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Covington Commission doesn’t get recommendation on IRS demolition contract, hope to have it soon

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Not quite yet. That’s the message on the IRS site demolition. Ken Smith, Covington’s City Manager, told Commissioners last week that the city was close to coming to an agreement with O’Rourke Wrecking Company for demolition of the IRS site. After releasing a request for proposals in late November, the city considered four proposals for the eight-month project,...

Gov. Beshear announces $19.4M to clean drinking water projects, improved sewer systems in NKY

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than $19.4 million to one county and three water utilities serving Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties in multiple stops in NKY Tuesday. The funding is part of the Better Kentucky Plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program to deliver clean drinking water and improved sewer and water systems around the state, creating an estimated 3,800 jobs statewide. Gov. Steve Beshear “Our...

Covington official Ross Patton makes plans for next adventure — in France; city seeking replacement

Even if you haven’t met Ross Patten personally, odds are you see evidence of his work every day throughout Covington. New small business in your neighborhood? Patten likely played a role in making it a reality. Updated storefront or façade on a nearby building? That’s his work too. A gathering at a City park where neighbors gathered to share their vision for the neighborhood? Patten was there...

Covington firefighter, Dave Studer, a 25-year veteran, dies after short illness, being hospitalized with COVID

Covington firefighter Dave Studer will be remembered for his banter, his joking, his playful kidding of fellow firefighters – a big personality that helped make a stressful job easier to bear. “He was a jokester and just had a funny way about him,” Chief Mark Pierce said. “Everybody got along with him, everybody liked him, and everybody liked working with him.” Dave Studer (Photo courtesy...

Dayton’s Manhattan Boulevard closed to through traffic Monday for road construction near marina

Dayton’s Manhattan Boulevard will be closed to through traffic, starting Monday because of road construction on the street near the Manhattan Harbour Yacht Club and Marina. The construction work will start on Monday east of the Manhattan on the River apartment complex, so residents of those apartments and other homes on Manhattan Boulevard will still be able to access their residences from the...

House passes $64B budget, leaving $1.14B unspent; does not include Covington’s life sciences funding

Staff report Kentucky’s Republican-led House passed by an 85-to-8 vote its own version of a new two-year $65 billion state budget which goes to the Senate for consideration. It leaves $1.14 billion unallocated and there are hints of tax cuts. The final version will be hashed out by conferees from both chambers, but the Senate is now clearly in the driver’s seat. A key piece of funding is...

Not again! Roebling Bridge re-opening delayed once more; Mother Nature nixes Monday planned opening

The reopening of the John A. Roebling Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati will not happen Monday as planned. Winter weather has postponed concrete reaching its full strength on the southside approach. A specific re-opening date cannot be provided, says KYTC District 6 office. They’ll announce that as soon as they can. The bridge, which spans the Ohio River and officially opened on Jan....

Covington partnered with Gravity Diagnostics, CTI, Bexion, BioWish on Life Sciences Lab in state budget

Bexion Pharmaceuticals began in 2006 with two researchers, shards of incredible data, and an almost fantastical idea. Many years later, the gaze of the medical world is focused anxiously on the Covington company and its clinical trials – i.e., tests on humans – of its lead compound, BXQ-350. What sounds like a license plate is actually a biologic compound – a “drug” – that could very well...

City of Covington close to IRS demolition agreement, defines ‘buckets’ for distribution of rescue plan funds

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter COVINGTON – It’s time for the city of Covington to get buckets. And that’s just what they did Tuesday night at their regularly scheduled caucus meeting. But we’re not talking about basketball, we mean categories — as in, the categories the city will use to determine how to divide its nearly $36 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Ken Smith,...

Bill introduced into House to exempt veterans from pay state income tax on their retirement from service

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation that would establish an exemption from paying state income tax by Kentucky veterans following their retirement from the Armed Forces has been introduced in the General Assembly. Rep. Kim Moser of Taylor Mill speaks with Rep. Fleming who is sponsoring a bill to exempt veterans from state income tax. (LRC photo) Rep. Ken Fleming, R-Louisville, is the sponsor of...

Dayton installs park benches at Sargeant, Jamestown Parks with funds from state waste management grant

(Photo from City of Dayton) The City of Dayton has installed eight new park benches at Sargeant Park and Jamestown Park. The city received a $3,432 grant from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management last year for these benches, which are made from recycled waste tires and are funded by a $2 fee Kentucky imposes on the retail sale of new tires in the state. The program helps the state to manage the...

Newport holds ribbon cutting on another Combs family Historic Preservation Adaptive Re-Use Project

Newport held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week at 402 East 9th Street to celebrate another Historic Preservation Adaptive Re-Use Project. Newport Mayor Tommy Guidugli Jr. extended an official congratulations to the family of the late Luther Combs Sr. at the ribbon cutting. (Photo provided) The building has been converted to four market-rate apartments. Luther Combs, Jr., along with his sisters: Della...

Jan Hillard: Finding our way through understanding of how we see January 6th Capitol riots

We recently marked the one-year anniversary of the most violent attack on the nation’s capital since the War of 1812. Fueled by conspiracy-laced claims of electoral fraud, the peaceful transition of power gave way to insurrection and a darker political reality. Amidst this incredible dynamic, many wonder what the typical American thinks about what happened on January 6th and beyond. Do Americans...

Campbell County Judge Executive Pendery for re-election; Anna Zinkhorn filed too; deadline Jan. 25

Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery has announced that he will seek reelection in 2022. According to Campbell County Clerk’s website, Anna Zinkhorn of Camp Springs has filed to run for Judge Executive in Campbell County. Filing date deadline for candidates has been extended to Feb. 25. During Judge Pendery’s time in office, Campbell County has seen billions of dollars in economic...

League of Women Voters, NAACP join in opposing ‘unfair maps’ redistricting maps; urge veto, restart

Kentucky’s League of Women Voters, and the Kentucky NAACP State Conference issued a joint statement strongly opposing the redistricting maps passed by the state legislature and sent to the Governor’s desk for signature. They urge the Governor to veto the plan and restart the process to produce fairer and equitable boundaries. They emphasize that they are making no argument on the “partisanship”...