by Michael Monks
THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
COVINGTON LIBRARY CLOSES FOR TWO DAYS AS CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES
One of the City's most important developments is moving right along and now the Covington branch of the Kenton Co Public Library will close for two days as work moves to inside the building:
The Kenton County Public Library’s Covington location will be closed on Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2 due to the renovation project. During this time, construction workers will be cutting the main floor in several areas and installing duct work, water, electric and fire suppression lines.
Staff will report for training on those days and outreach to those in the Homebound Delivery program and preschools will continue as scheduled.
The Library is expected to reopen on Saturday, March 3. The Library’s branches in Erlanger and Independence will be open normal business hours on Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
DATES SET FOR NEXT PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF CENTER CITY ACTION PLAN
If you are concerned about the future of Covington's urban core try to make it to one of these meetings:
Covington Center City Action Plan: Please join us for the second Open House!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
At the Artisan’s Enterprise Center (AEC), 25 West 7th Street
Preliminary recommendations will be presented and input will be sought in identifying priorities for Covington center city as the Action Plan is finalized.
HEARING SET TO DISCUSS ENDING KENTUCKY'S DEATH PENALTY
This will be the first time a judiciary committee of the Kentucky General Assembly has ever given a hearing to a death penalty abolition bill. Please come and show your support to end the death penalty.KCDAP
NKU MAKES ITS PLEA TO FRANKFORT
Probably too late, though:
Beshear’s proposed budget would cut state funding to public universities by 6.4 percent, which equals $3.2 million for NKU on top of $6 million worth of cuts from the previous six years.Cincinnati Enquirer/Scott Wartman
“I’ve not been able to find a single state that has cut its way to prosperity,” NKU President James Votruba told the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
SEE ALSO: Student loan debt is crippling a generation cn|2
REDISTRICTING RULING FORCES SOME NKY CANDIDATES TO WITHDRAW
One even gave up his seat on Erlanger's city council to run for higher office and now because that city's filing deadline has passed, he can't reenter the race. Elsewhere:
Crestview Hills businesswoman Shawn Baker had to withdraw from the race for Senate District 23 currently occupied by Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger, who is not seeking re-election.Cincinnati Enquirer/Scott Wartman
That leaves Taylor Mill resident and businessman Chris McDaniel and Fort Mitchell City Councilman Will Terwort to vie for the Republican nomination for the 23rd Senate District and face in the general election Villa Hills Councilman James Noll, who filed as a Democrat for the Senate seat.
MORE FROM FRANKFORT: Auditor finds ten areas of improvement in handling Medicaid WFPL
US IS TOP MARKET FOR LIFE SCIENCES INVESTORS
And Covington wants to be on top of that:
“The global economic downturn changed industry dynamics. Since 2007, some companies adjusted their location strategies to focus on new markets that offer revenue growth, cost efficiencies, favorable tax structures and consolidation opportunities,” the report concluded. Locations that remained viable also offered production flexibility, and were conveniently located with other components of the supply chain such as warehouses and airports.Area Development
YUM BRANDS: WE DID NOT OPEN A KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN IN IRAN
Just when you thought US-Iranian relations could not deteriorate further:
Several news websites, citing Iranian media outlets, reported that a KFC outlet opened Friday in the city of Karaj, a suburb of Iran’s capital, Tehran. American companies are prohibited from doing business in the country, and Louisville, Ky.-based Yum said it has not had any restaurants in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Yum said it was not behind this latest venture, and that the company would stop any attempts to use its trademarks without authorization.Restaurant News
But stories out of Iran still support the claim that a KFC is opening there... but it's not the KFC that we all find finger-lickin' good:
Amir Hussein Ali-Zadeh spent five years working going through the necessary motions needed to obtain the permits, but it probably was worth it. This week he opened the first Iranian branch of Kentucky Fried Chicken, the bread crumb coated deep-fried chicken, served with a side of fries and coleslaw, one of the culture symbols of the "Great Satan." Ali-Zadeh emphasized his is an Iranian company, not American, and that it is called "Kentucky Fried Chicken - Iran." He added that he plans to add an additional 32 dishes to his menu to suit the Iranian taste.Haaretz
SEE ALSO: Kentucky State Fair Board Chairman wants fired GM reinstated at Louisville's Yum Center Courier-Journal
HOW THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER PAYWALL MAY WORK
Insider Louisville obtained an internal memo from Gannett Headquarters:
Along with our subscription model change, there is a corresponding change to our pricing approach. We believe the new subscription options and prices will more appropriately reflect the value of our content and the value consumers ascribe to that content — across platforms — in the communities we serve.Lots more info at the link.
GLOWING REVIEW OF REVISED NOVEL ABOUT WILLIAM GOEBEL
The Covington native who was assassinated shortly after his shady election as Governor is the inspiration for a revised version of Wrath that is new to booksellers:
Murder, proverbial backstabbing, back-room deals, and some of the most corrupt political acts imaginable (our current legislators might even shudder at what Goebel pulled) create the background that led to Goebel's infamous (though largely forgotten) assassination that occurred just steps from the state capital in Frankfort.
Using the Goebel biography written by James C. Klotter as a factual spring board, McEwen weaves a well-written and marvelous background to a dramatic time in Kentucky. Without further research, it is difficult to know where fact ends and McEwen's fiction begins (making me want to read Klotter's book soon!).
DOWNTON ABBY FANS: A KENTUCKY NATIVE WILL STAR IN NEXT SERIES
This wildly popular British series on PBS will return with a face from Kentucky next time:
Lexington native Lucille Sharp has been cast in the hit British television drama Downton Abbey. She will play Miss Reid, a maid to American aristocrat Martha Levinson, portrayed by Shirley MacLaine, according to the public TV station WGBH and several reports in the British media.Herald-Leader/Beverley Fortune
WHAT IS A LEAP YEAR?
CELEBRATING LEAP YEAR BIRTHS IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY
The Recorder hosted a party for them:
“I have a daughter that just turned 50 on Jan. 1 and I always tease her I’m younger than she is,” said Barbara Jean Smith of Florence. On Feb. 29 Smith will celebrate her 18th birthday, but she’ll be 72 years old.Cincinnati Enquirer/Nancy Daly
in case you missed...
NEW PHOTOS OF A MEMORIAL TO THE HAWK & SQUIRREL KILLED ON WIRE
The most-clicked story of the month just got stranger... There is now a chalk outline of the fallen hawk and squirrel whose hunter-prey chase got too close to a power line, electrocuting both and shutting down power to more than a hundred Mainstrasse homes.
Power Lost in Mainstrasse After Squirrel, Hawk Fried
THIS MORNING'S NEWS
A controversial execution will be discussed in Covington tonight; Downtown's Urban Partnership is featured in an international magazine; Plus, a basketball star at Holmes is named Player of the Year. Those stories and more at the link!
ARE YOU THE ONE STILL LISTENING TO WEBN?
The ratings are way down and 'EBN is now out of the top 10 for the first time:
How bad is it? Public radio station WVXU-FM had more listeners (#11 with 3.8%).Cincinnati Enquirer/John Kiesewetter