Bethel Village Councilman Tim Cherry updated council members about the status of traffic signal upgrades within the village at the meeting on Monday, Feb. 23. Cherry reported that the generator for the back-up for traffic signals was recently lost and that there is a good possibility that ODOT will replace the generator.
The Village of Owensville now has a new police chief. Mike Freeman was sworn in on Feb. 16 and began serving immediately. Freeman has 29 years experience in law enforcement, having served with the Clermont County Sheriff’s office and working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 15 years.
Returning veterans often have a difficult time transitioning back into civilian life after serving in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and when they attempt to enroll in college, the transition is often compounded with numerous forms to fill out, student loans to consider and many times health issues factor in the mix.
West Clermont Local Schools superintendent Gary Brooks announced the next round of budget cuts during the school board meeting on Monday, Feb. 23. District expenditures will be cut by $1.8 million during the 2009-2010 school year. This reduction is the latest in a series of budget cuts totaling $11.5 million that the superintendent and board have implemented since passage of $7.9 million emergency levy in March 2004.
Union Township officials met in special session Wednesday, Feb. 18, to select a township administrator. After receiving 21 applications, narrowing the field to six and conducting interviews with the six, trustees Bob McGee, Timothy Donnellon, and Matthew Beamer agreed on David Duckworth to fill the position.
Sixteen high school teams from the area participated in the regional mock trial competition in Clermont County Friday, Feb. 20. New Richmond High School was the only Clermont County team to compete. They were invited to the regional competition after winning on the local level.
Glen Este High School students were given a unique opportunity to display their artistic talents on Wednesday, Feb. 18, as they under-glazed soup bowls for a charity organization. Not all the students who participated were art majors. Some were from the Art Club, National Honor Society and Key Club.
Batavia Middle School students are planning for the future and had an opportunity to showcase their ideas during The National Engineers Week Future City Competition at COSI, in Columbus, on Jan. 17. The eighth grade students in Mary Bradburn’s language arts class placed third in the state competition and received three additional special awards.
The newly formed Greater Milford Events and Arts Council is ready to help organizers coordinate events and programs and assist in scheduling and hosting new events and programs in the Milford area. The council has 18 charter members and they are seeking more charter members, sponsors, and volunteers.
On Monday, Feb. 9, International TechneGroup Inc., in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering presented the first Jason R. Lemon Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to John Pittenger, of Owensville. Pittenger is a 2008 graduate of Clermont Northeast High School and is currently a freshman in the UC College of Engineering.