Close, but not close enough, the West Clermont bond issue remains disavowed by voters after an automatic recount failed to turn the results around. In November, the bond issue failed by only 15 votes.
The city of Milford has announced the hiring of Pamela Holbrook to fill the vacant position of assistant city manager. The vacancy occurred two months ago when Jeff Wright left Milford to join the city administration of Loveland. In remarks made to the city council at its regular Dec. 5 meeting, Holbrook, who started working for the city on Nov. 27, said that she is looking forward to getting to know the city, its businesses, and its residents.
The FBI announced Dec. 7 in Clermont County that a multi-jurisdictional investigation had netted what was believed to be 11 drug dealers or suppliers that had been operating a large marijuana ring in the southern Ohio region. While many of the specifics of the case remained under wraps due to federal regulations, the FBI provided some detail to the basics of the case against the men that they say were transporting drugs into the region by the ton.
In a manner of speaking, Clermont County will be benching two new judges at the beginning of 2007. With his recent victory in the race for a seat as a court of common pleas judge, Judge Victor Haddad will begin his career as a common pleas judge during the first week of January.
Two men were indicted on charges ranging from attempted aggravated arson to attempted murder after their role in an arson on Nov. 16. Jailed are Joseph F. Bosse, 28, of Mt. Olivet, Ky., and Steven Houck, 43, of New Richmond.
Given that the terms are worked out by Dec. 19, the Batavia Township board of trustees is expected to make a formal decision concerning a new contract with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department for police coverage to begin next year.
New Richmond welcomed in the holiday season with an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas Walk and celebration Dec. 1-3. Attended by several hundred people over the weekend, the event was designed for community members to enjoy and celebrate a traditional river village holiday.
The Clermont County Humane Society has released a Christmas ‘wish list’ for the community’s four-legged friends. “We do this every year and it is always successful,” said Kim Naegel. “Some people even have holiday parties and ask their guests to bring items that are specifically donated to the shelter.”
Clermont County will begin accepting applications for Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) grants starting Dec. 15. Started in 2004, the two-year, first come-first serve, $563,000 CHIP grant program will assist and benefit homeowners in making private rehabilitation.
The Village of Amelia is sponsoring a Christmas toy and food drive. “We are going to help four families from the elementary school and the Clermont Counseling Center this year,” said Amelia resident and drive organizer Molly Parker. “Hopefully it will take off and grow into an annual endeavor.”