Stepping Stones Center’s preschool program at Camp Allyn in Batavia has received its second star, joining a select club of only 135 preschools in the state to have two-star ratings. The Ohio Step Up to Quality voluntary childcare rating system was initiated by the Ohio Department of Job and Family services barely two years ago.
During a routine traffic stop Saturday, Jan. 3, officers from the Amelia Police Department discovered three pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $5,000.
West Clermont Local Schools are participating in a breakthrough literacy intervention program known as RAVE-O, or retrieval, automaticity, vocabulary, engagement, orthography. The name refers to many of the different ways the human mind processes information as it reads and is generally a reference to the fluency side of reading.
Batavia village councilwoman Suzanne Gregg has resigned her seat, and village officials are soliciting letters of interest from residents interested in filling the position. Mayor John Thebout read Gregg’s letter to council at its regular meeting Jan. 5. In the letter, Gregg thanked voters for their trust and support, and encouraged residents to get involved in village government.
Amelia council members discussed various amendments and wording for the rules of council at their regular meeting Jan. 5. Councilman Derrick Campbell and councilwoman Pam Troxell had reviewed the rules and offered a suggestion to correct the wording regarding council members receiving their packets of information relating to upcoming council meetings.
A guilty plea was entered in Clermont County Common Pleas Court by Randall Ralston on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, after a plea deal was negotiated with prosecutors. Ralston, 39, of Anderson Township, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of rape and 13 counts of unlawful sexual conduct involving two girls, age 15, whom he coached in a summer basketball league from June through August.
Voters in the West Clermont Local School District will be deciding the fate of a levy on the ballot Tuesday, May 5. The 6.91 mill continuing levy would replace the 7.9 mill five-year emergency levy that was passed in 2004. The current levy expires at the end of 2009. According to Alana Cropper, treasurer for West Clermont Local School District, the substitute levy will generate no additional money for the schools, as it is a continuation of the one in effect now.
Union Township is placing a safety services levy on the ballot in a special election slated for Tuesday, Feb. 3. The proposed 5.9 mill levy would be in addition to the current 4 mills and would provide the community with the same safety services it is now receiving.
After waiting for more than 50 years, the congregation at St. Bernadette Parish in Pierce Township has received an answer to their prayers. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati recently granted permission for the parish to build their long-awaited church. The congregation of St. Bernadette has raised more than $1.6 million and the building is expected to cost $1.7 million.
Williamsburg Local School District is feeling the budget crunch that is plaguing school districts throughout the nation and they will ask voters to help bear the burden in a special election set for Tuesday, Feb. 3. The increase and renewal is for 8.4 mills over a five year period with the increase showing up on the 2010 property tax.