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Artisan Center is a center of artistic creativity

Sprawling comfortably over 64 acres of pristine Moscow woods, the Artisan Center at Maple Creek has become a cocoon of local creativity that is being nurtured, protected, and promoted by Steve and Gwen Herndon. Steve Herndon, who has owned the construction and design company Wolfhaus Homes for years, said that the idea to open the Artisan Center came about in a very interesting way.

Clermont County’s 400 bridges are in good shape

One month after the sudden fatal bridge collapse in Minnesota, the Clermont Engineer’s Office would like the public to know that the more than 400 bridges in the county are structurally sound and pose no threat to public safety. For decades now, the engineer’s office has had a comprehensive plan in place in regard to the inspection, maintenance, repair, and replacement of county bridges.

Clermont Northeastern has been rated ‘Effective’

The Clermont Northeastern Local School District has received an “Effective” rating on its annual report card from the Ohio Department of Education. “We know that we still have some work to do to achieve an excellent rating from the state,” said superintendent Neil Leist. “The district is doing a lot of things right and I am relatively pleased with the scores. As superintendent, I look at the positive things about the report card right away.”

Batavia school to fly POW/MIA flag

The Batavia High School will now fly a beacon of support for soldiers who are either missing in action of prisoners of war. A POW/MIA flag has been donated to the school, and the district has authored a proclamation recognizing the sacrifice of prisoners of war and those who have gone missing in military conflicts around the world.

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.

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