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Two-Time Grammy winner Jason Crabb to perform at the Ark Encounter’s new Answers Center

The new 2,500-seat Answers Center at the Ark Encounter Christian themed attraction will play host to Grammy award-winning Christian music vocalist Jason Crabb, Sept. 17 and 18, at 6 p.m. Crabb The high-tech center in Williamstown opened in April, and features excellent acoustics and a stunning 70-foot-long LED screen, which will enhance Crabb’s stage performance. Parking will be free with a valid...

Thanks, Braxton: Beloved Covington Oktoberfest to celebrate local community, heritage at Goebel Park

NKyTribune staff Covington Oktoberfest – an event once thought to be lost – will come alive once again. In this year’s celebration, the spotlight will be shown on the vibrancy of the local community. The free-to-attend fest will highlight live music, local artists and local food and drink vendors, including Braxton Brewing Co., all in an effort to bring the focus back to Covington’s colorful...

Delores Hargrove-Young honored with Metropolitan Award, for significant service to regional unification

The Metropolitan Club has names Delores Hargrove-Young as this year’s Metropolitan Award winner. Hargrove-Young will be honored at the club’s annual event on Tuesday, October 22, 6-9 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are now available. Hargrove-Young currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the d.e. Foxx group of companies, which is comprised of XLC Services, Versatex,...

Ernie Heinisch’s friends celebrating at McDonald’s for his 102nd birthday — cake and coffee to first 100

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Ernie Heinisch came into the world in 1917. Yep, that’s right, 102 years ago! He was the second oldest of seven children growing up in Vanceburg, Kentucky, east of Cincinnati, in Lewis County, right on the Ohio River. Betty and Ernie Heinisch He and his siblings were close-knit. After losing their mother at a young age — 42 — they avoided being split...

Count them — five generations in matriarch Edna Vaughan-Sothard’s family; she’s 91, baby is 4-months

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Family connections, in the early part of the 20th-Century, were quite a bit different than they are today. Generally, there were a lot more kids and extended family relations were common and close. Multiple generations were in daily contact with each other, and if there were any hardships (financial or otherwise), there was a definite sense that they were “in...

Kentucky by Heart: Sister Juana Mendez offers hope and direction to members of Hispanic community

Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Juana Mendez remembers well the difficult conditions her family faced while growing up in the American territory of Puerto Rico in the 1950s. “We lived in the country and we didn’t have running water or electricity,” she said. “We didn’t want to leave Puerto Rico but my father moved here (United States) because he was looking for a job.” Juana and the...

Our Rich History: XU’s Roger Fortin releases a timely book on American freedoms — and responsibilities

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan is one of the world’s sacred spaces. Years ago, as I was walking through its gardens, a granite stone with an inscription caught my attention. It featured a quote from a 1981 visit by Pope John Paul II (1920–2005): “To remember the past is to commit oneself to the future.” Roger Fortin, an emeritus professor...

The River: Miscellaneous reflections of a life fully lived on the river — gathering rosebuds while I may

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 Reflections Captain Jesse Paul Hughes (1875-1973) Cap’n Jesse lived nearly a century, and I only remember him as an older man. Cincinnati...

City of Newport and SkyWheel Attractions: Skywheel ready to be shipped, pier groundbreaking in Sept.

Newport’s Riverboat Row is about to get taller by more than 235 feet with the addition of a pier and the SkyWheel®, as officials announced Friday that the anticipated SkyWheel® project will break ground in September 2019 at Newport on the Levee. Final terms between the City of Newport and SkyWheel Attractions, along with the Newport Aquarium and Newport on the Levee ownership will bring the privately...

John Schickel: Making memories at the Boone County Fair where old meets new and friends gather

With all the disturbing national news this summer, I was especially appreciative of my week attending the Boone County Fair. While the fair has always been something I enjoy, this year felt especially enjoyable. As I sat in the grandstands Saturday night watching the horse shows with a full moon overhead, I couldn’t help but think that the fair is where old meets new in Boone County. The Boone County...

Limestone Cycling Tour returns September 7; annual event to provide scholarships to Mason Co. students

The 11th Annual Limestone Cycling Tour (LCT) will be on September 7 in Maysville. Last year’s event brought nearly 450 cyclists from 12 states. Organizers of this year’s event are preparing for over 600 cyclists, already having received registrations from 18 states. Four supported routes will be offered again this year. Cyclists will leave from Limestone Landing on the 25, 40, 62 mile –...

People of NKY: Ludlow’s Kevin Kelly finds his way to success through a gift for art that became a calling

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter The 1980’s. It was an era when stock markets soared, big business muscled up as never before, and yuppies (remember them?) inhabited every conspicuously consumptive crack in the sidewalk. It was the bonfire Tom Wolfe proclaimed it. Kevin T. Kelly in his studio at the Essex. In New York City, not only was commerce fanning flames, but the art world in Manhattan...

Kentucky by Heart: Withlovefromharlan shifts focus close to home to help victims of Blackjewell failure

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist For the people of Harlan County, in the southeastern region of Kentucky, tough economic challenges became tougher recently when the Blackjewell Mining Company filed bankruptcy and left hundreds of miners, many from their county, hung out to dry financially. Most insulting was the fact that workers received paychecks that bounced, leaving many families unable to...

Our Rich History: One small step for NASA, one regional leap for discovery — the local connections

By John Schlipp Special to NKyTribune Apollo missions boosted American pride. Did you realize, though, that NASA programs have also rocketed the American economy? From aerospace research to computers to Temper Foam, NASA has produced an excellent return on taxpayer dollars. The spectacular Apollo missions of NASA were more than a novel diversion or a space race with the former Soviet Union. The practice...

The River: Welcome to boat ownership, Everett Dameron, who finally found a vessel of his own

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 Everett, though, in spite of his reluctance to assume boat ownership, was always welcome aboard the CLYDE where he’d been the cook, dishwasher,...