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Ashley Builders, St. Walburg settle with Villa Hills residents on Sanctuary; Drees, Fisher join project

Ashley Builders Group and Saint Walburg Monastery of Benedictine Sisters of Covington, Kentucky have agreed to settle a zoning appeal by Defend VH Group, LLC and 12 Villa Hills residents who sought to overturn a decision by the Villa Hills City Council that permitted construction of a mixed-use residential development project by the developer on real estate owned by the religious order. After a two-year...

New House health committee chair, NKY’s Kim Moser: ‘Health care too important to leave to chance’

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The new chair of the state House Health and Family Services Committee has been a legislator for less than two years and two months, but says she’s uniquely qualified for the position because of her background in health care and her willingness to speak out about important issues. Rep. Kim Moser, a Republican from Taylor Mill, told Kentucky Health News...

Investigation into incident involving Covington Catholic HS students at Lincoln Memorial completed

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor An investigation from a Taylor Mill firm retained by Dressman, Benzinger, Lavelle (DBL LAW) on behalf of the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School has been completed. Greater Cincinnati Investigation, Inc., issued a report indicating it has interviewed chaperones, including faculty, and 43 students, regarding the Jan. 18 incident at the Lincoln...

People of NKY: From Fine Arts to hair art, Emma Maue has found her muse — and her adventure

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune You are having a crisis with your hair. It never does what you want it to, and every time you walk out the door you feel like you probably shouldn’t.   It is way past time to do something about it. You make an appointment, and then expect someone else to perform miracles with what you have provided them, for better or for worse. The stakes are high and in...

Silver Grove board advances the proposed merger with Campbell County schools by majority vote

Staff report A Silver Grove school board majority voted in favor of two issues Monday night that moves the merger of the school district with Campbell County schools closer to fruition. The board considered to merger issues in its meeting in the school gymnasium: (1) whether to initiate the merger process with Campbell County pursuant to KRS 160.041, and (2) whether to approve the tentative merger...

ORSANCO expected to vote this week on future of pollution standards impacting Kentucky waterways

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A long-awaited vote is expected this week on the future of water-quality standards that impact nearly two-thirds of Kentucky’s waterways. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is reconsidering its role in setting limits on pollution discharges in the river. The agency has been around for nearly 60 years and is comprised of commissioners from eight...

Our Rich History: Henry Boyd, once a slave, became a prominent African-American furniture maker

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune Henry Boyd was born on a Kentucky plantation as a slave in 1802. For the first 18 years of his life, he would remain a slave. Boyd was apprenticed out to a cabinet maker. He had a tremendous talent for carpentry. His woodworking skills and his strong work ethic combined to provide a path out of slavery and poverty. Boyd was permitted to accept additional work...

The River: Plenty of tales to tell in whispered tones — some about how to be rid of troublemakers

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune “I killed a couple roustabouts,” the old pilot began with no prompting. The pilothouse, otherwise hushed except for an occasional vibration caused whenever the steamboat found shallow water and labored, abruptly became a confessional for the elderly boatman behind the “sticks” guiding the vessel on the dark and trackless stretch of the Lower Mississippi...

Conner lives up to state No. 1 ranking by winning rematch with Ryle in girls basketball showdown

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter For the last three weeks, the Conner girls basketball team has been voted No. 1 in Kentucky statewide coaches polls, but the Cougars still had to prove they were the top team in the 9th Region. Conner accomplished that Friday with a 62-57 win over Ryle, last year’s regional champion and the only team that had beaten the Cougars (25-1) this season. Conner...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Lightning and lightning bug aside, we get down to basics — there is the tomato

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune As you may remember when we met here before, I had received my annual embarrassment of seed catalogues. And, instead of getting down to business and making considered choices of what plants I would be stewarding to their glorious rewards, I got mired down in the silly side-track of eccentric, amusing and just plain weird plant names. There is enough to consider...

Bevin touts strength, growth, cites ‘Blueprint for Better KY’ in State of Commonwealth address

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today “The State of the Commonwealth is strong, very strong,” Gov. Matt Bevin said during his annual State of the Commonwealth address, delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly Thursday night. 
Bevin described progress from seven items from the “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky” he handed out during his first such address in 2016. 
The first point was enacting...

New study shows Kentucky’s Bourbon Industry has doubled economic impact in ten years

Kentucky Distillers’ Association Ten years ago, leaders of Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry poured whiskey on the Capitol steps to protest the latest tax hike on spirits. Today, they poured Bourbon inside the Capitol to toast the industry’s epic turnaround as the industry reported on its progress. Bourbon barons joined elected officials and key business executives...

St. E, OrthoCincy Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine partner to keep student athletes healthy, on the field 

The Orthopaedic Institute at St. Elizabeth has launched an injury prevention program, the region’s first data-driven database of injuries sustained by high school student-athletes that can be broken down by school, team, sport and gender. Dr. Miller The data collected will help athletic trainers develop programs to stop similar injuries before they happen. The Orthopaedic Institute at St. Elizabeth...

Erlanger-Elsmere schools hosting ‘Backpack Full of Cash’ screening, discussion about public education

Staff report Erlanger-Elsmere and Kenton County teachers associations are hosting a free public screening of the film, “Backpack Full of Cash.” The screening will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, at Dietz Auditorium, 305 Bartlett Ave, Erlanger. It is open to the public. Parents, caregivers, business leaders, educators and the community is encouraged to attend. The 90-minute...

House health panel’s new chair, Kim Moser, starts fast with bills to ban tobacco at school and lots more

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News State Rep. Kim Moser plans a busy first meeting as chair of the House Health and Family Services Committee on Thursday, Feb. 7. She says she has the votes to approve bills to make schools tobacco-free, urge medical-marijuana research, and make it easier to get treatment for addiction. “Those are all issues that we continue to talk about and have taken a...