Sergeant Brad Gantz has returned home to Clermont County after his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Gantz, 23, enlisted in the Army after graduating from Glen Este High School in 2004. Since joining the military, Gantz, who is stationed in Italy, has been deployed twice to Afghanistan, from March 2005 to March 2006, and then from May 2007 until August 2008; he returned home to a hero’s welcome two weeks ago.
As part of National School Bus Safety Week, the more than 700 students at the Merwin Elementary School held school bus evacuation drills Oct. 21 – 22. An annual national initiative, School Bus Safety Week, which ran from Oct. 20-24, adopted the theme of “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead” this year.
Congresswoman Jean Schmidt is back in the district and recuperating in her Miami Township home after sustaining injuries from being hit by a vehicle that struck her while she was jogging last week. Schmidt, 56, suffered two broken vertebrae and two broken ribs in the hit and run. The driver of the van who hit the congresswoman, throwing her into the air, did not stop.
The Batavia Township Board of Trustees recently awarded appreciation certificates to several residents for their help in erecting new playground equipment. Township residents and volunteers Ernie Arthur, Dan Haglage, Tom Cole, Dave Schulz, and Tom Berry received the certificates, and many thanks, at the trustees’ Oct. 7 meeting.
Operation Opiate Blocker has lead to the arrest of 61 people in Clermont County for the abuse of and the trafficking in heroin and other opiates. The 61 indictments and subsequent arrests marks the largest drug bust of opiates in the county’s history.
Barb Wiedenbein has announced that she is resigning her position as a trustee of Clermont County’s Union Township in December. Her resignation, announced Oct. 1, will take affect one year before her elected term as a Union Township trustee was scheduled to expire.
Seventeen juveniles in Miami Township will now face charges for engaging in illegal activities at the Community Park off Buckwheat Road. After receiving many resident complaints about teenagers hanging out in the park after school, the Miami Township Police Department decided to take action, said Police Chief Steven Bailey.
The Milford Exempted Village School District is again hoping that voters will support a tax levy that will appear on the ballot next month. If passed, the funds generated from Issue 26 will be used to restore bus transportation to high school students (and those who live within a two-mile radius of the school), buy new textbooks, technology replacement costs, and give a cost of living salary increase for the district’s staff.
Holly Hill Elementary School teacher Vera Edwards has been chosen to be the Sam’s Club 2008 Teacher of the Year. Edwards, who has taught third-grade students at the school since it opened in 1982, received the award and a check during a surprise after-school assembly Oct. 9.
Mark Planck has been sworn in as the new Bethel Police Chief. At the village council’s Oct. 13 meeting, Bethel mayor John Swarthout swore in Planck, who was surrounded by his very proud family members. Planck, who has been a Bethel police officer for the last 21 years, was chosen by village council to replace retiring chief John Wallace.