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THE COURIER-JOURNAL, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 1994 B 7 artha Layne Collins' husband in prison at air base in Alabama Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. The husband of former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins began serving a 5)4-year sentence yesterday at the federal prison camp where former Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Greene did his time. Bill Collins reported to the federal prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base. The camp, which has about 1,000 inmates, has no fences and has "multipurpose courts" where prisoners can play tennis and volleyball, Inmates sleep in two-man cubicles in large dormitories. Wearing thaki work clothes, they perform , obs ranging from cleaning the air ase to preparing food for other prisoners. Recreation includes Softball, handball, weightlifting and tennis. Inmates who qualify may leave the camp to attend college courses on the base. Collins, 55, was convicted of extortion and tax fraud last year, and this month the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his request to remain free pending the outcome He was found guilty of shaking down state bonding contractors for investments in his real-estate and horse partnerships during his wife's administration, from 1983-1987. After Collins was sentenced last December, he was expected to serve time at the federal prison at Manchester, Ky. But on Monday, the U.S. Marshals Service said the plan had changed. Officials declined to say where Collins would be sent until he got there. Greene, who was released Monday, served six months for federal income-tax evasion and mail fraud. prison officials have said, of his appeal. Ww3,-eiT5 i m wlfi v t j fSl ill 3filWmfFP T7" a. 1 B2 1 a. A. STAFF PHOTO BY DURELL HALL JR. r Construction workers poured a concrete pad for a motor housing yesterday at the site of Mile High Falls, a new water ride at the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park In Louisville. Flourishing Kentucky Kingdom adds 4 rides, costing $5 million KENTUCKY KINGDOM ATTENDANCE Includes Kentucky par ;tate Fair) mm r 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 AMUSEMENT PARK ADMISSION FEES (March 1,1994) Holiday World $15.95 Kentucky Kingdom $17.95 Kings Island $22.95 Six Flags (St. Louis) $23.95 1 Opryland $27.00 1994 Kentucky Kingdom calendar The park opens April 15 and will be open most - but not all - Friday nights, Saturdays and bundays in Apnl and May. Hours are: Fridays: 6 p.rt. -11 p.m. ($6 admission) Saturdays: 11 a.m. -9 p.m. Sundays: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend (May 28, 29, 30): 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The park's regular daily schedule will begin May 31. For specific Information, call .366-2231 or 1(300) SCREAMS STAFF CHART BY STEVE DURBIN By SHELDON SHAFER Staff Writer Kentucky Kingdom will open for the season on April 15 with a new name and four new rides costing more than $5 million. Welcome to "Kentucky Kingdom: the Thrill Park." Kentucky Kingdom's operators believe they can compete with larger parks for dollars spent by families in the region on travel and leisure, including overnight visits. "The park's growth has been a lot quicker than we envisioned," Kentucky Kingdom spokesman John Mulcahy said. In five years since a group headed by Ed Hart reopened the Louisville park, after a previous operator ran it for one dismal season in 1987, about $43 million has been invested in the project. Park officials predict attendance will be 1.15 million this year, nearly double the 1990 figure. The sale of season passes is about 40 percent ahead of sales at the same time last year, they said. Kentucky Kingdom broke into the top 50 in attendance among U.S. amusement parks in 1993, ranking 41st, according to Amusement Business magazine. The park's seasonal employment only 250 in 1990 will be about 1,500 this year. Kentucky Kingdom has 70 attractions, including a water park. But the park corporation owns or controls about 40 acres adjacent to the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, which it plans to use for expansion in each of the next five years, Mulcahy said. To help oversee the growth, Kentucky Kingdom has set up a design and construction division headed by Louisville architect Donald Weber. Construction of the four new rides is nearly complete. The new rides are: Mile High Falls. A boat with a capacity of 20 passengers drops 90 feet down a sharply inclined trough into a large pool. The ride is billed as the "world's largest shoot the chute." It cost $2 million. The Roller Skater. The park's fourth roller coaster is the first aimed at the meeker set and features a 32-foot lift. Cost, $1.2 million. The International Carousel. The park's first large merry-go-round features 67 figures, including bears, horses and llamas, and a real organ with automated music. Cost, $1 million. Sky Rider. This one, near the bridge across Ring Road, features a platform lift that rises, drops and rotates. Cost, $1 million. Mulcahy said an expanded area for group sales, landscaping, a Dutch Village food court and other features bring the new investment to $6 million. The park will open two weeks earlier than last year for its spring season Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Memorial Day. The park will be open 128 days, several more than last year. Admission discounts and group rates are available. The general admission this year is up $1 to $17.95, good for all rides all day, including the Hurricane Bay water park. Children less than 48 inches tall and those over age 60 get in for $9.95. Hurricane Bay will be open around June 1. Students from the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville will perform at the park again, with three new musical productions. - T ' ' ""7 "TTT""' -" ''.''4 i-'-iC' 'viT?f.' IX - U . 