A week and a half after hurricane winds reached the tri-state, hundreds of Clermont County residents are still without power. Duke Energy workers have been working around the clock since the Sept. 14 windstorm blew out the power to more than a million people to restore service and repair the damage left by the remnants of Hurricane Ike.
State Route 32 was closed for about nine hours on Sunday night after a woman was killed in a serious car accident. The Union Township Police Department is reporting that Batavia resident Alexandria Dierker, 19, was ejected from a 2004 Mercury sport utility vehicle after colliding with a fuel tanker truck at the intersection of Ohio State Route 32 and Old State Route 74.
Kevin Scott Kleinwachter, the 42-year-old man who robbed the RiverHills Bank in New Richmond May 21, pleaded guilty to the charge in a Clermont County Common Pleas Courtroom Sept. 16. Judge Victor Haddad sentenced Kleinwachter to a two-year prison term for the robbery of the RiverHills Bank, which is located at 1041 Old State Route 52 in New Richmond.
A fund-raising walk for those affected and touched by depression and bipolar disorder was held at Union Township’s Veteran’s Park Sept. 20. With almost 100 people participating in the walk, the Batavia bipolar support group raised about $840.
Not being able to cook a decent meal for his family, watch television, or even take a hot shower led Stonelick Township resident J.D. Woessner to bring his family to the Clermont Northeastern High School Sept. 19. After realizing that close to 9,000 people in Clermont County were still surviving without electrical power six days after Hurricane Ike’s 80 mph winds raged across the tri-state, CNE superintendent Neil Leist decided to take some action on his own.
In the wake of ethics allegations against Union Township, the trustees announced last week that they would implement a conflict of interest policy to avoid any perceived ethical transgressions in the future. Board of Trustees Chairman Robert McGee said that this new ethics policy will ensure that the township, and all of its employees, adhere to the strictest ethical guidelines in governing and conducting business in and for the township.
Batavia Township officials are telling all residents that there are two drop-off sites for damaged trees. Rumpke or CSI will take the remaining brush if it is cut in lengths that do not exceed 4 feet in length. The limbs should then be tied in a bundle of not more than 70 pounds.
“We are all here tonight to honor our son Nicholas, and to show solidarity with the loved ones of others.” These words, spoken by Elizabeth Shofstall, whose son Nicholas Colson-Wright, 25, committed suicide earlier in the year, encapsulates why the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board and the Clermont Suicide Prevention Coalition sponsor an annual candlelight vigil.
More than 20 local veteran’s organizations have benefitted from a scam that was uncovered in Clermont County. Miami Township police sergeant John Swing said that in 2005, Union Township resident Clinton Fuston defrauded people into donating money on behalf of the Army/Navy organization, and then he kept the money.
The annual Taste of Clermont was a success, according to organizers. Thousands of people are estimated to have attended the three-day annual event to enjoy the food, music, fun, and camaraderie. But overall, chair Margaret Jenkins said, the event was as successful as organizers had anticipated. Of the 10 restaurants that participated, Manny the Greek took the Best of the Best Taste award.