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Parishioners’ prayers are answered

After waiting for more than 50 years, the congregation at St. Bernadette Parish in Pierce Township has received an answer to their prayers. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati recently granted permission for the parish to build their long-awaited church. The congregation of St. Bernadette has raised more than $1.6 million and the building is expected to cost $1.7 million.

Williamsburg to have school levy on ballot

Williamsburg Local School District is feeling the budget crunch that is plaguing school districts throughout the nation and they will ask voters to help bear the burden in a special election set for Tuesday, Feb. 3. The increase and renewal is for 8.4 mills over a five year period with the increase showing up on the 2010 property tax.

Local artist displays work in Batavia

An up-and-coming local photography artist is sharing his work with the public during January at the Riverside Coffee Mill, located 177 S. Riverside Drive, in Batavia. Justin Burwinkel, 19, of Owensville, got started with photography when his older brother was in high school and he discovered that he truly enjoyed taking photographs.

Williamsburg students donate blood

Williamsburg High School students participated in their third blood drive of the school year on Tuesday, Jan. 6. The Hoxworth Bloodmobile was parked in front of the school and technicians directed students through the process of blood donation. Gary Woebkenberg, a recruiter with Hoxworth, said that teacher and librarian Lynnett Lonaker was instrumental in coordinating the blood drive. Students who are 16 are required to bring a permission slip from their parents.

Shoplifter caught, charged for theft, drug paraphernalia

On Dec. 22, Union Township plain clothes police officers Chad Lutson and Chad Bullock responded to Walmart after receiving a call from an officer with Walmart loss prevention. He reported that a man wearing camouflage overalls and a black jacket left the store on foot after shoplifting items from the store.

Advance America robbed

An Amelia clerk was robbed Friday, Dec. 19. An employee at Advance America, located 1218 State Route 125, in Amelia, was closing the store just before 7 p.m. when a man entered through the front door and demanded money, according to Clermont County Sheriff A. J. “Tim” Rodenberg.

Whooping cough outbreak strikes Clermont County

A significant number of whooping cough (pertussis) cases are being reported across Clermont County. While the cases are being reported in various age groups, most are in children between the ages of seven and 11.

Crisis Hotline staffed by certified counselors

More than 30,000 people in the United States die by suicide each year, averaging 82 per day and 1,200 Ohioans die by suicide each year. There are almost twice as many suicides as there are homicides.

Health Department recommends flu shots

The flu season is upon us and the Clermont County Health Department reminds those who have not yet received a flu shot that it is not too late to do so. With a good supply of vaccine this year, the shots will be available well into January.

Authorities looking for child porn suspect

Police are looking for a Clermont County man in connection with a possible case of child pornography. A computer repair shop contacted Bethel Police when they found images on a computer belonging to John Kopkowski. The computer was brought to the shop by Kopkowski.

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