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Kentucky by Heart: Kentuckian Joe Fulks overcame dirt-poor upbringing to reach basketball Hall of Fame

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Starting with my youthful years, I’ve enjoyed learning about well-known basketball players, especially ones connected to Kentucky. In the Sixties, I admired players such as Louie Dampier, Cotton Nash, Larry Conley, and Mike Casey, all who played for Kentucky. I also liked others from schools around the state: hoopsters such as Westley Unseld and Butch Beard (Louisville),...

Our Rich History: The Black Brigade, mistreated heroes of the Siege of Cincinnati

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune As the City of Cincinnati mobilized to meet the forthcoming threat of Confederate invasion in late summer 1862, all able-bodied men were expected to help defend the city. African-American men were no exception. They organized themselves into a unit to take up arms against the Confederates. Fearing armed African Americans, however, city officials rejected their...

The River: Lament of week — flood waters are coming, flood waters are coming, find higher ground

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 Flood waters are coming to the Ohio River Valley. As cities, towns, and hamlets prepare for the inevitable, sandbags wait patiently where...

Stunning collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts makes U.S. debut at Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is taking visitors back to a time when civilization flourished along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us. Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs makes its U.S. premiere at CMC. The exhibition is open now. “Cincinnati Museum Center has an excellent reputation and links natural and cultural, material and immaterial heritage in an impressive...

Builders’ Weekend will continue to grow at Florence Freedom games for the third consecutive summer

In celebration of the release of LEGO Movie 2, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, are excited announce that Builders’ Weekend will again return to UC Health Stadium in June for its third consecutive summer. The Freedom, along with the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana LEGO User Group (OKILUG) will be bringing out the big guns, and mini figs, with four full days of brick building...

Pew Charitable Trusts: Eight sweet facts about love and marriage in time for your Valentine’s Day

By Abigail Geiger and Gretchen Livingston Pew Charitable Trusts The landscape of relationships in America has shifted dramatically in recent decades. From cohabitation to same-sex marriage to interracial and interethnic marriage, here are eight facts about love and marriage in the United States. 1 Half of Americans ages 18 and older were married in 2017, a share that has remained relatively stable...

People of NKY: From Fine Arts to hair art, Emma Maue has found her muse — and her adventure

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune You are having a crisis with your hair. It never does what you want it to, and every time you walk out the door you feel like you probably shouldn’t.   It is way past time to do something about it. You make an appointment, and then expect someone else to perform miracles with what you have provided them, for better or for worse. The stakes are high and in...

Kentucky by Heart: Love is in the air this Valentine’s week, and the Bluegrass State can be quite romantic

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Karen and Jim Searle (Photo provided) There’s a lovely rumor going around that the Bluegrass State is, in fact, a romantic state. On this Valentine’s Day week, I thought I’d check into that. Romantic places? Special experiences? First, I asked some friends. Karen Searle, now a Florida resident after growing up in Louisville, found her soulmate and husband,...

Our Rich History: Henry Boyd, once a slave, became a prominent African-American furniture maker

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune Henry Boyd was born on a Kentucky plantation as a slave in 1802. For the first 18 years of his life, he would remain a slave. Boyd was apprenticed out to a cabinet maker. He had a tremendous talent for carpentry. His woodworking skills and his strong work ethic combined to provide a path out of slavery and poverty. Boyd was permitted to accept additional work...

The River: Plenty of tales to tell in whispered tones — some about how to be rid of troublemakers

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune “I killed a couple roustabouts,” the old pilot began with no prompting. The pilothouse, otherwise hushed except for an occasional vibration caused whenever the steamboat found shallow water and labored, abruptly became a confessional for the elderly boatman behind the “sticks” guiding the vessel on the dark and trackless stretch of the Lower Mississippi...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Lightning and lightning bug aside, we get down to basics — there is the tomato

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune As you may remember when we met here before, I had received my annual embarrassment of seed catalogues. And, instead of getting down to business and making considered choices of what plants I would be stewarding to their glorious rewards, I got mired down in the silly side-track of eccentric, amusing and just plain weird plant names. There is enough to consider...

Turfway Park to honor active duty and veteran service members from all branches Saturday, Feb. 16

Turfway Park will welcome active duty and veteran members of the U.S. Armed Forces to the track Saturday, Feb. 16., for an evening of recognition, appreciation, special guests and fun at the races. The event begins with the first race at 6:15 p.m. and concludes with the last race, about 9:40 p.m. A race will be named for each branch of service, with those affiliated with the featured branch invited...

Tri-State Trails launches Connect NKY to advance active transportation in Northern Kentucky

Tri-State Trails, in partnership with The Devou Good Project, will launch a new program called Connect NKY to expand active transportation infrastructure in Northern Kentucky. Bicycling advocates have galvanized around an idea to encourage positive change for all road users.   Connect NKY is a privately-funded challenge that enables individuals, organizations and their respective cities to actively...

Homeward Bound Shelter a safe (and only) haven for homeless teens; Mardi Gras fundraiser is March 5

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter At 13-15 East 20th Street in Covington, you will find a 100-year-old three-story brick building on the National Historic Register. This building is significant, not because of its rich history but because of what takes place there today. Brighton Center Homeward Bound Shelter is a safe haven for teens ages 11-17 who are runaways or homeless. The only shelter in...

Kentucky by Heart: Sharing some nonfiction titles celebrating Appalachian Eastern Kentucky

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Although I was raised in the northern part of Kentucky and have spent adulthood living in the central part of the state, I’ve developed a strong interest and appreciation of the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky. Dad took our family on many trips through the mountainous area and I was amazed at the natural beauty of the landscape (though in the mid-sixties,...