Wednesday, July 05, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Merchants to celebrate Christmas in July


        COVINGTON — It may be July, but merchants in the MainStrasse Village are celebrating Christmas.

        During the July 14-16 Christmas in July celebration, Santa Claus will make a special summer appearance in his Bermuda shorts. Santa will visit the village from noon to 5 p.m. on July 15 and 16.

        Village merchants also will give away a December Weekend Getaway Package.

        Information: (859) 491-0458.

Democratic club meets Monday
        FORT WRIGHT — The Kenton County Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at Walt's Hitching Post, which is located at the corner of Kyles Lane and Madison Pike in Fort Wright.

        Guest speakers will be Mark Donaghy, general manager of the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, and former Covington City Commissioner Pam Mullins.

Tie-dye workshop scheduled for teens
        COVINGTON — Teens are encouraged to try their hand at the Kenton County Public Library system's tie-dyeing workshop Saturday.

        The workshop starts at 1 p.m. at the Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd.

        Anyone 12 or older can bring a clean item to dye, including T-shirts, scarves, boxers, or socks.

        No registration is required. Information: 491-7610.

Convention-visitors bureau up for award
        COVINGTON — The Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau has been nominated for a Top Destination Award giv en annually by Facilities and Destinations magazine.

        The award will be announced in the magazine's September/October issue.

        “It is an honor to qualify for this award so early,” said bureau president Tom Caradonio. “It shows that our hard work is paying off, we are meeting our goals as a bureau, and more over, that we are recognized among association meeting planners for providing the service they expect.”

        The award is based on the merits of a city or area hosting a wide array of meetings and conventions, Mr. Caradonio said.

        The bureau was evaluated on attractiveness of destination; accessibility; value; professional services; accommodations; quality of facilities; and community involvement.

U.S. attorney sworn in at ceremony
        LOUISVILLE — U.S. Attorney Steve Reed was formally sworn in during a formal ceremony that included many fellow Democrats and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

        Mr. Reed, 38, became acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky in November after Democratic Gov. Paul Patton recommended him to President Clinton. The Senate confirmed him in May, with the support of Mr. McConnell and the state's other senator, Jim Bunning, also a Republican.

        He was officially sworn in on Monday at the Gene Snyder Courthouse in Louisville.

        Mr. Reed is Kentucky's first black U.S. attorney. He was an assistant U.S. attorney for six years before getting the top spot. He succeeded Mike Troop, who resigned last year.

        Charles R. Simpson III, chief federal judge in the Western District, swore in Mr. Reed.

Horse breeder dies at age 88
        LEXINGTON — Samuel Lyon, co-breeder of 1976 Kentucky Derby winner Bold Forbes, died Sunday at age 88.

        Mr. Lyon owned Red Bull Stables with his partner, Marvin Walman. The two worked with Lee Eaton of Eaton Farm in Lexington to breed Bold Forbes.

        The three sold Bold Forbes for $15,200 when he was a yearling. They were honored at the 1976 Governor's Awards Luncheon for breeding Bold Forbes, designated the best 2-year-old of 1975.

        Mr. Lyon is survived by his brother, Joseph.

        The funeral was held Monday at Herman Meyer & Son, with burial in Keneseth Israel Cemetery.

22-year-old injured by church snakebite
        CARTERSVILLE — A 22-year-old man was in serious but stable condition after suffering a snakebite to the side of his head during a church service in which snakes were handled.

        Kenny Hensley, 22, of rural Garrard County, was injured by a rattlesnake during a Saturday night service at Harmon's Lick Free Pentecostal Church. He was taken to the Berea Hospital and then transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

        Garrard County Sheriff Ronnie Wardrip and Kentucky State Police at the Richmond post said they had no report of the bite. They said no call was made to the Garrard County Ambulance Service, either.

        Handling reptiles as part of a religious service is illegal in Kentucky.

Former judge to seek his job back
        GRAYSON — Former District Judge William R. Woods, who was removed from the bench in June for official misconduct, said he will try to get his old job back during a special election in November instead of appealing the decision.

        The state Judicial Conduct Commission removed Mr. Woods from the bench after several days of hearings. Mr. Woods, of Grayson, was the district judge for Carter, Elliott and Morgan counties since 1987.

        His attorney, Philip McKenzie, of Grayson, said after Mr. Woods was ordered removed that he would appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court, but Monday was the deadline. By not appealing, the seat became vacant. Mr. Woods made the announcement he would run on Monday.


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