The shortage in the general fund in the Village of Bethel has resulted in some changes in the police department. Bethel council members voted to eliminate one full time police officer during their meeting on Monday, May 11. In view of a recent state audit revealing an accounting error dating back to 2004, the general fund in Bethel has been depleted and council members are taking steps to help with the recovery.
An Amelia man was arrested Thursday, May 7 in Clermont County and taken to the Warren County Jail on charges of criminal child enticement. Lonnie Gene Kennedy, 54, of Amelia, is being held in the Warren County Jail on a $350,000 bond.
A crowd of residents, government officials and local pastors gathered on the steps of the Clermont County Courthouse Thursday, May 7 to pray during the 58th annual National Day of Prayer observance.
Some of the top seniors at Amelia High School were recognized Friday, May 1, as they signed letters of intent to attend the colleges of their choice. The event was held in the Performing Arts Center. Representatives from area colleges were on hand to welcome the students and meet with their family members during the event. Representatives from each of the colleges were at the event to welcome the students and presented them with T-shirts from their future schools. Many of the students had been accepted at a number of colleges and universities and were required to make their selection by May 1.
A community of grateful Clermont County citizens was given an opportunity to show their respect to Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Mark “Tony” Wojciechowski last week. SSgt. Wojciechowski, 25, died on Thursday, April 30, while supporting combat operations in Anbar province, in Iraq. He was part of a Marine Corps bomb squad and died as a result of a bomb blast.
The Clermont County Grand Jury met Wednesday, April 29 and decided the cases against 16 individuals resulting in 24 charges. Sixteen individuals have been indicted by the Grand Jury for drug trafficking in and around the Village of Felicity.
The Bethel-Tate Board of Education met Wednesday, April 22 and approved Superintendent Jim Smith’s recommendation to freeze administrative and exempt employees’ salaries for the 2009-2010 school year. The pay freeze results in a savings to the district of $200,000, which equates to saving three teacher positions. The elimination of five positions was also approved by the board in accordance with planned cuts.
A California based realty group was accompanied by a large entourage from Clermont County for a tour of the Ford Plant in Batavia Wednesday, April 22. The Industrial Realty Group, from Los Angeles, Calif., is currently seeking to purchase the former Ford Plant.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Batavia Post was the first post in Ohio to test the Intoxilyzer 8000, the machine was first used on Saturday, May 2. The new machine is designed to test the breath of drivers suspected of operating a motor vehicle under the influence and is currently used with the consent of the driver.
A state audit has revealed an accounting error which is currently being addressed by Bethel Village Administrator Travis Dotson. He reported the findings to council members during its meeting Monday, April 27. A recent meeting with state auditors in completing the 2004-2005 audit and 2006-2007 audit uncovered accounting issues.