Saturday, July 24, 2004

Anti-levy signs stolen again in Fairfield

Neighborhood news briefs

The Enquirer

FAIRFIELD - Signs from an anti-levy group have been stolen for the second time since they were put up last month.

Fairfield police said reports were filed Friday alleging that two signs urging residents to vote against Fairfield Schools' levy, were removed overnight Thursday from yards on Mack Road and one from Winton Road.

Five vote-no signs were also reported cut up and placed in the yard of Arnold Engel, founder of the group Citizens for Accountability and Results in Education, opponents of the 6.9-mill levy.

Police are reviewing videotape made by Engel.

"We'll look at the videotape to see if it can be enhanced to get anything off it," said Lt. Ken Colburn, police spokesman. Last month, 13 of 22 anti-levy signs CARE placed in Fairfield and Fairfield Township yards were removed, Engel said.

He believes the signs stolen this week from Mack and Winton roads were the ones he found cut up in his yard Friday morning.

"This was done by angry people. It's disgusting," Engel said.

Meanwhile, Jordan Kessler, president of Fairfield High School's Class of 2004, was charged this week with disorderly conduct. He is accused of driving past Engel's house July 21 and at least once before, honking his horn excessively, Colburn said.

Kessler is to appear July 28 in Fairfield Municipal Court on the fourth-degree misdemeanor charge. If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $250 and up to 30 days in jail.

Kessler wouldn't comment on the charge, but said he never touched anti-levy signs.

Patriotic concert scheduled in Clermont

UNION TOWNSHIP - A military support group will host a patriotic country concert for Clermont County featuring an Indiana band that has opened for top country artists.

The Keith Swinney Band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Union Township's Veterans Memorial Park near Eastgate shopping center.

The concert is sponsored by Smiles4Troops, the military support group formerly known as 4thetroops.

The support group will provide barrels for donations to American troops serving abroad. Suggested donations include bug spray, candy, deodorant, eye drops, powdered Gatorade, granola bars, sun screen, socks and razors.

Loveland reaches out to historic district

LOVELAND -Residents in the Henry Hanna Farm neighborhood - the city's historic Clermont County residential areas - can voice concerns to city officials at a neighborhood meeting noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at McCoy Park on Oak Street.

The area is targeted as one of six neighborhoods that requires public investment to maintain quality of life.

The meeting is part of an effort to send city officials into neighborhoods to increase interaction.

For information: Assistant City Manager Tom Carroll at 683-0150 or the city's Web site,

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