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City of Covington officials say ‘cautious and conservative’ budget designed to move city forward

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two stories submitted by the City of Covington to help explain its 2019-20 budget strategy. The second story will appear Friday. The City of Covington’s 2019-20 budget is balanced. It doesn’t raise taxes. It continues to fund core services like public safety, job creation, business recruitment, neighborhood support, housing and upkeep of public...

KYTC releases list of statewide transportation projects to guide decisions on next Highway Plan

NKyTribune staff The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Tuesday released a data-driven list of projects that are candidates for state transportation funding, using initial results from the State Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow (SHIFT). The results will be a key component in developing the upcoming 2020 Highway Plan. The statewide list includes 49 high-ranking projects under consideration...

Covington will consider dumping SD1 for storm water; will investigate other options to solve issues

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter When Mayor Joseph U. Meyer was a kid growing up on Indiana Avenue, he remembers how a sewer line collapsed, and the street was flooded. “It was a disaster,” he said, and it led to two entities — the city and the sanitation district — pointing fingers at one another, trying to place blame instead of helping the people who were affected. “That left a really...

Covington mourns retired firefighter; dedicated to public duty, Lt. Dale Brown served for 25 years

Covington firefighter Dale Brown had one motto, and he quoted it often: “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.” Lt. Dale Allen Brown, a retired Covington firefighter who served for 25 years and a member of a well-known fire-fighting family, died last Friday. (Photo courtesy of Katie Woodring.) It was a motto he remembered through every turn in his 25-year...

KYTC District 6 road report update on current construction projects in Northern Kentucky

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 would like the public to be aware of the following conditions and/or operations that are being reported for highways in Northern Kentucky. CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY – CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO ·         I-275 (Combs-Hehl Bridge) 73 – 71 mile-marker – ODOT has a pavement resurfacing and bridgework project planned for I-275 that includes bridge...

Brighter and cheaper: LED lights in parking garages to save City of Covington $50K a year

Drivers will appreciate the increased visibility. Conservationists will love their energy efficiency. Taxpayers will appreciate their longevity and cost savings. There’s something for everyone to love about the addition of 500 high-efficiency LED fixtures in the RiverCenter and Midtown garages, among the City of Covington’s biggest parking centers. The new LED lights replaced old fluorescent...

Beshears open ‘Hope Gallery’ exhibit featuring artwork from children served by Family Scholar House

Attorney General Andy Beshear last week joined wife Britainy Beshear, children served by Louisville’s Family Scholar House and the organization’s vice president of programs and services Kristie Adams to open a new Hope Gallery art exhibit in Frankfort.  The Hope Gallery, located in the main lobby of the Office of the Attorney General in the state Capitol, features artwork from 16 children served...

Garbage rules on number of bulk items relaxed in Covington for areas recovering from floods

Restrictions on how many bulk items of garbage can be set out for pickup are being relaxed this week so residents whose houses suffered flooding can get rid of water-damaged items. But other safety-related rules governing what can be set out and what needs to be “prepared” still apply. Rumpke delivered more open-top waste containers today to areas hard hit by weekend storms. This provided...

Covington’s drop-off event Saturday for e-waste and paper shredding enables responsible disposal 

Need to get rid of old TVs, computers and other electronics gathering dust? What about sensitive paper documents you need to recycle? Volunteers prepare to recycle electronics and paper documents at the 2018 Electronic Recycling and Paper Shredding Drop-Off Day. The event saved over seven tons of e-waste and paper from landfills (provided photo). Don’t throw away your electronics – they’ll...

Residents question Cov Commission about flood response; ‘It looked like a typhoon hit down there’

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune Reporter After Coleman Stracener’s service in the military, he decided it was time to come back home, so he returned to Covington to live on Euclid Avenue, where he’s been for about one month.  Now, most of his family’s heirlooms are ruined because of this weekend’s storms, which left his basement flooded with sewage and his life turned upside down.   He, along with...

Most new laws (total: 198) passed during last legislative session go into effect June 27

Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 session will go into effect on June 27. That means law-abiding adults will be able to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, employers will be required to make certain reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees and electric scooters will be regulated by state law. The Kentucky Constitution specifies that new laws take...

City of Union accepting applications for annual ‘Celebrates America’ parade, takes place June 28

The City of Union is currently accepting registrations to be a part of the 2019 Union Celebrates America parade. The 2019 “Union Celebrates America” parade and community event is scheduled for Friday, June 28. The parade will start around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Old Union Road and Mt. Zion Road.  The parade will proceed to the East on Mt. Zion and head South on US 42 to Frogtown Road. The...

Covington Public Works crews cleaning up damage from weekend storms – ‘It’s everywhere’

Crews from the Covington Public Works Department worked throughout the night Saturday and all day Sunday cleaning up damage across the city from torrential rains and heavy wind. Cement brick mason Steve Banfield of the Covington Public Works Department cleans gravel and torn-up asphalt off the intersection of Montague and Amsterdam roads (provided photos). Public Works Director Rick Davis said damage...

Sewer work to close section of Greenup Street in Covington for about a week, starting Monday

Greenup Street will be closed to traffic between Ninth and 10th streets starting Monday at 7 a.m., weather depending. Construction equipment was staged at Tenth and Greenup streets earlier this week in preparation for Monday’s closure (provided photo). The closure, which is supposed to last a week, is part of a larger and ongoing project by Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky to reduce...

Secretary of State Grimes presents historic notary law updates to Kentucky lawyers

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented the updated electronic and remote notary laws to the Commonwealth’s lawyers at the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual convention Thursday in Louisville. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presents updates to the notary law at KBA convention in Louisville (provided photo). The new law, championed by Grimes and Senator Morgan McGarvey...