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Pump prices decline ahead of Memorial Day holiday; Kentucky average falls, but remains above 2023

Like a slowly deflating party balloon, the national average for a gallon of gasoline continued its descent this week, falling four cents since last week to $3.59. The primary reasons are weak domestic demand and oil costs dipping below $80 a barrel. “Barring some unforeseen event impacting oil prices, this slow descent in pump prices is not likely to change anytime soon,” said Andrew Gross, AAA...

Authenti-CITY Awards: Receive your penance (and cash) at Herb & Thelma’s ATM Confessional

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of five stories featuring the winners of the City of Covington’s 2024 Authenti-CITY Awards. You’re battling a hearty appetite and an unquenchable thirst and you’re looking for one of the best-priced lunches in town, so you make your way to Herb & Thelma’s Tavern – which last year was officially named home of “Cincinnati’s Favorite Burger.” After...

Authenti-CITY Awards: Olla Low Rider Cruze-In offers cool cars, vibrant music… and life-changing tacos

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of five stories featuring the winners of the City of Covington’s 2024 Authenti-CITY Awards. Admit it: Reading this headline sent the central riff to War’s “Lowrider” thrumming in your head … and with that earworm blend of alto saxophone and harmonica, you’re feeling a whole new kind of cool. In your mind, you’re behind the wheel of a sleek 1984...

Authenti-CITY Awards: Mosaics may stand out, but ‘RHTPG’ is Left Bank Coffeehouse’s main attraction

Editor’s note: This is the third of five stories featuring the winners of the City of Covington’s 2024 Authenti-CITY Awards. Jackie Slone knew the soldier was perfect for the job she had in mind, what with his articulating hands, long straight legs, and rugged good looks. As for the soldier himself, well, he was just waiting to be called to duty. Slone, a talented mosaic artist whose art...

Authenti-CITY Awards: The Roost Latonia offers an eclectic menu with an ‘unmistakably confident’ vibe

Editor’s note: This is the second of five stories featuring the winners of the City of Covington’s 2024 Authenti-CITY Awards. To understand the fierce appeal of The Roost Latonia – and why it enjoys such a loyal following – you have to sort through the collage of its fun personality as well as the many roles it fulfills for its patrons. Start with its great wittily named beverages,...

Authenti-CITY Awards: Inside Mainstrasse’s historic Rosie’s Tavern ‘Y’all really means all’

Editor’s note: This is the first of five stories featuring the winners of the City of Covington’s 2024 Authenti-CITY awards. There’s an electric sign inside Rosie’s Tavern that reads, “You are a stranger here but once.” Granted, it’s a Stroh’s Beer light, but it seems another way of getting the point across that here in The Cov, “Y’all really means all,” and sets the tone...

Explore the extaordinary life of local inventor Dr. George Sperti during May 14 NKY History Hour

While the name may not ring a bell, Dr. George Sperti’s inventions have undoubtedly touched the lives of millions. From your morning routine of pouring milk on cereal to enjoying orange juice from frozen concentrate, or finding relief from ailments with products like Aspercreme, the famed inventor’s genius has quietly revolutionized everyday experiences. (Dr. George Sperti (Image from BCM) In...

Kentucky State Park’s celebrating 100th anniversary with special events in May, including at Big Bone Lick

The celebration of Kentucky State Parks’ 100th anniversary continues with a variety of exciting events in May. “Kentucky State Parks have been a vital part of our local communities for 100 years, and we’re excited to celebrate this milestone with a variety of events and activities throughout the year,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Our state parks have something for everyone, and I encourage Kentuckians...

Keven Moore: Ensuring carbon monoxide safety in business environments

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless poisonous gas produced as a byproduct of incomplete combustion of carbon-containing materials. Even in seemingly well-ventilated areas where employees work, CO can accumulate rapidly. Exposure to CO poses serious health risks, including the potential for death. According to the National Center for Environmental Health every year, at least...

NKY Chamber announces 2025 Regional Youth Leadership Class representing 39 area high schools

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) has announced the 53 high school students selected for the 2025 Regional Youth Leadership (RYL) class, representing 39 schools in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. This year’s class marks the 31st year of the NKY Chamber’s signature youth leadership program. The mission of Regional Youth Leadership is to cultivate the community...

Kentucky first state in nation to capture oblique photography of entire geography from the sky

Kentucky is now the first state in the nation to capture oblique (side/angle view) photography of its entire geography from the sky. The KYFromAbove Program and its contractor, NV5, achieved this milestone after pilots flew 2,600 flight lines over Kentucky’s beautiful landscape, travelling 117,000 miles and capturing 40,660 square miles of the commonwealth’s land, including our cities, towns, farms,...

Esperanza means hope — and that’s exactly what Leo Calderon offers Latinos through ESP program there

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter Esperanza. In Spanish – it means hope. And that’s exactly why Leo Calderon founded the Esperanza Educational Success Program (ESP) in 2019. Leo Calderon (Photo by Andy Furman/NKyTribune) “I put in $1,000 with three others for a mission and a hope,” he told the weekly Covington Rotary Club meeting at the Radisson Hotel. “We provide the Latino/Hispanic community...

NKY Chamber recognizes nine local businesses as winners of 2024 Business Impact Awards

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) recognized local business leaders and innovators who have positively impacted the Northern Kentucky Metro throughout the past year during its annual Business Impact Awards last week. The Northern Kentucky business community and NKY Chamber joined together at the Drees Pavillion to celebrate businesses small and large, new and long-standing for...

Breeze Airways starts two new nonstop flights from CVG — to San Diego and to Hartford

CVG and Breeze Airways have announced new nonstop flights — to San Diego, California and to Hartford, Connecticut. The flights first took off last week and will be offered on Thursdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. The planned schedule is: Breeze Airways started service at CVG in February 2023. It currently offers service from CVG to: ·         Charleston, SC (CHS) ·         Providence,...

NKY Chamber, KY-MEP to offer interactive leadership series for manufacturing, logistics professionals

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with the Kentucky Manufacturing Extension Partnership to offer a new, four-part leadership series for professionals in the manufacturing and logistics fields. The half-day interactive sessions will take place May 31, June 7, June 14 and June 21 and will be led by certified John Maxwell trainer and presenter, Dr. Eric Keeling, director of Leadership...