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38th Kentucky Book Fair features 200 regional, national authors Saturday at Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Humanities will present the 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Kentucky Book Fair is an iconic Kentucky event, founded by Northern Kentucky native, the late Carl West, when he was editor of the Frankfort State Journal. It is now run by Kentucky Humanities. This year, it features 200 regional...

Kentucky man wins case in federal court, allowing his personalized license plate to say ‘I’M GOD’

A federal court today cleared the way for a Kentucky man, backed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU of Kentucky, to obtain a personalized license plate reading “IM GOD,” finding the Transportation Cabinet’s denial of that plate violated the First Amendment. In November 2016, Ben Hart filed a lawsuit after he was denied the personalized license plate. Kentucky Division of Motor...

Rick Robinson writes new ‘ thriller’ novel, Opposition Research, about politics’ dirty little secret

No one can write a thriller like international award-winning author, and KBA member, Rick Robinson, a Northern Kentucky native. Opposition Research is his newest sequel in the Richard Thompson series of political thrillers that rocketed Robinson to Independent Author of the Year on two occasions. Rick, enjoying a favorite pastttimeIn time for the upcoming elections, this new novel exposes how opposition...

Kentucky By Heart: Annual Kentucky Book Fair a grand celebration of state’s literary landscape

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist I look forward with joy to participating, as an author, in the 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair this Saturday, November 16 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is the culminating event of a week of activities, starting on November 10, called the Kentucky Book Festival. This is the seventh time —...

Our Rich History: Belle Vue, the beautiful hilltop mansion of James Taylor V, still inspires today

By Russ Thomas Special to NKyTribune Part 6 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” I wonder how many people headed south across the I-471 bridge look to the right and notice a huge house sitting behind the Riverfront Place, looking for all the world like a normal person trying to hide in a patch of garden gnomes? How many of those folks will know that this house...

The River: After too much procrastination, the Rafter CLYDE finally gets her fancy White Collars

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 Finally, after nearly eight years of vacillation, the Rafter CLYDE, my sternwheel replication of a historic 1870s Upper Mississippi River...

Immersive new shipwreck exhibit coming to Newport Aquarium, represents more than $1M investment

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Newport Aquarium announces Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels, an extensive new exhibit that will open in spring 2020.  Newport Aquarium Executive Director Eric Rose said input from guests was critical in planning of the new Realm of the Eels exhibit (photo by Mark Hansel). “We’re always listening to our guests to figure out what new adventures they want in...

Late Boone County judge, prosecutor Bill Funk to be honored with plaque at law firm he founded

Florence Mayor Diane Whalen will join the family, friends and former colleagues of Charles William “Bill” Funk on Saturday to dedicate a plaque honoring the life of the former Boone County judge and prosecutor. Funk, who died in 1989, also co-founded what is now the prominent Florence law firm of Busald Funk Zevely. Saturday’s ceremony will be held on the grounds of the law firm at 226 Main Street...

Kentucky farmers at work featured in new book of photos by Tanya Amyx Berry, published by UPKy

By Katie Cross Gibson and Danielle Donham University of Kentucky In 1979, Tanya Amyx Berry was given a camera by New Farm magazine to capture images of Kentucky farmers at work. Over two days at the farm of Owen and Loyce Flood in Henry County, she recorded the culmination of a year’s labor raising livestock. These photographs have recently been published for the first time in a new book by University...

People of NKY: William Chaffin, independent filmmaker, actor, writer, director — and dad

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Technological advances over the past twenty years have affected each and every one of us in our own unique ways.William ChaffinWe’ve all had to figure out how to navigate the world without telephone books, road maps (paper ones), and a TV guide. If you like to watch a lot of TV, you’ve had to figure out how to make the damn thing work, let alone find something...

Kentucky by Heart: Humility of Northern Kentucky’s 2019 Newsmakers evidence of state’s giving spirit

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit.” — Harry S. Truman On many occasions, being a columnist and author affords me the opportunity to meet or be around inspiring people doing good things in their communities. I’ve written about a whole slew of them, and it’s my hope that those accounts will invigorate others...

Our Rich History: Newport’s Gen. James Taylor Park was site of bustling Newport Barracks supply link

This illustration from Ballou’s Pictorial of December 1856 depicts the Newport Barracks in the background, at the confluence of the Licking River with the Ohio River. Part 5 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” By Steve Preston What do Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark fame), President William Henry Harrison, President Zachary Taylor, Zebulon Pike,...

Vino Rosso surges to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Mongolian Groom suffers catastrophic injury

NKyTribune staff Arcadia, CA – Vino Rosso charged to victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in dominating fashion. Vino Rosso gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in the classic with the 4 1/4 length victory over favored McKinzie. “It’s one thing that was missing,” Pletcher said. “It feels great.’’ Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. celebrates in...

The River: 100th column in busy week; remembering how it all started and how much more there is to say

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 This edition is the 100th “The River” weekly column I’ve scribbled since editor and veteran newspaperwoman, Judith Clabes, unexpectedly...

Storm the Court pulls of shocker in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Future Stars Friday at Santa Anita

NKyTribune staff Arcadia, CA – The final race of Future Stars Friday ended in fireworks when the 45/1 longshot Storm the Court re-rallied late to defeat Anneau d’Or and typhoon Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Park. Storm the Court (inside) and Anneau d’Or (#7) locked up in furious stretch duel in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Future Stars Friday at...