Deborah White has been named the new executive director of the Clermont Family YMCA. White, who was introduced to the Clermont community in a meet and greet event held at the Batavia YMCA facility June 30, was chosen from a number of interested candidates after a nation-wide search to replace former director Whit Hickman.
The village of Neville celebrated its bicentennial with a festival June 28. Attended by approximately 1,000 people, the festival was designed not only to celebrate 200 years as a municipality, but to allow native Neville families a chance to recognize and reunite with loved ones.
Due to impending storms, Pierce Township is moving this evening’s Concert-In-The-Park indoors to the Locust Elementary School Gymnasium (3431 Locust Corner Rd.) The show starts at 5:30 p.m. and features two local pop-rock bands, The Comforts (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) and The Groove (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.). The concert is free and open to the public.
The Ridge Club in Batavia is continuing its tradition of providing fun in the sun for Clermont County residents. The Ridge Club opened on Memorial Day 1957 when seven township residents and some village business owners decided to open Batavia’s very first swimming and tennis club.
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has signed into state law new legislation that has come to be known as the Castle Doctrine. The new legislation, House Bill 184, is a new law that relaxes certain hand gun restrictions and establishes a new doctrine for shooting intruders in self-defense, while either in a person’s private home or private automobile.
The New Richmond Police Department raided a used car lot last week and arrested owner Jeff McGinnis for allegedly running an illegal operation. The Carriage Collection used car lot, located at 2383 State Route 132, came to the attention of the New Richmond Police when they received several complaints from customers who paid for cars but then never received them.
The King’s Way Fellowship Church in Batavia has started broadcasting its Sunday services nationally on the Christian Television Network. Pastor Troy Ervin said that the Lord just began to speak to him one day about taking his services from just being a local broadcast to another higher level in an attempt to try and reach the whole nation.
Visitors to the 159th annual Clermont County Fair will notice more convenient free space for parking this year. The Clermont County Agricultural Society has purchased 23.8 acres of land adjacent to the fairgrounds for $195,400.
Batavia Village Administrator Bob Stewart was arrested Sunday, June 22 by the village police department. Stewart was arrested at the direction of Chief Mike Gardner, and was cited for closing a street without a permit. The administrator had closed a section of Broadway Street for a performance by the Clermont County Philharmonic Orchestra on the front lawn of the Batavia Elementary School.
What started as a grassroots effort to preserve historic log cabins in Bethel has, in only one year, transformed into one of the most popular festivals in the county. According to organizers of the second annual Founders’ Day Festival held in Bethel’s Burke Park June 20-22, the three-day event was a resounding success.