A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Florence United Methodist packs its 10,000th ‘Love Thy Neighborhood’ food bag for hungry schoolkids

Florence United Methodist Church has collaborated with Boone County Schools to fight child hunger for the past five academic years. On Saturday at 9:30 a.m., the Florence church plans to pack its 10,000th Power Pack during its semi-annual “Love Thy Neighborhood” Day of Service event. A Power Pack is a bag of food items that helps children have access to food over the weekend. Bags are distributed...

Braidy Industries, producers for automotive and aerospace industries, to build $1.3b mill in Greenup

Gov. Matt Bevin and executives from Braidy Industries Inc. today announced the company will build a $1.3 billion aluminum mill and create 550 advanced manufacturing jobs in Greenup County to produce sheet and plate for the automotive and aerospace industries. The announcement marks a turning point in bringing economic vitality to Eastern Kentucky, and comes just two days after the 53rd anniversary...

Kentucky by Heart: Sweet clover became a savior, not a scourge, for bees and Pendleton County farmers

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Years ago, I remember reading something about my mother’s native Pendleton County that spoke of “clover” as a significant part of the county’s heritage. Recently, I did a little more research; my connection to the area’s history is strong, mostly because Mom and her twin sister were raised in Butler’s noted Fryer House, which today houses the Pendleton...

Stewart Ditto: Is it really possible that aerospace could be Kentucky’s next big industry? Absolutely.

In Kentucky, we are used to the stereotype. Whenever we travel anywhere outside the state, we are recognized for the same three things; bourbon, horses, and KFC. Now don’t get me wrong, I am proud of these illustrious pieces of Kentucky lore and history. But as many of my fellow Kentuckians can attest, there is much more to our commonwealth. Stewart Ditto In fact, we are on the cusp of adding another...

Annual rite of spring, 2017 Cavalcade of Homes, set for three weekends in May, 19 homes across region

The 2017 Cavalcade of Homes, sponsored by Drees Homes, begins Saturday, May 6th and features 19 homes in Northern Kentucky.  The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky will produce the 2017 Cavalcade of Homes May 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21.  The hours are noon to 5 p.m. each day.  Admission is free. The event’s program will be published by Cincy Magazine and will be available at any home...

KyCIR: Detention common occurrence for Kentucky youth, even when they haven’t committed a crime

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Margie Beitz’s son had been gone nearly two weeks when she decided to file a court petition labeling him a runaway. She and her husband were blindsided by his anger. The youngest of five children, Isaiah despised rules in a way the others never did. Doctors and inpatient treatments were temporary fixes until insurance money ran out, and the...

Burr Travis receives Ray of Hope Award at Friends of NorthKey Community Care Apple Blossom Brunch

Northern Kentucky attorney Burr Travis was recognized with the Ray of Hope Award at the Friends of NorthKey Community Care annual Apple Blossom Brunch at Receptions in Erlanger Sunday. Dr. Owen Nichols (r) presents Florence attorney Burr Travis with the Ray of Hope Award at the NorthKey Community Care annual Apple Blossom Brunch at Receptions in Erlanger Sunday (provided photo). Dr. Owen Nichols,...

CVG has strong, historic quarter — continued passenger growth and major announcements

The first quarter of 2017 proved to be strong and historic for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) with continued passenger growth and major announcements.   Total enplanements were up 11.1 percent year-over-year and local passengers were up 15.9 percent. CVG set a new first quarter cargo tonnage record with more than 205,000 tons handled, totaling a year-over-year increase...

The Buddy Bench: Former pro baseball players team up to fight bullying in Erlanger-Elsmere schools

Former professional baseball players, Sean Casey and Tim Flannery, have teamed up through The Love Harder Project to support bullying prevention programs in the Erlanger-Elsmere School district with the Buddy Bench Project. Casey was a Cincinnati Reds first baseman and Flannery a San Diego Padres utility infielder and former 3rd base coach of the 3-time World Champion, San Francisco Giants. Sean Casey,...

Our Rich History: Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in Cincinnati, was member of the Semi-Colon Club

By Andrew Young Special to NKyTribune In 1832 Harriet Beecher, 21 years old, moved with her family into a “spacious” house in the Walnut Hills area of Cincinnati. By the 1830’s, Cincinnati had become the 9th largest city in the country and the largest in the Midwest. Considered the first city built by Americans born in the US, some called Cincinnati the “truly” American City. It strived for...

Campbell County wins showdown with Beechwood to maintain best record in local baseball

Noah Brewer of Campbell County, right, slides into second base ahead of the tag by Beechwood shortstop Nick Jackman during Friday’s game at Beechwood. (Photo by Dale Dawn) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The two teams with the best records in Northern Kentucky high school baseball faced off on Friday, but the showdown wasn’t very suspenseful. Campbell County defeated Beechwood,...

Teen author Lauren Hudson racks up recognitions; will be at Southern Kentucky Book Fair Saturday

Staff report Teen author Lauren Hudson, a high school junior at Dixie Heights, has garnered more than a dozen awards for her two books, Our Best Tomorrow – Students Teaching Capitalism to America and The Ascension, including a recent Best Young Adult Book Award at the London Book Festival. Lauren Hudson, with a copy of The Ascension During the book’s initial release, it charted as an Amazon Top...

New restaurant — first of five coming — now open: Fire at Rivercenter offers elegant fare, cafe ambience

The first of five planned restaurants at RiverCenter is now open, FIRE AT RIVERCENTER, offering elegant American fare in a casual upscale dining environment, promises patrons extensive outdoor patio seating, a focus on elevated cuisine and a broad range of spirits. “We believe a dining experience is made up of great food; outstanding drinks and high touch service all delivered in an environment...

Nine local artists to transform empty Covington property into temporary art gallery with ‘Perennial’

Nine local artists hope to help the Covington community celebrate the correlation of spring and art by transforming an empty downtown property into a gallery for three weekends in May. From May 6 through 27, local artists Chris Gibson, Randy Godawa, Chloe Hauser, Nick Hess, Devan Horton, Mike Meier, Jack Seiter, Denise Wellbrock, and Drew Yakscoe will host “Perennial,” a free gallery event featuring...

If kids are going to move from place to place, they should have a duffle bag — thus, the Duffle Shuffle

In an effort to start the conversation about child abuse and neglect, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky invites you to dance. Shuffle, more specifically, and with a duffle bag in hand. And yes, CHNK is very serious about this.   As of April 2, the number of youth in out-of-home care across the Commonwealth of Kentucky hit an all-time high – 8,188 youth. These are youth who were removed from...