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Newport approves first applications for small business emergency assistance program

Eleven businesses will receive $2,000 each under a small business emergency assistance program the City of Newport launched due to the disruption of the economy caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Newport created the Emergency Business Assistance Program in early April to offer incentives of up to $500 a month that small business owners and operators can use for rent, lease or mortgage payments during...

Southgate approves development plan for Beverly Hills site; project includes memorial to fire victims

The City of Southgate has approved an agreement with Ashley Builders Group and Vision Realty Group for a joint venture in the development of Memorial Point, a residential community planned on the site of the former Beverly Hills Supper Club. In addition to construction of an assisted living center, luxury apartments and single-family homes, the $65 million project will include a memorial to the victims...

Keven Moore: When hand sanitizer may not be safe — what you should know about using it appropriately

Public health officials have been telling us over the past few months that the best ways to avoid catching the coronavirus are to wash your hands with soap and water or, when that’s not an option, rub them with hand sanitizer. As a result, the demand and use of hand sanitizers have dramatically increased so much so that there is a current shortage across the US. In response to that shortage, the...

ReGadget, Blair Tech bringing new ownership, new tenants, modern concept to Latonia shopping center

City of Covington The long-beleaguered Latonia Plaza II shopping center has a new owner, new tenants, and an entirely new modern concept. ReGadget and Blair Technology Group – two local computer firms with national reputations – have joined to create CovTech Investments, a new firm that plans to create a $7 million modern workspace centered on jobs in the former Value City/Burlington Coat...

CVG invites you to join the JetStream Music Festival, an online celebration of music livestream from Austin

The JetStream Music Festival, taking place on Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. EST, is an online celebration of music between 23 North American airports, including the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). The stream will take place on Facebook Live and will feature performances from musicians representing each community. Each musician will have a virtual tip jar to which viewers can...

‘Your Mind, Your Business’ Met Club webinar participants talk about importance of mental health

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Second of Two parts Mental health is genetically linked, like any other illness, says Mike Glen, vice president, Lindner Center of Hope. Know your family history to put your family in the best position to be proactive. Glen urges you to be the role model. Lindner Center Open discussions about mental health need to be commonplace, he says, and anyone can lead. During...

Churchill Downs to build ‘Florence Extension’ $38.4 million gaming facility in Newport Plaza

As part of its foray into Northern Kentucky, Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. has announced plans to build a $38.4 million gaming facility in the Newport Plaza Shopping Center. The facility will provide approximately 70 full time-equivalent jobs and is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year. “This is a tremendous announcement for the City of Newport,” said Newport City Manager...

BBB Trends: As if a pandemic isn’t enough to worry about, beware of the scammers exploiting the Census

The 2020 U.S. Census is happening at the same time as a global pandemic, shelter-in-place orders and government stimulus payments. Scammers are exploiting these confusing circumstances. How the Scam Works: You receive an unsolicited message via text, email or social media messenger. The message says that to qualify for your stimulus payment, you need to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. Whether or not...

Kentucky Distillers, including Ludlow’s Second Sight Spirits, making sanitizer for business reopenings

As Gov. Andy Beshear outlined the plan for Phase 1 of reopening Kentucky’s economy, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce are partnering to help businesses make sure they have the hand sanitizer needed to protect Kentuckians as they reopen. In the last few weeks, members of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association have produced and donated more than 125,000 gallons...

Duke Energy Kentucky’s rate increase now in effect; approved by Kentucky Public Service Commission

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (KPSC) issued an order on April 27 approving new rates for Duke Energy Kentucky’s 143,000 electric customers, effective May 1. The company’s electric customers will continue to pay rates below national and state averages. In September 2019, Duke Energy sought the public review of its rates to support its ongoing investments in the region’s electric delivery...

Fabulous Furs switches production to make masks to donate to healthcare workers, first responders

Covington’s First Responders have benefited from a massive switch in production at Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs. Elvira, a member of Fabulous Furs’ sewing team, makes a protective mask. (Photo by Donna Salyers) As a retailer of choice for movie stars, models, and rock icons, it’s not unusual for the renowned Covington company’s chic creations to be featured in publications like Cosmopolitan,...

Keven Moore: Screening your employees for COVID-19; provide proper training and protective supplies

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is changing many features and characteristics of the current workplace, as many employers begin planning for what their post-coronavirus office will look like many are having to plan how they will begin screening their employees for the COVID-19 virus. Several states and local municipalities have implemented orders or issued guidance urging or requiring that...

AAA: Gas prices in downward spiral; Kentucky is sixth-lowest gas market nationally; no spike expected

With the average price at $1.43, Kentucky is the sixth-lowest gas market in the nation, as prices at the pump continue their downward spiral amidst weakened demand. Some Northern Kentucky gas stations had regular gasoline at $1.25 a gallon. “AAA forecasts that the national average will continue to decrease into next month, possibly dropping as low as $1.65,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and...

AT&T retail stores — deemed ‘Essential Retailer’ — are open and are hiring sales personnel

AT&T retail stores in the Northern Kentucky area are remaining open for business, due to being deemed an Essential Retailer by the United States Department of Homeland Security. One of the largest national franchisees of AT&T in the U.S., Live Mobile is currently operating under heightened safety protocols, such as offering curbside service, keeping a 1:1 ratio of employees to customers inside...

Cushman & Wakefield arranges $28 million sale of Paddock Club apartments in Florence

Cushman & Wakefield has arranged the $28.15 million sale of Paddock Club, a 200-unit apartment community located in the high-growth market of Florence. Mike Kemether, Craig Collins and Don Murphy of Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller, Spyglass Capital Partners LLC, in the transaction. PLK Communities acquired the property. “Paddock Club is an outstanding value-add asset in a fast-growing...