Sunday, September 19, 2004

Local news briefs

Competition livens up campaigning

Elections are about choices. But sometimes there is nothing to decide. Voters in Southwest Ohio have limited options in many of the county races this November. But there's certainly enough competition to make the campaign interesting.

Maps, booklets promote weekend

Branch libraries in Hamilton County and Meijer and Dick's Sporting Goods Stores in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky now have free booklets with maps and details of the first Great Outdoor Weekend next Saturday and Sunday. The weekend, modeled after the popular Fine Arts Sampler weekend, features various parks, nature tours and nature classes that residents can sample to taste the breadth of outdoor offerings in the region. For information about the three dozen outdoor and environmental venues and an online map, visit

Salute honors wounded soldier

Flag-waving residents of Clermont County will be coming to the river banks in New Richmond this week to pay homage to a native son who was injured in Iraq in April. The "Tribute to a Hometown Hero" - 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the bandstand on Front Street - will honor Lance Cpl. Donny Schwab. Schwab was injured when a land mine exploded beneath a dump truck he was driving, blowing out his ears and giving him neurological damage. Schwab continues to recover in Camp LeJeune, N.C., but County Commissioner Bob Proud said Schwab is sending a videotaped message to be played at the tribute. Also speaking are Sheriff A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg, a retired Marine, and Staff Sgt. Paul Brondhaver, another New Richmond native injured in Iraq earlier in the year.

What to do, how to get there

Queen City Fusion comes to a close today, but there are still a handful of events on tap, including Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and Reds and Bengals action. While parking may be a concern, today's forecast isn't. Expect another sunny and pleasant day with a high of 73.

Events revive as boycott wanes
Where boycott succeeded, and where it failed
Boycott leaders: Where they are today
Crowds gathered early for downtown activities
It's red ribbon day for AIDS walk
More families choosing cremation
Images of cremation evoke Holocaust memories for Jews
Sewage plant fights to expand
Alabaman wins Miss America
Nude runner leads to robbery arrest
Weary, flood-soaked Ohioans wring hands and belongings
Man electrocuted at bakery plant
Local news briefs

New program helps youth build future
Florence, Boone disagree on how to use funds
Donations bolster drug strike force
NKU sinks hook into revitalizing area near lake
Covington scooter law advancing
Loveland sewer expansion moves ahead despite spat
Ludlow forum to take up pit bulls
Subdivision pitches in
Northern Kentucky news briefs

One-party rule makes for ballot unevenness
Voinovich praises progress of joint breast cancer work
He calls 'em as he sees 'em
Portman vows not to take it easy
Canton mayor, GOP send mixed signals
Here's how and where to register to vote

School dress codes wear thin
Schools tie for Merit honors
Teachers set to picket
Room and board at Miami rising 8.5%
West Clermont schools part of TV show

Traffic signal flap eases
Liberty Township gets contract Post Office

Bronson: Jazz sax man was reflection of our spirit
Crowley: Lucas gives emotional, blunt review
Howard: Seventh-grader rises in national science contest

B.E. Bruning a repairman and gardener
Viola Heath had owned beauty salon