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Our Rich History: ‘Endless and bottomless sand’ nearly doomed Cathedral construction

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the NKyTribune When the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Covington, Camillus Paul Maes, sank the blade of his shovel into the earth in April 1894 to break ground for Covington’s new St. Mary’s Cathedral, he had high hopes that construction would commence quickly and proceed without incident. He and architect Leon Coquard had spent the previous two years meticulously...

The River: Alcohol consumption happens; personal journey continued past ‘face down on the floor’

Captain Ernest E. Wagner, the legendary Master of the Steamer AVALON when I started decking on the celebrated steamboat some 62 years ago this summer, kept a tight reign on his sometimes volatile crew. Cap was most concerned with their alcohol consumption and the chance one of the rambunctious, amorous lads might slip a lady passenger into a quarters room or hiding place out of sight on the Main Deck. Captain...

‘Miss Bennie’ gets her day: Social justice advocate honored for her service to Covington residents

Back in the day, the woman known simply as Miss Bennie was a thorn in the side of the City. Friday, leaders of that same city – the City of Covington – awarded her a ceremonial Key to the City, plus a framed certificate officially proclaiming today as “Bennie Doggett Day” in Covington. “Oh my goodness, this is beautiful,” gushed Doggett said about the socially distanced ceremony, which...

‘Don’t Tell a Soul’ movie filmed entirely in Louisville now in theaters, streaming on demand services

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky Several recognizable names are attached to the new psychological thriller “Don’t Tell A Soul.” Beyond starring Rainn Wilson, best known for playing Dwight Schrute on “The Office,” the film also has producers many Louisvillians will know. Steve Poe, of Poe Companies real estate firm, and his wife Merry-Kay Poe, of Unbridled Films, and John Neace, founder of...

The Man Scout: ‘Growth, decay then transformation.’ The end of one journey and the beginning of another

By Chris Cole Special to NKyTribune
 We’ve come to a fork in the road. Twenty-two weeks ago, I set out to change not just what I know about the world around me, but who I am as a person. My goal was to become a Man Scout, skilled in the art and science of life-craft. Over these past 22 weeks, I’ve learned a lot. I can now catch a (small) fish; tie several different knots depending on the occasion;...

Home-based childcare alternatives face obstacles, but could play an important role beyond pandemic

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Community advocates say home-based family child care could play a major role in closing gaps in access across Kentucky during the pandemic and beyond, but current zoning creates obstacles for individuals interested in opening licensed and regulated home child-care centers. In a recent survey conducted by Kentucky Youth Advocates, one in four current family child-care...

Kentucky by Heart: Despite intrusion of virus, we’ve made positive changes and learned valuable lessons

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist The pandemic experience has been a bummer for most of us. I passed through my own bout with COVID-19 early in January and fortunately had minor symptoms: a dry cough, no fever, and some lower back issues temporarily. Almost surprisingly, my wife, Suzanne, tested negative on two separate occasions, certainly a blessing. I figured there must be something good to come...

Our Rich History: The Earth’s not flat, it’s . . . hollow? The other John Cleves Symmes

by Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune Part 64 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” “I declare the earth is hollow, habitable within and constituted of a number of concentric spheres.” Those were the words of John Cleves Symmes, Jr. — not the founder of the Miami Purchase and original owner of the land on which Cincinnati was founded — but his namesake...

The River: Today, the refrain is ‘Don’t throw it in the river,’ but it wasn’t always that way unfortunately

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 Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune “Throw it in the river…” That was a command I eagerly obeyed many times early in the course of sixty-some years on the river. “Throw...

Regina Watts missed the Price Is Right, but she doesn’t miss much serving Point/Arc clients

By Andy Furman The Point/Arc It was March 15th – the beginning of the end. In other words – it was the beginning of the pandemic – the coronavirus was sprouting its ugly head. And Regina Watts, the Activities Director for The Point/Arc was ready to attend – and hopefully participate on the TV show, The Price Is Right. Regina Watts (Photo by Cora Angel) “It was one of our biggest trips of...

Kentucky to recognize contributions of grocery workers during Supermarket Employees Day Feb. 22

Supermarket employees have played a major role in keeping our communities running and our families fed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of their efforts, Kentucky will observe Supermarket Employee Day on Monday, February 22 with a proclamation from Gov. Andy Beshear. The Kentucky Retail Federation and Kentucky Grocers & Convenience Store Association are also encouraging mayors...

The Man Scout: Let’s commit to using technology for good and trying to create more positivity in the world

By Chris Cole Special to NKyTribune
 First things first – a big Man Scout thank you to my wife, Megan, for her column last week as I was recovering from knee surgery. Awesome job, my love. I’ve had a lot of time over the past couple weeks to reflect on my Man Scout journey and how much I’ve learned and grown through this experience. I’ll write more about that next week in my final column,...

Agricultural communications degree leads to life of global service, adventure for UK Agriculture alumna

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Sarah Marshall knew from a young age that her path would lead to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, but she didn’t realize that would be the springboard for a life of global agriculture service and adventure. Growing up on a farm in Eastern Kentucky’s Fleming County, Marshall was involved in 4-H and later in FFA. She first visited the UK campus...

Kentucky by Heart: Former slave, Ky. native Wheeling Gaunt defied the odds with an unrelenting work ethic

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Though making no claims of being a bona fide Kentucky historian, I enjoy researching and discovering people from the state’s past that aren’t particularly well-known, yet have inspirational stories that cry out to be shared. (Photo from Wheeling Gaunt Facebook page) I recently came across an account of Wheeling Gaunt, a man born in 1813 into abject poverty...

Our Rich History: Dave Cowens and his life in Newport before the Hall of Fame

Part 63 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.”By Steve Preston Special to the NKyTribune “Our Rich History” editor’s note: This column is the 300th article in the “Our Rich History” weekly series for the NKyTribune. Many thanks to our publisher, our readers, all of our authors, and especially to Judy Clabes! Together, we look forward to continuing to...