Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Rains ease Kentucky drought




By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

By and Kimberly Hefling
The Associated Press

        A weekend of rain and continued wetness this week won't dampen Ben Grant's spirits.

        The Boone County cattleman said he didn't mind having to rush through his hay bailing chores Tuesday to finish before the next wave of showers.

        The rain may soak his hay, but it is good for his beef cows, he said.

        These rains will give Mr. Grant more grass for his “second cutting.” And he hadn't even planned on a second cutting, he said.

        Farmers throughout Kentucky were helped immensely by downpours that have brought several inches of rain in the past several days. More rain is forecast this week.

        “It was one of those multimillion-dollar rains that puts a smile on most farmers' faces,” said Tom Priddy, University of Ken tucky agriculture meteorologist.

        How much the rains benefitted the state's water systems remains to be seen. A water shortage watch has been issued in more than 60 counties, including Boone, Campbell and Kenton, which means conditions are right for a water shortfall.

        To bring it out of the drought, the Bluegrass region (which includes Northern Kentucky) needs 6.09 inches of rain — in addition to normal rainfall.

       

       



Indiana suspends gas tax
Mason-Montgomery Road: 'Can't stop the development'
U.S. ranks 37th in health care
Voucher appeal could be decisive
Ad helps arrest 20 offenders
RADEL: Lunch with Cliff
Juvenile status again sought
Lawsuit may not save house
Relief from heat in short supply
Gore promotes retirement plan during Ky. stop
   Voters take Gore's measure
Tristate A.M. Report
Alley to be renamed
Appeal by UC raises issues
Bunning, others want Richardson out
Changes afoot at Monroe Elementary School
KIESEWETTER: Channel 9's Joe Webb captures our 'Hometown'
City faces lawsuit
Council's meeting changed for more public involvement
Court could leave Middletown
Decision on trial of teen delayed
Delhi's floral history on video
Developer is stalled once again
Gannett: Suit dodges blame
Get to it
GOP has hopes for Bush's visit
Hamilton Co. delves into the arts
Kidnap suspect faces trial on impersonation charge
- Rains ease Kentucky drought
Sentencing closes in 1983 slaying
Society organizes cleanup
Swine salutes summer in fair fashion
Whalen picked for state board