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Samantha Ramsey Investigation
Boone Co. Sheriff's investigation was 'elaborate fraud on public'

"Court documents recently filed in the case claim the Boone County Sheriff's Office didn't adequately investigate the shooting. The problem was not just with Deputy Brockman, but the system."




Brighton Center: 50 Years supporting NKY
The Brighton Center was founded in 1966, in a small store front on a corner of Brighton Street in Newport. With only a small sign on the corner to let you know it was there, you could have been forgiven for missing it.





17-year-old driver killed in Boone County crash
Boone County Sheriff's spokesman said the teen was driving westbound on Pleasant Valley Road when she went left of center and into the path of a Ford Escape at about 7:10 a.m.






Some Covington residents concerned about 15th Street bridge plans
The bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for years and there are plans to replace it, but not immediately. Some residents west of the railroad tracks use it by foot to get to the Kroger store on Madison Avenue.





62 percent of people get their news from social media
A new study from Pew Research claims that 62 percent of people get their news from social media, with 18 percent doing so very often. As expected, the top social media news source is Facebook.





Survey says older Americans are happier, unless they live in Kentucky
Despite the creaky knees and reading glasses that come with old age, Americans tend to get happier as they grow older, a new analysis finds.





Vogue reporter based story on what PR people told her
Person who wrote travelogue says Cincinnati and Covington notations were based on what local PR people told her, didn't actually come to the area before writing the article for Vogue magazine.





Corporex still wants to build Ovation in Newport but project still on hold
On hold since 2008, Corporex continues to work on plans for its Newport riverfront development, Ovation. But no starting date, as the Business Courier noted today.





Ramage museum
having holiday event

Family event at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum in Ft Wright. Sunday December 11, 12-5 pm. Santa will visit; wonderful live music (dulcimers etc), make vintage style ornaments and crafts. Free event!









December 7

Sneaky! Knochlemann schedules meeting on controversial project right before Christmas

It caught people by surprise when public servant Kris Knochelmann pushed through Kenton County Government's purchase of a decrepit building in Covington for $4.5 million without public input.


Ramsey family gets
$3.5 million settlement

A $3.5 million settlement has been reached between Boone County and Samantha Ramsey's family. In addition to the monetary settlement, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to review and implement new policies.





Gateway’s Transportation Technology Center
officially opens

The much anticipated, official grand opening of the Gateway Community & Technical College Transportation Technology Center took place today with an open house and ribbon cutting.





Kentucky third in nation for student loan defaults
Kentucky ranks third in the country in student loan defaults, behind New Mexico and West Virginia. More than 15 percent of borrowers end up defaulting on their student loans. That’s a little more than 12,000 borrowers.






Why are so many restaurants closing in Newport?
here's been a few restaurants in Newport and Fort Thomas that recently closed. All of them advertised, used coupons and other discount offers. Why didn't people take advantage of that?






'Santa' to visit Taylor Mill neighborhoods
At 9:00 a.m., Santa will begin traveling the streets of Taylor Mill, passing out candy canes to all the good little boys and girls in the community.












December 6

Covington looking for Licking River trail expansion ideas

Phases 2 and 3 of the trail project will connect the trail from the Clayton-Meyer Park to Austinburg Park (Phase 2) and ultimately to Randolph Park (Phase 3) a total of two mile from 22nd Street to 8th Street. The city is looking for ideas.



Cincinnati-area man sentenced in Capitol plot yells: 'Allah is in control!'
U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith also ordered lifetime probation after prison for 22-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell. Cornell was incarcerated at the Boone County Jail for an extended period while awaiting trial.




Boone County bourbons
take high honors

An organization called "The Fifty Best" held a blind tasting of 17 bourbon whiskies with a panel of 20 judges and two Boone County bourbons took honors. Boone County Distilling Company's Eighteen 33 Straight Bourbon Whiskey was a "Double Gold Medal Winner.





December 5

Welcome House says it had nothing to do with anti-Trump march

Welcome House, the Covington women's shelter and crisis center, did not organize the belated anti-Trump march through the city on Saturday but one of its key employees did.



Yet another major Newport bar/restaurant closes
Bourbon and Broad, a restaurant and bar located at 828 Monmouth Street in Newport, has closed. Previously, Dick's Last Resort and Arnie's on the Levee both closed on October 30.






