Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

From Enquirer news sources

Newport victim's funeral is today

        NEWPORT — The funeral service will be today for a 29-year-old man shot and killed over the weekend.

        Craig A. Bertram was found behind a home in Newport about 11:45 p.m. Saturday.

        He had been shot once in the chest and died shortly after police arrived.

[photo] HEARING CONTINUED: Philip Bridges, 52, (right) talks with his attorney, Bob Carran, before a brief hearing Tuesday on a second-degree manslaughter charge stemming from the June 28 death of Stephen Schroder, 10. The boy was struck and killed by a car on Garrison Avenue in Fort Thomas. Judge Leonard Kopowski of Campbell Circuit Court granted a continuance until Sept. 18.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        An investigation is continuing.

        Mr. Bertram was a sheet metal apprentice.

        The service will be 1 p.m. at Moore & Parker Funeral Home in Brooksville, Ky.

Church leader speaks in N.Ky.

               CRESTVIEW HILLS — The public is invited to attend a talk by the Rev. Jerrye Champion, national president of Church Women United, at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

        The Rev. Ms. Champion is the featured speaker at the board meeting of Kentucky Church Women United.

        She is the clinical chaplain for a hospice organization in Phoenix and an ordained elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

        The Church Women United meeting will be Friday and Saturday.

        The organization is dedicated to unifying women of various Christian denominations through worship, study and action.

        Information: 525-8142 or 331-1879.

Erlanger library to be replaced

               ERLANGER — The busiest library branch in Kentucky will be replaced by spring 2002 with a building nearly twice as large.

        The Kenton County Public Li brary recently paid $925,000 for a 10-acre parcel at 401 Kenton Lands Road, where it plans to build its $5.5 million Erlanger branch.

        The branch will have a larger meeting room, a separate children's department, a larger audiovisual section and more computers than the present library at 3130 Dixie Highway.

        The Erlanger branch will be built with the help of a $350,000 state grant.

        The Kenton County Public Library will borrow, or issue bonds, for half of the cost and seek grants and contributions for the rest.

Group mobilizes against Wal-Mart

               FORT WRIGHT — Concerned Citizens of Fort Wright will hold an organizational meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. today to mobilize opposition to a proposed Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

        The group will meet at the Fort Wright Civic Club, 115 Kennedy Road.

        Members oppose construction of a 204,184-square-foot Wal-Mart SuperCenter at Ky. 17 and Highland Pike.

        In leaflets passed out door-to-door Sunday, opponents said the project would hurt small businesses, cause property values to plummet, add more than 3,422 new cars to rush-hour traffic each day and alter the character of the community.

        City Council will hold a public hearing 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the St. Agnes Church undercroft. A vote could be taken that night.
        The Cincinnati Enquirer/PATRICK REDDY


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