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Batavia to fill council vacancy

Batavia village councilwoman Suzanne Gregg has resigned her seat, and village officials are soliciting letters of interest from residents interested in filling the position. Mayor John Thebout read Gregg’s letter to council at its regular meeting Jan. 5. In the letter, Gregg thanked voters for their trust and support, and encouraged residents to get involved in village government.

Rules of council discussed at Amelia meeting

Amelia council members discussed various amendments and wording for the rules of council at their regular meeting Jan. 5. Councilman Derrick Campbell and councilwoman Pam Troxell had reviewed the rules and offered a suggestion to correct the wording regarding council members receiving their packets of information relating to upcoming council meetings.

Former coach pleads guilty

A guilty plea was entered in Clermont County Common Pleas Court by Randall Ralston on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, after a plea deal was negotiated with prosecutors. Ralston, 39, of Anderson Township, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of rape and 13 counts of unlawful sexual conduct involving two girls, age 15, whom he coached in a summer basketball league from June through August.

West Clermont voters to decide on 6.91 mill levy

Voters in the West Clermont Local School District will be deciding the fate of a levy on the ballot Tuesday, May 5. The 6.91 mill continuing levy would replace the 7.9 mill five-year emergency levy that was passed in 2004. The current levy expires at the end of 2009. According to Alana Cropper, treasurer for West Clermont Local School District, the substitute levy will generate no additional money for the schools, as it is a continuation of the one in effect now.

Union Township levy needed for safety services

Union Township is placing a safety services levy on the ballot in a special election slated for Tuesday, Feb. 3. The proposed 5.9 mill levy would be in addition to the current 4 mills and would provide the community with the same safety services it is now receiving.

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.

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