New Waterworks Rd bridge now open to traffic
John R. Jurgensen Co. was awarded the $973,000 job. Construction of the new bridge over Taylor Creek on Waterworks Road in Campbell County was completed a few days ago.






D1 announces Chaney as new executive director
D1 announced that Adam Chaney will be the new executive director. Chaney, who has served on the SD1 Board since 2014 and acted as president since July 2015, resigned from the board and will begin working with the utility on January 3.






More great-views apartments for Fort Thomas
More apartment buildings are on its way to Fort Thomas, which will be completed by April and will start leasing in January. In 2015 market conditions were favorable and Wessels began construction of four more apartment units, consisting of one and two bedrooms.





Gas prices headed
upward thanks to OPEC

Average retail gasoline prices in Kentucky have risen 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.17 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,623 gas outlets in Kentucky.






Gateway Transportation Tech Center ribbon cutting Wednesday
Gateway Community & Technical College Transportation Technology Center grand opening and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 7. Students, faculty, staff, media and community leaders are invited.






Part of US 25 will be closed on Wednesday
This Wednesday, December 7, US 25 in Grant County will be closed at the 5.7 milepoint for a culvert replacement project. The closure will take place between 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.






Sadieville biodiesel leak suffocates thousands of fish
The diesel leaked into Little Eagle Creek near Sadieville in early to mid-November from a branch of the national Love’s Travel Stop chain of truck stops.










December 4

People Magazine: Cutest Canine Mayor Gives The Grand Tour

What those three words mean exactly is simple: “She is going to be the most understanding and accepting of everyone who passes through Rabbit Hash,” says the dog’s owner, college student Jordie Bamforth, 23.



About 50 of NKY's 300,000+ population marched
against Trump

Even though Donald Trump easily won Northern Kentucky and the state, about 50 people who do not support the president-elect marched in Covington on Saturday. The paper said 200, but erred.




New Devou clubhouse construction needs more money to complete
This Tuesday, the Covington Commission are to vote on cost overruns on the project, awarding an extra $146,786.92 to bring the current cost up to $5,399,711.92.




Fast-paced, freewheeling UCLA topples No. 1 UK
Overcoming an unsteady, turnover-plagued start and a mistake-prone, needlessly anxious finish, 11th-ranked UCLA stunned No. 1 Kentucky, 97-92, in Lexington. The Bruins led by as many as 14 points in the second half .





Residents packed Covington Latin School on Saturday for free coat giveaway
With 45% of its kids living in poverty, an important event took place in Covington. Residents packed Covington Latin School for Part 2 of St Vincent de Paul's annual coats and accessories giveaway.




Majority of students restrained in KY are in 3rd grade or younger
Restraint and seclusion of students in Kentucky schools is often unnecessary, and students with disabilities and students of color were the most likely to be restrained and secluded in 2014-15, a report released this week by the Children’s Law Center Inc. said .




Christmas in the Country at Dinsmore Homestead
Get in the spirit of the season by viewing the beautiful holiday decorations and fabulous 18th century clothing displayed at Dinsmore Homestead, 5656 Burlington Pike, this weekend.






Poverty still darkens lives of Kentucky kids
Struggling to provide for themselves and their growing family, George and Katrina Ellis found themselves on the brink of homelessness several years ago when they lost their rental home and couldn't find another they could afford.










December3

Beechwood wins 12th state title

Beechwood, which prevailed 21-14, earned its 12th state title, matching Mayfield and St. Xavier for second most in state history.



NKY man accused of stabbing, locking victim
in basement

Thomas Luther York, Jr is in the Kenton County Detention Center accused of robbing a 68-year-old man and locking him in the basement of the victims home.




No wreck, but a terrible accident in Boone County
James Alford was in Boone County when the accident happened on Thursday near Petersburg,. According to officials, Alford was killed while repairing a truck transmission.






4th Street ramp in Covington closed until Saturday afternoon
The 4th Street entrance ramp (Covington) and the right lane of northbound I-71/I-75 over the Brent Spence bridge will be closed tonight at 9 pm and remain closed until 4 pm on Saturday for roadwork.




