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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 1974
20TII YR. NO. 44
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BY MI MI LORD
There's good news for motorists
and merchants who for several years
have complained of traffic congestion
and drainage problems in the Buechel
Businessmen's Association (BBA) last
week that the Bureau of Highways is
planning to widen a section of Old
Bardstown Road to three lanes and to
improve drainage conditions. It is part
of a $100,000 project recently
Commissioner James E. Gray.
"We realize that you have a traffic
problem and a drainage problem,"
Aldrich told members of the BBA. "He
(Gray) feels that there is enough need
to have the work done."
Aldrich explained that at Gray's
request he had instructed his engineers
to make a study of the area's problems
and to outline three alternate
proposals along with their estimated
costs. The most complete proposal,
estimated at $875,000, would have
included storm sewers and "totally
refurbishing the area," said Aldrich.
However, funds are not available for a
project that extensive, he said.
The $100,000 project, which was
agreed to be within the means of state
highway funds, will consist of
widening and surfacing Old Bardstown
Road to three lanes for most of the
distance between Buechel Bank Road
and Bradford Drive, constructing
perhaps two catch basins to improve
drainage problems, installing a traffic
light at either the intersection of Six
Mile Lane and Bardstown Road or at
Bradford Drive and Old Bardstown
Road, and widening the railroad
crossing on Old Bardstown Road.
"Six Mile Lane has' enough traffic
intermittently to warrant a light at the
intersection at Old Bardstown Road,"
said Aldrich. He said a study is also
being conducted of the traffic flow at
the intersection of Bradford Drive and
Old Bardstown Road and that the
results may indicate enough traffic at
that location for a traffic light also.
However, he said the intersections
are located too close together to have
two traffic signals erected and in the
event that both intersections warrant a
light, he would "let the community
decide" which location it would
When asked how soon the project
would begin, Aldrich said, "Hopefully,
well try to do it this summer." He
Photo by Bob Rlngham
THE SNOW which covered the ground early last Sunday made it difficult for a
horse ridden by Karen Nolen (front) and Diana McCammish to find grass. But
there was enough and the girls enjoyed a romp through the snow later.
BY CHARLES SPRINGER
Russell Pridham, a
alcoholic who serves as
president of Pigeons' Roost, a drop-i- n
center for alcoholics in Okolona, gave
notice this week that his group is
ready for a battle to retain a house
located at 19017 Preston Highway as a
"We're definitely going to fight any
effort to have the center moved,"
Pridham told The Reporter. "We are
not going to give it up."
Pigeons' Roost, was recently served
with a cease and desist order by the
Adjustment Board when a neighbor
filed a complaint that a commercial
establishment was being operated in a
residential neighborhood. The center
was given 30 days in which to file an
Walker Target Of Aug er:
Leaders Plea For Reason
BY JANE WEHNER
Over 200 people, most of them
Walker, came to the
regular meeting of the Jefferson
County School Board Monday
afternoon, apparently expecting the
board to vote on the proposed merger
with the city school system.
County School Supt. Richard
VanHoose told everyone before the
meeting that, contrary to rumor, the
board was not going to vote on merger
at that time.
He then recounted the history of
the Louisville School Board's merger
request and pointed out that, by law,
the county must either cooperate in
considering the merger or the city can
turn to the state Board of Education
to resolve the matter.
VanHoose said it would be "in the
best interest of our board . . . to try
to resolve these things at home rather
than to leave them to chance by
somewhat foreign body" (the state
Feelings against merger and against
School Supt. Walker ran
high, and the audience applauded
when VanHoose told them Walker has
said he is not interested in ever
becoming county superintendent.
Many felt that the city's merger
proposal was made to hurt the chances
of the county board's appeal to the
Supreme Court asking the court to
review the 6 th Circuit Court of
Appeals' desegregation order to the
city, county and Anchorage systems.
VanHoose told those' assembled that
this was not the case.
(The county's appeal was filed
Monday with the Supreme Court.)
A Main Concern
A main concern of the audience
was that Walker would become
assistant superintendent to VanHoose
under a merged system. Several people
said they interpreted recent news
reports to mean - that such an
arrangement had already been agreed
community center, a term for which
the Louisville-Jefferso- n
Commission has no clear definition.
"If this fails, we will seek a conditional
use permit," he said. Such permits are
often granted for medical offices in
Pridham said the controversy over
the location is causing tension for
some of the center's members.
"We have already had one person
get drunk over whether we were going
to stay open or not," he said. "This is
a second home for some of them.
Anytime they are off from work, they
are at the center."
Pridham said the center has
received a lot of criticism from
Reverend John E. Carter, president of
the Okolona Community Center, for
locating in a residential neighborhood.
