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Our Rich History: The story behind Big Bone Lick’s ‘Big Bone Heist’ by con artist Thomas Ashe

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Have you ever met a person who seemed sophisticated, erudite, and trustworthy? Then, much to your chagrin — and perhaps to your heart and to your pocketbook too — you discovered that they were a fraud? Thomas Ashe was such a man. Reputedly born in 1770 in Glasnevin, County Dublin, Ireland, Thomas Ashe died in 1835. In-between those two years, however,...

The River: In the beginning, the river was a terrifying place for a little boy; in time, it was a way of life

(The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and this is where the stories begin. Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from terror to discovery to a way of love and life. The is the first of a long and continuing story.) 
By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Where do I start? The river was a terrifying place for a little boy. Dark,...

NKU’s Outstanding Alumni Awards: Bruce Lunsford, Andra Ward, Wil Schroder, Jacqueline Emerine

Northern Kentucky University’s 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients are W. Bruce Lunsford, Andrá Ward, Sen. Wil Schroder II and Dr. Jacqueline Emerine. They will be honored at the Alumni Awards dinner on February 9, kicking off Homecoming weekend and NKU’s 50th anniversary celebration.   Tickets to the Annual Alumni Awards Celebration include a cocktail reception, plated dinner, after-party,...

Edgewood native Thelen plays key role for top-ranked Penn State volleyball program

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Having already won an NCAA Division I-record seven national championships in volleyball, top-ranked Penn State is positioning itself to add yet another trophy to that impressive collection later this month. One of the key performers for Penn State is senior Heidi Thelen, a 2014 graduate of Notre Dame Academy and a starting right-side hitter for the Nittany Lions. Penn...

Glenn O. Swing Elementary students, families make holiday crafts with Covington Police officers

Glenn O. Swing Elementary students and their families made holiday crafts with Covington police officers at the school’s annual “Crafts with Cops” event. Students and officers decorated cookies, made Christmas ornaments, and visited with Santa. Third graders started the event three years ago as part of a service learning project as a way for students to give back to their community. The event...

Holmes senior Jada Cummings gets QuestBridge Scholarship worth over $280,000 for four years

Holmes High School senior Jada Cummings is the recipient of the QuestBridge Scholarship which is valued at more than $280,000 over four years. The QuestBridge College Match is a national program that pairs high achieving, low income high school seniors with full scholarships to the top colleges in the nation. In October, Jada, was notified she was a one of 5,759 finalists chosen from 15,606 applicants....

Quick ball movement, extra passes ignite Norse offense; NKU faces tough game at ETSU

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Unselfishness is a defining trait of the culture John Brannen has built at Northern Kentucky University. In his third year as NKU’s head coach, Brannen’s philosophy of moving the ball quickly and finding the open man has become a second-nature reaction for his Norse. NKU head coach John BrannenWant an example? Check out the postgame thoughts of NKU junior forward...

Historic Foster-Sandford house (aka ‘Lady Burlington’) could tell stories of 186 years of history

By Leasa Souza Special to NKyTribune I knew the moment I walked inside the Historic Foster-Sandford in Burlington that it was my dream home. I took the leap and made my first home purchase in the fall of 1993. About a year later, while studying dance at NKU and Belly Dancing at the Jerusalem Café in Cincinnati on the weekends, I had the idea of turning the lower level into a Mediterranean Café, serving...

Nashville bound: Kentucky to play Northwestern in Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will take on Northwestern in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 29 in Nashville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s bowl destination is set. The Wildcats will take on Big 10 member Northwestern in the Music City Bowl set for 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The Kentucky men’s basketball team plays Louisville at...

CovCath completes perfect season with impressive victory in Class 5A state championship game

CovCath quarterback A.J. Mayer, No. 7, breaks a tackle by stiff arming a Madison Southern player during the Class 5A state championship game. (Photo by Dale Dawn) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter LEXINGTON — There wasn’t much suspense during Covington Catholic’s methodical march to the Class 5A state football championship. The Colonels won all five of their playoff games...

McDonald joins 1,000-point club, NKU sprints past in-state rival Morehead State, 86-49, at BB&T Arena

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter All wins have redeeming qualities, but victories against in-state rivals are a little extra special. That’s why Northern Kentucky University’s 86-49 triumph against visiting Morehead State on Saturday night was sweeter than the normal victory. The Norse (6-2) blistered the nets for 59.3 percent shooting from the field — including 72 percent in the second — and...

Beechwood finishes playoff run with dominating performance in Class 1A state championship game

With his teammates clearing the way, Beechwood junior Logan Castleman picks up yardage on a running play in the Class 1A championship game against Raceland. (Photo by Bob Jackson) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter LEXINGTON — Fans weren’t allowed to come on the field after Beechwood’s 41-0 win over Raceland in the Class 1A state championship game of the Russell Athletic/KHSAA...

Still no date for Dooley retrial in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee; pretrial conference set for January

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor David Dooley will have to wait until next year to find out the date for his new trial. David Dooley, right prepares to be led out of the courtroom following Friday’s pretrial hearing. Dooley’s attorneys Deanna Dennison, left and Jeff Lawson, continue continue to prepare his defense in a retrial for the killing of Michelle Mockbee in 2012 (Photos...

‘The World of Bricks: The Art of Jonathan Lopes’ opens today at Newport on Levee; artist on hand

“The World of Bricks: The Art of Jonathan Lopes” will open today 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Newport on the Levee. The artist will be on hand during the opening event to meet aspiring LEGO artists and fans of all ages. Until Dec. 29, guests can visit the exhibit and view art made completely from LEGO bricks, including Vanishing Brooklyn. Exhibit categories include the Architecture of America, Storytime,...

Beechwood enters Class 1A state football final with distinct advantage in big game experience

By Evan Merrill NKyTribune reporter Beechwood football players have a major advantage going into the Class 1A state championship game against Raceland at 2 p.m. Friday at Kroger Field in Lexington. This is the first time that Raceland has reached the state final while most of Beechwood’s starting lineup played on last year’s state championship team and a couple of them were on the 2015...