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Museum reopens Aug. 30
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them to her when they traveled
and she bought them when she
Compiled from STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
open in spring 2002.
Landmark status for Vogue?
The Louisville Historical League has asked the
Louisville Landmark Commission to designate the
old Vogue Theatre as a historic landmark. The
Lexington Road property that includes the theater,
which closed in 1998, is for sale, and the current
owners said they are not renewing tenant leases as
they expire. Historical league members hope that
landmark designation would make it more difficult
to raze the theater in the future. A public hearing
has been set for Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Clifton
Center, 2117 Payne St.
More than half of Kentucky's adults say they
have access to a computer at home, according to a
recent survey by the Kentucky Long-TerResearch Center. Although 55 percent of Kentucky
adults now report having home computers, lower
income people and blacks still are less likely to
have computer access, the study said.
Extreme sports park plans unveiled
Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse is moving
to the former bigg's Hypermarket store in Middle-tow-
Developers unveiled detailed plans for a $1 million downtown extreme sports park last week. The
park will include indoor and
outdoor ramps and inclines for skate boarders, inline skaters and bicyclists, as well as spectator
areas, concessions, bathrooms, showers, lockers
and office space. The park is expected to open next
computer access increases
Jefferson County government is soliciting proposals for use of either The Gardens of Louisville
or its site. The aging building at Muhammad Ali
Boulevard and Sixth Street is expected to begin
losing money this year, and officials see little
future for booking events there because many
newer, more modern facilities are available. The
county suggested that bidders consider retaining
the building as an auditorium, renovating it for
other use, or demolishing part of it and using the
property for something else, but Jefferson County
JudgeExecutive Rebecca Jackson said she would
insist on keeping the building's facade and war
Fiber optics line for Otter Creek
Louisville Mayor Dave Armstrong ended a yearlong dispute by selling an easement through Otter
Creek Park, enabling an Oklahoma company to
run fiber optic cables through the park. Williams
Communications Inc. paid $500,000 for the right to
run the lines through the park as part of a trunk
line it is constructing from Chicago to Atlanta. City
officials originally objected to granting the easement but relented after realizing that the financially struggling park could benefit from the large
Charter sells hospital to Ten Broeck
Ten Broeck Hospitals has bought Charter
Louisville Behavioral Health System and will
change its name to Ten Broeck Hospital DuPont.
hospital on Browns Lane had been part
of the nationwide Charter network, which has filed
for bankruptcy. All of the hospital's employees will
stay, officials said.
New police commissioner named
Louisvillian Ishmon F. Burks is the new Kentucky State Police Commissioner. Burks, who will
be the state's first black to hold that job, will begin
his new duties Sept. 1. He is currently executive
vice president and chief operating officer of Spalding University.
Outdoor music ban passes
The Louisville Board of Aldermen last week
approved an emergency ordinance to ban outdoor
music after 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at places where alcoholic beverages are sold. The ban has long been urged by
residents of the Phoenix Hill area, where the
Phoenix Hill Tavern often has live music at its outdoor bar areas. The ban will be in effect for 45
days, giving the city an opportunity to revise its
noise ordinance. Area residents have threatened a
vote if noise from nearby bars continues to
be a problem.
project gets funding
The Louisville Board of Aldermen has approved
a $3.5 million,
loan to help convert the
former YWCA building at Third and Chestnut
streets into a luxury hotel. Developers said the
loan was the final piece of financing needed to
move the project ahead and they plan to break
ground in October. The hotel, which will be operated as a Sheraton Hotel and Suites, is slated to
The move will make room for a planned
major reconfiguration of the store's former location, the Shelbyville Road Plaza. Burlington is
expected to close the St. Matthews location this
soon in Middletown, where it
will occupy a
portion of the former bigg's property.
sues for contract return
Hillerich & Bradsby Co., maker of Louisville
Slugger bats, has sued a New Jersey collector of
baseball memorabilia, demanding the return of
more than 70 original bat contracts signed by some
of baseball's greatest players. H&B's suit claims
that the contracts, which include signed agreements with Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Hank
Aaron and Mickey Mantle, were stolen from an
H&B storeroom several years ago. After changing
hands several times, the contracts are now held by
Barry A. Halper, a businessman and minority
owner of the New York Yankees who last year auctioned the rest of his memorabilia collection for a
reported $25 million.
Online degree program launched
Through a cooperative venture between the
Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the Kentucky Virtual University, students can now earn an Associate in Arts Degree
entirely through courses offered over the Internet.
Courses for the degree, which is the state's first
totally online associate degree program, will transfer to bachelor's degree programs in business
offered by Kentucky universities. The degree currently includes 19 business and general education
courses from which students may choose, and
course offerings will be expanded in the future,
Gov. Bush at Butler High Aug. 31
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the Republican
presidential candidate, will visit Butler High
School on Thursday, Aug. 31. The visit, his ninth
campaign stop in Kentucky, is part of a
series of educational events and is coupled with
Bush's TV advertisements that promote his education record and program. Kentucky is considered a
swing state. Many polls show Bush with a double-diglead in Kentucky over his Democratic opponent, Vice President Al Gore, who has made only
one campaign stop in the commonwealth.
