A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

City of Dayton installs new bike racks along Sixth Avenue, popular route for region’s cyclists

The City of Dayton has installed eight new bike racks between McKinney and Clay along Sixth Avenue in Dayton. “We know the Sixth Ave. (KY 8) in Dayton is a popular route with the region’s cyclists,” said Robert Yoder, Dayton Main Street Director. “We want cyclists to know that the City of Dayton welcomes them, and encourages to stop in Dayton to eat at our restaurants and shop at our stores.” The...

Campbell County Public Library seeking applications for two board of trustee openings

The Campbell County Public Library is seeking applications for two openings on its board of trustees. These are non-paid, volunteer positions. Applications will be accepted through June 22, and interviews will be conducted in July. The terms for the new board of trustee members begins October 1, 2017. Members of the Library’s board of trustees are appointed to serve four-year terms. By law,...

Remembering the fallen Kentucky State Troopers at a memorial service ceremony in Frankfort

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton joined Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders to remember fallen KSP troopers and officers at a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony held at the KSP Training Academy in Frankfort.   “We are here to honor those who gave their lives in the line of duty and recognize the sacrifices of their families,” said Lt. Gov....

Senate confirms Kentucky federal judge Thapar to serve on the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Senate has confirmed a federal judge from Kentucky to serve on the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Amul Thapar, who was based in Lexington while serving as U. S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, was approved on a 52-44 vote on Thursday. “I think I can speak for so many of us who have either worked for, or appeared before Judge Amul R. Thapar, that...

Family court judges tell legislative working group that more social workers would speed up adoptions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Family court judges told a bipartisan working group that adding more social workers and eliminating redundancies would speed up Kentucky’s adoption process and place more abandoned children in permanent homes.

 The judges spoke at the first meeting of the House Working Group on Adoption on Tuesday in Frankfort.

 Elise Spainhour, Family Court Judge for Bullitt...

Covington asks consulting firm for organizational analysis — to increase efficiency, best use resources

The Board of Commissioners authorized the consulting firm Municipal Solutions, LLC to conduct an organizational analysis, providing the City with the opportunity to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and utilization of its resources. Municipal Solutions will manage a comprehensive examination of the City’s personnel, policies, practices, processes and procedures during the organizational analysis. Chief...

Newport latest to launch OpenGov transparency platform to provide access to city’s finances

The City of Newport announced today the launch of a new digital platform powered by OpenGov that provides residents, elected officials, and staff unprecedented access to the city’s finances and performance information. The OpenGov platform transforms complex financial data into an interactive, digital format that enables better analysis and understanding of the city’s finances. The intuitive design...

Tom Delacenserie named president/CEO of Kentucky Lottery Corporation, to start on June 5

Governor Matt Bevin has appointed Tom Delacenserie as the new president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Delacenserie was confirmed by the lottery’s board of directors at a special meeting this week. His start date will be June 5. Delacenserie is the current secretary and CEO of the Florida Lottery. He assumed that role in 2015, but his work there goes back to 2000 when he started as...

State-commissioned report reveals how Kentucky pension systems became worst-funded in the nation

The PFM Group presented an alarming report to the Public Pension Oversight Board detailing the factors that made Kentucky’s pension systems the worst funded systems in the United States. The report revealed that the systems have had a combined $6.9 billion negative cash flow since 2005 as benefits paid to retirees plus program expenses greatly exceeded appropriated funding. According to the report,...

Kenton animal shelter introduces online tool for searches for lost and found pets and for adoption

The Kenton County Animal Shelter is excited to introduce a new “Lost, Found and Available for Adoption” tool on the County website for the community. This tool is powered by the software ShelterBuddy and will allow citizens to search for animals that are lost and found, as well as view animals that are available for adoption at the shelter. “The idea behind this is to enhance our communication...

Covington, Crosstown Baseball team up to improve baseball fields at Bill Cappel Youth Sports Comples

The City of Covington’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department has partnered with Crosstown Baseball to improve the baseball fields at Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex, providing citizens with enhanced playing conditions. Thanks to the partnership with Crosstown Baseball, community collaboration and a very generous donation from the Reds Community Fund, baseball fields 3, 4 and 5 have received...

Union takes on Heroin Addiction Awareness Campaign, needs for volunteers for flyer distribution

The City of Union will be conducting a public awareness campaign to combat heroin use in Northern Kentucky. The campaign will be held May 20-21 (weather permitting) throughout the City of Union.  The campaign will be held from 1-5 p.m. each day. Volunteers will be going door-to-door to distribute flyers which highlight relevant statistics and information regarding heroin and opioid abuse, and provide...

Judges executive meet today to vote on SD1 budget; 5 percent increase in sanitary sewer recommended

The SD1 Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend a Fiscal Year 2018 budget that addresses necessary improvements to the aging sanitary sewer system; federal requirements to reduce sewer overflows and improve water quality; and community issues ranging from basement backups to sewer capacity. The judges executive for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties will meet at 9 a.m. today to vote...

NKY projects earn nearly $3.5m in Work Ready Skills Initiative funding, including $2.69 to Home Builders

NKyTribune staff report Four Northern Kentucky projects have earned nearly $3.5 million from the state’s second round of Work Ready Skills Initiative funding. They are the Gateway Community & Technical College, the Freestore Foodbank, Kenton County Schools and the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky. Approximately $33.1 million in bond money was dispersed to 15 projects aimed at...

Gov. Bevin announces National Governors Assoc. Partnership to reduce child hunger in Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced that the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has selected Kentucky as one of only 10 states to participate in a learning lab on state strategies to reduce childhood hunger. “The Commonwealth has taken steps to begin addressing the unacceptable problem of childhood hunger,” said Gov. Bevin. “In 2016, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner...