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Kentucky by Heart: A sneak-peek of coming children’s book starting with Joey and honey balls

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part selection from Steve Flairty’s in-progress children’s book, tentatively titled Kentucky Billy and Other Stories of Character Virtue) By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Joey’s eyes got bigger as his stash of honey balls grew in number, now seven. His classmates were big buyers today, he thought “Oh boy,” Joey whispered to himself...

Our Rich History: Ice Age glaciers shaped the site of Newport; climate change will always have impact

Part 35 of our series, Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020. By Stanley Hedeen Special to NKyTribune Newport is bounded on the west by the Licking River and on the north by the Ohio River. Both streams often flood, but a gravel and sand terrace holds Downtown Newport above all but the highest inundations. These geographic features are the result of Ice Age visits by the Pre-Illinoian,...

The River: Seeing the CLYDE from a new perspective never before seen — underway, going away

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 When my phone rang, it was Captain Bill Judd with a reminder, or more like a warning: “Remember, what the Greene Line’s Purser, Bob McCann,...

Kentucky State Police at Dry Ridge document complaints about scams by phone, social media

The Kentucky State Police, Post 6 in Dry Ridge, has documented a number of people who have reported being contacted and solicited to purchase items on social media platforms or by phone. The solicitor typically targets elderly people by showcasing items well below market value, and later requests payment by gift cards. This is a scam. If it sounds too good to be true, it often is.   KSP’s best...

Take care of yourself, starting with Erin DeSantis’ Kenton County Library yoga class (for mind, body)

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune health reporter When Erin DeSantis took a yoga class over five and a half years ago, little did she know it would change her life. Practicing yoga brought a self-awareness she had never known. Erin DeSantis “I really got to know myself just from that practice. Just coming within my own self. Before I did yoga, I really didn’t have the best body image or self-confidence....

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra offers 26th Summer Series (meeting health guidelines) in new place

At a unique time in history, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra cautiously moves outdoors with its 26th free summer series, this year, at the beautiful amphitheater at Tower Park in Fort Thomas. The KSO’s last performance was March 12, after which four scheduled programs and events were canceled due to the pandemic. The KSO looked forward to the Summer, where the ability to physically distance on the...

Kentucky by Heart: Versailles resident’s watchful eye averts major disaster, helps him truly know faith

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Ted Hill must have felt like his own version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. The former Boeing and later Sylvania Osram employee found himself anxiety-ridden while sitting as a passenger at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) awaiting his Delta Flight 1661 to San Diego over sixteen years ago. He sat at a window overlooking the wing on his...

Our Rich History: Newport High School, the oldest operating high school in Kentucky

By Roger VonStrohe Special to NKyTribune Part 34 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” In 1795, Newport was incorporated as a town on the south shore of the Ohio River, only three years after the new state of Kentucky was admitted to the union. Evident at that time was the need for an educational institution to serve the advancement of civilization in a new...

The River: Rafter CLYDE to soon be on her way with new mistress; will her former Captain watch her go?

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 In a couple more days, the Rafter CLYDE will point her bow westward, headed in the direction of the mouth of the Cumberland River, some 422...

AAA urges motorists to take every precaution to avoid car breakdowns in summertime heat

When the mercury in the thermometer goes up, so does the call volume for AAA emergency roadside service, so AAA is urging motorists to take every precaution in an effort to avoid a true emergency. Because of the pandemic-related shut down, many vehicles have been sitting idle for a prolonged period of time, which can lead to car trouble in itself. Now, the heat of the summer is upon us, when all drivers...

Analysis: Unfortunately, to mask or not to mask is the question for our time; choices rife with symbolism

By Jan Hillard NKyTribune data editor Scientific fact can be cold and inconvenient. Viral protection is related to wearing a face mask. Physicians and medical personnel have worn them for well over 100 years. I have never heard of someone who is wheeled into the operating room demanding the surgeons remove their masks or refuse to wear a mask if asked by the medial team. It is simply in the realm of...

Kentucky health experts advise Fourth of July food safety; protect your family from foodborne bacteria

The Fourth of July holiday offers opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. However, these warm-weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly. To protect yourself, your family, and friends from foodborne illness during warm-weather months, safe food handling when eating outdoors is critical. Health...

People of NKY: Kate Nielsen is just good at life, living a great one in Covington’s Westside neighborhood

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Some people are good at life. With an entirely open mind, they look out, and with a boundless curiosity, jump in for the experience. An ease with the unknown and its endless possibilities allow them to navigate without fear. Kate Nielsen with Emmitt, the semi-rotten dog. He is a custom mix: beagle, basset and terrier. (Photo by Ginger Dawson) Every morning, when...

Kentucky by Heart: Amid horrors of racial intolerance in post-Civil War Ky., some stood and said ‘no more’

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist In an attempt to further educate myself on the roots of today’s social/racial unrest, particularly in regard to how it relates to Kentucky, I pulled from my shelves Dr. George C. Wright’s illuminating book, Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865-1940, published in 1990. I intended to read it long ago, partly because I know George from including him in volume two...