A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

City of Erlanger to offer scholarship to graduating senior; announces date for baseball field lottery

The City of Erlanger is offering financial support for one graduating senior in the form of one $1,500 scholarship to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or technical school. The award, which will be presented during the April 4 City Council meeting, will be based on the ability to succeed in college or technical school. Applications, along with eligibility and application requirements,...

Alcoholic Beverage Control responds to industry growth; focus on service, streamlining applications

Kentucky’s alcohol landscape is changing, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) works daily to ensure that it matches industry growth with exceptional and efficient customer service. ABC is responding to changing industry and licensing demands by streamlining procedures and improving internal operations to better assist applicants and licensees. Senate Bill 11, which was signed into...

Kenton Co. hosts 2nd open house, for input on new administration building, Independence Courthouse

Kenton County is hosting a second open house to assist in the pre-design process for the new administration building in Covington and to kick-off the Independence Courthouse planning process at the Edgewood Senior Center on January 26th. Attendees will be able to learn more about the two projects, talk to staff working on them, and submit ideas and questions. “Both projects are to better improve...

Judge-Executives Knochelmann and Moore among new officers of OKI board of directors for 2017

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Board of Directors today approved the appointment of new officers to lead the transportation planning organization for 2017.     “The OKI board is financially sound and has built a reputation of trust and professionalism in serving the public,” said incoming OKI Board President, Butler County Ohio Commissioner T.C. Rogers. “I want...

Public input sought on options for Fort Mitchell’s General Ormsby Mitchel Park improvements

The City of Fort Mitchell Park Board is seeking public input on three options for improvements for the General Ormsby Mitchel Park located at 261 Grandview Drive. Plan options will be on display during the public meetings. One of the plan options will be chosen as the long-range master plan for the park. Public comments will be sought for long range planning for the city’s largest park. The proposed...

Dennis Keene of 67th District, elected minority caucus chairman of House Democratic Caucus

On Tuesday, the Kentucky House of Representatives Democratic Caucus elected its leadership team for the 2017-2018 General Assembly. Representative Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) was elected as minority caucus chairman. Dennis Keene Rep. Keene is the first Northern Kentucky member of the General Assembly to be elected to a leadership post since Senator Katie Stine retired in 2014. The last Northern Kentucky...

Kentucky’s General Fund receipts grew by 2.9 percent in December; Road Fund falls by 13.4 percent

The Office of State Budget Director reported that December’s General Fund receipts rose 2.9 percent compared to December of last year, an increase of $28.4 million. Total revenues for the month were $1,025.2 million, compared to $996.8 million during December 2015. Receipts have increased 3.3 percent for the first six months of the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2017. Second quarter collections...

Bevin signs all seven bills passed during first week of 2017 legislative session; all in effect immediately

Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law seven historic bills sent to his desk by the Kentucky General Assembly, following a record-setting first week of work in Frankfort. The legislation includes transformative measures protecting the lives of unborn children, positioning the Commonwealth for economic growth, strengthening the University of Louisville’s governing structure and establishing a new era...

Kentucky State Police employee receives recognition for helping reduce backlog of untested rape kits

A Kentucky State Police employee has been recognized by two advocacy groups for her work on behalf of domestic violence and sexual assault victims throughout the state. Sudkamp Laura Sudkamp, director of the Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratory System, received a Champion for Justice Award Dec. 2, from the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs Inc. (KASAP) and the Kentucky Coalition...

Covington celebrates inauguration, swearing-in of mayor, commissioners on positive note

On Friday evening, January 6, the City of Covington celebrated an inauguration and swearing-in ceremony, welcoming Mayor Joseph U. Meyer, Mayor Pro Tem Michelle Williams, Commissioner Tim Downing, and incumbent Commissioners Jordan Huizenga and Bill Wells to the Board of Commissioners. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Carnegie Arts Center. Bexion Pharmaceuticals Chairman of the Board and...

State legislature, under Republican leadership, passes Right to Work legislation, sends to governor for signature

The Kentucky General Assembly, under the leadership of House Speaker Jeff Hoover and Senate President Robert Stivers, passed critical “worker freedom bills and a repeal a wasteful prevailing wage law.”   “Kentuckians sent us to Frankfort to work, and we take their direction very seriously,” said Hoover. “The days of wasting precious time and taxpayer dollars are over.”   Kentucky...

KY Senate and House revise schedule, will convene today, then return for second part of session Feb. 7

The Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives will convene today (Saturday, January 7) under a change in the 2017 legislative calendar approved by legislative leaders. After working today, lawmakers will return to their home districts and are scheduled to come back to Frankfort for the second part of the 2017 session on February 7. The second part of the session is still scheduled for final adjournment,...

State Senate passes bill prohibiting abortions after 20 or more weeks of pregnancy; goes to House

The state Senate Thursday approved legislation that would prohibit a woman from having an abortion in Kentucky if she is 20 weeks or more into a pregnancy. The legislation, Senate Bill 5, would “protect pain-capable children from the horror of having an abortion performed on them,” said a primary sponsor of the bill, Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard. Smith said books for expecting parents describe...

Boone County Sheriff’s department identifies Florence man killed in ATV accident

The Boone County Sheriff’s department has identified the man killed in Thursday’s ATV accident as Terry L. Lanigan, 37, of Florence. The Sheriff’s department issued the following updated statement Friday: On Thursday, January 05, 2017 at approximately 4:35 p.m. a Florence, Kentucky man died as a result of a single all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident on a farm in the 11,000 block of...

Dayton hires Yoder as Main Street Manager; city officials say experience set him apart

The City of Dayton, Kentucky has hired Robert Yoder to serve as its next Main Street Manager. Yoder “With unique assets like the Manhattan Harbour Development, two marinas, and the only Distinguished School District in the Northern Kentucky River Cities, Dayton is poised for growth,” Yoder said Tuesday. Yoder has previously served as the Renaissance Coordinator in Erlanger and the Main Street Coordinator...