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Bethel’s chief of police resigns

Bethel police chief John Wallace has resigned effective Sept. 30. Wallace, who has been the village police chief for the last three years, read a resignation letter to the Bethel Council at its Sept. 22 meeting.

Late night fire destroys barn in Jackson Township

A barn fire in Jackson Township sent one local man to the hospital Sept. 26. After receiving a 911 call around 1:20 a.m. Thursday, the Jackson Township Fire Department was called to 5814 State Route 133, on the border of Wayne Township.

Bethel utility departments have been restructured

The street, water, and electric departments in the village of Bethel have been restructured into one public works department. Village administrator Travis Dotson told council at its regular Sept. 22 meeting that streamlining the village’s public works department under one supervisor will accomplish many things, but mostly it will better coordinate the work to be do done on a daily basis and reduce the number of village vehicles out on the road.

Batavia to pay chief’s $3,008.69 attorney fee

The Batavia Village Council has voted to reimburse Police Chief Mike Gardner for attorney fees in the amount of $3,008.69. Council voted 4-1 on the measure at a special meeting Monday, Sept. 22. The bill will not be paid, however, until council passes a resolution directing the treasurer to pay the bill. The resolution is being prepared by the village solicitor. Council is expected to vote on the measure at its Oct. 6 meeting.

Alpaca Gala held in New Richmond

An estimated 500 people attended the Alpaca Gala at the Stoney Brook Farm in New Richmond Sept. 27. The third year for the event, farm owners and alpaca lovers John and Audrey Sado said that not only is the event designed for families to have a day of fun with these “cute, cuddly, and lovable animals,” but to keep the public aware that the alpaca and its fleeces are very important in the American marketplace.

Cardinal Boys and Girls Club opens

The Cardinal Boys and Girls Club in the Felicity-Franklin school district celebrated its grand opening Sept. 27. Attended by about 70 people, the grand opening was planned to coincide with Nickelodeon’s “Day of Play” event for the hundreds children participating in boys and girls clubs all across America. The grand opening of the Cardinal Boys and Clubs was the result of a partnership between the Felicity-Franklin School District, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Clermont County (there are now three), the Clermont County Juvenile Court, Jeff Wyler of the Jeff Wyler automotive family, and the dozens of people who live and work in the Felicity area, like Cardinal club unit director Sherri McClure.

Reading dogs give students a boost

The art of reading has literally gone canine at the Locust Corner Elementary School. For the last four years, the elementary school has been engaging it’s more than 400 students in reading to privately owned certified therapy dogs that come in for an hour once a week to the homerooms for the students to read out loud to the dogs.

Alpaca Gala to be held at Stoney Brook Farm

The Southwestern Ohio Alpaca Community is welcoming the community to the third annual Alpaca Gala at the Stoney Brook Farm in New Richmond Sept. 27. One of six alpaca farms in the county, Stoney Brook Farm is the home of John and Audrey Sado, a picturesque 47-acre farm nestled in the hills of southwestern Clermont County.

Wreck sends two to local hospitals

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting that that a man and an infant were transported to area hospitals following a traffic accident in Goshen Township Sept. 19.

Java Jazz ‘n Art to be held in New Richmond

New Richmond will be celebrating the first of what organizers hope will be many Java Jazz n’ Art events Oct. 10. A new fall event in Clermont County, Java Jazz n’ Art will celebrate delicious artisan coffees, include an art competition, and live music provided by the Blue Chip Jazz Band.


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