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Kentucky By Heart: Nobody is ‘crazier about the ‘Cats’ than long-time sports writer Jamie Vaught

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist If you are a Kentuckian or have been around these parts for a long time, to be “crazy about the Cats” is an expression that likely resonates. Most often, it refers to the abiding love that fans have for the Kentucky Wildcats college basketball team. It might also refer to UK’s football or other of their sports teams as well, but most often, it’s a hoops...

Our Rich History: Newport, a gateway to the South during Civil War; loyalties were divided, Newport Barracks was union

Part 18 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune The state of Kentucky was in a conundrum during the American Civil War. On the one hand, it was the birthplace of the Great Emancipator, President Abraham Lincoln. On the other hand, although it officially remained in the Union as a neutral “border state,” Kentuckians’...

The River: Wash your hands, take a respite from the crisis for a trip down memory river; wash your hands

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 Although a long and clear memory has been a blessing with vivid recollections of World War II and everything that happened since; nothing...

Our normal lives are interrupted for the novel COVID-19; here are cancellations, postponements for now

This story has been updated Staff report Our normal lives as we know them have been put on hold for at least a few weeks, as most school schedules and public events have been canceled or postponed. Hospitals and nursing homes are limiting visitors. Concern over the novel Coronavirus-19, which spreads quickly through crowds and can be deadly to certain vulnerable populations, is driving the suspension...

Kenton County Parks hosts NKY Bluebird Trail Monitors meeting/training, Spring Break Mini Camp

Kenton County Parks & Recreation will host a NestWatch training for its NKY Bluebird Trail Monitors on Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Kenton County Public Works (420 Independence Station Road, Independence). A light lunch will be served. This fun, informative meeting is for those interested in our feathered friends. It is for those that volunteer and those that are interested...

Tim Hanner finds his perfect match (for a kidney); she is former student Alyssa Vanderpool, now a teacher

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Retired educator Tim Hanner just got two big doses of good news – first, he found the perfect match for his new life-saving kidney, and second, he got the very best affirmation for how he has lived a life worth saving. Alyssa Vanderpool was a student of Hanner’s when he taught middle school at Woodland Middle School. “I adored him,” she said. “He was that...

People of NKY: Amy Strother Hamant wanted a different kind of life — and has had them all

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Amy Strother Hamant is a true Northern Kentuckian by origin and life beginnings. She grew up in Edgewood with her salesman dad, mom, and three older sisters. She went to school and graduated from Villa Madonna Academy located in Villa Hills, nearby. It was a typical suburban life. Scott and Amy Hamant with Al, their good mutt. (Al is short for Almuerzo, Spanish...

Kentucky by Heart: Highlighting some of Kentucky’s female heroes during Women’s History Month

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist It’s Women’s History Month in the United States, and I’m excited to highlight some of the special Kentucky women I’ve written about in the Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes book series since it was launched in 2008. For sure, these individuals have touched the state of Kentucky; they’ve also had influences outside the state. Their contributions to foster...

Our Rich History: New era begins as St. Augustine builds new church, school for people of Peaselburg

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the NKyTribune This is the third part of a five-part series on the 150th anniversary of St. Augustine Parish. It had only been a month since Father Paul Abeln’s death, and the parishioners of St. Augustine parish in Peaselburg couldn’t imagine anyone who could take his place. Fr. Abeln had been their shepherd, confidante, and friend for 28 remarkable years and he...

The River: Corona virus also a concern on inland waters; travel on Mississippi River being monitored

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 No matter what else I might want to write about the river this week, I would be remiss if the impending spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19)...

New Perceptions recognizes success stories, shares its mission at ‘Our Children Achieve’ luncheon

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune manging editor The New Perceptions “Our Children Achieve” luncheon at the Drees Pavilion this week provided an opportunity to share information about the Northern Kentucky nonprofit and recognize two program participants. New Perceptions is an organization dedicated to enriching lives of those with intellectual/developmental disabilities and other barriers. Executive Director...

St. Elizabeth brings Read Across America close to home — with daily readings to babies in NICU

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has launched a fun and engaging month-long literacy celebration. Officially kicked off on March 2 – Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the 22nd annual Read Across America Day – St. Elizabeth offers neonatal intensive care unit patients and their families a meaningful and memorable way to read together. The goal of the program is to focus on family attachment and bonding through...

NKY Restoration Weekend takes place March 21, a treasure trove of practical advice, contacts

Efflorescence. Repointing. Window weights. Box gutters. Slate roofs. Lath and plaster. Buy a historic home in Covington, Newport, Bellevue or a neighboring river city, and you gain entry to a parallel world of home repair and maintenance that features its own language, skills, and specialized trade workers. Don’t be intimidated. Instead, attend the 9th annual NKY Restoration Weekend, the celebration...

Newport Aquarium’s new exhibit, Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels, opens Friday morning

Opening weekend for Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels launches Friday morning at Newport Aquarium. The immersive new exhibit invites guests to explore the ruins of a long-ago sunken ship scattered across the sea floor, now home to hundreds of animals including mysterious eels, brightly colored fish and curious creatures as they thrive in this accidental reef.  In a fun opening ceremony, the aquarium...

Kentucky by Heart: More stories of the Great Flood of 1937 from Shawnee High School students

Author’s Note: This is the second installment of a two-part series looking at a book published in 1937, called Flood Stories. It’s a collection of personal accounts — each written by a girl student of the “Grammar and Composition” class at Shawnee High School, in Louisville — that occurred around Louisville and The Great Flood of 1937. I have paraphrased the following narratives except...