BY JOE WESSELS
Loveland Local News
LOVELAND, Ohio — The Warren County edition of the 22-Ohio county Free Ohio Now protest originally planned for downtown Loveland – which is in Clermont County – Saturday has been moved to Lebanon, Warren’s county seat.
Protesters will now gather at the corner of Main and S. Broadway streets, near the Lebanon City Hall and The Golden Lamb restaurant.
“The entrance to The Golden Lamb will be cordoned off so that we do not disrupt their take out orders business,” said Deb Giehl, the Warren County protest’s organizer, in an email. “There will be many (people) due to Sunday’s Mother’s Day celebrations, we’re sure.”
Giehl said Thursday she had planned to move the Loveland protest after a “sleepless night” and a fervent outcry on social media for her choice to have it in Loveland.
Loveland’s mayor and vice mayor, whom she thought supported her plan, turned out did not. Coupled with several messages sent to her and viewing responses online she concluded she did not use “good judgment” when planning to have the protest in Loveland. She notified Loveland city officials of her decision later Thursday and sent out a press release, effectively canceling it while she looked for a new location.
“I just got approval from the Lebanon city manager around 9 a.m (Friday)….was busy chit-chatting on 700 WLW radio and updating my Facebook Page,” she wrote.
The event begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and is expected to be over 90 minutes later, she said. Participants are welcome to sign in via text.