Good news comes from all over Northern Kentucky, highlighted by the big announcement that a group of prominent business and civic leaders—and visionaries—have created the Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky.

The new community-wide foundation will be headed by Nancy Humphrey Grayson and will focus on funding key community needs in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.

The council of trustees initially includes well-known leaders in the community, including Kris Knochelmann, judge executive of Kenton County; Kim Halbauer, senior vice president and investment advisor executive at Fifth Third Bank; and Bill Butler, chairman of Corporex Companies, who will chair the council.

Grayson lauded Northern Kentucky’s “history of working together to achieve goals.”

“We now have the opportunity to join together again to not only create additional resources for our community but to establish a legacy foundation for future generations,” she says.

Given the reception from the community to the announcement, and given that history Grayson cites as well as the commitment from such prominent leaders, there is little doubt that this terrific effort will succeed. The community will be well served and forever grateful.

More good news:

Welcome House has opened its affordable housing project in Covington’s Mainstrasse with eight buildings that that have been extensively renovated to provide 41 units. The nonprofit will also provide services as needed to the families who occupy the units.

Maxim Crane Works, a leading NKY company founded by Carlisle Enterprises, is expanding and adding 100 jobs in Wilder. It is the nation’s leading crane rental and lifting services provider and will consolidate its operations office in NKY.

NaviGo, the career/job prep program founded by former Kenton County schools superintendent Tim Hanner, and Children Inc., the renowned children’s advocacy-and-action nonprofit founded by Rick Hulefeld, have joined forces. The merger allows Children Inc. to cover the spectrum of children’s needs from pre-natal to getting on a job track. An amazing joining of creative visions.

And now for a moment of silence

Every loss means sadness, but I ask for a moment of silence for a couple of big losses to the Northern Kentucky community. William T. Robinson III, “Mr. Everything” in NKY over so many years, died in early May, losing his hard-fought battle with lung cancer. Former president of the Kentucky and the American Bar associations, founder of Tri-ED, chair of the chamber, recipient of just about every honor you could name, head of the Florence office of Frost Brown Todd and friend to all, he told his wife Joan he hated to leave her but was ready for his “next big adventure.” We can still hear his “upward and onward” refrain.

Distinguished lawyer and judge Frank Trusty died at his Park Hills home surrounded by his family in early June, after a long illness. He was a dedicated public servant, having served as circuit and district judge, Commonwealth Attorney, first full-time director of the Kenton County Public Defenders program and more. “Frank was as wise as he was cantankerous. He had a quick wit and a servant’s heart. Whether his role was prosecutor, public defender or judge, Frank pursued truth, sought justice, and worked to make our community a better place for all,” says Rob Sanders, Kenton Commonwealth’s attorney. There were no services, at his request. He asked that his body be donated to the University of Cincinnati for organ and tissue transplantation.

Thank you to these two great men who gave much back to Northern Kentucky.

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