As part of an upcoming series of text amendments to the Batavia Township zoning codes, the trustees voted Jan. 3 to approve a hike in single-family home permit fees and to create a fee for fencing. While the fee hike from $150 to $200 for single-family homes was approved without debate, the move to create a fence permit fee was questioned.
With winter establishing itself with temperatures far lower than in previous years, household budgets are feeling the strain of high energy costs, especially for fossil fuels. Faced with the dilemma of high bills and the health risks associated with living in frigid temperatures, many local families may have to seek assistance to keep themselves warm this winter.
The Bethel Police Department is looking for help to solve a break-in that Chief John Wallace said was, without doubt, the job of trained professionals. Stolen are prescription drugs from Jubilee Pharmacy, enough in fact to add up to over $100,000 in street value.
Every New Years Eve, the Ohio State Highway Patrol gears up for a night of nonstop activity. As one of the most active nights each year, the night is filled with DUIs, crashes, and speeding tickets.
Lt. Terry Zinzer of the Union Township Police Department will begin more than a new year on Jan. 1. The 29-year veteran of police work will also begin a new assignment as Chief of the Union Township Police force.
Local hospital Mercy Clermont has again taken its place in the national spotlight with a high ranking amongst hospitals nation-wide for quality of service. Total Benchmark Solution, a healthcare ranking service, placed the local institution in the top 10 overall in a national ranking of hospitals.
While there may not be visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads, a nice squirrel to chase or ball or yarn would probably be appreciated by the dogs and cats of the Clermont County Humane Society. However, as the squirrel may be hard to catch and the yarn already knitted into a Christmas stocking, a more practical wish list has been made out for those who wish to help out their furry friends who are just looking for a home this Christmas.
For eight years, Jim Gradolf served on the Milford city council. As of Dec. 31, Gradolf no longer filled that seat. In 1997, Gradolf joined the Milford City Council. Milford mayor Lou Bishop presented a special proclamation to Gradolf at the Dec. 20 council meeting.
At the Dec. 29 meeting of the Bethel Village Council, the governing body wrestled with what squeaky wheel was loudest, and in the end, the council voted with what the said was the wheel in most need of grease by deciding unanimously to sell the former Bethel Swim Club property.
Customers of the Bethel village water department can expect to see a slight change sometime this year in their water service, but that change shouldn