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Image 2 of The Voice-tribune (Louisville, Ky.), August 30, 2000

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Page THE B-- 2 VOICE-TRIBUN- Wednosday, August 30, 2000 E 0)m Museum reopens Aug. 30 J-to- wn From page B-- l 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 Policy 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 summer. 40,000-square-fo- ot Ky. computer access increases m 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 memorial. 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 fee. 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. The 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. 66-be- d 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. wet-dr- y YWCA 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 weekend and soon in Middletown, where it will occupy a portion of the former bigg's property. re-op- 65,000-square-fo- 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, officials said. 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. k it 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 years. d Caesars casino takes o ,f 1 1: Tr faces." n. two-wee- 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 H&B 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 collection. 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," s 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 high-clas- MB-" - 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 Gaslight Festival. 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 them. "I was afraid that they would be auctioned off and separated," Williams said. "They're like a family they've been together so long." "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 immediately." The museum had to be reno- - and numerous other workers have spent the last six months preparing the museum for its reopening. "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 many 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 Staff Writer 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 the land. 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- 27-ac- re 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- Simpsonville land to be a golf course Sentinel-New- s ittff photo n 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 course. Reprinted with permission of The Sentinel-Newof Shelbyville. IIOItvN Ell liU! r s M t AXIMIZE YOUR SAVINGS ! I MONTI 1 ment, Valhalla uses about 250,000 gallons of water a day in the summer. AKDB also is busy buying Check out the Voice Tribune's web site at land. 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