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Keven Moore: Old wives tale — is it really dangerous to shower or talk on phone during a thunderstorm?

Growing up, I was told like a zillion times that it wasn’t safe to take a shower, do dishes or even talk on the telephone if there was a thunderstorm occurring outside our home. I thought that it was just my parent’s way of trying to get me off the phone, but as a typical boy I often times welcomed such safety advice as an excuse to get out of household chores and having to take a bath....

Four opportunities upcoming to shape City of Covington’s new approach to zoning

The City of Covington is totally revamping its approach to zoning, and it’s urging the public to help shape the new plan at the beginning stages rather than react after the fact. Anybody who lives, owns property, or runs a business in Covington is invited to four events at the end of the month to offer opinions, concerns, and goals on how and why development happens and how neighborhoods look...

Nonprofit briefs: Whitaker gets Golden Eagle, $15K to Redwood from Jergens; Literacy Network and Subaru

NKyTribune staff Rhonda Whitaker receives Golden Eagle Award Rhonda Whitaker, vice president, Community Relations for Duke Energy, will receive the Golden Eagle Award from the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts. The award will be given tonight at the Golden Eagle Dinner at Madison Events Center in Covington. The annual fundraiser supports Scouting in Northern Kentucky. Redwood gets grant from Andrew...

Public Pension discussion continues; actuarial consultant says system needs another $214 million

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Public Pension Oversight Board heard from the Kentucky Retirement Systems and their actuarial consultant on recommendations for changes in the factors used to determine how much state funding will be needed for the state’s public pension systems over the next two years. 
Danny White with GRS Retiring Consultants, said this week that retirees are living longer, so...

Beechwood grad Brandt Coleman awarded major international scholarship for study in Germany

Fort Mitchell resident and a 2103 Beechwood alumnus Brandt Coleman has been awarded a major international scholarship. Out of over 400 applicants, Coleman was selected for a Graduate Study Scholarship in the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) program. The award consists of a monthly stipend, air travel subsidy to Germany, funds to cover study-related travel and attendance in international...

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday; find a prescription surrender site near you

A twice-yearly opportunity to safely surrender prescription drugs will be held Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at locations nationwide. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a good way to combat opioid abuse, according to Anne Hazlett, senior adviser for rural affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Many of the more than 70,000 Americans who died from drug overdoses...

Kenton County hosting its annual Spring Clean-Up May 2-4; here are places and times

Looking to clean out the house for spring? Kenton County Public Works is hosting its annual Spring Clean-Up May 2nd-4th at Lincoln Ridge Park, Piner Elementary School and the Ryland Heights City Building. Times and accepted items vary by location. This event is intended for private Kenton County residents. You may be asked to show proof of residency. Kenton County Public Works (Lincoln Ridge Park)...

Prep Sports Notebook: Award-winning player decides to continue her basketball career at Thomas More

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Zoie Barth, the second leading all-time scorer for the Highlands girls basketball program, announced on Twitter that she will continue her academic and athletic career at Thomas More University. Zoie Barth During her six-year varsity career, Barth scored 2,416 points for the Bluebirds. The 5-foot-8 point guard also ranks among the team’s all-time leaders...

Hebron man charged with DUI, assault, wanton endangerment, in October crash on KY 18

NKyTribune staff A Hebron man has been arrested and charged in relation to a serious accident on Burlington Pike at McGrath Lane in October. Giovanni Lawrence Giovanni, 47, of Oak View Court is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, 1st degree, one count of assault, 2nd degree and operating a motor vehicle under the influence. The accident resulted in injuries to all five occupants in the...

Beyond the Curb back in Cov, offering MainStrasse’s historic homes, artsy lofts, modern apartments

Beyond the Curb is Back in Covington on April 28 with an exclusive showcase of urban living: “the befores, the durings, and the afters.” 808 Willard Where can architecture and history buffs, interior design devotees and fans of urban living all meet together? At the Beyond the Curb Urban Living Tour on Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s spring tour is focused on Covington’s...

NKU’s Friends of Steely Library’s ‘Good Food Good Drinks Good Books’ scholarship event is May 15

Friends of Steely Library will hold its third annual “
Good Food • Good Drinks • Good Books” event on Wednesday, May 15, 7-10 p.m.at the Devou Golf & Event Center in Covington. Kristen Kreft and Maya Banatwala, authors of Rocktails: An Amped Up Spin on Mixology, will be headlining the evening with a book signing to promote their upcoming collaboration. Rocktails honors musicians...

A learning Fest: Here’s a way to prevent hearing ‘I’m bored’ or from seeing kids on devices all summer

NKY Camps and Activities Fest is joining forces with the World Maker & Inventor Expo to provide the opportunity to get STEM-y AND learn more about summer camps, activities, and opportunities at the same time. Click to enlarge Both events will be held at Boone County High School, 7056 Burlington Pike in Florence from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Tickets may be purchased in advance for...

‘Next Gen Giving’ summit keynoter named; Horizon, KPI partner on second regional gathering

An economist who is internationally recognized as an expert on economic development and philanthropy will be the keynote speaker for the second annual NKY Summit on Philanthropy. The theme for the summit is “Next Gen Giving,” presented by the Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky and the Kentucky Philanthropy. Dr. Una Osili It will be held May 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth...

Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Terry Gill resigns, Gov. Bevin recommends Sarin as interim

Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday accepted with regret the resignation of Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, effective at the end of May. Gill “The impact that Terry’s leadership has had on the economy of our commonwealth cannot be overstated,” Gov. Bevin said. “He brought to our economic development efforts the perspective of a business executive who knows the opportunities...