Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Teens recovering from crash injuries

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two of three Kenton County teen-agers injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday have been released from the hospital, and a third was upgraded from critical to fair condition, hospital officials said Monday.

        Police say the three were heading to Scott High School in a 1984 VW Rabbit when the car crossed over the double yellow lines on Taylor Mill Road and into the path of a 1991 Chevrolet Astrovan. The three teens were not wearing seat belts, police said.

        All three and the van driver, Jacqueline Deters, 42, of Florence, were taken by ambulances to St. Elizabeth Hospital South. Police said Ms. Deters had been wearing her seat belt and was the only one to walk into the ambulance on her own strength. She was treated at St. Elizabeth for minor injuries.

        Melissa Rawe, 15, who had been riding in the front passenger seat of the VW, suffered the greatest injuries. She was airlifted from the hospital to Children's Hospital.

        The car driver, 16-year-old Benjamin Haggard, of Independence, was admitted to St. Elizabeth in serious condition but has been discharged. The third person in the car, Dale Turner, 16, of Independence, also has been discharged.

        The accident and investigation tied up both lanes of the winding two-lane road, a thoroughfare through Taylor Mill and into Independence, for at least an hour during rush hour.

        Taylor Mill and Old Taylor Mill Road are scheduled for a road-widening project in the next few years that would convert the two lanes into five. State transportation officials say the project is needed for safety; the road feeds onto Interstate 275 and is an important artery in south Kenton County.

$20,000 to promote
peace among kids

— GE Capital has provided a $20,000 grant to the World Peace Bell Education Program to produce and distribute materials to schools promoting peace among schoolchildren.

        Some 60 students from Newport's Fourth Street Elementary School and Cincinnati's Parham Elementary, which will both benefit from the grant, will visit the Peace Bell at 11:30 a.m. todayand assist GE Capital president and CEO Randy Dobbs in ringing the 33-ton bell.

Group seeks to help
teen-age mothers

               BURLINGTON — Teen MOPS, a group dedicated to nurturing young mothers of preschoolers, has released its 2000/2001 schedule.

        On most first and third Tuesdays of the month, the group will meet from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road. The scheduled days are: Oct. 3 and 17; Nov. 7 and 21; Dec. 5 and 19; Jan. 16; Feb. 6 and 20; March 6 and 20; April 3 and 17; and May 1 and 15.

        The fee is $2 per meeting based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away. For more information, call (859) 586-4673.

"Nina' ship replica
offers public tours

— A replica of the Nina, one of the ships that carried Columbus and his crew across the Atlantic, will dock at the Mike Fink Restaurant at the foot of Greenup Street on Friday.

        The ship, which will remain in Covington through Oct. 4, was built completely by hand without use of power tools, and was used in the production of the Ridley Scott film 1492. It has been touring since 1992.

        The public can go aboard on self-guided tours every day from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $3 for students age 5-18. School group tours are available Sept. 29, Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 for $3 per person and a minimum of 15 people per group.

        For group reservations and information call 1-909-829-0818 and leave a message or go to www.thenina.com on the Web.

Animal shelter
files for bankruptcy

               RADCLIFF, Ky. — Owners of an animal sanctuary have filed for bankruptcy after splitting from a bingo hall in April. The owners said that after the split revenue went down and the number of animals went up.

        Monika and John Wilcox, owners of the Woodland Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc., filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on Sept. 13, according to documents from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

        The couple decided to file bankruptcy to give themselves some breathing room from debts that have accumulated over the last six months from the nonprofit organization, Monika Wilcox said.

        The center sheltered more than 2,000 mammals and birds in the last year.

230 couples renew
marriage vows

               LOUISVILLE — More than 9,500 years of marriage were celebrated at the St. Rita Catholic Church as couples renewed their wedding vows.

        And that included 9,500 years of stories of self-sacrifice and a little hardship, but mostly of enduring love.

        Archbishop Thomas Kelly on Sunday presided over the renewal of vows, which were spoken en masse by couples married for 25 years or more. More than two dozen of the 230 couples invited had reached or surpassed the 60-year mark.

Plan seeks to boost
Appalachian tourism

               SOMERSET, Ky. — Economic leaders unveiled a strategy on Monday meant to generate more tourism in Kentucky's Appalachian counties.

        The latest plan recommends establishing “corridor teams” to develop marketing strategies to benefit all the cities and counties along the highways in eastern and southern Kentucky.

        The tourism push comes on the heels of Kentucky PRIDE — a massive cleanup effort aimed at ridding the region of illegal roadside garbage dumps.

        U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, R-Ky., said the push to clean up the region is succeeding.

        “The time has come to roll out the welcome mat,” Mr. Rogers told about 140 leaders of the region's tourism industry who gathered at the Center for Rural Development on Monday.


and schools

        Taylor Mill: City Council special meeting to establish the city's trick-or-treat hours, 6 p.m., city building, 5225 Taylor Mill Road.

        Kentucky events

        Alexandria: A veterans benefits field representative and volunteer veterans assistance officer will be available to help with filing claims from 10 a.m. to noon, Campbell County Courthouse, 19 E. Main St.


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