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Crews working around the clock to complete repair work to Brent Spence Bridge by December 23

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said this week repair crews are working around the clock to reopen the Brent Spence Bridge by the Dec. 23 deadline. The bridge, which carries I-71 and I-75 traffic over the Ohio River between northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, was closed after two semi-tractor trailer rigs crashed around 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 11 while driving along the...

Kentucky Speedway loses status as a NASCAR Cup Series track; NKY tourism industry ‘disappointed’

Kentucky Speedway will not be hosting NASCAR’s Cup Series in 2021, according to Mark Simendinger, the track’s executive vice president and general manager. The racetrack in Sparta had been on NASCAR’s schedule since 2011, when Kentucky Speedway hosted the Quaker State 400. Simendinger released the following statement on Kentucky Speedway losing its status as a NASCAR Cup Series track: Mark Simendinger “This...

SD1, UofL and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky partner on groundbreaking COVID-19 tracking

Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky (SD1) has been working quietly with researchers at the University of Louisville’s Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute for several months on a wastewater testing program to track the spread of the novel coronavirus in Northern Kentucky through the Institute’s Co-Immunity Project. This week, SD1 announced the addition of a new funding partner...

First lottery game ever based on horse racing results — Win Place Show — launched statewide

Win Place Show, the first lottery game ever to be based on live horse racing, is now on sale by the Kentucky Lottery. The game revolves around Kentucky’s signature thoroughbred industry, featuring races from across the country. For each drawing, players are randomly assigned three racehorse names and numbers on their ticket for the featured race that day. Results are based on the official results...

Technology to enhance Who’s Hiring connections between Kentucky job seekers and employers

Enhanced technology will enable Kentuckians looking for work and employers with available jobs to connect with each other more effectively through the Who’s Hiring campaign of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Workforce Center. In partnership with the state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the Workforce Center launched the online Who’s Hiring campaign in March in response to the shutdowns...

Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati playwrights offer insight into why they write plays

By William H. McCann, Jr. Special to KyForward For most theatre professionals, their world is on hiatus. For the indefinite future theatres are shuttered on Broadway in New York City as well as in large cities and small towns all across America where high school musicals and community theatre productions are the weekend norm. Indeed, actors, directors, designers and crew are largely shut out; only...

Methamphetamine shipments seized in Erlanger by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at an Express Consignment Operations hub in Northern Kentucky seized 50 pounds of methamphetamine that was hidden in soap. There were two shipments that arrived at the Erlanger facility on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Those two shipments came from the same shipper in Mexico. Meth was hidden in soap packages like these. (U.S....

NTI Days require new methods of teaching, learning, but Kentucky schools are embracing the challenge

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor One of many unknowns in the world changed by COVID-19 is how teachers, students, and parents in Kentucky would handle the implementation of Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) Days. NTI requires students to learn from home until the restrictions put into place because of COVID-19 are lifted. Joe Cordonnier talks to his AP Psychology students via video conferencing (Photos...

Ludlow’s Paul Miller is a genuine clown, but take seriously his social purpose, entrepreneurship

By Ginger Dawson Special to KyForward By now, I imagine just about everybody in Northern Kentucky has heard of Circus Mojo, and the Bircus Brewing Company, located in the historic Ludlow Movie Theatre. Paul Hallinan Miller (Photo by Ginger Dawson) These two, the circus, with its school, and the brewery, are the brainchildren of Paul Hallinan Miller. Paul, up to this point (he’s only 44 years old)...

The Immigrant: The Life of Matthias Toebben in his own words — and what a life it has been

By Judy Clabes Special to KyForward Matth Toebben tells his story as only he can and as you turn the pages of his book, The Immigrant, the words come to you in his distinctive voice – heavy still with the German inflection from his boyhood, peppered with his innate good humor and the pain and poignancy of a life fully lived. If you are lucky enough to have heard any of the stories firsthand, before...

