The Sycamore Park in Batavia has two new large boulders for park visitors to enjoy. The two boulders, located near the front area of the park, are playground equipment with hand and foot holds on the sides. ccording to Park Board member Ken Stewart, Sycamore Park is the first park in the county where visitors can see and play on the giant boulders, which are made of fiberglass reinforced concrete and designed so that if you accidentally fall off the side of one, you will fall away from the boulders.
A holiday home fireworks display in Union Township turned tragic when one adult and a two-year-old girl were sent to the hospital after a bag of fireworks ignited. Late on Friday, July 4 the Union Township Fire Department was called to the residence on Shepherd Drive, where seven people had been injured due to an explosion from a backyard family fireworks display.
The Batavia Farmer’s Market is now open every weekend. For the last eight years, the Farmer’s Market in Batavia has been attracting vendors in the county area, with only locally grown fruits and vegetable products, and flowers. Starting in August, vendors at the market will also be open on Wednesday evenings from 4 – 7 p.m.
A Batavia resident has filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission against the Batavia Local School District Board of Education. In the complaint, Mary Patrick Latham claims that the board has used the school district Web site to misinform voters about how much homeowners would have to pay to retire school debt should the new bond issue be approved by voters Aug. 5.
The Amelia Citizen’s Advisory Committee has recommended that village council not impose an earnings tax on village residents at this time. The CAC, which was formed in April following a village wide meeting on the proposed earnings tax, was asked by Amelia mayor Leroy Ellington and council to study the proposal and then advise council on the need for additional funds and ways to secure those funds.
More than 400 area 4-H members participated in General Projects and Food/Nutrition Projects judging at the Clermont County Fairgrounds Saturday, June 28. The 4-Hers, ranging in age from 5-19, typically spend months working on their projects.
A reward is being offered as the hunt for Clermont County escaped fugitive Christopher Crosby continues. Crosby, 25, has been on the run since last month after failing to appear for a sentencing hearing for several burglaries and a home invasion in 2007.
The Stonelick Township Fire and Rescue has received a $15,000 grant from the Firemen’s Fund Insurance Company in Morrow, Ohio. Presented to the fire department by Firemen’s Fund representatives Jim Hawley and Dan Fosnot at the trustee’s regular meeting July 2, the $15,000 has enabled the fire department to purchase much needed items not covered in the department’s annual budget.
The Clermont County Board of Commissioners hosted a town-hall style meeting at the Union Township Civic Center June 27. Attended by 50 people, the town hall meeting was held as a chance for Union Township, Pierce Township, Amelia, and the West Clermont School District to update the county on programs and initiatives in place for the months and years ahead.
The proposed annexation of 83.373 acres of farmland from Stonelick Township into the village of Owensville has sparked a controversy. In a June 25 public hearing that attracted more than 50 concerned parties, the Clermont County Board of Commissioners are now engaged in hearing testimony from those in favor and those opposed to the annexation before grappling with whether or not to grant the annexation petition.