Area news briefs for March 24

March 24, 2004

Hospital contract to save jail money

When Boyle County Detention Center inmates require hospitalization in Boyle and Mercer, the counties will save 15 percent. That's under a contract with Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center approved by the two fiscal courts Tuesday.

Medical expenses account for a large part of the jail budget, after salary and food. The contract will affect only hospital costs, not individual doctor fees. Boyle Judge-Executive Tony Wilder commended those at the hospital for working with him.

World TB Day observed

Boyle County Health Department is observing World TB Day today. In an effort to combat tuberculosis, the health department will administer TB skin tests on a walk-in basis each Monday through Wednesday. The fee is $6.


In 2003 there were 113 reported TB cases in Kentucky.

Tuberculosis is a disease of the lungs that can also affect other parts of the body. It is transmitted by the airborne route by droplets of secretions spread by sneezing, coughing, singing or talking. There are no signs and symptoms for TB infection, the germ can be inactive in your body for years, a TB skin test is the only way to know if an individual has been exposed. Tuberculin skin testing is a screening test for tuberculosis.

Contact the health department at (859) 236-2053 or visit the office at 448 S. Third St.

Garrard offers free disposal April 1-3

LANCASTER - Garrard County Convenience Center will accept large items for free disposal April 1-3.

Furniture, TVs, mattresses and box springs, and other items too big for regular pickup are eligible for disposal. Construction material and large amounts of wire, fencing and yard waste will not be accepted. Items will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The Convenience Center, on Hanging Fork Road off Ky. 52, also accepts appliances and batteries free of charge year-round.

For information, call Bill Hack, county solid waste coordinator, at (859) 792-1868, or Judge-Executive E.J. Hasty at 792-3531.

After school program right on target

STANFORD - High school students participating in Lincoln County INVEST, an after school program, were recently named top high school hot shots in the Archery in the Schools National Tournament at the Commonwealth Convention Center in Louisville.

The first-place Lincoln County team competed against students from Kentucky and from across the country, including Georgia, Alabama and Iowa. Students were divided into elementary, middle and high school divisions where they shot at targets 10 and 15 meters away.

Ashley Owens, a Crab Orchard Elementary student, also was among the winners, receiving third place in her singles division.

The Lincoln County 21st Century Community Learning Center's INVEST meets at Fort Logan High School.

Teacher of deaf to receive historic marker

STANFORD - Lincoln County Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a highway marker in honor of Sophia Alcorn at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 409 Danville Ave.

Alcorn taught at Kentucky School for the Deaf in the early 1900s where she developed a means of communication for her blind and deaf students that it is still used today.

The T.J. Hill family will host a reception following the ceremony. The event is open to the public.

Lincoln/Cedar Creek commission to meet

STANFORD - The Lincoln County/Cedar Creek Planning Commission will meet 7 p.m. April 6 in the old KU/Courthouse Annex. The agenda includes a 119.7-acre zone map adjustment to R-1 for property off William Whitley Road in Crab Orchard and a proposed amendment to the subdivision regulations on sidewalks and roads. The agenda also includes several preliminary plat applications and zone map amendment applications, including one for 12 acres on U.S. 27 North to become commercial/professional office land - submitted by a representative of Wal-Mart.

Mercer water district gets money from county

HARRODSBURG - North Mercer Water District has been granted $144,800 from Mercer County Fiscal Court to build water lines on four county roads.

The funds come from $250,000 budgeted for this fiscal year by Fiscal Court for North Mercer and Lake Village Water Association. The two organizations provide city water to rural areas in Mercer County. Lake Village also provides water for some areas of Boyle County.

The two organizations share in the total budgeted amount depending on their needs throughout the year. North Mercer will use the funds to provide city water to Bushtown, Mackville, Phil Williams and Fairview roads.

The lines will provide city water to 10 customers who live on the roads. There are two each on Bushtown and Fairview roads and three each on Mackville and Phil Williams roads.

Roy Short and Gerald Sheperson of North Mercer attended Fiscal Court's regular meeting Tuesday morning. Mike Royalty of Lake Village also was at the meeting. Royalty said the only customers in Lake Village's area that don't have city water are 58 homes between Shakertown Road and the Kentucky River.

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