With $1 million needing to be cut from the Bethel-Tate School District budget, the school board is exploring all its potential options. The defeat of the earned income tax levy in November means that the school district will not be collecting the hoped-for funding and will have to operate the excellent rated schools on less.
Amelia student Cameron Williams has raised more than $1,000 to help send care packages to our troops stationed overseas. Her W.O.L.F. project, which stands for Warriors Open Lines of Freedom, was her own idea started in January of this year. She enjoys designing art, which inspired her to start creating handmade jewelry to raise money to help pay the postage/shipping to send care packages to military men women fighting in conflict zones.
When the Thomas A. Wildey Center was built in 1973, there were as many as 300 students attending the school designed to teach and train children with developmental disabilities, but as school districts assimilated many of those children into their own programs, the number of students has dwindled to 50.
Clermont County is home to what is perhaps one of the finest aviation museums in the country. The Tristate Warbird Museum, located adjacent to the Clermont County Airport on Borman Drive, opened in 2004 and is currently home to nine vintage military airplanes.
The Down Home Christmas held on Dec. 6 in the Village of Bethel was heralded as a great success by council members at their meeting Dec. 8. Three Bethel-Tate students, Jessica Martin, Abby Cherry and Stacy Caskey were awarded gift cards from Best Buy for their part in painting pictures on the windows of the village offices in preparation for the event.
An early-morning crash Monday, Dec. 8 claimed the life of Williamsburg School District treasurer Robin Davenport. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting that the two-vehicle fatal crash occurred at 6:05 a.m. on Route 32 at the intersection of McKeever Pike in Williamsburg Township.
Amelia celebrated two Christmas events with Santa Claus last weekend. The Amelia Recreation Commission, in partnership with the Phoenix Place and Families Connected, presented its second annual Sensitive Santa event Dec. 6.
Sixty-seven years to the day, five men that survived the 1941 Japanese attack on the U.S. Pacific fleet docked in Pearl Harbor were celebrated and honored as heroes at a remembrance ceremony in New Richmond. For the last 22 years, the Clermont County American Legion has held the annual event as a way to remember and honor the survivors of that December morning that embroiled the U.S. in WWII.
Batavia Township held its community tree-lighting and decorating ceremony Dec. 2. The annual holiday party, which is in its third year as a township event, was attended by more than 200 people, more than half of those being excited and enthusiastic Batavia School District children.
The Clermont County Board of Commissioners has approved the appropriations for next year. The commissioners, in session Dec. 3, approved the 2009 appropriations at $57,388,033 for all of the department’s in the county’s general fund.