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COV’s 2nd Authenti-CITY Award goes to Hail Records and Oddities (‘freeze dried ducklings’ anyone?)

Second in series of five To mark National Economic Development Week, the city of Covington is presenting the first-annual “Authenti-CITY Awards” to acknowledge five places, events, people and organizations that make The COV an authentically cool city in the Tri-State. The City staff will be presenting the award, a certificate, balloons and goat-shaped cookies to five winners each day this...

It’s National Economic Development Week and Covington is celebrating Authenti-CITY Awards

First in a series of five To mark National Economic Development Week, the city of Covington is presenting the first-annual “Authenti-CITY Awards” to acknowledge five places, events, people and organizations that make The COV an authentically cool city in the Tri-State. The City staff will be presenting the award, a certificate, balloons and goat-shaped cookies to five winners each day...

$506k of fresh asphalt — repaving underway on ‘worst’ streets in eight Covington neighborhoods

Over half a million dollars of fresh asphalt will soon be spread on Covington streets that, in the words of the City’s Public Works director, currently represent some of the “worst of the worst” driving experiences. The streets – which fall in eight different neighborhoods – were selected after an outside agency surveyed and rated driving surfaces throughout Covington, Director Chris Warneford...

Kentucky receives $5 million boost in federal CARES funding to promote safe tourism across state

Gov. Andy Beshear and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry announced this week that the Commonwealth has committed $5 million in federal CARES Act funding to help boost the state’s tourism industry by encouraging safe travel to all 120 Kentucky counties. With most travel restrictions lifted within the United States, the commonwealth is priming the tourism industry for growth by...

Annual service in Covington honors 37 fallen peace officers who died in line of duty

The annual ceremony to honor Northern Kentucky peace officers who have died in the line of duty played out Monday morning near the Covington riverfront in a cacophony of sound: • The jarring reports of a 21-gun salute. • The roar of a helicopter flyover. • A staccato roll call of fallen officers. • The “clip clop” of a symbolic riderless horse, led down the concrete street. • The...

Covington Commission: Scott Street properties could be new City Hall site; city clerk hired

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Covington Commissioners agreed Tuesday to purchase properties at 620 and 622 Scott Streets, which are currently owned by the Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation, Inc., for $550,000 in hopes of eventually building a new City Hall on the site. The Commissioners came to the decision to purchase during their regularly scheduled legislative meeting Tuesday...

Covington encouraging rehab of historic properties with new incentives targeting commercial spaces

The City of Covington has created a new incentive program to help “activate” vacant commercial buildings in neighborhood business districts and on corners throughout the city. The new Vacant Property Incentive – whose unveiling coincides this week with National Economic Development Week – is designed to help create jobs, since it is performance-based: Developers who turn vacant, historic buildings...

State to receive $2.1 billion from American Rescue Plan Act, state receipts surge in April, set records

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the commonwealth is receiving $2.183 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund, with the allotment smaller than a previous estimate because of the state’s positive economic performance. “Our economy is surging and strong,” Beshear said. “We are in a strong position to sprint out of this pandemic with continued...

U.S. DEA reports successful national Prescription Drug Take Back Day; 12,000 pounds in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says its national Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April, netted over 829,000 pounds of drugs nationwide, nearly 12,000 pounds in Kentucky alone. 
“DEA’s biannual Take Back Day events are critical to helping reduce overdose deaths and alleviate addiction by safely disposing of prescription medications that sit idle in the home,”...

Brood X is coming: Cicada advice from the Cov’s urban forester on eve of ‘invasion’ (it’s been 17 years)

The invading horde called Brood X will soon emerge from its 17-year-old underground hiding place.   But whether you see cicadas as a protein source or a mini version of the Graboids of the “Tremors” franchise fame, the cyclical version of Cicadidae poses only a minor threat to your trees (and zero threat to your flowers and vegetables). A cicada nymph newly emerged from the soil will soon shed...

Dayton City Council on strategic planning session to identify issues facing city, promote teamwork

Dayton City Council held a strategic planning session recently with council members and city staff meeting for six hours to start strategic planning process, discuss budget needs Mayor Ben Baker and City Council Members Scott Beseler, Christina Kelly, Jessica Lovins, Joe Neary, Beth Nyman, and Jeff Volter all participated in the strategic planning session, which was moderated by Dayton City Administrator...

Kenton County Police officer Michael Allgeier awarded Life Saving Award for outstanding service

Kenton County Police Chief Spike Jones issued a Life Saving Award to Officer Michael Allgeier for his outstanding service to the citizens of Kenton County. The Life Saving Award is presented to officers who have demonstrated exemplary action in the protection of life. Michael Allgeier (Photo from KCPD) On March 10, Officer Allgeier responded to a squad call in Independence. The call was for a 70-year-old...

New cameras provide ‘eyes’ on the river; grant to help first responders improve safety along waterfront

Covington will soon have more eyes keeping watch on its riverfront — 18 of them, in fact. The “eyes” are cameras, part of a new wireless video surveillance system that will also be linked to an existing comprehensive network called the Ohio River Port Security Camera Program. Thanks to a Port Security Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Covington Board of Commissioners...

Developers say COV Riverfront Commons Plaza ‘98% complete’; city wants to buy Scott Street properties

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Almost — 98 percent — complete. That’s what representatives from the Riverfront Commons Plaza project reported Tuesday night at the city’s regularly scheduled commission meeting. “Minor cosmetic things,” remain unfinished they said, like sod placement and some concrete. Mike Prus, product design engineer for Prus Construction, which is in charge...