The Ohio Department of Education released the results of school report cards for the 2008-2009 school year Aug. 25. According to the report, more districts have earned a rating of effective or higher than in the previous 10 years. More than 85 percent of school districts and almost 72 percent of school buildings received ratings of effective or higher.
Voters in the village of Batavia will be deciding on a one-quarter percent earnings tax on election day. The tax, which council voted to place on the Nov. 3 ballot to pay for safety services, will raise an additional $175,000 for the village, according to fiscal officer Anne Lock.
Union Township Administrator David Duckworth reported on the progress of the State Route 450/Union Gateway Project when the board of trustees met Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Two Clermont County residents were arrested on Thursday, Aug. 27 in connection with a “Murder for Hire” scheme. According to Clermont County Sheriff A. J. “Tim” Rodenberg, Michael Gray, 33 of Loveland and Mary Woodrey, 50, of Loveland, had made arrangements to eliminate a 7-year-old victim of a sexual assault which took place in Clermont County in May 2008.
The Clermont County Board of Elections held a special meeting to certify issues for the upcoming November general election. One state issue will be on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 3. A casino initiative will ask voters to approve an amendment to the Ohio constitution to authorize a single casino within each of the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
A number of road projects in Clermont County are utilizing funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to Clermont County Engineer Patrick Manger. The projects are estimated to cost $2,464,600, the maximum provided by the Federal Highway Administration.
Milford High School Principal Ray Bauer, 63, of Mason, collapsed after exercising and died Saturday, Aug. 29. According to superintendent Robert Farrell, the high school assistant principals were busy on Sunday, Aug. 30, contacting each member of the faculty to notify them of his death. The high school staff members met at the school on Sunday evening to make plans for Monday.
A large number of family, friends and former co-workers of Lois Brown Dale had an opportunity to share their memories of one of Clermont County’s trail blazers during a memorial celebration of her life on what would have been her 92nd birthday, Thursday, Aug. 27. The celebration was held in the Lois Brown Dale Friendship Center which was named in her honor.
The Inter Parish Ministry has been helping families throughout Clermont County with emergency food, clothing and assistance programs for more than 40 years. The group was started when four churches from three denominations saw a need and developed a pantry in Newtown.
The Veterans Administration mobile health clinic will be at the bike show, held at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and Sunday, Aug. 30.