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Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce wins the Gateways for Growth Challenge $25,000 grant

New American Economy (NAE) and Welcoming America have selected the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) to receive a Gateways for Growth award in the third year of the initiative. Launched in December 2015, the Gateways for Growth Challenge is a competitive opportunity for local communities to receive tailored research, direct technical assistance, and matching grants from New American...

This week in the state Capitol: Leadership sworn in, some bills advance, recess until February 5

The excitement of the opening day of a Kentucky General Assembly session was evident amid the packed crowds, broad smiles, and welcoming handshakes throughout the State Capitol.   But the spirit of the first day might have been most clearly revealed in the trembling voices of some new lawmakers the first time they offered public comments in legislative chambers. The mix of nerves, emotion, and deep...

Four bills advance through Senate, one by Sen. Schickel takes power of school councils to hire supt.

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Lawmakers wrapped up the Organizational Session of the 2019 General Assembly on Friday with four bills receiving final passage in the Senate. 
One measure, sponsored by Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, would remove the power of site-based councils to hire principals for their schools, placing it back into the hands of the district’s superintendent,...

National Weather Service: Winter storm in effect late Saturday and Sunday; snow looks certain

The National Weather Service says snow is coming. We already know it’s colder — temperatures were in the mid-to-high 30s during the day Friday and are expected to be below freezing tonight. A Winter Storm warning is in effect from 4 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. Heavy snow is expected with total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches through portions of Southeast Indiana, Northern Kentucky...

Internal Revenue Service workers rally in Covington; call for an end to the government shutdown

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Federal employees from the Internal Revenue Service and their supporters rallied outside of the IRS Center in Covington Thursday. Debbie Mullikin, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Chapter 73, said government employees impacted by the shutdown want to work and need to get paid (photos by Mark Hansel). Debbie Mullikin, president of the...

Grand Jury indicts former meetNKY finance director; efforts underway to recover an estimated $3m-plus

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A Kenton County Grand Jury indicted Bridget Johnson Thursday on charges of theft by unlawful taking of more than $1 million, unlawful access to a computer, and abuse of the public trust of more than $100,000. Johnson Johnson is the former director of finance for meetNKY/Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). She had been there for 20 years...

Union woman killed, two children injured in early-morning accident on Richwood Road in Walton

NKyTribune staff A 45-year-old Union woman was killed in an early-morning, three-vehicle accident in Walton today, according to the Boone Count Sheriff’s office. The woman has been identified as Amy L. Skiba, 45. Next of kin has been notified. Two children from her vehicle and the driver of another vehicle were also injured in the crash that occurred on Richwood Road. The Boone County Sheriff’s...

As the government shutdown drags on, workers at the IRS Center in Covington struggle to stay afloat

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor In our nation’s capital, the government shutdown is about ideological differences over immigration, border security and spending. At this time of year, the Internal Revenue Service Center in Covington should be bustling with activity, but the government shutdown is keeping all but those employees deemed as essential at home. As the shutdown heads into its...

For-profit college settlement with CEC to eliminate $2.3 Million in debt for more than 1,300 Kentuckians

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that for-profit education company Career Education Corp. or CEC has agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices. It also agreed to forgo collecting more than $2.3 million in debts owed by more than 1,300 Kentucky students. The announcement is part of a $498 million national settlement with the Illinois-based CEC and state attorneys general...

Steve Oliverio, Northern Kentucky teacher and coach dies; former member of the Reds organization

Steve J. Oliverio, 57, of Florence, died surrounded by his loving family on Friday, January 4, 2019, at his residence. Oliverio Oliverio graduated from Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, class of 1980, where he was a part of the 1980 state championship baseball team. He attended Cumberland University and the University of South Alabama on a baseball scholarship and was drafted by the Cincinnati...

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham returns to NKY with his ‘Plus Two New Characters’ show at BB&T Arena

Staff Report Comedy superstar, Jeff Dunham, is returning to Northern Kentucky with his cast of characters, PLUS TWO NEW CHARACTERS, to BB&T Arena in Highland Heights on January 13, as America’s favorite ventriloquist tours North America on his Passively Aggressive tour. Vent Haven Museum Dunham is a frequent visitor to NKY, having a deep affection for Vent Haven Museum long before he skyrocketed...

Kenton County Grand Jury indicts former Bromley mayor ‘Donnie’ Jobe on public corruption charges

The Kenton County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against former Bromley mayor Donald Lee Jobe AKA Donnie Jobe. Jobe is charged with Abuse of Public Trust (<$10,000), Tampering With Physical Evidence, four counts of Tampering With Public Records, Theft by Deception (>$500), Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition (>$500), and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (>$500). Jobe Each...

Kenton County replaces monthly clean-up events with voucher program — here’s how it works

The Kenton County monthly clean-up events have been replaced with a voucher program. Beginning this month, unwanted waste can be taken directly to Bavarian Landfill (12764 McCoy Fork Rd., Walton), instead of Kenton County Public Works. The voucher system will allow the community to dispose of waste at Bavarian Landfill, Monday-Saturday, during normal business hours. Kenton County will no longer host...

Alleged trigger man in Covington shooting death Sunday morning identified, warrant issued for arrest

NKyTribune staff A warrant has been issued for Patrick Orlando Blanchard, charging him with murder in the shooting death of Natasha Dawn Henderson. Blanchard Henderson, 35, of Covington,was found dead in the street early Sunday morning. Covington Police, responding to a call, located Henderson’s body at the intersection of West Pike and Main streets shortly after 2:30 a.m. She had succumbed to gunshot...

Search for Union man identified as endangered missing adult has been called off

NKyTribune staff The search for a missing Union man, identified as an “endangered missing adult” has been called off, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s office. Callen Despite a two-day search, involving 50 individuals from several local agencies, Earl “Josh” Callen, 39, has not been located. Callen left his home on Lower River Road Monday, following what was described in a release as...