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A joint statement from Mayor Hamberg, Judge-Executive Pendery on anniversary of Beverly Hills fire

Southgate Mayor Jim Hamberg and Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery jointly released the following statement regarding the site of the Beverly Hills Supper Club and the 40th anniversary of the fire that destroyed it: May 28, 1977, is a date many in Southgate, Campbell County, Northern Kentucky, and Greater Cincinnati will not soon forget. Forty years ago this month, the Beverly Hills Supper...

Freedom brawl with Wild Things, then battle back for come-from-behind victory to bump record to 11-3

Marred by a benches-clearing brawl in the fifth inning, Saturday’s game saw the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, rally from a two-run deficit to win its third straight game, 6-4, at Wild Things Park. Trailing 4-2, the Freedom (11-3) got a leadoff single from Jordan Brower in the top of the sixth inning off Joe Ravert (1-1). Ryan Rinsky then singled for the first hit of his...

Florence, Newport among Northern Kentucky cities with Memorial Day parades, observances

The City of Florence will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade & Program on Monday, May 29, 2017. Join the City as it honors the men and women of the Armed Forces who fought and died to defend our Country in the past and present wars. At 10 a.m. the parade will begin at Boone County High School and end at the Boone County Veterans Memorial (located on the campus of the Florence Government Center,...

9th Region baseball, softball tournament draws create interesting first round showdowns

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports writer The two teams that played in the championship game of last year’s 9th Region baseball tournament will be first-round opponents in this year’s playoffs that begin Monday at UC Medical Center Stadium in Florence. Highlands baseball coach Jeremy Baioni Defending regional champion Highlands (22-12) will take on Beechwood (28-9) at 1 p.m. Monday. The Bluebirds...

Billy Reed: Jim Bunning — ballplayer or Senator — ‘always came with his best stuff,’ dies at age 85

Whether you remember Jim Bunning mainly as a major-league pitcher or a staunchly conservative politician, you’ll have to agree that he always came with his best stuff. He was as subtle as a fastball to the head. He challenged political rivals as fiercely as he challenged hitters who tried to dig in on him at the plate. When I heard that he had died at 88, the first image that popped into mind was...

Northern Kentucky’s Jim Bunning – U.S. Senator, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 85

NKyTribune staff Former U.S. Senator, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member and Northern Kentucky favorite son Jim Bunning has died. Bunning (photo courtesy of Major League Baseball) Bunning, 85, was born in Southgate and made a name for himself in both the baseball world and in Congress. His gruff personality sometimes rankled members of both parties, but he was widely respected among his colleagues...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Despite challenges, state hunters posted productive spring turkey season

By Kevin Kelly Special to NKyTribune Turkey hunters in Kentucky encountered wind, rain and wild temperature swings this past spring season but did not let factors out of their control keep them from posting impressive results. The 2017 youth-only and general seasons produced a total harvest of 33,061 turkeys – a 6.5 percent increase over 2016 and the third highest on record for the state. “We were...

St. E and GO Pantry team up to collect, distribute basic food to kids to help stave off summer hunger

St. Elizabeth Healthcare partnered with local nonprofit GO Pantry in May to collect basic food items to help children in Northern Kentucky stave off hunger this summer. St. Elizabeth collected 937 boxes of food – up more than 72 percent compared to 2016 – and purchased 175 additional boxes with cash donations for a total of 1,112 boxes for local families.   “St. Elizabeth shares a passion with...

Bats on display as Freedom tame Wild Things, each player collects at least one hit in 9-2 road romp

A five-run rally in the third inning would prove to be more than needed, as the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, defeated the Washington Wild Things, 9-2, on Friday night at Wild Things Park. The Freedom (10-3) torched Washington (8-5) starter Jordan Schwartz (1-1) for five hits in the top of the third, knocking the right-hander out of the game with two outs in the inning....

Campbell County, Highlands win district baseball titles to show they’re top contenders once again

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Two high school baseball teams that won regional championships last season showed that they’re serious contenders once again with impressive wins in district finals on Friday. Campbell County seniors Cory Franzen, left, and Matt Reynolds each had two hits in the district final win over Brossart. (Photo from team’s Facebook page) Campbell County,...

Memorial Day ceremonies at KY veterans cemeteries, nursing homes, McDaniel to keynote in Williamstown

Kentucky’s four state veterans cemeteries and three veterans nursing homes will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday honoring those who have died for our country. Services will begin at 11 a.m. at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown Monday. Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, (KVCC) Radcliff:  Service begins at 11:30 a.m. EDT, Monday May 29. KVCC is collaborating with Fort...

Chef Foster: Bridging one season to another means taking advantage of what’s currently available

As we hurtle into summer at breakneck speed, it is worth our while to reflect for a moment on the events of the past six months. An extremely mild winter, a very quick and relatively dry spring, and now as May slides into June, some unsettled temperatures, and weather that effects the timetable of what’s next. Add to that the advancements in hydroponics, high tunnel growing and other methods and...

44 local brews among 102 varieties at Taste of Cincy; Braxton Brewing Co. to offer limited-edition beers

NKyTribune staff and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Taste of Cincinnati, presented by Budweiser, will feature more than 100 beer varieties as part of the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival. The event, May 27-29, will take place on Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati, from Main Street to the I-71 and Columbia Parkway ramps. “As we increase the diversity of our offerings, Taste of Cincinnati...

The City of Covington announces road closures for Memorial Day events and other upcoming dates

The following events have been issued Special Event Permits by the City of Covington. During these events some roads sections will be temporary closed to through traffic. The closures will be managed by off-duty law enforcement officers hired by the event organizers. Hungerwalk 5K Race & Walk Monday, May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The following streets will either be closed or have lane restrictions...

Partners weigh in on what $2.69 million in HBA Work Ready Skills Initiative funding means for the region

NKyTribune staff The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) through its Enzweiler Building Institute and community partners has been awarded $2.69 million to address the workforce gap in the construction trades in Northern Kentucky. HBA/Northern Kentucky Regional Construction Partnership projected impact. Chart courtesy of the Enzweiler Building Insititute (click to enlarge). Brian Miller,...