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Gov. Briefs: Erlanger adds school zone; Apply for BC Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy; Wilder touch-a-truck

Commonwealth Avenue and Baker Street is now considered a school zone thanks to the City of Erlanger, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and the Erlanger-Elsmere School District. In March 2018, Councilmember Patty Suedkamp contacted City Administrator Matt Kremer with concerns regarding students crossing Commonwealth Avenue during school hours. Two students had already been struck the previous...

Gov. Bevin announces nearly $3 Million in CDBG funding, Campbell County Fiscal Court gets $726K

Gov. Matt Bevin joined federal, state and local officials in Georgetown yesterday to announce $2,911,999 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for housing rehabilitation projects across the Commonwealth. These federal funds, allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG), will benefit 45 families...

City of Covington attacks lead-based paint; new $1.66 million program accepting applications

The City of Covington is looking for old homes where lead-based paint is making children sick or has the potential to do so. Covington has a large number of housing units at risk for lead poisoning, based on the age of the paint and the condition of the house. The City wants to identify the homes, so it can remove the threat. The homes would be candidates for Covington’s first-ever Lead-Based...

Telling Covington’s story in an inventive way through a ‘story map’ — see it here

The pieces are diverse: A photo of the taps and a “pour” at Braxton Brewing Co. … a video clip of the CEO of CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services describing why his firm moved its HQ to Covington … a collage showing architectural features of historic buildings … a quote from the regional manager of The Stephen Gould Co. describing City staff’s “enthusiasm” …...

Gov. Bevin sets election day, Nov. 5, as the time to also select Rep. St. Onge’s replacement in the House

Gov. Matt Bevin has executed a writ of election to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation (effective Aug. 12, 2019) of Rep. Diane Murray St. Onge, who has represented parts of Kenton and Boone counties in the General Assembly since 2013. The special election to fill the Kentucky House of Representatives 63rd District seat will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, the date already set for the state’s...

Ky. Association of Career Colleges and Schools names Rep. Adam Koenig Legislator of the Year

Kentucky State Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, has been named the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS) 2019 Legislator of the Year. Rep. Koenig serves as chairman of the Kentucky House of Representatives Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee, which manages legislation governing the licensing and certification of professional occupations. The Legislator...

Kenton Fiscal Court launching ‘Road Reporter’ to allow citizens to report road maintenance issues

Kenton County Fiscal Court is partnering with Planning and Development Services’ (PDS) LINK-GIS to launch “Road Reporter,” a web-based survey form that allows residents to report road maintenance issues. Using GIS technology, the system is able to properly route the identified issue to the appropriate agency. “There are twenty-three different government agencies responsible for maintaining...

Campbell County Fiscal Court offering a fall Citizen’s Academy program; applications due Aug. 23

Click image to apply Campbell County Fiscal Court announced that it will again offer a fall citizens’ academy program designed to improve civic education and increase citizen engagement in the workings of the general county government. After completing the program in 2017, participant Jim Schroer said, “The academy presented fabulous insights into the departments and people that make Campbell...

City of Newport gets three new popular Red Bike stations, doubling number of ride-share locations

Red Bike, the popular and convenient bike-sharing system of public transportation that has become a staple of traveling the rideable neighborhoods of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, is once again expanding with three new bike-sharing stations in Newport. The new Red Bike Stations are located at: • Bernadette Watkins Park, West Sixth and Patterson streets on the city’s west side • In...

Twenty-five names added to Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame at State Capitol; induction Sept. 6-7

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Twenty-five names will be added to the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame at the State Capitol.

 It began with a jump from an airplane by members of the Fastrax Parachute Team, carrying a large American flag, then the event moved inside to the Capitol Rotunda.

 The 25 inductees come from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and served...

Every person counts: Covington aims for an accurate count in 2020 Census, wants all residents counted

The population of Covington was undercounted by as much as 30 percent in the 2010 Census, federal officials estimate, costing the City significant funds that pay for things like affordable housing and infrastructure and negatively affecting its economic growth. To make sure the 2020 Census is more accurate, Covington is launching a campaign whose goal is to make sure every resident is reflected in...

City of Erlanger Fire/EMS receives AHA’s Mission Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award

Erlanger Fire/EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.  Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart...

Covington set to move forward with economic development plan; commission to approve next week

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It’s time to move forward. That’s the message Covington City Commissioners made at their regularly-scheduled caucus meeting Tuesday night as they voted to move forward with an order approving Garner Economics’ five-year economic development plan for the city.  Last month, Atlanta-based Garner Economics delivered an hour-long presentation that laid out the plan...

State to sell downtown Frankfort property — part of Capital Plaza development area — as surplus

The Finance and Administration Cabinet posted online a Request for Bid (RFB), for several parcels of land in downtown Frankfort that the Commonwealth of Kentucky no longer needs and intends to sell. The land includes Parcel Blocks B and C of the Capital Plaza Development area, along with the acreage beneath the Capital Plaza Hotel and the Frankfort YMCA. The two parcels of land to be sold total nearly...

KYTC launches study to identify improvements for the I75/I-275 interchange and surrounding area

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has launched a scoping study to identify and evaluate alternatives to reduce congestion, improve travel safety and promote better connectivity at the I-75/I-275 interchange and near vicinity. Click to enlarge KYTC’s goal is to identify planned improvements by early 2020 and expects construction to be completed in phases, as funding allows. As part of its...