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Salyers Group, vR Group, City of Covington announce $22.5M project revitalizing historic YMCA

NKyTribune staff Two historic buildings on one of Covington’s most visible intersections will be developed by the same people who created Hotel Covington. After several weeks of buildup, the City of Covington, Salyers Group, and vR Group today announced a $22.5 million-plus renovation and re-imagining of the former YMCA building and Gateway Bookstore at the corner of Madison Avenue and Pike Street. The...

Live racing returns to Churchill Downs Inc.’s Turfway Park in Florence tonight; see Battaglia’s picks

NKyTribune staff Live Racing returns to Northern Kentucky tonight at Turfway Park with the traditional Holiday Meet and there have been some big changes since horses last broke from the gate in Florence. A rendering of the new Turfway Facility. Construction is expected to begin at the conclusion of the 2020 Winter/Spring meet (provided images, click to enlarge). Most notably, Churchill Downs Inc....

Friends, colleagues, public invited to celebrate the life of NKyTribune’s Gene Clabes who died Friday

A celebration of life reception will be held Saturday for NKyTribune Associate Editor and founder Gene Clabes who died Friday. “We promised Gene a party, so here it is,” said Judy Clabes, editor of the NKyTribune and his wife of 54 years. “His is an accomplished and purposeful life that deserves a celebration.” The event will be held on Saturday, 3-8 p.m., at Newcomer, 4350 Dixie Highway, Erlanger....

NKyTribune chosen by Report for America to receive partial funding for new reporter focused on health

Report for America announced that it will field 250 emerging journalists in 164 host news organizations to serve local communities across 46 states in the coming year. The Northern Kentucky Tribune is one of the news organizations chosen to participate in the project, which means a grant that will cover part of the cost of the reporter. The NKyTribune will have to raise the funds required for a match. The...

NKY Chamber of Commerce Government Forum focuses on concerns about vaping epidemic

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Government Forum November 25, to discuss concerns over the increased use of vaping devices in the region. Vaping Epidemic in Northern Kentucky: Facts and Solutions, brought together a panel of experts for a discussion on the use of vaping devices and e-cigarettes in the region. The NKyChamber Government...

Four decades of public safety dedication retires in Covington; big shoes to fill in Fire, Police Depts

In an evening filled with effusive praise and sincere gratitude, the City of Covington said “good-bye” Tuesday to two of its highest-ranking and longest-serving public safety officers Tuesday. Assistant Chiefs Brian Steffen and Chris Kiely are retiring, Steffen after more than 21 years with the Police Department and Kiely after 23 years with the Fire Department. Adorned in their dress uniforms,...

Journalist and entrepreneur Gene Clabes, 74, dies after extended illness, a beloved family man

Gene Clabes, 74, community journalist, editor, horseman and entrepreneur, died Friday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital-Edgewood, after a battle with heart and kidney disease, surrounded by his loving family. Gene Clabes Clabes, a founder of the NKyTribune and a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Clabes, and his two sons, Joseph...

Governor-elect Andy Beshear releases schedule of December 10 Inauguration Day festivities

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Governor-elect Andy Beshear and future first lady Britainy Beshear have announced the schedule of events for Inauguration Day on Dec. 10. “This is a time for all Kentuckians to come together as one team, Team Kentucky,” said Mrs. Beshear at a press conference at the Capitol. “It’s about the Commonwealth and the common good, the goals that we all share.” The governor-elect...

Northern Kentucky Young Professionals host holiday party at Braxton Barrel House Dec. 5, will help DCCH

The Northern Kentucky Young Professionals (NKYP) group is hosting its second annual holiday party on Thursday, December 5 at the new Braxton Barrel House in Ft. Mitchell (5 Orphanage Road, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017). The mission of Northern Kentucky Young Professionals (NKYP) is to encourage young leaders who embrace the principles of meaningful participation, effective citizenship and extraordinary...

Former Ryland Heights Mayor ‘Bob’ Miller dies at 80, services Friday in Latonia

James Robert “Bob” Miller Sr, age 80, of Ryland Heights, passed away on Sunday, November 24 at his home. Miller He was a retired welder for General Electric in Evendale. He was the former mayor for over 25 years and had many accomplishments for the City of Ryland Heights. He was an elder at Banklick Christian Church and led many community fishing tournaments. Bob was a member of the Masonic 746...

Wessels family donates 11 acres near existing biking and hiking trails in Devou Park to City of Fort Wright

The family of Ben and Agnes Wessels, through its real-estate development company, has donated more than 11 acres of pristine land on Sleepy Hollow Road, adjacent to  Devou Park, to the City of Fort Wright. Map of the property donated by the Wessels family to the City of Fort Wright The Fort Wright City Council recently approved acceptance of the gift from the Wessels Construction & Development...

The Christ Hospital will not build on Drawbridge site, will expand in Ft. Wright, consider other options

The Christ Hospital Health Network will not move forward with construction at the former Drawbridge Inn site in Ft. Mitchell, KY. After careful consideration and planning, The Christ Hospital will instead look to expand already existing services in Ft. Wright and potential other sites in Northern Kentucky. In June 2017, the Kentucky Office of Health Policy approved The Christ Hospital’s Certificate...

Allegiant starts new nonstop service from CVG to West Palm Beach with special introductory fares

Allegiant started service this week from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to West Palm Beach, Florida. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $43. “We’re excited to add another sensational destination to our service in Cincinnati with this new service Palm Beach International,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning...

AAA: From road trip to air travel (and all in between), it’s going to be a busy holiday weekend; be careful

AAA News Travel is a top priority this Thanksgiving for many Americans, as a growing number are expected to kick off the holiday season with a road trip or air travel. “AAA estimates more than 55 million will travel— a 2.9 percent increase over 2018. Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people will travel compared to last year,” says Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs...

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety reminds Thanksgiving travelers to buckle up, put phone down

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is sending Thanksgiving travelers important lifesaving reminders – buckle up and put the phone down. “The upcoming holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, so we’re extending our current ‘Buckle Up Phone Down’ campaign through Thanksgiving,” said KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula....