December 6, 2013
OSS Facebook page name is changing
Facebook has granted permission to change the name of Old Seminary Square Facebook to a title you may be familiar with.
I'm not revealing the name until it happens. Indeed, an entire network of news sites is being developed and the old-OSS Facebook will play a role.
Don't want to say much more until it starts to happen, you'll see. But the OSS at Facebook will be no more. The page will live, but with a different name.
Anyway, enjoy the snow or ice ... or both today.
December 4, 2013
City's tree lighting
Wednesday, December 4th, 6:30 p.m.: Join the City of Covington in lighting the tree on 6th and Main.
Complete with carolers, free hot chocolate & cookies plus a petting zoo! And….a visit from Santa!
December 3, 2013
Downtown Covington shop robbed during holiday kick-off event
Just as there was a push to draw people downtown to shop during the holidays, one of its participants -- Home Style -- was robbed on Saturday, November 30.
An owner, Russ Shirley, wrote at his Facebook page:
"Well I hate to put a damper on anything but our Covington Home Style was robbed today and we lost all of our cash for today (the shop small business day of course)
"UGH I cant stand a thief...they also took all of our keys to all the furniture and some important papers too."
Behle Street had to cut back on expenses after nearly 1000 office workers in the Rivercenter were moved over to Cincinnati.
Its customer base nosedived after Covington lost Omnicare and Nielsen.
Thus, the domino effect of the business complex now on its knees.
Expect one or two other nearby restaurants in the area to close soon.
December 2, 2013
Major Covington restaurant closes
A major Covington restaurant has closed; blames environment in the city.
After nearly 20 years in business, Behle Street Cafe has closed.
Owner Shawn Thomas stated in an email announcement, "One of the toughest decisions I've had to make, but with the loss of two major businesses in Covington, along with the development of The Banks, OTR, and no further development in Covington in many years we just couldn't keep up.
Although great for Cincinnati, not so good for Covington."
November 26, 2013
Center for Great Neighborhoods 'poll' is a farce
The notion that people are overwhelmingly not afraid in Covington is a farce. The "poll" by Center for Great Neighborhoods depended on voluntary input, and wasn't scientific.
The rah-rah crowd was encouraged to participate and to deceive true public opinion on the matter.
Every birdbrain should know that volunteer polls are not true, highly unscientific.
November 26, 2013
Well, it's official: I will be inheriting a house in Cincinnati, which means no return to Covington.
I already have two other homes (Pompano Beach FL and Covington GA), so Covington KY is out of the question.
Over the past couple weeks, I have been deciding on the fate of Covington News Facebook and have made a decision, sort of.
Got to sleep on it just a bit more to be sure. Stay tuned.
November 25, 2013
Times Star Commons project quietly swept under the rug
City of Covington walked away from its highly-touted and spinned "Times Star Commons" project, which was supposed to be a town square for the city. It was supposed to be located in the 4th to 5th, Madison to Scott block.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars were already spent on the failed project.
Then-Mayor Bowman said the city broke the law with regard to the now-failed Times Star Commons project; said funds were misspent.
Doing a Google search, we found the city spent $28,000 for a traffic study; a notation at a Covington News article that former Mayor Denny Bowman said "a quarter million dollars in studies" were undertaken by the city.
Bowman said at a Commission meeting: "I think we violated the law," Bowman said. "We spent six hundred thousand dollars buying buildings that are not in the area."
Corporex's Bill Butler wrote that he personally secured a grant worth one million dollars from the state, but that Covington's economic development and renaissance officers "grabbed" the money and never invited Corporex to be involved.
"It is simply another example of bad leadership, preservation to a fault," Butler wrote.
In 2011, four Commissioners voted in favor of continuing the project and expressed optimism about its future, "I'd like to take a swing at it," said Commissioner Steve Frank. Sherry Carran also voted in favor.
Since then, nothing.
The failed Times Star Commons project has been quietly swept under the rug, one of the most stunning debacles undertaken by the city thus far.
November 20, 2013
Two residents say police wouldn't
take their crime report
Two Covington residents have written to The Covington News to tell us that the police officers allegedly discouraged them from filing reports after claiming to be victims of crimes.
We support the police. We think there should be more hired. But if a citizen wants to file a report, it should not be discouraged.
More on this at Covington News Facebook.
November 20, 2013
Criticized for daring to make a suggestion back then; now look
Way back in 2010 when Covington News evolved (thanks to the misinformation campaign that the bitter loser Kathy Groob was waging), the Facebook page suggested pop-up shops for downtown Covington.
Pop-up shops are retail operations that are open for a short period of time using a particular theme as a draw.
Of course, the City Hallers took it as criticism and trashed the page for daring to make such a suggestion.
But of course, City Hall finally woke up to the concept last year helped to finance some holiday shops in 2012.
It's being done again this year, with City Hall grants, and four people have agreed to open shops so far.
Hope our idea from 2010 works. Maybe the bitter Kathy Groob, the honorary founder of The Covington News, will show up as well and buy something rather than shopping in the suburbs.
November 19, 2013
Having the scoop on Madison Avenue developments
Kudos to our Charlene Dietz for breaking the news some weeks back that a developer named George Hagan was buying up property on Madison Avenue for rehabbing.
Covington News had repeatedly noted several buildings in the 800 block of Madison Avenue that were up for auction had been purchased by Mr. Hagan. A Covington News exclusive.
Gateway College is
in sad, sad shape
Gateway College has a disappointing graduation rate, just 27% and a high default rate on student loans. The college has been "red flagged" because of its current problems.
Several people at the Facebook page say people are getting loans with no intention at all to go to compete college, they just want the money.
November 15, 2013
200-bed drug treatment center
St. Elizabeth Physicians' Dr. Jeremy Engel is pushing for a 200-bed drug treatment center at the old St E in Covington, focusing on the heroin epidemic.
"We cannot arrest or incarcerate our way out of the problem," said the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department director, Dr. Lynne Saddler. [ Click on above headline for the story. ]
November 14, 2013
For the BID and against the BID
Conflicting info on who is for the BID or against among property owners. Seems to be indecision among some owners. The effort to create the downtown Business Improvement District has been going since 2011.
One major concern, we're told, is the amount of money that will be going to the Covington Business Council rather than for clean-up around town.
