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s s s r THE COURIER-JOURNAL, FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 1989 B 3 Amusement park's rides destined for auction block By SHELDON SHAFER Staff Writer " The auction of Kentucky Kingdom's assets will proceed as scheduled tomorrow. No agreement had been reached by yesterday for purchase of the rides by the group that has a lease to reopen the amusement park. The 10 a.m. sale of the park's rides, equipment and several buildings has been advertised nationally in amusement-industry trade journals and there have been many expressions of interest, said James Goldberg, attorney for the National Bank of Canada. : Representatives of the bank, which has claimed the park's smaller rides and most of its equipment through bankruptcy proceedings, had been talking with a partnership called 227 Plus 1 Ltd. headed by Louisville investor Edward Hart. The State Fair Board this week approved a lease for Hart's group, which includes 65 local firms owed money by the original park developers, who went bankrupt in 1987. Hart's group had hoped to strike a deal with the bank and British investor John Broome, who now claims the park's four largest rides, to buy the assets before the auction. Asked the status of negotiations with Hart's group, Goldberg said yesterday that "there are none at the present time." Hart's group apparently will now have to compete to buy the assets. Maria Partlow, a spokesman for the group, said last night that "we are working 24 hours around the clock to keep the deal together if not to avoid an auction, to at least have an opportunity to buy the assets in their entirety." -oBut the group's budget is set, according to documents filed with the Fair Board. It calls for spending: $850,000 to buy the park's rides, fix-lures and equipment; $186,000 to repair rides and equipment; $730,000 in capital improvements, including $550,000 to develop a two-acre picnic area; $598,000 set aside for initial payroll, operations and inventory; and $836,000 for contingencies. -"If the bulk of the rides leave the state Fairgrounds, Hart's group could still buy new attractions. -Items scheduled to be auctioned include a roller coaster, bumper cars, picnic pavilions, park benches, the Plantation Playhouse, staff uniforms, computers, office furniture : gnd the two-story Crystal Carousel. - ' Interested buyers can inspect the ' items today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at ; the park. The park will be closed to the public and only registered bid-. ders will be let in tomorrow for the auction. All purchased items must : be removed by May 15. Woman held in Indiana jail in man's escape Associated Press ',' INDIANAPOLIS A Cincinnati woman suspected of helping a federal prisoner escape to start an al-! leged three-state crime spree is being held in the Marion County Jail on $250,000 bond. Elizabeth C. Bonvillain, 31, is charged with kidnapping, attempted tfHirder and aiding in the escape of ajederal prisoner. She was returned Wednesday from Wisconsin, where s was arrested March 25. , Ufpnvillain is charged with helping ;Rnald R. Plummer of Williamsburg, Ky., escape from Wishard Me-iflDrial Hospital on March 24. The rjro, met when Plummer, 39, was an inmate in the Hamilton County ' (Ohio) Jail and Bonvillain was a so-; cJST worker, authorities say. -Plummer, a native of Somerset, Kjy., was in the Marion County Jail awaiting sentencing for an Evans-vjje bank robbery when Bonvillain visited him here, authorities say. Uplummer escaped after being tak-ditto the hospital for treatment of a hfind wound authorities say was self-. inflicted. Bonvillain is accused of - helping him escape. . : During the escape, an X-ray tech-' nician was abducted and there was ; an attempt to shoot a Marion County ' deputy sheriff, authorities said. ' The technician, Donald Eisner, ; was eventually released unharmed ' in Chicago. Plummer is suspected in ; the holdup of a video store in Berke-: ley. in. Plummer and Bonvillain were ar-rested when they were discovered ; in a coma under a pile of straw near ' Milwaukee about 15 hours after the incident at the hospital. ; Oak Creek (Wis.) Patrolman John Edwards, who said he found the . pair sleeping in a car earlier, was ; sfiot in the hand when the two fled. ; --Plummer and Bonvillain were ar-', rested, hospitalized and initially listed; in critical condition with drug ; overdoses, authorities said. : '.Plummer remains in the Milwaukee County Jail, where he is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Edwards. REGIONAL ROUNDUP EDITED BY WAYNE WELLS Jefferson County forest expands JEFFERSON CO, MEMORIAL FOREST TOP SJv v- if COLSTON TRACT BULLITT CO. STAFF MAP BY WES KENDALL A 20.5-acre tract has been donated to the Jefferson County Memorial Forest, the non-profit Wilderness Jefferson County Inc. announced yesterday. The group, which has been working to expand the forest, said the additional land brings the forest to 3,961 acres. The addition, called the Colston tract, is off Mitchell Hill Road. The land was purchased by the wilderness group for $36,000 with private dona tions and with some money Gill donated by the Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. Fund. Statue's restoration may begin in June Jefferson County officials are reviewing proposals to restore the historic bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson in front of the county courthouse. The work is expected to begin in June and be completed by fall. Jefferson was governor of Virginia in 1780 when Kentucky which had been part of Virginia's western territory was divided into three counties. The statue was a gift of brothers Isaac and Bernard Bernheim to the citizens of Jefferson County in 1901. Proposals, which also include restoring the World War II memorial and the statue of Louis XVI on the courthouse square, were submitted by Muldoon Memorials in Louisville, Karkadoulias Bronze Art in Cincinnati, Russell-Marti Conservation Services of SI Louis and Venus Bronze Works Inc. in Detroit They will be reviewed by the county's historic preservation and architectural divisions, which will recommend a contractor to Fiscal Court. Journalists honor C-J publisher Courier-Journal publisher George Gill was given Louisville-area journalists' top award last night the "First Prize" for defending the First Amendment. The Society of Professional Journalists honored Gill during a banquet at the Gait House. In a prepared speech society president Rachael Kamuf said Gill was chosen because he has "fostered the freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment and actively supported the spirit and letter of Kentucky's open-records and open-meetings laws." Under Gill, the newspaper has fought for the release of the University of Kentucky's response to allegations of wrong doing by its basketball program, access to records of appeals in juvenile-court proceedings and details of federal investigations of the administrations of former Govs. Wendell Ford and Julian Carroll, said Kamuf, a writer for Business First, a weekly newspaper. Wilkinson may leave hospital soon FRANKFORT, Ky. Gov. Wallace Wilkinson was in an upbeat mood yesterday, and his physician expects him to be released from a Florida hospital soon, Wilkinson press secretary Doug Alexander said. Wilkinson continued to be treated with antibiotics for a urinary-tract Infection that sent him to a Fort Lauderdale hospital Saturday as he vacationed with his wife and son. "The governor was in good spirits when I talked with him this morning. He suggested that General Davidson consider a rescue mission," Alexander said, referring to Adjutant General Michael Davidson. "I would say that he is definitely tired of the hospital." Alexander said Wilkinson also wanted to thank everyone who sent him flowers, cards and letters. Deaver Dam firm cited for cyanide spill BEAVER DAM, Ky. A Beaver Dam lighting fixture company has been cited by the state Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet for allegedly releasing cyanide into the city's sewer system The spill occurred April 1 when Thomas Industries' pre-treat-ment system, used to treat waste before it is discharged into the sewer, failed, and an unknown quantity of untreated cyanide was released, said Annette Hayden, spokeswoman for the Division of Waste Management She said that when the company realized what had happened, it went through the proper notification procedures. The division issued a citation last week and ordered the company to present a spill prevention and cleanup plan, and to upgrade the pre-treatment system, Hayden said. Mayor Webster Harris said city workers added fluoride to the sewer system to break down the cyanide. "Everything seemed to come out all right" be said. UK issues sanctions against fraternity Following an investigation into an inter-fraternity incident on March 31, University of Kentucky Dean of Students Douglas Wilson yesterday announced sanctions against the UK chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity. Citing Sigma Chi members with violations of the UK code of student conduct Wilson announced the following sanctions: All Sigma Chi social activities and events are suspended for the spring and fall semesters of 1989. Sigma Chi will make full restitution for damages caused to the Delta Tau Delta house and return any trophies taken in the incident Wilson also noted that actions against Delta Tau Delta and certain individual students are pending. High school graduation record is set FRANKFORT, Ky. Kentucky's high school graduation rate reached a record 67.6 percent in 1988, a gain of 2.2 percentage points from the previous year, with a corresponding decline in the number of dropouts, the state Department of Education said yesterday. Increased spending for dropout prevention in recent years "has been effective, but it hasn't been enough to solve the problem," said state schools Superintendent John Brock. Figures released by the department showed that 67.6 percent of students who had entered ninth grade four years earlier graduated in 1988. That compared with 65.4 percent in 1987 and the previous record of 67.3 percent set in 1985. The number of recorded dropouts was 9,300 in 1988, down from 9,600 the previous year, a department news release said. Warren official defends lottery lease BOWLING GREEN, Ky. Warren County Attorney Michael Caudill, who was county co-chairman for Gov. Wallace Wilkinson's campaign, owns half the space where the Bowling Green lottery office is located, but he says there is no conflict of interest "I owned and leased property for years before I knew Gov. Wilkinson," Caudill said. Caudill and Bowling Green developer Neal Turner own the lottery's office space. They bought the office space from M. C. Hinton Homebuilders on March 10 for $32,000. The Kentucky Lottery Corp. rents the 3,000-square-foot space from Turner and Caudill for $1,383.33 per month, said Vicki Dennis, communications director for the Kentucky Lottery Corp. Compiled from staff and AP dispatches. An English-style clubhouse is part of the Oxmoor Golf and Steeplechase Course. Steeplechase, golf course to be combined By SHELDON SHAFER Staff Writer A two-story, white-stucco, English-style clubhouse and three swimming pools will be the centerpiece of the new $7.2 million Oxmoor Golf and Steeplechase Course, the developers announced last night The press conference at the Brown Hotel also was a forum to promote tomorrow's 45th Oxmoor Steeplechase. The golf course, already under construction, is to open around June 1, 1990, on 172 acres to be leased by HFH Inc. development firm from the owners of Oxmoor Farm. The site is east of Lowe Road just south of Interstate 64. The 6,830-yard par-72 course will feature seven lakes. It was designed by David W. Pfaff of Car-mel, Calif. In addition, the club will have a driving range, tennis courts and swimming, and the 26,000-square-foot clubhouse will have full-service dining. Joe Lesousky, course manager, said the club will have 500 charter members, each of whom will pay $15,000 to join. But he said the course will have liberal guest privileges. The Oxmoor facility will be the only golf-and-steeplechase combination course in the country. The agreement between HFH and the Bullitt family, which owns Oxmoor Farm, calls for preserving the steeplechase track, which probably will be used only once a year. o At Silk Greenhouse A Complete Selection Of -Ifc-Yowselff WEDDING SUPPLIES 100's OF IDEAS Our Entire Line of Wedding Invitations OFF Large variety of designs I'" USX and styles to choose from. -IfVLj CE -TTj - .(lowers vjcddingt l(Sdeet colors .nuetholdersreauy to decorate too decorations instruction ."Hovvto inbU booVdets .plume pens tory" WtueS ertasststance MORE WEDDING GARTERS Something old, something il f new, something borrowed, something blue. Lhoose $c:001iio from white,ivory and blue. Colors may vary. wmm Bride & Groom CHAMPAGNE GLASS SET , :J Toast to the Bride M and Groom. Nst" 5AW,a Set jl: H500 value 3 Good thru April 21, or while supplies last. 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