Friday, July 23, 2004

Northern Kentucky news briefs

Florence man apparently drowns

SANDBRIDGE, Va. - A Kentucky man who went kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean apparently drowned Thursday after his kayak overturned, Virginia Beach police said. Keith Noble, 40, of Florence, was wearing a life jacket about 75 to 100 yards off shore when his kayak overturned, witnesses said. When Noble emerged moments later, he was unresponsive and began floating away from his kayak. Friends swam out, pulled him to shore and tried to resuscitate him, police said. Rescue crews arrived and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Noble's cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner's office.

Bear confirmed in Boone Co.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources confirmed that a black bear was in Boone County in late June. The agency advises that anyone who comes in contact with a bear should not feed it. Department officials have said bear observations are becoming routine in some areas. The slow but steady increase in their numbers causes the bears to increase their range and some wander long distances.

Clooney urges rethinking trims

FORT MITCHELL - Fourth Congressional District candidate Nick Clooney is urging Congress to reconsider a $500 million cut in spending on military housing. The House voted Wednesday for the cut, which could affect as many as 50,000 military families, Clooney said in a statement. President Bush also opposes the cut to the $10 billion military construction bill. "I understand Congress waiting to keep the budget deficit in check, but we should not be balancing the budget on the backs of young people who have already sacrificed so much for us," Clooney said.

Dad was visiting son at logging site

MAYFIELD, Ky. - A Mayfield man died after a tree fell on him at his son's logging site, the Graves County coroner said. Gene Adams, 63, had gone to A&A Logging Wednesday morning. His son cut down a tree and didn't see his father standing beneath it, Coroner Phillip McClain said.

Coaster fan marks 1,000th visit

Coaster enthusiast Don Helbig marked a milestone Thursday when he visited Paramount's Kings Island for the 1,000th time. Officials declared it "Don Helbig Day" and gave the 41-year-old Fairfield man an oversized commemorative ticket as a memento. Helbig, the Mighty Ducks' media-relations director, has been visiting the park since 1981.

How do you move a 109-ton fountain?
Brent Spence project could get more money
Educators swap vacations for levy campaigns
Families find vindication in 9-11 report
Consortium rallies suburbs
For sale: 'Like new' 4br, 3ba, lead gone!

Boy, 5, suspect in death of baby
Butler Co. gets a freebie
HUD secretary encouraging on English Woods
Fairfield school levy gets a boost
Prosecutor unswayed by Innocence Project
Middletown fills council vacancy
Consultant bonuses criticized
Senate Democrats block votes on judges
Panel offers other uses for empty nursing beds
RiverTrek offers teens outdoors 'rite of passage'
Overnight rainstorm cuts power to 25,000
Task force traces trail of narcotics
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Downs: Bar-goers get together to watch TV
Good Things Happening

Jean Pierre Pineton, marquis, dies at 101

Controversial bin Laden stickers taken off Web site
Acid fumes spur closures
China peculiar topic in 67th
Cross- burning suspect in court
Dig this disk
Candidate's daughter quits state job
Principal hired despite pending charge
Kentucky's Human Rights director quits
Cross- burning triggers response
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Villa Hills chief isn't leaving
Man with gun robs Florence Arby's
5 robberies might be linked
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