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Support for Crown Act moves forward, Covington to hear first reading to change ordinance

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter The City of Covington has once again placed itself at the forefront of human rights efforts. After leading the way on LGBTQ issues as early as 2003, sponsoring inclusivity training for city staff in 2018, and banning conversion therapy for minors earlier this year (just to name a few instances), city staff will hear the first reading of an amendment to their Human...

Clean/Green easy: Special drop-off events help residents with problematic waste disposal

Special drop-off events will give area residents additional opportunities to get rid of tires, appliances, yard waste, old cleaning chemicals, and other problematic materials. November 7 event will only accept these items The events:  • Kenton County 2020 Waste Tire Collection Event, (Pioneer Park). Oct. 9-10. Info, HERE. • Covington tire collection, (at the Covington transfer station on Boron...

Kentucky reaches weekly record (6,126) for new coronavirus cases with 616 reported Sunday

Gov. Andy Beshear on Sunday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). “I normally don’t provide an update on Sunday, but with 616 new cases today of COVID-19, we have shattered the previous weekly record, which we set just last week,” the Governor said. “This week we now have 6,126 new cases of COVID-19. We have to do better. Please,...

Covington creates new grant program (up to $50K) to help city businesses survive ongoing pandemic

The City of Covington has created another program to help businesses protect jobs and survive the pandemic — and this one offers up to $50,000 per grant. Mayor Joe Meyer signed an executive order Wednesday creating the “Emergency Business Assistance Program” and setting aside $350,000 from federal funds. Given the source of the funds, businesses must meet requirements related to benefiting...

Deadline to register to vote in General Election Nov. 3: Monday at 4 p.m.; here’s the link to register online

The deadline to register to vote in Kentucky for the November general election is Monday at 4 p.m. Secretary of State Michael Adams says the state’s number of registered voters had risen to 3,517,567 as of August 31, and that during the past month, there has been a rise of 19,626 registered voters, or 0.56 percent. 
“With the pandemic making voter registration drives difficult, my office has...

Secretary of State says Kentucky voter registration gaining traction ahead of Oct. 5 deadline

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that Kentucky continues to see an uptick in voter registration, with the state’s number of registered voters increasing to 3,517,567 as of Aug. 31. In the past month, there has been a rise of 19,626 registered voters, or 0.56 percent. Recently, the Secretary of State’s Office has partnered with the Lexington Legends for a voter registration night at the...

Newport, CRG Residential dedicate $37M apartment building on site of former 4th Street School

Officials from the City of Newport joined representatives of CRG Residential Wednesday in cutting the ribbon and formally dedicating Academy on 4th, the $37 million 202-unit market rate apartment building developed on the site of the former Fourth Street Elementary School. “This building is absolutely gorgeous,” said Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso. “We thank and welcome CRG Residential...

CVG receives additional $6.7 million from FAA, to be used for runway rehabilitation, taxiway projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) will receive an additional $6.7 million in Airport Improvement Program grants. Earlier this month, U.S. DOT awarded $45 million in AIP funding to CVG. The new funding increases this amount to $51.7 million. The additional $6.7 million allocation to CVG includes supplemental discretionary...

Covington commission makes architectural review board official, approves new hires

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter With the appointments Tuesday night, it became official. The new board, known as the Board of Architectural Review and Development, now has its members, and they will oversee the new Neighborhood Development Code. With their naming comes the end of two eras: The Board of Adjustment and the Urban Design and Review Board are no more. “Both of these boards have served...

Rob Sanders reports the charity golf outing for the NKY Children’s Advocacy Center was big success

Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said the charity golf outing hosted to benefit the NKY Children’s Advocacy Center (NKY CAC) raised more than $20,000. After greens fees and other expenses, a profit of $19,197.70 was donated to the NKY CAC. Sanders said he was especially pleased with the fund total considering the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 precautions limited the...

KYTC warns fall mowing season is underway — signs will be removed from roadsides; don’t put them there

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With fall mowing season underway along highways around the state, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet warns they are collecting signs from the roadsides. 
Political candidates, residents, business operators, and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded that no signage is allowed on the right of way, other than official highway signs and items approved through...

Sharmili Reddy reinventing PDS to create a more customer-centric, accessible organization

When Sharmili Reddy took the reins at Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS) in July, the organization was working to manage operations during the pandemic, while providing support for 20 Kenton County cities. Under her new leadership, PDS is working to reinvent itself, moving forward with becoming a more customer-centric, accessible organization. Sharmili Reddy “Working as partners...

Unemployment rates rise in every Kentucky county during past year; Magoffin highest at 18.1 percent

Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2019 and August 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5 percent. It was followed by Carlisle and Cumberland counties, 5.2 percent each; Washington County, 5.4 percent;...

SD1 sewer separation project in Newport to reduce overflows, promote redevelopment in city

Sanitation District No. 1 will soon begin work on the final phase of a project to separate storm water pipe from sanitary sewer pipe near Newport on the Levee. During this final phase of a project that started in 2018 with the installation of a separate storm water pipe through the earthen levee to the Ohio River, additional storm sewer will be installed along Dave Cowens Drive and Washington Street....

Kenton County Public Works annual Fall Clean-Up set for Oct. 1-3 — here’s a list of accepted items

Kenton County Public Works will be hosting its annual Fall Clean-Up Oct. 1-3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 420 Independence Station Road in Independence. Clean-ups are intended for Kenton County residents only. Please bring proof of residency such as a driver’s license with current address or a current trash bill. No businesses, including side junk/construction removal businesses, are permitted....