Although law enforcement is a serious job, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department took a little time last week to kick back and have some fun while recognizing some employees who have performed in a serious way over the past year. Over a banquet provided by sheriff’s department staff and Miami Market, the sheriff led the assembled guests in a festive awards ceremony. Honored for meritorious activity were Corporal Chris Stratton, Investigator Lori Saylor, Sergeant Gary Payne and Deputy Timothy Simmons. Receiving the sheriff’s commendation were John Van Camp Jr. and Corrections Officer Pete Ornella.
It was announced last week that $649,000 of the state’s capital budget is being considered for three projects in Clermont County. The bill and the projects are sponsored and supported by State Senator Tom Niehaus, State Representative Joe Uecker, and State Representative Danny Bubp.
The New Richmond Village Council has notified the community that the eight-acre Ruben Willis Ballpark may someday be sold for commercial development. The ballpark has been utilized by youth-oriented sports teams for more than 20 years.
Animal control officers have determined upon further investigation that the two skinned animal carcasses found lying in a creek-bed off Pond Run Road in Pierce Township Nov. 28 were wild coyotes.
Liz Carroll, 30, has been found competent to stand trial in the death of three-year old foster son Marcus Fiesel. A visibly shaken but silent Carroll appeared before Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert Ringland Dec. 14.
Only a week after announcing the biggest drug bust in Clermont County history, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department is warning that drug enforcement within the county may cease due to a lack of funding.
The New Richmond Cub Scout Pack #155 is holding a holiday food and clothing drive to help needy families in the community. “The food drive is all about community service,” said Pack #155 committee chairperson Sidnie Reed. “The scouts have been collecting food, toys, and clothes for a couple of weeks now for people and families in the community who are less fortunate.” The food and other collected items were brought in to the New Richmond Elementary School’s cafeteria at the pack’s regular monthly meeting Dec.18. One New Richmond family was burned out of their home recently and escaped with only the clothes that they were wearing.
The Batavia Township Board of Trustees cleared up a few end-of-the-year items at the Dec. 19 meeting, including discussing the $3.5 million budget for 2007 and the formal organization of the board.
It may be one of the most treasured traditions of the holidays. After the big family meal is finished, holiday celebrants can be seen making little trips back to the dinner table for hours to get a little nibble of this or that, but all too often, unwanted guests on the food have been all too happy to make their presence known in uncomfortable ways.
As Christmas approaches and presents continue to pile up under the Christmas trees located in homes around the world, fire officials are warning that those decorative trees could become deadly, if proper precautions aren’t taken.