Serving Southeastern Suburban
Louisville and Jciferson CGunty
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1973
To See Freeway Plans
BY JANE WEIINER
hearing conference with
leaden Monday is any
indication, ttate highway officials will not
face heavy opposition to their plan for
the section of the Jefferson Freeway in
the Okolona area.
The meeting prefaced the design
public hearing set for this Thursday, Dec.
13, at 7 pjn. iri the Southern High School
The project runs a distance of 329
miles, from a point about 7,000 feet west
of the Kentucky Turnpike to a point
Attending the meeting were state Sen.
of the OkcJona Community
Robert Aldrich, District Five engineer
with the state Bureau of Highways, told
those assembled the purpose of the
gathering was to "alert the people who
are influential and concerned in the
particular area" where the project is
Council; the Rev. John Carter, Council
and pastor of the Okolona
Baptist Church; Mrs. Mattie Ellen Lawson
of the Okolona Woman's Club; the Rev.
William Morris, pastor of Cooper
Memorial Methodist Church, and Robert
Coffey, on the church's board of trustees.
Also present were representatives of
the Louisville Automobile Association
"If possible, we're seeking your
support for this particular project," he
and the Louisville-Jefferso- n
Planning Commission. '
The current plan's major impact would
come between the proposed Kentucky
Turnpike interchange and the Preston
Highway interchange. In all, 160
households would be displaced, many in
the Silver Heights neighborhood south of
the proposed right of way near the
Major concerns of those at the
Monday meeting revolved around two of
the design features.
First, the Preston-Freewa- y
would include controlled access from a
relocated Glen Rose Drive intersection
north of the interchange on Preston,
south to Cooper Chapel Road.
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JOIINNY STRONG receives a gift from Santa at the annual Christmas party for children from St. Joseph Catholic Orphans Home
and Spring Meadows Children's Home. The party was given by the 33S8 Reception Station of the Army Reserve's 100th Division
at Bowman Field last Sunday. About 80 children attended the festivities which consisted of a meal, puppet shows, cartoons and,
of course, a visit from old Saint Nick.
Few Attend Meeting On Buechel Park
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uic meciing. If. man i gci any rcsuiu.
After a brief delay, Noel Thompson,
BY CHARLES SPRINGER
Ten people showed up Monday night
for a planning session on Buechel ParV.
Four were residents, four were offlcUL
from the Metropolitan Park and
Recreation Board, and the other two
were newspaper reporters.
Mrs. Helen Breeden, one of the
residents, was obviously embarrassed by
the small turnout. "Since I don't have
any kids, I am not sure that I am one of
the people who should be here," she said.
"I'm ashamed that we den't have more
Mike Spain, who is given credit for the
idea of the park, got on the phone and
tried to call a few residents to get them to
recreation services manager for the Parks
Dept., said he believed the meeting
"What we're really here for tonight is
to get an input from Buechel residents as
to what kind of recreational services and
facilities you would like to see in the
park," Thompson said.
What followed was largely a dialogue
between Thompson and Spain about the
located southeast of the intersection of
Bardstown Road and the Southern
"The first thing I think we would like
to see is a covered pavillion where we can
have community activities," Spain said.
"It would be a
like the old bandstands they used to
Thompson said he understood there
was a lot of interest in Buechel that the
park contain facilities for the
"I think we would like to see this,"
Spain said. "And we also would like to
have something such as a nature trail for
Creek Jaycees, of
The Buechel-Fewhich Thompson and Spain are members,
have asked the Parks Dept. to consider
facilities for the handicapped in the new
"Other ideas," Spain said, "would be a
small picnic area and a ballfield big
enough for Little League teams."
Bob Douglass, regional manager for
the Parks Dept., pointed out that such a
field could be used for football and
"Another big item would be two
tennis courts," Spain said. "I don't like to
play tennis myself but there arc a lot of
people out here who do."
Mrs. Leslie Bridges, a Buechel Terrace
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Youth Center Board To Seek Blacks
BY MIMI LORD
Jefferson County residents seeking a
"million dollar youth center" agreed at a
meeting Monday night to seek black
representation on their board of
directors. The center foundation is in the
process of broadening its base and hopes
to find publicly-oriente- d
persons who can
contribute to the project.
