Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Fort Mitchell needs blood donors

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — In response to the critically low supply of blood, the city will hold a blood drive at the city building parking lot on March 6.

        Hoxworth Blood Center will be in the parking lot from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

        Blood supplies have been limited recently, because some potential donors have had colds or the flu, and couldn't donate.

        Donors are needed for all blood types, but especially type O positive. Hoxworth Blood Center needs as many as 500 donors of this type just to meet the needs of local patients for four days.

        Although no appointment in necessary, a donor can make an appointment for a speedier donation. To make an appointment, callAndy Hyett at 331-2823.

        For information about donating blood, call the Hoxworth Blood Center at (513) 451-0910.

Campbell citizens can learn about cops

               ALEXANDRIA — The Campbell County Police Department plans to teach a seven-week Citizens Police Academy from March 14 to April 25.

        The classes, to be taught by Lt. Bill Armstrong, will include lessons on police patrol operations, tours of the county corrections facility, an explanation of crime scene investigations, criminal law, and the use of force and firearms.

        Residents of Campbell County may sign up for the course at the Campbell County Police Department, 4133 Old Ky. 2 in Alexandria; or on the internet at www.campbellcountyky.org. For more information, call Lt. Bill Armstrong at (859) 635-3122.

Game is safety tool for children

               ERLANGER — Police have purchased the Guardians Safety Game, a safety tool for all day-care facilities and elementary schools in the city.

        The focus of the game is to get children home from school safely. Kids are asked questions about situations that they may be faced with while at school or on their way home and how to deal with these situations.

        The game boards will be delivered to students on March 6.

        For more information, contact Resource Officer Todd Brendel at (859) 727-2424.

Fort Wright's plan update panel to meet

               FORT WRIGHT — The city's comprehensive plan update committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers at the city building, 409 Kyles Lane.

        For information, call City Administrator Larry Klein at 331-1700.

Union workers picket Trane Co.

               LEXINGTON — About a dozen union workers picketed outside The Trane Co. on Monday after voting down a contract they say would have increased the cost of their health insurance and prescription drugs.

        More than 1,000 members of United Auto Workers Local 912 defeated the proposed contract by a 515-506 vote late Saturday. The union, whose contract expired at 10 p.m. Sunday, is the second-largest local in the state.

        The company's rejected contract offer called for workers to receive $1.40 in salary increases over the next three years. It also would have reduced employee health insurance options by eliminating two no-cost plans and increased the price of brand-name and mail-order prescription drugs.

        “With insurance the way it is now, I would have only got a 10- or 15-cent per hour raise,” said picketer Carl Roberts, who has been with the company for more than a decade. “I don't think it's supposed to work that way.”

Lucas honored for siding with business

               COVINGTON — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has honored Rep. Ken Lucas, D-Boone County, for his pro-business voting in Congress.

        The Spirit of Enterprise award was presented Friday at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Government Forum Luncheon, where Mr. Lucas was the featured speaker.

        In a statement released by Mr. Lucas' office, Dick Castner, a regional director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Mr. Lucas has voted “with business 17 out of 21 times.”

Three charged in burglary of pharmacy

               BARBOURVILLE — Three people were arrested in connection with a burglary at a pharmacy in Knox County, and one person remains on the run, police said.

        Barbourville Police Officer Winston Tye said Jason Scott, 24, was arrested Friday and charged with theft of a controlled substance, drug trafficking and receiving stolen property worth more than $300. Wendy Scott, 22, and Clay Smith, 25, were arrested Saturday and charged with drug trafficking and receiving stolen property worth more than $300, Officer Tye said. All three are from Barbourville.

        Police are still searching for Eric Tepesano, 24, of Corbin.

        Police issued search warrants and several drugs, including OxyContin, from the Knox Family Pharmacy were found with the suspects, Officer Tye said.

22-story condominium building proposed

               LOUISVILLE — An insurance executive hopes to break ground this year on a 22-story condominium tower in eastern Jefferson County.

        The $40 million building would be the tallest condominium building in the county.

        Businessman and former race-car driver Norman Risenpaid $520,000 in 1999 for nearly 9 acres at the southeast corner of U.S. 42 and Seminary Drive.

        The building he proposes would cover about 1 acre. Unfinished units would run from $400,000 to $1 million or more.

        From the upper portion of the tower, residents would be able to see downtown Louisville and the Ohio River, Mr. Risen said.


               Government and schools

        Burlington: Boone County Fiscal Court, 5 p.m., 2950 Washington St.

        Covington: Board of Commissioners, 7 p.m., City Hall, 638 Madison Ave.

        Florence: City Council special meeting, 6 p.m., city building, 8100 Ewing Blvd.

        Fort Wright: Kenton County Fiscal Court special meeting, 7 p.m., Fort Wright City Building, 409 Kyles Lane.

        Kentucky events

        Covington: Black history play, Take A Walk In Their Shoes, a live performance of poetry, speeches, drama and dance by the sixth-graders at Sixth District Elementary School, cafeteria, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.


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