Messenger-Inquirer from Owensboro, Kentucky on January 19, 1993 · 13
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Messenger-Inquirer from Owensboro, Kentucky · 13

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Tuesday, January 19, 1993
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REGION MESSENGER-INQUIRER, Tuesday, January 19, 1993 3C. Lotto president says contract dispute didn't do real damage , . - .. - A wintry scene A horse is silhouetted by a snow-filled sky as it grazes along a Questions raised regarding heating Associated Press WILLIAMSBURG - Whitley County Judge-Executive Jerry Taylor contends a political enemy has raised allegations that his son is charging exorbitant prices for heating-assistance coal. Rep. Jo Elizabeth Bryant, R-Wil-liamsburg, acknowledged that she has reported the allegations to state officials but said she had no political purpose. "I don't care who hauls the coal," she said. "I don't care who gets the contracts, as long as the people get what they're due." That's not the experience some residents have reported in dealing with R&R Trucking, which is owned by Taylor's son, Larry Taylor, and is the county's exclusive vendor for heating assistance coal. Under a $19 million-a-year statewide program, private vendors Judge won't Associated Press LOUISVILLE - A U.S. District judge on Monday denied a request for a temporary restraining order to halt a scheduled trial burn at the LWD Inc. hazardous-waste-burning facility in Marshall County in western Kentucky this week. Judge John Heyburn denied the order sought by several environmental groups. "The court does not feel compelled to stop a test which has a public benefit," Heyburn said in issuing his ruling about 6 p.m. EST. - Heyburn said the test was beneficial because it would determine if the . LWD incinerator was operating safety. The trial burn, authorized by the Kentucky Cabinet for Natural Re ANN LANDERS By Ann Landers 1993, Creators Syndicate Inc. Dear Ann Landers: Four years ago, you printed several moving letters from American GIs who had been prisoners of war in Moosburg, Germany, during World War II. The letters described the feelings of the GIs as Gen. George Patton's Third Army tanks made their way to the main gate of that prison camp. One of the letters was from an American security officer who was at the front gate "when that skinny GI climbed up the flagpole, tore down the ugly German swastika and replaced it with the beautiful Stars and Stripes." Well, Ann, that skinny GI was me. I was the pilot of a B-26 bomber shot down over North Africa in January of 1943. Before I was sent to Moosburg, I was in another POW camp, Stalag Luft III. In 1944, a large American flag was smuggled into the camp and brought to me for hiding. (I was a security officer.) We were supposed to put the flag on the ground in case the planes that we prayed would one day come to liberate us had trouble identifying the camp. I sewed the flag between two old German blankets and slept under it for the next year. In early 1945, we were ordered to start walking east Before we left camp, I grabbed my precious blankets and a small transmitter which had also been slipped into camp. Twenty thousand of us walked for nearly six days in the snow to Moosburg. It was rough, but I'm sure the Bataan death march was worse. When Gen. Patton liberated us, my roommate and I went up to the German flag tower, took down their flag and proudly replaced it with the beautiful American flag I had kept hidden for so many months. Sorry it took me so long to write, but I've been thinking about this for four years and decided it was time I let you know. Dr. Martin Allain, Shreveport, La. 'sJ - iiW,'''' snow-covered hill and a near U.S. 431 in fence row in a field are paid to supply heating fuel to needy people. Qualifying recipients are supposed to get a voucher for coal based on their income. The recipients are also supposed to receive a list of approved coal vendors in their county. Each recipient can then call vendors to find the best price and use the voucher to purchase coal. The complaints in Whitley County, which Larry Taylor disputes, surfaced after a Courier-Journal story last week on questions about the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program in Perry and Leslie counties. In those counties, the newspaper found, politically connected coal brokers were receiving between 30 percent and 40 percent more for their coal than sellers in nearby counties. But in Whitley County, people helped by the program say Larry Taylor's company is getting even halt Marshall sources and Environmental Protection, is scheduled for about 2lA hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. State officials scheduled the test burns in January. Two other tests have been conducted at Unit 3 at the LWD plant in Calvert City, and it failed to meet emission standards both times. Two other units are currently burning waste at LWD, but under an interim permit that has been challenged in federal court by the environmental groups. Hank Graddy and Todd Leather-man, attorneys for the Coalition for Health Concern, filed the emergency action seeking the temporary injunction as part of the federal lawsuit. "Naturally we are disappointed Dear Dr. Allain: Can you believe that was 48 years ago? Thanks for the memories, which reminds me Bob Hope will be 90 years old in May. Dear Ann Landers: I just read the letter from "J.R.," who bit her doctor's arm when he accidently pinched her during a gynecological examination. That was not as unusual as you think. I had a trick knee pop out on me while vacationing in the mountains years ago. As I shrieked in agony, my husband loaded me into the car and drove four hours to the nearest hospital. I drank half a bottle of wine and sang old Beatles songs to kill the pain. When we finally arrived at the emergency room, the doctor decided I didn't need a pain killer since the knee was numb. He tried to push my kneecap back, but it was so swollen it wouldn't go into position. Meanwhile, the pain was excruciating. Suddenly I sat bolt upright, grabbed the doctor's arm and bit it. He let out a scream that could be heard a block away. Two emergency room workers rushed in to see what was going on. The doctor yelled, "Hold that girl's arms down!" They did, and he pushed my kneecap back into place. This happened 11 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I don't drink wine anymore, but I still love the Beatles. Carolyn from Calif. Dear Carolyn: What a story! Isn't it interesting how some nightmares from the past turn out to be funny when we look back at them? Gem of the Day: Old doctors never die, they just lose their patients. Editor's note: Readers can write to Ann Landers at the following address: Ann Landers, Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, Calif. 