One month after the sudden fatal bridge collapse in Minnesota, the Clermont Engineer’s Office would like the public to know that the more than 400 bridges in the county are structurally sound and pose no threat to public safety. For decades now, the engineer’s office has had a comprehensive plan in place in regard to the inspection, maintenance, repair, and replacement of county bridges.
The Clermont Northeastern Local School District has received an “Effective” rating on its annual report card from the Ohio Department of Education. “We know that we still have some work to do to achieve an excellent rating from the state,” said superintendent Neil Leist. “The district is doing a lot of things right and I am relatively pleased with the scores. As superintendent, I look at the positive things about the report card right away.”
The Batavia High School will now fly a beacon of support for soldiers who are either missing in action of prisoners of war. A POW/MIA flag has been donated to the school, and the district has authored a proclamation recognizing the sacrifice of prisoners of war and those who have gone missing in military conflicts around the world.
Recently, Bethel Village Councilman Gary Hutchinson requested that efforts be made to change the speed limit on the eastern side of town. According to Hutchinson, the 35 mph speed limit on state Route 125/Plane Street is too much given the large number of children who live and play in the area.
Tutoring and ice cream? Sounds like a delicious match made in educational heaven. Kathy’s Kids Tutoring and Eric’s Ice Cream Parlor, two businesses owned and operated by the Merman family, are now open for business in Kennedy’s Landing, a new strip mall center off Glen-Este Withamsville Road.
A “dry hydrant” will soon be available for fighting fires in eastern Batavia Township after board action at the Batavia Township board of trustees. Last week, they approved a joint-easement plan with Williamsburg Township to allow the installation of the fire hydrant, which will draw water from a pond instead of from a water line. Paul Berringer of the Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District spoke on behalf of the plan, which would give firefighters a much-needed boost in that area, should a fire ever occur.
Renee King, Felicity-Franklin Middle School Teacher and Gifted Intervention Specialist, has been awarded the Planet Orange Financial Literacy Award from ING DIRECT, the nation’s largest direct bank.
The Bethel Village Council is hoping to clean up a dangerous and frustrating problem at the westernmost traffic light in town, where motorists attempting to beat traffic have caused numerous accidents in past weeks looping through parking lots to catch lights. The dangerous synchronized routine has caused frustration in the village, as well as injuries, and has the council baffled as to a solution.
A 2-year-old girl named Cecilia Slaby was found dead inside her mother’s parked car in the Glen Este Middle School parking lot Aug. 23. Slaby had been left in a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV vehicle by her mother, Glen Este Middle School Assistant Principal Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby, while she attended an in-service day for school staff and administration to prepare for the first day of school Aug. 23.
Several dangling issues were tied up at the Aug. 27 Bethel Village Council meeting, including a county inspection of a building that had been described at the previous meeting as a clear and present danger to the residents of the village. According to village business owner Russ Whitley, an abandoned structure on the west end of town behind the Sunoco station was in danger of collapse.