"He told us that he was going to do
everything in his power to get us out
of there," Pridham said. "He told us
once that he had found a house that
was suitable for a center. We looked at
it and found that it was in a very
condition. It would have
been a very depressing environment
for an alcoholic. What we have here (at
9017 Preston Highway) is a very nice
Riddle, an Okolona
businessman, parent, and former state
representative, addressed himself to
"my board member" Mrs. Roberta
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Reverend Carter and Father Joe
of the Okolona
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Photo by (lu CDurton.
Everybody's In The Act
WARM WEATHER early last week sent youngsters from Filson Elementary
and on top of the monkey bars during
Ready For Goodies
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Powers,
eagerly anticipates a milk shake at a local restaurant She didn't need any
encouragement to consume die entire drink.
BY CHARLES SPRINGER
Two of the area's smallest cities -West Buechel and Minor Lane Heights
were reclassified from sixth-clas- s
fifth-Clastatus during the closing
days of the 1974 General Assembly
For West Buechel, with a
population estimated at 1,581, it
means a chance to explore the
possibilities for expansion and to take
advantage of the commercial growth in
the area, according to Ed Seiller,
attorney for the city.
For Minor Lane Heights, with
over 2,500 residents, it means an
opportunity to solve some of the city's
problems, according to James Cecil,
chairman of the board of trustees.
School scurrying around, underneath
Minor Lane Heights, W. Buechel
The spokesmen for both cities say
they will probably go for a new
government consisting of a mayor and
a city council. The cities have been
limited to a
trustees heretofore. The new status
also means that they will have the
ability to levy occupational taxes.
"It will be a year before we even
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Tony Ratterman and Martin
fcoetters are two Buechel-Fer- n
Jaycees who have been primarily
responsible for organizing the BBA. Its
purpose is to make the Buechel
business area "more attractive,
accessible and safe for shopping."
Previous efforts of the businessmen to
acquire road improvements consisted
Pridham said his group is asking
that the center be rezoned
Th Reporter's "Pay After
You Sell (PAYS)" classified ads
are getting results. A reader
wrote letter to the editor this
week to tell how the plan
worked for her. See Page A--
two people that are
responsible for this are Mr. Ratterman
Aldrich. He commended the efforts of
the BBA, calling it a 'live
upon by the county board.
VanHoose said that, in cases where
one school system is considering
taking over another, such personnel
arrangements are "the normal kind of
thing to come up for discussion," but
that, as yet, nothing definite has been
agreed to or voted on.
Midway through the meeting the
floor was opened for comments from
BBA: 'Live Organization'
Battle For Site
said that in the meantime, a "jet-fire- d
culvert cleaner" would be rented to
clean out the drains in the area.
occupational taxes, said Seiller, who
was echoed in his sentiments by Cecil
Seiller beamed when Governor
Wendell Ford signed the bill making
city. 'This is
West Buechel a fifth-clas- s
a great step forward for our city; it is
an historic moment," he said.
Gov. Ford replied, I'm just glad to
sign something that makes everybody
The West Buechel ceremony was
attended by City Judge Robert H.
Taylor, Vice Chairman William T.
Dunsmore, Trustee Loy Crawford,
City Clerk Mrs. Clara Crawford, Seiller
and Mrs. Dunsmore. Each of the
observers received pens from the
Governor to commemorate the
signing. Seiller said they would be
framed because of "their historical
The Minor Lane Heights signing was
witnessed by Rep. Dottie Priddy
district) who had sponsored
the bill calling for the city's
Buechel was sponsored by
Rep. Tom Burch (30th district) who
said he thought the reclassification
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Ted Collin r n
Search Fails To Turn Up
Newburg Church Builder
BY MIMI LORD
but one insists that the
number dialed was
Who Ted Collins is, where he is and surely not just a difference of opinion.
One tries a different approach to
why he has not completed building a
Newburg church that was begun last solving the puzzle: "Is Ted Collins
employed there?" One is transferred
May are questions not easily answered.
to the personnel department where an
A sign located in front of a church
that is about two-thircompleted at employee replies after a few minutes'
the corner of Indian Trail and search: "No, we have no listing for a
Petersburg Road says: "Home of Star Ted Collins, I'm sorry."
Hope Baptist Church, Ted Collins -Still perplexed by the confusing
phone number listed on the sign
After dialing that number, one outside the unfinished church, one
hears a pleasant voice say, "Stewart's, calls South Central Bell to hopefully
may I help you?" So one dials again to clear up the matter. After a quick
verify the numbers and .receives the transfer to the business office, one is
same response. Stewart's says its only told that the line which corresponds to
downtown number in operation is
(Continued on page 14, Cot. 1)
Reporter in search of a story)