The LEAD Clermont initiative of Clermont 20/20 is devoting efforts to having an official historical center placed in Clermont County. LEAD Clermont, in recent focus groups and other evaluation community meetings, has determined that the time is long overdue for Clermont County, which has 14 historical societies, to have an official historical center, said LEAD Clermont committee member Brad Toft.
In a concentrated effort to fill the need for foster parents in the county, the Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services has scheduled a series of informational meeting sessions. Ashley Thompson of Clermont County Children’s Services said that the need for foster parents has dramatically increased due to the more and more children coming into foster care in the county every day.
In the hotly contested race to run as the republican candidate for Clermont County Commissioner, Miami Township Trustee Ed Humphrey emerged, in the end, the winner. The seat, held by current commissioner Mary Walker, was torn in a four-way race between Walker, Humphrey and Archie Wilson and Melvin Dean.
Visitors to Mercy Hospital Clermont February 28 may have seen what appeared to be a grand camp out in the parking lot, but the enormous tent operating at the facility has nothing to do with smores or ghost stories. The Alternative Care Center, a massive tent hospital complex, was demonstrated last week at Mercy Clermont, to let people know what is available should a disaster strike.
As ground is being prepared to expand the interment facilities at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Union Township, plans are being finalized to improve the landmark’s facilities for the living. The Heritage Memorial Park, which will be located in the southwest corner of the cemetery, will be two acres of parkland designed to give visitors a place to gather, relax and enjoy a little ceremony from time to time.
The Felicity-Franklin High School held a cornhole tournament Feb. 9 to raise funds for a trip to Costa Rica this summer for the 10 high school students enrolled in the ecological and cultural diversity class. The 10 students enrolled in the class each need $2,000 to cover the expenses for the trip; the class needs to raise a total of $20,000 by the end of March or the trip will have to be postponed.
A Goshen woman may spend as many as 18 years behind bars after pleading guilty to causing an accident that killed a toddler late last year. Diana Linz, 34, ran a stop sign and struck a vehicle driven by the child’s mother, killing the boy, Ian Graves, and injuring the boy’s mother, Christy Bishop, and her boyfriend, Lyle Sentman.
Bethel auxiliary police officer Steve Teague has been promoted to part-time status, a move which Bethel Police Chief John Wallace said will be positive for the village. The part-time positions were created last year as a way of rewarding, and hopefully retaining, auxiliary police officers who showed promise.
West Clermont voters will have the opportunity to either approve or reject a 1 percent alternative base income tax that will appear on the March 4 ballot. Superintendent Gary Brooks, in an open letter to school district residents, wanted to be very clear on Issue 7 by saying that its passage will accomplish three very important things for the thousands of students attending West Clermont.
The Village Association of Batavia has announced the winners of this month’s property home improvement awards. Receiving the recognition for the month of February are the home of Richard Bradburn, located at 750 Shelly Drive, and the Salvation Army Church building, located at 87 N. Market Street.