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Not just home runs on large projects, with City’s help, small-scale development driving Covington surge

In honor of National Economic Development Week, May 7-12, Covington is calling attention to its aggressive efforts to work with its business community and other partners to generate jobs, attract investment and create a vibrant commercial and tourist economy. Today’s article focuses on small-scale development and programs. Headlines tout mega developments like the $70 million Duveneck Square...

‘Love the Cov’ more than buzzwords – things to do, see make Covington experience authentic

In honor of National Economic Development Week, May 7-12, Covington is calling attention to its aggressive efforts to work with its business community and other partners to generate jobs, attract investment and create a vibrant commercial and tourist economy. Today’s article focuses on efforts to create a “contiguous and authentic” walkable experience for downtown visitors. The fifth...

Covington promotes Pierce to fire chief, approves police at Holmes, talks more residential parking

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter After a five-month tryout, Mark Pierce proved he could do the job. So, in a surprise addition to Tuesday’s legislative agenda, city officials voted unanimously to approve the hiring of Pierce as Covington’s new Fire Chief. Pierce, who has more than 20 years of experience, had been serving as the interim chief for the past five months. “He served very well”...

‘People want to move to the urban core’ – Influx of condos, apts expand Covington housing options

In honor of National Economic Development Week, May 7-12, Covington is calling attention to its aggressive efforts to work with its business community and other partners to generate jobs, attract investment and create a vibrant commercial and tourist economy. Today’s article focuses on the influx of housing in the urban core. Throughout Covington’s urban core, eye-popping housing options...

Newport to preserve portions of old Fourth Street School’s historical ‘stone wall’ from 1930s

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter One of the most distinguishing features of the old Fourth Street School in Newport was the stone wall that surrounded the facility. With the property set to become a mixture of residential and commercial development in the near future, Newport leaders have taken steps to preserve parts of the historic stone wall of Fourth Street School. Newport leaders have taken steps...

‘This isn’t your father’s Covington’ – Energy at Pike and Madison is contagious and is attracting attention

In honor of National Economic Development Week, May 7-12, Covington is calling attention to its aggressive efforts to work with its business community and other partners to generate jobs, attract investment and create a vibrant commercial and tourist economy. Today’s article focuses on the area around the Pike Street Corridor. Something exciting is taking hold in the area around Pike and Madison...

Startup Week draws ‘Who’s Who’ of entreprenuers, investors to Kentucky, meeting in Louisville

Some of the biggest names and brightest minds in venture capital worldwide will converge on Kentucky, May 7-11, as they consider funding businesses by local entrepreneurs. The events are part of Startup Week, which will also include announcements, partnerships, and initiatives to fast-track the state’s business innovation environment. Endeavor, a venture capital fund with a global network of startup...

Total of nearly 3.4 million Kyians have registered to vote in primary; 1.68m democrats, 1.39m republicans

A total of 3,368,119 Kentuckians are registered to vote in the Primary Election on May 22, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced. Democratic voters represent just more than 50 percent of the electorate with 1.68 million registered voters. Republican voters total 1.39 million or about 41 percent of voters, and 8.5 percent of voters – about 289,000 – affiliate with another party or...

Big party coming to Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home May 18th; Fort Mitchell seeks volunteers

The biggest party in the area to kick-off summer will be held on Friday, May 18th, from 6-10:30 p.m., at the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home (DCCH) grounds located at 75 Orphanage Road. This family-friendly event will have activities and entertainment for all age groups along with food and drinks available for purchase. “We are excited to host this first of its kind event which celebrates...

Crews killing invasive plants along Licking River Greenway and Trail in Covington

Hikers along the Licking River Greenway & Trail in Covington should be alert for chain saws and chemicals as work crews begin eradicating invasive and unwanted bushes and plants. A crew member from Groundwork Cincinnati cuts weeds on the Licking River Greenway & Trail (provided photo). A contractor hired by the City of Covington, Groundwork Cincinnati, began work May 1, on the southernmost...

Kenton County Parks & Recreation and KCPL present Third Tuesday Nature Series at Lincoln Ridge Park

Kenton County Parks & Recreation and the Kenton County Public Library are teaming up to present: Third Tuesday Nature Series. These free, educational and nature themed programs will meet the third Tuesday of the month at Lincoln Ridge Park (Shelterhouse 3) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Program Dates and Topics: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Gardening for Wildlife! An employee from the Kenton County Extension Office...

Kenton County Fiscal Court recognizes 2018 Pioneer Award honoree and community leader Ralph Drees

At its Fiscal Court meeting this week, Kenton County recognized one of the 2018 Pioneer Award honorees. Ralph Drees was presented a proclamation for his outstanding community leadership. Drees Drees is Chairman of the Board of The Drees Company, one of the top 25 home builders in the nation.  During his career, he has been honored with the three premier national housing awards: “Builder of the Year,”...

Commissioners move one step closer to getting police in Holmes High School, Middle School

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter After weeks of working with the Department of Justice, city commissioners agreed Tuesday to move forward with an agreement to station a police officer in Holmes Middle and Holmes High School. In March, the Covington Independent School Board voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with the Covington Police Department to provide an officer for the Holmes campus...

DEA plans to open Paducah office, Senate Majority Leader McConnell advocated on behalf of facility

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that in response to his request, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is planning to open a Post of Duty (POD) office in Paducah. Senator McConnell contacted DEA Administrator Robert Patterson to advocate for the facility. Sen. McConnell “Today’s announcement of the plan to open the new DEA Post of Duty office is great news...