The Clermont County Board of Commissioners has declared the month of August Child Support Enforcement Month. A coordinated county-wide effort, the declaration’s goal is to increase and spread awareness regarding the importance of making timely child support payments, said county communications director Kathy Lehr.
The petition to annex more than 83 acres of farmland from Stonelick Township to the village of Owensville has been officially withdrawn. The annexation withdrawal was made at a continued public hearing before the board of county commissioners Aug. 6.
New Richmond is gearing up for this year’s RiverDays on the Ohio River. The village’s annual riverfront and beach festival, which will take place this weekend, Aug. 15-17, will offer fun and entertaining activities for the thousands of people who line the Ohio River every year to enjoy the traditional event.
The Batavia Local School District Board of Education discussed the failed bond issue at a special meeting Saturday, Aug. 9. The board decided to postpone any decision about placing it on the ballot in November until board members had a chance to meet with with the group that campaigned for the levy, Citizens for Batavia Schools.
A group of Amelia residents, angry over a proposed 1 percent earned income tax, want to dissolve the village. The proposed earned income tax, which the village council could vote on as early as its next meeting Aug. 18, has so outraged some residents that they have formed a group named the Amelia Residents for Fiscal Responsibility.
The Pierce Point Cinema in Pierce Township is now open. Located in the newly developed Amelia Plaza, the Pierce Point Cinema 10 is a first-run, 10 screen complex with rocking stadium seats and high-tech amenities. The state-of-the-art theater celebrated its grand opening with a well-attended open house July 31.
The village of Amelia participated in the 25th annual National Night Out Aug. 5. The fifth year that the village has celebrated the event, an estimated 300 people came out to enjoy the free food and the camaraderie between the village’s residents, the government, and the police department.
David Mezack is the new Executive Director of the Clermont County Public Library. Mezack, who had been serving as the CCPL interim director for the library since October of 2007 (and operations coordinator), was unanimously appointed by the Board of Trustees during the July 14 board meeting after months of review and consideration of the other interested candidates. Mezack’s background and experience in the library system has made him “uniquely qualified to fill this role.”
Richard Johnson has been charged with two counts of felonious assault for driving his pickup truck into a Batavia apartment where a woman and her child live. Clermont County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 4300 block of the Batavia Village apartments June 28 after having received several calls with reports of domestic violence.
Union Township police have apprehended a man believed to have robbed two banks. Pierce Township resident Michael Thomas Miller, 25, was taken into custody July 29 by Union Township detectives after being spotted walking across a bridge leading into Kentucky. Miller was identified as a suspect following the examination of surveillance videos from two local recent bank robberies.