Anyone looking for the best in local food and entertainment will find that and more at the Taste of Clermont, coming to downtown Batavia Sept. 12-14. The fifth annual Taste, which will be held from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m Sunday, will feature the best in local restaurants, great musical acts, and other entertainment.
The 1861 Inn, a charming and quaint bed and breakfast, has opened in Batavia. The Inn, which was purchased by Tom and Carole Cottrill when they moved to Batavia from Kansas City, Missouri seven years ago, has all of the 19th century charm combined with all of the many modern comforts that one would expect in a 21st century bed and breakfast.
The life of New Richmond historical resident Louisa Picquet was celebrated at the Ross Gowdy House Museum Aug. 28. Attended by about 30 interested residents, the program featured a presentation on the life and times of Louisa Picquet by Proctor and Gamble research executive and genealogist Katherine Flynn.
Outrage over a sex offender living next to a New Richmond day care center prompted the New Richmond Police Department to hold a town hall style meeting Aug. 21.
A Kentucky man fell 1,500 feet to his death in the Union Township area when his parachute failed to open Aug. 22. Thomas J. Bartlett, 21, of Owensboro, Ky., jumped from a helicopter around 7:30 p.m. last Friday night near the Rowe Woods, which is part of the Cincinnati Nature Center.
In the aftermath of a state audit released last week, Union Township trustee Barb Wiedenbein, in a special meeting held Aug. 20, said that the township will be changing the way it operates.
A measure to dissolve the village of Amelia will not be seen on the Nov. 4 ballot. Amelia mayor Leroy Ellington, administrator Mark Menz, and village solicitor Laura Abrams were told Aug. 25 by the Clermont County Board of Elections that the petition submitted by the Amelia Residents for Fiscal Responsibility, the group leading the charge to dissolve the 108-year-old village, did not contain enough valid signatures to make the official ballot.
Amelia is raising questions concerning the validity of some of the signatures on the petition calling for a village dissolution measure to be put on the Nov. 4 ballot. Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington, who received the dissolution petition from the newly-formed group Amelia Residents For Fiscal Responsibility at the Aug. 18 council meeting, said that there are about 10 pages that have questionable signatures.
A complaint has been filed in the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas against the village of Batavia. In the complaint, which has been filed by village resident Summer Tyler, the village is accused of violating the Open Meetings Act by failing to give proper notice of public meetings and making them open to the public.
The rejection of a bond issue by the voters Aug. 5 is sending the Batavia Local School District “back to the drawing board,” according to Superintendent Barbara Bradley.