Clermont County 20/20 Leaders spent part of their day with Pierce Township canine officer Jay Shaw and his partner, Razec, Thursday, Feb. 5. Pierce Township Police Chief Jim Smith gave the group an overview of the drug problem in Clermont County as an introduction to the canine program.
Clermont County Commissioners welcomed Colonel Danny Bubp to their meeting on Monday, Feb. 9 and presented him with a certificate of appreciation. Bubp, who serves as a state representative for the 88th District, served with the Marine Corps in Iraq from January to November 2008.
A fire which destroyed the Horn residence in Miami Township on Thursday, Feb. 5, has left the family of eight with nothing. Two teenage boys were trapped in the second story bedroom when they made the call to 911.
The Batavia Board of Trustees has set up a temporary drop-off point for storm related debris from the recent high winds and icy conditions. The drop-off site is located at the rear of the Township Maintenance Facility, located at 2401 Old State Route 32.
A special Valentine gift is being offered to residents in need by Amelia dentist Neil Blackburn. He and his staff will be offering a day of free emergency dental service and cleaning 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.
The Clermont County Safe Communities program reports an increase in traffic deaths in 2008, with 27 traffic deaths and 23 fatal crashes within the county. This compares with 11 traffic deaths and 10 fatal crashes in 2007. A summary of the 2008 crashes includes the following information from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The Batavia Village Council has decided to lower the village administrator’s pay. A motion to reduce Village Administrator Bob Stewart’s pay to $25,000 per year was made by councilwoman Kathy Turner at council’s Feb. 2 meeting. Turner cited the village’s tight budget and overtime expenses due to the recent snow storms before making the motion.
The National Rifle Association Civil Rights Defense Fund recently announced that Henry Hoffmann, of Batavia, is the first place winner in the senior category of the 2008 Second Amendment Essay Contest. Hoffmann, 17, has been home schooled since kindergarten and according to the NRA, of the eight winning essays, seven students are home schooled.
The busiest boat ramps in Clermont County, located at East Fork State Park and Stonelick State Park, recently had kiosks installed to teach boaters ways to protect Ohio waterways.
A presidential inauguration is always an historic event, but the swearing-in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States always will be especially significant for a group of area students. A number of local students visited Washington D.C. not only for the historical inauguration, but also for a tour of the nation’s capitol.