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The River: Needing job, he meets legendary Captain John Beatty . . .and the story begins

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 Captain John Beatty’s name had a familiar ring to my ears long before I met the legendary riverman after the DELTA QUEEN was laid up awaiting...

Chef John Foster: Apples, apples, apples — so many ways to use and enjoy this great fruit

Last week I wrote about the strange and wonderful tidbits you can find in the corners and crevices of the farmers’ markets around town. It’s just such an adventure that keeps drawing me back each week to see what else might have popped up. But there is also a practical reason for my weekly visits and that is to stock a farm to table restaurant for 5 days of service. I will admit that most...

Farm Bureau’s Marketbasket Survey shows slight drop in grocery prices for first time this year

The most recent Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey indicates a slight drop in prices for the first time this year.   The Marketbasket Survey is taken four times a year at the end of each quarter to monitor food-price trends across the Commonwealth. The survey records prices of 40 basic food items throughout the state, averaging the numbers into six categories: beef, pork, poultry, dairy,...

Everyone can be victim of a scammer so Better Business Bureau offering Facebook live event to help

It’s easy to think that a scam won’t happen to you; often, we assume that the victims of a scam tend to be elderly folks who live alone or people who aren’t familiar with technology. The truth is everyone – regardless of background, age, income level or employment status – is vulnerable to a scam. In fact, scams and identity theft affect one in four households annually, costing a...

Kentucky by Heart: When communing with nature, sometimes a freight train is just a freight train

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Several years back, Bill Bryson authored a book called A Walk in the Woods. In it, he gave the reader a humorous look at him and his friend’s not-ready-for-prime-time attempt to hike a significant section of America’s challenging 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail. Fatigue, the elements, and simply being away from home comforts combined to bring extreme irritability...

Our Rich History: Two early residents left educational legacy in Northern Kentucky and beyond

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Education in Northern Kentucky has a long and interesting history. The earliest schools in the region were begun by parents who were looking for an education for their children. These early schools charged a fee or tuition to pay a teacher to conduct classes. Beginning in the 1830s, both the public and parochial schools in Northern Kentucky began to take...

The River: The Rafter Clyde, negotiating the purchase — then bringing her up the Ohio River to home

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 Some six years ago, Aaron Richardson, a river pal and the owner of the ELIZABETH LEA, once a small tugboat originally named the JOS. THROCKMORTON,...

NKU School of the Arts to present MARISOL in Strauss Theatre Oct. 23-28, for mature audiences

Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts continues its 2018-2019 Theatre + Dance season with MARISOL, which runs Oct. 23-28 in NKU’s Stauss Theatre. Please be advised that MARISOL contains mature language and subject matter. Winner of the 1993 Obie Playwriting Award, MARISOL follows a young, book-smart woman named Marisol Perez, who works in Manhattan as a copy editor. After narrowly escaping...

Priest Laurie Brock of Lexington to discuss ‘Horses Speak of God’ at Trinity Episcopal Church tonight

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter In the crisp chill of an October weekend, many Kentuckians will make their way to Keeneland to gather around the track and place their bets on sleek, powerful horses to be the first to nose their way beyond the finish line. Laurie Brock, an Episcopal priest serving at St. Michael of the Archangel in Lexington, sees many reasons to celebrate these majestic creatures,...

Chef John Foster: Don’t just wonder about the strange things you see at the market, try them

Ever wonder about some of the strange things you see at the market? The odd little basket of this or that that never fills a table, because very few people will even know what it is much less purchase it. The colors are different, the shape is strange, sometimes the smell drives people away. Your farmer will know what it is, may even attach some sentimental value to it. They won’t grow it to feel...

KY dodged a Civil War-era bullet; fortification sites at Devou Park prepared for battles that never occurred

*Note: Two Civil War-era fortification sites in Devou Park have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Here is the rest of the story … The terror must have been overwhelming. Day by day, word of mouth and newspaper dispatches from the year-old Civil War had been bringing home images of blood-soaked earth and ripped-off limbs. Diagrams of the two Civil War batteries drawn by...

First-ever Kovington Karnivale this weekend: Marsquerade Bar Crawl, Cov candidate forum, Bro’Kin River reading

The first-ever Kovington Karnivale will take place this weekend Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.   On Friday night, the festival will kick off with a Masquerade Bar Crawl beginning with a check-in at Lil’s Bagels starting at 7 p.m., where Braxton’s Brewing Co. will be serving beers from 6:30-8 p.m. The first 100 people to sign-up will be provided with a complementary mask (courtesy...

Seniors invited to free event Oct. 11 to learn how to protect themselves from financial fraud and scams

This week, Northern Kentucky-area seniors are invited to learn how to protect themselves from financial fraud and scams. The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is hosting a free Senior Scam Jam event at Cold Spring First Baptist Church, 4410 Alexandria Pike. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. DFI is in partnership with Elder Maltreatment Alliance, the...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Just about done, too fast, and uninvited miscreants rode the wet wave in

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune It’s just about done, I think. Growing season 2018 is winding down and it’s here too fast! It seems like just yesterday I was picking tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant thinking I had WEEKS to go. The joys of early blight and tomato fruit worms And then it happened. Uninvited miscreants rode in on the wave of an excessive amount of rain and luxuriated in a...

Kentucky by Heart: Multi-talented Skeeter Davis — a true story about a Kentucky girl making good

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Stripping tobacco as a young boy back in the 1960s was never something that excited me, but I had to get used to the fact that we, as a family, would be doing just that every fall in an especially built room inside the outside car garage. I also didn’t get excited about my parents’ choice of music on the radio —- country, and it was the twangy type. But...