News Briefs for Aug. 15

August 15, 2004

Lincoln school board doesn't up tax rate

STANFORD - After a year of closely-guarded purse strings, the Lincoln County School Board voted Thursday not to raise tax rates for the upcoming cycle. The board retained the current tax rate of $.38 per $100 of assessed value on personal and real property.

"That would produce some growth, we would have to have a hearing, but it wouldn't be subject to recall," said Tom Campbell, financial officer.

A public hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Central Office.

Campbell said the board had asked the school district to spend conservatively last year, a directive that was followed.

"We had a very successful year," said Campbell.

The greatest rise in expenditures was in salaries and benefits, he added.

Casey school resource officer to be trained

LIBERTY - The City Council discussed the employment of Rex Rader as the school resource officer for Casey County high and middle schools. It announced Wednesday that Rader will assume the duties to patrol the schools as soon as he has been trained for 16 weeks.


Rader, of Liberty, currently is in the process of getting documents ready to begin training. The city and county governments, school board, and the Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention are sharing the cost of the officer. The city was responsible for hiring Rader.

The City Council also agreed to remove a tile in the Segal Wesley Avenue area in an attempt to eliminate a water problem. Joey Tucker, who lives on the avenue, also learned the city will install a tile near his property if he purchased a new tile.

The council also went into executive session to discuss personnel, but took no action.

Junction City sets tax rates

Junction City Council set it's ad valorem tax rates for 2004. The rate for real property will be 13.6 percent, 1 percent less than last year's rate. The rate for tangible property will be 17.94; it was 17.93 last year.

The Council gave first reading to the rates Thursday.

Main Street cruise-in set for Stanford

The Stanford Renaissance Main Street Program will hold their August car cruise-in from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The event is open to everyone. In July, more than 120 cars and 500 spectators attended. For more information, contact Mary Middleton at (606) 365-4518.

Lexington Rape Crisis Center observing anniversary

Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 7 p.m. - midnight Aug. 28 at Sheraton Suites Hotel on Richmond Road in Lexington.

Activities include a silent auction, Volunteer of the Year award presentation, buffet dinner and disco. Tickets are available at the door and are $50. To attend, call (859) 253-2615. The crisis line number is 1-800-656-4673.

VFW post sponsors student contests

Local high school students could win a trip to Washington, D.C., and a $25,000 scholarship.

The Voice of Democracy Scholarship, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3634 and Ladies Auxiliary, is open to high school students to compete in an audio essay competition and win thousand of dollars in scholarships, a trip to Washington, D.C., and other awards. The theme is "Celebrating Our Veteran Service. The deadline is Nov. 1.

A "Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest" also is open to students in grades 9-12 in public schools or home-schooled. For more information, call (859) 583-4416.

New classes on tap at Boyle Community Ed

Boyle County Community Education program is offering the following classes. For more information, call (859) 239-8986.

Basic Computer: 8-11 a.m. Aug. 23 and 25 at Kentucky School for the Deaf by Tim Downey.

Introduction to Internet: 1-4 p.m. Aug. 23 and 25 at KSD by Beth Hayes.

Introduction to Windows: 8-11 a.m. Aug. 24 and 26 at KSD by Tim Downey.

Introduction to Word: Noon-3 p.m. Aug. 24 and 26 at KSD by Beth Hayes.

Intermediate Excel: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 26 at KSD by Clovis Perry.


Casey County Extension Council - regular Tuesday night meeting has been canceled.

Casey County Extension District Board - 1 p.m. Wednesday at the county extension service office.

Garrard County Planning Commission - 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Courthouse.

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