Sunday, February 8, 2004

News briefs

Township adopts larger zoning signs

LIBERTY TWP. - Property slated for zoning changes will be more apparent when the township posts the notices on larger signs.

Responding to residents' complaints, trustees have purchased eight 3-by-4-foot signs to be posted on land subject to a proposed zone change.

They replace the 2-foot by 18-inch signs identical in size to "house for sale'' yard signs, says Christine Matacic, trustee and acting administrator. "Our old signs can appear to be lost on a property, particularly on large commercial tracts," she says.

Madeira steps up downtown sewer work

MADEIRA - Access to the city's downtown should be back to normal a couple of months earlier than expected.

City Manager Tom Moeller said the Metropolitan Sewer District has added a second crew to work on a $3.4 million sanitary sewer project that included Euclid Road and Miami and Railroad avenues.

That means the project should be finished in July instead of September, he said.

Madeira officials have restricted traffic and urged rush-hour motorists from other communities since October to bypass the area, causing concerns by some shops about a possible drop in business.

The sewer line replacement is part of a court order requiring Hamilton County to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows into storm sewers and creeks.

Loveland building officials win honors

LOVELAND - The city's two building officials were recently honored by a state professional organization.

Building and zoning administrator Gerald Stoker, who has worked for Loveland since 1994, was elected to the board of directors of the Ohio Building Officials Association, where he will serve a two-year term. He was the organization's Building Official of the Year in 2000.

Majed Dabdoub, plans examiner for the City of Cincinnati who works for Loveland under contract, received the association's Victor Jones Award for lifetime achievement.

The Columbus-based association has 1,200 members and works to develop and endorse national, state, and local building codes and to promote professionalism as well as education.

Plastic wins turf wars at many schools
Gay-lifestyle laws could backfire
Lunken under scrutiny
Volunteers warn African-Americans about AIDS threat
Customers become family during cancer treatment
Dance gives mothers special time with sons
Plaque found after 5 years
Black women told to help themselves

Doctor's family applauds choice to help out in Africa
Campus gives parent advice
Neighbors briefs

Ohio wading into debate on biology
79-year-old crash survivor cheats death a second time
Good things happening: Group can't play, sings for Ashcroft
Good things happening: Faith matters

Sister Ann Loretto Connell, longtime teacher
Arthur Milner wrote laws, taught school

New racing chairman finding legs
Effort to name highway for Ky. hero of Vietnam
Teachers bemoan state school budget
Newport High School forms new booster club
Conner asks to withdraw her plea
Kentucky obituaries

Religious jellybeans lead to lawsuit
Inspector criticizes racing board
Public affairs soldiers learn combat skills
Inmate just moseys away from job at prison dairy barn