A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Holiday Events at KY State Parks include Frozen Wonderland, Festival of Trees at General Butler

The Kentucky State Parks are open for the Christmas holidays with decorations, candlelight tours, special meals, entertainment and other unique events. The hilltop Butler Lodge at General Butler State Resort Park (provided photos) General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton will present the Frozen Wonderland and Festival of Trees, Saturday, Dec. 2 Favorite Frozen and Holiday characters Elsa, Anna,...

KY Department of Revenue, IRS and others warn about tax security and how to protect your data

For the second year, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is collaborating with the Internal Revenue Service, other state tax agencies, and the tax industry in bringing awareness to National Tax Security Awareness Week to encourage both individual and business taxpayers to take additional steps to protect their tax data and identities in advance of the 2018 filing season. Starting Monday, Nov....

KACo installs new officers, Boone County Judge/Executive Moore assumes leadership role

The Kentucky Association of Counties installs new officers for the 2017-18 year and Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore has assumed a leadership role. Moore Moore was elected as the first vice president of KACo. Moore has been the judge-executive of Boone County for the last 18 years and will continue to hold that position. Moore is on the board of the KACo Workers Compensation Fund, and the immediate...

Medical-marijuana legislation will be ‘patient-centered,’ Grimes says as she convenes discussion

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday initiated discussions about Kentucky medical marijuana legislation with a panel of experts and advocates in Frankfort. Grimes announced the effort last week. “I came to Frankfort to help people, and there are thousands of Kentuckians who need and are begging for medical marijuana to help ease their pain,” said Grimes. “Today’s...

Gov. Bevin makes appointments to boards and commissions, including two individuals from NKY

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Joseph Anthony Hayden has been appointed to the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. • Joseph Anthony Hayden, of Louisville, is a Realtor. Hayden will represent real estate licensees and serve for a term expiring October 31, 2020.  The Kentucky Real Estate Commission examines, regulates and licenses real estate...

Covington Development Director Yeager resigns prior to Commission meeting to vote on his termination

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Covington Development Director/City Engineer Mike Yeager submitted his resignation this morning, prior to a special meeting by the City Commission that was expected to result in the approval of his termination. Yeager Yeager was given the opportunity to resign several weeks ago, but declined and it appeared he was going to force a Commission vote to end the...

Florence development update shows projects completed, under construction and in the pipeline

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The City of Florence 2017 Third Quarter Development Update recognized established businesses, identified completed projects and those under construction and highlighted a few still on the drawing board. In September, Metzger Eye Care, one of the oldest existing businesses in the city, celebrated 60 years of service. The Metzger Family has been involved in eye...

Law enforcement dispatchers, including one from Erlanger, graduate from KY DOCJT academy

Twenty-two law enforcement dispatchers graduated recently from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. Click to enlarge Monica Dietz of the Erlanger Police Department was among the graduates. The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 115th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999. The...

Thinking of running for office? Here are the steps, procedures for any office; apply by January 30

Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe offers the following information for those who are interested in seeking office. These procedures apply to any county. 2018 CANDIDATE INFORMATION SHEET 1. SEEKING POLITICAL OFFICE: Go to this website. This link has candidate requirements, candidate declaration paperwork and Kentucky Registry of Election Finance Forms a. Please make sure that you have all the proper...

Gov. Bevin, Justice Cabinet and Operation UNITE unveil new drug treatment helpline; starts Dec. 1

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Operation UNITE are launching a new substance abuse call center that will connect people across the state with drug treatment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced.  Starting Dec. 1, Kentuckians struggling with a substance use disorder, either themselves or within their families, can call 1-833-8KY-HELP (1-833-859-4357) toll-free to speak with a specialist about...

Farm fertilizer runoff creating a worsening of algae bloom problem in U.S., global waters

“Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the problem is worsening in many places,” John Flesher reports for The Chicago Tribune. Several factors contributing to larger algae...

Secretary of State convening task force to propose legislation action to legalize medical marijuana

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is convening a task force of Kentuckians to focus on a legislative proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky. The group will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes. “Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects of these illnesses for years....

Children’s Environmental Health Summit: Health and well-being depends on quality surroundings

Public health specialists, health care providers, environmental experts, school personnel and representatives from child health organizations were among those gathered today at the Children’s Environmental Health Summit in Bowling Green. CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson opened the event by providing an overview of issues impacting children’s health and urging attendees to continue their...

Covington city commissioners join lawsuit against state over pensions; move ahead on Greenway

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Add another city to the list of those suing the state over its troubled pension system. In a surprise addition to the board’s legislative agenda Tuesday night, Covington city commissioners voted unanimously to join a class action lawsuit with other county cities like Fort Wright, Taylor Mill and Independence, asking for the separation of county funds (CERS) from...

Governor appoints three to the Gateway CTC board and a NKY attorney to the health, safety review board

Governor Matt Bevin has appointed three new board of directors members for the Gateway Community and Technical College and a Northern Kentucky attorney to the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Erik Hermes, Sonja Adams and Charles Session Jr. have been appointed to the Gateway Community and Technical College Board of Directors. • Erik Hermes, of Cold Spring, is owner of Hermes...