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Newport, COV project among ten statewide to receive Certified Local Government Program funding

Ten projects in eight communities were recently awarded Kentucky Certified Local Government (CLG) Program grants. These included two grants to the city of Covington and to Newport, to complete an economic analysis of the historic preservation trades industry in Northern Kentucky and hire a consultant to develop curriculum and identify instructors and resources for a hands-on training program. Eight...

Paint the Cov Pink, participate in effort to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Oct.

The City of Covington is inviting its businesses to help “Paint The Cov Pink” as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which starts Oct. 1. To bring attention to this disease and the efforts to prevent it and treat it, the City is organizing an array of events and arranging its own “Paint The Cov Pink” effort, including pink lighting and window displays at City Hall, special T-shirts for...

NKY’s Chris McDaniel has harsh words for ‘Unity Aluminum’ during grilling by legislative committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Officials with a company that received $15 million from the state to help build a $1.7 billion aluminum mill in northeast Kentucky, which would have employed hundreds of people, were grilled by state lawmakers Friday over a lack of progress in constructing the facility. Nate Haney, Unity Aluminum vice president, served in the Bevin Administration The company was originally...

Covington Parks & Recreation reports successful pool season — looks forward to bigger, better ’22

Each drop in autumn temperatures is pushing the 2021 summer pool season further back in the rearview mirror, but Covington’s Parks & Rec staff are both reveling in the success of the season and making plans for next year.   “It was a very good summer, especially given the uncertainties of the pandemic,” Parks & Rec Manager Ben Oldiges said. “We had a lot of kids swimming, we kept...

Kentucky State Police announce new location for driver’s licensing services for Boone Co. residents

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) on Thursday announced a new driver testing branch location for Boone County residents to obtain a state driver’s permit or driver’s license. The new branch will still be located in Burlington, and the last day of testing at the Boone County Justice Center was Thursday. Residents of Boone County should take note of the new location in order to make an appointment...

Unemployment rates fall in all Kentucky counties in August; Boone County among lowest rates in state

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2020 and August 2021. No county unemployment rates rose or stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 2.7%. It was followed by Cumberland, Shelby, and Woodford counties at 2.8% each; Carlisle, Henry, Scott, Spencer, and...

Second ‘Cookouts and Conversations’ on Friday at Austinburg Neighborhood Park after first success

Both the turnout and the discussion at the first “cookouts and conversations” event were wide-ranging and robust, so the Covington’s economic development team will bring its mobile operation back to Austinburg Neighborhood Park on Friday. The goal? To keep the conversations going after last week’s impactful dialogue with neighborhood business owners, entrepreneurs, and residents in the...

New program aims to help Kentucky employers retain workforce, provide access to treatment for addiction

Kentucky employers are encouraged to join a new program that helps ensure workplace policies align with the mission of opioid response and create pathways for better access to evidence-based, compassionate treatment and recovery services for their employees. Business leaders and health advocates recently gathered virtually to launch the new initiative, known as the Kentucky Transformational Employment...

During Hispanic Heritage Month, City of Covington acknowledging and embracing a growing community

There’s a pulse that’s intensifying throughout Covington – a liveliness or ‘vivacidad’ that some would call ‘la onda nueva’ – and the evidence is everywhere: • The brightly colored signs signaling the opening of new taquerias, cantinas, and bodegas. • A doubling in Covington’s Census numbers for families of what the government calls “Latino” heritage. • The...

KYTC makes final Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Plan available online

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has released the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for fiscal years 2021 through 2024. The final version of the program is now available online following a 30-day public comment period that concluded this summer to seek input from Kentuckians, agencies and organizations. The FY 2021-2024 STIP was reviewed and approved by the Federal Highway...

Public invited to virtual forum discussing how the state court system handles domestic violence, more

The public is invited to discuss how the state court system handles cases of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual violence at four virtual community forums this month. The regional forums will take place Sept. 27-30 on Zoom. Participants are required to register. The forum for Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties is September 28, 4-5 p.m. The forums are part of an in-depth, statewide...

Covington seeking community development leader to run ‘island of misfit toys’; deadline to apply Sept. 30

Covington is looking for a community development leader to replace Ken Smith in running the City department jokingly referred to as “the island of misfit toys.” Smith – recently named Covington’s city manager – came to City Hall in April 2018 as head of the newly reorganized Neighborhood Services Department, whose nickname is tribute to its seemingly unrelated five divisions: • Solid...

Kenton County PDS reduces tax rate to lowest level in two decades, reduces budget by $1 million

Through increased efficiencies and a successful reorganization, Kenton County Planning and Development Services (PDS) has lowered its county-wide property tax rate to the lowest level in nearly 20 years while shaving almost 20 percent from its annual budget. The PDS Management Board has approved reducing the real property tax rate from 0.0268 to 0.0225 per $100 valuation for the 2021-22 fiscal year,...

Customs and Border Protection officers seize fake vaccination cards, Pfizer stickers at Port of Cincinnati

As the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Cincinnati remain focused on protecting American lives. Since August 16, Cincinnati officers have seized five shipments containing a total of 1,683 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards and 2,034 fake Pfizer inoculation stickers. Photos provided by U.S. Customs and Border...

City of Union commission votes unanimously to reduce the city’s tax rate

The City of Union Commission reduced the city’s 2021- 2022 real property tax rate from .216 to .206 per $100 of valuation in a Special meeting this week. The measure passed 5-0. Present for the vote were Mayor Larry Solomon and all four Commissioners, Jeremy Ramage, John Mefford, Eric Dulaney, and Brian Garner.   “Due to our unprecedented growth in numbers and valuation, it is a privilege to...