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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...

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...

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...

Road report: KYTC District 6 update on this week’s construction projects; be alert to delays, closures

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports active highway projects this week and advises motorists to be aware of possible delays and closures. BOONE – KENTON COUNTIES    • KY 536 (Mt. Zion Road) Corridor 13.2 – 14.7/ 0 – 1 mile-marker – The road is being widened from two to four lanes between U.S. 25 (Dixie Highway) and KY 1303 (Turkeyfoot Road).   Two roundabouts...

Update on current filings for elections involving NKY’s Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties; filing deadline is Jan. 25

Staff report Filing deadline to run in the May primary has been extended to January 25. As some redistricting maps involving the state House and the U.S. Senate are currently included in a lawsuit filed in Franklin Circuit Court, there have been some suggestions that the filing deadline, as well as the May primary election might be moved but nothing has yet happened in that regard. The Kenton County...

Briefs: Halbauer to TMU board, Leadership KY leaders, 67th District house, pardoned killer in prison

Halbauer to join Thomas More University board Kimberly Halbauer named to Thomas More University board Kim Halbauer Fifth Third Bank’s Kentucky regional president, Kimberly Halbauer, has been named to the board of Thomas More University. She begins here work as a trustee in June 2022. Halbauer is a graduate of Thomas More, earning a degree in finance and business. She also completed the Yale...

House, Senate override Gov. Beshear’s vetoes on redistricting, lawsuit follows in Franklin Circuit Court

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The House and Senate overrode Gov. Andy Beshear’s vetoes of the legislative and Congressional redistricting bills on Thursday, prompting a lawsuit to be filed by Franklin County residents and the Kentucky Democratic Party, challenging the plans’ constitutionality. The House overrode the redistricting plan for that chamber 69-23, with Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Eastwood, the...

NKY Tri-ED releases 2021 results — 27 companies with 1,851 jobs, $255M in capital investments

The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) announced its 2021 economic development results, which surpassed the goals set by the company. Tri-ED supported a diverse group of 27 companies with expansions or new location announcements with 1,851 jobs and $255M in capital investment in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties. Advanced manufacturers represented 56 percent...

Kentucky PGA releases 2022 tournament schedule; season begins April 4-5 at Belterra Golf Club

The Kentucky PGA Section’s has released the schedule for the upcoming 2022 tournament season. This year’s events feature some traditional tournaments and venues while also welcoming exciting facilities to the event slate that have not been seen in several years. Among them, The Club at Olde Stone and Keene Trace Golf Club. The season will begin at Belterra Golf Club in Florence, Indiana for the...

Briefs: KY woman commands ‘Old Ironsides,’ Rose the penquin, Chamber in Frankfort, equality ranking

Kentucky woman commands ‘Old Ironsides’ Paducah native Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell will become the first woman to lead the crew of the 224-year-old warship, popularly known as Old Ironsides, this week, the U.S. Navy announced. Cmdr. Farrell Farrell will take over the U.S.S. Constitution from Cmdr. John Benda this week. Farrell is a 2004 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and most recently served...

Road report: KYTC District 6 gives heads up on week’s highway projects, beware of delays, closures

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 asks the public to be aware of the following conditions and/or operations being reported for highways in District Six. Motorists should be aware of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects: BOONE – KENTON COUNTIES    • KY 536 (Mt. Zion Road) Corridor 13.2 – 14.7/ 0 – 1 mile-marker – The road is being widened from...

NKY’s Adam Koenig aims to look out for horse racing’s bettors — seeks to eliminate ‘breakage’

By Jennie Rees Kentucky Racing Spotlight Kentucky State Representative Adam Koenig is taking up the banner for the most-neglected component of horse racing: the bettors. Koenig, of Northern Kentucky, is co-chair, with Sen. Damon Thayer, of the Pari-Mutuel Wagering Taxation Task Force appointed to review taxation policies on gambling on the Commonwealth’s horse-racing products. Koenig said on Kentucky...

‘To preserve opportunity to run’ attorney Ben Dusing has filed for Kenton County Family Court Judge

Staff report Controversial attorney Ben Dusing said in one of his Facebook videos that he intended to file to run for Kenton County Family Court Judge, Division 2, to “preserve the opportunity to run” — and he has now officially filed, according to records on the Secretary of State’s “candidate filings” website. Ben Dusing, from the video Dusing has earned a reputation...

Gov. Andy Beshear’s budget address: ‘Our Future is Now’ — makes record investments for schools, jobs

Gov. Andy Beshear delivered his budget address, calling on state lawmakers to make record investments to build a world-class education system, grow the jobs of the future and turn two years of progress into 20 years of prosperity. “My budget is titled: Our Future Is Now. Because now is when we must make bold investments,” said Gov. Beshear. “Now is our chance to move our state forward: not right,...