by Michael Monks
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NEW GROCERY STORE IN LUDLOW HELPS HYDRATE FOOD DESERT
The new Riverside Market Place is owned by the guys who closed down the Covington SuperValu. While that hurts people in the city's center, the western part of Covington will benefit from the close proximity of this new grocery, Ludlow's first since IGA closed 14 years ago:
The 12,000-square-foot store will feature everything you would expect to find in a supermarket, long-time grocer Victor Dawn says, including fresh meat and produce, a full-service deli and bakery with doughnuts made fresh daily, as well as a selection of grocery, dairy and frozen foods – all at competitive prices. New gas pumps also are being installed.Covington's state representative, Arnold Simpson, is credited with securing funding to get the project rolling.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Cindy Schroeder
NKU PRESIDENT TALKS TO STUDENTS AT HOLMES MIDDLE SCHOOL
From Covington Independent Public Schools:
Students in Ms. Gerber's eighth grade English class at Holmes Middle School wrote letters to college and university presidents to invite them to visit their school. Northern Kentucky University President Dr. James Votruba accepted the invitation.
Dr. Votruba, NKU Director of Admissions Melissa Gorbandt, Assistant Director of Admissions Rochelle Shields and students Candace McLaurine and Kevin Donnelly spent almost an hour with the entire eighth grade class on Friday morning.
Dr. Votruba asked the students to dream ambitious dreams about themselves and to believe in themselves and their abilities to accomplish great things. "You can be a college graduate," he told them.
More photos at the link.
SEE ALSO: Teacher from Boone County honored for her innovative program to boost literacy among impoverished students.
THE MILD WINTER IS SAVING MONEY FOR CITIES, COUNTIES
The River City News endorses mild winters. Boyle County is saving a ton:
Duane Campbell, Boyle County Public Works director, said the county averaged ordering about 1,000 tons of road salt over the last four years before last year’s frequent ice and snow events meant having to order about 1,300 tons. The price of road salt has risen as it has been harder to come by during the last several years as well.The Advocate-Messenger
This winter, however, Campbell said the savings so far have probably been about $80,000. Overtime also has gone down from the 60-100 hours typical during the first quarter to virtually none. “We definitely aren’t out of the woods yet, but temperatures usually aren’t as cold going forward, and we are able to deal with it better when it’s warmer,” Campbell said.
NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY WITH NEWPORT'S GRANT FOR NEW HOUSES
Governor Beshear was in Newport to present a $1 million check for new home construction, but that's not good news for everyone:
The first house on 19th Street is already under construction, but the residents who've lived here for years say they are worried about the parking. "The parking's going to be crazy. It's already hard to park here."More with video at the link.
Most of the homes on 19th Street are older - without garages or parking pads. "There's so many cars, there's not enough room for all the cars that are here."
PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS LIKE HITLER, SAYS JUDGE-EXEC GARY MOORE
This came across Twitter this morning:
GaryMooreKy Gary Moore
Talking about"good"things Planned Parenthood does is kinda like saying Adolf Hitler was scratch golfer & made killer risotto
So there's that.
THIS WEEK AT KENTON CIRCUIT COURT
Who got sent away, who's waiting to be sent away, and who got probation?
Click the link.
SEN. PAUL PROMISES HELP ON WKY BRIDGE COLLAPSE
Sen. Rand Paul:
"From years-long environmental impact studies, to backed-up permit processes, the current state of federal agencies and regulations can often make it impossible to complete a project in a timely and cost-efficient manner," Sen. Paul said. "The people of Kentucky deserve better and need their government to expedite this process, not block it. I will continue to work with local and state officials to give them all the support they need at the federal level to rebuild this bridge and to begin moving on other vital bridge and infrastructure projects around the Commonwealth."
LAWYERS PREPARE FOR BATTLE OVER KENTUCKY REDISTRICTING
Attorneys for House Republicans and a Senate Democrats and those lawyers defending the maps will make their case to Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phil Shepherd. Sheryl Snyder, one Kentucky’s most prominent attorneys, will represent the Legislative Research Commission in defending the maps. And the case could go all the way to the Kentucky Supreme Court.More with video at the link.
GOP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATE MAY HAPPEN IN CINCINNATI
That would be awesome.
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FRIDAY AFTERNOON'S NEWS
What a great day for a walk, especially when so much great stuff is happening in our city. Take a look at the boom happening on Main Street!; Plus, details on the 2012 Covington Citizens Summit. Those stories and more at the link!News Round-Up -- Friday Afternoon
HOLY CROSS GETS PAST COVCATH IN OVERTIME
Latonia was packed with spectators, some of whom waited two hours to get into this game. The Indians pulled it out in OT.
Recap: NKY Sports Blog
Post-game interviews: NKY Sports Blog
SCORES: Holmes 66, Highlands 45; - Scott 62, Conner 51
KENTUCKY STATE BASKETBALL PLAYER SHOT
Two students are in custody.
DID HUNDREDS OF WORKERS NO-SHOW AT SPEEDWAY CAUSE PARKING ISSUE?
That's what the owner says:
“The company that Mark had dealt with as far as the number of parkers, we contracted for 300. Eighty-four showed up,” Smith said during his opening remarks Jan. 25.Full story at the link.
A Nashville lawyer whose firm represents Brantley Security challenged those figures in a letter sent to The Enquirer.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Kevin Kelly
WOULD YOU DRINK TOILET WATER?
Towns across the country are already unwittingly drinking “toilet” water every day, according to a National Geographic article. This treated wastewater, also known as “reclaimed water,” is also oft-used by industries and for irrigation.Yum?