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Kentucky by Heart: Little-known story of Tuskeegee Airman who parachuted into Loretta Lynn’s town

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Occasionally, I find an interesting Kentucky story that I’m surprised I hadn’t already heard. I ran across one of them a few days ago. The story deals with a connection between a decorated Tuskegee Airman and the iconic country music singer, Loretta Lynn. The event surrounding the story happened on March 25, 1948, a time when likely those outside the future...

Our Rich History: The successes of the TMU psychology department and its founders

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 46 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II” Thomas More College/University 1971-2021 In September 1951, Rev. John F. Murphy, STD, succeeded Rev. Joseph Z. Aud as dean and executive administrator of Villa Madonna College. Two years later, in September 1953, Bishop William T. Mulloy demonstrated his commitment to the college by announcing an important...

The River: It’s true, as they say, that ‘something is always happening on the river’

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 A decade ago, on Monday, 17 May 2012, after scrawling my John Henry to a couple of checks, the paddlewheeler CLYDE changed owners. It was...

As Memorial Day holiday approaches, NFPA offering grilling tips to keep families safe during cookouts

(Photo from National Fire Protection Association) Often considered the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend typically includes lots of celebrations and cookouts, often with grilling as a focal point. As the holiday, and summer months, grow closer, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding everyone of basic safety tips to grill and celebrate safely. Fire departments...

Covington’s Fishing Derby returns: Young anglers can wet their hooks at Prisoners’ Lake in Devou Park

After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and road construction, Covington Parks & Recreation’s Fishing Derby returns this weekend. This Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., young anglers from ages 5 to 15 will take their place on the banks around Prisoners Lake in Devou Park. Celebrating a big catch in 2018. (Photo provided) Past Fishing Derbies have seen up to 100 people...

NKY Restoration Weekend May 20-22 offers seminars, workshops, practical advice for historic homeowners

Ah, the curb appeal. The craftsmanship. The attention to detail. The rich piece of history that comes with owning a historic home. But, oh, the maintenance (will it be overwhelming?) The plaster repair (the mess!) The replacement materials (are they available?) And the specialized crafts-people necessary to execute that work (where to find them?) Do not despair. Simply attend the 12th Annual NKY Restoration...

Kentucky singer Noah Thompson back home from American Idol for a free concert; finals are May 22

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Rising country music star Noah Thompson is in the top three singers on “American Idol” and Tuesday he was back in Louisa for his “Hometown Visit” with a free concert at Luke Varney Jr. Memorial Stadium. A homecoming parade was waiting for Thompson, according to friend and organizer Mitch Castle. Noah Thompson The Louisa resident and construction worker performed...

Kentucky by Heart: Dale Woolum exits rocky path to one of positive fulfillment and concern for others

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part about William “Dale” Woolum, who until his recent release, spent four decades incarcerated in various prisons, including the Kentucky Penitentiary. Last week’s part one chronicled his time in prison. Part two looks at the challenges of the past and more recently, his striving to become a model citizen going forward. By Steve Flairty NKyTribune...

Our Rich History: The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Sociology, and Criminal Justice at Thomas More

By Raymond G. Hebert, PhD Thomas More University    Part 45 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021  It was early in the 1930s, actually under the auspices of the History Department (1933), that a two-credit hour course was offered entitled “Introduction to Sociology,” with the Rev. Anthony Deye as the instructor.The course was so popular that...

The River: Happy May 19th to all; remembering Camp Day and first excursion onto forbidden Licking River

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. This column first appeared on May 19, 2019. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Forgive me if I repeat myself if I talk about “Camp Day” remembered every May the 19th as...

Authenti-CITY awards: Amy Kummler invites any and all and everyone to Up Over Bar, biggest dive of all

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth of 5 stories naming the winners of the 2022 Authenti-CITY awards given by the City of Covington at a ceremony Monday to mark National Economic Development Week.) Because of Amy Kummler, you don’t have to drive hundreds of miles – south OR north – to find a self-proclaimed “dive bar” that evokes the grit of New Orleans but echoes with a term of endearment...

Authenti-CITY awards: A Covington staple, Anchor Grill still ‘keepin’ it real’ in a fickle world gone mad

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of five stories naming winners of the 2022 Authenti-CITY awards given by the City of Covington to mark National Economic Development Week. (Photo from City of Covington) Back in 2020, New Yorker food critic Helen Rosner mentioned the Anchor Grill’s G.L.T. (goetta, lettuce, and tomato) in her “The Best Things I’ve Eaten This Decade” article. Sorry,...

Authenti-CITY awards: Hierophany & Hedge casts magical, otherworldly charm upon Cov’s Pike Street

Editor’s note: This is the third of a series of five stories naming winners of the 2022 Authenti-CITY awards given by the City of Covington to mark National Economic Development Week. Coil from Hierophany & Hedge, at 19 W. Pike St. Hours are updated daily. (Photo from City of Covington) Never in Covington’s 200-year history (not that we know of, anyway), has a local business thanked the City...

Authenti-CITY awards: Covington’s Lost Art Press a mecca for those who study old-school woodworking

Editor’s note: This is the second of a series of five stories naming winners of the 2022 Authenti-CITY awards given by the City of Covington to mark National Economic Development Week. Publisher Chris Schwarz and editor Megan Fitzpatrick at Lost Art Press. (Photo from City of Covington) Mention “Lost Art Press” to any old-school woodworker around the world and don’t be surprised when they genuflect. When...

Kentucky by Heart: After more than 40 years behind bars, Dale Woolum embraces his second chance

First of two parts William “Dale” Woolum has spent most of his 65 years on earth in prison, most of them at the Kentucky Penitentiary, in Eddyville. While imprisoned there in 1981, he was prosecuted and convicted after stabbing a fellow inmate to death. In December 2021, Dale was released from a federal prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, and is now a free man. Ironically, his prosecutor for the...