Clermont County

There are plenty of local tax levies and bond issues to be decided in southwest Ohio in today's primary election, but contested candidate races are few and far between.

In fact, in the four southwest Ohio counties of Hamilton, Clermont, Butler and Warren, there are only two contested races, both in Hamilton County and both on the Republican side. All other race for suburban city, village and township offices are uncontested.

In Hamilton County, the two contested races for Republican voters are:

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The debate over Christmas trees, real or artificial, will likely never stop.  Artificial trees can be used again and again, while live trees have a short life span.  However, the real things do serve a purpose after they are no longer good for decoration.

The Clermont County Park District says natural trees can be composted or mulched, and they are often used for shoreline stabilization projects, to reduce beach erosion, and under water as fish habitat.

Do you like comic books, games, Doctor Who? Do you like to dress up as your favorite character from those comic books? Do you like all things geeky? Then stop by the Librari*Con at the Union Township Library.

Special events include games, costume contests, a demonstration of tabletop gaming by Jim Fox from GenCon as well as lessons on how to draw super-heroes by illustrator Ron LaCour.

The Librari*Con runs from 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring or co-sponsoring several candidate debates and an issues forum in Hamilton and Clermont counties over the next three weeks.

The public is invited to all the events. They include:

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court:

All candidates for common pleas judgeships have been invited to a voter education event Monday, Sept. 22 at the Cincinnati Bar Association, 5th floor, 225 E. Sixth St., Downtown. The forum runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area (LWVCA).

Gene Kritsky

Ohio's only 13-year cicadas, which were creating lots of buzz a few weeks ago in parts of Brown and Clermont Counties, are now fading fast. The adults will be gone by the end of June and their offspring will be falling from trees and by Christmas will be 8-12" below ground, according to entomologist Dr. Gene Kritsky of the College of Mt. St. Joseph and his website.

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