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.”
A little over a dozen Clermont high school students spent a snow day last week under the watchful eye of various law enforcement officials in the county. Members of the Look to Clermont class of 2007-2008, the students put a day of time off school to work getting to know more about the criminal justice system in the county, in order to make better leaders in the future.
Harmony Hill Vineyards and Estate Winery owners Bill and Patti Skvarla are searching for a local gentleman who visited the winery in the summer of 2007. The visitor brought with him to the winery a barrel stencil that he identified as a family heirloom.