Tuesday, August 14, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Award nominations being accepted

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FRANKFORT — Nominations for the 2001 Governor's Awards in the Arts are open until Sept. 1 and may be submitted by any Kentucky resident.

        The awards, the commonwealth's highest honor in the arts, recognize significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky and nationally.

        There are nine categories: the Milner Award (a Kentuckian with outstanding philanthropic, artistic, or other contributions to the arts), Artist Award, National Award (native son or daughter achieving national acclaim), Business Award, Community Arts Award, Education Award, Government Award, Media Award, and the Folk Heritage Award.

        This year's awards will be presented in February in Frankfort.

        A candidate for a Governor's Award in the Arts must be a Kentucky organization or a Kentucky resident (with the exception of the National Award).

        Recipients are nominated to the Kentucky Arts Council, which coordinates the nomination and selection process through the Governor's office. Eligible nominations will be kept active for three award cycles.

Library board seeks members, volunteers

               COVINGTON — The Board of Trustees of the Kenton County Public Library is seeking individuals interested in serving on the board and in other volunteer oversight and advisory capacities.

        Anyone interested in serving on the board should have an interest in libraries, a dedication to the community, and be able to attend monthly daytime meetings.

        Board members do not receive compensation. Terms are four years, and members can be reappointed once.

        Members of the board are appointed by the Kenton County judge-executive with fiscal court's approval. Each appointment is made from a list of two people nominated by the trustees and approved by the state librarian. Two trustee terms will end on Sept. 15.

        Interested parties should send resumes to the chair of the nominating committee, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington, Ky. 41011 for consideration.

Columbus man falls from 3rd floor in hotel

               FORT WRIGHT — A Columbus, Ohio, man was listed in critical condition Monday at University Hospital with severe head trauma sustained when he fell from the third-floor balcony of the Days Inn motel on Dixie Highway early Monday.

        David Chapman, 33, was taken to the hospital by Air Care helicopter following the fall around 3 a.m. Fort Wright police continued to investigate the incident and did not release any further information on circumstances or a possible cause for the fall.

Shakespeare presented at Madison Pavilion

               EDGEWOOD — Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will be presented Friday and Julius Caesar will be performed Saturday.

        Both productions will be at the Madison Pavilion in Presidents Park. Curtain time is 7 p.m. and admission is free.

        The performances are sponsored by the city of Edgewood, First Security Trust Bank, Cinergy and the Cincinnati Shake speare Festival.

Fort Mitchell council holds special meeting

               FORT MITCHELL — City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the city building, 2355 Dixie Highway.

        Council is expected to discuss a $0.02 tax per $100 valuation for the current fiscal year to purchase land and maintain city parks. Other items include setting the waste collection charge and ad valorem tax rates.

        Information: (859) 331-1212.

FBI looking into driving records

               FRANKFORT — Federal authorities have taken an interest in events in the Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation, where state investigations were already under way into whether driving records were altered for pay.

        A subpoena was delivered last Friday by FBI agents to the Transportation Cabinet. Spokesman Mark Pfeiffer said the details of the subpoena would not be divulged because the cabinet's own investigation is ongoing. The state attorney general's office is also looking into the matter. The director of the division of driver licensing has been fired and the commissioner of the department retired suddenly a few weeks ago. Former state Sen. Dale Shrout of Mount Sterling, a former probation and parole officer, has been appointed as commissioner of the department.

Special election for state Senate held

               FRANKFORT — A special election to fill the state Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Dale Shrout will be held Sept. 18.

        The 28th District is made up of Bath, Clark, Estill, Fleming, Montgomery and Powell counties. Gov. Paul Patton set the election date on Monday.

        The Democratic Party set its nominating meeting for this Saturday in Winchester. Republicans are expected to hold their nominating meeting Monday, probably in Mount Sterling.

        The winner of the special election will serve until January 2003.

Boy dies after being struck by Bobcat

               LEXINGTON — A 6-year-old Woodford County boy died after being struck by a Bobcat, an earth-moving machine.

        Steven Wayne Baker, of Versailles, was riding an all-terrain vehicle Saturday afternoon when he approached the Bobcat from behind. Steven's father, Ronald Baker, was operating the Bobcat and did not see his son and hit him, said John McCarty, a Fayette County deputy coroner. Mr. McCarty said the father then drove Steven to the hospital in the family's truck.


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