Even though almost 40 years have passed since the death of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the dream that he gave his life for persists and lives on through the work and mission of the Loveland Initiative. Nowhere was this more evident than at the Loveland Initiative’s 10th annual Dr. King’s Holiday Celebration held at the Loveland Middle School Jan. 20.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Safe Communities, Inc. are remaining vigilant and staying focused on traffic safety in Clermont County. In 2007, there were a total of 10 fatal traffic crashes in which 11 people were killed. Of those 10 crashes, two were alcohol related and three were drug related (one involved cocaine and two involved marijuana).
County residents Shirley Gibbons and Jan Schoellman have been recognized for their service and dedication to the success of the annual Clermont County Fair. Goshen resident Shirley Gibbons, who is on the Clermont County Agricultural Society Board of Directors (and has been involved with the fair close to 30 years), received a recognition certificate for her outstanding contributions from Ohio Agricultural Director Robert Boggs.
Come November, Democratic candidate for Clermont County Recorder Terry McCoy will face one of two Republican challengers for the seat. With no incumbent running in this election, the voters will be asked to choose from candidates Deborah Clepper and Roger Maham this March to complete the ballot for the general election.
Mercy Hospital Clermont celebrated the opening of its new intensive care unit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception Jan. 18. The brand new $4.5 million ICU marks the completion of the second phase of a three phase expansion project at the hospital.
The Batavia Middle School’s eighth grade language arts students received an honorable mention at this year’s National Engineer’s Week Future City Competition, Ohio Region. The gifted program eighth grade students who competed in the annual competition, which was held in Columbus Jan. 19, joined the more than 30,000 students in 1,100 middle schools in 38 nationwide regions that participated.
The Union Township Police Department will conduct a high-visibility enforcement patrol during this Super Bowl weekend, from Friday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 3.
The telephone service to many Clermont County government agencies was knocked out by an overnight water leak Jan. 7. Due to a break in a half inch water line that flooded 15,000 square feet of office space in the Medical Social Services building located at 2400 Clermont Center Drive in Batavia, many of the agencies affected will not have full telephone service restored until Jan. 21.
The Williamsburg School District is considering an initiative to renew an existing emergency operating levy. The Williamsburg Schools Levy Committee has scheduled an informational meeting in the Middle/High School auditoria to discuss the district’s initiative at 7 p.m. Jan. 23. All parents, community members, and interested parties are invited to attend.
The Jackson Township trustees have voted to place a 2.0 mill replacement levy on the ballot this Spring. On March 4, voters in the township will determine whether or not to approve a new replacement levy that will increase taxes for the township’s fire and emergency medical services.