A group of Amelia residents, angry over a proposed 1 percent earned income tax, want to dissolve the village. The proposed earned income tax, which the village council could vote on as early as its next meeting Aug. 18, has so outraged some residents that they have formed a group named the Amelia Residents for Fiscal Responsibility.
The Pierce Point Cinema in Pierce Township is now open. Located in the newly developed Amelia Plaza, the Pierce Point Cinema 10 is a first-run, 10 screen complex with rocking stadium seats and high-tech amenities. The state-of-the-art theater celebrated its grand opening with a well-attended open house July 31.
The village of Amelia participated in the 25th annual National Night Out Aug. 5. The fifth year that the village has celebrated the event, an estimated 300 people came out to enjoy the free food and the camaraderie between the village’s residents, the government, and the police department.
David Mezack is the new Executive Director of the Clermont County Public Library. Mezack, who had been serving as the CCPL interim director for the library since October of 2007 (and operations coordinator), was unanimously appointed by the Board of Trustees during the July 14 board meeting after months of review and consideration of the other interested candidates. Mezack’s background and experience in the library system has made him “uniquely qualified to fill this role.”
Richard Johnson has been charged with two counts of felonious assault for driving his pickup truck into a Batavia apartment where a woman and her child live. Clermont County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 4300 block of the Batavia Village apartments June 28 after having received several calls with reports of domestic violence.
Union Township police have apprehended a man believed to have robbed two banks. Pierce Township resident Michael Thomas Miller, 25, was taken into custody July 29 by Union Township detectives after being spotted walking across a bridge leading into Kentucky. Miller was identified as a suspect following the examination of surveillance videos from two local recent bank robberies.
The New Richmond Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred at the Subway restaurant July 27. At approximately 7:20 p.m., a Subway employee called 911 to report that a white male wearing a blue bandanna over his face and a black long sleeve shirt had entered the store and demanded cash.
The grandmother of apprehended fugitive Christopher Crosby has been indicted for obstruction of justice. Monroe Township resident Judith Frye is accused of allegedly helping her grandson evade capture by providing him with food, clothes, and a cellular phone during the time that he was on the run from law enforcement.
The Holy Trinity Church in Batavia is holding its annual summer festival Aug. 8-9. This year, organizers are pleased to announce that a casino night will kick off the summer festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8. The following afternoon, the full festival will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 9, and run from 4 p.m. until midnight.
Voters in the Batavia Local School District have rejected a proposed 9.8 mill bond issue. Nearly 62 percent of the district voters who turned out for the special election held Tuesday, Aug. 5 voted against the issue, which failed 1,146 to 705.