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Major expansions at Ark Encounter as it enters year four; auditorium, zoo expansion, playground added

The Ark Encounter is getting ready to celebrate its third anniversary next month, and guests will have many new venues to experience in the fourth year. Provided photos Answers in Genesis (AiG), which operates the Ark Encounter with a full-size Noah’s Ark as the centerpiece, continues to engage in major expansions through 2019. Not surprising, tourist-related businesses in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: June has been soggy, but here are two good options for summer fishing

By Lee McClellan  Although this June so far is wet and soggy, the long-range weather forecast calls for a return to normal summer patterns. We can finally look forward to stable water levels, hot weather and predictable fishing. Bass fishing in summer revolves around light, or the lack of it. The best times to sling a lure are pre-dawn to mid-morning, dusk and nighttime. You won’t find a better...

Kentucky by Heart: Versailles resident’s watchful eye averts major disaster, helps him truly know faith

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Ted Hill must have felt like his own version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. The former Boeing and later Sylvania Osram employee found himself anxiety-ridden while sitting as a passenger at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) awaiting his Delta Flight 1661 to San Diego over sixteen years ago. He sat at a window overlooking the wing on his...

Our Rich History: Ludlow War Heroes forgotten no longer; 900 served but 27 did not return home

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part 2 of a continuing series on the 75th anniversary of the closing stages of World War II; for Part 1, click here. The anniversary of D-Day and recent Memorial Day ceremonies sparked my interest in looking at the stories of the men and women who gave the supreme sacrifice in World War II. As is my pattern, I turned toward my Ludlow, Kentucky roots. I knew...

The River: Continuing journey on the Clyde with good friends, good food; making some repairs along way

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 Sunday morning, 17 June 2012, found the CLYDE hanging on the one-inch nylon anchor line in the swift current of Andalusia Slough outside...

Help from Family Promise of NKY, partners continues after graduation, former client gets transportation

In 2008, Nicole Reynolds and her daughter ended up homeless a few times and it really affected her. She became depressed and began not to pay the bills or do budgeting. Reynolds with her daughter Reynolds began to lose focus. She and her daughter bounced around from friend to friend’s house, hotels, and even slept in the car. Her car was towed as well. When she saw the eviction, she realized that...

Tim Hanner dialing back a long, distinguished career in education for his ‘What’s Next?’ and a new kidney

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Tim Hanner spent his career as an educator urging students to focus on “What’s Next?” because some new, unknown opportunity is always just ahead. Tim Hanner and grandson Charlie In his own fulsome experience in teaching and sharing with others, Hanner was a classroom teacher, a principal, an associate commissioner of education for Kentucky, a superintendent,...

People of NKY: Just how many ‘food stylists’ do you know? Here’s one to get to know — Jeff Martin

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter It is Jeff Martin’s goal in life to make food look good. I mean REALLY good.   Jeff in his backyard all ready for the 2019 Covington Garden Tour Like celebrities and Hollywood types who hire a person whose job it is to preen a sow’s ear into a bedazzled silk purse, Jeff does this for food. He can make a dead fish look like something you can’t believe you’ve...

Kentucky by Heart: Poring over Kentucky’s past gives new meaning to the present, future

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist This is a reprint of a column originally published on June 21, 2015. I typically write about contemporary life, but once in a while I like to pore over items from Kentucky’s past, especially when I feel a real connection. This particular column will have that focus. A while back, my Aunt Sue sent me a local obituary piece, an involved story from the Kentucky...

Our Rich History: First St. Mary’s church left an enduring legacy to the people of Covington

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the Tribune  On the morning of Sunday, September 21, 1834, two men boarded a ferry waiting on the banks of the Ohio River at Cincinnati and set off across the water toward the city of Covington. French-born Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget, Bishop of Bardstown from 1808 until 1850, was unable to field missionary priests to the distant Northern Kentucky city of Covington,...

The River: The CLYDE’s Trip From Alma to Aurora with big trouble at Andalusia Slough

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 Seven years ago this week, Everette Dameron, a longtime friend from my hometown of Covington, Kentucky, and I, began a 1,300-mile river trip...

Ohio bests KY in New Riff Distilling National Bourbon Day interstate tug-of-war on the Purple People Bridge

The first New Riff Distilling National Bourbon Day interstate tug-of-war is in the book and the team from Ohio is victorious. Ken Phillips, founder of New Riff Distilling congratulates Brent Callahan of the winning Cincinnati Parks Foundation team in Friday’a tug-of-war (photos by Mark Hansel). New Riff organized the event, which featured teams anchored by New Riff’s 2020 Community Barrel awardees:...

Free ‘Kentucky Bluegrass on the Ohio River’ concerts series at Taylor Creek Park this summer

A Bluegrass music concert series is coming to Northern Kentucky next week at Taylor Creek Park, the riverfront park on the Ohio River that straddles the boundary between the cities of Bellevue and Newport. Taylor Creek Park is the host site for a free bluegrass concert series this summer (provided photo). The free concert series – known as “Kentucky Bluegrass on the Ohio River”   – will...

State and Boone County officials honor former Commissioner Patrick with highway designation

In honor and remembrance of Commissioner Irene Patrick, Senate Joint Resolution 44 designates a portion of Kentucky Route 20 (Petersburg Road) in Boone County to be renamed as the “Irene Patrick Memorial Highway.” Patrick in a photo from 1978 (photos courtesy of the Kenton County Public Library archives). The resolution was sponsored by State Sen. John Schickel (R-Union). A beloved member of the...

Fort Mitchell mezzo soprano to take the stage in Cincinnati Opera’s Romeo and Juliet

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter On a recent June afternoon, under a bright blue sky over Cincinnati’s Washington Park, American mezzo-soprano Catherine Keen exudes joie de vivre that soars. Catherine Keen celebrates in Mary Tyler Moore fashion as she gets ready to take the stage in Cincinnati Opera’s Romeo & Juliet (provided photos). In fact, her broad brimmed chapeau does exactly...