News Archive

A new homeless shelter is being planned

A recent meeting of key individuals in the Clermont County community has helped spur progress on the new Clermont County Homeless Shelter. Billie Kuntz, executive director of community action, said that the meeting, held last week, included several key members of the community in a communication and strategy discussion designed to map out a plan of action.

Sheriff’s Office to conduct Junior Police Academy for area youth

For several years now, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and the Boys and Girls Club of Clermont County have made the first month of summer an interesting one for both law enforcement officers and children. The Junior Police Academy, a series of week-long educational interactions between kids and cops, will give kids around the county a chance to learn a little about being a law enforcement officer.

Lunch prices are going up in West Clermont schools

The West Clermont Board of Education has approved a $.25 increase in the district’s student lunch prices for the 2007-08 academic year. Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Personnel John Abegglen and West Clermont Supervisor of Food Service Operations Pam Sargent requested the price increase at the board’s regular meeting May 14.

Houston convicted, sentenced to life

A Hamilton County man was recently sentenced to several lifetimes in prison for the rape of his young stepson. Norman Houston, 40, was charged with four counts of raping the 12-year-old boy with force, which gained the man a stiff penalty from Judge Robert Ringland of the Clermont County Common Pleas Court.

Refinancing move to save Milford taxpayers $4 million

A refinancing effort made by the Milford school district is expected to save taxpayers around $4 million, according to information released by the district. The refinancing came as part of the bond restructuring process that is built into the bond issue that made possible the construction of four elementary schools in 2001.

County officials push for increased federal funding of drug programs

Clermont County officials, as well as county officials around the nation, are hoping that a recent discussion with national legislative assistants will result in more federal funding for drug prevention programs.

Animal emergency services training held at fairgrounds

If a natural disaster strikes in the tri-state, Clermont County’s animals now stand a better chance of survival. The Tri-State County Animal Response Team hosted the American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services Training at the Clermont County Fairgrounds the weekend of May 19. Approximately 40 volunteers representing CART, the Clermont County Humane Society, many county animal control officers, the All Creatures Animal Hospital, and the Clermont County Citizen Corps members (who sponsored the training) participated in the weekend event.

Parker fills vacant council seat on Amelia Village Council

Molly Parker has been appointed to the vacant seat on the Amelia village council. Chosen from a pool of four interested applicants, Parker was appointed by and sworn in by Amelia Mayor Mike Scharf at council’s regular meeting May 21.

Vandals hit public, private property

Union Township Police are hoping to put an end to a longtime warm-weather tradition. Late last week, a number of vehicles at the Willis Heating and Air facility near Eastgate Mall were targeted by vandals with spray paint, who left their calling cards in what Lt. Scott Gaviglia says is a common problem when the weather turns warmer.

Paperwork error delays Baker extradition

An paperwork error has delayed the extradition hearing for Amy Baker. Prosecutors in Kentucky, who have charged Baker with the tampering of evidence in her role and cover-up in the murder of 3-year-old foster child Marcus Fiesel, will have to wait until a mid-July hearing to find out if Baker will be extradited across the river.

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