Friday, June 16, 2000

Kenton, air board win $3.7 million grant

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kenton County and the Kenton County Airport Board will receive a $3,745,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning announced Thursday.

        The funds will be used to acquire rescue and firefighting equipment, install fencing and air field signs, extend runways and taxiways, soundproof surrounding schools and homes and acquire land for noise compatibility.

        The money is a result of the fiscal year 2000 Transportation Appropriations Act, which passed the Senate in September.

Man accused of giving alcohol to juveniles The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A 22-year-old Burlington man is accused of supplying alcohol to a Beechwood High School student who then drove drunk and caused an accident that severely disabled his friend.

        Randy Dauwe is charged with two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor. He is accused of providing alcohol to the driver and to other juveniles. Each charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail upon conviction.

        Mr. Dauwe has pleaded not guilty.

        The driver of the car, now 16, has not been publicly identified because he was charged as a juvenile. The youth will be sentenced in juvenile court on Aug. 4, after pleading guilty last week to driving under the influence and second-degree assault.

        Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson said Mr. Dauwe is the boyfriend of the driver's sister.

        The wreck kept Brad Fritz, a Covington Catholic High School football player, hospitalized four months. Since his release, the teen-ager has undergone extensive therapy.

Boone Democrats plan June meetings The Cincinnati Enquirer
        BURLINGTON — Two Boone County Democratic Party organizations have scheduled meetings in June.

        The Boone County Executive Board will meet Monday at Stringtown Restaurant, 225 Main Street in Florence, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

        The Boone County Democratic Women's Club will meet June 26, also at Stringtown. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

        For more information call 283-2082.

"Mighty Joe Young' at Erlanger park The Cincinnati Enquirer
        ERLANGER — Erlanger Parks and Recreation will present Mighty Joe Young today,the second in a series of Friday Night Flicks at the Erlanger Railroad Park.

        The movie will start about 9 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and snack and enjoy free entertainment. Information: 727-7959, ext. 1140.

Church sues minister over expense bills The Associated Press
        LEXINGTON — St. Paul A.M.E. Church has accused its former minister, the Rev. George Moore, of buying himself a camcorder and renting hotel rooms for his own use, then having the bills sent to the church.

        The lawsuit, filed May 30 in Fayette Circuit Court, wants Moore to repay $7,381.38 for the camcorder, the rooms and unspecified items charged.

        The church also said the Rev. Moore took its printer with him when he left the church last fall.

        The Rev. Mr. Moore was reassigned to a church in Louisville last October. Neither he nor his attorney would comment about the suit.

Forums to examine forest road halt The Associated Press
        LEXINGTON — Kentuckians will have the opportunity to express their views about a forestry proposal that would end road construction on some national forest land in Kentucky and elsewhere, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday.

        The meetings are scheduled for 3 and 7 p.m. June 27 at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington.

        Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck recently proposed ending road construction in nearly 250,000 of the 192 million acres of national forest land.

        The Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky has three inventoried roadless areas. Two of these areas, Clifty Wilderness and Beaver Creek Wilderness, are already protected by law.

        The third area is Wolfpen Creek, which consists of 2,800 acres in the Red River Gorge Geological Area in Menifee County.

        The Forest Service is sponsoring about 300 meetings on the subject nationwide and is allowing written comment until July 17. The roadless area number is (800) 384-7623.

Visit seeks to calm meningitis fears The Associated Press
        BETSY LAYNE, Ky. — A doctor from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta visited Betsy Layne Elementary School on Thursday in an attempt to ease parents' fears about bacterial meningitis.

        Three area children have contracted bacterial meningitis in the last nine months.

        Dr. Juliette Morgan said Betsy Layne is as safe as any other community, and there is no outbreak.

        No one person is spreading the disease, Dr. Morgan said.


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