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Eagle Watch Weekends offered at three Kentucky State Parks in January, February; register in advance

Kentucky State Parks are offering Eagle Watch Weekends at three state parks during January and February 2020. Guests can see bald eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat along the shores of Kentucky Lake. Kentucky State Parks have been offering eagle tours for more than 40 years. The tours are led by state park naturalists and staff from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The...

Can you guess what the top checked-out books/DVDs were at Kenton library over 2019? The decade?

Check out what was checked out the most in 2019 and the decade at the Kenton County Library. Get ready for family trivia. How many have you read/seen? Top Checked-Out Items, 2019 Adult Fiction: 1 Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens 2 The Reckoning, John Grisham 3 Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty 4 The Chef, James Patterson 5 The First Lady, James Patterson Adult Nonfiction 1 Girl, Wash...

Snow Banks at The Banks to feature attractions by Academy Award-winning special effects producer

Snow Banks at The Banks, a new attraction created by the retailers at The Banks, is touted as the “Greatest Show in Cincinnati Snow.”  It will feature a dozen live snow features by Academy Award-winning special effects producer Dieter Sturm, with film credits including “Fargo” and “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” to name a few. Friday evenings in January, from 5-9 p.m., will feature an...

Kentucky by Heart: Highs and lows for 2019 — and learning from things to forge a better future in 2020

By Steve Flairty Special to NKyTribune The year 2019 just ended for me with a procession of highs and lows. Guess that’s quite normal; but, being the analytical guy I am often spurs me to sort out the learnable things and make them work for a better future. First, here’s a recap. Aunt MaeIt was exciting to release my seventh book, the fifth volume of Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes; along with it,...

Our Rich History: First settler in Newport, Jacob Fowler was a surveyor, adventurer and deputy sheriff

Part 11 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020′ By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune Before the founding of Newport and Covington and before Ohio, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico existed as states, Jacob Fowler was there. Jacob Fowler was born in New Jersey in 1764. By the time of the American Revolution, Fowlers were already living...

The River: Remembering a year of river tales, great friends, explorations, adventures and still hangin’ on

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 It’s been 108 weeks, over two years, since I started writing this river column for the Northern Kentucky Tribune. This addition is also...

Couple’s beloved farm a perfect gift; 342 acres in Henry County donated as state nature preserve

The land in rural Henry County had everything that Eugene Lacefield was looking for. It was an interesting plot complete with woods, hills and hollows, the last farm on a dead-end road. So, he and his wife Mary Margaret Lowe purchased the land in 1978. Eugene Lacefield on the land he and his wife, Mary Margaret Lowe, donated for a state nature preserve (provided photos). Over the next few decades,...

Covington toyshop owner promotes play for all ages with real-life Secret Garden, sidewalk rocket ship

By Jessalynne Scisco NKyTribune feature writer According to George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Sandi Stonebraker, owner of Stoney’s Village Toy ShopSandi Stonebraker, owner of Stoney’s Village Toy Shop in Covington, has made it her mission to promote play to kids of all ages. Stonebraker did not start out selling toys....

Beshear to renovate Governor’s Mansion for first time since 1983; family will live there fulltime

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Like any family who has moved into a new home, especially one that is over 100 years old, Gov. Andy Beshear says he plans to have some renovating done on the Governor’s Mansion. 
“Being the first full-time family in decades to live in the Governor’s Mansion,” Beshear said, “I wanted to be transparent that we’re going to be doing some work over there.” The...

Annual Northern Kentucky Christmas Day Dinner sponsored by Sunday Morning Club feeds hundreds

For the 32nd year, The Annual Northern Kentucky Christmas Day Dinner sponsored by the Sunday Morning Club will take place at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. More than 400 volunteers will serve a holiday dinner to as many as 2,000 needy families and individuals in the community. Children will visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and receive toys, while children and adults will receive blankets,...

Kentucky by Heart: Mike Howard went from ‘black sheep’ to beloved ‘Mountain Santa,’ the legend

Because Christmas is all about traditions, we are offering this traditional Kentucky by Heart column on Mike Howard, the Mountain Santa who, sadly, has passed away. But like the Christmas spirit in all of this, his spirit lives on in his legacy of generosity to others. Merry Christmas — and happy memories.) By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Mike Howard remembers with dismay the negative reputation...

Our Rich History: In the WWII Battle of Hürtgen Forest, troops were scattered ‘from hell to breakfast’

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the NKyTribune Part 5 in an ongoing series commemorating the 75th anniversary of the last year of WWII. December commemorates the Battle of the Bulge. In this installment, we continue with true stories of Cincinnati area soldiers Arthur B. Pranger and Harold “Mat” Matson. Harold “Mat” Matson of Company B, 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion, poses for his photograph...

The River: Just another adventure for the books as friends and river rats come to the rescue

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 According to the weather reports I’ve been following, there’s no snow forecast for Christmas this year. Old Santa’s going to be battling...

UK raises starting pay, improves workforce benefits for team that ‘makes possible an incredible dream’

By Sarah Geegan and Jay Blanton UK Now Saying it is “the right thing to do,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Thursday that beginning July 1, 2020, the starting wage for regular employees will increase from $10.40 an hour to $12.50. “We have a wonderful team of employees that makes possible an incredible dream,” Capilouto said. “And we want to be competitive and lead...

Ludlow students in afterschool program make mosaic benches for River Cities Public Art Project

By Jill Morenz Catalytic Fund Students from the afterschool program at Ludlow Independent Schools recently unveiled three mosaic benches they made as part of the Celebrate the River Cities Public Art Project. The project is an initiative of the Catalytic Fund and the Ludlow benches were funded with a grant from ArtsWave. Jill Morenz, Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic...