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Friday, August 17, 2012


by Michael Monks 
The River City News Facebook page lit up with debate Thursday night and Friday morning as school board candidates and the attorney representing Mark Young (who managed to get his name put on the ballot to fill the seat vacated August 2 by Denise Varney) chimed in on whether there should be an election at all. The debate continues this hour and you can read the comments by clicking here.
The story that started the debate...
Suddenly, no one at the Kentucky Department of Education can comment on the election called to fill the vacated seat on the Covington School Board because it has become a legal issue. Meanwhile, the sole candidate in the special race promises to fire the school board's attorney who responds at the link below.
So who's responsibility is it to notify the County Clerk that there is a vacant school board seat?
According to a document from the Kentucky Department of Education, the Commissioner of Education's designee for local school board member appointments shall "notify the Secretary of State, Kentucky School Board Association, KDE Communication Services, and appropriated County Court Clerk that a school board vacancy exists." According to the document, the Covington Independent Public Schools followed its appropriate procedures in advertising the vacancy but Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe not being informed of the vacancy appears to be the fault of the Kentucky Department of Education. On Tuesday, The River City News spoke with the Commissioner of Education's designee for local school board member appointments who said he had just returned from a thirty-day vacation which may explain why no action was taken. The question that remains, however, is who should have notified the Kenton County Clerk in his absence and why did no one do it? As it stands, an election will be called and Mark Young will be the only candidate whose name is on the ballot. 
Hear from the retired Covington firefighter who just launched a write-in campaign for a spot on the City Commission; Also, see which order the candidates will be in on November's ballot; Plus, a popular rock band's tour stops in Cincinnati, but they ordered from a Mainstrasse restaurant.
Covington Independent Public Schools' new staff members take tour of City Facebook 
Origin of cancerous "green salt" found on Dept. of Energy's KY campus still unknown The Washington Times 
Gov. Beshear is open to hybrid pension/401K cn|2 
Private EMS company will appeal suspension WKYT 
State Auditor offers update on his effort to look into the books of special taxing districts cn|2 
KY coal foreman pleads guilty to putting miners at risk Herald-Leader 
KY officials seek input on list of polluted streams WKYT 
Family meets Lexington man who got teen's heart Herald-Leader 
Just hours after scoring the endorsement of Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police, Democrat Bill Adkins announced that he has the backing of the Kentucky Hemp Initiative in his bid to replace Geoff Davis in Congress. The Williamstown attorney faces Republican former Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie in November (in a race that will likely appear twice on the ballot since a special election must be called following Davis's resignation). Read the endorsement letter:
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This place is going to be an awesome addition to the Mainstrasse Village. Here are the details on this exciting new establishment set to open in September:
It is time for something different, or so say the owners of Piper's Cafe, opening in September at Hamelin Square, corner of 6th and Philadelphia Streets in Covington's MainStrasse Village. Piper’s Cafe offers traditional fun food, drinks, soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt, with a local and nutrition conscious flair.Located in close proximity to Goebel Park’s iconic Carroll Chimes Bell Tower, Piper’s and Hamelin Square derive their names from the ancient tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The story is portrayed by mechanical puppets on the Carroll Chimes clock tower every hour daily, except during winter.  
The basic menu includes hamburgers made from single source, no antibiotic, no hormone, grass fed cattle, provided by the humane operations at Marksbury Farms in Lancaster, Kentucky. Naturally flavored, cane sugar sweetened artisan soft drinks such as Virgil’s and Jones will be featured, along with newcomer healthier refreshments like Switch, and Sparkling Ice. The all natural, all beef hot dogs are made with minimum sodium added, and only that which comes naturally from celery and sea salt. 
That is only the beginning for the different approach at Piper’s. Signature menu items like hot dogs, hamburgers and Goetta Guinness Chili will always be available, but fresh fruit and vegetable inspired feature sandwich recipes, sides, or salads will change with the weather. A new chicken salad recipe might be great for next summer, but look for fresh roast beef with Kentucky made, unpasteurized cheese melted on top this winter. Natural cut, fresh “rat tail french fries” will also be a staple in the Piper’s kitchen soon. A breakfast menu is planned for launch in October.Piper’s Cafe is strictly a carry out operation, but tables and chairs will be provided in the tree shaded garden, and on the deck. For telecommuters and folks that just want to hang out on nice days, secure, high speed wifi is available for a nominal charge. 
Owner entrepreneurs Chip Adkins and Charles Killian are both fans of Jamie Oliver, and his Food Revolution. It is their philosophy that good nutrition principles can be applied to fun food in more creative ways than is usually seen these days. A big part of their business model is to use as many local, fresh products as possible, and not be anchored to a fixed menu. They believe most people will enjoy stopping in to see what is new and different from month to month. Killian worked in the meat packing industry during his teen and college years, and after several different careers in the entertainment industry, held a management position at Key West’s Hog’s Breath Saloon for 3 years. Chip Adkins is well known by many local foodies as the gregarious Chef d’cuisine for 4 years at Chez Nora Kitchen and Bar in MainStrasse. Prior to that position at Chez Nora, Adkins was Sous Chef, and then Executive Chef for Warner’s Restaurant in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. 
Piper’s Cafe is still under construction, but they plan to open at this year’s MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, starting September 7. For the remainder of fall, they will be open daily, 10:00 a.m. until dusk. Call them at 859-291-RATS for more - the web site is under construction, too!
Gallup recently conducted an interesting poll:
Residents of Hawaii, Utah, and South Dakota were the most likely to be "thriving" in the first half of 2012 based on how they rate their lives today and their expectations for their lives in five years. Residents of West Virginia and Maine were the least likely to be thriving.
Unfortunately, Kentucky ranks in the bottom ten of the fifty states. Get thriving Kentucky!
High School Football is back tonight and the Holy Cross Indians kick off their defense of the state title with a 7:00PM match-up against the Dayton Devils. 
The Scott Eagles start their season tomorrow afternoon with a trip to Leslie County while the Holmes Bulldogs play their first game next Friday hosting Scott. 
NKY Sports Blog is now nkyFAN.com
This terrific resource for NKY high school sports news just got bigger:
nkyFAN is going to be a combination of the same great web content that has always been at NKySportsBlog, combined with a weekly print publication that we will be giving out at select Skyline and LaRosa’s locations. In addition to my coverage, I’ll also be joined by Bill Aseere, who has covered the local preps scene for the Journal News in the past. I fully expect it to be the best high school sports coverage this area has ever seen, and I’m grateful and excited about our partnership with the local Skylines and LaRosa’s.
And look who's on the cover of the first print edition:
That's Jalen Beal of Holy Cross. Click the link below for details on where to pick up a copy.
Trinity played Highlands last week and at halftime led 51-0. 51-0. Against Highlands. This season, the Shamrocks aim to win their tenth state title in twelve years:

"Trinity winning nine of the last 11 titles, that's not healthy in my opinion. Neither is Highlands winning five in a row."
But that's how it is in Kentucky, where established powers in each class hoard most of the big trophies.
(snip)"Something needs to change," McKee said. "And it's not, 'You all need to work harder.' We're working our tails off."
Full story: Herald-Leader 
TBNK will air one game each week this season starting August 31. Check out the schedule here.

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