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TANK gets $2.2 million in federal funding from Transportation Cabinet to improve air quality

Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) have announced $2.2 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds have been awarded to the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) to improve air quality in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. Gov. Bevin CMAQ is a federally funded reimbursement program administered through the KYTC’s Office of Local Programs. The...

Is CodeRED alert system reaching you? Residents urged to add contact info to emergency network

Does CodeRED have your contact information? The high-speed mass-notification system is used during emergencies such as tornadoes and chemical spills to alert residents of Kenton County (and thus Covington) via phone call, text, or email of potential danger and to pass on instruction. But some residents in West Latonia who live near Interplastic Corporation said they didn’t receive a “shelter-in-place”...

Covington Business Council proposes Improvement District; RFPs to be issued for new fire station

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter A year ago, residents in the northern part of Covington took a survey. The results showed that they wanted more marketing for the area…and more branding…and more way-finding and small business support.  Once the Covington Business Council saw the outcome, it became clear — to them — that they needed to create a Business Improvement District for the...

Moody’s upgrades Covington’s credit rating; Wall Street affirms progress in the city

Moody’s Investors Service today upgraded the City of Covington’s credit rating and also gave the City a “positive outlook” going forward. Returning tax-exempt buildings to the public tax rolls – like this one on Fifth Street that was recently sold by Gateway Community & Technical College to a private buyer – is one City leaders say Covington can improve its financial...

Newport library, parks and recreation partner for ‘Bioblitz,’ record living species in city’s parks

During the month of April, the Newport Public Library and the City of Newport Parks & Recreation Commission are sponsoring a Bioblitz to go along with the library’s Backyard Wilderness exhibit. A Bioblitz is an intense period of biological survey in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area.  The Bioblitz will take place in Newport’s 13 city parks.  Be a...

What really happens in the KY State Senate? Fourth grader Dacy Fallyn Freeman reports from Frankfort

By Dacy Fallyn Freeman Kid friendly news and politics reporter Dacy Fallyn Freeman (DFF) is a 4th grade student at Walton-Verona Elementary School. Last year, she gained national attention by interviewing candidates and reporting on the Walton-Verona School Board race. She was recognized by the State Senate and House of Representatives with proclamations for that coverage. Recently, she returned...

Pension bill passes in waning moments, allows public universities, agencies to opt out of KERS

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In the waning moments of the 2019 General Assembly, lawmakers passed public pension legislation that will affect the regional public universities and quasi-governmental agencies, such as health departments, who are in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System. 
House Bill 358 was changed by the Senate and the House would not agree to the Senate version, so a free conference...

Covington gives ear to 3L Highway-area businesses; first ‘Roundtable’ creates productive discussion

When Covington businesses located in the 3L Highway/Madison Pike area were invited to a joint meeting Wednesday, the topics ran the gamut of business issues: Worker transportation, child care, health care, water supply, sanitary sewer service, and access to a qualified workforce. 3L Highway/Madison Pike-area businesses gathered for the first Covington Business Roundtable of the year (provided photo). The...

$1.3M safety improvement project set to begin Monday on Turfway Road (KY 717) in Boone County

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is set to begin a highway safety improvement project on KY 717 (Turfway Road) in Boone County to straighten a ninety-degree curve. Images courtesy of Google Maps (click to enlarge). Construction work will begin Monday, April 1. “By eliminating this sharp curve on Turfway Road, we are enhancing safety for area residents and commuters,” said Bob Yeager,...

Crigler appointed Boone County Clerk to fill position vacated by Kenny Brown’s death; election in Nov. 

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Judge/Executive Gary Moore has appointed Justin Crigler as County Clerk to fill the vacancy resulting from the death of former County Clerk Kenny Brown. Crigler Crigler took the oath of office in a ceremony at the Boone County Clerk’s office Tuesday afternoon. Crigler said county clerk is the only elected office he ever wanted to hold. “I said last...

Covington City Commission honors ambulance crew for fast response; ‘you represent our city very well’

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It started off as a bad day. And it just kept getting worse.  It was the day after Christmas, and they were working, but that wasn’t uncommon. It was the two calls that were different: One involved a five-month-old child, the other an adult.  Sadly, both were deceased when the emergency crew arrived. There was nothing they could do about it, but it was like the...

Legos, map grids and charrettes; meetings this week ask public to get creative in designing Cov IRS site

Here’s what you need to know about the two “charrettes” that will be held Wednesday and Thursday to continue drawing out the public’s ideas for the soon-to-be-vacated IRS site in downtown Covington: At a “charrette” held in Jackson, Miss., residents used photos and markers to design what they wanted to see in their downtown area. (Photo provided by Cooper Carry) •...

Union to host annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 20; it’s free but please register for crowd count

The City of Union will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt event on Saturday, April 20.  This year’s event will be held at the Union Presbyterian Church, 10259 US 42 Hwy, Union, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The event is free, and open to the public.   The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, followed by the 6 to 13-year old egg hunt at 9 a.m. and the 2 to 5-year old egg hunt following the older...

HealthPoint Family Care to open branch in Newport, will bring 45 employees to Saratoga Street location

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter In the next year, residents of Newport will notice another business that is bringing a branch office to the city. HealthPoint Family Care, which already has offices in Bellevue and Covington, is moving into the property at 10th and Saratoga Street. The Newport Board of Commissioners authorized City Manager Tom Fromme to execute a purchase agreement for the sale of the...

Covington offers details of new grant program for beautification; Public Works hiring landscape crews

Neighborhood-oriented groups in Covington who want to improve the look of their surroundings will soon have additional and tangible help – grants of $250 to $5,000 from the City. Neighborhood banners, like this one in Austinburg, are among the types of projects eligible for funding under a Covington grant program about to be unveiled (provided photos). As reported from the NKyTribune’s coverage of...