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Newport is accepting Letters to Santa — and he promises a reply if you write by December 16

The City of Newport encourages kids to write a letter to Santa this year. Drop you letter off in a special mailbox in the lobby of the Newport City Building at East 10th and Monmouth of mail it to: Santa Claus c/o Newport Community Services 998 Monmouth Street Newport, KY 41071 If Santa received a letter by Friday, December 16, he will send a response from The North Pole. Santa will also be in town...

Road report: KYTC District 6 reports work on highway projects this week; beware delays, closures

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports work for highways this week and urges motorists to be aware of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects: BOONE – KENTON COUNTIES  • KY 536 (Mt. Zion Road) Corridor 13.2 – 14.7/ 0 – 1 mile-marker – The road is being widened from two to four lanes between U.S. 25 (Dixie Highway) and KY 1303 (Turkeyfoot Road)....

Sazerac Co. makes largest distilled spirits-related investment in Kentucky, $600m in barrel warehouses

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the largest distilled spirits-related investment on record in Kentucky this week, as Louisville-based Sazerac Co. will invest $600 million to construct nearly 20 barrel warehouses and expand Robinson Stave and Cumberland Cooperage in London, creating up to 50 full-time jobs and supporting the company’s continued growth. “This is a significant investment in Kentucky by...

State Sen. Alvarado to resign from legislature to become commissioner of Tennessee Dept. of Health

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who earlier this month won re-election to another four-year term, will be stepping aside in January to become commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health. In announcing the appointment of Alvarado, a physician, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said: “Dr. Alvarado’s significant clinical and hospital management experience make him...

Boone County ENGAGE Citizens Academy seeking applications of 2023 class, deadline December 31

Boone County is holding a free citizens academy program called ENGAGE for residents and business owners who are interested in learning more about county government operations. The nine-week Citizens Academy is an educational program with presentations each week on all operations of county government, including guided tours of government facilities. The goal is to education participants about each...

Covington considering residential parking zones; rent, facade, historic electric signage incentives

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Covington residents may need to get ready for something called the RPZ — or a Residential Parking Zone. At their regularly scheduled caucus meeting Tuesday night, commissioners heard several proposed changes from the Covington Motor Vehicle Parking Authority, which is recommending “outlining a process to implement additional Residential Parking Zones, making some...

NFPA urges caution when preparing holiday meal — Thanksgiving is leading day for cooking fires

As Thanksgiving nears, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is urging added caution when preparing the holiday feast, as Thanksgiving Day represents the leading day of the year for home cooking fires. Between three and four times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as a typical day of the year. “Thanksgiving is a hectic holiday, with multiple dishes cooking and baking at the...

Mixed results in weekly state Department for Public Health COVID report; cases rise

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There were mixed results in the weekly COVID-19 report released on Monday by the Kentucky Department for Public Health, as some of the indicators rose, while others experienced declines. The number of new cases reported to state public health officials for the period ending November 20 was 6,746, a sharp increase over the 3,570 on the previous week’s report. The number...

House Republican Caucus elects leadership team for next two years; David Osborne is House Speaker

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The House Republican Caucus met at the Capitol this week to elect their leadership team for the next two years and House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect, was nominated without opposition. Osborne, who has been a House member since 2005, was selected by the Majority Caucus for a third term, a first for Republicans in Kentucky’s 230-year history. “I do not take this...

City of Covington engages Emersion Design to redesign Clay Wade Bailey Bridge Gateway

Emersion Design, LLC will help the City of Covington drastically improve both the look and function of a busy gateway that – to be polite – isn’t very inviting. The company was awarded a contract after a vote of the Covington Board of Commissioners this week to redesign the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge Gateway into Covington from Cincinnati. The redesign could address everything from lighting to traffic...

Covington employees bridge communication gap with Hispanic population by learning Spanish

Covington es una ciudad que celebra su diversidad, equidad e inclusión. Thanks to an 8-week Spanish course initiated by the City of Covington’s Human Resources Department, a group of City employees is on track to read and speak Spanish with confidence. It’s further evidence that Covington celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion (which is what that first sentence states). Human Resources Manager...

State’s unemployment rate rises slightly as more people say they are looking for work

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2022 unemployment rate was 3.9%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet (KELC). The preliminary October 2022 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from September 2022 but was down 0.7 percentage points from the 4.6% recorded for the state one year ago. The U.S. seasonally...

Fort Mitchell City Council names Rob Nader as new police chief, to be sworn in January of 2023

The City of Fort Mitchell has named Rob Nader as its new Chief of Police, replacing Andrew Schierberg who is retiring at the end of 2022. Nader, a resident of Fort Mitchell along with his family, was unanimously appointed as chief by Fort Mitchell City Council during its Monday meeting. Rob Nader “I am very thankful for this opportunity to serve the community where my family and I live,” said Nader. Nader...

Covington commission hears outside review that makes 55 recommendations for finance department

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter An outside review of the city’s Finance Department has revealed 55 high-priority recommendations for change — including major upgrades on everything from creating standard operating procedures for employees, to providing more training on in-house software. Representatives from the Chicago-based Baker Tilly firm made the presentation at the Commission’s regularly...

Kentucky Supreme Court hears oral arguments on two abortion cases; no indication of decision timeline

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on whether to reinstate a temporary injunction that would prevent two abortion laws from being enforced. One of the laws is Kentucky’s trigger abortion ban, which took effect when Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer. The ban includes exceptions when the life and health of the mother is...