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Third Family Court Judge to be elected in Kenton Co. in November; five candidates have filed so far

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter Kenton County is getting its third Family Court judge to deal with sticky cases like divorce, child support, domestic violence, and adoption, and five attorneys already have entered the race for the judgeship. In April, the Kentucky Supreme Court ordered the new Family Court in Kenton County to take effect Jan. 2, 2023. Candidates for the new judgeship that pays...

FDA chief says baby formula shortage to remain through late July as impact in Kentucky worsens

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The baby formula shortage continues to worsen in Kentucky, with the state’s out-of-stock rate increasing by 20 percentage points since May 8, according to the retail data firm Datasembly. Datasembly reports that in the week starting May 15, the latest data available, Kentucky’s out-of-stock rate for baby formula increased to 75%, up from 55% the...

Tom Meyer has memorized 20 books of the Bible and is bringing his mission to Creation Museum

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Tom Meyer has a special relationship with the “most famous book in the world” and has in fact committed 20 “books” of the Bible — yes, word for word — completely to memory. And he is bringing his Bible memory ministry to Northern Kentucky as a full-time volunteer for the Creation Museum. Known as the “Bible Memory Man,”...

Kenton County Public Library’s Summer Reading Celebration aims to create habit of reading

Everyone can create a habit of reading this summer with a little help from the library. The Kenton County Public Library is celebrating Summer Reading Celebration from June 1 through August 31. SRC allows children, teens, and adults to win cool prizes just for reading or listening to a book. Join the library in kicking off summer Saturday, June 4: Independence Branch, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Kick off summer...

NKY Memorial Day events to honor, remember, celebrate those who served and kick off the summer

The Governor has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until noon today in observance of Memorial Day. “Memorial Day is a time for us, as Kentuckians and as Americans, to honor those servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice fr our nation and for our freedom.” Families and communities across Northern Kentucky have celebrations and fun times...

Southern Baptist Convention publishes full sex-abuse report, including database of alleged abusers

The Rural Blog In a bid for greater transparency, the Southern Baptist Conference’s Sexual Abuse Task Force has published online an independent report detailing how its leaders protected pastors and local church staff accused of sexual abuse while ignoring, pressuring and trying to discredit sexual-abuse survivors. The report includes the database of alleged abusers, along with links...

Northern Kentucky Area Development District announces appointment of new executive director

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) has announced the appointment of Tara Johnson-Noem as its new executive eirector, starting August 1, 2022. Since late 2019, Tara Johnson-Noem has served as associate director for workforce development at the NKADD, managing a team of 30 direct staff and contractors that implement workforce programs across the 8-county region. In this role, she...

Ticket purchased at a Speedway in Florence makes Gallatin County woman $150,000 winner

A Gallatin County woman (who wished to remain anonymous) says something recently was telling her to buy a Powerball ticket. She followed her intuition – and is now $150,000 richer. “I told myself that morning, ‘I have to stop in town to pick up the winning ticket,’” she told lottery officials. While running errands on May 13, she stopped at the Speedway on US 42 in Florence to purchase...

Beshear, DeWine formally submit federal funding requests for Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project

Governor Andy Beshear along with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced they have jointly submitted an application requesting nearly $2 billion in federal funding to make much-needed improvements to the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor that runs through Northern Kentucky and the City of Cincinnati. “Ohio and Kentucky are working together to seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve...

KLH Engineers spins off another new company, Configure Inc., co-founded by two principals

Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers, Inc., a nationally recognized engineering firm, announced it has spun out a new company, Configure, Inc. Configure, now a separate entity from KLH Engineers, is developing a construction marketplace that digitizes supply and empowers designers and contractors to easily specify, compare and purchase engineered to order products with connected suppliers. The Configure...

Road report: KYTC District 6 sites road projects in the region this week, be aware of closings, detours

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports projects for highways in the region this week. Motorists should be aware of possible delays or lane closures. KENTON – CAMPBELL COUNTIES KY 8 (4th/Veterans Bridge) – 7.6 milepost – Starting May 23 – Tuesday May 24, KYTC District 6 will be conducting a bridge maintenance project on KY 8/4th Street over the Licking River in Kenton County....

Roberta Marcotte of Erlanger celebrates her 100th birthday with reception, dinner with friends, family

Roberta (Rhodes) Marcotte of Erlanger and formerly of Tinley Park and Manteno, Illinois, celebrated her 100th birthday with a reception with her friends at The Village in Erlanger followed by a family dinner hosted by her grandson Eric Marcotte and his wife Katrina, at their home Roberta, the young woman Roberta was born April 20, 1922 in Opdyke, Illinois to parents Sophia (Estes) and Roland Samuel...

KYTC plans several projects affecting traffic patterns in Northern Kentucky in the coming week

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is advising Northern Kentuckians of several projects that will affect traffic throughout the week beginning Sunday evening. Nightly road blocks on I-275 Duke Energy has scheduled several nights for rolling roadblocks on I-275 near Northern Kentucky University and the I-275/I-471 area so that crews can replace structures and a transmission line across the interstate. Beginning...

Dedicated educator, Raymond C. Finke dies at home at 73; spent 22 years in Covington schools

Staff report Raymond C. Finke, Jr. spent most of his life working in the educational field on both sides of the Ohio River. Finke worked in Cincinnati Public Schools and Covington Independent Public Schools for more than 50 years. Finke, 73, passed away Monday, May 16, at his home in North Bend, Ohio.

 “Mr. Finke was a dedicated educator and friend,” said Ken Kippenbrock, executive director...

Construction has started on Homewood Suites, a 132-room hotel, part of Corporex’s Ovation project

Corporex, a national commercial development and investment firm based in Covington, has begun construction on the Homewood Suites by Hilton Newport Cincinnati, a 132-room hotel built on top of a 550-space parking platform at Ovation. The hotel is located adjacent to the PromoWest Pavilion concert venue and across from a Class-A office building. Concept drawing of Homewood Suites. (Corporex) The Homewood...