The Milford City Council began the new year at its Jan. 3 meeting by swearing in newly elected council members. Three different council positions were filled in the elections which took place this past November. Two of those positions were retained by sitting incumbents James Antell and Kim McBeath.
The West Clermont School Board recently passed a resolution calling for local municipalities to curb their usage of tax abatements for attracting businesses to the area.
The West Clermont Local School District will be holding two public work sessions to discuss the possibility of placing a 2.7 mill bond issue back on the ballot for the May 2 election. The sessions will be held Thursday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 23.
The Bethel Police Department has now managed to cover all shifts with a full-time officer, said Councilwoman Donna Gunn during the Jan. 9 meeting. With the hiring of Officer Christopher Allen, the department is now staffed to the point that they can make sure every hour of the day has an officer on duty.
A Newtown man is in custody after being charged with aggravated murder. The investigation of a body found in Clinton County led authorities to Pierce Township, where they believe the crime took place some time in mid December.
The operational future of a Batavia landmark is uncertain after the decision by a local businessman to cease reception hall services at the Batavia Armory. Doug Auxier, owner of the Armory, said that he has ceased operation of reception hall services for the foreseeable future.
As part of an upcoming series of text amendments to the Batavia Township zoning codes, the trustees voted Jan. 3 to approve a hike in single-family home permit fees and to create a fee for fencing. While the fee hike from $150 to $200 for single-family homes was approved without debate, the move to create a fence permit fee was questioned.
With winter establishing itself with temperatures far lower than in previous years, household budgets are feeling the strain of high energy costs, especially for fossil fuels. Faced with the dilemma of high bills and the health risks associated with living in frigid temperatures, many local families may have to seek assistance to keep themselves warm this winter.
The Bethel Police Department is looking for help to solve a break-in that Chief John Wallace said was, without doubt, the job of trained professionals. Stolen are prescription drugs from Jubilee Pharmacy, enough in fact to add up to over $100,000 in street value.
Every New Years Eve, the Ohio State Highway Patrol gears up for a night of nonstop activity. As one of the most active nights each year, the night is filled with DUIs, crashes, and speeding tickets.