It may be one of the most treasured traditions of the holidays. After the big family meal is finished, holiday celebrants can be seen making little trips back to the dinner table for hours to get a little nibble of this or that, but all too often, unwanted guests on the food have been all too happy to make their presence known in uncomfortable ways.
As Christmas approaches and presents continue to pile up under the Christmas trees located in homes around the world, fire officials are warning that those decorative trees could become deadly, if proper precautions aren’t taken.
His canvas is wood, his inspiration, animals. Ferocious grizzly bears stand upright ready to attack, majestic eagles and hawks are poised in flight, nimble squirrels and sluggish turtles are eternally at play. Skittish fish are jumping in and out of a front yard pond, and a stealthy 10-foot alligator lies silently in wait. These are but a few of the wondrous wood carving creations that dot the 200 acres of verdant farmland and countryside at the picturesque Hidden Creek Farm in Goshen.
Bethel-Tate High School students are celebrating the holiday season by collecting toys for needy families. The toy drive is a community service project conceived and executed by the Bethel-Tate High School student government; they have already collected more than 1,000 toys.
The holiday spirit of giving is alive and well in the classrooms and hallways of Batavia High School. “Batavia High School is sponsoring a Neediest Kids of All Giving Tree,” said health teacher and senior class sponsor Gail Rich.
The Union Township Board of Trustees cleaned up a few end-of-the-year issues at their Dec. 12 meeting, concluding three zoning cases and updating the status of the design build process for their new fire station, Station 52.
Officially, progress is still in state of stalemate concerning two historical log cabins located in Bethel’s Burke Park. Deteriorating and potentially dangerous due to their condition, the cabins had been earmarked for sale to an out-of-state buyer who planned to remove them and rebuild them in a different location, but an effort from local history enthusiasts halted that.
According to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department, seven drug traffickers were indicted last week for their role in distributing drugs in the New Richmond area.
The Mercy Hospital Clermont campus is going tobacco-free starting the first of the year. Mercy Hospital Clermont banned smoking several years ago inside the building for the obvious health benefits.
The Union Township Police Department responded to a residential fire on Main Street in Amelia Dec. 6. Union Township Fire Chief Stan Deimling said that the single family structure, located at 141 East Main Street, was a complete loss.