Monday, June 03, 2002

Kentucky A.M. Report

Storms wash out roads, leave 1 injured

Enquirer staff and news services

        IRVINE — Thunderstorms dumped heavy rains and hail that caused flash flooding Sunday afternoon in southeastern Kentucky. Keith Berger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said large hail and a torrential downpour hit Breathitt, Estill, Jackson and Lee counties shortly after 1:30 p.m. “Estill County appears to be the hardest-hit,” Mr. Berger said.

        The weather service issued a warning about 1:30 p.m. for a storm system five miles northwest of Irvine that was moving southeast, Mr. Berger said. A weather spotter had reported seeing hail slightly larger than the size of a quarter, he said.

        Authorities said several roads had been washed out and were underwater Sunday.

        Fred Rogers, the emergency management director for Estill County, said one man was injured when he was washed away through a culvert during the heavy rains in the Wagersville Road area in the south-central part of the county. The man was rescued by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials and the Estill County Rescue Squad, Mr. Rogers said.

        “He looked pretty banged-up,” Mr. Rogers said.

        Mr. Rogers estimated that about a third of the county had been without power for a short time. Utility crews had restored most of the power by Sunday evening, he said.


22 passengers hurt in bus wreck on I-65

        BOWLING GREEN — Twenty-two passengers on a Greyhound bus were injured Saturday morning after the bus driver lost control on Interstate 65, police said.

        One passenger was admitted to Greenview Regional Hospital with a lumbar fracture, hospital officials said. Seven others were treated and released. Fourteen passengers were treated and released from another Bowling Green hospital.

        Bus driver Cathy Miles, 56, of Birmingham, Ala., told Kentucky State Police that she struck an object in the northbound lane, causing the bus to swerve and then run through a fence into an embankment.

        There were 43 people on the bus. No other vehicles were involved.


Ashland mayor quits without explanation

        ASHLAND — The mayor of Ashland has resigned, offering no explanation to city officials.

        In a brief letter to city commissioners, Mayor Paul Reeves gave no reason for his resignation Friday and gave no public comment, the Independent of Ashland reported.

        Commissioner Kevin Gunderson said he didn't know why Mr. Reeves resigned and that he was “very surprised and shocked.”

        Mr. Gunderson said he hadn't been in touch with Mr. Reeves in more than a week, even though the two usually spoke every two or three days.

        “I think all of the commissioners tried to stay in touch with him on a regular basis,” Mr. Gunderson said.

        Mr. Reeves was elected to a four-year term in November 2000, defeating incumbent Mayor Rudy Dunnigan.


County may get seventh golf course

        NICHOLASVILLE — If the local planning commission approves, Jessamine County might see construction of its seventh golf course.

        Corman-McQueen Golf Inc. filed an application for 257 acres on the west side of U.S. 68 to be subdivided into 51 residential lots and a private 18-hole golf course. The development would be called Golf Club of the Bluegrass. It would be the northern next-door neighbor to Widow's Watch, a semi-private course that opened in 1999.

        Developer Danny McQueen acknowledges that central Kentucky is “saturated” with golf courses, but he said a private course surrounded by upscale homes hasn't been built in the Lexington metropolitan area since the late 1980s. Homes in Golf Club of the Bluegrass would range from $350,000 to $600,000.

        Mr. McQueen, former golf coach at the University of Kentucky, is the owner of Cabin Brook Golf Course, an 18-hole public course on U.S. 60 east.

        The Jessamine County-City of Wilmore Joint Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the preliminary application for the Golf Club of the Bluegrass on June 11.


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