BRIEFS: Habitat honors Krusling; Blan, I-71 closures scheduled



Krusling honored by Habitat

Clinton County Habitat for Humanity board members recently presented their president, Jim Krusling, an award for his service to the organization at their April meeting.

Krusling has served as a board member for 14 years and as president for four years. He and his wife Cecilia live in the Blanchester area.

SR 123 lane closures in Blan area

Pavement work requires various lane closures on SR 123 in the village of Blanchester and Marion Township this week. between the Brown County line and on SR 133 at the northern limit of the village of Blanchester.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, lane closures will be in effect each week day until 5 p.m. through Thursday, Aug. 31. The project includes mill and fill pavement work, replacing sidewalks, gutter, curb ramp and minor concrete pavement.

Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming lane closures.

To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.

For ongoing traffic, construction and weather-related information, please check

Locals achieve OU dean’s list

Local students who earned dean’s list inclusion for the 2016-17 fall semester at Ohio University include:

Wilmington: Emily Wiswell, Evan Massie, Andrea Lorek, Lauren Krause, Dakota Jarrell, Delores Hensley, Patrick Habermehl, Erin Fair, Joseph Alexander.

Blanchester: Lillian Homan, Hunter Evans, Lindsey Erwin.

Sabina: Kylie Jo Hughes.

Clarksville: Hannah Smith, Harper Kohls.

Martinsville: Caitlyn Whipple, William Eades.

Lynchburg: Emily Rowley, Shannon Macleod.

Leesburg: James Knisley, Rachel Jones.

Students graduate from OU

Area students who graduated in December 2016 from Ohio University include:

Wilmington: Sarah Milner, Ka’Shira Chandler.

Martinsville: William Eades.

New Vienna: Sarah Frump.

Leesburg: Rachael Link.

Hospice memorial service slated

Families who have lost loved ones while being served by Community Care Hospice are invited to attend the Community Care Hospice Memorial Service on Sunday, May 7. It will begin at 2 p.m. at the Wilmington Church of God, 100 E. Gordon Drive, Wilmington.

The memorial service is a program of reflection, prayer and remembrance of the special people served by Community Care Hospice over the last year. This is an opportunity for family and friends to remember and honor their loved one.

I-71/Morrow bridge detour Sunday

To accommodate bridge work on the original southbound Interstate 71/Jeremiah Morrow bridge, I-71 will be closed to traffic in Warren County between the State Route 73 and SR 48 exits from 5 a.m. until 11 a.m. Sunday, April 23.

The detour for southbound I-71 is SR 73 to U.S. 42 to SR 48 to I-71; the detour for northbound I-71 is SR 48 to U.S. 42 to SR 73 to I-71. During this detour, the ramps from SR 123 to northbound I-71 and from Wilmington Road to southbound I-71 will be closed.

Also during this time, traffic on the Little Miami Scenic River and Trail will not be permitted between Wilmington Road and SR 350. Please also note the north and southbound rest areas will be closed during this time.

Law enforcement and construction personnel will be on site at various access points to the interstate, river and scenic trail to enforce these restrictions.