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The lives of our children: How to change the lives of children in poverty

By Jan Hillard NKyTribune data editor Second of two parts Forceful public will is necessary to change the lives of the 4 in 10 children across our country who wake up every day in poverty. There is no shortage of innovative programs that are designed to alleviate the current state of poor children. Developing programs with clear benefits for children, the workforce, and the economy is nothing new....

Kentucky by Heart: James Morrison Heady overcame early misfortune to excel as advocate for deaf, blind

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist A boy from rural Kentucky showed the world that misfortune early in life, even of the debilitating kind, doesn’t mean one’s life path is doomed to failure. James Morrison Heady was born in 1829 to a farming family in Spencer County, which lies in the west-central part of Kentucky. Misfortune seemed to follow the boy early. At age six, while watching a man cut...

Our Rich History: Thomas More College adds a football program which has become very successful

By Dr. Raymond G. Hebert Thomas More University Part 29 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University 1971-2021” It was on Thursday, February 9, 1989, that a much-talked-about article appeared in the Cincinnati Post entitled: “Mount St. Joseph Sees Campus Growth with Football.” As the Vice President for Academic affairs (VPAA) at Thomas More College at the time, I...

The River: Now a Captain and ready to take the Delta Queen and her ‘Kiddie Crew’ on an excursion

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. (Editor’s Note: The Captain is focused on the health and well-being of his wife, Peggy, as her primary caretaker at home from rehab. We are repeating some of his columns until...

Kentucky tree farmer, Charles D. Williams, publishes new volume of verse, Echo Ridge, collection of haiku

By Maryglenn Warnock Dowling Press From the land of Merton, an old Tree Farmer claims his place as a Kentucky master of Haiku: Kentucky native Charles D. Williams has penned an extraordinary new volume of verse, Echo Ridge. Williams, a Kentucky lawyer and nationally-recognized tree farmer, has crafted three volumes in seven years—each more interesting and compelling than the other. In Echo Ridge,...

City of Dayton is ‘Who Deyton, Ky,’ by Mayor’s proclamation; it’s also ‘Cincinnati Bengals Day’ Sat.

Dayton Mayor Ben Baker issued a proclamation renaming the City of Dayton as Who Deyton, Kentucky, on Saturday, Jan. 22, to coincide with the Cincinnati Bengals’ divisional playoff game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn. on that day. The proclamation also recognizes the city’s past history with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 1937, the original Cincinnati Bengals professional football...

Third annual Kentucky Maple Day February 5 will offer the public a taste of state’s syrup industy

By Jordan Strickler University of Kentucky Maple syrup education and fun come to the forefront Feb. 5 when Kentucky producers open their facilities to the public for the third annual Kentucky Maple Day. Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Maple Syrup Association, the day allows the public to visit Kentucky farms and sugarhouses to see how maple syrup...

A Civics Lesson: Key facts as Senate considers rules reform; history shows ample precedent for change

The Brennan Center for Justice The Senate is poised to debate critical democracy reform legislation, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, which would set national baseline standards to protect voting access, end partisan gerrymandering, safeguard elections from sabotage, restore the critical protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and much more. Both have majority support in the Senate. The...

Kentucky by Heart: Today’s modern conveniences put ‘privileges’ enjoyed during youth in perspective

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Growing up, I didn’t consider our family inconvenienced in terms of having the things we needed to get along in daily life. Though all in the Flairty household worked hard on our small farm while Dad had a full-time job and Mom cleaned houses part-time, we lived at least a lower-middle-class existence, never wanting for a meal, clothing, or shelter. the popular...

Our Rich History: Thomas More’s President, Dr. Charles Bensman, the Later Years, 1989-1992

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 28 of our series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” Once into the 1990s, there had been a number of successes at Thomas More College under the presidency of Charles Bensman, including the construction of the Connor Convocation Center, named after legendary coach Jim Connor. There was also the beginning of a successful...

The River: 1970 best known for the catchy slogan ‘Save the Delta Queen’ and, yes, a broken anchor

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. (Editor’s Note: The Captain is helping his wife at home through her illness and rehab. He’ll be back as soon as possible. In the meantime we are sharing some of his past...

Former UK basketball star Ramel Bradley’s lifelong legacy fighting food insecurity, loves AppHarvest

By Aimee Nielson University Of Kentucky When Ramel ‘Smooth’ Bradley (’08) was growing up in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, he was very aware of the food insecurity surrounding him. His love of basketball equaled his passion for helping his neighbors, and that’s never changed. The only son of a strong, Black single mother, Bradley remembers when he was 8 or 9 years...

If you notice orange this weekend, it’s likely about NFL Wild Card playoff game: Bengals vs. Raiders Sat.

As the Cincinnati Bengals get ready to #RulethePlayoffs for their 4:30 p.m. game with the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium, citizens of the whole region are Bengal’s fans, right? If you aren’t you should probably lay low and quiet. The Florence Water Tower and the Fort Thomas Tower in Tower Park, the NKU College of Informatics, Newport on the Levee and The Ark in Williamstown...

Kenton County Parks and Recreation to accept reservations for upcoming season beginning Feb. 7

Kenton County Parks and Recreation (KCP&R) will begin accepting reservations for the upcoming season, which runs from April 5 through October 23, on Monday, February 7 at 7:30 a.m. both online and by phone. Shelter house park locations include Lincoln Ridge, Middleton-Mills, Pioneer, and Richardson Road. Due to COVID-19 and building construction, KCP&R is only accepting reservations online...

Daily Yonder: Civil rights activist William H. Turner discusses his new book, The Harlan Renaissance

Editor’s Note: This interview first appeared in Path Finders, an email newsletter from the Daily Yonder. Each week, Path Finders features a Q&A with a rural thinker, creator, or doer. Sign up for the newsletter here. By Olivia Weeks The Daily Yonder This year, William H. Turner was inducted into the College of Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky, honored with the...