A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Canine ‘Lucy Lou’ Kayser, former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate has died

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate Lucy Lou has died. Mayor Lucy Lou (photos courtesy of Bobbi Layne Kayser) The 12-year-old border collie died Monday from kidney failure attributed to her age, according to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. Lucy Lou lived her whole life in Rabbit Hash and was a familiar face in the community, with...

Kentucky by Heart: Liberty Elementary ‘purncipal’ Gerry Brooks offers fun relief from classroom stress

Editor’s Note: The following is reprinted column from the August issue of Kentucky Monthly. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist “Purncipal” Gerry Brooks promotes positive “edjercation” leadership tied in with a steady diet of funny stuff for his teachers at Liberty Elementary School in Lexington. And in recent years, the good-natured frivolity he shares, mostly via social media, has...

Our Rich History: A 14,000 mile per hour shaking, Cincinnati and the New Madrid earthquakes

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune On December 16, 1811, Cincinnati was shaking loose its “frontier town” reputation — literally. The city had grown to over 2,000 residents and had about 360 buildings. Mostly gone were the log cabins, replaced with brick, wood frame, and even stone structures. The burgeoning city now stretched to a northern boundary of Seventh Street. The only American...

The River: The John Henry was first boat I owned, but met a sad end; starting a recycling business

By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune The JOHN HENRY, built in 1937 on the Saginaw River at Bay City, Michigan, just off Lake Huron, and rebuilt on the Ohio River in 1961, was the first boat I owned. The JOHN HENRY, built in 1937 on the Saginaw River at Bay City, Michigan, just off Lake Huron, and rebuilt on the Ohio River in 1961, was the first boat I owned. At 28-feet long and seven-tons...

Notre Dame Academy to present honorary diploma to scholarship recipient 75 years later

Although Margaret Ann Koeninger was offered a four-year scholarship to Notre Dame Academy in 1943, she was unable to take advantage of the opportunity to attend NDA or receive a high school diploma until now. On Monday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m., Notre Dame Academy’s President Dr. Laura Koehl and Principal Mr. Jack VonHandorf will make a surprise presentation of an honorary NDA diploma to Margaret...

Chef Foster: On college trip with son, we discovered while food can be great — service really matters

It isn’t often that I get a chance to sit and observe from the other side of the kitchen door. Most of my life and career has been spent in a kitchen or a classroom, playing an active role in the process of making and serving food to the general public. Even in my other food-related activities, like writing this column or helping out in a community garden, it is an action taken, not observed...

Poll shows new shared parenting law popular among Kentuckians; joint custody is the legal presumption

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Kentucky became a national leader with a new law supporting shared parenting rights, and new polling shows it’s a policy supported by many Kentuckians. HB 528 went into effect July 1. And in cases of permanent separation, it makes joint custody the legal presumption if both parents are considered fit caregivers. Now a new survey of Kentucky voters by Public...

Bellevue’s annual Art in the Park is Saturday, with artists, crafstpeople from throughout the region

NKyTribune staff Bellevue will be at its best on Saturday, September 8, for the 18th annual Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s when the Bellevue Beach park is transformed into an art event that will appeal to all of your senses. It’s a truly delightful community event that brings together more than eight artists and craftspeople from all over the region and beyond. The Culinary...

Kentucky by Heart: More popular book selections; Kentucky Playwrights and Screenwriters Conference

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series on what books are popular among Kentuckians. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Over in Mt. Sterling, Cynthia Wilson has read both Rob Lowe’s biographies, Love Life and Stories I Only Tell My Friends. “They were stellar,” she said. “He’s a very good writer and painfully open about his life, yet very discrete. Now I’m reading...

Our Rich History: Benjamin Van Cleve, child of the Revolution, Kentucky Settler, Father of Dayton, Ohio

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune It is very exciting in historical research to find figures who touch the early history of more than one place. Finding someone who was an original settler in two places and a citizen of a third is truly remarkable. Even more remarkable is how these figures fade from the historical records, their stories forgotten. One such figure in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati...

The River: Great Skiff Race; an adventure to become rowing champion of the Great Kanawha River

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. The is a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune In the late 1970’s, I acquired a plywood Weaver Skiff which once belonged to Captain John Beatty. I had more fun with that boat than...

City of Newport releases regulations, information on traffic restrictions, street closures, for Riverfest

The City of Newport will participate in Riverfest today, along with Cincinnati and Covington. Many months of preparation are involved with this one-day celebration.  The City will have additional security officers on-site from the Kentucky National Guard, Campbell County and other cities to maintain safety and traffic control. Reminder: Such a large venue requires some regulations, including: DO...

Chef John Foster: Late summer, early fall offer the perfect opportunity to kick up the heat in the kitchen

Hard to remember that a few weeks ago I was writing about cooler weather and the change of seasons. It’s hot and steamy, and not much fun to eat and cook in. The bugs have been much worse than in the past so grilling out has become a test of our willpower versus theirs. We’re a little late for gazpacho. Chilled melon soup has run its course. You can still get watermelon, and cantaloupe, but less...

EKU researchers studying copperheads in Red River Gorge, seek to minimize human-snake interaction

They come from all over the country for the rock climbing, the hiking and, of course, the rugged, breathtaking scenery. But visitors to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge sometimes encounter copperhead snakes when they interact with the environment. Funded primarily by grants from the U.S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, a team of Eastern Kentucky...

KY Arts Council accepting nominations for next Kentucky Poet Laureate; deadline Oct. 1

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate. The next poet laureate will serve for two years starting in 2019, succeeding current Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock, who has served since 2017. The state poet laureate is appointed biennially by the Governor to promote the literary arts in Kentucky through readings and public presentations at meetings, seminars,...