The Voice - February 2019

Commissioner Meeting Schedule and More


By City Manager Tom Fromme

2018 was a good year for the City of Newport! We are looking forward to new developments planned for 2019. The 2018 Year-End report will be featured in a future issue of The Voice.

Here is the listing of the Board of Commissioner meetings and other Committee meetings for 2019:

Newport Board of Commissioners:

  • February 11 (Caucus)

  • February 25 (Regular)

  • March 11 (Caucus)

  • March 25 (Regular)

  • April 8 (Caucus)

  • April 22 (Regular)

  • May 6 (Caucus)

  • May 20 (Regular)

  • June 10 (Regular)

  • July 22 (Regular)

  • August 19 (Regular)

  • September 23 (Regular)

  • October 7 (Caucus)

  • October 21 (Regular)

  • November 18 (Regular)

  • December 16 (Regular)

All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open to the public. Unless otherwise advertised, meetings are held at 7:00 pm in the 1st floor Multi-Purpose room of the City building at 998 Monmouth Street. Any special meetings will be announced a minimum of 24 hours in advance by notice to the media and posting at the city building. Regular meetings are televised on local cable Public Access Channel via Spectrum Cable on channel 200 and the city's Facebook page ( Caucus meetings are not televised. Agendas are posted at or call the city clerk at 859-292-3668.

The following are regular meeting dates for other City Boards for the year 2019.

  • Code Enforcement Board meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm as needed.

  • Board of Adjustments meets on the third Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm as needed.

  • Planning and Zoning Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm as needed.

  • Historic Preservation Commission meets as needed on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm

  • Newport Recreation Commission meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm

  • Urban Design Review Board meets as needed.

To confirm if there are meetings scheduled, please call 859-292-3637.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please call me at 859-292-3687 or email

Great things are happening in Newport! Thanks for your efforts to continue to make Newport a great place to live, work, shop, and play.

NBA February Meeting


By Bev Holiday, NBA Vice President

The Newport Business Association (NBA) will be hosting its Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers/Board of Directors and Award Presentations on Tuesday, February 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Newport Syndicate. The meeting is free for NBA members and $15 per person for Non-NBA members. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar provided for attendees.

February Events at the Newport History Museum

By Scott Clark, Historic Preservation Officer and Newport History Museum Executive Director

February will be a busy month at the Newport History Museum @ The Southgate Street School (215 E. Southgate Street). Watch the East Row listserv for details of events.

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The Museum will be open every Saturday in February (2, 9, 16 and 23) in support of National Black History Month from noon to 3:00 pm. "Black Sports Legends of Newport High School" prepared by Daylin Garland will be on display for viewing. This pictorial and newspaper clipping exhibit showcases the Legends of Newport Honorees from the past.

Other planned February events (times and details coming soon):

Tuesday, February 5: An exciting "Reveal" along East Southgate Street to enhance this Historic Street and The Newport History Museum

Wednesday, February 6: A Talk by an expert on artist Frank Duveneck

The Museum's mission is to honor the students and educators who stepped through the school by engaging with and celebrating the diverse history of the community. This is a place where the voices and stories of Newport's unique past come alive. The Museum is free to visit and open to the public.

Newport Wildcats Advance in the Kentucky All “A” Classic

By Kelly Grayson


The Newport Wildcats played and advanced in the Kentucky All “A” Classic State Tournament. With the score tired and down to the final seconds on the clock, junior guard, DaeShawn White put up a 3-point shot dropping through the net giving Newport the win over Holy Cross 48-45 in the 9th Regional All “A” Classic. This game was held last Saturday at Newport Central Catholic. Newport advanced to the State All “A” after winning three close games, beating Beechwood 53-52 and Newport Catholic 67-62.

Senior Makhi McGuire was named most valuable player on the regional all-tournament team. DaeShawn White and Kaleal Davis were also named to the all-tournament team. Newport is ranked 4th in the latest Northern Kentucky coaches poll.

The win puts Newport’s record at 17-4 heading into the All “A” State Classic for the first time since 2012. The Wildcats took on Kentucky Country Day (10-9) champions of the 7th Region in the first round with an exciting win 67-47 at Eastern Kentucky University’s McBrayer Arena.

The Newport Wildcats will continue play, facing off against University Heights Academy from Region 2 in the next round of the tournament. We invite you to follow Newport Schools on Facebook at Newport Independent School District and on each school’s Twitter. You can also download our app, Newport ISD, or visit Our goal is to keep you informed about the great things happening at Newport Independent Schools.

Plots for Rent in the East Row Community Garden


The East Row Garden Club has a Community Garden at the end of Nelson Place. Members can rent a 4x10 plot for the season to grow their favorite veggies, flowers, and herbs. For interest in becoming a member and renting a garden space, contact