Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Kentucky Digest

Residents divided over park proposal

The Associated Press

        GEORGETOWN — A proposal to create a park for all-terrain vehicles, bikes and horses out of a 3,100-acre tract in Scott County has divided residents who live nearby.

        The park is the vision of Greg Johnson and Jeff Francisco, business partners who are leasing the property.

        They are planning to open the park on Saturdays and Sundays and every day in summer. Riders would pay about a $15 daily fee. No jeeps, trucks or full-size vehicles will be allowed.

        The county's board of adjustments was scheduled to meet on Monday night to decide whether to grant a conditional-use permit for the agriculture-zoned land.

        Neighbors who surround were expected to attend the meeting to voice their opposition. Many fear an ATV park would create noise, traffic, dust, land damage and even injuries.

Review of bridges available to public

               LOUISVILLE — A detailed report on how historic buildings and properties would be affected by one or more new bridges connecting Louisville and southern Indiana is available for public review.

        The historical review is required by the National Historic Preservation Act. It lists about 90 historic properties in the area and how each would be affected.

        Anyone interested in reviewing the document may call Community Transportation Solutions at (502) 253-9221 or (800) 513-6691 by Thursday to make an appointment.

4-day event honors legends of bluegrass

               ROSINE — About 20 bands and performers will come to Ohio County, Kentucky this week to pay tribute to one of the legends of bluegrass music at the third annual Bill Monroe Memorial Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival.

        The four-day event will bring together generations of bluegrass artists, including the original members of Mr. Monroe's backing band — the Blue Grass Boys. The event is hosted by James Monroe, bluegrass artist and son of Bill Monroe.

        The festival begins Thursday, with a Blue Grass Boys reunion. On Sunday, the festival will also include gospel music.

Letters give insight into Lewis and Clark
— Recently discovered letters written by William Clark of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition offer insight into the explorer's views on topics ranging from the hardship of travel to slavery.

        The 47 letters Clark wrote to his brother Jonathan are “magical” and offer a “window to William Clark and his world,” said James Holmberg, the Filson Historical Society's curator of special collections.

        Mr. Holmberg edited Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark, transcribing the documents that were discovered in two old trunks in the attic of a Louisville home following the death of Jonathan Clark's great-grandson. The letters were donated to the Filson society.

Evansville bishop terminates priest

               EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Evansville has removed from ministry a priest accused of having a past sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.

        The Evansville Courier & Press reported Monday that Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger terminated the Rev. Mark Kurzendoerfer's duties as a priest. The bishop said that Father Kurzendoerfer had disobeyed restrictions placed on him in 1998 after he admitted to soliciting sex from a young adult.

        Father Kurzendoerfer, 47, was accused of having a relationship with a 14-year-old boy at Washington Catholic High School in 1981.

Retired educator to run for governor

               SOMERSET — Former Pulaski County school superintendent Bert Minton announced last weekend that he is running an exploratory campaign for next year's Republican nomination for governor.

        Mr. Minton, 57, of West Somerset, registered his campaign committee Friday. He said in an interview that he has never sought elective office, but thinks he can be elected “because I will face the issues that the state needs facing.”

        Other Republicans who have registered exploratory committees are Jefferson County Judge-executive Rebecca Jackson, state Sen. Virgil Moore of Leitchfield and state Rep. Steve Nunn of Glasgow. U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher of Lexington is considering a bid.

Sixth-grader on way to national contest

               PADUCAH — Lone Oak Middle School sixth-grader Zia Choudhury, 11, will represent Kentucky in the National Geographic Bee preliminaries today in Washington, D.C., competing for his chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.

        Zia won the state geography bee as a first-time competitor by looking at a photo of the Elburz Mountains and guessing that the nearby capital is Tehran.


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- Kentucky Digest
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