Monday, February 19, 2001

Local Digest

Georgetown man dies in single-car accident

        GEORGETOWN — A Georgetown man died in a single-car accident on U.S. 68 near Mount Orab early Sunday.

        Kyle Preston, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Danny Hopkins said.

        Mr. Preston was driving a 1995 Pontiac south on U.S. 68 at a high rate of speed about 12:05 a.m. when he tried to pass another vehicle, troopers said.

        Mr. Preston lost control of the car, which went off the road and overturned, ejecting him, Sgt. Hopkins said.

        The accident remains under investigation, but there is no indication alcohol played a role in the crash, the sergeant said.

Mechanical recliner cited in house fire

               FRANKLIN — A malfunctioning mechanical reclining chair sparked a fire that heavily damaged a Franklin home Saturday.

        There were no injuries. No damage loss has been set, but fire officials say part of the home in the 500 block of Sunnybrook Drive was gutted.

        Firefighters were called to the home just before 3 p.m. Saturday and found fire coming from the front door and windows, Franklin Fire Capt. Stu Dixon said.

        Crews were on the scene about three hours. Franklin firefighters were assisted by Franklin Township crews and the Joint Emergency Medical Service.

World affairs topic at Union Institute

               The Union Institute and World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati next weekend will start Great Decisions 2001, a program that provides updated information on international affairs.

        The five-part series will be Sundays, beginning this weekend, at 1:30 p.m. at The Union Institute, 440 E. McMillan St. in Walnut Hills.

        The cost for the whole series is $35; for individual lectures, it's $7.

        To register or for additional information, contact the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati, (513) 621-2320 or visit The Union Institute's Web site at

Classical topics addressed in UC series

               A Cincinnati Art Museum curator will present a University of Cincinnati department of classics lecture titled “The Phoenicians and the Alphabet” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday

        Dr. Glenn Markoe, curator of Classical and Near Eastern Art at the museum, will lecture in Room 308 of Carl Blegen Library on campus. A reception will follow.

        Other lectures in the series scheduled for February and March:

        • Heinrich von Staden from the Institute for Advanced Study will present “Readings As Therapy,” a discussion of literacy and the practice of ancient medicine, at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in 214 Carl Blegen Library Building.

        • On March 2 at 4 p.m. Dr. Metaxia Tsipopoulou will present “Petras, Siteaia, East Crete” in 308 Carl Blegen Library Building.

        • The series will conclude with a lecture from Olga Palagia, professor of classical archaeology at Athens University. She will present “The Arrhephoroi on the Athenian Acropolis” 7:30 p.m. March 6 in 308 Blegen Library.

Underground Railroad official to speak

               Susan Redman-Rengstorf, an official at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, will speak Wednesday in Avondale to members of the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus.

        The public is invited to the 7 p.m. talk at First Unitarian Church, Linton Street and Reading Road.

        Ms. Redman-Rengstorf's presentation is titled “Lighting Freedom's Flame.” For information: Barbara Myers at 321-4063.

New president picked for U. of Evansville

               EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The president of an Oklahoma college has been picked to become the University of Evansville's new leader.

        The Evansville board of trustees this weekend unanimously selected Stephen Jennings, who has been the president of Oklahoma City University since 1998.

        Mr. Jennings, 54, will become Evansville's president June 1, succeeding James Vinson, who is stepping down after 14 years.

        Oklahoma City and Evansville are both Methodist-affiliated schools. Oklahoma City has about 2,600 full-time students, while Evansville's enrollment is 2,475.

        Former Evansville trustees president Robert Koch II, chairman of the search committee, said Mr. Jennings had all the qualities the university needed.

        “He's very personable, a genuine person,” Mr. Koch said. “He is the person to lead the university to the next level of achievement and excellence.”

        The committee reviewed more than 100 applicants before choosing Mr. Jennings, Mr. Koch said.


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