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October 31

One dead, another injured after being struck on I-75 shoulder
Police said two people were standing on the side of the road, possibly working on a vehicle, when they were struck by a van that left the road.

Florence ball park
went to the dogs on Sunday

Over 40 dogs participated in the Doggie Dress Up contest at the Florence Freedom Professional Baseball ball park on Sunday. "It was a tough call, but a scarecrow dog won it!"

Pile of stones in a Kentucky mobile home park reveals link to Lincoln
A small, abandoned cemetery in the middle of a mobile home subdivision off Tates Creek Road in Jessamine County has been found to contain the family graves of the man who gave Abraham Lincoln some of his first jobs.

Earthquake maps overstate hazard in Kentucky
A new publication from the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky concludes that the national earthquake hazard maps developed by the U.S. Geological Survey seriously overstate the hazard.

Big, international cycling event a success
And it was success. The annual Cincinnati Cyclocross Pan-American championship started in Devou Park at 8 a.m. and continued until dark.

Wreck on I-71/75
near Florence Sunday morning

An accident on I-71/75 south near Florence, Kentucky has shut down part of the interstate Sunday morning. Crews were called to the scene near U.S. 42 around 6 a.m.

Boone County student charged after waving gun on school bus
Boone County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of East Bend & Snow Roads in Burlington for the report of a student on a school bus who was waving a handgun and pointing it at other students and then threw it out the window when those students notified the bus driver.

Man accused of stabbing former roommate in Bellevue
Police said James Cameron and his former roommate got into an argument over property in a wooded area behind the Bellevue apartment the men used to share.

This setting will make you leave the city for good
Beautiful lakefront home in Crittenden and the price is right, $150,000. Beautifully updated with lake access.

Methadone clinic moving ahead in Covington
Colonial Management Group is currently looking for a program director for its methadone and drug abuse clinic on Madison Avenue in Covington, across from the old motel near Kroger which was about to become a drug recovery residence until the city bought it, to stop it.

Covington mom speaks out after man approaches kids at bus stop
A local mother is speaking out after an unnerving incident at her child’s bus stop in Covington last week. Chandra Huff has three kids between the ages of 6 and 15.

October 27

Justice Department settles pregnancy lawsuit against Florence
The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree with the city of Florence, Kentucky, to resolve a pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the department under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Crews still checking Suspension Bridge
It's a routine Suspension Bridge inspection that's underway. The inspection will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Signing up for spring classes at Gateway made easy
Gateway Community and Technical College wants to make it easy to enroll in classes this spring by offering students Express Enrollment, a one-stop enrollment opportunity Nov. 4 – 18.

Fort Wright diner
crazy down-home good

Most everyone likes going to the Ft Wright Family Restaurant. Yelp reviews prove that. "Amazing food for little dough! Friendly staff. Wonderful experience!"

Woolper Creek Bridge in Boone County to close for
a few days

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to notify the public that KY 20 at the Woolper Creek Bridge will be closed to through traffic for ten days starting November 1st.

Kynect to be disconnected next week
Kentuckians trying to get health insurance through the state-based marketplace will use, the Obamacare site, instead of Kynect starting Nov. 1.

Man with toy gun prompts lockdown at NKY school
A toy gun prompted a lockdown Wednesday afternoon at a Northern Kentucky school district, Dayton police said. Officials said they received reports of a person with a gun in the 200 block of Clay Street near Dayton High School.

Have you checked out the
new Thai Chili in Erlanger?

Yelp reviewers like it. Sushi Bars, Thai, Chinese. 514 Commonwealth Ave. "Had a fantastic meal tonight. Authentic, made from scratch and super tasty. Will be back for sure."

Open house event at Emergency Shelter last night
The Emergency Shelter of NKY had an open house yesterday at its location at 634 Scott Street, Covington. "Staff will be there to give you a tour, talk about our programs and show off some of our new additions for the winter!"

October 26

Crews to restore I-75 lanes in Erlanger area this weekend
Beginning 10 p.m. on October 28th (Friday night), traffic will be reduced to one lane NB for a traffic switch. The lane restrictions will be in place continuously until the work is complete.

