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Campbell County baseball team ends impressive playoff run

The Campbell County High School baseball team enjoyed an impressive run at the state championship this year, but that ended Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Louisville’s St. Xavier high school.
2016 marked the third consecutive year that a high school team from Northern Kentucky has made it to the state final. Last year, the Highlands Bluebirds were defeated by West Jessamine High, and St. Xavier beat Simon Kenton in the 2014 final.
CCHS coach Scott Schweitzer expressed pride for his Camels team.
“I can definitely smile from what these kids did,” Campbell County coach Scott Schweitzer said after the game. “That’s the first runner-up trophy that I’ll ever gladly take back to school with me, you know. St. X was great (Saturday) and I thought we were great. They were just a little better. So I can walk away with my head high, knowing we did everything we could as coaches and players to win a state championship. It was an awesome experience, and expect to see us back.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

Newport's Packhouse restaurant goes mobile with food truck

Since it opened in January 2014, Packhouse Meats in Newport has quickly developed a reputation for unique culinary offerings and high energy via its trendy Monmouth Street storefront.
The restaurant is now set to take those offerings on the road with a mobile food truck, which will begin making stops this summer at popular gathering spaces throughout Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati.
Packhouse’s inventive menu features several types of meatballs, which can be paired with sauces like basil pesto, habanero cream and mango salsa. The food truck’s menu will initially be limited to two standard meatball options – beef and turkey.
Menu items range from $3 to $8.75.
Read the full Soapbox Media story here.

City approves completion of Newport's Riverwalk

Newport officials this week announced the city’s approval of a contract with Woolpert Engineering to create a pedestrian bridge from the foot of the Taylor-Southgate Bridge to the floodwall on the Northern Kentucky side.
The announcement marks the latest development in NKY’s Riverfront Commons project – a planned 11-mile trail that will eventually connect Ft. Thomas to Ludlow and cost a total of $1.65 million.
Another related project on the Bellevue-Newport border, Taylor Creek Overlook Park, will continue this summer. In addition to tying into the overarching Riverfront Commons plans, the two projects will do much to increase walkability between the neighboring cities.
“Ultimately, we want sidewalks to Bellevue,” said Newport City Manager Tom Fromme.
Read the full River City News story here.

Northern Kentucky to host River Cities Relay race

This summer brings a brand-new event to NKY’s riverfront that promises both a health and an economic boon for the region.
The River Cities Relay, a new event presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, will start and end under Newport’s Purple People Bridge. The finish line will feature a celebration complete with local food, drink and live music.
The Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2016 created the race event, adding a charitable component with a list of beneficiaries that includes the Brighton Center, Parish Kitchen and the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.
The 15-mile race will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, with registration now open for individuals as well as two- and four-person relay teams.
Read the full River City News story here.

Taylor Mill introduces LoveLock art project at Pride Park

The City of Taylor Mill this week introduces LoveLock LoveScape at Pride Park located at 5614 Taylor Mill Road. The project, which was unveiled June 10, is located at the park’s southernmost side, near the community walking trails.
LoveLock LoveScape was inspired by historic bridges of the same name throughout Europe, where lovers traditionally attach personalized, inscribed locks to the bridge’s railing, tossing their keys over the bridge as a symbol of everlasting love.
Although similar, but informal, “love lock” projects have been attempted throughout Northern Kentucky – along Newport’s Purple People Bridge, for example, before the locks were removed by city officials citing a weight hazard – the LoveLock project is the first of its kind in Taylor Mill.
Read more Taylor Mill news here.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra returns to Devou Park

Few things signify summertime quite like sitting outside and listening to music. Northern Kentuckians will be able to do just that beginning in July as the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (KSO) kicks off its 25th annual summer series.
This year will feature pop and jazz favorites by Chuck Mangione, Spyro Gyra, Eumir Deodato and Chick Corea. A Viennese New Year-style party on July 9 serve as a season preview and KSO anniversary party.
According to its website, the KSO “was formed in 1992 (as the Northern Kentucky Symphony) with a mission to make classical music attractive, accessible and affordable to people in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area.”
Read the full River City News article here.

Skyward and CGN offer nano grants for NKY community improvement

Have you always been interested in starting a community garden in Northern Kentucky? Organizing a historical society? Painting a park bench? Helping your neighborhood’s stray pets find permanent homes?
Thanks to a new program from Skyward and Covington’s Center for Great Neighborhoods, you may be eligible for up to $250 to make your daydream a reality.
The myNKY Nano Grant Pilot Program rolls out this month. The program will initially serve Dayton, Florence and Pendleton County, and eventually expand to all of Northern Kentucky.

Each community will host workshops throughout the month of June for residents interested in learning more and applying. Attendance by applicants is encouraged, but not required.
Learn more and download the grant application here.

Aqua on the Levee progresses, announces parking garage now open

Newport on the Levee’s latest development – a forthcoming $80 million mixed-used expansion called Aqua on the Levee – is rapidly approaching completion.
Piquing public interest, Aqua organizers announced this week that a new 800-space parking garage is officially open to the public.
Visitors to the Levee can now make use of 345 newly constructed parking spaces; the remaining spots will be reserved for residential tenants and visitors to Aqua’s forthcoming Starwood Aloft Hotel.
A representative of Capital Investment Group (CIG), the developers who broke ground on Aqua back in November 2014, was quoting as saying the new offerings will “utilize Newport on the Levee to provide our residents with great entertainment and dining experience.”
Read the full River City News story here.

