Covington schools reach agreement to end use of 'calm rooms'
The Covington Independent Public Schools agreed to a settlement which will better serve the needs of students with behavior problems, and end the use of school resource officers responding to incidents at elementary schools.
Standing water on roads, crashes slow morning commute
Steady overnight rain left standing water on roads and highways across the Tri-State, especially on the Cut-in-the-Hill on Interstate 71/75 in Northern Kentucky.
A few crashes have been reported.
Kenton Co. superintendent helps build school in Dominican Republic
The superintendent of Kenton County Schools is paying it forward by getting her hands dirty.
Dr. Terri Cox-Cruey is in the Dominican Republic helping build a school for children in need.
Methadone treatment clinic is opening in Covington but the exact date remains unknown
A for-profit methadone treatment clinic is still expected to open in Covington at 15th and Madison, as NKY News/Cov News noted a few weeks ago.
Ei8ht Ball Brewing will close
its doors later this winter
“Ei8ht Ball was incredibly successful as a small niche brewery and we were selling all the beer we could make at our current facility,” said New Riff Distilling President and Owner Ken Lewis.
January 19, 2017
Mom makes first appearance since paralyzing Covington building collapse
Valerie McNamara made her first public appearance Wednesday night at her son Brennan's final basketball game of the season.
Edgewood daycare worker accused of abusing toddlers
Surveillance video at a northern Kentucky daycare caught a worker forcing children to the ground during nap time, restraining toddlers in in high chairs and leaving them in “time out” for excessive periods of time, according to the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney’s office.
One hospitalized in flaming Ludlow vehicle fire
One person was taken to a hospital and at least two people were hurt in a flaming Ludlow vehicle fire early Thursday, according to Kenton County dispatchers.
Convicted Covington official signs over pension to city
Bob Due signed over his pension as part of the restitution process. "From our perspective he certainly had plenty of opportunities to get it done. It's been going on two years now.
You're free to roam
MainStrasse once again
Frequently criticized by NKY News/Cov News, the City of Covington finally canceled the much-heralded parking fees program in MainStrasse last night.
Ex-Covington finance director back in court to recover money
Bob Due is back in Covington to help the city recover some of the money he stole. Sentenced in 2014 for embezzling $800,000 from the city, the former Covington finance director sits in the Kenton County Detention Center waiting to sign over his pension to the city.
All Holmes High School students getting a free laptop
Every student at Holmes High School will receive a MacBook laptop. It's part of an innovative new program approved by the board of education in October to keep students on the cutting edge of technology.
Verizon is considering making a bid to buy Charter Communications
Verizon is considering making a bid to buy Charter Communications , the company that recently bought Time Warner Cable:
AT&T has been on a buying spree in the last two years, first snatching up DirecTV and its more than 20 million customers, and now trying to acquire the massive Time Warner media empire.
Cincinnati Bell adding more than 300 local call center agents
Cincinnati Bell Inc. is adding more than 300 universal call center agents who are based in Greater Cincinnati, and who are trained to handle every problem a customer might encounter after installing new or upgraded services from Cincinnati Bell – whether it’s a technical issue or a billing question.
Benefit for woman injured in Covington building collapse
Valerie McNamara was chaperoning a field trip will eighth-grade students from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School on September 29 when the roof of a Covington building partially collapsed, injuring her and three others.
Health Innovation Center at NKU update: Construction ahead of schedule
Once a metal skeleton, walls are now going up as the construction of the Health Innovation Center has reached its halfway mark, according to Project Manager Mark Jones.
Ice blamed for single-vehicle crash that killed Florence woman
A 32-year-old Kentucky woman died Monday from injuries she suffered in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Independence Missouri.
Police identified the woman as Amanda Hrenya of Florence, Ky
New Aloft hotel raises Newport's Levee vibe
Seven-story luxury hotel Aloft opens Jan. 17 raising a new live music bar at Newport on the Levee's entertainment scene.
An electronic stock exchange ticker scrolls inside Aloft Newport on the Levee's first-floor lobby.
Pay-to-park in MainStrasse expected to be big topic at Commission meeting
The new mayor and city commission this year will revisit whether to continue charging for parking in MainStrasse and maintain residential parking restrictions. When elected in November Meyer pledged to eliminate parking measures the city put in place in 2016.
Steak ‘n Shake at NKU a success: What restaurant
will be next
NKU students waited in line for nearly 30 minutes on Monday to try out the new Steak ‘n Shake, which replaced Coyote Jack’s in the Student Union.
Covington's oldest living resident dies at age 109
The woman believed to be oldest living resident in Covington and possibly the state has passed away.
Opal Kwozalla died peacefully at the age of 109 over the weekend.
