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KyAg’s Mobile Science Activity Center to visit Villa Madonna Academy; Miss Kentucky joins on Feb. 21

Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard will join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s high-tech Mobile Science Activity Center (MSAC) when it visits Villa Madonna Academy on Feb. 21 to teach students about agriculture and its vital role in their everyday lives. The MSAC also will appear at Villa Madonna on Feb. 19-20.   Three MSACs travel to schools throughout the Commonwealth to give students the opportunity...

Chief Justice John Minton orders Administrative Office of the Courts to undergo biennial audits

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., with the concurrence of the other justices, has ordered the Administrative Office of the Courts to undergo an external audit every other year. 
The order, issued on Monday, calls for the biennial audits to begin with the 2020 fiscal year, which starts July 1, and to make the audit findings public. 
The order also...

Ashley Builders, St. Walburg settle with Villa Hills residents on Sanctuary; Drees, Fisher join project

Ashley Builders Group and Saint Walburg Monastery of Benedictine Sisters of Covington, Kentucky have agreed to settle a zoning appeal by Defend VH Group, LLC and 12 Villa Hills residents who sought to overturn a decision by the Villa Hills City Council that permitted construction of a mixed-use residential development project by the developer on real estate owned by the religious order. After a two-year...

Kathy Witt’s ‘Secret Cincinnati’: A regional scavenger hunt for the ‘weird, wonderful and obscure’

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter If there are secret treasures and places in the region, odds are that author and travel writer Kathy Witt already knows about them. So, it’s no surprise that when the editors at Reedy Press wanted a writer for their “Secret” cities series, they went to Witt and asked her to flesh out the “weird, wonderful, and obscure” in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Secret...

State Transportation Secretary tells Kenton Fiscal Court gasoline tax increase needed to raise revenue

By David Holthaus NKyTribune reporter There’s talk of hiking Kentucky’s gasoline tax and the head of transportation in the Commonwealth says he’s all for it. Greg Thomas, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, told Kenton County leaders Tuesday that the state tax on gas needs to go up in order to keep up with the maintenance of tens of thousands of miles of roads around Kentucky. Sec....

Dooley jury is seated as attorneys hint at strategy during questioning; opening statements this morning

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A tragic saga that began almost seven years ago may now be entering its final chapter. After two days of questioning a jury has been seated in the David Dooley retrial. Dooley is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee. Mockbee, a Fort Mitchell mother of two, was bludgeoned to death shortly after arriving...

Cincinnati Zoo and the Reds team up for special days; including Sam the Eagle bobblehead night

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Cincinnati Reds are teaming up to offer animal and baseball enthusiasts opportunities to enjoy both at the same time this summer. Fans can visit with mascots and attend a special Q&A session with Reds players during Reds Day at the Zoo on June 17 and move the party to Great American Ball Park for Zoo Night on June 18. One of the 2019 themed ticket...

SD1 and EPA agree to extension of Clean Water Act Consent Decree until January 1, 2040

The Sanitation District No. 1 Board of Directors Tuesday approved an Amended Consent Decree with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The amendment extends the deadline for Northern Kentucky’s sewer overflow mitigation improvements to January 1, 2040. In 2005, in order to comply with federal law under the Clean Water Act of 1972, SD1 entered into a...

Andy Beshear: New Survivors Council Members provide resounding voice for KY victims of crime

When I entered public service three years ago, one of my core missions was to seek justice for victims. Beshear with survivor Council Member Summer Dickerson (provided). We have worked hard every day to accomplish that goal. In 2018, we rescued 12 child victims as part of online predator crackdowns, and we secured a record 39 human trafficking and other related offenses arrests. Our office currently...

Three highly ranked boys basketball teams avoid upsets in semifinal round of district playoffs

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Three teams ranked among the top 10 in the final Northern Kentucky boys basketball coaches poll survived close calls in district tournament games on Tuesday and advanced to the next round of the playoffs. Top-ranked Campbell County made seven of eight free throws in the final 43 seconds to pull out a 63-59 win over Brossart in a 37th District semifinal game...

Simon Kenton girls lock down berth in 8th Region basketball tournament for 14th straight year

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Simon Kenton girls basketball team clinched a berth in the 8th Region tournament for the 14th consecutive year with a lopsided 39-7 win over Williamstown in the 32nd District playoffs on Monday night at Simon Kenton. Jeff Stowers The victory puts Simon Kenton (19-10) in the district final on Thursday. The district winner and runner-up both advance to...

Newport Aquarium announces new Freshwater Falls exhibit; annual pass offer runs through this week

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Newport Aquarium announced today they will be opening a new exhibit this spring. The elephantnose fish that finds food with an electric current in its long nose is part of the Newport Aquarium that will open in April. Freshwater Falls will let guests take a peek at what lies below the rippling surface of cascading streams and waterfalls around the world. “There’s...

Jury selection in David Dooley murder trial moves into second day; pretrial publicity a concern

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Jury selection will continue into a second day in the David Dooley retrial. David Dooley at a pretrial conference (archive photo). Dooley is charged with murder in the killing of Michelle Mockbee at the Thermo Fisher Scientific facility in Boone County in 2012. Mockbee worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific, while Dooley was employed by an outside contractor as...

NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative hosts workshop on ‘Knowing Yourself Before Presenting Yourself’

One key element of success, whether in professional or personal endeavors, is to be able to sell yourself. On Wednesday, March 6 from 7:30-9 a.m., the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative, sponsored by PNC, will present the next event in its Professional Series: Know Yourself Before Heading Out to Present Yourself, at FIVE Labs – Midwest (4123 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger). Lynee...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission awards $14.2 million from state’s Breeder’s Incentive Fund in 2018

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has announced payment of more than $14.2 million in breeder awards from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund (KTBIF). Kentucky-bred horses won over 4,000 races across the globe in 2018, which made breeders eligible for these incentive payments. KTBIF horses won in 33 states and four countries – including the Kentucky Derby. “As the Thoroughbred...