Drag show 'Mas-QUEER-ade' at NKU gives back to charity
Crystyle Starr and an array of kings and queens, both amateur and professional, donned vibrant costumes as they performed, music blasting through the Student Union ballroom.

Gateway College names qualified person
as its board chairman

At a special meeting on Oct. 24, Gateway Community and Technical College Board of Directors named Kenneth Paul chairman of the board. In addition, Dr. Julie Smith-Morrow was named vice chair and Paul Whalen, secretary.

Covington's plans for 12th Street never moved ahead
While the City of Covington and supporting non-profit funding organizations piled money into less than a handful of residential conversions, the touted revival of 12th Street has been a bust.

Kentucky native talks
about producing hit
NBC shows

Kentucky’s connection to NBC’s hit shows America’s Got Talent and The Voice are not limited to those on stage.

Three teams that are the best bets in high school football
It’s basically an exhibition week in Kentucky, as the playoff pairings are set, and Week 10 acts essentially as a tune-up for the postseason, which begins next Friday.

Dayton police looking for these laundromat thieves
The Dayton KY Police Department would like your help to identify the people in the following photos. They are suspects in a theft that occurred at The Dayton Laundry on 6th Avenue.

Kentucky putting
fewer youths in prison

Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley said putting kids in a prison cell is not the answer most of the time.

Covington Commissioner admits he conspired to fire city manager
Commissioner Frank admits he conspired to replace Covington City Manager Larry Klein with Joe Meyer. But says there's now "no cabal" to removing Klein.

NKU's Habitat for Humanity
helps build community in Newport

NKU's Habitat for Humanity chapter spends their Saturday’s rebuilding homes for needy families in Newport and plan to do more builds similar in the future.

Fort Thomas family building carnival haunted house for Halloween
If you're afraid of clowns, then you might want to avoid Miller Lane in Fort Thomas for at least another week. A family there is putting the finishing touches on their own carnival-themed haunted house ahead of Halloween.

Ark Encounter sees strong attendances numbers in first three months
Nearly 400,000 visitors have made the trip in the first three months. One state estimate had predicted 325,000 for the entire year.

October 24

Activist says Commissioner wants kids to pick up trash for pool passes
A Covington activist says Commissioner Bill Wells wants kids to pick up trash in their neighborhood to gain entry to the city's pools during the summer. But what about all those used drug needles?

Businesses in Fort Thomas display school's art for community project
The next time you're mailing a package at the U.S. Postal Service office on North Fort Thomas Ave., buying breakfast at Top This Donut Bar or checking out a book at the Carrico/Fort Thomas branch of the Campbell County Public Library.

Overpass at I-71/I-75 split faces closures this weekend
Beginning Friday, October 28th at 8 p.m. the I-75 North to I-71 South ramp will be CLOSED until Monday, October 31st at 5 a.m. Motorists should follow the signed detour to KY 338 (Richwood Road) interchange.

Judge denies gag order
in NKU sexual assault lawsuit

Judge William O. Bertlesman rejected Northern Kentucky University’s motion for a gag order, denying the sealing of court documents in the ongoing federal lawsuit involving a female student who says the university mishandled her sexual assault case.

Overnight shooting at
Covington/Park Hills border

Police said that just after 1:30 a.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 500 block of St. Joseph Lane.

NKY's next mixed-use development plays on region’s history
Hub + Weber Architects designed a four-story development called Ludlow Yards across from the Ludlow Municipal Building on Elm Street to become the gateway to the city’s main business district.

Food Network filming at Bard's Burgers in
Latonia today

The cable network is expected to be there from 11 am until 6 pm, Monday, and customers are welcome to be a part of it all. 3620 Decoursey Ave.

Braxton Brewery wants the parklet in front of its
taproom back

The most practical of the parklets placed around downtown Covington, the one in front of the Braxton Brewery on Seventh Street proved to be useful for customers.

October 23

Two dead, others hurt
after horiffic crash in Hebron

Two people are dead after a single-car crash in Hebron, authorities said. Police said the car ran off the road in the 800 block of North Bend Road on Saturday night.

