School bus driverwins $250,000
A Fayette County Schools bus driver has won $250,000 on a Georgia Lottery ticket that he bought in February. Michael Johnson, 41, apparently forgot about the ticket and carried it around in his wallet for months until he recently visited the Georgia Lottery Web site and found he'd won. But in a statement released by the Georgia Lottery, he said he "didn't scream" when he realized he'd won. "I called my wife and invited her to lunch. She didn't say much. She just started crying." According to Georgia Lottery officials, Johnson and his wife, Heather, have three children and plan to "make the most" of their windfall. Georgia officials said Johnson bought the winning Quik Pik ticket in Marietta, Ga., while on a trip.
Frankfort woman is injuredin motorcycle crash
A Frankfort woman was seriously injured Tuesday night in a wreck on U.S. 60 when a car turned in front of the motorcycle on which she was a passenger, police said. Bevin Robin Penn, 39, was in critical condition at University of Kentucky Hospital on Wednesday. A blue 1998 Ford Taurus driven by Lora L. Garrison, 27, of Frankfort, was traveling east on U.S. 60 when she attempted to make a left turn onto Linden Avenue. Garrison, who was not injured, turned into the path of a 1999 Suzuki motorcycle that Charles A. Smither, 38, of Frankfort was driving west about 7:15 p.m., police said. Smither was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. Smither and Penn were not wearing helmets, police said. Frankfort police ask that anyone who saw the wreck call Capt. Ray Kinney or Officer Thomas Schmidt at (502) 875-8523.
Teen ignites book drive
A Kentucky elementary school, devastated by flooding, is about to get boxes of books to restock its library. Flash flooding last month in Breathitt County left Rousseau Elementary School with water above its doors. Books in the library were ruined. The 85 students had to finish the school year at other schools. About 150 miles northwest, at Simon Kenton High School in Independence, senior Amanda Lukas saw pictures of the damage and began a book drive. She told The Kentucky Enquirer that she always wants to help people. On Wednesday, more than 20 boxes of donated books will be delivered to Breathitt County for the school.
Child recovering after train wreck at zoo
A hospital spokesman says the condition of a toddler injured when a miniature train derailed at the Louisville Zoo is improving. Brian Rublein, a spokesman for Kosair Children's Hospital, said Wednesday the 21-month-old girl's condition had been upgraded from serious to fair. The child was one of 22 people injured Monday when three open-air train cars and the engine fell off the tracks. The train ride, which loops 2 miles around the zoo, remains closed as state officials investigate.
Staff, wire reports