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Looking back: Wildcats save their best for last, post 30 wins for fourth time in eight years

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune MEMPHIS — Kentucky saved its best for last despite coming up short against North Carolina in the South Region finals. The Wildcats won 14 of their last 15 games and finished with a 32-6 record, marking the fourth time John Calipari’s tenure Kentucky has won 30 or more games in a single season. Kentucky avenged an earlier-season loss to UCLA in the regional...

NKCAC to hold ribbon-cutting on Lincoln Grant Scholar House; public invited to tour the facility

Staff Report The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission will hold a ribbon-cutting on its Lincoln Grant Scholar House on April 5 from 3-5 p.m. There is already a waiting list for residents, proving the need for a facility of its kind. The Lt. Governor has been invited to speak. Tours of the facility will be available. The house provides affordable housing and supportive services for single...

Our Rich History: Rediscovering artist Charles Svendsen from when Cincinnati was ‘America’s Paris’

This is the first of a two-part series on Cincinnati artist and religious painter, Charles C. Svendsen. By Stephen Enzweiler Special to NKyTribune It has been more than a century since the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area was known as “America’s Paris.” At one time, this area was home to one of the most prolific concentrations of artists in its history, during a century-long period that...

CBC Luncheon discussion on aviation/aerospace growth features Lt. Gov. Hampton, industry leaders

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The topic at the March Covington Business Council luncheon was the tremendous growth in the aviation/aerospace industry in Kentucky. “Thrusters On:  A Rocketing Industry Group in Kentucky,” included a panel discussion featuring Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and a group of industry leaders. Left to right, panelists Steve Barnett of Indy Honeycomb, Stewart Ditto...

Thrilling finish: North Carolina edges Wildcats on last-second shot to earn return trip to Final Four

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune MEMPHIS — Kentucky gave top-seeded North Carolina all it could handle, but couldn’t beat the Tar Heels for a second time this season in another thrilling finish between the two storied programs. The defending national runner-up edged the Wildcats 75-73 Sunday to advance to the Final Four for the second straight season. Kentucky had a 14-game winning streak...

Keith Taylor: North Carolina all that’s standing in the way of return trip to Final Four for Cats, Calipari

MEMPHIS — Kentucky coach John Calipari is along for the ride, a joyful journey that has his Wildcats within one game of reaching the Final Four for the third time in the past four years. In order to get one of four elusive tickets to the national semifinals next week in Phoenix, Kentucky will have to get past top-seeded North Carolina in the South Region finals Sunday in what figures to be another...

Pictures from the Spiral Stakes tent party: Local celebs dress up to celebrate the big race in a big way

Blue skies and warm temperatures secured a full house — or VIP tent — at Saturday’s sell-out Jack Casino Spiral Stakes Senator John Schickel, Senate District 11, Florence Mayor, Diane Whalen, and Boone County Judge Executive, Gary Moore enjoy the afternoon in the Spiral Stakes VIP tent. Paula Bonomini, of Fort Thomas, Chris Ripken, with Ultimate Air Shuttle, and Kimberly Zang, who owns local...

Fox scores career-high 39 points to lead Cats past UCLA and into South Region finals

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune MEMPHIS — Kentucky got revenge against UCLA and will have to beat North Carolina for a second time this season to reach the Final Four. De’Aaron Fox scored career-high 39 points to lead the Wildcats to an 86-75 win over the Bruins Friday night in the South Region semifinals at FedExForum. Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox gets a hug from Isaiah Briscoe following...

Calipari talks about his time at Memphis, but he’s more concerned about matchup against UCLA

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune MEMPHIS — John Calipari hasn’t forgotten his time at Memphis. Calipari, who compiled a 214-68 record in nine seasons as coach of the Tigers, had a reception with a “couple hundred people,” many of them close friends, Wednesday night and reminisced about the good times as his Kentucky team prepares to take on UCLA in the South Region semifinals Friday night...

Led by Rep. Wuchner, new initiative offers free pouches for safe disposal of medicine cabinet drugs

Government officials, local drug prevention coalitions, local pharmacists and others gathered today to launch a new initiative to help Northern Kentucky residents safely dispose of any expired or un-needed medications, especially opioid pain medication and other narcotics, to help prevent misuse, abuse or addiction. To facilitate safe disposal, a total of 6,000 drug disposal pouches are now available...

KHIP: Poll shows Kentuckians need to be more physically active to achieve good health

Being physically active is one of the most valuable things a person can do to maintain good health. The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, asked Kentucky adults about neighborhood conditions and physical activity. Eight in 10 Kentucky adults (79 percent) said they were either very physically active (30 percent) or somewhat...

Gateway, four-year partners sign agreements for clear, seamless transfer pathways for students

Gateway Community & Technical College and four-year partners, including Eastern Kentucky University, Mount St. Joseph University, Northern Kentucky University, Sullivan University, Thomas More College, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, signed agreements that provide students clear and seamless pathways from Gateway to four-year institutions. Signing the agreements were: Dr....

Braxton Brewing Company to open innovation facility on Ei8ht Ball Brewing Company site in Bellevue

Braxton Brewing Company has shared its latest expansion plans, announcing an innovation facility ahead of their 2nd Anniversary Party on Saturday, March 25. Braxton Labs, a brewery and taproom located at 95 Riviera Dr, in Bellevue, will allow the company to focus on innovative new styles and products while continuing to scale their flagship brewery in Covington. Braxton Labs will open in the Summer...

Cincy coach likes UCLA’s chances, Cats focused on themselves going into powerhouse showdown

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin believes UCLA has the right tools in place to make a run at the national title. The Cincinnati coach came away impressed with the Bruins following a 79-67 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday night. Even though UCLA coach Steve Alford has been mentioned as a possible successor to Tom Crean at Indiana, Cronin thinks...

Gayle Pille: By any name — Whistle-Pig, Land Beaver, Woodchuck, Groundhog — they are largest squirrels

It’s hard not to love a Whistle-Pig or Land Beaver – or Woodchuck or Groundhog. Yep, they are all the same creature and that critter also happens to be our largest ground squirrel. And you can forget the saying, “How much wood does a Woodchuck chuck,” because Woodchucks don’t chuck any wood. The etymology of the name Woodchuck actually stems from a Native American name, “Wuchak.” At...