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Kenton Mayors group gets legislative update from Sen. McDaniel who cited ‘conservative’ management

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Kentucky Senator Chris McDaniel gave an update on the legislative session to the Kenton County Mayors who were gathered at the Lakeside Park city building Saturday. “This is actually my first budget session since I took over as budget chairman in 2015 where we didn’t have to deal with either a true societal anomaly like COVID or some really bad financial...

Government briefs: What happened in Florence, Park Hills, Lakeside Park city council meetings this week

FLORENCE Florence city council witnessed the swearing in of five members of the Florence Fire/EMS Department – Ryan Born promoted to Assistant Fire/EMS Chief, Danielle Stiner hired from St Elizabeth Hospital to be Battalion Chief of EMS, Joey Marcum promoted to Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Jon McNamara promoted to Fire/EMS Captain, and Jimmy Rose promoted to Fire/EMS Lieutenant. Five employees were...

City of Covington opens search for new City Solicitor; current attorney David Davidson set to retire in June

The City of Covington is looking for an attorney to run its legal department. With City Solicitor David Davidson retiring at the end of June, the city has posted an opening for City Solicitor. Davidson, who has been practicing law for 44 years, has overseen the City’s legal operations since April 2022. He called the position an incredible opportunity to be part of big things, given Covington’s...

Covington’s finances get clean audit for first time in 20 years; six business incentives approved

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter For the first time in more than 20 years, the City of Covington’s financial books have been found to be in “acceptable, professional” order. And that, Mayor Joseph U. Meyer says, is no small feat. The findings came out during a Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Audit presentation made by representatives of the independent accounting firm of Barnes Dennig. Commissioners...

League of Women Voters of KY provides VOTE411 voter education tool ahead of May 21 primary

Ahead of the May primary elections, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky (LWVKY) is offering the nonpartisan election resource VOTE411.org. The one-stop shop for election information provides Kentucky voters with simple, accessible tools to help them navigate the voting process. VOTE411 provides personalized candidate information, voter registration details, polling place locations, and other helpful...

From spaceship house to ‘handsome’ TP dispenser, annual awards celebrate Covington’s ‘quirk’

The theme was not of this world. In a tribute to the City of Covington’s newest public art – the 30-foot green fiberglass-and-Styrofoam alien “Clive” climbing out of a parking garage – an irreverent annual awards ceremony celebrating The Cov’s quirkiness evoked all things extraterrestrial: • The festive attire – at least for the organizers and hosts from the City’s Economic Development...

Pioneer Award: Kenton County to honor Sister Jean Marie Hoffman, Donna Salyers, Jeanne Schroer

The Kenton County Fiscal Court approved this year’s recipients of the Pioneer Award. Now in its seventh year, the Pioneer Award recognizes residents who have a record of outstanding service to the community and exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity. This year’s recipients are: • Sister Jean Marie Hoffman. Hoffman is the former executive director of the DCCH Center for Children...

Briefs: What went on at 5 meetings – Erlanger, Independence, Taylor Mill, Edgewood, Boone County

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter ERLANGER Erlanger city council members clearly had different opinions on whether the city should install a horse-type fence at the top of a hill by Alice street in Erlanger at the regular Council meeting. Duke Energy apparently cut down a number of trees on that hill, leaving it dangerously accessible to kids riding bikes or anyone who thought they could use...

Kentucky General fund receipts increase two percent in April; Road fund increases nearly 10 percent

The Office of State Budget Director on Friday reported April’s General Fund receipts grew 2.0 percent with collections of $1,825.1 million, an increase of $36.3 million over what was received in April 2023. Among the major accounts, sales and gross receipts, and the major business taxes increased in April, offsetting declines in individual income and property taxes. Total receipts in the General...

Florence names street in honor of long-time public servant Betsy Conrad as family and friends look on

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Betsy Conrad’s family stood shoulder to shoulder with Florence city officials Wednesday afternoon as they officially dedicated a street in the city to the memory of the tireless public servant who died in August of 2021. “We are really excited to have this street sign for Betsy in the city limits,” said Mayor Julie Aubuchon. “She was really a dedicated...

Covington commission: Academy of Heritage Trades up for awards, business incentives proposed

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter “Do you want to share the news?” Mayor Joseph U. Meyer asked. “Sure,” replied Kaitlin Bryan, the city’s Historic Preservation Manager. “We have had classes underway, full-time, since August of this past year. We’ve been having a lot of Covington residents attend these classes …” But that wasn’t exactly what the Mayor was referring to. Bryan picked...

Weight limit reduced on KY 8 bridge; lanes down to two as precaution after deterioration found

Weight limit reduced on Ky. 8 bridge Lanes down to 2 as precaution after deterioration found After a recent inspection revealed deterioration, two new restrictions have been posted for the Ky. 8 bridge between Covington and Newport. New weight limit reduced on KY 8 bridge. (KYTC photo) The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced Monday afternoon that the weight limit is being reduced to 12...

Florence couple with Cardinal Dr. businesses object to name change to Tom Gill Way; solution offered

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Last October the city of Florence first discussed a name change for Cardinal Drive in the city. At the time, the city was waiting on agreements with residents who live on Cardinal Drive. With the state restricting cross traffic access to the street on which Tom Gill Chevrolet is located, the business petitioned the city to change the name of Cardinal Drive...

Kentucky’s educators drop from 40th to 41st in national average teacher salary, say new KEA reports

By McKenna Horsley Kentucky Lantern New reports highlighted by the Kentucky Education Association show that Kentucky educators’ salaries are losing ground to those in other states. According to the annual reports released by the National Education Association looking at 2022-23 numbers, Kentucky dropped from 40th to 41st nationally in average teacher salary at $56,296 compared with the national...