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Boys’ basketball district playoffs: Walton-Verona holds off late rally in win over Simon Kenton

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Walton-Verona forward Austin Lay, No. 15, gets off a shot against two Simon Kenton defenders in the 32nd District semifinal game. (Photo by Carla Martin) Walton-Verona held off a furious fourth-quarter rally and defeated Simon Kenton, 56-53, in a 32nd District semifinal game on Tuesday at Williamstown High School. The Bearcats had a 40-23 lead going into...

Kentucky by Heart: Diverse sampling of stories best illustrate, explain life in the Blue Grass state

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist In last week’s Kentucky by Heart, I shared a virtual tour of Kentucky via the books I have on the shelves in The Kentucky Room, which is another name for my personal writing room at my home in Versailles. My focus was on some noted authors from the state, and for whom their books are ones I most aggressively collect, including: Wendell Berry, David Dick, Thomas...

Kentucky Farm Bureau volunteer leaders headed to nation’s capital with list of national priority issues

Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) volunteer leaders continue the organization’s grassroots policy development process this month as they head to Washington, D.C., with their list of 2017 national priority issues and a willingness to serve as “The Voice of Kentucky Agriculture.” Kentucky Farm Bureau volunteer leaders listen to an agriculture issue update during the 2016 KFB Congressional Tour (provided...

NKU Nurse Anesthesia Program gets accreditation, will help fill local and national shortage of CRNAs

Fewer than 120 universities in the nation have a Nurse Anesthesia Program. That number has grown by one with the accreditation of Northern Kentucky University’s new program from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). Scalise-Smith NKU has developed a Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) that will help fill the local and national shortage of Certified Registered Nurse...

Girls’ basketball district playoffs: Simon Kenton defense steps up in fourth quarter to secure win

Thanks to St. Elizabeth Healthcare Sports Medicine for sponsoring our girls’ high school basketball coverage once again this season. See all of our girls’ basketball stories here and watch for state tournament coverage March 8-12 from BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Rachel Lehkamp of Walton-Verona tries to put up a shot...

Three mayors face off for chili cook-off for NKY Ludlow Senior Center — looking for votes!

The Mayors of Covington, Ludlow and Ft. Wright will compete in a chili cook-off on March 10 to benefit the Senior Center in Ludlow. Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission will host the mayors as they go head-to-head in a winner-take-all chili cook-off to be named the Chili Champ of Northern Kentucky.  Kenton County residents and community members are encouraged to attend and vote for their...

Ryle High School graduate Harper Hempel makes dream come true as walk-on for UK volleyball team

This is one of a series of stories about Northern Kentucky athletes competing for the University of Kentucky. By Kindsey Bernhard NKyTribune Intern Harper Hempel finished her final year of volleyball at Ryle High School ranked by MaxPreps as the fourth best prospect in the state and the 67th prospect nationally. Her high school record reports she was a starter all four years and three times was an...

Boys’ basketball district playoffs: Ludlow makes 16 fouls shots in final quarter of get past Villa Madonna

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ludlow scored 16 of its 20 points at the free throw line in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 54-48 win over Villa Madonna in the opening game of the 34th District boys’ basketball tournament on Monday at Lloyd High School. Senior guard T.C. Eades scored 14 points in his team’s district win over Villa Madonna. The Panthers had a 34-31 lead...

Lyn Hacker: Musicial dynamo John Heinrich takes lifetime accomplishments, creates Songwriter Demo

So you’ve given vent to that incessant string of words that has been rattling around in your brain for some time. You’ve actually sat down and written the words out (when no one was looking). Now that they are before you, they seem alone and naked. You realize there are other thoughts and words coming, so you add them, and before you know it, you’ve written at least a semblance of a poem and...

Norse men open three-game homestand with Wright State; Williams named Freshman of Week

Horizon League rival Wright State comes to BB&T Arena to kick off a three-game home stand that closes the regular-season for the Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET) Tuesday. Game Information Northern Kentucky University Norse (18-10 Overall, 9-6 Horizon League) Wright State University Raiders (19-9 Overall, 10-5 Horizon League) Tuesday, Feb. 21 –...

Covington Holmes graduate Charley Taylor spent most of his life playing, coaching baseball

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Charley Taylor, a standout pitcher at Holmes High School who went on to play and coach in the minor leagues, passed away Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. Taylor, who lived in Erlanger, was a pitching coach in the Houston Astros minor league organization for 30 years. He was on the Lexington Legends coaching staff from 2001 through 2012 before...

Hawkins’ confidence-level soars to an all-time high going into sunset of his UK career

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune Going into the sunset of his collegiate career, Dominique Hawkins has never felt more comfortable in a Kentucky uniform. “(My confidence level) is probably the highest it’s been since I’ve been in a Kentucky jersey,” Hawkins said Monday. Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins has given the Wildcats a boost during the past two weeks and has gained more confidence...

17th class inducted into NewCath Athletic Hall of Fame; 2005 football team is ‘Team of Distinction’

The seventeenth class of inductees into its NewCath Athletic Hall of Fame: Jenny Prigge Collopy ’04, Rick Goff ’68, Mike Kelly ’84, Tessy Bankemper Krebs ’87, Jack Macke ’49, and Ben Williams ’00, Tom Gerrein ’59, and John Enzweiler. Also, honored – the 2005 State Champion Football Team as the “Team of Distinction.”

Newport Independent Schools to host poverty simulation; 30 percent of residents live in poverty

Newport Independent Schools certified teaching staff will learn the harsh realities of living in poverty – like many of the school district’s families – on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during a day-long Community Action Poverty Simulation. The Simulation – which takes place at Newport High School during an in-service day for teachers and staff – is designed to help participants understand...

Our Rich History: Alms and Doepke in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine was second largest store west of NYC

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune My parents used to speak of the old Alms and Doepke department store at 222 East Central Parkway in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. It was a mammoth establishment, at its height encompassing 15 acres of floor space, once the second-largest store west of New York City and the largest in Cincinnati. By 1904, historian Charles Greve, in his Centennial...