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February 27, 2004

Fire destroys Mitchellsburg home

MITCHELLSBURG - A home near Mitchellsburg was destroyed by fire Thursday evening.

Boyle County Fire Chief Bud Sexton said by the time firefighters arrived at the Scrubgrass Road home owned by Danny West, the main structure was already falling in.

Sexton said approximately 15 firefighters worked the fire, but there were no injuries to either the occupants or the firemen. No one was home at the time of the fire, he said.

The origin of the blaze is still unknown. Sexton said it burned so badly it will take some time for investigators to sift through the debris for a cause.


Blood, bone marrow testing drive set

The Central Kentucky Blood Center in Lexington, will have a blood and bone marrow testing drive 1:30-5:30 p.m. March 5 at McDowell Wellness Center to benefit Mark Stephens.

Stephens, 45, is searching for a bone marrow donor to offer him a second chance at life as he battles aplastic anemia.

"We're asking the community to come out and give blood to honor Mark," said Lora Vliet, donor recruitment specialist. "During the blood donation, our staff will collect one extra tube of blood - about the size of that used in a doctor's office when you have a blood test - and ask you to complete some paperwork to join the marrow donor registry."

Contact Vliet at (859) 276-2534 or (800) 775-2552 or check the Web at for more information.

Former senator beginning rehab

OWENSBORO (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford is undergoing rehabilitation in Florida for a broken hip he suffered while on vacation there last week, his son said.

Ford was scheduled to begin therapy Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Steve Ford said Wednesday night. Steve Ford said his father was "doing extremely well" following angioplasty to clear a blocked artery.

Wendell Ford broke his left hip Feb. 18 when he tripped over a hose at a service station. Surgery at Fort Lauderdale's Imperial Point Medical Center last week to repair Ford's hip was successful. But doctors discovered a blockage in one of his arteries.

Ford was transferred to Holy Cross Hospital's Jim Moran Heart & Vascular Center for an angioplasty - using a balloon inserted into an artery to clear the blockage. Surgeons found that his father had developed a "natural bypass" around the blockage. But they cleared it anyway.

"They said he's in great shape," Steve Ford said. "His doctor said his heart is healthy and he should live to be 100." Rehab for the broken hip will likely take 10 days to two weeks, he said.

Wendell Ford, 79, retired at the end of 1998, after a political career spanning 33 years. He served as a state senator, lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. senator.|2/26/04***

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