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ANALYSIS: Some ideas for countering the Big Lie about the presidential election (a clue: Biden won)

By Al Cross Director and Professor UK Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues I wrote recently that journalists, including those in rural areas friendly to President Trump, have an obligation to counter his big lie of election fraud that led to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Now Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan and American Press Institute Executive Director...

Our Rich History: Segregation and how it affected Newport’s underworld

By Chad Huggins Dunbar Special to the NKyTribune Part 59 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” A note from “Our Rich History” editor, Paul A. Tenkotte: Segregation in the United States was, from its start centuries ago, another ugly component of racism and of slavery, the “peculiar institution.” While the story of segregation in housing, employment,...

Anticipated armed protests don’t materialize at well-guarded state Capitol; KY man arrested for U.S. riots

After ramping up for a major protests at the state Capitol Sunday, few protestors showed up and they were peaceful. Frankfort State Journal photo The FBI sent warnings to all states to be prepared for protests at every Capitol. The National Guard was called to Frankfort in addition to Kentucky State Police and Frankfort police. A few people wandered in — some with rifles and handguns —...

Billy Reed: What a difference a week makes as we learn the depth of our intolerance for free speech

Last Monday, our nation was reeling as never before from the double whammy of a violent attack on our nation’s Capitol building, which had shocked us only five days earlier, and the continuing escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic, which was claiming lives every day. In Kentucky, the president of the Senate, a Republican named Robert Stivers, delivered an emotional speech that caused him to break...

Completed Covington Connect initiative eroding ‘digital divide’ thanks to 124 Wi-Fi access points

Thousands more Covington families have free access to the Internet, courtesy of the all-but-completed “Covington Connect” initiative whose goal is to smash the digital divide in much of the city.   Cincinnati Bell, working with the City of Covington, is completing the installation of 124 strategically placed Wi-Fi Access Points – aka “hotspots.” Each device creates a “zone of connectivity”...

The River: Saying and singing ‘so long, Delta Queen. . .will be missing you,’ part of ‘Save’ campaign

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 1970, some 51 years ago, the celebrated “Save the DELTA QUEEN” campaign, undoubtedly the highlight of the most exciting and eventful...

Tri-ED surpasses 2020 project, annual salary, capital investment targets; big success in tough times

The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) announced its 2020 economic development results, which surpassed the targets set by the company. Tri-ED supported a diverse group of 27 companies with expansions or new location announcements with 1,563 jobs and $268M in capital investment in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in 2020. Advanced manufacturers represented 44...

Family Promise joins forces with Welcome House to provide shelter and more to region’s homeless

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, a homeless non-profit agency, has joined in partnership with Family Promise. Family Promise is a group of individuals, community leaders, faith communities, corporate partners and civic organizations working together to change the lives of homeless and low-income families in Northern Kentucky by creating sustainable independence. Family Promise utilizes local churches...

Thanks to Dolly and an amazing collaboration of Campbell Public Library and schools, kids get books

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Imagine this – a most perfect collaboration across multiple districts in Campbell County that pays off in the most amazing ways. It makes for a great story if it were put into a book, but the best part is, it’s real – a fairy tale come to life, as a collaborative of five school districts and the Campbell County Public Library sends 2800 new books every month...

St. Elizabeth, HealthPoint, NKY Health Dept. to start Phase 1B (teachers and 70+) today, by appointment

Kentucky is moving into the Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccination stage which includes people aged 70 years or older and K-12 school personnel. St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the Northern Kentucky Health Department and HealthPoint Family Care have announced they will start today vaccinating Phase 1B individuals who live and/or work in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties. Phase 1B individuals who are 70...

The Man Scout: Crowing wolves, plotting cows and angry wasps all introduce themselves to a city boy

By Chris Cole Special to NKyTribune

 We arrive this week at the section of the 1952 Boy Scouts Handbook that covers grassland, forest and desert exploration, and the various plant and animal species a young scout might encounter during an exploration of their neighborhood. Growing up in Newport, my exposure to plants and animals was somewhat limited. The grass in our small front yard and a few...

Plan your next ‘safe-cation’ with 2021 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide; features travel tips, stories

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has announced the unveiling of the 2021 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide. With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic now within reach, state officials are preparing to welcome visitors back to the Commonwealth as vaccinations are distributed nationally. In response to the nation’s ongoing battle with the COVID-19, this year’s cover highlights...

Trump impeached by House, 232-197; McConnell says Senate trial can’t be set before inauguration

Staff report Ten Republicans in the U.S. House sided with Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump 232-197 for inciting the storming of the Capitol on January 6. The violent breach of the Capitol resulted in terrorism of its occupants, terrific damage to the historical building, and the death of five people, including Capitol police who were defending against the invasion. Mitch McConnell The rioting...

Stuck at home? Here are some effective exercise options for you; move more, sit less

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Now that the cold weather is here, there is no need to stop fitness routines. Continuing and creating exercises, with or without gym equipment, is easy to do at home. Joe Stotlar, personal trainer, and owner of Iron Rig Fitness Center in Florence says there is always a way to get a good workout in at home for every fitness level. After Stotlar left the Marines,...

Horizon Community Funds provides $45k in COVID relief grants to nonprofits, schools

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has distributed more than $45,000 across four nonprofits and a local middle school, bringing relief support totals to nearly $750,000 for Northern Kentucky through the community foundation. The following grants have been deployed across Northern Kentucky: $20,000 to Saint Vincent de Paul of Northern Kentucky $20,000 to EC Learn $4,820 to Welcome House and...