Friday, October 19, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs




Boone Co. updates public on zoning

        BURLINGTON — The Boone County Planning Commission will conduct four public workshops regarding the 2001 zoning update.

        They are: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Conner Middle School Cafeteria, 3300 Cougar Path; 5-8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Walton City Hall, 40 N. Main St.; 5-8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Room A; and Kelly Elementary School, 6775 McVille Road, Belleview.

        The draft of the county zoning regulations will be available at the workshops and posted on the county Web site, www.boonecountyky.org, later this month.

        Information: (859) 334-2196.

Marching bands take part in competition

               Six Northern Kentucky high school marching bands will compete for Kentucky Music Educators Association awards at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lexington.


[photo] KENTUCKY QUARTER: Lee Lofton walks to the podium to serve as master of ceremonies for the release of the Kentucky quarter Thursday at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown. An enlarged replica of the new coin shows a depiction of My Old Kentucky Home and a thoroughbred horse.
(Associated Press photo)
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        Dixie Heights and Ryle are in the Class A competition at Lafayette High. In Class AA at Paul Laurence Dunbar, Grant County and Conner are among 16 semifinalists.

        Simon Kenton is the lone local representative in Class AAA at Henry Clay, and Campbell County will compete in Class AAAA at Bryan Station.

        A total of 16 bands advance to the finals at 6 p.m. Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
       

Boone Co. school board meets today

               FLORENCE — The Boone County school board will hold a special meeting and workshop at 5 p.m. today at the Commonwealth Hilton Hotel at the corner of Interstate 75 and Turfway Road.

        There are two topics on the agenda: consideration of a day treatment center, and a training session conducted by Tim Holt, director of Board Team Development of the Kentucky School Boards Association.

        Information: (859) 283-1003.
       

Organizations award two scholarships

               FORT MITCHELL
— The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Purchasing Management-Cincinnati and the City of Covington Economic Development Department have awarded scholarships totaling $1,900 to Northern Kentucky University and Cincinnati State Technical College.

        The $900 NKU scholarship will go to an entrepreneurship student during the spring 2002 semester. Cori Richardson, a Cincinnati State sophomore majoring in purchasing, will receive the $1,000 scholarship.

        Money for the scholarships came from proceeds from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Buyer-Seller Expo held last November.
       

Two colleges receive grant for project

               LEXINGTON — The National Science Foundation is contributing $2 million toward a project to enhance the skills of people working in information technology, officials said Thursday.

        The foundation awarded a grant to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and to Lexington Community College, a branch of the University of Kentucky.

        The three-year grant covers about half the cost of the project. The community and technical college system is putting up $1.5 million. Lexington Community College is to contribute $500,000.

        UK President Lee Todd and KCTCS President Michael B. McCall announced the grant and the project at a news conference.

        The institutions would establish a center — the Kentucky Information Technology Center — to help enhance the skills of instructors who teach information technology courses in high schools and two-year colleges.

        Also in the center's mission would be support of information technology initiatives across the state, including more participation from business, government and industry.
       

Judge allows seized evidence to be used

               LEXINGTON — A judge has decided to allow evidence seized from the home of Shane Ragland's parents to be used at his trial in the 1994 death of University of Kentucky honor student and football player Trent DiGiuro.

        Police seized a rifle, bullets and other items during the July 14, 2000, raid at the Frankfort homes of Mr. Ragland's parents.

        The rifle is a scoped .243-caliber Weatherby rifle, the same type of gun a sniper used to shoot Mr. DiGiuro. The bullet caught Mr. DiGiuro in the head as he sat on his porch, celebrating his 21st birthday a few days early.

        There were no arrests in the case until last year, when Mr. Ragland's ex-girlfriend, Aimee Lloyd, told police that Mr. Ragland told her in 1995 that he had been the shooter.
       

30 guard members called to active duty

               SOMERSET — Gov. Paul Patton said Thursday that 30 soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard have been activated and will report to Fort Knox next week.

        Soldiers with the Detachment 3 (HHC), 1st Battalion 149th Infantry — based in Somerset — have been notified to report to the armory to prepare for deployment.

        The activation of the unit is part of the nationwide mobilization of Army and Air National Guard units ordered by President Bush in support of Operation Noble Eagle, according to a statement from the Kentucky National Guard. This is the second callup from the Somerset-based battalion.
       

Stolen tractor-trailer had Ind. registration

               NEWARK, N.J. — Authorities issued a nationwide alert Wednesday for a stolen tractor-trailer with Indiana registration carrying a load of fertilizer and pesticide.

        The truck was stolen Tuesday night or Wednesday morning from a trucking company in Parsippany, N.J.

        State Police spokesman John Hagerty said police had no reason to suspect the truck, which had placards identifying its cargo as hazardous materials, was stolen by terrorists.

        The theft comes amid heightened nationwide concern over the possible use of hazardous materials trucks in terrorist attacks. Only certain fertilizers are explosive when combined with other materials, and it was unclear what kind of fertilizer was in the stolen truck.

        The 2000 Freightliner cab is yellow and has the word “Penske” on the side. It bears Indiana registration 171469. The 45-foot white trailer has “Rockland” in green letters on all four sides. It is a 1988 Freuhauf model with New Jersey registration T392VD.



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