Batavia Township trustees met Tuesday, May 19 to discuss plans for a war memorial. A humvee donated by BAE Systems more than two years ago will serve as the focal point for the memorial. A Military War Memorial Committee was established to raise funds for the memorial, but recently turned over ownership of the memorial along with the keys to the humvee to township officials.
A Clermont County resident was welcomed home during the Clermont County Commissioners meeting Wednesday, May 20. United States Army Staff Sergeant Chad Keirns, of Amelia, has returned to the states after serving a third tour of duty in the mideast. Keirns recently completed a year-long deployment to Afghanistan where he flew unmanned reconnaissance aircraft for the 101st Airborne Division.
The weather cooperated for students at Willowville Elementary School on Friday, May 22 when the school hosted its 32nd Annual Memorial Day Parade. The school has been celebrating Memorial Day with a parade since 1977.
Strong storms passed through Clermont County Saturday evening. The storms produced thunder, dime-sized hail, and several funnel clouds. There were no reports of damage. This video was shot just east of Bethel.
The Union Township Trustees came up against a difficult situation during their meeting on Tuesday, May 12. A public hearing for a planned development major amendment requested by Kevin Siler was met with opposition by residents who live near the business. The business in question is located on Tealtown Road and is the only business in the residential area. A zoning change that took place in 1958 has resurfaced, causing concern and leaving more questions than answers.
The Village of Williamsburg will receive $10,000 from the Clermont County economic incentive package toward promoting job retention in the county. The commissioners approved a resolution to release the funds at their meeting on Wednesday, May 13. In March 2009, Williamsburg was awarded funds for two separate water projects that include raising and rehabilitating the North Eighth Street water tower.
At a special meeting Monday, May 18, Bethel council members voted that Bethel Police officer Merv Clemmons will be layed off from the police department effective May 18. Accounting errors dating back to 2004 have resulted in the village having to move funds from the general fund and subsequently creating a shortage in that fund.
The Clermont County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 649 is planning to add a memorial to Veterans Park in Union Township. John Pettigrew, a representative with the local chapter presented the planned memorial to Union Township officials during their meeting Tuesday, May 12.
During the Union Township Trustee meeting Tuesday, May 12, administrator David Duckworth introduced billing policies and procedures as a means to increase revenue and recoup costs incurred by the fire and emergency medical services department.
The Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission honored three Clermont County veterans Wednesday, May 13. The men were inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at the CCVSC offices. A total of 20 veterans throughout the state were selected for the Hall of Fame and 14 of those selected served during the Vietnam era. A ceremony for all the Ohio inductees was held May 1, at Veteran’s Plaza in Columbus.