The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has issued unemployment figures for Ohio for the month of February and the current rate of unemployment is 9.4 percent, up from 8.8 percent in January. According to the data, Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased by 7,600 over the month from 5,208,000 in January to 5,200,400 in February. The percentage of Clermont County unemployed workers is now at 9.7 percent.
On Saturday, April 11, Emmanuel United Methodist Church, in Batavia, will open its doors from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and invite young women to visit its first free prom dress shop. Organizers have been accepting prom dress donations since February and have more than 100 dresses ready to give away.
A friendly competition between the morning and afternoon Curves members and staff brought in more food during the month of March than owner Lee Ann Hermann ever imagined. Each year, in March, Curves participates in an international initiative to help stock local food pantries. Curves has a staff of four who coached the 142 members of the club to bring in food and toiletries during the month of March.
Union Township Administrator David Duckworth reported on the progress of the State Route 450 Gateway Project to the trustees during their meeting Tuesday, March 24. The required Ohio Department of Transportation modification study is expected to be done sometime in April.
The parish community of St. Bernadette Catholic Church gathered Sunday, March 29 to break ground for a new, long-awaited church building. A cold breeze and drizzle did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of parishioners who sang and prayed, shovels in hand, as they stood around what will be the outside wall of the new church. “The sun in shining down upon us, we just can’t see it right at this moment,” the Rev. Bill Stockelman said as the ceremony began.
At the conclusion of the Amelia Village Council meeting Monday, March 16, council members accepted the resignation of Amelia Village Administrator Mark Menz. In the face of the upcoming May 5 election, Menz has been limited in his role as administrator.
New Richmond High School recently held an inaugural event to induct two members into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame. During the winter concert held on March 10, two charter members were recognized along with three additional members.
Amelia Village Solicitor Laura Abrams received a letter dated March 16 from Pam Barker of the “Dissolve Amelia Now” group. In her letter, Barker alleged that the Union Township Fire Department had breached a contract with the village by failing to staff the department in accordance with the contract.
It was a sweep for Clermont County. The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s (OHSAA) Southwest District board awarded Richard Crawford of Amelia and Enos Pennington of New Richmond for their outstanding and long years of work. Crawford and Pennington received Media Service Award plaques. Emphasis for the earning of these plaques is on sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity.
New Richmond Police Chief David Willoughby was indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury Wednesday, March 18 on six charges. He has been on administrative leave with pay since Sept. 22, 2008 and has been under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation on complaints of using village property for personal use and improper use of a special computer for law enforcement.