July 24, 2014

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Harrison Twp/City JEDD sued
Written by Joe Awad   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:32 PM

The landowners brokering a deal to sell property in the Harrison Township/City of Harrison Joint Economic Development District to the Jehovah’s Witnesses have sued the city, mayor and director of public works.

The civil suit claims the city is required but has not issued a decision on whether Harrison will extend sanitary sewer service to about 100 acres owned by Dry Fork Farms off Simonson Road, even though an application has been filed.

Repairs slated for New Haven Road
Written by Patricia Huelseman   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:30 PM

New Haven Road in Crosby Township wasn’t scheduled to be repaired but with residual funds from other road projects in Hamilton County, crews will resurface about 1.6 miles of the road before the year’s end, said Township Trustee Chris Dole. 

Visitors invited to state’s largest publicly held native seed nursery
Written by Submitted   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:29 PM

The public is invited to a special open house at the Shaker Trace Nursery in Miami Whitewater Forest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on Saturday, July 26.

The Shaker Trace Open House is a free, rain-or-shine event that includes guided tours of the 51-acre nursery, a meet-and-greet with nursery staff and volunteers and light refreshments.

Visitors will see where native seeds are grown, harvested, processed and stored, and learn about other natural resource stewardship activities.

They also are welcome to visit the nursery’s five aquaculture ponds, which are used to raise hybrid bluegill for stocking Great Parks of Hamilton County fishing lakes.

Shaker Trace Nursery first was developed in 1992 to produce native prairie and wetland seed for restoration  at MWF.

Seed producing plants continue to be hand-raised, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers and staff.

The nursery now has more than 200 species of native plants, with the seed being used in restoration efforts throughout the Great Parks.

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the park.

For more information, visit greatparks.org, or call 521-7275.

One man arrested for several car thefts
Written by Patricia Huelseman   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:28 PM

The man suspected of stealing five Harrison vehicles was apprehended after evading police in a pursuit that ended with the suspect fleeing from a stolen car in the middle of a cornfield in Colerain Township and walking back to Harrison before his eventual arrest on Friday, July 11.

Woman listed stable after crash that traps her in car
Written by Patricia Huelseman   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:27 PM

A Harrison resident was trapped in her car after crashing into a boat on Monday morning.

At around 10:30 on July 21, Catherine Slusher, 56, was headed south down Kilby Road.

When she came upon a curve in the road, Slusher’s car drifted to the right side of the roadway and then went airborne after ramming a driveway apron.

She continued, striking a utility pole,  a boat and trailer before finally stopping.

Slusher was not wearing a seat belt and airbags did not deploy.

Unable to escape from her car, Slusher waited until Whitewater Township and City of Harrison Fire and EMS arrived.

Though she was air-cared to University Hospital, Slusher is listed in stable condition.

Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in the crash.