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Board of education to consider ‘pay-to-play’

The Bethel-Tate Board of Education met Wednesday, May 20 for the first time since an operating levy for the district failed to meet voter approval on May 5. The district has made huge budget cuts and eliminated high school busing, but voters denied their request for a 5.9 mill, five-year emergency operating levy. The issue failed with 1,500 votes against and 907 votes for the levy.

Missing Amelia woman’s body found in the Ohio River

ew Richmond Police discovered a vehicle submerged up to its roof in the Ohio River near the boat ramp on Augusta Street, in New Richmond at approximately 7:20 p.m. Thursday, May 21. The joint Task Force One Dive Team consisting of divers from Hamilton and Clermont counties and Loveland Symmes Fire Department, was called to the scene and assisted with extracting the vehicle from the river.

Donations being accepted for planned war memorial

Batavia Township trustees met Tuesday, May 19 to discuss plans for a war memorial. A humvee donated by BAE Systems more than two years ago will serve as the focal point for the memorial. A Military War Memorial Committee was established to raise funds for the memorial, but recently turned over ownership of the memorial along with the keys to the humvee to township officials.

Clermont soldier welcomed home

A Clermont County resident was welcomed home during the Clermont County Commissioners meeting Wednesday, May 20. United States Army Staff Sergeant Chad Keirns, of Amelia, has returned to the states after serving a third tour of duty in the mideast. Keirns recently completed a year-long deployment to Afghanistan where he flew unmanned reconnaissance aircraft for the 101st Airborne Division.

Willowville holds annual Memorial Day Parade

The weather cooperated for students at Willowville Elementary School on Friday, May 22 when the school hosted its 32nd Annual Memorial Day Parade. The school has been celebrating Memorial Day with a parade since 1977.

Storms pass through Clermont County

Strong storms passed through Clermont County Saturday evening. The storms produced thunder, dime-sized hail, and several funnel clouds. There were no reports of damage. This video was shot just east of Bethel.

Union Township officials make tough decision

The Union Township Trustees came up against a difficult situation during their meeting on Tuesday, May 12. A public hearing for a planned development major amendment requested by Kevin Siler was met with opposition by residents who live near the business. The business in question is located on Tealtown Road and is the only business in the residential area. A zoning change that took place in 1958 has resurfaced, causing concern and leaving more questions than answers.

Williamsburg to receive $10K grant for development

The Village of Williamsburg will receive $10,000 from the Clermont County economic incentive package toward promoting job retention in the county. The commissioners approved a resolution to release the funds at their meeting on Wednesday, May 13. In March 2009, Williamsburg was awarded funds for two separate water projects that include raising and rehabilitating the North Eighth Street water tower.

Bethel Police Department lays off one officer

At a special meeting Monday, May 18, Bethel council members voted that Bethel Police officer Merv Clemmons will be layed off from the police department effective May 18. Accounting errors dating back to 2004 have resulted in the village having to move funds from the general fund and subsequently creating a shortage in that fund.

Memorial for Gold Star Mothers is being planned

The Clermont County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 649 is planning to add a memorial to Veterans Park in Union Township. John Pettigrew, a representative with the local chapter presented the planned memorial to Union Township officials during their meeting Tuesday, May 12.

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