Train blocked entrance to Kenton County home
for 2+ hours
DEMOSSVILLE, Ky. -- A Northern Kentucky woman says a train stopped on the tracks outside her home for more than two hours Sunday, blocking the only way in and out.
Convicted Covington finance director in contempt of court
New charge against Bob Due, the former City of Covington finance director who was convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city government.
Heroin took place of OxyContin on Kentucky after reformulation
Maurice Ludwick says OxyContin used to be the drug of choice in Louisville. But that changed around 2010, when the drug was formulated to make it impossible to crush and snort.
Anti-Trump demonstration in Florence was canceled
The anti-Trump demonstration along Mall Rd that was planned for last Saturday? Was canceled, NKY Unites organizers announced on Friday without explanation. The group was started by a Covington social worker.
Good idea! Covington, with its high poverty rate, could use some of these
The "Lil Pantry" is a big help for residents struggling to put food on the table in Pleasant Ridge.
“When I don't have enough money to go to the store and buy… [with the] pantry, I can always come take what I need,” Charlene Hill said
Covington man hangs himself
A person hung himself in Covington recently, off Craig Street. Reluctant to post the photo entirely.
Covington shop owner convicted in $400K food stamp fraud case
A 49-year-old woman has been convicted in a massive food stamp fraud case in Northern Kentucky.
Phyllis Tyler, who owns a shop on Madison Avenue, was convicted in federal court.
Covington lawyer Lisa Wells reindicted on drug-related charge
A Covington defense lawyer and radio legal analyst was reindicted by a Miami County grand jury on drug-related charges in a traffic stop on Interstate 75 near Piqua a year ago.
The 'Owl Tree' at Twin Oaks Golf Club in Latonia
We were lucky enough to witness a family of Great Horned Owl raise 3 babies before our very eyes. We will definitely miss this big boy."
Covington man says he was recently
stabbed by NKY carjacking suspect
A Covington man who says he was stabbed by a carjacking suspect about a month ago is speaking out. Justin Bowlin (photo), 35, was charged Wednesday with a slew of crimes that began in Covington, led to a carjacking in Independence.
Rain or ice? Northern Kentucky right at the
A freezing rain advisory will go into effect for most of southwestern Ohio and southeastern Indiana. Freezing rain is possible for NKY as well.
to shooting in Newport
A man was shot in an alley in Newport Thursday night, police said.
The shooting, at about 11 p.m. at 715 Liberty Street, stemmed from an argument over a woman, police said.
Book now for Valentine's Day at ... White Castle
White Castle is now accepting reservations for its 26th annual Valentine's Day dinner Tuesday, February 14, from 4 – 9 p.m. The special experience, complete with hostess seating, tableside service and a fun cuisine of Sliders, Veggie Sliders, Chicken Rings, Gooey Butter Cake on a stick and other noteworthy menu items.
Country road in Boone County set to be widened
Photos by KYTC District 6 showing the section of KY 536 / Mt. Zion Road in Boone County that's about to be widened. The end of an old country road.
Amazon to add more jobs as part of national hiring binge
The online retail giant already employs more than 10,000 employees across 11 locations in the state, with major Kentucky fulfillment centers in Shepherdsville, Campbellsville, Hebron and Lexington.
January 13, 2017
State closes 31 unemployment centers but not Covington; will become a hub
The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet will pull employees out of 31 unemployment centers in an effort to save money; but not Covington which will become a "hub".
Police searching for suspect in early morning Newport robbery
Police are investigating an early morning robbery in Newport.
The “Circle K” at 10th and Monmouth was held up at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Escapee from halfway house
arrested after routine traffic stop
A man who escaped from a halfway house in Louisville was caught in Grant County.
A Kentucky state trooper pulled over Daryl McIntosh on a routine traffic stop in Crittenden.
Fire and explosion
at Mentos candy factory
Boone County dispatchers confirmed crews responded to a fire and explosion at Perfetti Van Melle Co. Tuesday morning.
No injuries were reported.
January 10, 2017
Readers rip social worker's planned
anti-Trump event in Florence
An anti-Trump group of 45 people held a peaceful march through Covington in December, probably hoping for a bigger turnout in Florence? Well, that's their hope anyway.
Boone County Animal Shelter gets high marks
A group of college students went to each county shelter to see if animals shelters were meeting minimum state requirements. Boone County Animal Shelter got high marks, but Kenton, Campbell and Grant shelters were not as stellar.
Cameras On The Lookout For Algal Blooms
This spring a camera will begin taking pictures of the Ohio River at California, Kentucky to identify rare but toxic algal blooms as much as a day before they become a danger to drinking water.
destroyed in fire
Authorities are working to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Independence Monday.
Officials said a passerby spotted smoke coming from the Sterling Drive home around 11:15 a.m.
