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City of Covington welcomes newest police officer, Devyn Harris, who is ‘coming home’

Covington’s newest police officer is “coming home.” Devyn Harris, a Covington native and a graduate of Holy Cross High School, was sworn in during a brief, socially distanced ceremony at City Hall. “I’ve been ‘recruiting’ Devyn since he was literally 5 years old,” Covington Police Chief Rob Nader said. “I’ve known his family a long time, and it’s good to finally get him here on...

KET to air Governor’s combined State of the Commonwealth and Budget address on Wednesday

Gov. Andy Beshear will deliver a combined State of the Commonwealth/Budget Address virtually before a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7/6 p.m. on KET and at KET.org/live. The speech will also be archived here. Prior to the address, KET’s Renee Shaw will host a brief conversation with political commentators. Scheduled guests at this time include: • Amy Wickliffe,...

A how-to guide on ways to stay connected to General Assembly as legislative session begins Jan. 5

No matter what part of Kentucky you’re in, you can stay closely connected to the General Assembly’s 2021 session, which starts at the State Capitol on Jan. 5.   Kentuckians can use online resources to: Click image to go to legislature’s home page.   · See the General Assembly’s daily schedule. · Tune in to live video coverage of legislative meetings. · Find out who represents...

Amye Bensenhaver: Kentucky Open Government Coalition offers a brief look at the 2020 top ten stories

As a particularly painful year draws to a close, the Kentucky Open Government Coalition takes a look at the top ten stories of 2020. 1. Student journalists lead the open government charge. The Kentucky Kernel had its day in the Supreme Court on October 23 and awaits an opinion in The Kernel Press, Inc., d/b/a The Kentucky Kernel v. University of Kentucky. The open records case will determine whether...

Jan Hillard: Top 20 most dramatic research findings — our political and social world in 2020

As it slips away, 2020 has been one of the most tumultuous year’s in our recent history. We would be hard pressed to name a year filled with as much political and social anxiety, uncertainty, and instability as this past year. In spite of the continuing threat of the world-wide pandemic, elevated racial tensions, and Presidential instability, the nation by and large adhered to the Constitution, the...

Kentucky Court of Justice launches updated website on Jan. 5; new design, features at kycourts.gov

The Kentucky Court of Justice is launching an updated website on Jan. 5. “The state court system’s new site has a modern design, improved navigation and advanced functions,” Administrative Office of the Courts Director Laurie K. Dudgeon said. “Providing a better web and mobile presence is another way we’re using technology to make it easier to do business with the courts.” The redesigned...

Up to $5,000 available for Covington beautification projects — deadline is 4 p.m. today

Applications for the City of Covington’s Neighborhood Grant Program are due by 4 p.m. today. “We’ve been talking to a lot of groups and neighbors about some exciting projects; hopefully they will wrap up the paperwork and return it by the deadline,” said Shannon Ratterman, Program Director of Community Development at The Center for Great Neighborhoods, which is helping the City administer the...

City of Fort Wright, Hoxworth Blood Center partner to conduct essential blood drive on Jan. 14

The City of Fort Wright and Hoxworth Blood Center have partnered up to conduct an essential blood drive on Jan. 14. Sonate blood between noon and 6 p.m. at the Hoxworth Blood Mobile in back parking lot of the Fort Wright City Building at 409 Kyles Lane. Click HERE to check appointment availability and/or to schedule and appointment or call 513.451.0910. Donation Requirements – You must meet...

Covington, SD1 approve stormwater split, a step toward city managing the MS4 permit on rain runoff

The City of Covington has taken another significant step in its multi-year effort to take over management of stormwater quality in the city. At a specially called meeting last week, the Covington Board of Commissioners voted to terminate the City’s stormwater agreement with Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky (SD1) – which currently has stormwater quality oversight responsibility in...

Covington hires Hub+Weber firm to turn 68k sq. ft. warehouse into functional space for Public Works

The planned new home for Covington’s Public Works Department – for the time being – looks like a concrete slab with metal walls and roof. To turn the 68,000-plus-square-foot building into efficient, functional space, one that serves as a base for the critical job of maintaining the physical infrastructure of the city, the Covington Board of Commissioners voted in a special meeting this week to...

Kentucky’s health care tech, products manufacturing industry make key contributions in COVID fight

As the global battle against COVID-19 continues, Kentucky’s health care technology, service and products manufacturing industry not only fights the pandemic’s spread, it also spurs high-wage, impactful opportunities for thousands of Kentuckians. “The innovative health care companies that call the Commonwealth home are key partners on Team Kentucky. These companies are supplying nations...

Republicans make committee assignments for session; see your representative’s assignment

Rep. Adam Koenig, Rep. Kim Moser, Rep. C. Ed Massey, Rep. Savannah Maddox, and Rep. Joseph Fischer received their committee assignments for the 2021-2022 legislative term, beginning when lawmakers convene the 2021 Regular Session in early January. According to an announcement sent from the office of House Speaker David Osborne, the region’s legislators will play a big role in the upcoming session. Koenig,...

After months of renovation to historic Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue, copper cross and dome unveiled

The upper scaffolding at the Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue is finally being dismantled after months of renovation to the historic and iconic structure — and now the work moves on. The Catholic Church at the corner of Taylor Avenue and Division Street has been undergoing a renaissance with much needed maintenance and repairs to one of Bellevue’s most historic structures. The home of weddings,...

Covington approves storm water separation agreement and design of new Public Works Building

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter In a special Commission meeting Tuesday night, the city approved a separation agreement between Covington and the Sanitation District relating to the management of Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System storm water discharge permits and other storm-related services. Again meeting virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, city commissioners gathered to discuss...

A Christmas tree’s lovely branches can become a deadly torch; here are prevention tips

This video is breathtaking in a scary way. Within mere seconds after flame is touched to a live Christmas tree that wasn’t watered regularly, flames have spread to other branches. … Within 10 seconds, the tree is fully engulfed in a large, ferocious fire. … A minute later, the tree is a smoking black skeleton of its former self. Had that tree been in a living room, rather than a demonstration...