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.
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.
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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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
Accused cop cheered at pay hearing
Olympics backers switch pitch
Still time to get shot against flu
Monroe store sets pace, Hustler operators say
RADEL: Our fountain will be freed in spring
Grand jury gets gang-rape case
Lebanon OKs deal to buy Bell bandwidth
Village may end policing
City public works chief to lead TID
City sets sights on future
Driver in crash has DUI history
Chesley leading charge to end punch-card voting
Citizens show support for cop, clerk fired by mayor
Ex-coach accused of cash misuse
Exercise class to be offered
Fernald sees help in subcontracting
Fired schools secretary sues district
Home invasion suspect leaves hospital for jail
Housing project lacks support
Irate drivers can vent online
Kidnap case delayed for mental tests
Ky. district awaits picks for judges
Libraries make room for infants
Marks mixed for Covington schools
Neighborhood residents battle plans for state office building
Patton seeks investment for eastern Ky.
Police: Man targeted boys via mothers
Rhodes says auditor's office could help with Reds' ballpark
Six Flags to fight fine for accident
State-financed charter school closed
Suspect shot after pointing gun, police say
Tristate killer tells high court he was insane
Wife charged in plan to kill man
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