Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Local news briefs

YMCA chief stepping down

Jerry Haralson, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, has announced he is retiring after 11 years. "(Haralson) has been a great leader for this association," said Scott Robertson, YMCA board chairman. "He began and completed a $32 million campaign to successfully implement important facility improvements over the past five years." Under Haralson, the YMCA's operating budget grew from $17 million to $35 million. A national search for a successor will begin immediately. Haralson will continue to serve as CEO until a replacement is hired.

WW II drama free for veterans

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival and The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education will host a Veterans Day event at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at 719 Race St. The event will include a pre-show discussion about the experiences of soldiers returning after World War II, followed by a production of Arthur Miller's war drama All My Sons. There will be a question-and-answer session with the cast after the production. Army veteran Elmer Reis and wife Esther will participate in the pre-show talk, along with assistant director Rob Jansen. Tickets are free for all veterans and are $16-$20 for other patrons. Reservations are recommended. Call (513) 381-BARD or visit

Christmas Walk Nov. 12 and 13

The Olde West Chester Christmas Walk will be Nov. 12 and 13. The 16th annual holiday celebration welcomes the public for shopping, entertainment, visits with Santa Claus, a parade and more. The official tree lighting will be 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the corner of West Chester and Cincinnati-Dayton roads. Families are invited to bring along weatherproof ornaments to hang on the community tree. Entertainment will be provided from 7-10 p.m. Friday and from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.


Weather permitting, there will be lane closures on the Brent Spence Bridge from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. nightly through Friday night. The ramp from eastbound U.S. 50 to southbound Interstate 71/75 will be closed periodically during those hours.

Ohio provisional ballots may decide presidential election
Voters repeal amendment on gay rights
Ohio Supreme Court: GOP's justices appear to be buttressing majority
Voinovich has no trouble winning 2nd Senate term
Sycamore levy passes; four others fail
Kerry effort falls short in Ohio
Ohio Republicans aim to maintain grip in House, Senate
Ohio election briefs
Ohio Issue 1 passes
Turnout heavy in suburbs
MU students hit the polls
Cincinnati school levy passes
Hospital tax leading despite opposition
Clermont County: Republicans remain choice in early count
Clermont County tax issues: Long lines delay counting
Fairfield levy passes
Butler commission: All incumbents being returned
Butler levies: Support strong for health, social care funding
Butler County Sheriff: Jones likely successor to Gabbard
Heavy turnout, long lines delay vote count
Kings levy passes by slim margin
Indiana governor: Daniels prevails after tough, costly slugfest
Ballot misprint may affect Ind. school board race

Alexandria: Voters stick with City Council's six incumbents
Bellevue City Council: Two incumbents losing seats with 4 of 5 precincts counted
Covington: Sanders and Stricker joining City Commission
Campbell County: Ward holds on to retain seat on Circuit Court
Florence City Council: One newcomer, five incumbents win seats
Independence: Four who opposed insurance tax win
Newport: Mayor, all four on council will be keeping their seats
Suburban schools: Campbell, other area boards get fresh faces
Villa Hills, Taylor Mill: Taxes to fix, replace city streets rejected
Urban schools: Newcomer ousts incumbent, snags Newport board seat
N. Ky. election briefs
Popular president dominates Kentucky
Ky. Senate: Bunning wins - but race was close
Ky. House: This time around, Davis prevails
Issue One: Kentucky overwhelmingly says yes to no-gay-marriage
State's determined voters brave long lines, waits, rain
23rd Senate District: Westwood survives challenge by Groob
Ex-Gov. Carroll wins Frankfort seat
State Senate: Republican Thayer wins a full term in new seat
67th House District: Keene's win preserves spot for Democrats

Shelter director traveled from needing to helping
Help Habitat by hiring yard rakers
Father inspired mission journey
Cone throw may bring legal action
Police dogs could get TV time at competition
Harrison man charged in auto fatals
Exhibit to spotlight 350 years of Judaism in America
Medal of Honor graves get special markers
Local news briefs
Neighbors news briefs

Good Things Happening

Gay Weber designed jet engines for GE

Time of change in Crestview Hills
Waltz or swing, timid students learn to let go
Florence Freedom has a deal
$545,000 grant to bolster Ky. health-care work force
N. Ky. news briefs
Jewelry gone after autopsy of corpse
N.Ky. schools' education guide available online
Murder counts filed in wreck that killed 2