Thursday, October 9, 2003

Regional Report

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Good bond ratings may mean less taxes

Cincinnati Public Schools officials say residents might pay less in taxes than originally forecast thanks to favorable bond ratings by investors' services firms.

Three national firms have rated the district among Ohio's best-managed school systems heading into the district's sale of $480 million in school-construction bonds for its $1 billion school construction plan, said district Treasurer Michael Geoghegan.

The ratings allow the district to take advantage of historically low interest rates and could translate to less millage, he said.

Geoghegan said, using a conservative estimate, the district could save up to $10 million thanks to the good ratings.

Cincinnati Public Schools will sell the bonds on Oct. 15. The bond issue, approved by voters in May, will help fund renovations and construction of 66 schools.

Anderson residents invited to a cleanup

ANDERSON TWP. - Residents in this eastern Hamilton County township are invited to spruce up their community during the annual nationwide "Make A Difference Day" event.

Volunteers will clean up the township's roadways and government-owned properties. It'll take place 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 25.

Volunteers will meet at the Anderson Township Government Center, 7954 Beechmont Ave., to get their assignments. Bags, supplies and refreshments will be provided.

Both organizations and individuals are invited.

For more information contact Paul Drury, assistant director of Development Services, at 474-5123.

Two appointed to transit agency board

An ardent opponent of light rail and the president of an Ohio think tank were appointed to the board of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority on Wednesday.

Hamilton County commissioners voted 3-0 to appoint Stephan Louis, who was found guilty of an election violation in last fall's anti-light rail campaign.

Daniel Peters was approved 2-1, with Commissioner Todd Portune against appointing Peters to help oversee the regional transportation agency.

Peters is chairman of the board of the conservative Buckeye Institute as well as president of the Ruth and Lovett Peters Foundation, which focuses on improving elementary and secondary education.

DeWitt appointed to intelligence board

WASHINGTON - President Bush announced Wednesday he plans to appoint Cincinnati investor William O. DeWitt Jr. to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

DeWitt is a longtime friend and fund-raiser for the president, as well as a business partner for the president's chief fund-raiser, Mercer Reynolds.

The 16-member board advises the president about the quality of the government's intelligence collection and whether the government's intelligence organizations are meeting the nation's needs.

Police raid suspected Clermont meth lab

UNION TWP. - Clermont County narcotics units and law enforcement agencies raided a possible methamphetamine lab Wednesday afternoon.

Local and county police searched a residence in the 4300 block of Aicholtz Road looking for any evidence dealing with the sale and production of the illegal drug. No one has been charged.

County officials said no additional information would be available until after the investigation.

Clermont County leads the state in the number of meth-making labs uncovered by authorities, according to recent state figures.

Rep. Mike Turner leaves for tour of Iraq

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mike Turner, who represents northern Warren County, left Wednesday for a weeklong trip to Iraq.

The Centerville Republican is traveling with four other members of the House Armed Services Committee.

Turner said he wanted to meet with Iraqi leaders and military leaders and see the conditions U.S. troops are facing firsthand.

Ohio tuition program on hold
Miami U. service workers end strike
Blue Ash may require helmets
Firefighters hold memorial march

I-75: No easy fix to woes
Bomb victim, 10, here for treatment
Delhi infantryman remembered as a hero
Council hopefuls fail to inspire
Thrifty solution way too costly
Art museum extends invitation to Colerain
Ex-priest awaits decision
Down syndrome tests show promise
Pet a pig, try kettle corn at Blue Ash fest
Juror mouths off, officers get off in Lawrenceburg
Ruling based on religion tossed
Mayor urges city action to get cop report released
Records request argued
Regional Report

Pulfer: At NKU, it's really not about the buildings at all
Howard: Good Things Happening

Evidence re-checked in slaying
Hamilton to add officers for 911
Before exit can be planned, there's plenty of spadework
Something blue: Dress-less brides
Program spells out spelling
Mason waits on 3rd St. plan
Free-storage perk is over

John W. Devanney, 87, teacher, surgeon
Kentucky obituaries

Cop killer challenges Ohio death penalty
50 years late, vet gets his medal
Ohio has to pay millions to drunk drivers
Dayton nervous over nerve gas residue
Lakefront owners, Ohio grapple over land rights
Ohio moments

Diocese suspends pastor in Gallatin Co.
Kentucky News Briefs
State Dems want Fletcher to pay for Bush's visit
Patton order to equalize state workers' health premiums
Cool-headed teenagers save bus driver
Memory expert gives tips to learn more, study less
Insurance tax draws seniors' fire
Kentucky to do
Turtles get lift back to sea