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Dan Weber: The day the football game and cheering stopped — and the prayers started for Damar Hamlin

This was not what drew a sellout crowd of Greater Cincinnati fans to Paycor Stadium Monday night. This was not what the players and coaches of the Bengals and the Bills came for either. This was the featured Monday Night — and every other day of the week, to be honest — showdown in the NFL this year. The schedule was built for it. And the season built to it. The league’s two great young...

Kentucky by Heart: Sharing wishes for the new year; remembering Gene Flairty’s service to Alexandria Fair

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist This year, rather than stating resolutions for 2023, allow me to share my rather huge wish list. I might as well be positive, and hope we’ll agree on a sizeable number of these on the list. Maybe you’ll get ideas you can use. To keep them organized, I’ll give ‘em to you in categories. Here’s my wishes: Statewide News Wishes • A year where NO significant,...

Our Rich History: Cathedral window recounts the story of the visit of the mysterious magi

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the NKyTribune The stories of Christmas are ever present to us this time of year. No matter our ages or backgrounds, most of us can remember those wee days growing up with stories told to us about the mysteries of Christmas and the coming of the Christ child. As young children, who among us didn’t gaze upon a Nativity scene with an empty manger and feel a sense of...

The River: A holiday remembrance — needing job, he connects with Capt. John Beatty and his story began

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders shares 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. This story first appeared here in October, 2018. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Captain John Beatty’s name had a familiar ring to my ears long before I met the legendary riverman...

Open letter: Today is deadline for NKyTribune’s reader-supported campaign to double your $$

Readers and friends, Midnight tonight is the deadline to take advantage of doubling your support of The NKyTribune through our special NewsMatch campaign to grow reader-funded support for your nonprofit public service newspaper. Contribute now through the link below — or date your check by December 31 and drop it in the mail to NKyTribune, 644 Braddock Ct., Edgewood, Ky 41017. Check must be dated...

Covington Catholic community (and many others) rally behind senior Thomas Burns’ cancer battle

By Jake Dickman NKyTribune intern On October 12th, Covington Catholic Senior Thomas Burns had his world turned upside down. It was on that day that Thomas was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer prevalent in bones. In Burns’s case, the cancer was found in his pelvis. He was understandably filled with a rush of emotions, not knowing how this was going to affect him. “When they first...

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua takes you on a special food, drink journey around your home region

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor On this extended holiday, its time to count our blessings — and also to get a glimpse of what the rest of the world knows about us now, thanks to the Travelling Foodie, Raymond Cua, who spent four days in Covington, eating and drinking his way around the region. Raymond Cua (Photo provided by the Travelling Foodie) Cua, who is based in Toronto, founded the Travelling...

Kentucky by Heart: Reading selections from 2022 offer some magical trips and a few bitter pills

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Someone has said that books are “a uniquely portable magic.” I concur, and though not all the books I read in 2022 were magical, many had the capacity to send me happily into another little world, at least temporarily. Some were like castor oil, something the old-timers said we needed to ingest for medicinal purposes, though it didn’t taste good. I’ll take...

Our Rich History: The Catholic Identity of a Diocesan College — where TMU is and where it’s going

By Caitlin Dwyer, M.T.S. and John D. Rudnick, Jr., Ed.D. Thomas More University Part 77 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 The turn of the millennium saw Catholic Higher Education Institutions (CHEIs) re-evaluate their commitment to their Catholic heritage and culture. While Catholicity had for a time become a facet of institutional identity to...

The River: Dreaming of his steamboating days — and remembering old times through historic photographs

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 a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune “What’d ya do – eat up all them groceries stacked on the bow?” Captain Wagner pondered, only half-kidding. “No,...

Deck Y’alls Light Festival converts Thomas More Stadium into a Winter Wonderland — family fun for all

By Andy Furman NKyTribune Reporter Downtime. Not for the Florence Y’alls. They’ve converted their Thomas More Stadium into a Winter Wonderland during this baseball off-season. And they’ve even added Santa Claus. “We call it Deck Y’alls Light Festival,” David Delbello, President and CEO of the Frontier League baseball club told the Northern Kentucky Tribune this week. “It’s basically...

Thomas More student Ashley Albrinck awarded ESU scholarship to study Shakespeare at Oxford

Thomas More University student Ashley Albrinck, a junior English major, has been awarded the English-Speaking Union (ESU) Scholarship presented by the English-Speaking Union Kentucky Branch. Albrinck is set to study Shakespeare at the University of Oxford in England next summer. A Cincinnati native and graduate of Mercy McAuley High School, Albrinck’s love of Shakespeare led her to apply for the...

Duke Energy advises customers to be prepared as potential winter storm system approaches

Duke Energy is monitoring and preparing for a winter storm system that is expected to cause power outages across southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky this holiday weekend. A mix of dangerously low temperatures, high winds and snow is predicted to move across the region beginning late Thursday evening and continuing through Friday evening. Snow on its own typically has little to no impact on the electric...

Mike Tussey: Christmas really is the most wonderful time of year, filled with memories of past good times

In America, the anticipation of Christmas actually begins in earnest with another National Holiday, Thanksgiving Day. A mammoth parade shown on national television with a huge Christmas theme followed up by Santa Claus waving to us all signals that the Christmas Season is now officially underway. So, at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning with the Turkey roasting away, families all around America are enjoying...

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

Because Christmas is all about traditions, we are offering once again this traditional Kentucky by Heart column on Mike Howard, the Mountain Santa who 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...