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Clerk Gabrielle Summe reports final filings for local races in Kenton; no Cov, Erlanger council primaries

Staff report The field of candidates in the May 17 primary elections for most local races in Kenton County is set. Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe released the final listing of this year’s primary election candidates Tuesday after the filing deadline. She noted that her list only showed candidates that filed with her office and are subject to a primary contest to elect party nominees for November’s...

Gov. Beshear announces $19.4M to clean drinking water projects, improved sewer systems in NKY

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than $19.4 million to one county and three water utilities serving Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties in multiple stops in NKY Tuesday. The funding is part of the Better Kentucky Plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program to deliver clean drinking water and improved sewer and water systems around the state, creating an estimated 3,800 jobs statewide. Gov. Steve Beshear “Our...

CVG airport wraps up ’21 with report on big successes — and reveals what to expect in ’22

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) continued its forward momentum in 2021 despite turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether on the passenger or cargo side of the business, or completing major projects, the airport remained focused on its five-year strategic plan and made significant progress throughout the year. Photos from CVG’s year in review “We’ve continued...

Leading medical oncologist, Dr. Manish Bhandari, joins St. Elizabeth Healthcare; leads clinical trials

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has announced a leading medical oncologist, Manish Bhandari, MD, has joined its oncology care team. Dr. Bhandari is a graduate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, and completed his oncology fellowship from the reputed oncology division at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His area of expertise focuses on advancing science and care delivery, as well as new therapy...

Florence family needed support when trying to adopt a child, they found it through a UK social network

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Most adoptive and foster parents will tell you, deciding to bring a child into your home is not a job — it’s a calling. For Chris and Amy Schroder, of Florence, that call came unexpectedly. But they didn’t hesitate to answer. “There was a young man in the school system where I work as a registered nurse, and they were having a hard time finding placement...

meetNKY hires communications, leisure sales directors, anticipating strong return to travel in ’22

As the Northern Kentucky tourism industry continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the destination marketing organization for the three NKY counties, meetNKY, has added two new staff members in anticipation of a strong return to travel in the region in 2022. Amanda Johannemann Joining the organization as the new Director, Destination Marketing and Communications is Amanda Johannemann. Most...

Kentucky Youth Advocates honored legislators with Champion for Children awards for bills good for kids

Kentucky Youth Advocates Elected leaders and advocates step up for Kentucky kids in countless ways every day, especially in Frankfort throughout the legislative session. During Children’s Advocacy Week, Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners in the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children present Champion for Children and Step Up for Kids awards to honor those state leaders and advocates for their efforts. At...

The lives of our children: How to change the lives of children in poverty

By Jan Hillard NKyTribune data editor Second of two parts Forceful public will is necessary to change the lives of the 4 in 10 children across our country who wake up every day in poverty. There is no shortage of innovative programs that are designed to alleviate the current state of poor children. Developing programs with clear benefits for children, the workforce, and the economy is nothing new....

Dixie Heights defense stymies Lloyd in win that puts Colonels on top in boys 34th District standings

By Brendan Connelly NKyTribune sports reporter Dixie Heights used a swarming defense and balanced scoring to rout Lloyd, 53-34, in boys basketball Tuesday night. The home-court win puts the Colonels (13-4) in sole possession of the top spot in the 34th District standings that will determine seeds for the post-season tournament. Lloyd (15-4) had scored 76 points or more in each of its previous four...

Redwood to host 40th annual Express fundraising gala March 4 at Cincinnati’s Music Hall

Redwood, a Northern Kentucky nonprofit serving children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities, will host its 40th annual Redwood Express fundraising gala Friday, March 4 at Music Hall in Cincinnati. The gala raises money for Redwood to fulfill its mission to provide services, solutions, and hope for children and adults with disabilities. KISS 107.1 on-air personality JonJon uses a hulu...

Wally Pagan who lead SouthBank, Purple People Bridge, dies at age 79; services set for Saturday

Walter “Wally” J. Pagan, 79, of Wilder, passed away on Monday at Christ Hospital surrounded by his family. Pagan was past President of SouthBank Partners, past Covington City Manager, and President of the Newport Southgate Bridge Company, more commonly known as the “Purple People Bridge.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Edith Pagan, and his sister, Mary...

The lives of our children: The data is available to make improvements — if we want to let it drive policy

By Jan Hillard NKyTribune data editor First of two parts Every day in our country, 61 babies die before their first birthday, 826 babies are born without health insurance, 1683 babies are born into poverty, 2956 high school students drop out, 248 children are arrested for drug crimes. The current state of our children’s lives will determine the quality of their lives and the lives of all us. Unfortunately...

COVID update: Gov. says son Will tested positive for COVID, urges vaccines for kids; 33.06% positivity

Gov. Andy Beshear said that his son, Will, tested positive for COVID-19 and is generally asymptomatic, adding that his son is fully vaccinated and recently received his booster shot. The Governor and the rest of the family tested negative for the virus today. The Governor was tested twice today and said he will continue to be tested daily and follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Gov....

Gas prices fall slightly in Kentucky, but many regions see increase with global supply under pressure

Despite lower demand for gasoline typical of the winter season, pump prices are edging their way higher in many parts of the country. The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.33, 2 cents more than a week ago. The culprit is the rising price for oil, which is now bouncing around $85 per barrel, nearly $20 more than in November. “Since dipping to $3.28 in the first week of January, the national...

Report says hotels are continuing to move toward recovery, forecasts an uneven, volatile path in ’22

The hotel industry will continue moving toward recovery in 2022, but the path will be uneven and potentially volatile, and full recovery is still several years away, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)’s 2022 State of the Hotel Industry Report. The report, which reveals shifts in consumer and business sentiment, was created in collaboration with AHLA Silver Partner Accenture...