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VETERANS TRIBUTE, B1 B OONE COMMUNITY RECORDER 50¢ Your Community Recorder newspaper serving Burlington and Hebron THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 Vietnam vets get a homecoming All Vietnam veterans in Northern Kentucky are invited to a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 13, at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. These are soldiers who never had a homecoming parade, says Drew Vargo of Kenton County’s Vietnam Veterans of America chapter. The Veterans Day event will thank veterans for their service and commitment. Life, B1 Stephens send candy to troops Starting the day after Halloween, Stephens Elementary School on Ky. 237 in Burlington began collecting Halloween candy to donate to U.S. troops all over the world. Schools, A5 Veterans Day programs set Local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will be honoring deceased veterans of Boone County this Nov. 11 with the Flags for Veterans’ Graves program. Story, A2 Follow Recorder staff on Twitter You can follow breaking news or provide news tips to reporters by following them on Twitter: (Stephanie Salmons) (Justin Duke) (James Weber) (Nancy Daly) Contact us News .........................283-0404 Retail advertising .......513-768-8196 Classified advertising ........283-7290 Delivery .......................781-4421 See page A2 for additional information Vol. 8 No. 46 © 2011 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Ky. 237 bridge will cross Ky. 18 By Stephanie Salmons BURLINGTON — The next phase of the Pleasant Valley/ Camp Ernst Road project is moving forward and is currently on track for a May bid letting. According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 design engineer Carol Callan-Ramler, plans in this phase call for Ky. 237 to be “bridged over” Ky. 18 where a single point urban interchange will be installed. Traffic on Ky.18 will then be free flowing. “Using the SPUI concept makes the left-hand turn signals more efficient,” she said. This portion of the project is “certainly more imminent,” she said. Callan-Ramler said the cabinet is currently in the process of acquiring right of way and working toward getting utilities relocated. KYTC District 6 spokeswoman Nancy Wood said May is the anticipated target date. While dates could possibly change, “we are on track,” she said. This portion of the project is expected to cost some $18.3 million, Wood said. This phase will take two to three construction seasons to complete, Callan-Ramler said. Local motorists can anticipate “orange drums” and the “typical delays associated with construction.” The overall project, the limits of which run from the Ky. 237 intersection at U.S. 42 to the road’s intersection with Ky. 18, was divided into three sections because of costs, Callan-Ramler said. “Congestion and crashes” were the driving forces behind the project, she said. “Some s-curves on (Ky.) 237 are rather hazardous,” CallanRamler said. The intersections at U.S. 42 and Ky. 18 also experience “very high crash rates and congestion,” she said. According to Wood, the entire project is almost 4.7 miles long. The first phase of the project aimed to widen Pleasant Valley to five lanes to Welling Drive, before tapering down to two lanes at DHL unveils expansion By Amanda Van Benschoten HEBRON — Shipping volumes are up 20 percent year-over-year for DHL Express at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The international shipping giant added six new flights in the past six weeks, including direct daily service to Panama City, Panama. Its CVG hub handles an average 100,000 pieces of cargo every night, and its customs officers clear nearly half a million shipments every month. Now, the German-based cargo carrier is growing even more. On Nov. 1, DHL unveiled a $22 million, 19-acre expansion of its air cargo hub at CVG, where it employs about 2,000 people. "As businesses increasingly go global to capitalize on emerging trends in international trade, the expansion here at the CVG hub positions DHL well to accommodate the growing needs and demands of our customers," said Travis Cobb, vice president of Americas hubs, network control and gateways for DHL. The company expanded its massive aircraft parking apron, adding nine gates to accommodate additional wide-body cargo planes. Each gate comes equipped with a new hydrant jet refueling system and the ability to de-ice aircraft directly at the gate in order to save time and improve hub operations. The expansion is designed to improve hub operations and capacity, as well as help grow DHL's reach into Asia, Europe and the Americas. The CVG hub already is a critical link in the company's global operations, with the world's largest and most fuel-efficient freighters flying a direct route between Cincinnati, Bahrain and Hong Kong every three days The expansion is the second phase of a two-year, $40 million investment in the CVG hub. Last year, DHL spent $12.5 million to upgrade the computerized sorting system at the 520,000 squarefoot package-sorting facility. And the company isn't finished yet. "In the new year, we will announce further infrastructure development at the CVG hub that will continue to expand our operational capabilities to handle growing customer shipment volumes, as well as bring more jobs to the area and more aircraft to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport," Cobb said. The hub is DHL's gateway for shipments to and from international locations, and 92 percent of its volume in the U.S. moves through CVG. The hub sees 78 flights nightly - 39 in and 39 out - including nearly a dozen direct international flights. The expansion is in stark contrast to diminishing passenger jet schedules at CVG. Passenger service has dropped sharply since 2006, when Delta Air Lines began making cuts that continue today. Once offering numerous direct, international passenger flights, Delta currently maintains only one, to Paris. Airport officials are working to attract new passenger carriers and expand existing service. DHL, however, has steadily grown its presence at CVG since its return two years ago. "Since we've re-opened operations, we've seen dramatic growth in our international business, benefiting not only DHL, but also the local community with job growth, and the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport with additional flights and landing weights," Cobb said. DHL has been a mainstay at CVG since1983, except for a fouryear stint when it moved most operations to Wilmington. Valley View Drive. Plans called for the section from Valley View Drive to Rose Petal Drive to be realigned to improve curvature, grades and sight distance. This portion of the project cost $9.2 million, though the KYTC did receive some $7.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 stimulus money. The second phase, and last to be constructed, will go from approximately Boone Valley to Rogers Lane, Callan-Ramler said. That portion of the project will cost around $12.1 million, Wood said. For more about your community, visit Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Ken Lucas and his wife, Mary, attended the Kids Voting USA Northern Kentucky Civic Leadership Awards luncheon in November 2010. Lucas received the group's civic leadership award. FILE PHOTO Lucas sees problems faced by veterans By Stephanie Salmons Ken Lucas of Union, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans’ Affairs and former congressman, is a veteran himself. A pilot in the U.S. Air Force, he was on active duty from 19551958 and flew in the Air Guard for another 10 years. The state’s VA department is responsible for three veteran rest homes, four veterans’ cemeteries and has 18 people “stationed throughout the state” who work with veterans to help them secure any benefits they have coming, Lucas said. The department, however, does not have any official capacity with the VA hospitals, he said. Unemployment a problem According to Lucas, high unemployment is one of the biggest issues facing current veterans, especially those who are coming back from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The office recently finished a veterans’ job fair in Lexington “set up specifically to have potential employers there to talk with veterans” and another is planned next month in Louisville, he said. Veterans are given preference on job openings the state has, which Lucas says is “a plus in their resume in helping them get hired with the state of Kentucky.” Unemployment rates for the general population are around 9 percent “while for veterans, it’s like 12 percent,” he said. Many unemployed veterans have been out of the country while those unemployed stateside “maybe have been seeking employment,” Lucas said. The post 9/11 G.I. Bill also offers “very generous benefits for veterans,” Lucas said. According to Lucas, the program allows veterans to continue their education. He thinks a number of veterans have taken advantage of the program. “That could, in my view, contribute to the number of people unemployed because they’re taking advantage of that program and that’s a good thing,” he said. See LUCAS, Page A2 "(++ )'#&,#$ %(!GH (9BA+1972 43>.85.+ &/ /,'' 98 # 918%4%(B+9B%34 5A%<1%4) +(>0 @G GH=?@!?="6-6;E*:"6DF6C CE-0000480277


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