Friday, November 03, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Transitions Inc. gets $274K AIDS grant

        BELLEVUE — Transitions Inc., which serves about 400 recovering substance abusers and drug addicts in its abstinence-based programs, has received a $274,000 grant.

        It is part of the $1.32 million that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded the state to provide short-term housing for people with HIV and AIDS and to establish a substance abuse network to cover all Kentucky counties. HUD is giving $232 million across the nation as part of its Housing Opportunities for Persons With Aids program.

        Transitions' money is to be used over a three-year period.

City Council ready
to fill empty seat

               CRESCENT SPRINGS — City Council will choose a new council member at a special meeting called for 6 p.m. Wednesday The meeting will be at the city building.

        The new council member will replace Larry Gronefeld, who resigned Oct. 9 because of health reasons. The new council member would serve through Dec. 31, unless elected to a two-year term on Tuesday.

UC graduate named
Ky. Teacher of Year

               WORTHINGTON, Ky. — A Greenup County teacher was named Teacher of the Year for Kentucky on Thursday.

        Harriet Jo Biehle, a fourth-grade teacher at Worthington Elementary, will represent the state in national competition.

        A 32-year teacher, Ms. Biehle earned a bachelor's degree from Marshall University in West Virginia and a master's from the University of Cincinnati.

        Ms. Biehle was chosen by a committee of educators and business leaders from three finalists.

3 bank robberies
might be linked

               FRANKFORT — The FBI is investigating whether three bank robberies in central Kentucky during mid-October are linked, said FBI spokesman David Beyer.

        In all three, a robber wearing work boots and carrying a pistol vaulted the counter and left in a stolen car.

        The last robbery was Tuesday at First Federal Savings Bank in Frankfort. The other robberies were at the National City Bank in Louisville on Oct. 19 and a Fifth-Third Bank in Louisville on Oct. 25.

Abuse complaints
at complex probed

               LEXINGTON — Social services officials are investigating complaints of abuse and misconduct at a federally subsidized apartment complex for elderly and disabled.

        It began after residents of Malabu Manor Apartments complained to the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children of harassment, intimidation and unauthorized entry into apartments, said Dan Armstrong, a state family services clinician.

        These investigations are normally confidential, but this one was made public after the building manager sent a letter to tenants Oct. 21 identifying himself as the focus of the investigation.

        The manager asked tenants to return a form indicating whether they thought he had displayed bad conduct. He also asked them to include their apartment number.

Heather French Henry
has executive assistant

               FRANKFORT — The former director of the Miss Kentucky pageant has been hired for a $51,900 job as executive assistant to Heather French Henry, the wife of Lt. Gov. Steve Henry. Libbi Taylor was hired on Sept. 1, seven weeks before the couple was married and six weeks before Mrs. Henry ended her term as Miss America.

Ex-insurance agent
faces more charges

               VERSAILLES, Ky. — A former insurance agent accused last year of diverting more than $19,000 in premiums for his own use was arraigned Wednesday on 35 additional felony charges.

        The newest charges against Gary Wayne Wooten, 35, of Versailles include 17 counts of insurance fraud and 17 counts of second-degree forgery for allegedly altering or completing counterfeit insurance identification cards, and one count of theft by deception.

        In 1998, the state Department of Insurance revoked the licenses of Mr. Wooten and his father, William Dillon Wooten.

Kentucky events

               Covington: Opening reception for the art exhibit Clay by Larry Watoon, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Covington Cathedral Art Gallery, 1140 Madison Ave. Exhibit open through Dec. 31.

        Covington: Country Peddler Show, a gathering of folk art, Victorian furniture, dolls, baskets, floral arrangements and food, 4 to 9 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Admission: adults, $4; children 2-12, $2.

        Crescent Springs: Sculpture exhibit opening reception, 7 to 10 p.m., Barbara Beatrice Art Studio, Buttermilk Shoppes, 562-C Buttermilk Pike, Suite E, behind Sandwich Block Deli. Free. Through Dec. 15.

        Newport: Opening reception for the artwork of Joe Kiefer, 7 to 11 p.m., York Street Cafe, 738 York St.


Violence rare on local campuses
Area Republicans quick to Bush's defense
Some pig bidders must first learn eBay
Auction site picks 'Priceless Gifts'
Bengals push for arbitrator in ticket suit
Accusations fly in commission race
Controversy spills into clerk's race
Ky. fires spread smoky haze here
Nevada out-puffing Kentucky
Olympic proposal causes concern
Police weapon fired by mistake
Suspect's luck soured after $4,000 bank heist
Transit systems join forces
Warren leader rips war on drugs
Local Digest
Man, 55, charged in plot to rob bank
Animal lover will battle zoning limit
Council hopefuls vow clean tenures
Defense builds case for insanity
Mason firefighter sues ex-chief
Ruling backs sheriff hopeful
School in front of tech effort
Sex case plea: not guilty
Students form 'gang' to promote peace
Central St. trustees adopt master plan
- Kentucky Digest
Man convicted in murder-scalping
Mining officials consider moratorium pleas