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Kentucky Smart on Crime coalition advocates criminal justice reform, especially for women

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A coalition of organizations has joined together to advocate criminal justice reform, especially for women.   Kentucky Smart on Crime has a wide representation from all parts of the political spectrum, ranging from the ACLU to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, who are working together on recommendations for the 2018 General Assembly. 
Holly Harris, executive director...

Matthew Remke, fourth generation owner/operator of local grocery chain, loses battle with cancer

Matthew Robert Remke, 41, of Villa Hills, passed away in the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at his home after a battle with cancer. He leaves his wife of 15 years, Andrea Lynn (Dominello) Remke, 41, and their children; Brayden Matthew, 10, Mia Frances, 7, Therese Gloria, 7 and Payton Andrea, 5. He is survived also by his parents, William R. Remke, of Petersburg, Sherrill Vocke Remke of Villa...

Cincinnati man struck by two vehicles and killed while walking along US 25 near Florence Monday

A pedestrian was struck by two vehicles and killed while walking along Dixie Highway near Florence Monday evening. The Boone County Sheriff’s office says Nicholas Arthur, 32, of Cincinnati was walking with friends along the 8200 block of US 25 at about 10 p.m., when he was struck by the first vehicle, which left the scene. He was lying in the road, when the second vehicle struck him. He was transported...

Village Players to present ‘The Unvarnished Truth’ December 1-9 at Fort Thomas Woman’s Club

Village Players presents The Unvarnished Truth by Royce Ryton, December 1-9, 2017. Village Players is located on the lower level of the Ft. Thomas Woman’s Club, 8 North Ft. Thomas Ave, Ft. Thomas. Tom and Annabel are a reasonably happy married couple. One evening they have an argument as to who loves the other most. A rough and tumble ensues, and Tom discovers to his horror that Annabel is dead....

Fort Thomas’ Teri Foltz takes top prize among state’s best playwrights of the year for ‘Incorrigible’

By William McCann Special to NKyTribune On Friday night, during the opening night of the Kentucky Theatre Association annual conference at Pikeville’s Jenny Wiley Theatre, the state’s best playwrights of 2017 were celebrated and honored. Among them was Teri Foltz of Fort Thomas. The evening began with a reading of Richard Cavendish’s 10-minute play, “Botherum.” Following were readings...

Friends, family, strangers come together 50 years later to remember victims, survivors of Flight 128

Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor On a hillside in Hebron, 50 years ago tonight, the lives of 82 people and their families were changed forever when TWA Flight 128 crashed on approach to the Greater Cincinnati airport. An airplane leaving CVG passes overhead as State Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, reads a proclamation at Sunday’s memorial service (photos by Mark Hansel). Of the 82 people...

Aviation Memorial at Burlington’s England Idlewild Park site for TWA 128 50th Anniversary remembrance

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor England Idlewild Park in Burlington is the site for today’s TWA Flight 128 50th Anniversary Memorial. The event begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. TWA Flight 128 crashed near Hebron on the night of November 20, 1967 while preparing to land at the Greater Cincinnati Airport. A total of 82 people including 10 crew members were on board. On approach,...

Madalen Paul brings home awards from Quarter Horse Congress, riding Pipen Hot Irons

Special to NKyTribune Southgate’s Madalen Paul, 15, brought home one of only 12 All-Around awards from the All American Quarter Horse Congress competitions held recently in Columbus. A freshman at Highlands High School, Maddie, as she is known, has been riding since she was five years old. Her passion for horses and riding — and training — is paying off as she earned a champion title,...

‘Pete’ Burris Jr. dies at St. E Hospice, just short of 90th birthday; served as CVG board chair three terms

Peter Burris Jr., who was just short of his 90th birthday, died Thursday at St. Elizabeth Hospice. Burris served for three terms as chair of the board of directors of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport for three terms as the airport became “international” and Delta was growing its presence there. Peter Burris He was active in the community in many ways, involved in civic...

Boone County Republican Women’s Club elects Tami Wilson president; new officers’s terms begin Jan. 1

The Boone County Republican Women’s Club has installed new officers. The newly elected officers are Tami Wilson, President; Olivia Amlung, 1st Vice President; Melissa Shnider, 2nd Vice President; Marian Dunkerley, Secretary; Rennae Hageman, Treasurer. Officers will begin their terms January 1. “I’m excited to be chosen by our club to be the president,” stated Wilson. “I want to thank past...

LRC executive director, David A. Byerman, says no public funding in sexual harassment settlement

Legislative Research Commission Executive Director David A. Byerman issued a statement Thursday that no public funding was used to settle sexual harassment claims during his two years in the position and, in fact, said money could not be spent without approval of the commission in an open meeting. “Controls are in place that require proper authorization before any disbursements are made from any...

Purple People Bridge now features a state border line and historical plaque on 200-year boundary dispute

The newest feature on the Purple People Bridge is a purple state border line that allows you to firmly plant one foot in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the other in State of Ohio at same time. The bridge also features new welcome signs for both states along with a historical plaque that describes the nearly 200-year-old border dispute between the two states, which the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately...

Kentucky Bourbon Trail names NKY as ‘newest official gateway;’ home to five burgeoning distilleries

The Northern Kentucky region, home to many unique attractions and accommodations, is the newest official gateway to the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® adventures, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today.   Adam Johnson, Senior Director of the KDA’s KBT™ experiences, said Northern Kentucky is home to five burgeoning craft distilleries and a major corridor for thousands of...

Train derailment on Empire Drive in Florence Wednesday shuts down road, no injuries reported

NKyTribune staff A train derailment in Florence Wednesday afternoon sent four railway cars careening across Empire Drive and came to rest in the middle of Bluegrass Drive. Photos courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff’s office (click to enlarge). The incident caused the road to be shut down, but there were no injuries. Motorists are being rerouted to Dixie Highway (U.S. 25) until the scene is cleared...

Dedication of Historic Boone County Courthouse takes place tonight, building dates to 1889

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor An open house and public dedication of the restored Historic Boone County Courthouse will take place this evening. The public is invited to tour the facility, located at 2988 Washington Street (KY 18) in Burlington, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Assistant Boone County Administrator Matthew Webster, who spearheaded the Historic Boone County Courthouse restoration project,...