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GEST – low-speed vehicle rides that are free to the public – is now operating in Newport.

GEST  – which is short for Green Easy Safe Transportation – is now operating in Newport. The Cincinnati-based ride-hailing service formally launched its service during a press conference held today at Newport on the Levee. GEST founders Patrick and Lauren Dye announce the launch of Green Easy Safe Transportation (GEST) at Newport on the Levee Wednesday (photos by Mark Hansel). “As...

Task Force to investigate what new Covington City Hall could mean; seeks input from residents

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It’s official: The clock is ticking on the city’s remaining time in the current City Hall building on West Pike Street. At their regular legislative meeting Tuesday night, Commissioners voted unanimously to enter into a contract of up to $20,000 with YARD & Company, a Bellevue-based urban growth firm, to investigate what a new City Hall should represent for...

Boone County Sheriff’s office settles lawsuit filed by couple alleging false arrest, excessive force

A lawsuit filed by Melissa and Donald Covington against Boone County Deputies Wesley Mackey and Tyler Brockman has been settled for $99,000. The Covingtons alleged they were falsely arrested on their front porch and during the arrest excessive force was used. Deputies Mackey and Brockman came to the Covington residence to serve arrest warrants on their son. When Ms. Covington asked what the warrants...

Covington Finance walk-in window expands hours to accommodate those paying property taxes

Covington City Hall is temporarily expanding its hours to make it more convenient for residents to pay their property taxes. Beginning today, the Finance Customer Service walk-in window – located just inside the entrance to City Hall at 20 West Pike St. – will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The normal hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The window allows residents to come in person to pay...

Volunteers needed in 24 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care; training required

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 24 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers are...

Kenton County implements a CodeRED system for high-speed emergency notifications; enroll here

Kenton County has implemented a CodeRED system, which is a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Emergency Communications Network.  In an effort to get the system operational as quickly as possible there has been an initial database created of residential and business telephone numbers, however, all residents are encouraged to visit the following site to enroll and provide additional...

Kentucky’s pension reform case now in hands of Supreme Court justices, who heard oral arguments

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The Kentucky Supreme Court will now decide the constitutionality of public pension legislation after hearing oral arguments on Thursday. Senate Bill 151 was originally an 11-page piece of legislation dealing with sewage. It passed the Senate in that form and had two reading in the House, but in the closing days of the 2018 General Assembly, a House...

U.S. Rep James Comer talks Kentucky politics with KACo President-elect Elbert Bennett

U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-KY, visited the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) Wednesday, to discuss national legislation and how it could impact Kentucky’s counties. U.S. Rep. Comer met with western Kentucky county leaders Wednesday. From left to right: KACo Executive Director Brian Roy, Comer, KACo President-elect and Caldwell County Magistrate Elbert Bennett, KACo Deputy Director Jim Henderson One...

Veterans Way in Boone County restricted to one-way traffic from Burlington Pike to IHM School

NKyTribune staff The Burlington Pike (KY 18) end of Veterans Way will be temporarily restricted to a one way inbound road traffic pattern from the KY 18 intersection to the entrance of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) School beginning today. Veterans Way new traffic pattern (click to enlarge) This traffic change will occur after new road signs are installed on Veterans Way in the early afternoon. The...

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in employee pension case at 10 a.m. Thurs.; here’s how to watch

There will be several ways for the public to view oral arguments when the Supreme Court of Kentucky hears the state employee pension case at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 20. The case is Matthew G. Bevin, In His Official Capacity As Governor Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky, Et Al. V. Commonwealth of Kentucky Ex Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General, Et Al.

 Supreme Court Justices Due to interest in...

City of Covington works to replace missing trees on sidewalk areas of Latonia – but no Bradford pears

The City of Covington plans to replace “missing” trees in sidewalk areas along a couple of Latonia streets in October, and rest assured it won’t be planting the much-maligned Bradford pear. Another one bites the dust: Grounds-keeper Chad Hyland of the Public Works Department’s Urban Forestry Division grinds away the stump of a streetscape Bradford pear tree on Ashland Avenue...

Newport SkyWheel construction project to include $15 million bond, no cost to city or residents

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter When updating the status of the Newport SkyWheel project Monday night, Tom Fromme jokingly told the Newport board of commissioners that the upcoming attraction for the city “is not an urban myth.” “We’ve had some challenges, gone through iteration after iteration, but the most recent design has been approved by both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city,”...

Covington City Commission candidate forum set for Oct. 22 — submit questions online or at event

Meet the Candidates Forum for Covington Commission will be held Monday, October 22, 6-9 p.m. 
at the Life Learning Center (20 W 18th St, Covington)
. Covington residents will have the opportunity to hear from candidates. The forum will start with one hour of an informal meet and greet with refreshments, and two hours of a moderated question and answer period. Suggestions for questions that...

Covington Economic Development Department free workshops link businesses to expertise

Homeowners who need to do anything from fixing a faucet to canning green beans turn to YouTube videos for help. But finding accurate and helpful instruction can be a little more daunting if you’re a business that wants to, say, learn to export.  That’s where the City of Covington’s Economic Development Department comes in. The Department’s Retention & Expansion Office is...

City of Union completes annexation of new Traemore subdivision; 87 acres with 170 Drees homes

City of Union Mayor Larry K. Solomon has announced the completion of annexation proceedings which will annex the new Traemore subdivision. Traemore, a Drees Homes development, includes 87 acres located adjacent to Frogtown Road in Union.   More than 170 homes are slated to be built in the new development, which will be similar in style to other Drees developments located at Jockey Club, Equestrian...