Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Magnet school sign-ups going well

        Space in many of Cincinnati Public Schools' 28 magnet schools was going fast as registration continued Tuesday.

        This is the first year parents could register at their school of choice during school hours, rather than scrambling to central sites on ""Super Saturday.”

        Parents are signing their children up for classes that begin in August 2001.

        Principals at several schools and district spokespeople said the new system was working well.

        “We didn't have any great crowds, and we were able to handle the new process,” Carthage Paideia Principal Meg Hammomd said.

        Carthage is nearly full, with students already being placed on waiting lists.

        The scene was similar at North Avondale Montessori, where there are only about 10 spots left in the first grade. Kindergarten is also open.

        Paideia programs for eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders at Jacobs Center are full.

        Parents can continue to register their children at any magnet school during school hours, as space permits. Students are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Glendale seeking new solicitor

        GLENDALE — With the announcement that longtime Village Solicitor David Kapor will retire Jan. 8, a search for a new law director has begun.

        Mayor Thomas U. Todd said he will accept letters of interest from qualified village residents until Dec. 4. The solicitor is appointed by the mayor.

        The job requires the solicitor to be a resident of Glendale and a licensed lawyer in Ohio, preferably with a background in, or professional access to, municipal law and municipal planning resources, the mayor said.

        Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and brief resume to Thomas U. Todd, Mayor, 30 Village Square, Glendale, OH 45246 before the deadline. Information: 771-7200.

Friends of library list book-sale dates

        The Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County have set dates for the group's annual used-book sales:

        • Jan. 19-21: The Friends' Warehouse Sale will be held at 1621 Dana Ave., Evanston.

        • March 9-11: The Northgate Mall Sale will take place at 9501 Colerain Ave.

        • June 4-8: The 29th Annual Fountain Square Sale, downtown.

        • Sept. 6: The Friends' Members Preview & Book Sale at Main Library parking lot, Ninth and Walnut streets. The Parking Lot Tent Sale will take place Sept. 7-9 at the same location.

        All sales will feature a variety of children's books, fiction and nonfiction, as well as CDs, videos and tapes. There are also encyclopedia sets available on limited basis.

        For information, call the Friends of the Public Library at 369-6035, or go online at

Cincinnati State exec gets Ill. job

        Dr. John S. Erwin, academic vice president of Cincinnati State Technical & Community College for the past two years, has been named president of Illinois Central College.

        He takes over the two Peoria-area campuses Jan. 1.

        Dr. Erwin came to Cincinnati State in 1997 as dean of the humanities and sciences divisions. The next year, he was promoted and oversaw creation of the Information Technologies Division from courses in diverse departments.

County to recheck presidential vote

        DAYTON, Ohio — The Montgomery County Board of Elections plans to determine why some presidential votes were rejected by its automatic counters.

        Voters there raised concerns that the punch-card style ballots used are the same that are being questioned in Florida.

        Chris Heizer, director of the board, said Tuesday that as part of the vote-certification process, computers will be repro- grammed to tally the number of rejected presidential votes and the reason they were rejected.

        He said the votes would have been rejected if the voter did not select a choice for president or picked more than one presidential candidate.

        There is a 2.8 percent gap, or about 6,500 votes, between the 231,273 ballots cast and the number of votes tallied for presidential candidates in Montgomery County.

        That gap is consistent with recent presidential elections. There was a 2.6 percent gap in Montgomery County in the 1996 election.

        Mr. Heizer said the review, which was prompted by questions from voters and reporters, will be part of the regular process and will not cost any additional money or delay certification.

Church arsonist gets 40-plus years

        INDIANAPOLIS — A self-described “missionary of Lucifer” was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison Tuesday for burning 26 churches, including three in western Ohio, during an eight-state rampage in the 1990s.

        Jay Scott Ballinger, 38, of Yorktown, Ind., was also ordered by a federal judge to pay $3.6 million in restitution. He had pleaded guilty in July to 29 charges, including 20 counts of damaging religious property.

        Mr. Ballinger, a mostly unemployed high-school dropout who lived with his parents before the arson spree, admitted burning churches in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Alabama, South Carolina and California.

        Mr. Ballinger still faces federal charges in Georgia for five church fires in 1998 and 1999, including one that killed a firefighter.

        Mr. Ballinger is white; he is suspected of setting fire to both black and white churches.

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