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Experts say pandemic EBT grocery money for families will help boost Kentucky economy

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service September is Hunger Action Month, and advocates say the latest round of federal Pandemic EBT and Summer EBT will give Kentucky’s economy a boost of more than $267 million while helping families put food on the table. Pandemic EBT is the national program established last year at the beginning of the COVID crisis. It provides cash for groceries to low-income...

Perfetti Van Melle donates 23,000 lbs. of candy as part of Ky. Department of Agriculture Hunger Initiative

Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles spoke about the importance of adding an element of sweet surprise to food-insecure families when they receive food bank donations during a ceremony at God’s Pantry Food Bank in Winchester Thursday. At left is Perfetti Van Melle Communications Manager Holly Ingram. (Photo from Ky. Dept. of Agriculture) A “sweet” donation is bringing smiles to people...

Latest CPE report highlights programs that prepare minority, low-income students for paths to pay equity

A new report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education highlights academic programs that prepare underrepresented minority (URM) and low-income students for high-demand occupations with earnings that match or exceed their peers. The report, “Analysis on Workforce Preparedness and Early Career Outcomes for Underrepresented Minority and Low-Income Status Students in Kentucky,” identified...

Analysis: If someone you know is taking (or considering) horse dewormer for COVID, share this

By Heather Chapman The Rural Blog Demand is surging nationwide for ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug typically used for livestock, based on unsubstantiated claims that it can help COVID-19 patients. How bad is it? A Las Vegas-area feed store is requiring customers to show a picture of themselves with their horse before they can buy it, and the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease...

Kentucky by Heart: ‘Deadheading’ away the bad, and making way for nature’s new and better way forward

Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Early in my life and especially through my teenage years, the term “deadhead” meant something like what my mother used to good-naturedly call me when I got up in the morning and showed little energy. But as an avid gardener today, the same term has become a verb — and one that brings much personal satisfaction. Deadheading means to remove spent (dead or...

Our Rich History: Hillenmeyer Lecture Series has celebrated intellectual thought at TMU for 50 years

By David E. Schroeder Special to the NKyTribune Part 10 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021. The Hillenmeyer Distinguished Lecture Series has been a part of academic life at Thomas More University since 1975. The endowed series was established by the Hillenmeyer family of Lexington in 1972 to honor their uncle, Msgr. Herbert F. Hillenmeyer, a long-time...

The River: Turning to an old-fashioned journal in the footlocker to spur some rich memories

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 is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune With the recent loss of my young steamboat buddy, Madison Berry, I have no confidants “in the know” within the fluvial community...

The Carnegie’s latest theatrical production offers emotional journey to the ‘End of the Rainbow’

Judy Garland was a star of stage and screen whose talent was unparalleled in its time. Her personal journey, however, was not always filled with sunshine and happiness. Now, The Carnegie will explore and celebrate her legacy when it travels to the ‘End of the Rainbow’ at Covington Plaza Outdoor Amphitheater this September. Set in 1968, End of the Rainbow finds Judy Garland set firmly on...

Campbell County Public Library makes fine-free policy implemented due to pandemic permanent

The Campbell County Public Library is now permanently fine-free. Patrons may return their items without the worry of late fines, no matter how overdue they are. Fines were paused in March 2020 during the pandemic, which saw an overwhelmingly positive response and the return of many items once considered lost. The fine-free model is here to stay, meaning that there are no longer late fines on books,...

Covington officials seeking ideas for Austinburg Park rehab project prior to Friday night’s outdoor movie

The City of Covington is asking residents of the Austinburg neighborhood to get their mental “vision boards” ready. Before the opening credits roll on Friday night’s outdoor movie, “A Dog’s Life,” at Austinburg Neighborhood Park, look around and give some thought on what might make the park a better place to gather — More playground equipment? Pavilions? Bike racks? —...

CVG Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team honored for heroic organ delivery during snowstorm

You may recall the harrowing dash to deliver an organ from CVG Airport to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center during a major snowstorm back in February. CVG Airport’s first responders who reacted swiftly and courageously were recently recognized by the American Association of Airport Executives “for valor and commitment to excellence in the field of aircraft fire fighting and rescue...

Kentucky by Heart: A look at some great resources for the connoisseur of ‘all things Kentucky’

As a connoisseur of “all things Kentucky,” I continually look to discover new information and available resources about our state by simply doing internet searches and seeing what pops up. Here’s a few results of a recent look, posed as questions and how to find answers: Where can I find out more about groundwater and water wells on my Kentucky land? The University of Kentucky has a great website...

Our Rich History: Mother of God celebrates 150th anniversary of dedication of its magnificent church

By Paul A. Tenkotte, PhD Special to NKyTribune In September 1871 — 150 years ago – Mother of God Parish in Covington, Kentucky dedicated its second (and present) church building. Ulysses S. Grant was president of the United States, the Most Rev. Augustus Toebbe was the new Bishop of Covington, the Roebling suspension bridge was barely five years old, and the heartbreak of the Civil War still...

The River: The Captain remembers with love and fondness the best ‘River Gal’ he ever knew

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 is a part of a long and continuing story. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Today, Sunday, August 22nd, 2021, is the tenth anniversary of the loss of one of the most preeminent “River Gals” I ever knew –...

First Taste the Cov weekend Sept. 16-19 to showcase Covington’s diverse and growing culinary offerings

Renaissance Covington and MeetNKY have announced Covington’s first-ever restaurant weekend, Taste the Cov, from Thursday, September 16 to Sunday, September 19. Taste the Cov is a perfect time for foodies to take a culinary tour throughout the city’s diverse and lauded food scene. With over 20 participating restaurants, diners can rest assured knowing they will find the perfect place to satisfy...