Two St Elizabeth Hospitals penalized for patient safety issues
St Elizabeth Hospital Florence and St Elizabeth Hospital Fort Thomas are among hospitals being penalized for patient safety.
The federal government has cut payments to hospitals with high rates of patient injuries last year.
NKY animal shelters getting good marks; Boone shelter gets stellar rating
A group of college students went to each county shelter to see if animals shelters were meeting minimum state requirements.
Road aid emergency funds
granted to fix Fort Henry Drive
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC District 6) today announced that the City of Ft. Wright will receive $40,000 in Municipal Road Aid emergency funds.
The city will use the funds for a slide repair on Fort Henry Drive, located east of Pickett Drive.
CVG's gain was Dayton airport's loss
Southwest Airlines is stopping all flights out of Dayton International Airport, part of a growing trend of airlines abandoning small and mid-sized airports for larger, more profitable hub markets, industry analysts said.
Has traffic patterns improved at Newport Pavilion?
Since the Newport Pavilion opened for business, there have been attempts to improve the traffic patterns and lights, especially around Carothers Road. Now, it seems to be better. Do you agree?
Outdated McDonald's in Covington replaced with new
The City of Covington recently celebrated the reopening of the newly constructed McDonald's at 302 Philadelphia St.
Items stolen from at
least 20 cars in Ft. Thomas
In every case it happened while victims are asleep. Throughout the city cars parked on the street and in driveways were becoming targets for criminals. There have been 20 break-ins just in the last week
CVG was evacuated amid tension from FL airport shooting
The Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International airport was evacuated briefly Saturday morning, sending passengers into a frenzy in the wake of a mass shooting attack at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport.
Handle with care if you're considering enrolling at for-profit Sullivan University
Thinking about enrolling at the new Northern Kentucky branch of Sullivan University, a for-profit entity named after its founder and still run by the family?
It's up to you, but Sullivan University does allegedly have a checkered past that should be considered.
Man killed in ATV mishap
On Thursday, a Florence man died as a result of a single all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident on a farm in the 11,000 block of US-42 in Union, Kentucky.
Man who robbed Newport Subway twice is caught
Police have arrested a man who they said robbed the same Subway restaurant in Newport twice.
John Christopher Henry, 37, is now facing two charges of robbery.
Boone County deputies looking for Motel 6 robbers
On Monday, December 28, 2016 at approximately 9:30 p.m. two men robbed the Motel 6 located at 164 Winning Colors Drive in Richwood.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office has since obtained surveillance stills of the perpetrators.
Holmes new game
turf being installed
Let it roll! The first roll of turf was placed on the new field at Holmes High School Wednesday morning.
Auto body shop catches
fire in Newport area
A fire broke out at Collins Auto Body at 200 Licking Pike and Wilder early Thursday morning.
The fire was reportedly in the upper floor of the body shop.
Villa Hills looking to transform part of
What is now a beautiful hilltop in Villa Hills overlooking the Ohio River may soon be the sight of something else.
The sisters of St. Walburg Monastery have lived on the property for more than 100 years but have been working with the city.
Independence father accused of shaking baby appears
The case against a Kenton County man accused of seriously injuring his child has been bound over to a grand jury.
Shots fired in City Heights neighborhood
Covington police responded to the City Heights Housing Complex for a report of shots being fired in the area on Tuesday.
Police found shell casings and other paraphernalia associated with firearms. Officers also found a victim lying in a nearby apartment.
Survey: Ohio, Ky. rank as top 'moved away from' states
Thinking about moving out of Ohio or Kentucky? A recent survey from a moving company says you're not alone.
Area still has a major bed bug problem
Metro Cincinnati is no longer #1 for those pesky bed bugs, falling all the way to #8 in the latest survey in just five years.
Baltimore tops this year's Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list, released today by pest control leader Orkin.
Embarrassment: New mayor forced to get permission to hire assistant
(then forced to pay for her salary!)
Covington's figurehead mayor, Joe Meyer, got has 'executive assistant' but first had to ask for permission to do so.
The Covington Commission agreed to allow him to have an assistant, as long as it is at Meyer's own expense.
Bomb squad called after military grenade found in Erlanger house
A military grenade scared an Erlanger homeowner Monday, officials with the Erlanger Fire Department said.
A bomb squad was called to a home on Dale Hollow Drive around 11:45 a.m. Monday after a homeowner reported finding a grenade in her trash.
Fake swearing-in for figurehead mayor Friday
Figurehead Mayor Joe Meyer (the Covington city manager actually runs things) will fake taking the oath of office on Friday. He already took it. Steve Frank photo.
Burlington drill team invited to perform in inaugural parade
The Boone County Elite 4-H Equestrian Drill team contacted Sen. Mitch McConnell's office after Donald Trump won the presidential election, asking if they could be considered to perform in the parade.
