Sarah Palin stumped in Clermont County Nov. 2. Held just two days before the nation selected a new president, the political rally for the first-ever female Republican vice-presidential nominee was held at the Clermont County fairgrounds in Owensville Sunday evening.
Just 24 hours before the election polls opened Nov. 4, students at the Merwin and Amelia Elementary Schools participated in mock presidential elections. At Merwin Elementary, students in grades three through five had the opportunity to participate in the nationwide election by casting their votes for president in what is expected to be the largest student vote for a president in history.
Talented students at the Williamsburg Elementary School have taken their artwork global. More than 240 pieces of artwork created by the local students have been selected to be placed on the website Artsonia, one of the world’s largest online art museums for students.
Incumbent Common Pleas Clerk of Courts Barbara Wiedenbein is facing an election challenge from Gregg Conrad in the upcoming Nov. 4 general election. Wiedenbein is a past member of the Clermont County Library Board, on which she served for seven years.
Democrat Victoria Wulsin and independent candidate David Krikorian are challenging Republican incumbent Jean Schmidt for the 2nd district congressional seat. Congresswoman Schmidt, who was first elected to the open seat in August 2005, said that she is proud and humbled to represent the people of the second congressional district.
Bob Proud, a five-term Clermont County Commissioner, is being challenged by local businessman Tom Auxier. Proud is a Republican and is currently the president of the Board of Commissioners.
Basketball coach Randall Ralston has been indicted for one count of rape and 13 counts of unlawful sexual conduct for allegedly having sex with three teenage girls, two of which were members of his summer league basketball team. Ralston, a 39-year-old Anderson Township resident, was indicted by a Clermont County grand jury last week. If found guilty, the coach could be sent to prison for the next 75 years.
Democrat Greg Napolitano and Independent Mary Ann Leech are challenging incumbent Tom Niehaus for the 14th District seat in the Ohio State Senate. Niehaus, who was first elected to represent the 14th district in 2004, is finishing up his first four-year term in the state senate. He is seeking re-election because he wants to continue working and speaking up for the residents of the 14th senate district.
Clermont County is going to receive a $113,000 state grant to help pay for the road improvements related to the brand new headquarters of the Penn Station East Coast Subs restaurant chain. Located along U.S. 50 and Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, the $508,000 future project in Miami Township is also expected to improve the road access to an adjacent 100-acre industrial site, said Clermont County engineer Pat Manger.
Bethel Mayor John Swarthout is urging all village residents to support the one percent earned income tax that will appear on next week’s ballot. “We are asking for your support for our outstanding rated school system,” the mayor said at the village’s regular Oct. 27 council meeting. “There cannot be anything more important than supporting our young people now and in the future.”