Monday, August 13, 2001

Local Digest

Woman to coordinate bicentennial in area

               A former Greene County convention official has been named the southwest regional coordinator for the Ohio Bicentennial Commission.

        Cindy Schillaci will help communities and organizations in a 12-county district as they plan for the bicentennial in 2003. That district includes Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren and Greene counties.

        Ms. Schillaci, who starts Aug. 27, is former director of marketing and public relations for the Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Drug thefts down after 3 men arrested

        COLUMBUS — Thefts of several prescription drugs, especially the painkiller OxyContin, have decreased after the arrests of three men, authorities said.

        David Elkins, David Odell and Richard Ranson were convicted and sentenced for the December burglary of the Groveport Pharmacy in Columbus and suspected of a burglary of the same store in November.

        Fifty to 60 similar crimes were committed at stores in southeast Ohio, and authorities believe all the thefts are connected, said a Franklin County assistant prosecutor.

        Most of the pharmacies hit were in small towns.

        Potent pain-relieving drugs with a high street value were targeted.

Horses to get vaccine against West Nile virus

        INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana veterinarians next month can begin vaccinating horses against West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has spread into Ohio.         The U.S. Agriculture Department recently granted conditional approval to Fort Dodge Animal Health, a unit of American Home Products Corp., to distribute the vaccine in 20 states while data to prove its effectiveness are still being gathered.

        The virus can cause encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, in animals and humans. Since it was first detected in the United States in 1999, nine people have died.
        There are no vaccines for people.

Nine library branches to get face lifts

        Nine branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County will receive major upgrades, resulting in temporary closings while work is being completed.

        Improvements include new carpeting, painting, plastering and minor repair, added display units, new lighting, sidewalk improvements, repaved parking lots, refurbished and new furniture, HVAC systems replacement, and computer upgrades.

        Libraries and scheduled closings are:

        • North Central Branch Library, 11109 Hamilton Ave., closed until 10 a.m. Aug. 24.

        • Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Ave., closed until 10 a.m. Aug. 30.

        • Norwood Branch Library, 4325 Montgomery Road, closed at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 until Dec. 14.

        • Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave., closed at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31 until Sept. 14.

        • Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, closed 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 until Sept. 28.

        • Cheviot Branch Library, 3711 Robb Ave., closed 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 until Oct. 9.

        • Wyoming Branch Library, 500 Springfield Pike, closed 6 p.m. Sept. 29 until Oct. 17.

        • Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road, closed 9 p.m. Oct. 18 until Nov. 3.

        • Mount Healthy Branch Library, 7608 Hamilton Ave., closed 9 p.m. Nov. 2 until Nov. 19.

New program offered at Cincinnati State

        Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Franklin University are offering a new bachelor's degree program in digital communication.

        With the help of online courses, students will learn skills in Web development, marketing, graphic design, electronic commerce systems and user-interface design.

        The online bachelor's degree completion program permits students to combine fall courses at Cincinnati State with six-week online courses through Franklin.

        Depending on the choice of courses, the new program can yield degrees in digital communication, business administration, computer science, management information systems, technical management, public safety management or health care management.

        For information, call (888) 341-6237 or visit

I-64 repaving gets started in Louisville

        LOUISVILLE — A $21 million project to repave Interstate 64 between I-264 and I-65 is under way and will reroute motorists on weekends, likely for several months.

        This past weekend was the first of 15 consecutive weekends that motorists normally using I-64 will be rerouted to Interstate 71, I-264 and other routes.

        The project is scheduled to end Nov. 19.


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