A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kroger already expanding distribution center in Florence and adding 250 full-time associates

Only nine months after opening, a Kroger distribution center in Florence will add 250 full-time associates, majority full-time roles, as the company invests nearly $18 million at the facility to support its e-commerce and digital services, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “It was less than a year ago that Kroger opened its distribution center in Boone County, and it is clear from this additional...

BBB Trends: Utility impostor scam overheats victims — don’t fall victim to these unwarranted threats

Summertime weather may prompt fraudsters to make a round of calls to businesses and residents claiming to be with the utility company convincing them that their utility bills are past due. The caller threatens victims that if the bill isn’t paid right away with a prepaid debit or gift card, the power will shut off within the hour. Just the Facts This simply isn’t true. Utility companies typically...

Walmart becomes presenting sponsor of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, coming July 14

Kentucky Speedway and the makers of Quaker State motor oil (“Quaker State”) have announced that Walmart will be the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The newly announced relationship will promote savings to consumers both regionally and nationwide around this summer’s annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race on July 14, 2018. Walmart’s involvement...

Flying Axes opens Axe Throwing venue in Covington, celebrating a hot, new trend in sports

Flying Axes held its Grand Opening Ceremony to celebrate the hottest new trend in sports (Axe Throwing) coming to Covington. “We’re open for business and inviting the community to come celebrate with us,” says Mike Brown, co-Founder and COO of Flying Axes. “We’ll have introductory throwing sessions, food trucks, music, beer from Braxton beer — It’s going to be a blast. We’re so excited...

Extremely hot weather and higher energy bills: Duke Energy offers some tips and some free tools

Hot weather can lead to higher energy bills as Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky customers try to stay cool this summer. The company is offering free tools and tips to help customers manage those costs. “We know that May and June brought above-average temperatures here in the Greater Cincinnati area, and according to our company meteorologists, that trend will continue in July and August,” said Amy...

Homes sold in Kentucky drop in May after a record-breaking April; sold total still on record pace

Kentucky’s housing market followed the national scene in May, with home sales decreasing 6.2 percent for the month compared to a year ago. Click to enlarge Even with the decline, total home sales were the second highest ever for the month, reaching 5,057, versus 5,395 in May 2016. Year-to-date, homes sales are down 2 percent with only 410 more homes sold across Kentucky in the first 5 months of 2016...

CTI medical director receives Lifetime Achievement Award from American Society of Transplantation

Dr. Robert S. Gaston, FAST, Medical Director at CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Transplantation (AST). The ceremony was held during the annual American Transplant Congress in Seattle, Washington. In attendance were transplantation experts from around the country, current and former colleagues, as well as members of Gaston’s...

Enjoy a food festival without the crowds; Izzy’s Reubenfest 2018 throughout July at all nine locations

A month dedicated to the Reuben sandwich? That’s exactly what guests will find at Izzy’s this July during the return of Reubenfest — a celebration of Izzy’s world-famous Reuben sandwiches, including special deals, social media contests, and more. During Reubenfest, Izzy’s guests who purchase any Reuben and fountain drink will receive a second Reuben of equal or lesser value for free. Guests...

A dog’s paradise! From 9-year-old’s idea, Allie’s Walkabout honored by Erlanger on 10th anniversary

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter Allie’s Walkabout, a local dog-boarding facility, celebrated its 10-year anniversary recently. Erlanger Mayor Tyson Hermes read a proclamation, honoring the event and naming Allie’s Walkabout Day in Erlanger. Allie (center) and her sister, Audrey (left), watch as Erlanger Mayor Tyson Hermes reads the proclamation celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Allie’s...

BBB Trends: Small businesses are a big target of scams; how to proactively help yourself

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Millions of people in the United States either own or work at a small business, putting in a decent amount of time, money, and sweat into their jobs. Where most people would value small business for the community they create, scammers see a chance to cash in. It’s reported that scammers steal approximately $7 billion per year from small companies. BBB and...

Northern Kentucky Chamber announces 52 members of Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2019

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 40 years of Leadership Northern Kentucky with a new class of 52 professionals from businesses around Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region. Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2018 The nine-month program utilizes the community as a classroom to help participants gain an understanding of the strengths and opportunities of the Northern...

NKY Chamber to host one-hour training session for those interested in holding Manufacturing Day event

On Tuesday, August 7, the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership (AMIP), Partners for a Competitive Workforce will conduct a one-hour training session at the Northern Kentucky Chamber (NKY Chamber) for companies interested in registering and hosting a Manufacturing Day or Month event. Manufacturing Day is an annual, national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers...

New Riff Distilling going for Guinness World Record for ‘Biggest Bourbon Toast’ for launch of its whiskey

New Riff Distilling, a Northern Kentucky distillery offering a new riff on American whiskey, will host the “World’s Biggest Bourbon Toast” on July 31. Yes, they’re going for the record books — as in a Guinness World Record for ‘World’s Biggest Bourbon Toast.’ The toast includes a preview of New Riff Bourbon that is launching on August 1, which embraces the ultimate...

Coca-Cola Bottling to build $30m sales, distribution facility in Erlanger, create 430 full-time jobs

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will create more than 430 full-time jobs as part of a $30 million investment to build a sales and distribution facility in Erlanger, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. The facility will be part of the development of the old Showcase Cinema site in Erlanger.   “Coca-Cola is one of the world’s most iconic brands, and we are grateful that Coca-Cola Consolidated is...

Keven Moore: Consumer fireworks bring risks — devastating burns, fires, and even death

Each Fourth of July, thousands of people — most often children and teens — are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks — devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. When it came to fireworks, growing up I used to think the cool dads and entrepreneurial young men in my neighborhood were the members of the...