Monday, November 27, 2000

Local Digest

Columbia Parkway crash kills man

        An Anderson Township man died early Sunday after a two-vehicle crash on Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati police said.

        Alphonso J. King, 30, of Sundale Avenue in North College Hill was driving west on Columbia Parkway about 3:45 a.m. when he lost control between Torrence Parkway and Delta Avenue, police said.

        Mr. King crossed the center line and struck the guard rail on the south side. His vehicle hit an eastbound vehicle head-on and then flipped.

        The other driver was Sammy D. Wolfe, 34, of Jeannie Lane in Anderson Township. Mr. Wolfe was taken to University Hospital, where he died at 5:50 a.m.

        Mr. King was in serious condition Sunday afternoon at University Hospital. His passenger, Leroy Goodrum Jr., 34, of Wayne Street in Walnut Hills was in stable condition at the hospital.

        Police have not filed charges.

        The accident closed Columbia Parkway for several hours.

YWCA shows off
renovated building

               Four years ago, a capital campaign was launched for a face lift of the downtown Cincinnati YWCA headquarters at Ninth and Walnut streets.

        More than $7 million was raised and the historic landmark has been renovated. An official opening celebration will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdayat the YWCA, 898 Walnut St.

        “We have the community to thank for the success of this ambitious project,” said Charlene Ventura, YWCA executive director.

        “Corporations, foundations, nonprofit organizations representing a cross section of social services, the arts and culture, churches and hundreds of individuals gave their support, and now it's time to celebrate,” she said.

        The celebration includes tours of the building, highlighted by therenovated fitness center and pool, the new child-care center, the restored Women's Art Gallery and staff offices.

Graduation test
will begin in 2003

               COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Education has released a full-length practice test for the new Ohio Graduation Test on its Web site at

        This year's eighth-graders, who will graduate from high school after Sept. 15, 2004, are the first required to pass the new Ohio Graduation Test.

        The test, mandated by 1997 legislation, will measure what students have learned through the 10th grade in the subject areas of mathematics, science, citizenship, reading and writing.

        The first required administration of the Ohio Graduation Test will be in March 2003. Students then will have opportunities to take sections they still need to pass in the fall and spring of both junior and senior years, as well as the summers after sophomore and junior years after at least 10 hours of intervention.

Larger community
center opens today

               SPRINGDALE — The city of Springdale will open its expanded Community Center today.

        The fitness center opens at 6 a.m., and the rest of the building opens at 7 a.m. Springdale residents can stop by for a tour and sign up for a 2001 membership.

        For more information, call the center at (513) 346-3910.

Lebanon may see
thorny-issues survey

               LEBANON — The city is considering polling residents before making final decisions on controversial issues such as seizing the city's oldest house and rebuilding Main Street.

        Councilwoman Jane Davenport has proposed taking the community's pulse on these and other issues through a survey that would be sent along with electric bills.

        Some, however, have expressed concerns that the results might not be reliable. Councilman James Reinhard questioned in a City Council work session last week whether it might be better to put the Main Street reconstruction, in particular, on the spring ballot instead.

        Many who live on Main Street are fighting the planned Ohio Department of Transportation project because it will remove on-street parking in favor of a turn lane that could draw more truck traffic past their historic homes.

        Mrs. Davenport's proposal will be discussed at the council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mall security
officer hit by car

               COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A Hamilton County sheriff's special deputy was injured Saturday night while working a security detail at Northgate Mall.

        Allen Grauvogel was hit by a car driven by Connie Durham, 29, of Metamora, Ind., as the car was leaving the parking lot of the mall, 9501 Colerain Ave., about 5:45 p.m.

        Deputy Grauvogel was taken to Franciscan Hospital-Mount Airy by the Colerain Township EMS. He was treated for minor injuries and released.

        The accident remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Ads gain recruits
to religious life

               FERDINAND, Ind. — A savvy marketing campaign that includes the slogan “We're a monastery, not a mortuary” has helped an Indiana monastery attract ecruits and national media attention.

        Most recently, the Sisters of St. Benedict's recruiting methods were featured on ABC News' Nightline.

        During the segment, the Roman Catholic nuns discussed how they've been able to counter the national decline in religious orders with their acclaimed marketing campaign. They've also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Working Women magazine.

        Whatcaught the media's attention is the nuns' sophisticated strategy to attract new members to an order created by a fifth-century saint.

        The strategy, which includes a well-designed Web site, aims to take the mystery out of religious life with snappy slogans such as: “You don't have to be perfect to be a nun. God knows we aren't.”

        The marketing plan was developed 12 years ago, after one of the monastery's longtime financial benefactors turned down a request for money and challenged the nuns to explain their relevance.

Bob Evans enthused
about cattle grazing

               RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Bob Evans says if he could do it all over again, he would have been a farmer instead of a sausage maker.

        Mr. Evans, who built a sausage business into Bob Evans Inc., a restaurant chain with 445 locations, now pushes what he says may be the savior of the family farm.

        Instead of spending large sums on expensive equipment, land and chemicals to raise more of a cheap commodity, Mr. Evans believes he's found a way farmers can profit by spending less.

        “If I'd known about this, I would not have been in the sausage business,”Mr. Evans, 82, told The Columbus Dispatch for a story Sunday. “This is going to make money, boy.”

        He said farmers should change their livestock businesses, which require them to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment, labor and corn and soybeans to feed cattle.

        Because cattle often are sold for little or no profit, they should start grazing year-round on new, hardier grasses that grow and remain nutritious in colder weather, Mr. Evans said.

        “There's no equipment really,” he said.


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