Clermont County voters cast their ballots in three separate special elections Tuesday, Feb. 3 and their votes echoed a resounding “no” to increased taxes. Union Township residents showed up at the polls and voted against a 5.9 mill levy which would have sustained the current level of safety services within the township. With a vote of 2,888 against the tax levy and 969 for the levy, the township will be looking for ways to trim its operating budget.
The entire midwestern section of the country was hit with a major winter storm last week and it affected the local area beginning Tuesday, Jan. 27. After six inches of snow fell, the area saw the weather switch over to sleet and then freezing rain in most areas of Clermont County an inch of ice caused tree limbs and power lines to snap under the weight. An additional four inches of snowfall added extra weight and compounded the problems.
Students in the Environmental Science Club at Amelia Middle School, under the leadership of teachers Nancy Holcomb and Debbie Barclay, have been working on a recycling project since the beginning of December 2008. For eight weeks students throughout the school have been bringing in magazines and catalogs hoping to have enough to build a tower 100 feet tall.
A drug investigation on Thursday, Jan. 22, led to the arrest of Michael Curtis, 28, of Pierce Township. Curtis was charged with weapons under disability a felony of the 3rd degree and made a court appearance on Friday, Jan. 23, in Municipal Court.
Perintown United Methodist Church, located at 1260 US Highway 50, will hold a musical concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. The concert will be followed by a lasagna dinner. Everyone is welcome.
The Clermont County Parks District is seriously looking at the former Bethel water treatment plant as a park according to Councilman Tim Cherry. Cherry reported on the progress of the project to Bethel Council members at its meeting Monday, Jan. 26.
With family budgets stretched and the value of a dollar shrinking, the Clermont County Ohio State University Extension office has some valuable tips to help with family meal planning.
The Williamsburg Village Council held a public hearing before its business meeting Thursday, Jan. 22 to hear a presentation for a proposed senior housing complex being planned for 6.8 acres of land located at Willow and Third streets in Williamsburg. The presenter, attorney T. David Burgess, focused on the need for such a complex within the village as the area prepares for an older population.
Students in grades kindergarten through second grade assembled in the gym at Merwin Elementary School Thursday, Jan. 22 to learn a lesson in gun safety. School Resource Officer Julie Poe, of the Pierce Township Police Department, shared a video with the students about Eddie the Eagle which included information on what children should do if they happen upon a gun.
A guilty plea was entered in Clermont County Common Pleas court on Thursday, Jan. 22, by Chris Crosby, 26, of New Richmond. Crosby’s trial date had been set for Jan. 26. Crosby pleaded guilty to stealing a horse, having weapons under disability, resisting arrest, breaking and entering and two counts of receiving stolen property.