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Economic impact report shows how legislative changes have impacted KY’s bourbon industry

Spurred by a decade of legislative changes to Kentucky’s alcohol laws, the Commonwealth’s Bourbon industry now provides more jobs, generates more payroll, pays more taxes, attracts more tourists and features more distilleries than ever before, according to the newly published Bourbon Economic Impact Report. The statistics were released this week by Gov. Andy Beshear, Senate President Robert Stivers,...

Toyota plans $1.3 billion investment to bring new three row battery electric SUV production to KY

Toyota on Tuesday announced a $1.3 billion investment at its flagship Kentucky facility for future electrification efforts including assembly of an all-new, three-row battery electric SUV for the U.S. market. The project brings the plant’s total investment to nearly $10 billion and reinforces Toyota’s commitment to high-quality vehicles and long-term job stability. The investment supports the previously...

meetNKY: New Bonded Spirit Bluegrass Festival (cocktail contest, bluegrass music) coming to NKY

Bourbon and bluegrass fans are invited to attend the first-annual Bonded Spirit Bluegrass Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at Smoke Justis in Covington. Brought together in partnership with meetNKY and The B-Line, the festival celebrates the spirit of the Bottled-in-Bond (BIB) Act of 1897, a bourbon purity law, and features a cocktail competition, food and a live music lineup featuring...

The Downs of Nicholson coming to life; major work in progress, Barleycorns expected to open in March ’25

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Residents in the city of Independence have been excited about the upcoming opening of the Downs of Nicholson, a multi-use community project encompassing about 30 acres at the crossroads of US 16 and US 17. The site is about a mile down the road from the LaRosa restaurant, which is also owned by entrepreneur and business owner Gary Holland. A rendering of the...

Enzweiller Building Institute opens enrollment for ’24-25 school year for building trades, hands-on learning

The Enzweiler Building Institute (EBI) has opened enrollment for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year. Committed to excellence in construction education, EBI invites aspiring builders, craftsmen, and construction professionals to join its dynamic learning community. With a history of producing skilled professionals in the construction industry, EBI stands as a beacon of quality education and hands-on...

Groundhog’s ‘no shadow’ signals an early spring, but prepare your vehicles for unpredictable weather

Another year, another Groundhog Day. And our weather-predicting friend did not see its shadow, signaling an early spring. Drivers are urged to stay vigilant and check their vehicles and ensure that they are still prepared for winter driving because winter weather will likely return before it exits for the season. Hazardous storms and inclement weather are a factor in more than half a million crashes...

Northern Kentucky Water District receives 2023 KEMI Destiny award recognizing workplace safety

The Northern Kentucky Water District (NKWD) has received the 2023 Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) Destiny Award for outstanding commitment to workplace safety. “Workplace safety is a top priority for our entire team, and we are proud to have received this award for the twelfth consecutive year,” said NKWD President and CEO Lindsey Rechtin. “Our board demonstrates its ongoing commitment...

New CVG, Vohnt collaboration offers on-demand car care services while your travel

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) has partnered with Vohnt, an on-demand valet car service, to provide specialized car care while you travel. (Photo from CVG) Now available to CVG travelers, Vohnt’s services allow those who utilize CVG’s valet parking service the opportunity to have their vehicles detailed and serviced while they travel. Travelers can book their service...

Second Sight Distillery, local artist Doc Galahan to celebrate release of red absinthe collaboration Feb.10

Ludlow’s Second Sight Spirits distillery and lounge has announced the launch of its latest creation, Doc Galahan’s Scarlet Veil – A red absinthe. The new spirit is the result of a collaborative effort between Second Sight and Doc Galahan, a local Cincinnati artist renowned for his narrative art projects circulating throughout the area since 2021. Inspired by an 1850’s French...

Kentucky Department of Revenue accepting individual tax returns now through April 29

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) started accepting state individual income tax returns Monday and will begin processing returns Feb. 5. The deadline for Kentuckians to file 2023 returns is Monday, April 15. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also began accepting federal individual income tax returns. Electronic individual income tax returns typically take four to six weeks to process. Taxpayers...

Washing your car regularly during winter can help avoid costly repairs caused by road salts, de-icers

Washing winter off your cars can help avoid costly repair bills that could clean out your wallet instead. Motorists are encouraged to get their cars washed after every significant winer storm – especially the undercarriage – in order to reduce the potential for rust damage and the corrosion of brake and fuel lines caused by winter road salts. AAA research indicates Americans spend $3 billion a...

Tom Belanich named head of EGC Construction firm in Newport, leads 135 employees

Tom Belanich has been named the new leader of EGC Construction, a general contractor and design-builder located in Newport. Tom Belanich (Photo provided) Belanich succeeds Jim Brunemann, who led EGC for four years and retired in late 2023 after a 50-year career in the industry. “I’m excited to lead EGC’s 150 employees as the company surpasses the milestone of 45 years in business,” Belanich...

Keven Moore: Lessons from JAL #516 airline crash — and some tips to stay safe

In my line of work as a risk management and safety professional, the term “safety” is loosely tossed around in many of my conversations and meetings. I’ve heard business owners, CFOs and Presidents often times say “Safety is First” or that “Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility.” But what does that really mean, and is it really being practiced when they aren’t looking? What I have found...

Unemployment data for December shows increase in all but five Kentucky counties

Unemployment rates rose in 115 counties between December 2022 and December 2023, fell in Marshall, Trigg and Wolfe counties, and remained the same in Caldwell and Letcher counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8%. It was followed by Caldwell, Marion and Washington counties, 3% each; Anderson,...

Tony Lamb’s Kona Ice franchisees to descend on NKY for their ‘Konvention’ and community giveback

By Andy Furman NKyTribune Reporter Tony Lamb was born in West Virginia, but says he stepped it up a notch-or-two when he moved to The Commonwealth and attended the University of Kentucky. Then he took a giant leap when he founded Kona Ice. “Simply put, and I’m not making this up,” the 55-year-old Lamb told the Northern Kentucky Tribune, “I had a bad ice cream truck experience. “I would lose...