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The River: No reason at all to be bored, given water striders, whirligigs, critters; and a boat of course

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 About a year ago, I read where a pleasure boater noted he left his marina in his fast plastic boat only to discover it was too early for...

Quarles, UK encourage Kentuckians to grow Victory Gardens; campaign to reach every Kentucky county

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced a new Kentucky Department of Agriculture partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky’s Nutrition Education Program to encourage Kentuckians to get in touch with their agricultural roots during the coronavirus pandemic. “Since starting the Kentucky Hunger Initiative years ago, the Kentucky Department...

COVID-19 restrictions ease as ‘100 Deadliest Days’ begin for teens; road fatalities increase in summer

The season when teen drivers are most at risk is getting under way just as eased travel restrictions have motorists returning to the road. The combination of schools closed, activities curtailed, summer jobs canceled and COVID-19 restrictions being lifted could prove deadly as teens take to the road this summer. Now is a good time for parents to model safe driving habits, while helping ensure their...

Newport Assistant City Manager Larisa Sims honored with award for ‘tireless revitalization work’

Newport Assistant City Manager Larisa Sims has been honored by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, receiving the Individual Contributor award for what the Chapter called her “tireless revitalization work.” Sims has played an integral and ongoing role in many of Newport’s major revitalization projects including the Ovation Project Restart/Music Venue...

So there’s a pandemic and you’re quarantined? This mom says if you’re stuck at home it’s time for a party

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter “What I want to do is inspire other people to have fun at home because it should be your safe haven and a fun place to be. You can make cool memories with your family, especially the perfect time is right now,” says Rhonda Taylor Lang of StudioRho Entertaining. Rhonda, who is always laughing and clearly has a fun personality, has made the best of this quarantine...

Kentucky by Heart: Authors West, Brackney offer sordid details of two Kentucky murder mysteries

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist My usual amount of reading is a lot, but with staying healthy at home to avoid Covid-19, I’ve upped the load. I recently devoured a few non-fiction books about murder cases taking place in Kentucky, one written by Gary P. West and the other by Peter Brackney. West’s book dealt with one that happened in 1975 near Elizabethtown (commonly called “E-town”)....

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about freedom and healthcare

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to comment on calls for more government control of healthcare markets. We begin with the positive. Our healthcare system has delivered remarkable medical technology and advances, leading to longer lives and some of the most effective treatments in the world. It’s no secret, however, that healthcare has become very...

Our Rich History: The Flood of 1937 and flood control in Newport; a controversy over 79.99 ft. measurement

By Deborah Pitel Special to NKyTribune Part 28 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” In 1937, the population of the United States had reached 129 million, and the nation was deep in the throes of the Great Depression. In the early 20th century, continued immigration from Europe was accompanied by new migrants from Appalachia. They settled in cities like Newport,...

The River: From shutdown to reopening, things are cranking, up, down and all around (as internet rules)

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 After two months of the shutdown for the COVID-19 pandemic, everything is suddenly reopening, just like that. Traffic has already increased...

Kentucky students eligible for new emergency food benefits; families can apply for federal assistance

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Kentucky Department of Education are partnering to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the novel coronavirus emergency. Beginning May 23, Kentucky families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at...

AAA: Pandemic to suppress Memorial Day travel, but vacationers already planning future trips

For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19. The annual forecast — which estimates the number of people traveling over the holiday weekend — will return next year. Anecdotal reports suggest fewer people will hit the road compared to years past for what is considered...

Kentucky soldier’s heroism, 20-year campaign for Medal of Honor, subjects of KET documentary May 25

As Americans honor patriotic sacrifice on Memorial Day, KET will premiere the story of a Kentucky soldier who repeatedly put his life on the line for his country – but wasn’t fully honored for it until 73 years later. “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner,” airing at 8/7 p.m. ET/CT on May 25, tells the story of one of the most decorated soldiers of World War II – who received...

Keven Moore: Memorial Day weekend is full of fun and hazards; be safe and sure and observe the rules

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, was originally known as Decoration Day with its origins dating back to the years following the Civil War. It did not become an official federal holiday until 1971 and is probably the only day of the year that you can predict the exact location where the President of the United States will be, as he travels across the Potomac to Arlington National Cemetery...

People of NKY: Steven White is drawn to history, architecture of Covington and to art, music worldwide

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter There are people among us, here in Covington, who are dedicated to the fabric and flavor of our historic city and the architecture that gives it its mystique and sense of history. Two centuries of life has gone on in all of its varied moments, stirring optimism and tragedy together in one ornate old pot. The buildings are important, but it is the people that have...

Kentucky by Heart: Tiny Wickliffe community has a lot of ‘Hart’ and many treasured souls

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Wickliffe, Kentucky, sets along the Mississippi River, a couple miles from where the Ohio River flows into “Father of the Waters.” The town is a part of the Jackson Purchase region in the westernmost part of the state. According to the 2010 United States Census Bureau, the Ballard County place has 688 residents and a total area of 1.2 miles. From my perspective,...