Levee Ferris wheel plans move forward

Last year, in our annual roundup of Newport progress and developments, we shared the news that Northern Kentucky’s shoreline could soon boast an eye-catching observation wheel, similar to those that grace cities like Seattle and Chicago.
This week it was announced that those plans are still underway and currently awaiting feasibility confirmation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“They’ve been given construction plans and we’re waiting for an OK,” said Levee General Manager Harold Dull.
Levee officials recently began working with Jones Lang LaSalle to optimize its retail offerings and recruit tenants.
“There’s a lot of good things happening, said Tim Murray, a vice president of the firm. “There’s some announcements that could be made soon.”

Read the full Cincinnati Enquirer story here.

Covington a "City to Watch" according to national urban development group

CNN reported that the Washington-based National Main Street Center included Covington among this year’s Great American Main Street award winners. The award is bestowed on urban centers around the country that exhibit promise in areas such as revitalization, economic development and historic preservation.

The city’s Renaissance Covington program was praised for recent efforts that have included the installation of five temporary interactive “parklets” that occupy former parking spaces around the city.
Read the full WCPO Cincinnati story here.

Newport outlines next phase of urban revitalization

The city of Newport is ready to add an eighth historic district to its existing seven.
At a city commission meeting on Monday, Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso announced that planners will use a $20,000 award from the Kentucky Heritage Council, as well as $13,000 in matching grants from the city, to begin surveying roughly 1,000 Westside properties to establish the new historic district.
The new district will be located in the Buena Vista neighborhood between Eighth and 12th Streets, and from York Street to Brighton Street.
Newport residents like Kate and Micky McElwain, who are currently renovating a 19th century property on West 10th Street, see their city as a treasure trove of both history and potential.
“If you look at the east side of Newport in the late 1970s, early 1980s, there were very old buildings in various conditions," says McElwain. "With preservation, we now have a very beautiful neighborhood and we are hoping to have the same thing on the west side."
Read the full River City News article here.

Judge saves iconic brewery from demolition

Last week a Kenton County Circuit Court judge upheld the decision to stop demolition of a 19th century Bavarian brewery located in Covington’s Westside neighborhood.
The brewery, which was most recently home to the former Jillian’s nightclub, was purchased by Columbia-Sussex hotel group in 2007 with the hope of one day accommodating a casino. Once it became clear that favorable casino legislation would not materialize, developers sought to raze the structure.
The city of Covington adopted a redevelopment plan for the surrounding area in 2009 which would make use of the building; the city cited that plan in their recent argument to preserve the historic structure.
Plans for the brewery are uncertain, but Covington City Solicitor Frank Warnock was quoted as saying, “The property is in a great location and has much potential for development.”
Read the full River City News story here.

Area transportation planners urge officials to rehab Brent Spence Bridge

Renewed attention from Washington lawmakers could be key in renovating a long-time source of concern for commuters.
Washington-based newspaper The Hill recently identified the Brent Spence Bridge as the top infrastructural concern facing the nation. The bridge, which connects Covington to downtown Cincinnati and points along I-75, has long been the subject of concern for local residents and legislators alike.
“The story is important because The Hill is read by members of Congress and their staffs, and they know about the dire condition of the Brent Spence Bridge,” said Jill Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “It also provides a reminder to local legislators and elected officials what is obvious to those in Washington.”
Transportation officials from both sides of the river are calling not only for rehabilitation of the bridge, but construct of a new one alongside it. The project will cost an estimated $2.5 billion, a figure that, due to inflation, increases $8 million for each month that construction is delayed.
Read the full NKY Tribune article here.

Holmes High School JROTC shines at regional competition

"The concept of Junior ROTC is very much about preparing students for making good choices and getting prepared for what is next after high school."
That’s the sentiment of Major Paul Wilson, a retired Marine who has led the JROTC program at Holmes High School in Covington for the past nine years.
The Holmes team scored multiple awards at the Appalachian Championship Regional ROTC Olympics held earlier this month, with accolades that included first place in physical fitness, second place for rifle, fourth for academics and eighth place for drill.
Holmes’s yearlong JROTC course focuses on citizenship, personal growth and responsibility, physical training, military science and leadership. While the program is decidedly male dominated, female membership has increased in recent years.
Read the full River City News story here.

International industrial fair in Germany shines light on NKY

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel weren’t the only ones in attendance for the world’s largest industrial fair, which recently took place in Hanover, Germany – Northern Kentucky was there as well.
Tri-ED President Dan Tobertge, along with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, used the five-day event to network with potential international partners and showcase the opportunities for foreign direct investment in Northern Kentucky.
The Hannover Messe fair enjoyed its largest-ever turnout, with the Kentucky Business Reception, hosted by Governor Bevin, attracting nearly 80 high-level private and public sector individuals.
“Kentucky’s presence at Hannover Messe was a big success, not only from a brand building perspective, but from a prospecting and relationship-building perspective,” said Mandy Lambert, Commissioner for Business Development at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. “European companies continue to be a prime target for cultivating new international investment opportunities. The Kentucky delegation had the opportunity to meet with several new leads, as well as establish relationships with high-ranking national and international dignitaries that will benefit Kentucky for years to come.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.
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