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Kentucky by Heart: Story of William ‘King’ Solomon a poignant one for this challenging time of pandemic

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist For many years as a fourth-grade teacher, I read the story of William “King” Solomon’s heroism in 1830s Lexington to my students. I appreciated the poignant tone of the narrative, and I loved the great lesson of a common person acting bravely and compassionately while in the midst of a devastating cholera pandemic, one that killed nearly five hundred of the...

Our Rich History: VE-Day, May 8, 1945, was official end of WW II European theater; victory was in reach

Part 6 of our continuing series on the 75th anniversary of the closing stages of World War II and Part 26 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Seventy-five years ago, on May 8, 1945 (called VE-Day, for “Victory in Europe”), World War II came to an official end in the European theater. The Nazis were defeated. Businesses...

The River: ‘Geetars and mouth harps’ were part of the river journey, and then there was also John Hartford

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 Half a century ago, in the summer of 1970, just a moment in time, cell phone and instant communication devices weren’t imaginable in even...

Lynn James: A long, isolated month of ‘firsts,’ thanks to pandemic, stay-at-homing and too much thinking

When we started this new decade, I envisioned the year 2020 as an exciting one. Did you? Little did we know how memorable this year will be for all the wrong reasons for the rest of our lives. The first quarter flew by with its normal ups and downs, some good times and some bad times. Then April came and went as time seemed to stand still with more bad than good for most of us. As the month of April...

UK graduate Luke Ramey overcomes substance misuse and loss to become prevention specialist

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Have you ever pictured a moment so vividly you could feel it ­— the joy or sadness that accompanied what you were wearing and who you were with? For Luke Ramey, there’s one moment in particular. He’s dressed in a blue cap and gown while proudly walking across the Rupp Arena stage — putting one foot in front of the other until his outstretched hand reaches...

Colorful box park coming to Newport on Levee, Bridgeview will feature six restaurants, retailers

A colorful box park starring six local restaurants and retailers is coming soon to Newport on the Levee, the mixed-use community anchored by the Ohio River that is being redeveloped by local real estate company North American Properties (NAP). Dubbed Bridgeview Box Park, this vibrant, window-service park will become a new destination for the community to gather together, savor delightful fare and relish...

People of NKY: Renee Schuler loved food, cooking, entertaining, so psychology degree led to catering

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter Renee Schuler has always liked people. And it’s not that she is just a people person, it’s that she is singularly interested in the psychology of people.  What makes them tick? Renee Schuler in front of some of her new ranges and ovens. (Photo by Ginger Dawson) After growing up in Lakeside Park in Northern Kentucky, she attended high school at Summit Country...

Kentucky by Heart: Video history series offers unique look at Kentucky’s vintage buildings and structures

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist Our knowledge of Kentucky’s history often comes from what we’ve read in textbooks, articles in periodicals, or what we’ve gathered from talking to a knowledgeable source. That’s a good start, but interestingly, another good avenue is looking at old buildings and other structures—often ones quite close to where we live. That’s where Satolli Glassmeyer’s...

Our Rich History: The Floods of 1913 in Newport caused terrific suffering and economic hardship

By Deborah Pitel Special to NKyTribune Part 25 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” By 1913, the United States saw a huge influx of immigrants, as the nation’s population reached 90 million people. The descendants of the original German, English, and Irish settlers in the Cincinnati area witnessed the arrival of new immigrants competing for jobs and housing....

The River: Growing nostalgic for the lost riverboats, saluting heroes — a long and two shorts on whistle

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 I’ve seen better days on the river than now. Old Man River pays no mind to the COVID-19 pandemic and keeps on rolling to the Gulf of Mexico....

Bob and John’s very excellent adventure at the 1994 Kentucky Derby; Bob read about the race later

(Since Derby memories are all we will have on this particular First Saturday in May, we wanted to share with you one of our favorites. You get the idea — and a few laughs too along the way. Also today, Churchill Downs and Woodford Reserve will be offering unique content on social media, which will be followed by NBC’s 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. re-airing of the legendary 2015 Kentucky Derby that began...

Former UK quarterback in thick of COVID-19 battle; provides supplies, services as company president

By Tony Neely University of Kentucky The moment from bowl week was routine: A former player who lives in the area of the bowl game visits practice, reunites with old acquaintances, revives memories from his days on the field. Such was the case last December when Kentucky quarterback Will Fidler, on an unseasonably warm afternoon in Charlotte, dropped by the high school where the Wildcats prepared for...

From Where I Am Standing: Covington’s model Read Ready program makes big difference in kids’ lives

By Rick Hulefeld Special to NKyTribune There is something unique going on in Covington, something that could matter greatly to the future of the whole city. It is still too soon to know if it will work. Rick Hulefeld is founder and president of special projects of Children, Inc. (now The Learning Grove) and a long-time Covington resident and advocate for children. He was a 2018 recipient of the...

Lynn James: Looking for distractions in this troubled time; how can we can we get a break from the virus?

It was April 2nd when I heard the news that a single day’s U.S. deaths from the coronavirus first surpassed 1,000. Only eight days later we doubled that statistic with more than 2,000 deaths in one day. The following three days, we saw the overall total coronavirus deaths climb from 20,000 to 25,000 in the United States of America. Bad statistic or good (it could be worse), it’s something...

Kentucky by Heart: These guys are deltiologists — meaning they collect postcards — lots of postcards

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist When Carl Howell looks back on his professional work career, a highly successful one, he feels a sense of pride. He served for a period in the state of New York as an FBI agent, and later came home to practice law in his native Hodgenville with his father until the elder Howell’s death in 1983. Carl retired in 2014, ending his long professional tenure at a storied...