Batavia Village Administrator Bob Stewart was arrested Sunday, June 22 by the village police department. Stewart was arrested at the direction of Chief Mike Gardner, and was cited for closing a street without a permit. The administrator had closed a section of Broadway Street for a performance by the Clermont County Philharmonic Orchestra on the front lawn of the Batavia Elementary School.
What started as a grassroots effort to preserve historic log cabins in Bethel has, in only one year, transformed into one of the most popular festivals in the county. According to organizers of the second annual Founders’ Day Festival held in Bethel’s Burke Park June 20-22, the three-day event was a resounding success.
Hundreds of Clermont County residents participated in Operation River Sweep June 21. Beautiful weather greeted the volunteers as they gathered at the five county river front staging areas to participate in the annual beautification effort, which entailed picking up litter and debris from the Ohio River’s shoreline and its numerous tributaries.
The Batavia Middle School hosted the imaginative Camp Invention program for kids last week. This is the first year that the school district has hosted the camp, which is a national program, and 50 students in grades one through six took the opportunity to participate. One imaginative group of nine-year-olds, after crash-landing their spacecraft on Planet Zak, built a storm shelter to protect them from glitter and candy storms.
The Kramer Myers Insurance Company in Batavia is collecting food and money for the YWCA food pantry. The employees and the thousands of customers at the 48-year-old company have already generously donated a full barrel of canned goods and almost $170 in cash.
The Ohio State House of Representatives has passed House Bill 562, the capital budget bill for the state, which will provide $120 million in funds for the community and infrastructure projects across the state.
Clermont County law enforcement officers are asking the community for their help in locating Christopher Crosby, 25, wanted for skipping his sentencing hearing. A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of Crosby, who, after pleading guilty, was convicted in Clermont County for his involvement in a home invasion in Batavia Township last year.
The Clermont County Public Library has been forced to limit its use of public meeting rooms space after a lawsuit was filed in federal court over their use for religious purposes.
A woman from Amelia was killed and five people were injured as the result of a two-car crash between a pick-up truck and a mini-van near the East Fork State Park June 16.
Two weeks after returning from their first tour of duty in Iraq, brothers-in-arms – and brothers-in-law – Michael Ormes and Christopher Hurley were honored by the Clermont County commissioners June 11. Twenty-year-old Ormes, a New Richmond High School graduate, enlisted in the Army reserves in 2005 because his grandfather was in the Army and he wanted to serve his country.