The Mental Health Association and the Clermont County Suicide Prevention Coalition held the sixth annual candlelight vigil for suicide victims and their surviving loved ones at the Union Township Veteran’s Park Sept. 11. As part of national suicide prevention week, which was proclaimed by the county Board of Commissioners last week as being Sept. 10-16, the annual vigil was a way to acknowledge and honor all of those who have lost their lives to suicide in 2006-07.
Ralph Nagel, a longtime Clermont Northeastern School District custodian, is retiring. School district administration, staff, and several students honored and celebrated Nagel’s 27 years of dedicated service to CNE with a surprise recognition ceremony and breakfast at the middle school Aug. 30. Since the beginning of his career with the school district, which began on July 14, 1980, Nagel has never once called in sick.
As the anniversary of hurricane Katrina and the terror attacks on Sept. 11 are remembered, fire and EMS agencies such as the Miami Township Fire and EMS are giving residents a chance to get ready to help should another disaster come calling.
The Clermont County Public Library is now offering a new learning language software called Rosetta Stone. Installed in all 10 county library branches as of Sept. 1, the Rosetta Stone language learning success software was acquired as a result of overwhelming requests by the community.
September is being observed nationally as “Preparedness Month,” in an effort to get U.S. citizens motivated to always be prepared for unexpected disasters. Two years ago, hurricane Katrina showed that the price of being unprepared can be disastrous. Over the space of a day, thousands of New Orleans residents became homeless, lost all they owned, or died due to a natural disaster that nobody was prepared to handle.
Felicity-Franklin Superintendent William Shepherd was relatively pleased yet still discontent with an “effective” rating on its annual state report card from the Ohio Department of Education. “I was excited to see that we had maintained our status as effective, but our goal is not to be effective, we all want and need to be excellent,” he said in his office Aug. 24. The Ohio report card, which uses many different criteria in determining an individual school district’s rating, uses a total of 30 indicators.
An unidentified man died last week when a workplace accident resulted in a fall into a gravel pit. According to Lt. Scott Gaviglia of the Union Township Police Department, the man was employed by Evans Gravel, but the deceased worker’s exact relationship with the company is not yet clear.
The Goshen Township Police Department has unveiled a new safety “rollover vehicle” simulator to encourage seat belt use. The rollover vehicle, which simulates how someone can be injured or ejected in a car crash when they are not restrained by safety belts.
Clermont County prosecutors have decided not to pursue any criminal charges against Glen Este Middle School Assistant Principal Brenda Slaby in regard to the tragic death of her 2-year-old daughter Cecilia Slaby. Prosecutor Don White, after the Union Township Police Department concluded its investigation into the child’s death, announced Sept. 4 that no criminal intent could be found to charge Slaby with any crime, saying that it was just a horrible accident.
A grant of half a million dollars is yet another indication that a newly-created county agency is on it’s way to doing big things for local commerce and transportation. The Transportation Improvement District, or TID, was recently granted the money from the state as one of the eight such districts in the state that look for ways to cure local transportation ills while improving commerce in the area.