Wednesday, October 13, 2004

N. Ky. news briefs

Chase students best in state

Students from Salmon P. Chase College of Law passed the July Kentucky Bar Exam at a rate of 85 percent - the highest overall rate in the state. Of 39 students who took the exam, 33 passed. By comparison, 85 of 103 students from the University of Kentucky College of Law passed. That school's pass rate was 83 percent.

State, school forums planned

Candidates for state and school board offices will appear at political forums in Covington and Newport Thursday night. The events are free and open to the public.

• Candidates in Kenton County's 23rd Senate District seat - Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Crescent Springs, and Democrat Kathy Groob, a Fort Mitchell city councilwoman - will debate at 7 p.m. at Holmes High School in Covington. Sponsors are The Kentucky Post, Covington Business Council, Covington Neighborhood Collaborative, Friends of Covington, OASIS, the NAACP, The Kentucky Enquirer, Insight Communications and the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky.

• Newport Board of Education candidates will appear at a forum sponsored by The Kentucky Enquirer and the Newport Citizens Advisory Council. It will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Campbell County Library Newport Branch, 901 E. Sixth St., Newport.

Senate foes' debate on TV

The debate between U.S. Senate candidates Jim Bunning, the incumbent Republican from Southgate, and Democrat Dr. Daniel Mongiardo is scheduled to be televised at 8 p.m today on ICN Channel 6. The debate was taped Monday.

Candidate ends run for council

Kevin Black has dropped out of the race for Crestview Hills City Council. Several Crestview Hills officials said they understood that Black was moving out of state.

Two women accused of dealing Oxycontin

SPARTA - Two women have been charged with trafficking in Oxycontin and Oxycodone after a six-week investigation by Kentucky State Police.

Police said the two were involved in trafficking 554 pills with an estimated street value of $43,300.

Both Vicki Ries, 44, and Madonna Shephard, 40, both of Dry Creek Road, were charged with two counts of drug trafficking and one count of drug trafficking with a gun. The women were being held in the Carroll County Detention Center.

Kenton seeking grant to extend nature trails

ERLANGER - Kenton Fiscal Court is applying for a matching recreational trails grant on behalf of the county, the city of Erlanger and the Drees Co.

The grant would help pay for an extension of some nature trails on the south side of Doe Run Lake, said Larissa Keith, a planner with the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission. The trails would extend from the parking lot to the city of Erlanger's property on the south side of the lake and would connect the Lakemont and the Sherbourne Drees Co. developments around the lake. The grant also would pay for footbridges, interpretive signs and benches.

Fiscal Court voted 2-0 Tuesday to apply for the maximum grant of $50,000. The project will cost $94,000. Kenton Judge-executive Ralph Drees did not vote because of his affiliation with the Drees Co. and Kenton County Commissioner Barb Black was absent.

Applicants should know by spring if they're successful in their grant request, Keith said.

Bean Bash returns to Turfway Saturday

FLORENCE - Northern Kentucky's Bean Bash returns this weekend, from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at Turfway Park Race Course in Florence. A silent and public auction, live music, children's entertainment and food will be offered.

Donations are $3 per person and children under 12 are free.

Proceeds benefit children and adults with disabilities. Call (859) 525-7705 for information.

ACT registrations needed by Nov. 5

High school students planning on taking the collegiate ACT Assessment Dec. 11 have until Nov. 5 to postmark their registration for the test. Late registration deadline is Nov. 18, but a $15 fee is required in addition to the test fee of $28. Students may find more information and register through their high school guidance counselors or online at

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