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News Briefs: Trucks transporting petroleum get waiver, Reach for Stars event, Newport history

As Kentuckians recover from flooding from recent rainfall and with more rain in the forecast, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas today issued an official order temporarily waiving hours of service regulations on commercial motor vehicles transporting petroleum and petroleum products in Kentucky.  

The waiver expires on March 20.

A State of Emergency was declared by Gov. Matt Bevin on Feb. 23, due to continued flooding in the Commonwealth.

Secretary Thomas issued the emergency declaration to provide temporary regulatory relief for commercial vehicle operators traveling through the Commonwealth. The declaration will ensure the delivery of petroleum to affected areas.

“Lifting these restrictions avoids delays in getting needed petroleum to communities impacted by the recent flooding,” said Secretary Thomas.

While the order exempts a driver’s hours of service, all other safety requirements will remain in effect. Drivers and drivers must keep a copy of the declaration in the cab of the vehicle.

Help prevent child abuse

The Council on Child Abuse will recognize National Children Abuse Prevention Monty with Reach for the Stars to be held on Friday, April 27 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Summit, A Dolce Hotel, located at 5345 Medpace Way, Cincinnati.

Tickets are $75 for individuals or $125 for couples and include a wine reception, dinner by the bite, and drinks.

This inaugural fundraiser will honor Carlos Dunlap, defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, as a star from our community who works to keep children safe. Dunlap uses his platform to help kids understand the dangers of bullying and how to handle it when it happens.

Reach for the Stars benefits the Council on Child Abuse (COCA) which provides education and public awareness programs to prevent and stop abuse and bullying where children live, learn, and play. COCA reaches children and schools throughout Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

Tickets are available online at www.cocachild.org. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jenna Toon at (513) 751-7747.

Newport History Museum

The Newport History Museum will be hosting a presentation on Tuesday, March 13th from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. The museum is located at 215 East Southgate Street, directly behind the Hofbrauhaus.

Sheila Williams

East Row resident, Sheila Williams, like all writers, knows about the solitary art of writing. She’s published four novels and is at work on a fifth. But when her first book, Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, was optioned for a made-for-Netflix movie, she learned about the not-so-solitary art of film.

The producer. The script writer. The director. The actors. All would have a hand in bringing the story to the screen, each adding their interpretations. It’s your novel. It’s their film.

Williams will talk about the experience of being on set as an eyewitness to the transformation of Dancing on the Edge from written word to screen. For her, it was a positive experience overall.

The talk will be at the newly opened Newport History Museum housed in the former Southgate Street School, which was the “blacks only” school in Newport prior to desegregation in the 1950s. The city’s vision for the museum is to tell the school’s history and the city’s but also to create a community gathering spot – and this talk is among its first events.

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