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Round-Up: Monday January 14

Here's what's making news in Covington and around the Commonwealth:

PLENTY OF HEROES HAVE BOOSTED HOLMES BOYS BASKETBALL TO 18-0 RECORD

After beating Cooper Friday evening, the Holmes Bulldogs improved to 18-0 and are now the only undefeated team in the state. Coach Jason Booher gives out lots of credit for the season's success but also says some members of the team are fighting off illness:

“The biggest thing is we have the flu going through, so we have guys who aren’t feeling their best,” said Holmes head coach Jason Booher. “It was a grind-out game and you have to grind through it and we were able to get through it. I’m proud of them. After those two big games, I was proud of them having the energy to play that third game.”

Bolden, Holmes’ top scorer, has drawn a lot of buzz as one of the top point guards in the state in his rookie year on varsity. He is already drawing interest from Division I colleges, including Xavier head coach Chris Mack, who was at the Cov Cath game.

He has had to play a big role after the graduation of Dontel Rice, the Ninth Region player of the year last season.

“You lose the player of the year, you don’t know what to expect,” Booher said. “That’s our leading rebounder, leading scorer. We didn’t know where we would get that stuff this year. We’ve had great contributions from the whole team.”

Full story: Cincinnati Enquirer/James Weber

COVINGTON ARTS PROMOTED ON WVXU

From WVXU:

Covington is fast becoming another go-to destination for artist studios, gallery shows, and more importantly, an organization that provides support services to local artists. Jane Durrell welcomes Natalie Bowers and Cate Yellig from the Artisans Enterprise Center to talk about the center’s mission and upcoming activities.

Listen: WVXU

SEN. RAND PAUL'S SON CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING FLIGHT ATTENDANT

The son of United States Senator Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green), who was arrested in Charlotte last week after being drunk on a flight, is facing a new charge this morning: assaulting a flight attendant:

Initial news reports last week did not cite the assault charge, but it is unclear why that charge was not reported at the time.

The misdemeanor assault on a female by aggressive physical force charge was confirmed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Saturday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Lt. Shawn Crooks said that all of the charges against Paul were filed Jan. 5 but did not know why the assault charge had not been reported in the media.

Full story: Charlotte Observer/Cameron Steele

FROM FRANKFORT:

ATTORNEY GENERAL JACK CONWAY STRONGLY CONSIDERING A RUN FOR GOVERNOR AP

STATE SENATE WITHOUT DAVID WILLIAMS SEEMS SUNNIER Courier-Journal

GOV. BESHEAR CELEBRATES JOB GROWTH IN KENTUCKY YouTube

FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE FIRST WEEK OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY cn|2

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KY VOICES: DOCTORS OFTEN PUSH FOR RISKY BIRTHS Herald-Leader

FLU WIDESPREAD IN KENTUCKY BUT PROFESSIONALS ARE COPING Herald-Leader

KY RECEIVES $214,000 FOR CHILD NUTRITION/FREE LUNCH PROGRAM

From a news release:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recognized Kentucky’s Division of School and Community Nutrition (SCN) with a Direct Certification Performance Award for substantial improvement in direct certification during the 2011-12 school year (SY). The recognition is accompanied by an award of $214,917. The award money will be used to continue improving the overall quality of the direct certification process.
 
Direct certification is the process of certifying a child for a free meal status based on the household receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP), foster children and certain eligible Medicaid recipients. This award calculated the direct certification percentage based on reviewing all potential SNAP children who were eligible for a free meal status against those students identified as directly certified by SCN’s participating sponsors.
 
Kentucky was one of eight states to receive the award. To be eligible, states had to submit a Letter of Intent to Compete and demonstrate a substantial increase in the direct certification rates from both SY 2009-2010 and SY 2010-2011. Kentucky’s direct certification rate has shown continuous improvement, from 77% in SY 2009-10, to 87% in SY 2010-11 and 93% in SY 2011-12.Visit our website at http://www.education.ky.gov.
 
“It was exciting to be recognized by the USDA,” said School and Community Nutrition Director Deanna Tackett. “Commissioner (Terry) Holliday has repeatedly spoken of Kentucky being a national leader in education and this is yet another example of our success.” Several factors are responsible for the increase in the direct certification percentage. SCN initiated a new, web-based system in July 2011 that allows sponsors a secure means to download their direct certification file on a monthly basis. In addition, the Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services (KIDS) collaborated with SCN staff to provide an interface with easy navigation that also provides automatic e-mail notifications once a new direct certification file has been posted.
 
Within the direct certification file itself, the KIDS staff attempts to match the state student identifier to all students from the state enrollment database, which assists the sponsor with identifying students as directly certified. Kentucky shared processes and best practices as the first state to be visited by the  Direct Certification Technical Assistance Team. “Although we have increased our direct certification percentage to 93%, our division will keep working to find ways to improve this process,” Tackett said.
OVERNIGHT FIRE DESTROYS HISTORIC KENTUCKY MUSEUM
 
Fire destroyed the Wilson-Blair African-American School Museum in Caldwell County, Kentucky early Monday:

According to the assistant fire chief in Caldwell County, the fire at the one room school in Fredonia, Kentucky occurred around 3:30 and was reported by a truck driver who called it in.

The building, located on Grove Street near downtown Fredonia, was being used as a museum.

The school was open from 1926 until 1948. The museum, which was still open for tours by appointment, was being renovated with help from a $10,000 "Save Our History" grant from the History Channel.

More: WPSD
 
COMMUNITY AUDITIONS FOR "OUR TOWN" MONDAY AT THOMAS MORE COLLEGE
 
Thomas More College is opening up its theatrical production of Our Town to alumni and members of the community. The show, directed by TMC theatre professor and Covington resident Alana Ghent, is intended to reflect and celebrate our town, which is why this production is open to more than just students. The show is still short a few men and women so another round of auditions will be held Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the theatre at TMC where you will be asked to read from the script. The show runs February 15 - 24. All ages and races. Call 859-380-9525 or email [email protected] for more information.
 
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