Sunday, May 08, 2011
EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-9-'11
- One person is dead after a single vehicle accident Friday in Pike County. Kentucky State Police say it happened on state Route 1056 in McCarr, just across the river from Matewan, West Virginia. The accident is still under investigation.
- Retiring University of Kentucky President Lee Todd gave three speeches, shook more than 1,500 hands and reflected on his 10 years as UK President as he spoke during three commencement ceremonies Sunday at Rupp Arena. University of Kentucky's 144th commencement drew thousands of spectators, and the university conferred more than 4,100 degrees. Todd described Sunday as bittersweet. The university's new president, Eli Capilouto, will take over July 1st.
- The Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker to honor John May and his family on Saturday, May 14th, on Highway 22 in Pikeville, Kentucky. Born in 1760 in Lancaster, Pennsylvannia, John May served in the Virginia Infantry and saw George Washington’s retreat across the Hudson River in November 1776. After marrying Sarah Phillips in 1780, he and his family settled in the Shelby Valley. Three of his sons went on to become prominent members of the eastern Kentucky community. Samuel May, of Prestonsburg, served in the Kentucky House and Senate in the 1830s. Thomas May built a state road from Pikeville into the Shelby Valley and was sheriff of Pike County. Reuben May’s farm on Beaver Creek became Maytown. This marker is sponsored by the Shelby Valley Historical Society and Friends of the Samuel May House, Inc.
- The public will have a chance to comment on the controversial question of where to put Louisville’s new Veterans Affairs medical center at two meetings scheduled for Wednesday. The meetings — which will run from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Clifton Center at 2117 Payne St. — will focus on site options under consideration for the new Robley Rex VA Medical Center. Those include:
* Land adjacent to the existing VA hospital off Zorn Avenue, which many veterans prefer
* A five-block area north of Broadway and near University Hospital, for which city and University of Louisville officials have expressed support
* 4906 Brownsboro Road, a site near Holiday Manor, adjacent to the Dairy Queen along the Watterson Expressway
* 5905 Fegenbush Lane, a site near the intersection of Fegenbush and South Hurstbourne Parkway
* 13600 block of Factory Lane, a site along the Gene Snyder Freeway near Chamberlain Lane and across from the Ford Truck Plant.
At Wednesday’s meetings, people may comment in person or in writing. A summary of comments will be provided to Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
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