by Michael Monks
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2 BOYS AGED 15 & 16 CHARGED IN MURDER OF COVINGTON TEEN
Covington Police confirmed late Friday afternoon that a second arrest was made in the December 20 shooting death of Brett Thornberry, 18, on Greenup Street. Each suspect is a younger teen. For the full story, click the link.
CREDIT CARD STOLEN IN FLORENCE MAKES ROUNDS IN COVINGTON
A woman's car was broken into in Florence and less than a half hour later her credit card was being used at Covington gas stations. Take a look at the suspect from a surveillance camera at the Speedway:
Do you know that guy? Call Covington Police at 859.292.2222 or CrimeStoppers at 513.352.3040.
COVINGTON'S LIFE SCIENCES FOCUS GOES REGION WIDE
Now that Covington is pushing to land more companies like bioLOGIC which will be adding more employees and possibly developing a life science cluster on Pike Street, the effort is being promoted by a regional entity. Here's what TriEd says:
Northern Kentucky's Interest in Life Science Benefits Your Company!Tri-Ed is the regional business organization representing Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties.
COMMITMENT: Region-wide life science's initiative to establish centers of excellence in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and scientific research.
SUCCESS: bioLOGIC, a dynamic, global life science accelerator, ViaCord, PPD Global and others have substantial presence in Northern Kentucky, resulting in the attraction of multiple Life Science companies.
SUPPORT: Surrounded by a willing, growing business and educational environment in Northern Kentucky that supports life science efforts.
INCENTIVES: Talent at competitive wage rates ready to meet your workforce needs and backed by exceptional educational institutions.
OUTSTANDING: Dedication from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and local Northern Kentucky communities to provide ease-of-business and offer innovative and flexible incentive packages for eligible companies.
REAL ESTATE: Aggressive Northern Kentucky real estate options for life science and office space.
YIKES: FOUR BUSINESSES BAILING ON CRESTVIEW TOWNE CENTER
Even newer storefronts are having a hard time finding occupants:
Tala’s Distant Treasures closed Sunday, Hoggy’s restaurant closed Monday, and the Talbots and Famous Footwear stores at the shopping center are featuring going out of business sales. However, The Limited has signed a lease for the soon-to-be-vacant Talbots space, said Christine Wesselkamper, the town center’s property manager.Potential business owners and budding entrepreneurs should consider Downtown Covington, the original outdoor shopping mall.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Cindy Schroeder
YOU KNOW THE ECONOMY IS BAD WHEN...
...people aren't even dying fast enough:
The Batesville Casket Company is cutting 100 jobs, its entire second shift, starting in March. FOX19 spoke with two employees facing pink slips who wanted to remain anonymous but say they were expecting the move. "We all knew this day was coming we just didn't think it was coming this soon," says a 13-year veteran utility worker.More with video at the link.
"I still got to go through the process of finding out where I'm at in seniority and whether I'll be there or not. It's still heartbreaking that I'm gonna lose all the people I've worked with," he says. The company explained the cuts, "As part of our continuous process of maximizing production capabilities to meet the needs of our customers."
MIKE FINK: DEAD IN THE WATER
The Enquirer's Mike Rutledge had this nice report yesterday about a topic that has been explored multiple times here at The River City News: what to do with the Mike Fink.
Three years and five months later, the 76-year-old sternwheeler is getting cold stares from some Covington residents, especially those living nearby in the historic Licking Riverside neighborhood. They’re weary of watching nothing happen on the National Register of Historic Places vessel, which from 1968 to 2008 was the popular Mike Fink Restaurant. It’s docked on Covington’s riverfront, still awaiting renovation above the waterline and gathering river debris around it. They want it shaped up or shipped elsewhere.The Bernstein Family, which owns the Fink and BB Riverboats, did not comment for the report.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Mike Rutledge
KY-4: MASSIE COURTS TEA PARTY SUPPORT
Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie wants to represent Covington and the rest of the 4th District in Congress. He is already a darling of the Tea Party:
"For me, the government was one of those entities that was putting land mines in the field that I had to navigate when we started the company," Massie said. "The tax code, you had to navigate the tax code. The regulations, you had to navigate the regulations. When you located your building, you had to find the right zoning areas, get the right zoning permit. More often than not the government was in the way and not helping me start this company."