90045. Jim Baumgarten, Messenger-Inquirer Daviess County Monday, higher prices. In one instance, a woman said it charged $95 for about a half-ton of coal last month almost triple the $65-per-ton cost in Perry County. Larry Taylor said in an interview that his prices are $70 per ton for block coal and $80 per ton for stoker coal, which is said to heat more efficiently. But Annette Walters, a Williamsburg woman whose family received a load of coal from Taylor under the program last month, said they got far less coal than they should have. Walters, who has two children and whose husband, Franklin Walters, is disabled, had signed up for heating assistance last month. The family's income made them eligible to receive $95 worth of coal, according to records that she saved. Since R&R Trucking is the only ap- County waste with the ruling today," Graddy said, but he noted that Heyburn did not rule on the merits of the entire suit, just the request for the temporary order to stop the test burn. "We believe he (Heyburn) recognized our concerns about what happens after the test burn. Does this mean they will have three incinerators operating illegally instead of two?" Joining the CHC as plaintiffs in the suit were the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Fund. Phillip Shepherd, secretary of the state Natural Resources Cabinet, also was named as a defendant in the suit The state has allowed the LWD to ASTROLOGY By Jeane Dixon 1993, Universal Press Syndicate Today's children are practical and patient, willing to work long hours to get what they want. Invariably, they succeed! Although associating with the "right" people may be a top business priority for these ambitious Ca-pricorns, they are putty when it comes to their family and close friends. Being highly private people, they seldom reveal their innermost thoughts. Count on them to be happiest and most relaxed when romping with their children or grandchildren. Aries (March 21 April 19): Be civil to your opponents. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by acting gracious. Political action groups capture your interest. Let romance cool while you decide what to do. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Be quick to take action in situations that could become volatile. Good luck affects your finances or a legal matter. A sudden change of plan leads to a business opportunity. Gemini (May 21 -June 20): Tabulate how much others owe you and you will realize why you are short on cash. Set about making some quick collections. Grown children offer excellent advice. Cancer (June 21 -July 22): Although progress may not come as fast as you would like, remain patient. Your sense of humor is a valuable asset. A romantic choice proves surprisingly easy to make. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Some sacrifices may be required to achieve a special goal. Start saving your pennies! Family members will Working For You Messenger-Inquirer Associated Press LEXINGTON - The president of the Kentucky Lottery Corp. has acknowledged that a dispute over the awarding of two contracts made his organization look bad, but did not damage its credibility. President Brian Potter also said that the board, before voting on future contracts, will ask pnmnetintr companies to Rogers Wells provide a list of their officers. But lottery officials still will not know who owns the companies, Potter said. The lottery does not require companies to disclose' that information. Potter, appearing Sunday on WLEX-TV's "Your Government" program, was questioned about two contracts awarded to companies connected to a former official in Wallace assistance prices in Whitley County proved vendor in Whitley County, Walters said, her family got no voucher. She was simply told by officials of the Bell-Whitley Community Services Agency, the community action agency that runs the program in Bell and Whitley counties, that she should expect delivery shortly. When it came, Walters said, the load fit in a large box that had contained one of her children's toys. The box measured about 20 cubic feet Coal experts say that loose coal such as the type that Walters received weighs about 50 pounds per cubic foot That would mean that the Walters family's $95 voucher bought only about 1,000 pounds or a half-ton of coal. Another coal recipient, Jerry Pre- burning test operate on the interim permit since 1983. The state has set a November 1993 deadline for a decision on a permit. Gary Metcalf, president of LWD Inc., said, "We are pleased that the court is allowing us to conduct the test burn and demonstrate that we provide safe services which preserve the environment "Those who oppose this test burn are afraid of the truth. They are afraid that we can efficiently and safely destroy hazardous waste, which is in the best interest of society. They are not just against LWD and hazardous waste incineration but they are against commerce and industry in general." be more understanding if you avoid acting pushy. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Stay alert! Someone who is deceitful could show his hand today. Do not be thoughtlessly extravagant with outsiders. Plan special treats for those closest to your heart. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You tend to receive more than you give. Be more obliging. Penny-pinching should be abandoned around good friends. Someone may tell you half-truths if you apply too much pressure. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): If single, a special introduction could turn your whole life around. You may be concerned about the outcome of a pet project Unexpected help from an old friend will work wonders. