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.
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.