The Batavia Ridge Club will be celebrating 50 wet and wonderful years of service this spring. The club, which began in 1957, is hoping that past members will turn out at the festivities, and bring memories and pictures along with them. Located on top of the hill on East Main Street in Batavia, the Ridge Club is one of the few community swim clubs still open in the area. Offering classes, activities, and a range of other amenities, the Ridge Club is planning to embark on some improvements this year.
Representatives of Clermont County and Miami Township were on-hand last week to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony at one of the township’s newest businesses. MilAir, a startup business that will be creating and constructing military-grade air conditioners to the armed forces, opened shop for the first time last week in preparation for what is hoped to be a big addition to the county economic system.
Clermont County recently released the Annual Citizen’s Report, a somewhat comprehensive look at what has happened in the county over the past year concerning government and public works.
When it comes to academics, Glen Este High School students have it down to a science. Last month, several Glen Este High School students took top honors at the annual Clermont County Science Challenge. Held on the U.C. Clermont College campus March 20, the annual science challenge is an academic high-school competition designed to determine aptitude of the participating team’s reasoning and logic skills, problem-solving, and scientific/engineering knowledge.
The board of Clermont County commissioners proclaimed April 17 as “UC Clermont Cougars Day” in honor of the local team’s success in the 2006-2007 basketball season. The team finished the season as the national Division II champions, winning 81-72 against Penn State Dubois in Portland, Maine. The win represented the 800th for coach Don Hurley’s career. The team boasts two USCA All American players, Stefan Dunn and Maurice Brown. Dunn said that the team was often at odds due to their egos during the past season.
The Child Focus Foster Care Center, currently located at 988 Ohio Pike in Pierce Township, will soon be relocating its program services to the main Child Focus campus in Mt. Carmel.
A six-month multi-jurisdictional investigation into an interstate theft ring and drug manufacturing ring resulted in an arrest recently, according to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department. Jarrod Messer, 36, was arrested during the course of the investigation and is identified as a primary participant in the illegal activities.
A total of 21 teenagers were arrested on charges of underage drinking at a party house in Miami Township April 11. The Miami Township Police Department had responded to an anonymous complaint call about underage drinking and excessive noise coming from the home in the Paxton South subdivision of homes off Branch Hill/Guinea Pike shortly after midnight.
The Amelia Wal-Mart Supercenter is giving back to the Clermont County community. In a check presentation ceremony and celebration at the Amelia supercenter store April 12, representatives of 16 different Clermont County agencies and organizations were on hand to receive checks totalling more than $15,000.
New Richmond students, from left, Samantha Moore, Chris Werle, Brittany Fowee, Nick Graser and Veronica Mansell help set 1,372 pinwheels in front of the Clermont County Municipal Courthouse. Members of the HI-Y youth service program, the students helped in setting similar displays in two other locations around the county. Each pinwheel represents a case of child abuse or neglect reported to the county last year.