CLERMONT Your Community Press newspaper serving Amelia, Batavia, Batavia Township, New Richmond. Ohio Township, Pierce Township, Union Township, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Township Website: communitypress.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We d n e s d a y, A u g u s t 2 4 , 2 0 1 1 • Vol. 31 No. 30 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Batavia wants to annex more If approved, county employees would pay income tax By Kellie Geist-May Bad impression During an update on economic development, Commissioner Archie Wilson said the gateways at major road intersections needed to be cleaned up to improve Clermont County’s image. He said weeds often are growing up around a sign at Interstate 275 and Ohio Pike welcoming people to Clermont County. “Our image is everything,” he said. FULL STORY, A4 email@example.com BATAVIA – Village officials want to annex 286 acres of Batavia Township, including Clermont County’s sheriff’s office, municipal court, fleet maintenance, and water resources. The village filed a petition Aug. 11 that would allow the village to annex the land owned by the county because Glen Wiedenbein, whose property connects the countyowned land with the village, requested annexation, said Clermont County Administrator Dave Spinney. If the petition is approved all employees who work in the village will be subject to a 1 percent income tax. That additional revenue would help the village “renew infrastructure and public places and to make some major improvements,” said Batavia Mayor John Thebout. “The county seat is an important part of Clermont County and we have a lot of work to do. It’s not fair to ask the 1,500 resident of Batavia to pay for all of that,” he said. “It should be an expense shared by everyone and the county employees use our infrastructure.” The petition would allow only private property owners – not governments – the right to object the annexation. As long as the petition Fare increase? By Kellie Geist-May firstname.lastname@example.org Tribute to return Looking for help The Union Township-based Cincy Kids 4 Kids organization is looking for help raising money for Shriners Hospital for Children, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Orphanage and more. Adding the walk started when the organization did a back-to-school night at Shriners. FULL STORY, A3 Community online Find your community’s website by visiting Cincinnati. com/local and looking for “Community News” near the top of the page. You’ll find local news, sports, photos and events, tailored to where you live. You can even submit your own articles and photos using Share, our online submission tool. Contact The Journal News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248-8600 Retail advertising . . . . . . . . 768-8196 Classified advertising . . . . . 242-4000 Delivery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 576-8240 See page A2 for additional information cooperation in developing the property, which was a landscaping company, for commercial use. Wiedenbein was unable to be reached for comment. If the property is annexed the village would have additional revenue to embark on several projects. “A major proposal would build a new bridge over the East Fork of the Little Miami River near the new annexation territory, provide an alldirections interchange with Ohio 32, and build a new connecting road to the new Clough Pike at Main Street,” Thebout said. The exact amount the tax would See ANNEX on page A2 Dog attack injures Union Twp. officer CLERMONT CO. - Some county residents say that although they favor a fare increase, they’d rather see CTC disbanded or run by a private company. They made their comments at the Clermont Transportation Connection fare increase public hearing Aug. 3. The hearing was one of four held to hear public comments on a proposed increase to fares and elimination of student and child discounts. FULL STORY, A3 The American Veterans Traveling Tribute’s “Cost of Freedom” display - often called the Traveling Tribute and including a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall - will be coming back to Clermont County in 2013. The display will be at the Union Township Veterans Memorial Park from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13 in 2013. All of the Union Township trustees said they were excited to see the Tribute return. FULL STORY, A2 is in order commissioners have no choice but to accept it, Spinney said. Commissioners voted Aug. 17 to acknowledge receipt of the petition. They have 45 days to OK the actual annexation. The village annexed 108 acres with the same type of petition in June. That land included UC Clermont, the Southwest Ohio Development Center and 5.7 acres owned by Don and Richard Saylor, who requested the annexation. The income from both annexations would be collected by the village beginning in 2012. Thebout said Wiedenbein wants his land to be annexed by