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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...

Joseph (Joe) Iles, 19, dies of injuries from motorcycle accident on I-275 that occurred June 29; hit from behind

Joseph Brian Iles, 19, of Edgewood, passed away Tuesday while surrounded by his family at the UC Medical Center. Iles died due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. The accident occurred June 29 about 1:30 p.m. on I-275 near Fort Wright when he was rear-ended and thrown from his bike, according to Fort Wright police. Joe IlesHe was flown to UC Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for...

Quaker State ambassador, FLW angler Jimmy Houston Named Quaker State 400 Grand Marshal

The popular Fishing League Worldwide angler and Quaker State ambassador Jimmy Houston will give the command to start engines on July 14. Jimmy Houston Houston, known to many as “America’s Favorite Fisherman,” has the extensive outdoor knowledge and colorful personality helped the long-running Jimmy Houston Outdoors (JHO) rank as ESPN’s top outdoors show for 20 years. “I...

Celebrated war hero, attorney John H. Klette, 100, has died; buried in private ceremony at Highlands

Staff report John H. Klette, 100, a celebrated war hero and attorney, had died. He was buried in a private ceremony Tuesday at Highlands Cemetery. He was a member of the board that oversees Highlands for over 50 years, dedicated to building the perpetual care fund so the cemetery would always be well attended. John Klette in his Fort Mitchell law office. (NKyTribune photo) He was an attorney for...

Erlanger man pleads guilty to three counts of sexual assault of a minor, faces 20-50 years or life

Christopher Charles, 40, pleaded guilty to three counts of 1st Degree Sodomy (Child <12) without the benefit of a plea agreement. Charles Charles faces 20 to 50 years or Life in prison on each count when he goes before Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe for final sentencing on August 20, 2018. Charles admitted to three acts of deviate sexual intercourse on different occasions with the same child...

NASCAR week at Kentucky Speedway features nonstop action, capped off by the Quaker State 400

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor It’s NASCAR week in Northern Kentucky and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta has a full slate of activities planned for its signature Tripleheader Weekend. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Quaker State 400, presented by Walmart, is always a key stop in the race for the chase and this year is no exception. Martin Truex Jr. celebrates on top of the No....

U.S. Chamber launching a campaign against tariffs; NKY’s Chamber urges end to job-killing tariffs

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a campaign against President Donald Trump’s tariffs — and the possibility of an emerging all-out trade war. Click image for more The national Chamber says that $1.5 billion in Kentucky exports are threatened and that 539,000 Kentucky jobs are supported by global trade. When the U.S. imposed new tariffs on steel...

Dennis Glacken was a strong supporter of Kentucky veterans’ causes; embraced his Walton roots

Dennis R. Glacken, age 85, of Independence, passed away Friday at Emerald Trace Care Center in Elsmere. Glacken A loving husband, father, grandfather, and proud, retired Senior Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, where he served over 20 years and was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, the Knights of the Blue Nose Award, and the Air Force Commendation Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster). Glacken...

11 Kentuckians, including two from NKY, receive pardons from Gov. Bevin during Independence week

Eleven Kentuckians, including a Northern Kentucky man convicted nearly 40 years ago for receiving stolen property, were granted pardons from Gov. Matt Bevin during the holiday week, just as he did last year when issuing 10 pardons during the Independence Day week. Gov. Bevin 
Pardons were granted to the following:

 ·       Dana Goff Yount of Lawrenceburg

 ·       Crystal...

Florence Fire Department released details of blaze on Taramore Drive that left two firefighters trapped

NKyTribune staff The Florence Fire/EMS Department has released details of a three-alarm fire on Taramore Drive Thursday afternoon that left two firefighters trapped after a roof collapse. The firefighters were transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital for evaluation, but were released several hours later.   A total of four firefighters were reported to have suffered injuries fighting the blaze, but...

Special Olympics USA: First-timer Jennifer Rhein gets 4 gold medal; Blakeney wins silver, bronze

First-time USA Games gymnast Jennifer Rhein of Ludlow added two more gold medals to her already impressive haul at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Wash. Rhein tied for the gold in the uneven bars, matching Illinois gymnast Tasjenay Feigh’s score of 18.70. Rhein stood atop the podium alone after the floor exercise, posting a score of 19.03, nearly 2.5 points better than Feigh. She...

Frankfort 3-year-old dies, found unresponsive locked in a hot vehicle; police investigating

Frankfort police and the city’s coroner’s office are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was found unresponsive locked inside a hot vehicle last Friday, the State-Journal reported. 
Calvin Hedges, son of Tonie Columbia and Edward B. Hedges, was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. after being transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center, from a residence in the 300 block of Strathmore...

Treasurer Allison Ball has a particular ‘treasurer’ to annnounce: She’s proud mom of baby boy, Levi

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball gave birth to a son, Levi Adrian Swan, on Tuesday her office announced. Baby Levi was born weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz. and measuring 20.5 inches. “Asa and I are excited to welcome our son into the world. We are thankful for this blessing from God and grateful for our family, friends, Dr. Cornelia Poston, and the staff of Norton’s Healthcare in Louisville for...

KY Symphony Orchestra kicks off 24th year of summer concerts at DeVou Park with ‘class reunions’

Northern Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 24th year of outdoor concerts at DeVou Park’s bandshell with a pop music tribune to class reunions ending in 8 (1958, 1968 . . .2018). Director J.R. Cassidy’s renown creative flair is in full form as KSO’s Boogie Band presents a Class Reunion Remix (45s to mp3s) at the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The program will...

BB Riverboats barge arrives; $2 million upgrade will convert former casino into multi-use facility

The former casino barge that BB Riverboats is converting into a multi-purpose facility completed its 700-mile, 10-day trip from Wood River, Illinois, arriving on the Covington riverfront shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The BB Riverboats barge with a view of the Cincinnati skyline as a backdrop. The view will be a little different when renovations in Covington are completed. The barge will then make...