Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Kentucky Digest

Newport water line being repaired

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — One of the main water transmission lines in Newport will be shut down beginning at 8 a.m. todayfor an undetermined amount of time for repairs, and it could affect customers throughout the city.

        Newport Water Works officials said customers might experience a reduction in water pressure or see discolored water at some time, but the water is safe.

Urban forestry grants available

        EDGEWOOD — Schools, cities, civic groups, neighborhood associations and others interested in applying for Urban Forestry grant money can attend an informational meeting Thursday.

        The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Durr Annex of the Kenton County Cooperative Extension Service, in the Kmart Shopping Center at 3099 Dixie Highway.

        Council representatives and the Kentucky state urban forestry coordinator will discuss the grant application process and answer questions. Projects that develop or improve tree programs, create demonstration plantings and provide educational resources to schools and communities are encouraged.

Apply for financial aid for college

        A statewide program that provides free information and help to Kentucky families applying for college financial aid will hold a program Feb. 10 called College Goal Sunday.

        The event is at 2 p.m. at 17 sites in 15 Kentucky communities, the local site being Thomas More College in Crestview Hills.

        College Goal Sunday mobilizes financial aid professionals from colleges and universities in the commonwealth to help college-bound students and their families complete the free application for federal student aid.

        The program targets disadvantaged and low-income students. Interested students should attend with a parent or guardian and bring their parents' completed 2001 IRS 1040 tax return or other 2001 income and benefits information.

        College Goal Sunday is a program of the not-for-profit Kentucky Association of Student Financial Administrators in cooperation with the state's higher education assistance authority.

        For more information, call (888) 4-KASFAA.

KSU billed for entertainment system

        FRANKFORT — The president of Kentucky State University billed the school for a big-screen television and related equipment, a newspaper reported.

        The school's chief financial officer defended the purchase as being for President George Reid's official residence, not for Mr. Reid himself.

        The State Journal, in a report Sunday based on information obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act, said Mr. Reid bought a 50-inch Toshiba TV, Sony videocassette recorder and Bose Theater sound system for $3,757 on Dec. 13.

        The TV replaced a broken, 19-inch TV at Hillcrest, the president's residence, Chief Financial Officer William Pennell told the newspaper.

        The Board of Regents on Friday approved a pay raise for Mr. Reid to $138,000 a year. Asked why Mr. Reid did not buy his own TV, Mr. Pennell said the system would be used by more than just Mr. Reid.

        “Hillcrest is used for entertainment purposes,” and the new equipment is in its reception area, Mr. Pennell said.

House passes bill on worker rights

        FRANKFORT — More rescue and emergency workers would get job protection under a bill passed by the Kentucky House on Monday.

        It would expand a law enacted last year for volunteer firefighters. If called away, they could not be fired for tardiness or absenteeism.

        The bill, by Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, would extend the law to cover rescue squads, emergency medical technicians, peace officers and members of emergency management agencies. It passed 96-0 and was sent to the Senate.

        Also passed was a bill under which a registered nurse delinquent in paying child support could have a license suspended by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. The same sanction could be imposed on a nurse who paid the license fee with a bad check. The vote was 94-0.

        A third bill passed Monday would give military recruiters free access to public school campuses and student directories. That vote was 95-0.

Lawyer who fled found in Florida

        ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — U.S. Marshals captured a former Kentucky lawyer who was a fugitive from justice living in Florida.

        William Scalf, 63, was arrested early Saturday at his home in St. Petersburg. Mr. Scalf, a former attorney from Laurel County, was indicted in 1999 in Laurel County for possession of a forged instrument and theft.

        Mr. Scalf was permanently disbarred by the Kentucky Supreme Court last year. A tip led to his arrest, state police said.

        His wife, Kimberly Scalf, is being sought by state police in Kentucky.


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- Kentucky Digest