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Road Report: KYTC updates construction projects in District 6 — alerts to lane closures and delays

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports the following conditions and/or operations that are being reported for highways in District 6. Motorists should be aware of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects: KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY – HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO • Brent Spence Bridge – I-71/75 Southbound/Northbound (191.3 – 191.8 mile-marker) –  A routine...

OKI’s most prestigious honor, named for NKY’s Henry M. Mann, presented to Ohio Sen. Rob Portman

U.S. Senator Rob Portman received the Henry M. Mann Award during a special presentation at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments’ (OKI) annual luncheon. The occasion marked OKI’s first annual luncheon in two years, due to the pandemic. “Senator Portman, it is fair to say, better than anyone, your life embodies the qualities of dedicated, selfless service and high ethics for...

Susanne Mowery Cetrulo of Edgewood named to Kentucky Court of Appeals vacancy

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Susanne Mowery Cetrulo of Edgewood has been named by Gov. Andy Beshear to the Kentucky Court of Appeals vacancy left by the resignation of Judge Joy Kramer. Susanne Cetrulo The appointment is in the 6th Appellate District, Division 2, which is composed of the Commonwealth’s 21 northernmost counties. Cetrulo was one of three lawyers, including Kate Molloy of Crescent...

Chamber names Tami Wilson vice president/public affairs, to lead advocacy efforts and strategy

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) has named Tami Wilson its new Vice President of Public Affairs. She will start October 25. “We are pleased to welcome Tami to the NKY Chamber team and excited to have her lead our advocacy efforts on behalf of our membership,” said Brent Cooper, President and CEO of the NKY Chamber. “Her vast experience, extensive network, impressive credentials...

Christopher Mehling, Kenton Family Circuit Judge since 2006, plans to retire in December 2022

Christopher J. Mehling, a Family Circuit Judge in Division 2 of the Kenton Circuit Court, will be retiring at the end of his term December 31, 2022, after having served for 16 years. He is giving plenty of notice, he said in a letter, so that all attorneys who practice family law and live in Kenton County can give thought to whether they are interested in serving. Judge Mehling He first ran for the...

Some relief at the pump as busy summer driving season comes to an end and gas prices edge lower

With the busy summer driving season behind us, motorists are beginning to see some relief at the pump, as the national gas price average dropped by a penny on the week to $3.17. However, recovery from Hurricane Ida, more storms in the forecast and falling gasoline stock levels could slow the downward trend that is typical through the fall. Here in Kentucky, the gas price dropped 4 cents on the week,...

Erlanger incentivizing redevelopment through an enhanced demolition program

The City of Erlanger is enhancing its demolition grant program, an economic development incentive designed to spur redevelopment that is available to property owners for demolishing abandoned or blighted real estate. “We’ve made some changes that will make the demolition grant program a little more accessible to people,” said Erlanger Economic Development Director and Assistant City Administrator...

Kentucky Department of Education offering $100 vaccine incentives to all public school employees

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lawmakers passed a bill banning a statewide mask mandate in schools in favor of leaving the decisions to local districts during the special session that was completed Thursday, but it did not address mandatory vaccination. However, several members of the General Assembly discussed having businesses and other entities establish vaccination incentives, and that is what state...

Thomas More sees record overall enrollment, fourth largest freshman class during 2021 fall semester

As the 2021-22 academic year begins,

‘We will never forget’: Remembering September 11 tragedy; memorials at CVG, World Peace Bell, more

NKY will remember the tragedy of September 11 in various ways on its 20th anniversary. All of us will be remembering where we were when it happened — and all the sad and scary hours to follow. CVG commemorates anniversary To commemorate the anniversary of the attacks, CVG Airport, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration will hold a special program...

Beshear announces record positivity rate for COVID — 14.17%; 4,468 new cases Wednesday and 30 deaths

Kentucky’s testing positive for COVID-19 rose above 14% for the first time Wednesday. Gov. Beshear 
Gov. Andy Beshear announced 4,468 cases of the virus, confirmed 30 more deaths, and said a record number were hospitalized with the coronavirus. The positivity rate was at 14.17%, rising from 13.74% on Tuesday. 
Beshear made his announcement in a short video on social media. 
A total of 2,424...

Sanitation District No. 1 set to begin sanitary, storm sewer project along Memorial Parkway in Ft. Thomas

Sanitation District No. 1 will soon begin a combined sanitary sewer and storm sewer project along Memorial Parkway in Fort Thomas that is part of a long-term sewer overflow elimination plan under its Clean H2O40 amended consent Decree program. The project will upsize about 2,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer pipe and about 1,000 linear feet of stormwater pipe. SD1 moved up the sanitary sewer project...

Beshear says requiring masks at a certain level of infection shouldn’t be difficult, ‘It’s just basic science’

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Requiring masks above a certain level of coronavirus infection shouldn’t be difficult “because it’s just basic science,” Gov. Andy Beshear told a national television audience Sunday morning, alluding to the biggest point of debate in the special legislative session that he has called to begin today. Beshear wants legislators to give him the authority...

Fashionista: Express yourself, make a statement — fashion can define our full, authentic self

By Catrena B. Thomas Inspired Fashion Fashion has always been a way to express yourself individually and collectively. Fashion is a statement of the era; it reflects the thinking of the people during that particular moment in time. I remember back to the 70’s when Black is Beautiful was a new phrase, black women wore their hair natural (which means they didn’t use chemicals to straighten their...

Governor Beshear calls special legislative session for Tuesday to extend COVID-19 state of emergency

As COVID-19 cases increase at the fastest growth rate of the pandemic, straining Kentucky hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday called lawmakers to Frankfort next week to extend the pandemic state of emergency. The state of emergency declaration provides administration and public health officials with the tools and measures needed to slow the spread of the virus and save lives. A state of emergency...