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ALEXANDRIA CATCH A STAR B1 RECORDER Ed Schadler of Alexandria THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012 Your Community Recorder newspaper serving the communities of southern Campbell County 50¢ BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Alexandria native a quadruple major By Chris Mayhew Preserving history When a 1962 fire left much of the Highlands High School in ruins, the community came together to clean up the mess, including Fort Thomas resident Harry Lukens, a 1947 Highlands graduate.His actions proved to have a lasting impact on Highlands High School and the preservation of the school’s history. Life, B1 No primary for local races No primary will be necessary for any city or county-level elected offices for Campbell County this year. The elections of candidates seeking the Newport mayor or commission spots and council spots in Bellevue, Dayton and Fort Thomas will wait until Nov. 6. News, A2 Catholic Schools Week Catholic Schools Week at St. Mary School in Alexandria was a piece of cake and a lot of fun for students Thursday, Feb. 2. During the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 5, schools across the U.S., including St. Mary, celebrated “Catholic Schools Week: Faith. Academics. Service.” School, A4 Your online community Visit to find news, sports, photos, events and more from your community. You’ll find content from The Community Recorder, The Kentucky Enquirer and your neighbors. While you’re there, check out Share, and submit stories and photos of your own. Contact us News .........................283-0404 Retail advertising .......513-768-8196 Classified advertising ........283-7290 Delivery .......................781-4421 See page A2 for additional information Vol. 7 No. 16 © 2012 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED $ 84 ALEXANDRIA — Northern Kentucky University senior Jeffrey Weckbach of Alexandria is a double-double major. Weckbach, 21, who will graduate in May with four different majors after four years at NKU, said he has no idle time. That’s why weekends are mostly for studying, he said. “I just try to budget my time between work and student organizations, I really just don’t sit around and watch TV much,” he said. “The weekends are when I get a lot of my work done.” He studies political science, economics, criminal justice and philosophy, and takes at least six and sometimes seven classes each semester. Weckbach, who now lives on campus in Highland Heights, is also president of Phi Beta Lambda, vice president of Alexandria envisioning future at retreat Golden Key International Honor Society and vice president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Pretty much every semester he’s been in school he’s made the NKU Dean’s or Scholars list, Weckbach said. And now he can add being a “king” to his resume. and fourth degree using some of the same classes without spending more than four years in school. Classmates and people he meets are usually surprised at his answer to what his major is, Weckbach said. “Usually they're just shocked because a lot of people have a hard enough time doing one or two let alone three or four,” he said. Weckbach is the son of Jeff and Brenda Weckbach. Hall, NKU’s 2012 Homecoming queen, is an organizational leadership major and criminal justice minor. She was crowned 2010 Homecoming Princess at NKU and is president of Delta Gamma sorority, 2011 Head Orientation Leader, a member of the Student Alumni Association. She participates in many other campus and external activities. She is the daughter of Greg and Vicki Hall. WARMING UP AT SPARE-TIME By Chris Mayhew ALEXANDRIA — Mayor Bill Rachford has organized a daylong retreat for Alexandria area community leaders to discuss the outlook and ideas for the city's future development and direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Rachford said he invited stakeholders in the city's future not employed by the city, including Alexandria Fire District chairman, Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery and a community business leader to the retreat in order to have a broad range of opinions. Pendery has indicated he plans to attend, Rachford said. All city council members, the city clerk, police chief and public works director, city planning and zoning chairman and park and recreation board member have also been invited, Rachford said. "The reason I wanted to do that is the council and management staff and boards operate independently, and we never have any chance to get everybody together," he said. For instance, planning and Zoning Commission members and City Council, although both part of the city, don't get to sit down in the same place and talk together often, Rachford said. Bobbie Bryant, the community development advisor for The Kentucky League of Cities will moderate the retreat, he said. Rachford said he is looking for dialogue on how the city can develop and how to make it the best it can be in the future. Furnace Tune-Up PLUS Guaranteed No Breakdowns or we refund your tune-up cost. From left, Jack Bellm, Calvin Perry and Rosco Hornsby, all of Alexandria, talk over hot cups of coffee inside the Spare-Time Grill in Alexandria Monday, Feb. 6. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Lawsuits moved to federal court By Chris Mayhew The class action lawsuits filed against Campbell and Kenton public libraries concerning property tax rates have been moved to federal court at the library systems’ request. Cold Spring-based attorney Brandon Voelker filed a class action suit against the Campbell County Public Library on behalf of three property owners living in the county Jan. 19 in Campbell Circuit Court. The suit seeks to invalidate previous library property tax rate in- Now Owned by Kris Knochelmann* Call (859) 757-1625 *Not Affilliated with Knochelmann Service Experts PLUS If You’re Not Satisfied, YOU DON’T PAY! Not valid with other offers. Call for details. Weckbach and Hall were named 2012 NKU Homecoming king and queen. THANKS TO CHRIS COLE Weckbach and Brittany Jo Hall of Owensboro were crowned Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the NKU men’s basketball game versus Lewis University Jan. 21. Graduate school and an additional degree in public administration specializing in city management and urban administration are the next step after graduation, he said. “Ideally, I would like to become a city manager or city administrator,” Weckbach said. Weckbach said he sat down and planned out each of his four undergraduate years when he was a freshman so none of his time would be “wasteful.” His first two majors were political science and economics. "And I really fell in love with those," he said. Cross-referencing his classes, Weckbach said he kept figuring out ways to keep adding a third creases. Voelker filed a similar suit against the Kenton County Public Library the following day. Voelker declined to comment about the lawsuits being moved to federal court. Campbell County Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward moved the suit against the Campbell County Public Library to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky Wednesday, Feb. 1. The suit filed against the Kenton County Public Library was moved to federal court Thursday, Feb. 2. 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