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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTB1 Independence couple Johnny and Angela Williams are the talent behind Tender Touch Photography. Volume 14 Issue 20 © 2010 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Festival raises funds Students at Simon Kenton High School recently held a fun event in an attempt to alleviate some of the heartbreak and suffering occurring in Haiti as a result of last month’s massive earthquake. See and read what the students did in order to help out. SCHOOLS, A6 Tell us your good news stories We know there are many inspiring stories in our community. We want to hear about them, and want your help. If you know of a local person, business or organization that’s making a positive difference in our community, please drop us a line at goodnews@enquirer. com with your name and your daytime contact information. Where do you do March Madness? March Madness is less than a month away and the Wildcats are in second place. We’d like to know: Where are the good places to watch the NCAA tournament in Kenton County? What’s your favorite sports bar or hangout to share in the madness? Send us an e-mail at with the subject line “March Madness.” Include your name, neighborhood and phone number and tell us your favorite place to watch the big games. Call 578-1062. COMMUNITY RECORDER Your Community Recorder newspaper serving Covington, Independence, Latonia, Ryland Heights, Taylor Mill E-mail: T h u r s d a y, M a r c h 4, 2010 W e b s i t e : N K Y. c o m B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S Local man visits Haiti, continues to give By Regan Coomer An Independence man helped a medical team treat more than 7,000 people during a three-week stay in Haiti. His only regret? The few the team lost. “There was a little girl who hadn’t eaten or drank for eight days. I fed her a bottle of Pedialyte for 15 minutes. We asked her grandmother to leave her with us overnight, but she said no,” he said. “She said she’d be back the next day. Later that day she walked over an hour to tell us her granddaughter had died.” Despite the adversity he faced in Haiti from Jan. 22 to Feb. 13, David Ingala is proud of the time he spent working as a sometimes nurse and pharmacist at the permanent clinic of Nehemiah Vision Ministries, an international organization focused on transforming the lives of Haitian people through education, health and spiritual development. “We worked 12 hours a day. We worked until dark. It was really intense,” he said frankly. “Every single person that was treated was totally grateful – a lot of people cried.” Ingala, who normally works in the field of genetics, was inspired to volunteer in Haiti after hearing a fellow church member talk about Nehemiah Vision Ministries. Arriving in Haiti was a shock: “It’s worse than what you see on TV. They need lots of help still. My last day in the field we had four people come in with leg and arm fractures,” he said. “It was the four week anniversary of the quake and they had still not been treated. They were swollen beyond belief. Can you imagine if you had a broken arm or leg and you waited four weeks?” Besides the permanent clinic, PROVIDED Three health professionals perform an ultrasound on a pregnant woman in Haiti. Independence resident David Ingala volunteered for three weeks in Haiti as part of Nehemiah Vision Ministries, based in Indiana. Ingala, who normally does clinical molecular genetic testing, helped as a sometimes pharmacist and nurse - passing out medication to the Haitian people and assisting doctors and nurses when needed. PROVIDED Four local athletes are training to compete on a national stage this summer. Matthew Minning, Paul Fiehrer, Danielle Blakeney, and Christy Farwell will be at the USA National Games of the Special Olympics in Lincoln, Neb. this July. Read about each athletes area of expertise and hopes as they gear up to go. LIFE, B1 To place an ad, call 283-7290. Independence man David Ingala volunteered for three weeks at Nehemiah Vision Ministries’ school-turnedmedical-clinic in Haiti from the end of January to the middle of February. Pictured is Ingala with two Haitian children in front of a typical home. Ingala also helped medical professionals on a mobile clinic that traveled around the countryside to different “tent cities,” Ingala said. The clinics opened at 6 a.m. and each day as many as 300 to 600 people would be waiting in line for treatment. “They’re living in a tent made out of bed sheets. All of their hospitals and clinics that did exist were demolished in the earthquake,” he said. And while many of Haiti’s people are destitute, Ingala said their fortitude astonished him. “I’ve never seen a culture that has more self dignity in the face of disaster,” he said. “They’re a great people and they deserve the help.” Hundreds of people lined up daily, starting at 6 a.m., outside of Nehemiah Vision Ministries’ clinic in Haiti, where Independence man David Ingala volunteered for three weeks. Going for the gold 50¢ PROVIDED. While in Haiti, Ingala kept in touch with his nine-year-old son and family via facebook and email. Here’s an excerpt from his message home Feb. 1: “My outlook on food and eating has been totally changed. When almost every child you see asks for food and water, it breaks my heart. I feel guilty for being overweight, having a roof over my head and access to clean drinking water.” Ingala’s time in Haiti not only has changed his outlook, but also his life’s purpose: he plans to visit again in April, this time with his son, and in the future, get sponsorship to work for Haiti full time. “Dream scenario I’d do paperwork or fundraising three weeks out of the month and spend a week a month in Haiti,” he said. “Just enough to get by, pay my mortgage and support my son. The ultimate main goal is to support the people of Haiti.” Ingala encourages Northern Kentucky to help support Nehemiah Vision Ministries by either making a donation on the ministry’s website at or even traveling to Haiti. “I think people from Haiti would have a heart attack if they saw where we lived,” he said. “What we take for granted as normal they need so much. They can’t provide for themselves on their own right now. They need help.” Kenton jail move-in date set for Nov. 1 By Regan Coomer Kenton County officials have set the official “move-in” date for the new Kenton County Detention Center for Nov. 1. The fiscal court asked jail officials to plan for the November date at a caucus Tuesday, Feb. 23. Completion of the facility itself is expected for mid-October, said Kenton County Jailer Terry Carl, though he did say it was possible that it could be later, depending on the construction process. “I think we’re probably being optimistic with Nov. 1, but it’s a date to use,” said Judge-Executive Ralph Drees. “Moving it back won’t hurt; doing it right is more important.” Carl hopes to start the transition process from the old to new jail about 30 days before the official move-in date, when prisoners will actually be transported to the new facility. “About 30 days out we’re going to go in and do a complete operating of the whole facility,” Carl said. That includes employee training, equipment testing and making sure locks are working and sinks are draining, Carl said. Carl also told the fiscal court he expects to be able to transfer the prisoners to the new jail in just one day, but added that “overtime is going to be tremendous.” Currently Carl is planning his 2010-2011 budget, which will have to work for both the old and new facilities: the old jail for four months and the new jail for eight months. Carl said planning next year’s budget is a “challenge” because he’s unsure what some things, such as utilities, will cost in the new jail. The what-ifs will have to be figured out by April, when Carl will submit his budget. Also included in the budget will be a salary for a “transitional chief,” a person who will be in charge of training employees in the new facility. The position will be a permanent one, Carl said, explain- ing once the switch-over is complete, the transitional person will stay on to train new employees. “They’ve got to perform a certain amount of duties such as training and have knowledge in corrections,” Carl said, adding he has received a few resumes for the position, but will be advertising the position formally later in the year. As for the new detention center’s construction progress, Carl said “it’s going excellent.” The project was delayed very little due to the snow because the roof is almost complete, Carl said. Fifty cells have been completed in Area D and cells should be completed in the intake area in April.


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