All property owners who have been the recipient of government funding are on board with the BID. Also, we're told promises have been made to wavering property owners that their building facades will be updated at no cost -- using federal money -- as a reward for supporting the BID.
At Facebook, one wag wrote:
"Well, it isn't just Covington News who is confused. I'd say it's an accurate depiction of the reality there," wrote Jeff Murden.
"We are against it but we're going to vote in favor. We are in favor but we're going to vote against. It's really black but we will call it a shade of grey.
"It isn't our money, it comes from other taxpayers. 70% are in favor, oh wait, that's only 70% of 70%. We might change our mind, but not really. ...wait who was I talking to?
"Oh, let me restate that.
"If I talk in a real calm, soothing voice people will agree with me. But I might yell at you at the bar. I will definitely yell at you in the back room.
"If you yell back at me I will make sure it is in a public place in front of the media. Don't tell me your opinion, if I want your opinion I will give it to you."
And so it goes in surely the strangest small city on earth!
November 13, 2013
Do as we say,
not as we do
Another example of hypocrisy or ineptness by the Carran/Klein administration. Or both.
During this time when code enforcement is being, well, enforced ... the Carran/Klein administration failed to get an occupancy license for its new digs on Pike Street.
November 11, 2013
Fire the candidate's PR person, immediately
City Commission candidate and regular folk Michael Gene Brosmore seen picking up trash on Covington's streets and answering questions by readers at the Covington News.
Elitists' candidate Huizenga no where to be found, except one evening at Arnold's Bar in Cincinnati. What? MainStrasse not good enough for him?
Then there's that report that he has no idea what his campaign platform will be and is working on it.
Shouldn't candidates know their campaign platform before announcing for office? Otherwise, that would make them pretty superficial.
This has turned out to be a PR disaster thus far for the elitists' candidate. If he has a PR person, fire him/her immediately.
The PRer didn't even send a press release on Huizenga's announcement to the city's one and only true new source -- Covington News -- and it has nearly 10,000 readers!
November 8, 2013
Digging deep when we don't get the
We did not get the press release on the Chuck Scheper's mini-me, who is running for City Commission.
It has happened before and it caused Covington News to start digging, rather than go the lazy way that mainstream media is going these days. They just reprint press releases without question, and the hell with it.
We have dug around and found a political skeleton with regard to the city's newest elitist candidate.
Not going to tell you yet. But if no opposing candidate doesn't bring up the subject between now and the primary, we surely will.
Because our 10,000 readers have the right to know. And no PR person for an elitist candidate will be able to spin it in a good way.
November 7, 2013
While former Mayor Scheper was introducing his mini-me for City Commission at an elitist event, another candidate named Mike Brosmore was outside on street clean-up duty.
Former firefighter Brosmore is running for Commission, using the slogan "A Common Man for Common Sense."
Already, Mr. Brosmore is making a whole lot of sense on what the city should and should not be doing. His comments have been posted at Covington News.
And the other guy running thus far? A champagne candidate, destined to fail in a city where most people are blue collar ... and really pissed with the city.
November 6, 2013
Commission meeting at a glance
Covington News is the only medium to cover commission meetings in real time.
Here's what happened last evening, at a glance:
City Manager Larry Klein was not in attendance, Charlene Dietz reports. The assistant City Manager Larissa Sims is sitting in his chair. No explaining as yet for his absence.
Commissioner Michelle Williams questioned a change in working with regard to the audit committee's charter, changing from an "oversee" group to an "overview" group. Thinks the purpose of the change was not clear
The group did not catch the ongoing alleged theft by finance director Bob Due, who is now awaiting trial for embezzlement, BTW.
While the landmark Mike Fink is leaving, Jeff Ruby's Waterfront still hopes to open in the spring at the foot of Madison Avenue. The city is financially helping with that project.
The city is focusing more on the Riverfront Commons project, a plan to establish a walkway along the river in several cities. Commissioner Rains questioning the amount of the project, the expense is higher than the original bid.
New police department software will link directly to the FBI. Considered state of the art.
Commissioner Williams objected to how people are placed on boards. Thinks all residents should have the opportunity to request appointment, as she has noted in the past. Another good old boy was appointed to a board last evening.
The BID question, a tax of downtown property owners to help keep downtown Covington clean, was taken off the agenda. The City of Covington was planning to be part of it.
The BID question, a tax of downtown property owners to help keep downtown Covington clean, was taken off the agenda. The City of Covington was planning to be part of it.
Resident Karen Weatherbee asked when a new finance director will be appointed. Mayor says the city is taking its time, wants to get "the right person" for the job.
Former firefighter Mike Brosmore expressed dismay that Pumper 1 is still not online full-time.
Resident Karen Weatherbee asked about the outreach staying out Pike and Washington Streets until the end of December. Seems to be a consensus that it will but will evenually have to move.
Owner of Herringer Meats in downtown Covington says business is "tougher than hell" and is objecting to the BID tax. Wants to know why new retailers are getting financial assistance from the city and not long-established businesses.
Commissioner Eilerman told Herringer Meats rep to talk to the Covington Business Council. Owner not happy that his company may be forced to pay more taxes in an already tough business atmosphere downtown.
Mayor says enough property owners downtown have agreed to the self-tax to be put into effect.
Downtown merchant says his business will be charged double taxes, objects strongly to the BID.
Commissioner Eilerman says it's not a tax, it's a "surcharge." Talk about doublespeak!
Merchant is complaining about parking in downtown Covington, saying it's one reason why people don't shop downtown.
A commissioner says only 7 to 8 police car patrols during the day. Charlene says the police chief told her 7. She believes that is not enough to cover the entire city.
An update on the infrastructure work, already posted here at Covington News yesterday. Most of the projects paid for by state, federal and regional OKI. Hardly any City of Covington money used. Would not have been possible without them.
Next meeting on November 19th at the new City Hall.
November 5, 2013
Frank, you are a drunk, a bully and a sexist
We want Commission Steve Frank to be a man and stop bullying Charlene Dietz.
It's one thing to be critical of a person's stance on issues, but to tell false stories about one's personal life is the act of a bully.
That goes for Frank, his puppets and the fake reporter as well. The character assassination of Charlene must stop.
