Clermont County Safe Communities and the Clermont County Office of Public Information presented the fourth annual “Mocktails” event at the county’s medical social services building Dec. 2. This year’s mocktail mania event attracted eleven participants who all created a mocktail alternative to alcoholic beverages.
The man responsible for the death of Union Township native and fallen soldier Matt Maupin has been killed in Iraq. In a report released by the U.S. Department of Defense last week, coalition forces have positively identified Iraqi national Hajji Hammadi, also known as Hammadi Awdah Abd Farhan and Abd-al-Salam Ahmad Abdallah al-Janabi, as one of the men killed in a Nov. 11 Baghdad security operation.
Bethel is planning a ‘Down Home Christmas’ Dec. 6. The sixth year for the event, the ‘Down Home Christmas’ is a way for the village’s churches and businesses to celebrate the holidays by holding special events for residents to enjoy. Beginning at 9 a.m., the Bethel Music Boosters will sponsor a reservation-only breakfast with Santa Claus to be held at the Bethel-Tate High School.
An overturned truck at the intersection of Herold Road and Route 32 had traffic backed up for a couple of hours Nov. 19. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting that at approximately 10:25 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 19, Fayetteville resident Sandra A. Woody, 49, traveling east on Route 32 in a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am, attempted a left turn onto Herold Road.
Damian Young has received a recognition award by the Batavia Township Board of Trustees. Young was honored at the trustee’s regular Nov. 17 meeting for his recent work on completing a walking, hiking, and jogging trail at the new Batavia Township Community Center’s park.
The Bethel-Tate Board of Education will be implementing a million dollars in spending cuts by July 1, 2009. In its first post-election board meeting Nov. 20, Bethel-Tate’s Board of Education, meeting before a crowd of more than 200 people, informed the public that, since the earned income tax levy failed Nov. 4, the promised school district cuts were now imminent.
Airman first class Jeff M. Clark will be departing for his first deployment to Iraq next month. The Clermont County native, who was recognized and honored for his upcoming service to his country by the Clermont County Board of Commissioners Nov. 19, said that he was very humbled by the recognition.
In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, The River Valley Longbeards, the Clermont County chapter of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation (NWTF), donated more than 100 turkeys to the Clermont County YWCA food pantry Nov. 21. This year, the NWTF’s Turkey Hunters Care Program, which is in its fourth year, teamed up with the Clermont County 4-H Program and the Clermont County Farm Bureau to provide needy families in the area with not just turkeys, but a complete and traditional Thanksgiving meal.
A welding class at the Grant Career Center has built a new leaf box for the village of Amelia. The blue leaf box, which is affixed to one of the the village’s public works trucks, will be used to catch the leaves, brush, and wood chips that the village clears from village streets, sidewalks, and parking lots every day.
Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg was re-elected this November, and in January will begin his fourth term in the office he has held since 1996. Rodenberg ran unopposed in the election, and in fact hasn’t faced an opponent since the primary race before he was elected to his first term.