The Clermont County Grand Jury met Wednesday, April 29 and decided the cases against 16 individuals resulting in 24 charges. Sixteen individuals have been indicted by the Grand Jury for drug trafficking in and around the Village of Felicity.
The Bethel-Tate Board of Education met Wednesday, April 22 and approved Superintendent Jim Smith’s recommendation to freeze administrative and exempt employees’ salaries for the 2009-2010 school year. The pay freeze results in a savings to the district of $200,000, which equates to saving three teacher positions. The elimination of five positions was also approved by the board in accordance with planned cuts.
A California based realty group was accompanied by a large entourage from Clermont County for a tour of the Ford Plant in Batavia Wednesday, April 22. The Industrial Realty Group, from Los Angeles, Calif., is currently seeking to purchase the former Ford Plant.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Batavia Post was the first post in Ohio to test the Intoxilyzer 8000, the machine was first used on Saturday, May 2. The new machine is designed to test the breath of drivers suspected of operating a motor vehicle under the influence and is currently used with the consent of the driver.
A state audit has revealed an accounting error which is currently being addressed by Bethel Village Administrator Travis Dotson. He reported the findings to council members during its meeting Monday, April 27. A recent meeting with state auditors in completing the 2004-2005 audit and 2006-2007 audit uncovered accounting issues.
An Amelia man died as a result of a motorcycle crash on Lindale-Mt. Holly Road in Monroe Township Saturday, May 2. Joseph Carpenter, 52, of Amelia, was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle when he ran into a Honda Civic.
The Stonelick Township Trustees announced Matt Rose as their choice for Stonelick Township fire chief Wednesday, April 29. This is the first time a full-time chief has been employed by the township. Rose has been working at the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department since 1998.
West Clermont School District Voters gave the district a thumbs up to an operational levy at the polls on Tuesday, May 5. The levy passed with a vote of 9,045 for and 2,736 against. The West Clermont School Board placed a 6.91 mill continuing levy on the ballot to replace the 7.9 mill five year emergency levy that was due to expire at the end of 2009.
Voters in Amelia went to the polls in support of their village on Tuesday, May 5. Although village officials received a petition signed by 509 registered voters to put the resolution to dissolve the village on the ballot, only 392 voters actually elected to dissolve the village. A total of 842 registered voters cast their ballots in favor of the village.
The United States Department of Defense has announced the death of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski, 25, of Clermont County. Sgt. James McIlvaine, 26, of Olney, Md., was with Wojciechowski and was killed in the same attack in al-Anbar province, Iraq. The two died while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.