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Kentucky by Heart: Recalling radio and television personality, and Kentucky native, Durward Kirby

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Hey, old-timers (like me). Do you remember the name “Durward Kirby”? Let me see if I can jog your memory… When I could find time away from the chores and tobacco farming of my family’s small farm while a child, I watched a lot of television shows. It was in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and you might call it the period of the ‘Dark Ages’...

Our Rich History: Dr. Charles Bensman, 10th president of Thomas More College and road to 1990s

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 27 of our series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” Bishop William Hughes and Charles Bensman on the day of President Bensman’s inauguration. (Courtesy of Kenton County Public Library) It was in the spring of 1986 that the search for Thomas More College’s 10th President was conducted. On June 9, 1986, the...

The River: Miscellaneous reflections of a life fully lived on the river — gathering rosebuds while I may

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 part of a long and continuing story. (Editor’s Note: We are repeating some of the Captain’s favorite columns, this one from 2019, because his stories never get old, and because he is taking a personal break...

Newport’s Costume Gallery is part of wardrobe design team for latest movie to film in Cincinnati

Costume Gallery at 638 Monmouth Street in Newport is part of the wardrobe Design Team for “Shirley,” the latest motion picture to film in Cincinnati. Joy Galbraith and her daughter, Liz Galbraith, are part of the Wardrobe Design Team and have been busy behind the scenes designing and sewing 1970’s period correct wardrobe items for the actors. Principal photography began last month for...

KHEAA money tip for students: Students encouraged to take advantage of these programs this tax season

Income tax filing season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the tax preparation process go more smoothly. “Kentucky’s economy has experienced historic growth over the past two years,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “In order to continue that growth, we need to help even more Kentuckians access higher...

OKI develops innovative tool for environmental mitigation; Boone conservation district studies bats

A nationally acclaimed, innovative environmental mitigation tool developed by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) is already having a positive impact on two local agencies. The Environmental Mitigation Sustainability Modeler (EMSM) tool could “revolutionize how environmental mitigation is assessed in the OKI region,” said Dr. Margaret Minzner, Ed.D., senior environmental...

Park Hills Tree Board sets goal of planting 1,382 trees (one per household) over the next two years

The Tree Board of Park Hills approved the goal of planting 1,382 trees (one per household) in Park Hills over the next two years. Planting “Just One Tree” per household through the various programs implemented in Park Hills will make tremendous progress towards the goal of reforesting the city. Trees increase property values, reduce energy costs and improve quality of life as well as remove air...

Kentucky by Heart: Looking forward to covering new ground in ‘literary year’ full of great books and writing

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist I always look forward to my upcoming “literary year,” which I define, simply, as what I read and write. There’s something about the freshness and desire to plow new grounds — yet, to continue to cultivate what seems to be productive and hope that the harvest grows. It’s also a good time to shake loose the bad or unproductive habits with words; I’ll...

Our Rich History: Dr. Ron Mielech, its ‘heart and soul,’ and the Thomas More College Theatre program

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 26 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II” Thomas More College/University 1971-2021 Dr. Ronald Albert Mielech (1931-2018) has always been respected and appreciated as the heart and soul of the Thomas More College Theatre Program. Many talented faculty and successful graduates were mentored by the man known affectionately as “Doc.” Dr. Ron...

The River: A half-century of steamboat memories, all the experiences, really are just a ‘moment in time’

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. (Editor’s Note: We are repeating the Captain’s column from May 2021, because his stories never get old, and because he is taking a personal break due to the health of his...

Former coach Tubby Smith honored at Rupp Arena with loud roar, banner; but ‘Cats win 92-48

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky honored one of its former coaches and then took care of business to close out the calendar year on Friday. The Wildcats welcomed back former coach Tubby Smith, who led the school to it seventh national championship in 1998, retired a jersey in his honor and then collected their fourth straight victory with a 92-48 win over Smith’s High Point squad. It was...

This weekend in Covington: Plenty to do and most of it involves bidding farewell to ’21 and welcoming ’22

City of Covington As one might imagine, there’s plenty to do this weekend in Covington and most of it involves bidding farewell to 2021 and welcoming 2022. There are a lot of ways to celebrate the New Year in The Cov. In an igloo. In a garage. Nibbling on appetizers. Dining on smoked meats. Watching the ball drop. Donning a bow tie and sequins. Wearing your favorite well-worn jeans. In all scenarios,...

NAMI NKY knows the poignant human stories behind mental illness — and offers programs to help

National Alliance on Mental Illness NKY If you had not lived it, you wouldn’t believe Norma’s story. She came to NAMI eight years ago as a client. She and her husband had raised their own daughters, then a young man with cystic fibrosis. Just when they felt they might enjoy middle age, enter her widowed brother with PTSD, a drug addicted 20-year-old nephew Cary with pregnant 16-year-old...

Woody Keown of National Underground Railroad Freedom Center reflects on life of Desmond Tutu

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center mourns the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “Archbishop Tutu lived a life dedicated to equity and freedom, to love of his fellow man,” said Woody Keown Jr., president and COO of the NURFC. “He received some of the world’s highest accolades for justice for his advocacy and his work, including the Nobel Peace Prize and our own International...

Kentucky by Heart: Recent tornados in Western Kentucky bring out the best in our fellow Kyians

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist The rude December 10-11 intrusion of the ferocious weather damage visited upon the lives of western Kentucky communities was terrible, but the catastrophe also is bringing the best out of fellow Kentuckians. Following are some examples I found perusing newspapers and hearing from friends, though they might well represent only a few grains of sand in a large sandbox;...