The United States Department of Defense has announced the death of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski, 25, of Clermont County. Sgt. James McIlvaine, 26, of Olney, Md., was with Wojciechowski and was killed in the same attack in al-Anbar province, Iraq. The two died while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Members of the Military War Memorial Committee were present during the Batavia Township Trustee meeting on Monday, May 4, to ceremonially relinquish ownership of a Humvee to the township. The vehicle was donated to the committee more than two years ago to serve as a centerpiece for a memorial to those who served the country in military conflicts beginning in 1977.
The final Operation Zero seminar for the 2008-2009 school year ended with Erica Amato’s name being drawn as the winner of the 2009 Hyundai Accent. This is the 21st year the Kiwanis Club has sponsored the program and donated a car to a safe senior. The drawing was held April 29 in the Glen Este High School Performing Arts Center.
The Bethel-Tate Board of Education met Wednesday, April 22 and approved Superintendent Jim Smith’s recommendation to freeze administrative and exempt employees’ salaries for the 2009-2010 school year. The pay freeze results in a savings to the district of $200,000, which equates to saving three teacher positions. The elimination of five positions was also approved by the board in accordance with planned cuts.
Businesses along Front Street in New Richmond are planning a Block Party to show their gratitude and appreciation to customers. The event is scheduled 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, along Front Street.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Batavia Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred shortly after midnight on Wednesday, April 29. The crash occurred on Newtonsville Road, one half mile north of state Route 727, in Wayne Township.
The Ohio Division of Watercraft is investigating a drowning which occurred on Monday, April 27, at East Fork Lake State Park.
Clermont County Commissioners welcomed a Clermont County veteran home after his second tour of duty in Iraq. Sergeant Matthew Hood of the U.S. Army recently returned from being deployed to Iraq and was recognized for his service on Wednesday, April 22. Hood is a 2002 graduate of Milford High School.
A crowd of more than 140 people assembled in the Amelia Elementary gymnasium Tuesday, April 21 for a presentation by Mayor Leroy Ellington regarding the services provided by Amelia Village. Voters in Amelia will be going to the polls on Tuesday, May 5, to determine the fate of the village. A resolution was passed by council members to ask voters if the village should be dissolved.
The Clermont Northeastern School District has two advocates working to save them money. Superintendent Neil Leist and treasurer Brian Switzer have discovered ways to not only stretch money, but also to increase revenue without asking taxpayers to approve an operating levy.