Regional
11:21 am
Mon August 1, 2005

Grand Jury Continues Investigation

Frankfort, KY – Personnel officers from cabinets across state government have been summoned
to appear before a special grand jury examining Fletcher administration hiring practices.
Observers say it's an indication the investigation may actually be expanding. Louisville attorney Sheryl Snider of Governor Fletcher's office, says personnel officers and others were served with subpoenas on Thursday and Friday last week to appear at grand jury proceedings this week.
And, although it's an off-election year, political fireworks are predicted anyway at the annual Fancy Farm picnic Saturday.
In its 125th year, the event started as a church picnic and has since turned into a political stumping ground, making the 800 resident Graves County community a hot spot the first Saturday of each August.
Republican senator Ken Winters of Murray is the master of ceremonies and he says that despite hot-topic issues that will likely arise, he plans to stick to the rules. Those include a ban on noisemakers and costumes, as well as making sure speakers adhere to their time limits.
The attorney general's investigation of the Fletcher administration is sure to dominate speeches. Governor Fletcher is, so far, non-committal on whether he'll attend or not. Attorney general Greg Stumbo says he will.