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Our Rich History: Virginia, the Taylor Family, and Newport; settling into ‘certain to prosper’ river town

Part 3 of our series, Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020 By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune The Taylor family, founders of Newport, Kentucky, were wealthy Virginians. General James Taylor V (1769-1848) was born on Midway Plantation in Caroline County, Virginia, the son of Colonel James Taylor IV (1732 -1814) and Ann Hubbard (“Midway Plantation near Bowling Green, Caroline...

The River: Old friends meet again, share meal, music, memories; parting, they know there’ll be a next time

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 The last time Charlie Rafferty and I were together was atop the bonnet on the smokestack of the DELTA QUEEN over 41 years ago. John Hartford...

Indiana sportsbooks take $35.2M in bets in Sept.; KY General Assembly expected to consider bill next year

NKyTribune staff Indiana’s retail sportsbooks enjoyed an impressive first month, according to PlayIndiana.com analysts. Fueled by retail sportsbooks most closely situated to the Chicago market, Indiana retail sportsbooks accepted $35.2 million in bets in September, producing $8.6 million in adjusted gross revenue for the sportsbooks, according to official reporting released Wednesday. Southern Indiana’s...

Gary Bertsch and the Blamers to release their newest album, The Bear, at York Street Cafe Saturday

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter A quirky, self-described nerd, who likes to have fun is one way to describe Gary Bertsch of Gary Bertsch and the Blamers. This dynamic group, all Northern Kentuckians, release their new album, The Bear, this Saturday, October 12. It’s as fun, upbeat and light-hearted as he is and the release show will surely be the same.The Blamers (without Eric)This self-taught...

Roebling display didn’t happen overnight, Cincy native principal of team that brought it to BLINK

NKyTribune staff In partnership with Brave Berlin, visionaries and producers of BLINK 2019, MASARY Studios has co-created the major art installation of light, color, and sound on the iconic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Penning the sound score, light score, technical language and narrative, RUMBLE: A contemporary voice for the bridge that sings, will transform the Roebling into a “gesture...

NKU’s School of the Arts illuminates ‘LightStreams” at Blink Festival — tonight at 9 p.m. at Smale park

Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts will be at the Cincinnati BLINK 2019 Art & Light Festival with a unique concert collaboration entitled “LightStreams” tonight at 9 p.m. at Smale Riverfront Park (east of Roebling Suspension Bridge on the Ohio side of the river).   Experience the dynamic effects of movement and color of illuminated suspended canoes while the NKU Philharmonic...

KHRC unanimously approves CDI request to purchase Turfway Park; details, renderings revealed

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) Tuesday unanimously approved a Change of Control Request that will allow Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase Turfway Park. The request was supported by Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC (“JACK”) and Hard Rock International. The Turfway Park Grandstand as it exists today is seen in the top...

Our Rich History: The Ohio River Valley was the epicenter of a major global war

Part 2 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Mountains, the Cumberland Narrows, and the Ohio River Valley The Ohio River Valley, with Newport, Kentucky at nearly its halfway point, was an epicenter of a major global war that changed the course of British and American history. The lush lands of the Ohio River, however,...

The River: The river as a rapids, destruction of Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club, and more drama

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 What a week this has been on the river! Heavy rains have, again, swollen the Upper Mississippi River and turned it into a mill race between...

BLINK: The light show is coming; it’s art, culture, projection mappings, interactive sculptures and more

BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, is the largest light, art and culture event of its kind in the nation, coming to downtown Cincinnati and Covington on October 10-13. The event will span 30-city blocks from Covington, crossing the river, through Downtown Cincinnati and into Over-the-Rhine and the Findlay Market neighborhood.
 BLINK will transform the Cincinnati Region into an outdoor art phenomenon...

Right on the edge of Kentucky’s Edge, where Bourbon country starts and festival starts tomorrow

When people think of Kentucky, things like horses, bluegrass, and bourbon come to mind. At the top of the mind right now is the first Kentucky’s Edge Bourbon Conference & Festival which starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday when a sold-out signature conference with Bourbon All-Stars takes place at the NKY Convention Center. The fun starts at venues throughout Covington and Newport on Friday....

Our Rich History: From the beginning, Camillus Maes seemed destined to become Covington bishop

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to NKyTribune Part one of a two-part series on the legacy of Bishop Camillus P. Maes On the cold, wintry afternoon of Friday, January 23, 1885, a train carrying a Catholic priest from Detroit pulled into the railway station at Cincinnati. It had been a long journey for Father Camillus Paul Maes, who only months earlier had been appointed the Third Bishop of Covington by...

NaviGo signs up 32 high school students for dual credit with Gateway, headed to jobs in logistics

NaviGo and Gateway Community & Technical College held a series of signing events to welcome an ambitious — and eager — group of high school students to the River Cities Hub Network — and to celebrate their first step toward the dual-credit program that will lead to a promising job. The high school students will finish their graduation requirements and at the same time earn credits...

The River: Clyde has a boatload of mascots; gift of an ‘Old Crow’ from River Rat Barb is newest one

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 The plastic crow was symbolic of a much larger Old Crow Captain Ernest E. Wagner kept as a mascot in the pilothouse of the DELTA QUEEN. The...

BLINK announces more than 40 interactive installation locations, diverse entertainment line-up

NKyTribune staff BLINK, illuminated by ArtsWave, has announced more than 40 interactive installation locations, curated by ArtWorks for the October 10-13 art, light and culture event. Among these light-based sculptures and installations are Connected Life, Lightbattle, Rainbow Bridge and re:FRACTION. Lightbattle, sponsored by UC Health and Red Bike, is a unique interactive bicycle fueled installation...