No one was hurt when a large electrical fire raged through a Monterey home Jan. 20. The Jackson Township Fire Department, after receiving a 911 call dispatch from the residents at 6:59 p.m., responded to the location at 2934 U.S. State Route 50 within three minutes, Fire Chief Bill Wiederhold said.
Batavia Township will contribute its share, if reluctantly, of the EPA Phase II money to the county, but questioned the usefulness of the program that is designed to control pollution from storm water runoff. Trustee Archie Wilson was the sole dissenting vote in the approval, and the chief voice stating dissatisfaction about the contribution, which was described as a mandate.
With a little luck, the Bethel-Tate schools transportation department will soon be working out of a new location. On Jan. 8, the Bethel-Tate school board voted to purchase the former Holman car dealership located on the west side of Bethel. The facility will first serve as a new bus garage, and then will eventually become the new central office as well.
Some 28 individuals have been charged in a major drug investigation centered around two apartment complexes in Union Township. According to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, complaints of drug activity around the Piccadilly Square and Southern Trace Apartments sparked an investigation that has recovered drugs ranging from oxycontin, vicodin, fantanyl, ritalin, crack cocaine valium, cocaine, heroin, marijuana and percocet.
Even though almost 40 years have passed since the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the dream that he gave his life for persists and lives on through the work and mission of the Loveland Initiative. Nowhere was this more evident than at the Loveland Initiative’s 10th annual Dr. King’s Holiday Celebration held at the Loveland Middle School Jan. 20.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Safe Communities, Inc. are remaining vigilant and staying focused on traffic safety in Clermont County. In 2007, there were a total of 10 fatal traffic crashes in which 11 people were killed. Of those 10 crashes, two were alcohol related and three were drug related (one involved cocaine and two involved marijuana).
County residents Shirley Gibbons and Jan Schoellman have been recognized for their service and dedication to the success of the annual Clermont County Fair. Goshen resident Shirley Gibbons, who is on the Clermont County Agricultural Society Board of Directors (and has been involved with the fair close to 30 years), received a recognition certificate for her outstanding contributions from Ohio Agricultural Director Robert Boggs.
Come November, Democratic candidate for Clermont County Recorder Terry McCoy will face one of two Republican challengers for the seat. With no incumbent running in this election, the voters will be asked to choose from candidates Deborah Clepper and Roger Maham this March to complete the ballot for the general election.
Mercy Hospital Clermont celebrated the opening of its new intensive care unit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception Jan. 18. The brand new $4.5 million ICU marks the completion of the second phase of a three phase expansion project at the hospital.
The Batavia Middle School’s eighth grade language arts students received an honorable mention at this year’s National Engineer’s Week Future City Competition, Ohio Region. The gifted program eighth grade students who competed in the annual competition, which was held in Columbus Jan. 19, joined the more than 30,000 students in 1,100 middle schools in 38 nationwide regions that participated.