Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Kentucky Digest

UK alumni land Macy

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CRESTVIEW HILLS — Kyle Macy, former University of Kentucky All-American and member of the 1978 NCAA championship basketball team, will address the Northern Kentucky UK Alumni Club on Monday at the Four Seasons Country Club.

        The reception and dinner begin at 6 p.m. The cost is $17 per person for members of the UK Alumni Association and $20 for potential members.

        All alumni and friends of UK are invited. There will be a lottery for UK basketball tickets.

        Mr. Macy, a former Phoenix Sun in the pros, is now head basketball coach at Morehead State University.

        Information: (859) 384-3563.

Grant to be used for road patrols

               INDEPENDENCE — Independence Police have received a $28,200 grant to provide more traffic patrols and to promote safe driving.

        The grant is from the State Police Governor's Highway Safety Program. It distributes federal money to implement programs to reduce injuries and deaths on the nation's roadways. A total of $2.4 million has been awarded to 53 states and local agencies.

Stabbing victim home from hospital

               COVINGTON — A Covington man stabbed at least five times at his home was released from University Hospital this past weekend, a spokeswoman said. He underwent surgery to repair his wounds.

        Jerry Fraine, 33, of the 500 block of Garrard Street was found by police at 3:20 a.m. Oct. 24 with stab wounds to his left torso.

        Covington Police Sgt. Teal Nally said the Mr. Fraine met his attacker at a Cincinnati bar earlier that morning. Sgt. Nally said detectives are investigating the case and have several good leads.

NKU student group lauds Callahan

               HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Northern Kentucky University's Student Senate has unanimously passed a resolution saluting Kentucky state Rep. Jim Callahan, D-Wilder.

        During his 15 years in Frankfort Mr. Callahan has been instrumental in securing funding, projects and legislation that have benefited NKU.

        “Rep. Callahan epitomizes what a public servant should be,” said student senator Josh Wice, 22, of Edgewood, who sponsored the resolution.

        “NKU could have no better supporter in Frankfort,” Mr. Wice said.

Chamber event will be at Levee

               NEWPORT — The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will hold its Nov. 8 Business After Hours at Newport on the Levee from 5 to 7 p.m.

        The event will be held on the second floor of the AMC Gallery Building, a part of the entertainment and retail complex.

        Cost is $10 for members in advance, $15 for members at the door and $30 for non-members. For reservations call the chamber at 859-578-8800, extension 355, or log onto www.nkychamber.com.

Gas well would be on school property

               BELFRY — J.M. Kinzer Drilling Co. of Allen told local and state school officials it plans to drill a gas well that would stand alone, like a steel Christmas tree, in the main parking lot of a proposed new campus for Belfry High School in Pike County. The well would be about 150 feet from the main school building and even closer to a planned football stadium.

        The proposed well would be surrounded by a 6-foot fence, but parents of students scheduled to attend the new school expressed concern. State education officials say it would be the first gas well located on school property in Kentucky.

        “I can't believe they'd let something like that happen,” said Denise Varney, 45, of Belfry.

        State Department of Education officials have given the proposed drilling conditional approval, and Pike County school officials say they cannot prevent the drilling under Kentucky law.

Monitor not worried by exposure at plant

               LOUISVILLE — Statements from the man in charge of protecting Paducah uranium plant workers from exposure reveal that he had proof from tests 40 years ago that workers had picked up measurable amounts of radiation.

        Richard C. Baker, who headed radiation protection at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant for most of 35 years, also said during a deposition for a $10 billion lawsuit that the tests shouldn't worry anyone.

        Mr. Baker said he believed the test results on 21 men reflected recent exposure to permissible levels of neptunium dust at the plant, which processed uranium for nuclear weapons. But he said he wasn't required by law to calculate how much radiation workers were receiving, the Courier-Journal reported Monday.

        The suit was filed last year in U.S. District Court in Paducah against the plant's uranium suppliers and its former operators.

        The urine tests revealed neptunium stored in the men's bodies from long-term exposure to dust at levels an attorney called “off the scale.”

Memorial recalls soldier's execution

               LEWISPORT — A ceremony in a tiny cemetery in Hancock County honored a Confederate soldier who historians say was executed by Union troops 137 years ago.

        More than 50 people attended the service Sunday at Bates Cemetery for William C. Blincoe, who was 25 when shot to death.

        The Kentucky Second Cavalry soldier was the victim of a retaliation to guerrilla attacks on Union soldiers, said Civil War historian Stewart Cruickshank.

        In 1864, Union Gen. Stephen G. Burbridge ordered that four Confederate prisoners would be executed for each Union man killed by guerrillas, Mr. Cruickshank said. Blincoe and four others were shot because a Union mail carrier had been gunned down, Mr. Cruickshank said.

        On Sunday, a white stone marker was set on his grave.

        “I've been waiting all my life for this,” Rose Pell Henderson, 97, of Lewisport said on Sunday. She said Blincoe was the brother of her great-great-grandfather.

Amtrak service to city delayed

               LOUISVILLE — Passenger rail service will have to wait a little longer to return to Louisville, due to engineering and construction complications.

        A $600,030 project for Amtrak passenger train service is about 35 percent complete, officials said.

        In August, Louisville Mayor Dave Armstrong said the city hoped to finish track and station renovation by the end of October.


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