In April 2008 George and Cathy Vandergriff, of Pierce Township, asked for permission to use the meeting room in the Amelia Branch of the Clermont County Public Library for a financial planning seminar. They were initially told that they could use the room. But when they mentioned to the library staff member that they would be quoting passages from the Bible during the seminar, their request was denied because of library policy prohibiting the use of the library for religious purposes.
During the Union Township meeting of Jan. 13, officials heard a report from Chris Smith, chairman of the committee responsible for placing a safety services levy on the ballot. The committee has been trying to get information about the urgency of passing the levy to the public.
According to Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington, residents who live in the Village of Amelia will see a decrease in their property tax bills effective Jan. 1, 2009. “This decrease in property taxes in the Village of Amelia is due to the fact that council agreed in 2008 to not put a waste levy back on the ballot,” said Ellington. “That decision was based on and driven by outcry from village residents to lower their property taxes.”
The Department of Job and Family Services in Clermont County provides services to those in need throughout the county. Because of the declining economy, the department is having to cut back on some services. The department receives all of its funding through the state and federal government, and according to Tim McCartney, director of DJFS, the local agency’s budget has been cut twice this year.
The single digit temperatures Friday, Jan. 16 didn’t keep the West Clermont school board from breaking ground on two new schools for the district. School children, teachers and administrators, board members and local and state dignitaries braved the cold to show their support for the projects. As the crowd gathered on the snow-covered front lawn of Amelia Elementary School, Gary Brooks, superintendent of West Clermont Schools, promised to keep his comments brief.
The Ohio Supreme Court has issued its decision in the Byrd vs. Knuckles case in a ruling that could impact child support cases statewide. In mid-December, the high court sided with the father, Brian Knuckles, in the case involving parents who requested that Clermont County Juvenile Court allow them to waive $7,420 in child support owed to the mother.
The former post master of Bethel, Jennifer Justice, entered a plea of no contest during a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Clermont County Common Pleas court in front of Judge William Walker. Justice, of New Richmond, was indicted on Oct. 22, 2008 for allegedly using the identity of someone else to apply for a credit card and obtain magazine subscriptions.
A unique opportunity to view the work of a variety of artisans awaits those who travel to New Richmond on Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25. The third annual Destination Artists event, organized by New Richmond artist Mary Mark, welcomes everyone to enjoy art all over town from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Planned developments which are in non-compliance in Batavia Township were discussed during the Batavia Township meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6. Denise Kelley, zoning administrator, presented the board with a list of four developments that need extensions for their final development.
On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Clermont County deputies responded to a call regarding a vehicle parked at 1983 Bethel New Richmond Road. A body was found in the vehicle and the man was identified as Oscar Hoskins, 43, of Bainum Road, in New Richmond.