Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Crestview Hills sponsors picnic

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — As part of the city's 50th anniversary celebration, Crestview Hills is sponsoring a picnic for residents.

        The picnic will be noon to 5 p.m. July 28 off Villa Madonna Drive on the Thomas More College campus.

        Activities will include face-painting and temporary tattoos from noon to 1:30 p.m., balloon sculptures from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., children's crafts from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., outdoor games from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., bingo from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and fun photos from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

        There will be handwriting analysis, palm readings, and tarot card readings. The Fort Mitchell Fire Department will do demonstrations, the Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills police will fingerprint children for identification purposes, and a DJ will play hits from the 40s through the 70s.

[photo] NEARING COMPLETION: The bridge being built next to the old “Shortway” Bridge crossing the Licking River and linking Covington and Newport is nearly completed and is on track for its opening in mid- to late September.
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        Residents are asked to call the city building at (859) 341-7373 by Thursday to let city staff know how many plan to attend the picnic.

Ex-Thomas More president honored

        NEWPORT — A reception for former Thomas More College president Rev. William F. Cleves will be 6 p.m. Friday at the World Peace Bell at the corner of Fourth and York streets.

        Father Cleves was Thomas More's president from 1993-2001. He is now a vice chancellor and teaches philosophy and theology.

        Dr. Joseph Lee II replaced Father Cleves as president June 1.

Fort Wright seeks new fire/EMS chief

— A year after this city hired its first full-time, paid fire/EMS chief, the position is once again vacant.

        Marc Muench, who was a volunteer fire chief in Southgate is resigning on Aug. 1 to return to the private sector, said Fort Wright Administrator Larry Klein. Mr. Muench will be a training specialist for a company that sells thermal imaging equipment.

        “He's a great leader and a great manager,” Mr. Klein said. “If I could find his twin, I'd hire him in a minute.”

        The new fire/EMS chief will supervise four paid full-time personnel, six part-time workers and about 45 volunteer fire/EMS workers. Pay will range from $40,000 to $57,000.

        Anyone interested in the job of fire/EMS chief can call the city building at (859) 331-1700 for a complete job description and an employment application.

        Applicants should submit an application with a resume and cover letter by 5 p.m. July 31 to Larry Klein, City Administrator, city of Fort Wright, Fort Wright, Ky. 41011.

        City officials hope to fill the fire/EMS chief position by mid-September.

Convention center wins magazine honor

        COVINGTON — The Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau has earned a Top Destination Award from Facilities and Destinations Magazine.

        Readers and meeting planners voted on the award, basing their choices on criteria such as quality of convention center, professionalism of staff, hotel accommodations, on-site management, special promotions and services, accessibility and the destination's attractiveness.

Conference focuses on women in business

        LEXINGTON - The Kentucky Small Business Development Center will present its ninth annual “Women Mean Business” conference Aug. 30 at the Hyatt Regency.

        Among the speakers are Procter & Gamble Co. executive Gretchen Price and author A'Lelia Bundles.

        Sessions will focus on starting and building consulting businesses, using business coaches, obtaining grants and low-interest loans, approaches for a successful home-based business, creating eye-catching promotional materials, time- and money-saving banking technology and providing excellent customer service.

        The registration fee is $89 until Aug. 1 and $99 thereafter. For more information, call (859)257-7666 or 1-800-475-7232 or visit

Drunk driver warning may get rewrite

        FRANKFORT — Law enforcement officials gathered Tuesday to try to craft a warning to drunk driving suspects that will include the consequences of refusing a blood-alcohol test while satisfying a seemingly contradictory law.

        District judges across the state have tossed out evidence in DUI cases because of what they have deemed a defective warning. Police are stymied because the warning is directed in the statute passed by the General Assembly.

        The confusion began last year when legislators rewrote the law to require blood-test operators to tell suspects that if they refuse the test and are convicted, they will face twice the mandatory minimum jail sentence.

        But first-time offenses carry no minimum sentence.

        Defense attorneys successfully argued in cases in Woodford, Scott, Hopkins, Franklin, Jefferson and Madison counties that the mandatory warning is misleading and virtually ensures that defendants will take the test, even if they have a right to refuse.

        Without blood-test results, convictions are possible, but more difficult to obtain.

        Kentucky State Police legal counsel and representatives of the attorney general's office and Department of Criminal Justice Training, which advises many local police departments, gathered to see if there could be a resolution short of a change in the law from the 2002 legislature.

Thomson Corp. lays off Texas workers

        FORT WORTH, Texas
— A Canadian media giant says it will close Harcourt General's college textbook division in North Texas, with an undetermined number of its 250 employees to be offered jobs elsewhere.

        Thomson Corp. made the announcement Monday, three days after taking control of Harcourt General's operations.

        Harcourt workers were told layoffs would begin Sept. 28 but that Thomson soon will be posting vacancies for jobs in Boston; Belmont, Calif.; Cincinnati; and Florence, Ky.

        Harcourt employees at the Fort Worth City Center office tower, on their first day under Thomson on Monday, received welcome packets and a large white sheet cake with the message in blue letters: “WELCOME TO THOMSON.” Then came the notice of job cuts.


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