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Four opportunities upcoming to shape City of Covington’s new approach to zoning

The City of Covington is totally revamping its approach to zoning, and it’s urging the public to help shape the new plan at the beginning stages rather than react after the fact. Anybody who lives, owns property, or runs a business in Covington is invited to four events at the end of the month to offer opinions, concerns, and goals on how and why development happens and how neighborhoods look...

CVG outlines goals for Covington City Commission; objective is ‘authentic, Midwestern, nice experience’

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Back in the 1940s, when the airport first opened, it was common to look to the largest populated city for its call letters. That large city was Covington. Thus, even though it was known as Cincinnati’s airport, and even though it was located in Hebron, Ky., the airport became CVG. So it only made sense, then, that airport officials would come out to the city that...

Newport Board of Commissioners authorize ground lease agreement for Newport SkyWheel project

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter The Newport Board of Commissioners authorized City Manager Thomas Fromme to execute a ground lease agreement for the Newport SkyWheel at Monday night’s meeting. The Newport SkyWheel will stand more than 230-feet tall with 30 climate-controlled gondolas. It will be mounted on a pier extending out toward the Ohio River and figures to be a welcome addition to Newport...

John Tilley announces grant applications for federal Victims Of Crime Act to be available on May 3

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley has announced that applications will be available May 3 for obtaining grants under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Programs that offer direct services to victims of violent crime may apply for the funds. Applications are due by June 15, and awards are scheduled to be announced in October. The VOCA program provides a range of services to crime victims,...

Covington has money for neighborhoods; meeting next week to explain new City grant program

The City of Covington is holding an informational meeting Monday (April 22) to explain a new grant program designed to help neighborhoods fund things like banners and signs, planters, and clean-up and beautification initiatives and events. At the meeting – which will be held 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at City Hall – officials will review the guidelines for the program and answer questions ahead...

EPA awards $1.1 million to Kentucky to help address leaking underground storage tanks throughout state

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1,170,000 grant to the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to assist the state in cleaning up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks throughout the state. This grant is funded through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to support state efforts to address this type of contamination. States...

KYTC announces winners of its Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest; three finalists are from NKY schools

Students from four Kentucky counties earned first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2018 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest, which seeks to promote a clean environment. Winners represent Western Hills High School in Franklin County, Murray High School in Calloway County, Grace Academy in Allen County and Rich Pond Elementary in Warren County. “I am always impressed with the talent...

Transportation Cabinet conducts extensive testing of new driver’s license program; extension continues

The Kentucky Transportation (KYTC) is in the end stages of testing the state’s new driver’s license system to introduce new, more secure card versions that meet federal standards in the coming months. A pilot of the new system will begin this spring in Circuit Court Clerk Office locations in Woodford and Franklin counties. New licenses will be made available gradually in counties and become available...

Covington Mayor to Interplastic: ‘Be Good Neighbors’ city does not want another shelter-in-place situation

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It’s about being good neighbors. That’s what Covington Mayor Joseph U. Meyer said at the City Commission’s regularly scheduled caucus meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. At issue: Last month’s shelter-in-place that went out after a cloud of white smoke was seen in the air over the nearby Interplastic Corporation plant on Latonia Avenue. Residents within 1,000...

Deadline is April 22 to register to vote in the May primary; register online at GoVoteKY

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 21 Primary Election is Monday, April 22. “Our elections should be determined by a majority of voters, not a minority,” said Grimes. “Registering to vote is the first step to having your voice heard on Election Day. I call on all eligible Kentuckians...

City of Covington starts path to build bigger Fire Department’s Engine Co. 2 on Parkway Avenue

Stack 10 quarters on top of each other. There’s less than an inch of clearance between Pumper 2’s ladders and Engine Co. 2’s door frame (provided photos). That’s the distance between the ladder on top of Pumper 2 and the door frame on the Covington Fire Department’s Engine Co. 2 on Parkway Avenue. “We back that truck in very carefully – there’s no room...

ProPublica: Kentucky’s Secretary of State turns up the heat in fight with the elections board

By Jessica Huseman Propublica and Daniel Desrochers Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes escalated her fight with the State Board of Elections this week when she removed its executive director from a national committee devoted to improving the country’s voting systems and better protecting them from cyberattacks. Grimes took the action against the executive...

Individual income tax filing deadline is Monday for both state and federal returns

The filing deadline to submit both federal and Kentucky individual income tax returns is Monday, April 15. Returns filed by taxpayers on April 15, will be considered timely filed. Returns that are mailed must be postmarked by April 15, 2019. As of April 10, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) received over 1.4 million individual income tax returns, which is slightly higher than last year’s...

Gov. Bevin, Sen. Stivers at odds over governor’s veto of public pension bill passed on legislature’s final day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two of Kentucky’s top Republican leaders, Gov. Matt Bevin and Senate President Robert Stivers, are at loggerheads over the governor’s decision to veto pension reform legislation passed on the final day of the 2019 General Assembly. 
“The rationale behind this decision is perplexing,” Stivers said.  “Just weeks ago, during the 2019 regular session, the governor...

City lights up Florence Y’All water tower; joins KYTC to recognize National Work Zone Awareness Week

The City of Florence joins the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week. KYTC invites organizations and residents to pledge to light up buildings, structures, bridges, and homes in the color orange on Wednesday, April 10. The City of Florence will highlight the Florence Y’All Water Tower in orange on “Glow Orange, Kentucky Day,” as it supports...