Farmers in Clermont County are all praying for one thing – rain. The few inches of rain that have fallen on the county in the past couple of weeks have helped, but have not changed the fact that, according to U.S. Drought Monitor Weekly, Clermont is still in the middle of a very severe drought. The Ohio State University Extension and the Farm Service Agency are very concerned with this lack of moisture and are expecting lower yields this year from the more than 900 farms in the county as a result of these dry conditions, especially in the southwestern portions of the county.
After what they describe as a successful year of implementation, the Milford schools administration will be making changes to their random drug testing program, hoping to test more students in a more effective fashion during the upcoming school year.
An exemption to the homestead act has expanded the tax break program on real estate for those age 65 and older across the state. The homestead act, which reduced the taxed value of real estate for older or disabled Ohio citizens, has been expanded in both scope and eligibility to give more residents a helping hand on their property tax.
Dr. Leonid Macheret has opened up a part-time medical office in the Medical Arts Building at Mercy Hospital Clermont. Russian-born Macheret specializes in occupational and preventive medicine for his patients suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and connective tissue disorders.
Troop Box Ministries has announced that they will sponsor a golf outing/scramble at the Cedar Trace Golf Club in Owensville Saturday, Aug. 18. Troop Box Ministries, which is located in Hamersville, is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2001 by sisters Diana Lawrence and Jean Johnston. The organization is committed to sending cards, letters, and boxes of supplies to American military troops fighting overseas.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced that it has set a new membership record with its current total of 230,473 official state members.
Bethel fiscal officer Clarissa McCoy will be awarded an additional three weeks of paid maternity leave after a series of mixups and miscommunications about her time off led to an executive session at the July 9 council meeting.
The Union Township Board of Trustees approved a green measure Tuesday that will help one township business move closer to energy self-sufficiency. Melink, a local business that has embraced the green energy movement, is proposing to build a wind turbine at its headquarters, an idea that met with approval from the township.
The Williamsburg Batavia Hike/Bike Trail was recently awarded a large state grant which will enable the physical completion of the first major portion of the trail, a bridge over Kain Run Creek.
A rash of more than a dozen car break-ins last week has deputies enforcing curfews in some Batavia Township communities. In all, around 14 separate incidents were reported, ranging from township streets to driveways in Bristol Lake, Buxton Meadows, Sierra Court and several other locations.