Attention Middle School students and educators: MATHCOUNTS wants you in its Competition Series

The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) is sponsoring another exciting year of MATHCOUNTS. All interested middle school students, their parents, and their teachers are encouraged to take part in the 2019-2020 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. MATHCOUNTS is a national program that starts with students and educators, in their schools. It is a program that stimulates interest in mathematics...

Looking for something special to do: Don’t miss one-of-a-kind BLINK light festival in NKY Oct. 10-13

BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, is the largest light, art and culture event of its kind in the nation, coming to downtown Cincinnati and Covington on October 10-13. The event will span 30-city blocks from Covington, crossing the river, through Downtown Cincinnati and into Over-the-Rhine and the Findlay Market neighborhood.
 BLINK will transform the Cincinnati Region into an outdoor art phenomenon...

Enforcement begins in year-long campaign to cut down on speeding on stretch of I-75 in Kenton Co.

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Don’t put the pedal to the metal in Northern Kentucky, as a year-long campaign against dangerous driving on Interstate 75 begins Oct. 1 in Kenton County. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are partnering with four local law enforcement agencies to increase patrols from the Ohio River to...

Inaugural Kentucky’s Edge event pairs bourbon with all things Kentucky; tickets on sale, and free events

KyForward staff It’s almost here. How much bourbon fun can you handle (see more events below)? Kentucky’s Edge has events and activities planned throughout Northern Kentucky. Click here for more information and a complete listing of events. Click photo to enlarge The inaugural, and highly anticipated, Kentucky’s Edge bourbon festival takes place Friday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 5 with events...

KentuckyWired, a long-delayed project to bring high-speed internet to KY, has opened two new sections

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today KentuckyWired, a project to bring high-speed internet to all parts of Kentucky that has been beset by delays and cost overruns, has opened two new sections, primarily serving southern and eastern Kentucky.

 Gov. Matt Bevin and Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, made the announcement on Friday at the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Summit in Pikeville...

Come Find Bourbon; Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown, launch new tourism collaboration

As a fresh, new answer to the common question of where to stay when exploring Kentucky Bourbon Country, the tourism commissions of Northern Kentucky, Frankfort, and Bardstown today launch a new marketing initiative. Under the banner Come Find Bourbon and the new website www.ComeFindBourbon.com, Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown invite visitors to spend more time enjoying immersive bourbon experiences...

Students in NKy private school appeal to state Supreme Court a ruling on chicken pox vaccine

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A group of students from a private Northern Kentucky school is seeking to have the Kentucky Supreme Court overturn a lower court ruling that upheld banning unvaccinated students from school.

 The case involved a chicken pox outbreak earlier this year at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy, a Catholic school in Walton. The students objected to the chicken...

Tim Bray: Northern Kentucky has emerged as statewide, regional tourism juggernaut

The summer vacation season has arrived and tourism in Northern Kentucky has never been hotter. A slew of vibrant attractions, a booming bourbon scene, the construction of new hotels, robust demand for the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and the continued growth of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport have firmly placed tourism as a major driver of employment, investment and visitor...

Jamie Vaught: Despite loss to Tennessee, UK’s road to the Final Four appears promising

Yes, UK’s setback to Tennessee in last Saturday’s SEC basketball tournament thriller was disappointing, but that doesn’t mean the Cats have lost their momentum for the NCAA Tournament. For instance, look at the 2012 Wildcats who were led by freshman superstar Anthony Davis. They lost to Vanderbilt in the SEC tourney final before winning the whole thing at New Orleans. Look at coach Frank Martin’s...

Longtime Northern Kentucky legislator Art Schmidt dies at age 91; services set for Friday in Cold Spring

Arthur (Art) L. Schmidt, a Northern Kentucky legend for his service to the legislature and the community, died Sunday. He was 91. Art Schmidt and his signature smile. Schmidt was born May 1, 1927, in Cold Spring to Joseph and Elizabeth Schmidt who preceded him in death. He served 18 years in the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing the 69th District, where he rose to the position of Minority...