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Briefs: Mann’s Crigger gets KASA award; Knipper, Foree to state boards; DBL lawyers recognized

Mann Elementary Principal Connie Crigger was selected as Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.  She was presented with an award at KASA’s 50th Annual Leadership Institute this summer.   Connie Crigler This award represents the highest honor KASA bestows on practicing administrators, recognizing outstanding leadership, significant contributions to the...

Amsterdam Road in Covington closed due to mudslide, crews working to clear it, detour set up

Amsterdam Road in Covington is closed while City of Covington Public Works crews clean up a mudslide. A Covington Public Works crew worked furiously this morning to clear Amsterdam Road.  Public Works Director Rick Davis said the heavy rain overnight saturated the ground, and a large pile of dirt with weeds and brush slid onto the northbound lane of the road near Montague Road. “Our guys have...

Money, rings stolen from St. Walburg Monastery while sisters are making funeral arrangements

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor St. Walburg Monastery in Villa Hills was burglarized last week as the Sisters of St. Benedict were making funeral arrangements for a member of the order. Sister Aileen Bankemper, prioress at St. Walburg Monastery, said in an email that in addition to a large sum of cash, more than 125 rings, covering a history of more than 150 years, were stolen. Sr. Aileen...

Section of Donaldson Highway to be named in honor of businessman, developer, H. Gordon Martin

A special sign dedication ceremony will take place on Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. at the Boone County Administration Building to honor the memory of H. Gordon Martin. H. Gordon Martin A section of Donaldson Highway will be dedicated as the H. Gordon Martin Memorial Highway. Martin passed away in 2002. Martin was a businessman, developer, and a pioneer in Northern Kentucky. He was the founding member and past...

News Briefs: Rudler named top accounting firm, Hermes on bees, successful National Night Out

Rudler, PSC has been named one of the 2018 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For. Rudler is the only accounting firm in Kentucky and one of only two in Greater Cincinnati to receive the accolade. The firm made the list in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. The Rudler team. “It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the best firms to work for in the Nation,” said Alex Weidner, president...

Law enforcement agencies join forces on Operation Back to School to check compliance of sex offenders

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Law enforcement officials from throughout the region came together in Erlanger Tuesday morning to help ensure Northern Kentucky’s children have a safer path to school. Erlanger Police Officer Justin Auton (foreground) and Kenny Vanover, sex offender investigation coordinator for the U.S. Marshal’s office, brief law investigators as they prepare to engage...

Mike Sipple to receive inaugural Horizon Award from Horizon Community Funds at Chamber dinner

A new award presented by the Horizon Community Funds will be presented to Mike Sipple Jr. of Centennial & Talent Magnet Institute at the annual dinner of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 20. The Horizon Award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of an individual who exemplifies dedication, integrity, and honorable service to Northern Kentucky through community leadership....

‘Jimmy’ Gilliece, former Chez Nora restaurant owner, died in his sleep on Saturday in his home

Jim (Jimmy) Gilliece, former owner of Chez Nora restaurant in Mainstrasse, died on Saturday at his home. He passed away in his sleep. The popular Gilliece also performed as a comedian. He studied drama at Thomas More College, went to Covington Latin School and lived in Ludlow. He celebrated his 61st birthday on June 10. He was born in 1957. After closing Chez Nora four years ago, Gilliece was guest...

Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions brings high quality, low cost to Northern Kentucky

Sponsored content for the NKyTribune In 1983, while analyzing trends in the annual survey of funeral prices, produced by the National Funeral Directors Association, fourth-generation funeral director Ren Newcomer made a shocking realization — there was not a single year in which prices decreased. Regardless the decade or state of the economy, funeral costs were always on the rise. Newcomer couldn’t...

Supreme Court this week: To hear pension bill in Sept.; reverses L’ville election; hears right to work

Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court acted quickly Friday to accept the direct appeal of a Franklin Circuit Court ruling on the public pension reform bill passed by the 2018 General Assembly and scheduled the case to be heard in September. 
Earlier in the day, Gov. Matt Bevin’s general counsel filed a notice of appeal of a ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd that declared the...

United Way President Michael Johnson taking new approach to annual campaign launch: a 10-stop tour

United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s new President and CEO Michael Johnson is going out into the community to launch United Way’s annual fall campaign with a new series of events aimed at raising the awareness of poverty’s impact on our region. Replacing the traditional one-day kickoff event, these “Community United” events include an initial 10-stop tour to communities in each of the 10 counties...

Briefs: Grayson gets Pioneer Award, craft beer brewers honor Schickel, local sailor recognized

Kenton County Fiscal Court recognized one of the 2018 Pioneer Award honorees, Mer Grayson, who received a proclamation for his outstanding community leadership and service. Mer Grayson The Kenton County Pioneer Award honors living residents of Kenton County who have a record of outstanding service to the community and exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity. Grayson served as President...

Tobergte looks back on string of successes, few regrets, in nearly three decades at NKY Tri-ED

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The announcement last month that Dan Tobergte would step down Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) came as something of a surprise. Tobergte Tobergte had held a prominent position at Northern Kentucky’s economic development engine for nearly three decades prior to officially stepping down August 2. Northern Kentucky secured...

Jug Handle project designed to alleviate congestion to begin at U.S. 42/ KY 842 in Boone County

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced a start date for construction  on Northern Kentucky’s first jug handle project. U.S. 42 and KY 842 “jug handle” project. Click to enlarge The upgrade is designed to improve traffic flow and alleviate congestion at the intersection of U.S. 42 and KY 842 (Weaver Road and Hopeful Church Road) in Florence. Work will start the week...

NASCAR CEO Brian France on leave of absence after arrest for DWI, possession of controlled substance

NKyTribune staff NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France  will take an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest in New York Sunday evening. France was arrested  in the Hamptons for aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone). France (provided photo) France, 56, was arrested at 7:30 p.m. He was arraigned Monday and released. Information regarding...