Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Lack of help forces arts council to disband

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — After 10 years, a shortage of volunteers has prompted the Boone County Arts Council to disband.

        The group recently donated its $4,600 in funds to the Dinsmore Homestead to preserve and restore its collections, including art, furniture, textiles and books.

        About 6 miles west of Burlington on Ky. 18, the homestead is best known for its 1842 farm and historic home.

        The arts council's demise means the end of the annual Art in the Park fair at the Florence Nature Park. The June event featured local artisans who sold their wares as well as folk and Celtic music.

        The arts council also established the CenterStage Players, a Boone County theater group of more than 30 members.

        The Boone County Arts Council members plan to volunteer at the Dinsmore Homestead and other locations.

Gunman sought in pharmacy holdup

               FLORENCE — A man sought in the armed robbery of a CVS Pharmacy remained on the run after eluding authorities Sunday night.

        Police said the man fled with an undetermined amount of cash after he entered the CVS Pharmacy on Dixie Highway near Turfway Road about 6:20 p.m. Sunday. A cashier told police the man displayed a dark semiautomatic pistol and demanded cash from the register.

        The gunman, who was wearing a black ski mask and black hooded sweat shirt with a white lining, fled toward Rose Drive. A dog from the Erlanger Police Department tracked the man from the parking lot into a nearby apartment complex but was unable to locate him.

        The man was described as white, of medium build, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall.

        Anyone with any information is asked to call police at (859) 647-5420.

Fort Mitchell board will elect officers

               FORT MITCHELL — The Fort Mitchell Board of Adjustment will meet at 7 p.m. April 5 to elect officers and to adopt bylaws.

        The meeting will be in the council chambers of the city building, 2355 Dixie Highway.

OxyContin seller gets 10-year term

               HARLAN, Ky. — A judge called the misuse of oxycodone and OxyContin a scourge and sentenced a Harlan County woman to 10 years in prison for selling four of the narcotic painkillers last year.

        Nellie Holbrook, 33, of Closplint pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance on Jan. 24.

        Harlan County Circuit Judge Ron Johnson sentenced Ms. Holbrook at a hearing Friday.

        Oxycodone and OxyContin are “a pure scourge upon the land,” Judge Johnson said. “It's almost like something evil walks up and literally kisses somebody and sucks their soul right out of their body. That's what Oxys are doing, and the people who sell it need to learn that they're playing with not only fire but demonic fire.”

Woodpeckers moved from forest to S.C.

               McBEE, S.C. — Five endangered woodpeckers once relo cated to Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky have moved back to the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge.

        The red-cockaded woodpeckers returned home after an outbreak of pine beetles destroyed most of the trees in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The South Carolina center sent 25 birds to the area about three years ago.

        “A lot of work went into getting them into Kentucky. Now it's heartbreaking that we have to move some of them again,” said Carolina Sandhills wildlife biologist Laura Shiver.

        The Sandhills center has about 120 active areas where woodpeckers live.

        “Basically, our birds are happy, and there aren't many places on our refuge where you can go and not see a woodpecker,” she said.

Crum and Aldrin will lead parade

               LOUISVILLE — Former University of Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum and former astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin will serve as co-grand marshals of the 46th Pegasus Parade on May 3.

        The parade is part of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

        Mr. Crum retired this year after 30 seasons at UofL with a 675-295 record and two NCAA championships. Mr. Aldrin was an astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission in which Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

        Both “have soared to great heights — one as the second man to walk on the moon and the other as a Hall of Fame basketball coach,” said Mike Berry, Derby Festival president and chief executive officer.

        Actor James Earl Jones will be the guest speaker at the They're Off Luncheon on April 20 in the Galt House East ballroom, the Kentucky Derby Festival announced.

Former head of Elk Horn Coal dies

               LEXINGTON — Roy A. Cunningham, a lawyer and retired head of the Elk Horn Coal Corp., died Saturday. He was 77.

        Mr. Cunningham was the president and chief executive officer of the Elk Horn Coal Corp. for eight years.

        He was president of the Floyd County Coal Co. and the Elk Horn Corp., both of Wayland. He was a member of the board of the Kentucky River Coal Co. of Lexington and chairman of the board of the Kentucky Prince Coal Co. of Hazard.

        Mr. Cunningham is survived by his wife, Jane Harrison Cunningham; two sons, Alex and Brad Cunningham, both of Lexington; a daughter, Sarah Leer of Paris; and three grandchildren.



Burlington: Boone County Fiscal court, 5:30 p.m., 2950 Washington St.

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


Burlington: Sanitation District 1 workshop to share information on the design of the western regional pump station, 7 to 9 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Center, 6028 Camp Ernst Road.

        Burlington: Kenton County Extension Service program, “Keys to Investment Success,” 6:30 p.m., Boone County Cooperative Extension Center, 6028 Camp Ernst Road.

        Williamstown: Northern Kentucky Independent Health District free diabetes tests, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Grant County Health Care Center, 141 N. Main St.


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