The Williamsburg School District renewal levy failed at the polls on March 4. The renewal levy, which would have replaced the existing emergency operating levy that currently generates approximately $651,000 a year for the district (set to expire at the end of next year), was defeated by 101 votes, 812 for, 913 against.
The board of elections has proven a popular lunch destination for voters across the county. Taking advantage of the ability to vote early, county residents have been trickling in for weeks to cast their ballots. Previously, voting on non-election days was a complicated process, said Clermont County Board of Elections Director Mike Keeley.
After a close election, the Milford School district faced another defeat at the ballot for a proposed school levy that would have kept the district from facing tough state scrutiny.
Heavy voter turnout marred the election day process in Clermont County this year, once again setting the tabulation of results behind by hours. After posting results for 197 of the 200 precincts at 9:55 p.m. on election day, the Clermont County Board of Elections was not able to post the final three precincts worth of results until shortly after 2 a.m. the following morning.
A majority of West Clermont school district voters soundly rejected a proposed 1 percent alternative base income tax on Tuesday. The non-certified results indicated that the school district’s Issue 7, which appeared on the March 4 ballot after being unanimously approved by the board of education only last December, failed on Election Day, 5,773 to 11,122.
The creative paintings of 16 Clermont Northeastern Middle School art students will be on display at the Eastgate Starbucks this month. Starbuck’s, which features local art work by students every month, is a proud participant and supporter of the arts in the Clermont community.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are holding a safety belt enforcement blitz this month. The troopers are conducting the enforcement blitz during the month of March because it tends to be a month when everything, especially outdoor sports and activities, gets back into the full swing of things, said State Highway Patrol Batavia Post Commander Randy McElfresh.
Deb Spradlin, director of the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Mercy Hospital Clermont, was recently named manager of the year by Business Career, Inc. Spradlin, who received the 30 pound, obelisk shaped award at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel awards ceremony and banquet Feb. 26, was one of six finalists up for the manager health care hero category award.
The LEAD Clermont initiative of Clermont 20/20 is devoting efforts to having an official historical center placed in Clermont County. LEAD Clermont, in recent focus groups and other evaluation community meetings, has determined that the time is long overdue for Clermont County, which has 14 historical societies, to have an official historical center, said LEAD Clermont committee member Brad Toft.
In a concentrated effort to fill the need for foster parents in the county, the Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services has scheduled a series of informational meeting sessions. Ashley Thompson of Clermont County Children’s Services said that the need for foster parents has dramatically increased due to the more and more children coming into foster care in the county every day.