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Contract with administrator terminated by trustees

It was business as usual at the Union Township Trustees meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14 until the trustees went into a three-hour executive session. “We terminated our contract with administrator David Duckworth after a long discussion in executive session on Jan. 14,” said trustee Bob McGee.

Local missionaries leave Haiti hours before quake

The tiny country of Haiti experienced a 7.0 earthquake at 4:53 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. The effects of that quake are being felt around the world and a number of families in Clermont County have been dealing with the aftershocks of the quake. A delegation of three missionaries from Bethel United Methodist Church arrived in Haiti on Dec. 29, 2009 to help with needs at the TLC Barefoot School.

Workers at Developmental Disability Workshop learn about creating art

A group of 20 budding artists had an opportunity during the week of Jan. 11 to find out more about creating art and utilizing the artwork to benefit the Developmental Disability Workshop in Clermont County. Leaders of the workshop invited Patty Mitchell, of Athens, a field representative of the Ohio Arts Council, to bring her experience as an art instructor to the workshop.

Grant enables shelter to pay off mortgage

A grant of $55,000 from the Hatton Foundation will enable the James Sauls Homeless Shelter to pay off the mortgage. The shelter, which was officially opened in December of 2008, cost $524,000 to build. In 2007 the Hatton Foundation gave the shelter $200,000 toward that cost of construction. Now the foundation is going to finish paying the mortgage which will free-up money from their operating budget to cover the cost of staffing.

One dead in crash in Bethel

A Bethel man died in a crash at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 at 2130 State Route 133 in Bethel. According to Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg, the crash was a result of a female driver, Misty Combs, 27, of Cincinnati, doing doughnuts in a field with a pickup truck. The truck struck a tree killing the passenger, Todd Reed, 42, of 2130 State Route 133.

UC Clermont College makes plans to expand

During a meeting of the Batavia Township Trustees Tuesday, Jan. 5, plans to expand the University of Cincinnati – Clermont classrooms to the former Ford plant were unveiled. During the meeting, trustees approved a zoning overlay district for the plant and heard plans from developers, Ohio Realty Advisors.

Pride named interim director at Job and Family Services

Clermont Department of Job and Family Services Fiscal Officer Mike Pride is serving as interim director of the agency, following the resignation of Tim McCartney.

Township officials approve overlay district

Batavia Township trustees have approved a special planning overlay district for the former Ford plant on state Route 32. At a public hearing Jan. 5, the board heard a presentation by zoning consultant Jonathan Wocher about the modifications needed to establish an overlay district. “The existing underlying zoning designations will not be changed by the creation and application of the Batavia Road Industrial Area Special Planning Overlay District,” said Wocher.

Bethel student tased while resisting arrest

A 16-year-old Bethel-Tate High School student was tasered Monday, Jan. 4 while resisting arrest in a crowded hallway at the school. Bethel Police Chief Mark Planck was accompanying Clermont County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Seng, who was going to bring the student to the sheriff’s office for questioning.

Copper thieves arrested

Two Union Township men are in custody after a search warrant resulted in the recovery of a large amount of copper coils from stolen air conditioning units. According to the Union Township Police Department, a search warrant was issued for a residence at 780 Ohio Pike.


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