Doesn't look like it, but work progressing on new KY 9 through Newport
It may look like work on the new KY 9 has stalled but KYTC District 6 says utility work is progressing along the route highway through Newport. "Once that is done then roadway construction will begin in the spring."

Volunteers replace vandalized trees in Covington
Saturday, a neighborhood group in Covington replaced trees that were vandalized.

Empty seats, lack of PR preventing Cov candidates' messaging
Covington Commissioner Steve Frank is lamenting the poor interest in the Covington Commission race and poor showing at organized debates. This past week, less than a handful showed-up at a candidates' debate.

For UK's Austin MacGinnis, game-winning FG yields
'pure joy'

Could his nerves handle watching Austin MacGinnis try a 51-yard field goal with three seconds left and UK trailing Mississippi State 38-37 or not? “I was extremely nervous,” Johnson II said

Bronson Arroyo gives surprise performance at Latonia event
Bronson Arroyo is very good. He has a future ;-) The former Reds pitcher recently performed at Legend's Bar in Latonia.

Florence Police focused on three shoplifting suspects
For example, this suspect allegedly shoplifted items from Clark Gas & Go on Dixie Hwy.

Small group spruced up Barb Cook Park in Latonia yesterday
A tidy group of people spruced up Barb Cook Park in Latonia yesterday, including Covington Commission candidate Christi Blair.

CovCath pulls away from Dixie Heights
It took three quarters, but the home standing Covington Catholic Colonels finally took control and knocked off arch-rival Dixie Heights 35-12 in a Friday night contest in Park Hills.

Anthem reducing insurance exchange plan benefits in Kentucky
Kentuckians in more than half of all counties who buy insurance through next year will have a much more limited choice of doctors and hospitals.

Ryle prevails in showdown with Simon Kenton
The Ryle Raiders broke a five game losing streak to Simon Kenton, and, more importantly, preserved their unbeaten record this season with a 32-25 win over the Pioneers in a game that lived up to expectations in front of a packed house in Union Friday.

October 21

Farewell historic murals: Move from CVG back to Cincinnati completed
The nine glass mosaic murals created by Winold Reiss have been cleaned and moved from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to the side of the Duke Energy Convention Center along Central Avenue.

Man near schools trying to lure students, Covington warns
According to Covington Independent Public Schools, a man attempted to offer a ride to students at a bus stop at 15th Street and Wheeler Avenue Friday morning.

Video: Florence firefighters rescued occupants of submerged vehicle
On Wednesday evening when severe weather tore through the area, Florence firefighters were called to the intersection of Debbie Dr and Villa Dr. for a report of two people trapped in a submerged vehicle.

Woman in Florence trash container ends up in
garbage truck

Dispatchers said the woman was in a trash container near a Turfway Road hotel shortly before 7 a.m. when a truck came to empty it.

Jail using new drug treatment for inmates addicted to opioid
KENTON COUNTY JAIL: "Me and my brother we turned to stealing and doping," one Kenton County, Kentucky jail inmate said. "Being a drug addict was something I thought I needed to be," said another.

Best bets in high school football
Several crucial matchups dot the Northern Kentucky slate in Week 9, including a battle of undefeated teams in Simon Kenton at Ryle. Dixie Heights at CovCath is for the district title and home-field advantage for the second round of the playoffs.

Search underway for possible victims after car crashes off SB I-75 in Walton
Crews are searching a wooded area for possible victims after a car was found crashed off the side of southbound Interstate 75 just south of Walton Friday morning.

Routine Suspension Bridge inspection planned for next week
The week of October 24th we will be doing a routine bridge inspection. The inspection will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Independence home
destroyed by storm

A vacant home was completely destroyed by the powerful storms that happened Wednesday night.

Man hit, killed while crossing
I-275 after crash

One person died after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 275 westbound in Wilder, Ky Thursday afternoon, according to police.

October 20

Petition demands state investigate sexual violence 'cover-up' at NKU
They the state to investigate Northern Kentucky University officials for allegedly covering-up multiple acts of sexual violence on campus. Nearly 25,000 people have signed the online petition.

