Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Kentucky Digest

Host families sought for exchange students

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Host families from Fort Mitchell are being sought for foreign exchange students scheduled to arrive soon.

        Students from the Pacific Intercultural Exchange program are between the ages of 15 and 18, speak English, have their own spending money and carry accident and health insurance, according to program officials.

        Area representatives match students with host families through an informal in-home meeting. Prospective host families can review student applications.

        Families also are eligible to claim a $50-a-month charitable contribution on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student.

        For information on hosting a student, call (800) 631-1818.

Deputy honored for rescue during fire

               WILDER — Deputy Cooper Steele of the Kenton County Sheriff's Department will receive the Police Officer of the Year award at the awards banquet of the Northern Kentucky Police Chiefs Association at 6 p.m. today.

        Deputy Steele is being recognized for rescuing a family from a fire in a third-floor apartment in Crescent Springs.

        Also, Julie Schuler of Villa Hills will be honored for volunteer community service with the Crescent Springs-Villa Hills Police “Shop with a Cop” program.

        New officers will be installed at the meeting at the Marquise Banquet and Conference Center at Interstate 275 and Ky. 9. Officers for 2002 are president, Edgewood Chief Steve Vollmar; first vice president, Alexandria Chief Mike Ward; second vice president, Independence Chief Shawn Butler; secretary, Kenton County Chief Bill Dorsey; treasurer, Bellevue Chief Rick Sears.

Three face charges in Grant Co. drug raid

               DRY RIDGE — Three people were arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia last week.

        The arrests were part of an investigation into methamphetamine “labs” in Grant and Boone counties by the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force.

        Deputies from the Grant County Sheriff's Department delivered a search warrant on Jan. 9 at a residence on Ky. 22, and found about 1,000 pseudoephedrine tablets, and a small amount of methamphetamine. Officers confiscated three shotguns and tools to ingest drugs.

        Police arrested Terry R. Cleveland, 36, of Dry Ridge; Kelli M. Richardson, 20, of Williamstown; and Thomas H. Cleveland, 18, of Williamstown.

Harpist to perform at free concert

               NEWPORT — Harpist Michelle Gwynne will perform as part of the Twilight Concert Series of St. John's United Church of Christ.

        The free concert will be 7 p.m. Sunday in St. John's sanctuary. The church at 415 Park Ave. is in Newport's historic Mansion Hill District. Information: (859) 431-1818.

Grant deadline for artists nears

               FRANKFORT — March 1 is the deadline for the Kentucky Arts Council Professional Devel opment Grant program for artists.

        Activities that may be eligible for a grant include attendance at workshops, conferences and master classes, production or mounting expenses for a first-time performance or exhibition, and preparation of work samples. Requests can be for up to $500 with a one-to-one match required. The March 1 deadline is for applications for activities taking place April through June.

        For information on guidelines for the grant, check the arts council's Web site at www.kyarts.org or call (888) 833-2787, Ext. 4827.

Talk to discuss economic outlook

               FORT MITCHELL — The region's annual economic outlook will be presented today during a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

        Guest speakers will be chamber staff economist Dr. Tom Zinn of the University of Cincinnati and Dr. Martin Regalia, chief economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

        Dr. Regalia, who spoke at last year's economic forecast, has also served as an economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

        The outlook will be presented during the chamber's Eggs 'n Issues program at the Receptions Banquet & Conference Center on Donaldson Road. Breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m. with the program scheduled to conclude at 8:45 a.m.

NKU to receive $1M from donor

               Northern Kentucky University officials will announce a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Capitol Building Rotunda in Frankfort. The money will go toward scholarships.

        Later, the Board of Regents will meet at 4:30 p.m. in Room 110 of the Capitol Building.

Ky. tourism official to lead area council

               COVINGTON — Nancy Graff Willhoite, a Northern Kentucky tourism official, has been elected chairwoman of the Tourism Council of Greater Cincinnati.

        Ms. Graff Willhoite is the Visitors Center and Convention Housing Manager with the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau. She will chair the council's board of trustees through 2002.

        Other officers elected were vice chairman Jeff Blom, director of sales, BB Riverboats; secretary Pat Stroup, district director of sales for AmeriSuites Hotels; and treasurer Diane Ruether, national sales manager, City of Sharonville Hospitality Group.

        Board members are Nancy Carver, Iron Horse Inn; Violet Rae W. Downey, Cincinnati Museum Center; Patrick Korosec, Newport Aquarium; Debbie Smith, Dearborn County visitors bureau; Lois Smith, tourism consultant; and Diane Spurlock, Cincy/NKY Tour & Travel.

Two shot at trucking company

               LOUISVILLE — Two men were shot Monday at a trucking company office, allegedly by an ex-employee, police said.

        The men's wounds were not considered life-threatening, according to hospital officials.


        A man who had been dismissed from the company, Advantage Tank Lines, within the past few days was arrested a short time later at his residence, police said.


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