Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Around the Commonwealth

Democrat Richards hosts Wilder barbecue

WILDER - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jody Richards will host a barbeque 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilder City Building, 520 Licking Pike. The event is free and open to the public.

Richards is speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives. He is running for the Democratic nomination in a field that includes Attorney General Ben Chandler and Bruce Lunsford, a Louisville businessman and Northern Kentucky native.

The primary is May 20.

Group hired to help limit sex businesses

FORT MITCHELL - An effort to limit where strip clubs and adult bookstores can locate in Campbell and Kenton counties is under way.

The Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission recently signed a contract with Duncan and Associates of Austin, Texas, on behalf of the Campbell and Kenton County fiscal courts.

The effort began nearly two years ago when Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson created the Sexually Oriented Business Committee to help local governments comply with the First Amendment and restrict where sexually oriented businesses could locate.

Eric Damian Kelly, a zoning expert, will explore the idea of identifying Kenton and Campbell counties as a "community'' for the purpose of establishing zoning for sexually oriented businesses.

The Supreme Court has ruled that communities must provide zones for sexually oriented businesses. Nine sites exist in the two counties now.

By the end of the month, Duncan and Associates is expected to finish the first phase of the study costing about $42,000. That includes touring existing sexually oriented businesses, meeting with county and city representatives, and gathering ordinances regarding zoning and licensing in the counties, Edmondson said.

A second phase costing about $10,000 would examine whether enough sites currently exist for sexually oriented businesses, Edmondson said.

Auction will benefit local orphanage

NEWPORT - St. Joseph Orphanage will benefit from a live auction of works by regional artists on Saturday at the Newport Aquarium.

The auction will benefit St. Joseph Orphanage which has its main offices in Monfort Heights and offers Family Ties Therapeutic Foster Care in Erlanger to emotionally troubled youths.

Naturalists John Ruthven and Charley Harper will offer original works for sale beginning at 8:15 p.m. They will be joined by 25 other regional artists. Participants also can view the new sea turtle aquarium exhibit during the event.

Tickets for the adults only, casual dress affair are $50 per person. Tickets are available by calling (513) 741-3100 through Friday.

- Compiled from staff and wire reports

Guide to Hamilton

Serving honorably at home

Boycott demands consolidated
Judge blasts city's motion, lets Black United Front withdraw
Thomas' mom still seeking closure
Troubled apartment complex purchased
Firm begins search to head UC
Police make 117 arrests in Westwood
Bridge construction begins

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Grenade attack victim wishes he could return to war
Dog tags show visible support
Keeping in touch with Tristate military
Military items to be displayed
218,931 Guard, reservists serving

Road builders seek new ways
Tristate A.M. Report
Good News: Kids raise $31,867 for cancer victim

Unwanted horses saved
Court overturns ex-judge's conviction
Suspect used stun gun, woman says
Fairfield seeks levy renewal
Poultry customers lost without landmark bird

Warren Co. leaders push for college
Warren Co. program spared cuts for now
Deerfield Road neighbors oppose sidewalks

State's fee proposal, cuts criticized
House ponders tax increase or gambling
Ohio Moments: Music Hall dedicated 125 years ago

Prosecutor joins GOP ticket
Senators will choose prosecutor
Williamstown water found in violation
N.Ky. cops get the lowdown on suburban youth gangs
Around the Commonwealth
Four groups file suit to block forest land swap
Jury deadlocks in ex-official's case