Strong storms passed through Clermont County Saturday evening. The storms produced thunder, dime-sized hail, and several funnel clouds. There were no reports of damage. This video was shot just east of Bethel.
The Union Township Trustees came up against a difficult situation during their meeting on Tuesday, May 12. A public hearing for a planned development major amendment requested by Kevin Siler was met with opposition by residents who live near the business. The business in question is located on Tealtown Road and is the only business in the residential area. A zoning change that took place in 1958 has resurfaced, causing concern and leaving more questions than answers.
The Village of Williamsburg will receive $10,000 from the Clermont County economic incentive package toward promoting job retention in the county. The commissioners approved a resolution to release the funds at their meeting on Wednesday, May 13. In March 2009, Williamsburg was awarded funds for two separate water projects that include raising and rehabilitating the North Eighth Street water tower.
At a special meeting Monday, May 18, Bethel council members voted that Bethel Police officer Merv Clemmons will be layed off from the police department effective May 18. Accounting errors dating back to 2004 have resulted in the village having to move funds from the general fund and subsequently creating a shortage in that fund.
The Clermont County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 649 is planning to add a memorial to Veterans Park in Union Township. John Pettigrew, a representative with the local chapter presented the planned memorial to Union Township officials during their meeting Tuesday, May 12.
During the Union Township Trustee meeting Tuesday, May 12, administrator David Duckworth introduced billing policies and procedures as a means to increase revenue and recoup costs incurred by the fire and emergency medical services department.
The Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission honored three Clermont County veterans Wednesday, May 13. The men were inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at the CCVSC offices. A total of 20 veterans throughout the state were selected for the Hall of Fame and 14 of those selected served during the Vietnam era. A ceremony for all the Ohio inductees was held May 1, at Veteran’s Plaza in Columbus.
Clermont County Commissioners showed their support and appreciation to Marine Corps Lance Corporal Daniel Oelker, of Amelia, during their meeting on Wednesday, May 13. A certificate of appreciation was read by Commissioner Bob Proud during the ceremony.
As Memorial Day approaches, area maintenance crews are extremely busy mowing cemeteries and trimming around grave markers in preparation for those who will visit the graves of loved ones to pay their respects. This year, maintenance workers from the village of Batavia and Batavia Township have been working side by side, going the extra mile, to ready Batavia Union Cemetery for the holiday weekend, May 23 – 25.
The Kelly Miller Circus, a traditional traveling big top circus, will roll into Batavia Saturday, May 16 with elephants, horses, tigers, and more in a fleet of 25 vehicles. The circus is being sponsored by the Village Association of Batavia as a fund-raising event. The big top will be set up on Haskell Lane near the Red Barn flea market.