Saturday, March 30, 2002

Tristate A.M. Report

List compiled to help settle race conflicts

        Cincinnati Community Action Now (CAN) has developed a checklist that every Cincinnatian can follow to find common ground and solutions to the city's race problems.

        More than 100,000 copies of CAN's “action list” will be distributed Monday at Cincinnati area Kroger and United Dairy Farmers locations, as well as community centers throughout the city, Westwood Town Hall, United Way & Community Chest, various YMCA of Greater Cincinnati branches and YWCA of Greater Cincinnati.

        It is part of a broad public service campaign by CAN and the Cincinnati Media Collaborative themed “Cincinnati CAN. You can, too.”

        “The goal of the action list is to provide simple and tangible actions everyone can take to help shape a more inclusive community,” said Ross Love, co-chairman of Cincinnati CAN.

Residents asked to create county flag

        Hamilton County residents are being invited to help create a county flag.

        Ohio's Bicentennial year is 2003 and the state has asked every county to be represented by an official flag. Because Hamilton County doesn't have one, a contest is being launched to create one.

        The county is working in partnership with ArtWorks, a nonprofit organization that provides arts training for youth.

        ArtWorks will seek entries from schools, its network of artists and the general public. A panel of county officials, civic leaders and ArtWorks staff will select three finalists.

        The winning design will be unveiled on Flag Day, June 14.

        Contact Betsy Reeves of ArtWorks at 333-0388, or e-mail at

        The deadline is April 26.

Film society shows protest documentaries

        The Cincinnati Film Society will present two short documentaries about recent anti-globalization protests Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Cincinnati Art Museum auditorium, 953 Eden Park Drive.

        The program lasts 90 minutes. Tickets are available at the door for $5, or $4 for CAM and CFS members and college students with valid ID. 251-6060.

GOP judge candidate withdraws from race

        HAMILTON — Craig Hedric, an assistant Butler County prosecutor, has withdrawn from the race for the Republican nomination for a new county Common Pleas judge's seat.

        Mr. Hedric's withdrawal this week leaves four Republicans in the race: Timothy Evans, Gary Kaup, Charles Pate and Daniel Warncke.

        The winner of the May 7 GOP primary election will face Farrell J. Goodman, a Democrat, in the November general election.

Second fire inspector to help with work

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Trustees have agreed to hire a second full-time fire inspector to keep up with the heavy workload in the township's inspection office.

        Deputy Fire Chief Nathan Bromen said the new hire will assist with supervising annual inspections of the township's 800 or so companies and with the plan review process.

        Deerfield Township Fire Rescue has a full-time and part-time fire inspector, but officials expect the full-time employee to retire soon.

        Trustees are expected to discuss a possible hiring date and salary at Tuesday's meeting.

Hospital promoting two women executives

        University Hospital announced two executive-level changes in leadership this week.

        Karen Bankston, a long-time nursing executive, has been promoted to vice president of operations and chief operating officer, effective Tuesday The change makes her the hospital's highest-ranking African-American executive.

        Filling Ms. Bankston's previous role will be Carolyn Thomas, who has been named vice president for patient care services and chief nurse executive at University Hospital.

Federal loans open to recent flood victims

        COLUMBUS — Flood victims in Lawrence County will be able to apply for loans from the federal Small Business Administration, Gov. Bob Taft said Friday.

        Flooding this month hit the town of South Point at the state's southern tip, damaging homes, businesses, roads and other structures. Mr. Taft on March 22 declared an emergency in the county.

        The SBA offers loans up to $200,000 to repair damaged homes and up to $40,000 to replace personal property. Interest rates on the loans are about 3.3 percent. Businesses and nonprofit groups can apply for loans up to $1.5 million.

        Areas of Lawrence County flooded on March 20 after as much as 6 inches of rain fell. The flooding destroyed two homes and a church and people had to be rescued by boat from about 30 homes.

One dies, five injured in Evendale crash

        EVENDALE — One person was killed and five others injured Friday evening in a crash involving three vehicles that shut down southbound Interstate 75 for about three hours.

        Evendale police said the person killed, Ryan B. Barlowe, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Jackie R. Holt. Police did not release ages or addresses of the two.

        Police said the accident near the Glendale-Milford Road exit happened about 5:30 p.m. in a heavy rain.

        The Holt car was northbound on Interstate 75 when it went out of control, struck a concrete barrier, hit another vehicle, crossed the grass median and entered the southbound lanes, where it was struck by a minivan.

        Two small children in the Holt car were injured. The children, whose names were not released, were in critical condition at Children's Hospital Medical Center, police said. Jackie R. Holt was transported to University Hospital; her condition was not available. Two people in the minivan were taken to Bethesda North Hospital, where their conditions were not available.

        Traffic on southbound I-75 backed up into Butler County after police shut down the southbound lanes. The lanes reopened about 8:30 p.m.

        Police were investigating the wreck Friday night.

County looks for more space in regional jail

        NAPOLEON, Ohio — Henry County officials are looking into buying extra beds from other counties that share a regional jail in northwest Ohio.

        The county will send letters to other counties that send prisoners to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and ask if they are interested in giving up some of their beds.

        At least five spaces are needed, county Sheriff John Nye said Thursday.

        “If the inn's full, you have two choices. Either add on to the inn, or find someplace else to put them.” he said.


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