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.
In a special meeting Friday, Jan. 30 the Bethel-Tate Local School District Board of Education decided to put a 5.9 mill emergency property tax on the ballot for Tuesday, May 5. After a presentation by Paul Fallon, with Fallon Research, the board discussed its options and agreed that asking the voters for an increase in property tax was the best choice.
Times are hard for everyone, especially the working poor who don’t qualify for government assistance, but there is a place in Amelia where everyone can go for basic necessities. Grace and Mercy Outreach, Inc. is providing a place of comfort and hope for many people in the area and they have been operating on a shoestring budget for the past seven years.
Clermont County voters cast their ballots in three separate special elections Tuesday, Feb. 3 and their votes echoed a resounding “no” to increased taxes. Union Township residents showed up at the polls and voted against a 5.9 mill levy which would have sustained the current level of safety services within the township. With a vote of 2,888 against the tax levy and 969 for the levy, the township will be looking for ways to trim its operating budget.
The entire midwestern section of the country was hit with a major winter storm last week and it affected the local area beginning Tuesday, Jan. 27. After six inches of snow fell, the area saw the weather switch over to sleet and then freezing rain in most areas of Clermont County an inch of ice caused tree limbs and power lines to snap under the weight. An additional four inches of snowfall added extra weight and compounded the problems.
Students in the Environmental Science Club at Amelia Middle School, under the leadership of teachers Nancy Holcomb and Debbie Barclay, have been working on a recycling project since the beginning of December 2008. For eight weeks students throughout the school have been bringing in magazines and catalogs hoping to have enough to build a tower 100 feet tall.