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Christina Roybal named new vice president and director of athletics for Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University announces that Christina Roybal has been selected as the university’s next vice president and director of athletics, effective July 1. Roybal succeeds Ken Bothof, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Roybal comes to NKU from the University of Northern Iowa, where she has served as senior associate athletic director for sports administration since 2016. She...

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce names winners of annual Business Impact Awards

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) has announced the winners of the annual Business Impact Awards. The winners were announced at an event at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The NKY Chamber recognized local business leaders and innovators – small and large, new and long-standing – that positively impacted the Northern Kentucky Metro throughout the past year through...

Square1’s NEXT High School Pitch event selects three top teams who win TMU scholarships

Square1 held its annual NEXT High School Final Pitch Event, providing opportunities for additional coaching, prizes, and startup support to participating students. Three teams of stand-out students were selected by a panel of judges for top honors in the competition and as a result receive scholarships to Thomas More University, including first-place, full-tuition scholarships, second-place $25,000...

Gannett/Gatehouse closing four weekly Recorder newspapers in Northern Kentucky at end of May

Kentucky Press Association Four weekly newspapers in Northern Kentucky will be closing at the end of May. The Boone Recorder, Campbell County Recorder, Kenton Recorder and Campbell Recorder will no longer be printed after this month. The closures are part of moves made by parent company Gannett that affect papers in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. All four are weekly newspapers. Photo provided...

Ben Dusing returning home after spending a second tour at the Polish refugee camp at Ukrainian border

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Ben Dusing is returning home from a second, extended trip to Medyka, Poland, at the border crossing from war-torn Ukraine, having immersed himself in humanitarian work with thousands of refugees who have fled Putin-directed atrocities in their country. Dusing reconnected with a group of volunteers from his first trip to the refugee camp, electing to trade the chaos...

Country Music mourns death of Kentuckian Naomi Judd, 76; was to be inducted into Hall of Fame today

The country music community was rocked Saturday with the news of the sudden passing of country music giant and Kentucky native Naomi Judd 76. She was the mother of Wynonna Judd and actor Ashley Judd. From the Appalachian foothills of Ashland, mother and daughter (Wynonna) duo, The Judds, were first discovered by RCA label head Joe Galante in 1983 after landing a spot on WSM-TV’s ‘The Ralph...

Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously dismisses legal challenge to Marsy’s Law, favored by voters

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In a unanimous opinion, the Kentucky Supreme Court has dismissed a legal challenge to Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment on crime victim rights, which won voter approval in 2020. This was the second time the issue came before the high court. In 2018, the General Assembly proposed, and Kentucky voters ratified, Marsy’s Law. Supreme Court Justices However, the justices...

Sec. of State Michael Adams sums up voter access, election security efforts, asks for poll worker sign ups

The 2022 General Assembly was another great session for Kentucky voters, said Secretary of State Michael Adams, citing House Bill 564 and Senate Bill 216 passed with bipartisan support, and House Bill 1, the state budget. Secretary of State Michael Adams Together, these will improve both voter access and election security, he said. House Bill 564 • Clarifies early voting locations must be open for...

Supreme Court suspends former Kenton Family Court Judge Dawn Gentry from practice of law

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Dawn Michelle Gentry has agreed to a four-year suspension from the practice of law, as has the Kentucky Bar Association. The opinion signed by Supreme Court Justice John Minton was released today. Dawn Gentry (file photo) Gentry, who was removed from her Kenton County Family Court judgeship after a lengthy hearing by the Judicial Conduct Commission, has also now been...

City of Dayton removes 23 properties near Industrial Park from industrial zone to residential zone

The Dayton City Council has approved changing the zoning designation of 23 properties located along Fourth Avenue from the Industrial One (I-1) Zone to the Residential One JJ (R-1JJ) Zone and also updated the zoning text for the industrial zone to make it more relevant for current industrial and technology uses. These 23 properties originally were zoned for industrial use with the expectation that...

Governor comes to NKY to present $406,000 for three Campbell County outdoor recreational spaces

Gov. Andy Beshear awarded $406,000 in Campbell County for three projects improving outdoor infrastructure and recreational spaces at the Purple People Bridge, Newport Festival Park and Alexandria Community Park. “Kentucky families deserve safe and fun outdoor spaces where they can stay healthy, get fresh air and spend time with their loved ones,” Gov. Beshear said. “As a dad – and as Governor...

Meet the Outstanding Women of NKY honorees to be celebrated at awards luncheon on May 17

On Tuesday, May 17, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative will recognize its 2022 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees with a luncheon celebration. The awards were established in 1984 by the late Nancy Janes Boothe to honor women who exemplify notable achievement, outstanding service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community, and the qualities of...

U.S. Customs seizes record shipments of counterfeit items, illicit drugs in regional ports over six months

The Area Port of Cleveland oversees major express consignment operations (ECO) in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Louisville. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers that work in these facilities seize illegal shipments nightly that are heading to every community in the U.S. and could harm our economy, our agricultural industry ,or cause death. CBP officers continue to be the first line of...

Report: Hotels projected to end 2022 down $20 billion in business travel revenue; leisure travel rebounding

According to a new report released by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, U.S. hotel business travel revenue is projected to be 23% below pre-COVID-19-pandemic levels in 2022, ending the year down more than $20 billion compared to 2019. This comes after hotels lost an estimated $108 billion in business travel revenue during 2020 and 2021 combined. The study was released by the AHLA and performed...

Four NKY cities to receive part of $4.2 million in state funding for parks and recreation projects across Ky.

Recognizing the mental and physical health benefits of time spent outside, Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday announced 41 projects that will enhance accessibility and upgrade parks and recreation spaces throughout the commonwealth. More than $4.2 million from the federally funded Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been allotted to communities across Kentucky for a wide variety of outdoor, health-related...