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Three historic districts among Kentucky places listed in National Register, one in Newport, one in Bellevue

Three historic districts from Kentucky have been added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2019, with a fourth to be considered by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board when it meets again October 22. An expansion of Louisville’s Butchertown Historic District was the most recent listing approved by the National Park Service (NPS), adding 52 residential and commercial properties...

Elsmere schedules open house Oct. 8 at Senior Center to present renderings for new City building

The City of Elsmere will hold an open house at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Elsmere Senior Center to showcase its architectural renderings and plans for its new City Building that will be constructed next year on Dixie Highway. Members of the Elsmere City Council, city staff, and the architect who designed the new city building will attend the open house at the senior center, which is located at 179...

Would Covington support a dog park? Meetings seeks input for ongoing Parks & Rec master plan

Does Covington need a dog park? On the last day of the swim season each year, Covington Parks & Rec opens Goebel Pool to dogs and their owners. Now the City is asking whether residents would support a dog park (provided photo). If so, where? How big? What should it look like? How should it be funded? Would residents support it? These and other questions were among those discussed Monday night during...

Covington Commission sets priorities for Fiscal Year; storm water management, data security on list

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Noting that “clear, well-written” policies and procedures reflect their values and visions, provide guidance to the city manager and create a framework for making consistent decisions while protecting the legal interests of the city, Covington Commissioners approved a set of 30 priorities for policy development for the next fiscal year. It’s the second consecutive...

Kenton County Government Center combines history and modern functionality at iconic Covington site

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The new Kenton County Government Center gives a nod to the past with an eye on the future. The new Kenton County Government Center, located on the site formerly occupied by Bavarian Brewery and Jillian’s, will allow the county to consolidate several agencies in one central location (photos by Mark Hansel, click to enlarge). The building, which has combined...

New Covington zoning administrator a good fit; familiar face to lead public works on interim basis

The City of Covington’s new zoning administrator once wrote a 15-page school paper examining a single Bible verse, worked for a video productions company that filmed legal depositions, researched medical malpractice cases as a law clerk, and volunteered in Appalachia at disaster scenes. Covington’s new zoning administrator, Dalton Belcher, is helping to transform the City’s approach...

‘Flat Top’ shuts down after 52 years; 1100 miles away, architect who designed IRS center laments closure

More than 52 years after it opened, the federal government’s massive tax processing facility will cease operation this weekend, triggering a range of emotions for many thousands of current and former employees and – for architect Gene Bieber – a specific, piercing lament. The Kentucky Post photographed the massive site near Fourth Street being cleared for the IRS center in the mid-1960s....

City officials pitch in to assemble meal packs for hungry children during KLC Conference in NKY

City officials volunteered this week to assemble meal packs for children in need. The event was part of the 2019 KLC Conference & Expo at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.   This is the third year the Kentucky League of Cities has teamed up with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative. Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles thanked city officials for...

Sen. President Stivers to introduce resolution to open investigation into 2015 Purdue Pharma settlement

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, will introduce a resolution on the first day of the 2020 General Assembly to hire an investigating counsel to look into Kentucky’s 2015 settlement with Purdue Pharma. The suit was brought in 2007 by then-Attorney General Greg Stumbo, who is seeking to return to that office in November, against the maker of OxyContin, in response...

Tom Guidugli to run for Mayor of Newport in 2020; City Commissioner now serves as Vice Mayor

Tom Guidugli Jr. — a Newport native who during his nearly nine years on the Newport City Commission has helped usher in an unprecedented period of prosperity, investment and economic development in the city – has announced that he will run for Mayor of Newport in 2020. Guidugli, 48, who currently serves as Vice Mayor, has been a member of the Newport City Commission since 2010. He seeks to replace...

SD1 to terminate $6.2 million loan agreement with Boone County for Hebron sewer system upgrades

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Boone County Fiscal Court Tuesday evening approved a resolution to terminate a $6.2 million loan agreement with Sanitation District No. 1 for an infrastructure upgrade project in Hebron. Chaney The request by SD1 to terminate the loan, which was unanimously approved by the Boone County Fiscal Court in November, 2016, means the entire amount will be returned...

Go vote, Kentucky! Deadline to register is Monday, October 7; Election Day is Tuesday, November 5

As the November 5 election approaches there is still time to register to vote and to have your voice heard. Deadline to register in Kentucky is Monday, October 7. And you can register entirely online at govoteky.gov or in person at your county clerk’s office. County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept online and paper applications until 4 p.m. local time on October 7. Mail-in voter...

Newport board meeting highlighted by retirement of key staffer, promotions of eight policemen

By Don Owen
 NKyTribune reporter The retirement by a key staff person in the fire department and the promotions of eight police officers highlighted the Newport Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night. The board recognized Barb Heck, an administrative assistant who is retiring after 25 years of service. Heck served under five different fire chiefs since 1994. “Barb has been an outstanding...

Covington property tax payments due by Oct. 15; city keeps rate the same for 3rd year in row

Property tax bills have been sent to Covington residents and payment is due by midnight Oct. 15. Residents have five ways to pay: • Online, through a user-friendly taxpayer portal, accessed directly HERE. (More about the portal below.) • By mail at P.O. Box 643749, Cincinnati, OH 45264. • By calling (859) 292-2180. • In person at City Hall, 20 W. Pike St., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30...

Legislators honored: Koenig, Moser and Santoro by the KY Chamber; Schroder by League of Cities

Rep. Adam Koenig, Rep. Kim Moser, and Rep. Sal Santoro were presented the Chamber MVP Award by Kentucky Chamber Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Ashli Watts. Representatives Koenig, Moser and Santoro were among a select group of legislators who “went to bat” for Kentucky business during the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly.   “During this legislative session and throughout their time in...