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Making Hands Pike a straighter, safer route in/out of S. Covington progresses as route takes shape

From high in the air, the hills near Hands Pike must resemble a giant’s sandbox crawling with Tonka trucks. For months now, massive construction vehicles painted Caterpillar yellow have been steadily scraping, shoving, and moving earth and shale across the landscape, gradually carving a west-east swath straight down the hill overlooking Ky. 17. The goal? A straighter, safer route in and out of South...

State reports 1,899 new COVID cases, 52 deaths, 6.83% positivity; all 3 NKY counties still in red zone

Kentucky reported nearly 1,899 new COVID-19 cases and 52 more virus-related deaths Wednesday, even as the rate of residents testing positive for the coronavirus dropped to 6.83%. The new virus cases included 499 among people ages 18 and younger. The latest deaths included a 35-year-old Kentuckian, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The state’s death toll from the virus has reached at least 9,477. The governor...

NewportFORWARD committee invites residents to city’s Oct. 26 comprehensive plan open house

After more than a year of research, outreach and committee work, the NewportFORWARD Steering Committee is pleased to invite the community to the final Open House review of the city’s proposed Comprehensive Plan update. The Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — including a brief presentation of the plan at 6 p.m. — in the first-floor Multi-Purpose room...

Erlanger to discuss proposals for reducing number of city council members at tonight’s caucus

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor The City of Erlanger will hold discussions tonight at its caucus meeting on two proposals seeking to reduce the number of city council members. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Erlanger City Building. Two proposals – one for 9 members and one for 7 – received first readings – and were approved — at the council’s October 5 meeting, and further discussions...

Road report from KYTC District 6: Here’s what to expect on roads this week, look for delays, closures

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 is reporting the conditions and/or operations and warns of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects: KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY – HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO • Brent Spence Bridge – I-71/75 Southbound/Northbound (191.3 – 191.8 mile-marker) –  A routine maintenance project to clean and paint the Brent Spence Bridge is underway....

Two-thirds of Kentucky’s child protective services social workers are in training or entry level

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another area reporting a shortage of employees is that of caseworkers for the Department for Community Based Services, according to testimony presented before a legislative committee last week, leading lawmakers to express concerns. DCBS Commissioner Marta Miranda-Straub and Deputy Commissioner Lesa Dennis told the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee the number...

COVID-19 update: New cases add up to 723,895 total in state, 9,293 deaths; vaccinations best protection

In his full COVID-19 report Thursday, the Governor announced 2,305 new COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth, bringing the case total to 721,895. Friday’s end-of-day total of 2,008 brings the total even higher: 723,889. 594 of Thursday’s new cases were children 18 and younger. 1,354 Kentuckians remain hospitalized. 399 people remain in the ICU, with 270 on a ventilator. The Governor also announced...

KYTC to host public meeting on Oct. 26 on improvements planned along Turkeyfoot Road

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is hosting a public meeting on roadway improvements that are being planned along Turkeyfoot Road, between Dudley Road and Dixie Highway. The session will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Freedom Park picnic shelter, near the Edgewood Senior Center at 500 Freedom Park Drive. In consideration of current social distancing needs, this meeting...

Sanitation District No. 1, City of Elsmere to partner on drainage improvements at Plymouth, Feather Lanes

Sanitation District No. 1 will partner with the City of Elsmere to improve drainage along Plymouth Lane and Feather Lane as part of a larger road reconstruction project. Part of Plymouth Lane currently drains to a set of catch basin inlets at the cul-de-sac, and the long drainage path tends to spread stormwater across the road, creating a driving hazard. Additionally, the large drainage area overwhelms...

Covington commission discuss ARPA, Juneteenth holiday, vacant and surplus properties, more

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter ARPA stands for the American Rescue Plan Act, and the city of Covington has $35.9 million to spend over the next three years because of it. Commissioners voted 4-1 at their regular legislative meeting Tuesday night to meet and discuss how to spend that money on Saturday, Oct. 23. Originally, the city was supposed to have an ARPA plan drafted for the federal government...

KYTC district gives heads up on resurfacing of Mary Ingles Highway in Campbell County next week

KYTC District Office advises motorists that a resurfacing project will start next week on a section of KY 445 (Mary Ingles Highway) in Campbell County. Base failure work is scheduled to start the week of Oct. 18, on KY 445 (Mary Ingles Highway) between KY 8 (Industrial Road) to KY 6335 (Old KY 8) (0 – 1.1 mile-marker), from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Milling and resurfacing operations will take...

State’s general fund, road receipts rise significantly; year-to-date growth of general fund is 12.1 percent

State Budget Director John Hicks reported today that General Fund receipts rose 35.0 percent in September with revenues of $1,505.7 million, including the deposit of $225 million from a one-time legal settlement with Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of PokerStars. September collections excluding the settlement rose 14.8 percent over September of 2020. Thus far in fiscal year 2022 (FY22),...

KCP&R to host annual Halloween Happenings Haunted Trail Oct. 15 at Middleton-Mills Park

Kenton County Parks and Recreation (KCP&R) is hosting its annual frightening Halloween Happenings Haunted Trail on Friday, October 15 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Middleton-Mills Park. Admission and parking will be available at the football field. (Photo from Kenton County Parks and Recreation) The Haunted Halloween Trail is a quarter-mile long filled with fright and drama. Ghosts, goblins, witches,...

Don’t be a statistic: It’s National Pedestrian Safety Month — Walk Safe, Kentucky and save lives

In a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is far more likely to be killed or injured. For this reason, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in October to promote National Pedestrian Safety Month. “We are asking every driver to watch for pedestrians as you would...

Iconic Suspension Bridge to be closed to vehicular traffic for at least the rest of the year

The John A. Roebling Bridge — the Suspension Bridge — will remain closed to vehicular traffic for the rest of the year to allow more time for the repairs needed to preserve the iconic landmark. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) made the announcement Friday. The Roebling Bridge has been closed since Feb. 15 and initially was scheduled to reopen to traffic by the end of November. But...