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The River: 1952 started badly but ended up being the year a young boy really connected with the river

(Editor’s note: The Captain is taking a bit of a break and will be back soon. So we are sharing the beginnings of his tales of The River. This column was his second, in December, 2017.) (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.) 
By Captain Don Sanders Special...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky ‘Vaccines in Kentucky Poll’ shows progress in lowering hesitancy

A new Vaccines in Kentucky Poll, commissioned by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, shows efforts to encourage COVID-19 vaccines have persuaded two-thirds of those who said earlier this year they were open to changing their minds. The poll, conducted August 4 to September 4, showed overall lower hesitancy by about one-third, compared to a similar poll conducted six months ago. The new poll shows...

Emergency Shelter of NKY launches Help Us Home campaign to finish, outfit new state-of-the-art facility

An artist’s rendering of the new ESNKY facility (Photo from ESNKy) Northern Kentucky’s immediate entrance, low-barrier shelter launched a new capital campaign that will allow the organization to transition into a new state-of-the-art home this winter. The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky (ESNKY) Help Us Home campaign aims to raise $5 million to complete construction and furnish the facility,...

Take this, Tik-Tok: Camp Ernst principal inspires — and rewards — students who practice ‘Positive Vibes’

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Principal Stephanie Haggerty of Camp Ernst Middle School didn’t sit still while a few misguided students engaged in bad behavior and defining her school. She took action, as good leaders do, and started a counter-revolution. You may have heard of the TikTok challenge, “Devious Licks,” that has gained popularity on social media and involves students...

96% of Kentucky’s public schools choose to keep mask mandates for students, staff, visitors

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With legislation that put the decision in the hands of local school districts, the vast majority of Kentucky’s public school districts will continue to have mandatory mask usage for all students, staff and visitors, according to the Kentucky School Boards Association.   
Friday was the day that Gov. Andy Beshear’s statewide mask mandate in schools expired, following...

OKI’s most prestigious honor, named for NKY’s Henry M. Mann, presented to Ohio Sen. Rob Portman

U.S. Senator Rob Portman received the Henry M. Mann Award during a special presentation at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments’ (OKI) annual luncheon. The occasion marked OKI’s first annual luncheon in two years, due to the pandemic. “Senator Portman, it is fair to say, better than anyone, your life embodies the qualities of dedicated, selfless service and high ethics for...

Susanne Mowery Cetrulo of Edgewood named to Kentucky Court of Appeals vacancy

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Susanne Mowery Cetrulo of Edgewood has been named by Gov. Andy Beshear to the Kentucky Court of Appeals vacancy left by the resignation of Judge Joy Kramer. Susanne Cetrulo The appointment is in the 6th Appellate District, Division 2, which is composed of the Commonwealth’s 21 northernmost counties. Cetrulo was one of three lawyers, including Kate Molloy of Crescent...

Gov. Beshear reports 4,891 new COVID cases, 62 deaths, staff shortages at hospitals; get vaccinated

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 4,891 new COVID cases in Kentucky on Thursday — and 62 deaths — as 69% of eligible Kentuckians have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Only 93 ICU beds are available statewide, and 66 of the state’s 96 hospitals are experiencing critical staff shortages. Only one Kentucky county is now out of the Red Zone. Here’s the COVID-19 Update 2,631,420...

Amazon announces plans to hire additional 3,000 logistics employees as it further expands footprint

Amazon continues to provide full-time and part-time job opportunities in logistics as it expands its footprint in Kentucky. This week, the company announced an additional 3,000 local employment opportunities on top of the 40,000 corporate and technology jobs recently announced. The roles in fulfillment and transportation offer an average starting wage of more than $18 per hour—and up to $22.50 per...

Celebrating the ‘More’: Thomas More kicks off 100th anniversary year with major campaign and big plans

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Thomas More University will celebrate its 100th anniversary throughout the year, having kicked off its Centennial with a series of events that define the meaning of “More.” That “more” included the unveiling by President Joseph Chillo of the university’s Lighting the Way 2021-2026 Strategic Plan and the launch of a $30 million Second Century...

NKY Education Council looking for One to One coaches for 1st-3rd graders; final training next week

The Northern Kentucky Education Council is in search of parent, grandparent, business leaders, and community volunteers to serve as One to One Reading Coaches for 1st-3rd grade students. Volunteers are needed now more than ever to help students overcome their literacy challenges and address learning loss that has occurred due to COVID-19. Coaches meet with the same student once a week for approximately...

CPE report tracking KY high school class of 2011 shows investment in higher education paid off

A new report that tracks the Kentucky high school graduates of the Class of 2011 through college and into the workforce shows that higher education pays for those who earn college credentials, even after factoring in college costs and fewer years of full-time work. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s report, Early Economic Return on Higher Education Investment, tracks 43,655 Kentucky...

Christopher Mehling, Kenton Family Circuit Judge since 2006, plans to retire in December 2022

Christopher J. Mehling, a Family Circuit Judge in Division 2 of the Kenton Circuit Court, will be retiring at the end of his term December 31, 2022, after having served for 16 years. He is giving plenty of notice, he said in a letter, so that all attorneys who practice family law and live in Kenton County can give thought to whether they are interested in serving. Judge Mehling He first ran for the...

Butterfly tagging event at Covington’s Goebel, Randolph Parks aims to help save iconic monarch

With firm but gentle pressure, Patrick Moore picked the colorful monarch butterfly out of the net, pressed the leading edges of its wings together, and then carefully attached a tiny sticker to the part of the wing called its “discal cell.” Releasing it into the air, Moore described his high hopes for the procedure: “How cool would it be if we could tag a monarch in Covington that gets recovered...

Kentucky is third in nation for new COVID cases, has 13.7% positivity rate; Governor urges vaccinations

Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky currently ranks third in the nation for the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases per capita, with a seven-day average of approximately 90 new cases reported per 100,000 people. “I am asking you to break the Thanksgiving dinner rule and have a tough conversation with those you love and care about who are hesitant to get the vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “It...