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Skate park progress discussed by Bethel Council

The village of Bethel has held the first meeting in what is hoped to be a continuing process to create a skate park. Councilman Tim Cherry said that the first meeting to get input on a proposed skate park was well-attended by the public, and helped generate a basic plan to flesh out for the park’s creation.

West Clermont board looks at building designs

The West Clermont Board of Education has received an update on the construction of the new Amelia and Withamsville-Tobasco elementary schools by West Clermont Local School District Director of Operations Edward Dyer. The West Clermont Board of Education, at this schematic design phase of the $30 million project, has now seen some preliminary building drawings, some preliminary site plans, and some other assorted visual aides.

Union Township fires firefighter

The Union Township Board of Trustees accepted the recommendations of administrator Doug Walker and Union Township Fire Chief Stan Deimling March 11 and fired firefighter Jamie Osborne. Osborne, who also serves as president of the local firefighters union (Local 3412), was fired after hours of sworn testimony and more than an hour of private deliberation among the trustees.

Earnings tax is being considered in Amelia

A representative from the Regional Income Tax Agency gave a presentation to the Amelia village council March 3 regarding a 1 percent earnings tax for village residents. The 30-minute presentation was a chance for Amelia mayor Leroy Ellington and council to ask questions of RITA representative Charles Hawk, of which there were many, and to get the information needed to pursue implementing the earnings tax.

Bethel’s village administrator has resigned

Bethel’s first village administrator, Michael Shiverski, resigned suddenly last week to “pursue other interests,” said councilwoman Donna Gunn. Shiverski, who accepted the position as administrator just over two years ago, tendered his resignation on March 3.

Commissioners honor Marines for service to country

The Clermont County Board of Commissioners honored two more local men for their service to the country during their regular session March 5. Surrounded by family, friends, and many other local dignitaries, Marine Corps members Zach Kramer and Matt Braden received, on behalf of the county, the thanks and recognition of the commission board.

Agencies form Partnership for Mental Health

More than 25 mental health and wellness community agencies and organizations have united together and formed the Partnership for Mental Health, Inc. Formed in Clermont County in September of 2006, the mental health coalition, now called the Partnership for Mental Health, is regionalizing and is currently coordinating its efforts to promote advocacy and awareness for mental health issues.

Emergency pet first aid classes to be offered in Pierce Township

The Pierce Township Fire Department would like to make two things clear. One, with a little training, you can do a lot to help your pet survive an injury. Two, if your pet does get injured, don’t call an ambulance, call a veterinarian.

Adams County murder suspect captured by deputies in Bethel

An Adams County man suspected in a double murder was apprehended in Bethel Feb. 27, the morning after the crime was committed. Nicholas Wolke was identified as a suspect in the murder of two from Adams County, one identified as his ex-wife, and was apprehended by the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and Bethel Police Department without incident in the home of an acquaintance.

Williamsburg renewal levy fails

The Williamsburg School District renewal levy failed at the polls on March 4. The renewal levy, which would have replaced the existing emergency operating levy that currently generates approximately $651,000 a year for the district (set to expire at the end of next year), was defeated by 101 votes, 812 for, 913 against.

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