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Our Rich History: Virginia, the Taylor Family, and Newport; settling into ‘certain to prosper’ river town

Part 3 of our series, Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020 By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune The Taylor family, founders of Newport, Kentucky, were wealthy Virginians. General James Taylor V (1769-1848) was born on Midway Plantation in Caroline County, Virginia, the son of Colonel James Taylor IV (1732 -1814) and Ann Hubbard (“Midway Plantation near Bowling Green, Caroline...

The River: Old friends meet again, share meal, music, memories; parting, they know there’ll be a next time

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 The last time Charlie Rafferty and I were together was atop the bonnet on the smokestack of the DELTA QUEEN over 41 years ago. John Hartford...

BLINK — enjoy the colorful show with this photo sampling of the sights to see, first time in Covington

If you haven’t made it to downtown Covington to see the BLINK installations, here are some photos of what you’ve missed, thanks to a number of attendees who shared (but mostly to Chuck Eilerman). BLINK has come to Covington for the first time as it returns to Cincinnati for the second time. It’s an amazing show of light, projection mapping, artistry and engineering. A one-of-a-kind...

Gary Bertsch and the Blamers to release their newest album, The Bear, at York Street Cafe Saturday

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter A quirky, self-described nerd, who likes to have fun is one way to describe Gary Bertsch of Gary Bertsch and the Blamers. This dynamic group, all Northern Kentuckians, release their new album, The Bear, this Saturday, October 12. It’s as fun, upbeat and light-hearted as he is and the release show will surely be the same.The Blamers (without Eric)This self-taught...

BLINK: Expect crowds, congestion as 4-night light spectacle transforms region into outdoor art museum

Organizers say a million people visited Cincinnati two years ago for the inaugural BLINK light and art show. Towers that will hold light projection equipment have popped up in downtown Covington (provided photos). This weekend, the larger 2019 version of BLINK extends into about 10 blocks of northern Covington in a big way, creating what organizers say is one of the most densely packed zones for art,...

People of NKY: Okey-Dokey, Spanky Caudill keeps optimism, excitement alive in his barbershops, life

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Spanky Caudill is a 20th Century man. MID 20th Century man. Spanky Caudill at work on a classic gentleman’s haircut. Spanky (Sean, actually) came by his nick-name from a school gym teacher who said he reminded her of Spanky — the precocious character played by George “Spanky” McFarland in the Our Gang movies (later syndicated for TV as The Little Rascals). Who...

Kentucky by Heart: Construction worker Shaun Neal’s 27-year odyssey pays off with ‘Mama’s Song’

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Construction worker Shaun Neal’s odyssey in search of completing his first book, a novel called Mama’s Song, ended successfully a few years ago after nearly three decades in process. He feels both elated and relieved. “It started in 1990, one year after my wife and I got married. I finished in 2017,” said the Nicholasville resident. “My wife . . . she...

Our Rich History: The Ohio River Valley was the epicenter of a major global war

Part 2 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Mountains, the Cumberland Narrows, and the Ohio River Valley The Ohio River Valley, with Newport, Kentucky at nearly its halfway point, was an epicenter of a major global war that changed the course of British and American history. The lush lands of the Ohio River, however,...

The River: The river as a rapids, destruction of Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club, and more drama

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 What a week this has been on the river! Heavy rains have, again, swollen the Upper Mississippi River and turned it into a mill race between...

Kentucky agriculture dealing with worsening drought conditions and the summer that never seems to end

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky It is the summer that never seems to end. Already into October, and much of Kentucky is still dealing with temperatures in the 90s. Coupled with the driest September since the 1800s, Kentucky farmers know something must give. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half of Kentucky is in the severe drought category and some areas of southeastern Kentucky...

Annual Kentucky Wool Festival near Kincaid Lake and State Park starts today, runs all weekend

The Kentucky Wool Festival kicks off today in Falmouth. It features three days of arts and crafts, heritage demonstrations, food, music, and plenty of other activities for the whole family. See sheep shearing, weaving, spinning, the petting zoo, two entertainment stages featuring bluegrass, folk, country and gospel music. The Wool Festival also has more than 30 foods booths to choose from. Click here...

Right on the edge of Kentucky’s Edge, where Bourbon country starts and festival starts tomorrow

When people think of Kentucky, things like horses, bluegrass, and bourbon come to mind. At the top of the mind right now is the first Kentucky’s Edge Bourbon Conference & Festival which starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday when a sold-out signature conference with Bourbon All-Stars takes place at the NKY Convention Center. The fun starts at venues throughout Covington and Newport on Friday....

NKY Funders’ Grants competition is down to 14 finalists who’ll ‘pitch’ on Oct. 29 — join the audience

NKY Funders’ Grants, an ongoing program that convenes foundations and funders around grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky, has released its list of finalists for the pitch competition to be held Tuesday, October 29 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Erlanger.   The 2019 foundation partners have chosen the following organizations to move...

Colorful mural a tribute to hoops star, Covington’s Stone Court 1st to be painted in region-wide initiative

George Stone died 26 years ago, but those who saw the Covington native play basketball say this: He could score – a lot and in a hurry – and he played at a fast and intense pace. From left, Sam Becker, Thad Becker, Alexander Giehl, and Jarrod Becker – all of Covington design firm BLDG Refuge – paint the mural on George Stone Court (provided photos). So when it came time to design...

Kentucky by Heart: In a divisive world, optimism for Kentucky’s future remains, because of its people

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist I recently was interviewed for a podcast by Bill Goodman, CEO of the Kentucky Humanities Council, about my book series, Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes. I considered it an honor to be asked to share, both as an opportunity to contribute to KHC, an organization that seeks to highlight the best in our citizens’ values, and also for the interest Bill demonstrated in...