Bethel auxiliary police officer Steve Teague has been promoted to part-time status, a move which Bethel Police Chief John Wallace said will be positive for the village. The part-time positions were created last year as a way of rewarding, and hopefully retaining, auxiliary police officers who showed promise.
West Clermont voters will have the opportunity to either approve or reject a 1 percent alternative base income tax that will appear on the March 4 ballot. Superintendent Gary Brooks, in an open letter to school district residents, wanted to be very clear on Issue 7 by saying that its passage will accomplish three very important things for the thousands of students attending West Clermont.
The Village Association of Batavia has announced the winners of this month’s property home improvement awards. Receiving the recognition for the month of February are the home of Richard Bradburn, located at 750 Shelly Drive, and the Salvation Army Church building, located at 87 N. Market Street.
County residents facing the costly repair of an aging or failing septic tank system may be in for a little help. The Clermont County Health District has secured grant funding from the county to use towards the renovation or replacement of such systems for residents in dire need of the updates.
The Clermont Transportation Connection has purchased five medium duty transit buses for the express routes from Amelia to downtown. The Board of Commissioners, in their regular work session Feb. 20, passed legislation authorizing the purchase and delivery of the buses.
A suspect alleged to be involved in a shooting that occurred in Pierce Township Feb. 23 has been arrested in Jacksonville, Fla. Pierce Township police chief James Smith reports that township resident Brandon Phillips has been identified as the person that fired a 9 mm handgun at James Gregory Collett.
More than 60 people attended the departure party for Amelia police officer and Marine Corps MP Matt Braden, who is being deployed to Iraq this month. Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington said that the open house, held in council chambers Feb. 26, was a way to honor Braden’s willingness to serve our country and to provide his family and friends the opportunity to thank him for the sacrifice during this precarious time of war.
Pierce Township has recently established two green space funds, one of which is in the memory of January Knoop, the deceased wife of Pierce Township trustee Christopher Knoop. The Jan Knoop Memorial Fund and the Pierce Township Memorial Fund, two different funds hoping to accomplish the same mission, were initiated by trustee Knoop last year.
Two new school buildings may be in the Batavia Local School District’s future, and district officials and residents have begun examining construction options. The Ohio School Facilities Commission, the state agency which helps local school districts fund, plan, design, build and renovate schools, last year conducted an assessment of Batavia’s school buildings and presented its findings to the district.
Batavia High School senior Lora Faris captured first place in the Batavia Rotary Club’s annual 4-way speech contest. “I am very happy,” a proud Faris said after her victory at the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting Feb. 26. “We all worked very hard on our presentations. I actually love to speak in front of people, so this whole experience has been very exciting for me. If people want to listen, I could talk all day.”