutor Don White, after the Union Township Police Department concluded its investigation into the child’s death, announced Sept. 4 that no criminal intent could be found to charge Slaby with any crime, saying that it was just a horrible accident.
A grant of half a million dollars is yet another indication that a newly-created county agency is on it’s way to doing big things for local commerce and transportation. The Transportation Improvement District, or TID, was recently granted the money from the state as one of the eight such districts in the state that look for ways to cure local transportation ills while improving commerce in the area.
The Friends of Stonelick held their fourth annual Chili Cook-Off in the campground area of Stonelick Lake State Park Sept. 1. Of the 11 participants that competed in the cook-off; in the end the honor of the best tasting chili was won by Jerry Cooper of the Milford Fire Department; Cooper received a trophy and, more importantly, the knowledge of having cooked the best tasting chili. The chili cook-off, which attracted approximately 150 people, is the annual way for the Friends of Stonelick to raise money to make much-needed improvements to the park, said event chairperson Debbie Tolle.
Clermont County residents traveling outside of the county, or away for an extended period of time, can keep up on local issues thanks to a new streaming video service from the Clermont County Office of Public Information. Clermont Today, a video production of OPI, has been placed online, giving the internet savvy a new way of staying plugged in with Clermont County.
A Cincinnati man is dead after a mysterious roadway accident which occurred early Tuesday morning in Union Township. Clay Barker died as a result of injuries stemming from a one-car accident in which the car he was driving slammed into a utility pole while trying to flee the police.
Clermont trial judge Robert Ringland recently saw one of his decisions supported by a higher court in a case that will likely reach the supreme court. In a decision in favor of the state, Ringland ruled in the case of Ohio v. Garland Billings that it is constitutional for the state to require Billings to live at least 1,000 feet from a school, a decision which the 12th district circuit court agreed with.