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KY Historical Society awards grants from local history trust fund to preserve, tell stories; NKY gets two

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) today announced recipients of the first grants from the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund (KRS 171.325), a funding pool that supports local history organizations’ efforts to preserve and tell Kentucky’s stories. Seventeen organizations from 16 counties across the Commonwealth received grants totaling $9,504.30. Individual amounts range from $290 to $1,000 for...

Government briefs: Alexandria gets grant, officers graduate, Florence sailor on USS Makin Island

Alexandra’s trail grant The City of Alexandra has been awarded a $35,000 grant for the Alexandria Community Park Lake Trail Restoration project. Gov. Matt Bevin and the Department for Local Government (DLG) selected 21 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) projects for funding up to $1.3 million.  This grant assists in maintaining and developing Kentucky’s vast network of recreational trails....

Dept. of Local Government awards 20 grants; Campbell County, Independence get $75k each

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Department for Local Government (DLG) selected 20 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants for total funding up to $758,000. These grants assist in maintaining and developing Kentucky’s state parks and park facilities. LCWF is funded by the National Park Service and is administered by DLG. “These projects offer a unique opportunity to invest dollars directly for the...

State Revenue Department says taxpayers getting refund checks faster than expected; e-filing is quicker

Kentucky taxpayers who have submitted their individual tax returns and are expecting a refund will not have to wait any longer for processing. Kentucky Department of Revenue’s (DOR) tax return testing and processing was completed earlier than planned and refund checks are being processed now, nearly a week before the original Feb. 15 date. “The Kentucky Department of Revenue’s number one priority...

Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman reports to community on progress, accomplishments and goals

Writing in the city’s e-newsletter, Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman reported on his second year in office. He said a priority is improving communication with residents. He outlined these 2016 highlights: – Council lowered city taxes which put the tax rate at the lowest it has been since 2004. -Due to increased costs for trash collection, council approved a one-day per week trash pick-up....

Commission on Women seeking ‘history makers’ nominations of women as role models

March is National Women’s History Month, and the Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) is honoring women by recognizing “history makers” – women who mentor or serve as role models for other women or girls as they work toward achieving their goals and dreams to make their own marks on history. “We know the importance of positive role models and mentors for women and girls,” said Cordelia Harbut,...

State budget report shows receipts down in January by 2.1 percent compared to last year; road fund up

The Office of State Budget Director reported Friday that January’s General Fund receipts fell 2.1 percent compared to January of last year, a decrease of $19.3 million. Total revenues for the month were $884.6 million, compared to $903.9 million during January 2016. Receipts have now grown 2.5 percent for the first seven months of Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). The official FY17 revenue estimate calls...

City of Covington public meetings this week include Board of Commissioners caucus, Housing Authority

The City of Covington has scheduled the following public meetings for the week of Feb.13-17. Unless otherwise listed, all meetings are at Covington City Hall, 20 W. Pike St., Covington, KY 41011. Board of Commissioners Caucus Meeting, February 14 at 6 p.m., City Hall Commission Chambers Housing Authority of Covington (HAC), February 15 at 4:30 p.m., HAC, 2300 Madison Ave. Board of Devou Properties...

The week in Frankfort: Here’s a rundown of bills that have advanced

State lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week to start the second part of the General Assembly’s 2017 session. The first portion of the session, held over the course of five days in early January, featured a quick start as seven bills were passed into law.   The second part of the session is sure to feature its own history-making moments as lawmakers consider hundreds of bills – each with...

Governor Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth Address: See it here in full

Governor Bevin gave a non-scripted State of Commonwealth Address this week that included a “Think big, be bold” message in regards to restructuring the state’s tax system. You can watch it in full here. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3";...

City of Covington issues free MainStrasse 501 Lot parking permits passes for businesses, residents

The City of Covington and ABM Parking have issued free MainStrasse 501 Lot Parking Permit passes in efforts to provide parking assistance for businesses and residents in the MainStrasse neighborhood. While the parking permit does not guarantee a parking space, the permit allows businesses and residents to exceed the three hour parking limitation in the 501 Main Lot. To apply for a parking permit,...

Energy and Environment Cabinet seeking proposals for projects promoting use of recycled tires

The Energy and Environment Cabinet is now accepting grant proposals for projects that promote the use of recycled waste tires. This grant has been used to fund crumb rubber mulch for landscaping projects in recent years, but the cabinet is encouraging applicants to expand the scope of potential projects for this grant cycle.  In addition to landscaping mulch projects, the cabinet is seeking requests...

Justice Sec. Tilley says law enforcement agencies are meeting new sexual assault policy deadlines

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley has reported that every law enforcement agency certified through the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund has met new requirements on sexual assault policies – a key turning point in addressing the backlog of rape evidence kits. The policies were mandated under Senate Bill 63 – known as the SAFE Act – which passed in the 2016 General Assembly....

Public response welcomed at Covington meeting Thursday on block grants and HOME funding

On Thursday, February 9, at 6 p.m. the public is invited to City Hall Commission Chambers, 20 West Pike Street, Covington to participate in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Community Needs Public Hearing.   During the public hearing, members of the public are encouraged to offer comments and ideas on community issues that may be addressed with CDBG...

Bevin appoints members of Kentucky Commission on Women, including Sarah Cameron of Fort Thomas

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Krista Amy Fennel, Sarah Cameron, Brenda Lee Gluck, Miranda Leigh Aavatsmark, Greta Greenwade Jones, and Danette J. Wilder have been appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women. • Krista Amy Fennel, of Paducah, shall serve for a term expiring Jan. 17, 2021. • Sarah Cameron, of Fort Thomas, shall serve for...