December home sales in the Cincinnati area were up from a year ago, but not by much.
The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors reports 1,616 sales last month, compared with 1,608 in December 2013. Northern Kentucky Realtors say their gain was similar: 397 sales in December of 2014, and 388 in December 2013.
However, total sales for 2014 are different for the two sides of the river. In Ohio, there was a drop in sales of 1.7 percent , while Northern Kentucky sales grew by 1.84 percent.
Investigators in Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office swept through 30 charter schools and found a big difference between the number of students officials reported to the Ohio Department of Education and the actual headcount in half of those schools.
“I frankly was shocked to find that 50% seems to be the average,’’ Yost said. “I think most of the folks in the legislature if you asked them without any backing they would be surprised by 50% attendance rate.”
The owners of one of the first tenant restaurants at The Banks will be opening the newest eateries there. The owners of the Holy Grail will open Santo Graal in March.
According to a press release from the Banks, Santo Graal is Italian for “Holy Grail”, and will offer classic Italian pasta, calzones, salads, desserts, and pizza. It will be open for lunch and for dinner.
The off-ramp overpass that fell onto the southbound lanes of I-75 Monday night did not cause a lot of damage to the highway.
That doesn't surprise Andrew Hermann, past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, who has been following the story. But he says the fact that the span did fall was surprising.
“Generally, they have demolition plans where they try to take into account all the possibilities as they’re taking down a bridge, to do it safely," Hermann said. "So it was very surprising to hear that it collapsed."