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Kentucky by Heart: Brothers appearance in Sweet Sixteen would have made their grandfather proud

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Uncle Donnie would have been “bustin’ his buttons” proud this past week watching his two grandsons play basketball for the Campbell County Camels in the 2019 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen. He’d love the fact that his alma mater’s team had “gone to state” and his daughter Tracey’s twins, Grant and Reid Jolly, were important cogs in its...

Our Rich History: 150th Anniversary of the Reds, remembering defeat of Newport Wiedemann Brewers

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune Part 1 of a three-part series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Reds As all our region’s baseball fans look to opening day and wonder where and how much players like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will sign for, there was a time even the best players had to scrape by to make a living. Many attribute the poor pay and treatment of early baseball...

The River: The most versatile person on a riverboat crew is the deckhand who has quite a toolkit

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Perhaps, the most versatile, all-around person on a riverboat crew is the deckhand. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, degrees of intelligence, and now, sex. Women, as well as men, can occasionally, be seen tossing lines, sooging decks, painting, making locks, and whatever else the mate or captain has in mind to accomplish in what was an all-male world...

‘Lineillism’ creator, late Kentucky painter Jim Hall, honored by state House; exhibits, sales scheduled

By Ryan Johnson Special to NKyTribune Lawmakers in Frankfort gave a standing ovation during their session Wednesday, honoring a late Kentucky-born artist who created a new art form. Painter Jim Hall developed his Lineillism technique after a case of the Shingles virus temporarily marred his vision, causing him to see in all vertical lines. Hall feared he was going blind but instead of panicking, he...

NKY Restoration Weekend coming up, celebrating ‘old’ and helping historic homes remain assets

NKY Restoration Weekend is Saturday at Newport Intermediate School, 95 West 9th Street. It’s a free event on a myriad of topics about historic houses and neighborhoods. Sessions start at 9 a.m. but participants are urged to come early to check in and have coffee and nosh, thanks to Fresh Thyme and Newport Starbucks. Lunch will be noon-1:30 p.m. The closing session is at 3:30 p.m., followed by...

New music ensemble celebrates imagery and artistry at Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts

Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts welcomes new music ensemble Zohn Collective on March 20, performing an evening of modern piano trios in collaboration with videographer José Camacho and famed, Mexican cartoonist, José Ignacio Solórzano (a.k.a. “Jis”).  All works on the program relate to the idea of music as a powerful gateway to memory. Audience members may recognize the...

NKY Bluebird Trail Monitors meeting and nestwatch training session at Kenton County Public Works

Kenton County Parks & Recreation will be hosting a NestWatch training for our NKY Bluebird Trail Monitors. It will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at Kenton County Public Works (420 Independence Station Road, Independence). A light lunch will be served. This fun, informative meeting is for those interested in our feathered friends. This is for those that volunteer...

Kentucky by Heart: James Duane Bolin pens first in-depth, critical biography of ‘Baron of the Bluegrass’

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist There was a day when collegiate basketball in America was “just a sport,” when college gyms were marginal — often smaller and less attractive than those of today’s high schools — and most followers did so from sources via radio, newspapers, and information from friends. No cable TV, no ESPN, no 24-hour coverage… and March Madness as we know...

Our Rich History 150 years ago, politics and racism polarized Americans; the role of Sen. John Sherman

Second of two parts By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune In last week’s column, we learned how racism in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio made the passage of the 15th Amendment—granting the right to vote to all males regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude”—an uphill battle. Although the legislatures of these three states eventually approved the amendment, lively debate...

The River: Everyone dreams of a paddlewheeler (and there’s much to love), but know they are work

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Everybody thinks they want a paddlewheeler. “They’re so cute,” someone gushed. Or: “When I win the lottery I’m going to buy me a paddlewheel boat.” But if a rookie dreamer had one, how many would have the faintest clue how much maintenance and upkeep a wooden wheel requires to remain functional and looking smart? Perhaps winning the lottery should...

Sobering photos on Black Balloon Day show drug overdose human loss — but reach out with hope

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Gabrielle Deaton has been on the wrong side of the heroin epidemic. Now that she’s been sober for eight years, she is determined to help others find their way out of the epidemic that takes far too many lives in our region. That’s why she started Black Balloon Day in Northern Kentucky. Black Balloon Day is a national and international event, but Deaton brought...

ComedySportz Cincinnati to hold shows each Saturday for two months at The Ludlow Theatre

The Ludlow Theatre/BIRCUS Brewing Co. will present ComedySportz Cincinnati for a two-month run of shows each Saturday from 3-5 p.m. in March and April.   A family-friendly experience for all, ComedySportz Cincinnati opened in 2017 and was voted “Best Improv Comedy Night Out” by Cincinnati Magazine (2018). ComedySportz is proudly produced by OTRimprov. A ComedySportz match features two teams of...

AAA: Think you’re in the car more? You’re right. Americans spend 70 billion hours behind the wheel

Americans spend an additional 20 minutes driving each week compared to 2014, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Over the course of the year, Americans collectively spend 70 billion hours behind the wheel—an 8 percent increase since 2014. Each week, drivers travel more than 220 miles. Add it up, and Americans drive an average of 11,498 miles each year—the equivalent...

People of NKY: Fritz Kuhlmann lives a creative life to the fullest — and, right now, he’s on phase three

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune Fritz Kuhlmann is at the beginning of phase three of a very creative life.   Growing up in Greenhills, Ohio, his first step on this path was in the Performing Arts.  Fritz at his desk enjoying the fruits of hard-won computer expertise. In the late sixties and early seventies, an era ripe for social change and expression, the American Theatre had at its center...

Kentucky by Heart: From ‘splittin’ jeans’ to splitting genes, Pendleton County native earned Nobel Prize

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Rural Kentucky had a big part to play in the awarding of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. That’s because Dr. Phillip Sharp, who accepted the international award along with Richard J. Roberts, was raised on a tobacco farm near Falmouth, along the Licking River, in Pendleton County. Put simply, the prize recognized the two’s work to “split”...