A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Adversity inspired Bellevue’s ’77 state champs; Tigers had unconventional offense, leaders

By Don Owen Special to NKyTribune They were the small-school football dynamo that reached spectacular heights in the late 1970s, running out of an unconventional offense called the single-wing formation. Traditional quarterbacks were not part of this attack, just three running backs behind a determined offensive line. Passing yards were practically non-existent to the 1977 Bellevue High School Tigers,...

TMC soccer teams take two-week trip to Costa Rica to donate equipment, work with young players

The Thomas More College men’s and women’s soccer teams have returned from a two-week trip to Costa Rica where they had a mission — or two. Students volunteered at The Monkey Farm, a monkey rescue and permaculture farm in Ocotol (Photos provided) In addition to playing soccer, the teams donated soccer equipment to underprivileged youth and held on-field clinics for young players. Sixty percent...

DevouGrass Music & Arts Festival returns this fall, proceeds benefit Children’s Home of NKY

The annual DevouGrass Music & Arts Festival will once again bring the area’s best bluegrass bands and crafters to Devou Park to celebrate the beginning of fall with great music and food while promoting a worthy cause. The festival, now in its fourth year, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7 from noon until dusk at the Devou Park band shell. All proceeds from the event will go to the Children’s...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Twenty years on gardening roller coaster and finally figuring out the beans

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune This is something I know beans about.  Beans.  All kinds of beans. Over the past twenty, or so, years I have always raised beans: pole beans, bush beans, green beans, dried beans–you name it. Early on, I always raised pole beans.  It seemed like the sensible way to manage the small amount of dirt that I had at my disposal at the time.  I could raise...

Kentucky by Heart: Vision, determination of a girl named Bruce brought college to Cynthiana

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Years back when Johnny Cash sang about a “boy named Sue,” he might just as well have done the same about a “girl named Bruce.” But where Johnny, at the end, expressed frustrated regret for the gender anomaly, Bruce Florence, the Cynthiana woman whose strong leadership brought a college to her town, relishes her masculine sounding name. That’s because...

Our Rich History: Historic Matthias Schwab organ rescued from wrecking ball one really hot summer

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to NKyTribune (Part one of a two-part series on the musical legacy of the Historic Matthias Schwab organ) On a hot, sweltering August afternoon in 1970, pedestrians and vehicles moving down 12th Street in Covington became witness to a peculiar sight. Along the sidewalks they beheld schoolboys and young men hurrying through the dense summer heat carrying an assortment of...

Joe Louis Walker plays the Southgate House Revival Sunday; Trib giving away two tickets, meet ‘n greet

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Joe Louis Walker plays the Southgate House Revival Sunday and the Tribune is giving away a pair of tickets that include a meet ‘n greet with the legendary blues musician. Joe Louis Walker (Provided photos) Walker a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, has performed and recorded with a wide range of well-known musicians. In addition...

Garden Club of Kentucky to dedicate new Monarch butterfly waystation at Barren River State Park

The Garden Club of Kentucky will dedicate the latest of a series of Monarch butterfly waystations at Barren River Lake State Resort Park on Monday, Aug. 14. The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. just below the lodge patio and pool. Members of the Garden Club of Kentucky and the Glasgow Garden Club began working with park staff in 2013 to design and install a Monarch waystation at Barren River Lake State...

Chef Foster: Success in the restaurant business comes when luck is combined with preparation

Luck can manifest itself in many ways. One can stumble upon it — when you least expect it you can pull the winning ticket. Luck can be granted to you, and if you’re “lucky” it will materialize. Or you can work at being lucky, doggedly pursuing your successes, changing things when they don’t work, monitoring your ups and downs until the day that lightning strikes. Farming is very much...

ArrrrrF! Heads up, dog lovers; it’s National Spoil Your Dog Day — and you wouldn’t want Fido to miss it

In case you haven’t heard, today National Spoil Your Dog Day — and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that American dogs are seriously spoiled.  Consider this:  * 73% of dog owners give frequent gifts to their dog (and it’s sexy). Three-quarters of Americans gift their pooch once a month or more. And it’s getting them dates. 48% of men and 60% of women find people...

USS Nightmare hiring for the ’17 haunting season; job fairs Thursday and Saturday at BB Riverboats

The USS Nightmare is now hiring for the 2017 haunting season. In anticipation of the 25th haunting season, the Nightmare is looking for additional crew members to add to the staff. Job fairs with immediate interviews will be held this week on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon at BB Riverboats in Newport. Details: For more information, email jobs@ussnightmare.com

Kentucky-born painter Jim Hall, inventor of Lineillism, has died at 84 after brief illness

Noted painter Jim Hall, who created a darning new artform called Linneillism, has died. Hall created the style of painting in all vertical lines after he was nearly blinded by a case of the Shingles virus. It caused him to see the world in lines. Instead of panicking, Hall started painting what he saw, debuting the style in an exhibition at the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center in 2010. Even after...

Kentucky by Heart: African American Encyclopedia calls needed attention to contributions of Dunnigan

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist I recently picked up another in my collection of Kentucky-related encyclopedias. With The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia now on my bookshelf, I’m excited to use it as a ready resource for my Kentucky writing. The 596-page tome now sits aside these other priceless references: The Kentucky Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Louisville, Encyclopedia of Appalachia,...

Our Rich History: MainStrasse began as the Westside Market, thriving with butchers and farmers

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Today we take for granted dropping by the local supermarket to select food and other goods needed to keep our households running. Before the era of refrigeration, shopping for food on a daily basis was common practice. The main market house in Covington was on Madison Avenue at Washington Street. It was a noisy place filled with live animals, butchered...

Tickets now available for popular Kenton County Fiscal Court’s Senior Citizen Fall Harvest

The Kenton County Fiscal Court is hosting its annual Senior Citizen’s Fall Harvest on Thursday, September 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission to the event is only $8 per person with anyone 55 or older being invited. Having fun at last year’s event The price includes refreshments, a boxed lunch, entertainment, and door prizes. The picnic will once again be held at the Kenton County Fairgrounds...