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UK alum, Cincinnati resident Loren Long’s animated character gets new animated series on Apple TV

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky University of Kentucky art studio alumnus and celebrated illustrator and book author Loren Long is having momentous autumn. Just weeks after the release of the picture book Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, which he illustrated for New York Times bestselling author and presidential inauguration poet Amanda Gorman, the New York Times bestselling illustrator...

First of three St. Vincent de Paul coat distribution events set for Saturday at Newport Primary

St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky will host the first of three planned coat distribution events this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Newport Primary located at 1102 York Street in Newport. All coats distributed have been donated by the community. This year, VonLehman has joined the coat drive effort as one of the corporate sponsors in Northern Kentucky. VonLehman has provided a financial donation...

Kentucky gas prices remain among lowest in nation, and new COVID variant could push prices even lower

The national average price for a gallon of gas dropped slightly last week, while a new COVID variant impacting the price of crude oil could push prices lower yet. Crude oil prices, which have been hovering around $80 a barrel, initially tumbled more than $10 to $68 a barrel on Friday after news of the Omicron COVID-19 variant broke. The price of crude typically accounts for 50-60% of the price at the...

Making the Licking River Blue Water Trail Plan an outdoor recreation, tourism asset: public invited to presentations

Over the past twelve months, Copperhead Environmental Consulting (“Copperhead”) has been analyzing 122 miles of the Licking River, the South Fork of the Licking River, and Stoner Creek, and its adjacent viewshed, from Paris to its junction with the Ohio River for its potential to become an outdoor recreation and tourism asset for the region and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. On Wednesday, December...

Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees to fill Judge Bartlett vacancy on Kenton Circuit bench

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., announced the nominees to fill a judicial vacancy in Kenton County Circuit Court. Kenton makes up the 16th Judicial Circuit and the vacancy is in the circuit’s Division 3. The judicial seat will become vacant when Judge Gregory M. Bartlett retires Dec. 31. The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Aaron...

Somerset-based National Guard, ‘Mountain Warriors,’ get first deployment after more than 10 years

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today About 350 members of a Kentucky Army National Guard unit will be heading overseas where they will be participating in two separate missions with their counterparts from Virginia.    Kentucky National Guard senior leaders joined family and friends at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington over the weekend to honor approximately 150 soldiers of Somerset-based Bravo Company, 1st...

Study says Kentucky’s highway system ranks 4th nationally in road condition, cost effectiveness

Kentucky’s highway system ranks 4th in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway Report published by Reason Foundation. The state’s excellent rural and urban arterial road quality contributes to Kentucky’s top 5 placement in the Annual Highway Report, which ranks every state highway system in 13 categories. In safety and performance categories, Kentucky...

Road report: KYTC District 6 road work in the area this week; beware of closures, delays; drive carefully

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 would like the public to be aware of the following conditions and/or operations that are being reported for highways in District Six. Motorists should be aware of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects: BOONE COUNTY     • KY 3159 (Ted Bushelman Blvd.) 0 – 0.6 mile-marker – A widening and road improvement project on...

Despite tight supply, high demand, crude oil price fluctuations cause stabilization at the pump

Since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has decreased by a penny to $3.39. According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks declined slightly by 600,000 barrels to 211.4 million barrels last week. On the other hand, gasoline demand increased from 9.24 million barrels per day to 9.33 million. Typically, growing demand...

SOS Adams continues to clean up voter roles, more voters removed than added; Republicans gain voters

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced that, for the sixth month this year, more voters were removed from Kentucky’s voter rolls than were added. Michael Adams In October, 6,968 new voters registered, and 7,146 were removed – 5,908 deceased voters, 873 felony convicts, 314 who moved out of state, 26 who voluntarily de-registered, 24 who were adjudged incompetent, and 1 duplicate registration. “Ensuring...

KY Association of Counties presents Rep. Sal Santoro a 2021 County Advocate award

Representative Sal Santoro has been presented a 2021 County Advocate award by the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo).  Rep. Santoro, who represents a portion of Boone County and has served in the legislature since 2007, was selected as a recipient for his steadfast efforts to strengthen counties across Kentucky, which were vital in moving the state forward. Rep. Santoro with KACo Director of...

Newport Racing & Gaming to celebrate opening of newly expanded entertainment venue today

Newport Racing & Gaming has announced plans to unveil the facility’s newly-expanded gaming floor today. The historical racing machine (“HRM”) entertainment venue, owned and operated by Churchill Downs Incorporated, opened in the Newport Shopping Center off Interstate 471 in October 2020, introducing a gaming floor and horse racing simulcast area to Newport. (Photo from Newport Racing...

Bircus Brewing celebrates SBDC Pacesetter Award, anniversaries with music, dancing, circus Weds.

Bircus Brewing Co. Cincy Brass Band, Circus Mojo will celebrate its SBDC Pacesetter Award, four years of beer-making and 12 years of ‘Destination Creation’ in Ludlow on Wednesday at the Historic Ludlow Theatre. All are welcome to join in the fun — music, dancing, circus acts, and pizza all day, noon-midnight. Come celebrate Bircus Brewing Co.’s SBDC Pacesetter Award, 4 years...

Burlington woman celebrating early holiday surprise with $100,000 Kentucky Lottery scratch off win

A Burlington woman (who wishes to remain anonymous) was pleasantly surprised after she recently bought a Kentucky Lottery Scratch-off ticket – and won $100,000. She bought the $30 Gold Rush ticket at JD’s Food Mart on Burlington Pike in Burlington after cashing in a previous winning ticket. While scratching off the ticket at home, she matched the number 42 on the second to the last row. The game’s...

‘Idea whose time has come’: Add KTDF supplements to claiming races; makes the sport stronger

By Jennie Rees HBPA Kentucky Expanding purse supplements for Kentucky-breds to include claiming races would shore up the state’s year-round horse-racing circuit, keeping horses and jobs in Kentucky, the leading horsemen’s association told a legislative committee Friday. Rick Hiles, president of the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (KHBPA), said that while Kentucky’s...