Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Open house Sunday at Baker-Hunt mansion

        COVINGTON — The public can tour the Baker-Hunt mansion and see Victorian ball gowns and other artifacts from the 1800s, when the Baker-Hunt Foundation hosts its annual open house 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 620 Greenup St.

        Refreshments will be served.

        Friends of Baker-Hunt are raising funds to help support the operation, maintenance and restoration of the Baker-Hunt mansion and the Covington Art Club building next door.

        Today, the Baker-Hunt Foundation brings in professional artists to teach art to children and adults.

[photo] WATER MAIN A BREAK FOR PUPILS Tim Messmer of the Northern Kentucky Water Service District uses a shovel to clear mud Tuesday as he searches for a break in a 12-inch water main along Blossom Lane in Fort Thomas. The break hampered the boiler that provides heat for Woodfill Elementary, so pupils were sent home.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        The Friends of Baker-Hunt also is seeking people to serve on its committee, and looking for donations for museum lighting, period floor coverings, display cases, and authentic Victorian era window drapes.

State police probe robbery at rest area

        BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Kentucky State Police were investigating a robbery at a rest area on Interstate 65.

        Police said six men made off with $1,060 Monday after approaching two male motorists at the southbound 30-mile marker rest area.

        The men invited the two motorists to play a card game for money, police said. The motorists felt threatened and took out money to play the game, police said. That's when the six men grabbed the money and fled on foot, police said.

Hotelier dies after trying to douse fire

        PRESTONBURG, Ky. — The owner of Williams Motel in Prestonsburg apparently died of a heart attack after trying to put out a fire at his business that killed another person.

        Clyde D. Williams, 67, collapsed after emptying a fire extinguisher into the room where the fire was burning early Saturday, Kentucky State Police said. Firefighters had just arrived to start battling the blaze when he collapsed, police said.

        Although Mr. Williams may have breathed in some smoke, Detective Don Parker said the cause of death was most likely a heart attack.

Morehead council rejects civic center

        MOREHEAD, Ky. — A proposal to put a civic center in downtown Morehead was voted down by city officials.

        Although another location was being considered, City Council decided Monday night to postpone any decision until further study can be done.

        Although some pushed for a downtown site, others said the second site had more space and was less costly.

        The 36,000-square-foot center would provide space for conventions, meetings, dances and other functions. It could cost the city anywhere from $5.4 million to more than $7 million, depending on which option they choose.

Distillery covers cost of fish kill

        FRANKFORT — The parent company of Wild Turkey Distillery has written a check to the state for $256,000 to cover the cost of a fish kill in the Kentucky River after a disastrous fire in May.

        The fire that leveled a warehouse at the company's Lawrenceburg plant also meant thousands of gallons of aging bourbon leaked into the river. Biologists think that microscopic bacteria and algae feeding on the sugar in the alcohol sucked all the oxygen out of the river in a plume that slowly wound its way downstream.

        Hundreds of thousands of fish weighing almost 80,000 pounds were killed, including many sport and commercial species.

        The state originally billed Boulevard Distillers $499,739 for the value of the dead fish, but the company balked.

        Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Tom Bennett said Tuesday the company demonstrated admirable responsibility by paying for the fish kill.

        The department has been re- stocking fish along the section of the river from Frankfort to Carrollton.

Three high schools could be consolidated

        HARLAN, Ky. — The Harlan County school district is considering a plan to consolidate its three high schools into one new central school to offset financial problems and a sharp enrollment decline.

        The idea has sparked opposition from some residents, and local leaders say there is more than classroom size at stake. The new high school would have more than 1,600 students.

        “When you lose your local high school, you lose control,” Harlan County board member David Kennedy said. “When you lose your school, your community will die. It will be devastating to our area.”

        The eastern Kentucky school district has lost nearly 30 percent of its students since 1987 and faces a more than $1 million deficit this year.

        Those bleak numbers prompted the district's facilities planning committee to vote 10-1 in mid-October to consolidate Evarts, Cawood and Cumberland High schools into a new central facility. It did not recommend a location.

Boy arraigned in shotgun death

        BEAVER DAM, Ky. — A 17-year-old boy appeared in juvenile court Monday on a second-degree manslaughter charge in the death of a companion.

        Kentucky State Police said the juvenile was arraigned and served a petition on the charge in Ohio County. His name was not disclosed because of his age.

        He is accused of killing William H. Turner, 18, when a shotgun he was carrying discharged Oct. 8.

— From staff and wire reports


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