The Batavia Township Board of Trustees recently awarded appreciation certificates to several residents for their help in erecting new playground equipment. Township residents and volunteers Ernie Arthur, Dan Haglage, Tom Cole, Dave Schulz, and Tom Berry received the certificates, and many thanks, at the trustees’ Oct. 7 meeting.
Operation Opiate Blocker has lead to the arrest of 61 people in Clermont County for the abuse of and the trafficking in heroin and other opiates. The 61 indictments and subsequent arrests marks the largest drug bust of opiates in the county’s history.
Barb Wiedenbein has announced that she is resigning her position as a trustee of Clermont County’s Union Township in December. Her resignation, announced Oct. 1, will take affect one year before her elected term as a Union Township trustee was scheduled to expire.
Seventeen juveniles in Miami Township will now face charges for engaging in illegal activities at the Community Park off Buckwheat Road. After receiving many resident complaints about teenagers hanging out in the park after school, the Miami Township Police Department decided to take action, said Police Chief Steven Bailey.
The Milford Exempted Village School District is again hoping that voters will support a tax levy that will appear on the ballot next month. If passed, the funds generated from Issue 26 will be used to restore bus transportation to high school students (and those who live within a two-mile radius of the school), buy new textbooks, technology replacement costs, and give a cost of living salary increase for the district’s staff.
Holly Hill Elementary School teacher Vera Edwards has been chosen to be the Sam’s Club 2008 Teacher of the Year. Edwards, who has taught third-grade students at the school since it opened in 1982, received the award and a check during a surprise after-school assembly Oct. 9.
Mark Planck has been sworn in as the new Bethel Police Chief. At the village council’s Oct. 13 meeting, Bethel mayor John Swarthout swore in Planck, who was surrounded by his very proud family members. Planck, who has been a Bethel police officer for the last 21 years, was chosen by village council to replace retiring chief John Wallace.
Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland attended a fund-raiser for democratic candidate Theresa Conover on Oct. 1. The “Barn Raiser,” which was also a rally for all of the local county democratic candidates, attracted about 100 people to the nationally registered historic Miami Township home of Theresa Conover, her husband Scot, and their two young children.
Economics was the issue that dominated the first debate between U.S. Representative Jean Schmidt, Democratic challenger Victoria Wulsin, and Independent candidate David Krikorian. Held at the Anderson Center Oct. 6, the one-hour debate focused on the $700 billion government bailout of the nation’s struggling financial markets, which Schmidt voted in favor of in Congress last week (but voted against the first version).
Bethel native Mark Planck is the new chief of the Bethel Police Department. “I am most looking forward to making the village police department the best it can possibly be,” Planck said. “And in turn, make Bethel the safest village that it can possibly be.” For the last 21 years, Planck has made a career out of law enforcement in the village; he started as a dispatcher for the police department and also a fire department cadet before becoming a full time village police officer in 1988.