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Do not eat this cereal: Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal recalled after multi-state salmonella outbreak

Kentucky Health News All Honey Smacks cereal has been recalled after a multi-state salmonella outbreak has been linked to the cereal, infecting 100 people in 33 states. Two have been infected in Kentucky. The Kellogg Co. first recalled the product mid-June, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the cereal is still being offered for sale in some places. “Retailers cannot legally offer...

Smithley gets Cup ride at Kentucky Speedway; Xfinity driver has strong ties to FAME, the Bluegrass State

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Garrett Smithley will once again team up with StarCom Racing, this time for the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart today at Kentucky Speedway. Garrett Smithley in the pits at Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway where he had a top 20 finish (photos by Mark Hansel). Garrett will pilot SCR’s 99 Victory Lane Chevy. The team’s...

Bell overcomes spin to win NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Friday night

By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Speedway A spin in the final round of NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying on Friday at Kentucky Speedway set up a rousing run through the Alsco 300 field by Christopher Bell. Christopher Bell celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway Friday night (photo by Mark Hansel). Click to enlarge. The 23-year-old rookie methodically...

War of words between Kyle Busch and Stenhouse Jr. over Daytona crashes heats up at KY Speedway

By Benjamin Shipp NKyTribune reporter The tire smoke and debris have dissipated in Daytona, but Kyle Busch made sure that the drama of last week’s race at Daytona Super Speedway’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 made its way to the Kentucky Speedway. Kyle Bush at Friday’s media briefing, talking about Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s tactics at Daytona and the lack of an apology. “He did not reach out....

Amanda Peters selected as director of Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy

Amanda Peters has been unanimously selected by the Board of Directors to serve as the Director of the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Peters Board Chair Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann announcement the appointment Friday. Peters follows the successful tenure of former director and current Board Member Kim Moser. “We had a tremendous group of candidates for this position,...

Fans on Millionaires Row, Backstretch RV, rough it in style during NASCAR weekend at KY Speedway

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter Devoted fans showed up to the Kentucky Speedway with campers that lined Millionaires Row and across the Backstretch RV. Stephen Harnings elaborate camper setup on the Backstretch RV behind Kentucky Speedway (photos by David Kubota). These spaces are filled with some of the most devoted NASCAR fans out to watch the Xfinity Series at the Speedway. The spaces are crowded...

Comprehensive audit of Kentucky’s court system shows ‘overall lack of accountability,’ says Harmon

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A scathing audit of the agency that operates Kentucky’s court system showed “disorganized and unchecked leadership and overall lack of accountability,” said state Auditor Mike Harmon. 
Harmon presented findings at a news conference about the Administrative Office of the Courts in releasing the 214-page report, saying they didn’t have sufficient policies in place...

Full field of 132 golfers are set to compete for Barbasol Championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The field is set for the Barbasol Championship. Davis Love III, Brittany Lincicome, and Billy Horschel will be among the 132 players who will be vying for the title when the event tips off Thursday and concludes on July 22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. Hall of Famer Love III has won 21 times on TOUR including the 1997 PGA Championship, tops the field...

Ryle basketball player Maddie Scherr’s performance in Nike Nationals could attract more college offers

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle basketball player Maddie Scherr showed why she’s one of the nation’s top college prospects among the high school graduating class of 2020 during the Nike Nationals in Chicago earlier this week. Maddie Scherr In five games with the Kentucky Premier select team, Scherr had 54 points, 30 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. She shot 40 percent (22...

Grau Named Florence Police Chief; 23-year veteran replaces John McDermond, who is retiring July 31

Mayor Diane Whalen today announced the appointment of Captain Thomas Grau as the new Florence Police Chief, replacing Chief John McDermond who is retiring July 31st. Grau Grau is a 23-year veteran of the Florence Police Department and has served as a Captain with the department since 2013. Tom was hired as a patrolman in 1995 and has risen through the ranks of the department holding the positions of...

Dan Tobergte ending 28-year tenure with Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, effective Aug. 2

Daniel E. Tobergte, J.D., CEcD, announced today that he is ending his 28-year tenure with the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation effective August 2 to pursue new opportunities. Tobergte commenced his work as a Vice President with Northern Kentucky Tri-ED in June 1990, beginning as Senior Vice President, rising to Executive Vice President in 1999 and as President/CEO from November 2004 until...

Keith Taylor: SEC Media Days ushers in talking season ahead of fall camp

Benny Snell will be among Kentucky’s three players who will attend Southeastern Conference Media Days in Atlanta on Monday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) Former University of Florida and South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier always had something to say during Southeastern Conference Media Days. For Spurrier, it was always talking season and one step closer to the season opener. Spurrier...

Louisville’s Rhodes buckles up home track victory in Camping World Truck Series race at KY Speedway

By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Speedway Ben Rhodes grew up wanting to race at the highest levels of NASCAR, so it helped that he lived relatively close to Kentucky Speedway. Louisville’s Ben Rhodes high fives Kentucky Speedway mascot Horsepower during driver introductions for the Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger is at left (photo by Mark...

HMSHost brings Blaze Pizza and an exclusive bourbon-themed restaurant, Hop & Cask to CVG

New restaurants are greeting travelers at Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) this summer. Global restaurateur HMSHost opened two new food & beverage options for the busy summer travel season – Hop & Cask in Concourse B by Gate 17, as well as Blaze Pizza in Concourse A. Hop & Cask celebrates the region’s distilling heritage with a selection of bourbons and whiskeys,...

Vacation Express will start exclusive, non-stop service CVG to Mexico’s Los Cabos in 2019

Vacation Express announces the start of exclusive, non-stop flights from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) for the 2019 travel season.  Flights to Los Cabos will depart weekly on Sundays for 6 nights from May 26, 2019, through July 28, 2019. Tickets are available now.   This is the first time Vacation Express has offered non-stop flights to Los...