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The River: One-hundred-ninety weeks ago, he started with ‘Where do I start?’ — and look at what came of it

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 is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune One-hundred-ninety weeks ago, the first edition of this Sunday column, THE RIVER, appeared in the NKyTRIBUNE. Although 190 weeks may...

Kentuckians encouraged to support state’s farm families during Farmers’ Markets Week Aug. 1-7

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is encouraging Kentuckians to celebrate Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week Aug. 1-7 by getting out and supporting Kentucky farm families who bring fresh farm products to the public. “2020 was a struggle for just about everyone,” said Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “Despite the hardships of the pandemic and its economic effects, our farmers kept producing...

City of Dayton to host free nature walk for kids 6-12 this Saturday at Sargeant’s Park

Kids can explore the local wildlife of our trails and creeks at Sargeant’s Park this Saturday at 10 a.m. The nature walk led by naturalist Grace Simpson and Dayton Schools educator Lisa Klette. The free event is appropriate for kids ages 6-12. (Photo from City if Dayton) The group will meet start from the park’s entrance at 999 Covert Run, where parking is available. Please cross the wooden...

New boutique wine retailer The Bottle Shop offers Covingtonians a new option for wine by the bottle

Ripple Wine Bar now has a sister business, one that sells specialty wine by the bottle instead of the glass. This afternoon, City officials helped the owners of both – Kathleen and Matt Haws – ceremonially cut the ribbon on their newest creation just two doors down on Pike Street from their old one. The Bottle Shop, a boutique retail wine and sundries shop which Kathleen Haws describes as “small...

New director of education for The Point/ARC’s Zembrodt Education Center anxious to get started

By Andy Furman The Point/Arc Brandon Releford, who was named Director of Education for The Point/Arc’s Zembrodt Education Center (ZEC) this week, can’t wait to get started. And he’s waited a long time for the opportunity. “I’ve known about The Point/Arc for quite a while,” said the 39-year-old native of Independence. “The mission allows individuals to be creative as well as function in...

Kentucky by Heart: Sharing some recently-discovered, fascinating facts about Kentucky

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Recently I came across some fascinating items to add to my personal list of things I didn’t know about Kentucky. I’m wondering if you were aware of them… Luther Bridger (Photo courtesy umcdiscipleship.org) • Those familiar with traditional gospel hymns likely know of the hymn, “There’s Within My Heart a Melody (aka “He Keeps Me Singing”.”...

Our Rich History: The Humanities Enrichment Program and workshop series in the 1970s

By Tom Ward Special to NKyTribune Part 7 of our series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” In the 1970s, colleges and universities throughout the United States benefitted from federal grants for programming, from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). One of the primary achievements of the Integrative Humanities...

The River: Remembering loyal river dog ‘Boy’ and a young boy’s betrayal that won’t soon be forgotten

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 is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune What I remember most about Sherry Johnson, a girl my brother Bob’s age who lived at the bottom of the bend where Sterrett Avenue plunged...

Ark Encounter to feature diverse lineup at 40 Days and Nights of Gospel music festival Aug. 2 – Sept. 10

A lineup of diverse talent will reign supreme during the 40 Days & Nights of Gospel music festival at Ark Encounter in Williamstown August 2 – September 10. The event will feature multiple concerts daily from a myriad of award-winning artists, spanning genres and musical tastes, including Newsong, Isaacs, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Selah, Lynda Randle, Karen Peck & New River,...

Beyond the Curb: Once abandoned, Covington’s converted ‘Pickle Factory’ goes from sour to suites

The previously abandoned, 150-year-old structure known as the Pickle Factory is the focus of the final Season Two episode of Beyond the Curb: River City Living. Converting the Covington property into short-term rental suites and an event space for bourbon experiences was no small task. Before the decorating and other fun activities could begin, the essential work of rebuilding and updating walls,...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Hagedorn’s latest dives deep into a little-known story about a WWII Russian spy

Like a magnificent web – its fibers crossing, circling, connecting – Ann Hagedorn has woven a staggering body of facts into a powerful tale of one man’s life work as a Soviet spy during World War II, infiltrating U.S. atomic research, and aiding the U.S.S.R. in producing their first atomic bomb. Sleeper Agent, The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away, published by Simon and Schuster, is the remarkable...

KTC warns of long delays this weekend on the Brent Spence Bridge — significant traffic pattern changes

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says drivers who use the Brent Spence Bridge to travel from Northern Kentucky into Cincinnati and beyond can expect to see some long delays this weekend. 
The double-decker bridge, which carries I-71 and I-75 traffic across the Ohio River, will have a significant traffic pattern change involving the four lanes of the lower deck of the...

Kentucky by Heart: Thurman Miller’s remarkable story is a compelling look at life in the coal mines

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Now deceased, Thurman Miller collaborated in 2015 on a powerful book with his son, David, of Lexington. Thurman was in his nineties during the collaboration, and the authentic and compelling nature of the book is due largely due to his amazing memory of details of his younger days. The following is a look at his remarkable story I shared through writing the book’s...

Our Rich History: Thomas More College in the 1970s and the innovation of ‘Integrative Councils’

Part 6 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 by Tom Ward Special to NKyTribune The 1970s witnessed innovations in education nationwide. Some of these were encouraged by grants from federal programs, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Thomas More College introduced “Integrative Councils” at this time, designed to foster innovation,...

The River: Cub pilot Jonathan Sanders joins the crew for stormy, life-threatening journey up 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 is a part of a long and continuing story. CLYDE at Lighthouse Point YAcht Club (Photo provided) By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Nine years ago this past week, Wednesday, 11 July 2012, Everett Dameron and I...