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KFB Marketbasket Survey shows slight decrease in food prices for second straight quarter

The most recent Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey indicates a slight decrease to the overall cost of food in the fourth quarter of 2018. However, the average marketbasket price showed an overall increase for the year, going from $115.07 in 2017 to $116.92 in 2018. The final 2018 survey is still lower than the final marketbasket of 2016 which was $118.87. The Marketbasket Survey is taken...

Newport Aquarium kicks off 20th anniversary with opening of new exhibit, free child admission offer

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Newport Aquarium began celebrating its 20th Anniversary Tuesday with the opening of a new exhibit, Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles Reeftown Adventure. Newport Aquarium Executive Director Eric Rose with Bubbles of the PBS Kids show Splash and Bubbles. Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles Reeftown Adventure is the latest exhibit at the Newport Aquarium (photos...

Kentucky by Heart: Reviewing some well-written Kentucky books of the ‘can’t put it down’ variety

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Over the course of a year, I review dozens of books by local authors from all around Kentucky. A good many are of mediocre quality, at best, but I also run across some very fine ones that are well-written and of the “can’t put it down” variety. Most recently, I came across The People Up the Holler, by Roger Guffey. It’s a book of short stories inspired...

Our Rich History: One of the early Chinese families in the CIncinnati region was the Wong family

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Note: This article follows Chinese style, where the family name is given first (Wong) and the personal name second. Chinese immigrants to the United States have helped to forge the American landscape, from playing a major role in the settlement of the state of California to building the nation’s first transcontinental railroad to excelling in the arts and...

The River: The story starts in 1991 as Vanna White cuts the ribbon opening casino boat gambling. . .

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 April Fool’s Day 1991. Aboard the DIAMOND LADY on the Upper Mississippi River at Bettendorf, Iowa, the letter-turning, game show hostess...

Kenton County Cooperative Extension offers seminar on managing wildlife in the home landscape

Wild animals in home landscapes are fascinating and maddening at the same time. Learn how to prevent damage to your home and yard with the Kenton County Cooperative Extension and Kenton County Parks & Recreation at their “Managing Wildlife in the Home Landscape” on Tuesday, January 22, from 6-8 p.m. This event will be held at the Kenton County Cooperative Extension Office in the Wicklund Room...

Time to take out your Christmas tree: A third of home fires related to them happen in January

If you’re having trouble parting with your Christmas tree, here’s a fact to motivate you: One-third (33 percent) of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. With this potential fire hazard in mind, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly encourages everyone to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season. “Christmas trees...

Elizabethtown native, Christopher Watts, is in new NBC reality show, ‘Titans,’ starting tonight

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A new TV reality show premiering Thursday on NBC will feature a Kentucky native as one of the competitors. Christopher Watts 
Thirty-three-year-old Christopher Watts, whose hometown is Elizabethtown, will be one of contestants in “The Titan Games.”  The show’s producers say it will offer everyday people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in remarkable...

Here are the most popular baby names in every state in 2017; is your favorite baby name here?

Every year the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases new data on the most popular baby names by state, and in 2017, there were some clear winners who racked up points across the country. Photo from Womens Health So, which are the most popular names? If you’re curious, here’s a hint — Liam, William, Olivia, and Emma mean business across the country. In Kentucky, the favorite girl’s...

100-year-old WWII veteran William Pollard dies; recently awarded French Legion of Honor

A 100-year-old World War II veteran from Kentucky, who was recently awarded the French Legion of Honor, has died. 
Retired U. S. Army Lt. Col. William Pollard of Henry County received France’s highest military decoration from French Consul General Guillaume Lacroix during a Nov. 19 ceremony at the State Capitol Rotunda. Lt. Col. William Pollard 
Pollard, then a 25-year-old first lieutenant, was...

Kentucky by Heart: And, to the letter, sharing big plans and good wishes for this brand new year

By Steve Flairty Special to NKyTribune I have big plans for 2019, and probably not surprisingly for you, the readers, they entail a great emphasis on informing others about this special place where I’ve lived nearly all my life, the Bluegrass State. Please indulge me as I share a few of those plans, and may you adopt some of them for YOUR plans for the new year! Here they are, acrostically written...

Our Rich History: The Toledo War — Ohio versus Michigan; it was nearly bloodless

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune You may think this is a story about the football rivalry between the Ohio State University and the University of Michigan — it is not. Long before that famous rivalry was born, Ohioans and Michiganders had another reason to battle, Ohio’s border with Michigan, including Toledo and the surrounding lands. This border dispute caused armies of militiamen from...

The River: As the New Year approaches, it’s time for remembrances of the year past — and the stories told

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 As New Year’s 2019 is but a day away, and if my calculations are correct, this is the fifty-sixth River Column I’ve written for the NKy...

Campbell County Public Library offers activities for adults, children at all branches in January

The Campbell County Public Library operates four branches. The Cold Spring Branch is located at 3920 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring, phone 859-781-6166. The Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch is located at 1000 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas, phone 859-572-5033. The Newport Branch is located at 901 E. Sixth St. in Newport, phone 859-572-5035. The Alexandria Branch is located at 8830 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria,...

Beth Underwood: With the new year right around the corner, it’s time for some much-needed tidying up

Dad has a cord for every occasion. Need an ethernet cable? He’s your man. Looking for an extension cord? Ask Dad. Phone charger on the fritz? Dad can slice and dice you a new one with pieces and parts. He saves up for opportunities like that, because one never knows when a spare electrical cord could come in handy. I guess you could say I come by it honestly. Through the years, I’ve developed...