House Bill 343, tightening up restrictions on teenage drivers, passed both state houses in December and was signed into law by Governor Taft Jan. 4. The new state law has changed teenager driving privileges into what is known as a graduated driver’s licensing program.
David Carroll, Jr.’s Clermont County murder trial has been postponed until March 19 and he has until Feb. 22 to decide whether or not to accept a plea bargain in the death of his three-year old foster son Marcus Fiesel.
The first meeting of the mine relations committee in Jackson Township was held on Feb. 1 at the township hall, and focused primarily on creating avenues to deliver information to the public concerning the new industry in the township.
The Clermont County Commissioners are expected to consider a measure Feb. 13 that will decide if county water and sewage rates are raised or not. The proposed rate hike wold be the first such hike in more than a decade.
The Clermont Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and small business awards luncheon Feb. 2. Held at the Holiday Inn Eastgate and attended by approximately 250 people, the luncheon was a way to celebrate and recognize small business members who demonstrated “best practices” in 2006. It was also a chance to honor and salute Clermont County’s active-duty and veteran men and women of the military. The assembled chamber members and the many elected local officials in attendance were welcomed by Midland Company senior vice-president and board member David McNutt and Clermont Chamber chairman Susan McHugh before the awards ceremony commenced.
Child Focus was recently honored on a national level due to their efforts in the Head Start program. The local Head Start program, which is coordinated by Child Focus, was recognized for excellence in child literacy and father involvement efforts with their children.
John McManus of the Clermont County Office of Storm Water Management said that a pilot program currently underway has thus far been a success. That project, an upgrade and replacement to a portion of the Williamsburg storm water system, is expected to be completed by some time this spring.
The Clermont County Park District hosted a ‘Birds of Prey Day’ at the Chilo Lock #34 Visitor Center and Museum Feb. 3. Raptors, Inc., a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that rescues and rehabilitates birds of prey, gave a presentation and live demonstration with three birds of prey to the more than 30 people in attendance at the Chilo Park. The county park district and Raptors, Inc. are committed to educating people about the importance of these ‘top of the food chain’ predatory birds.
West Clermont School District literacy specialist Tanny McGregor has written a book called “Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading.” The book, which took a year and a half to write and is being published by respected educational publisher Heinemann, will be in bookstores Feb. 15.
A donation of operating room equipment to the allied health program at UC Clermont is credited with helping students to gain an even clearer view into their future career.