An area Marine was one of 11 U. S. troops killed in the helicopter crashes in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Monday, Oct. 26. Loveland, was assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 based in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The New Richmond Exempted Village School Board will have three open seats in December 2009 and seven candidates have filed petitions for election. There are two incumbents, current board president Kim Hayden and Kevin Walriven, seeking to retain their seats. The term of board member Ralph Shepherd is expiring and he is not seeking reelection. Michael Bennett is a lifelong resident of Clermont County and the New Richmond School District.
Six candidates are running for the three open seats on the Bethel-Tate School Board. Long-time board member Ed Dyer said he decided last year that he would not run for reelection. However, two incumbents are in the race. Kathy Adams has lived in Bethel for 25 years, she has raised her children in Bethel and says that it is a great place to live.
The problems which have plagued Union Township over the past few years have played a role in the number of candidates who have come forward to seek two open trustee seats. There are 10 candidates interested in serving on the Union Township Trustee board, and two of those candidates are currently serving on the board. Bob McGee is serving his second term on the board and is seeking to retain his seat.
There are five candidates running for four open seats on Amelia Village council. Only one incumbent is seeking reelection. Derrick Campbell was appointed to council on Feb. 18, 2008. He is running for the office of village councilman because he sees it as a way for him to give back to the community and help make the village a better place to live and raise his children.
There are four open seats on Bethel Village Council and four write-in candidates are vying for those seats. Donna Gunn was elected to council in 2005. Because of her current job responsibilities, she initially opted not to run for reelection.
In the past, Batavia Township trustees have nominated community leaders for the Clermont 20/20 Salute to Leaders Award, but this year they are asking for input from community residents for nominations. The 2010 Salute to Leaders represents the 20th anniversary of Clermont 20/20. The 17th Annual Salute to Leaders Awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at Holiday Inn Eastgate.
The Clermont County Park District received word that a cooperative boating facility grant in the amount of $105,000 has been awarded to Chilo Lock 34 Park. The grant is part of a $4.6 million Ohio Department of Natural Resources boating facilities grant. The grants have been awarded to 17 projects throughout the state.
There are five candidates running for four seats on Batavia Village Council. Incumbents Kathy Turner and Robert Handra are running for re-election, and Michael Kinner, Earl Carter, and Steve Staton are running for two open seats. She says that the village’s financial situation is the biggest challenge facing council in the coming years.
The Milford Exempted Village School District has been released from its Fiscal Caution designation by the Ohio Department of Education. The district recently received word of the move in a letter dated Oct. 14 from the Ohio deputy superintendent of public instruction and addressed to Milford Exempted Village School board president Debbie Marques.