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UpTech accelerator to kick off StartupCincy Demo Day on February 9 — hear the pitches

UpTech, Greater Cincinnati’s accelerator for data-driven startups, will be kicking off the 2017 StartupCincy Demo Day year with the UpTech 5 Demo Day, on Thursday, February 9.  Hosted at 84.51°, UpTech’s 5th cohort of companies will showcase their businesses via pitch format to an audience of community partners, investors, and startup enthusiasts. The event will be followed by a reception.   “We...

Bishop Foys hosts regional Catholics @ The Capitol forum to hear from state public officials on policy

Bishop Roger Foys is hosting the regional Catholics @ The Capitol forum on Feb. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium at the Diocese of Covington Curia, lower level, 1125 Madison Ave., Covington. The event is free and open to the public and the media. Continental breakfast begins at 9 a.m. State Representatives and Senators from the 14 counties that comprise the Diocese...

Overflow crowd attends NKY NAACP Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon in Newport

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A crowd of more than 500 filled the Newport Syndicate Monday for the 14th Annual Northern Kentucky Branch NAACP Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Outreach Luncheon. Northern Kentucky NAACP Branch President Jerome S. Bowles said the event was a tribute to the unity among all people that Dr. King aspired to achieve. “We are fortunate to have the...

Covington’s oldest resident, Opal Kwozalla, 109, has died peacefully at Rosedale Green in Latonia

Opal Kwozalla, the oldest living resident in Covington, died on Saturday at the age of 109. Her family believes she may have been the oldest living resident in the state of Kentucky. She was alive when the Titanic sank and alive the last time the Cubs won a World Series. She was 11-years-old when sliced bread was invented. Ringling Brothers purchased Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1906, the year before...

Behringer-Crawford museum gets Kisker Foundation grant for field trip scholarships for underserved kids

We are proud to announce that the Patricia Kisker Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to BCM for field trip scholarships for students in underserved areas during 2017. The grant will fund educational visits to the museum by public and parochial students in schools with 50%+ free or reduced lunch participation. “Our goal for this funding is to reach 2500 students, providing them a foundation...

Covington’s Historic Linden Grove Cemetery awarded accreditation for dedication to woody plants

Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum in Covington has been awarded a Level I Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various...

Center for Great Neighborhoods offering free tax prep assistance, in cooperation with United Way

The start of the new year also marks the beginning of tax season, and households around the country are preparing to submit their returns. For low to moderate-income households in Covington, The Center for Great Neighborhoods offers free assistance with the process. In partnership with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, The Center will again sponsor an IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance...

DWM accepting grant applications for recycling programs, household hazardous waste events

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated infrastructure and offer public education programs on recycling, and for household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events. Examples of grant eligible recycling equipment include vertical and horizontal balers, sorting conveyors, forklifts, skid steer loaders,...

Cincinnati State’s Posey to keynote NKY NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. event at Newport Syndicate

Dr. Monica Posey, President Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will be the Keynote Speaker at the Northern Kentucky Branch, NAACP 14th Annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Community Outreach Luncheon. The Theme for the Luncheon is: “Where Do We Go From Here” Dr. Posey The Mistress of Ceremonies will be Briana Harper, news reporter for WCPO TV. The luncheon will take place at the Newport...

Kentucky Lottery updates popular Cash Ball game, celebrating the 225th birthday of the state

As the Commonwealth begins its 225th anniversary year, the Kentucky Lottery is updating the long-time draw game Kentucky Cash Ball to help mark the event.   Now known as Cash Ball 225, the $1 daily game offers a top prize of $225,000 along with seven other prizes. Drawn every evening, the Kentucky-based game functions much like the popular Powerball and Mega Millions games where two draw machines...

People in News: Family Promise exec speaks at Kenton Rotary, Talbert House recognizes scholar

Amanda Speier to speak at Kenton Rotary The Executive Director of Family Promise of Northern Kentucky, Amanda Speier, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kenton County’s luncheon meeting on Thursday, January 19. Amanda Speier Family Promise of Northern Kentucky is a group individuals, community leaders, faith communities, corporate partners and civic organizations all working together...

Turfway Park cancels live racing Saturday due to extreme cold, but remains open for simulcasting

NKyTribune staff Due to extreme cold, Turfway Park in Florence has canceled live racing for Sat., Jan. 7. The facility remains open for simulcasting. It is the second day in a row Turfway has canceled live racing bcause of the cold snap, with temperatures expected in the single digits and wind chills below zero. Friday’s race card, which included Perry Ouzts Day activities was also canceled....

Toyota responds to Donald Trump’s tweet with ‘Fast Facts’ — no decrease in U.S. employment

Staff report President-elect Donald Trump has earned a reputation as fast on the Tweet, obviously his favorite form of social communication. On Thursday, the president-elect had words for Toyota. Here’s what Trump tweeted Thursday morning:  Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax. Toyota had a prompt...

Kentucky State Police urge motorists to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions

With the possibility of wintery weather moving into the state Thursday, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) is cautioning motorists to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions. “Winter driving can present formidable challenges including sleet, snow, slick roads, freezing temperatures and reduced visibility,” says KSP spokesman Tpr. Josh Brashears. “It can be a deadly combination if you’re not...

Richard Ammon, founder of company that helped shape the landscape of Northern Kentucky, dies at 87

NKyTribune staff Many people claim to have left their mark on the landscape of a community, but few could say that more accurately that Richard “Dick” Ammon. Ammon (circa 2013 – provided photo) Ammon, who founded Ammon Landscaping Inc. and played an integral role in the development of the Boone County Arboretum, died Sunday, Jan. 1, at St. Elizabeth Hospice Unit in Edgewood. He was 87 years...