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Kentucky by Heart: Versailles resident’s watchful eye averts major disaster, helps him truly know faith

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Ted Hill must have felt like his own version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. The former Boeing and later Sylvania Osram employee found himself anxiety-ridden while sitting as a passenger at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) awaiting his Delta Flight 1661 to San Diego over sixteen years ago. He sat at a window overlooking the wing on his...

Our Rich History: Newport High School, the oldest operating high school in Kentucky

By Roger VonStrohe Special to NKyTribune Part 34 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” In 1795, Newport was incorporated as a town on the south shore of the Ohio River, only three years after the new state of Kentucky was admitted to the union. Evident at that time was the need for an educational institution to serve the advancement of civilization in a new...

The River: Rafter CLYDE to soon be on her way with new mistress; will her former Captain watch her go?

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 a couple more days, the Rafter CLYDE will point her bow westward, headed in the direction of the mouth of the Cumberland River, some 422...

AAA urges motorists to take every precaution to avoid car breakdowns in summertime heat

When the mercury in the thermometer goes up, so does the call volume for AAA emergency roadside service, so AAA is urging motorists to take every precaution in an effort to avoid a true emergency. Because of the pandemic-related shut down, many vehicles have been sitting idle for a prolonged period of time, which can lead to car trouble in itself. Now, the heat of the summer is upon us, when all drivers...

Analysis: Unfortunately, to mask or not to mask is the question for our time; choices rife with symbolism

By Jan Hillard NKyTribune data editor Scientific fact can be cold and inconvenient. Viral protection is related to wearing a face mask. Physicians and medical personnel have worn them for well over 100 years. I have never heard of someone who is wheeled into the operating room demanding the surgeons remove their masks or refuse to wear a mask if asked by the medial team. It is simply in the realm of...

Kentucky health experts advise Fourth of July food safety; protect your family from foodborne bacteria

The Fourth of July holiday offers opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. However, these warm-weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly. To protect yourself, your family, and friends from foodborne illness during warm-weather months, safe food handling when eating outdoors is critical. Health...

People of NKY: Kate Nielsen is just good at life, living a great one in Covington’s Westside neighborhood

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Some people are good at life. With an entirely open mind, they look out, and with a boundless curiosity, jump in for the experience. An ease with the unknown and its endless possibilities allow them to navigate without fear. Kate Nielsen with Emmitt, the semi-rotten dog. He is a custom mix: beagle, basset and terrier. (Photo by Ginger Dawson) Every morning, when...

Kentucky by Heart: Amid horrors of racial intolerance in post-Civil War Ky., some stood and said ‘no more’

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist In an attempt to further educate myself on the roots of today’s social/racial unrest, particularly in regard to how it relates to Kentucky, I pulled from my shelves Dr. George C. Wright’s illuminating book, Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940, published in 1990. I intended to read it long ago, partly because I know George from including him in volume two...

Our Rich History: Edward Ziegler remembers his Uncle Vincent, a soldier and family almost forgotten

Part 33 in the series, ‘Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020’ By Edward Ziegler Special to NKyTribune Whether it’s Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or even the Fourth of July, whatever else I’m doing I end up thinking about my uncle Vincent Steil, a young soldier killed during World War II. During this 75 anniversary year of the end of World War II, I also find...

The River: Final touches on the Clyde; and a sad notice of the passing of Miss Letha Jane Greene

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 Since the Rafter CLYDE sold a few weeks ago, I’ve mainly invested my time completing a few onboard chores before the sternwheeler paddles...

Kentuckians warned that massive dust cloud from Sahara Desert could make weekend air quality poor

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack warned Kentuckians that air quality in the state may be poor this weekend and into next week. An enormous cloud of dry and dusty air that originated over the Sahara Desert will move across the southern United States over the next three to seven days. “We absolutely need to be cautious this weekend and next week, monitor the air quality...

Newport celebrates opening of Bridgeview Box Park, Riverfront Commons Pedestrian Bridge on Saturday

As part of its redevelopment of Newport on the Levee, the multi-level retail and entertainment destination fronting the Ohio River, local real estate company North American Properties (NAP) is celebrating the grand opening of Bridgeview Box Park and the new Riverfront Commons Pedestrian Bridge. Both the Box Park and pedestrian trail enhance connectivity and pedestrian energy at Newport on the Levee...

Alexandria native Jacob Greer returns from seven-month deployment aboard floating city at sea

By Megan Brown Navy Office of Community Outreach A 2017 Campbell County High School graduate returned home June 16, marking the end of a seven-month deployment aboard USS Harry S. Truman. Airman Jacob Greer, an Alexandria native, is an air traffic controller aboard the carrier. Since departing its homeport of Norfolk in November 2019, the aircraft carrier sailed in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Mediterranean...

Kids Count Data Book highlights areas of continued need as state aims toward recovery from pandemic

Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the latest edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable, but still inadequate, improvements were due in part to progress across several areas of economic well-being, child health coverage, teen births, and parental employment. Though Kentucky made progress...

Kentucky by Heart: Although the stage has changed, Lexington History Museum’s ‘encore’ plays on

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist When the Lexington History Museum “left the building” in 2012, there were many who figured there would be no encore. That looked to be true when the funding soon began to dry up. But the encore did come, and it’s still playing to a highly receptive audience, even though the stage has changed. “We went through the seven stages of grief; we came through...