Saturday, January 19, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs

Man found guilty in sex abuse case

        BURLINGTON — Robert L. Hall of Petersburg was found guilty of two counts of sodomy in the second degree by a Boone Circuit Court jury Friday for sexually abusing a boy 15 years ago.

        Mr. Hall, 45, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each of the second-degree counts, and also was sentenced to five years each on two counts of sodomy in the third degree, with the sentences to run consecutively up to a maximum of 20 years.

        A man who is now 28 years old testified that the abuse began when he was 11 years old and continued until he was 16.

        Mr. Hall was a former in-school suspension coordinator for Newport Middle School, a volunteer coach, and a Scout and youth leader.

Deadline for arts grants is March 1

        FRANKFORT, Ky. — March 1 is the deadline for the Kentucky Arts Council Professional Development Grant Program for individual artists.

        Eligible events and activities can include attendance at workshops, conferences and master classes, production or mounting expenses for a first-time performance or exhibition, or 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 or call (888) 833-2787 ext. 4827.

Hospital makes "arrests' for charity

        EDGEWOOD — St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will “arrest” residents on Feb. 13 to raise money for charity.

        The effort is part of a nationwide Captured for Kids fund-raising program for the hospital.

        All jailbirds will be taken to the St. Jude Jail at the Edgewood administration building to do their time. Each captured person will have at least one hour to raise his or her $1,000 bail. Once the bail is paid, the jailbirds will be returned to their place of employment.

        All money raised will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to help with the research and treatment of childhood illnesses.

        To sign up to be a jailbird, or for information on Captured for Kids, call Thera Desmond at (800) 545-1696.

Boone Democratic Party meets Monday

        FLORENCE — The Boone County Democratic Party will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the Florence Government Center.

        For more information, contact party chairman Howard Tankersley at (859) 282-8054.

Students return bald eagle to wild

        BURNSIDE — A group of high school students in Pulaski County returned a bald eagle that they nursed back to health to the wild Thursday.

        Frances Carter, a biology teacher at Southwestern Pulaski County High School, and her students operate the Raptor Rehabilitation Center as part of the school's Conservation Club. Students care for injured or sick eagles, hawks and other birds of prey, learning about wildlife and responsibility at the same time.

        The center, funded by donation and grants, has returned hundreds of birds to the wild since 1993, but never before has it cared for a bald eagle.

        In mid-December, two men found the adult male eagle unable to fly near Lake Cumberland. They turned it over to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, which contacted Ms. Carter.

Heart transplant patient eating lobster

        LOUISVILLE — Tom Christerson, 70, the second man to receive a self-contained artificial heart, is steadily improving and celebrated a belated wedding anniversary with his wife on Friday, his son said.

        “He's really improved a lot in the couple weeks, he's really doing well,” Ken Christerson said on Friday at Jewish Hospital, where his father received the AbioCor artificial heart on Sept. 13. “He's had quite a few visitors from home and some old friends have come to visit, and that's helped him a lot.”

        Ken Christerson said that he and his sister, Patti Pryor, helped their parents celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary at the hospital. The October anniversary was put off because Tom Christerson was suffering from a high fever.

        “One of his requests for the party was to have some lobster,” Ken Christerson said. He said it was the first time his father had eaten lobster in months.

More families could be eligible for loans

        FRANKFORT — Another 29,000 Kentucky families might become eligible for below-market rate loans from the Kentucky Housing Corp. under legislation promoted Friday by Gov. Paul Patton.

        The bill would eliminate the income caps, established in 1986, and replace them with U.S. Housing and Urban Development income guidelines, which are revised annually.

        The income guidelines differ in each county, but overall they would rise by 7 percent to 30 percent, said Housing Corp. chief executive Lynn Luallen.

        For a two-person household, in Boyle County, the income limits would rise from $41,210 to $54,480; Graves County, $41,210 to $44,300; Harlan County, $43,710 to $53,160.

        Kentucky Housing Corp. sells bonds and lends money at interest rates generally below those available from commercial lenders.

Sen. McConnell receives award

        RENO, Nev. — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Farm Bureau in recognition of his work on agricultural issues.

        Mr. McConnell, a Louisville Republican, is the second Kentuckian to receive the award. The first was the late Sen. John Sherman Cooper. Since 1928, the award has been presented annually by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation's second largest farm organization.

        The Kentucky Farm Bureau nominated Mr. McConnell, citing numerous achievements in service to American farmers, especially on tobacco and trade issues. Mr. McConnell has been a member of the Agriculture Committee during his 17 years in the Senate. He has been a key player in the crafting of farm policy, in reforming farm labor programs and in securing federal funding for agriculture research, education and development in Kentucky.


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