Although the black population is small
in the area to be served by the center,
foundation members expressed a desire to
have more black participation.
The proposed center would serve the
residents of approximately 35 square
miles bordered on the north by
Breckinridge Lane and Taylorsville Road;
on the west by Shepherdsville Road and
on the south and east by the county lines,
Havirlg limited funds, the foundation
members agreed that they should seek the
cheapest way possible to have the copy
set and the brochure published without
The eight-pag- e
the concept of the proposed center, will
be sent to numerous foundations and
businesses throughout the US. in an
effort to raise funds for the project
Besides providing the area with various
recreational facilities, the center would
house a social laboratory where youths'
changing recreational preferences would
be recorded and analyzed.
A promotional brochure for the center
should be ready for publication by the
end of this week. Bleick von Bleicken,
director of the foundation, said he had
received word from artist Peter Gall that
the finished illustrations would be
submitted by tomorrow (Thursday).
BY MARY MUSICK
Mark O'Brien doesn't really expect the
walls to start tumbling once he goes to
In fact, somewhat of a
the new 'representative from Jefferson
County's 31st district claims not even to
own a small horn.
O'Brien's district includes Hikes Point,
Jeffersontown, and about half of Fem
hard work and an open mind. That's still
his plan although he knows there's not a
lot of freshman legislator is apt to
His first bill Is likely to deal with
zoning as that is a major problem in the
31st district. However, O'Brien says he
has yet to check whether a zoning bill has
and, if so, whether
it might be one he could simply support
or add an amendment to.
Favors Capital Punishment
He says he would support legislative
the death penalty and
bring about certain changes in the welfare
system. He is also In favor of a proposed
bill that would allow either parent to sign
a youth's driving permit. At present only
the father can.
The new legislator says he really
doesn't believe he was elected to think
for the people In his district. He is
considering the possibility of holding
Saturday breakfasts giving him the chance
to both listen to and talk with the voters.
To O'Brien, lobbyists are yet another
source of information and opinion. They
must be able to answer what their bill can
actually accomplish, its advantages,
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O'Brien talks a lot about the intent of
the legislature and believes that the new
members will be especially concerned
with "upgrading the assembly and doing a
good job." He knows that he could
grandstand while in Frankfort supporting
only popular bills and introducing
at Pleasure Ridge Park
Vocational School. Lockhart said the
quality of the work done by the school
excellent and that only a minimal fee
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BY CHARLES SPRINGER
As managing director of the Kentucky
Motor Transport Association, Paul Young
Mark O'Brien Explores His Role
As Legislator For 31st District
suggested the possibility of having the
work done by the graphic arts
INCLUDED to the Jefferson Freeway design to be reviewed at a public hearing
Thursday is this section of Preston Highway. Preston will be
Glen Rose Drive to Cooper Chapel Road, which will
will be controlled access from
cut off the entrance to Cooper Memorial Methodist Church. The plan Includes
construction of a road for about 1,000 feet directly across from Cooper Chapel
Road, and a frontage road serving the church and other properties. A further
extension of Kurtz Lane is a possibility. Exit ramps 1 and 5 would permit left turns
sacrificing quality. Don Lockhart, a
counselor at Carrithcrs Middle School,
Lot Of Tree
represents more than 560 trucking
companies throughout the state.
The primary business of the KMTA,
according to Young, is to conduct public
relations programs with industry, present
educational and safety programs for
drivers, investigate claims, and represent
the truckers in Frankfort and
"One of the biggest advantages of
belonging to the KMTA is its lobbying
power," Young said. "But after seeing
what happened last week, it appears as
though we are not- - as effective as one
He was referring to action taken by
truckers in Pennsylvania and Ohio which
east-weinterstate highways. This led to
a meeting between Teamsters Union
President Frank Fitzsimmons and
Photo by Gil Counon
TINY Jamie Middleton, 2 years old, takes a look at a big Christmas tree (for him) at
a lot manned by the Okolona Jaycees on Preston Highway. With him is his dad
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