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Ohio governor’s education proposal draws comments

In his recent State of the State Address, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland outlined a proposal to overhaul the education system in Ohio Public Schools. According to Barbara Bradley, superintendent of Batavia Local School District, the school district had a guidance counselor on the governor’s first group of 40 who met to start the conversations on school reform.

Literacy Council shares successes

People come to the Literacy Council of Brown and Clermont counties for a lot of different reasons, according to Joy Brown, student/teacher liaison for the Literacy Council. According to Brown, one out of four people in Clermont and Brown counties can’t read or write and the Literacy Center is matching tutors with students to help change those numbers.

Williamsburg Board to go to voters once again

The Williamsburg Board of Education isn’t wasting any time returning to voters and asking for their help to keep the schools operational. At the board meeting on Monday, Feb. 9, board members adopted a resolution to declare it necessary to renew and increase a levy on a tax in excess of the 10 mill limitation for a total sum of $996,826.

Police apprehend suspect

Bethel police report that their search for John Kopkowski, of Batavia, has ended with his arrest Friday, Feb. 6 in San Diego, Calif. Kopkowski was indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury on Wednesday, Feb. 4, on 50 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

Curington named Amelia Citizen of the Year

As the Amelia Village Council meeting opened on Monday, Feb. 2, Mayor Leroy Ellington read two letters from Clermont County residents who had nominated Pastor David Curington for Citizen of the Year. Ellington read the letters to a large audience of community members.

Sauls appointed to Batavia Township seat

Batavia Township Trustees Archie Wilson and Lee Cornett came to an agreement on a replacement for trustee Deborah Clepper at a special meeting on Friday, Jan. 30. Clepper gave up her position as trustee after being voted into office as Clermont County Recorder in November 2008. Her term is set to expire Dec. 30, 2009.

Canine trained to sniff out drugs

Clermont County 20/20 Leaders spent part of their day with Pierce Township canine officer Jay Shaw and his partner, Razec, Thursday, Feb. 5. Pierce Township Police Chief Jim Smith gave the group an overview of the drug problem in Clermont County as an introduction to the canine program.

Representative Bubp welcomed home

Clermont County Commissioners welcomed Colonel Danny Bubp to their meeting on Monday, Feb. 9 and presented him with a certificate of appreciation. Bubp, who serves as a state representative for the 88th District, served with the Marine Corps in Iraq from January to November 2008.

Fire leaves family with nothing

A fire which destroyed the Horn residence in Miami Township on Thursday, Feb. 5, has left the family of eight with nothing. Two teenage boys were trapped in the second story bedroom when they made the call to 911.

Storm debris drop-off point for set Batavia Township

The Batavia Board of Trustees has set up a temporary drop-off point for storm related debris from the recent high winds and icy conditions. The drop-off site is located at the rear of the Township Maintenance Facility, located at 2401 Old State Route 32.

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