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MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 A3 THE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER WWW.AMNEWS.COM LOCAL/STATE Garrard schools look at leftover corporal punishment policy e Garrard County Board of Education is scheduled to discuss school policy concerning corporal punishment 7 p.m. Tuesday night at its regularly scheduled meeting. Interested parents and faculty are invited to attend the meeting at Garrard Middle School, 304 W. Maple Avenue in Lancaster. About 90 district students and their parents have also been invited to arrive a halfhour early for a reception where students will be recognized for academic performance this year. Among the items scheduled for discussion is one that seeks to align formal school policy on corporal punishment with “what we are already doing,” Superintendent Donald Aldridge said. “It hasn’t been something used in a long time,” he said. “None of the principals could even remember the “ It hasn’t been something used in a long time. None of the principals could even remember the last time. “ By JOANNA KING Garrard Superintendent Donald Aldridge last time.” Aldridge said a provision for the use of corporal punishment has remained on the books and needs to be addressed. An item originally on the agenda concerning the prohibition of sythetic drugs has already been addressed and will not be on updated agendas, Aldridge said. “One big thing is, that will still be on the agenda, we are getting ready to go (to) directdeposit for all employees,” he said. Republican primary quietly approaches in Kentucky By ROGER ALFORD Associated Press LONDON — Voters in Kentucky have watched from the sidelines as Republican presidential primaries unfolded in other states. When they finally get their say a little more than a month from now, it may not matter. “These presidential primaries for us are almost like the weather,” said tea party strategist Phil Moffett. “You see it coming. You can prepare for it. But you can’t change it.” Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears on course to collect the 1,144 delegates he needs to wrap up the Republican nomination, despite the best efforts of top challenger Rick Santorum who is facing growing pressure to drop out of the race. The candidates still have primaries in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, Nebraska and Oregon before Kentucky voters go to the polls on May 22. Kentucky GOP Chairman Steve Robertson said the outcome of those primaries will determine whether the voices of his state’s 1.1 million Republicans will matter. “It’s still a question mark,” Robertson said. “It’s kind of a wait and see.” Kentucky has 45 delegates in play. But because presidential primary races are typically decided long before Kentucky voters go to the polls in the state’s late primary, candidates rarely campaign in the state. The exception was in 2008, when then Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigned in Kentucky both in person and with television spots. In the 2000 Republican primary, former President George W. Bush routed a bus tour through the western end of the state in his initial campaign. Some expect Santorum may make a run at Kentucky if he wins Pennsylvania, his home state. Santorum’s conservative stands on social issues play well among Kentucky Republicans, but most observers believe Romney will take Kentucky easily. “Do I believe that Kentucky could still be meaningful to some of these candidates? Yeah,” Robertson said. “But there are still some states between now and then, and it’s just hard to say how things will continue to unfold.” University of Kentucky political scientist Steve Voss said earlier uncertainty about the GOP nomination has faded as the Romney campaign gained strength. “It looks like the snowball in favor of Mitt Romey is growing pretty quickly,” Voss said. “So it looks like we will not have the impact we thought we might.” Kentucky is bereft of public opinion polls regarding the presidential primary. But Republicans in the GOP stronghold of southeastern Kentucky believe the Romney campaign has the most energy in a state where voters overwhelmingly elected the son of Republican hopeful Ron Paul to the U.S. Senate just more than a year ago. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said his father’s chances of doing well in Kentucky grow dimmer because of Romney’s success in other states. “There’s sort of an inevitability,” Rand Paul said. “It was that way with McCain last time. He didn’t have the exact number before Kentucky, but it was sort of on the way to becoming inevitable. And I think Romney is getting closer to that. Most of the statistics show that if Santorum was to challenge him he’d have to win like 80 percent of the remaining delegates. And that’s just not going to happen.” Even polar opposites like Democratic strategist Danny Briscoe and Republican strategist David Adams believe Romney has Kentucky wrapped up. Adams predicted Romney will win the Kentucky primary “in a cake walk.” Briscoe said Kentucky, even with its predominately Southern Baptist population, would put any misgivings about Romney’s Mormonism aside and support him in both the primary and in the general election because Obama remains so unpopular in the state. Obama overwhelmingly lost the state to Republican nominee John McCain in 2008, and polls haven’t shown any improvement in his negatives here. “Romney is clearly going to carry the state in the fall because his name isn’t Obama,” Briscoe said. Advocate-Messenger