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The River: Memories of winterizing the steamboats for the season and other historic times on 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 a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Back when I was steamboating, the AVALON and, later, the DELTA QUEEN were tied up for the end of the season by early December, this time...

Cave tours, hiking, among 243 experiences at Carter Caves’ 11th annual Winter Adventure Weekend

Cave tours, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing, and guided hikes are among more than 200 activities offered at the 11th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend, set for Jan. 23-26, 2020, at Carter Caves State Resort Park. The four-day event offers 243 workshops and field trips for beginners to advanced winter adventurers based on difficulty and skills required.  New field trips added for 2020 include...

NKY Senior Games: Winter Edition offers fun activities for those 50 and over, registration open

The NKY Senior Games: Winter Edition will take place Monday, January 6, 2020 to Wednesday, January 8, 2020.  Events and locations are as listed below: Monday, January 6: Boone County Public Library Main Branch, RT. 18 Euchre Tournament 12:30pm. No partner needed. Tuesday, January 7: Fort Thomas Tower Park, Armory Gymnasium, Fort Thomas Skittles, shuffleboard, cornhole, billiards, disc toss, snowman...

Details of The Who’s appearance at BB&T arena in April, first visit to region since Dec. 3, 1979 tragedy

NKyTribune staff Legendary rock band The Who have announced they’ll be moving on in 2020 with more tour dates, which includes an April 23 concert at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University. The Who’s April 23 show in Greater Cincinnati will have added historical significance. The Who’s April 23, concert at NKU’s BB&T Arena in Highland Heights marks the band’s first...

Three Brothers Games: Honoring the memory of his late brothers, Jeff Randall parlays fun into business

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter “Are you here to have fun?!” Jeff jovially asks everyone entering Three Brothers Games.Jeff Randall with photo of his brothers. “We just want to have fun together and enjoy each other’s company,” Jeff says with a smile on his face. Always a smile on his face, Jeff Randall, owner of Three Brothers Games in Hebron, has just celebrated two years in business. He...

Kentucky by Heart: Bluegrass Writers Coalition members compile book of Ky’s ‘mined treasures’

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Back in 2018, two founding members of the Bluegrass Writers Coalition, from Frankfort, Mike Embry and Chris Helvey, discussed the idea of creating a small selection of published writings to highlight some of the state’s finest, including some who were unsung, writers. Mined treasures, you might say, that needed to be unearthed so that the glitter might not be...

Our Rich History: Political treason accusations are nothing new; conspiracy, bad blood, and dueling

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune Imagine, if you will, a prominent political figure accused of treasonous actions involving foreign countries, the accusations of weaponized media using fake news, a president putting his finger on the scale of justice regarding a political opponent, and threats of impeachment. No, I’m not talking about today’s news, I’m referring to the Burr trial of 1807....

The River: The worst cook on the river reflects on ‘Turkey Day,’ recalling a few meals long since passed

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 A relief pilot, a lanky, somewhat onery-looking fellow from somewhere on the Arkansas River, came aboard while I was standing duty in the...

Billy Casper Golf selected to manage Kenton County Golf Courses; Fox Run to be discontinued

Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the manager of more than 160 golf courses in 26 states – has been selected to manage Kenton County Golf Courses in Independence. BCG will facilitate clubhouse operations, golf course maintenance, marketing and sales, staffing and training, merchandising, golf instruction and financial management for Kenton County Golf Courses, including The Pioneer and The Willows courses. The...

Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland at Newport Aquarium; Bayou Babies celebrate first Christmas

Newport Aquarium invites the public to experience one of Cincinnati’s most unique holiday traditions as Scuba Santa visits from November 29 to December 31. The jolly elf will be ready to hear your Christmas wishes while swimming underwater surrounded by sharks, stingrays and a curious sea turtle named Denver. Scuba Santa’s elves and Denver the sea turtle greet visitors to the Newport Aquarium...

Dr. Niket Sonpal: How to avoid holiday heartburn by making these right food choices

Even if you’re not a “foodie” most people look forward to indulging in the culinary delights of holiday time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. This  means that even people who are typically disciplined eat too much in one evening, eat rapidly, imbibe amounts of alcohol they are unaccustomed to, and consume foods that may not be part of their regular diet because “tis the season.” ...

Entertainment District to open in Bellevue; patrons can walk in district with alcoholic beverages

The City of Bellevue is adding a little more holiday cheer to its annual Fairfield Avenue Christmas Walk this weekend with the official opening of its newly designated Bellevue Entertainment District (BED). The Bellevue Entertainment District Center is bordered by the North Side of Fairfield Avenue, South side of Fairfield, East side of O’Fallon Avenue and West side of Riviera Drive within the city...

Kentucky by Heart: A ‘Kentucky-fied’ trip through a beautiful part of our state into a beautiful part of Ohio

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist It’s not often in this column that I talk about a trip taken outside the state of Kentucky. This time, however, I will, because the trip my spouse and I took to Ohio recently on Veterans Day included a good portion of Kentucky geography on the itinerary, and the destination area reminded me a lot of our state, too. Suzanne enjoys learning about Native-Americans...

Our Rich History: The Lumpkins Family of Newport, major contributors to betterment of their community

By Shirlene Jensen
 Special to NKyTribune Part 8 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” As many historians know, it is often difficult to find more than just basic resources and information about African Americans before and after the Civil War. In the 1810 census for Campbell County, Kentucky, there were 438 enslaved people and one free black. Just after the...

The River: A busy week aboard the Rafter Clyde — dining in new galley, visitors, and memories galore

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 always enjoy eating aboard the boat, especially with guests, in the intimate galley area seated at the oak table covered in a red-checkered...