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Joe Durrett to run ‘Boston Marathon’ on Thomas More’s campus — 26.2 miles — on Monday morning

Joe Durrett, president of the Thomas More Alumni Association Board of Directors, will be running this year’s Boston Marathon — on Thomas More’s campus. The 124th Boston Marathon will be held virtually so Durrett will be running 26.2 miles (105 laps) on the campus, cheered on by his family, Thomas More employees and students on Monday, starting at 7 a.m. “Sometimes life gives you...

Post-traumatic stress ‘not going away;’ late fire chief Terry inspires fund providing help for first responders

Even aside from her own family’s personal tragedy, Jo Terry knows well the urgency, the prevalence, and the depth of post-traumatic stress for firefighters and other first responders. In the weeks after she organized Covington’s first-ever seminar on PTS two years ago in honor of her late husband, Assistant Covington Fire Chief Chip Terry, the desperate pleas for help started coming in. “I’ve...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Fifth leading cause of cancer death in NKY requires awareness

By Marideth Yahl NKyTribune health reporter Prostate cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in Northern Kentucky, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKHD). To promote awareness and provide information during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Noah Allen, a urologist with St. Elizabeth Physicians, explained the disease and the risks. When cells in the prostate, a walnut-shaped...

Health chief says nothing could have fully prepared him for the ‘Groundhog Day’ he’s living

Kentucky Health News Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the state Department for Public Health, has become a familiar face to many Kentuckians during the COVID-19 pandemic, but he has offered the public little information about himself and how he’s dealt with it — until now. Stack told writer Sara Berg of the American Medical Association, of which he was president a few years ago, that the experience...

Kentucky by Heart: Although mostly virtual this year, the opening of school brings back many memories

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist The opening of schools, though mostly virtually these days, always recalls personal memories for me, both as a student and as a teacher. But my first day in school as a first-grader in Mrs. Dorothy’s class at Grants Lick Elementary, in southern Campbell County, in the fall of 1959, is the most impactful. I can clearly picture the experience even now. It seems...

Our Rich History: ‘Gray-eyed mountaineers with rifles’ — The Newport Steel Strike of 1921-1922

OUR RICH HISTORY “Gray-Eyed Mountaineers with Rifles:” The Newport Steel Strike of 1921-1922 By Margo Warminski Special to NKyTribune Part 43 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” On November 11, 1918, fighting on land, sea and air ended between the Allies and their opponent, Germany. While the signing of the Armistice brought peace to warring nations,...

The River: Working on a steamboat takes hard work and dedication — ‘fancy pants’ don’t a leader make

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 Working inside a paddlewheel has always been my favorite occupation on a sternwheel riverboat. Though my first experience was on my family...

Looking for some family fun this weekend? Join the special performances at Circus Mojo

The hardworking troupe at Circus Mojo and Bircus Brewing Co. are pleased to present a series of live Labor Day weekend circus performances through Monday, Sept 7th. Celebrate Labor Day weekend with socially distant circus, burgers, corn dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and more! We are offering 3 p.m. family matinee shows that includes a socially distant circus workshop where families can learn balance...

Kentucky Health News: Tips for safe outdoor, social gatherings during this pandemic-impacted holiday

As last days of summer and the Labor Day holiday approach and pandemic continues — here are tips for safe outdoot and social gatherings: First, remember that any such gathering needs to be small. Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order that only allows for gatherings of 10 or fewer people. The order also calls for such gatherings to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance...

Greenup County native Michael Armbrester played key role in Takuma Sato’s win in Indianapolis 500

By Rick Elmore The Greenup Beacon Takuma Sato was in the spotlight for winning his second Indianapolis 500 race, but behind the scenes he had help from a strategist with Greenup County ties. Sato’s performance engineer for his team is Michael Armbrester of Russell who finally got his first Indy 500 championship in his ninth year working the open wheel racing circuit. “It’s incredible. It still...

Morning-line favorite Tiz the Law, 17 others will have chance to Run for the (late) Roses

By Liane Crossley Special to NKyTribune Last year’s Kentucky Derby — in which Maximum Security crossed the finish line first but was disqualified in a controversial ruling that made Country House the winner — is widely regarded as the most unusual and most talked about renewal, but this year’s edition brings a new level of uniqueness. The oddities of the 2020 running began in mid-March...

Kentucky by Heart: Many Kentuckians have made their mark in fields of science and technology

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Science and technology. . .in the Bluegrass State?? Over the years, Kentucky hasn’t always been given credit for its part in the furtherance of science and technology in the U.S., but after I did a little research this week, I discovered that the state has some real credibility in the area. There are a goodly number of people born in Kentucky who have been, or...

Our Rich History: Dr. Alvin C. Poweleit, World War II hero and survivor of the Bataan Death March

By Pat Ryan Special to NKyTribune Part 9 of our series on the 75th anniversary of the closing stages of World War II and Part 42 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” Each day, thousands of commuters and travelers drive along I-275, crossing over the Licking River between Campbell and Kenton Counties on the Alvin C. Poweleit Memorial Bridge. The bridge hails...

The River: From the Air Force to a return to the river aboard the Delta Queen — and memories to be made

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 It wasn’t more than a week after I separated from the Air Force during the last week of December 1969, that I gave Captain Ernest E. Wagner...

Governor orders flags at half-staff today in honor of Corbin soldier killed in Korean War; remains returned

Gov. Andy Beshear ordered flags to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise to sunset today, in honor of a Corbin soldier who died in the Korean War, but whose remains were only recently identified. “We are all glad to have our Kentucky soldier home again, and closure for his family,” said Gov. Beshear. “Lowering the flag to honor his service and sacrifice is a tangible symbol of our respect...