by Michael Monks
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HISTORIC COVINGTON BUILDING MAY BE TORN DOWN FOR A WALGREEN'S
An old Victorian building owned by the Diocese of Covington may be torn down and replaced by a Walgreen's right next to the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. The plans will go before the Urban Design Review Board Monday. Click the link for the details.
SEE ALSO: Images from an architect's rendering dated January 30, 2012 that
TWO MEETINGS ON THE FUTURE OF JACOB PRICE SITE TONIGHT
First up, as was reported here this morning, from the Housing Authority of Covington:
IBG Construction Services intends to enter into a contract with Vendors andSubcontractors for: the construction of 120 multifamily units consisting of 112 multifamily and 8 senior cottages. The work shall include all site work with underground utilities, curb and gutter, roadways, vertical construction of 11 wood frame buildings containing all 120 units.The meeting is tonight at the Radisson Riverfront at 5:00PM. The River City News will have it covered for you.
Then, at the offices of the Housing Authority at 7:00PM:
This meeting will be a HOPE VI update meeting and a question and answer meeting with the developer, The Integral Group available along with Housing Authority Staff to update the community of the progress and planning schedule of the HOPE VI project. One of the topics of this meeting will be the Jacob Price Memorial Garden to be built at the entrance of River’s Edge at Eastside Pointe. Please bring with you any drawings or ideas that you would like to see implemented in this area for consideration. Everyone is invited to attend this informative meeting. If you have any questions, please call Sheryl Schneider, HOPE VI Project Coordinator at 859-655-7304.|
CASINO BILL PASSES COMMITTEE 7-4 AFTER GOVERNOR'S TESTIMONY
It now goes before the full senate:
The proposed constitutional amendment to allow expanded gambling in Kentucky now calls for seven casino licenses open to any entity but leaves in place the buffer barring free-standing casinos from being 60 miles from a horse racetrack.cn|2/Ryan Alessi
SEE ALSO: The rule that free-standing casinos must be at least sixty miles from a race track may prove to be a sticking point cn|2
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR BESHEAR:
“For the first time, a Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow our citizens to decide the future of expanded gaming in our state. It’s a significant step and shows that these Senators are listening to the desire of Kentuckians to vote on this issue. I urge the full Senate to approve this bill, and I call on all Kentuckians to contact their Senators to let them know that it is time to let the people to vote.”
COMMISSIONER SHAWN MASTERS JOINS FAIRNESS RALLY IN FRANKFORT
Supporters of anti-discrimination legislation are rallying at the state capitol today:
The coalition held a rally in Frankfort on Wednesday to urge state lawmakers to favor legislation that would bar discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Currently, online the cities of Louisville, Lexington and Covington have laws giving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals civil rights protections.WFPL/Phillip M. Bailey
Attending the rally is Covington City Commissioner Shawn Masters:
BILL WOULD CREATE ALTERNATIVE DIPLOMA FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
And it is close to becoming law:
The bill’s sponsor, Senator Dennis Parrett, says he’s only trying to fix what he views as a problem. “Senate Bill 43 is fairly simple,” he says. “In my mind it rights a wrong. And that wrong is that special education kids with alternative assessment inKentucky, when they graduate high school currently receive a certificate. They do not receive a diploma.”WFPL/Kenny Colston
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WE'LL KNOW IF MERGED DISPATCH WILL HAPPEN WITHIN THE NEXT 2 YEARS
That's what Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus says:
“We believe that we have formulated 95 percent to 98 percent of the true costs of the complete operation of a single dispatch center (within Kenton County),” Arlinghaus said....”Basically we’re looking for all three entities to bless the numbers.”Cincinnati Enquirer/Cindy Schroeder
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL STAR FACES CHILD PORN CHARGES
This teen was goofing off in the locker room with his cell phone camera and now he's in jail:
Police say 18-year old Gavont Baker was taken into custody Sunday on a felony warrant for video voyeurism. Baker is also facing a second degree charge of Unlawful transaction with a minor. He's now out on bond. The video shows a naked student in the locker room. Police say they investigated the case because that student is a minor and the video is considered obscene under Kentucky law.WTVM
KY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOC ADDS BASS FISHING AS VARSITY SPORT
KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett made the announcement Wednesday, saying it's a "natural fit" given the popularity of fishing in Kentucky. "It also allows us to reach one more group of students who may not already participate in an extracurricular activity and give them a chance to be a part of a team."Herald-Leader
HOLMES SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH CAREER & COLLEGE PLANNING
From Covington Independent Public Schools:
Holmes seeks volunteers to help students plan for college and careersIn March, Holmes Middle and Holmes High schools will be participating in a statewide initiative called Operation Preparation – which is designed to encourage students to focus on the importance of planning for college and careers.More details at the link.
This is a great opportunity for schools, parents and community to collaborate to help Holmes students.
The schools are looking for professionals in the career fields of health services, public administration, education, art, information technology, construction, transportation, business and management.
The professional advisors will meet with students to discuss career aspirations and required education/training and workforce skills. After examining student records – Individual Learning Plans - the advisors will also discuss whether the student is on target to meet goals, and if the student is taking courses to prepare them for a successful future.
At the high school, each day of Operation Preparation will focus on specific career fields. Advisors can select the day or career cluster that works best for them. They can also attend multiple days.
KY DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS PINS ARE NOW ON SALE
The price is now $5:
“We’re unveiling this year’s Pegasus Pins earlier than ever and we’re hoping people will purchase them to show their support of the Kentucky Derby Festival and to have a ticket for free entry into more than half of the festival’s events,” said Mike Berry, president and CEO of the festival, in a news release.
DO YOU STILL HATE CHRISTIAN LAETTNER?
Then buy this sticker:
More details at the link.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO A SHOW AT THE MADISON THEATER
Young the Giant & Walk the Moon are SOLD OUT but you can still go! Click link for details.
AMERICANS WITH MUSTACHES ASK FOR TAX BREAKS
And they're serious:
As Congress pays lip service to Americans seeking tax reforms, an underrepresented constituency has a hairy proposition -- getting lawmakers to approve a $250 tax refund for mustached Americans.FOX News
Members of the American Mustache Institute traipsed up to Capitol Hill Monday -- while lawmakers were out of town for President's Day -- to seek a tax break for men with facial hair, who (AMI-authored studies show) are 38 percent better-looking than the rest of America.