Let me get personal, in return: Commissioner Frank, you are a drunk, a bully and a sexist.
All true, unlike the false stories you are spreading against Charlene.
November 4, 2013
Old Blowhard's challenge on
Commissioner Steve Frank, AKA The Old Blowhard, challenged The Covington News' notation that the city was in bad shape, crimewise.
He wanted statistics, and we found them (actually, knew about the stats for some time).
Folks, Covington is in really, really bad shape. Covington has one of the highest crime rates per capita in America compared to all communities of all sizes, says the FBI.
"With a crime rate of 66 per one thousand residents, Covington has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities.
One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 15.
Within Kentucky, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Covington.
"Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that.
"With a population of 40,811, Covington has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size.
"Regardless of whether Covington does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Covington."
Link to the story >
November 1, 2013
Rima's asks: Where are the people who talked me into reopening?
Rima's Diner is doing just fine on Madison Avenue at 7th, but she's miffed about one thing.
"I would like to see more of the faces that rooted me on to open back up," Rima David wrote at Covington News last evening during an online discussion concerning downtown Covington.
"I can say is for those of us who are trying to give something to Covington because we believe in the area and the people ,we cannot make it without the support of the people of that area," Rima wrote.
" I would like to see more of the faces that rooted me on to open back up and I also feel that with a little effort on making our area a little more quaint and appealing ,merchants that some of you would like to see in the area might want to be a part of what I see as the Madison project.
"I feel sometimes the city without realizing it makes it hard for a small business person as myself to keep its head above water but I've always been able to speak to someone and they do listen," she wrote.
"So I feel that if the city of Covington and the people support the businesses that are there now more merchants will come...... This is only my opinion...... So far the people that frequent Rima D's has welcomed us and that I am thankful for."
October 30, 2013
Breaking news and Facebook
The Facebook page gained 350+ new people who'd joined the page over the past few days, most accessing The Covington News because of the Desean Peterson murder.
Last evening as our breaking news / exclusive advanced, we exclusively went online before any others to tell you that there was at least one arrest.
A few minutes later, we exclusively told you of two more arrests -- still before anyone else posted info. Then 4, and finally six arrests in all. Information gathered without a press release as the TV stations do it.
The problem occurred when people were still relying on an early headline rather than reading the comments where the latest information had been posted.
You have to read the comments to get a sense of how the breaking exclusive advanced as the minutes went on. A lot of people did not do that.
We'll have to do some changes to make information easier to see and easier to read.
October 29, 2013
Debate about lost fireplugs and water pressure continues
A witness on Martin Street says he saw firefighters asking residents in the area for the location of fire hydrants:
"There has to be a way to make these more visible to firefighters during emergencies," he'd wrote.
"It took a fire truck driving down Scott Street backwards wasting about 5 to 10 min of time to get everything pumping through the truck."
Then retired fightfighter Mike Brosmore wrote:
" Joe, when I was on the department we walked plug routes in the dead of winter to see if they froze up the barrel. We were questioned by either the engineer or the officer where the plugs were located and what the flow was. Meaning was it a good or bad plug. With the cut in staffing and the recent retirements they maybe behind in the training."
So, are today's firefighters trained to memorize the location of hydrants in the city? Read more in the comments section of the Facebook page. [ Click on the headline for the column ]
October 28, 2013
of a shooting on Garrard Street
Last night there was a drive-by shooting at 17th and Garrard, a breaking news story at Covington News Facebook.
The page broke the news.
But it wasn't me, it wasn't Charlene or our slew of private sources who did it ... that news came from regular readers of the page.
They gave real-time reports on what was happening ... and even told people that the victim, Dasean Peterson, had passed away. A sad revelation hours before mainstream media reported it.
What I find amazing is how successful social media has become with regard to reader participation, truly on the cutting edge of being the total news source on the micro-level.
[ Click on the headline for the column ]
October 25, 2013
A fitting goodbye to the old Walgreens
"The new Walgreens here in Covington opens up today, October 25th, and all of us here in the downtown area are pretty damn excited about it.
Oh, that's probably a stretch. It’ll just be something new replacing something old." [ Click on the headline for the column ]
October 24, 2013
Isaiah House gets permit, no businesses
objected to outreach event
The Rev. Mark Kinman, pastor of Faith Church Inc. of Park Hills, a leader in the outreach efforts, said the city simply does not want poor people in public places, he tells The Enquirer.
Kinman said he went to 15 adjacent businesses – also required on the permit – to discuss the upcoming outreach effort with owners, and none objected.
October 23, 2013
City Commission berated for supporting outreach event's forced relocation
At the commission meeting last evening, residents were berating the commission for trying to remove the Isaiah House's outreach program north of 12th Street.
The event was held outside Carlisle School for many years, moved to the Bill Butler parking lot at Pike and Washington Streets last month after a few politicians -- activists say busybody Kathy Groob was the ringleader -- in the Old Seminary Square neighborhood complained.
Conversely, at least a dozen residents posted at Covington News Facebook and commented to WXIX that the monthly event was not a problem.
The city has attempted to stop the event on the Butler property, a huge but little-used parking lot.
Commisser Eilerman says it is a question of location and logistics which they are trying to work through.
Commissioner Frank says he doesn't think anyone is turning their backs. Says some other communities need to do their fair share too. Says the message needs to echo out into the broader community.
Activist Mike Brosmore read a passage from The Bible. Mike says the city administration has a problem with the poor in this city. "If we can't do what Jesus says how can we run a city." Says we keep running poor people out.
Activist Ricky Waller spoke: "Evil thrives when good people do nothing".
He does ministry in the city. He ministers to the poor, addicts, and homeless in the city.
He says to get rid of Isaiah House will increase panhandling and thefts.
He is asking for is equity in issuing permits. He said the city would issue a permit for a concert, but, has an issue with a bullhorn.
Says "Let's help the city, not defeat it. Let's help these people, I beg of you please."
Christi Blair also spoke at the commission meeting with regard to Isaiah House being kicked:
Says it breaks her heart, asking commission, "What are you doing?"
Talking about the holidays coming up, the neediest of all, need food, toys, clothes.
"Why do you think they do that the 3rd Saturday of the month?," Ms. Blair asked.|
"Your poverty is in Covington. It is probably the poorest city in Northern Kentucky."