Survey says! Whoppers are Kentucky's favorite
Halloween treat

A website surveyed over 40,000 of its readers to find out which Halloween candies hold a special place in ALL of our hearts.

Covington Commissioners argue about expense of new clubhouse
Covington had its own debate yesterday. Outgoing Commissioners Steve Frank and Charles Eilerman argued on Facebook about the need to build a $5,000,000+ clubhouse in Devou Park, currently under construction.

Storm brings hail, high winds and knocks out power
A line of severe storms passed through southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky between 6:00 and 7:45 p.m. yesterday producing high winds, baseball-sized hail, heavy rain, and spawning tornado warnings.

Durr library branch to reopen Friday after storm damage
The Durr Branch of the Kenton County Library in Independence was closed on Thursday due to storm damage. It is expected to re-open on Friday.

Ramp to southbound I-75 from Mall Rd now open
The new ramp from Mall Road to I-75 southbound is opened yesterday for your driving pleasure.

Small group hopes to spruce up this old lot in Latonia
The "Keep Covington Beautiful" organization says it's going to do something about this parking lot next to Barb Cook Park in Latonia on Saturday.

Play highlights the effects of drug and alcohol abuse
Drug House Odyssey in Independece is a free dramatic, walk-through presentation that displays the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. Tonight and Friday.

Police think this couple used stolen credit card in Florence
Florence Police say couple in the photo used the victim's stolen credit card to make multiple purchases.

October 19

1 shot, 3 juveniles arrested in Covington
One man was shot and three others were arrested overnight, police said early Wednesday. A victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest showed up at St. Elizabeth Covington by private car about 10:30 p.m.

NKU changed mascot because old one was 'scary'
Just scaring children? Aren't colleges around the country offering counseling for students frightened by Halloween costumes and Donald Trump chalk markings?

Car fire on I-75 disrupted morning rush hour
A vehicle on fire on I-71/I-75 near the Buttermilk exit. It happened close to 7 am on Wednesday.

Latonia's Halloween Block Party is this weekend
On Saturday, October 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The free family event takes place at the Historic Ritte’s Corner in Latonia.

Backstage Cafe in Covington closing in December
"The building owner received an offer on the building and accepted it. We want to thank everyone that came out and supported us over the years."

Florence Freedom looking for host families for its players
The Florence Freedom are looking for generous and willing families to open their homes to players for the 2017 season.

Wunderbar declared the best restaurant in Kentucky
Who would have guessed that a small restaurant/bar on 12th Street in Covington would be deemed the best restaurant in all of Kentucky.

Widely-ridiculed parklets to be dismantled
The widely-ridiculed parklets in downtown Covington will be dismantled after a "closing ceremony" on Thursday. It was always meant to be short-term display.

October 18

Fort Thomas agrees to buy vacant homes at former military installation
Fort Thomas City Council unanimously authorized Mayor Eric Haas to sign a memorandum of agreement with the VA to purchase the 10 vacant brick homes behind the city's Tower Park after dismissing into executive session.

Nearly $9 million to be spent on improving Monmouth Street
The City of Newport will receive $5.39 million to improve the area around the 11th Street Underpass over Monmouth Street and $3.8 million for improvements on Monmouth Street south of the Underpass.

Man found passed out on Covington street
A man was found passed out on a Covington street Sunday, after overdosing.

Relief finally coming at the pump
Seasonal trends in retail prices may finally be taking hold in the U.S. gasoline market as prices drop for 10 straight days, motor club AAA said.

Cincinnati area the 34th rattiest metro in the country
Orkin has released its Top 50 Rattiest Cities list today. Chicago topped the list again, after previously ranking first in 2014. Cincinnati is 34th. The Midwest region had the greatest number of cities on the list.

Florence Macy's, others likely to open earlier on Thanksgiving
Macy’s, which apparently has been so successful with the practice that it’s reportedly moving its Thanksgiving Day opening time back an hour, to 5 PM.

