Thursday, January 04, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Grant to aid learning center

        COVINGTON — The Urban Learning Center is slated to get $200,000 from Congress to expand its education and student support programs for low-income residents.

        Northern Kentucky University announced Wednesday that the money has been earmarked for the center this year. It's part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2001, approved by the House and the Senate in December.

        NKU requested the money last year to support the learning center, which offers entry-level college and technical courses to low-income Covington residents for $10 a class.

        The center was formed in 1998 as a partnership with NKU, Thomas More College, Northern Kentucky Technical College, Covington Community Center, Covington Independent Schools and Forward Quest.

        This is the second year NKU has received federal dollars for the center.

        This month, the center began offering classes on Saturday mornings, in addition to its weeknight courses, with $175,000 in federal grants. It also opened a new computer lab at John G. Carlisle Elementary School.

Visitation today for Rev. John McGuire

        ASHLAND — The Rev. John Joseph McGuire, an Ashland native and priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington for 40 years, died Tuesday. He was 67.

        Ordained to the priesthood in 1960, he served a number of parishes in Eastern and Northern Kentucky before joining the Mission Apostolate in Cali, Colombia, where he served for 12 years. During his time there, he founded and built Our Lady of Hope Parish in Cali and, soon after, the Jesus of Nazareth Church in nearby Diamante.

        After heart problems forced his return to the United States in 1996, Father McGuire established a nonprofit organization to aid the Colombian mission, called Mission Share. The organization has funded 61 projects to date in Colombia, and it has expanded its role to include church work in Mexico, Africa and Russia.

        He also served as pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven parish in Erlanger, until his retirement from the active priesthood in 1998.

        Visitation in Covington will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated there at 7 p.m. Friday.

Former alderman Hodge remembered

        LOUISVILLE — A former city alderman, preacher and civil rights leader was honored by friends and colleagues at his funeral on Tuesday.

        The Rev. W.J. Hodge, 80, died Dec. 27 after bouts with Alzheimer's disease and kidney failure.

        The Rev. Mr. Hodge became a civil-rights activist after he was denied a cup of coffee in a restaurant in 1957, the year he arrived in Louisville.

        He was an alderman from 1975 until 1982, and became the first black aldermanic president, serving in 1981-82.

Arson suspect charged in assault on officers

        LOUISVILLE — A woman in jail on accusations that she set a fire that killed her 2-year-old son is now charged with assaulting two corrections officers.

        Tina M. Quarels, 24, attacked the first officer and broke his nose, corrections department spokeswoman Diane Curtis said. He left the area where Ms. Quarels was being housed, and she then assaulted a second officer who had responded, Ms. Curtis said.

        Ms. Quarels was charged with two counts of third-degree assault of a corrections employee and one count of menacing.

        She is accused of setting fire to her home near downtown Louisville on Nov. 29, 1998, in an attempt to kill herself and her three young children.

Gunman overpowered in jewelry store

        LOUISVILLE — A would-be robber left a jewelry store in an ambulance after an employee overpowered him during a scuffle.

        The man, whose name had not been released, approached employees of Merkley Kendrick Jewelers armed with a pistol as they arrived for work about 9 a.m., St. Matthews Police Chief Norm Mayer said.

        The suspect struck one of the employees in the head with his weapon, and a second employee tackled the man as he tried to load the pistol, according to a statement from the store.

Louisville loses out to scofflaws

        LOUISVILLE — Officials are having a tough time getting city parking violators to pay their tickets, while new efforts to collect outstanding fines haven't been effective.

        For the two years ending Nov. 30, only 54 percent of the parking tickets issued by Louisville police were paid. The city is holding 73,022 unpaid tickets worth $1.8 million.

Man, 84, killed, wife hurt in house fire

        SHELBYVILLE — A house fire killed an 84-year-old man and injured his wife.

        William Edward Amyx Jr. died at the scene of the 9 p.m. blaze Tuesday.

        Jean Amyx, 82, was treated at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville for smoke inhalation and then released.


— From staff and wire reports


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