"You are trying to push them out so you can have your green space, your waterfalls ... they need help."
Mayor told Christi to be a little more respectful with her tone.
Christi retorted, "Should I curse (like the Mayor)?"
Ms. Blair is asking if there have ever been any arrests or riots? City manager says there has been disruptions to business and property owners.
Talking about bullhorns waking people up at 8 a.m.
Eilerman claimed he supports and appreciates what the outreach is doing. That the city was not trying to run them out. Christi says. "I hope you do work with them for the holidays."
October 21, 2013
Religious and community leaders just don't care
While Old Seminary Square residents have posted at the Facebook page and have been quoted by WXIX that the outreach program that was on the grounds of Carlisle School was never a problem, it looks as though religious and community leaders don't give a flying flip.
The plight of the hungry poor, at least in this case, is not getting help from community leaders, pastors and preachers and the Bishop of Covington.
No opposition to the city's plans to push the poor from north of 12th Street, pushed as far south as Latonia.
Looks like kicking the outreach program is a dead issue at this point.
October 16, 2013
People who can put a stop to the
poor being kicked around in Covington
The outreach program was kicked off Carlisle School property because a few nearby residents with good-old-boy connections didn't want it there.
Now, the city wants Isaiah House out of its new location, a parking lot at Pike and Washington Streets.
Who can help stop the kicking around of the poor in Covington?:
> Arnold Simpson. It was his neighborhood friends in the Old Seminary Square who wanted the outreach moved. Mr. Simpson, the son of a Covington civil rights leader, looked the other way.
> Pastors and preachers. Have been long quiet and they would have to step up. The Roman Catholic Church has lost its compassion, although the new Pope is trying to change that.
> Community leaders. They have to voice their concerns which, for the most part, has not been done.
What a shame it is that Democrats, the so-called party of compassion, are the ones doing the kicking.
October 16, 2013
Eilerman, Frank in shouting match at Chez Nora
Sources tell Covington News about a screaming match at the Main Street restaurant Monday evening, allegedly involving Commissioners Charles Eilerman and Steve Frank.
Apparently, the yelling by Eilerman was so intense that diners became extremely uncomfortable, some worried that fisticuffs would be next.
Sources say the argument had to do with the continued employment of Larry Klein, the city manager.
Very interesting that all the known screaming matches with regard to Covington officials had one common denominator: Chuck Eilerman.
October 11, 2013
Outrageous double-speak by clueless Carran
How heartless and out of touch can the Carran/Klein administration be?
Did you read what Carran had to say about the substance abuse treatment center proposed for the old St Elizabeth Hospital.
Talk about political doublespeak!
October 10, 2013
Major drug treatment center at the old hospital?
A 200-bed inpatient substance abuse treatment program proposed for the former St. Elizabeth North Hospital here could help a region with limited treatment options deal with a heroin epidemic that's touched neighborhoods throughout Northern Kentucky, supporters say.
An interesting Enquirer, click on the headline for story!
October 9, 2013
'Don't give me that wild eyed look'
Yet another tense argument at the Commission meeting last evening after Commissioner Rains noted that the Carran/Klein administration wrote a check for $250,000 and signed a development contract without full commission approval.
Mayor Carran said a majority of Commissioners nodded OK during a private meeting. Commissioners Rains and Williams maintain the actions were illegal.
The most tense moments was an exchanged between Carran and Rains, with the Commissioner telling Carran not to give her "that wild eyed look."
October 7, 2013
With no private interests, City becomes its own developer
Embarrassingly for the city, few private and corporate developers are interested in Covington.
Ever wonder how Covington became the social services capital of Northern Kentucky?
According to an article I'd read a few weeks ago, it goes back to when the city was declared one of the most depressed areas of country.
It opened the floodgates for money from the state and federal government generously flowing into the city, to save it.
Non-profits pounced, the "gold rush" for free money was on.
Today, non-profits continue to come into the city -- most of the recent economic news has to do with their funding by the state/feds -- but this time under the guise of helping entrepreneurs and macro businesses develop and grow.
October 4, 2013
Licking Riverside a crime-free zone
Pretty neat that the Licking Riverside District is being recognized nationally.
Coincidentally, the Facebook page was marveling about Licking Riverside being a crime-free zone. Few reported crimes, and so we wondered why? Still no answers.
October 3, 2013
Elected politicians getting off Facebook news pages
Elected politicians here and in our communities are being advised to stay off Facebook so as not to be put on the spot by residents.
An example is Commissioner Charles Eilerman, who no longer posts on Facebook except on his personal page where he has blocked people who disagree with him.
October 2, 2013
All of Covington seems to be for sale
Loopnet has listing after listing of prominent Covington buildings for sale, including the old St E Hospital which is on the market for $4.2 million.
Chez Nora is also on the market and we understand the owners want to retire. Willie's up the hillside is also for sale. You can check all the listings by clicking on the headline.
October 1, 2013
Not dogs but cats freely roam Covington
We've asked at the Facebook page, "Too many unleashed dogs in Covington / Latonia?"
Turns out, most of the complaints were about cats, not dogs, roaming freely.
September 30, 2013
Exclusive > Holmes band
director may not be criminally charged
Of course, the text messages angle was not a WXIX exclusive as it is claiming because Covington News already told you. But we're glad they'd confirmed our posts.
We're being told that Jared Murray may not be charged, that the dozens of text messages were, for the most part, casual comments/banter and not overtly sexual in nature. No photos were exchanged as Covington News has maintained from the beginning.
But officials believe the exchanges were "unbecoming for a teacher," thus his forced resignation.
September 27, 2013
How Covington News broke the Holmes band director story
We were told three weeks ago that Jared Murray, band director of both Holmes High School and Middle School, was under school investigation for texting a student in an alleged inappropriate manner.
There was a claim of a previous incident as well.
Mr. Murray has resigned, an action that caused Covington News to exclusively release info, in brief, Thursday morning. WXIX reported later in the day that police have launched an investigation. WXIX did not state the reason for the investigation.
Because of the resignation and the WXIX post, The Covington News decided to release more of what had been alleged, rather than hide the information.
According to sources, Mr. Murray was allegedly sexting a female student at Holmes. We have always said it was texting only.
