Friday, October 1, 2004

N. Ky. news briefs

Wehr to oversee Ky. senior judges

NEWPORT - Judge William Wehr, who retired from Campbell Circuit Court earlier this year, has been appointed chief senior judge in Kentucky.

He will oversee Kentucky's 19 other senior judges, retired judges who are called on a special basis to relieve backlogged dockets and fill in when a judge is ill or on vacation. Senior status judges are paid expenses when assigned a case but do not receive a salary. The time they work, however, does increase their pensions.

Wehr will continue to preside over cases himself. He has been assigned to Lee and Owsley counties in Eastern Kentucky to reduce a backlog of drug cases.

Art contest begins today

COVINGTON - Covington will host its second annual Art of Discovery event this evening and Saturday. Some 25 artists have submitted about three pieces of work each, which will be on display at all the Gallery Hop locations.

Winners of the juried art competition will be announced at a 5:30-6:30 p.m. artists' reception today at the Marx Building, 516-522 Madison Ave. Also announced will be the winner of a public art commission, like the 2003 winner, the sculpture of young Abraham Lincoln that was unveiled this week in front of the Kenton County Public Library downtown.

The Marx Building and City Hall will be among places where people can find maps of the event's locations. The art celebration will run 6-10 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

"I think it makes a very positive and strong statement about how we feel about the importance of art in our community," said city Renaissance Manager Kathie Hickey. "It goes hand in hand with the development of our arts district."

Church to hold Fall Flea Market

INDEPENDENCE - Staffordsburg United Methodist Church Fall Flea Market will begin 9 a.m. Saturday and continue through the day, rain or shine. Grab-bag special will begin at 1 p.m. for $3.

Rented booth space is available for $10. Call (859) 356-5546.

Hot lunch will be served in the church kitchen.

Homemade treats and bake table will be available.

Information (859) 356-0026.

Fire breaks out at trash station

COVINGTON - The Covington Fire Department responded to a garbage fire shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday at the trash transfer station at 43rd Street in Covington, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Rabe.

Rabe said crews were on the scene until about noon putting out the fire, which erupted after a loaded semi of garbage and building construction material caught fire.

The burning odor lingered over the city during the morning, Rabe said.

City architect retires after 32-year career

CINCINNATI - City Architect Bob Richardson retires today , ending a 32-year career during which he coordinated some of Cincinnati's biggest construction projects, including professional sports stadiums and Fort Washington Way.

Richardson was hired in 1972 and served over the next three decades as the city's principal architect, superintendent of architecture and facility management and city architect.

He oversaw the city's riverfront development projects including Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Banks development.

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