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Florence releases economic development update of projects completed, under construction, in pipeline

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The City of Florence has released its annual economic development report, which includes projects completed in 2019, as well as those under construction and in the pipeline. This statement from Florence Mayor Diane Whalen accompanied the report: Whalen We are pleased to present the City of Florence’s annual economic development report. Our administrative...

Beshear helps fill 16 Millionth Jim Beam barrel as he announces KY is nation’s leading exporter of whiskey

As Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry continues to boom, Gov. Andy Beshear announced today the Commonwealth is the nation’s leading exporter of whiskey, which includes bourbon and rye, according to 2019 export reports. Gov. Beshear made the announcement while filling the Jim B. Beam Distilling Co.’s 16 millionth barrel in Clermont Monday. “We are immensely proud of our signature bourbon...

Our Rich History: William Shreve Bailey was a heroic abolitionist editor, provoked ire of pro-slavery groups

Part 16 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” By Paul Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Nestled at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, today’s Harper’s Ferry is a sleepy little tourist town of less than 300 people in the state of West Virginia. In the 1850s, however, it was a vibrant and strategic crossroads of over 1,500 people in Virginia,...

The River: When the Ohio River leaves its banks, it can claim every inch between the hills around it

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 Every inch of ground between the hills lining the valley of the Ohio belongs to the river. Periodically, Old Man River leaves the comfort...

This week at the Capitol: Honoring Charles Young during Black History Month, bills that advanced

By Robert Weber Legislative Research Commission Highlights of the legislative week typically occur in the historic Senate and House chambers, but this past week the Capitol Rotunda was the scene of an unforgettable moment for many in the statehouse. Those attending the annual Black History Celebration, hosted by the Black Legislative Caucus, recognized a military hero who achieved great success but...

Boone County Schools get $16M from company’s underpayment of taxes; will fund two projects

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Boone County Schools recently received a very large, and very unexpected, increase in revenue. Thursday night, the School Board voted unanimously to put a significant portion of those funds to use. An audit by the Boone County License and Occupation Department revealed an error in the tax filing of a global employer with a significant presence in the county. The...

Gov. Beshear tours flooded southeastern counties, explains response effort; ‘worst flooding on record’

Gov. Andy Beshear and local leaders provided an update on the emergency management and relief response to flooding events in Southeastern Kentucky during a Thursday briefing at the London Joint Readiness Center. Joined by Senate President Robert Stivers, of Manchester; Senator Johnny Ray Turner, of Prestonsburg; Rep. Adam Bowling, of Middlesboro; Michael Dossett, director of the Kentucky Division of...

Medical marijuana bill passes easily out of committee and is going to House; Rep. Moser is lone dissenter

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky easily won passage in a House committee on Wednesday. 
“We want to get this to as many sick people as we possibly can,” said Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, the main sponsor of the bill, which has undergone much fine-tuning before coming before the House Judiciary Committee.   
“As part of that, 13.5 percent...

People of NKY: Oh, the decisions you make when you’re young! They worked out for Judy Harrer

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter In the era before helicopter parents, being a kid was a pretty nice laissez-faire condition to be in. There was a lot of time for amorphous speculation about life without a cellphone tether. There was also lots of time for fun and looking ahead without pressure (if you were lucky). Going off to college, back then, was the same. The decisions about this important...

Author Barry Kienzle tells remarkable story about a boy with cerebral palsy who loved to lose at wrestling

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Do you have one of those stories from the past that is so fantastic it’s hard to believe it happened? Life-long Northern Kentuckian and local author Barry Kienzle grew up with one such story, which he told in his first book, The Crossings. “The Crossings was based on the true story of my father, who in 1932 when he was 12, hopped a freight train in Decoursey...

Our Rich History: Abolitionism and the Ohio River Valley, intersection points between free, slave states

By Paul Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Part 15 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” It’s difficult for us today to comprehend how Americans could have ever reconciled their beliefs in democracy, capitalism, and individualism with the ownership of slaves. It seems hypocritical, undemocratic, uncivilized, and even barbaric. When you think about it, the fact...

The River: Introducing you to more storied steamboat captains, and there was a president on Delta Queen

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 Last week I wrote about the connection the country music star, the late Conway Twitty, born Harold Lloyd Jenkins at Friar’s Point, Mississippi...

Cats win over Tennessee’s Volunteers in Knoxville, 77-64, thanks to memorable play by Johnny Juzang

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KNOXVILLE (KT) — Kentucky’s seven-man rotation expanded after Johnny Juzang made a case for himself for more valuable playing time following a memorable performance against Tennessee Saturday afternoon. Juzang scored a career-high 13 points to lead the 15th-ranked Wildcats to a 77-64 win over the Volunteers, giving Kentucky its first victory at Thompson-Boling Arena...

This Week at the Capitol: Addressing wellbeing of children, animal abuse, expungement, more. . .

Proposals concerning the wellbeing of children are often high-priority items in the General Assembly. Hundreds of measures aimed at improving the lives of young Kentuckians have come before lawmakers in recent years, including last year’s sweeping school safety legislation designed to make sure children are safe while learning. This year alone, more than 50 bills – roughly 11 percent of all bills...

NKY Chamber membership grows by 18 percent in two years, driven by focus on issues and programs

Membership at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has grown by 18 percent over the past two years. Chamber leaders say it is a direct reflection of the NKY Chamber’s focus on issues and programs that are important to their business members and the NKY Region – workforce development, transportation, health, education and helping to champion the region. “As we kick off 2020, it is a...