Kaden Tower may get new bank
Citizens Union Bank is in final stages of a lease
negotiation with Bank One Corp. on its former
branch, connected to Kaden Tower, at 6101 Dutch-man- s
Lane. The Shelbyville-baseCitizens Union
announced last year that it was filing a request to
relocate its main office there. But until recently,
banks chartered in Kentucky could open branches
only in the county where its principal branch is
located. Because it opposed that issue, the bank
withdrew its application in hopes that legislation
addressing it would be passed. A law recently
passed by the 2000 General Assembly resolved the
issue and banks may now open branches anywhere
in the United States. The bank has six area
branches and plans to expand in the next five
Caesars casino takes
traveled," said Flora Cummings.
Williams bought a few of her
dolls in Europe and others from a
shop at the United Nations in
New York City.
The result is an impressive collection, which includes dolls from
all over the world, including a
stone statuesque doll from Greece
that dates back 2,200 years.
The foreign dolls seem to have
a lot of delicate beadwork," Mrs.
Cummings said. "Those from
Yugoslavia have embroidered
Burlington Coat Factory is moving
County looks to Gardens' future
in $17 million
Caesars Indiana riverboat casino in Harrison
County, Ind., took in more than $17 million and
entertained 427,860 people in July, breaking its
own monthly revenue and attendance records. The
figures topped the Glory of Rome's previous best by
almost $500,000 and 22,000 people. The floating
casino, located 14 miles downriver from Louisville,
opened in late 1998.
Dolls from Africa, Russia,
Spain, Israel, Mexico, China,
Brazil and Columbia represent
just a few in the diverse overseas
Williams also collected many
Native American dolls while living in Arizona. Most are featured
in costumes or clothing that is
traditional to their country and
many were handmade by mothers
for their children.
"The folk dolls are important
because nowadays the people in
Europe and other places wear
western clothing," Mrs. Cummings said.
One of Williams' favorite
pieces includes three dolls and a
rickshaw from Tintsin, China,
that are more than 200 years old.
"In the rickshaw is a lady,"
Williams said. "She is a
lady. Those dolls are so old they
are wearing clogs. I think that's
one of the most interesting dolls
in the collection."
There also are many domestic
dolls, including vintage Barbies.
Recently, Williams has been
tionally as an expert on Flow Blue
China and has published several
books on the subject. She also
served on the original board of the
The Jeffersontown Museum
first opened in 1966 when the Jeffersontown City Hall was built. It
was started by local women who
were part of the historical society.
"When I came in, it was very,
heavily Gaslight Festival- - and
Chamber of Commerce-oriented,- "
Mr. Cummings said. "We've kept
the genuine artifacts and added
the doll collection."
The Cummingses, Williams
the dolls so she thought a museum might be the best place for
"I was afraid that they would
be auctioned off and separated,"
Williams said. "They're like a
family they've been together so
"She had planned to give them
to the city for a long time,"
William Cummings said. "I
believe she had it in her will
because she wanted to preserve
them. I visited with her and she
decided to let us have them
The museum had to be reno- -
and numerous other workers
have spent the last six months
preparing the museum for its
"I never thought I would spend
my retirement playing with
dolls," Mr. Cummings said.
In addition to the doll collection, the museum is home to
artifacts. A general
displays antique items constore
residents. Spetributed by
cial cases display military items
from the Civil War, as well as
World War I and II.
The museum hours will be
Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.',
Wednesday through Friday from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday
Creek and Veechdale roads.
By MONICA NEWTON TATE
A tract of more than 600 acres
of Simpsonville land is still under
speculation for its use, but an
engineer for the company that
bought the land has said it will be
a golf course.
The engineer recently spoke
with Sandy Broughman, consulting engineer for the West Shelby
Water District, about plans for
Broughman did not tell the
engineer's name, but the engineer
said the acreage would be a golf
course and asked Broughman if
"domestic use" water could be
provided for five "estate homes"
that are expected to be built on
the property, Broughman said.
The engineer told Broughman
the homes would be for the owners of the corporation that is listed as the buyer of the property,
AKDB. Only two of the owners
have been identified publicly,
builder William Carpenter and
car dealer Chip Montgomery,
both of Louisville.
The engineer from AKDB told
Broughman that the golf course's
water supply would be from a
lake on the property, and the
engineer did not ask the water
company to provide city water for
a back-u- p system.
Valhalla in Louisville is 438
acres and uses a city water backup system during hot summer
days. According to Business
First's July 21 Golf Guide supple-
by LEIGH HARRINGTON
features a rickshaw and three dolls.
thinkine about the future of her vated in order to accommodate
dolls and decided to give them to the dolls and to provide them
the Jeffersontown Museum. with adequate protection.
According to Cummings,'
Williams said that her children
have not taken much interest in Williams is also known interna-
to be a golf course
One of Williams' favorite pieces in her doll collection is from
Tintsin, China, and is more than 200 years old. The display
AKDB paid $450,000 for the
property, which is zoned interchange. So far, AKDB has bought
614 acres between Taylor Wood
Road and Veechdale Road, at a
cost of nearly $9.7 million.
Because the land that was
bought last week is not contiguous with the other acreage - Proc-
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
tor Lane separates the tracts -the recent purchase has some
Contact Leigh Harrington at
neighbors suspicious of the company's intentions. However, some
former property owners included
clauses in their contracts that
stated the land would be used for
a golf course, and former owners
were told the partners wanted a
large buffer around the exclusive
Reprinted with permission of
The Sentinel-Newof Shelbyville.
! I MONTI 1
ment, Valhalla uses about
250,000 gallons of water a day in
AKDB also is busy buying
Check out the Voice Tribune's web site at louisville.com
land. Last week the company
closed on 4.3 acres behind the BP
gas station at the corner of Buck
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