A guilty plea was entered in Clermont County Common Pleas Court by Randall Ralston on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, after a plea deal was negotiated with prosecutors. Ralston, 39, of Anderson Township, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of rape and 13 counts of unlawful sexual conduct involving two girls, age 15, whom he coached in a summer basketball league from June through August.
Voters in the West Clermont Local School District will be deciding the fate of a levy on the ballot Tuesday, May 5. The 6.91 mill continuing levy would replace the 7.9 mill five-year emergency levy that was passed in 2004. The current levy expires at the end of 2009. According to Alana Cropper, treasurer for West Clermont Local School District, the substitute levy will generate no additional money for the schools, as it is a continuation of the one in effect now.
Union Township is placing a safety services levy on the ballot in a special election slated for Tuesday, Feb. 3. The proposed 5.9 mill levy would be in addition to the current 4 mills and would provide the community with the same safety services it is now receiving.
After waiting for more than 50 years, the congregation at St. Bernadette Parish in Pierce Township has received an answer to their prayers. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati recently granted permission for the parish to build their long-awaited church. The congregation of St. Bernadette has raised more than $1.6 million and the building is expected to cost $1.7 million.
Williamsburg Local School District is feeling the budget crunch that is plaguing school districts throughout the nation and they will ask voters to help bear the burden in a special election set for Tuesday, Feb. 3. The increase and renewal is for 8.4 mills over a five year period with the increase showing up on the 2010 property tax.
An up-and-coming local photography artist is sharing his work with the public during January at the Riverside Coffee Mill, located 177 S. Riverside Drive, in Batavia. Justin Burwinkel, 19, of Owensville, got started with photography when his older brother was in high school and he discovered that he truly enjoyed taking photographs.
Williamsburg High School students participated in their third blood drive of the school year on Tuesday, Jan. 6. The Hoxworth Bloodmobile was parked in front of the school and technicians directed students through the process of blood donation. Gary Woebkenberg, a recruiter with Hoxworth, said that teacher and librarian Lynnett Lonaker was instrumental in coordinating the blood drive. Students who are 16 are required to bring a permission slip from their parents.
On Dec. 22, Union Township plain clothes police officers Chad Lutson and Chad Bullock responded to Walmart after receiving a call from an officer with Walmart loss prevention. He reported that a man wearing camouflage overalls and a black jacket left the store on foot after shoplifting items from the store.
An Amelia clerk was robbed Friday, Dec. 19. An employee at Advance America, located 1218 State Route 125, in Amelia, was closing the store just before 7 p.m. when a man entered through the front door and demanded money, according to Clermont County Sheriff A. J. “Tim” Rodenberg.
A significant number of whooping cough (pertussis) cases are being reported across Clermont County. While the cases are being reported in various age groups, most are in children between the ages of seven and 11.