Wednesday, May 5, 2004

News briefs



Traffic safety czar to visit hospital

Jeff Runge, director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will be in Cincinnati today to promote Ohio's new seat belt safety campaign, "What's Holding You Back?" Runge will be at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center at 10 a.m. and will be joined by emergency and trauma medicine representatives from University Hospital.

From May 24 through June 6, the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Ohio State Patrol and Gov. Bob Taft's office will team with local law enforcement agencies, churches, schools, state agencies and emergency responders to promote increased seat belt use.

School officials discuss growth

HAMILTON TWP. - More than 60 Hamilton Township residents heard from school district officials Tuesday evening about Warren County's growth problems during a public forum at Little Miami High School.

Little Miami's enrollment of almost 3,100 students is expected to double in the next decade. School officials plan on asking voters to approve an estimated $36 million bond issue in November to build a new elementary and a junior high as well as to expand the district's high school, which opened in 2000 and is already pushing capacity.

Little Miami superintendent Dan Bennett told the crowd, "We're at a very crucial time right now," in explaining the need for the new schools. School officials, with the help of some county officials, are considering limiting residential growth with a moratorium on new housing.

Services offered around Tristate

In 1988, Congress drafted legislation declaring the first Thursday in May a National Day of Prayer. Here is a sampling of prayer services in Greater Cincinnati:

• 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Offices of Transformation Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, 901 Elm St., downtown.

• Noon: Hamilton County Courthouse, downtown.

• Noon: Clermont County Courthouse, Batavia.

• Noon: Prayer service and lunch, Erlanger Baptist Church, 116 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger

• 1:30 p.m.: Prayer walk beginning at the World Peace Bell in Newport and ending at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

TRAFFIC WATCH

• Beginning 9 p.m. Friday, the Fort Mitchell entrance ramp to northbound Interstate 75 and 71 will be closed until 6 a.m. Monday. Motorists are urged by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to use the ramp from Dixie Highway to northbound I-75/71.

• The right lane of northbound Interstate 75 will be closed at the Paddock Road exit from 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. through Saturday.




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