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Covington to start over on IRS site development to ‘get it right,’ plans new firehouse, and more

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter COVINGTON – Chris Stapleton is a Kentucky native and one of country music’s most successful contemporary stars. His latest single, the poignant “Starting Over,” has been burning up the radio stations, and it features these couplets: “This might not be an easy time,
 There’s rivers to cross and hills to climb …” And “Someday we’ll look back...

Simon Kenton senior named Miss Kentucky Softball finished among state leaders in several statistics

By Chad Hensley NKyTribune sports reporter A quick rundown of Macy Krohman’s season statistics tells you why the senior infielder and pitcher from Simon Kenton High School was named the 2021 Miss Kentucky Softball by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association. Krohman ranked among the top 25 in the state in five offensive categories — slugging percentage, home runs, hitting percentage, walks...

Gary Bricking and his wife are dead in a three-vehicle crash near Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

The Florida Highway Patrol has reported that two Kentuckians died and five people were injured in a three-vehicle crash near Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Monday. Friends and relatives have identified the two Kentuckians as Gary and Sandra Bricking of Erlanger. The crash happened near Seagate Drive at the Manatee County, FL., county line. According to the trooper reporting the accident,...

Florence City Council votes to keep Aquatic Center closed; there are other plans for the site

Staff report The Florence City Council voted Tuesday night to keep the Florence Aquatic Center closed — and said it had plans to build a four-acre park and event space on the site. Mayor Diane Whalen said the park has cost the city $3 million and has never broken even. “We’ll keep the building,” Whalen said. “Renovate the restrooms. Make good use of what we do have here.....

Tri-ED’s survey of business leaders gives insight to challenge, priorities of pandemic and recovery

The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) recently conducted a survey with 86 Northern Kentucky business leaders providing insight on the opportunities and challenges the pandemic and recovery have presented to our region’s companies. Lee Crume: ‘You can’t solve problems you don’t see.’ “Gathering business insight and key data that we can...

Kids Count Data Book again ranks KY 37th in well-being of children, but isn’t improving like other states

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The annual Kids Count Data Book on children’s well-being, released yesterday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kentucky Youth Advocates, again ranks Kentucky 37th in the nation for the overall well-being of its children. The latest data are for 2019 and are largely compared with data from 2010. The report rates children’s overall well-being through...

Ticks, ticks and more ticks: Kentucky is home perfect home for the critters — protect yourself from them

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Some Kentuckians are saying ticks are more plentiful than ever this year. Some states are having one of their worst tick seasons ever, but it’s too soon to declare that definitively for Kentucky, largely because the state has only been doing tick surveillance for about three years. 

 “In a couple more years, [we’ll] have a clear understanding...

Luv The Cov summer concert series coming to new Covington Plaza amphitheater Fridays this summer

Live music will reverberate around the newly redesigned Covington riverfront this summer with the Luv The Cov Concert Series. Seven free concerts will be held at the Covington Plaza amphitheater on Friday evenings every week beginning this Friday, June 25. The new Covington Plaza amphitheater will be the site of seven free Luv The Cov concerts this summer. (Photo from City of Covington) Several of...

Our Rich History: Thomas More — a college is born; driven by need for teachers with advanced degrees

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part 2 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021. Prior to the First World War, most women religious in the United States, including Northern Kentucky, received their teacher training through an apprentice system. Experienced teaching sisters taught classes to the postulants and younger sisters on how to teach....

The River: 1971 Cincinnati to Kentucky Lake cruise results in momentous moment in Delta Queen lore

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 Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Immediately after the DELTA QUEEN departed the Cincinnati Public Landing for the Second Kentucky Lake Trip of the 1971 Season, the pilot,...

Kentucky retains its six members of the U.S. House of Representatives; seven states lose a seat

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the 2020 Census results mean Kentucky will remain with six members in its U.S. House delegation, that number has varied widely in the past. 
Under the U.S. Constitution, the Senate has two members from each state, so with 50 states that means there are 100 Senators. But the formula for determining how many members each state has in the House of Representatives has...

Billy Reed: By all means, let’s celebrate all the fathers who are building their kids up; sadly, not all do

Of all the made-for-Hallmark special days, my least favorite is Father’s Day. I dread its coming and always am happy to see the door hit it in its butt. As an abused child, you see, it dredges up too many unhappy memories. My father disowned me when I was 16 and left me out at sea, to fend for myself without a lifeboat in sight. But then I look at so many of today’s young fathers and I’m filled...

State F&W urges caution over sick birds; asks Boone, Kenton residents not to feed birds for now

To enhance its investigation into unexplained bird mortality occurring in Kentucky, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is asking the public to report encounters with sick and dead birds through a new online reporting system. In late May, the department began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs. Wildlife agencies...

Winning region championship gives coach, daughter something special to celebrate this Father’s Day

By Matthew Dietz NKyTribune sports reporter  When the Dixie Heights girls basketball team defeated Notre Dame in the 9th Region final in late March, the Colonels took home the championship trophy for the first time since 1992 and posted their 22nd consecutive win to boot. For Dixie Heights sophomore guard Ella Steczynski, winning the region championship with her father, Joel, as head coach gives them...

Beyond the Curb: Take a tour of a ‘spirited’ apartment in Bellevue for River City Living above B-Line tavern

By Jill Morenz The Catalytic Fund The owners of the house featured in this week’s episode named their tavern “Three Spirits” to reference their three-person family, as well as the three spirits (beer, wine and bourbon) that they feature on the menu. The name took on a whole other meaning when they began to hear and see the former residents of the house…who had been dead for decades. The...