Thursday, December 4, 2003

News briefs

Recount doesn't affect three mayor races

A Hamilton County Board of Elections recount brought bad news for two incumbent mayors: They still lost.

Norwood Mayor Victor Schneider lost by 24 votes on Nov. 4, and Woodlawn Mayor Susan Upton Farley, by 28 votes. They each paid $10 per precinct - Norwood has 25 precincts, Woodlawn four - for the elections board recount. There were no changes in the results after the recount, the board of elections said Tuesday.

Schneider lost to Councilman Thomas Williams. Farley was defeated by Councilman Raymond Terrell.

Mayoral candidate Charles Hughes of Golf Manor, who lost by six votes to fellow Councilman Alan Zaffiro, also did not see a change in results after the recount, the board said.

Kennedy Heights center offers MRI

KENNEDY HEIGHTS - ProScan Imaging at Midtown has began using magnetic resonance imaging as a way to detect early signs of heart disease.

The new service is part of its Living Longer health center at 5400 Kennedy Ave., adjacent to ProScan Imaging's headquarters.

While MRI technology has been around for two decades, only recently has it improved enough to capture images of moving tissue.

The new screening scan requires the patient to lie on a table for about one hour while a circular magnet collects 3-D images of heart and key arteries to look for signs of muscle damage and to measure cardiac function.

In addition to doing heart studies, ProScan can use its MRI to perform whole-body vascular imaging and scans of the gall bladder, bile ducts, breasts, pancreas and liver.

5 named to W. Chester architectural panel

WEST CHESTER TWP. - West Chester Township trustees named five residents and business owners Tuesday to the community's first Architectural Advisory Committee.

Charles Helton, Victoria Alvarez, Dan Shearn, Roger Stagge and Jose Castrejon were named to terms ranging from one to five years.

The committee will help the township's Planning and Zoning Department in Olde West Chester.

"I think it's always good to have a neighborhood, an area or a community police themselves," Trustee Dave Tacosik said.

The goal is to maintain the unique characteristics of Olde West Chester.

Mason City Council to discuss earnings tax

MASON - City Council is expected to discuss on Monday a proposal to put an earnings tax charter amendment on the primary election ballot.

Earlier reports based on information from the city had stated that council already decided to put the issue on the ballot.

The decision has not been made final.

If it's put on the ballot and approved by voters, the charter amendment would allow a full credit for earnings taxes Mason residents pay to other cities where they work.

Election day is March 2.

Loveland White Pillars still targeted for homes

LOVELAND - The developer of the controversial White Pillars project still wants to build homes at the historic site, even if voters reject a commercial project there, his lawyer said .

Attorney C. Francis Barrett told council Tuesday - including three newly seated members who campaigned against the project - that Hines-Griffin Joint Venture wants to close on the sale of 75 acres of the property so the company can begin selling home sites.

That land was approved for residential building, while 13 acres are pegged for a commercial project that would include offices and limited retail shops.

A judge's recent decision to throw out a citizen lawsuit involving a zone change on the property cleared the way for residential development at the site off Ohio 48.

However, the fate of the commercial section is uncertain because a referendum that could overturn spot zoning is expected on the March ballot.

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