Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at

Greenbo Lake lodge reopens after fire and structural damage repair

05/25/2017 01:59 PM

GREENUP – With Memorial Day weekend upon us, the start of the traditional summer tourist season means that many more visitors will be flocking to the Commonwealth’s 49 state parks, and employees at one of the 17 resort parks are a little happier than others now that the 2017 summer tourist season is here. The Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Park opened its doors this week after being closed since October 4, 2015. Nineteen months ago, a kitchen fire broke... Read more 

County Connections: Fleming County covered bridges offer links to the past

05/24/2017 02:57 PM

FLEMINGSBURG – Of the 13 wooden covered bridges still standing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, three are located in Fleming County. Covered bridges were first built in the 1790’s but did not become widely popular until after 1814. The bridges were covered to protect them from the weather. At one time Kentucky had over 400 wooden bridges as the timbered spans played a romantic role in the state’s history. Lori Ulrich, member of the Wooden Covered Bridge Authority, and... Read more 

Anderson Ferry celebrates 200 years of continuous business on the Ohio River

05/22/2017 04:38 PM

CONSTANCE – This year marks the 200th anniversary for one of Northern Kentucky’s oldest businesses, the Anderson Ferry. Founded by George Anderson on March 3, 1817, the Anderson Ferry has transported horses, carriages, families and vehicles across the Ohio River between the small Boone County hamlet of Constance and southwestern Hamilton County, Ohio. Captain Paul Anderson, who bought the ferry in 1986 from the Kottmyer family, and worked at the ferry during his teenage years, has been piloting the current 3-boat fleet... Read more 

Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties award joint bid for enhanced emergency communication system

05/18/2017 05:20 PM

COVINGTON — Police and fire personnel in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties will be beneficiaries of a new radio system once a newly enhanced emergency communications system is up and running by late next year in all three counties. The Kenton County Fiscal Court, the Boone County Fiscal Court, and the Campbell County Consolidated Dispatch Board have jointly selected Motorola Solutions to design, build and implement a new 700/800 MHz P25 trunked radio system at a cost of $19.5 million. Kenton County... Read more 

Schickel joins Boone County GOP calls for resignation of Commonwealth Attorney Linda Tally-Smith

05/17/2017 10:12 AM

UNION – The Boone County Republican Party has called for the resignation of Commonwealth’s Attorney Linda Tally-Smith, a Republican, who had an extramarital affair with the lead detective who worked the case which ultimately led to the conviction of David Dooley in the 2012 murder of Michelle Mockbee at a warehouse where they both worked in Florence. On Friday, Boone Circuit Judge J.R. Schrand awarded a new trial to Dooley, because Dooley and his legal team were entitled to know about... Read more 

KDE academic standards review and revision process for English/language arts and math moves forward

05/15/2017 05:55 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt announced on Monday that the Kentucky Department of Education’s review and revision process for academic standards in teaching English/language arts, mathematics, physical education and health and computer science has begun. Senate Bill 1, which was passed earlier this year by the General Assembly, called for the Kentucky Department of Education to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and aligned assessments beginning in the 2017/18 school year. The current schedule calls... Read more 

House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell shares his ideas on 2018 priorities

05/14/2017 11:00 AM

House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell isn’t sure what will be on the table when a special session is called to tackle tax and pension reform. But, he does have ideas on what he sees as a priority for the 2018 session. Shell, who was at the Northern Kentucky Republicans Spring Fling in Covington this week, said that one of his main focuses will be a familiar one – improving the job skills of Kentuckians. In regard to pensions,... Read more 

Lincoln Grant Scholar House seeks to help single parents obtain post-secondary degrees

05/11/2017 03:20 PM

COVINGTON – For many financially struggling single parents the goal of creating a better life for themselves and their children through post-secondary education becomes an unobtainable dream because of the realities of high rent with current low paying jobs, and being able to juggle the time to take the number of classes to earn a degree. The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission is looking to change outcomes for some single parents and their children by providing a viable outlet for... Read more 

Interest in 2016 presidential election leads to bump in political science majors

05/10/2017 04:06 PM

LOUISVILLE – While the 2016 presidential election is one that will be remembered and talked about for decades to come, it’s also created an interest in politics among students on college campuses which has resulted in a significant increase in the number of political science majors. Dr. Lee Remington Williams, an assistant professor of political science and director of the pre-law program at Bellarmine University, has seen numbers jump from 66 majors at the start of the 2016/17 school year to... Read more 

Piner voters choose to stay "dry" in wet/dry special election

05/09/2017 08:00 PM

PINER – An attempt which would have allowed a store owner in the small Kenton County town of Piner to sell alcohol at his small grocery has failed. Tuesday’s special election saw 170 votes cast at the Piner Baptist Church with 93 voting against the proposal to allow the sale of alcohol in the precinct, and 77 voting in favor. In 2016, Sam Pastal, owner of the Corner Market, applied for, and received a liquor license so that he could sell alcohol... Read more