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New Richmond to implement 1 percent income tax

The deregulation of the electric industry has decreased annual revenue received from the Beckjord Power Plant for the Village of New Richmond. This decrease, coupled with the current recession, has resulted in the need for the village to implement a 1 percent income tax to generate needed revenue.

Owensville loses a great supporter

The Village of Owensville lost a staunch supporter on Saturday, Nov. 28 with the death of Agnes Cecelia Schmidt Gauche. Mrs. Gauche was born March 21, 1919. She was 90 when she died. After the death of her husband, Stanley Gauche, Agnes Gauche approached council in 1999 to state her intention to donate her home and nine acres to the village.

County trims operating budget by $4.5 million

With operating revenues declining for two years in a row, the Clermont County Board of Commissioners took a hard look at how to balance the budget and made the decision Monday, Nov. 23 to cut $4.5 million from the general fund budget. According to board of commissioners President Ed Humphrey, the largest pieces of the operating expense pie are the criminal justice department and the general government.

Christmas celebrated in Batavia Township

A large crowd of students, their families and area residents were on hand at Batavia Township Community Center on Tuesday, Dec. 1, to take part in the annual tree lighting ceremony. The Batavia Middle School Choir, under the direction of Emily Smith, entertained the crowd with a number of Christmas songs and invited the audience to sing along.

Walvoord home is Batavia Property Improvement Award winner

In 1883, Dr. C. E. Belt envisioned an English style cottage at the corner of Market and Broadway streets in Batavia. His dream became a reality and according to a mechanical drawing and article in The Clermont Sun on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1887, the outward appearance of the home was peculiar to the area.

Adopt a senior during the holiday season

In every community, there are many who are living on a fixed income that has senior citizens deciding whether to purchase food, warm clothes, or medicine. They can afford one but not all three. Clermont Senior Services is looking for individuals, families, civic groups, churches, and businesses willing to donate items to make the holidays a little brighter for hundreds of needy older members of our community.

Tree lighting to be held in Batavia Township

The annual Christmas tree lighting will be held from 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Batavia Township Community Center. Children are encouraged to bring a Christmas ornament and help decorate the 14-foot Christmas tree. Santa Claus will be in attendance, and local children will sing carols. Punch and cookies will be served. For more information, call (513) 732-3888.

Amelia gives nod to balanced growth program

When Amelia council met Monday, Nov. 16, members heard about an upcoming initiative for balanced growth in the Middle East Fork Watershed Region. Becky McClatchey, coordinator for Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District, explained to council that the district is seeking to become part of a two-year planning grant for the Middle East Fork watershed region.

Bethel school board to gather data before proceeding

A crowd of concerned residents were on hand at the Bethel-Tate School Board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 17. Two residents voiced their opinions about why an operating levy failed at the polls on Nov. 3. Bethel resident Steve Dahlheimer said the board should have gone door to door if necessary to get the support needed to pass the levy.

Guilty pleas entered in murder for hire case

Three Milford residents were in Clermont County Common Pleas Court on Nov. 19 facing charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. Michael Gray, 33, his mother Belinda Gray, 50 and girlfriend Mary Woodrey, 50, were all arrested in August for making arrangements to eliminate a 7-year-old victim of sexual assault and her mother


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