A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

NKY Spotlight: Chamber offers weekly news podcast; this week featuring women leaders

Jeremy Schrand of the Chamber hosts this week’s NKY Spotlight podcast which focuses on leadership. Guests are: • Licensed Private Investigator and Author Virginia Braden. • Carissa Barnard, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programming, FotoFocus • Kristen Zavo Author of Job Joy: Your Guide to Success, Meaning and Happiness in Your Career • Dr. Vicki Berling from Building Industry...

State Chamber of Commerce names first woman, Ashli Watts, president and CEO; Adkisson retiring

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has named Ashli Watts of Frankfort as President and CEO of the state’s largest business association after an eight-month national search. She will take office on Nov. 1, succeeding Dave Adkisson, 66, who is retiring after serving 15 years in the position. Watts, 37, currently is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Chamber, where she has led the organization’s...

Keven Moore: Believe it or not, there are hazards in the popular corn mazes; be careful everywhere!

October is a couple of weeks away and it’s that time of the year again where fall is in the air and haunted houses, corn mazes, and hayrides will be in full swing.    In the past I have highlighted just how dangerous haunted house are in the past, but what about corn mazes? Can somebody get hurt or possibly killed in these confusing tangled mazes?  In October 2014 an 18-year-old Washington man...

Kentucky’s Edge names TiER1 Performance as presenting sponsor, NKY event is Oct. 4 – Oct. 5

As the inaugural Kentucky’s Edge gears up to kick off in Covington and Newport Friday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 5, this signature event is proud to announce today a presenting sponsor partnership with TiER1 Performance. Harmeyer Produced by ESK Presents, Kentucky’s Edge is committed to celebrating all things Northern Kentucky – with 35+ experiences including bourbon tours and tastings, local...

Renovated Jerry’s Jug House, historic landmark, brought back to life in style in Newport’s East Row

Co-owners Mark Ramler and Stuart MacKenzie, with project partners the Catalytic Fund and the City of Newport, will gather with community leaders and neighborhood residents on Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated bar and package liquor store, Jerry’s Jug House. Built as a garage during Prohibition, with ties to bootlegging, the building went legit as a “jug house” following...

BBB Trends: The (cyber) truth is out there, and we should care. Are you tuned out to dangers that lurk?

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Capital One, Facebook, Equifax, and Yahoo. Four very different companies with one big thing in common: they’ve all been at the center of a breaking news story as victims of a cyber attack. In each case, someone or some group has managed to break into the company electronically, pilfer through files and access what is considered protected data. By all assumptions,...

Stewart retiring as NKWIB workforce development director; search underway for her replacement

For more than 35 years, Barbara B. Stewart has been a driving force behind
 workforce development in Northern Kentucky. Barbara Stewart Stewart will be retiring in December
 2019, and the hiring process has begun in order to provide a seamless transition for 
the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (NKWIB), which meets the
changing needs of employers and our labor force, resulting...

NKY Spotlight: Chamber’s podcast has top stories; guests talk civility, Hope Box Derby, TMU basketball

Kathrine Nero and Jeffrey Schrand bring you the NKY Spotlight, the NKY Chamber’s weekly podcast: Dr. Mark Nagy, Marcus Management Consultants, joins our podcast to discuss how civility in the workplace effects your employees. Then we go over this week’s big stories including The Hope Box Derby with special guest Pam Smallwood, HealthPoint Family Care, and Scott Malof, Malof & Associates...

Chamber Eggs ‘N Issues hosts judges-exec for State of NKY; NKU Coach Horn at Pints & Perspectives

NKyTribune staff On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) will host Eggs ‘N Issues: State of Northern Kentucky Address. The NKY Chamber Eggs ‘N Issues State of Northern Kentucky Address will feature judges/executives Gary Moore of Boone County, Steve Pendery of Campbell County and Kris Knochelmann of Kenton County (file photo). The Judges-Executive from...

Hickory Dickory Dock Retro Candies celebrates grand opening of new store in Dayton

Hickory Dickory Dock Retro Candies celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Mayor Ben Baker. The new Hickory Dickory Dock Retro Candies is located at 530 Sixth Avenue, in the Dayton Main Street District. Hickory Dickory Dock Retro Candies is owned by Greg and Felicia Wilcher. They have built a strong following in the region, and have moved from Newport to Dayton’s...

Burlington relocates store from Lationia to Newport Plaza; new store’s grand opening is Friday

Burlington Stores is celebrating a grand opening at Newport Plaza Friday, relocating its Latonia store in the new location. A leading national off-price retailer, Burlington is opening its brand new store located at Newport Plaza, 1301 Monmouth Street on September 13. This new location will feature an updated and fresh layout with top brand name merchandise at their every day low prices. The new store...

AAA: Gas prices continue slight downward trend heading into fall; new season brings lower demand

Gas prices continue to trend lower, with half of all states seeing pump prices drop two cents on the week. The national average to push is cheaper by a penny, down to $2.56. Today’s average is 11 cents less than a month ago and 28 cents cheaper than a year ago. Kentucky’s downward trend in gas prices has been less dramatic of late. The average dropped just a penny this past week after making greater...

C-Forward’s one-of-a-kind mural celebrates their 20th anniversary, NKY, Kentucky’s Edge and BLINK

C-Forward Information Technology has created a new mural painted on the Fifth Street back of its building at Main and Fifth — and it’s a 20th anniversary present to the company and a gift to the region as well.    The mural features over 25 unique Northern Kentucky-themed references, tributes, and landmarks.   C-Forward partnered with Covington-based, BLDG to design and paint the mural....

BBB Trends: Mindful, effective giving in times of tragedy; figure out where to give before a disaster

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau When we see tragic events unfolding, such as natural disasters or tragic shootings, the first thing we want to do is fix it—right now! Unfortunately, that’s not exactly the way things work. Major disasters take time to sort out and recover from, and the charities that provide support need help long before the disaster or tragedy strikes. When donations are...

LaRosa’s celebrates Buddy’s 89th birthday, 65 years in business -‘Hey dad, look at us now’

LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria recently hosted a dual celebration of the 89th birthday of its iconic Founder Buddy LaRosa and to honor the brand’s 65th year in business. Mark LaRosa, President and Chief Culinary Officer, LaRosa’s, Inc.; John Paselsky, Executive Vice President, One Holland; Buddy LaRosa’s, Founder, LaRosa’s Inc.; Michael LaRosa, CEO, LaRosa’s, Inc. (provided photo). This account...