Friday, June 01, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Covington schools plan redistricting

        COVINGTON — The Covington Board of Education will hold a special meeting to discuss school redistricting plans at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

        At two recent public forums, a number of possible redistricting plans were presented to Covington parents. The plans address the district's goals of creating a better economic and racial mix and more evenly dividing the district's enrollment.

        About 27 percent of Covington's 4,500 students are minorities, but more than half the students at one school are black and another is nearly all white.

        The district is proposing the various plans in response to a state audit, which brought sweeping reform to the troubled district.

        Seven different plans have been put forward.

        The district also wants to relieve crowding at Latonia Elementary and Glenn O. Swing Elementary, which have more than 500 students each. One way to do this will be to reopen Fourth District Elementary on Scott Street, which was closed in 1998, despite strong parental opposition.

        The Saturday morning meeting will be at the Administrative Offices at 25 E. 7th St.

Park Hills club to host garden tour

        Members of the Park Hills Avant Gardeners will give a garden tour June 10. The tour will include nine gardens in the Park Hills area.

        Along with garden tours, there will be an outdoor English tea. On display at one of the gardens is the gold medal received from the Cincinnati Horticultural Society at the 2001 Cincinnati Garden Show at Ault Park. The Park Hills club is the only Northern Kentucky garden club to have received this honor.

        Pre-event tickets cost $8. Tickets cost $10 on the day of the tour. All proceeds will benefit the Redwood School on Orphanage Road.

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Pioneer exhibit at Behringer-Crawford

        "Life on the Northern Kentucky Frontier: The Meeting of Two Cultures, 1750-1820,” a special exhibit sponsored by the Behringer-Crawford Museum, opens Sunday.

        The exhibit focuses on pioneer settlement in the area and the meeting of Native American and Euro-American cultures. A timeline, which details local, national and world events that occurred from 1750 to 1820, and a map, which details settlements and natural landmarks, will help visitors understand Northern Kentucky's past.

        Bethany Berlejung, the education director for the museum, said the Old Caintuckee Primitives, a Northern Kentucky pioneer re-enactment organization, will re-create a pioneer camp.

        The opening reception will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum's Sandy Cohen Gallery. The exhibit runs through July 22. The reception is free.

Tobacco payout revised by trust

        LOUISVILLE — The Kentucky Tobacco Settlement Trust Corp. has revised its plan for distributing tobacco settlement money.

        The changes are aimed at the heirs of deceased producers and producers who didn't grow any tobacco last year.

        The board will distribute between $105 million and $108 million in “Phase II” money this year, according to Jeff Harper of the board's staff.

        It is the 2000 payment from money set aside for tobacco farmers by the tobacco industry's 1998 settlement with the states for treating smoking-related illnesses.

        The board had decided to base 2000 payments on an average of production from the crop years 1998, 1999 and 2000, including those who no longer grow tobacco.

        The board voted Tuesday to include any producer with a “vested interest” in any of the three crops. Earlier talks included paying only “active produces” of the 2000 crop.

Schurz purchases Nicholasville weekly

        DANVILLE — Schurz Communications Inc., the parent company of the Advocate-Messenger, on Thursday announced it has acquired the Jessamine Journal, a weekly newspaper in Nicholasville.

        The newspaper was acquired from Republic Newspapers Inc. of Knoxville, which also publishes newspapers in Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida.

        The Journal has published for 129 years.

        “We are pleased to welcome the Jessamine Journal into our group of newspapers, which will expand our coverage in the state of Kentucky,” said Mary Schurz, editor and publisher of the Advocate and president of Advocate Communications Inc., the Schurz subsidiary making the purchase.

        Schurz is a family-owned multimedia company with newspapers, radio and television stations, cable television systems and Internet companies in California, Arizona, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Schurz is based in South Bend, Ind.


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