Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Event to highlight Appalachian culture

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Greater Cincinnatians with an interest in Appalachian culture are invited to a potluck supper, music fest and storytelling session tonight in East Price Hill.

        “Ringing in an Appalachian New Year” will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 814 Hawthorne Ave., near the intersection of Hawthorne and Grand Avenue.

        The evening begins with dinner to the accompaniment of a dulcimer, gourd banjo, fiddle and bowed psaltery. Later, the Ohio Valley Rounders will perform, as well as Taylor Farley and Blue Rock. Other musical acts include the Rabbit Hash String Band and Sunset Dawn. Storyteller Gordon Jackson also will entertain. Admission is free. Guests are asked to bring a casserole or other dish.

        The event is sponsored by the Urban Appalachian Council. For more information, call (513) 251-0202.

Little League teams to hold registration

               Northern Kentucky Little League baseball registration for players ages 5-18 will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on three separate Saturdays: Jan. 20, Jan. 27, and Feb. 3.

        Sign-ups will be at Sports of All Sorts, 25 Cavalier Blvd., Florence. Coaches and volunteers will also be able to sign up on those days. Registration forms can be found on the internet at www.nklittleleague.org.

Program to discuss financial planning

               ERLANGER — Thelocal branch of the Kenton County Public Library will host a financial planning program at 7 p.m. Jan. 22.

        A professional financial analyst will lead a discussion about general planning techniques.

        The program will address tips for securing retirement funds, taxable deductions, and saving for college. The analyst also will answer questions from participants. The program is free, but registration is required.

        Call (859) 341-5115 for information, or to register.

Two towns to vote on alcohol sales

               PADUCAH — Voters in two western Kentucky towns will decide todaywhether to allow alcohol by the drink at certain restaurants.

        If voters in Calvert City and Grand Rivers approve the referendums, restaurants that seat at least 100 people and derive 70 percent of revenues from food will be eligible for liquor licenses allowing them to sell alcohol by the drink.

        Five western Kentucky communities — Cadiz, Hazel, Kuttawa, Murray and Crittenden County — held referendums in November, under a new state law allowing cities and counties to vote on limited liquor sales in restaurants. The measures were approved in Kuttawa and Murray but failed elsewhere.

GOP women's club elects officers

               VILLA HILLS — The Ken ton County Republican Women's Club has elected officers for 2001.

        They are:

        • President Linda Geisselbrecht.

        • First Vice President Jerry Collins.

        • Second Vice President Eileen Wendt.

        • Third Vice President Nancy Bunnell.

        • Secretary Joan Johnson.

        • Treasurer Carol Buck.

        The club is open to all registered Republicans, men as well as women. The next meeting is scheduled Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Four Seasons Country Club, 345 Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills.

        For more information or to make reservations to attend the meeting call 331-7605, 750-0390 or 331-7862.

Scholarship honors firefighter who died

               LEXINGTON — A memorial scholarship has been established to honor a Fleming County firefighter who died on his way to a grass fire.

        An agriculture scholarship, set up at Morehead State University, is in honor of Willie Thompson, 21, who was a student there.

        Donations can be made to the People's Bank of Flemingsburg.

        Mr. Thompson, a volunteer with the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department, was killed Friday after a tanker he was driving struck a utility pole and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

        He was the son of Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Chief William Thompson Sr. He is also survived by his mother, Carol Louise Emmons Thompson.

        Services for Mr. Thompson will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hutton Funeral Home.

Worker dead after being struck by car

               BEDFORD — A Henry County man was killed on Monday after he was struck by a car on U.S. 42, Kentucky State Police said.

        Kenneth O'Brien, 62, of Sulphur, was working for an industrial disposal company along U.S. 42 when he was hit just before 7 a.m., state police said.

        The car that hit him was driven by Alissa Powell, 23, who police say apparently didn't see the man. Mr. O'Brien was wearing dark clothing, police said. Ms. Powell was not hurt in the crash.

        He was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he died at 11:01 a.m.


               Government and schools

        Covington: First District Elementary School Site Based Decision Making Council meeting, 5 p.m., 525 Scott Blvd.

        Covington: Devou Park Advisory Committee meeting, 7 p.m., Behringer Crawford Museum, Devou Park.

        Independence: Kenton County Fiscal Court caucus meeting, 7 p.m., courthouse, 5272 Madison Pike.

        Kentucky events

        Burlington: Teen Mothers Of Preschoolers meeting, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., First Church of Christ, 6080 Camp Ernst Road.

        Crescent Springs: Support Group for Mother of Twins Club meeting, 7 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 2470 Lorraine Court.


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