THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
by Michael Monks
WHO'S GIVING TO THE CANDIDATES FOR COVINGTON MAYOR?
New financial disclosure information is available from City Commissioners Steve Casper and Sherry Carran who are running against each other for mayor.
Casper reports $5,500 raised and more than $5,100 spent. Some noteworthy contributors to Casper include Corporex chairman Bill Butler and his wife who each gave $1,000, philanthropist Oakley Farris who gave $500, and fellow City Commissioner Steve Frank who gave $1,000.
Carran reports $4,900 raised and $1,900 spent (on top of the $5,000+ previously raised and spent in the prior report, all of which came from the candidate). A notable contribution of $500 comes from former Covington City Commissioner John "JT" Spence who currently serves on the Housing Authority of Covington board of commissioners alongside Carran's opponent, Steve Casper.
ONE PERSONAL STABBED TO DEATH IN COVINGTON THIS MORNING
A man was found dead inside an apartment building at 8th & Madison just after 1:00AM:
The officer was in his cruiser on routine patrol about 1:10 a.m. when a woman ran out of the apartment building and flagged him down. “She said her friend was stabbed,” (Officer Dave) Pennington said.Cincinnati Enquirer/Jennifer Edwards Baker
RE-POST: SELLING COVINGTON: WE'RE ALL AMBASSADORS NOWAre we on the verge of an entrepreneurial renaissance in Covington? The City's ambitious incentives program is explained in new signage adorning many windows of vacant buildings. But if C plus V is really to equal G, it will take all of our help. Lots of photos and a brief editorial at the link.
In case you missed... A new bakery/restaurant has opened on Pike Street; Mainstrasse's newly spruced up parking lot is looking fabulous; And why would anyone steal 300lbs of elm tree bark? Those stories and more at the link.
NEW POLITICAL THRILLER FEATURES COVINGTON LOCATIONS
Local author Rick Robinson's newest political thriller Writ of Mandamus continues his tradition of featuring local locations, including Chez Nora and the Kenton County Courthouse. The book was just named the best suspense/thriller of 2012 by the Next Generation Book Awards. Here's a brief description:
In Writ of Mandamus, his character, Congressman Richard Thompson’s reelection campaign is sent into a tailspin when his opponent files a lawsuit asking the Court to order that Thompson live up to his campaign promises and vote against a pending federal spending bill. Thompson’s efforts to dodge the issue thrust him into the middle of a nefarious business deal where arms dealers are using the Keeneland horse sales to illegally run F-14 Tomcat parts to the government of Iran.Read more about the book at Kentucky Forward
In a fast-paced story that travels from the storied horse farms of Kentucky to the green fields of Ireland, Thompson is forced to realize that more is at stake than simply a campaign. In the end, an unlikely hero steps forward to make his future path clear.
Robinson signed copies of Writ of Mandamus last night at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills and The River City News was there:
|Rick Robinson (R) with Jim Gilliece, owner of Chez Nora|
|State Rep. Adam Koenig|
|Robinson hugs Kenton Co. Clerk Gabe Summe|
|Covington City Commission candidate Chuck|
Eilerman (R) waits in line behind the Salyers and Summe
Downtown Cincinnati sees rise in residents Cincinnati Enquirer
Columnist: NKY GOP Congressional primary is Tea Party vs Establishment Courier-Journal
Which candidates have perfect voting records? cn|2
Kentucky Speedway is hopeful that parking and traffic woes from last year have been fixed Courier-Journal
Lexington councilman claims that that city's financial future is bleak due to police and fire retirement funds Herald-Leader
Route 8 closed for two weeks closer to Maysville Ledger-Independent
KENTUCKY PREPARES TO CELEBRATE JEFFERSON DAVIS'S BIRTHDAY
Kentucky has been pretty messed up since the Civil War, don't you think? Here we were squarely situated directly between the north and the south with fighters on both sides and the Presidents of the Union and the Confederacy having been born here. In any case, the Commonwealth will honor the traitor Jefferson Davis:
Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is a memorial to the Kentuckian born on this site on June 3, 1808. Jefferson Davis is known for serving as president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. He also was a U.S. Military Academy graduate, U.S. congressman and secretary of war. Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is located just off Highway 68/80 in Fairview. This year marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Jefferson Davis State Historic Site will mark this event with the 204th Birthday Commemoration of Jefferson Davis, first and only president of the Confederate States of America, on June 1-3. The park will have two battle re-enactments, food, re-enactors representing Civil War figures, a pageant, a Civil War flag display and a program on the generals of the Civil War.Yee haw, y'all!
All events are free, except for monument/museum tours. The cost for the tours is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military personnel and $3 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 270-889-6100, or visit www.parks.ky.gov.
HOLMES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PICK THEIR COLLEGES
Holmes High School hosted its annual Academic Signing Day Tuesday in the Holmes Field House. Representatives from colleges such as Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky, University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, Gateway and Cincinnati Statei were on hand to recognize the students who will be attending their institutions in the fall. The college representatives greeted the students with college attire such as hats, pens, backpacks and t-shirts. Thus far, 65 seniors have been accepted and committed to go to college. STudents have also been accepted to Union College, University of Louisville, Some students have received full and/or partial academic scholarships. Students will go as far away as Florida and some will stay close to home, selecting Northern Kentucky University, Cincinnati State and Gateway. Congratulations students!
See more photos of the signing day by clicking here.
HOOPS FOR HOPE: HOLMES MIDDLE SCHOOL VS FIDELITY INVESTMENTS
Students and staff on the Holmes Middle School basketball team came out strong against the team from Fidelity Investments and took a 7-0 lead, but eventually ran out of gas and lost Friday in the first-of-its-kind “Hoops for Hope’’ basketball game.
But everyone was a winner. Fidelity surprised the middle school students with school supplies which were donated by its employees during a month-long drive at the Fidelity campus in Covington. The game and school supplies are examples of Fidelity’s generosity. Fidelity has partnered with Holmes Middle School on several projects and will continue.
The game was fun for everyone. About 750 students from the middle school cheered on the Bulldogs as they played in the Holmes Field House. The Bulldogs were coached by Darla Payne. Students saw the competiveness of former basketball greats and Celeste Hill Brockett and Travese Turner. David Kaiser kept the game close, making three points. But the winning streak of team Fidelity continues. Thanks Fidelity!
See more photos from the event by clicking here.
COVINGTON BUSINESS COUNCIL GOLF OUTING THURSDAY
From the CBC:
The CBC's Annual Golf Scramble is just around the corner! Join us for this exciting event on May 17th at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club by filling out a registration form and returning to email@example.com. We are still registering foursomes, individual players, and sponsors of all levels (from $100 to $2500). All proceeds will benefit the Urban Partnership of Covington and their Clean & Safe Pilot Program. See you there!|
GALLATIN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER MAY HAVE TO CHANGE ITS NO-KILL POLICY
The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce sent out this message:
Please adopt a pet from Gallatin Co Animal Shelter! They are over capacity & may be forced to reconsider their "no kill" policy.Contact information:
Gallatin County Animal Shelter
4550 Hwy 455 (Johnson Rd)
Sparta, KY 41086
Open 7 days a week, 9a - 5p
COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET GETS HIP TO THE QR CODE
The Farmers Market continues its efforts to draw more people to its new location near the Kenton County Building. Check out the new QR code with you will be seeing around town:
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