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.
Mercy Hospital Clermont is inviting the public to an open house Jan. 20 to celebrate the completion of the new intensive care unit. The three-phase expansion project includes a new three-story physician pavilion and a new main entrance/atrium.
After waiving the right to a jury trial, Tracy Adkins will await until Dec. 21 for judgement on charges of rape and corrupting another with drugs. Judge McBride heard testimony in the case, and is expected to render judgement on that day concerning the case where Adkins, 28, allegedly raped another woman.
A judge has denied a plea deal that was offered to Amy Baker. In a Kentucky courtroom Dec. 4, Mason County Circuit Judge Stockton Wood rejected the plea deal that was approved and offered to Baker by Kentucky prosecutors last month.
A Union Township man is facing a number of charges relating to sexually orientated acts involving a number of underage girls, said Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Woody Breyer and Union Township Police Lieutenant Scott Gaviglia.