No one showed up at a school board meeting Monday to object to the drug testing program before the board voted on it. "I think most people feel it's a good thing, and it can be a good thing," Gramke said. Campbell joins several other school districts in Northern Kentucky, including Dayton and Erlanger-Elsmere, that require random drug testing of student. There will be no connector road between Mall and Hopeful Church roads in Florence this year for the busy Christmas shopping season.

Officials wanted to complete the 4,000-foot, two-lane road by November to help alleviate holiday traffic on Mall Road, but delays obtaining easements have pushed the project's completion date back to the spring. Boone Fiscal Court on Tuesday awarded the construction project to Bluegrass Paving Inc., which bid $1,283,102.65 for the work, about $50,000 less than the next lowest bidder. "Completion by November just isn't feasible at this point," said County Administrator Jim Parsons. "I'm still working each day on right-of-way acquisition."

The total cost of the project will be about $1.8 million. The county will cover the remaining costs by providing materials for the project. The county is able to competitively bid out materials, so it is able to obtain them for less than most contractors. Buying or selling property with well known property conveyancing company which provides comprehensive real estate conveyancing solutions. The cost of the connector originally was going to be divided equally between the state, Boone County and Florence. Although it was the lead agency in the project, Florence backed out of the plan in late 2000 when the city decided it had other road priorities and didn't favor the route that was chosen for the road. Shortly thereafter, the county took control of the project and assumed responsibility for funding the portion that would have been Florence's.

School buses in Campbell County could be running soon on a mixture of cooking oil and diesel fuel. The school district is trying to secure a $15,000 grant to help pay the additional costs of using biodiesel in its fleet. If the district gets the money, it will begin using the fuel mixture in all of its 65 buses. The school district would be the only one in Northern Kentucky and the largest in the state to use biodiesel.

The fuel, made from waste cooking oil, is produced by Griffin Industries, a company based in Cold Spring. The school district's buses could operate on 100-percent biodiesel, but the fuel is actually more expensive than regular diesel, said Mike Dawson, transportation director for the district. Instead of switching completely to the alternative fuel, the district will use a mixture of 80-percent diesel and 20-percent biodiesel.