File Photo In this file photo, Dominique Brousseau poses in front of grapes at the Chateau du Vieux Corbeau winery in Danville. Homegrown grapes and small wineries are a growing trend in Kentucky. Kentucky grapes, wineries building momentum COVINGTON (AP) — Homegrown grapes and small wineries are returning to Kentucky and bringing back a tradition that made the Bluegrass State the country’s third largest grape- and wine-producing state before Prohibition. In 1998, there were only 40 acres of wine grapes in commercial vineyards in Kentucky, but The Kentucky Enquirer reports that today more than 113 grape producers are growing 583 acres of grapes. There are also 60 small farm wineries in the commonwealth. Vineyards cover part of the hillside above Mark Schmidt’s 19th-century stone home in Covington, where vines grew between 1877 and 1922. Late this year, he hopes to be making wines from the nearly two acres of red dornfelder grapes, which produce inky red wines popular in Germany. These modern-day wineries are dealing with all the same agricultural issues as other farmers in Kentucky including pests and weather. Schmidt would have started producing wine two years ago, but birds started eating all the grapes. He installed a bird netting last year, but then faced another critter. “The entire crop is gone,” he said. “And I had over 2,000 pounds of grapes. I mean, I had a really nice crop.” A fellow winemaker, Julie Clinkenbeard of Atwood Hill Winery, located about three miles south of Independence, helped solve his mystery missing fruit. “She said, ‘Raccoons. They got you,’” Schmidt recalled, laughing. “Twothousand pounds of grapes, in 10 days.” Dennis Walter, president of the Northern Kentucky Vintners and Grape Growers Association, said raccoons are a common problem for the new vineyards in Kentucky. “They like grapes,” Walter con- firmed. But he said local growers are doing well at re-establishing grapes in the state. “I think they’re all holding their own,” he said. “I mean, you don’t do something where you lose a lot of money very long.” Walter, who also is chairman of the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council, said Kentucky’s wines have been winning medals and praise at wine shows, but he’d also like to see the Kentucky State Fair become a showcase for the commonwealth’s wines and market them to visitors. “The state fair, it treats wine kind of like it does a prize watermelon. Yeah, you win a blue ribbon and it sits out there and everybody looks at it, and that’s it,” he said. “It really has no lasting effect.” But growth in the industry may be stymied this year, because vintners fear the mild winter could harm yields. “Our crops, like every other fruit crop in Northern Kentucky, is beginning to break bud,” Walter said. “We normally don’t break bud until mid-April, so we’re about two to three weeks ahead of time.” A hard frost in the late spring could devastate the buds that create clusters of grapes. “So we’ve got four weeks (of worry),” he said. “You’re on pins and needles waiting for that one cold front, and the one evening or morning that it’s going to be 32 degrees, or lower.” But the early spring has brought more customers to local wineries looking for outdoor activities and views of the vineyards. Walter, whose StoneBrook Winery makes a popular vidal blanc wine, said he’s bought more grapes locally than ever before because they are growing in sales. “It’s our first grape we’ve ever planted, our first wine we ever made, and it’s been well received,” he said. Gov. Beshear’s inauguration fund has $322K left over FRANKFORT (AP) — Frankfort. The committee’s Gov. Steve Beshear’s inau- report filed this week with gural fund still has more the Kentucky Registry of than half the money it Election Finance showed raised left after paythat it raised ing for the Decem$634,950, and ber event, and the through the end of inauguration comMarch, it had spent mittee hasn’t de$312,381. cided what to do Matt Erwin, head with it. of communications The Courier-Jourfor the inauguration Beshear nal reports that the and communicacommittee said this tions director for the week it still has $322,569 in Kentucky Democratic Party, the bank. and Beshear spokeswoman The committee raised Kerri Richardson say no deprivate donations to pay for cision has been made on the Dec. 11 inauguration in how to dispose of the cash. PRE-ORDER NOW FOR WEDDINGS, CHRISTENINGS AND COMMUNIONS! Since 1971 506 S. 4 TH S TREET , D ANVILLE 8 59 - 236 - KIDS (5437) Erwin said in a statement that the committee has paid “virtually all” of its bills. Sarah Jackson, the registry’s executive director, said state law gives an inaugural committee four options for disposing of leftover funds: refund it to contributors on a pro-rated basis, give it to the state treasury, give it to the affiliated political party or donate it to a charity recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Coal operator James Booth of Inez, owner of Booth Energy, gave $100,000, the largest contribution, according to the committee’s initial report in January. James C. Justice II of Beaver W.Va., a coal operator and farmer who owns the Justice Companies, gave $25,000, and three members of his immediate family also gave $25,000 each, for a total family contribution of $100,000. O. Bruton Smith of Charlotte, N.C., the owner of Speedway Motorsports Inc., which owns Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, contributed $50,000. Is your nest egg growing like it should? 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