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Our Rich History: The ‘Sin City’ reformers (and there were plenty) met obstacles but finally found success

By Richard Challis Special to NKyTribune Part 54 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” Known as “Little Mexico” and later as the “Sin City of the South,” Newport, Kentucky has had many pejorative monikers that described its widespread criminal activity. Concerned reformers tried to rid Newport of its open vice image. There had been reform movements in...

Federal appeals court sides with Beshear, allows order to halting classes at private religious schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A federal appeals court on Sunday morning sided with Gov. Andy Beshear’s order to close religious private schools and others in the state as the coronavirus rages in Kentucky. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted Beshear’s request to temporarily halt a judge’s ruling that would have allowed 17 private Christian schools to reopen. Those schools...

Ark Encounter and Creation Museum offer Christmas programs at top religious themed attractions in U.S.

On select dates through December 30, Answers in Genesis will once again host its spectacular outdoor Christmas programs at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. This year’s events feature new ways to cherish the true meaning of Christmas and new procedures to ensure they are the safest, cleanest and most family friendly they can be. ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum and ChristmasTime at the...

The River: Revisiting (and celebrating) three years of storytelling about a maritime life — and more to tell

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 Earlier last week, I could not contain my excitement, thinking this was my 156th edition of THE RIVER, my column for the NKyTribune, but...

Shop Local Spotlight: Indoor adventures aplenty – gift these fun-not-frightful winter experiences

An occasional series Video games. Go karts. Interactive activities that are entertaining and educational? That can only mean one thing: You’re ready to gift some of the best fun the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky has to offer! Join the NKY Chamber in encouraging others to shop local by considering gifting these area activities to your friends and family this holiday season. (Note: Availability...

Better Business Bureau says ‘Shop Safe, Shop Smart’ this holiday season; here are trends and tips

National Association of Better Business Bureaus Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers are expected to shop even more online this holiday season and almost all retailers expect to see increased online sales over last year’s numbers. Bearing that in mind, Better Business Bureau and Facebook are launching the campaign “Shop Safe, Shop Smart” to offer consumers actionable tips on how to spot scams...

Brent Spence Bridge repairs moving briskly; Covington aims to keep trucks off city-owned streets

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said repair crews are working around the clock to reopen the Brent Spence Bridge by the Dec. 23 deadline. 
The bridge, which carries I-71 and I-75 traffic over the Ohio River between Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, was closed after two semi-tractor trailer rigs crashed around 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 11 while driving along the lower southbound deck. The impact...

Beyond the Curb: Living in stunning condos that were once St. Anthony Church in Bellevue

The typical thought while visiting a church is probably not, “I wish I could live here.” Luckily for the owners of the condo featured in this week’s episode of Beyond the Curb: River City Living, a creative developer not only had that idea, but made it a reality. Bill Kreutzjans, owner of Ashley Builders Group, bought Bellevue’s decommissioned St. Anthony Church in 2009 and turned it into...

The Man Scout: Giving thanks for the hidden treasures located throughout our community

By Chris Cole Special to NKyTribune
 When I look back on the year 2020, there will be many things I’d just as soon forget. This has been a long, strange year unlike any in my lifetime. But it hasn’t been all bad, and one of the highlights happened just a couple of weeks ago when an organization called Mission: Treasure came to Cincinnati and presented an immersive treasure-hunting experience...

PetSuites celebrates 20 years at original resort in Erlanger, has grown to 40 locations around country

PetSuites, a pet resort for dogs and cats, celebrated its 20th anniversary at the original location in Erlanger. Since opening its doors in 2000, PetSuites has grown to nearly 40 locations across the country, including neighboring city Sharonville, OH. Mayor Jessica Fette presents PetSuites Market Lead Brandon Boehle with proclamation declaring PetSuites Day. PetSuites honored its long-standing employees...

Shop Local: Campaign underway to encourage gift card purchases from local shops, restaurants

A campaign to support Northern Kentucky small businesses during the holiday season by encouraging shoppers to purchase gift cards at local shops, restaurants, bars and more launched Monday and will last through the end of the year. Operation Winter is Coming is designed to influence consumers to buy holiday gift cards at Northern Kentucky businesses. The effort is an initiative of OneNKY Alliance...

Business Spotlight: Grainwell Market boutique features locally made gift ideas for all occasions

An occasional series Are you struggling to find a gift for that person on your list who needs and deserves something as unique and special as they are? If so, you might want to check out the Covington artisanal wood boutique and gift shop known as Grainwell Market where you’ll discover a world of wistfully whimsical woodwork. Located just a short way away down from their main manufacturing facility,...

Beshear warns of virus’ exponential growth, reports 2,609 cases, 17 deaths, including Kenton woman

Gov. Andy Beshear reminded Kentuckians that COVID-19 cases are already surging across the Commonwealth and the entire nation. The virus’ exponential growth could accelerate further after the Thanksgiving holiday if our families don’t celebrate differently this year. He reported 2,609 cases and 17 deaths, including a 78-year-old woman from Kenton County. Boone County reported 71 cases, Kenton 45...

Prep Sports Notebook: Cooper football player finishes career with 5,301 total yards on offense

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Jeremiah Lee was an integral part of the offensive schemes the Cooper football team used over the last four seasons. Last Friday, he finished his high school career with a combined total of 5,301 yards in rushing, passing and receiving. “He’s a special ball player,” Cooper coach Randy Borchers said during the 2019 season. “We’ve got to find a way...