Friday, July 18, 2003

Tristate A.M. Report



Compiled from staff and wire reports

Archdiocese names new chancellor

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has appointed a new chancellor, the Rev. Joseph R. Binzer.

Binzer, 48, a Cincinnati native, will oversee the archdiocese's canon law, serve as archivist and assist parishes and priests with matters of civil law. He also takes over as pastor of St. Louis Church downtown.

"I want to use my education as a blessing and do my best to serve the people at St. Louis and the people in the archdiocese to the best of my ability," he said.

Binzer graduated from La Salle High School in 1973 and earned a bachelor's degree in accountancy from Miami University.

He worked for 11 years as a certified public accountant before returning to the seminary in 1988. He was ordained in 1994.

While he was serving as associate pastor at St. Dominic in Delhi Township, Auxiliary Bishop Carl K. Moeddel approached him about attending law school.

He obtained a canon law degree, or church law degree, from the Catholic University of America in 1999.

Binzer succeeds Father Christopher R. Armstrong, 49, who was chancellor for seven years.

Armstrong will become pastor of St. Antoninus in Green Township.

Lockland lays off two police officers

LOCKLAND - Village Council members voted this week to lay off two of the town's 11 full-time police officers.

Village Administrator Evonne Kovach said the Hamilton County community is facing a $500,000 deficit and might need other cuts.

This year, the village is operating on a $2.7 million spending plan, which is similar to the amount spent in the last two years.

The community has suffered from a loss in revenues since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

This year, a loss of earnings tax revenues also has hurt.

For example, Stearns & Foster Cos. recently announced that it would lay off about 100 employees next month.

The laid-off police officers together only made about $37,000 a year, so the village might have to lay off other employees, who now number about 40, Kovach said.

Liberty Twp. trustee plans statehouse run

Longtime Liberty Township Trustee Bob Shelley has announced that he will run for the Ohio House seat that will be vacated next year by Gary Cates.

Shelley, who is serving his fifth term as township trustee, will seek the Butler County Republican Party's endorsement for the 55th House District seat.

The district includes West Chester and Liberty townships, Monroe, Lemon Township and a portion of Sharonville that's in West Chester.

Cates, who is running for the Ohio Senate next year, must leave the House because of the state's term-limits law.

Shelley said that if he is elected, he would focus on cutting state spending.

Republican and fellow Liberty Township Trustee Christine Matacic has also announced she will seek Cates' seat.

Cemetery vandalism damages headstones

Caretakers of the United Jewish Cemetery in Evanston are cleaning up after someone damaged 36 headstones.

The damage happened sometime between 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the cemetery on Montgomery Road.

The headstones' value was estimated at $14,000.

Police ask anyone with information about who might have damaged the cemetery to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Children's Hospital wins top 10 ranking

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has been named one of the 10 best pediatric hospitals in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey.

Cincinnati Children's ranks eighth in pediatric care. Cincinnati Children's ranked ninth in 2002 and 10th in 2001.

Christ Hospital and University Hospital placed nine of their patient care programs among the nation's best in the annual guide.

The programs at Christ Hospital include: digestive disorders (50), geriatrics (33), gynecology (26), heart (33), neurology and neurosurgery (46), respiratory disorders (26) and rheumatology (31).

University Hospital received rankings in the categories of ear, nose and throat (20); hormonal disorders (45); and respiratory disorders (47).

Lockland schools hold rally for tax issue

The Lockland City School District will hold a levy support rally 6-9 p.m. tonight at Gardner Park.

The rally, which will include food, games and entertainment by a steel drum band, is in support of a 15-mill operating levy on the Aug. 5 ballot.

The levy, which would generate $2.5 million a year, is designed to keep the 650-student district independent. It would cost the owner of a $75,000 house an extra $345 in annual taxes.

It failed on the November ballot, with 71 percent of the voters opposed to it.




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