Thursday, May 25, 2000
AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH
Scouts to place flags on veterans' graves
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.
Ludlow: City Council meeting, 7 p.m., council chambers, 234 Oak St.
Covington: Homeless Memorial Service, 7 p.m., Goebel Park, 5th and Philadelphia streets.
The Banks bill: $177 million
Nursing profession in critical condition
Weeklong party trashes home
Charges dropped in priest's stabbing
Cop: Chief used racial slur
New saint has local kin
PULFER: No holds barred at Mercantile Library
Butler ozone highest
Church filling kids' needs
Hill holds fossil treasures
Troopers turn to public for help on holiday weekend
SAMPLES: Rules hurt school's athletes hed
Battle lines drawn in mayor race
KNIPPENBERG: Subway dieter pounds pavement in Covington
BUG LVRS GO 4 vanity plates
Major Chihuly work coming to art museum
Art museum's 2000-01 schedule
Channel 12 sweeps news ratings
Dusseldorf chorus provides pleasing May Festival treat
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AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH
City extends curfew contract
Commission clears Taft of ethics complaint about football tickets
Council asks for probe of check
Council not inclined to take on Dr. Laura
County takes up stadium management
Dinner set to collect for school
Ex-police chief sues over firing by mayor
Gunman gets eight years for killing
Helping agency moves into bigger quarters
Lebanon workers may get pay boost
Monroe strip club to fight law
New councilman named in Golf Manor
New Miami principal hails from Norwood
New road part of schools' land use
Queen City's moments to shine reflected in book
School board going over details of proposed budget
Semi driver killed in crash on I-75
Sewage planners criticized
Speaker stresses need to break cycle of violence
Truancy officer appointed to help boost attendance
Volunteers aid peace bell
Western Ky. town recovering from tornado
Westwood has raised $70,000
Woodlawn's ways scrutinized