The season’s greetings coming from the New Richmond High School Choir may sound a little sweeter this Christmas, after the popular group received a gift from Pontiac in the form of an oversized check for $10,000. Douglas Heflin, Director of Vocal Music at New Richmond High School, said that the gift is a huge one for the choir. The contest was the brainchild of local Pontiac dealers who wished to do something for area schools suffering from poor funding.
The boat ramp at Chilo Lock 34 Park will enjoy a little more usage in the spring. According to Chris Clingman of the Clermont County Park District, a large grant awarded to the county will translate into a major improvement of the facility.
Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby, former assistant principal at the Glen Este Middle School, will apply for disability retirement benefits. According to the termination settlement agreement reached with the West Clermont Board of Education, which was made public Dec. 11, Nesselroad-Slaby, who is under a physician’s care, will apply for the retirement benefits with the State Teachers Retirement Disability System.
The village of Bethel had two representatives at its disposal Dec. 10 as the council wrestled with the decision of which bid to treasure and which bid to trash. Rumpke and CSI are each hoping to be named the waste collection company of choice for the village, but with time working against them, the village was hard pressed to make a decision on who to approve and who to refuse.
Residents of McLean Drive broke into applause at the Dec. 11 meeting of the Union Township Trustees after a potentially contentious zoning issue was resolved quickly. A packed room of residents applauded and left early after it became apparent that the case was no longer to be presented to the trustees.
The village of Newtonsville has been notified by the auditor of state that there are areas of non-compliance and discrepancies in the village’s financial statements for the years ending Dec 31, 2005 and 2004. Mary Taylor, Ohio Auditor of State, has notified the village that, based on state auditing standards, the financial statements for those years do not present fairly, and in conformity with principles of accounting generally accepted in the United States, the financial position of the village.
The village of Bethel has celebrated another successful Down Home Christmas. Members of council congratulated planners for the yearly village celebration during the council meeting on Dec. 10, noting that the only down side was the lack of volunteers for some of the individual celebrations that day.
The West Clermont School District Board of Education has voted to place a 1 percent earned income tax on the March 4 ballot. The decision, which was unanimously approved by the board at the Dec. 17 meeting, will give district voters a chance to say whether or not they want the income tax to help pay for schools.
The judge assigned to reside over the Kentucky trial of Amy Baker may recuse himself from hearing the case. It was announced Dec. 17 that Amy Baker’s trial has been postponed to give all parties involved in the case a chance to determine whether or not they wish Mason County Judge Stockton Wood to recuse himself from the case.
The Clermont County Humane Society is seeking a little help this holiday season. While most are familiar with the Christmas wish lists composed by children, the Clermont Humane Society composes a yearly wish list for residents seeking to help out animals in need, a list which has helped the local shelter to operate more smoothly in years past.