Union Township officials met in special session Wednesday, Feb. 18, to select a township administrator. After receiving 21 applications, narrowing the field to six and conducting interviews with the six, trustees Bob McGee, Timothy Donnellon, and Matthew Beamer agreed on David Duckworth to fill the position.
Sixteen high school teams from the area participated in the regional mock trial competition in Clermont County Friday, Feb. 20. New Richmond High School was the only Clermont County team to compete. They were invited to the regional competition after winning on the local level.
Glen Este High School students were given a unique opportunity to display their artistic talents on Wednesday, Feb. 18, as they under-glazed soup bowls for a charity organization. Not all the students who participated were art majors. Some were from the Art Club, National Honor Society and Key Club.
Batavia Middle School students are planning for the future and had an opportunity to showcase their ideas during The National Engineers Week Future City Competition at COSI, in Columbus, on Jan. 17. The eighth grade students in Mary Bradburn’s language arts class placed third in the state competition and received three additional special awards.
The newly formed Greater Milford Events and Arts Council is ready to help organizers coordinate events and programs and assist in scheduling and hosting new events and programs in the Milford area. The council has 18 charter members and they are seeking more charter members, sponsors, and volunteers.
On Monday, Feb. 9, International TechneGroup Inc., in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering presented the first Jason R. Lemon Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to John Pittenger, of Owensville. Pittenger is a 2008 graduate of Clermont Northeast High School and is currently a freshman in the UC College of Engineering.
Batavia Village Administrator Bob Stewart has decided to resign his position and retire from government service. A letter of resignation was delivered to council members and the mayor Feb. 9. Stewart listed several reasons for his decision to resign.
The 2009 LEAD class has had opportunities to view Clermont County from a different angle during the past several months, and on Feb. 5, the group spent the day with law enforcement officials and in the courthouse to get an inside view of safety and justice within the county.
New Richmond officials met Thursday, Feb. 12 to discuss possible ways to cut their current operating budget and to plan for the future. In a work session designed primarily to discuss the financial goals of the village, council members were told by Rick Hilt, finance committee chair, that the biggest single factor in the shortfall is the Beckjord Power Plant. With the deregulation of utilities, the plant has been reducing the amount of tax revenue paid to the village by $10,000 a year since 2007.
A suspect in a child pornography case which began with a call from a computer repairman in Bethel Dec. 12, 2008 and resulted in his arrest Feb. 6, in San Diego, Calif., has ended with the suspect’s apparent suicide. John Kopkowski, of Batavia, was indicted Feb. 4, by the Grand Jury in Clermont County.