by Michael Monks
THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
WHY THE WALGREENS PLANS WERE WITHDRAWN FROM DESIGN REVIEW AGENDA
The plans to tear down an historic Victorian mansion owned by the Diocese of Covington and replace it with a new Walgreen's were pulled from Monday's Urban Design Review Board Agenda, as The River City News was first to report. The RC News has learned that the team representing the Walgreen's did not have all of the information that they needed to provide to Covington's city staff and requested the postponement so that they could gather more. For the plans to be placed on the March agendas for the Urban Design Review Board (and also the Board of Adjustments which will deal with zoning variances) the complete plans will have to be submitted to City Hall by Wednesday, February 29. Stay tuned.
COVINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT TO UNVEIL NEW WEBSITE NEXT WEEK
The site will feature answers to the frequently asked questions that have floated around online forums in recent months. Additionally, the district's budget will be presented in a more user-friendly manner and will explain where the money comes from and why it goes where it goes.
FARMERS MARKET TO MOVE FROM MAINSTRASSE, ACCEPT FOOD STAMPS
The Farmers Market will operate in Roebling Point this season on Court Street in front of the County Building. A special grant is allowing for more advertising, music, and the ability to process WIC and food stamp payments. Click the link for all the details.
COVINGTON TO TRANSFER ANIMAL CONTROL TO COUNTY ON THURSDAY
From the City:
The City of Covington is pleased to announce the transfer of all Animal Control Services to Kenton County effective, March 1, 2012. This transfer of service will provide an enhanced level of service to the residents of Covington by offering extended hours of operation and providing additional staff resources available through the Kenton County Animal Control department.
"This is a win-win situation for Kenton County and the City of Covington.", stated City Manager Larry Klein. "It will provide additional hours of service and coverage to our residents and at less cost than the City presently incurs, and the County has the resources to offer a seamless transition of services."
Other added incentives will include a single point of licensing. Beginning March 1, 2012, animals that require licensing will only need to be licensed and registered through Kenton County. Covington license and registration fees will no longer be required. The county will honor all current Covington license through their expiration date of June 30, 2012.
The Covington Department of Public Improvements will continue to handle the removal of deceased animals and carcasses on city property. Kenton County Animal Control will focus on free-roaming, injured and stray animals.|
DAVID SLAYS GAMBLING BILL AGAIN
Casinos will not be coming to Kentucky:
Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, said the gambling issue is over but Gov. Steve Beshear and proponents of casinos in Kentucky expect the issue will come up again.No word on the expansion of Williams's ego.
“After today there is no scenario in my opinion for the expansion of gambling,” Williams said.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Scott Wartman
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown, said he wished a vote on the measure had been delayed. He and Senate Minority Leader R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, noted that one of the bill’s supporters, Democratic Sen. Gerald Neal of Louisville, was out of the state on a business trip.Herald-Leader
In a statement, Beshear said: “Obviously, I am disappointed that several of the senators who had publicly said they would support letting the people decide did not follow through on their commitment to our citizens. “I am also disappointed that Sen. (David) Williams chose to sabotage the chance for our citizens to decide by scheduling the vote for today, when he knew that a senator who planned to vote ‘yes’ would not be in town.Business First
Read Governor Beshear's entire statement by clicking here.
A statement from Williams’ office shot back that “from the beginning, the governor has had trouble counting votes in either the House or the Senate.”cn|2/Nick Storm
“It is unfortunate that the governor continues to personally disparage the Senate president while Sen. Williams continues to hope that the governor will engage in a positive and productive manner,” the statement said.
Senate President David Williams, an opponent of the issue, says the vote shows that support never existed for casinos in Kentucky. “The question was, ‘was it ever alive for this session?’ Obviously it was never alive for this session. There has never been the support in theKentuckystate Senate for passage of expansion of gambling. There wasn’t last year, there wasn’t the year before that. There hasn’t been the entire tenure the Governor was here and now the votes are out there and everyone knows,” he says.WFPL/Kenny Colston
DAMON THAYER CONGRATULATES DAVID WILLIAMS
The state senator who represents South Covington, Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) was co-sponsor of the gambling legislation going against his own party's leadership. Now, Thayer is making up for it by congratulating King David:
David Williams says there will be no retribution against Thayer or any of the other five Republicans that voted in favor of it. See that clip at the link.
REDISTRICTING COULD AFFECT COUNTY PRECINCTS
How many things can Frankfort ruin in one session?
