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Extra practice time allows Wildcats to prepare for Music City Bowl, brace for the future

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is not only busy preparing for the Music City Bowl, the Wildcats also have been bracing for the future during the past two weeks. The extra practice allotted for bowl preparation has given the Kentucky coaching staff an opportunity to build toward future, giving underclassmen a chance to shine behind the scenes. “These extra weeks of practice, instead of having...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 road crews reported overnight, ready for rush hour snow

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 snow and ice removal crews reported in at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. The latest forecast says that flurries will be entering the Commonwealth into the morning on Tuesday.  The potential for slick spots on roadways, especially overpasses and bridges is possible. Crews will be on standby ahead of the snow event to assist with the morning rush hour.  They...

‘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...

Boone County Public Library staff help man complete decades-long quest to find his biological family

By Robin Edwards Special to the NKyTribune from BCPL Finding his biological mother was always a life-long dream of Robert Oppenheimer. Bob and his twin brother James were born in July 1952 in Bad Homberg, Germany to Else Handler, a single mother who was probably struggling to put food on the table. During this same time period Bob’s adoptive parents were stationed in Germany. Robert Oppenheimer...

Government Briefs: Union receives sidewalk grant; Boone County conducts citizen academy

The City of Union has received a $1,500 grant from the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS). The grant will be used for sidewalk upgrades to meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards in the Lassing Green subdivision area. “We are excited to use this grant to ensure our sidewalks are safer and more accessible to everyone in the city,” said David Plummer, City Administrator. ...

Kentucky state police offers cautions, advice for driving in hazardous conditions; be prepared

With the possibility of wintery weather moving into the state this weekend, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) is cautioning motorists to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions. “Winter driving can present formidable challenges including sleet, snow, slick roads, freezing temperatures and reduced visibility,” says KSP spokesman Sergeant Josh Lawson. “It can be a deadly combination if you’re...

Healthcare — clock is ticking, December 15 deadline approaching to sign up for subsidized insurance

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News You have just a few days to enroll in a 2018 health-insurance plan on healthcare.gov. Open enrollment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ends Friday, Dec. 15. “The clock is ticking,” Whitney Allen, the outreach and enrollment coordinator for the Kentucky Primary Care Association, said in an e-mail. ” We encourage anyone who...

Mubea, to host open house with KYFAME and other manufacturers to showcase career opportunities

NKyTribune staff Mubea, coming off its apprenticeship graduation, is partnering with KYFAME Wednesday (Dec. 13) to host an open house from  3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement dualtrack, apprenticeship-style training that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers....

Defensive standout on Conner football team taking part in junior firefighter training program

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Matt Campbell worked hard to earn a starting spot on the Conner football team’s defensive front line this year and finished with 56 tackles, including six quarterback sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery. Last week, Campbell received a Top 26 Award at the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association banquet for his achievements, but the 6-foot-2,...

What’s ahead with the weather — here’s a 10-day forecast; plan to bundle up

Here’s your 10-day weather forecast, thanks to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the Weather Channel:

NKU parlays tough defense, blistering shooting into 91-63 victory over EKU on Sunday night

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Often overlooked by college basketball fans in this age of 3-pointers and high-flying dunks, stingy defensive efforts are greatly valued by head coaches. John Brannen appreciates tough defense that plays with energy, and he had much to applaud Sunday night while watching his Northern Kentucky University squad totally dismantle Eastern Kentucky University, 91-63, at...

Covington man guilty of raping a minor; judge orders directed verdict of acquittal on more serious charge

NKyTribune staff A Covington man has been convicted of sex crimes against a minor that reportedly began in 2014 and continued for almost a year. Williams Paul Williams Jr. was found guilty of three counts of Rape in the Third Degree and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.  A jury recommended those sentences to run concurrently for a total of five years in prison. A Kenton County Grand Jury...

Speedway Children’s Charities distributes more than $3.2m nationwide, KY chapter gives to 25 nonprofits

Speedway Children’s Charities officials announced today that the far-reaching nonprofit will distribute more than $3.2 million in grants to 435 charitable organizations across the country this year, bringing the total allocation amount to more than $52 million since the O. Bruton Smith family founded the nonprofit in 1982. Representatives from Speedway Children’s Charities. The organization’s...

NKU graduate Josh Heuser went from throwing parties — to throwing bigger parties for a living

By Ryan Clark 
NKU Magazine Back in the day, when Josh Heuser (’01) was throwing parties in area bars, it never really crossed his mind that within a few years he’d have a private audience with the president of his alma mater, or that the two would share plans to prepare events for Northern Kentucky University. But such is the beauty of life. Josh Heuser is a graduate of NKU, as well as an entrepreneur,...

Twenty-nine law enforcement officers graduate from basic training, including some from NKY

Twenty-nine law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated today from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 487 completed 23 weeks of training, which consisted of 923 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations,...