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COMMUNITY JOURNAL

NORTH CLERMONT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015

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Groups can host meetings, events at Goshen library By Cindy Schroeder cschroeder@communitypress.com

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — After the recent closure of the Goshen Community Center, library officials want people to know that the public library has space in its building for community events. “I want to spread the word that due to the closing of the community center, we have a meeting room that’s open to the public,” said Lisa Briethaupt, manager of the Goshen branch of the Clermont County Public Library. Briethaupt made the announcement at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Goshen Township Board of Trustees. In late November, Goshen officials closed the Goshen Community Center to the public for safety and monetary reasons. The building is now being used by the township’s road department to store its trucks. Briethaupt said any group can hold a meeting or event in the Goshen library’s meeting room for $10 a day. “So please spread the word that if any group needs a place to meet to give us a call, and we’d be glad to host their meeting,” she said. “It does have to happen during library hours,

and if we already have a program scheduled, our library programs take precedence.” The meeting room seats about 80. That number would be less “if it’s something where people need to move around,” Briethaupt said. The public also can host birthday parties and bridal or baby showers in the meeting room. “We encourage people to clean up any mess they’ve made, and not serve anything but light refreshments like cake, punch and cookies, sandwiches and things like that,” she said. Briethaupt passed out fliers listing library hours. “If you haven’t been by the library, we just celebrated our 25th year in the community, and we just underwent a wonderful renovation,” Briethaupt said. “We have additional computers for public use, we have new carpet, new paint and new furniture. It’s a place to be proud of. People have said, ‘Wow, this is like an urban downtown public library.’ So please come and visit.” Want to know what’s happening in Goshen Township? Follow me on Twitter @CindyLSchroeder.

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Lisa Briethaupt, branch manager of the Clermont County Public Library in Goshen, recently announced the library’s meeting room is available for community events such as meetings, bridal showers and birthday parties. Late last year, Goshen Township officials closed the Goshen Community Center.

Goshen Township Police working with Clermont County Drug Task Force By Cindy Schroeder cschroeder@communitypress.com

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — Goshen Township’s police chief has been on the job only since Jan. 1, but he’s already developed a plan to combat drug abuse and get more officers on the street. Through a new partnership with the Clermont County Drug Task Force, Goshen Township Police Chief Rick Combs hopes to double the hours law enforcement spends investigating drug cases in Goshen. Goshen Township residents now can report suspicious drug activities of a house, business or neighborhood by calling the Drug Hotline at 513-625-2806. Tips can be anonymous, but

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Goshen Police Chief Rick Combs has announced a partnership with the Clermont County Drug Task Force to fight drug abuse and put more officers on the street.

anyone who leaves their name and a contact number will receive a followup call from an investigator. “After reviewing drug

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insurgency in the Goshen community, the epidemic of heroin/ meth, and the available resources and experience of the county drug team, the partner-

ship makes sense,” Combs said in a Jan. 8 press release. Claire Corcoran, chairperson of the Goshen Township Board of Trustees, said that board supports the new partnership 100 percent. “I think it’s a great idea,” Corcoran said. “(Combs) has wonderful contacts, and he’s really getting us together.” Combs, who served as the Clermont County sheriff’s chief deputy for 15 years before retiring from that department in 2012, described the partnership as “a win-win” for all involved. Under the past arrangement, Goshen Township police handled all drug investigations in house, including more involved cases requiring hundreds of hours of investigation, Combs

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said. That meant uniformed officers spent less time on the street. Goshen Township has eight full-time officers and three part-time employees – fewer officers than it has had in past years, Combs said. He added personnel is spread thin in a department that works 24/7. By partnering with the Clermont County Drug Task Force that’s funded through the county sheriff, Goshen Township officers can share information on drug-related crimes with that group, avoiding duplication in those types of investigations. As a result, there will be more hours of drug investigation in the township by the drug unit, See POLICE, Page A2 Vol. 34 No. 42 © 2015 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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