A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton: two dead, 19 injured, shooter in custody

A shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton early this morning resulted in two dead and 19 confirmed injuries. The shooter is in custody, apprehended by a Marshall County deputy. Reports indicated he is a 15-year-old student who opened fire with a handgun. Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted at 9:43 a.m. confirming the “tragic shooting” and urging everyone to “let the first responders...

Greis pleads not guilty in October crash in Kenton County that killed five, including three children

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Daniel Edward Greis formally pleaded not guilty in a Kenton County courtroom Monday. Daniel Edward Greis (white shirt, in wheelchair) enters the courtroom Monday. Greis pleaded not guilty to five counts of murder in a crash that killed five members of a family on their way to buy Halloween costumes in October. Police say Greis was drunk and was traveling 96...

Mike Listerman notches 300th win in his final season as boys’ high school basketball coach

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter He didn’t want to make a formal announcement, but Mike Listerman plans to retire from coaching after he finishes this season with the Holmes boys’ basketball team. Listerman revealed his decision after notching his 300th victory in 17 years as a head coach when Holmes defeated Brossart, 63-51, in a home game last Thursday. The Bulldogs split...

Michelle Kuiper: I’m a survivor and a statistic, so I can speak to the need to pass Marsy’s Law

“When I look at Lady Justice, I want to see the justice scales balanced and equal.  Marsy’s Law passing in 2018, would accomplish this for people who have been victimized by crime.” —Michelle Kuiper, sexual assault survivor and advocate   Every two hours someone in our Commonwealth becomes a victim to forcible sexual assault or robbery. If you do the math, that comes out to 4,380 people per...

News briefs: Heritage Bank names Rees controller, Dr. Gaston joins CTI, Gov. Bevin appoints Ward

Heritage Bank names new controller Heritage Bank has named Andrew Rees as the bank’s new controller. Rees has over 22 years banking experience in financial management, accounting management, business strategy development, team leadership, change management strategies, and adaptive leadership. He comes to Heritage after serving as Chief Financial Officer for Warsaw Federal Savings & Loan in Cincinnati...

Museum Center: Restoration of Union Terminal enters its final year; here’s how the project is progressing

The restoration of Union Terminal is entering its final year and crews are busier than ever. Scaffolding is nearly complete on the west wall of the building where the concourse once extended 400 feet over railroad tracks. This is one of the last major masonry projects to be completed. Art conservators are continuing to scale scaffolding four stories into the air to clean the historic mosaics of the...

Newport board of commissioners gives go-ahead for Monmouth Street sidewalk replacement project

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Newport residents will notice revitalized sidewalks near the Monmouth Street underpass in the near future. The board of commissioners on Monday night authorized Newport city manager Thomas Fromme to execute a contract with Tms Construction for the stamped concrete/paver replacement project, which is expected to begin this spring. The sidewalk on the west side of the...

Services set for Florence Freedom’s Clint Brown who died suddenly last week; funeral Sat. at St. Pius

Clinton “Clint” D. Brown, 63, of Edgewood, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was owner of the Florence Freedom Independent Minor League baseball team since 2005. Clint was a 1972 graduate of Governor Livingston High School, in Berkley Heights, N.J., and a 1976 graduate of Indiana University Kelly School of Business and was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity. In...

Vanderbilt hopes to bring a boost of energy to the court for struggling Wildcats

Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 27 minutes of action since making his debut in a 76-68 loss at South Carolina last week in Columbia. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt wanted to be cautious when he decided to make his return to the court after sitting out the first 17 games of the season because of a foot injury. “I...

Boone County Planning Commission hosts public open house for Plan2040 feedback on January 24

The Boone County Planning Commission will host an open house for residents, employees, and business owners in Boone County on Wednesday, January 24 to seek citizen feedback on how to make Boone County a better place to live, work and play.    The open house will run from 4-7 p.m. and will be held in the newly renovated historic Boone County Courthouse, 2988 Washington St. in Burlington. The initiative...

Ken Rankle, long-time former mayor of Dayton, dies; credited with great successes in the city

The city of Dayton has announced the passing of former Mayor Ken Rankle. The city extended its deepest condolences and prayers to his family during this difficult time.    Rankle served Dayton for 16 years, which consisted of two terms on city council and three consecutive terms as mayor, making him one of the longest-serving mayors in Dayton history.  He oversaw extensive development progress...

CovCath flexes defensive muscles, knocks off Cooper, 47-32, in Bluegrass-Buckeye Classic

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Some will consider it a glorified dress rehearsal for an inevitable March collision in the 9th Region Tournament. But forgive the players and coaches at Covington Catholic if they see Sunday night’s 47-32 victory over defending regional champion Cooper a bit differently. The Colonels allowed just two field goals during a 16-minute stretch and sent a message to everyone...

Sandra Wilson: Kentucky film incentives are a success story and a great recipe for success

The Kentucky film industry is a success story in the making. Since the General Assembly adopted a new incentive structure in 2015, Kentucky has benefitted from a 900 percent increase in the number of productions shot in the Bluegrass State. Click image for link to Kentucky Film Association web site. Those productions have led to the creation of hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in direct...

Kentucky simplifies Child Care Assistance Program application process with online service Benefind

It’s now easier for Kentucky families to apply for child care assistance funds. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has moved eligibility services for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) into Benefind, the public assistance web portal used by customers to apply for other state assistance programs. The online service, benefind, is...

Coalition announces push for revenue-raising tax reform in response to state budget proposal

With millions in cuts to education funding, the elimination of 70 programs and more than 6 percent cuts elsewhere in the budget, a broad-based coalition has announced they will lobby lawmakers to clean up tax breaks to raise revenue in the current legislative session. The coalition, a diverse group of 38 organizations called Kentucky Together who represent education, public employee, retiree, health,...