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NKY prominent leaders create new community foundation, hire president — and think big

A group of prominent Northern Kentucky business and civic leaders have created a new community-wide foundation that will focus on funding key community needs and programs in Northern Kentucky. They have engaged Nancy Humphrey Grayson as president. The Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky aims to increase philanthropic giving by Northern Kentucky individuals, corporations and organizations...

Welcome House open house in Mainstrasse shows quality housing attainable for low-income residents

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor At a recent open house, Welcome House revealed the results of its latest effort, a $9.5 million project to develop affordable housing for low-income residents. Welcome House Executive Director Linda Young shows off the entrance and kitchen area in one of the renovated units in Mainstrasse Village (photos by Mark Hansel). The project includes eight buildings...

Spotlight: Ky Speedway preparing for 2017 Quaker State 400; get free tickets from the NKyTribune

NOTE: All the tickets have been given away. Thank You! Kentucky Speedway’s signature triple header weekend is coming up July 6-8. The weekend is highlighted by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, a key stop on NASCAR’s premier circuit schedule, which takes place Saturday, July 8. The Quaker State 400 will also be the last trip around...

Our Rich History: Sweet memories of Woolworth’s downtown Cincinnati store, a five-and-ten cent store

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune F. W. Woolworth Co. was once the largest discount store chain in the entire world. Its five-and-ten-cent stores, recognizable everywhere by their gold-lettering-on-red-background signs, proved to be early mass-marketing success stories. And to many of us, they held special memories. In the 1960s, as I was growing up in Northern Kentucky, my mother would drive...

New state laws, including charter schools, stronger opioid penalties set to take effect June 29

Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2017 regular session will go into effect on Thursday, June 29. The Kentucky Constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature unless they have a special effective date, are general appropriations measures, or include an emergency clause that makes them effective immediately upon becoming...

Atlas Dry Cleaners: Celebrating 80 years of business in July; started by Geisen family in 1937

By Michael Ayers NKyTribune intern Newport’s Atlas Dry Cleaners will be in continuous operation for eight decades come this July. The Geisen family started Atlas Dry Cleaners in July of 1937. It is located at 328 Monmouth Street. The 22 employee staff puts the customer first everyday. “We really do try and put the customer first. A lot of people say that, but we really try to do the right...

Challenge from wife to build a smoker for $40 leads local pitmasters to 2017 Best of NKY – BBQ honor

Three years ago local pitmaster Guy Cummins had a desire to get back to his first love and that was making smoked BBQ meats.  He was going to take a trip to Texas to buy his first smoker, but his wife Mandy who also is a pitmaster would have nothing of spending a chunk of their retirement money on a smoker. Provided photos Mandy knew her husband could build anything and challenged him to build a smoker...

KSO’s 23rd Summer in Devou Park — three shows coming, along with singing, workouts, and memories

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra continues a nearly 80-year tradition of fun, family-gatherings
at the concert bowl in Covington’s Devou Park. The KSO began its annual summer series of concerts in 1995. This summer’s programs extend the KSO’s efforts to enlighten, entertain and educate through a variety of great music, activities and nostalgia. Musical programs range from patriotic to health...

Community Health Status Survey: Only 2 in 10 adults eat recommended fruits and vegetables

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), funded by Interact for Health, has found that only 2 in 10 adults in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region (23 percent) eat the recommended daily amount of both fruits and vegetables. Forty-two percent do NOT eat the recommended daily amount of both fruits and vegetables, nearly double the amount who do. The percentage of adults eating...

Our Rich History: ‘Squirrel Hunters’ answer the call to save Cincinnati and NKY from the Confederacy

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune In 1862, Cincinnati seemed well-insulated from the destruction and violence of the American Civil War. The Queen City was a bustling port city that supplied the Union forces in the Western Theater. Despite rationing and the loss of many able-bodied men to the war effort, spirits were high, and the war seemed a million miles away. All that would change in August...

Billy Reed: ‘Strippergate’ is repugnant but so are NCAA’s Draconian penalties against UofL program

The head of the NCAA Committee on Infractions described the “Strippergate” scandal at the University of Louisville as “repugnant,” and I don’t know of anybody who would disagree with that. Unfortunately, however, that same description may be applied to the Draconian penalties the NCAA has levied against Coach Rick Pitino’s basketball program. Simply put, the punishment exceeds the transgressions....

UK trustees approve $3.7 billion budget for 2017-18, includes salary merit pool, 4% tuition increases

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Friday adopted a $3.7 billion budget for 2017-2018 that invests heavily and strategically in UK’s most important asset – people.   “We will fulfill our mission as the University for Kentucky by investing in the students, faculty, and staff who honor our commitment to the state and the world each day through their work in education, research, care...

Gayle Pille: Good neighbors being good neighbors — also welcome the Carolina Wrens to mailboxes

Some folks have all the luck. Shelly Sandfoss of Fort Wright recently had the pleasure of watching and photographing Carolina Wrens out her front door, not in a tree, or shrub, or hanging planter – but in her mailbox. Stop all mail delivery and roll out the welcome mat. This isn’t a first for Shelly. Every year she leaves her mailbox lid open spring through fall in case a Carolina Wren, or...

NCAA lowers the boom on UofL basketball program; vacating 2013 national championship a possibility

By Russ Brown NKyTribune correspondent LOUISVILLE — If University of Louisville fans want to get one last look at the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA championship and the 2012 Final Four banners that are hanging in the KFC Yum! Center, maybe a tour of the facility this summer would be in order. Because the banners might not be there by the time the 2017-18 season gets underway. That is the worst-case...

Postal Service to launch First-Day-of-Issue of Sharks Forever stamps at Newport Aquarium July 26

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the wonder of sharks by issuing the Sharks Forever stamps — and holding the First-Day-of-Issue ceremony at 8..m. on July 26 at the Newport Aquarium. The stamps feature five species that inhabit American waters — the mako, thresher, great white, hammerhead and whale sharks. Its hashtag is #SharksStamps. Tickets are free but limited to a first-come, first-served...