However, in this fluid situation, one source has backed off that claim, now saying it was text messaging only, as Covington News has maintained.
Covington Schools attempted to keep the accusation quiet but the parents of the student contacted Covington Police, our reliable sources say.
There have been several instances of inappropriate contact between adult employees of the Covington school system and students over the years. All were "swept under the rug," so to speak.
September 26, 2013
More things you may not have known
Things you may not have known if you didn't access Covington News over the past 24 hours:
(1) Of course, the gas main break. Scared a lot of people and the The News was the only one to cover it.
(2) Charlene Dietz's exclusive real-time reports on last night's calm and cool Commission meeting. Maybe Commissioner Frank should stay away for more often? He was out of town.
(3) People must like Swifty Gas because when it closed on Madison Avenue, they let us know!
(4) The state auditor will hold summit to
address NKY, Covington corruption on October 15th. Former finance director Bob Due has been sent back to jail. Actually this is an Enquirer story.
(5) Funeral services for Mary E. Carr who was struck and killed on Winston Avenue are set. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Williamstown.
(6) Five historic, completely rehabbed properties seeking owners
housing program offers affordable opportunities to new homebuyers in Covington.
(7) Are 11 pomeranians actually living in a house in Latonia that has become a commercial breeding operation?
(8) Readers posts on the Scott Street water main break today.
(9) The city has been working on a redesign of Randolph Park.
(10) Covington-based "Growing Sounds" releases 6 music videos for bullying prevention.
(11) Sure looks like Pure Romance played Covington to get a better deal in Cincinnati.
(12) Dramatic photos of an accident on Howell, south of 29th Street.
(13) If you get a toll bill after the new bridge is completed, you may get a hefty service fee as well.
(14) They're looking for someone to fill the former Sidebar spot on Greenup Street at Roebling Point. Rent is $4250. per month plus taxes and insurance of $611.
(15) Last night at Latonia Gold Star: Who Dey, the Cincinnati Bengals mascot, was there for kids night!
(16) Got allergies? Covington have halfway between two really bad cities for allergies, Louisville and Dayton OH.
... Plus a heck of lot links to news sites. We think Covington News has it all covered!
September 25, 2013
Thousands rushed to Covington News last evening
Over 10,000 people, Facebook says, went to our page last night after natural gas could be smelled for blocks.
A gas main was damaged by construction crews on Holmesdale Court. Holmes High School, which was having an evening event, was evacuated.
Covington News Facebook was the only median to cover it.
Here's what happened:
The incident was caused by a third party using a piece of equipment to fix a broken water line on Holmesdale Court. They hit the Duke Energy natural gas line.
Duke Energy upon arrival added mercaptin to the natural gas making it easier to track and detect. The gas main was shut down and crews got to work with repairs.
The odor could be smelled for blocks, and people were concerned. An evening event at Holmes was evacuated as a precaution.
Residents calling Duke Energy seemingly received conflicting info on what to do. There was no notification, except via The Covington News.
Duke Energy says it will review procedures to see if they were followed or not.
September 24, 2013
You would not have known, Part 2
12 things you may have missed if you weren't at The Covington News on Monday. A listing of our own news postings:
(1) Charlene Dietz reported shots were fired near the Holiday Inn.
(2) Eastside activist Mike Brosmore says the Louisville company planning to open a residential hall at the old Lincoln Grant School will not be taking all or part of Randolph Park after all.
(3) Commissioner Frank may be out of town, so the only two Commissioners (Rains, Williams) pushing for openness and change inside City Hall may have a louder voice at Tuesday's commission meeting.
(4) Commissioner Eilerman is Facebook blocking people who disagree with him. Just as he'd helped block Commissioners Rains and Williams from accessing city information. A most undemocratic Democrat.
(5) The city is hoping to work with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to landscape this traffic island at Fourth and the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge.
(6) City activist Teri Meyer says her daughter was able to get over 150 pounds of healthy food donated and she and her friends passed it out to the homeless in Cincinnati.
(7) Former Commissioner Shawn Masters' Covington travel and tourism site isn't being updated again, leaving the city without a guide for visitors.
(8) Suggestions posted for better crosswalks, especially in Latonia where a senior citizen was recently struck and killed by a car.
(9) Isaiah House monthly outreach program has found a new spot, Pike and Washington Streets.
(10) We'd found out that the region's premier Halloween attraction has 20,000 scary square feet and 4 themes. It's at the old Johnny's Toys site in Latonia.
(11) Reader Matt Huff publishes a second overlay map of the bus routes in Latonia.
(12) Readers heart-felt comments concerning Paige Johnson. There a vigil for Paige last evening at Goebel Park, three years after her disappearance.
... and that's whole lot of self-generated Covington news, here at The Covington News!
September 23, 2013
Covington News Facebook is breaking news central:
Some of the news exclusively brought to your attention by THE COVINGTON NEWS over the past few days:
(1) Vigil to remember Paige Johnson at Goebel Park tonight. Actually, we'd first told you about this a month ago.
(2) Isaiah House's outreach program finds new location, at Pike and Washington, after bitter politician Kathy Groob pulls strings to get it thrown off Carlisle School property. Didn't want it in the neighborhood.
(3) Covington/Latonia has its own regional Halloween attraction, Scream Acres, at the old Johnny's Toys site.
(4) Top coverage of plans to change TANK bus routes in Latonia. Readers want to Carran/Klein administration to pressure TANK to keep things as they are.
(5) WKRC confirmed it was the Carran/Klein administration that called the police on the gay nightclub -- while at the same time was putting together an incentive package to lure a sex toys company to Covington!
(6) Lloyd's roller rink in Latonia is open for the season!
(7) Covington commissioner and liberal elitist Charles Eilerman blocks people who don't agree with him from his Facebook page.
(8) Latonia residents want the Carran/Klein administration to do something about the Winston Avenue crosswalks after another resident is struck by a car.
(9) Residents want the Carran/Klein administration to apply pressure on TANK to install more bus shelters.
(10) Residents express concerns at The News about used heroin needles being littered around town. Want the Carran/Klein administration to step up cleaning efforts.
(11) The News posts the addresses of most of the Covington properties that will be affected by the interstate widening.
(12) Two candidates: Covington entrepreneur Robert McKinley is second to announce his candidacy for City Commission, at The News. As did former assistant fire chief Chip Terry.
... I don't think anyone can question that Covington News Facebook is breaking news central, time and time again.
September 19, 2013
Second candidate for Covington Commissioner announces at Covington News:
Robert McKinley tells The Covington News that he's running for City Commissioner.
Mr. McKinley, an Eastside resident, says he's running so that citizens of Covington will be given top priority at City Hall.
"Let's put Covington back on the map as a safe place to raise a family, own a business, and just the place to be. Covington needs to be put back to its once former glory."
Mr. McKinley is a life long resident of Kenton County.
"I have lived in Covington a total of three times now. I am a Navy veteran of three and a half years where I proudly served on board the USS John C. Stennis.
"I am member of Mother of God Church with my girlfriend Erica Rae along with our two wonderful sons Jaxon and Quentin.
"I am a blue collar working man that believes in hard work and no excuses. My family is also members of the Covington community. Whether it be through Mother of God Church or as a business owner with the Greenline Salon.
" I love Covington and believe that it deserves to be taken care of better than it has been in recent memory."
Only two people have announced, thus far. The other is former assistant fire chief Chip Terry who also made his intentions known at Covington News first, a few weeks ago.
September 19, 2013
Soviet Socialist Republic of Covington
Ever wonder how Covington became the social services capital of Northern Kentucky?
According to an article I'd read a few weeks ago, it goes back to when the city was declared one of the most depressed areas of country. It opened the floodgates for money from the state and federal government generously flowing into the city, to save it.
Non-profits pounced, the "gold rush" for free money was on.
Today, non-profits continue to come into the city but this time under the guise of helping entrepreneurs and macro businesses develop and grow. Those entrepreneurs would also get a crack at free money.
Hey, whatever happened to good old capitalism in Covington?
Why are these new companies having problems raising money via bank loans, private investment, family assistance and personal savings ?
Banks are lending again. I get credit card offers galore offering high credit limits and 0% interest for two years. I was recently offered an unsecured bank loan for $50,000 at a very low interest rate!
So there's concern. If people can't get money via bank loans, private investment, family assistance ... then something is wrong.
The "can't get credit crowd" is flocking to Covington. What happens when the free money runs out?
Time will tell in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Covington.
September 17, 2013
Caroline Underpass now closed for repair
If you're heading out to Latonia, beware:
The Caroline Avenue underpass in Covington will be closed to all traffic except for emergency vehicles beginning Tuesday, according to city officials.
September 16, 2013
New Greenup Street restaurant opens next week
As the Enquirer first told you, a new restaurant will be opening at the old Greenup Cafe spot.
Chef Mark Bodenstein and Marie Anderson are opening a restaurant called NuVo at Greenup that will bring back Bodenstein’s original restaurant NuVo and re-animate the space that was the Greenup Cafe.
Click on the above headline for the story!
September 12, 2013
Even I get tired of the drama in Covington
It's true, it gets tiring. Glad that I stay immune from the drama in my other cities. Anyway, have a nice and cool weekend.
September 12, 2013
Rains, Williams rudely ordered to leave their seats
The heroes of City Hall, Commissioners Rains and Williams, were told to leave their seats last evening at the City Hall Task Force meeting.
The two commissioners were told to sit elsewhere because the seats were "reserved for members of the Task Force" but they were never occupied the entire evening.
Ms. Rains and Williams have been questioning City Hall's since taking office in January and are apparently still being punished by the good old boys for doing so.
Praise the political gods for Commissioners Rains and Williams. Had it not been for their constant prodding and questioning with regard to City Hall activities, the embezzlement may never have been uncovered.
September 11, 2013
Banning fireworks booths taken off the agenda
The city may be having a change of heart ... or realized at the last minute that banning fireworks booths on private property would be illegal.
It was taken off the agenda for last evening's Commission meeting.
September 10, 2013
Taking away more of
the city's quaintness
As we'd noted last week, the city commission wants to take away some more of the things that make Covington quaint. This time, they want to make seasonal street corner fireworks stands illegal.
Fireworks have been used to celebrate Independence Day for generations. Not just in Covington but around the country, of course.
September 9, 2013
Guttirrez Deli just a
few blocks away
The deli at Lee and Martin Luther King Blvd re-opened sometime back as Guttirrez Deli.
It's "a new establishment offering Mexican and South American staples, fresh produce, and sandwiches made to order.
Guttirrez Deli offers a variety of meat and cheese sandwiches, as well as Mexican specialties like tamales to go." Source: Westside Action Coalition
September 6, 2013
Business as usual at City Hall
Four things you should know about hiring
Ivan Frye as interim finance director:
(1) Some of the commissioners were left in the dark
(2) A male commissioner said the hiring needed to be approved by the Commission, but a report says Frye is already on the job.
(3) Mr. Frye has a long history of working in the government sector rather than private sector.
(4) Mr. Frye used to be current Covington City Manager Larry Klein's boss at another city.
Business as usual at City Hall.
September 5, 2013
How about some nice news today?
While people have paid no mind to loser politicians who are demanding that people not access The Covington News and this page, the losers have succeeded in blocking us from getting the good news about Russell Street in some cases.
Strange people: They complain about too much bad news yet go out of their way to block the good news?
Anyway, as noted at the Facebook page, 1039 Russell St has been on the market for a while.
The structure -- one of the oldest on the street -- is absolutely beautiful inside. Asking price is $227,000.
Just click this link and then access all the photos once there!.
September 4, 2013
Neighborhood ignores plea to ignore Covington News
Of course, everyone knows that failed Commission candidate Greg Paeth has been running around asking, literally ordering people to not access The Covington News. One prominent Russell Streeter simply told him to "fuck off" when Paeth tried that on him.
The failed and bitter Groob has done the same. And a CityBeat columnist says he was contacted by a Commissioner who suggested that he should stay away as well.
But people have ignored those political losers and have joined the page in droves , right now it has over 8,500 likes ... which includes many, many people from Russell Street. Like Paeth's wife who hit the like button on an item about the airport last evening.
September 3, 2013
'Steve Frank, you're full of baloney!'