Months after being submitted, maps are still not approved, and may face more changes, officials said. "If the (state) redistricting changes, we may be forced to do all that over again," said Bracken County Clerk RaeJean Poe, who only recently learned Frankfort officials wanted more details about precinct lines placed on the Bracken County map, including a reference to show where the Ohio River was located and a bigger map of Augusta.Legislative redistricting goes before the Kentucky Supreme Court today.
OTHER FRANKFORT NOTES
Sponsor withdraws anti-meth bill Herald-Leader (Meanwhile, Kentucky ranks 4th in the nation in meth labs. Go team? WBKO
Animals, animal lovers rally at the State Capitol 84 WHAS
HOLMES V COVINGTON CATHOLIC FOR DISTRICT TITLE
The top-seeded Bulldogs take on the Colonels who upset Holy Cross Wednesday. Tip-off is 8:00PM inside Regents Hall at NKU. Both teams will move on to the 9th region tournament for a shot at going down to the Kentucky Sweet 16.
SEE ALSO: Meanwhile, in the 37th District, Scott takes on Campbell County in the title game at 7:00PM inside the gym at Campbell County Middle School. Both these teams advance to the 10th region tournament for their shot at going to the Sweet 16.
COLOSSAL CELEBRATION OF URBAN LIVING TONIGHT
Don't miss this event:
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FISH FRY SEASON BEGINS TONIGHT -- FULL ROUND-UP BELOW
Check out the link for fish fry info across NKY.
Sen. Rand Paul files brief in Supreme Court against Health Care Reform WFPL
Procter & Gamble to shed 5,700 jobs FOX 19
Omnicare reverses 4th quarter losses Business First
US Post Office closing eight KY processing centers Business First
Attorney that represented Rick Pitino's mistress is suspended from law Courier-Journal
Indicted coal company denies allegations Herald-Leader
It's official: old Kentucky Kingdom will reopen as Bluegrass Boardwalk Business First
COVINGTON BUSINESS COUNCIL HEARS ABOUT STARTUP VENTURES
A nationally-known author was the guest speaker at the CBC's monthly luncheon:
Edwards spoke on the importance of the proposed Kentucky Angel Tax Credit bill. The state legislation would create a 40 percent state income tax credit for Kentucky residents who invest in knowledge-based, high-tech Kentucky start-ups, especially in the technology, health care and advanced manufacturing sectors.The angel investor legislation in Frankfort is sponsored by Covington's own, Arnold Simpson (D-Old Seminary Square).
Cincinnati Enquirer/Jeff McKinney
ITEMS LEFT AT CVG AIRPORT MEAN BIG BUCKS FOR COMMONWEALTH
The report says there is no word on how much money these items bring in, but that it's enough to fund the entire operation of picking it all up and selling it:
Thousands of lighters, souvenir bats, wine openers, tools, and belts end up at the facility. Everything except switchblades, mace, and brass knuckles is sold.
"Some of the items we sell on eBay," said Ruth. "Some of the not so nice items we sell in spot bid sales here in this building."
More with video at the link.
NKU FALLS TO BELLARMINE IN BATTLE OF TOP TEN TEAMS
The Knights sweep the Norse on the season.
1972 US OLYMPIC BASKETBALL TEAM TO REUNITE IN KENTUCKY
This is the team that lost at the last second to the Soviet Union:
Billy Reed, executive scholar in residence at Georgetown College and founding member of the planning committee, said the courage of the amateur players against what many considered an amateur-in-name-only Soviet team was evident on and off the court. The reunion will take place at Georgetown College Aug. 23 to 26.Herald-Leader/Mary Meehan
GREAT LIVE MUSIC IN COVINGTON THIS WEEKEND AS ALWAYS
After a packed homecoming show at Madison Theater late last year, AltPop group Walk the Moon returns to the venue this Friday with current tourmates (and fellow buzz band) Young the Giant for a sold out show. The band’s record deal with RCA has finally resulted in a new release. Though just three songs, the Anna Sun EP (featuring the popular title track re-recorded, plus two new ones) gives a good sense of how slick and radio-ready WTM’s RCA debut album is likely to be. On April 5, Walk the Moon performs on Jimmy Fallon’s NBC show, but no date is set for the full-length’s release (a publicist says likely late spring/early summer).CityBeat/Mike Breen
LOUISVILLE STRIP CLUB SUES RIVAL OVER 'UGLY' SLUR
And since this is Kentucky, of course farm machinery was involved:
They claim Trixie’s scrolled a defamatory message about the girls at Godfather’s on an electronic display, saying the girls were ugly, among other things. Pictures of the sign then ended up on Facebook. Godfather’s claimed the sign hurt its reputation and business.All this during a farm machinery convention that brought in hundreds of thousands of potential customers. Ah, Kentucky, why would you live anywhere else?