In efforts to create a supportive atmosphere and environment to retain its teachers, the West Clermont School District has partnered with University of Cincinnati education professionals. To assist in that mission, the district applied for and has been awarded the Carnegie Corporation Grant from the teaching center at the University of California in Santa Cruz.
The Freedom House Art Gallery in New Richmond is now open to the public. The new art gallery is housed in the historically significant and recently restored waterfront home of John George Rogers.
As the saying goes, you either love it or hate it, but when it comes to the highway intersection of 275 and 32, finding someone who loves it becomes a challenge. The Ohio Department of Transportation recently announced plans to gradually eliminate the intersection as it exists today and replace it with something safer, easier and more modern.
Nobody was hurt, although a vending machine at the Carriage House Auto Spa bore the brunt of a blast from an explosive device last week. Miami Township Police are looking for any information concerning the apparent bombing that caused between $10,000 and $15,000 in damage to the business.
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann recently visited Clermont County to formally announce the beginning of a new campaign against methamphetamines. The effort is taking the form of a pilot project being initiated in four different areas that will seek to attack the manufacture and distribution of meth in greater or different ways. The project will be funded by approximately $2 million in federal money that will be distributed between the four agencies involved.
A dedication ceremony to mark the return of the four newly-restored lamp posts to the Main Street bridge was held in Batavia Dec. 14. Devoted to preserving the history of the village for future generations, the Village Association of Batavia has recently had the one-of-a-kind custom made lamp posts completely restored.
New Richmond welcomed the holiday season with an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas Walk and celebration Dec. 7-8. Although no official count was done, event organizer Cathy Kirschner said that the streets were packed with hundreds of people and that everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.
The cold and the rain could not deter the hundreds of people who came out to watch and enjoy Amelia’s annual holiday Christmas parade Dec. 9. 2007 marks the 27th year that the annual holiday parade has taken place in the village; then, as now, the Christmas parade was the dream of Amelia resident Elaine Dietrich.
The 50 Pit-Stop drive-thru in Owensville is scheduled to open in two weeks. The new drive-thru, located directly south of the village on U.S. Route 50 (just west of S.R. 132), will have everything that a convenient store has to offer, said owner Dave Kidwell.
Former police officer Ken Frasure has lost his appeal to be reinstated to the New Richmond police department. Frasure testified in appeal hearings before the New Richmond council meeting Nov. 26 and Dec. 3.