A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

The River: Rafter CLYDE to soon be on her way with new mistress; will her former Captain watch her go?

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 In a couple more days, the Rafter CLYDE will point her bow westward, headed in the direction of the mouth of the Cumberland River, some 422...

Billy Reed: Proud of military service, however miniscule, where important life lessons were learned

On the Fourth of July weekend in 1967, I was in U.S. Army basic training at Fort Ord, CA, a picturesque place hard by the Pacific Ocean just south of Monterey, home of a famed music festival. I didn’t know why I was there instead of Fort Knox near my home in Kentucky, and when I asked an officer, the only response I got was, “Reed, you have a bad attitude.” I’ve been thinking a lot about that...

NFPA offers five important tips for safely enjoying at-home outdoor activities this summer

With COVID-19 continuing to place limitations on social activities and engagements, people may increasingly turn to grilling, fire pits, and other at-home outdoor activities this summer. With that understanding, the National Fire Protection Association is providing important reminders and guidelines for safely enjoying these activities. “Use of outdoor, fuel-based equipment like grills, fire pits,...

COVID-19 Update: Beshear reports 299 new cases, four deaths; challenges to his restrictions, more

Gov. Andy Beshear reported that Kentucky had 299 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths as of Friday afternoon. This brings the state’s totals to 16,376 cases and 585 deaths. Heading into a holiday weekend, cases in Lexington set a new record — 46 new COVID cases in a day, and Mayor Linda Gorton urges residents to wear masks. “This Fourth of July weekend, it’s important to keep in mind...

Analysis: Unfortunately, to mask or not to mask is the question for our time; choices rife with symbolism

By Jan Hillard NKyTribune data editor Scientific fact can be cold and inconvenient. Viral protection is related to wearing a face mask. Physicians and medical personnel have worn them for well over 100 years. I have never heard of someone who is wheeled into the operating room demanding the surgeons remove their masks or refuse to wear a mask if asked by the medial team. It is simply in the realm of...

We miss hugs. But while it’s our natural way of connecting, we have to pass during this pandemic

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune health reporter During this pandemic, there has been little to no physical contact, except for those we have quarantined with. We miss hugs. Having a “connection between humans is a natural thing. Most people, with a few exceptions, want to connect to other people and what way we do that is through touch,” says Karen Byerly-Lamm, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor...

People of NKY: Kate Nielsen is just good at life, living a great one in Covington’s Westside neighborhood

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Some people are good at life. With an entirely open mind, they look out, and with a boundless curiosity, jump in for the experience. An ease with the unknown and its endless possibilities allow them to navigate without fear. Kate Nielsen with Emmitt, the semi-rotten dog. He is a custom mix: beagle, basset and terrier. (Photo by Ginger Dawson) Every morning, when...

‘Unofficial’ primary election results: Trump, Biden; McConnell, McGrath; Massie, Owensby

With almost all precincts reporting statewide, Donald J. Trump has won Kentucky Republican primary for president and Joseph Biden has won the Democratic primary. Trump took 87% of the Republican vote and Biden took 70% of the Democratic vote in a field of ten candidates. In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Mitch McConnell took 83% of the vote in a seven-candidate Republican field and Amy McGrath prevailed...

Kentucky by Heart: Amid horrors of racial intolerance in post-Civil War Ky., some stood and said ‘no more’

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist In an attempt to further educate myself on the roots of today’s social/racial unrest, particularly in regard to how it relates to Kentucky, I pulled from my shelves Dr. George C. Wright’s illuminating book, Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940, published in 1990. I intended to read it long ago, partly because I know George from including him in volume two...

‘Dreams do come true’: Riverfront Commons takes big leap forward, as pathway connecting river cities

By Tory McKinley NKyTribune intern “Dreams do come true and we’re seeing that happen today.” — Mayor Jerry Peluso, Newport. The Riverfront Commons project celebrated a great leap in progress with the opening of the elevated pedestrian walkways connecting the path from the Taylor-Southgate Bridge to Newport on the Levee over the weekend. Fortunately, the early rains didn’t stop the Saturday...

Maddie Scherr joins prestigious list of local high school players named Miss Kentucky Basketball

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Maddie Scherr of Ryle became the sixth Northern Kentucky girls high school basketball play to receive one of the state’s most prestigious awards when she was named the 2020 Miss Kentucky Basketball in a virtual ceremony on Sunday. “It means so much and it’s such a huge honor,” Scherr said. “Ever since I was in the fifth grade,...

The River: Final touches on the Clyde; and a sad notice of the passing of Miss Letha Jane Greene

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 Since the Rafter CLYDE sold a few weeks ago, I’ve mainly invested my time completing a few onboard chores before the sternwheeler paddles...

U.S. Customs seizes largest-ever shipment of synthetic drugs at Port of Cincinnati, Erlanger

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized an air shipment at a local cargo examination station in Erlanger, which has turned out to be the largest synthetic drug seizure in the history of the Port of Cincinnati, as well as other items. 
This shipment came from China and was headed to a single importer in Aurora, Colorado. When officers examined the shipment, they...

Kentuckians warned that massive dust cloud from Sahara Desert could make weekend air quality poor

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack warned Kentuckians that air quality in the state may be poor this weekend and into next week. An enormous cloud of dry and dusty air that originated over the Sahara Desert will move across the southern United States over the next three to seven days. “We absolutely need to be cautious this weekend and next week, monitor the air quality...

Newport celebrates opening of Bridgeview Box Park, Riverfront Commons Pedestrian Bridge on Saturday

As part of its redevelopment of Newport on the Levee, the multi-level retail and entertainment destination fronting the Ohio River, local real estate company North American Properties (NAP) is celebrating the grand opening of Bridgeview Box Park and the new Riverfront Commons Pedestrian Bridge. Both the Box Park and pedestrian trail enhance connectivity and pedestrian energy at Newport on the Levee...