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County approves rate hike

Customers of the Clermont County Water and Sewer Department will notice an increase to their 2009 water and sewer bills.

Hike and Bike Trail project gets boost with grant

The Williamsburg to Batavia Hike and Bike Trail is a little closer to a reality after a grant approval was received, according to Williamsburg Mayor Mary Ann Lefker. During the council meeting held Thursday, Jan. 8, Mayor Lefker announced that a Transportation Enhancement Grant in the amount of $516,468 has been approved.

Dugle is new Deltec president

When Thomas Dugle opened the doors of Deltec in 1973, he was not only building a component fabricating plant, but he was also creating a legacy which is now heading into the third generation. On Dec. 29, 2008, the presidency of Deltec that had been entrusted to Thomas Dugle’s son, Chris Dugle, was passed on to his grandson, Jason Dugle.

Police chief sues local law enforcement officials

New Richmond Police Chief David Willoughby filed a federal lawsuit Friday, Jan. 9, in U.S. District Court, in Cincinnati, and claims that he was manhandled and his wife and children were traumatized when guns were pointed at them during a search of their house by law enforcement officials. An investigation into allegations of menacing by stalking and voyeurism began in August 2008 by Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Karen Rebori.

West Clermont to break ground for new schools

The West Clermont School District has plans to break ground for two new elementary schools Friday, Jan. 16. They will break ground 1 p.m. for Amelia Elementary and 2:30 p.m. for Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary. The buildings to be replaced were both built during the 1930s and are two of the oldest buildings in the district.

Local soldiers recognized by county

Clermont County Commissioners and local officials recently honored two area men who have just returned from tours of duty in Iraq. United States Air Force Major Jonathan Royer, of Owensville and U.S. Army Captain Timothy Messer, of Bethel, addressed the crowd assembled at the commissioners office on Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Camp Allyn program receives its second star

Stepping Stones Center’s preschool program at Camp Allyn in Batavia has received its second star, joining a select club of only 135 preschools in the state to have two-star ratings. The Ohio Step Up to Quality voluntary childcare rating system was initiated by the Ohio Department of Job and Family services barely two years ago.

Amelia Police make pot bust

During a routine traffic stop Saturday, Jan. 3, officers from the Amelia Police Department discovered three pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $5,000.

West Clermont Schools start new reading program

West Clermont Local Schools are participating in a breakthrough literacy intervention program known as RAVE-O, or retrieval, automaticity, vocabulary, engagement, orthography. The name refers to many of the different ways the human mind processes information as it reads and is generally a reference to the fluency side of reading.

Batavia to fill council vacancy

Batavia village councilwoman Suzanne Gregg has resigned her seat, and village officials are soliciting letters of interest from residents interested in filling the position. Mayor John Thebout read Gregg’s letter to council at its regular meeting Jan. 5. In the letter, Gregg thanked voters for their trust and support, and encouraged residents to get involved in village government.


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