Florence woman is accused of driving while using heroin, crashing and injuring a child
Court documents state that Cords took heroin, overdosed and passed out on New Year's Day in Hamilton County. That's when she allegedly crashed into a pole.
Rabbit Hash General Store hopes to open on anniversary of fire
New Rabbit Hash General Store hopes to open on February 13, one year after the fire that destroyed the original, maybe a little later. "The best news of 2017 is that we don’t think the opening of the store is going to take as long as we first projected."
Suspension Bridge became an icon
Suspension Bridge became an icon because it was among the first to span the Ohio River. When the first pedestrians crossed on December 1, 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet.
Road crews stayed up all night during snow threat
Forecasters called for scattered snow showers and snow squalls Thursday evening and into Friday morning. Crews pretreated state roads and interstates with salt brine during the day to prep roadways.
Beechwood freshman football player dies
The Beechwood High School community came together Friday following a tragic loss. Hundreds are comforting the family of freshman Mason Bushelman, 16, who died Thursday night following a catastrophic seizure.
Conner, Campbell County grab wins in Lloyd Tournament
In the third place game of the Lloyd holiday tournament, a 33rd district rivalry was renewed when Conner and Ryle tangled. Conner grabbed the 63-50 win to take third place. In the championship game, Campbell County made quick work of Woodford County, 59-33.
Fundraising campaign for Fort Mitchell K9
The goal of the campaign is to raise $30,000 for the cost of the dog, training, cruiser outfit, ballistic vest and more. They've raised about 66 percent of their goal.
Crash sends tractor-trailer down an embankment
off of I-75
An accident sent a tractor-trailer down an embankment on Friday morning. The accident involved the semi and a pickup truck on northbound I-75 near Mt. Zion Road at about 7:30 a.m.
Beginning in 2018, KY travelers will not be able to fly with driver's license
Beginning in 2018, flying could become more difficult for Kentucky residents.
Kentucky driver's licenses are not compliant with the REAL ID Act, and the state has not been granted an extension to become compliant.
Hampton Inn Covington
The 127-room Hampton Inn Cincinnati-Riverfront is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation with scheduled completion by end of first quarter 2017. The remodel of the exterior of the building, public spaces and guest rooms also includes the addition of 20 new two-room suites.
Ohio officer’s stolen bagpipes found along road
A Cincinnati-area honor guard member whose bagpipes were stolen from his vehicle after a vigil has the instrument back after a mail carrier found it along a road in nearby northern Kentucky.
People in Newport will be able to connect to the internet for free
In late 2017, people in Newport will be able to connect to the internet for free.
Cincinnati Bell is going to offer free Wi-Fi to Newport, Ky., residential and business customers by getting local businesses to purchase managed services from the company.
Kenton County man arrested for assault on 6-week-old baby
Kenton County man was arrested on Christmas Eve for assaulting his own child.
Court records show the child is a 6-week-old female, and the incident was reported by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Kitchen fire at historic Log Cabin Inn
The Log Cabin Inn off Madison Pike was on fire early this afternoon, looks like it was contained to the kitchen area in the back of the original structure. Photo by Lynne Hagedorn.
Letters of commendation for two Florence officers
Recently, Florence Police Officer Leone and K9 Officer Eder responded to a report of a person suffering a cardiac arrest.
Working quickly, the officers began administering CPR and continued to do so until Florence EMS arrived with more advanced life support.
Part of now-closed Colonial Motel in Covington torn down
The backside of the city-owned building once housing the Colonial Motel being
It was the newer section of the complex.The city bought the Colonial Motel in 2015 for about $250,000 to stop a drug recovery clinic from buying it.
Church burns to ground
overnight in Falmouth
Crews worked to put out a fire at the Chapel of Praise Assembly of God at Highway 159 and Luxomburg Road in Falmouth on Tuesday morning. The church was burned to the ground.
Registration for NKY Senior Games now underway
The NKY Senior Games: Winter Edition will
take place at the Fort Thomas Armory, 950 Fort Thomas Avenue, on Thursday, January 19th.
Girl orphaned two years ago in horrific KY plane crash adopted
Girl, nine, is orphaned two years ago in horrific Kentucky plane crash that killed her parents and sister is adopted just in time for Christmas: A nine-year-girl who was orphaned almost two years ago following a horrific plane crash has been adopted just in time for Christmas.
George Clooney got his TV break 32 years ago
Just two years after moving to Hollywood, George Clooney made his national TV debut on this date in CBS' short-lived "E/R" hospital comedy starring Elliott Gould, Conchatta Ferrell and unknown Jason Alexander on Dec. 12, 1984.
Police looking for this serial shoplighter
This male subject unlawfully shoplifted from Home Depot in Florence.
The same subject has also shoplifted from CVS multiple times, per those reports.
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