Union Township Professional Fire Fighters Association president Jamie Osborne approached the board of trustees during the regular meeting Feb. 12, requesting that the township take steps to improve staffing levels in the fire department. According to Osborne, the current contract between the fire fighters and the township requires a minimum of four firemen per station per shift, a ratio that he says is not always being met.
Ready to Read computer stations for children have been installed in all 10 branches of the Clermont County Public Library. The new educational and innovative computers, which are designed for children from 2 – 8 years of age, were purchased as a result of a $55,157.80 early literacy grant awarded the library system from the State Library of Ohio and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Batavia High School’s student Interact Club has made 36 fleece blankets for needy children and has donated them to Project Linus for distribution. The Interact Club, whose members have been working on the project since last fall, is made up of about 20 Batavia students.
Tromping through the woods on a chilly February morning with a large group of fourth graders may not seem like a dream job, but to new Clermont County Naturalist Laura Seals, the prospect is sweeter than fresh maple syrup. Seals, who joined the Clermont County Park District in January, is working alongside five-year Clermont naturalist Keith Robinson to bring nature home to the residents of Clermont County.
The Bethel Village Council has reviewed the current status of efforts to create a skate park in the village. Hoping to put an $18,000 grant to use before it expires, the village has been investigating parks around the region, hoping to come up with a concrete plan for designing one of their own.
Three Milford freshmen are facing charges in relation to an incident described as bullying, in which some sort of sexual behavior is alleged. Last week, three members of the Milford freshman basketball team allegedly committed some sort of assault on a fourth member of the team after the last game of the season.
More than 60 law enforcement officers from around the county were in court last week to show their support for two Clermont County deputies who were injured in the line of duty last year. The perpetrator of the assault, Larry Armacost, was due for sentencing in the incident, which started as a noise complaint and ended with two deputies seriously injured.
Five candidates running for Clermont County commissioner participated in a forum held on the U.C. Clermont college campus Feb. 7. The two-hour candidate forum, which was sponsored by the college and the Clermont County League of Women Voters, was attended by approximately 175 people and included Democrat Theresa Conover, Republican Ed Humphrey, Republican incumbent Mary Walker, Democrat Alex Lambros, and Republican Archie Wilson.
Eleven excellent musicians from the Batavia High School and seven from the middle school auditioned for and were chosen to perform in this year’s Land of Grant Honor Band. The Land of Grant Honor Band is a four-county honors band that performs a special community concert at the beginning of every school year.
The children of convicted murderers Liz and David Carroll will temporarily remain in the custody of David Carroll’s mother Debra Hounshell. Clermont County Juvenile Court judge Stephanie Wyler handed down the custody decision regarding the children of Liz and David Carroll in a courtroom hearing Jan. 28.