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Kentucky by Heart: Woodford County’s Spark Community Cafe on mission to provide food for all

Spark Community Cafe provides farm-to-table meals to all patrons, regardless of ability to pay. (Photo courtesy Spark Cafe website) By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Down on the corner of Main and Green Streets, in downtown Versailles, former high school teacher Kyle Fannin sat talking with me in the Spark Community Café. He characterized the purpose of the attractive gathering place. “This...

Our Rich History: West Newport is thriving; surge of longtime, newer residents unite with shared vision

By Josh Tunning Special to NKyTribune Part 72 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” Newport, Kentucky has a colorful and exciting past. From its first settlement by James Taylor, to its industrialization in the 1800s, to its Sin City days, and, finally, to what it is today, Newport is a vibrant and growing urban community. More recently, there is one neighborhood...

The River: Life and death on the waterways can be but moments apart, but I don’t regret my choices

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 “I’m going to walk right down to that river and keep on going.” The river has been a personal inviting source of pleasure and escapes...

Summer Camps return to Five Seasons Sports Club; registration open to ages 5-12

Are you and your kids ready to trade virtual classes for a safe, adventurous, active and healthy summer?   Summer camps at Five Seasons Sports Clubs have been expanded and enhanced to provide customizable options for families looking to exchange their kids’ laptops for sports, fitness and fun. Five Seasons Summer Camp 2021 is the perfect option for active and working families in Greater Cincinnati...

River City Living: Season 2 of Beyond the Curb kicks off with charming home on a ridge in Bellevue

The Catalytic Fund’s video home tours were a successful COVID-19 pivot from the organization’s usual in-person Beyond the Curb tours. The twenty episodes in the first season showcased a wide variety of living situations in NKY’s urban river cities, including historic mansions, luxury condos, modern apartments and small houses, all packed with personality and style. Bellevue 1920’s home...

Elsmere Police Officers save infant’s life; it was nerve-wracking but, ‘This is what we train for’

Officer Brian Evans was just on his eighth day with the Elsmere Police Department when he and his partner, Officer Alexis Day, were dispatched to a report of a three-month-old baby not breathing. In less than a minute, the officers arrived at a Heartland Place residence and hurried to the front porch to find the mother holding her unresponsive infant in her arms. “As soon as we arrived, we were told...

Southbank Partners announces Swinging at the Bell Concert Series — first one starts tonight

Southbank Partners, along with a group of local sponsors, are hosting a summer concert series at the World Peace Bell Park in Newport starting with the Pete Wagner Band with Nancy James on Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. The Swinging at the Bell concert series is family friendly and free to the public. Guests will need to bring their own chair or seating. Southbank Partners asks that guests maintain social...

Kentucky by Heart: Appreciating the power, potential of stirring words; a look at debut novel by Rae Craig

I’ve always had a healthy respect for words, and maybe that’s why I tend to sprinkle my oral conversations with “uhs,” thinking carefully when selecting the ones that I use. I see words as powerful, having potential for both good, bad, and longtime consequences. Seldom do I talk politics while on Facebook or other media, but a few times that I did have turned out badly. I’ve lost, or nearly...

Our Rich History: Kentucky inventors, entrepreneurs, innovations; free workshop at NKU’s Grant Center

By John Schlipp Special to NKyTribune Kentucky is famous for its Bourbon, the Kentucky Derby, horse breeding, and historic tourist sites such as Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Yet the Bluegrass state also contributes its fair share of entrepreneurial and inventive commercial activity. This was affirmed recently by Site Selection magazine (Volume 66, Issue 2, March 2021, pages 67, 86), an industry...

The River: A half-century of steamboat memories, all the experiences, really are just ‘a moment in time’

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 The last time I saw John Hartford, he was onboard the BELLE OF CINCINNATI performing one of his last public concerts during a charter boat...

Community Action Agencies accepting applications for Low-Income Home Energy Program through June

Kentucky Community Action Agencies are taking applications for an added spring subsidy program for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis through June 30 or until designated funds are depleted. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to put strain on households across Kentucky. Families should not worry about how they will continue...

Covington Farmers Market to celebrate International Year of Fruits and Vegetables May 8

The year-round Covington Farmers Market has returned to Roebling Point. The market hosts farmers and artisans from Kentucky and the surrounding Ohio River Valley to sell their locally-produced goods every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., rain or shine. On May 8, the Farmers Market will hold a special celebration of the United Nations’ designation of 2021 as the “International Year of Fruits...

Campbell County man gets a big boost to his bank account following $1 million Lottery scratch-off win

An Alexandria man just saw his bank account get larger after winning $1,000,000 on a Kentucky Lottery scratch-off ticket. The winner, who requested to remain anonymous, plays scratch-off tickets regularly. He said he was feeling lucky on the day when he stopped at Alexandria Carryout to buy his tickets. After winning $100 on a previous ticket, he decided to play the $20 200X ticket. He’d never...

Covington Fire Department honors Gravelswitch resident Jamie Lewis with Citizen Lifesaver Award

Editor’s Note: The Covington Fire Department recently honored Jamie Lewis of Gravelswitch with a Citizen Lifesaver Award. Here is his story: Jamie Lewis saw the woman jump. He was sitting in a flat-bottomed boat on the Covington bank of the Ohio River, talking on the phone and watching the Roebling Suspension Bridge, when her blurred form dropped from the bridge and smacked the water below. The...

Kentucky by Heart: Revisiting some of Kentucky’s recent good works and celebrating state’s positivity

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist As I write on this particularly sunny day of spring, I feel a keen compulsion to spread a share of sunny disposition to others. And with all the metaphoric clouds of darkness appearing quite regularly in our world (see pandemic and racial violence, etc.), I’ve found from experience that intentionally “looking for the good” is essential in order to do the...