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Buddy Waite, 91, looks back on a life of service; his fondest memories are terms as Ludlow’s mayor

By Andy Furman NKyTribune Reporter Could he? Would he? Buddy Waite served as Mayor of Ludlow not once — but twice – 1966 and again in 1974. In fact, when you talk about the city of Ludlow, it’s just about impossible not to mention Buddy Waite. Born in Covington, Waite played four years of both football and basketball at Ludlow High School – 1946-49. “I started as a halfback for three years,”...

Newlyweds find old family photo album in rafters of new home — want to solve the mystery of its owners

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter If people are asked, what would you try to save out of your house in event of fire or flood or tornado? Besides the lives of your family, including all of the family pets, what would be the most precious item to grab before running out the door? Mihali and Kate Sevastakis hold the album they found in the rafters of their garage. (Photos by Patricia Scheyer/NKyTribune) The...

Cherry Hill subdivision residents, Erlanger council tackle problem of semi-trucks in subdivision

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Late last year Erlanger City Council decided to form a task force committee to tackle the problem of tractor trailer semi-trucks which are being directed to go through the Cherry Hill subdivision in Erlanger to get to the Erlanger Commerce Center. Signs prohibiting trucks have been posted on Queensway Drive but Boone County plans to put lane dividers on Donald...

12 Republican candidates — but not former Gov. Bevin — seek to oust Democratic Gov. Beshear

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter The field of candidates is set for this year’s race for governor of Kentucky – and former Gov. Matt Bevin is not in it. The field includes twelve Republicans and three Democrats, including Gov. Andy Beshear, who is seeking his second consecutive four-year term. Friday was the filing deadline to enter the gubernatorial contest and the most intrigue was created...

House supermajority passes priority legislation reducing state income tax to four percent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation that would reduce the state’s income tax by one-half percent has become the first measure to clear the Kentucky House during the 2023 regular session of the General Assembly. The measure, designated House Bill 1 to show its priority by the Republican supermajority, follows legislation approved last year that cut the rate from 5% to 4.5%. HB 1 drops the rate...

President Biden speaks on Covington riverfront in view of Brent Spence Bridge, praises bipartisan effort

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter President Joe Biden visited Covington Wednesday, the first president to make Covington a destination visit since Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited the Latonia Race Course in 1938. Biden immediately reminded everyone about the $1.635 billion in federal funds that has been earmarked for a replacement bridge across the river, and an extensive repair of the current...

State General Assembly convenes — swearing in of new/re-elected members, electing top leaders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly convened its 2023 regular session on Tuesday, with the swearing in of newly elected and re-elected members, as well as the election of leadership for both the House and Senate, the top items in both chambers. House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers Ninety-nine of the 100 House members elected in November, including 31...

NKY to welcome President Joe Biden, Sen. Mitch McConnell to celebrate Brent Spence Bridge funding

Staff report When President Joe Biden and Senator Mitch McConnell make a rare joint appearance in Covington on Wednesday they will be welcomed by a grateful community eager to say thanks for the nearly $1.6 billion in infrastructure spending lawmakers approved on a bipartisan basis to help build an addition to the overworked Brent Spence Bridge. The bridge is a heavily used freight route linking the...

HOMEARAMA Urban Edition ’23 in Newport’s Martin’s Gate features nine new homes in variety of styles

Homearama® “Urban Edition 2023” will be coming to Newport in June. Mark your calendars. For the first time Homearama will be held in Northern Kentucky, with the luxury home show coming to Newport’s Martin’s Gate. The Greater Cincinnati region’s two chapters of the National Association of Home Builders are working together with local residential developers on a new home show in Northern...

Kentucky Public Pension Authority releases annual financial statement showing improvement in status

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite losses in investments on Wall Street, the Kentucky Public Pension Authority (KPPA) released its annual financial statement showing improvement in the funded status of the state’s 10 pension systems that serve more than 300,000 employees and retirees in the state. Record investment returns in Fiscal Year 2021 gave way to negative returns across the board in FY 2022,...

Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky suffers damage to admin. building due to water pipe rupture

During the Christmas Holiday weekend of December 24-25, 2022, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky/CHNK Behavioral Health suffered serious property damage in the historic administration building at the main campus due to a ruptured water pipe. The pipe ruptured as a result of record-setting subzero windchills and blizzard-condition winds approaching 50 mph experienced throughout the region for multiple...

Brent Spence Bridge project awarded more than $1.6 billion, given green light to proceed to construction

The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project has been awarded federal funding grants worth more than $1.6 billion, giving the landmark bridge and corridor project the green light to move toward construction. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the announcement Thursday. “The time has finally come for us to get the companion bridge built,”...

Stay connected to the General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session — here are helpful links

The Kentucky General Assembly will kick off the 2023 legislative session on January 3, and Kentuckians have many ways to follow along with the action. Kentuckians can use online resources to:   • See the General Assembly’s daily schedule • Tune in to live coverage of legislative meetings • Find information on their legislators • Contact lawmakers and offer feedback • Read bills and resolutions •...

End of ’22 marks best two-year period for private-sector investment, job creation in state history

Gov. Andy Beshear announced this year’s books have officially closed on another successful year of economic growth in Kentucky, concluding the best two-year period for announced private-sector investment and job creation in state history. This year, 248 private-sector new-location and expansion projects committed to invest nearly $10.5 billion and create 16,000 full-time jobs. Those figures position...

Bill and Betsy Scheben leave legacy of service to City of Union — and their senior living community

Special to NKyTribune The Scheben family has been a part of the Union community for generations. When the Northern Kentucky city was just forming, the family members were farmers, innovators, business owners, and leaders in the city’s development. For some, the growth of a city is a large burden to carry. For Bill and Betsy Scheben, it was a legacy they were happy to uphold. Leaders In Union Bill...