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Business Spotlight: Grainwell Market boutique features locally made gift ideas for all occasions

An occasional series Are you struggling to find a gift for that person on your list who needs and deserves something as unique and special as they are? If so, you might want to check out the Covington artisanal wood boutique and gift shop known as Grainwell Market where you’ll discover a world of wistfully whimsical woodwork. Located just a short way away down from their main manufacturing facility,...

Kentucky by Heart: Giving thanks for the people who have made a positive, lasting impact on my life

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Approaching this Thanksgiving Day, my favorite holiday, I believe it is a good time to remember and lend appreciation to people from my past who influenced me, either through direct contact or by example, in a lasting and positive way. I’ve made mention of some of them previously in this column. It’s not an exhaustive list, however, and to try to make it...

Our Rich History: As NKY’s oldest city, Newport has rich architectural heritage and treasures abound

by Margo Warminski Special to NKyTribune Part 53 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” Newport is the oldest of Northern Kentucky’s river cities, with a rich history of buildings, their owners, their designers and their occupants. For too long, this legacy was neglected, if not scorned, by investors who wanted to make a quick profit from these treasures, or...

The River: Becoming friends, building relationships across river and airwaves means suffering loss too

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 “Where does an old-time riverman go after he’s passed away…” JH People working on the river develop relationships with their...

NKU SOTA produces Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase Dance Film Festival; premiere on Nov. 23

Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts will virtually produce the Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase (ECS) for its sixth season. The Dance Film Festival will premiere Nov. 23 on the NKU ECS website and SOTA YouTube channel. This showcase is student-produced and student-led where dance students learn about choreography, stage design, and stage management and can grow in their artistic...

Beyond the Curb: This River City Living home is a weekend place for owners who live in the country

Everyone is familiar with the concept of living in the city and weekending in the country. Kimberly and Sarah Patton, owners of the property featured in this week’s episode of Beyond the Curb: River City Living, do the opposite, living in the country and spending weekends in the city. After searching for some time, the Pattons bought a big house in Covington’s MainStrasse Village neighborhood and...

The Man Scout: Bladesmithing with my new friends from History channel’s ‘Forged in Fire’ (Pt. II)

By Chris Cole Special to NKyTribune When we left off last week, my “Forged in Fire” companions and I were wrapping up lunch and about to begin grinding our freshly forged blades. It’s a strange thing that happens inside a blacksmith’s forge. You take a random piece of steel (or whatever you’re working with) and very quickly you can change it, and very quickly it can change you. When my friend...

NewsMaker 2020: Robert Hoffer is a successful professional and committed servant-leader

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Bob Hoffer is a soft-spoken guy and he carries a big stick. That big stick is an attitude, as in — he’s just happy to be here in his homeplace, ready to do what he can to make things better for everyone, aiming to make a difference, and feeling deeply blessed. You can’t be around him much without having that rub off. Robert Hoffer is the managing...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentuckian Josephine Kirby Henry played integral role in securing women’s rights

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist It’s been a hundred years since the Nineteenth Amendment passed, giving women across America the right to vote. One of the highly influential advocates for women’s suffrage in that era was an amazing Kentuckian. She particularly intrigues me personally because of the geographical connection we have. Josephine Kirby Henry, like me, has Northern Kentucky...

Our Rich History: 200+ years of Southgate/Thompson House in Newport, last 44 as entertainment venue

Part 52 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” By Jacob Koch Special to NKyTribune For the last 44 years, the Thompson House at 24 East Third Street in Newport has been a place that has garnered much attention for musical acts. It has drawn many national acts, as well as given birth to a host of local bands that would go on to contribute to the national scene. But...

The River: Dreams are made of wonderful stuff, and now the exciting notion of another paddlewheeler . . .

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 dreamed my dreams of the Mississippi River…” John Hartford The only boating I’m doing lately happens after I’ve snuggled beneath...

Serious injury, surgery force Matthew Mitchell to retire as UK women’s basketball head coach

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Matthew Mitchell has stepped down as women’s basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. After consulting with his family and Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart on Thursday, Mitchell opted to step down. Assistant coach Kyra Elzy has been named interim coach. “This was a difficult decision and I know the timing is not ideal, but I do not feel I can give...

Northern Kentucky Health District warns of ‘critical situation’ as COVID cases increase; wear your mask

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter The rampant spread of COVID is putting Northern Kentucky in a critical situation. “This has been coming. It’s been building for a number of weeks now,” says Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health, Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKHD). Tuesday brought the single highest day of new cases of 309 and another death, bringing the number...

The Man Scout: Amateur bladesmithing with the pros of History channel’s ‘Forged in Fire’ (Pt. I)

By Chris Cole Special to NKyTribune I was five minutes into my latest Man Scout adventure when I realized I was out of my depth. Standing outside of the Columbus-based Central Ohio School for Metalwork this past Saturday, one of the instructors who would be teaching me the art of bladesmithing told the story of a guy whose sweatpants had caught on fire while he was welding. Rather than screaming, stripping...

Veteran Terry Flannery looked to find his place after serving in military and he found it in making things

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Sitting in his high school Senior English class on September 11, 2001, Terry Flannery watched the first Twin Tower fall. Later, he saw the second tower do the same. He immediately wanted to go to New York and volunteer in the recovery efforts. Not able to, being only 17 years old, he signed up to enter the Army after graduation. He proudly served 12 years. Terry...