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Union Township plans to hold meetings twice monthly

When the Union Township Trustees met on Tuesday, Feb. 10, they announced some changes with regard to their public meetings and improving their Web site to better accommodate the public. With the pressing issues of finding much needed safety services funds and the need to hire a township administrator, trustee Timothy Donnellon requested that the board begin meeting twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday.

Amelia voters to decide the future of village

After receiving and verifying petitions signed by 509 registered voters in the village, Amelia Village Council voted in favor of a resolution to put an issue on the Tuesday, May 5 ballot surrendering corporate powers. If passed, the Village of Amelia will be dissolved and the 4,000 residents will come under the rule of Pierce or Batavia township, depending which side of state Route 125 they reside.

Tradition of helping community continues

For 22 years, Amelia dentist Neil Blackburn has been offering a Valentine gift to area residents in need. He opens his dental office to those who cannot afford to have urgent dental needs treated for a day of free emergency dental service and cleanings.

Milford High to undergo transformation

When the Milford community voted yes for a bond issue in November 2007, they were giving the school district a green light to begin much-needed additions and renovations to Milford High School and the Ninth Grade Community. The bond issue generated $31.375 million, allowing the district to begin planning for construction.

Bethel couple have put their pets to work

Sometimes, simpler is better. That’s something that Eric and Tammy Yarger have discovered as they have turned a love for horses into a profitable enterprise. The Bethel couple have been involved in logging with horses for several years now, and have found that it is more economical and ecologically-friendly than conventional mechanical logging with heavy equipment.

Ohio governor’s education proposal draws comments

In his recent State of the State Address, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland outlined a proposal to overhaul the education system in Ohio Public Schools. According to Barbara Bradley, superintendent of Batavia Local School District, the school district had a guidance counselor on the governor’s first group of 40 who met to start the conversations on school reform.

Literacy Council shares successes

People come to the Literacy Council of Brown and Clermont counties for a lot of different reasons, according to Joy Brown, student/teacher liaison for the Literacy Council. According to Brown, one out of four people in Clermont and Brown counties can’t read or write and the Literacy Center is matching tutors with students to help change those numbers.

Williamsburg Board to go to voters once again

The Williamsburg Board of Education isn’t wasting any time returning to voters and asking for their help to keep the schools operational. At the board meeting on Monday, Feb. 9, board members adopted a resolution to declare it necessary to renew and increase a levy on a tax in excess of the 10 mill limitation for a total sum of $996,826.

Police apprehend suspect

Bethel police report that their search for John Kopkowski, of Batavia, has ended with his arrest Friday, Feb. 6 in San Diego, Calif. Kopkowski was indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury on Wednesday, Feb. 4, on 50 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

Curington named Amelia Citizen of the Year

As the Amelia Village Council meeting opened on Monday, Feb. 2, Mayor Leroy Ellington read two letters from Clermont County residents who had nominated Pastor David Curington for Citizen of the Year. Ellington read the letters to a large audience of community members.

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