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OLE FISHERMAN B6 Cat is better than an alarm clock. Vol. 31 No. 2 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED West Clermont finalizes May levy The West Clermont Local School District Board of Education voted Monday to move forward with placing a levy on the May ballot. If voters approve the issue, the 7.9-mill levy would raise about $10.9 million annually and expire in 10 years. District Treasurer Alana Cropper said the estimated cost per $100,000 of home value would be about $242 annually. For the full story, visit www. New Richmond wrestlers roar With five regular season meets left in the 2010-2011 season, the New Richmond High School wrestling squad finds itself ranked No. 3 in the Enquirer’s Division II-III coaches’ poll. New Richmond’s Cory English (top) tries to takes down an opponent during the Madeira Invitational Wrestling Tournament, Jan. 7. FULL STORY, A5 Collection time In the next few days your Community Press carrier will be stopping by to collect $2.50 for delivery of this month’s The Community Journal. Your carrier retains half of this amount along with any tip you give to reward good service. This month Jesse Cupp we’re featuring Jesse and Austin Cupp. They are homeschooled and both are very involved in the youth group and music at Austin Cupp Clear Mountain Community Church. Jesse plays the piano and enjoys writing and drama. Austin plays baseball, the ukulele and the guitar. They do well on their paper routes because they provide good service with a polite demeanor. For information about our carrier program, call Steve Barraco, 248-7110. To place an ad, call 242-4000. Pre-2’s, 3’s, 4’s, PK, K-8 Children of All Faiths Welcome CE-0000438200 CLERMONT Your Community Press newspaper serving Amelia, Batavia, Batavia Township, New Richmond. Ohio Township, Pierce Township, Union Township, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Township Web site: We d n e s d a y, J a n u a r y 2 6 , 2 0 1 1 • B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Union Township priorities set By Kellie Geist-May As 2011 gets under way, the Union Township trustees are looking forward to another year of focusing on economic development. All three trustees said economic development is the number one priority for this year. They also are hoping to continue to create jobs, keep an eye on the budget and maintain governmental transparency. “I think 2011 will be all about jobs and bringing more business into Union Township. We want to make Union Township as business-friendly and attractive as possible. We want to send the message to Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and northern Tennessee that we are open for business,” Trustee Matt Beamer said. “We have the right mix of amenities and services and our residents are very loyal customers, which I believe gives us a leg up,” he said. Beamer said he also wants to make sure to focus on the township’s revenue and expenses. “We want to keep an eye on the budget ... and make sure we continue to do things in a fiscallyresponsible manner while meeting the needs of our residents,” he said. Trustee Bob McGee agreed that economic development will be an important priority for 2011, especially after the “good year” Union Township had in 2010. He said companies including Jungle Jim’s, Hillandale Family of Communities, Park National Bank, Marshall’s, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Eyemart, AT&T and Muenchen’s Furniture have all either expanded in, opened or made plans to move to Union Township. “We are just all so proud of what we have in the township. There isn’t a lot of development out there and we are getting a fair share of it,” he said. McGee also said he wanted to make sure the township continued to have “open government.” “We have all agreed that we need to continue to be transparent with all of our constituents,” he said. Trustee Tim Donnellon also said economic development would be the focus this year. “Some of the areas in Union Township have deteriorated a little – between Bigg’s and other businesses leaving, so that’s something we need to focus on,” he said. Donnellon also said that while the budget is in good shape, the trustees will be keeping an eye on it throughout the year. KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF Learning language Holly Hill Elementary School third-grade teacher Vera Edwards works with a group of students on language arts skills and how to phrase questions and answers. National Underground Railroad Conference to be held in Clermont Co. By Theresa L. Herron For a list of some of the sites in Clermont County, see page B1. Clermont County was just one stop on the Underground Railroad and 19 of the sites here are a part of the Network to Freedom program. The program will be the main focus of the annual National Underground Railroad Conference taking place June 15 through June 18 at the Eastgate Holiday Inn & Suites. This year’s theme is Pathways to Freedom: Presenting the Underground Railroad through Education, Interpretation and Heritage Tourism. In 2002, Clermont County had more sites listed on the network than any other community in the country because of Gary Knepp, director of the county’s Underground Railroad Research Project. Having the conference in Clermont County is a “recognition of all the efforts everyone in this community has put together including the community ancestors, the people involved in (the Underground Railroad),” Knepp said. “It shows a recognition of their efforts and how special this county was in this regard. This will showcase the stories.” Knepp June Creager, Clermont Convention and Visitor’s Bureau director, “is responsible for most of this.” Knepp said. Part of the conference will be an effort to get Clermont County citizens involved, Knepp said. UC Clermont College will be the academic sponsor and officials are working on a couple of activities. Besides the 19 accepted network sites, the county has another 14 abolitionist sites and programs documented, Knepp said. These are stories about those involved in the anti-slave movement. For instance, some people and church congregations were abolitionists, but were not directly St. Mark’s Lutheran School OPEN HOUSE January 30, 2011 • 1–4pm CHILD DEVELOPMENT Cognitive • Emotional • Language • Physical • Social • Spiritual Technologically Forward • Academic Excellence involved in the Underground Railroad, he said. Knepp has these stories in his book, “Freedom’s Struggle,” which can be found at the Clermont County Public Libraries, Borders or by calling 732-3415. “The conference is a great fit for Clermont County,” said Creager. “We have 33 identified Underground Railroad and abolitionist sites in the county and we invite the conference participants and the entire community to tour the Freedom Trail locations here.” For more information about the Freedom Trail sites in Clermont County, visit and click on Attractions and Events. The annual conference is sponsored by the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad and the Network to Freedom Program (NTF), working in partnership with the visitor’s bureau and a nation-wide planning committee. A news conference and reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, at Holiday Inn to announce conference details. Accredited by State of Ohio 13:1 Student: Teacher ratio Tuition Assistance Available 5849 Buckwheat Rd., Milford 575-3354


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