Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Kentucky News Briefs

Viacord allowed license fee credit

BURLINGTON - A stem cell banking company will get tax incentives to expand its Hebron facility.

Boone Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night to give new Viacord employees a credit toward the county's occupational license fee.

Viacord plans to add 76 jobs and double the size of its 12,300 square-foot facility. Forty-six of those new jobs will go to Kentucky residents and pay an average salary of $42,320. Under state law, a company can keep up to 5 percent of an employee's salary that would normally go to pay state income and local occupational taxes. In return, employees get a credit on their Kentucky state income tax and local payroll tax.

Groundbreaking today for senior center

EDGEWOOD - Officials here will break ground for the new Edgewood Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. today.

The new 6,100-square foot center will be at 550 Freedom Park Drive in Freedom Park. It will seat 200 people when in full use, or it can be divided into two smaller areas.

Rep. Jon Draud, R-Edgewood, who helped the city get a $500,000 federal Community Development Block grant, and Gene Kiser of the Department for Local Government will be among the dignitaries attending.

Tourism council gets new chairman

COVINGTON - Tom Caradonio, president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been named chairman of the Kentucky Tourism Council.

The Frankfort-based association represents every segment of Kentucky tourism. The mission of the 455-member council is to unite and promote the industry through legislative and governmental interaction, industry awareness, professional development and communication.

Independence can't avoid primary

INDEPENDENCE - This Kenton County suburb won't be abolishing the primary system for local elections, as some officials had proposed.

Kenton County Clerk Bill Aylor said that he initially told Independence officials that they could do away with a local primary by enacting an ordinance.

He has since determined that they can't.

"The (Kentucky Revised Statutes) very clearly say only cities from the fourth to the sixth class can change whether or nm mmmbot they have a primary,'' Aylor said. "Independence had recently changed to a third-class city, so they don't have any choice in the matter. They have to have a primary.''

Other Kenton County cities that use the primary system to eliminate candidates in city races are the second-class city of Covington and the third-class city of Erlanger.

Toyota donates funds toward fire trailer

HEBRON - Toyota's North American Parts Distribution Center in Boone County has donated $1,500 toward a fire safety and severe weather trailer.

The money will help buy the trailer and help pay for upkeep and expenses. The Hebron Fire Protection District is spearheading an initiative to raise $80,000 from corporate sponsors for a trailer.

Main Street plan unites beer, Bootsy
Report slams sewer brass
Teens learn dangers of Butler roads
'Scrunci bandit' suspect arrested

Law lets parents weigh in on rehirings
Building would alter Hyde Park Square
County weighs 2 levies
Rape claim investigated at Woodward
Workshop shows how to preserve open space
Regional Report

Bronson: Protect the unions, soak the city taxpayers again
Howard: Good Things Happening

Driver of Mustang accused of kidnap try
School locked after bank robbed
Wall visit evokes 'Nam tales
Investors to try developing Wooster
No plan 'preferred,' officials say
Waynesville landlord, 73, faces drug peddling charge
Warren United Way director leaves drive before conclusion
Lebanon school levy backed

Guy Westmoreland, 60, was author and librarian
Kentucky obituaries

Feds wary of Davis-Besse's pump-fix plan
School funding appeal unheard
Ohio Moments

Man free on bond in boat wreck
Kentucky News Briefs
Jury in Lambert case needs more time
4 days in another's shoes
Independence mulls new taxes in face of $600K shortfall