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Georgetown’s Nevills gets Eclipse Award for heartfelt story on the closing of Mount Pleasant Meadows

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Hallandale Beach, FL. – Joe Nevills of Georgetown, KY, was presented the Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary Writing Thursday for his entry “Biting The Dust: A Long Goodbye to Mount Pleasant Meadows,” written for the Paulick Report on July 22. Joe Nevills of Georgetown, KY, bloodstock editor for the Paulick Report, took home the 2019 Eclipse Award...

Study shows KCTCS graduates earn $9,100 more per year than those without college credentials 

A new study by Emsi shows the average associate degree graduate from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will see an increase in earnings of $9,100 each year compared to someone with a high school diploma only. Emsi is a national provider of research to educational institutions. Since 2000, Emsi has completed over 2,000 economic impact studies for educational institutions in...

Deadline is January 24 to apply for KY Pitch, state’s largest intercollegiate pitch competition

KY Pitch, Kentucky’s largest collegiate business pitch competition, is back for 2020 with initial applications due by January 24. The Final Competition will be held on March 28, at the Gatton College for Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. New this year, teams will participate in two tracks: the Exploratory Track for new concepts and the Developed Track for teams that are developed...

Kentucky by Heart: There’s probably a song about that, but please don’t expect me to sing along

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist I generally enjoy the subject of music, but I’m a slow learner when it comes to understanding it. And, it should not be surprising that I’m not good at performing it, either. It’s almost like I have a mental block, much like many claim to have in learning math. Maybe it’s because I’ve always been a visual rather than an auditory learner; what I read and...

Our Rich History: St. Augustine’s capital campaign renovations make progress toward spring completion

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the NKyTribune This is the first part of a five-part series on the 150th anniversary of St. Augustine Parish. The illuminated façade of St. Augustine Church with the new LED lighting. Courtesy of the Capital Campaign. Nestled in a low valley beneath the hills that overlook the Peaselburg neighborhood around Nineteenth Street and Euclid Avenue is St. Augustine Church,...

The River: An extraordinary moment on the river that — this time — did not just pass unnoticed

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 message from Captain Josh Lakin, Sr. Captain of the LUCKY LADY, gushed with excitement – “Watcha doing buddy? Hurry down to the...

Summit scheduled at UK Gatton Center to promote local and sustainable food systems in Kentucky

The second annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit will bring together the Commonwealth’s farm and food community for a day of workshops, networking and conversations. The event will take place on February 26 at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton Student Center. “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is proud to support the second annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit,” Agriculture...

Freedom rider and activist Betty Daniels Rosemond to keynote NURFC’s King Legacy Awards

Betty Daniels Rosemond will keynote the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s 2020 King Legacy Awards Breakfast on Monday, January 20. The breakfast is NURFC’s annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those carrying on his legacy of inclusive freedom through the King Legacy Youth Leadership Program. The 2020 King Legacy Awards Breakfast is supported by Presenting Freedom sponsor...

Be alert: Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) are increasing in NKY; children should be vaccinated

Northern Kentucky is experiencing an increase in reported cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis. The majority of recent cases have been seen in school-aged youth, but it can affect individuals of any age. During 2019, there were 14 confirmed cases in Northern Kentucky. At first, whooping cough may appear to be a common cold, with symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and...

People of NKY: Wilma Mounce-Popp has been taking care of her friends at ‘her’ Skyline Chili for 46 years

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter In March of 1967, the Covington Internal Revenue Service opened for business in its enormous flat-topped building. At the time, it was considered a life-saver for the city; in the throes of a sadly depressed reality after booming mid-twentieth century prosperity. Two thousand people went to work at the top of 4th and Russell streets every day.  Optimism for the...

Kentucky by Heart: Mercer County native Matthew Jouett was prolific artist renowned for portraiture

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist In the realm of visual arts, Kentucky has a celebrated history of noted painters. Names like John James Audubon, Ray Harm, Paul Sawyier, and Frank Duveneck are ones that may quickly come to mind. But there is one individual, Matthew Jouett, who may surpass all mentioned if you agree with the opinion of folks at the Jack Jouett House Historic Site, in Woodford County. Matthew...

Our Rich History: Newport Barracks and Mexican-American War; housing soldiers ready to be deployed

Part 13 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune In 1845, President James K. Polk officially annexed Texas. An angry Mexico broke off diplomatic relations, and the United States turned towards war. Many were moved by patriotic duty to defend the new annexation. Manifest Destiny was in full swing and patriotic fervor stirred...

The River: Passing chilly winter day pursuing mystery related to 1871 steamboat explosion. . .

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 started as a simple inquiry on one of the many steamboat social media pages I spend an inordinate amount of time perusing during these...

Retired Judge Frohlich to preside over suspended Family Court judge Gentry’s cases through Jan. 31

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A message on the  Kenton Court Clerk’s website indicates there is a short-term contingency plan to handle the Family Court caseload of Judge Dawn Gentry, who was temporarily removed from the bench pending an investigation into her conduct. Frohlich (file photo). “We have received an Order from (Kentucky Supreme Court) Chief Justice Minton that retired...

The Immigrant: The Life of Matthias Toebben in his own words — and what a life it has been

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Matth Toebben tells his story as only he can and as you turn the pages of his book, The Immigrant, the words come to you in his distinctive voice – heavy still with the German inflection from his boyhood, peppered with his innate good humor and the pain and poignancy of a life fully lived. If you are lucky enough to have heard any of the stories firsthand, before...