Officials in Campbell County are taking a proactive approach to emergency management by offering a class designed to lessen the impact of disasters on the community. The “Mitigation Strategies Course” will help government and businesses prepare for calamities and allow them to remain open during a catastrophic event. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Emergency Management Director William Turner who will be taking part in the course. (get more information at www.campbellcountyky.org)
People from around the region will be competing against each other on one of the sloppiest obstacle courses around on June 30th, all to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Spokesman Rich Walburg says it’ll be the first time the Ohio Valley Chapter has sponsored the Muck-Ruckus, but they expect a great turnout. Walburg explained how the event works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. (get details and registration information at http://eventohg.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=18585&pg=entry)
Artists and crafts-people from across the U.S. and Canada will be converging on Coney Island in Cincinnati this weekend for Summerfair 2012. This will be the 46th time the community has come together for the annual event. Co-chair Anne Poppe talked with WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what will be going on this year (get more information at www.summerfair.org).
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is partnering with Cincinnati Juneteenth Inc. to coordinate a parade along Mehring Way in just a few weeks. Freedom Center spokesman Chris Miller says it’s the oldest celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Miller where and when the tradition started (the event takes place on June 16th, to register for the parade or get details go to www.freedomcenter.org)
The advent of email and text messaging is changing the way we communicate and conduct business every day. But the popularity of social media and technology may be encouraging people to take a more casual approach to business related communications; email in particular. Image consultant Jill Haney says people still need to be careful when sending a professional electronic message. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with Haney to ask her about the how the email revolution is changing the way we behave.
This is National Prevention Week, and one Northern Kentucky group is working to keep local teens safe this summer in an effort to curb underage drinking. Kathy Nafus , spokesperson for the Kenton County Alliance says it’s a good time to talk to teenagers about the risks of alcohol abuse. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Nafus to talk about why an open discussion is so important. (get details at www.KentonCountyAlliance.org).
The Scioto County Clerk of Courts will be upgrading its’ information software and will be able to begin scanning documents once the new system is in place. County Clerk Lisa White says the Courtview software will allow judges to look at requested documents digitally. White told WNKU’s Matt Kelley the upgrade is overdue. ( get more information at www.sciotocountycpcourt.org).
The Kentucky Enquirer is asking; will a former Ben-Gal cheerleader accused of a sex crime and her mother appear in Kenton Circuit Court today - or not show up like last week, irritating the judge? Sarah Jones and Cheryl Jones are due before Judge Patricia Summe for a 1:30 p.m. hearing as their lawyer tries to get their bonds reduced and have them taken off electronic monitoring as a term of their jail release, according to an online docket. The two did not appear at a hearing scheduled for the same reason last week because their lawyer did not think they needed to be present.
The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is helping people in Hamilton County and Northern Kentucky save money through reduced price energy audits and making repairs using their own certified contractors. Spokesperson Lilah Glick says the program not only reduces our carbon footprint, it’s creating jobs. Glick explained how the alliance works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( Get more information at www.greatercea.org)
If you’re near the Little Miami River this weekend, you may be hearing some woofs and barks. This Saturday the SPCA Cincinnati will be holding its’ “Dog Paddle” fundraiser; and people are invited to bring their four-legged friends with them for a trip down the river, a hike on the bike trail, and an after-party featuring adoptable pets. Spokesperson Kelly Burke talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about this years’ event. (Get details at www.spcacincinnati.org)