CityBeat columnist Larry Gross smacks Commissioner Steve Frank for his repeated assurances that the city's budget and expenditures have been closely watched when, obviously, they were not. Click on the headline to read.
August 30, 2013
Eastsiders think Groob did it and I disagreed!
Some of the folks on the Eastside think Kathy Groob was the one who complained to the city about the monthly food and clothing giveaway outside Carlisle School and I've disagreed, you may be surprised to learn.
The bitter, fake and failed politician can't be that much of a dirtbag, can she?
August 29, 2013
City Hall politicians resort to name-calling
It has gone from "little bitch" to "loons."
Commissioner Steve "We're watching our expenditures like a hawk" Frank is calling people associated with the petition kick-off "loons."
But wait, there's more! Former commissioner Shawn Masters has gotten off Grindr long enough to call someone in attendance at Goebel Park a "squirmy little shit."
I think Covington activist Mike Brosmore summed it up well:
"Those that are usually guilty scream the loudest. If you have noticed when you are in a debate when the opposition is losing the contest they resort to name calling and get loud."
August 28, 2013
Carran, Frank put themselves on
Steve Frank, who has repeatedly assured the public that he has kept a close on the city's finances and expenditures, had himself put on a city Task Force that will make recommendations on how to stop future embezzlements.
Sherry Carran, the new 'lost in space' Mayor, also put herself on the Task Force.
And everybody in Covington is watching with their mouths wide open, astounded that -- as one person wrote at Facebook -- this "shit keeps happening over and over again inside the city government."
BTW, the only two on the Commission who seem to have any commeon sense are Michelle Williams and Mildred Rains. They want the state auditor to come into town and check things out.
August 27, 2013
Commission Frank among the biggest losers
For repeatedly assuring the public over the past 2 1/2 years that the city's budget and expenditures had been carefully scrutinized. The guy has lost all credibility.
August 26, 2013
Told residents they were keeping an eye on expenditures
The city commission repeatedly assured residents they were keeping a close eye on expenditures. They'd lied, once again.
August 23, 2013
Big event at Crossfit Sunday
Actually it's a weekend-long event for Covington Crossfit on Russell Street. But the biggee day will be Sunday when hundreds of jocks converge at the gym for the End of Summer Throwdown.
Should be a great event. And selfish whiners ... try to deal with just a few hours of tight parking, will you?
August 21, 2013
Food giveaway will continue outside Carlisle School
Isaiah House will continue with its outreach program in the parking lot of John G. Carlisle Elementary School. Next event will be August 31 at 9:00 am.
Of course, that means a few selfish people in the neighborhood will have something else to whine about!
August 20, 2013
Don't be cranky this coming Sunday
Maybe the neighborhood busybody will be running amuck on Sunday, but for the rest ... hope things will be calm and cool.
Crossfit is having a special event on Sunday at its 812 Russell Street location, and hundreds are expected to attend.
Which means lots of cars for a few hours.
Many of the jocks in attendance at the End of Summer Throwdown will be come in from other communities, a good thing for Covington.
August 15, 2013
Plantings filling up 12th Street
As I travel around the South, have noted dozens of medians with decorative plantings.
Seems like just the natural things for cities and towns to do, but not in Covington.
To get money for the 12th Street project was a major chore and its success has been celebrated, even though elsewhere its just a routine occurance.
Anyway, the landscaping of 12th Street -- now called Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. -- will be completed soon. Let's hope that the what promises to be a beautiful scene will be properly maintained.
August 13, 2013
Justin Sanders running for Kentucky Court of Appeals judge
Northern Kentucky lawyer Justin Sanders has announced his candidacy for Kentucky Court of Appeals judge in the 2014 election.
Sanders will seek the Sixth Appellate District seat held by Justice Michelle Keller before her recent appointment to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Also, at one point Bob Sanders was being touted to run for Supreme Court but he's happy doing what he does best, being a trial lawyer.
August 12, 2013
Advance notice on next Crossfit event
Now, people who live near Covington Crossfit, located off Russell Street, here's advance notice with regard to the gym's next "Throwdown" which drew hundreds of people from around the Tri-State the last time, causing a few residents to complain about lack of parking. It's Sunday, August 25th.
A former school board candidate, Jo Rogers, complained last time that she couldn't find a place to park to get her groceries inside last time. Ms. Rogers also recently complained about the monthly food giveway outside of Carlisle School.
Maybe buy your groceries a day earlier?
August 9, 2013
Two women made complaint against food giveaway outside Carlisle School
Got word that it was two women who live in the immediate neighborhood who allegedly made the complaint about the monthly food giveaway outside John Carlisle School by Isaiah House Ministries.
The preacher who is charge of the charitable event noted it during a meeting on Eastside.
There were only two cars parked in violation; no portable toilets in anyone's yard; no trash on the ground, the organizer said.
He had dozens of volunteers to ensure that it is orderly. The event has been going on for 20 years and these were the first complaints.
August 6, 2013
So much going on for me personally that I can't bitch about anything today.
Will try again tomorrow. Meanwhile, there's always THE COVINGTON NEWS page at Facebook, the city's largest news source by far!
August 2, 2013
Trulleys on House Hunters
Former City Commission candidate Rick Trulley and his wife are reportedly going to be on HGTV's House Hunters.
The Trulleys have sold their home in Old Seminary Square and have bought a residence at Myrtle Beach.
Back to getting my personality back:
I may even start throwing my famous mega-parties again! Didn't do it here because I've figured someone would complain, so just didn't bother.
Just felt so damn restrictive here, near everybody bitches about everything and, of course, I'd ended up doing the same.
So now that the house is sold, I already feel my old self re-emerging and am excited about the new adventures yet to come!
August 1, 2013
Getting my personality back after Russell Street
Closing on the Russell Street house today and I'm feeling strangely exhilarated.
It's strange because I'm a sentimental guy and every end of a chapter in my life always gets me a little sad.
But suddenly I am happy to get it over with because ...
I want my personality back!
You know, the guy with the charming personality whose trait was written about in the media (literally, 2 Post articles and Cincinnati Magazine years ago).
The guy intriqued with everything and excited about all the little things.
I'm still that way ... but not in Covington where something went terribly wrong.
Everything started out OK after moving here from Atlanta. But three years after settling in, my personality changed to "Grumpy in Covington," like some kind of weird movie.
