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Libraries feel effect of budget crunch

The Clermont County Public Library Board of Trustees is scrambling to come up with a plan to balance its budget following reports from the state that funding will be cut an additional 30 percent. The proposed funding cuts come at a time when Ohio’s public libraries are experiencing unprecedented increases in demands for services.

Kids learn at Camp Invention

When their imaginary spacecraft crashes on Planet Zak, local students are put in a position of self-preservation and are faced with saving a polluted city in the process. During Camp Invention, held June 29 – July 2 at Summerside Elementary School, 42 students from grades one – six took part in the creative program.

Charges are filed against two for scam

Union Township officials began investigating a scam on June 9 with a report that two special needs children were going door to door to collect money for summer camp. The children were sent by their mothers, Amie McRoberts, 37, and Catherine Nickell, 41, both of the 600 block of Chateau Drive, to solicit money from residents.

Williamsburg improvements set to move forward

Williamsburg Council accepted a bid for the North 8th Street Water Tower during its meeting Thursday, June 25. The project was awarded to Phoenix Fabricators for a total of $434,750. According to Village Administrator Patti Bates, that cost will raise the tower 46 feet (to the same elevation as the Wildcat Tower). The bid includes providing a high pressure wash, grinding down of rust spots, primer coat and two top coats of paint inside and out.

Child drowns in New Richmond

Clermont County Sheriff’s deputies and Monroe Township EMS officials were dispatched to a residence on Frank Willis Memorial Road, in New Richmond around 9 p.m. Sunday, June 28. The caller reported a possible drowning.

Bethel Police investigate several complaints

Bethel Police Chief Mark Planck reported several issues to council during its meeting Monday, June 22. Planck has investigated complaints about residents parking on the sidewalk along South Main Street.

Union Township to put seasonal employees to work

The Union Township Service Department has partnered with Workforce One of Clermont County and Arbor Education and Training to provide seasonal employment for three to four young people. The seasonal employees will work in the parks and cemetery division under the supervision of regular township employees, at no cost to the township.

July 4 to be celebrated in Moscow

The Village of Moscow is proud once again to offer several events in celebration of Independence Day. The fireworks presentation will be held on Friday, July 3. The fireworks will be presented by American Fireworks with show time commencing at dusk. The music will start at 7 p.m. and will be provided by Rivercity Entertainment. Several local groups will be selling a variety of food and novelty items.

Amelia places solicitor on retainer

The Village of Amelia has been paying solicitor Laura Abrams an hourly rate for advice and services according to Mayor Leroy Ellington. This hourly rate is costing the village in excess of $52,000 a year. “For the last few months Laura and I have been discussing the option of placing her on a retainer,” said Ellington. “I believe this is a good idea for the village.”

Taylor has been charged with theft in office

Criminal charges have been filed against former Bethel police clerk Laurie Taylor after a state audit revealed shortages in the mayor’s court accounts. Laurie Taylor, who had been serving as police clerk, was given the duties of mayor’s court clerk at the end of 2007 when the former clerk retired.

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