A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky by Heart: Seasoned journalist Michael Embry finds new voice through fiction in retirement

By Steve Flairty Special to NKyTribune For decades, journalist Michael Embry pretty much had what he wrote assigned to him; it largely depended on the news — often sports — that happened around him. He simply (and skillfully) reported. As an editor for a lengthy period at Kentucky Monthly, he did the assigning. Additionally, during those journalism years, he found time to follow his interests...

‘Tis the season to reserve a spot for Carter Caves Resort Park’s annual Winter Adventure Weekend

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its ninth annual Winter Adventure Weekend, January 25-28. Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, paddling trips, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing a zip line and other adventures. A list of trips is available for beginners and advanced winter adventurers...

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 Camp Innovation Pathways to College offers STEM-focused classes in spring — a gift idea?

Do you know of an elementary or middle school student who would like to learn more about computer programming and writing code? Northern Kentucky University’s Camp Innovation Pathways to College Program is offering coding and STEM-focused classes as part of their spring catalog of courses. Camp Innovation is an innovative program designed for youth to discover and explore advanced content and...

Chef Foster: It’s holiday party time; be good to yourself by sticking with some tried-and-true favs

We’ve come to that time of year when people start planning and hopefully executing their holiday parties. Magazines, television shows and even live demonstrations abound as your attention is pulled from dish to dish, appetizer to entrée to dessert, in an effort to impress, titillate and amaze. Somewhere in this tangle of holiday merriment, you hopefully will also feed your guests and give...

Gayle Pille: Imagine this — some of our favorite dogs are ancestors of the awe-inspiring wolf

It’s hard to imagine that some breeds of dogs are actually ancestors of the awe-inspiring wolf. Dogs though were the first domesticated animals. They arose out of Eurasia more than 15,000 years ago and are descendants of the Gray Wolf. In fact, the Gray Wolf and Fido’s mitochondrial DNA sequence differ by only 0.2%. Dogs, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes, are more closely related to the wolf...

Covington’s Old Seminary Square neighborhood Christmas Walk and House Tour this weekend

Ten Victorian homes decorated for the holiday season will be open to the public for the annual Christmas Walk and house tour on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10, in Covington’s Old Seminary Square neighborhood, which radiates out from the intersection of Russell and Robbins streets. This year’s tour (3-7 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday) will feature the homes of three people who play important...

Perennial Small Space: Final exhibit of the year, ‘Everyone Needs an Outlet,’ opening December 9

“Perennial Small Space”: An immersive, interactive experience with local art is opening its final exhibit of the year, ‘Everyone Needs an Outlet’ on December 9, 5-9 p.m. The minimalist paintings are by Jack Seiter. Over the past five months, the 10×10 foot store front of the Mutual Building at 625 Madison Avenue has been transformed into an immersive gallery experience where...

Our Rich History: Betty Clooney, ‘the best of us,’ and part of ‘devoted’ and famous sister singing act

By John Schlipp Special to NKyTribune Sibling singing acts have been around since families sang together for after-dinner amusement before the days of plentiful prime-time broadcast entertainment. As mass media entertaining developed with radio and records, highly talented acts catapulted beyond their local churches, schools, and community events. Our region’s memorable sibling acts include: 98...

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...

Cov’s Doug Kelley rolls perfect game in Special Olympics Kentucky State Bowling Tournament

Special Olympics athlete Doug Kelley of Covington rolled a perfect 300 game Saturday at the Special Olympics Kentucky State Bowling Tournament at Fern Valley Strike and Spare in Louisville. Doug Kelly Kelley’s perfect game came in the second of his two-games in the tournament. He bowled a 200 in the first game for a 500 series to win the Gold Medal in his division. This isn’t the first time Kelley...

Purple People Bridge all decked out for Christmas Walk — Tree of Lights, decorations, music, activities

For the first time in its 145-year history, the Purple People Bridge will be decked out with lights, decorations, and music during the month of December as part of the bridge’s inaugural Christmas Walk. Newport Vice Mayor Tommy Guidugli and his daughter, Giabella, 5, turned on the lights   Giabella Guidugli, the five-year-old daughter of Newport Vice-Mayor Tommy Guidugli, flipped on a switch to...

John Foster: Sharing insight into grandeur of Ferris Wheel, the restaurant business, success, failure

The restaurant industry has always been an amusement park attraction, for as long as I’ve called Lexington my home. Part funhouse, part coaster, with the unpredictable nature of a tilt a whirl and the grandeur of the Ferris Wheel. More than once I’ve seen fortunes rise and fall, sending seismic shifts throughout our tight-knit community, and into the consciousness of the general public. Empires...

Kenton County Public Library receives $25k ALA grant to develop youth coding programs

The Kenton County Public Library announced today that they have received a $25,000 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The Kenton County Public Library is one of 28 libraries around the country to receive a grant from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association sponsored by Google, which promotes...