I have taken solace of sorts when I see and watch the fighting going on inside City Hall. It's a trait that seems to be prevalent in the city. Division seems to be the norm, rather than the exception here.
Don't get that wrong: I will always stand up for my beliefs but, hopefully, in a happy warrior way rather than the viciousness that seems to be so prevalent in Covington.
I am hoping that moving will put that chapter all behind and I'll get my personality back, the one that I like so much better.
Still seems to be that way elsewhere ... in Pompano Beach where I own a condo and in Atlanta, a place I still consider my second home, and hopefully in the mountains where I plan to buy a cabin.
So hopes to be that charming, intriqued about everything, joyous dude 24/7 are high ... and I can't wait!
July 31, 2013
Whining in the neighborhood
Oh, for God's sake. Now some unidentified whiner from the neighborhood is complaining about the monthly free food event at John G Carlisle School.
Something about parking problems during the event, or that it
is bringing poor people to the neighborhood.
Get over it and go to hell.
Since when is having compassion for the down out a bad thing? Be proud that here in Covington, people have been generous to the poor and I hope it will continue.
July 29, 2013
Remembering Russell Street
Yes, I am still moving from Russell Street, although the process has been slower than anticipated ... really wasn't ready to go anyway. But it's going to happen soon.
Was doing a mental review of my eight years on the block:
It started out pretty well. I got involved. Doing little things like watering the flower pots on the street; spraying weed killer into the sidewalk cracks up and down the street; planting American flags in the tree wells on the 4th.
Who can forget the cement table and chairs on the sidewalk that I'd hoped would be a gathering point for the neighbors? That turned out to be fiasco.
The neighborhood gossip didn't like it and stirred up a lot of controversy about it when not condemning a women down the street who was having a relationship with someone the busybody didn't like; or telling people about a neighbor on another street whose house was filled with bedbugs, or so the gossip claimed ... among other tantalizing stories that should have been none of her business to tell.
This page was nothing compared to the tales weaved by the neighborhood gossip.
Then there were the politicians.
I'd worked on political campaigns in my earlier life and saw how they sell their souls to the devil. They're manipulative and really do not stand on principle. They just want to be elected. For most, it's just an ego trip. My experience discovered that.
And, of course, most are really great people in the neighborhood. Very kind people.
Anyway, I will be locking the front door for the last time soon. I'd liked the little house on Russell Street ... still do. But time to move on to new adventures. Can't wait to discover what the future will bring!
July 26, 2013
It doesn't get any better than this, especially for late July: Today's forecast calls for plenty of sun and a high of 82 degrees.
It was a brisk 57 degrees this Friday morning!
July 25, 2013
Only 12 volunteers showed for flood canvassing
Inspite of the spin, it's no secret that volunteer events are always weak in, well, volunteers.
Getting people to canvas neighborhoods with regard to flood damage and issues proves it. Only 12 people showed up.
July 24, 2013
Commission meeting was disgraceful
Yelling, screaming and hair-pulling. Well, not the last one but it sure came close to a free-for-all at last evening's City Commission meeting.
A remarkable embarrassment for the city. A disgrace. And people are talking about it over at the Facebook page, of course.
July 23, 2013
Commissioner Williams being blocked from presenting flood relief resolution
Commissioner Michelle Williams attempting to introduce a new resolution before the Covington City Commission with regard to flooding and the Sanitation District.
City Manager Klein is said to be refusing to place it on the agenda for Tuesday. Click on the headline above for more info.
July 22, 2013
Covington watchdog backs off Facebook after disinformation campaign against her
Covington watchdog Charlene Dietz has decided to leave Facebook for a while after vile and untrue postings that claimed to be about her, one of the people using the character associations against her is a friend of Commissioner Frank.
Charlene also received a disturbing email this morning and that was enough for her to hang it up for a while.
Hoping that she'll come back soon. Covington needs her.
July 18, 2013
Blame the city's laid-backed PR people for the bad news
It's still a good city.
We have constantly complained that the "good news" is not getting out there to the public.
We seldom receive press info about the neat things happening, have to go looking for it ourselves. I continue to be amazed how many of the local PR people aren't doing an adequate job.
The biggest problem is the less than aggressive PR people in town. Because of them, the good news isn't getting out there.
For example, we haven't received press info from MainStrasse in months, an area that is currently being challenged as an entertainment district by Newport, Bellevue, The Banks, downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine.
There is no promotion of existing downtown businesses by Renaissance Covington. Its website lasted just a couple months or so and is now offline.
Latonia Business Association does not promote its members. There's no website.
There is no Covington Restaurant Association.
The Roebling Point Facebook page has not been updated since March.
There is no comprehensive page for recreation activities for Covington.
Ray Hadorn wrote at the Facebook page: "You are absolutely right!! Any business will not survive if it doesn't promote itself. And a city should be run the same way.
"But the businesses need to realize that the city is not going to help and band together and promote themselves," Mr. Hadorn wrote.
It would be helpful if the promotional people would ... actually promote. The blame rests squarely on their shoulders, truly have let the city down.
July 17, 2013
Why are some people mosquito magnets?
If you feel as if every mosquito in a 50-mile radius has you locked in its sights, while your friends are rarely bitten, you could be right.
July 16, 2013
Keep Covington Beautiful falls flat
A very small group of people who get together, maybe once or twice a year to clean little patches of trash here and there, was MIA during the flood clean-up
'Keep Covington Beautiful' was no where to be found. Even its Facebook had no mention of the disaster.
And that is sad.
One group that has really stepped up is the Eastside's OASIS, which has really been helpful in helping residents there.
Which even touched the heart of Daren Harris, owner and chef of Giuseppe's Pizza, who is sending a load of pizza pies to OASIS today!
If you read The Covington News Facebook page, then you already know that work has begun on landscaping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
So, am I moving to West Covington? Maybe ;-)
July 15, 2013
Giving up on downtown
Several people have been complaining at the Facebook page that they have been stopped by police and asked for ID when downtown.
The Covington Police are under a lot of pressure to clear out the drug dealers and prostitutes downtown and, as I understand it, can ask for ID.
But going downtown for some is turning into a big hassle. There's better places to go.
July 12, 2013