The Batavia High School Marching Band is tuning up for the 2008-2009 school year. The Batavia band program, under the direction of David Smith, features a concert band, a marching band, a percussion class, and a color guard section.
The West Clermont School District held its 10th annual Redi-Fest Aug. 14. An annual event held to distribute school supplies for the K-5 students in the West Clermont School District, this year’s Redi-Fest attracted 450 students to the event.
Homeschooled students who reside in the Milford Exempted Village School District can now participate in extracurricular school activities and attend classes on a part time basis. In the past, Milford had a policy that did not permit students who are homeschooled to attend classes, despite parent requests that students be allowed to attend advanced high school classes, and music and art classes at the elementary level.
Clermont Senior Services Director George Brown has requested that the Clermont County Board of Commissioners rename Front Wheel Drive after local businessman and county philanthropist James E. Sauls Sr.
A registered sex offender who has moved into New Richmond has caused some outrage among village residents. James Ritchie, a convicted child rapist who spent 12 years in prison, has moved into the 200 block of Front Street, directly next door to a village day care center. New Richmond resident Kelly Painter said that she, and many others, are concerned with him living that close to the day care facility.
The Ohio Ethics Commission is investigating how Union Township handled $800,000 in contracts between former township administrator Doug Walker and his son’s engineering company. A state audit has raised ethical questions about payments for engineering work awarded and completed for the township by Batavia’s Professional Engineering Group, which is run by Doug Walker’ son, Mark.
The Clermont County Office of Public Information has won six national awards of excellence from the National Association of County Information Officers. County Communications Director Kathy Lehr and her two-member staff, Jeff Pulliam and Rebecca Kimble, received recognition for the NACIO national distinction by the county commissioners Aug. 12.
Amelia Residents For Fiscal Responsibility, a group of Amelia residents wishing to dissolve the 108-year old village, submitted a dissolution petition with more than 450 signatures to village council Aug. 18. The 20-member tax opposition group was formed over a proposed one percent earned income tax that village council has been considering enacting over the past few months.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is celebrating 75 years of service to the state. In recognition of the milestone, the Batavia post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol held a community open house Aug. 17. The Batavia Post held the open house to not only mark the 75th year, but also to give the Clermont public a chance to stop in and meet the local state troopers.
New Richmond’s 22nd annual RiverDays summer festival was a resounding success. Though very difficult to obtain an official count, organizers have estimated that more than 10,000 people came to the river town to enjoy this year’s three-day festival that was held along historic Front Street and the shoreline of the Ohio River Aug. 16-18. According to RiverDays planning committee member Donna Hammons, the festival offered something for everyone.