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Gov. Bevin releases log of official (not unofficial) trips on state-owned aircraft, to be posted on website

Staff report Gov. Matt Bevin released a log disclosing the purpose of his official trips using state-owned aircraft in light of recent media reports. 
“Since the start of our administration, we have been 100 percent committed to financial integrity and to ensuring that we are good stewards of taxpayer resources,” Bevin said. 
The log, available here, details the purpose of each flight and...

Kentucky League of Cities honors Ft. Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman as Elected Official of the Year

Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman is the sole recipient of the 2019 Elected Official of the Year award that will be presented by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) at their annual conference in Covington on Wednesday, September 25. The Elected City Official of the Year Award recognizes a dynamic official who demonstrates outstanding leadership and innovation. “Our awards recognize the great work that...

Licking Greenway years in making; ceremony completes Phases II, III of hiking, biking trails

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The City of Covington ceremonially cut a ribbon on Tuesday to close the books and signify the official completion of Phases II and III of the Licking River Greenway & Trails (LRGT), a regional planning agency’s vision for a 12-mile recreational trail system designed to link four cities. To fully appreciate the occasion, it helps to go back a decade …) When volunteer...

Florence 3rd Quarter Report includes development projects completed, underway, in the pipeline

NKyTribune staff The City of Florence has provided its Third Quarter Report on development projects recently competed, currently underway and in the planning stages in the city. Among the projects currently under construction are: Ross Dress For Less 7601 Mall Road *New to the market chain backfilling 28,000 sq. ft. of the former HH Gregg building *Planned opening Fall 2019 Bob’s Discount Furniture...

Fee for parking at RiverHaus begins Sept. 19; special, ‘free’ deal lasted eight months longer than expected

A special, temporary agreement that allowed free parking on evenings and weekends at the RiverHaus construction site in MainStrasse Village lasted eight months longer than expected, but that free parking is about to end. Beginning Sept. 19, it’ll cost for the general public to park in the privately owned garage at RiverHaus, which is nearing completion (Provided photos). With construction winding...

Dept. of Fish and Wildlife monitoring Lake Cumberland water conditions; heat stressing fish

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are closely monitoring water conditions at Lake Cumberland with fish starting to show signs of stress due to elevated water temperatures and depleted oxygen levels. “We have been experiencing some shad and alewife die-offs in different parts of the lake the past few weeks, which is due to the continued high water temperatures...

State of the Judiciary: Justice Minton talks business courts, speeding processes, redistricting, more

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Improvements to Kentucky’s judiciary and a look toward the future were all part of the State of the Judiciary address by Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Judiciary Committee on Friday. “From civil justice reform to judicial redistricting to opening child protection cases to addressing court delays and the...

Justice Secretary Tilley calls overcrowded jails a ‘powder keg’ in KY; too many lower-level felons jailed

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Justice Secretary John Tilley called jail overcrowding the “true crises of our time” and a “powder keg” in Kentucky while testifying before the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government. Overcrowding in jails and the high costs of incarceration were the topics of the legislative meeting.

Tilley, a former state lawmaker, blamed part of the problem on a state...

Covington freezes property tax rates again but officials say state pension mandates bode ill for future  

Covington’s property tax rates for calendar year 2019 will remain the same for the third year in a row. The Covington City Commission Tuesday approved rates of 0.327 for real estate and 0.349 for personal property – the same as the rates for calendar years 2017 and 2018. Owusu The rate translates to $3.27 per each $1,000 in assessed value of real estate. For example, the owner of a $100,000...

Seventh Street in Covington blocked for John R. Green utility work, disruption should last a few days

Seventh Street between Bakewell and Main streets will be closed to through traffic for a few days beginning Thursday as site preparation for the John R. Green Lofts project accelerates momentum. Workers with Atkins & Stang Inc. today filled in a trench built to house utilities underground along an alley leading to the John R. Green Lofts construction site. As part of underground utility work along...

Round two for Covington neighborhood improvement grants kicks off, meeting to explain tweaks Thursday

The City of Covington is kicking off the second round of its Neighborhood Grant Program with an information meeting Thursday to explain minor tweaks in the program guidelines that make proposed projects easier to implement. An award through the City of Covington Neighborhood Grant Program helped organizers host the Eastside Music & Soul Food Festival on Aug. 31 (photo courtesy of Chuck Eilerman). Attendance...

Cov Commission meeting: City Hall Task Force recommendations, packaged liquor sales approved

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Eight months ago, the city formed a task force to investigate not when or where, but how, a new City Hall building should be chosen. Paid for by the R.C. Durr Foundation and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Foundation, Covington entered into a $20,000 agreement with Yard & Company, a Bellevue-based urban growth firm, and with input from residents, they attempted...

Covington’s grass-roots economic growth continues as 10 small projects are in line for City’s help

A new gourmet burrito restaurant. Two salons. An expanded shop for women’s clothing, paper goods, and gifts. And eight new apartments in a space that once echoed with the sound of leather gloves pounding on heavy bags. With help from a City of Covington rent subsidy, Olla restaurant will open at 302 M.L. King Jr. Blvd./12th St. (provided photos). Those are a few of the 10 projects due to receive...

Law enforcement veteran Chris Fangman sworn in as Newport’s Police Chief on Monday afternoon

NKyTribune staff Chris Fangman, a 15-year veteran of law enforcement with the Newport Police Department, was sworn in as Newport’s Police Chief by Mayor Jerry Peluso during Monday’s City Commissioner’s meeting. Fangman, the department’s Patrol Division Commander, is replacing former Police Chief Tom Collins, who is retiring after a law enforcement career of more than 40 years. Collins...

Transitions is among eight facilities to receive KY Opioid Response Effort grant to help in recovery

Eight facilities around the state — including Transitions in NKY — will receive federal grants from the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) to help create or modernize affordable, quality, recovery housing units, Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) officials announced. The awarded projects will serve men and women in recovery, including pregnant and parenting mothers. CHFS...