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INAUGURATION OF GOVERNOR STEVE BESHEAR CONTINUES
As of this writing (2:00PM), you can still watch the live webcast from KET of all of the events in Frankfort. Governor Beshear just walked out to greet the crowd and has yet to deliver his speech. Click the link or tune in to Channel 54/Insight Channel 6.
SHAMELESS: THE RIVER CITY NEWS'S SHOUT-OUT FROM COURIER-JOURNAL
Love it! Here's what Kentucky's largest newspaper tweeted:
BESHEAR TO PROPOSE GAMBLING CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT
Beshear 2: This Time He Means Business.
He said he believes an amendment is a better way to proceed on the issue than a simple change in current law. “We’re going to go all out to try to get expanded gaming on the ballot this year,” he said. Beshear said he’s working on a strategy and the details of the amendment, which he should be able to discuss in the next few days.Courier-Journal
IT WAS 3 SEMI TRUCKS THAT SHUT DOWN BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE
It was quite a traffic nightmare right at rush hour on northbound Interstate 75 from Covington to Cincinnati.
"The Kentucky Post"
Here's what traffic looked like in Covington on Main Street during the back-up as drivers sought out an alternate route:
SEE ALSO: If you read The River City News over the weekend, you saw that heavy traffic on Main Street is not a bad thing at all. Not only do motorists get to check out all the exciting restaurants, nightlife and retail establishments in one of Greater Cincinnati's most vibrant neighborhoods, but they also got to see the amazing progress of one particular block. For the article, click the link below.
PROMINENT MAINSTRASSE BUILDING FACES CODE ENFORECEMENT HEARING
For that story and more from this morning's news round-up, click the link!
THE DOCK AT THE MIKE FINK DID NOT "BREAK LOOSE" AS I REPORTED TODAY. RATHER, ACCORDING TO BEN BERNSTEIN OF BB RIVERBOATS, A ROUTINE SOMETHING OR OTHER. HERE'S HIS NOTE:
"You article from today 12/13/11 is completely incorrect. You wrote about a dock breaking loose at the Mike Fink. Before you start writing an article, you need to have your facts checked. The dock you said broke away, was detached by our crew in order to roll the Spuds (Long Metal Poles) onto the parking lot to be used in a different project. The barge they laid on does look worn down and like it would sink, but is foamed in its voids and over the years has absorbed a lot of water making it look that way. The barge's buoyancy, however, is not affected even in this condition. If you would like to check any facts in the future about these type of things, feel free to call our office. I do believe you need to clarify your article and post a new one. "
I REGRET THE ERROR TREMENDOUSLY AND APOLOGIZE TO THE BERNSTEINS AND YOU, THE READERS. I FAILED TO VERIFY A WITNESS ACCOUNT WITH THE COMPANY, WHICH IS JOURNALISM 101. IN ANY CASE, THE PHOTOS ARE STILL ENJOYABLE AS AN EXAMPLE OF BUSINESS ON THE RIVERFRONT. SO, GO ON AND ENJOY THEM... AND I'LL KEEP WATCHING FOR DEVELOPMENTS AT THE MIKE FINK.
The River City News was there to catch all the action. For the story and many more photos, click the link!
MAINSTRASSE BUSINESS EXPANDING
Congratulations to MK's Toebags & Monogramming on Main Street for their recent expansion:
With the expansion, the shop has doubled in size, adding more baby clothing and the ability to display more colors of various items. Everything that the store stocks – which includes clothing, plates, pottery and stationary – can be personalized; monogramming is included in each item’s price.Cincinnati Enquirer/Shauna Steigerwald
MAJORITY OF KENTUCKIANS FAVOR A SMOKING BAN
Bet you didn't see that coming:
This report reveals that the majority of Kentucky adults (54%) reported that they would favor a statewide smoke-free law, like the Smoke-Free Kentucky Act. Registered voters (58%) were more likely to favor a statewide smoke-free law than the general public.Kenton County is at least partially ahead of the curve here.
OUTGOING KY SEC OF STATE DISCUSSES BREAST CANCER TREATMENT
Elaine Walker, who will leave the office of Secretary of State in January after losing in the Democratic primary (but was appointed by Gov. Beshear to head the state's parks), took to Facebook today to discuss her breast cancer treatment:
Barely two months have passed since my diagnosis and Friday I completed treatement. Thanks for all the notes from men and women promising to get mammograms because they saw my experience. Please be sure you do because early detection is one of the most important defenses against breast cancer. Thanks to everyone for thoughts and good wishes. Today is a day for celebration and Dorian and I will enjoy ever minute of the inaugural festivities!Elaine Walker
NEWPORT'S VILLAGE DISCOUNT STORE CLOSES
The long-running thrift store is no more.
Reader Teri Meyer writes at The River City News Facebook page:
I have a question that you might be able to find the answer to. Several people I know bought gift certificates from this store to give as Christmas gifts. These certificates were purchased within the past two weeks when the store held a big promotion of if you pay $25.00, you get $30.00 in gift certificates. If the store knew they were closing, isn't this theft by deception?The Village Discount store is a regional chain with multiple locations remaining in various Ohio cities. I have yet to confirm, but if you have a gift certificate, it is possible that they will be honored at the other locations. But yes, it's shady to sell them without warning. Shame on the Newport location.
ONLY ONE COVINGTON BUSINESS PARTICIPATED IN THIS?
Way to go, Roebling Books! That is one business that knows how to engage in social media. But, click the link and notice all the other areas that have a ton of participants in Yelp Cincinnati's scavenger hunt... and then just one from Covington? We have great businesses over here that should look into participating in this type of grassroots marketing more frequently. 14 from Downtown/Over-the-Rhine, 11 from Bellevue's Fairfield Avenue, and on and on...
NEW CEO NAMED FOR NKY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
He comes from Delta, so is that a good sign for our struggling airport and the ripple effects it has caused? Let's hope.
Cincinnati Business Courier
12 DAYS OF NKY CHRISTMAS
The NKY Chamber of Commerce released a new video today following NKU President Dr. James Votruba's speech to them this morning:
Sorry I missed that party...
Anyway, here are the lyrics:
12 Perfect Hair Cuts
11 Flights a leaving
10,000 orange barrels
9 Morning meetings
8 horses racing
7 Businesses leaping
6 Networking Connections
4 division one Norse
3 outstanding colleges
2 New bridges
and a Division one basketball team
10 WORDS YOU MUST STOP MISSPELLING RIGHT NOW
I think we can all excuse the occasional typo, misplaced word or incorrect use of a word. But the repeated misspelling of "your" versus "you're", "then" versus "than" and so on, must stop. Click the link, read the information, bookmark the page, and STOP IT!!!
Thanks to reader Carole Carter for the heads-up on the link!