the village so he can have the village’s KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF Nicole Jordan of Amelia, front, and Nancy Wenstrup of Union Township place their memorial lanterns on the lake at Mt. Moriah Cemetery during last year’s lantern lighting ceremony. Remember a loved one with a lantern By Kellie Geist-May email@example.com UNION TWP. – Township trustees are giving families a chance to remember their loved ones by conducting the fourth annual Mt. Moriah Lantern Lighting Ceremony Saturday, Sept. 10. During the event, residents especially people with family members buried at Mt. Moriah will gather at the cemetery to decorate lantern covers with memories, drawings, notes, photos and more. At sunset the lanterns will be put on a base, the candle will be lit and the family members will place the lanterns on the cemetery’s lake. “It’s a nice time for families to get together to honor and pay tribute to the loved ones they’ve lost,” said Trustee Matt Beamer. “I like seeing the individual creativity everyone puts into the lanterns. It’s amazing.” Union Township Service Department administrative assistant Nancy Woebkenberg, who works at the cemetery, has been coordinating the lantern lighting ceremony since its inception. She said the township will have all supplies families need to create the lanterns as well as the bases and candles that will float out onto the lake. “We’ll have everything unless they want to bring some special photos or memories with them,” she said. “Everyone memorializes their loved ones in a different way.” The free event will start at 5 p.m. There will be dinner before a group of Marine veterans post the colors and a Boy Scout troop leads “The Pledge of Allegiance.” “At sunset we’ll put the lanterns on the lake,” Woebkenberg said. “It’s over at 7:30 p.m. or whenever we’re finished.” No reservations are necessary and the township will provide the chairs, tables and a covered tent for the rain or shine event. Woebkenberg and Beamer both said they hope the township can continue to sponsor the event, which costs about $4,000. “It’s just something really nice that everyone looks forward to, and it’s grown every year,” Woebkenberg said. “People come together to remember their loved ones and they share their stories. It really brings the community together.” The cemetery is at 686 Mt. Moriah Drive and free parking ceremony will be available at the Mt. Moriah Methodist Church across the street at 681 Mt. Moriah Drive. A shuttle will transport visitors to and from the event. For more information, call the cemetery office at 752-1773. For more about your community, visit www.cincinnati.com/uniontownship UNION TWP. - One police officer is on leave and another is being treated for impact injuries after a dog attack. Union Township Police Lt. Scott Gaviglia said the incident occurred when two police officers were serving an arrest warrant to Jennifer Adkins, 37, in the 1000 block of Old Ohio 74 around 6:50 p.m. Aug. 22. “The entrance to the residence was around back on the second floor. The officers parked out front and, as they were turning the corner to go up the steps, they were met by a large animal with the characteristics of a pit bull,” Gaviglia said. “The dog saw the officers and immediately charged.” The dog knocked Pangallo to the ground and the officer was unable to subdue the dog while protecting his neck and face, Gaviglia said. “The other officer immediately saw the danger of the situation and fired one round. The round struck the dog and the dog ran about 30 feet and collapsed,” Gaviglia said. The dog died. While assessing himself for injuries, Pangallo felt a pain in the area just above his right ankle. “It appears the bullet passed through the dog and hit Officer Pangallo,” Gaviglia said. The officer’s Gore-Tex boot and the dog slowed the bullet enough to keep it from penetrating Pangallo’s leg, but Pangallo was transported to University Hospital for impact injuries, he said. The date for Pangallo’s to return to work has not been set, Gaviglia said. “He reported this morning that he feels good,” Gaviglia said. That officer has been placed on three-day administrative leave, which is Union Township policy for any weapon discharge. His name is not being released at this time. Gaviglia said Adkins was arrested without further incident and no additional charges are expected to be filed. The warrant See ATTACK on page A2 KELLIE GEIST-MAY/STAFF Community Choice Awards Beechmont Ford was voted as the best established car dealership in Clermont County in the Community Press Newspapers’ Community Choice Awards. Lorinn and Mark Williams bought Beechmont Ford in 1992 and now employee more than 100 people. From left are: Ford Regional Manager Greg Wood, Director of Sales Michael Carmichael, owners Mark and Lorinn Williams, Marketing Manager Erin Behymer and Sales Manager Shane Whitaker. For a list of more award winners, please see our insert inside.