by Michael Monks
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COVINGTON HOME SALES EXPECTED TO SLIDE 4.2%
In a sign that the housing market continues to drag, home sales here in our hometown are projected to be down in 2012. The Business Courier sites analysis by HousingPredictor.com:
Covington is expected to post a 4.2 percent decline, according to the site.
The home sale prices in the Cincinnati market are forecast to decline 1.9 percent by year’s end.
DO NOT LET THAT HOUSING NEWS DEPRESS YOU! Covington has many great properties at shockingly low prices. Families and singles alike can grow their dreams here -- all you have to do is take a chance on Covington, a City that is happy to take a chance on you with unique assistance for qualified first-time buyers. Check out Make Covington Home for details.
SEE ALSO: Meanwhile, the Kentucky Housing Corporation is offering its lowest rates in the 40 years of its existence:
“With rates this low and down payment and closing costs assistance, Kentuckians who thought they would not be able to own a home now have an opportunity,” said Gov. Beshear. “I encourage potential homeowners to contact KHC to learn more about this unique financing opportunity. These low rates will not last.”
For a limited time, rates are as low as 3.375 percent, with a 30-year, fixed-rate term. KHC also has a program for down payment and closing costs assistance with a special rate of 3.625 percent.
KHC works with customers to simplify the home purchasing process. Buyers work with a network of KHC-approved lenders and banking institutions that help the buyer throughout the purchasing process. There are also over 1,000 KHC-certified real estate agents that are committed to helping their buyers find affordable home-financing solutions. A list of lenders and real estate agents is available on KHC’s website atwww.KYHousing.org.
Click the link for more information.
ANOTHER COVINGTON BUILDING TO BE PUT TO GOOD 'REUSE'
It was built as 4th District School and for its final days as an educational institution, it was known as Thomas Edison Elementary. Now, it's home. Or will be. This morning at 11:00AM a ribbon-cutting will take place for the 26-unit apartment building. Here are details to get on the waiting list if you'd like to live in a classroom:
14 One Bedroom: $450/month8 Two Bedroom: $550/month4 Three Bedroom: $650/monthBe the first to rent at Thomas Edison School Apartments - Join our waiting list today!Contact us at 859-445-6119!
The River City News will be at the ribbon-cutting and will have pictures this afternoon.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF COPPER THEFT
This growing crime is dangerous for everyone involved -- and the punishments need to be tougher. Check out this video on copper theft.
Produced by American Electric Power.
COVINGTON POLICE OFFICER GETS AWARD FROM GOVERNOR
Specialist Robert Fulton was given the Governor's Award for his number of DUI arrests:
Specialist Fulton had the most DUI arrests on the Covington Police Department. He was also recognized for having the second highest number of arrests across the State of Kentucky for departments between 51 and 150 officers. In a release, Covington Police said "We are very proud of this officer and his dedication to keeping the streets of Covington safe from individuals whose driving may be impaired due to substance abuse."Congratulations!
TOYS FOR TOTS SUSPECTED THIEF ASKS YOU TO RESPECT HIS PRIVACY
Seriously. Granted, he's only charged with stealing toys from needy kids, but still. This crime has pissed people off. And it pisses me off that you brought your loot back to Covington!
Suspect Jessie Simpson and his uncle, Nathan Rose, are charged with receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence in Kentucky. They also face charges in Ohio. Simpson is currently out on bond and after the hearing asked for privacy for him and his family. "Right now I have no comment for any questions for the time being. If you could please respect that and respect my family. None of us have no comment of any of it," said Simpson.None of us have no comment. Can we please add a grammar charge? Video of these comments at the link.
COVINGTON INMATE RELEASED IN PROGRAM SPEAKS OUT
Interesting story by Brad Underwood at FOX 19:
"I'm actually trying to change my life," released inmate David Roseberry II said. "I just made a bad decision and they're trying to say we're bad people for making bad decisions." Roseberry, who was incarcerated for drug related charges, argues that the law is a benefit to society. "You have the freedom of being out here and making money and going to school or doing what you can to better your life to where in there you're costing the state money," Roseberry said. Roseberry ended his home incarceration Tuesday, but says the oversight will continue. He says while inmates are freed from incarceration, they still must report to a parole officer and undergo continued drug testing.Video with comments from Roseberry and Kenton Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders at the link.
