Duke Energy is moving up the timeline on plans to shut down its remaining coal-fired units at its New Richmond plant.
Duke says it will retire the last two coal-fired units at the W.C. Beckjord Station on Monday, September 1. The company announced the plan to move away from coal three years ago, but the units weren't scheduled to be fully offline until January 2015.
It will take several years to completely decommission the coal units.
Oil-fired combustion units and the substation, transmission and distribution operations at Beckjord will continue.
Mosquitoes in Silverton have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
Hamilton County Public Health Spokesman Mike Samet says no human infections have been reported yet, but people should still take precautions. That includes getting rid of standing water, applying larvicide to standing water that can't be drained, and using insect repellent. See more on the agency's "Drain, Dunk, Protect" effort below.
In September, 2013 the seminal and beloved Irish rock band, Black 47, announced that they are calling it quits after 25 years of recording and performing.
In a statement about the band's breakup, lead singer Larry Kirwan wrote, "We just have a simple wish to finish up at the top our game after 25 years of relentless touring and, as always, on our own terms... Our goal now is to play another full year plus and dedicate all of those gigs to you who've supported us through thick and thin... We would like to say goodbye to you all personally and will make every effort to come play in your city, town, college, pub, club, performing arts center..."
This focused farewell tour will bring Black 47 to the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati on Thursday October 9. "We are extremely fortunate to be included in their farewell tour," says Margaret McGurk, a supporter of the IHC.