1 i K k -" " h If. 1 ' i STAFF PHOTO BY PAT McDONOGH CAN CULTURE DE COOL? Youths at Westport Middle School In Jefferson County, Ky., were forming their own opinions about that yesterday as they listened to Kentucky Opera baritone John Whlttlesley sing during a 45-minute opera preview program. The "Mad About Opera" 7-week educational tour Is being taken to schools in Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana. Kentucky is Ho. 1 in nation in pot-related! arrests "Associated Press v LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky fed the nation last year in the num-? ber of jnarijuana-related arrests, Wh 1,903, according to the U.S. .Drug Enforcement Agency. ;.' The DEA also said Kentucky's rnarijuana task force destroyed 'more cultivated pot plants $45,232 than any other state except Hawaii. Police in Hawaii de-'stroyed 779,620 plants. Officials said it was impossible to put a dollar value on the amount destroyed. Kentucky's task force of 17 federal, state and local agencies has been used as a model for other states. It is an effective program, said Richard A. Badaracco, special agent with the Kentucky DEA office. The pot plants destroyed in Kentucky came from 9,863 outdoor patches and 73 indoor growing operations. Police also seized 2,345 pounds of processed marijuana, 402 weapons and 216 booby traps, the highest number of traps ever seized. The number of plants destroyed in Kentucky last year was down from 922,965 in 1992, but one field in Mercer County accounted for much of the difference. It contained 175,000 plants. Task force spokesman Gordon Nichols said the most plants 71,870 were destroyed in Wayne County in southern Kentucky. iveniucKy uiiiuui gives cuiuraciur aau: ultimatum iui limaiiiiig icaui jijliii Associated Press ing his letter or risk being fired, labor, equipment or materials COVINGTON, Ky. The state has set a new deadline for the contractor rebuilding Interstate 75's "Death Hill" and backed it up with a threat to cancel the contract if the work isn't finished on time. INCISA U.S.A. must agree by Friday that it will finish the project this year or the state Transportation Cabinet will terminate the contract, Transportation Secretary Don Kelly wrote in a letter to the company. That is the second time in two weeks that Kelly has asked for an end-of-the-year deadline for INCISA, which has indicated it might not finish until June 1995. The project is almost $4 million over budget and more than a year behind schedule. Kelly wrote INCISA on Friday. He said his letter includes a 20-page schedule showing how INCISA can finish the job on the steep stretch of roadway near the Ohio River by Dec. 31. The letter instructs INCISA Chief Executive Officer Renato Boz-zetti to sign the schedule by Friday, or "your contract will be terminated for default." INCISA spokesman David DiBari said the company "is in the process of trying to understand what the letter is asking for." "We are committed to finishing this year, said DiBan, a Washington attorney. Kelly wants that commitment in writing. On Feb. 25, Kelly delivered an initial ultimatum: Agree to a Dec. 1 deadline within 10 days after receiv- Government restrictions on press favored in U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) Most Americans say they favor a free press but believe the government should be able to restrict reporting about military secrets, terrorist activities, violence and explicit sex, a new poll shows. The opinions of U. S. residents were largely in line with residents of France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom, who also were surveyed by The Times Mirror Center For The People & The Press. A solid majority of Americans, 65 percent, said they generally oppose restricting what newspapers and television stations can report; 29 percent favored such restrictions. But 69 percent of the U. S. respondents said the government should be able to restrict reporting to protect military secrets, 60 percent would allow limits on reporting to discourage terrorism, 59 percent to restrict mentions of explicit sex, and 52 percent to control portrayals of "unnecessary violence." ing his letter or risk being fired. Those 10 days expired last Thursday. Responding, INCISA said it wants to work toward "substantial completion" of the project this year. Confused by what INCISA meant by "substantial completion," Kelly pressed again for a commitment in writing. Kelly said the work schedule that accompanied his letter set a completion date of Dec. 31, a change from his previous request that the job be finished by Dec. 1. If INCISA fails to sign the schedule, the state could decide that INCISA had breached its contract by failing to perform with enough to labor, equipment or materials complete the job on time. Next, INCISA's insurance company would have to step in to complete the job. The insurance company could retain INCISA or hire another contractor. ; In either case, the direct obligation to finish the job would shift to the insurance company. The switch probably would delay the project again. When the construction season begins on April 1, the state will begin charging INCISA a $l,600-a-day penalty for being behind schedule. That penalty will be deducted from money the state owes INCISA. Winners of Governor's Cup announced Here are the first-, second- and third-place winners in each division of the Governor's Cup Competition held Sunday and Monday. Overall i Middle grades Daviess County, Mev-zeek and Bowling Green. High school duPont Manual, Franklin-Simpson and Tales Creek. Quick Recall: Middle grades Meyzeek, Bowling Green and Pikeville. High school Manual, Franklln-Slmpson and Russell. Language Arts: Middle grades Aaron Davles, Bowling Green; Meg Harney, Daviess County; and Robin Thompson, Green County. High school Anne Bllby, St. Francis; Shawn Baldwin, Graves County; and Beth Hurley, Dllce Combs. Science: Middle grades Souran Dey, Tatton K. Stone; Dustln Conover, Russell County; and Matt Fox, Meyzeek. High school Pat McGregor, Tates Creek; Shoolong Dai, Paintsvllle; and Justin Hastord, Greenwood. Mathematics: Middle grades Clay McDanlel, Daviess County; Wet Daughtry, Owensboro; and John Hill, George M. Verity. High school Brian Johnson, Franklln-Slmpson; Matt Morris, Manual; and Kevin Thompson, Green County. General Knowledge: Middle grades Anthony Chlu, Meyzeek; John Shotner, Pikeville; and Jack Zlnda, Blessed Sacrament. High school Charlotte Chui, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Andy Gray, Warren East; and Jarrett P. Greer, Johnson Central. English Composition: Middle grades Lorrie Patton, McDowell Elementary; Brooke Pierce, Conner; and Sarah Jo Mahurln, Bowling Green. High school Laura Denlzon, Lone Oak; Jennie Rled, Tates Creek; and Aaron Kamlay, Manual. Social Studies: Middle grades Jimmy Zha, Kammerer; Brian Finucane, George M. Verity; and Joshua Morrison, Mlddlesboro. High school Steve Sheiko, Dunbar; Jason Moore, South Laurel; and Chris Miller, South Oldham. Future Problem Solving: Middle grades St. Athanaslus, Muhlenberg South and Calloway County. High school Manual, Lewis County and Calloway County. (Si "RHJiSTeReopYsl Ixl REMODELM' j I Colston Professional Remodeling Co. 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