Monday, November 06, 2000

Local Digest

p9 Driver, passenger seriously injured

        COVINGTON — A Sunday morning crash blamed on alcohol and excessive speed left a man and a 14-year-old passenger critically injured, Covington police said.

        Timothy Mitchell, 21, of Covington, was traveling in the 1300 block of Parkway Avenue near Devou Park at 1:15 a.m. when his car slid into a rock wall, trapping him behind the steering wheel, police said.

        Passenger Adam Gross, also of Covington, was ejected from the car and was lying on the ground when authorities arrived. Both were taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center North, where Mr. Mitchell was in critical condition. Adam was transferred to Children's Hospital Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

        Alcohol and speed are considered contributing factors, police said. The crash remains under investigation.

Maureen Reagan
on "Caregiver Hour'

               Maureen Reagan will be interviewed from 1 to 2 p.m. today on the Family Caregiver Hour on WMKV 89.3 FM.

        Ms. Reagan, daughter of President Reagan, is a spokeswoman for the National Alzheimer's Association.

        November is National Alzheimer's Awareness month.

        The interview will be conducted by Diana Trenkamp, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and Liz Tassone, host of the show. Listeners are encouraged to call with questions for Ms. Reagan.

        Family Caregiver Hour is a national, award-winning, live call-in show dealing with issues related to caregiving.

        Live audio will also be available through the station's Web site:

Salvation Army
readies red kettles

               The Greater Cincinnati Salvation Army will kick off its annual Red Kettle Campaign 10 a.m. Nov. 13 on Fountain Square.

        The traditional red kettles are one of the most familiar sights during the Christmas season. The goal for the 2000 campaign is to raise $600,000 by Dec. 23.

        The funds will be used to help those in need at Christmas and throughout the year. The majority of the donations help operate the six Salvation Army communi ty centers in the Tristate area.

        To start off the fund-raising effort, a number of local companies and organizations will ceremoniously dump kettles that have been passed around their local offices into an oversized kettle.

        Free coffee and Busken Bakery doughnuts will be provided on the square.

        The kettles will be found at area Kroger, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Bigg's and Target stores.

        For information or to volunteer, call 762-8618.

17-year-old dies
when car crashes

               MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown teen-ager died Sunday when the car he was driving struck a tree and caught fire.

        Earl Passmore Jr., 17, of Eighth Avenue, was driving on Ohio 73 when his car left the road about 1:20 a.m., Middletown Police said.

        He was pronounced dead at the scene.

        The Butler County Coroner's Office is investigating.

Training for those
who work with youth

               Parents, volunteers, teachers and other who work with youth can attend a free training program Nov. 16.

        “Youth Starts With You: Guiding the Behavior of Adolescents” will be broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at RISE Learning Solutions in Woodlawn.

        The program will be sent out live by satellite to 75 sites in Ohio, Alabama and Washington, D.C.

        The program offers concrete examples of how adults can promote positive behavior and handle the challenging behaviors youth might present.

        A panel of youth-serving experts will offer advice and interactive activities. David Andrews, dean of human ecology at Ohio State University, said the program uses new, research-based content to provide information for volunteers.

        Call RISE Learning Solutions at 800-436-2067 for more information or to reserve a seat.

Charter operators
consider lobbying

               ROSSFORD, Ohio — Representatives of Ohio's charter schools say their movement has grown strong enough to support a lobbying effort in the Legislature.

        Charter school advocates held their first statewide conference over the weekend in this Toledo suburb, drawing about 150 people.

        Clint Satow, executive director of the Ohio Community School Center in Columbus, said an association of charter schools was being formed to give the movement a permanent voice in the state capital.

        “An association represents the next logical milestone in the development of charter schools in Ohio,” he said.

        Mr. Satow said charter school advocates last year helped defeat a bill that would have limited the number of such schools in Ohio, and he predicted further efforts will arise to weaken or cripple the program.

        Charter schools are publicly funded schools operated by independent boards. They are authorized under state laws but are exempt from many regulations that govern traditional public schools.

        The Legislature approved a charter-school pilot for Lucas County in 1997, and the first such schools opened in 1998. There now are 69 charter schools across the state, with total enrollment of more than 17,000 students.

        In Ohio, the state pays charter schools about $4,300 a year for each pupil.

        That money is deducted from the state funds given to the school district in which each child resides.


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