Save-A-Lot grocery chain sold to Canadian company
Supermarket operator Supervalu will have one fewer chain in its portfolio soon, after announcing that it’s selling off discount grocer Save-A-Lot to a Canadian investment group for $1.37 billion.

Covington resident says Mayor violated ethics rules
Covington resident Marisa McNee has been accusing Sherry Carran of ethics violations with regard to Carran's use of city property to help promote her candidacy for re-election.

October 17

Covington property slated to become apartments deemed 'brownfield' by EPA
501 Main St. has been declared a "brownfield" by the US Department for Environmental Protection. So are 17 other sites in Kenton County.

Why are Logan's Roadhouse, Bob Evans in trouble?
Bob Evans, Old Country Buffet, Cosi, Ruby Tuesday, Logan’s Roadhouse: these are just a few of the large restaurant chains that have closed locations and/or filed for bankruptcy protection in 2016 alone.

Comcast execs despondent after Time Warner Cable merger failed
Poor Comcast. It put its heart, its soul, and several millions of dollars into its 2014-2015 attempt to buy Time Warner Cable, only to end up completely blocked and forced to scrap the plan. TWC was later bought by Charter.

Vacant home in Campbell County destroyed by fire overnight
Crews were called to a home off Hissem Road near Grant Lick about 1 a.m. Monday morning. It was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

Will Strike At Jim Beam Distilleries Mean A Whiskey Shortage?
More than 200 union workers went on strike over the weekend at two Jim Beam distilleries in Kentucky after voting to reject the most recent contract offer from the world’s top bourbon producer. Does that mean we could see a shortage of the stuff in the future?

A SUV crashes into
the front of a house

An SUV crashed into the front of a house in the 500 block of Skyline Drive in Boone County Sunday evening.

Target Removes Scary Clown Masks From Stores And Website
Now Target has decided that it doesn’t want to be a supplier to aspiring creepy clowns, and is pulling clown masks from stores and from its website.

They're in NKY, but these counties are part of Ohio's heroin overdose crisis
In a move that recognizes an epidemic of prescription painkiller and heroin overdoses in northern Kentucky, the White House drug czar has grouped the three hardest-hit counties in the region with Ohio’s.

October 16

Xavier coach hosts fundraiser to help woman injured by crumbling building
Valerie McNamara was chaperoning kids on a field trip in September when a partial building collapse in Covington caused a sign and bricks to fall, hurting her and three others.

Olympic sprinter's daughter shot dead in shoot-out at fast food restaurant
Trinity Gay, herself a rising track star, was shot in the neck at Cook Out restaurant in Lexington early Sunday morning.

Prepare for record high October temperatures
The calendar says October, but it feels like June. Record high temperatures are being forecast for large swaths of the United States in what meteorologists are calling an ‘Indian summer.’

Missing Pendleton County boy with severe autism
found safe

Cameron Tudor was missing for almost seven hours when a search dog found him leaning up against a tree in a dry creek bed 150 yards from his family campsite.

NKY group marching 22 Saturdays to spread awareness of vet suicide
A Northern Kentucky Junior ROTC Chapter is on a mission to raise awareness about a problem they say is killing 22 veterans a day.

The sun will disappear completely in western Kentucky
Don’t say you weren’t warned: Aug. 21, 2017, “may turn out to be the most popular vacation-day request in history,” Michael E. Bakich writes in Discover magazine — so you may want to get that time-off request in early.

Verizon billing complaints skyrocketed last month
Consumers complaining about their mobile service providers is nothing new, but last month, the FCC received more complaints from Verizon subscribers than it had in the previous 8 months combined.

Linden Grove creating new vehicular entrance
A new vehicular entrance in a more prominent and functional location is needed to improve public access to Linden Grove Cemetery in Covington, an alternate egress for vehicles, and to create greater visibility befitting the Cemetery’s historic and cultural significance.

Three state resort parks for great fall fishing
The dramatically cooler nights of the last few weeks are a blessing for anglers. These longer, colder nights pull the residual heat from the water, signaling to game fish that it is time to fatten up on the fall harvest of baitfish born earlier in the year

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