Sunday, September 19, 2004

Northern Kentucky news briefs

Biking enthusiasts honored for park work

The Enquirer

BURLINGTON - Mountain biking enthusiasts who helped create an extensive trail system in England-Idlewild Park were honored Saturday as part of National Public Lands Day.

At a dedication Saturday Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore thanked Bill Renner, Dave Zimmer and Jim Waterson for their work on the mountain biking trails. Also honored were Nick Wilmhoff and Jason Rath, both Eagle Scouts, who built the sign kiosk and footbridges along the trail.

The county also thanked Paul Gallagher, who lives near the park, for allowing the workers access through his land.

Clerk receives grant to mechanize records

BURLINGTON - Boone County clerk Marilyn Rouse has received a grant that will help the county computerize records and microfilm records from the 1700s and 1800s.

The $15,830 grant is from the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives. This fiscal year, 42 local public agencies have been awarded $505,500 through the local records grant program.

Celebration for Life slated for Sept. 26

FORT MITCHELL - The 31st Annual Celebration for Life, sponsored by Northern Kentucky Right to Life, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Drawbridge Estates in Fort Mitchell. The guest speaker will be Johnnette Benkovic, founder and director of "Living His Life Abundantly." Benkovic is a TV and radio personality on EWTN, and author of Full of Grace; Woman and the Abundant Life. An anti-abortion film will be shown at 1:30 p.m., exhibits and refreshments at 2 p.m., guest speaker at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be obtained at the door, or by calling Cathy Smith at (859) 431-6380. Free child care is provided.

Voter registration deadline nears

People interested in voting in the 2004 presidential election must register by Oct. 4. Registration can be done at any of the three branches of the Campbell County Public Library.

For polling place location or to confirm registration, call the Campbell County Clerk's office in Newport, (859) 292-3885 or Alexandria, (859) 635-2151,. Information is availableat

The branches will be open during regular business hours on Election Day. Hours for the three are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

•  Cold Spring Branch, 3920 Alexandria Pike

•  Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas

•  Newport Branch, 901 E. Sixth St.

Women's Bible study begins Wednesday

LAKESIDE PARK - Lakeside Christian Church's ReNew Women's Fall Bible Study starts Wednesday. The discussions will focus on "The Vision of His Glory, finding hope through the revelation of Jesus Christ" by Anne Graham Lotz. The study is 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, and 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays, and continue through Nov. 14. Childcare is available. For information, call (859) 341-1160.

Depot park hosts annual Heritage Day

ERLANGER - The 13th annual Heritage Day is from noon to 6 p.m. todayat the Erlanger Historical Depot Park, 3319 Crescent Ave.

The event features arts and crafts, music, refreshments, a silent auction, a health fair, and dedication of the Kentucky Heritage sign.

For information, call (859) 727-7955.

Tickets on sale for Alumni Lecture series

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Tickets are on sale for Northern Kentucky University's Fifth Annual Alumni Lecture series. This year's featured speakers are two former U.S. senators who ran for president, Democrat George McGovern and Republican Bob Dole.

Tickets for the Oct. 5 event are available by calling (859) 572-5370. The cost is $30 for the public, $25 for NKU alumni, faculty and staff and $5 for students.

College offers FAA airman tests

COVINGTON - Aspiring airline pilots, mechanics and others can now take required tests at Gateway Community and Technical College.

Gateway's assessment center will be the only provider in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati of the Federal Aviation Administration's airman knowledge tests.

The tests will include aircraft dispatcher; airline transport pilot, flight navigator, aviation mechanic, commercial, recreational and private pilot, military competence, flight engineer, flight and ground instructor and more.

Testing will take place daily and results will be immediately available.

For more information, call (859) 442-1159.

MS EXPO coming to Northern Kentucky

COVINGTON - The area's first MS EXPO arrives Saturday, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The expo is designed to bring patients, family and friends together to learn about the latest treatments, products, lifestyle issues and equipment available.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features speakers and exhibitors including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, pharmaceutical companies and assisted living.

For information, call (513) 487-4878.

Young professionals host festival Monday

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - LEGACY, the Northern Kentucky organization of young professionals, is hosting a Democracy Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Northern Kentucky University.

Candidates for everything from city council to U.S. senator have been invited to attend and set up informational booths in NKU's University Center.

Besides meeting with candidates, prospective voters can hear presentations at noon in the Otto M. Budig Theater from Kenton County Republican Chairman Greg Shumate and Kenton County Democrat Party Chair Nathan Smith. The two will talk about the importance of being involved in the political process.

LEGACY, established in 2000 to encourage young leadership in Northern Kentucky, is a non-partisan group that endorses no candidates for office.

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Local news briefs

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Loveland sewer expansion moves ahead despite spat
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Northern Kentucky news briefs

One-party rule makes for ballot unevenness
Voinovich praises progress of joint breast cancer work
He calls 'em as he sees 'em
Portman vows not to take it easy
Canton mayor, GOP send mixed signals
Here's how and where to register to vote

School dress codes wear thin
Schools tie for Merit honors
Teachers set to picket
Room and board at Miami rising 8.5%
West Clermont schools part of TV show

Traffic signal flap eases
Liberty Township gets contract Post Office

Bronson: Jazz sax man was reflection of our spirit
Crowley: Lucas gives emotional, blunt review
Howard: Seventh-grader rises in national science contest

B.E. Bruning a repairman and gardener
Viola Heath had owned beauty salon