Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Local news briefs

Wandering bear no cause for alarm

The Enquirer

The Ohio Division of Wildlife doesn't really care that a female black bear wandered up from West Virginia and is currently touring Warren and Clermont counties.

Wildlife officials said they aren't sure why the bear , which wears a monitoring collar, came into Ohio. No injuries or incidents have been reported, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, but residents should stay away from the bear if they see it. "It's been a non-issue," said Dave Kohler, wildlife supervisor at the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Church welcomes injured sergeant

The First Baptist Church of Glen Este will hold a special service Sunday evening in honor of Staff Sgt. Paul Brondhaver, a church member who was seriously injured three weeks ago when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in Iraq, peppering him with shrapnel.

The 6 p.m. service will feature a color guard, patriotic songs and photographs from Iraq taken by Brondhaver, who returned home to his wife and three children on Saturday. The church is at 1034 Old State Route 74 in Clermont County's Union Township.

Mourners asked to arrive early

Xavier University is urging those who plan to attend the visitation for its former president, the Rev. James E. Hoff, today to arrive early. Father Hoff died Friday of cancer at age 72. Visitation is 1:30-6:30 p.m., followed by the funeral Mass at 7 p.m. at St. Xavier Church, 607 Sycamore St., downtown. Seating for the Mass will be limited. Cameras will not be permitted inside the church.

Criminology joins college programs

New academic programs will be available this fall at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Delhi Township. A major in criminology/sociology will examine crime as a social phenomenon as well as social inequity and how social systems work. Also available is a dual major in aging services and administration/social work to prepare students for work with older adults. For information, go to


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