Construction is officially underway on the Gateway Community and Technical College Urban/Metro Campus in downtown Covington. College officials and community leaders made a symbolic swing of the sledge hammer Thursday to mark the start of a complete renovation of the former Marx Gallery at 520 Madison Avenue into the Gateway Technology and Design Center. Classes are expected to start in the refurbished 50,000-square-foot facility in August next year.
Elmwood Place's speed cameras will soon be in possession of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered the cameras confiscated after ruling the village, and the company running them, Optotraffic, did not turn them off after he ordered them to and continued to issue tickets.
A new report from the ACLU says pay-to-stay jail fees are not the revenue generator they appear to be. The American Civil Liberties Union studied such programs at three jails, including the Hamilton County jail. During a news conference Wednesday, the ACLU said collections agencies often pose an additional financial drain on counties, with minimal results and often ruin the credit rating of people who have left jail but cannot afford to pay these fees.
Northern Kentucky University says that Ken Bothof has been named the school’s Director of Athletics. He'll start the job on Aug. 19. Bothof comes to NKU from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he has served as athletic director since 2002.