Father William Stockelman was honored for his 30 years as a priest in the Clermont County area at the St. Bernadette Church’s annual parish festival July 13. Stockelman, who has been the parish priest of Amelia’s St. Bernadette Church since July of 2005, had no idea that the parish had decided to honor his service and his contributions to the Amelia community at its annual picnic.
The Ohio Elections Commission, by vote of two to one, last week dismissed a complaint that the Batavia Board of Education had published false and misleading information about an upcoming tax proposal. The decision came after two members of the panel, Chuck Calvert and John Mroczkowski, said they thought the material in question was misleading
The Tate Monroe Water Association’s new Water Treatment, Supply, and Storage Facility project is expected to be completed by the end of September. In the planning stages since 1994, when the land was purchased along U.S. 52 on the Ohio River, and with a 2007 construction start date, the $17.5 million association project will include a water treatment facility, a collector well, and an intermediate storage facility.
Construction on Duke Energy’s natural gas pipeline running from the Ohio River to Bethel is almost complete. The 12-inch natural gas transmission pipeline, which originates in Bracken County, Ky., and travels southward to a terminus in Bethel at state Route 125, is 16.4 miles long. In the planning stages for the last five or six years, construction started in the early Spring.
Concerned about the number of traffic crash fatalities in the Clermont County area since the first of the year, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is wasting no time in stepping up efforts and increasing manpower to reduce deaths on county roads. Since the first of 2008, there have been 12 fatal crashes in which 16 people have lost their lives.
Milford has received a $10,000 grant to assist in its efforts to create a downtown market analysis and development plan for the city’s central business district. Ohio State Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher announced June 13 that the city of Milford will be awarded the funds through the Comprehensive Downtown Revitalization Tier One Program.
Goshen Township is taking the appropriate steps to update its accounting procedures after a state audit found that a fiscal officer was overpayed $160. The 2006 Goshen Township state audit found that from April 2004 to April 2008, Fiscal Officer Sandy Graham
The Sycamore Park in Batavia has two new large boulders for park visitors to enjoy. The two boulders, located near the front area of the park, are playground equipment with hand and foot holds on the sides. ccording to Park Board member Ken Stewart, Sycamore Park is the first park in the county where visitors can see and play on the giant boulders, which are made of fiberglass reinforced concrete and designed so that if you accidentally fall off the side of one, you will fall away from the boulders.
A holiday home fireworks display in Union Township turned tragic when one adult and a two-year-old girl were sent to the hospital after a bag of fireworks ignited. Late on Friday, July 4 the Union Township Fire Department was called to the residence on Shepherd Drive, where seven people had been injured due to an explosion from a backyard family fireworks display.
The Batavia Farmer’s Market is now open every weekend. For the last eight years, the Farmer’s Market in Batavia has been attracting vendors in the county area, with only locally grown fruits and vegetable products, and flowers. Starting in August, vendors at the market will also be open on Wednesday evenings from 4 – 7 p.m.