Saturday, May 24, 2003

Kentucky news briefs

Compiled from staff and wire reports

Interim vice president is veteran of NKU

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Jerry Warner, who has worked for Northern Kentucky University since 1976, has been named the school's interim vice president for academic affairs and provost.

He has worked in positions ranging from assistant professor to his current job as chairman of the biological sciences department. The school also announced Friday that Warner will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

He replaces Rogers Redding, who is leaving NKU to become vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Warner earned bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a doctorate in zoology from Texas Tech University.

Park sign unveiling in Covington today

COVINGTON - The new sign for the Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex will be unveiled at 10 a.m. today at the park's new Decoursey Avenue entryway.

The ceremony was rescheduled from an earlier date because of rain.

The signs at the complex's Decoursey Avenue and 43rd Street entrances honor Cappel's 62 years as a player, manager, umpire and groundskeeper. He also served as the captain and second baseman for Nick Carr's Covington Boosters world fast-pitch championship team in 1939.

The sports complex has five lighted baseball fields, a water park, a modular skateboard park, three soccer fields, a picnic shelter, concession stand and parking for 500 vehicles. Plans are under way to install a playground.

Erlanger warns of hydrant flushing

ERLANGER - The Erlanger Fire/EMS Department will be flushing fire hydrants Tuesday through June 6.

Users who have dirty water should run their water continuously for five minutes or until it clears, firefighters said. Residents also can obtain rust remover from the Northern Kentucky Water District on Dixie Highway if this happens while doing laundry.

Park board moves summer meetings

FORT MITCHELL - The Fort Mitchell Park and Recreation Board has changed its meeting location for summer.

For June through September, the board will meet the first Wednesday of each month at the pavilion of Ormsby Mitchel Park, 261 Grandview Drive.

The next meeting of the park and recreation board will be 7:30 p.m. June. 4.

Covington Commission cancels next meeting

COVINGTON - The Covington City Commission has cancelled Tuesday's regular meeting because of vacations and the holiday weekend.

The next regular meeting has yet to be scheduled.

Kenton library selling used books

COVINGTON - Thousands of used books will be sold May 30-31 and June 1 at the Kenton County Public Library's Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd.

Biographies, fiction, cookbooks, reference books and more will be sold at prices ranging from 25 cents to $4. All proceeds benefit the library.

Sale hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 30, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 31 and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 1.

The Friends of the Kenton County Public Library is a volunteer organization that raises money for the library through membership and book sales.

Fort Mitchell native trooper of the year

FRANKFORT - The Kentucky State Police has named Fort Mitchell native Dan Smoot Trooper of the Year for 2002.

During the first half of 2002, Smoot, 43, was assigned to the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program and averaged 87 citations per month while answering numerous complaints, investigating traffic crashes and performing a variety of other patrol duties, according to the state.

During the second six months of 2002, he was reassigned to drug investigations in which he handled 137 criminal investigations, an average of 23 cases per month. That led to 97 criminal arrests, according to the state. His efforts have generated forfeitures of more than $1 million through federal and state cooperative investigations.

A 21-year state police veteran, Smoot is a 1978 graduate of Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, and a 1982 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. He has been assigned to Post 13 in Hazard since 1983.

Fire captain awaiting trial date in crash

BROOKSVILLE - A Covington fire department captain accused of causing a fatal wreck while driving drunk is expected to receive a trial date at a June 27 hearing, Commonwealth's Attorney Stockton Wood of Maysville said.

Capt. John Scott Rigney of Park Hills could be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty of murder. He was arrested after he wrecked a pickup truck in December on the AA Highway near Augusta.

Edwin M. McDowell, 39, of Dover died in the crash.

Fair Board raising ticket, parking fees

LOUISVILLE - The Kentucky State Fair Board approved a $1 increase in parking fees as part of an effort to raise money.

The board Thursday also added a $1 surcharge, or "facility fee," on most tickets sold for events at the fairgrounds and the downtown Kentucky International Convention Center. It also raised most rental rates at both locations by an average of 10 percent.

Visitors to the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center will pay $5 to park starting Jan. 1. The rate will cover all activities - sporting events, Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, concerts, conventions, flea markets and the Kentucky State Fair.

Exceptions to the $1 surcharge will be tickets to University of Louisville sporting events and for Louisville Fire arena football games.

Mineta to attend runway ceremony

The nation's top transportation official will be on hand when the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport breaks ground on its runway project.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has accepted an invitation to attend the ceremony, officials with Rep. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, said Friday.

The airport is in the early stages of constructing a new north/south runway on the western side of the property as well as extending the western end of the current 10,000-foot east/west runway by 2,000 feet.

The project is expected to cost $236 million, and the new runway is slated to open in late 2005. The federal government is paying $131 million of the total costs.

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