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Police chief sues local law enforcement officials

New Richmond Police Chief David Willoughby filed a federal lawsuit Friday, Jan. 9, in U.S. District Court, in Cincinnati, and claims that he was manhandled and his wife and children were traumatized when guns were pointed at them during a search of their house by law enforcement officials. An investigation into allegations of menacing by stalking and voyeurism began in August 2008 by Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Karen Rebori.

West Clermont to break ground for new schools

The West Clermont School District has plans to break ground for two new elementary schools Friday, Jan. 16. They will break ground 1 p.m. for Amelia Elementary and 2:30 p.m. for Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary. The buildings to be replaced were both built during the 1930s and are two of the oldest buildings in the district.

Local soldiers recognized by county

Clermont County Commissioners and local officials recently honored two area men who have just returned from tours of duty in Iraq. United States Air Force Major Jonathan Royer, of Owensville and U.S. Army Captain Timothy Messer, of Bethel, addressed the crowd assembled at the commissioners office on Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Camp Allyn program receives its second star

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.

Amelia Police make pot bust

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 Schools start new reading program

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 to fill council vacancy

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.

Rules of council discussed at Amelia meeting

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.

Former coach pleads guilty

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.

West Clermont voters to decide on 6.91 mill levy

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.

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