Clermont trial judge Robert Ringland recently saw one of his decisions supported by a higher court in a case that will likely reach the supreme court. In a decision in favor of the state, Ringland ruled in the case of Ohio v. Garland Billings that it is constitutional for the state to require Billings to live at least 1,000 feet from a school, a decision which the 12th district circuit court agreed with.
Sprawling comfortably over 64 acres of pristine Moscow woods, the Artisan Center at Maple Creek has become a cocoon of local creativity that is being nurtured, protected, and promoted by Steve and Gwen Herndon. Steve Herndon, who has owned the construction and design company Wolfhaus Homes for years, said that the idea to open the Artisan Center came about in a very interesting way.
One month after the sudden fatal bridge collapse in Minnesota, the Clermont Engineer’s Office would like the public to know that the more than 400 bridges in the county are structurally sound and pose no threat to public safety. For decades now, the engineer’s office has had a comprehensive plan in place in regard to the inspection, maintenance, repair, and replacement of county bridges.
The Clermont Northeastern Local School District has received an “Effective” rating on its annual report card from the Ohio Department of Education. “We know that we still have some work to do to achieve an excellent rating from the state,” said superintendent Neil Leist. “The district is doing a lot of things right and I am relatively pleased with the scores. As superintendent, I look at the positive things about the report card right away.”
The Batavia High School will now fly a beacon of support for soldiers who are either missing in action of prisoners of war. A POW/MIA flag has been donated to the school, and the district has authored a proclamation recognizing the sacrifice of prisoners of war and those who have gone missing in military conflicts around the world.
Recently, Bethel Village Councilman Gary Hutchinson requested that efforts be made to change the speed limit on the eastern side of town. According to Hutchinson, the 35 mph speed limit on state Route 125/Plane Street is too much given the large number of children who live and play in the area.
Tutoring and ice cream? Sounds like a delicious match made in educational heaven. Kathy’s Kids Tutoring and Eric’s Ice Cream Parlor, two businesses owned and operated by the Merman family, are now open for business in Kennedy’s Landing, a new strip mall center off Glen-Este Withamsville Road.
A “dry hydrant” will soon be available for fighting fires in eastern Batavia Township after board action at the Batavia Township board of trustees. Last week, they approved a joint-easement plan with Williamsburg Township to allow the installation of the fire hydrant, which will draw water from a pond instead of from a water line. Paul Berringer of the Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District spoke on behalf of the plan, which would give firefighters a much-needed boost in that area, should a fire ever occur.
Renee King, Felicity-Franklin Middle School Teacher and Gifted Intervention Specialist, has been awarded the Planet Orange Financial Literacy Award from ING DIRECT, the nation’s largest direct bank.
The Bethel Village Council is hoping to clean up a dangerous and frustrating problem at the westernmost traffic light in town, where motorists attempting to beat traffic have caused numerous accidents in past weeks looping through parking lots to catch lights. The dangerous synchronized routine has caused frustration in the village, as well as injuries, and has the council baffled as to a solution.