Heavy voter turnout marred the election day process in Clermont County this year, once again setting the tabulation of results behind by hours. After posting results for 197 of the 200 precincts at 9:55 p.m. on election day, the Clermont County Board of Elections was not able to post the final three precincts worth of results until shortly after 2 a.m. the following morning.
A majority of West Clermont school district voters soundly rejected a proposed 1 percent alternative base income tax on Tuesday. The non-certified results indicated that the school district’s Issue 7, which appeared on the March 4 ballot after being unanimously approved by the board of education only last December, failed on Election Day, 5,773 to 11,122.
The creative paintings of 16 Clermont Northeastern Middle School art students will be on display at the Eastgate Starbucks this month. Starbuck’s, which features local art work by students every month, is a proud participant and supporter of the arts in the Clermont community.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are holding a safety belt enforcement blitz this month. The troopers are conducting the enforcement blitz during the month of March because it tends to be a month when everything, especially outdoor sports and activities, gets back into the full swing of things, said State Highway Patrol Batavia Post Commander Randy McElfresh.
Deb Spradlin, director of the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Mercy Hospital Clermont, was recently named manager of the year by Business Career, Inc. Spradlin, who received the 30 pound, obelisk shaped award at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel awards ceremony and banquet Feb. 26, was one of six finalists up for the manager health care hero category award.
The LEAD Clermont initiative of Clermont 20/20 is devoting efforts to having an official historical center placed in Clermont County. LEAD Clermont, in recent focus groups and other evaluation community meetings, has determined that the time is long overdue for Clermont County, which has 14 historical societies, to have an official historical center, said LEAD Clermont committee member Brad Toft.
In a concentrated effort to fill the need for foster parents in the county, the Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services has scheduled a series of informational meeting sessions. Ashley Thompson of Clermont County Children’s Services said that the need for foster parents has dramatically increased due to the more and more children coming into foster care in the county every day.
In the hotly contested race to run as the republican candidate for Clermont County Commissioner, Miami Township Trustee Ed Humphrey emerged, in the end, the winner. The seat, held by current commissioner Mary Walker, was torn in a four-way race between Walker, Humphrey and Archie Wilson and Melvin Dean.
Visitors to Mercy Hospital Clermont February 28 may have seen what appeared to be a grand camp out in the parking lot, but the enormous tent operating at the facility has nothing to do with smores or ghost stories. The Alternative Care Center, a massive tent hospital complex, was demonstrated last week at Mercy Clermont, to let people know what is available should a disaster strike.
As ground is being prepared to expand the interment facilities at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Union Township, plans are being finalized to improve the landmark’s facilities for the living. The Heritage Memorial Park, which will be located in the southwest corner of the cemetery, will be two acres of parkland designed to give visitors a place to gather, relax and enjoy a little ceremony from time to time.