Thursday, May 25, 2000

AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH


Scouts to place flags on veterans' graves

By
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Boone and Grant counties will place American flags on veterans' graves on Memorial Day.

        So far, cemeteries scheduled to receive flags are Burlington, Hebron, Hopeful Lutheran, Richwood Presbyterian, Union/Rice and Crittenden.

        Any Boone or Grant county cemetery not listed that wishes to be included should call George Lude, district activities chairman, at 525-6679. Anyone who has a relative or loved one buried in these cemeteries and their graves are not marked as a service veteran should also call Mr. Lude.

        The flags are furnished by American Legion Post No. 4 in Florence.

Boone holds workshop on comprehensive plan The Cincinnati Enquirer
        BURLINGTON — The Boone County Planning Commission will hold a public workshop from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. May 31 at the Ellis Extension Center as it begins its five-year update of the county's comprehensive plan.

        With adoption of the 2000 goals and objectives by fiscal court and the cities of Florence, Walton and Union, the next step is to prepare the elements of the plan.

        They include population, environment, economy, business activity, housing, agriculture, historic preservation, public facilities, transportation and land use.

        Staff will hear initial comments about each element.

        For more information, call the planning commission office at 334-2196.

Program focuses on gang activity The Cincinnati Enquirer
        BURLINGTON — The Northern Kentucky Extension Homemaker's Association is sponsoring a program on gang violence awareness and prevention.

        The program will be at 9:30 a.m. today at the Boone County extension center on Camp Ernst Road. The program will include information on how to detect signs of gang activity.

        For more information, call 586-6101.

S.A. Auxiliary honors 2 volunteers The Cincinnati Enquirer
        NEWPORT — Two Northern Kentucky leaders will be honored by the Kenton County Salvation Army Auxiliary today.

        • David Stolberg is a long-time bell ringer and member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

        • Wanda Edwards is a past president and charter member of the auxiliary.

        They will be honored for their many contributions to the organization at a noon luncheon at the Syndicate in Newport.

Man killed when wall collapses at surface mine The Associated Press
        INEZ — A wall collapsed at a surface mine early Wednesday, killing one miner, investigators said.

        The accident occurred about dawn at a Martin County Coal Corp. mine.

        The victim, Ronnie J. Wright, was operating an end loader when the wall of rock and dirt gave way, burying him. Mr. Wright, 45, was from West Liberty.

        A Department of Mines and Minerals team recovered the body at 12:10 p.m., according to the agency. The department and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration began an investigation of the accident, a department statement said.

        Mr. Wright was the sixth Kentucky miner killed this year, the statement said.

        The mine has been cited for 19 violations in three years, none of which was considered major or indicative of a pattern, according to the department. A check of department records since 1995 turned up no other fatalities at the mine.

Margin is two votes in GOP primary race The Associated Press
        WILLIAMSBURG — Incumbent Whitley County Circuit Clerk Gary W. Barton was the unofficial winner of the primary election by a two-vote margin.

        The count Tuesday was 1,914 for Mr. Barton and 1,912 for Mr. Barton's former chief deputy, Linda Chinn Schutz in the Republican primary.

        No Democrat is running in November.

        Because the vote was so close, County Clerk Tom Rains told the county board of elections that he will call a special meeting of the board and hold a recanvass, probably today.

        “I think I won by two,” Mr. Barton said. “Id much rather be on the top end than the bottom end.”

        He said he expects a recanvass will discover no error.

        Ms. Schutz said she would request a recanvass if the board of elections does not.

        She resigned from Mr. Barton's office in January after she decided to run herself.

Man critical after car hit by tractor-trailer The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — A Frankfort man was in critical condition after his car was struck by a tractor-trailer rig on Interstate 64 in Franklin County on Wednesday, Kentucky State Police said.

        Harold Smith, 59, was being treated at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

        He was traveling west at 12:11 a.m. EDT when a westbound truck switched lanes sharply and made contact with his car, sending it spinning out of control and into a rock embankment, officers said. The car then overturned.

        State police are investigating whether the driver of the truck knew that his rig struck Mr. Smith's car, a spokesman said.

        Police said the truck had red lettering, but did not provide a more complete description.

Ruling due in 60 days on day-care license The Associated Press
        FRANKFORT — An administrative law judge promised a ruling within 60 days on whether the state should permanently lift the license of a recently closed day-care center.

        Neither the owner, Sherry Piersol, nor representatives of Kids Co. Early Learning Center attended Tuesday's state hearing on the issue.

        After several investigations of anonymous complaints and a licensure inspection, state inspectors found numerous violations.

        They ranged from uncleanliness in eating and bathroom areas to severe under-staffing — teachers often not showing up to work and inadequate staff working with large groups of toddlers.

        The Community Education Development Corp. of the Bluegrass operates the Lexington center.

DAYBOOK
        Ludlow: City Council meeting, 7 p.m., council chambers, 234 Oak St.

        Kentucky events

        Covington: Homeless Memorial Service, 7 p.m., Goebel Park, 5th and Philadelphia streets.

       



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