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Deadline is midnight tonight for discounted tickets to BOOM on the BRIDGE and a great seat for fireworks

Tonight at midnight is the last chance to purchase tickets to the popular BOOM on the BRIDGE event on Sunday, September 1 before the price goes up — for a closeup view of the fireworks. Southbank Partners is hosting the festivities on The Purple People Bridge, offering a Kentucky side view of the spectacular show. After midnight tonight, ticket prices will increase from $125 to $150. Children...

Northern Kentucky University awarded $1.8 million in federal grants to address the opioid epidemic

Northern Kentucky University has received $1.8 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) to combat the opioid crisis.  HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the funds to establish and expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services. NKU, along with collaborators from across Northern Kentucky, received more...

Ernie Heinisch’s friends celebrating at McDonald’s for his 102nd birthday — cake and coffee to first 100

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Ernie Heinisch came into the world in 1917. Yep, that’s right, 102 years ago! He was the second oldest of seven children growing up in Vanceburg, Kentucky, east of Cincinnati, in Lewis County, right on the Ohio River. Betty and Ernie Heinisch He and his siblings were close-knit. After losing their mother at a young age — 42 — they avoided being split...

Count them — five generations in matriarch Edna Vaughan-Sothard’s family; she’s 91, baby is 4-months

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Family connections, in the early part of the 20th-Century, were quite a bit different than they are today. Generally, there were a lot more kids and extended family relations were common and close. Multiple generations were in daily contact with each other, and if there were any hardships (financial or otherwise), there was a definite sense that they were “in...

Phase 1 of Ovation project underway in Newport, with music venue, parking garage under construction

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter The construction at Newport’s Ovation site has recently commenced, and count Commissioner Frank Peluso among those impressed by what’s occurring in the west end of the city. “I would encourage everyone to ride past the Ovation site and take a look,” Peluso said at Monday night’s monthly meeting, speaking of the music venue and parking garage that are quickly...

Catalytic Fund, 120 Main Street LLC, project partners introduce Skypoint condo development in Newport

On Monday, August 26, The Catalytic Fund and 120 Main Street LLC, with project partners Forcht Bank and the City of Newport, will gather with community leaders and project supporters to present Skypoint Luxury Condos, the adaptive reuse of one of Newport’s prime locations. The Skypoint development will fill the demand for condominium living in Newport. The site is the former Baptist Convalescent...

2019 Prep Football Previews: CovCath counting on proven veterans to keep team on winning track

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Friday. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Quinton Marksberry NKyTribune contributor Last year, Covington Catholic’s football team came close to a second consecutive...

The River: Miscellaneous reflections of a life fully lived on the river — gathering rosebuds while I may

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Reflections Captain Jesse Paul Hughes (1875-1973) Cap’n Jesse lived nearly a century, and I only remember him as an older man. Cincinnati...

City of Newport and SkyWheel Attractions: Skywheel ready to be shipped, pier groundbreaking in Sept.

Newport’s Riverboat Row is about to get taller by more than 235 feet with the addition of a pier and the SkyWheel®, as officials announced Friday that the anticipated SkyWheel® project will break ground in September 2019 at Newport on the Levee. Final terms between the City of Newport and SkyWheel Attractions, along with the Newport Aquarium and Newport on the Levee ownership will bring the privately...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Holy Cross coach sees better days ahead with more experience in lineup

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The freshmen and sophomores Holy Cross had in the starting lineup the last...

Kentucky tourism increases in 2018 to an $11.2 billion impact for 94,500 job, $787m in state, local taxes

Visitor spending and visitation growth in Kentucky both increased in 2018 according to a study from Tourism Economics, the Kentucky Department of Tourism’s new research partner. Visitor trips to and within the Commonwealth topped 71.6 million in 2018, with visitor spending climbing to nearly $7.6 billion, a 3.7 percent increase over the prior year and 21 percent increase since 2013. “Tourism continues...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Boone County’s new coach wants to get team pointed in positive direction

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Quinton Marksberry NKyTribune contributor Bryson Warner took on an imposing challenge when he agreed to become Boone...

People of NKY: Ludlow’s Kevin Kelly finds his way to success through a gift for art that became a calling

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter The 1980’s. It was an era when stock markets soared, big business muscled up as never before, and yuppies (remember them?) inhabited every conspicuously consumptive crack in the sidewalk. It was the bonfire Tom Wolfe proclaimed it. Kevin T. Kelly in his studio at the Essex. In New York City, not only was commerce fanning flames, but the art world in Manhattan...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Ryle’s large senior class determined to improve on last year’s record

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Cody Johnson NKyTribune contributor After going 2-9 last season with several first-year starters in the lineup, the Ryle...

Jeanne-Marie and Dick Tapke to receive GCF’s Devou Cup for philanthropic service at Chamber dinner

The Northern Kentucky Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) created the Devou Cup to honor the generosity of individuals who make a profound difference in the quality of community life in Northern Kentucky, now and into the future. This year’s recipients are Jeanne-Marie and Dick Tapke. The Tapkes credit their experiences at Purcell and Marion High Schools, where they met, and Catholic...