Sunday, February 25, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Elderly couple killed in crash

        GEORGETOWN — An elderly couple was killed when a sport utility vehicle collided with their car as they were turning off the Georgetown bypass, police said.

        Iva Kelly, 81, was attempting a left turn when the eastbound SUV struck the passenger side. Mrs. Kelly's husband, Claude, 83, had to be extracted from the passenger's side, where he was sitting.

        Police said Mrs. Kelly's view of the SUV was likely obstructed because of a third vehicle, which was sitting in the median, waiting to turn left on the bypass.

        The Kellys were taken to Georgetown Community Hospital, where Mr. Kelly was pronounced dead at 3:15. Mrs. Kelly was flown by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Hospital. She later died of chest injuries.

Wounded woman out of hospital

        McKEE — A woman was treated and released from University of Kentucky hospital after receiving a gunshot wound at her Jackson County home late Friday, police said.

        Samantha Platt, 23, of McKee was shot in her abdomen by an unknown assailant about 10 p.m. at her home.

        Police said they think the assailant was aiming for John Platt, who shared the home with Ms. Platt.

        Ms. Platt was flown to UK hospital, where she was later released, police said.

Bluegrass farm owner in Playboy

        LEXINGTON — A Bluegrass farm owner and thoroughbred breeder will grace the cover of Playboy.

        Kylie Bax, a supermodel and actress from New Zealand, has been featured on pages of Vanity Fair, Marie Claire and Sports Illustrated. Her next cover will be on Playboy.

        Ms. Bax, 26, owns a 100-acre farm near Lexington, The B ranch, which she calls “the Branch.” It's leased to William H. and Pam Maley, who take care of Ms. Bax's three mares.

        “I'm actually building a house in Kentucky,” Ms. Bax said. “It's taking up a lot of my time and money. The outside is done, and I'm working on the interior. It's more like a castle really.”

        During a telephone interview Friday, Ms. Bax said she's had the farm in Lexington for about four years.

        Ms. Bax was in New York promoting her new film, Get Over It.

Baptist Fellowship taps woman for post
        LOUISVILLE — The Rev. Reba Cobb of Louisville has been named resource center coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

        The Atlanta-based organization of about 1,800 churches was formed 10 years ago in reaction to the conservative shift of the Southern Baptist Convention. Its coordinating council voted Thursday to appoint the Rev. Ms. Cobb to the post.

        The Rev. Ms. Cobb, 57, said her election was significant in part because the fellowship supports ordaining women — a key difference from the Southern Baptist Convention.

        “It helps the CBF to look like the organization we say we are, which is affirming of women,” she said.

        Under her new role, the Rev. Ms. Cobb will concentrate on internal operations, freeing up Daniel Vestal, the fellowship's top officer, to visit churches, raise funds and represent the organization to the outside world. Her salary will be between $110,000 and $120,000, according to the fellowship.

Dems hire ex-sheriff to rejuvenate party

        PADUCAH — Former Marshall County Sheriff Brian Roy has been hired by the Kentucky Democratic Party to work with local leaders in an effort to rejuvenate the party.

        The hiring of Mr. Roy is part of a strategy to restore the dominance the party lost in the 1990s, when its traditional conservative message was overshadowed by the national party's liberal agenda, said state party Chairwoman Nicki Patton.

        Republicans now hold five of six seats in the U.S. House, both seats in the U.S. Senate and 20 of 38 seats in the state Senate. Republicans also have captured local offices in several traditional Democratic counties.

        Ms. Patton said Mr. Roy, who began his duties this week, will work with local leaders to improve communications and help to get the message to voters that Kentucky Democrats are conservative.

        Mr. Roy has resigned as executive director of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. He will continue to live in Benton and will spend two days a week at state party headquarters in Frankfort.

Traffic stop leads to methamphetamine

        OWENSBORO — A traffic stop led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab and the arrest of two people in east Owensboro on Friday.

        The lab was discovered after two officers searching for the owner of the car that had been stopped noticed an ammonia smell coming from the back of the owner's home.

        The driver of the vehicle, George Voit, 38, of Hopkinsville, was charged with several crimes, including first-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine while armed and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance while armed.

        The officers went to Mr. Voit's home after he was stopped at 7:20 a.m. for running a stop sign. Mr. Voit gave a false name, but a vehicle check identified the car he was driving as belonging to Marlene Proctor, 39. She apparently shared the home with Mr. Voit and her two children.


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