A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Intrepid Urban Farmer: It’s bell-ringer news, the kind that keeps her moving along on garden dominence

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune For about the past 15 years, or so, I have had my summers visited by the phenomenon of the whole fam-damily vacation.  We all pack-up, come in from all over the country, and camp together as a tribe in some pre-selected place that will have us.  The attendance numbers are generally around 15, sometimes more.    This was the biggest tomato waiting for me when...

Chef John Foster: Aw, pumpkins already; seasons wane but summer’s vegetable variety will be missed

I saw my first pumpkin of the season in a neighbor’s front yard and the realization hit me that fall is coming. One of my farmers delivered an order to me this weekend with the warning that they would probably not have any more squash and zucchini this season. Sitting out on my porch this morning at 5 a.m. you could hear the clock tick, and the wheel slowly turn. Into one season and out of...

Museum renovation investment at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site pays off in increased attendance

By Kevin Eigelbach NKyTribune reporter A big investment in the small museum at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site appears to have paid off. Amelia Hulth, park interpreter and interim park manager at Big Bone Lick State Park, recently talked with some visitors about the park’s bison herd (photos by Kevin Eigelbach) As the Northern Kentucky Tribune previously reported in September 2017, the park in...

Line dancing and ghosts — Bobby Mackey’s Music World to celebrate 40th anniversary in September

NKyTribune staff Whether it’s really haunted is often debated, but Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder will celebrate its 40th anniversary Sept. 7-8 with bull rides, line dancing, karaoke and, yes, ghost tours. The activities on Sept. 7-8 run from 7 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. Located at 44 Licking Pike in Wilder, Bobby Mackey’s Music World was established in September of 1978 and has remained a prime...

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: Covington/Northern Kentucky Townhouses match for homes in Charleston, S.C.

By Margaret McDonough Special to NKyTribune The mysterious origin of the Covington/Northern Kentucky Townhouse is hiding in plain sight in the 900 block of Western Avenue in Covington. The author’s house, at 909 Western Avenue, Covington, is an example of the Northern Kentucky/Covington Townhouse style, also called the Charleston Single House type in South Carolina. Photos by Margaret McDonough. When...

The River: The ‘Intervening Years’ (1961-1965) — remembering good times, the big race, college . . .

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. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune In the intervening years following my last year of decking on the Steamer AVALON, after the summer and fall of 1960 and my eventual graduation...

Three categories this year for the annual Roebling Bridge photo contest, entries accepted until Aug. 31

The Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee (CCSBC) is once again hosting the Roebling Bridge photo contest.  The annual contest, which is open to the public, will be accepting submissions until Aug. 31. Among the prizes is an exclusive trip for two to the top of bridge for a photoshoot, as well as a gallery canvas wrap print of your winning photo from PROCAM, a Cincinnati photo and video...

Chef John Foster: Slow down, stop, reset; embrace the career or walk away? As a chef, find the balance

There comes a time, in every school quarter, when the culinary students slow, and then stop. Some reset, some stagger through, and some never get started again. It’s the same thing in every school, but in a technical school such as culinary, it can mean the difference between embracing the career or walking away. Sometimes it’s the ability and the willingness to soldier on, to slog through the...

First-ever Cincinnati Body Paint Expo to take place at New Riff Distillery in Newport, tickets on sale now

More than a dozen models painted head to toe will walk the runway at the first-ever Cincinnati Body Paint Expo. Art lovers from all over are expected to be at New Riff Distillery in Newport for this celebration of body and art on Aug. 16 from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are limited and must be purchased ahead of time online at www.cincinnatibodypaint.com. Body painting, once taboo, is now a mainstream celebration...

Craig Frye of SD1 shows why and how to have a rain garden; help keep stormwater out of the system

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter As green land space shrinks in Northern Kentucky, rainwater has fewer places to go, leading to an increase in unmanaged stormwater runoff that’s presenting greater threats of erosion, flooding, and pollution to the community. “As we increase the impervious surface — the hard surface, concrete, asphalt — you’re going to increase the runoff,” said Craig...

Kentucky by Heart: Providing hope since 1871 and meeting the needs of the young and vulnerable

By Steve Flairty Special to NKyTribune   It was 1871, six years after the American Civil War; the terrible conflict left an overwhelming number of wives who lost husbands and children who lost fathers. That’s when the good folks at the Methodist Episcopal Church South, in Louisville, came together to form the Widows and Orphans Home. Now known as The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children...

Our Rich History: Mary Means meets Maiden Foot, a Native American, and kindnesses are exchanged

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune Mary Means was an eleven-year-old girl in 1763. Her parents were settlers on land about a mile south of Fort Ligonier in southwestern Pennsylvania. She and her parents often visited the fort for supplies and news of relations between settlers and Native Americans, who were plentiful in that region. In times of peace, such as when this story is placed, the gates...

The River: An incident at Natchez-Under-the-Hill and the demise of a quiet deckhand who kept to himself

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. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Captain Clarke “Little Doc” Hawley told of a certain deckhand on the DELTA QUEEN, in the late ’50’s, who did...

Green Umbrella kicks off National Farmers Market Week with ‘10% Shift’ campaign — do you buy local?

Green Umbrella’s Local Food Action Team joins markets across the region in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 5-11. Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles had declared the week “Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week” and asks Kentuckians to celebrate all month long by visiting their local farmer’s market and posting photos to Instagram for a prize....