Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Kentucky Digest

Hispanic center sponsors fund-raiser

COVINGTON - The Hispanic Resource Center is hosting its first fund-raiser on Nov. 9 at The Madison here.

The honorary chairman for the 7 p.m. event is former Bengal Doug Pelfrey.

The event features a silent auction, Hispanic cuisine and the 12-piece Jaime Morales Y Son del Caribe orchestra for listening and dancing.

The mission of the Hispanic Resource Center is to foster community acceptance, understanding and integration of Hispanics into the community. Operated by Gil Esparza, an advocate for people of diverse cultures, the center helps Spanish-speaking people and the community..

Tickets to the Fall Fiesta Fund Raiser are $50 and are available by calling (859) 261-1498.

Wide offerings at senior expo bash

CRESTVIEW HILLS - Northern Kentucky senior citizens can check out everything from an Elvis impressionist to health screenings at Northern Kentucky Senior Expo 2002 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14.

The event will be at the Crestview Hills Mall. It will features exhibits, flu shots, door prizes, the Pete Wagner orchestra, and Irish dancers. Admission and parking are free. Call the Northern Kentucky Area Development District at (859) 283-1885 for information.

Business accelerator elects new officers

COVINGTON - The Madison E-Zone has elected Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP Partner, Thomas A. Prewitt, as president of its board of directors. Mr. Prewitt was a founder of the E-Zone and has served as its general counsel since inception.

The E-Zone operates a full-service business accelerator in downtown Covington, helping knowledge-based businesses and entrepreneurs. The E-Zone recently celebrated its first birthday and is serving clients.

The E-Zone also elected Chad Bilz with Schiff, Kreidler-Shell Insurance of Kentucky as vice president and Joe Michels with Paul Michels & Sons, Inc. as treasurer.

New board members include Norm Desmarias with Enterprise Learning, Rich Hempel with the Kentucky Innovation Commission, Ed Hughes with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and Richard L. Kiley with Procter & Gamble.

Re-elected board members include Dan Coates with SPSS, Alex Edmondson with Edmondson & Associates, Danny Fore with the Tri-County Economic Development Corp., Jakki Haussler with Virgin Ventures Fund LP, De Stewart with Tech E-Group, Gary Toebben with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Rebecca White with Northern Kentucky University.

Kenton fiscal court meeting rescheduled

INDEPENDENCE -- Because of the Nov. 5 election, Kenton Fiscal Court will meet next Tuesday afternoon, instead of the evening.

The fiscal court will meet at 1:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the Kenton County Courthouse in Independence.

Kenton Fiscal Court has cancelled its Nov. 12 meeting.

Alternative Halloween sponsored by church

FLORENCE - Fellowship of Believers is sponsoring a Family Fall Festival and Safe Night Out the night of Halloween.

The free event will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Fellowship of Believers, 6800 Hazel Crt. in Florence. Children collect a variety of candy and other prizes, as well as a hot dog and drink with popcorn.

Other activities include an open video game room, a petting zoo, pony rides, a motorized swing, a moonwalk, rock wall climbing, performances by Joy the Clown and the U.S. Yo-Yo Man, and more than 30 carnival games.

There will be on-duty police officers, several community resource booths and other organizations providing information about the Tristate. The church also will give away bicycles and other prizes.

Wlliam Butler to get Girl Scout award

FLORENCE - Willam Butler, chairman and CEO of Corporex Cos., will get the 2002 Distinguished Citizenship Medal on Wednesday from the Girl Scout Council of Licking Valley.

The medal will be presented at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Greater Cincinnati Airport Hilton on Turfway Road. Cost of the event is $75 per guest and proceeds will benefit the council in its mission to serve girls throughout Northern Kentucky. As part of the event, there will be a raffle for prizes donated by local companies and volunteers from Girl Scout service units.

Heather Renee French, a former Miss America and wife of Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, will emcee the event.

"Mr. Butler created the Robert M. Butler Foundation as a tribute to his late father, Ms. Bender said. "The foundation's mission to assist needy families in the Tristate has helped many families,'' she said.

For ticket information, contact Tracy Fuchs, fund development manager, at (859) 342-6263 ext. 25.

`D-WIFED' car vanity plate wins

LEXINGTON - A third divorce was a charm for Lexington firefighter Larry VanHooser - at least when it came to his license plate.

Mr. VanHooser won $5,000 for his vanity plate "D-WIFED," beating out the likes of "CYIMBRK" (See why I am broke) and MANOPOZ (male menopause). The results of the nationwide contest, sponsored by car-care products maker Eagle One, were announced on Monday.

Third man arrested in Pikeville murder

PIKEVILLE - A third man has been arrested in connection with the Oct. 18 murder of a Pikeville woman.

Phillip "Bruiser" Hamilton, 27, of Buchtel, Ohio, was arrested and charged with murder Thursday in Virgie for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of Angela Branham, 31.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

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