by Michael Monks
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HISTORIC PRESERVATION VIDEO PREMIERES FEATURING COVINGTON
...and Bellevue & Newport too! From Covington's historic preservation officer Beth Johnson:
In July of 2011, the Cities of Bellevue and Covington with funding from the Kentucky Heritage Council - SHPO created a video promoting Historic Preservation. We had an amazing production team, wonderful volunteer interviewees and the most generous and gracious narrator in Nick Clooney. We are finally able to bring it to you via the internet! Grab some popcorn, enjoy and then share this great message with everyone you know!
There is so much to be proud of as a Covingtonian! Be an ambassador!
That video premiered at the Kentucky Main Street Program conference which wraps up today in Frankfort.
The City of Danville sent out a press release highlights its three awards for its Main Street Program, 'Heart of Danville'.
in case you missed...
BRUTAL FACTS: SCHEPER REPORTS AGAINOur mayor has laid out the biggest problems facing the City. "I don't want you going home with a sour stomach but until you face the brutal facts, I don't think we make any headway," he said. Click the link for the full report.
BONUS COVERAGE OF MAYOR SCHEPER'S SPEECHBonus coverage from Mayor Scheper's speech. What he thinks about Denny Bowman; How many times was he asked to be mayor before accepting?; And why he wants you to be an ambassador for Covington. Click the link!
SEE ALSO: Louisville mayor asks for public feedback on what to cut from that city's budget Mayor Greg Fischer @ Facebook
COVINGTON MAN CONFESSES TO KILLING HIS MOTHER
Earl told a detective on the day of the killing that he had gotten into an argument with his mother and hit her with a boot jack, a tool that aids in the removal of riding boots, at the home they shared in the 100 block of Blackburn Ave. Beck said she would have introduced evidence at trial that the elder Knasel died of blunt force trauma consistent with being struck by a boot jack. She was found with her head crushed on the second floor of the home.Cincinnati Enquirer/Jim Hannah
MORE: Local 12 & WLWT
VIDEO OF SENATOR RAND PAUL'S 'DETAINMENT'
Looks like it must have been just horrifying for our liberty-lovin' junior senator.
The Tennesseean via Indecision
REDISTRICTING IN FRANKFORT IS OFFICIALLY A HOT MESS
It even has former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo's undies in a twist! (You remember Mongiardo, right? He almost beat Jim Bunning for US Senate in 2004 when the old man said Mongiardo looked like one of Saddam Hussein's sons? Remember?) Look it:
“While many will say redistricting is just politics as usual, it is much more than that. The redistricting plans recently passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor was an exercise in hyper-partisanship that disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of citizens and should be overturned,” he says. “It is this type of unnecessarily divisive partisan politics that further weakens our political systems ability to solve the difficult problems confronting our state and nation.”Agreed.
MEANWHILE... THE REPUBLICANS ARE SUING...
Republican Rep. Joe Fischer, R-Fort Thomas, who successfully challenged the House redistricting plan in the 1990s, filed the suit, which also seeks to delay the candidate filing deadline until the matter of the constitutionality of the map is decided. Also listed as complainants were House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover of Jamestown, Rep. Kim King (whose home county of Mercer was split by the House Democrats’ version of the map), Eubanks Mayor Frey Todd from Pulaski County and a Lewis County resident.cn|2
AND SO MIGHT THE DEMOCRATS TOO!
“Well I’m certainly very intensely studying the pleadings that they have and I believe that chances are very good that we will attempt to intervene in some manner,” she says. Stein adds that many Lexington residents have also expressed a desire to file a lawsuit over the new map, which draws her out of her district.WFPL
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN KENTON COUNTY NOW BELOW 8%
That's welcome news. Check out the chart.
Commonwealth of KY
NEW JOBS COMING TO NKY
Will hopefully offset the lost of 500 UPS jobs. 19 in Erlanger will help a little:
Governor Steve Beshear today announced the power resistor company, Post Glover, will consolidate an Ohio-based and Northern Kentucky-based operation into one larger facility in the Northern Kentucky area, creating 19 new jobs in the region. The expansion will entail a nearly $5 million investment in the Commonwealth.
