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Week in Review: March 25 - 31

 

FROM THE EDITOR: Thank you for making this week the most highly trafficked seven days in the history of The River City News. It is my pleasure to bring you the stories that affect our city each and every day. Thank you for your trust and support! -Michael Monks

At The River City News you get More Covington News Than Any Other Source. Here's a look back at the week that was and all the headlines from your city:

SUNDAY

WHEN MOTHER ABANDONED BABY GORILLA, COVINGTON COMPANY SAVED THE DAY

A baby gorilla in Cincinnati is abandoned by its mother so a Covington company springs into action, creating faux gorilla fur vests for the humans tasked with raising her. Great story: Click Here

NOTES FROM COVINGTON CITY HALL

City settles lawsuit with developer of upscale homes; New laundromat gets go-ahead; More blighted property to come down; Notes from City Hall: Click Here

SATURDAY

PHOTOS: EASTER EGG HUNT AT DEVOU PARK

Check out some pics from the Devou Park Easter Egg Hunt: Click Here

COVINGTON KIDS OFFER TIPS FOR EASTER EGG HUNTS

Some local kids have tips on the best ways to fill your basket! STORY: Click Here

MISSING COVINGTON MAN FOUND SAFE

Missing South Covington man has been found safe in Maysville. STORY: Click Here

PHOTOS: MULTIPLE VEHICLE CRASH CLOSES MAIN STREET BLOCK

See photos from a multiple vehicle crash that shut down a block of Main Street late Friday night. Click Here

EDUCATION AWARDS HONOR COVINGTON LEADERS, EDUCATORS, STUDENTS

Congratulations to several from Covington, honored this week with Excellence in Education Awards (which brought Governor Beshear and a thousand others to town), including CIPS Superintendent Lynda Jackson and C-Forward's Brent Cooper. Click Here

DUKE VS. LOUISVILLE: KENTUCKY FANS' WORST NIGHTMARE?

Kentucky fans, is watching Louisville take on Duke for a shot at the Final Four your worst nightmare? Check out the pros & cons of each team winning: Click Here

NORTHERN KENTUCKY COUNTIES SEE DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Unemployment rate drops in all three NKY counties. Details: Click Here

FRIDAY

FIREFIGHTERS UNION REJECTS PROPOSED AGREEMENT PASSED BY CITY

No deal. The firefighters union rejects the agreement approved by the city commission Tuesday night. "Our city manager and the mayor and commissioners have a big picture to look at and it just makes it very difficult to move forward." Click Here

NKU TO HONOR SCHEPERS, FARRISES, AND VOTRUBAS

Former Covington Mayor Chuck Scheper & school board member Julie Geisen Scheper along with philanthropists Oakley & Eva Farris and educators James & Rachel Votruba will be honored by Northern Kentucky University. Click Here

DOG REPORTEDLY STOLEN FROM COVINGTON YARD

This dog was reported stolen from her yard. Collar removed and left behind. See photo in article: Click Here

KENTON CO. LIBRARIES TO GO SMOKE-FREE ON MONDAY

Starting Monday, no smoking on the property of the Kenton Co. Library. Click Here

DESTINATION: GRADUATION - TANNER WATTS

This Holmes senior hopes to become a CEO. Check out the latest Destination: Graduation profile at the link. Click Here

THURSDAY

PRICEY RENOVATION OF COVINGTON PROPERTY APPROVED BY CITY

An historic pair of neglected homes will be given new life -- but with a hefty price tag, and that caused "indigestion" at this week's city commission meeting. Click Here

NEW BAND ROOM AT HOLMES HIGH SCHOOL IS SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT IN PROGRAM

The Holmes High School Band is moving into a sweet new room after four decades in a basement storage unit that was apparently an afterthought for the program. Story & Photos: Click Here

WINTER WEATHER & THUNDERSTORMS COMING, POSSIBLY

Looks like we'll get a taste of spring this weekend with mild temps and sunshine (with a thunderstorm or two thrown in for good measure). And what's this about possible snow next week? Details: Click Here

WEDNESDAY

CONTROVERSIAL HIRES & FIRES DOMINATE COVINGTON COMMISSION MEETING

Controversial hires, fires dominated Tuesday night's Covington City Commission meeting. Story: Click Here

LATONIA BAKERY ROBBED, POLICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECT

 Someone robbed the Bernhard's Bakery in Latonia at gunpoint and is still on the loose. Click Here

COVINGTON HOPES FOR MORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WITH NEW PROGRAM

