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News briefs: Heritage Bank names Rees controller, Dr. Gaston joins CTI, Gov. Bevin appoints Ward

Heritage Bank names new controller Heritage Bank has named Andrew Rees as the bank’s new controller. Rees has over 22 years banking experience in financial management, accounting management, business strategy development, team leadership, change management strategies, and adaptive leadership. He comes to Heritage after serving as Chief Financial Officer for Warsaw Federal Savings & Loan in Cincinnati...

Tax time coming: KY Department of Revenue to begin accepting electronic and paper returns on January 29

Income tax season is just around the corner. The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is finalizing its processes and procedures, to make this the most efficient and safe filing season possible. The IRS will begin accepting both electronic and paper federal tax returns on Jan. 29. They will begin processing paper returns later in mid-February as IRS system updates continue. The IRS expects the earliest...

BBB Trends: Proliferation of cyber breaches points to need for National Data Privacy Day; secured data=customer trust

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau National Data Privacy Day is Sunday, January 28, and after last year’s proliferation of cyber breaches, both consumers and businesses are taking extra precautions to protect personal information. Safeguarding privacy is one of the eight BBB Standards of Trust, and while it’s a requirement for all BBB Accredited Businesses, it’s something all businesses...

Covington’s Theatre House supply shop re-opens under new ownership, with unique legacy intact

Theatre House, the 17,500-square foot theatrical supply shop located at 400 West 3rd Street in Covington, has re-opened under new ownership. Theatre House president Marty Boyer “Theatre House is a special place, and I am thrilled to be able to keep its legacy going,” said Marty Boyer, the venue’s new president. “The outpouring of emails and phone calls we’ve received from customers who have...

Amazon names 20 finalists for HQ2, Cincinnati/NKY, not on the list; Columbus, OH, Indianapolis are

NKyTribune staff Amazon has announced 20 finalists to be the host region for its second world headquarters, HQ2 and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky was not among those chosen, but Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis did make the cut. There was a strong presence of cities/regions in the Midwest and on the East Coast, with Denver and Los Angeles the only U.S. locations west of the Rockies named as finalists. Amazon...

NKY Chamber hosts session on how to avoid tax, succession and estate planning mistakes

 On Thursday, February 8, the Northern Kentucky Chamber Small Business Academy is inviting the business community to learn about the top 10 mistakes made in tax, succession, and estate planning. Presented by William E. Hesch, CPA, PFS, the workshop will cover topics including: Tax Planning Common tax planning mistakes How to save on taxes How not to fear an IRS audit Which type of pension plan may...

Central Bank adds Adam Bortz, Wayne Carlisle and Paul Verst to Northern Kentucky advisory board

Central Bank Market President Jim Uebel has announced the addition of three new Advisory Board Members for the bank’s Northern Kentucky market. Adam Bortz, Wayne Carlisle and Paul Verst will join the advisory board. Bortz is CEO of Towne Properties, a property development and management company. He joined Towne Properties full-time in June of 1991, working his way to project manager and eventually...

Building Industry Association names John Curtin of Hemmer as president, elects officers, and directors

The Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky installed its 2018 leadership at an event recently held at Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills. State Representative Sal Santoro was on hand to perform the ceremony.  “This is an exciting year for us.  We are continually evolving and experiencing new leaders every year,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of the trade...

BBB Trends: If you are taking those steps toward ‘I Do,’ have a plan and don’t fall for high-pressure sales

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau At least 40 percent of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day and one of the first stops for many newly-engaged couples may be a bridal expo. A wedding is one of the most expensive, one-day investments a couple will make, so making a split-second choice might end in unnecessary extra costs. On average, couples will spend approximately $27,000...

Amazon purchased an additional 210 acres of private land next to CVG for Prime Air operations

NKyTribune staff Dave Clark, senior VP of Worldwide Operations for Amazon Prime Air announced Friday on Twitter the purchase of an additional 210 acres of private land next to CVG along Aero Parkway. This is, says Clark, “additional land for the original Prime Air CVG project.” Amazon Corporate Communications said there was no further information at this time. “I am pleased that Amazon...

Duke Energy ready for first winter storm of 2018 — here are safety reminders, and how to report outages

With forecasts for possible heavy snow and freezing rain in the Midwest, Duke Energy is preparing to respond to possible power outages in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Heavy wet snow or freezing rain can cause outages due to the weight they create on tree limbs, which can break or sag onto power lines. Widespread outages usually do not occur until there is more than six inches of wet snow or a quarter-inch...

Boone County Judge/Executive Moore named St. Elizabeth Healthcare Board Chair; follows Votruba

The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Board of Trustees has elected Gary Moore as its new Chairman of the Board. Moore Moore has been elected by the Board to follow Dr. Jim Votruba who completed his term as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Votruba will remain on the Board until completion of his second five-year term as a member. Gary Moore has served on the St. Elizabeth Board since the merger with St. Luke in 2008....

Fives Machining Systems buys Konecranes Machine Tool Service division, includes facility in Erlanger

Fives Machining Systems, Inc. a global machine tool and complete manufacturing solutions provider, has acquired Konecranes Machine Tool Service division, one of the USA’s leading providers of machine tool service. One of Fives divisions is located in Hebron; a Konecranes division is located in Erlanger. Thiry Konecranes MTS division brings nearly 40-years of experience providing a full range of...

Chamber’s ‘Pints & Perspectives’ to look at Bourbon Industry; at New Riff Distillery on Jan 30

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is announcing the latest event in its new afternoon networking series, Pints & Perspectives (formerly Pints & Policies). The January event will give attendees an inside look into our region’s booming bourbon industry. The event will take place at New Riff Distillery (24 Distillery Way, Newport) on Tuesday, January 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Hosted six...

Allegiant announces new nonstop service from CVG to Charleston, S.C., Sarasota / Bradenton, Fla.

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces new nonstop service from Cincinnati to two new Allegiant destinations: Charleston, S.C., and Sarasota / Bradenton, Fla. Fares on the new routes are as low as $48.* “We’re thrilled to announce Cincinnati’s only nonstop flights to Charleston and Sarasota,” said Lukas Johnson, Allegiant senior vice president of commercial. “Cincinnati travelers have truly...