LOCAL AUTHOR'S NATIONAL COLUMN ON CUBA & IRAN
Rick Robinson, whose Strange Bedfellows I am currently reading, takes aim at the Castros and Ahm -... Akmah...- Um, that Iranian guy:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent his Latin American “solidarity” tour to Havana this week shortly after the United States toughened sanctions on his government. It was a whirlwind stop for the president. He dropped by the University of Havana and, after giving a speech denouncing capitalism and America, received an honorary doctorate.
Following his rousing address, “Dr.” Ahmadinejad visited with Fidel Castro for several hours and reportedly said, “It was a great motive of joy for me to find [Castro] sane and healthy” — a statement that makes you wonder who Ahmadinejad hangs out with back home in Tehran.
WOULD YOU LOSE COVERAGE IF HEALTH CARE REFORM WAS REPEALED?
17 million young Americans would according to a lawsuit filed Thursday:
Some 20 million young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 currently don't have insurance, the group argues. When the full benefits of the law kick in in 2014, about 8 million young adults will qualify for Medicaid and another 9 million will become eligible for federal subsidies to buy private insurance on new state health insurance exchanges. The group's amicus brief argues that the requirement that everyone have insurance — the crux of the legal challenges against the law — "does not impose a significant burden on young adults."The Hill
COMMISSIONER STEVE CASPER CAPTURES MOMENT WITH SAMUEL L JACKSON
And Angela Bassett too! Casper is in Manhattan on business but got to see The Mountaintop, a new play about MLK's last night on Earth. After the performance Casper got to meet Jackson and Bassett and shared some photos with The River City News:
|Samuel L Jackson signs autographs|
|Casper says Bassett stole the show|
COVINGTON STUDENTS' ARTWORK ON DISPLAY AT THE ASCENT
The windows are tinted and it's not a pedestrian friendly block, but do make an effort to check out the pieces created by students from Covington Independent Schools grades K-12 on the windows of the empty retail space at the Ascent. The schools want you to vote on which one's the best and the winner gets $500 for art supplies:
There are four ways to vote:
• Email votes to Trisha.email@example.com
• Call in votes to 859-392-3162
• Visit www.covschools.us and, to vote, click on the poll link located on the home page
• “Like” your favorite on Covington Independent Public School’s Facebook page
More art from Covington students will be on display next month:
Fifth grade students at Ninth District Elementary School will be selling their artwork to help an international charity with its hunger relief effort. The artwork will be on display and available for purchase in the Nordheim Gallery, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 9. Proceeds from the art sales will benefit Food for the Poor. Money donated to the organization can buy more than food. It can buy solutions to hunger. For example, $25 will buy 20 chicks for a family, or $50 buys a family a goat. Through this service learning project, students are making meaningful connections through art, social studies, math and language arts. The Nordheim Gallery is operated by Covington Independent Public Schools for students' Fine Arts enrichment and as an outreach to the community. It is located in the Senior Building at Holmes High School.
THE ART OF AIR OPENS SUNDAY AT THE CARNEGIE
From the performing arts center:
The Art of Hair, presented by Wella Professionals, is The Carnegie’s exciting new exhibition celebrating the high-profile world of hair. The show will feature artwork both made from, and inspired by, our lovely locks. See unique, avant-garde styles on the catwalk during the opening reception, which will feature original artistic hair designs by stylists from some of the areas top salons.The Carnegie has been keeping note of the progress on Twitter:
|The Carnegie's technical director is in the spirit|
PANTIES ON THE PURPLE PEOPLE BRIDGE!
Passersby may be forced to clutch their pearls once they feast their eyes upon this:
The panties, found hanging around the intersection of Crawfis and Savage Hill roads in August in one of Fairfield County's most bizarre moments of 2011, will have a new home to hang from this summer -- on a bridge spanning the Ohio River from Cincinnati and Kentucky as part of a cancer awareness event.Coshocton Tribune
"This is so great," said Stacy Holbert, of Blanchester. "Last year, we were able to put up about 4,000 panties on the bridge. This year we will have a lot more with this."
It was August when Berne Township Trustee Jim Carmichael and Fairfield County Litter Control Deputy Gary Hummel discovered around 3,000 panties hanging from the trees in Fairfield County.
The panties were taken down and collected as evidence. Hummel said authorities came up with a couple of viable leads but nothing more.
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SEASHELLS TRANSFORM SUBURBAN BATHROOM INTO TROPICAL HIDEAWAY
"I can't believe the difference adding those seashells made," said Paula Watson, who had somehow been transported from a beige, run-of-the-mill bathroom to an unforgettable island paradise thousands of miles from the Greater Cleveland area. "Every time I walk in here now it's like, 'Wow, where am I? Cancún?'"The Onion