Monday, October 15, 2001

Kentucky Digest


State's quarter to be released this week

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — The new quarter for Kentucky will be released into circulation this week.

        The design features an unmistakable Kentucky symbol — a thoroughbred posing behind a plank fence — with Federal Hill, “My Old Kentucky Home,” in the background.

        Kentucky's quarter will be officially introduced Thursday at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown.
       

College president called to military duty
The Associated Press

               PADUCAH — The president of St. Catharine College has been called to active duty as a U.S. Coast Guard reserve commander.

        Bill Huston said it's a bad time to leave his post as president because the 700-student college in Springfield is expanding.

        “We are in the middle of tremendous growth,” said Mr. Huston, a reservist for 23 years after five years in the Navy. “There's never a good time to leave your job, but this was definitely not the best.”

        Enrollment has doubled in the last four years at the Roman Catholic school. The number is expected to reach 1,000 by next year.

        Mr. Huston was activated Sept. 17. His assignment was originally a minimum of 30 days, but has been extended to a year.
       

Couple on trip struck, killed by truck
The Associated Press

               PADUCAH — A Wisconsin couple on their way to Florida were struck by a pickup and killed outside a hotel Saturday night, police said.

        Melvin Reise, 74, and his wife, Lois, 73, of Germantown, Wis., were hit about 7:30 p.m. as they were walking on Irvin Cobb Drive in front of the Knights Inn.

        Van A. Faith, 53, of Calvert City was driving when his wife saw two people in the road, police said. Mr. Faith swerved the truck, but was unable to avoid hitting them, police said. Officers said it was raining at the time of the wreck.

        No charges were filed.
       

Car wreck kills two, injures four
The Associated Press

               DAWSON SPRINGS — A Paducah lawyer and his passenger were killed in a weekend car crash on Western Parkway. Charles A. Saladino, 57, and Marcia R. Campbell, 40, also of Paducah, died Saturday afternoon at the scene in Hopkins County, state police said.

        Mr. Saladino was eastbound when his 1996 Lexus went through a patch of water and hydroplaned, police said. It crossed the median and collided with a car driven by Troy Workman, 33, of Dawson Springs.

        Mr. Workman and his three passengers, Amy Workman, 33, Rebecca Workman, 7, and Emily Zimmerman, 10, were listed in satisfactory condition at a Madisonville hospital.
       

Army depot secure, federal lawmaker says
The Associated Press

               RICHMOND — U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher visited the Blue Grass Army Depot and said its defenses should discourage any terrorist.

        “We can definitely reassure folks that this would not be a likely target,” said Mr. Fletcher, R-Lexington, after a 90-minute tour of the post on Saturday.

        The sprawling facility, best known as a storage site for obsolete nerve-gas weapons, is protected by rings of fences, state-of-the-art surveillance equipment and troops from the 101st Airborne Division, in addition to its own security staff, he said.

        The airspace over the facility is also restricted. Even if a hijacked aircraft were crashed into a weapons bunker at the depot, Mr. Fletcher said, there would be little threat from leaking nerve gas.

        “Studies show the chemical weapons would likely be destroyed in the fire,” he said.
       

County told to repay tax on national park
The Associated Press

               BOWLING GREEN — A federal judge in Bowling Green has ordered Edmonson County to repay $27,175.70 in taxes the county imposed on a company that provides ticketing services for Mammoth Cave National Park, according to court records.

        Federal Magistrate Robert Goebel ruled that the county has to repay the tax it collected from Biospherics Inc.

        Magistrate Goebel said the recreation tax on Biospherics was unconstitutional because “it imposes a tax directly on the revenues and activities of the United States.”
       

Ky. presbytery votes against gay ordination
The Associated Press

               LEXINGTON — The Transylvania Presbytery voted on Saturday to reject a proposal to permit the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

        One delegate abstained from the 83 to 50 vote, said the Rev. Cheryl Ann Elfond, executive presbyter of the group that represents 99 congregations in central and eastern Kentucky.

       



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