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Grant enables shelter to pay off mortgage

A grant of $55,000 from the Hatton Foundation will enable the James Sauls Homeless Shelter to pay off the mortgage. The shelter, which was officially opened in December of 2008, cost $524,000 to build. In 2007 the Hatton Foundation gave the shelter $200,000 toward that cost of construction. Now the foundation is going to finish paying the mortgage which will free-up money from their operating budget to cover the cost of staffing.

One dead in crash in Bethel

A Bethel man died in a crash at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 at 2130 State Route 133 in Bethel. According to Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg, the crash was a result of a female driver, Misty Combs, 27, of Cincinnati, doing doughnuts in a field with a pickup truck. The truck struck a tree killing the passenger, Todd Reed, 42, of 2130 State Route 133.

UC Clermont College makes plans to expand

During a meeting of the Batavia Township Trustees Tuesday, Jan. 5, plans to expand the University of Cincinnati – Clermont classrooms to the former Ford plant were unveiled. During the meeting, trustees approved a zoning overlay district for the plant and heard plans from developers, Ohio Realty Advisors.

Pride named interim director at Job and Family Services

Clermont Department of Job and Family Services Fiscal Officer Mike Pride is serving as interim director of the agency, following the resignation of Tim McCartney.

Township officials approve overlay district

Batavia Township trustees have approved a special planning overlay district for the former Ford plant on state Route 32. At a public hearing Jan. 5, the board heard a presentation by zoning consultant Jonathan Wocher about the modifications needed to establish an overlay district. “The existing underlying zoning designations will not be changed by the creation and application of the Batavia Road Industrial Area Special Planning Overlay District,” said Wocher.

Bethel student tased while resisting arrest

A 16-year-old Bethel-Tate High School student was tasered Monday, Jan. 4 while resisting arrest in a crowded hallway at the school. Bethel Police Chief Mark Planck was accompanying Clermont County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Seng, who was going to bring the student to the sheriff’s office for questioning.

Copper thieves arrested

Two Union Township men are in custody after a search warrant resulted in the recovery of a large amount of copper coils from stolen air conditioning units. According to the Union Township Police Department, a search warrant was issued for a residence at 780 Ohio Pike.

YWCA Food Pantry takes part in Kaplan University report

The YWCA Eastern Area Food Pantry was one of five pantries and food banks selected from around the nation to take part in a study by Kaplan University online graduate students. The students were asked to analyze the operations of several food banks across the U.S. to determine best practices and offer some solutions to problems they face. As a result of the analysis, the students developed recommendations to improve food collection and distribution.

HealthSource to receive $9.7 million

Two Clermont County healthcare facilities are now scheduled to be built after a federal grant for $9.7 million was approved for HealthSource of Ohio in December 2009. The grant was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It was one of only 85 grants awarded throughout the nation according to Lisa Jackson, vice president of marketing and development with HealthSource of Ohio.

Bethel Council to decide on new zoning fees

A public hearing for proposed increases in zoning fees was held as Bethel Council met for the first session of the new year Monday, Jan. 11. A copy of the proposed increases was distributed during the hearing and zoning administrator Ron Dunn was on hand to answer questions.

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