A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Taylor Mill joins Kenton County in the fight against heroin; door-to-door education drive April 29

With the massive increase in heroin use and the rise in overdoses hitting Northern Kentucky, Taylor Mill is teaming up with Kenton County, The Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, PDS and the Northern Kentucky Health Department to take on the crisis by creating a public awareness campaign. Working together with the county organizations, Taylor Mill will join the campaign with a door-to-door...

SD1 seeks public comment on proposed budget; draft includes 5 percent increase in sanitary sewer

SD1 is currently accepting public comment on a proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The draft budget includes a 5 percent increase in the sanitary sewer service fees charged to customers for FY 2018. If approved, residential customers would see an average monthly increase of $2.16, or $0.36 per hundred cubic feet (HCF) of water usage, on their SD1 bills for sanitary sewer service. The rate adjustment...

City of Fort Wright earns the Kentucky League of Cities “Certified City of Ethics” Certification

The City of Fort Wright recently received the Kentucky League of Cities “Certified City of Ethics” (CCE) designation. Click to enlarge Fort Wright Mayor Dave Hatter said the designation as a Certified City of Ethics is “an important accomplishment because our role as elected officials and employees of the city is serve our citizens efficiently, effectively and with honesty and transparency. City...

NKY organizations among those being considered for second round of workforce bond program funds

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals for the Commonwealth’s new $100 million workforce bond program, has identified 21 projects for continued consideration for second-round funding. Among those being considered are the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky, Kenton County Schools and the Freestore Foodbank, which is based in Cincinnati, but provides...

Kentucky’s preliminary unemployment rate remains at 5 percent, slightly under last year’s figure

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March unemployment rate remained unchanged from February at 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary March 2017 jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the 5.1 percent rate recorded for the state in March 2016. The U.S. seasonally...

City of Covington receives upgrade in Moody’s bond credit rating, maintains positive outlook

The City of Covington’s bond credit rating was upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service Wednesday. The City received the positive news that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the City’s bond credit rating to A3 low credit risk with a positive outlook from Baa1. Moody’s based the City’s rating on various detailed considerations, including the City’s strengthened balance sheet positioning,...

Boone County approves dwelling unit fee for PSCC improvements, vendor for communications upgrades

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Boone County Fiscal Court Tuesday approved a measure that would fund enhancements to the Public Safety Communications (911) Center and another identifying a vendor and establishing costs to upgrade the communications system for first responders. Former Boone County Commissioner Matt Dedden was among those who spoke out against a dwelling fee to fund upgrades...

Covington to celebrate grand opening of first phase of Lewisburg neighborhood’s Father Hanses Park

The City of Covington will the grand opening and completion of Phase 1 improvements for Father Hanses Park on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. Father Hanses Park is located at the corner of 11th Street & Hermes Avenue, Covington. Located in the Lewisburg neighborhood, featured renovations and amenities include the installation of playground equipment, benches, signs, and a picnic table with a small shelter. Working...

Many bills passed during 2017 legislative session will have significant impact on state budget

By Pam Thomas Special to NKyTribune The just concluded 2017 legislative session was not a budget session. However, the General Assembly passed a number of bills that will have an impact on state finances including the current budget as well as future budgets and revenues. The most significant legislation affecting the budget is discussed below. Various measures that passed will add to growing costs...

Covington Commission to hold public meeting on integrated five-year strategic plan on April 18

The Covington City Commission will hold a public hearing to obtain the views of citizens, public agencies, representatives of adjacent units of general local government and other interested parties regarding the Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plan (Year Five of the Five Year Strategic Plan) for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The public hearing is scheduled to take place on...

Law enforcement officers, including several from NKY, graduate from basic training at EKU

Thirty-three law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 481 completed 23 weeks of training, which consisted of 923 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first...

Covington Audit Committee agrees to seek review of City’s financial, budgeting and reporting systems

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The City of Covington Audit Committee has agreed to move forward with Request for Proposals to seek a comprehensive review of the City’s financial, budgeting and reporting systems. Meyer Mayor Joseph Meyer said at the April 7 meeting to discuss the matter that over the last couple of years, he learned some things about the City’s finances that struck him...

Bevin retrospect on the legislature: ‘Who would have thought’ we’d accomplish so much in one session?

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin is saluting Kentucky lawmakers for the historic work they completed in the legislative session that ended last month. “What we got done was phenomenal,” he said in an interview at his Capitol office on Tuesday. “As soon as I think ‘I wish we would have gotten to this or that,’ I think to myself, ‘who would have thought that we would have gotten...

Bevin administration scales back effort to close down Kentucky’s last remaining abortion clinic

Gov. Matt Bevin has scaled back his effort to close Kentucky’s only abortion clinic, agreeing to renew its license until a lawsuit challenging the effort is resolved. Bevin’s lawyers and the attorneys for EMW Women’s Surgical Center of Louisville filed the agreement with U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers, who approved it Monday. “The legal wrangling started recently when the...

Three finalists named for vacant District Court judgeship for Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Justice Michelle M. Keller on behalf of Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., has announced nominees to fill the vacant District Court judgeship for Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties. The counties make up the 19th Judicial District. The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Kimberly Leet Razor of Flemingsburg, Jeffrey Louis Schumacher of...