B OONE COUNTY RECORDER
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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014
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Moore defeats Dedden in judge-exec primary By Enquirer and Recorder staff
Youth baseball, girls fast pitch softball and adult slow pitch softball are played at Xtra Innings Sports Park in Hebron. AMY SCALF/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER
Xtra Innings Sports Park swings into a new season By Amy Scalf
HEBRON — A new name, along with new management and ownership, are on the roster for the ballpark on River Road. Formerly known as Rivershore Sports Complex, Xtra Innings Sports Park hosts youth baseball
leagues as well as girls fast pitch and adult slow pitch softball. The park, which includes six fields located on 36.8 acres in a flood plain along the Ohio River, was purchased by the Boone County Knothole Association in April for $185,000. Eddie Hutton and Bill Chard of Xtra Inning
Sports, LLC, leased the property for the season and got a new beer permit on May 12 to serve draft beers along with Pepsi products at the concession stand. “We’re excited about the change,” said Hutton. “We hope it’s a long-term thing and have more planned for the future.” The ballpark tradition-
ally served beer, but the previous owners let the license lapse, according to Chard. Chard has worked at the park for the past four years and was on staff when the complex opened. “We just got a whole new setup for this year,” See PARK, Page A2
Longtime Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore cruised to an easy win over County Commissioner Matt Dedden. The Boone County contest was a proxy battle between the tea party and establishment wings of GOP. In the end, however, most tea party candidates were defeated across the region. Libertarian J. Kyle Sweeney and Independent Pat Wingo have filed letters of intent to run in November, but each has until early August to enter the race officially. Turnout was strong for a primary: 24 percent of Boone Republicans voted in those judge-executive races.
In District 1, Cathy Hudson Flaig topped a field of five GOP candidates vying to replace incumbent Dedden, who gave up the seat to run for judge-executive, a race he lost.
Flaig got 42 percent of the vote. Others: Adam Chaney, 20 percent; ChrisFlaig ty Vogt Mollozzi, 18 percent; Mike Bailey, 12 percent; and Tony Jones, 8 percent. Flaig, 67, of Hebron is a former three-term county commissioner and former Northern Kentucky Tea Party president. She said the biggest issue facing the county is growth, and there is still a need to get water lines across the entire county. District 2’s GOP primary was considered the most competitive of three commissioner races, but incumbent Charles KenSee PRIMARY, Page A2
Historical markers coming to two Burlington sites By Amy Scalf email@example.com
BURLINGTON — Historical markers at the Dinsmore Homestead and downtown Burlington will be unveiled in June, sponsored by the Boone County Historical Society. The marker dedication will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at 5656 Burlington Pike for the Dinsmore Homestead, family home to James and Martha Macomb Dinsmore in 1842 and part of a typical, large antebellum Boone County farm. Another marker, located at 2988 Washington St. outside the Boone County Courthouse in Burlington, will celebrate the city’s history and will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8.
The marker notes the county seat’s start as Craig’s Camp in 1799, and its name change in 1816 to Burlington. These markers will be the sixth and seventh sponsored by the Boone County Historical Society, and will bring the county’s total number of historical markers to 21. For more information about Kentucky Historical Markers, visit history.ky.gov. Boone County Historical Society treasurer Steve Conrad said research started in summer 2013 for the two markers, which were approved in December. Conrad said 15 markers are approved by the Kentucky Historical Society twice a year. The markers cost $2,500
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each and feature text on both sides. “We’re trying to preserve history for future generations,” said Conrad. “We purchase and place markers because we know they will be around long after we’re gone. Two is about all we can handle because of the paperwork necessary to get that in. Even one marker is a lot, but we’ll keep doing it as long as we can, so that people will continue to learn about our rich history.” Mike Crane, of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance and the Historic Burlington Business Association, said he hopes the signage brings tourists to town. “The best thing about Burlington is that it’s a small town, but it’s the center of the county
and most of our county business is done here. It’s neat to be around where everything is happening,” he said. “I know a lot of people tour the state looking for these markers, and I think it’s good for Burlington because it will bring more people here.” Marty McDonald, executive director of the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation, said she’s wanted a marker on the property for a long time. “We’ve wanted one for quite a while, but we have so many other priorities, if it hadn’t been for the advocacy and financial assistance from the Boone County Historical Society, we wouldn’t have gotten one,” she
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