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Prosecutors will not pursue charges in death of 2-year-old

Clermont County prosecutors have decided not to pursue any criminal charges against Glen Este Middle School Assistant Principal Brenda Slaby in regard to the tragic death of her 2-year-old daughter Cecilia Slaby. Prosecutor Don White, after the Union Township Police Department concluded its investigation into the child’s death, announced Sept. 4 that no criminal intent could be found to charge Slaby with any crime, saying that it was just a horrible accident.

Transportation Improvement District receives $500,000

A grant of half a million dollars is yet another indication that a newly-created county agency is on it’s way to doing big things for local commerce and transportation. The Transportation Improvement District, or TID, was recently granted the money from the state as one of the eight such districts in the state that look for ways to cure local transportation ills while improving commerce in the area.

Chili cook-off held at Stonelick Park

The Friends of Stonelick held their fourth annual Chili Cook-Off in the campground area of Stonelick Lake State Park Sept. 1. Of the 11 participants that competed in the cook-off; in the end the honor of the best tasting chili was won by Jerry Cooper of the Milford Fire Department; Cooper received a trophy and, more importantly, the knowledge of having cooked the best tasting chili. The chili cook-off, which attracted approximately 150 people, is the annual way for the Friends of Stonelick to raise money to make much-needed improvements to the park, said event chairperson Debbie Tolle.

Video service brings Clermont Today to the world

Clermont County residents traveling outside of the county, or away for an extended period of time, can keep up on local issues thanks to a new streaming video service from the Clermont County Office of Public Information. Clermont Today, a video production of OPI, has been placed online, giving the internet savvy a new way of staying plugged in with Clermont County.

Cincinnati man dies in crash on Union Township road

A Cincinnati man is dead after a mysterious roadway accident which occurred early Tuesday morning in Union Township. Clay Barker died as a result of injuries stemming from a one-car accident in which the car he was driving slammed into a utility pole while trying to flee the police.

Court of Appeals upholds decision by Judge Ringland

Clermont trial judge Robert Ringland recently saw one of his decisions supported by a higher court in a case that will likely reach the supreme court. In a decision in favor of the state, Ringland ruled in the case of Ohio v. Garland Billings that it is constitutional for the state to require Billings to live at least 1,000 feet from a school, a decision which the 12th district circuit court agreed with.

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.

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