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CovCath completes perfect season by winning Class 5A title game behind strong defensive performance

CovCath senior Michael Mayer gets the ball to the 1-yard line to set up his team’s second touchdown in the Class 5A state championship game. (Photo by Dale Dawn)   By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter LEXINGTON — After scoring more than 150 points in its first four playoff victories, Covington Catholic’s football team needed a strong defensive performance to defeat Fredrick...

The River: Memories of winterizing the steamboats for the season and other historic times on 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 Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Back when I was steamboating, the AVALON and, later, the DELTA QUEEN were tied up for the end of the season by early December, this time...

Three Brothers Games: Honoring the memory of his late brothers, Jeff Randall parlays fun into business

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter “Are you here to have fun?!” Jeff jovially asks everyone entering Three Brothers Games.Jeff Randall with photo of his brothers. “We just want to have fun together and enjoy each other’s company,” Jeff says with a smile on his face. Always a smile on his face, Jeff Randall, owner of Three Brothers Games in Hebron, has just celebrated two years in business. He...

Friends, colleagues, public invited to celebrate the life of NKyTribune’s Gene Clabes who died Friday

A celebration of life reception will be held Saturday for NKyTribune Associate Editor and founder Gene Clabes who died Friday. “We promised Gene a party, so here it is,” said Judy Clabes, editor of the NKyTribune and his wife of 54 years. “His is an accomplished and purposeful life that deserves a celebration.” The event will be held on Saturday, 3-8 p.m., at Newcomer, 4350 Dixie Highway, Erlanger....

NKyTribune chosen by Report for America to receive partial funding for new reporter focused on health

Report for America announced that it will field 250 emerging journalists in 164 host news organizations to serve local communities across 46 states in the coming year. The Northern Kentucky Tribune is one of the news organizations chosen to participate in the project, which means a grant that will cover part of the cost of the reporter. The NKyTribune will have to raise the funds required for a match. The...

Our Rich History: Political treason accusations are nothing new; conspiracy, bad blood, and dueling

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune Imagine, if you will, a prominent political figure accused of treasonous actions involving foreign countries, the accusations of weaponized media using fake news, a president putting his finger on the scale of justice regarding a political opponent, and threats of impeachment. No, I’m not talking about today’s news, I’m referring to the Burr trial of 1807....

The River: The worst cook on the river reflects on ‘Turkey Day,’ recalling a few meals long since passed

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 A relief pilot, a lanky, somewhat onery-looking fellow from somewhere on the Arkansas River, came aboard while I was standing duty in the...

Journalist and entrepreneur Gene Clabes, 74, dies after extended illness, a beloved family man

Gene Clabes, 74, community journalist, editor, horseman and entrepreneur, died Friday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital-Edgewood, after a battle with heart and kidney disease, surrounded by his loving family. Gene Clabes Clabes, a founder of the NKyTribune and a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Clabes, and his two sons, Joseph...

Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland at Newport Aquarium; Bayou Babies celebrate first Christmas

Newport Aquarium invites the public to experience one of Cincinnati’s most unique holiday traditions as Scuba Santa visits from November 29 to December 31. The jolly elf will be ready to hear your Christmas wishes while swimming underwater surrounded by sharks, stingrays and a curious sea turtle named Denver. Scuba Santa’s elves and Denver the sea turtle greet visitors to the Newport Aquarium...

AAA: From road trip to air travel (and all in between), it’s going to be a busy holiday weekend; be careful

AAA News Travel is a top priority this Thanksgiving for many Americans, as a growing number are expected to kick off the holiday season with a road trip or air travel. “AAA estimates more than 55 million will travel— a 2.9 percent increase over 2018. Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people will travel compared to last year,” says Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs...

Our Rich History: The Lumpkins Family of Newport, major contributors to betterment of their community

By Shirlene Jensen
 Special to NKyTribune Part 8 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” As many historians know, it is often difficult to find more than just basic resources and information about African Americans before and after the Civil War. In the 1810 census for Campbell County, Kentucky, there were 438 enslaved people and one free black. Just after the...

The River: A busy week aboard the Rafter Clyde — dining in new galley, visitors, and memories galore

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 I always enjoy eating aboard the boat, especially with guests, in the intimate galley area seated at the oak table covered in a red-checkered...

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky receives a $1.25 million Bezos grant to help homeless families

By Kelly Rose Welcome House Welcome House Northern of Kentucky, the only women’s and children’s low-barrier shelter in Northern Kentucky, received a $1.25 million grant from the Jeff Bezos Day 1 Families Fund. Welcome House grant will help more children and families. Welcome House works to end homelessness by offering a continuum of services to their clients to take them from housing uncertainty...

Our Rich History: Newport and Covington Suspension Bridge was completed in 1853

Part 7 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune More than a decade before John A. Roebling’s graceful suspension bridge spanned the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, a suspension bridge connected Covington and Newport, Kentucky. Located at Fourth Street in Covington, where the Veterans Memorial Bridge is now...

Beshear names teachers as grand marshals of his parade; Cov Mayor Meyer is co-chair of inauguration

Kentucky teachers will serve as grand marshals in Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s inauguration parade on Dec. 10 and Covington Mayor Joe Meyer has been named one of the honorary co-chairs of the Team Kentucky inauguration. The vote from teachers, who expressed anger over Gov. Matt Bevin’s action on their pension and were offended by some off-handed comments, was a large reason Beshear will replace...