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Kentucky by Heart: Hall of fame coach John Merritt one of several sports stars native to Pendleton Co.

Pendleton County, despite its relatively small size, has raised its share of sports stars. More recently, they include Dontaie Allen, a prolific hoops scorer who played for the Kentucky Wildcats and soon will wear the Western Kentucky Hilltopper uniform. Baseball pitcher Nate Jones had a successful major league career. He retired in 2021 and settled Butler, in his native county. John Merrit Another...

Our Rich History: David A. Armstrong served as Thomas More’s 14th president, exceeded his goals

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part 49 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 The presidency of Sister Margaret Stallmeyer C.D.P. proved to be beneficial for Thomas More. Sister brought financial stability and order to the institution that was essential to the future viability of the college. Stallmeyer made the board aware of her departure...

A River Tale: Capt. Mike Gore and the stories of ‘tortured river souls;’ looking for ghosts

(Captain Don Sanders yields his space this week to Captain Mike Gore. Captain Don will return next week) By Captain Mike Gore Special to the NKyTribune “Here, take these binoculars and carefully look up on that high hill,” said Captain Owen “Red” Childress one night on the towboat M/V RAYMOND E. SALVATI in 1969. We were southbound coming down on Beeler Landing Light (Ohio River, Mile 619.3). Capt....

Nominations are now open for Kentucky Art’s Council’s 2022 Governor’s Award in the Arts

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations through July 15 for the 2022 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. The nomination process is coordinated by the arts council. Eligibility is specific to each of the nine award categories: • Milner Award – Outstanding...

Newport Aquarium committed to conservation and making difference in protecting ocean, animals

The Newport Aquarium celebrated the 30th anniversary of World Ocean’s Day this week, while visitors enjoyed a day filled with education and enrichment. The aquarium officially launched, “#SharkSummer”, an informative initiative where visitors learn how sharks impact the ecosystem, along with the important role they play in maintaining a healthy ocean. The Newport Aquarium Resource Conservation...

Rick Pender’s Oldest Cincinnati is deep dive into our history; did you know buffalo built first roads?

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter Covid was quite productive for Rick Pender. And it may very well prove to be financially successful as well. “I wrote a book,” he told the Northern Kentucky Tribune. “I started around April in 2020, and finished about eight months later.” It wasn’t a first for Pender, an Ohio native, journalist, author, tour guide and urban resident. His 100 Things to do...

30th Anniversary Italianfest starts tomorrow on Newport’s Riverboat Row; food, fun, entertainment

Staff report The 30th Anniversary Italianfest 2022 starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday on Newport’s Riverboat Row — featuring (as usual) multiple Italian Food Specialties, Live Music, History of Newport’s Italian Heritage and much more. Click image to go to website Kicking off summer festivals is the one that has everything — including a free bocce ball court– and it’s...

Kentucky by Heart: Learning to drive is a daunting task, Kyians share some of their rookie driver stories

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Recently noticing a sixteen-year-old neighbor preparing to take her car driver’s license test, I recalled my own experience many decades ago. Although I passed my written test easily, sitting alongside a policeman while he judged my fitness to drive an automobile on public roads — “the driver’s test” — was scary. You might say it was a genuine...

Our Rich History: Thomas More’s Education Dept.’s successes — travel abroad, birth of masters program

By Tom Ward Thomas More University    Part 48 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021”   The second part of this article on Thomas More’s Education Department will focus primarily on two developments: study abroad programs, and the process by which TMC eventually introduced a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and, subsequently, a Master...

The River: There are countless riverboats he never worked on — but he would’ve if he could’ve

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 In April 2019 By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Of the countless number of steamboats I never worked on, but “would’a if I could’a,”...

Lifeguards urgently needed to save Covington’s swimming season and keep it at full schedule

Covington Parks & Rec urgently needs to hire 10 more lifeguards to open its swimming facilities next week at full schedule. “We’re just desperate,” Parks & Rec Manager Ben Oldiges said. “If we’re not at full strength, the hours our pools are open might be curtailed, or the schedule will have to be shifted, meaning that one or both pools might be closed a day or two each week. That’s...

Covington takes steps, with limited options, on odors from a Fort Wright chemical plant near Latonia

Even while acknowledging “limited options” and “tied hands,” Covington officials say they’re taking steps in response to complaints about odors and emissions from a Fort Wright chemical plant located near the Latonia neighborhood. An incident in January that required a “shelter-in-place” order and a massive response from regional fire and hazardous materials teams brought new attention...

Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5 offers chance to fish license-free; special local events planned for kids

Try your hand at fishing in Kentucky at no charge during free fishing weekend, June 4-5. To help celebrate family fishing, several communities around the state are offering special free fishing events for kids on Saturday, June 4. With summer almost here, the first weekend of June is a great time to grab a fishing pole and enjoy spending time with family and friends at the state’s beautiful lakes,...

COV kicks off NKY Pride week with full slate of events culminating with Sunday’s Pride festival, Parade

Whether you call them “unicorns” or “gargicorns” (to play off their gargoyle-esque vibe), the concrete magical beasts donated to the NKY Pride Center and installed on top of its Pike Street building late last week arrived just in time: NKY Pride 2022 kicks off with a youth event today and culminates Sunday in The Cov with a parade, festival, and after-party drag show. The City of Covington...

Kentucky by Heart: Versailles resident Noel Parrish became field commander for Tuskegee Airmen

Last week I shared a story about a Tuskegee Airman, Harry Stewart, with a Kentucky connection. In March 1948, he parachuted to safety when his fighter plane crashed in the Butcher Hollow area of Kentucky’s Johnson County, home of then fifteen-year-old Loretta Webb, the future Loretta Lynn. Although Stewart left quietly from Johnson County a day after the crash, he was given a hero’s welcome with...