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Polly Lusk Page named Person of the Year by the Covington Education Foundation; event to be Oct. 9

The Covington Education Foundation has named Polly Lusk Page, a longtime advocate for education, as the organization’s 2019 Person of the Year. She will be recognized during the Foundation’s Hall of Honors celebration 6 p.m., October 9, at The Drees Pavilion from 6 to 9 p.m. For tickets, please contact Janice Krumwiede at 859-392-3182 or janice.krumwiede@covington.kyschools.us.  Page was selected...

Our Rich History: Ludlow War Heroes forgotten no longer; 900 served but 27 did not return home

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part 2 of a continuing series on the 75th anniversary of the closing stages of World War II; for Part 1, click here. The anniversary of D-Day and recent Memorial Day ceremonies sparked my interest in looking at the stories of the men and women who gave the supreme sacrifice in World War II. As is my pattern, I turned toward my Ludlow, Kentucky roots. I knew...

The River: Continuing journey on the Clyde with good friends, good food; making some repairs along way

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 Sunday morning, 17 June 2012, found the CLYDE hanging on the one-inch nylon anchor line in the swift current of Andalusia Slough outside...

Sen. Thayer is at Royal Ascot, but remains focused on legalization of sports wagering in Kentucky

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, was enjoying the pageantry of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet in England this week, but his mind (or at least part of it) was on sports wagering in the Commonwealth. Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown (left), talks with the Television Games Network at Royal Ascot Thursday about the prospects for sports wagering in Kentucky....

Milestone for new $130m St. Elizabeth Cancer Center; sign the special topping-out beam by June 24

St. Elizabeth Healthcare invites the community including patients, families, partners, St. Elizabeth associates, and anyone touched by cancer to become a lasting part of the new Cancer Center in Edgewood. All are welcome to sign the steel beam that will complete the structure of the new, five-story Cancer Center. The beam will be available to sign until June 24 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 3B Cancer...

Tim Hanner dialing back a long, distinguished career in education for his ‘What’s Next?’ and a new kidney

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Tim Hanner spent his career as an educator urging students to focus on “What’s Next?” because some new, unknown opportunity is always just ahead. Tim Hanner and grandson Charlie In his own fulsome experience in teaching and sharing with others, Hanner was a classroom teacher, a principal, an associate commissioner of education for Kentucky, a superintendent,...

People of NKY: Just how many ‘food stylists’ do you know? Here’s one to get to know — Jeff Martin

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter It is Jeff Martin’s goal in life to make food look good. I mean REALLY good.   Jeff in his backyard all ready for the 2019 Covington Garden Tour Like celebrities and Hollywood types who hire a person whose job it is to preen a sow’s ear into a bedazzled silk purse, Jeff does this for food. He can make a dead fish look like something you can’t believe you’ve...

Interstate 471 to become Jim Bunning Memorial Highway for late U.S. Senator, MLB Hall of Famer

A ceremony will be held Friday, June 21, at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the naming of Interstate 471 in honor of the late Jim Bunning, a U.S. Senator and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer from Southgate. Jim Bunning, Phillies pitcher Senate Joint Resolution 44, sponsored by Senator Wil Schroder (R-Wilder), directs the Transportation Cabinet to designate Interstate 471 as the Jim Bunning Memorial Highway. The...

Plan approved to reopen John A. Roebling Bridge, closed since mid-April, by the end of July

A temporary measure to safely reopen the John A. Roebling Bridge has been approved by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) allowing a contractor install netting to the north tower to catch potential sandstone that could break away. Once KYTC issues the notice to proceed to Structural Systems Repair Group (SSRG), the contractor will produce and install the netting within four weeks. The bridge...

Rose at 30: The landmark Supreme Court decision that changed the course of KY public education 

By Brenna R. Kelly Kentucky School Boards Association Jack Moreland had been expecting a call on the morning of June 8, 1989. It had been six months and one day since the Dayton Independent superintendent had watched an attorney representing his and 65 other school districts ask the Kentucky Supreme Court to force the state to adequately fund public education. As superintendent of Dayton Independent,...

Tacitus, War of Will headline Saturday’s Belmont Stakes to conclude unusual Triple Crown season

By Liane Crossley Special to KyForward Tactitus, third in the Kentucky Derby, is the 9-5 morning line favorite among 10 three-year-olds entered for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Preakness Stakes winner War of Will is second choice at 2-1. Previewing the race requires a brief recap of arguably the most talked first two legs of the Triple Crown since the Kentucky Derby and Preakness were inaugurated nearly...

Northern Kentucky Chamber and Catalytic Fund announce new public art and wayfinding project

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) and the Catalytic Fund have partnered for the NKY Bourbon Barrel Project to combine public art and wayfinding and celebrate Kentucky’s Edge Bourbon Festival and BLINK. This effort will match the business community with local artists to create custom painted bourbon barrels, each with a solar lighting feature.  When complete, the barrels...

Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission votes today in Covington on rolling back pollution rules

By Nadia Ramalagan Public News Service The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is slated to vote on loosening water-pollution regulations at its meeting today in Covington. The proposed changes would give states the ability to opt out of pollution-control standards for the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to 5 million people. The Ohio River is 981 miles long and supplies drinking...

People of NKY: From a family of cars and speed, Marjorie Graham became a prolific, versatile artist

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Marjorie Graham is an artist. She originally hails from Newburyport, Massachusetts, about 35 miles northeast of Boston.   Marjorie Graham with one of her recent paintings. (Photos by Ginger Dawson) Her parents, in a circuitous route through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, ended up back in the Oxford, Ohio area and ultimately settled in Northern Kentucky. Marjorie’s...

Inaugural Ohio River Recreation Trail Paddling and Cycling Adventure spotlights new tourism effort

Staff report An inaugural Ohio River Recreational Trail Paddling and Cycling Adventure started off Friday in Portsmouth, Ohio and will end June 9 in Louisville. The group will be in NKY today, staying overnight at the Thomas More Biology Station in California. Yesterday, it made a stop at the Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta and on Wednesday it will be in Gilday Riverside Park in Cincinnati to start...