Four Clermont County Jail officers were notified Monday, Jan. 26 that their jobs were being cut effective in March. Late last year the county commissioners stated that because of limited revenues and resources no pay raises would be given to county employees in 2009.
Sometimes the things that irritate us can be turned into something positive. That is what happened with Ashley Young, an eighth grade student at Batavia Middle School. Young was recently recognized by the Batavia Local School Board for a video project about name calling. She presented the project to the board during its December meeting.
It’s not every day that you find a dog in school, especially in a reading class, but at Batavia Elementary, Lizzie visits the school twice a week and helps students who are learning to read. Jan Blankemeyer, a Title I teacher at Batavia Elementary and her golden doodle, Lizzie, are part of the Reading Education and Assistance with Dogs Program.
Amelia Village Administrator Mark Menz reported on the remodeling project for the village offices during the Amelia Village Council meeting Monday, Jan. 19.
The Clermont County Engineer’s Office is preparing for what could be the first significant winter storm of the season. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the area for tonight through Wednesday morning; between three and five inches of snow mixed with ice, sleet, and freezing rain is possible.
Wayne Township and two trustees Dennis Elchlinger and Paul Ritchey along with fiscal officer Sandra Borchers were named in a complaint filed in December 2008 in Clermont County Common Pleas Court by attorney Curt Hartman. Wayne Township resident Allen Carrier alleges that Sunshine Laws have been violated by trustees Elchlinger and Ritchey and that minutes from three township meetings were withheld when he requested them.
An increasing number of citizens are turning to food stamps to help make ends meet and Clermont County, like many communities across the country, is seeing an ever increasing demand for assistance. Since 2001, the number of citizens receiving food stamps has increased 145 percent in Clermont County; in 2007, one out of 10 citizens received food stamps. Typically, a family of four with gross earnings of no more than $2,238 per month is eligible for food stamps.
An Amelia man, James Reno, and his business, ByteHosting Internet Services, LLC, is involved in a massive “scareware” scheme and at the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has issued a temporary halt to the scheme, which falsely claimed that scans had detected viruses, spyware and illegal pornography on consumers’ computers.
During the Bethel Village Council meeting Monday, Jan. 12, zoning administrator Ron Dunn reported that a total of 34 building permits were issued in 2008, down from 51 permits in 2007. He also shared his plans to network with other villages in the county. With regard to the run-down houses throughout the village he responded that the zoning board is ready to take the next step.
In April 2008 George and Cathy Vandergriff, of Pierce Township, asked for permission to use the meeting room in the Amelia Branch of the Clermont County Public Library for a financial planning seminar. They were initially told that they could use the room. But when they mentioned to the library staff member that they would be quoting passages from the Bible during the seminar, their request was denied because of library policy prohibiting the use of the library for religious purposes.