A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Ethics Commission dismisses complaints against Bevin over purchase of Anchorage home

Gov. Matt Bevin was unanimously cleared Thursday of complaints that he violated state ethics. (Photo from Kentucky Today) By TOM LATEK Kentucky Today The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has dismissed two complaints against Gov. Matt Bevin, saying they contained nothing that would suggest Kentucky’s top-elected official had violated state ethics laws. Kathryn Gabhart, the commission’s executive...

Chef Foster: Take advantage of living in a region that encourages year-round farm to table eating

There comes a point in every summer season when I look around and think the market can’t get any bigger. Trays and baskets filled with tomatoes and peppers. Whole trucks of corn, baked up into a side street over flowing with ears of corn still with beads of moisture on them. Rows of quart containers filled with peaches, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, blackberries, we really are at the peak of production....

Beshear, other state AGs ask U.S. education officials to work with them on campus sex assault protections

Attorney General Andy Beshear is among a group of state AGs asking federal education officials to work with them before rolling back protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. According to a July 19 letter from the 20 AGs, the U.S. Department of Education’s current guidance reaffirms the obligation of colleges and universities to protect survivors of sexual assault. Attorney...

NKY Chamber Eggs ‘N Issues: highways, economic development, consent decrees impact infrastructure

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The topic at the July Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues meeting at Receptions in Erlanger was infrastructure and there was plenty to talk about. The panel included Adam Chaney,  executive director of Northern Kentucky Sanitation District No.1 (SD1), Wade Williams, senior vice president for the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: When Satan comes to call on the garden, he’s got a name — Squash Vine Borer

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune Satan was in my backyard last week.  He took me by surprise.  He was much more intimidating than I had anticipated.  He was olive green and red with a row of black dots down his back– just like the pictures I had seen.  He had what must have been horns.  He swooped in with an undeniable malevolence. For years, I have been victimized by this paragon...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Grant County team up for ‘Complete Streets’ focus on health

It’s hard to enjoy outdoor exercise by taking a walk or riding a bicycle when area roadways are narrow or poorly lit and not maintained. A Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky partnership with the Fitness for Life Around Grant County (FFLAG) coalition is helping make streets in four cities and in the county safer for all users. These communities have adopted “Complete Streets” policies that ensure...

Freedom win game, series against Boomers, in matchup up of Frontier League’s two best teams

After losing an early lead, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, recovered to win the rubber game of the series over the Schaumburg Boomers, 6-3, with the help of dominant pitching and timely hitting on Thursday night at Boomers Stadium. Braulio Torres-Perez (1-0) overcame a three-run first inning to turn in a dominant start for the Freedom (36-21), striking out ten batters...

Be Concerned dock project a go thanks to Sule Foundation grant; will provide much needed upgrade

A much-needed dock project at one of Northern Kentucky’s largest food pantries has begun thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation. Be Concerned’s facility at 1100 Pike Street in Covington. A grant from the Sule Foundation will provide a much-needed upgrade to the dock at the site (provided photos). The project will make the upper floor dock at Be Concerned fully functional,...

Prep Sports Notebook: Beechwood hires former player’s father as girls’ head basketball coach

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The new head coach of the Beechwood girls’ basketball team spent the last six years watching his daughter come up through the program and finish as the Tigers’ all-time leading scorer. Keith Johnson Keith Johnson applied for the Beechwood coaching job after his daughter, Ally, completed her senior season and he was hired to replace Chris Gramke,...

Alex Bowman to drive No. 88 in NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports in 2018

One year after his impressive debut with Hendrick Motorsports, the team has named Alex Bowman full-time driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series with a 19-race majority sponsorship from Nationwide beginning in 2018. Bowman (photos courtesy of NASCAR.com) Bowman, 24, piloted the No. 88 Chevrolet SS in 10 of the final 18 Cup races last season in place of injured driver Dale Earnhardt Jr....

Kentucky home sales continue to climb; May sees increase in sales, slight drop in price

Real estate sales in Kentucky continue to exceed the totals seen through this time in 2016. Total home sales in May increased 8.6 percent, from 4,963 in 2016 to 5,391 in 2017, the first time sales have pushed over 5,000 in May. Housing inventory in May reached an all-time low at 3.5 months, down 14.6 percent from May of 2016. “The fact that inventory remains so low and sales continue to grow shows...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate for June increases to 5.1 percent, slightly above last year’s figure

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for June 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in May 2017. The preliminary June 2017 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent...

Devou Golf & Event Center officially open for business after grand opening celebration

The Devou Golf & Event Center is open for business. The City of Covington, Devou Park Advisory Committee (DPAC), Devou Properties, Inc., and Devou Property Management Company, LLC celebrated the grand opening of the Devou Golf & Event Center. The opening ceremony was emceed by WCPO Channel 9 News Anchor Katherine Nero and included speeches from Devou Property Management Company, LLC General...

AMC Theatres begins construction to bring its guest-favorite movie-going experience to AMC on the Levee

Construction on a full-theatre renovation starts this week at AMC Newport on the Levee 20 and includes AMC Signature Recliner seating, Dolby Cinema at AMC, expanded food and drink options and new sight and sound equipment. AMC Theatres® has announced that construction to deliver the company’s wildly popular full-theatre renovations has started at AMC Newport on the Levee 20, with an entire overhaul...

EGC transforms old garage in Ft. Mitchell for the Redfields’ new Camporosso Wood Fired Pizzeria

EGC recently completed the renovation of a dilapidated 90-year-old building, transforming it into Camporosso Wood Fired Pizza, an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria. The building — before The building today Before the 2,437 square foot building, located in the heart of Fort Mitchell became home to Camporosso, it was a gas station and mechanics garage for many years, operated by the Korzenborn family....