Thursday, July 29, 2004

Neighbors briefs



Greenacres, Indian Hill battle going to court

INDIAN HILL - A courtroom will be the next sparring ground in Greenacres Foundation's fight to stage events at the former Fleischmann estate off Blome Road.

The organization and the Louis and Louise Nippert Trust filed an appeal in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court this week seeking reversal of restrictions that Indian Hill officials placed on musical events and the size and number of gatherings at a proposed cultural arts center. The appeal names City Council and the planning commission as defendants.

Council in June eased some restrictions that the planning commission had imposed to satisfy neighbors' concerns about potential noise and traffic.

But Greenacres officials say that's not enough to justify a planned $3 million restoration project at the manor house and grounds donated by arts patron Louise Nippert.

The complaint contends that Indian Hill's actions prevent the foundation from fulfilling its mission to preserve the land, providing educational programs and to encourage appreciation of music and culture.

The foundation alleges, among other things, that city officials abused their discretion and discriminated against the foundation by treating it differently than similar organizations.

Loveland weighs halt on utility rate hikes

LOVELAND - City residents could get a break from rate increases for water, sanitation and storm water fees next year.

City finance director William Taphorn has proposed that council consider a moratorium for 2005 on utility rate increases, excluding a sewer rate hike.

In a recent memo to council and administration, Taphorn said year-to-date financial data show the city will have enough money to meet expenses and pay for planned improvements for those services in 2005.

Proposed rate increases were projected to raise $110,000 for the three utilities. Council has the final say on the issue.

Child-support office to seek 9 most wanted

BATAVIA - Clermont County will be distributing in August its annual poster highlighting the county's worst child-support offenders, part of a successful campaign that helped nab six of the nine offenders featured in the most recent poster.

As part of the county's Child Support Enforcement Month, the child-support division in the Department of Job and Family Services will be distributing throughout the county posters with names and pictures of at least nine non-custodial parents who are in arrears on child-support payments.

Also in August, the sheriff's office will provide extra support to the domestic relations court and the child support enforcement unit to round up the most-wanted offenders.

For more information, visit www.clermontsupportskids.org.

Mason on lookout for Little Miss Heritage

MASON - Children who will enter second grade in the Mason or Kings schools are eligible to enter the Little Miss Heritage Pageant, held in conjunction with the Aug. 28 Mason Heritage Festival.

Applications are available at the Mason Municipal Center, the Mason Library, the Chamber of Northeast Cincinnati and Yost Pharmacy. Deadline for submitting applications and the $5 entry fee is Saturday.

Each contestant is required to attend an Aug. 21 tea at Grace Baptist Church Tory Center, where they will be interviewed. All entrants will participate in the Heritage Festival Parade Aug. 28. Crowning will take place on the grandstand after the parade. Information: 398-0074.




2004 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Edwards: 'We choose hope over despair'
Pollster tunes in to local voices
Sharpton, Kucinich join fold
Edwards' wife describes his rise
Kerry won't neglect Ohio
Kerry needs to prove he can lead the nation
McConnell calls attacks 'vile'
Prime-time speakers tonight
Ky. Takes Back Seat To Ohio
'Kerry parties' number 20 here
Gannett News Service convention coverage
Enquirer's election section

TOP STORIES
Girls prison under scrutiny
Hundreds honor Hoff, 'everyone's parent' at XU
Political funds face scrutiny
Auto pollution increases health risks

IN THE TRISTATE
More cars a concern in Evendale
Dems have a friend(?) in Flynt and his new book
Rate increase goes to voters
Local news briefs
Loveland may ease its rules on signs
Neighbors briefs
Attorney general puts lottery in charge of bingo
Young Dems get campaign pointers
Guilty plea in gym scam
Former professor convicted of murder
Court asked to reconsider ban on Commandments
Hit-run victims get new shot at claims
Pendleton drug drive-through blocked
City schools plan hearing on budget
Suit against treasurer surprises county
West Chester center may be on Nov. ballot
Planners to consider Westwood rezoning
Transfer station coming to ex-landfill

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Good Things Happening

LIVES REMEMBERED
Retirement wasn't idle time for L. Winiarski

KENTUCKY STORIES
Adjutant general fell into career
FOP wants into state budget suit
Bunning says veterans need best health care
Covington wants CSX bridge fixed
Judge rejects bond for murder suspect
Fletcher names 1st black to cabinet
Forest plan has foes on two sides
Florence Freedom hit with 9th lien
Gov. leaves comedy to pros
$143M settlement nets Ricky Martin, other CDs
Democrat Ridley wins Ky. Senate open seat
Sewer plant under way soon
Alexander may help get Boone new turf
Kentucky News briefs