Tuesday, October 24, 2000
Those most at risk urged to get flu shots
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Flu season is just around the corner, and state health officials are encouraging Kentuckians with chronic diseases and those who are 65 or older to get a flu shot as soon as it is available.
Because of this year's problems with vaccine supply, those with highest risk for complications should be the highest priority.
In 1998, there were 1,496 deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the commonwealth. Of those, 1,366 were 65 or older. Physicians, nurses and other health providers who have contact with high-risk patients should also get the vaccine.
Immunizations are available through many health care providers, including private physicians and local health departments. People who plan to get immunized at a health department should call ahead. Most health departments charge on a sliding fee scale. Medicare covers the cost of flu shots.
For more information, call your local health department or the state communicable disease branch in the Division of Epidemiology at (502) 564-3418.
3 finalists named
for Teacher of Year
FRANKFORT Three finalists for Kentucky Teacher of the Year have been selected, the Department of Education announced Monday.
They are Harriet Jo Biehle of Worthington Elementary in the Raceland-Worthington Independent District, Kathy Lowe of Barren County Middle School and Cindi Reedy of South Oldham High School.
The three will serve as elementary, middle and high school teachers of the year for 2001. One will be selected state Teacher of the Year next week and represent Kentucky in a national competition.
Ms. Biehle, a fourth-grade teacher, has 32 years of experience. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the Nature Conservancy, among others. She holds a bachelor's degree from Marshall University and a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Ms. Lowe, a social studies teacher, has five years experience. Her memberships include the Kentucky Council for Social Studies and the Kentucky Geography Alliance. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Western Kentucky University.
Ms. Reedy, an English teacher, has taught for 21 years, the last seven at South Oldham. Memberships include the National Scholastic Press Association, the Kentucky High School Press Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. She holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a master's degree from Spalding University.
tonight in Ft. Wright
FORT WRIGHT The Fort Wright Business Association will sponsor a forum at 7 p.m. today for Fort Wright City Council candidates.
The forum will be at the Fort Wright city building, 409 Kyles Lane.
Seven candidates are seeking six City Council seats. The winners will serve two-year terms.
Candidates are challenger Adam Feinauer and incumbents Jonathan Chambers, David Hatter, Paul Hiltz, Donald Martin, James Robke and Jeffrey Wolnitzek.
The Fort Wright Business Association will question the candidates.
install smoke detectors
FORT THOMAS Members of the Fort Thomas Fire Department and students from the National Honor Society at Highlands High School went door to door Saturday to make sure citizens had smoke detectors.
The firefighters and students installed detectors, courtesy of the American Red Cross, and replaced batteries in others.
The group visited 312 homes and distributed 55 smoke detectors, 32 carbon monoxide detectors and 43 batteries.
This was the second year the fire department conducted the Smoke Detector Blitz.
Boys, families invited
to learn about St. X
FORT MITCHELL St. Xavier High School will hold informal gatherings for interested seventh- and eighth-grade boys and their parents Nov. 1 and 2. The purpose is to inform the students about St. Xavier and its curriculum and programs.
The Nov. 1 program is 7 to 9 p.m. in the Presentation Center of the Paul Hemmer Construction Co., 250 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell.
The Nov. 2 program is 7:15 p.m. at the home of Charles Schroer in Fort Thomas. Reservations by the family are requested by Oct. 30. Call 441-0370.
For more information call St. Xavier's admissions office at (513) 761-7815, Ext. 108.
violated sunshine law
FRANKFORT Sheriff's departments in two northeastern counties violated the Kentucky Open Records Act when asked by a newspaper for cellular telephone records, the attorney general's office has ruled.
The Lawrence County sheriff issued a blanket denial of the request. The Greenup County sheriff did not respond.
A reporter for the Daily Independent in Ashland made the same request to both departments in July:
Number of cell phones owned, leased or rented.
Names of people who used the phones.
Copies of cell phone bills since July 1, 1998.
A statement of the purposes of the phones.
In both cases, Assistant Attorney General Amye L. Bensenhaver said individual entries could be withheld if there was a legal basis for doing so, but the sheriffs otherwise were obligated to disclose them.
Medical device will
check for lung cancer
PADUCAH The Department of Energy plans to annually screen up to 600 current and former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant workers for lung cancer with the help of a new mobile scanner.
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield attended a ceremony Monday where the scanning device, a low-dose computerized axial tomography scan, was displayed. The Republican lawmakers helped secure the scanner and get a bill passed this month to compensate plant workers for radiation-induced cancers, said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of energy for environment, safety and health.
The scanner can identify small cancer nodules for removal before they become life-threatening. The machine is in a customized, 40-foot mobile unit.
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