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Our Rich History: ‘Connecting the dots’ between Cincinnati, Covington and Newport

By Paul Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Part 65 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” “Connecting the dots” is probably something all of us are familiar with. Children’s magazines, restaurant placemats, puzzles, and even school assignments often utilize “connect the dots” exercises to both entertain and teach children. However, “connecting the dots”...

The River: “Talk to me. Talk to me.’ — A riverboatman learns to listen to the voice of the river

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 “Talk to me,” I demanded of the river. “Talk to me…” The Middle Ohio River was fixing to crest above flood stage at 56.82-feet...

In ‘Learning War: Selected Vietnam War Poems,’ R.L. Barth speaks truth to war with poetry

By Vicki Prichard Special to NKyTribune There is a poem in R.L. Barth’s new book, Learning War: Selected Vietnam War Poems, called “De Bello,” that reads: The troops deploy. Above, the stars Wheel over mankind’s little wars. If there’s a deity, it’s Mars. Beyond the stages of combat, the varied geographies of strife – jungles, sand, and sea, where both soldiers and civilians suffer...

Brad Franzen has friends, a close family, a great attitude, a caring community — and colon cancer

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune Editor One of the great mysteries of humankind is why bad things happen to good people — and that’s the question the whole community of Independence and more are asking about young Brad Franzen’s colon cancer. Symptoms Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include: • A persistent change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change...

St. Henry boys repeat as All “A” Classic champions; Walton-Verona girls lose to Bethlehem in finals

By Chad Hensley NKyTribune contributor St. Henry used a 27-point effort from Wyatt Vieth and repeated as the boys All “A” Classic champions during a 74-57 win over Clinton County on Saturday at Eastern Kentucky University’s McBrayer Arena. Bethlehem (20-4) also repeated as the girls All “A” Classic champions with a 53-43 win over Walton-Verona earlier in the day. St. Henry players pose with...

Draud sets 9th Region all-time career scoring record as Beechwood posts 73-59 win at Dixie Heights

NKyTribune staff Scotty Draud helped Beechwood collect an impressive road victory at Dixie Heights on Friday night and also became the all-time leading scorer in 9th Region basketball history. Draud poured in 23 points as Beechwood posted a 73-59 win at Dixie Heights. The senior guard passed former Dixie Heights standout Brandon Hatton as the 9th Region’s all-time leading scorer with 3,047 career...

This Week at the State Capitol: A roundup of the bills that moved forward in the General Assembly

The list of issues receiving consideration from state lawmakers continued growing this week as workdays lengthened and an increased number of bills advanced through the legislative process. Bills that took steps forward in the General Assembly this week include measures on the following topics: School breakfasts. House Bill 384 would allow a school that participates in the Federal School Breakfast...

Something to look forward to? Billions of cicadas will be visiting Kentucky in May-June

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky This May and June, billions of 17-year periodical cicadas will emerge from the ground all across Kentucky, but don’t worry. They will mostly be a noisy irritation, said a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment entomologist.    Preserved specimens show the difference between annual cicadas (top) and periodical cicadas, the...

Richard Zumwalde’s Purple Poulet ‘Southern Bourbon Bistro’ joins Gosney brothers’ Green Derby

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor When Dean and Shane Gosney purchased the iconic Green Derby restaurant building in Newport, they saw a diamond in the rough. Lead as much by their hearts as their business sense, they were determined to return it to its long-past glory, polish it with their passion for the historic building — and bring the restaurant back to life. The concept is becoming reality They...

Covington firefighters defending their Fight for Air Climb title for third time — support the cause

A new “playing field” and challenge will greet Covington firefighters April 25 when they defend their American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb title for the third time in a row. In typical years, the competition involves donning 55 pounds of gear and running 45 flights of stairs (that’s about 804 steps) of Cincinnati’s Carew Tower. This year, because of COVID-19, the climb will take place...

NKU student-entrepreneur Isaiah Kelly earns place at top business pitch competition for Smoove Creations

Northern Kentucky University graduate student Isaiah Kelly is heading to one of the most prominent business pitch competitions around the world. Kelly earned a bid to the Rice Business Plan Competition, hosted by Rice University, where 54 student-led startups compete for $1.5 million in funding and resources. He is the first student in NKU’s rich legacy of entrepreneurship to qualify for the event. Isaiah...

Covington mayor tells commission Brent Spence project an ‘existential threat’ to city revitalization

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Calling it an “existential threat” to the city’s revitalization, Covington Mayor Joseph U. Meyer spoke out against the Brent Spence Corridor Project as Commissioners wrapped up their regularly scheduled caucus meeting Tuesday night. Meeting virtually due to COVID-19, Mayor Meyer and Commissioners went through their entire agenda. Then, at the end of the meeting...

Jay Fossett named Dayton Chief Administrative Officer, has extensive legal and government experience

Mayor Ben Baker announced at the Dayton City Council meeting tonight that the city is hiring Jay Fossett to serve as the city’s new Chief Administrative Officer, replacing Michael Giffen who left the city in December to become Highland Heights’ City Administrator. Fossett, a Fort Thomas resident who was a former City Manager and City Solicitor for the City of Covington, has served as Dayton’s...

Fourth-quarter scoring surge carries St. Henry to victory in All “A” Classic boys basketball playoffs

NKyTribune staff St. Henry needed a strong fourth quarter to defeat West Carter by a 65-48 score in the quarterfinal round of the All “A” Classic boys basketball playoffs on Monday at West Carter. Jude Bessler The Crusaders outscored the home team 21-7 in the final quarter to turn a close game into a double-digit victory and advance to the semifinals of the All “A” Classic playoffs. St....

Transportation Cabinet announces additional lane, ramp closures for Brent Spence Bridge maintenance

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) on Tuesday announced that crews successfully completed the preliminary work that was planned for the first night of the routine maintenance project to clean and paint the Brent Spence Bridge. Work will continue throughout the week to set-up the first phase of work on the bridge. Current lane and ramp closures now in place: • The two westernmost lanes (the...