Saturday, September 22, 2001

Warren County

'Scrooge' tells it straight

        In Waynesville, a growing town of 2,500 in northern Warren County, interest is rising in the mayor's race. Mayor Ernie Lawson, former mayor Charles Sanders and Earl Issacs will run Nov. 6.

        Although voters have removed Mr. Sanders from office for one year over his charge that local police used racial profiling (a charge denied), he claims he can legally run again and take office if elected.

        Recently I received some campaign materials from Waynesville council candidate Patrick Henry “Ebenezer Scrooge” Irelan, who is running unopposed (as are three other candidates). Mr. Irelan is a smart but to-the-point man who lives in a village retirement home and is known for portraying the Dickens character at Christmastime.

        “Here is my simple platform. I am confident in the following: 100 percent in the Waynesville village charter; 100 percent in the village manager, Kevin Harper; and 100 percent in the finance director, Linda Jones.”

        Give me simplicity or give me no election.

        I particularly enjoyed Mr. Irelan's unembellished resume.

        Some highlights:

        • “The current mayor of Waynesville (Ernie Lawson) says, "Pat is a person people either like or detest. There seems to be no middle ground when it comes to Scrooge!' ”

        • “Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce Beautification Award —1990 for the Senior Citizen Home where he resides.”

        • “Formal education? Very Limited. ... No college diplomas or degrees.”

        • “Athletics? Loves all sports. Tried them all, but never excelled in any except possibly in areas of horsemanship or equitation.”


        LEBANON — The Warren County Historical Museum will hold an open house and tour at 10 a.m. today at the old Lebanon Post Office on South Broadway for members only.

        “We will have a tour for the public later,” said Mary Payne, museum director.


        HAMILTON — The Safe Kids Strong Families Conference will be held Sept. 27-29 at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center and Parrish Auditorium at Miami University Hamilton.

        Discussion issues include special needs family members, domestic violence, at-risk kids, drug and alcohol abuse, anger management and financial security.

        The cost is $20 per day and $50 for three. Information: 759-7211.

        Randy McNutt's column appears on Saturday. Contact him at The Cincinnati Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail:


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