Lebanon

John Kiesewetter

I'll be honest here: I've known former Middletown Journal reporter Ted Pollard since the 1970s, where I got my start in journalism as a summer intern.

In all candor, I wasn't sure what to expect when Pollard sent me a copy of his novel, Grant's Wish. And boy, was I surprised to enjoy his story.

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Bringing the art and voices of the people of Lebanon to the Queen City, the Kennedy Heights Arts Center is teaming with SOS Art for both an exhibit and festival in the coming weeks. Elaine Diehl welcomes Saad Ghosen (SOS Art) and Mallory Feltz (KHAC) into the studio to discuss Lebanon, the exhibit (which has a public opening reception on September 21) and festival (happening on October 5).

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The City of Lebanon, which has already seen thousands of people use its recreational trail south of town, is in the very early stages of extending that path to the north.

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Middletown's FM 105.9 – the "Country Rebel" when bought by Northern Kentucky University in 2011 – returns to its country roots today as "Southwest Ohio's Classic Country Giant."

Jeff Ziesmann's Grant County Broadcasters, which operates Classic Country WNKR-FM (106.7) in Northern Kentucky, will duplicate the classic country music on the powerful Middletown station that reaches from north of Dayton International Airport to south of CVG. The station will start broadcasting sometime Monday, Oct. 2.

Lebanon, Ohio is gearing up for its annual free street music-filled party, the Lebanon Blues Festival, on Saturday, August 5. 

An additional 11.2 mill tax levy for the Lockland Local School District went down to a resounding defeat in Tuesday’s election, while voters in the Lebanon City School district overwhelming passed a renewal tax levy.

In Mount Healthy, a renewal of a tax levy for fire and emergency medical service passed easily, with nearly 94 percent voting in favor of it. Voter turnout in Mount Healthy was about 6.5 percent.

In Lockland, nearly 64 percent of those who cast ballots voted “no” on the tax levy. The voter turnout in the Lockland District was about 15 percent.

Tuesday is an election day in Ohio, but relatively few voters in southwest Ohio will have anything to vote on.

The polls won’t be open in Butler and Clermont counties, because there are no issues on the ballot.

In Hamilton County, only voters in Mount Healthy and the Lockland Local School District will be going to the polls. In Lockland, voters will decide an additional 11.2 mill tax levy for the schools. In Mount Healthy, voters will be asked to approve the renewal of a five mill tax levy for fire and emergency medical services.

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The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is considering the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to help patrol the grounds surrounding two Warren County prisons.

In a release, the state says:

"UAS technology could add an additional layer of security to help maintain the safety of the surrounding community and the prisons by bolstering existing perimeter security, preventing and detecting attempts of contraband entering the prison, and enhancing the monitoring of inmates who are approved to work outside the secure perimeter of the prison. "