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Bethel councilman wants to see speed limit reduced on Plane Street

Recently, Bethel Village Councilman Gary Hutchinson requested that efforts be made to change the speed limit on the eastern side of town. According to Hutchinson, the 35 mph speed limit on state Route 125/Plane Street is too much given the large number of children who live and play in the area.

Ice cream parlor/tutoring center opens in Eastgate area

Tutoring and ice cream? Sounds like a delicious match made in educational heaven. Kathy’s Kids Tutoring and Eric’s Ice Cream Parlor, two businesses owned and operated by the Merman family, are now open for business in Kennedy’s Landing, a new strip mall center off Glen-Este Withamsville Road.

Batavia Township approves easement for dry hydrant

A “dry hydrant” will soon be available for fighting fires in eastern Batavia Township after board action at the Batavia Township board of trustees. Last week, they approved a joint-easement plan with Williamsburg Township to allow the installation of the fire hydrant, which will draw water from a pond instead of from a water line. Paul Berringer of the Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District spoke on behalf of the plan, which would give firefighters a much-needed boost in that area, should a fire ever occur.

Felicity-Franklin teacher wins grant

Renee King, Felicity-Franklin Middle School Teacher and Gifted Intervention Specialist, has been awarded the Planet Orange Financial Literacy Award from ING DIRECT, the nation’s largest direct bank.

Council to investigate problem with illegal traffic maneuvers

The Bethel Village Council is hoping to clean up a dangerous and frustrating problem at the westernmost traffic light in town, where motorists attempting to beat traffic have caused numerous accidents in past weeks looping through parking lots to catch lights. The dangerous synchronized routine has caused frustration in the village, as well as injuries, and has the council baffled as to a solution.

2-year-old dies in car parked at Glen Este Middle School

A 2-year-old girl named Cecilia Slaby was found dead inside her mother’s parked car in the Glen Este Middle School parking lot Aug. 23. Slaby had been left in a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV vehicle by her mother, Glen Este Middle School Assistant Principal Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby, while she attended an in-service day for school staff and administration to prepare for the first day of school Aug. 23.

County inspects dilapidated building in Bethel

Several dangling issues were tied up at the Aug. 27 Bethel Village Council meeting, including a county inspection of a building that had been described at the previous meeting as a clear and present danger to the residents of the village. According to village business owner Russ Whitley, an abandoned structure on the west end of town behind the Sunoco station was in danger of collapse.

CASA for Clermont Kids to benefit from unique auction

CASA for Clermont Kids, an organization that helps children in the court system who have been abused or neglected to find stability, will be the beneficiaries of a unique auction activity. Queen City Direct Sales Network will be holding a monthly quarter auction, the proceeds of which will be given to CASA to help the non-profit operate and touch lives.

Taste of Clermont promises something for everyone

The best in local food and entertainment is once again coming to downtown Batavia as part of the 4th annual Taste of Clermont, Sept. 7 – 9. The annual taste, to be held from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, is sponsored by the Village Association of Batavia and will feature returning local restaurants as well as several new participants.

Benefit concert held for Goshen family

A benefit concert was held at the Lovin’s Ball Field Aug. 24 to raise money to build the Farquar family a brand new home. The concert was sponsored by The Center Pointe Christian Church, in partnership with the Landmark Baptist Church. The concert attracted more than 100 people and raised more than $23,000 in cash, construction material, and labor.

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