More economic development in the city is predicted with the adoption of a new program. Details: Click Here

IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED FOR LATONIA STREETS, CAROLINE UNDERPASS

Repairs are coming to Caroline, Latonia, and Southern Avenues. Details: Click Here

ASHLEY JUDD WON'T RUN FOR US SENATE IN KENTUCKY

Ashley Judd has decided not to run for the US Senate against Republican Mitch McConnell. Click Here

THREE MORE FLU-RELATED DEATHS REPORTED IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Three more deaths related to flu reported in Northern Kentucky as the virus increases in severity with more people needed to be hospitalized. Details: Click Here

DESTINATION: GRADUATION - JESSICA GILLIGAN

This Holmes senior hopes to become a police officer after graduation. Click Here

GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION ENDS IN FRANKFORT

CALLING IT "HISTORIC", GOVERNOR SIGNS PENSION REFORM INTO LAW

Pension reform is signed into law. See the details on why the Governor calls it "historic" and what the changes are: Click Here

CAPITOL NOTES: GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION ENDS

A marathon end to Kentucky's General Assembly session includes overriding Governor's veto of Religious Freedom Bill. Here are highlights from the session: Click Here

HUMAN TRAFFICKING BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Human trafficking bill is signed into law by Kentucky's governor. Click Here

COURT SYSTEM TO GET UPDATES TO 25-YEAR OLD TECHNOLOGY

Aging technology in Kentucky's court system is at risk for failure, but that crisis may be averted thanks to new legislation: Click Here

TUESDAY

NO IMMEDIATE PLANS TO RENOVATE COVINGTON KROGER, COMPANY SAYS

Despite recent rumors (some from the store) there are no immediate plans to remodel the Madison Ave. Kroger, the company says. Click Here

CNN'S ANDERSON COOPER MOCKS COVINGTON OVER "BINGO" STORY

CNN's Anderson Cooper had fun at Covington's expense on his show last night. See the video: Click Here

NUMBER OF KENTUCKIANS STRUGGLING TO PUT FOOD ON TABLE, "SHOCKINGLY HIGH"

"The shockingly high rate of households in Kentucky that struggle to put food on the table should spur all of us to join the fight to end hunger.” Click Here

RABBIT HASH'S CANINE MAYOR PARDONS PUNSUTAWNEY PHIL

Mayor Lucy Lou the Dog has pardoned Punxsutawney Phil after the groundhog's life was threatened for incorrectly predicting the arrival of spring. Click Here

PRINCE OF PEACE STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR WORLD FINALS OF ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

Congratulations to these students from Covington's Prince of Peace Montessori who earned the right to represent Northern Kentucky at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Michigan! Click Here

STATEWIDE AUTISM CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN IN APRIL

April is Autism Awareness Month and Kentucky is launching a statewide campaign. Story: Click Here

MONDAY

COVINGTON LEADERS HOPE TO IMPROVE WORKING RELATIONSHIP

The mayor and city commissioners are hopeful that their working relationship will improve after a tough meeting two weeks ago and another this week. Click Here

THREE FACE PRISON TIME FOR BEATING, ROBBERY AT COVINGTON HOTEL

Woman pretends to be prostitute, is taken back to a Covington hotel, and then two of her goons show up. What happened next will land all three in prison: Click Here

EXCLUSIVE: OFFICER WHO CITED "BINGO YELLER" SPEAKS OUT

The police officer that cited a man for intentionally and wrongly yelling "bingo!" at a Covington bingo hall is telling more of his side of the story after a national media spectacle: Click Here

NATIONAL ATTENTION CONTINUES TO FALL ON COVINGTON "BINGO YELLER" STORY

Teenager cited for yelling "Bingo!" during a game on Pike Street continues to get national attention. He's expected on Jimmy Kimmel tonight and was on the Today Show last week. See: Click Here

ROUND-UP: MONDAY

Former owner of a Mainstrasse Village shop passes away; Director of Kentucky gay advocacy group finds his car side-swiped and vandalized; Round-Up: Click Here

CHASE COLLEGE OF LAW GETS NEW DEAN

New dean named for Chase College of Law at NKU. Click Here

FORMER BOSNIAN REFUGEE IS NKU'S YOUNG RESEARCHER OF THE DECADE

A former Bosnian refugee is named Northern Kentucky University's Outstanding Young Researcher of the Decade: Click Here

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Photo: Street sign at southwest corner of Madison Avenue & Robbins Street which was badly mangled but was recently replaced, as noted this week/RCN

 

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