Students at the Holly Hill Elementary School started the new school year with surprise gift back packs from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Apartment Association (GCNKAA).
The Southwest Ohio Veterans Bike Show was a terrific success, according to organizers. Held all day at the Clermont County Fairgrounds Aug. 24 and attracting an estimated 2,000 people, the first annual bike show was sponsored by the Clermont County Veterans of America (CCCVA) Chapter 649 and the Ohio National Guard, in cooperation with the Clermont County Veteran’s Service Office.
The Batavia High School Marching Band is tuning up for the 2008-2009 school year. The Batavia band program, under the direction of David Smith, features a concert band, a marching band, a percussion class, and a color guard section.
The West Clermont School District held its 10th annual Redi-Fest Aug. 14. An annual event held to distribute school supplies for the K-5 students in the West Clermont School District, this year’s Redi-Fest attracted 450 students to the event.
Homeschooled students who reside in the Milford Exempted Village School District can now participate in extracurricular school activities and attend classes on a part time basis. In the past, Milford had a policy that did not permit students who are homeschooled to attend classes, despite parent requests that students be allowed to attend advanced high school classes, and music and art classes at the elementary level.
Clermont Senior Services Director George Brown has requested that the Clermont County Board of Commissioners rename Front Wheel Drive after local businessman and county philanthropist James E. Sauls Sr.
A registered sex offender who has moved into New Richmond has caused some outrage among village residents. James Ritchie, a convicted child rapist who spent 12 years in prison, has moved into the 200 block of Front Street, directly next door to a village day care center. New Richmond resident Kelly Painter said that she, and many others, are concerned with him living that close to the day care facility.
The Ohio Ethics Commission is investigating how Union Township handled $800,000 in contracts between former township administrator Doug Walker and his son’s engineering company. A state audit has raised ethical questions about payments for engineering work awarded and completed for the township by Batavia’s Professional Engineering Group, which is run by Doug Walker’ son, Mark.
The Clermont County Office of Public Information has won six national awards of excellence from the National Association of County Information Officers. County Communications Director Kathy Lehr and her two-member staff, Jeff Pulliam and Rebecca Kimble, received recognition for the NACIO national distinction by the county commissioners Aug. 12.
Amelia Residents For Fiscal Responsibility, a group of Amelia residents wishing to dissolve the 108-year old village, submitted a dissolution petition with more than 450 signatures to village council Aug. 18. The 20-member tax opposition group was formed over a proposed one percent earned income tax that village council has been considering enacting over the past few months.