A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

The River: More adventures; loving the captain for making a stalwart steamboatman of a young boy

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Captain Hawley, the AVALON’s First Mate and Relief Captain, also played the steam calliope mounted on the roof making an infernal musical...

Day one of testimony in Greis trial includes emotional testimony, photos from scene of crash that killed five

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The first day of testimony in the trial of Daniel Greis was filled with emotional witness statements, graphic photos from the scene and tears from members of the Pollitt and Malohn families in the courtroom. Daniel Greis turns back to look at family members in the courtroom during day one of his trial. He is charged with five counts of murder in the deaths...

OAG responds to complaint, rules City of Villa Hills did not violate state Open Meetings Act on May 16

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has determined that the Villa Hills City Council did not violate the state’s Open Meetings act on May 16. A large and vocal crowd filled the River Ridge Elementary School cafeteria March 6 for a Villa Hills City Council vote on a controversial zone change that would allow development at a site on the St. Walburg...

Experts discuss innovations, treatments and new possibilities in cancer care in Northern Kentucky

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter A panel of representatives from local cancer companies and researchers gathered to speak about cancer at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs N’ Issues panel discussion on Tuesday. Recent collaborations between pharmaceutical companies and major health providers in the region hope to open doors for new possibilities in cancer care. Dr. Ray Takigiku, president...

Wi-Fi to bring ‘new dimension’ to downtown Covington; free high-speed service launches June 8

A free high-speed Wi-Fi network being launched June 8 means that visitors to Covington’s Central Business District will be able to connect to the Internet from sidewalks and outdoor tables – and also find ready access to a wealth of wayfinding information about events, entertainment, shopping, dining and nearby businesses. The slogan is “Covington is about to get lit,” and the...

At 17, she’s on her way to realizing a little girl’s dream — owning an ice cream business and going to UK

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter As a little girl, Taylor Cook, 17, of Frankfort, had always dreamed of one day owning her own ice cream business, and she also always dreamed of going to the University of Kentucky. When she reached high school, as a member of the Future Farmers of America, she was required to complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) throughout her high school experience....

Don Owen: Entertaining and controversial, Furman has few peers when it comes to talking sports

At one time, he was the undisputed king of sports talk radio in Cincinnati, a one-man gang of controversy and polarizing opinions that made him a legend on the local airwaves during the 1980s and ‘90s. Even today, no one stirs up a listening audience like Andy Furman. And the native New Yorker-turned-Northern Kentuckian isn’t about to change his on-air routine, which is now heard nationwide on...

Warner has shaken up the world of 3D printing with Gorilla Maker; now has big plans for future growth

By Kevin Eigelbach NKyTribune reporter With his Verona-based Gorilla Maker, Glenn Warner has already disrupted the world of 3D printing. Glenn Warner stands in “The Zoo,” that section of the house trailer in Verona where Gorilla Maker makes its 3D printers (photo by Kevin Eigelbach). As a partner in the Downtown Cincinnati startup Physna, Warner seems poised to help disrupt the world of quality...

Our Rich History: The Cincinnati German origins of Memorial Day — here’s the connection

By Don Heinrich Tolzmann Special to NKyTribune While doing research for The Cincinnati Germans in the Civil War by Gustav Tafel, which I translated from German and edited for publication in 2011, I came across an interesting reference to Memorial Day. It indicates that its origins may go back to a suggestion made by a Cincinnati German veteran of the Union Army. Lt. Col. Robert B. Beath reported...

The River: Plodding upsteam on Mississippi, seeing waste inferno, sights to dazzle the senses and more

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Slowly, the AVALON plodded upstream against the surging might of the Mississippi River. Returning to Baton Rouge, we stayed long enough...

It’s the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones in a tribute band showdown at Covington’s Madison Theatre

The debate over the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has waged for more than half a century. At the center of the argument is the contention that the Beatles were a pop group and the Stones were a rock band: the boys next door vs. the bad boys of rock. So which band is better? Maybe they’ll finally settle the debate this summer when the two legendary bands engage in an onstage throw down —...

Nonprofit Northern Kentuckians for the Judiciary (lawyers, citizens) to help voters on judges

While all state court judges in Kentucky are elected by popular vote of eligible voters, the work of those judges is generally conducted outside the view of most voters.   To address that anomaly, a group of Northern Kentucky residents has created an organization that will evaluate sitting judges and endorse judicial candidates in an effort to advise the bench, bar, and public of the quality of the...

NKITA members hear about Japan’s influence on state’s auto industry, take a few laps, at KY Speedway

By Kevin Eigelbach NKyTribune reporter At the May meeting of the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (NKITA), Toshio Nakao told a story that illustrated the difference between American and Japanese ideas of justice. Mark Simendinger, general manager of the Kentucky Speedway, talks with attendees at the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association meeting at the Speedway on Wednesday...

‘Rock stars’ from NKY Hidden Rocks share positive messages, provide inspiration throughout the region

By Kevin Eigelbach NKyTribune reporter In September 2017, Fort Wright resident John Grote’s wife chanced upon a painted rock hidden by a member of NKY Hidden Rocks. Jo Price Craven, left, and Karen Vanover with rocks painted by members of NKY Hidden Rocks (Photos by Kevin Eigelbach). He Googled the group, and found that, according to its Facebook page, NKY Hidden Rocks is “a movement to spread...

Do you cycle? Try DevouCycle, a new bike rental service kicking off at Devou Park on May 31

This summer, there is a new way to explore Devou Park thanks to the Devou Good Project and the City of Covington. Starting Thursday, May 31, park goers can rent a wide variety of bikes from DevouCycle and take advantage of the 11.5 miles of trails in the park as well as other attractions in the surrounding area. DevouCycle is kicking off the new service with a ribbon cutting and celebratory bike...