A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Intrepid Urban Farmer: It’s bell-ringer news, the kind that keeps her moving along on garden dominence

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune For about the past 15 years, or so, I have had my summers visited by the phenomenon of the whole fam-damily vacation.  We all pack-up, come in from all over the country, and camp together as a tribe in some pre-selected place that will have us.  The attendance numbers are generally around 15, sometimes more.    This was the biggest tomato waiting for me when...

Kentucky by Heart: Sister Juana Mendez offers hope and direction to members of Hispanic community

Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Juana Mendez remembers well the difficult conditions her family faced while growing up in the American territory of Puerto Rico in the 1950s. “We lived in the country and we didn’t have running water or electricity,” she said. “We didn’t want to leave Puerto Rico but my father moved here (United States) because he was looking for a job.” Juana and the...

Duke Energy awards $275K in urban redevelopment grants; five projects are in Northern Kentucky

Communities and residents across southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky continue to benefit from Duke Energy’s Urban Revitalization program, which announced its 2018 grant recipients today. Since its launch in 2011, the Urban Revitalization program has issued $2.2 million in grants to 65 projects – including new grants of $275,000 to nine projects. “We continue to back the Urban Revitalization...

CVG starting work on new entrance road, improved access, and getting ready for new rental car facility

Construction kicks off this week at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) which will create a new entrance road and improved access to the airport. This summer, and continuing through third quarter 2019, roadway construction at CVG will make way for a new entrance to the Main Terminal and connection to the consolidated rental car facility to be built late 2019-2021, and scheduled...

The River: The ‘Intervening Years’ (1961-1965) — remembering good times, the big race, college . . .

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. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune In the intervening years following my last year of decking on the Steamer AVALON, after the summer and fall of 1960 and my eventual graduation...

United Way President Michael Johnson taking new approach to annual campaign launch: a 10-stop tour

United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s new President and CEO Michael Johnson is going out into the community to launch United Way’s annual fall campaign with a new series of events aimed at raising the awareness of poverty’s impact on our region. Replacing the traditional one-day kickoff event, these “Community United” events include an initial 10-stop tour to communities in each of the 10 counties...

Former state Rep. Bill Donnermeyer, 93, to be honored for 40 years of service to meetNKY board

Former Kentucky State Rep. Bill Donnermeyer — one of the true and enduring architects of the region’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry — will be honored and recognized Monday for 40 years as a member of the meetNKY l Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Donnermeyer, 93, a Bellevue Democrat who retired in 1994 after 25 years representing Kentucky’s...

Craig Frye of SD1 shows why and how to have a rain garden; help keep stormwater out of the system

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter As green land space shrinks in Northern Kentucky, rainwater has fewer places to go, leading to an increase in unmanaged stormwater runoff that’s presenting greater threats of erosion, flooding, and pollution to the community. “As we increase the impervious surface — the hard surface, concrete, asphalt — you’re going to increase the runoff,” said Craig...

History-making Senator Mitch McConnell tells Fancy Farm faithful he intends to run again in 2020

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Already the longest-serving Republican leader ever in the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to cement his place in history with yet another term. McConnell, 76, told GOP faithful in western Kentucky on Saturday that he will run for re-election in 2020. “I don’t like starting late,” he said. McConnell, the architect of a Republican resurgence...

The River: An incident at Natchez-Under-the-Hill and the demise of a quiet deckhand who kept to himself

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. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Captain Clarke “Little Doc” Hawley told of a certain deckhand on the DELTA QUEEN, in the late ’50’s, who did...

Green Umbrella kicks off National Farmers Market Week with ‘10% Shift’ campaign — do you buy local?

Green Umbrella’s Local Food Action Team joins markets across the region in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 5-11. Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles had declared the week “Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week” and asks Kentuckians to celebrate all month long by visiting their local farmer’s market and posting photos to Instagram for a prize....

Jackie ‘Mom” Kaye is Florence Rotary Club Citizen of the Year for lifetime of support of U.S. Armed Forces

By Kevin Eigelbach NKyTribune reporter For her work supporting the crew and officers of dozens of submarines and missile cruisers, the United States Navy has twice given Burlington resident Jackie Kaye its Meritorious Public Service Citation. Jackie “Mom” Kaye sits inside her Burlington home beside some of the many photos and other memorabilia from her 50 years of taking care of members of the...

Freking’s passion for his work reaps benefits for duffers at Devou Golf and Event Center

By Benjamin Shipp NKyTribune reporter It is sometimes hard to judge the impact of service to the community, but for Ron Freking, grounds superintendent at Devou Golf and Event Center, the fruits of his labor are seen every day. Grounds Superintendent Ron Freking on the green at Devou Golf & Event Center, The picturesque course features the Cincinnati Skyline in the background (photos by Benjamin...

‘World’s Biggest Bourbon Toast’ on Purple People Bridge introduces New Riff’s signature product

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor New Riff Distilling hosted what it billed as the “World’s Biggest Bourbon Toast” on the Newport Southgate Bridge Tuesday evening. New Riff Distilling owner Ken Lewis delivered the toast to introduce the company’s signature bourbon, four years in the making (photos by Mark Hansel). More than 500 participants from Kentucky and Ohio filled the Purple...

Turner Construction volunteers improve landscaping, do remodeling for The Point’s residential homes

Special to NKyTribune Turner Construction Company — which is currently renovating the old Bavarian Brewery on 12th street into Kenton County’s new government offices — has donated landscaping and construction management services to four group homes run by Covington’s The Point Arc of Northern Kentucky. Commonly referred to as ‘The Point,’ the non-profit organization provides personal care...