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Help someone who lacks your experience or expertise and you will win a friend for life. Romance blossoms when you take the time to plan something special for your one-and-only. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You could learn a lot from a younger person. Show your gratitude. Patience and understanding go a long way when trying to help a teen-ager with a problem. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It will be very tempting to gloss over certain facts or figures when discussing a private plan. Tell the truth. Acting too aggressive could scare off a potential romantic partner. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Whether you realize it or not, you Wilkinson's administration. Potter said he thought it was correct for the lottery board not to know about former Finance Secretary Rogers Wells ties to the companies when it approved the contracts last November. "I do not believe the board of the Kentucky Lottery Corp. should make decisions based on ownership of a corporation or who is an officer of a corporation. They should be making decisions based on what's best for the Kentucky Lottery in terms of who gives us the best product at the best price," Potter said. "If our board starts making decisions based on ownership and limits access to the Kentucky Lottery, then I think the Kentucky Lottery is the real loser in this game." Wells is principal owner of Inter-lott Inc. of Blue Ash, Ohio, which initially won a contract to provide ticket-vending machines to the lottery in 1991, before Wells was involved with the company. Wells bought a controlling interest witt, said his family received a ton from Taylor's company in return for its $125 voucher. Larry Taylor denied that he was making any undue profit. "I don't really lose money, but I don't really make money," said Taylor, who works as county road supervisor for his father and serves as county judge-executive pro-tern. The director of the Bell-Whitley Community Services Agency, Cliff England, declined to be interviewed last week. Larry Taylor declined to say how much money he had received through the program this year or during any of several previous years. His father, Jerry Taylor, serves on the board of directors that oversees Accused con man returned to stand trial in Daviess County Messenger-Inquirer The mystery man indicted in August 1988 for defrauding his creditors is back in Daviess County. John Michael Heck, alias John James Irwin, 40, was extradited from Lake Butler, Fla., Sunday and officially charged with theft of services involving more than $100 and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Heck was indicted on one count for writing a bad check for $1,100 worth of advertising in 1988. But local law enforcement was looking for him on a string of com need a partner who will not cater to your whims. An argument will reveal someone's doubts about you. Progress is assured when you overcome these feelings. Happy birthday! In the next year of your life: Keep your composure when the pressure is on and you will emerge a real hero in business. Those in charge finally begin to recognize your talents. Go slow in July. Do not let others act when you WE WANT YOUR BUSINESS Where we guarantee the best prices --T 5 -cnn Whirlpool LE3000XS Dryer $249 See Glenn or Scott Hoover for special prices on all Whirlpool products 224Ewing Mon.-Fri. 8-6 in the firm last September. Two months later the lottery board the majority of its members initially appointed by Wilkinson approved an extension of that contract worth more than $4 million. Wells also is president of American Wood Products of Horse Cave, which won a $349,950 contract in November to provide 1,000 display booths called "play centers" to be placed in lottery outlets. Potter acknowledged Sunday that the board was told only the price for the American Wood play center and not provided with the much lower prices offered by other bidders. Such comparisons are regularly given to the board, Potter said, but in this case a mistake was made because of "a new purchasing person that was in charge of this particular procurement" But Potter repeated that American Wood offered by far the highest-quality and most durable play center of the six firms that sought the con-, tract the community action agency. But he and Larry Taylor said there was no conflict of interest for Larry Taylor to be supplying coal for an agency program. Though R&R is the only vendor for Whitley County, the Taylors said the community action agency had advertised for suppliers in local newspapers. Jerry Taylor said that another potential vendor had applied to sell coal through the program but had withdrawn the application. Mike Robinson, commissioner of the state Department for Social Insurance, which oversees the heating-assistance program, said his department has shared information about the program in Perry, Leslie and Whitley counties with state Auditor Ben Chandler's office, which began a special audit last fall. plaints about ripping off suppliers to his three convenience stores. Heck disappeared July 25, 1988, and police had little clue about his whereabouts until he turned up charged in Florida. He served the time on his sentence there, and Daviess County was first in line to file charges among several other counties and states. Heck did not fight extradition and was retrieved by Sheriffs Deputy Ronnie Long II. He was in the Daviess County Detention Center Monday on a $12,000 full cash bond. know it is important to wait. Exciting! business opportunities arise in the; fall. A career change sounds good; but may not be practical. Handle-work responsibilities adroitly and: VIPs will approach you with an at-; tractive offer in December. . ' Editor's note: For your ", personalized daily Jeane Dixon ". horoscope, based on your own date ; of birth, call 1-900-988-7788. Your ; phone company will bill you 95 cents ; a minute. in town. WT p.m., Sat. 8-5 p.m. 683-4512 ! 'Whirlpool LA3400XT- Washer

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