Friday, July 27, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs


Bracken schools leader retiring

        BROOKSVILLE — Bracken County Schools Superintendent David Barnett is retiring after one year leading the district.

        Mr. Barnett, who took the helm in Bracken County last summer, is stepping down in December after 27 years in education in Kentucky. He previously worked in Rowan, Fleming and Bourbon counties.

        But Mr. Barnett's not leaving the education field. He's taking a job as an education professor at Morehead State University, where he has taught as an adjunct teacher for the past decade.

        “I really miss the classroom,” he said. “I was born to teach, so I'm returning to my first love.”

        The Bracken County School Board appointed Bracken County High School Principal Bob Seiter as interim superintendent starting in January. Mr. Seiter also came to the district last summer, leaving his assistant principal's job at Lloyd High School in Erlanger.
       

Collectibles items at Drawbridge

        FORT MITCHELL
— The third annual Collectibles Convention will be at the Drawbridge Inn off Buttermilk Pike today through Sunday. Saturday will feature the Teddy Bear, Doll & Collectibles Show and Silent Auction benefiting Good Bears of the World from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children. Teddy bear artist Ruth Fraser and Sally Winey will be in attendance. See www.CollectiblesConvention.com for more information.

        Good Bears of the World is an international charity organization run by volunteers that gives teddy bears to people in crisis situations including children, hospitals, lonely adults, nursing homes, police and fire departments and the American Red Cross.
       

Scientific school given $12.5 million

        LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville received a $12.5 million donation Thursday from the estate of Charles and Theresa Grosscurth.

        The donation, which is the largest single gift in the school's history, will be matched through the Bucks for Brains Program, bringing the total donation to $24 million.

        According to the school, the Grosscurth's donation will be used to fund scholarships for doctoral students in the Speed Scientific School. The matching funds will be used to establish six endowed chairs, including chairs in e-commerce, bioengineering and image processing.

        Chairs will also be established for technical writing and intellectual property law, the school said.

        “This gift will enable us to continue to attract and support outstanding researchers and gifted graduate students to Speed Scientific School,” Speed School Dean Thomas Hanley said. “Its impact will be felt by all our students.”

        The Grosscurths produced Bourbon Supreme in Anchorage, Ky., for 20 years before selling the company in 1968 to the Chicago-based Makler Brothers.

        The couple died in 1999.
       

Bunning to lead delegation to Kosovo

        FORT CAMPBELL — U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning and several elected officials and civilians who work near Fort Campbell will travel to Kosovo next month to visit troops from the Army post.

        Maj. Gen. Richard A. Cody, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, invited the delegation to travel with him to Kosovo Aug. 11-14, post spokesman George Heath said Thursday.

        Hopkinsville Mayor Rich Liebe; Oak Grove Mayor Jean Leavell; Clarksville, Tenn., Mayor Johnny Piper; and T.C. Freeman, president of the Tennessee-Kentucky chapter of the Association of the United States Army also have been invited to make the trip.

        About 4,000 troops with the 101st are stationed in Kosovo. The troops deployed to the former Yugoslav Republic on a peacekeeping mission in May and are scheduled to return to Fort Campbell in November.

        Mr. Bunning, R-Ky., is working on plans to have other senators and congressman join him on the trip, according to John Dueser, his chief of staff.

        “He is leading the delegation,” Mr. Dueser said. “We're still working out the final details.”

        Mr. Heath said he could not provide a complete list of the people who will travel with Gen. Cody and information about travel details.
       

Thousands enter drawing for elk hunt

        HAZARD — Time is running out for people to enter the drawing for Kentucky's first elk hunt in about 150 years.

        Jon Gassett, head of the elk reintroduction program in the state, said the drawing to select 10 people for the hunt is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday in Hazard.

        As of Thursday afternoon, 9,063 people had paid the $10 fee to enter the drawing.

        Mr. Gassett said additional entries will be accepted until 3 p.m. Saturday.

        Money raised from the drawing will be used to further bolster the state's elk herd.

        Free-ranging elk were reintroduced to Kentucky for the first time in more than a century in 1997. The state's elk population is now estimated at about 1,500.

        The purpose of the 2001 elk hunting season is to remind people of the elk hunters' role in bringing the animals to Kentucky, but also to generate revenue for the project. To be eligible to win the drawing, hunters must have a Kentucky hunting license.

Career centers to get U.S. funds

        FRANKFORT
— The state's Cabinet for Workforce Development on Thursday received $1.4 million in federal funds that will be used to improve the state's system of one-stop career centers.

        The funding was appropriated by the U.S. Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act.

        Kentucky's 27 one-stop career centers provide information about and access to a wide range of job training, education and employment services.

       



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