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Adversity inspired Bellevue’s ’77 state champs; Tigers had unconventional offense, leaders

By Don Owen Special to NKyTribune They were the small-school football dynamo that reached spectacular heights in the late 1970s, running out of an unconventional offense called the single-wing formation. Traditional quarterbacks were not part of this attack, just three running backs behind a determined offensive line. Passing yards were practically non-existent to the 1977 Bellevue High School Tigers,...

Improvements to Brent Spence Bridge: N-bound lanes to return to four-lane travel this coming week

Routine maintenance is taking place on the Brent Spence Bridge, where I-71 and I-75 cross the Ohio River is anything but “routine” for the thousands of drivers using the bridge daily. Since June 23, there have been lane closures and traffic impacts on the bridge and on the routes used to get around the bridge. Major impacts to traffic were expected for approximately 60 days. Overnight...

Duke Energy’s ‘smart meters’ coming to NKy customers who get more control over energy use

Duke Energy Kentucky is launching its smart meter deployment program later this month, bringing the new digital technology to customers in Northern Kentucky. The new smart meters are part of Duke Energy’s commitment to building a smarter energy future. The investment in the digital technology will improve reliability and help the company meet the changing needs and expectations of customers. The...

CovCath football team begins 50th anniversary season tonight with game in renovated stadium

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic will kick off the 50th anniversary season of its football program on Friday with a home game against Ryle at its newly renovated stadium. CovCath senior AJ Mayer will begin his third season as the team’s starting quarterback on Friday. (Photo by Bob Jackson) A ceremony to officially dedicate Dennis Griffin Stadium will begin at 7...

TMC soccer teams take two-week trip to Costa Rica to donate equipment, work with young players

The Thomas More College men’s and women’s soccer teams have returned from a two-week trip to Costa Rica where they had a mission — or two. Students volunteered at The Monkey Farm, a monkey rescue and permaculture farm in Ocotol (Photos provided) In addition to playing soccer, the teams donated soccer equipment to underprivileged youth and held on-field clinics for young players. Sixty percent...

St. Elizabeth Healthcare CEO explains opposition of The Christ Hospital’s request for ASC in Fort Mitchell

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The June decision by a Kentucky administrative law judge in favor of The Christ Hospital’s certificate of need (CON) application was a major hurdle in its effort to open an ambulatory surgery center on the former Drawbridge Inn site in Fort Mitchell. St. Elizabeth Healthcare opposed the CON request and is appealing the decision in Franklin Circuit Court. Colvin St....

2017 Prep Football Previews: Ryle senior running back expects team to build off last year’s success

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2017 season on Friday. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The seniors on last year’s Ryle football team closed out their high school...

Foundation for Healthy KY’s Ben Chandler gives legislature overview of state’s health challenges

Citing the need for Kentucky to move from a health care rescue system that treats patients once they become acutely ill to a system that promotes health on the front end, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky today outlined several policy measures to improve Kentucky’s relatively poor health compared to the rest of the nation.   The presentation made by President and CEO Ben Chandler at Wednesday’s...

Thomas More College graduate taking part in sports medicine research into concussions, knee injuries

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The knee injuries that disrupted Katie Kitchen’s college basketball career triggered her interest in sports medicine research and the Cold Spring resident has taken part in some fascinating studies over the last two years. Katie Kitchen conducts workouts for sports medicine research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. (Photo by Terry...

2017 Prep Football Previews: Senior quarterback will be driving force for young Holy Cross offense

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2017 season on Friday. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter As the only full-time returning starter on offense, Holy Cross senior quarterback...

Surprise! Thomas More College president secretly joins in football team’s first full-pad practice

Imagine facing off on the football practice field — unknowingly — against the president of the university. That’s just what happened Sunday morning at the first full pad practice of the Thomas More College football team. TMC President David A. Armstrong secretly suited up and took the field. A former football player and coach, Armstrong aimed to motivate the football team. It worked. But...

Sisters and friends come together to Rally for the Cure August 23, sponsorships still available

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter When illness strikes, a woman can always count on her girlfriends to circle the wagons — or, in some instances, the golf carts. Rally for the Cure 2016 participants from left to right are, Mary Jo List, Stephanie Murdock, Amy Beck, Dale Silver, and Cassie Forrester (provided photos). When Martha Barnes was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2005, her friends...

Our Rich History: Historic Matthias Schwab organ rescued from wrecking ball one really hot summer

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to NKyTribune (Part one of a two-part series on the musical legacy of the Historic Matthias Schwab organ) On a hot, sweltering August afternoon in 1970, pedestrians and vehicles moving down 12th Street in Covington became witness to a peculiar sight. Along the sidewalks they beheld schoolboys and young men hurrying through the dense summer heat carrying an assortment of...

Billy Reed: Justin Thomas definitely belongs to L’ville; PGA’s Wannamaker definitely belongs to him

The birdie putt on No. 10, maybe a six-footer, rolled toward the hole, destined for glory. At least, that’s what Justin Thomas thought. He figured he had read it perfectly. He waited for the ball to drop and the roar from the gallery gathered around the green there at the Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C. Except the Titleist IV didn’t drop. It hung there on the lip, teasingly. For 12 seconds,...

Boone County native James Alex Fields faces charges for driving car into crowd of protestors

James Alex Fields, 20, who grew up in Union, has been jailed in Charlottesvile, Va., and charged with second degree murder for plowing his silver Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful protestors at a rally there. He was denied bail at his hearing this morning. Charlottesville resident Heather D. Heyer, 32, a paralegal, died, and 19 others were injured. Protests started in Charlottesville on Friday...