Not being able to cook a decent meal for his family, watch television, or even take a hot shower led Stonelick Township resident J.D. Woessner to bring his family to the Clermont Northeastern High School Sept. 19. After realizing that close to 9,000 people in Clermont County were still surviving without electrical power six days after Hurricane Ike’s 80 mph winds raged across the tri-state, CNE superintendent Neil Leist decided to take some action on his own.
In the wake of ethics allegations against Union Township, the trustees announced last week that they would implement a conflict of interest policy to avoid any perceived ethical transgressions in the future. Board of Trustees Chairman Robert McGee said that this new ethics policy will ensure that the township, and all of its employees, adhere to the strictest ethical guidelines in governing and conducting business in and for the township.
Batavia Township officials are telling all residents that there are two drop-off sites for damaged trees. Rumpke or CSI will take the remaining brush if it is cut in lengths that do not exceed 4 feet in length. The limbs should then be tied in a bundle of not more than 70 pounds.
“We are all here tonight to honor our son Nicholas, and to show solidarity with the loved ones of others.” These words, spoken by Elizabeth Shofstall, whose son Nicholas Colson-Wright, 25, committed suicide earlier in the year, encapsulates why the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board and the Clermont Suicide Prevention Coalition sponsor an annual candlelight vigil.
More than 20 local veteran’s organizations have benefitted from a scam that was uncovered in Clermont County. Miami Township police sergeant John Swing said that in 2005, Union Township resident Clinton Fuston defrauded people into donating money on behalf of the Army/Navy organization, and then he kept the money.
The annual Taste of Clermont was a success, according to organizers. Thousands of people are estimated to have attended the three-day annual event to enjoy the food, music, fun, and camaraderie. But overall, chair Margaret Jenkins said, the event was as successful as organizers had anticipated. Of the 10 restaurants that participated, Manny the Greek took the Best of the Best Taste award.
What Duke Energy is calling the largest power outage in the company’s history has left thousands in the Greater Cincinnati area without any electrical power. Sunday’s windstorm, the resulting remnants of Hurricane Ike, has, as of press time, left about 60,000 Duke Energy customers still waiting and riding out the outage in the dark; 22,000 of those in Clermont County alone.
The Citizens For CNE Kids Committee, a group recently formed to muster community support for the upcoming bond levy, has scheduled several meetings over the next two months. Cathy Miller, secretary for the committee, said that as the bond levy campaign moves forward, it is imperative that the community gets involved in the future of CNE schools.
The widespread county power loss due to the severe damage from Sunday’s powerful windstorm prompted the county commissioners to declare a state of emergency on Sept. 15. As of Wednesday morning, thousands of Clermont County residences and businesses were still in the dark. Duke Energy is estimating that 50 percent of homes and businesses still without power should have electricity restored by Tuesday night, and up to 85 percent by Wednesday night.
The Bethel Village Council has received a request from a group of concerned residents to set up a phone bank in the Grant Memorial Building over the next few weeks to educate unsure residents on which political candidates to support in the fall election. Initially opposed, because of existing restrictions on the Grant Memorial Building, councilman Gary Hutchinson said that it was not council’s place to consider such a request.