A presidential inauguration is always an historic event, but the swearing-in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States always will be especially significant for a group of area students. A number of local students visited Washington D.C. not only for the historical inauguration, but also for a tour of the nation’s capitol.
In a special meeting Friday, Jan. 30 the Bethel-Tate Local School District Board of Education decided to put a 5.9 mill emergency property tax on the ballot for Tuesday, May 5. After a presentation by Paul Fallon, with Fallon Research, the board discussed its options and agreed that asking the voters for an increase in property tax was the best choice.
Times are hard for everyone, especially the working poor who don’t qualify for government assistance, but there is a place in Amelia where everyone can go for basic necessities. Grace and Mercy Outreach, Inc. is providing a place of comfort and hope for many people in the area and they have been operating on a shoestring budget for the past seven years.
Clermont County voters cast their ballots in three separate special elections Tuesday, Feb. 3 and their votes echoed a resounding “no” to increased taxes. Union Township residents showed up at the polls and voted against a 5.9 mill levy which would have sustained the current level of safety services within the township. With a vote of 2,888 against the tax levy and 969 for the levy, the township will be looking for ways to trim its operating budget.
The entire midwestern section of the country was hit with a major winter storm last week and it affected the local area beginning Tuesday, Jan. 27. After six inches of snow fell, the area saw the weather switch over to sleet and then freezing rain in most areas of Clermont County an inch of ice caused tree limbs and power lines to snap under the weight. An additional four inches of snowfall added extra weight and compounded the problems.
Students in the Environmental Science Club at Amelia Middle School, under the leadership of teachers Nancy Holcomb and Debbie Barclay, have been working on a recycling project since the beginning of December 2008. For eight weeks students throughout the school have been bringing in magazines and catalogs hoping to have enough to build a tower 100 feet tall.
A drug investigation on Thursday, Jan. 22, led to the arrest of Michael Curtis, 28, of Pierce Township. Curtis was charged with weapons under disability a felony of the 3rd degree and made a court appearance on Friday, Jan. 23, in Municipal Court.
Perintown United Methodist Church, located at 1260 US Highway 50, will hold a musical concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. The concert will be followed by a lasagna dinner. Everyone is welcome.
The Clermont County Parks District is seriously looking at the former Bethel water treatment plant as a park according to Councilman Tim Cherry. Cherry reported on the progress of the project to Bethel Council members at its meeting Monday, Jan. 26.
With family budgets stretched and the value of a dollar shrinking, the Clermont County Ohio State University Extension office has some valuable tips to help with family meal planning.