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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...

Cov commission approves surplus properties development, hears City Heights complaints, more

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter The Covington Commission continues to transform the city, property by property. Tuesday night, at their regularly scheduled legislative meeting, Commissioners heard a proposal for two surplus property development agreements at: 301-303 Orchard St., for $47,500 to Aged Oak Properties, LLC, and 318 Berry St., for $12,000 to Rustbelt Properties, LLC Both will be for single-family...

The question: How to spend $35.9 million? City of Covington wants to hear from you — survey link here

The City of Covington has created a survey to pick the public’s brain on how to spend $35.9 million over the next 3 to 5 years. The money can’t be spent on just anything. Rather, it must be allocated within broad categories related to recovering from the economic and public health challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. By Oct. 31, the City must send the federal Treasury Department an outline...

On Constitution Day, Northern Kentucky Forum hosts Sec. of State Michael Adams talking about voting

NKU’s Northern Kentucky Forum is collaborating with NKU’s First Year Experience (freshman engagement) to host remarks from Secretary of State Michael Adams about voting in Kentucky. As the state’s chief elections officer, Secretary Adams oversaw the 2020 election’s COVID modifications, some of which have been adopted for future elections. Join the program in person or by video stream....

Three Northern Kentuckians among Gov. Andy Beshear’s latest board, commission appointments

Gov. Andy Beshear has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions: Beshear has appointed the following as members of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Board. • Eric Friedlander, Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. • Sharon Clark, Commissioner of the Department of Insurance. • Ryan Sadler of Louisville is plan president of Passport Health...