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West Clermont announces new budget cuts

West Clermont Local Schools superintendent Gary Brooks announced the next round of budget cuts during the school board meeting on Monday, Feb. 23. District expenditures will be cut by $1.8 million during the 2009-2010 school year. This reduction is the latest in a series of budget cuts totaling $11.5 million that the superintendent and board have implemented since passage of $7.9 million emergency levy in March 2004.

Duckworth hired in Union Township

Union Township officials met in special session Wednesday, Feb. 18, to select a township administrator. After receiving 21 applications, narrowing the field to six and conducting interviews with the six, trustees Bob McGee, Timothy Donnellon, and Matthew Beamer agreed on David Duckworth to fill the position.

Mock trials fill Clermont County courtrooms

Sixteen high school teams from the area participated in the regional mock trial competition in Clermont County Friday, Feb. 20. New Richmond High School was the only Clermont County team to compete. They were invited to the regional competition after winning on the local level.

Students donate artistic talent for charity

Glen Este High School students were given a unique opportunity to display their artistic talents on Wednesday, Feb. 18, as they under-glazed soup bowls for a charity organization. Not all the students who participated were art majors. Some were from the Art Club, National Honor Society and Key Club.

Young engineers imagine the future

Batavia Middle School students are planning for the future and had an opportunity to showcase their ideas during The National Engineers Week Future City Competition at COSI, in Columbus, on Jan. 17. The eighth grade students in Mary Bradburn’s language arts class placed third in the state competition and received three additional special awards.

Events and Arts Council is promoting programs in Milford

The newly formed Greater Milford Events and Arts Council is ready to help organizers coordinate events and programs and assist in scheduling and hosting new events and programs in the Milford area. The council has 18 charter members and they are seeking more charter members, sponsors, and volunteers.

Owensville student is the first Lemon Scholarship recipient

On Monday, Feb. 9, International TechneGroup Inc., in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering presented the first Jason R. Lemon Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to John Pittenger, of Owensville. Pittenger is a 2008 graduate of Clermont Northeast High School and is currently a freshman in the UC College of Engineering.

Batavia village administrator resigns

Batavia Village Administrator Bob Stewart has decided to resign his position and retire from government service. A letter of resignation was delivered to council members and the mayor Feb. 9. Stewart listed several reasons for his decision to resign.

LEAD Program teaches leaders

The 2009 LEAD class has had opportunities to view Clermont County from a different angle during the past several months, and on Feb. 5, the group spent the day with law enforcement officials and in the courthouse to get an inside view of safety and justice within the county.

New Richmond considers cuts to deal with budget

New Richmond officials met Thursday, Feb. 12 to discuss possible ways to cut their current operating budget and to plan for the future. In a work session designed primarily to discuss the financial goals of the village, council members were told by Rick Hilt, finance committee chair, that the biggest single factor in the shortfall is the Beckjord Power Plant. With the deregulation of utilities, the plant has been reducing the amount of tax revenue paid to the village by $10,000 a year since 2007.

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