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City of Covington begins issuing citations to landlords who fail to obtain rental licenses

Time is running out for landlords who are refusing to obtain the required rental dwelling license in Covington. City officials have begun issuing citations and $250 fines to property owners who rent out their housing – either on a long-term or short-term basis – and have ignored repeated warnings to register their property. If those citations are ignored, City ordinance allows the City to order...

Covington, Ft. Wright to explore options regarding Interplastic Corporation explosion; other business

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter COVINGTON – City Manager Ken Smith says he isn’t a lawyer, so he isn’t exactly sure what can be done. But he is in agreement with his Commissioners: They are ready to explore legal action. Interplastics Corp. “I don’t know what recourse we have,” he told the Commission at their regularly scheduled legislative meeting Tuesday night. “We’re in the preliminary...

Following explosion, residents encouraged to enroll in Kenton County emergency notification network

Photo from Monday’s TV news broadcast (Photo used with permission of WCPO, via City of Covington) Just after 8:15 Monday evening, a ferocious “boom” could be heard throughout West Latonia, rattling windows and raising anxiety levels. Soon thereafter, the news arrived via phone calls, texts, and emails: Firefighters were on the scene of the Interplastic Corporation plant on Latonia Avenue, handling...

State Budget Director reports 4th consecutive month of $1 billion-plus receipts and double-digit increases

The Office of State Budget Director reported that December’s General Fund receipts totaled $1,390.2 million, the fourth consecutive month in which collections have exceeded $1 billion. Receipts have increased 15.9 percent for the first six months of the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2022. The official FY22 revenue forecast, which was revised by the Consensus Forecasting Group (CFG) on December 17,...

Funds available for Covington’s homeowners, rental owners for removal dangerous lead-based paint

A program set up to protect children and their families from lead-based paint in old homes still has substantial amounts of money left for rehab-repair efforts, and the City of Covington is seeking applications. The homes can be owner-occupied, rentals, or vacant. “Our main goal is to get the word out,” said Jeremy Wallace, Covington’s Federal Grants Manager. “We want to make sure everyone...

Jesse Parks: Consider what redistricting plan does to your voice; areas of Boone County “un-districted”

(Editor’s note: In a rare Saturday session, Republicans pushed through the redistricting maps they drew and presented in the first week of the legislative session. They have been sent on to the Governor who can sign, veto or allow to become law without signing. The City of Covington has already voiced opposition to the re-districting as it removes a Covington voice from House representation....

Florence Mayor Diane Whalen decides she won’t seek re-election; after 24 years she is ready for family time

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Florence Mayor Diane Whalen really does have a full, rich personal life — and she is ready to get on with it, which is why she will not seek another term for the office. Twenty-four years is long enough, she says, as she has reached “Social Security” age and wants to spend quality time with her loved ones. Mayor Whalen Whalen is a fixture in Florence...

Beshear reports highest-ever daily COVID cases, positivity at 23.67%; hospital admissions increasing

Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on the winter storms moving across the Commonwealth and urged Kentuckians to avoid travel due to hazardous road conditions and reports of multiple accidents. District crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have been pretreating roads this week, with crews out responding to hazardous roadways. The cabinet asked for cooperation and partnership of the public, with...

Dayton Mayor Ben Baker gives ‘State of City address, reviews ’21 accomplishments, ’22 goals

(Editor’s note: Dayton Mayor Ben Baker gave the following address to Dayton City Council on Tuesday night, its first meeting of the 2022 calendar year. This address reviewed several significant accomplishments the city achieved during the 2021 calendar year and outlined new several infrastructure and development projects that are expected to be constructed in the city during 2022.) “City Council...

Commission to state House: Covington needs ‘seat at the table,’ takes issue with proposed redistricting

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter A firm ‘No.’ That’s what the City of Covington is saying in response to the Kentucky House of Representatives redrawing of legislative boundaries to reflect population shifts, and — says the city — “split(ing) the 65th District into many parts, diluting the Covington urban core’s voice, and virtually eliminating its representation among the General...

Fran Wagner: KY House fails to address major concerns in redistricting plan; public input needed

League of Women Voters We appreciate the opportunity to review the redistricting map released by Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne on December 30. We were especially pleased to hear House leadership’s stated concern for preserving or expanding opportunities for voters from minority groups to elect candidates of their choice. In our early review, many districts also seem more compact than the ones...

Kentucky legislature convenes tomorrow — 200 bills pre-filed, redistricting, two-year budget on the agenda

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky lawmakers will return to the State Capitol tomorrow for the 2022 regular session of the General Assembly with legislative redistricting and a two-year state budget at the top of their agenda. Redistricting is likely to be the first major project legislators will undertake. It is done every 10 years, due to population shifts within the state that appear in the results...

Governor declares State of Emergency as powerful weather system moves across state

Gov. Andy Beshear declared a State of Emergency Saturday due to a powerful severe weather system generating heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and strong straight-line winds impacting much of Western, Eastern and South Central Kentucky. The severe weather caused flash flooding, loss of power and damage of public infrastructure and private properties. Heavy rain bringing totals of 2 to 5...

Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame memorial for Kenton honorees established at Government Center

The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame (KVHOF) established a Veterans Memorial at the Kenton County Government Center. This monument honors the Kenton County Veterans who received recognition from the KVHOF. The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame is an organization that honors Kentucky military veterans and educates the community about their accomplishments. The memorial features inductees to the Kentucky...

City of Dayton to launch updated, expanded website in early ’22; look for full user-friendly redesign

The City of Dayton has updated its website, which make its debut in January 2022. Over the past four months, the City’s staff and its website developer, Daniel Shields, have worked to modernize the website to create a full redesign that is more attractive and user-friendly than the current site. City staff has updated and added new, interactive content, including a new blog page and calendar...