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Florence council hears city administrative officer proposals for new positions, raises for mayor/council

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Florence City Administrative Officer Joshua Hunt announced that he has a proposal for replacing his old position of Director of Business and Community Development. “In light of Florence’s growth and the expansion of services we offer, I propose restructuring the Director of Business and Community Development position into two separate roles: Director...

City briefs: Elsmere hosts ‘students government,’ Florence retirement, hire; Boone Mental Health event

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter City of Elsmere Elsmere council welcomes students. (Photo by Patricia Scheyer/NKyTribune) The city of Elsmere held its annual students in government meeting last week, in which several students from Lloyd High School, Tichenor Middle School and St Henry school took over the jobs of Mayor Marty Lenhof, six members of council, the CAO, city clerk and Police...

NKY Port Authority approves new policy requiring projects to adhere to local jurisdictions’ standards

Staff report The Northern Kentucky (NKY) Port Authority Board of Directors approved a new policy Tuesday that will require development projects on behalf of private users to follow local jurisdiction standards. “The NKY Port Authority has followed local development standards in our current projects in the City of Covington,” said J.B. Lind, NKY Port Board Chair. “This policy passed unanimously...

Kenton mayors hear concerns about legislature’s proposals to adjust Homestead Exemption Act

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Kenton County Mayors met Saturday to compare notes on events happening in their cities, with the ADD district, SD1, TBNK, and at least one state legislator joining in to keep the mayors aware of events outside the box of the cities. A few mayors acceded their speaking time to Ft Wright’s mayor Dave Hatter, who wanted to explain what the state has in...

KY National Guard selected Top Command for first time, for ‘readiness, physical fitness, and training’ 


The Kentucky National Guard was named, for the first time, the 2023 Association of the United States Army’s best National Guard command. Gov. Beshear said this award represents the heroic actions of Guard members following natural disasters in the Commonwealth, in which members helped save more than 1,400 Kentuckians, as well as their service overseas and at the southwest border. The award is also...

Boone County Fiscal Court holds town hall-type caucus meeting to listen to residents

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter As part of a continuing gradual change in protocol, the Boone County Fiscal Court held a town hall-type caucus meeting this week to listen to the concerns that residents have about their county. Despite the open invitation to talk to the guys in charge of the county, there was not a great turnout of residents, but those who did come definitely had questions. Judge-Executive...

Covington incentives help five new business, five commercial properties with rent, façade upgrades

A pet grooming and retail business, a family-owned Nepalese restaurant, an Hawaiian-inspired restaurant, and an historic building poised for a transformation are among 10 businesses to receive financial help from the City’s internationally recognized Small Business Program. The Covington Board of Commissioners this week approved five rent-subsidies and five façade improvement incentives that will...

Kenton County names contractor for its new farmers market pavilion in Independence

The Kenton County Fiscal Court has approved Schrudde & Zimmerman Inc. as the contractor for its planned farmers market pavilion neighboring the Historic Kenton County Courthouse in Independence. The project is in partnership with the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and Durr Foundation, which are providing a combined $375,000 for the construction costs. The new farmers market pavilion will...

News briefs: Park Hill to help with event; Taylor Mill gets new vehicles; Kenton County treasurer to retired

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Park Hills Liz St Onge, president of the Park Hills Civic Club, talked to the members of Park Hills City Council this week, familiarizing them with the event schedule for this year, and asking council if they would consider helping with the carriage rides that they include in the Christmas in the park event. She said the donations they receive help with the...

Covington Commission wants audit for fire dept. and homeless shelter; reports on Port Authority, more

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter The Covington city manager, as well as the Mayor and the Board of Commissioners wanted to make one thing clear Tuesday night: No one is reducing the number of firefighters in the city or banning their overtime — even though there is a budget problem. Because of that, the Commission agreed there should be a third-party audit to better help everyone understand just...

KY’s January revenue jumps more than $56.8 million over previous year; sales tax receipts hit record

The Office of State Budget Director on Monday reported January’s General Fund receipts totaled $1,344.8 million. The revenues were 4.4 percent more than what was received in January of last year, an increase of $56.8 million. January’s sales tax receipts hit a record high at $586.2 million. Large increases also occurred due to the new portion of the individual income tax, known as the pass-through...

City of Edgewood named Liability Grant recipient from the Kentucky League of Cities

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) presented the City of Edgewood with a 2023 Liability Grant. The funds enable KLC members to provide programs and services that reduce liability and create safer communities. KLC has awarded its insurance members more than $6 million in liability and safety grants since 1999. Kentucky League of Cities Senior Loss Control Consultant Gary Musgrave presents a KLC Liability...

Road report: KYTC District 6 reports work being done on area’s roadways this week; be mindful of workers

KYTC District 6 reports on projects expected to happen on the region’s roadways this week, though inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances may occur. The information below is subject to change with no notice. I-275 DIAMOND GRINDING UPDATE (CAMPBELL/KENTON COUNTY LINE TO U.S. 25 OVERPASS) Monday, Feb 12 through Friday, Feb. 16:  Diamond grinding continues. I-275 westbound traffic...

State Auditor Allison Ball opens application period for paid summer internship program for college students

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Allison Ball announced the application period has now opened for participation in its annual paid Summer Internship Program for college students. This internship offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in governmental auditing and hands-on learning opportunities in ensuring accountability and transparency in government. In addition to the nuts...

City Briefs: Florence site plan, Erlanger acquires property, Boone zoning issues, Ft. Wright speeding

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Florence Florence city council passed the second reading of an ordinance approving a concept development plan for an 11.82 acre site located on the northeast corner of the KY US 42/Farmview intersection and the Old US 42/Farmview Drive intersection, a site that straddles the line between Florence and Union. This will allow a grocery store that might or might...