A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Ryle High School graduate Harper Hempel makes dream come true as walk-on for UK volleyball team

This is one of a series of stories about Northern Kentucky athletes competing for the University of Kentucky. By Kindsey Bernhard NKyTribune Intern Harper Hempel finished her final year of volleyball at Ryle High School ranked by MaxPreps as the fourth best prospect in the state and the 67th prospect nationally. Her high school record reports she was a starter all four years and three times was an...

KYCIR: Amid uncertainty, University of Louisville leaders cashed out big perks in ‘run on the bank’

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting All eyes were on the University of Louisville and its foundation last summer. Its president was ousted and its finances scrutinized. Both boards were hamstrung by turnover and uncertainty. University trustees were publicly threatening to sue the foundation. Meanwhile, some of the university’s highest-paid employees were making a run on the...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: With water temperatures cool, the peak of float-and-fly fishing is upon us

By Lee McClellan Special to NKyTribune Although we’ve seen many warm fronts this winter with temperatures in the 60s just this past weekend, the water in our highland reservoirs is still cold. Water temperatures are in the high 40s in Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow and Laurel River Lake. Once water temperatures drop below 50 degrees for extended periods, threadfin shad begin to suffer from the cold...

Daily Yonder: Advocates say new education secretary DeVos lacks knowledge about rural schools

By Tim Marema Daily Yonder A rural education advocate says the new Education secretary’s suburban, billionaire background doesn’t prepare her to deal with the nation’s small, public schools. How much will she learn on the job? The question rural school advocates have for Betsy DeVos isn’t whether she knows much about rural education but whether she’s willing to learn. “She’s...

Kentucky exports reach new, all-time record in ’16 — with aerospace leading all categories

Kentucky’s exports broke an all-time record in 2016 with $29.24 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the Commonwealth, a 5.8-percent increase from 2015, Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced. Aerospace products and parts led all categories with more than $10.85 billion in goods exported internationally, an increase of more than 24 percent over 2015. Kentucky ranked second nationally for...

Boone County Distilling in Independence among new members of Kentucky Bourbon’s Craft Tour

The iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® is expanding with two new members in Lexington and Northern Kentucky, giving fans the opportunity to experience 13 distilleries on the tour that showcases the state’s burgeoning micro distilleries.   Bluegrass Distillers in Lexington and Boone County Distilling Company in Independence join the fast-growing and impressive tour of Kentucky’s finest...

Kentucky State Police form Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for officer-involved shootings

With increasing public interest and media attention throughout the U.S. regarding the use of deadly force by law enforcement agencies, the Kentucky State Police announced the recent formation of a new unit designed to add experience, expertise, and transparency to investigations of officer-involved shootings in the Commonwealth.   “We have a responsibility to our officers and the communities we...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Don’t forget the squirrels — Kentucky hunting season’s last hurrah

A still afternoon is the ideal time to enjoy a few hours in the woods squirrel hunting. The season will be over soon, so don’t pass up the opportunity, especially when temperatures moderate. There are plenty of squirrels in Kentucky’s woodlands, and bag limits are generous. Kentucky’s fall 2016-17 squirrel season ends Feb. 28. The daily bag limit is six squirrels. The gray squirrel is the dominant...

WWE SmackDown Live coming to Louisville; Red Tape Reduction helps bring wrestling event to KY

WWE’s SmackDown Live is coming to Louisville. The event will be held at the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday, April 18 and marks the return of live, televised professional wrestling events in the Commonwealth. SmackDown will be the first major televised combat sporting event in Kentucky since Governor Matt Bevin streamlined the state’s boxing and wrestling regulations last November as part of the Red...

Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop comes to Boone County on March 25; register here

The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop returns to Kentucky on March 25. This year’s workshop, a tri-state event covering Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, will be held in the Boone County Cooperative Extension Enrichment Center in Burlington. Forestry experts will provide an array of forestry- and wildlife-related educational sessions to help woodland owners get the most from their properties. Sponsored...

Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit, ‘The Illustrated Word,’ making its way around the state

Many library patrons may remember the days of flipping through the cards in a card catalog drawer to find information and the location of books in the library. Although that practice has gone away with the advent of computer based searches, Woodford County artist Jennifer Dunham has kept the cards alive in her own artwork. Dunham is one of 28 Kentucky artists whose work will be featured in a traveling...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Be prepared when that unexpected winter fishing opportunity arises

By Kevin Kelly Special to NKyTribune Planning a fishing trip more than a couple days ahead of time can be a gamble in late winter when the weather is a mixed bag and the favorable conditions here today may be gone tomorrow. With some advance preparation, you can be ready to grab what you need and go when that friend calls at daybreak or the impulse strikes and the schedule allows for a last-minute...

First Lady’s Youth Leadership group holds retreat, attends State of Commonwealth Address

The First Lady’s Office, along with Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kosair Charities and Casey Family Programs, this week hosted the third meeting of the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council in Frankfort. Members met to discuss and brainstorm solutions to today’s issues that affect them. The 14-member council consists of young people representing different backgrounds throughout the state. “These...

Dr. David Stevens of Lexington dies at 87; brother of Alice Sparks, led Lexington smoking ban

David Bruce Stevens, M.D., 87, of Lexington, passed away suddenly of natural causes February 6, 2017, at his home on Monday. Born July 11, 1929, in Louisville, son of Albert Clyde and Sue Schan Stevens. He was predeceased in 2014 by his college sweetheart and wife of 61 years, Sally Ann Symon Stevens. He is the brother of Alice Sparks of Fort Mitchell. David Stevens Raised in Louisville, he fell in...

Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol urges elected leaders to support ‘Blueprint,’ honors champions

Hundreds of Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth, including over 200 children and youth, are convening in Frankfort today for the 13th annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol. They are urging elected leaders to support the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, a common agenda for child advocates across the state.   “This is a moment when many seem to focus on what divides...