Wednesday, March 10, 2004

News briefs



Salt trucks got a false alarm

Cincinnati's Department of Public Services snow crews dumped hundreds of tons of salt on city roadways early Tuesday morning, expecting a March snowstorm that never came. Tuesday's layer of salt and brine was a "pre-treatment" intended to make snow melt on contact. Cincinnati uses a Chicago meteorological firm, Murray & Trettel, which boasts "solid, knowledgeable, and always reliable" forecasting, said Department of Public Services Director Daryl Brock. Local television stations blew it, too - forecasting anything from flurries to a "light dusting" to an inch or two.

Because it can take six to eight hours to treat major roadways, the city didn't want to sit back and wait to see what happens. The trucks started at 11 p.m. Monday and didn't let up until dawn.

Drop-Inn Center needs $25,000

Officials at the Drop-Inn Center Shelter House in Over-the-Rhine say they need to raise $25,000 in the next two months to make their budget for the year. Heating costs and a record demand for services have strained the center's resources, agency officials said Tuesday. The center provides shelter for the mentally ill, veterans, victims of domestic violence and physically disabled people. Donations can be mailed to the Drop-Inn Center, 217 W. 12th St. Information: 721-0643.

Ohio leader in losing ages 15-44

Ohio lost more people between the ages of 15 and 44 than any other state during the past three years, and its overall population grew at one of the nation's slowest rates, U.S. Census figures released Wednesday show. At the same time, the number of people in the state 85 and older increased by nearly 20,000, a rate that matched the national average. U.S. Census Bureau estimates show Ohio's population grew 0.7 percent from 2000 to 2003. Ohio lost nearly 90,000 people between 15 and 44.

Fletcher sending his representative

When he was campaigning last fall, Ernie Fletcher promised that if elected governor he would have a representative of the governor's office visit regions around the state. Starting next week, Fletcher, who was elected in November, will have his Northern Kentucky field representative in the region for two weeks. The representative will answer questions about issues in state government. Visits are scheduled as follows:

• Boone County: March 18, 11 a.m., Boone County Administration Building, fiscal courtroom, Burlington.

• Kenton County: March 18, 1 p.m., Kenton County Courthouse, 303 Court St., second floor conference room, Covington.

• Campbell County: March 18, 3 p.m., Campbell County Fiscal Court Building, conference room, 24 W. 4th St., Newport.

• Gallatin County: March 23, 9 a.m., Mary Ellen Bogardus Extension Office, 395 U.S. 42 West, Warsaw.

• Owen County: March 25, 11 a.m., judge-executive's office, 100 N. Thomas St., Owenton.

• Grant County: March 25, 1 p.m., Grant County Courthouse, Room #16, 101 N. Main St., Williamstown.

• Pendleton County: March 25, 3 p.m., Pendleton County Courthouse, Community Room, 223 Main St., Falmouth.

TRAFFIC WATCH

KY 338 Beaver Big Bone Road in Boone County will be closed from Big Bone Church to Riddles Run to through traffic 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Workers will direct traffic.

Symmes Road in Fairfield will be closed between Pleasant Avenue and River Road from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday for sanitary sewer work. Detours will be posted.




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