FOX 19/Brad Underwood
SEE ALSO: Rob Sanders formally filed to run for reelection:
KYprosecutor Rob Sanders
It's official! Filed my paperwork today to run fo re-election! Looking forward to another 6 yrs of serving Kenton County & the Commonwealth!
DID THE HOLIDAY PLAY A ROLE IN MONDAY'S TRAFFIC MESS?
It seems that the combination of low temperatures, snow, ice and a belated New Year holiday was the perfect storm on the roads:
The wounded road warriors from yesterday's battle needed some help to get around today. At FBC Auto Body in Covington, Don Chowning is gearing up for 20-25 repair jobs. Yesterday he was sliding around Campbell County. "4 o'clock it was just horrendous. Cars sliding around backwards, over the edge of the road, guardrail. People who weren't wrecked were stopped basically."Video at the link.
GOVERNOR BESHEAR TO DELIVER 'STATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH' TODAY
As the Legislature gets down to business on Day Two, the boss will address both chambers in his annual address. Could be interesting since he no longer faces the prospect of a reelection. Let's hope he shows some courage like he did at Fancy Farm two years ago when he ripped Rand Paul apart, and not like last year's address when he sounded like a Republican complaining about the EPA:
2012 SESSION HAS POTENTIAL
But don't they all?
House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, has a solution for the starting the session and avoiding gridlock: don’t argue over things that won’t be solved.KY Public Radio via WFPL/Kenny Colston
“I think that we would all be better served if we find things we can agree upon and try and keep our fights to a very minimum. I think that’s what the people of Kentucky and the people of America wants us to do,” he says. The speaker says that’s what he plans to do and he hopes to leave the gridlock to lawmakers in Washington D.C.
SEE ALSO: Rep. John Yarmuth expects more gridlock in DC WFPL
MCCONNELL WILL STAY 10,000 MILES FROM 4TH DISTRICT RACE
Aides say Kentucky's senior Senator wants no part of the race to replace Geoff Davis, especially after his preferred candidate, Trey Grayson, was stomped in the 2010 Senate primary by Rand Paul:
“That’s a mistake you only make once,” an ally said of McConnell decision to support Grayson over Paul, a Tea Party favorite. Specifically, McConnell is not about to wade in the primary to replace retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.), which could draw a bid from a senior Paul staffer.Who? Good Lord, everybody will be in this race before it's over won't they? Everybody but Democrats.
“The wise political move for people at that level is to stay out of it. There’s a better than 90 percent chance a Republican will hold the seat. Why risk alienating a possible future colleague in the delegation?” said a Kentucky GOP source.
Conservative activists have been pushing William Henderson, Paul’s deputy chief of staff, to jump in the race.
The Hill/Alexander Bolton
WHY ONE DEAD CRANE IS RUINING CRANE SEASON FOR EVERYBODY
Hunters in Kentucky are allowed to shoot and kill the once-endangered sandhill cranes for another week and a half, but whooping cranes are still off limits. So when a whooping crane was found dead in Indiana, concerns were raised that hunters may not be able to tell them apart.
“Whooping cranes are a bright white bird—they’re very, very white,” she said. “And they have black wingtips—very dark black wingtips. Sandhill cranes are a lightish grey color and they do not have the black wingtips.” Garland says whooping cranes are also considerably larger than sandhill cranes. The two types of birds sometimes fly in flocks together.WFPL/Erica Peterson
VAN HALEN TO KICK OFF TOUR IN KENTUCKY
I'm not sure who these guys are, but I guess they used to be famous?
Van Halen will release a single next week entitled "Tattoo", from a new album coming out February 7th, and according to the website VHND.com, will open its 2012 world tour not long after that at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.84 WHAS