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The River: Young steamboatman learns from the best Captains and steers Delta Queen from runaway barge

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 If you think it doesn’t get cold in New Orleans in January – guess again. Though the average temps for that time of year are...

Billy Reed: This true fan is grateful to baseball (and to Reds) for providing a link to our previous normalcy

During World War II, President Roosevelt allowed professional baseball to continue as usual because he felt it was a way of boosting morale both at home and with our troops overseas. It also was a way of thumbing our nose at our enemies. Now, more than ever, I appreciate FDR’s wisdom. Here in the age of Trumpism and the Coronavirus, baseball has again provided us with a link to our previous normalcy....

Ky. Supreme Court rules historical horse racing isn’t pari-mutuel wagering, illegal under current law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion Thursday where they unanimously agreed that historical horse racing is not pari-mutuel wagering and is therefore illegal under state law, concluding a decade long battle. This is the second time the case has come before the justices, and this ruling followed oral arguments that were held in August. Kentucky’s Supreme Court...

Steven Weiss: How to watch the presidential ‘debates’ — though they aren’t really true to the term

Here’s an experiment you can try. Go to YouTube and type the phrase “good debate.” You might be surprised to discover that almost none of the search results are from US presidential debates. In fact, more of them are about sports topics, and most are about questions like “does God exist?” The few presidential debates you may come across are parodies from SNL skits. What explains this? The...

Boone County Clerk Justin Crigler to have 10 ‘Super Polls’ on Nov. 3; see polling locations, sample ballot


Staff report On Election Day Boone County will have ten (10) polling locations, all “Super Polls” so that registered voters will be able to vote at the location of their choice, regardless of where they live. Boone County Clerk Justin Crigler said there will be multiple check-in stations and multiple voting machines at each location. He anticipates a big turnout. Already 10,000 voters...

Beyond the Curb: Take the virtual tour of two Kent Lofts spaces in walkable, historic Bellevue

Around 100 years ago, National Colortype Company built a factory in Bellevue. They manufactured signs and signals for roads and many of their employees lived in cute houses close to the factory. That building is still there, surrounded by its charming neighborhood, and is now filling up with new residents who love its industrial chic style in the middle of walkable, historic Bellevue. Kent Lofts,...

Campbell Clerk Jim Luersen provides information on voting; almost all polling places will be open

Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen says almost all the county’s polling places will be open for in-person voting on Nov. 3 — thanks to an abundance of volunteers for polling place duty. He urges everyone to “Be patient and be kind,” as a large turnout is expected. To check and see if you are registered to vote, go to www.GoVoteKY.com. The deadline to register for the General Election...

Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former Louisville MPD detective in death of Breonna Taylor

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday the completion of the Special Prosecution Unit’s (SPU) investigation into the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor. The findings of the investigation were presented to a Jefferson County Grand Jury, and the Grand Jury indicted former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detective Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment, a Class D felony. “The...

Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe offers ‘How to Vote’ information — including polling places

Staff report (This story has been updated to include polling places that were omitted earlier. To see the clerk’s listing of polling places, click here.) As county clerks across Kentucky prepare for the November 3 general election, they are building on the experience of the primary election and lessons learned, and the Governor and Secretary of State have worked with the clerks and the Election...

Make geocaching part of your wellness activities — search for hidden treasure while getting outside

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune health reporter Geocaching is an adventure, like going on a treasure hunt. It is an outdoor activity that includes searching for a ‘cache’ using GPS coordinates, making it an ideal venture during this time of social distancing. Being outside with family and/or friends, walking, getting in a little physical exercise, and exploring new places is all part of the fun. In...

Newport on the Levee to open The Exchange, short-term retail and office space (and Ripple Wine Bar)

North American Properties (NAP) has unveiled plans for The Exchange, a ground-floor artisan market with second-story office spaces that will open in the former Barnes and Noble building at Newport on the Levee. Launching in November in time for the holiday season, The Exchange comes as part of NAP’s ongoing redevelopment of Newport on the Levee and creates opportunities for local businesses to lease...

Another sign of Covington’s ‘ascension’ is $11.3M Monarch Building rehab; new home for DBL Law

With a ferocious bite from an excavator’s “claw,” DBL Law Managing Partner Bob Hoffer ripped off part of a concrete block and brick wall, officially breaking ground on the $11.3 million project that will transform the historic Monarch Building into the new home of Northern Kentucky’s largest law firm. In a semiprivate but live-streamed ceremony outside the complex at 111-113...

Kentucky House Democrats unveil series of bills for 2021 General Assembly to ‘modernize’ voting laws

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House Democrats have unveiled a series of bills they plan to introduce during the 2021 General Assembly to modernize Kentucky election laws. House Minority Caucus Chair Derrick Graham presided over a press conference in which his fellow Democrats announced election-related bills they plan to introduce in the 2021 General Assembly, which they are calling collectively,...

Billy Reed: Just when I was thinking some people had good sense, we find out it really is about the money

Yes, that was heartfelt applause you heard coming from this corner when two of the country’s major college sports conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, announced their teams would not play football this fall due to concerns about the coronavirus. Finally, I thought, we have some universities who put the health and welfare of their athletes above the money that football generates. Finally, I thought,...

The River: Save the Delta Queen — keeping beloved steamboat from termites, slackers, and extinction

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 “Save the DELTA QUEEN. Don’t let the termites get her,” wailed crooner Gary Busey and his band, CARP. The year was 1970,...