News briefs for May 14

May 14, 2004

Church plans pig roast Saturday

First Christian Church, Lexington Road, will host a pig roast from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday on the church grounds.

Games, food and live music are planned. Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children.

Weight loss class offered

McDowell Wellness Center now offers a 12-week program that will help individuals lose weight and learn the skills to keep the weight off long term.

The Health Management Resources Weight Management Program is an intensive diet and lifestyle education program that is unlike other weight loss programs.


Free orientation sessions will be noon Thursday and May 27, June 3 and 17; and 5 p.m. May 24 and 31 and June 7 and 14.

Each orientation session will be held at McDowell Wellness Center, 1107 Ben Ali Drive near Food Lion, and lasts one hour.

The HMR program teaches individuals how to eat properly and exercise in order to lose weight. HMR is a complete weight and health management program that provides decision-free dieting to participants.

For more information, call (859) 936-9355.

Anniversary celebration set

PERRYVILLE - The Brotherhood of First Baptist Church in Perryville will celebrate its 37th anniversary Sunday. The Rev. Jackie Robinson and Valley Peace Baptist Church of Dayton, Ohio, will be the guests for the 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. worship services. Dinner will be served between the morning and afternoon services.

Citizen suggests P&Z in Junction

JUNCTION CITY- The city should have its own planning and zoning commission, Lawrence Kendrick told the City Council Thursday.

Some council members seemed to think Kendrick was upset about a $100 fine assessed to First Baptist Church here because it started work before it received a zoning permit.

Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission had assessed a fine that was double the $2,200 permit fee, but it was appealed and the Board of Adjustments reduced it to $100.

Kendrick said he wasn't there to talk about that; however, he did make the point that the independent P&Z wouldn't charge nonprofits fees.

Several council members told Kendrick that the city can't afford its own P&Z, and that the restrictions in place keep the city from looking like neighboring counties.

Junction OKs reservation fee

JUNCTION CITY - To use the city park kitchen and pavilion will cost residents a $25 reservation fee.

People can still use just the pavilion for free, unless someone has reserved it.

Mayor G.G. Harmon said he would make sure that if it is reserved, a sign is posted.

The park already has reservations in June. Those people will not be asked to pay, the City Council decided. Any new reservations, starting today, will cost $25.

Council member Roberta Zeller brought the issue up, saying that since there have been improvements to the kitchen, a new refrigerator and stove, she thought it was time to keep closer tabs on it like is done at the community center.

Junction City park vandalized

JUNCTION CITY - The city suspects there are some amateur pyrotechnicians on the loose.

Someone has melted the supposedly indestructible benches at the city park and tried to catch the bathroom on fire.

Mayor G.G. Harmon is on the look out for the culprits, who he suspects are the same couple of kids. He said he knows they used a spray paint can and a lighter to do the deed.

The City Council asked all the neighbors of the park to work together to keep an eye out for people that are vandalizing the park.

Councilman Dewayne Taylor suggested that the city buy security cameras to catch the kids that tried to set the bathroom on fire.

Blood drive set for Sunday

Central Kentucky Blood Center will have a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church.

Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.

Liberty firm gets hospital contract

LIBERTY - Clay Hoskins Construction Corp. of Liberty was awarded a $486,884 contract Tuesday to build an addition and remodel the Casey County Primary Care Clinic.

The Casey County Hospital Board of Trustees had looked at two of five bids submitted last week for the work and narrowed it down between Hoskins and Branscum Construction Co. of Russell Springs, which bid $618,750.

Hospital Administrator Rusty Tungate said the bids were similar in details and the board chose the lowest price.

Work will begin immediately after approval has been given by the state, he said.

The expansion will double the length of the clinic, making the building 56 feet by 168 feet. The old section will get a new floor, larger waiting room and complete renovation. Part of the new section will be used for clinic space and purchasing and medical records. It will have a brick exterior. In other matters, the hospital board heard the audit report showed net income for the year ending June 30, 2003, was $314,861 when the hospital was still under lease with Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia.

Garrard buys equipment

LANCASTER - Garrard County Fiscal Court voted to buy a tractor and mower Thursday.

The John Deere tractor and Tiger mower will cost the county $56,760. The magistrates said that since it will save the county nearly $20,000 in spraying costs a year, it will eventually pay for itself.

The decision to buy the equipment came after the court heard a proposal from a sales representative from Indiana Monday night for a similar tractor and mower for nearly $59,000.

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