The Batavia Middle School hosted the imaginative Camp Invention program for kids last week. This is the first year that the school district has hosted the camp, which is a national program, and 50 students in grades one through six took the opportunity to participate. One imaginative group of nine-year-olds, after crash-landing their spacecraft on Planet Zak, built a storm shelter to protect them from glitter and candy storms.
The Kramer Myers Insurance Company in Batavia is collecting food and money for the YWCA food pantry. The employees and the thousands of customers at the 48-year-old company have already generously donated a full barrel of canned goods and almost $170 in cash.
The Ohio State House of Representatives has passed House Bill 562, the capital budget bill for the state, which will provide $120 million in funds for the community and infrastructure projects across the state.
Clermont County law enforcement officers are asking the community for their help in locating Christopher Crosby, 25, wanted for skipping his sentencing hearing. A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of Crosby, who, after pleading guilty, was convicted in Clermont County for his involvement in a home invasion in Batavia Township last year.
The Clermont County Public Library has been forced to limit its use of public meeting rooms space after a lawsuit was filed in federal court over their use for religious purposes.
A woman from Amelia was killed and five people were injured as the result of a two-car crash between a pick-up truck and a mini-van near the East Fork State Park June 16.
Two weeks after returning from their first tour of duty in Iraq, brothers-in-arms – and brothers-in-law – Michael Ormes and Christopher Hurley were honored by the Clermont County commissioners June 11. Twenty-year-old Ormes, a New Richmond High School graduate, enlisted in the Army reserves in 2005 because his grandfather was in the Army and he wanted to serve his country.
Five Clermont County fire departments were called to Carney’s Feed Mill in Stonelick Township Sunday, June 15 to put out a fire that was raging through the building. Spotted by a neighbor, the five-alarm fire was brought under control in less than an hour and firefighters had the scene cleared by around midnight.
“For bugs, they taste all right.” Those words, spoken with somewhat of a grimace by 5-year-old Avery Skaggs after eating a chocolate-flavored cicada, seemed to be the agreed upon consensus by the 30 or so people that tasted cicadas at a celebration honoring the insects at the Chilo Lock #34 Park June 14.
The last transmission produced at the Ford plant rolled off the line Friday, June 13. For nearly 30 years, the 2.4 million square feet Ford plant in Batavia has provided thousands of jobs to Clermont County workers. At it’s peak in 1981, the year the plant opened, Ford employed some 2,635 people.