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.
When the Clermont County Veteran’s Service Commission was searching for ways to make processing forms easier and quicker for area veterans, they never dreamed that the solution to their problem might be one that could benefit veterans throughout the state.
When the Union Township Trustees met on Tuesday, Feb. 10, they announced some changes with regard to their public meetings and improving their Web site to better accommodate the public. With the pressing issues of finding much needed safety services funds and the need to hire a township administrator, trustee Timothy Donnellon requested that the board begin meeting twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday.
After receiving and verifying petitions signed by 509 registered voters in the village, Amelia Village Council voted in favor of a resolution to put an issue on the Tuesday, May 5 ballot surrendering corporate powers. If passed, the Village of Amelia will be dissolved and the 4,000 residents will come under the rule of Pierce or Batavia township, depending which side of state Route 125 they reside.
For 22 years, Amelia dentist Neil Blackburn has been offering a Valentine gift to area residents in need. He opens his dental office to those who cannot afford to have urgent dental needs treated for a day of free emergency dental service and cleanings.
When the Milford community voted yes for a bond issue in November 2007, they were giving the school district a green light to begin much-needed additions and renovations to Milford High School and the Ninth Grade Community. The bond issue generated $31.375 million, allowing the district to begin planning for construction.
Sometimes, simpler is better. That’s something that Eric and Tammy Yarger have discovered as they have turned a love for horses into a profitable enterprise. The Bethel couple have been involved in logging with horses for several years now, and have found that it is more economical and ecologically-friendly than conventional mechanical logging with heavy equipment.
In his recent State of the State Address, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland outlined a proposal to overhaul the education system in Ohio Public Schools. According to Barbara Bradley, superintendent of Batavia Local School District, the school district had a guidance counselor on the governor’s first group of 40 who met to start the conversations on school reform.