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Round-Up: Saturday January 19

Take a look at what's making news around Covington and around the Commonwealth:

JUDGE ARLINGHAUS SHARES PERSONAL STORY ABOUT TRAGEDY OF HEROIN

Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus has personally felt the impact of the heroin epidemic sweeping Northern Kentucky. He lost his 30-year old niece two years ago:

As one of 10 children with 96 first cousins, Arlinghaus is not surprised his family has had several members who’ve battled drug addictions. But Amanda’s death still came as a shock.

When Arlinghaus took a call from police notifying him that his niece had been found dead in Cincinnati of a heroin overdose, his first reaction was disbelief.

“I had just seen her at a family gathering, and she seemed fine,” he recalled.

For Arlinghaus, the full impact of his niece’s death didn’t sink in until he saw her 3-month-old daughter days later.

Full story: Cincinnati Enquirer/Cindy Schroeder

COVINGTON CIVIC LEADERS TALK ABOUT EFFORT TO REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN

The effort to create a business improvement district for Downtown Covington continues:

“Do we need these vacant storefronts? No. Do we want our property values to go up? Yes. Do we need to wait until somebody saves us? No. We’re going to do it ourselves,” said Donna Salyers of The Salyers Group, which owns such landmark Covington establishments as Fabulous Furs, Fabulous Bridal and the Madison Events Center.

Salyers is on the steering committee for the proposed Business Improvement District (BID), an initiative led by the Covington Business Council and the Urban Partnership. The concept has been in the works for several years and was among the recommendations in last year’s Center City Action Plan.

Such districts have been effective in Cincinnati, Louisville and elsewhere in the country. Covington leaders believe a BID could go a long way toward the broader revitalization efforts underway citywide.

“It will make a big difference for the city,” Mayor Sherry Carran said.

Full story: Cincinnati Enquirer/Amanda Van Benschoten

CITY COMMISSIONER WEIGHS IN ON FUTURE OF COVINGTON SOFTBALL LEAGUES

Covington City Commissioner Steve Frank offered more insight into what's being discussed about the adult softball leagues that are slated to be ended in the city (SEE: Future of Covington Adult Softball Leagues in Doubt). Frank weighed in at The River City News Facebook page:

There are three votes to reverse this as long as it is physically possible to support adult softball. I thinkthere is instructive about how even larger decisions are made by government. There are many other costs and benefits to be weighed in making a decision than the absolute bottom line to the city itself. If those players didn't come to Covington, you also need to measure the loss of business to the local bars and resturants that cater to them. There is also the cost to the long standing cultural heritage of Covington that is at stake. The city seems to make people treat their buildings to stay consistent with cultural preservation and we seem to be willing to spend some money on the "arts". I think spending a reasonable amount of money on the arts and preservation are good....but there are far more residents in Covington who would rather preserve the tradition of adult softball than go to arts events. We have to be willing to spend a reasonable amount on both.

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STATE RACING COMMISSION ADDS BIG RACE VETERANS TO TURFWAY MEET Courier-Journal

FORMER STATE SENATE PRESIDENT WILLIAMS APPROVED SPECIAL RAISES FOR STAFF Courier-Journal

LEXINGTON TEENAGER HAS FACE SLASHED AT MALL WKYT

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HOLMES IMPROVES TO 20-0 WITH CLOSE WIN AT SCOTT WCPO

HOLY CROSS FALLS IN ALL-A REGIONAL SEMIS nkyFAN

COVINGTON LATIN SENIOR BREAKS DAVID JUSTICE'S BASKETBALL RECORDS

One of Covington Latin's most famous alumni, David Justice, went on to have a successful career in Major League Baseball. But he was also a star on the basketball court during his time in Covington. This year, another star is emerging and is breaking Justice's thirty-year old records:

Covington Latin senior Mitchell Blewett may not be headed for a 14-year Major Leage Baseball career like Justice went on to accomplish, but he will always be able to say he beat the former MLB all-star’s high school records.

Blewett topped the single-game mark on December 16, when he went off for 49 points in a win over Silver Grove, and he did so in an impressively efficient manner. He was 15-for-20 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 16-of-18 from the free-throw line, plus he hauled in 16 boards.

“The 49-point game, I wasn’t really expecting, because I’ve had big games against Silver Grove before, and they usually give me some pretty tough defense,” Blewett said. “But I just started making some shots; everything was going in, so I kept shooting.

Full story: nkyFAN

BIGGEST COLLEGE CAMPUS RIOT OF ALL TIME? AT UK IN 2012

Bigger riot than the Kent State tragedy in the 1970s? Yep, according to Complex.com:

Chaos erupted in the streets of Lexington the night the Wildcats beat in-state rival Louisville in the Final Four to advance to the NCAA Men's basketball championship. Thousands of rowdy fans swarmed the streets surrounding campus following the win, leading officers in riot gear to move in as student set couches and cars ablaze, hurling beers cans into large crowds. Reports of cars being flipped were abundant, and around 50 nuisance fires were reported. Approximately 10 arrests were made, and officers used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

See the top 25 campus riots: Complex