“For bugs, they taste all right.” Those words, spoken with somewhat of a grimace by 5-year-old Avery Skaggs after eating a chocolate-flavored cicada, seemed to be the agreed upon consensus by the 30 or so people that tasted cicadas at a celebration honoring the insects at the Chilo Lock #34 Park June 14.
The last transmission produced at the Ford plant rolled off the line Friday, June 13. For nearly 30 years, the 2.4 million square feet Ford plant in Batavia has provided thousands of jobs to Clermont County workers. At it’s peak in 1981, the year the plant opened, Ford employed some 2,635 people.
The three dedicated physicians at the Bethel Regional Family Health Care are committed to providing personal quality family medical care to all of their patients. Doctors Bradley Patterson, Heather Owens, and Oded Zmora joined forces and opened the Bethel location in October of 2006 (they are employed by the Brown County Hospital). Since that time, the Bethel family practice has grown to include hundreds of satisfied patients.
Batavia Local School District voters will decide Aug. 5 on a 9.8 mill bond issue which would pay for the construction of two new schools. If voters approve the bond, a middle school and an elementary school will be built at the site of the high school in Batavia Township. The two new schools would replace the elementary and middle schools currently located within the village.
The village of Amelia is being sued over restrictions on political signs. Tammy Robinson, who could not be found or reached for comment, is suing village officials, claiming that the zoning restrictions concerning placing political signs on her property violate her First Amendment right to free expression.
Bethel residents will soon see increased rates for their electricity, garbage, and water services. Village council passed legislation to establish the new electric rates, new garbage rates, and new water rates at its regular meeting June 9.
U.S. Army Sergeant Nathan Klick has been honored by the Clermont County commissioners for his exemplary military service to the country. Born in Louisiana and raised in Batavia, Klick, 26, recently home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, was recognized by the county commissioners June 3.
Robert Farrell is the new superintendent of the Milford Exempted Village School District. “I want to thank the school board and the citizens of Milford for the opportunity to serve the students of the Milford Exempted School District,” Farrell said. “I am looking forward to being the permanent superintendent of the Milford School District.”
The 46th annual Frontier Days in Milford was once again a great success. Kicking off Milford’s largest annual event last weekend was the festive parade, which was sponsored this year by the Sardinia Concrete Company, and attracted close to 100 participants. The theme of this year’s parade was “Building Bridges Together.”
This year’s Founder’s Day celebration will take place in Bethel’s Burke Park June 20-22. This is the second year for the Founder’s Day festival, which is sponsored by the Burke Park Log Cabin Committee, Coldwell Banker West Shell, and New Point Construction, to celebrate Bethel’s historical heritage.