Five candidates running for Clermont County commissioner participated in a forum held on the U.C. Clermont college campus Feb. 7. The two-hour candidate forum, which was sponsored by the college and the Clermont County League of Women Voters, was attended by approximately 175 people and included Democrat Theresa Conover, Republican Ed Humphrey, Republican incumbent Mary Walker, Democrat Alex Lambros, and Republican Archie Wilson.
Eleven excellent musicians from the Batavia High School and seven from the middle school auditioned for and were chosen to perform in this year’s Land of Grant Honor Band. The Land of Grant Honor Band is a four-county honors band that performs a special community concert at the beginning of every school year.
The children of convicted murderers Liz and David Carroll will temporarily remain in the custody of David Carroll’s mother Debra Hounshell. Clermont County Juvenile Court judge Stephanie Wyler handed down the custody decision regarding the children of Liz and David Carroll in a courtroom hearing Jan. 28.
Strong winds stemming from a thunderstorm last week left portions of one Williamsburg area business scattered across a field. Creager Storage, an indoor storage service for large items like boats and campers, lost a large portion of one of the main buildings last week when straight-line winds literally lifted it up and set it down in a nearby field.
The Batavia Township Board of Trustees shared the stage in a joint meeting Tuesday night with the Village of Batavia in a joint gathering, which in part was held to discuss the jointly-operated Batavia Union Cemetery. Honored during the meeting were former cemetery workers Butch and Charlene Castle, as well as cartographer Bud Lung.
Clermont County residents are having their say regarding the State Route 32 Corridor Study. The Clermont County Engineer’s Office, the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District (CCTID), and M.E. Companies Inc. offered two open houses last week to provide all concerned parties and stakeholders a chance to get involved in the very beginning stages of the proposed corridor.
The village of New Richmond and Purdue Pharma are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who robbed the Berry Pharmacy last month. New Richmond Police Chief David Willoughby said that the department is following several leads and tips, but no arrests have been made as of yet.
The village of Bethel is recovering from damage caused by a storm Tuesday evening. The nature of the damage was still being assessed the morning after, as were the conditions that caused it. According to Village Administrator Michael Shiverski, the cause of the village’s woe could have been anything from a strong wind to something possibly worse.
A man died Sunday in the Clermont County jail of a suspected heart attack as he was serving time for a DUI offense. Charles J. Farsing, 53, was serving time for the offense and was scheduled to be released on Oct. 3, but died late Feb. 3. According Sheriff Tim Rodenberg, jail staff members attempted emergency first aid, but the effort was in vain.
Four Clermont County high schools competed in the American Mock Trial Association’s annual competition held in county courtrooms Feb. 1. The high schools representing Clermont County included New Richmond, Batavia, Glen Este, and Clermont Northeastern. Ohio’s largest academic competition, the mock trials are designed to allow students to play the dual roles of attorneys and witnesses and to also be prepared to argue both sides of a case.