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City of Covington: neighbors of Fort Wright chemical plant told: ‘Shelter in place’

Covington Fire Department officials on Sunday afternoon were advising residents and businesses of West Latonia within 1,000 feet of Interplastic Corporation across the border in Fort Wright to “shelter in place” after an apparent equipment failure at the plant led to the release of a “chemical irritant” this afternoon. Fire Chief Mark Pierce said no injuries have been reported...

Ft. Wright attorney under suspension by Kentucky Bar Association arrested on felony warrant

On March 27 Covington Police arrested Dale Anthony Brinker, 60, of Ft. Wright, on a felony warrant charging him with two counts of Theft >$10,000 and one count of Theft >$500. Brinker Kentucky State Police Detective Charles Hazelwood obtained the warrant after investigation into a complaint about suspected misappropriation of funds entrusted to Brinker. The Kentucky Bar Association lists Brinker...

Boone County’s Armor USA announced $3.3 million expansion of its facility; is adding 36 jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced specialty printing materials manufacturer Armor USA Inc. plans to add 36 jobs with a $3.3 million expansion of its facility in Boone County. “Manufacturing excellence continues to be a hallmark of Kentucky’s economy, and this investment is further proof of the tremendous growth we are seeing throughout our state,” Gov. Bevin said. “Armor USA Inc. will significantly...

Covington businesses, CBC roll out plans to create downtown Business Improvement District

Local business owners and representatives from the Covington Business Council rolled out plans Wednesday for COV NOW – a Business Improvement District (BID) in downtown Covington. A BID is a geographic area where property owners agree to a special property assessment to pay for services and programs in this area beyond what the city already provides. These services and programs are designed to enhance...

Big Lottery jackpot tonight — three-quarters of a billion dollars up for grabs in Powerball drawing

Kentucky Lottery Don’t forget about tonight’s enormous POWERBALL® jackpot. POWERBALL stands at an estimated $750 million. The cash option for the estimated $750 million POWERBALL jackpot is $465.5 million.   This is the 3rd largest jackpot in Powerball history and the 4th largest among lottery jackpots in North America.     Players pick five White Balls and one Red Powerball when filling...

PSC OKs rate increase for NKY Water District; added revenue will improve aging infrastructure

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted a request by Northern Kentucky Water District for a rate increase, largely in order to replace or repair aging infrastructure, some of which is nearly a century old. In an order issued Tuesday, the PSC approved the increase, which will occur in two equal phases, with the first phase taking effect today and the second a year from today. Each phase...

Briefs: Redwood’s Night at the Races, Ryle’s Page honored, Frost Brown Todd leadership changes

Redwood’s Night at the Races – featuring dinner, armchair horse races, raffles, split-the-pot and open bar – is set for Friday, May 10. “We’re pleased to once again stage the event at The Gardens of Park Hills,” Carol Serrone, Redwood’s Director of Philanthropy, said. “It’s one of our most entertaining fund raisers, and a night full of fun.” Admission for Redwood’s Night...

Edward ‘Ed’ Schroeder, longtime public servant and devoted family man, died Monday at age 88

Edward Schroeder, 88, of Ludlow, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Atria Highland Crossing in Ft. Wright.  Schroeder spent 51 years as a public servant to the people of Kenton County as Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk and Mayor of Ludlow. “Our Dad had a long list of accomplishments,” said his son, David Schroeder, who is head of the Kenton County Libraries and a distinguished local...

Local forum on Kentucky’s children and families involved in state foster care system set for March 30

The public is invited to a regional community forum Saturday, March 30, in Union to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the region are hosting the forum. The forum will take place from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Boone County Public Library’s Scheben Branch at 8899 U.S. 42. This is not a library event....

KYTC District 6 road report update on current construction projects in Northern Kentucky

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 would like the public to be aware of the following conditions and/or operations that are being reported for highways in Northern Kentucky. Motorists should be aware of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects: CAMPBELL COUNTY *KY 1936 (Kenton Station Road) – Beginning Monday, March 25th, 2019, a pipe replacement and milling/paving...

Jury finds 5-Time felon guilty of Independence carjacking, recommends 35 years in prison

On March 22, at the conclusion of a four day trial, a Kenton County jury recommended 35 years in prison for Justin Raymond Bowlin, 37, after convicting him of 1st Degree Robbery, Receiving Stolen Property >$500, and 1st Degree Persistent Felony Offender. Bowlin Bowlin was arrested by Kentucky State Police on January 12, 2017 in Henry County after leading Trooper Joseph Brown on a 15-mile high-speed...

Check out Newport Winter Carnival today, free family event by Historic Downtown Newport

Coordinated by Felicia and Greg Wilcher at Hickory Dickory Dock Retro Candy at 633 Monmouth Street, the first Newport Winter Carnival presented by Historic Downtown Newport will come alive today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There will be magicians, fire-eaters, sword swallowers, face painters, balloon twisters, characters from Alice in Wonderland, and a special guest appearance by Hellboy himself. Everyone...

MeetNKY: Hotel occupancy hits record high, tour business booming; 2018 stats exceed expectations

Hotel occupancy in Northern Kentucky outpaced the national average in 2018, hitting a record high driven by the booming group tour business, the growth of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and the popularity of bourbon tourism. Bray Demand for Northern Kentucky’s hotels grew by 7.5 percent last year to 72.78 percent, beating the national average of 66.2 percent. This...

News Briefs: Cincinnati Nature Center names executive director, Gov. Bevin makes appointments

Cinci Nature Center chooses Corney Cincinnati Nature Center has named Dr. Jeffrey Corney as its new Executive Director. Corney will begin his tenure at the Nature Center in mid-May following the retirement of the current Executive Director, Bill Hopple, who has served in the role for the past 23 years.   According to Corney, “During my career, I have frequently referred to one aspect or another...

Join the NKU Norse in celebrating their Friday game with Texas Tech in opening round of March Madness

Join Northern Kentucky University as they cheer on the 2019 Horizon League Tournament champion men’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament.  The No. 14-seeded Norse face off with No. 3-seeded Texas Tech in the opening round of March Madness. The game will be played at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 22 in Tulsa, OK.    NKU is hosting local watch parties on and off campus on March 22. Appetizers...