Friday, March 16, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Seat filled on local school board

        FORT THOMAS — The school board has a new member.

        Kentucky Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit appointed Larry Holladay to serve the remaining two years of Steven Kimball's four-year term on the local board..

        Mr. Kimball stepped down in December for personal reasons.

[photo] READERS LOOK FOR BARGAINS: Leslie Peterson and her daughter Morgan, 11, of Erlanger, inspect used books Thursday at the Independence branch of the Kenton County Library. The sale continues today.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Mr. Holladay, a computer specialist for the Internal Revenue Service in Covington, will be sworn in Monday night before the board's 7:30 meeting.

St. Patrick's Day bash benefits agency

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — Catholic Social Services will host its annual St. Patrick's Day fund-raiser today to benefit agency services, including family and pregnancy counseling, adoption services and substance abuse treatment and intervention.

        The 10th annual St. Patrick's Day Grande Raffle and third annual party will be from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Country Club.

        First prize in the Grande Raffle is the winner's choice of $30,000 cash or a 2001 Toyota 4-Runner, courtesy of Dry Ridge Toyota. The runner-up prize is $5,000, with 2,000 tickets being sold.

        The party will feature music, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and a cash bar. Entertainment will be provided by the McGing Dancers and Hats and Boots Dancers.

        Information: (859) 581-8974.

Ky. Center for Arts Web site makes debut

        LOUISVILLE — The Kentucky Center for the Arts has unveiled a new Web site at

        The site, designed by, is to provide patrons of the performing arts with a single source of information for arts events going on in and around the Kentucky Center.

        Highlights include online ticket ordering, an easy-to-use calendar with updated listings of all public performances, links to every group performing at the Kentucky Center, information on statewide education programs, accessibility services, volunteering and renting spaces at the Kentucky Center for private functions and photos of the Kentucky Center's permanent art collection.

Keeneland plans new racing library

        LEXINGTON — Keeneland is planning a new library featuring a rare book room and other facilities, officials said Thursday.

        Track officials say plans need to be finalized and the necessary permits still need to be obtained from the city.

        The new building will hold about 10,000 volumes, which will likely include The Daily Racing Form archives donated to Keeneland last year.

        A museum area near the entrance will have cases for collectibles, such as an antique jockey scale and horse shoes worn by Whirlaway, Man o' War and Citation.

Less-toxic cigarette proves less flavorful

        LEXINGTON — A company experimenting with a less-toxic cigarette has scaled back its program.

        Star Scientific, which last year set up about 100 barns in Kentucky to try a special curing process, has notified farmers it won't be needing their tobacco this year.

        The company's project used an accelerated curing method that reduced the level of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the burley. But after processing, the tobacco lacked the flavor that is at the heart of Kentucky burley's reputation.

        Star instead will keep experimenting with just a small number of barns and the help of the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

Coal baron Adams dies of lung cancer

        LEXINGTON — Andy Adams, an eastern Kentucky coal baron, land developer and thoroughbred horseman, died of complications from lung cancer at St. Joseph's Hospital early Wednesday. He was 69.

        Mr. Adams was former president of River Coal Co. and River Processing Inc. in Perry County.

        He started in the coal business with a mule mine in Perry County, according to his family. He became a coal magnate during the boom of the 1970s. Mr. Adams didn't have as much success on the racetrack. His horse, Hazard Duke, finished in last place in the 1980 Kentucky Derby.

Man charged in cigarette thefts

        LOUISVILLE — Police arrested alocal man Thursday who they say used a not-so-subtle method to rob a string of convenience stores of more than $60,000 in cigarettes.

        The thief would hurl a heavy object — most often a concrete block — through a store's glass door to gain access, police said. Once inside, he would fill a garbage bag or plastic garbage can full of cigarette cartons and flee, usually within 45 seconds, police said.

        Shively Police arrested Preston Leon Hughes Jr., 39, after a patrol officer identified his car early Thursday morning.


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