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Kenton County hosting its annual Spring Clean-Up May 2-4; here are places and times

Looking to clean out the house for spring? Kenton County Public Works is hosting its annual Spring Clean-Up May 2nd-4th at Lincoln Ridge Park, Piner Elementary School and the Ryland Heights City Building. Times and accepted items vary by location. This event is intended for private Kenton County residents. You may be asked to show proof of residency. Kenton County Public Works (Lincoln Ridge Park)...

Hebron man charged with DUI, assault, wanton endangerment, in October crash on KY 18

NKyTribune staff A Hebron man has been arrested and charged in relation to a serious accident on Burlington Pike at McGrath Lane in October. Giovanni Lawrence Giovanni, 47, of Oak View Court is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, 1st degree, one count of assault, 2nd degree and operating a motor vehicle under the influence. The accident resulted in injuries to all five occupants in the...

Beyond the Curb back in Cov, offering MainStrasse’s historic homes, artsy lofts, modern apartments

Beyond the Curb is Back in Covington on April 28 with an exclusive showcase of urban living: “the befores, the durings, and the afters.” 808 Willard Where can architecture and history buffs, interior design devotees and fans of urban living all meet together? At the Beyond the Curb Urban Living Tour on Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s spring tour is focused on Covington’s...

KY Supreme Court rules in favor of Frost Brown Todd on Department of Revenue open records case

Kentucky taxpayers now have access to the state’s Department of Revenue (DOR) tax rulings. The case, Department of Revenue v. Mark F. Sommer, was successfully argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court by Frost Brown Todd (FBT) Member Jennifer Barber. The Court ruled that the state Department of Revenue took an “unreasonable and overly broad view” of public records statutes when they refused...

Earth Day is celebrating its 49th year with the theme ‘Protect Our Species’ — and everyone has work to do

Staff report The first Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, activating 20 million Americans from all walks of life and launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.  Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, according to Earth Day Network, mobilizing...

Bellevue High School students give week to ‘Service in Action,’ starting new tradition, winning recognition

By Steve Oldfield Children, Inc. Bellevue High School students finished up a week of service this week by spreading out across their city and cleaning up litter in the rain. Throughout the week, juniors and seniors volunteered at some of Greater Cincinnati’s most well-known charities, from Matthew 25 Ministries to St. Vincent De Paul and the Henry Hosea House in Newport. They also invited the...

Council on Postsecondary Education holds 8th annual Student Success Summit

More than 400 university and college educators and staff attended the Council on Postsecondary Education’s eighth annual Kentucky Student Success Summit this week at the Louisville Marriott East. The summit theme, “Organizing for Student Success,” focuses on the fundamental question: Is Kentucky’s postsecondary system designed for student success? The agenda featured nationally recognized...

Fort Mitchell Fire Department Volunteer Lifetime Member, Gerald ‘Boggie” Bogenschutz dies

Fort Mitchell Fire Department Volunteer Lifetime Member Gerald L. “Boggie” Bogenschutz died today, the City of Fort Mitchell has announced. Bogenschutz joined the Fort Mitchell Fire Department in August of 1968 after serving for a short period of time with the former Winston Park Volunteer Fire Department. Gerald Bogenschutz In 1974, realizing his talents and mechanical abilities, Firefighter...

Jim Beam Bourbon donates $5 million to UK for the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits

Jim Beam® Bourbon will donate $5 million to the University of Kentucky to establish the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The institute will educate the next generation of distillers through a curriculum that covers the skills needed to succeed in the distilled spirits industry at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Seth Debolt, UK horticulture professor, will serve as...

CVG has lowest airfares in region; local passenger traffic continues to set records

The U.S. Department of Transportation released its average airfare ranking report for fourth quarter 2018, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) once again has the lowest airfares in the region. Among the top 100 U.S. domestic airports, CVG ranked #78. The CVG average fare of $334 is seven percent lower than the national average of $359. Below is a summary of the CVG...

KYTC closing Roebling Bridge to vehicular traffic until further notice; fragments fell from north tower

KYTC has advised motorists the John A. Roebling Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning today at 4 p.m. until further notice. The eastbound sidewalk will be closed while the westbound sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians. The closure is safety precaution after sandstone fragments broke from the east side of the north tower yesterday. Closing the Roebling Bridge is necessary to ensure...

Road near Prisoners Lake in Covington’s Devou Park to be closed for about a week

The road that curves around and almost into Prisoners Lake in Covington’s Devou Park will be closed for about a week starting Wednesday. The temporary closure will allow the contractor that is straightening the road, called Prisoner’s Lake Drive, to tie in the new section of the road and pave the whole area, said William Matteoli, Assistant Project Engineer for the City. The closed section...

City of Covington strategic in selling property; new guidelines seek best uses for vacant buildings, land

At last count, the City of Covington owns over 150 parcels of property. This property on Lee Street has been vacant since the City acquired it in 2009. Its sale is pending. (provided photos). They’re of different sizes. They’re spread throughout almost 20 neighborhoods. Their original uses ranged from single-family residential to multi-use commercial. And their current appearance runs the...

KY residents affected by national Salmonella outbreak, public advised to discard pre-cut melons

The Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that 16 Kentuckians have tested positive with a strain of Salmonella Carrau that has been linked by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pre-cut melon including cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew. DPH is advising that the public should discard any pre-cut melon or fruit salads that contain pre-cut melon. Caito Foods from Indianapolis,...

Governor signs into law ban on use of tobacco in all Kentucky public schools and events, effective July 1

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law to ban the use of tobacco products in all Kentucky public schools and events, a policy that has taken several years to pass. It will take effect July 1, 2020. Kim Moser “It’s not only going to help kids become less addicted in the future and improve overall health, but I think it will actually improve the light...