Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has signed into state law new legislation that has come to be known as the Castle Doctrine. The new legislation, House Bill 184, is a new law that relaxes certain hand gun restrictions and establishes a new doctrine for shooting intruders in self-defense, while either in a person’s private home or private automobile.
The New Richmond Police Department raided a used car lot last week and arrested owner Jeff McGinnis for allegedly running an illegal operation. The Carriage Collection used car lot, located at 2383 State Route 132, came to the attention of the New Richmond Police when they received several complaints from customers who paid for cars but then never received them.
The King’s Way Fellowship Church in Batavia has started broadcasting its Sunday services nationally on the Christian Television Network. Pastor Troy Ervin said that the Lord just began to speak to him one day about taking his services from just being a local broadcast to another higher level in an attempt to try and reach the whole nation.
Visitors to the 159th annual Clermont County Fair will notice more convenient free space for parking this year. The Clermont County Agricultural Society has purchased 23.8 acres of land adjacent to the fairgrounds for $195,400.
Batavia Village Administrator Bob Stewart was arrested Sunday, June 22 by the village police department. Stewart was arrested at the direction of Chief Mike Gardner, and was cited for closing a street without a permit. The administrator had closed a section of Broadway Street for a performance by the Clermont County Philharmonic Orchestra on the front lawn of the Batavia Elementary School.
What started as a grassroots effort to preserve historic log cabins in Bethel has, in only one year, transformed into one of the most popular festivals in the county. According to organizers of the second annual Founders’ Day Festival held in Bethel’s Burke Park June 20-22, the three-day event was a resounding success.
Hundreds of Clermont County residents participated in Operation River Sweep June 21. Beautiful weather greeted the volunteers as they gathered at the five county river front staging areas to participate in the annual beautification effort, which entailed picking up litter and debris from the Ohio River’s shoreline and its numerous tributaries.
The Batavia Middle School hosted the imaginative Camp Invention program for kids last week. This is the first year that the school district has hosted the camp, which is a national program, and 50 students in grades one through six took the opportunity to participate. One imaginative group of nine-year-olds, after crash-landing their spacecraft on Planet Zak, built a storm shelter to protect them from glitter and candy storms.
The Kramer Myers Insurance Company in Batavia is collecting food and money for the YWCA food pantry. The employees and the thousands of customers at the 48-year-old company have already generously donated a full barrel of canned goods and almost $170 in cash.
The Ohio State House of Representatives has passed House Bill 562, the capital budget bill for the state, which will provide $120 million in funds for the community and infrastructure projects across the state.