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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...

Covington to hold public hearing February 15 to gather input on use of federal grant money

Covington will hold a public hearing next week to ask residents how it should spend a few million dollars it expects to get from the federal government this year. To encourage public participation, the hearing will be held after hours beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Hellman Creative Center, located at 321 West 12th St./M.L. King Jr. Boulevard. The center offersplenty of nearby parking. The...

City Briefs: Edgewood discusses KMart demolition, golf carts; Independence deals with zoning

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter EDGEWOOD Edgewood City Council discussed golfcarts on city streets at their Monday night meeting. No action was taken, but the subject will be revisited at the first council meeting in March, on the 4th, with what they hope will have input from residents, as well as in depth research from City Attorney Frank Wichmann on KRS 189.2. This state statute is the...

Campbell County Attorney Denise Durbin named special counsel to Attorney General Russell Coleman

Staff report Campbell County attorney Denise Durbin has been named among three attorneys newly-appointed to key positions within the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. Durbin has been named special counsel to Attorney General Russell Coleman, where she will work closely with Senior Counsel Wil Schroder. A Fort Thomas resident, Durbin previously served in the attorney general’s office as executive...

NKY Health Department offers ways to decrease chances of contracting cancer — and offers help

Like so many others, Terrie Hall started smoking in high school. The former cheerleader saw her friends and family smoking, and decided to start as well. “I thought it was the cool thing to do,” she said. Soon, she was smoking two packs a day. Terrie Hall (Photo provided) Over the years, that took its toll. At the age of 40, Terrie was diagnosed with oral and throat cancer. She had to have part...

Kentucky AG Russell Coleman says state will receive $6.8M-plus from settlement with Publicis Health

Attorney General Russell Coleman announced Friday that Kentucky will receive more than $6.8 million as its share of a multistate settlement with Publicis Health for the marketing and advertising agency’s role in fueling the opioid crisis. According to Coleman, Publicis helped companies like Purdue Pharma promote their deadly drugs and profit off Kentuckians’ addiction. The total nationwide settlement...

Kentucky house approves a $129.6B two-year budget and $1.7B in one-time spending, over objections

By Liam Niemeyer Kentucky Lantern After hours of questioning and much criticism from Democrats, the GOP-dominated Kentucky House of Representatives on this week approved a $129.6 billion two-year state spending plan. The House also approved more than $1.7 billion in one-time spending from the state’s record-high “rainy day” fund which will pay down pension liabilities and fund infrastructure,...

Kentucky marks official recognition of Black History Month Thursday at State Capitol

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s official observation of Black History Month took place Thursday in the State Capitol Rotunda. “Black history is American history,” said Rep. Pamela Stevenson, one of the speakers at the event. “We honor the contributions of Black Americans, by the establishment of Black History Month. We now recognize Black history 365 days a year.” A large crowd filled...

Florence City Council clears the way for a grocery (possibly Publix) at U.S. 42/Farmview

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Florence city council passed the first reading of an ordinance approving a change of concept development plan, the first step to clearing the way for a 56,000 square foot grocery store that could possibly be a Publix. During a special meeting Tuesday evening, with two council members absent, the vote was 3 to 1 in favor of the change in concept development...

Kenton County partners with Port Authority, Blue North on building SparkHaus entrepreneurial hub

Kenton County is partnering with Blue North and the Northern Kentucky Port Authority to transform the former Sim’s Furniture Building in downtown Covington into SparkHaus, an entrepreneurial hub designed to foster Northern Kentucky’s next generation of business leaders. The project aims to bring together founders, investors and support organizations under one roof, creating a front door for entrepreneurship...

Devou Park trail system to be expanded by three miles; will become longest urban system in region

Roughly three miles will be added to Devou Park’s Backcountry Trails this year, extending the total trail system to about 15 miles and making it the longest urban trail network in the region and among the top five overall in terms of length. To construct the trails, which will be used by runners, hikers and mountain bikers, the Covington Board of Commissioners voted last week to approve a contract...

Road report: KYTC District 6 announces road work in the region this week, beware delays, closures

KYTC District 6 reports the following work on the regions roadways this week. Inclement weather or other unforseen circumstances may occur. Drivers should be alert for construction traffic, closures, or delays. I-471 RESURFACING UPDATE No work scheduled for the week of Jan. 28. 
Major work on this large-scale resurfacing project has been completed. The last task is adding a bore for traffic sensors....

KY House passes omnibus anti-crime bill — dubbed ‘The Safer Kentucky Act’ — 74-22; moves to Senate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today After some two hours of debate, an omnibus anti-crime bill dubbed by supporters “The Safer Kentucky Act,” was approved by the Kentucky House of Representatives this week. The measure, House Bill 5, is sponsored by Rep. Jared Bauman, R-Louisville, and has 49 co-sponsors. The House debates the omnibus anti-crime bill Thursday. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) Bauman...

In-person, virtual public hearings set for Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project February 20-22

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another step forward in making the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project a reality has been taken, thanks to the Federal Highway Administration’s approval of the supplemental environmental assessment for public review, it was announced on Friday. The document can be viewed online at www.PublicInput.com/bsbc, or seen in print at both the Kenton County Public Library in Covington,...

Campbell County receives nearly $2 million for site development from KY Product Development Initiative

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday announced nearly $2 million was approved to support site development in Campbell County, the first location to receive approval in the second round of the Kentucky Product Development Initiative. “Site and building development is essential to positioning Kentucky for future economic success,” said Gov. Beshear. “The funding this initiative provides gives communities...