The weather cooperated on Saturday, Aug. 8, when 114 runners and walkers converged on Burke Park for the first 10K run and 5K walk in the village of Bethel. The event, sponsored by Bethel Building and Loan, had participants ranging in age from 14 to 70.
When the Batavia Township trustees met Tuesday, Aug. 4 they agreed to approach the Clermont County engineer concerning a confusing section of road. The township currently maintains a section of Chapel Road east of state Route 132 while the county is responsible for maintaining Mt. Holly Road. The end of Mt. Holly Road jogs onto the end of Chapel Road for a very short section before it ends at state Route 222.
During an audit of Bethel’s finances by the state auditor’s office, a discrepancy in the mayor’s court account was discovered and subsequently Laurie Taylor, who was responsible for the account, was charged with two counts of theft in office. On Aug. 5, Taylor pleaded guilty to the charges in Clermont County Common Pleas Court.
An issue that was brought before Bethel Council during its meeting of July 27, was addressed by Solicitor George Leicht Monday, Aug. 10. Jim Royce, owner of Sunrise Lake, expressed an interest in annexing his 20-acre property into the village.
In spite of soggy weather, Bethel Police and Fire Departments, as well as representatives of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, met with the public in Burke Park on Tuesday, Aug. 4 for National Night Out. The 26th annual crime prevention event is held each year in an effort to unite law enforcement agencies and the public. More than 15,000 communities throughout the country participate in the night out.
During the summer, some American Recovery and Reinvestment funding made its way into Clermont County through a special collaboration of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The partnership created jobs for Ohio youth ages 16 – 24 as part of the Recovery Conservation Corps. The Summer Youth Program locally created jobs for five young Clermont Countians to help improve parks, trails and natural assets.
Clermont County Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday, Aug. 11 located a Jackson Township man missing since Sunday. Bernard Martin, 79, of 4927 Burdsall Road, was found dead in a heavily wooded area across a creek near his residence. Martin was reported missing from his residence by his daughter at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Martin had been last seen at his residence by another relative Saturday, Aug. 8 at approximately 2 p.m.
With the deregulation of the electric industry the Village of New Richmond stands to see a decline in revenue over the next few years. The village had been receiving revenue from the Beckjord Power plant in the amount of $292,347 annually.
There have been many books about World War II fallen heroes and one of those relates the wartime experiences of Easy Company, which was part of 101st Airborne Division. An Amelia man, Harold Webb, was a member of that company and he was 19 when he lost his life while in combat in Belgium.
The Bethel-Tate Board of Education met in a special session on Thursday, Aug. 6 to approve a resolution asking the board of elections to put a 4.3 mill tax levy on the ballot in November.