The Pierce Township Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a suspect in several recent child enticement reports. The suspect is described as a white male, 40-50 years of age, bald, and wearing thick, black rimmed glasses. In recent weeks, there have been three reports of suspicious activity. On Feb. 20, in the 1100 block of Hunter’s Run, a 12-year-old girl reported an older light grey van following her as she walked down the street with her dog.
Several Bethel council members expressed their observations about the newest addition to Burke Park during their meeting on Monday, March 9. The skate park is located near the cabins in Burke Park.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was approved by Congress on Feb. 13, but Ohio Republicans Congresswoman Jean Schmidt and U.S. Senator George Voinovich did not cast votes in favor of the legislation.
Amelia officials welcomed one of their police officers back to the village at the council meeting Monday, March 2. Officer Matthew Braden recently returned from a seven-month deployment to Iraq with the Marine Corps Reserves. Braden served with a military police task force in Al Asad, Iraq. While there, his job duties included guarding and transporting prisoners suspected of terrorist activity.
The Clermont Northeastern School Board is going back to the voters with a $26.2 million bond issue on Tuesday, May 5. The bond would be for a maximum of 28 years and would cost $163 per year on a home valued at $100,000. “The bond is going to be less per capita than the last bond issue. It should be $20 to 30 less,” said school board member Mike Freeman.
Leaders from every area in Clermont County were recognized during the 19th Annual Salute to Leaders banquet Thursday, March 5. Clermont 20/20 hosted “A Vision for Leadership” to honor and salute individuals in the county who have shown unselfish service to others and their communities.
The Batavia Township Board of Trustees met Tuesday, March 3 and approved a number of contracts for services for the township. Rex Parsons, township administrator, recommended that the board approve Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority as the property and liability insurer for 2009. The cost for insurance in 2008 was $12,346. It is now $17,000. The board approved.
In his State of the State speech delivered in January 2009, Governor Ted Strickland made proposals to revamp the educational system in Ohio and increase state funding to schools by $925 million. His initial plan was relying on $3.4 billion in federal stimulus money that Ohio was expected to receive to help fund his plan.
Felicity-Franklin Local Schools will be looking for a new superintendent as the 2008-09 school year comes to a close. During the school board meeting Monday, Feb. 23, superintendent Bill Shepherd announced his retirement. Shepherd has been an educator for 38 years.
As Union Township officials opened their business meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24, they welcomed newly hired administrator David Duckworth. Duckworth signed a contract with the township and is set to start Monday, March 9. Trustees officially welcomed Duckworth with words of encouragement.