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Mark Maynard: A tribute to Marty Brennaman; his big Reds’ voice has meant so much (he’s also a nice guy)

Like any longtime (and long-suffering) fan of Cincinnati Reds baseball, Wednesday’s news that 2019 would be the last season for Marty Brennaman in the radio booth was sad to hear. 
My love affair with the Reds started in the 1960s, so it pre-dated Marty’s arrival. But no Reds’ radio voice has been bigger in my lifetime. He was there for the 1975 and 1976 back-to-back world championships and...

Boone County honors service members, hosting ‘Heroes Don’t Wear Capes They Wear Dog Tags’

Boone County will host the “Heroes Don’t Wear Capes. They Wear Dog Tags” Memorial Wall at the Boone County Administration Building in Burlington. Teachers Glenda Raney and Tammy Pidgeon and their Kelly Elementary students created a Memorial Wall to honor the local service members who have given their lives serving their country since 9/11 in the War on Terror. These service members are from...

OK, Clarabell, look into the camera and smile; UK wants pictures of your cow’s face; research will help

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky researchers are working to make cattle producers’ lives less stressful, but to do that, they need pictures of cows. A team of scientists led by Jesse Hoagg, associate professor in the UK Department of Mechanical Engineering, is working to develop several technologies that would allow producers to use drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, to...

‘Give Where You Live NKY”: Speed philanthropy events to benefit local nonprofits; here’s schedule

Give Where You Live NKY, a joint initiative presented by Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky and Mueller Financial, Inc., has announced the dates for its 2019 membership gatherings. Give Where You Live NKY will take place on: • Thursday, March 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. • Thursday, June 20 from 6-7 p.m. • Thursday, September 19 from 6-7 p.m. • Thursday, December 12 from 6-7 p.m. The...

People of NKY: Ron Padgett finds his place in Covington, and he’s totally immersed in community

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune contributor Ron Padgett leads an interesting life. This is an understatement. After having grown up in Norwood, Ohio he took off as a young adult to the glitz and glamour of New York City in the late 1980s. Club kids were all the rage and Susanne Bartsch, queen of the nightlife of that era, was holding court at clubs all over town. Ron Padgett with his friend and companion,...

Kentucky by Heart: Some interesting facts you may not know about our first (and fifth) governor

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist “Who was the first Kentucky governor?” is the question I’ve asked fourth graders for years as part of my impromptu state history trivia moments as both a regular and a sub teacher. Most will respond that the answer is Isaac Shelby. You can bet the kids were and are ready for the follow-up question: “Who was the fifth Kentucky governor?” That would also...

Our Rich History: 19th Century death — photography, mementos, black crepe, professional mourners. . .

By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune While loss of a loved one is always a tragic event, grieving survivors seemed to take things to the extreme throughout the course of the nineteenth century. The 1800s were a time of great technological advances, yet still filled with mystery and superstition in regard to death. Middendorf Brothers and Co. Undertakers, Pike Street, Covington, Kentucky, 1880s....

The River: As gambling boats go into free-fall in Iowa, Diamond Lady paddles toward uncertainty in Miss.

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 I joined the DL’s crew just before the first anniversary of the day I watched as Vanna cut the ribbon on April Fool’s day in 1991,...

What may look like mid-air rescues is just Covington crew of arborists in re-training exercise

Heights, falling branches, and the inherent unpredictability of chain saws are a few of the dangers confronted by workers in Covington’s Urban Forestry Division. In this aerial rescue simulation, City workers Jason Roberts, left, and Frank Coogan prepare to go to the aid of “Joe,” a dummy that was “injured” by contact with a high-voltage line and is stuck high up in this...

CDC: Follow these four simple steps to food safety to be sure you and your family are protected

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Following four simple steps at home — Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill — can help protect you and your loved ones from food poisoning. Clean: Wash your hands and surfaces often. • Germs that cause food poisoning can survive in many places and spread around your kitchen. • Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before, during, and after...

KFB Marketbasket Survey shows slight decrease in food prices for second straight quarter

The most recent Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey indicates a slight decrease to the overall cost of food in the fourth quarter of 2018. However, the average marketbasket price showed an overall increase for the year, going from $115.07 in 2017 to $116.92 in 2018. The final 2018 survey is still lower than the final marketbasket of 2016 which was $118.87. The Marketbasket Survey is taken...

Newport Aquarium kicks off 20th anniversary with opening of new exhibit, free child admission offer

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Newport Aquarium began celebrating its 20th Anniversary Tuesday with the opening of a new exhibit, Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles Reeftown Adventure. Newport Aquarium Executive Director Eric Rose with Bubbles of the PBS Kids show Splash and Bubbles. Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles Reeftown Adventure is the latest exhibit at the Newport Aquarium (photos...

Kentucky by Heart: Reviewing some well-written Kentucky books of the ‘can’t put it down’ variety

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Over the course of a year, I review dozens of books by local authors from all around Kentucky. A good many are of mediocre quality, at best, but I also run across some very fine ones that are well-written and of the “can’t put it down” variety. Most recently, I came across The People Up the Holler, by Roger Guffey. It’s a book of short stories inspired...

Our Rich History: One of the early Chinese families in the CIncinnati region was the Wong family

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Note: This article follows Chinese style, where the family name is given first (Wong) and the personal name second. Chinese immigrants to the United States have helped to forge the American landscape, from playing a major role in the settlement of the state of California to building the nation’s first transcontinental railroad to excelling in the arts and...

The River: The story starts in 1991 as Vanna White cuts the ribbon opening casino boat gambling. . .

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 April Fool’s Day 1991. Aboard the DIAMOND LADY on the Upper Mississippi River at Bettendorf, Iowa, the letter-turning, game show hostess...