“Post Glover’s decision to reaffirm its commitment to the Northern Kentucky region speaks volumes about the business climate and leadership in the area,” Gov. Beshear said. “Not only will the company retain its existing workforce, but it will also add 19 new employees and a nearly $5 million capital investment in Kentucky. We look forward to continuing this successful partnership with Post Glover for years to come.”
Hundreds from DHL will really help:
Shipping giant DHL Express USA Inc. is planning a large expansion that would add more than 280 workers to its air-hub operations at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. DHL received preliminary approval Thursday for a total of $1.5 million in state tax incentives to support a $46.9 million expansion at the hub.Business First
A WELCOME HOUSE SUCCESS STORY
You can never get tired of hearing about people turning their lives around thanks to one of Covington's social services agencies:
A drug addiction created many complications in Amy's life and after being assigned to rehab through Drug Court, she realized it was time to make some serious changes both for herself and for her young family. After successfully completing rehab, she knew she would need additional help getting her life back together. She decided to follow-up on a referral to Welcome House. This decision changed Amy's life.
Amy qualified to move into the Gardens at Greenup Apartments, a Welcome House program that combines affordable housing and supportive services for formerly homeless families. Amy wanted to help other people suffering from substance abuse, so her case manager helped her enroll in a program to become a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. As a single mom, juggling school and work could be a struggle, but she stuck it out, and will finish school in the spring.
With hard work and determination, Amy has pulled her life together. Her case manager told us Amy was a model resident at the Gardens, always willing to help a neighbor with whatever she needed. Amy recently got engaged and is planning her wedding. Best of all, she and her fiancé bought a new home at the end of 2011! Amy and her family spent the holidays in their new home, and she is hard at work getting everything organized and furnished. We wish the best to Amy as she continues her journey!
The Welcome House
SEE ALSO: Welcome House is currently accepting donations for their baskets at Mardi Gras. Contact Jen at 859.431.8717 for more information!
GATEWAY TO OFFER CLASS ON BULLYING
At the Covington campus:
Learn effective ways to stop bullying: February 15, 3 – 4 p.m. at the Covington Campus, Room C101.Gateway
TAKE A ROAD TRIP TO COVINGTON SAYS LOUISVILLE NEWSPAPER
The Courier-Journal, Kentucky's largest newspaper, encourages its readers to hightail it to the Carnegie to check out the theater's production of The King and I.
FORMER UK STAR'S MOM SUES HYATT HOTEL
Brandon Knight's mama is pissed at the Lexington Hyatt Regency:
In the suit, filed this week in Fayette Circuit Court, Tonya Knight says Westin tried to detain her and grabbed her arm, causing a bruise, after telling her she could not sell her book, Diary of a Basketball Mom, on the hotel's premises. Knight says she went to the bar to socialize with friends before attending a UK game.Herald-Leader
Knight, who lives in Lexington, says in the suit that when she pulled away from Westin in an attempt to leave with her friends, he said, "That's the problem with you people." Knight says that when she asked what "people" he was referring to, Westin used the n-word.
MODERN LIFE IN KENTUCKY'S HOLLER DOCUMENTED BY NPR
Some things never change. Must-see photos with an audio interview at the link.
IT'S CAT-APALOOZA AT THE KENTON CO ANIMAL SHELTER
Kenton Co. Animal Shelter @ Facebook
COVINGTON BUSINESS SHOWS OFF NEW UNDIES
From CrossFit Covington:
ATTENTION all Undie run participants or people who like awesome undies!!! We are ordering the above printed undies for the undie run. They will be printed on "American Apperal jersey boy brief" if you want to check it out to see what size you will need. I know this is late notice but Please respond to this post with your size if you would like a pair by tomorrow at 5:00 PM. The cost is $12, I am ordering them from the "giving tee" a t-shirt company who donates a portion of their profits to charity.
More info: CrossFit @ Facebook
ARE THESE NEW LEGOS OFFENSIVE?
The classic playtime favorite is typically gender-neutral, but the new Lego Friends line is catered to girls with a Butterfly Beauty Shop and a Fashion Designer Workshop. Promotions for the line showcase stylish and slimmer figures instead of the usual blocky characters.
Carolyn Costin, an eating disorders specialist and founder of the Monte Nido Treatment Center in Malibu, said in a statement that Lego Friends “promotes damaging gender stereotypes and limits creativity and healthy role development.”