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Covington residents advised to place trash, recycling bins out early as Rumpke adjusts pickup schedule

Covington residents should set trash and recycling carts out the night before collection days as Rumpke Waste & Recycling adjusts pickup schedule on brutally hot days. (Photo provided by Rumpke Waste & Recycling) Starting Wednesday, garbage trucks may be driving down Covington streets an hour earlier than usual. In an effort to protect workers at Rumpke from heat-related illnesses like heat...

State’s 2021 Drug Overdose Report shows a 14.5% increase in deaths with fentanyl responsible for most

The state released its 2021 Drug Overdose Report that indicates that 2,250 Kentuckians died from drug overdoses in 2021, a 14.5% increase compared with the previous year. More than 107,000 overdose deaths were reported in the United States between December 2020 to December 2021. According to cases autopsied by Kentucky’s Office of the State Medical Examiner and toxicology reports submitted by Kentucky...

City of Fort Mitchell accepting entries for annual Independence Day Parade; entry deadline June 17

The City of Fort Mitchell is accepting entries for the annual Independence Day Parade Monday, July 4. Parade Registration is available online at fortmitchell.com. The deadline to register is Friday, June 17. Information for parade participants — lineup, instructions, route map, staging area map, drop-off and traffic flow map — will be emailed after the deadline. (Image from City of fort...

A progress report on Covington’s IRS site as demolition, clean-up make way for development

A progress report on the demolition and clean-up at the Covington site of the old IRS facility. And progress is being made. Excavators are like a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman – with the right set of attachments, you can pretty much handle any job. Which is another way of saying that O’Rourke Wrecking has ALL the tools, and it’s employing a variety of them as its crews continue to sweep clean...

COV averts ‘lifeguard crisis’ with last minute hiring blitz; staggered start planned to accomodate training

Covington Parks and Recreation’s “lifeguard crisis” was averted thanks to an 11th-hour marketing and hiring blitz, but training time will require a staggered start to the pool season for its first four days. Due to the temporary shortage of certified lifeguards, here is the swim schedule for Saturday-Tuesday: (Photo from City of Covington) • The Olympic-size pool at Goebel Park near MainStrasse...

Key advisor Rocky Adkins weighs bid for state ag commissioner; a help for Beshear’s re-election?

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter Rocky Adkins, a senior advisor to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and former Democratic floor leader in the state House of Representatives, is considering running for state agriculture commissioner next year. Some think such a move could improve Beshear’s re-election efforts, running with a strong slate of Democratic candidates for the state’s constitutional offices. Adkins,...

Modern-day ‘voyageurs’ make stop at Covington riverfront to help dedicate city’s river access point

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer accepts the new way-finding sign from Frances Mennone, a member of the Ohio River Way board, and Brewster Rhoads, its chairman. Below, in a photo taken by ORSANCO’s Annette Shumard, one of the Voyageur canoes carried Covington’s city flag along part of the 250-mile journey. (Photo from City of Covington) The opening of the $6.5 million Covington Plaza along the Ohio...

Covington plans one-stop lifeguard hiring event Thursday at Goebal Pool in effort to keep pools open

(Photo from City of Covington) The City of Covington’s ongoing push to find enough lifeguards to staff a full-schedule pool season continues with a one-stop hiring event Thursday held at Goebel Pool. Applicants need only to bring identification to the event, which will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A resume is helpful but not required. “They can walk in, interview right there, and walk out...

Union Mayor Larry Solomon: State of the City of Union report on second largest city in Boone County

An Open Letter: It has been almost eight (8) years since our administration, under my leadership, has taken office. It has been a while since I issued the State of Union, KY. I would like to now update our residents as to all the great things happening in the city we love…Union, KY. In 1970, City of Union population was 233! In 2000, city population jumped to 2,893. In 2010, city population...

Career firefighter Randy Godsey expected to be confirmed chief of Erlanger Fire/EMS Dept. today

Randy Godsey, a career firefighter and military veteran with broad leadership and administrative skills and experience, has been promoted to chief of the Erlanger Fire/EMS Department. Godsey, 54, a Boone County native who joined the fire service in 1984 with the Point Pleasant Fire Department, has been with the Erlanger Fire/EMS Department since 2013. He is currently serving as interim chief and previously...

Kentucky Hospital Association honors Rep. Kim Moser with Legislative Champion award

(Photo provided) The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) recognizes the outstanding work of state legislators who have exhibited exemplary service to the hospitals of Kentucky and the patients they serve. Recently, KHA presented its Legislative Champion award to Representative Kimberly Poore Moser for her work during the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly session. State Representative Moser is a registered...

Legislation passed by General Assembly will reduce state income tax for Kentuckians beginning in 2023

By Tom LateK Kentucky Today Kentuckians can expect a drop in their individual income tax rate next year, due to legislation enacted by the General Assembly during the 2022 session that ties the income tax rate to state general fund income. Provisions of House Bill 8 would lower the state’s personal income tax incrementally over a period of years and could even be eliminated entirely. (Photo by Mehaniq,...

City of Covington’s Eastern Corridor Initiative wins award from American Planning Association

Efforts to “activate” four eastern neighborhoods in Covington by engaging the community have caught the attention of the nation’s largest organization of professional urban planners. Last month in San Diego, the American Planning Association gave its 2021 Best Practices in Economic Development Award to the ongoing Eastern Corridor Initiative, a grassroots effort by the City of Covington and The...

Governor stops planned July 1 gas tax hike, seeks input from AG to further address rising prices

Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration on Thursday filed an emergency regulation to freeze the state gas tax and to prevent a 2-cent increase per gallon that would have taken effect July 1. “Kentuckians cannot afford to pay more, and I am committed to doing everything I can to help keep more dollars in people’s pockets,” said Beshear. “This law was never intended to hurt Kentuckians during tough...

Covington seeking nonprofit proposals for $1.15m to mitigate COVID damage to families, workers

The City of Covington has $1.15 million to give away to non-profit agencies and organizations whose work helps mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Covington families and workers. The City issued a request for proposals – due by 4 p.m. June 13 – for programs, services, and initiatives aimed at people who live in certain Census tracts identified by the federal government (as seen in the attached map)....