News Archive

Gateway Project is moving forward in Union Township

Union Township Administrator David Duckworth reported on the progress of the State Route 450 Gateway Project to the trustees during their meeting Tuesday, March 24. The required Ohio Department of Transportation modification study is expected to be done sometime in April.

After decades of waiting, ground broken for church

The parish community of St. Bernadette Catholic Church gathered Sunday, March 29 to break ground for a new, long-awaited church building. A cold breeze and drizzle did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of parishioners who sang and prayed, shovels in hand, as they stood around what will be the outside wall of the new church. “The sun in shining down upon us, we just can’t see it right at this moment,” the Rev. Bill Stockelman said as the ceremony began.

Menz steps down from position in Amelia

At the conclusion of the Amelia Village Council meeting Monday, March 16, council members accepted the resignation of Amelia Village Administrator Mark Menz. In the face of the upcoming May 5 election, Menz has been limited in his role as administrator.

Performing Arts Hall of Fame inaugurated

New Richmond High School recently held an inaugural event to induct two members into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame. During the winter concert held on March 10, two charter members were recognized along with three additional members.

Group questions Amelia’s fire contract

Amelia Village Solicitor Laura Abrams received a letter dated March 16 from Pam Barker of the “Dissolve Amelia Now” group. In her letter, Barker alleged that the Union Township Fire Department had breached a contract with the village by failing to staff the department in accordance with the contract.

Clermont residents receive Athletic Association awards

It was a sweep for Clermont County. The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s (OHSAA) Southwest District board awarded Richard Crawford of Amelia and Enos Pennington of New Richmond for their outstanding and long years of work. Crawford and Pennington received Media Service Award plaques. Emphasis for the earning of these plaques is on sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity.

Chief of police indicted

New Richmond Police Chief David Willoughby was indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury Wednesday, March 18 on six charges. He has been on administrative leave with pay since Sept. 22, 2008 and has been under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation on complaints of using village property for personal use and improper use of a special computer for law enforcement.

County honors service members

A large crowd filled the Clermont County Commissioners chambers Wednesday, March 18 to honor two local service members. Second Lieutenant Matthew Dean of the U.S. Army and Lieutenant Junior Grade Dean Ritchey of the U.S. Navy were recognized for their military service by local officials.

NAMI to host Wellness Walk

The first Wellness Walk and Kids Run in support of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Miami Meadows Park, in Milford. A luncheon was held March 20 to set the walk in motion. This is the inaugural wellness walk for Clermont County and Judy Bonhaus, executive director of NAMI in Clermont County, welcomed a large crowd to find out more about the fund-raiser.

Union Township firefighters to receive grant money

The Union Township Board of Trustees have requested detailed reports from all the departments in the township and during the meeting on March 10, the fire and police chief shared collected data and information with the board. Fire Chief Stan Deimling also had several requests for funding.

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