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Here are your choices for the constitutional offices you’ll be voting for on Election Day, November 5

First of two parts: Governor/Lt. Governor and Attorney General tomorrow as well as special local elections On Tuesday, November 5, voters will be choosing from these candidates to fill the constitutional offices of Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner and Secretary of State. If you need specific information about your polling place or to find your local ballots, visit GoVoteKy.com. Northern...

Today is DAY ONE of the NKyTribune’s NewsMatch campaign, reaching out for reader support

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune Editor Our readers should already know, but in case you don’t, the NKyTribune is a nonprofit newspaper, one of a growing body of nonprofit newsrooms across the country. Our emphasis is on local news and local public service. We are a group of professional journalists who believe in the importance of an informed citizenry to democracy, in honest and ethical reporting...

AAA: ‘Be safe and be seen’ on Halloween — don’t spoil a fun time by ignoring pedestrian safety

As excitement for Halloween builds, AAA has some important safety tips for little ghosts and goblins and those who will be out on the roads this Halloween. “Halloween is a fun time of the year for many, but it can also increase the threat to pedestrian safety and increase the risk for vehicle crashes due to impaired and distracted driving,” says Lori Weaver Hawkins, manager, public and...

Owenton man wins $225,000 on Kentucky Lottery Cash Ball, wife had to see it to believe it

An Owenton man, who wished to remain anonymous, stepped forward yesterday after discovering he was holding a Cash Ball 225 ticket worth $225,000. His winning ticket matched the four white ball numbers and the Cash Ball to win the game’s top prize from the October 26th drawing. (Line D on his ticket). He checked his ticket Sunday morning by calling the lottery’s winning numbers hotline.  After...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentucky Senator Richard Mentor Johnson led an interesting and controversial life

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist I have been reading The US Senate and the Commonwealth (University Press of Kentucky, 2019), by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and Roy Brownell II. It focuses on an overall study of senate leadership, along with a fascinating look at what the book calls “the colorful and vivid lives of fifteen Kentucky lawmakers, including Henry Clay, Alben Barkley, and John...

Our Rich History: James Taylor V and the first public school in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region

Part 4 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to the NKyTribune After the creation of Campbell County, Kentucky in 1795, a rivalry ensued between James Taylor V and John Grant, another early resident of the area, for the prize of securing the county seat for their respective towns. Taylor lobbied on behalf of Newport, while Grant advocated...

The River: As dense gray fog spread over river, word came of Capt. Charles Tandy Jones’ death at age 101

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 Like a light mist this past week, the first whispers of the death of Captain Charles Tandy Jones spilled from the steep banks of the Great...

Inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award presented to Kentucky author Wendell Berry

Kentucky author Wendell Berry received the inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award presented in a ceremony this week at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman introduces Wendell Berry at the ceremony recognizing Berry as the inaugural recipient of the Carl WestLiterary Award (provided photo). Presented by Kentucky Humanities,...

14 Funders’ Grants finalists to compete for $100,000 in funds at Oct. 29 event — need your vote

Next week, 14 nonprofits serving Northern Kentucky will take the stage and vie for the vote to double or more than double their prize for the evening. Every nonprofit will walk out with at least $5,000. Each NKY Funders’ Grants partner sponsoring a focus area will select a first-place winner to receive $7,500, and a second-place winner to receive $5,000. Additionally, an audience vote at the event...

NKyTribune joins as sponsor of St. Vincent de Paul’s annual coat drive for the needy; goal – 2500 coats

Staff report The Northern Kentucky Tribune is joining St. Vincent de Paul as a sponsor of its annual coat drive — and the goal is to collect 2500 coats to keep kids and adults warm this winter.Kicking off the drive — and getting ready to roll out the barrels.Just think: It’s a cold December morning, the windows are frosted and the thermostat is only set to 65 because Claire can’t afford...

Newport Aquarium introduces exhibit with two dozen baby alligators, limited time BOGO offer, watch video

Newport Aquarium has announced the addition of two dozen adorable baby alligators to the popular Gator Alley collection of exhibits. Guests will have the opportunity to see baby alligators swimming in the bayou and basking on its banks. The aquarium is celebrating their growing family with a Bayou Baby BOGO offer. Through November 3, buy one general admission ticket and get one of equal or lesser...

People of NKY: From Paris (France) fate led Catherine to Steve Hayden, then to Covington, a city with guts

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter How on earth does a French woman, born and raised in Paris, end up living in Covington, Kentucky?   At the pyramids of Giza near Cairo, Egypt in August of 1986.  The exotic beginning of a life together. (Photo provided by Catherine Hayden)Now, I didn’t say Paris, Kentucky.  I mean Paris, France. Catherine Hayden started learning English at the age of eleven...

Kentucky by Heart: Phyllis Abbott on mission to help women veterans through Lady Veterans Connect

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist The mention of Trapp Elementary School, in rural Clark County, brings up fond memories for me, as well as legions of others who have experienced its magic. It’s simply a building now, no longer a place of learning for children in the community, a victim of public school consolidation as a cost-saving measure. The small school was a perfect match for me as I began...

Our Rich History: Amid great trials, Bishop Maes built a great Covington cathedral ‘to speak for centuries’

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the NKyTribune (Part two of a series on the legacy of Bishop Camillus P. Maes. For part one, click here.) Old St. Mary Cathedral on Eighth Street in 1888, shortly after Maes became Bishop of Covington. The roof leaked constantly and the brickwork was falling apart. (Archives of the Diocese of Covington.)Bishop Camillus Paul Maes had hardly been bishop six months when...

The River: A week on a ‘quiet’ river, turning cold, was really packed with activity — and work

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 Last Sunday, the 13th of October at the former McKinley Elementary School, now the Irish Heritage Center in Cincinnati, I received my first...