A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

House Republican committee chairs include three NKY representatives: Moser, Koenig, St. Onge

The Kentucky House Republican Caucus announced its members chosen to chair various standing committees for the next two years within the Kentucky House of Representatives. “The individuals we have chosen to lead key House committees reflect the tremendous talent, expertise and experience within the House Majority Caucus,” said Speaker-Designate David Osborne of Prospect. Koenig, Moser, St. Onge “With...

Council of State Governments ends national meeting, held in Covington; elected new leadership

Staff report With Kentucky State Sen. Robert Stivers as its outgoing chair, the Council of State Governments held its National Conference in Covington this week. The conference brought government leaders from around the country to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center — and hundreds of visitors to the area. Stivers is Kentucky Senate President; he has represented Senate District 25 since 1997...

Sen. Damon Thayer receives inaugural KTIA Tourism Award for Legislative Leadership

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) has awarded Kentucky Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, the inaugural Kentucky Tourism Award for Legislative Leadership (TALL). Kentucky Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer (left) and Kentucky Travel Industry Association CEO accepted the inaugural Kentucky Tourism Award for Legislative Leadership from president Hank Phillips;...

Intel Falcon drones supplement KYTC inspection of Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, improve safety

Intel has collaborated with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to improve bridge inspections. The collaboration will supplement manual inspections of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky and the Stone Arch Bridge in Minnesota. Throughout the inspections, Intel’s advanced automated commercial drone hardware and software solutions...

Boone County seeks applicants for the 2019 class of ENGAGE: Government Citizens Institute

Boone County is holding a free citizens academy program called ENGAGE for residents or business owners that are interested in learning more about County Government. Boone County JudgeExecutive Gary Moore talks to participants in a 2018 ENGAGE program (provided photo). The 2019 class will be the County’s second class after a successful inaugural session last year. The nine week Citizens Academy is...

Covington considering economic development consultant; will vote Dec. 11 on $100,000 project

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It was a busy day, they said. The committee, which included representatives from the Covington City Commission, the City’s Economic Development Authority Board, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, and City staff, had whittled the list of 12 applicants down to five, and they decided to interview all of them — on the same day. So yes, it was busy. But it was necessary...

Peers in Northern Kentucky name Covington’s Warnock City/County Administrator of the Year

Frank Warnock started going to city council and zoning board meetings in 1979 as a cub reporter for a small newspaper in the Marion County town of Lebanon. Warnock “That’s when it started,” he said. “I’ve just been fascinated by local government since that time.” That “fascination” led to a law degree … then a chance meeting that resulted in a fill-in...

City of Covington gains more than $106K in four months from new strategic investments policy

City Hall’s adoption of an expanded and strategic investments policy earlier this year after the arrival of its new finance director has proved a financial windfall for Covington taxpayers. The City of Covington has saved more than $106,000 in four months under a new strategic investments policy implemented at the suggestion of Finance Director Muhammed Owusu (provided photo). For the four-month...

DHFS social workers get tech advantage; tablets to replace their computers, help them in field

A new technology upgrade will allow hundreds of Cabinet social workers across Kentucky to spend less time on paperwork. Approximately 1,800 social workers and social services staff will receive tablets to replace their laptop and desktop computers.   This new approach will save time and allow staff in the Division of Protection and Permanency (DPP), part of the Cabinet’s Department for Community...

Flags lowered to half-staff in honor of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the U.S., dead at age 94

In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump, both American and state flags at public office buildings are lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Dec. 30, 2018, to honor President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday evening. “President Bush dedicated the majority of his adult life as a public servant to our great nation. For this, we will be forever grateful,”...

Kentucky State Parks announces January and February dates for Eagle Watch Weekends

A unique tradition for more than 40 years, Kentucky State Parks has announced dates for its 2019 Eagle Watch Weekends, a chance to observe bald eagles as they gather around the major lakes of Western Kentucky looking for food. This unique wildlife-watching opportunity is offered as a tour by water in January and February of 2019 at three Kentucky state resort parks. Led by state park naturalists and...

Wice returns to Florence as City Coordinator after stint as vice president with REDI Cincinnati

Mayor Diane E. Whalen has announced the appointment of Joshua Wice as City Coordinator for the City of Florence, effective December 13. “Josh Wice brings many positives to the city’s management team. His past experience with city operations will make this a seamless transition for all members of city staff”, said Whalen. “Additionally, his role with REDI Cincinnati provided him with professional...

More riding on Beechwood-Pikeville champion game than you thought — mayors make a friendly wager

City of Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman and Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter have made a friendly wager on the Kentucky Class A State Football Championship game. Beechwood will face Pikeville once again for the Class A Kentucky State football championship today at 2 p.m. at Kroger Field in Lexington. The loser will host the winning city’s mayor and key staff for local food and a tour and discussion...

Road along Prisoners Lake in Devou Park to be realigned to improve safety, drainage

The road that curves around and almost into Prisoners Lake in Covington’s Devou Park is about to be straightened. With the top of the map facing west, the red line shows the approximate route of the realigned Prisoners Lake Drive, designed to improve safety and drainage and free up green space next to the lake. The Covington City Commission approved a contract with Lonkard Construction of Florence...

City of Covington to spend $122K on  upgrades to Randolph, Goebel pools for next season

Covington will spend almost $122,000 in the off-season to make improvements at its two full-size public swimming pools. Randolph Pool in the Eastside neighborhood will get a new roof and fencing in the off-season. Goebel Pool in MainStrasse will also get an upgrade (provided photo). The Randolph Pool complex on Greenup Street in the Eastside neighborhood will get a new roof and new fencing, while Goebel...