Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Police add recruits from federal program

        RICHMOND, Ky.
— Two police recruits who committed to four years of law enforcement work in exchange for a college education begin work in Northern Kentucky this month.

        They make up the third class of the federally funded Kentucky Police Corps.

        William B. Dolwick will work at Edgewood Police Department, and Chad E. Girdler will work at Erlanger Police Department.

Police union seeks donors for needy kids

— The Florence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33 is seeking donations for its 15th annual Shop With a Cop program.

        The program pairs 15 children with officers on a shopping tip to Kmart. The children will be provided money to buy presents for their families and themselves.

        An auction to raise money for the program will be on Dec. 18 at The Front Porch Saloon on Turfway Road. Anyone interested in donating items or money to the auction should call (859) 647-5420.

Auction to benefit social service agency

— The fourth annual HeART for the Homeless Art Auction to benefit Welcome House of Northern Kentucky will be Nov. 16 at Four Seasons Sports Country Club here.

        The fund-raiser begins at 6:30 p.m. with a light buffet dinner, cocktails and a silent auction of more than 200 items. Live music will be provided by the Jay Flippin Trio. There also will be tickets available for a diamond pendant raffle, courtesy of Herzog Jewelers, and a cash raffle, with a first prize of $1,500. A live auction will follow at 9 p.m.

        The live auction will include a Robert Fabe original oil painting, a Comair weekend traveler booklet, and a Martine Khadr Van-Shoote original watercolor. The silent auction also will feature many works of art, a one-night stay at Argosy Casino and Hotel, a certificate for one undergraduate course at Thomas More College, several signed Jim Borgman prints and more. Tickets are $20 and reservations can be made by calling Welcome House at (859) 431-8717.

Meeting to present safety, health plan

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — A new vision for a safer, healthier Northern Kentucky will be presented at the eighth annual meeting of the Northern Kentucky Community Health Committee on Nov. 27.

        U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., and Mike Hammons, president of Forward Quest, will be keynote speakers.

        The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Seiler Commons at Thomas More College.

        A new planning tool called MAPP (Mobilizing for Action Through Partnerships and Planning) will be presented. The public is invited to attend and to become involved in the process.

        For information, contact the Planning Unit at the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department at (859) 341-4264.

Postal center awaits anthrax test results

— Workers from a national environmental science team completed anthrax testing at Louisville's main postal distribution center, postal officials said.

        Louisville Postmaster Robert Lochhead said the team finished Tuesday afternoon, and that results are expected next week.

        Postal officials had waited for the team since last week. Dan Beirle, the manager for customer relations for the distribution center, said the testing team has been busy testing other facilities before the Louisville center.

        Technicians from the private company took samples from machines used to process up to 4.5 million pieces of mail daily for distribution across Kentucky, said.

        The screening was part of nationwide testing of more than 200 mail facilities. Results from the Louisville screening should be returned in four or five days after the testing.

        “I'm pretty confident there will be no anthrax,” Mr. Lochhead said. “The mail is safe.”

Online service offers car registration

— Some Jefferson County residents can now renew their car registration online.

        The service began in Jefferson County on Tuesday as a pilot program that will, barring any major glitches, be taken statewide by early next year, said Robin Jenkins, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Residents can log onto the county clerk's Web site for registration renewal.

        For now, only residents covered by Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance or Hartford Insurance Co. can use the service, which includes automatic verification of vehicle insurance. About 45 other insurers are expected on board, said Willie Payton, the state's assistant director of motor vehicle registration.

        Credit card payments are accepted. Applicants will receive an on-screen confirmation after the procedure is complete. They will receive their new registration and decal in the mail.

Racing pioneer Heath dead at age 85

        OCALA, Fla.
— Bonnie Heath, a pioneer of the state's thoroughbred industry whose Needles was the first Florida-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby, has died. He was 85.

        Mr. Heath suffered a stroke more than two weeks ago, then developed pneumonia. He returned to his Ocala home Friday under hospice care and died Sunday night, relatives said.

        “We watched the Breeders' Cup (on Oct. 27) at the hospital, but he was really sleepy, fading in and out,” said his son, Bonnie Heath III.

        Mr. Heath and the late Jackson C. Dudley were among a small group of pioneers credited with kick-starting the thoroughbred industry in Marion County. They owned Needles, who won the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 1956.

        “Mr. Heath is a first-class guy,” said David Erb, Needles' jockey. “Whatever he said, you could take it to the bank. He wasn't just a good guy to work for, he was a good friend.”

        The racing victory was historic, but it was the partners' decision to stand Needles as a stallion at Mr. Heath's Marion County farm in 1958 that brought an industry heavily steeped in Central Kentucky tradition to Ocala.

        “I have met some pretty big men in my life, a lot of big, big people here in New York and elsewhere, but Bonnie would hold his own with any of them,” said New York Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner III, who became involved in the Ocala racing community after meeting Mr. Heath in 1972.


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