Turfway Park's big
race has new name

Turfway Park officials are hoping that their marquee race by any other name will be just as sweet – because it’s getting yet another name change. The $500,000 Jack Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes is the new name for the traditional Turfway showcase for 3-year-olds.




511 phone
service discontinued

Last month, the Commonwealth of Kentucky moved away from the 511 calling service to Goky.ky.gov, an online traffic and roadway information portal, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson.






Update on Independence man who wants
'IM GOD' plate

Bennie L. Hart, 77, of Independence, Ky., said he had the license plate for 12 years in Ohio. When he moved to the Bluegrass State in February, the Kentucky DMV rejected his application for the "IM GOD" plate.




Independence man sentenced in tax fraud case
Paul Olzeski, 68, of Independence, Ky., is former owner of several related businesses collectively named S&A, that operated in Springfield OH. Ortiz worked for S&A, managing its bank accounts and handling its bookkeeping.






Tech's gilded glory didn't mean much to Trump's supporters
Steel mills "can't keep up with cheap imports" or advances in technology, says Ray Rogg, 54, of Erlanger. "The more automated and technical things are, and with better computers, it eliminates people," says Rogg, who has worked at the mill in Wilder.




Gas stations get reprieve on chip cards at the pump
The major credit card networks, Visa and Mastercard, have given gas stations an extension, pushing the deadline for them to install payment terminals with chip (EMV) readers back to October 2020.








December 2

Just in time: Charity giving away winter coats on Saturday

St Vincent de Paul will be giving coats away on December 3rd from 9:00 am until noon at: Newport Primary School, 1102 York St., Newport, and at Covington Latin School, 21 East 11th St., Covington. >



East Row historic homes tour this weekend
Come tour beautiful historic homes in the East Row Historic District, Newport. Buy your tickets online now for the tour! The tour runs December 3 and 4, 2016, 12-6 p.m.







Reds roll out red carpet for fun-filled Redsfest
Redsfest runs on Friday from 3-10:30 p.m. ET and continues Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Activities will include autograph and photo booths with current and former players, interactive games, game-used and authentic memorabilia and more





Stores like Covington Kroger can't hide food stamps numbers
Yesterday a federal court ruled that the government can no longer shield food stamp usage at grocery stores from public view.







Missing Boone County man found safe
Charles Wolfe, 87 left his residence in a 2006 Dodge Caravan bearing Kentucky license 038-DWF and has yet to return which is uncharacteristic of him.











December 1

Coroner Confirms Remains as Crystal Warner of Florence

The Bath County coroner has identified the human remains found November 28th under a brush pile as Crystal Warner. >



Toyota CEO says 3000 employees ended up agreeing to move
About 3,000 of Toyota's 4,000 employees agreed to make the move to Texas from Erlanger and other locations. About 100 Toyota employees a month continue to move to the Dallas area - mainly from Torrance, Calif., and Erlanger, Ky.




Bellevue, Newport dedicate new Overlook Park
Taylor Creek Overlook Park is an integral part of the Riverfront Commons project, this park stabilizes and improves the river bank area.







Rain helps extinguish wildfire emergency across Kentucky
For the first time in weeks, there were no active forest fires in Kentucky Wednesday afternoon, according to the Kentucky Division of Forestry.







Erlanger's Mentos
has a 'dash button'

It's the Amazon Dash Button, and it has the potential to redefine impulse shopping, and Mentos quickly signed up for the service.








Purse snatchings Tuesday on Dixie Highway in Florence
The first robbery occurred when an unknown male approached a victim in the parking lot of Emerson’s Bakery around 7 a.m. Police said he forcibly took her wallet that was around her arm and then fled in a vehicle.







'Full House' child star urges addicts not to stand alone
Jodie Sweetin shares her battle with addiction on college campuses for a reason. Sweetin, the child star who played Stephanie Tanner from hit show “Full House,” said she struggled the most with addiction when she was in college.







You could end up paying more for your Christmas Tree
Although you’ll likely be able to find plenty of trees, you might end up paying more for a tree this year in some parts of the country, or finding there’s less variety to choose from.







KY Baptists reaching
out to help AIDs victims

The 825 hospice buckets collected at the Kentucky Baptist Convention Annual Meeting at Florence Baptist Church will be sent overseas through a partnership with Baptist Global Response.










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