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Covington’s overhaul of Code Enforcement Division improves certification, training, adds full-time staff

The City of Covington division that works to protect residents’ health and safety while also preserving property values has elevated its training and expertise to the next level. Over the last year, the City has transformed its Code Enforcement Division from a part-time operation into a full-time five-member inspection team – and that team has gone far beyond requirements to expand its expertise...

Trick or Treat: Most communities set Sunday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. for Halloween outings; here are safety tips

Start putting those costumes together, buying that candy, clearing your sidewalk and/or steps of obstacles, carving those pumpkins, cueing up the scary music, and doing whatever else it is that you do to prepare). As always, officials stress the need for caution and common sense rules to keep children safe, especially this year with COVID-19 numbers remaining dangerously high.   As far as decreasing...

Covington IRS site development back on track with project management hire; dog park advances, more

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter The development of the IRS site is back on track. After stopping and starting — and along the way replacing Covington’s city manager — on Tuesday night, Commissioners approved the hiring of J.S. Held, LLC, for project management services to “implement the strategic master plan for the Covington central riverfront area,” city documents read. They’re referring...

Boone County Fiscal Court looking to fill several positions in the government; apply online

Boone County Fiscal Court is now hiring for several positions, some of which offer hiring incentives. Click Here to Apply 
Building Department Residential Plans Examiner 
 Finance Staff Accountant 
 Golf Course 2nd Assistant Golf Course Superintendent 
 Seasonal Golf Course Concessions Seasonal Golf Course Maintenance Positions Seasonal Golf Course Positions 
 Jail Full Time Deputy Jail Full...

Susanne Cetrulo to be sworn in as Kentucky Court of Appeals judge Nov. 4; investiture is open to public

Susanne M. Cetrulo will be sworn in as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Boone County Justice Center in Burlington. Justice Michelle M. Keller, who serves Northern Kentucky on the Supreme Court of Kentucky, will swear her in. The investiture will take place at 4 p.m. ET in Courtroom 4B. The public is invited to attend. Masks are recommended. Cetrulo, who will be the newest...

State lawmaker proposing legislation for ’22 session to recognize 911 dispatchers as first responders

A state lawmaker will propose legislation for the 2022 session recognizing 911 dispatchers as first responders and supply them help for instances of post-traumatic stress disorder. Rep. Bill Wesley, R-Ravenna, said he will be sponsoring the Lifeliner’s Act, to help spread awareness of work-induced stress, recognize the symptoms of PTSD, and provide resources for telecommunicators for treatment. Rep....

Capital Avenue between rear of State Capitol and front of Capitol Annex to be permanently closed

The part of Capital Avenue that runs between the rear of the State Capitol and the front of the Capitol Annex will permanently close to vehicular traffic Monday, according to the Finance and administration Cabinet. Much like Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was closed to vehicular traffic over 25 years ago in Washington, D.C., security considerations are the reason. The loop between...

Today at Goebel Park Pollinator Garden in Covington, you can get free perennial plants for your garden

Want to attract butterflies to your yard? Here’s your chance to get some free perennial plants to start or add to a pollinator garden. The people who manage the Goebel Park Pollinator Garden in the Covington park just east of Interstate 75 will be digging up and “dividing” an array of perennial plants whose flowers provide nectar or pollen that attract butterflies, moths, bees, hummingbirds,...

Making Hands Pike a straighter, safer route in/out of S. Covington progresses as route takes shape

From high in the air, the hills near Hands Pike must resemble a giant’s sandbox crawling with Tonka trucks. For months now, massive construction vehicles painted Caterpillar yellow have been steadily scraping, shoving, and moving earth and shale across the landscape, gradually carving a west-east swath straight down the hill overlooking Ky. 17. The goal? A straighter, safer route in and out of South...

State reports 1,899 new COVID cases, 52 deaths, 6.83% positivity; all 3 NKY counties still in red zone

Kentucky reported nearly 1,899 new COVID-19 cases and 52 more virus-related deaths Wednesday, even as the rate of residents testing positive for the coronavirus dropped to 6.83%. The new virus cases included 499 among people ages 18 and younger. The latest deaths included a 35-year-old Kentuckian, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The state’s death toll from the virus has reached at least 9,477. The governor...

NewportFORWARD committee invites residents to city’s Oct. 26 comprehensive plan open house

After more than a year of research, outreach and committee work, the NewportFORWARD Steering Committee is pleased to invite the community to the final Open House review of the city’s proposed Comprehensive Plan update. The Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — including a brief presentation of the plan at 6 p.m. — in the first-floor Multi-Purpose room...

Erlanger to discuss proposals for reducing number of city council members at tonight’s caucus

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor The City of Erlanger will hold discussions tonight at its caucus meeting on two proposals seeking to reduce the number of city council members. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Erlanger City Building. Two proposals – one for 9 members and one for 7 – received first readings – and were approved — at the council’s October 5 meeting, and further discussions...

Road report from KYTC District 6: Here’s what to expect on roads this week, look for delays, closures

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 is reporting the conditions and/or operations and warns of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects: KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY – HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO • Brent Spence Bridge – I-71/75 Southbound/Northbound (191.3 – 191.8 mile-marker) –  A routine maintenance project to clean and paint the Brent Spence Bridge is underway....

Two-thirds of Kentucky’s child protective services social workers are in training or entry level

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another area reporting a shortage of employees is that of caseworkers for the Department for Community Based Services, according to testimony presented before a legislative committee last week, leading lawmakers to express concerns. DCBS Commissioner Marta Miranda-Straub and Deputy Commissioner Lesa Dennis told the Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee the number...

COVID-19 update: New cases add up to 723,895 total in state, 9,293 deaths; vaccinations best protection

In his full COVID-19 report Thursday, the Governor announced 2,305 new COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth, bringing the case total to 721,895. Friday’s end-of-day total of 2,008 brings the total even higher: 723,889. 594 of Thursday’s new cases were children 18 and younger. 1,354 Kentuckians remain hospitalized. 399 people remain in the ICU, with 270 on a ventilator. The Governor also announced...