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Our Rich History: Judge Nippert’s talk with Kaiser Wilhelm II; Wiedemann of Newport supported relief

By Don Heinrich Tolzmann Special to NKyTribune Part 71 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” On 23 July 1916, the New York Times carried a lengthy article: “A Two-Hour Talk with the Kaiser: Judge A.K. Nippert Brings Message to President Wilson and the American People from Wilhelm II.” Nippert (1872-1956), Judge of the Common Pleas Court of Cincinnati, had...

The River: Belle of Louisville’s steam whistle screams victorious in the thrilling Great Steamboat Race

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 “All’s fair in love, war, and steamboat races.” The paddlewheeler BELLE OF CINCINNATI stopped by Aurora Landing the other day for...

UK, Maker’s Mark team up to establish world’s largest repository of American white oak at Star Hill Farm

The University of Kentucky has announced the establishment of the world’s largest repository of American white oak as part of their groundbreaking effort with Maker’s Mark® to conserve, explore and secure the future of American white oak. The massive effort at Star Hill Farm, home to the iconic Maker’s Mark Distillery, represents the most comprehensive natural range of white...

Today is Arbor Day; how about planting a tree or two Sat. in The Cov — 60 street trees are ‘shovel ready’

At last count, there are six trees in Covington’s publicly maintained areas that are 5 feet or more in diameter. The most common tree of any size in the city is the Callery (a la “Bradford”) pear, with an estimated 756 trees. Among the least common? The chestnut (1 tree), not to be confused with the chestnut oak (3) or the chinkapin oak (also 3). Besides being fascinating, these discoveries...

Billy Reed: Just call me Dean, and with my Ph.D. in Derbyology I share stories — good and bad

LOUISVILLE – In a recent radio interview, I was asked if I considered myself to be “The Dean of Kentucky Derby Journalists.” I had to admit that I had never thought about it like that. But since I don’t think there’s anybody around who has covered more than my 52, I guess maybe I am Dean Reed, with a Ph. D in Derbyology. Has a kind of nice ring to it, right? If I am to assume this lofty position,...

Kentucky artists called to help memorialize lives lost to COVID — submit letter of interest

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear, who directed the planting of American flags at the Capitol for Kentuckians who died due to COVID-19, announced a more permanent next step to memorialize lives lost. “The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will be sending out a request for artists to apply with their qualifications,” he said, “so we can begin the process of selecting the artist who...

Kentucky by Heart: Harlan County native Rebecca Caudill was a prolific children’s, young adult author

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Early in my teaching career, which started at Trapp Elementary School, I received from the school librarian, Mrs. Virginia Owens, lots of recommendations for books to read aloud to my students. My class consisted of about a dozen special education students who lived in the rural part of southeast Clark County, an area on the cusp of the hills of Appalachia. Virginia...

Our Rich History: Julia F. Gould of Newport, a well-known prima donna, is now largely forgotten

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Part 70 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” Possessing a beautiful mezzo soprano voice, classically trained Julia F. Gould of Newport, Kentucky, was a consummate musician. She could play the piano, sing, and act. Hers was a promising career, featuring musical studies in Europe, and national tours with two important...

The River: Riverboats are coming back like fresh Spring blossoms; still waiting to Save the QUEEN

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 It looks like trade’s opening up again for the passenger boats on the Mississippi River System. After a year of total shutdown or greatly...

On National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Kentuckians can take action to save lives

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) are reminding Kentuckians to participate in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled nationwide tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. “In 2019, we lost 1,316 Kentucky residents to overdose deaths, with a significant number of those overdose deaths caused by opioids,” said Gov. Beshear. “Every step we...

Nine months and 81,468 compressions later, the Stryker LUCAS has proved its worth in lives saved

In the old days, it wasn’t unusual for paramedics from the Covington Fire Department to find themselves standing in the back of a speeding ambulance administering chest compressions on a patient in cardiac arrest … while at the same time trying to keep from being knocked off their feet and head-first into their own injuries. The experience was not unlike, say, riding a mechanical bull while...

Broken Chains Cowboy Church pastor Mike Beavers mounts up to deliver Gospel to Every Home

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today There are a lot of ways churches are delivering the Gospel to Every Home. None may be more unique than how Mike Beavers, the pastor of Broken Chains Cowboy Church, did it last week. Beavers loaded the saddlebags with material from the Kentucky Baptist Convention and his church and jumped on Cinnamon and rode through the rural backroads. He received some stares and confused...

Bootlegging and Broadway take center stage with Carnegie’s production of George Remus musical

It’s got crime, high stakes drama and features the tale of an American dream gone awry. And now, it’s coming to life on stage in Covington with The Carnegie. George Remus: A New Musical takes the stage on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 at Covington Plaza, 144 Madison Ave in Covington. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th Century, the production tells the story of its namesake, a...

Kentucky by Heart: Bourbon Heights Nursing Home honors ‘walking history’ with new chapel name

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist For most of us, we’d probably be content after living a long life to be commonly known as a good parent or a friend to many and considered a good person. After all, lots of individuals may not earn that label. For 92-year-old Ruby Slade, she has seen the day that a church chapel was named in her honor. Ruby Slade outside the Chapel. (Photo courtesy The Bourbon...

Our Rich History: The greatest watch works in the world: Newport’s lost industrial opportunity

By Alan F. Garratt Special to NKyTribune Part 69 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” In the 1880s, Newport, Kentucky was on the cusp of being the watchmaking capital of the world. It already boasted the “Largest Watch Case Factories on the Globe,” according to its founder John C. Dueber. The story of what caused him to move away from Newport and build...