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Residents question Cov Commission about flood response; ‘It looked like a typhoon hit down there’

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune Reporter After Coleman Stracener’s service in the military, he decided it was time to come back home, so he returned to Covington to live on Euclid Avenue, where he’s been for about one month.  Now, most of his family’s heirlooms are ruined because of this weekend’s storms, which left his basement flooded with sewage and his life turned upside down.   He, along with...

Most new laws (total: 198) passed during last legislative session go into effect June 27

Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 session will go into effect on June 27. That means law-abiding adults will be able to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, employers will be required to make certain reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees and electric scooters will be regulated by state law. The Kentucky Constitution specifies that new laws take...

City of Union accepting applications for annual ‘Celebrates America’ parade, takes place June 28

The City of Union is currently accepting registrations to be a part of the 2019 Union Celebrates America parade. The 2019 “Union Celebrates America” parade and community event is scheduled for Friday, June 28. The parade will start around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Old Union Road and Mt. Zion Road.  The parade will proceed to the East on Mt. Zion and head South on US 42 to Frogtown Road. The...

Covington Public Works crews cleaning up damage from weekend storms – ‘It’s everywhere’

Crews from the Covington Public Works Department worked throughout the night Saturday and all day Sunday cleaning up damage across the city from torrential rains and heavy wind. Cement brick mason Steve Banfield of the Covington Public Works Department cleans gravel and torn-up asphalt off the intersection of Montague and Amsterdam roads (provided photos). Public Works Director Rick Davis said damage...

Sewer work to close section of Greenup Street in Covington for about a week, starting Monday

Greenup Street will be closed to traffic between Ninth and 10th streets starting Monday at 7 a.m., weather depending. Construction equipment was staged at Tenth and Greenup streets earlier this week in preparation for Monday’s closure (provided photo). The closure, which is supposed to last a week, is part of a larger and ongoing project by Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky to reduce...

Secretary of State Grimes presents historic notary law updates to Kentucky lawyers

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented the updated electronic and remote notary laws to the Commonwealth’s lawyers at the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual convention Thursday in Louisville. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presents updates to the notary law at KBA convention in Louisville (provided photo). The new law, championed by Grimes and Senator Morgan McGarvey...

New online tools empower residents; faster ways to report property issues, apply for zoning permits

Covington has rolled out two additional online tools that allow citizens to more efficiently interact with the City in two critical areas: • The reporting of unsightly, unsafe, and unsanitary conditions on private property in neighborhoods. • Applications for zoning permits and historic preservation certificates. The tools can be accessed via the City of Covington’s website as well as a...

River Sweep volunteers needed in Covington Saturday; expect mud, interesting finds, satisfaction

Dozens of volunteers are needed Saturday to clean trash from the Covington banks of the Ohio River. A recent tour of the Ohio River shoreline revealed plastic bottles and other trash mixed in with driftwood (provided photo). Expect muddy shoes and sore muscles – and interesting surprises. “I’ve been working River Sweep for years, and it’s always fascinating to see what we find,”...

Covington City Commission hears first reading on Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which includes challenges

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter City Manager David Johnston has said that in his 20-plus years of serving in local government, each year has produced a budget with some challenges. There are always, he says, certain realities that cities must learn to face. However, it could be that he’s never faced a challenge like the one coming to Covington next year. Johnston had the task of presenting the...

Newport offering ‘panoramic views, enthusiasm’ with redevelopment of Baptist Convalescent Home site

By Don Owen 
NKyTribune reporter The hilltop property of the one-time Baptist Convalescent Home in Newport is being converted into market-rate condominiums, and residents in that part of the city are excited about the redevelopment. “The redevelopment of the Baptist Convalescent Home is going to offer panoramic views and enthusiasm in that neighborhood,” said Newport City Commissioner Tom Guidugli....

Neighborhood Grant projects an eclectic list; program recommends 10 ideas for City funds

A water fountain. A music and soul food festival. A “Little Library.” Sidewalk planters. A tent for a Halloween party. Dog waste stations. “Little Libraries” such as this one in Old Town/Mutter Gottes are among the local projects in line for funding from Covington’s new Neighborhood Grant Program (provided photo). Small improvements partially funded by the City of Covington...

House Republicans say more changes needed in pension plan; Bevin wants special session soon

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite a letter Gov. Matt Bevin sent to lawmakers Wednesday evening with changes to his proposed pension bill for the regional public universities, House Republicans said on Thursday more work is needed. House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect, said on Thursday more changes need to be made to Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension proposal.. (Kentucky Today/Tom Latek) House Speaker...

Governor Bevin ceremonially signs HB 158, creating Foster Child Bill of Rights

Governor Matt Bevin ceremonially signed House Bill 158 into law this week at the Kentucky State Capitol. The new law, in part, codifies a foster child bill of rights. “We felt it was time to elevate these rights and codify them in state statute through an act of the Kentucky General Assembly so that these youth will have one statute to go to, so they know what their rights are each and every...

Kenton County Fiscal Court recognizes 2019 Pioneer award honoree Jim Claypool at meeting

Kenton County recognized one of the 2019 Pioneer Award honorees, Jim Claypool, who was presented a proclamation at a recent Fiscal Court meeting for his outstanding community service and involvement.  Claypool Claypool is best known for starting the Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Athletic Program.  He serves in a leadership capacity in numerous initiatives, including the University Honors Committee...

Bevin makes changes to pension proposal; lawmakers still shy of votes to pass the reform

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It appears lawmakers still lack the number of votes needed to pass a bill to reform the pension system affecting the regional public universities and 118 quasi-governmental agencies. 
Gov. Matt Bevin, who has made four changes to his original proposal, has said he wants to call a special legislation to enact that legislation by July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal...