The Clermont County Board of Elections is reporting that Election Day 2008 was one of the smoothest and most organized in its history. Despite the lengthy lines at almost every polling location in the county, there were no major problems, and no one complained about the wait.
Robert P. Ringland is the first judge from Clermont County to ever be elected to the 12th District Court of Appeals. Defeating his opponent Bruce Carter in the Nov. 4 election, Clermont County Common Pleas Court Judge Ringland will take his seat on the 12th District Court of Appeals in Middletown Jan. 1.
Clermont County Commissioner Mary Walker pleaded no contest to violating state ethics law in a Clermont County Common Pleas courtroom Nov. 10. After being found guilty of violating state ethics law, the beleaguered commissioner entered the no contest plea and then resigned her commission post as part of the plea deal that was offered and accepted by visiting judge Matt Crehan.
The peak season for deer-related automobile crashes has arrived. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers to drive defensively and cautiously, and to be constantly vigilant when it concerns the deer population, especially considering the current explosion in the deer population and ever-expanding urban sprawl.
The village of Amelia thanked and celebrated its hundreds of local veterans, and all current members of the United States military, at its fifth annual Salute to Veterans Ceremony. The celebration, which was held at the Amelia Elementary School Nov. 8, attracted close to approximately 100 people.
The Batavia Village Council failed at its regular November meeting to pass an ordinance authorizing the village to reimburse the chief of police for attorney fees. Council heard the third reading of an ordinance to authorize the reimbursement of $3,008.69 to Police Chief Mike Gardner, but no vote was taken on the measure.
The Rivertown IGA, in New Richmond, was the site of the presentation of an award it co-sponsored, the Hometown Hero. The event took place Oct. 29. Winning the Rivertown IGA honor was Tom Dorman of Independence, Ky.
The school bus drivers for the New Richmond Exempted School District held a free outreach dinner in the village last weekend. Held for five hours at the New Richmond civic center Nov. 1, the outreach dinner was a way for the school district’s transportation department to get to know the people and the students who live and work in the district, and as a way to just get more involved in the community, said event organizer and New Richmond School District first-year transportation director Prescott.
Republican Tom Niehaus has been re-elected to his 14th District seat in the Ohio State Senate. Niehaus, who was first elected to represent the 14th district in 2004, defeated Democratic challenger Greg Napolitano and Independent candidate Mary Ann Leech.
Jean Schmidt has defeated Victoria Wulsin and David Krikorian in the Second Congressional District race. Schmidt received 141,498 of the 314,319 votes cast in the race to represent the second district, which consists of Clermont, Brown, Adams, and Pike Counties, and parts of Hamilton, Scioto, and Warren counties.