Bethel native Mark Planck is the new chief of the Bethel Police Department. “I am most looking forward to making the village police department the best it can possibly be,” Planck said. “And in turn, make Bethel the safest village that it can possibly be.” For the last 21 years, Planck has made a career out of law enforcement in the village; he started as a dispatcher for the police department and also a fire department cadet before becoming a full time village police officer in 1988.
The Bethel-Tate Local School District is hoping that voters will support a 1 percent earned income tax issue that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. Bethel-Tate Issue 22 will be a continuing operational school levy that will tax 1 percent on the earned income of individuals who live in the school district starting on Jan. 1, 2009.
The historic Blue Haven restaurant in Bethel is closing its doors. For more than half a century, the family-owned and family-style restaurant has been serving country cooking to the residents of Bethel. Before the ubiquitous fast food restaurants started popping up in the 1980′s, the Blue Haven was the only sit-down restaurant in the village.
The Batavia Village Council heard the first reading of an ordinance at its regular meeting Oct. 6 to reimburse the chief of police $3,008.69 in attorney fees. An ordinance prepared by Village Solicitor George Leicht authorizing the village clerk to pay the bill was presented to council at the Oct. 6 meeting.
Voters in the Clermont Northeastern school district will see a 5.8 mill bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot. If passed, Issue 23, a $26,200,000, 28-year bond issue, will help pay for new construction, renovations and additions to existing school facilities, improvements, and equipment, furnishings, and site improvements, all over the next 28 years.
Fastiques Rod and Custom of Southern Ohio presented the 33rd annual Pumpkin Run at the Clermont County Fairgrounds Oct. 3-5. Over the past 33 years, the annual classic car show known as the Pumpkin Run has become one of the most popular events in the county, drawing tens of thousands of people to Southwestern Ohio from all over the country.
More than 100 pugs descended upon Stonelick Lake Park for the second annual Pug Fair charity event Oct. 4. Pug Fair 2008, which attracted about 300 people and their costumed pet pugs (and many other breeds of dog), is an event designed to celebrate the popular breed of dog, and to especially raise money for the Ohio Pug Rescue Organization.
The Parts Connection business located at 670 College Drive has received the Village Association of Batavia’s Property Home Improvement Award for the month of September. Opened in May, the family-owned and operated Parts Connection store specializes in heavy-duty construction parts and equipment sales.
The Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a Tailgate Luncheon for the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Sept. 26. Attended by about 120 people, the tailgate party (minus the cars) is a chance for the convention bureau and the chamber members to mingle, network, and further enhance the mission of making Clermont County a destination and a future home to all potential businesses.
Amelia Residents for Fiscal Responsibility, a group formed to have the village formally dissolved, has once again come up short in collecting enough valid signatures to have the dissolution petition placed on the November ballot.