The Bethel-Tate school district is basking in a second consecutive year of excellence, having achieved the highest ranking possible on the Ohio school district report card. Bethel-Tate and Milford are the only districts in Clermont County to achieve the rating of excellent this year.
The 21st annual River Days Festival in New Richmond was held Aug.17 – 19. “The event was a success,” said RiverDays planning committee member Shanna Morarity. “Everyone worked very hard to ensure that the festival was fun and entertaining. We think it was.” There was no official count, but an estimated 10,000 people came to enjoy the annual festival that takes place along Front Street and the banks of the Ohio River.
Two Clermont County Sheriff’s Deputies were injured last week when a routine noise complaint turned violent. Larry Armacost, 50, was arrested for attacking the two officers after he attempted to flee from the lawmen. According to the sheriff’s department, deputies Jon Feldkamp and Adam Bailey responded to a noise complaint on Laurel-Lindale Road in New Richmond Aug. 15.
Union Township could be graced with another high-tech business in the coming years, but that result is yet to be ascertained. Last week, the Union Township board of trustees approved a tax abatement that, if supported by a state incentive package, could bring the Freeman Schwabe company from Erlanger, Ky., to the township.
The West Clermont Board of Education voted at a special meeting Aug. 15 to place a $30 million bond issue on this November’s ballot. The board is again asking district voters to support their efforts in replacing two of the district’s oldest schools - Amelia and Withamsville-Tobasco elementaries – by approving the 1.36-mill bond issue that will now be on the ballot.
Goshen Boy Scout Alex Dziech has relocated and upgraded a memorial garden at the Faith Evangelical Free Church in Milford. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Dziech, 14, called the Faith Evangelical Church and inquired about any work that needed to be done in order to complete a leadership project to become an Eagle Scout.
Despite the sweltering heat and rain showers scattered throughout the afternoon, the 15th Annual Bethel American Legion, Post No. 406 Car Show was deemed a success by winners, spectators and Post members. Commander Dwight (Butch) Loudon said although the numbers did not quite compare to last year’s, all in all, it was a good turnout in spite of the rain.
The Miami Township Fire and EMS department will continue a tradition this month with its annual safety fair. The Aug. 25 event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kroger store in Mulberry Square on Ohio 28, and will feature a wide range of safety demonstrations and fun activities for families.
Nobody knows what it is, or who it is, or very much else for that matter, but “Operation Blade” may well make an appearance in Clermont County, and bring a number of high-paying jobs with it. The mysterious project, part of some sort of space program, may be moved to the county sometime in the near future.
A civic-minded woman in Batavia Township is hoping to enhance the safety of their neighbors as part of a home improvement project. Elaine Miller, who lives on the border of Batavia and Williamsburg townships, spoke with the Batavia Township Trustees last week concerning a pond that she hopes will become a hedge against fires in the area.