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Cooper freshman Rylan Wotherspoon waiting for his growth spurt, but keeping golf game on the upswing

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor Cooper golfer Rylan Wotherspoon dreams of a day in the not too distant future when he stands tall in the tee box and hits the ball so hard and so well that it travels 300 yards. For now, he can swat it 230 yards on a good day. Not bad for a high school freshman standing 5 feet 3 and weighing 118 pounds. Rylan Wotherspoon “It’s not the biggest thing...

The River: Needing job, he meets legendary Captain John Beatty . . .and the story begins

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 Captain John Beatty’s name had a familiar ring to my ears long before I met the legendary riverman after the DELTA QUEEN was laid up awaiting...

St. Henry wins five-set match against Notre Dame to claim second straight 9th Region volleyball title

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter When the St. Henry volleyball team struggled to win the first set in its opening match of the 9th Region tournament, coach Maureen Kaiser chastised her players for not playing like defending champions. St. Henry senior Maria Tobergte, No. 7, tries to spike the ball past a block by Belle Morgan of Notre Dame. (Photo by Bob Jackson) That must have boosted...

St. Elizabeth Physicians breaks ground on medical office building at Northern Kentucky University

St. Elizabeth, in partnership with Northern Kentucky University, OrthoCincy, the city of Highland Heights, Campbell County, and Fairmount Properties, broke ground on a new, 70,000-square-foot St. Elizabeth Physicians medical office building at the main entrance to Northern Kentucky University (NKU).   The facility, located on the north side of Nunn Drive, will offer urgent care, primary care, and...

Gov. Bevin in NKY; participates in forum, attends dedication of NKU Health Innovation Center

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin was in Northern Kentucky Wednesday, participating in a community forum in Newport, then heading to Northern Kentucky University to cut the ribbon on a new Health Innovation Center. Governor Matt Bevin addresses an overflow crowd at a community forum Wednesday in the Campbell County Fiscal Courtroom in Newport (photos by Mark Hansel). Campbell...

$1.5 million in grant funding will complete first half of Riverfront Commons Trail in NKY

Federal transportation grants recently awarded by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) to Covington and Dayton will provide the funding needed to complete one-half of the entire Riverfront Commons walking and biking trail, Southbank Partners’ signature project in region. When completed, Riverfront Commons will be an uninterrupted walking, running, and biking trail that...

Northern Kentucky University dedicates newest building, Health Innovations Center; first since 2011

President Ashish Vaidya will be joined by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and St. Elizabeth Healthcare President and CEO Garren Colvin today in dedicating the university’s newest building, the Health Innovations Center. NKU Board of Regents’ Chair Lee Scheben, members of the Kentucky General Assembly, and other state and local dignitaries will also be on hand for the ceremony. The state-of-the-art technology...

Newport receives grant of $91,500 from KOHS to upgrade police communications equipment

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter The City of Newport has received a grant of $91,500 from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security that will be used toward the purchase of digital radio communication equipment for use by the police department. “We were fortunate enough to be awarded that grant and it comes in handy,” Newport City Manager Thomas Fromme said at Monday night’s board of commissioners...

Chef Lori wants to come to your holiday party; her catering business is Lula’s for Lunch — and More

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune Sponsored Content Editor It may be hard to believe, but the holidays are almost here. Among those already busy with preparations is Chef Lori Pierce (Lula), who advertises for the demanding time with the slogan, “We are excited to party with you this season, but book soon! Lula only has two hands!” The busy chef has been catering to the Greater Cincinnati area for more...

Our Rich History: Two early residents left educational legacy in Northern Kentucky and beyond

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Education in Northern Kentucky has a long and interesting history. The earliest schools in the region were begun by parents who were looking for an education for their children. These early schools charged a fee or tuition to pay a teacher to conduct classes. Beginning in the 1830s, both the public and parochial schools in Northern Kentucky began to take...

Trump in Richmond to support Congressman Andy Barr; Joe Biden rallied for Amy McGrath on Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – President Donald Trump urged his supporters to re-elect U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the November midterm elections on Saturday at a raucous campaign rally and underscored the reason why. 
“The election of Andy is a really important thing,” Trump told the crowd of 6,100 in Alumni Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. “It could...

Priest Laurie Brock of Lexington to discuss ‘Horses Speak of God’ at Trinity Episcopal Church tonight

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter In the crisp chill of an October weekend, many Kentuckians will make their way to Keeneland to gather around the track and place their bets on sleek, powerful horses to be the first to nose their way beyond the finish line. Laurie Brock, an Episcopal priest serving at St. Michael of the Archangel in Lexington, sees many reasons to celebrate these majestic creatures,...

Two NKY businesses take top prizes in 5th Annual ArtWorks’ Big Pitch: Mortal Ski and Russo’s Ravioli

Mortal Ski Company recently won the 5th Annual ArtWorks’ Big Pitch presented by U.S. Bank, receiving a $15,000 grand prize. Mortal Ski, based in Park Hills, builds skis by hand for use in regional skiing conditions. The audience choice award went to Covington-based Russo’s Ravioli.   Through the Big Pitch program, eight local businesses worked with mentors to hone their business plan and pitch...

Covington City Commission approves plan to improve downtown’s look, feel and function

The Covington City Commission Tuesday authorized staff to “prepare applicable legislation to effectuate the adoption of the proposed downtown streetscape and public realm design standards.” A collaborative effort is creating new public design standards for Madison Avenue and areas across downtown Covington (provided photo). As orders go, that one doesn’t say much. But behind that...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Just about done, too fast, and uninvited miscreants rode the wet wave in

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune It’s just about done, I think. Growing season 2018 is winding down and it’s here too fast! It seems like just yesterday I was picking tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant thinking I had WEEKS to go. The joys of early blight and tomato fruit worms And then it happened. Uninvited miscreants rode in on the wave of an excessive amount of rain and luxuriated in a...