Republican Ed Humphrey and Democrat Theresa Conover are two candidates currently campaigning to be elected to a seat on the Clermont County Board of Commissioners. Both candidates feel that they possess the qualifications and the experience necessary to become an effective county commissioner.
Army Sergeant Brad Gantz and Marine Corps Lance Corporal Ronald Thompson Jr. were honored by the Clermont County Board of Commissioners and 2nd District Congresswoman Jean Schmidt Oct. 21. Thompson, 21, started that job by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from New Richmond High School in 2005.
The Clermont County Public Library is seeking a .9 mill replacement tax levy. Issue 28, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, would raise funds strictly for covering the county’s 12-branch library system’s operational expenses, not for any new construction or renovation.
The second and third-grade students at the Merwin Elementary School took a field trip to the Cincinnati Nature Center Oct. 16. As part of the second and third grade curriculum, the students, who usually visit the Nature Center once or twice a year, enthusiastically strolled through the Cincinnati Nature Center’s Rowe Woods, looking for and pointing out animals and plants in their natural habitats.
The Washington Township Board of Trustees has recently discovered the 70-year-old “lost deed” to the McKendre Chapel Cemetery. The McKendre Chapel Cemetery, which is located on an overgrown hill opposite the intersection of Neville Penn and Chilo Cemetery McKendre Chapel Roads, was the cemetery of the McKendre Chapel Methodist Church, which was built sometime before 1840 on one acre of ground that was donated to Washington Township by John G. Buchanan.
Sergeant Brad Gantz has returned home to Clermont County after his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Gantz, 23, enlisted in the Army after graduating from Glen Este High School in 2004. Since joining the military, Gantz, who is stationed in Italy, has been deployed twice to Afghanistan, from March 2005 to March 2006, and then from May 2007 until August 2008; he returned home to a hero’s welcome two weeks ago.
As part of National School Bus Safety Week, the more than 700 students at the Merwin Elementary School held school bus evacuation drills Oct. 21 – 22. An annual national initiative, School Bus Safety Week, which ran from Oct. 20-24, adopted the theme of “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead” this year.
Congresswoman Jean Schmidt is back in the district and recuperating in her Miami Township home after sustaining injuries from being hit by a vehicle that struck her while she was jogging last week. Schmidt, 56, suffered two broken vertebrae and two broken ribs in the hit and run. The driver of the van who hit the congresswoman, throwing her into the air, did not stop.
The Batavia Township Board of Trustees recently awarded appreciation certificates to several residents for their help in erecting new playground equipment. Township residents and volunteers Ernie Arthur, Dan Haglage, Tom Cole, Dave Schulz, and Tom Berry received the certificates, and many thanks, at the trustees’ Oct. 7 meeting.
Operation Opiate Blocker has lead to the arrest of 61 people in Clermont County for the abuse of and the trafficking in heroin and other opiates. The 61 indictments and subsequent arrests marks the largest drug bust of opiates in the county’s history.