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meetNKY starts destination assessment and strategic planning process as recovery continues in the region

As the Northern Kentucky tourism industry continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the destination marketing organization for the three NKY counties, meetNKY, is kicking off a destination assessment and strategic planning process to keep the destination growing as the recovery continues in the region. A new request for proposal is being issued by meetNKY for a vendor to complete the destination...

KY Board of Education approves budget that includes full-day kindergarten, buses, mental health and more

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) approved the 2022-2024 biennial budget requests put forward by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) during its regular meeting Tuesday. KDE Associate Commissioner Robin Kinney and KDE Division Director Karen Wirth of the Office of Finance and Operations discussed proposed additional budget requests (ABRs). The KBE reviews all formal budgetary requests before...

NKY Chamber to address region’s workforce challenges, opportunities at Oct. 19 Eggs ‘N Issues

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host Eggs ‘N Issues: Solving the Workforce Puzzle from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center at 1379 Donaldson Road in Erlanger. Workforce challenges and opportunities in Northern Kentucky will be the focus for this important discussion. A panel of experts will discuss talent attraction and retention strategies...

Gateway CTC celebrating National Arts, Humanities month — join in a contest by creating a video

Gateway Community & Technical College joins thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month in October. To celebrate, Gateway invites students, employees, and community stakeholders to create a film or video (seven minutes or less in length) that focuses on the importance of arts and humanities. Video submissions are due by Oct....

Road report: KYTC District 6 reports road work this week — be alert for delays and closures

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports the following conditions and/or operations that could cause possible delays or lane closures: KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY – HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO • Brent Spence Bridge – I-71/75 Southbound/Northbound (191.3 – 191.8 mile-marker) –  A routine maintenance project to clean and paint the Brent Spence Bridge is underway. The project...

Andy Beshear announces his intent to seek reelection to second term in 2023

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Friday he will be seeking reelection to a second term as Kentucky’s chief executive in 2023. 
In a short post on his personal Facebook page, Beshear said, “Today, I filed the initial paperwork to run for re-election for governor of Kentucky. There are so many challenges facing our Commonwealth. Kentuckians are counting on me to deliver,...

Governor shares Rep. McDaniel’s concerns about $15 million state spent on Unity Aluminum project

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear says he shares the same concerns as lawmakers about the $15 million Kentucky spent to help build a $1.7 billion aluminum mill in northeast Kentucky four years ago—the one that has yet to be built. Unity Aluminum, formerly Braidy Industries, received the funding at the behest of then-Gov. Matt Bevin during the last day of the 2017 session of the Kentucky...

Branding, marketing firm DeanHouston+ latest to relocate global headquarters to Covington

Create Class A office space. Tap The Cov’s “eccentric vibe” to recruit Creative Design firms. These are two of the recommendations in a citywide plan written two years ago to bring singular focus to Covington’s economic development efforts that have intersected in a large-scale announcement: DeanHouston+ — one of Greater Cincinnati’s oldest and largest integrated branding and marketing...

Tickets available for Friday event for first responders, spouses to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress

Tickets remain available for a “couples event” Friday – including dinner, entertainment, and educational presentations – designed to build awareness about post-traumatic stress for both First Responders and their spouses. Unfortunately, event organizer Jo Terry recently received yet another brutal reminder about the urgent need for that awareness. It came via a phone call from the wife of a...

Cynthia Villacis of Florence named Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians’ Citizen Doctor of Year

Cynthia Villacis, MD, of Florence, was the recipient of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians highest award – Citizen Doctor of the Year for 2021. Dr. Villacis received the award at the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) Annual Scientific Assembly in Bowling Green. Dr. Cynthia Villacis, Citizen Doctor of the Year The Citizen Doctor of the Year Award honors an outstanding, community-minded...

AOC consultants stepped in to help with serious backlog at Kenton County Circuit Clerk’s office

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor A mass exodus of key staff in the Kenton County Circuit Court Clerk’s office over the last few months further stressed a system already near a breaking point. The office got so backed up on its work that the Administrative Office of the Court sent in five consultants for a month, at the request of Clerk John Middleton, to help clean up the backlog. The AOC reported...

Ten thousand more voters dropped from the rolls — because they died; promised cleanup continues

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that, in August, 11,835 voters were removed from Kentucky’s voter rolls, including 10,693 deceased voters. This was made possible by matching state records against federal Social Security records. “I’m proud that Kentuckians have confidence in our election officials and our election process,” Adams said. “They can rest assured that we act vigorously...

NKY partners ready to welcome Afghan evacuees to community; KRM reopens Covington office

Northern Kentucky organizations continue to prioritize making the region a welcoming and inclusive place by supporting neighbors of all backgrounds. Afghan evacuees will be joining the NKY community in the coming weeks, and a coalition of Northern Kentucky partners will welcome the displaced refugees to the region as part of the Afghan Evacuee Welcoming Plan for NKY. Click image to see the plan The...

Peace, bricks and happiness: Lego artist Rodney Dicus on BCM’s NKY History Hour

By day, Rodney Dicus is a firefighter and paramedic with the Burlington fire department. By night (and weekends), he plays with blocks. Dicus is the founder and president of OKILUG (the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana LEGO User’s Group), a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and constructing sculptures, buildings, creatures and other imaginative creations from the tiny, multicolored plastic...

The Carnegie’s Suits That Rock fundraiser returns live Oct. 9 at Covington Plaza Outdoor Amphitheatre

There’s nothing quite like a great concert. And The Carnegie is inviting the public to “Get Back” to enjoying the musical extravaganza that is Suits That Rock on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Covington Plaza Outdoor Amphitheater. Tickets are $70 and are on sale now. Greg Shumate and Tim Schigel perform at 2019 Suits That Rock. (Photo from The Carnegie) A local music tradition, now entering...