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NKU blisters nets for 70.8 percent shooting in second half, pulls away for 76-57 win over Eastern Kentucky

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter After watching Eastern Kentucky bury seven 3-pointers in the first half, Darrin Horn’s message to his Northern Kentucky squad in the locker room at intermission wasn’t complicated. “We had to get more pressure on the basketball,” said Horn, in his first season as NKU’s head coach. “We felt like they were slipping around too easily in the first half....

People Working Cooperatively raises more than $80,000 during ‘Ramp It Up For Veterans’ telethon 

People Working Cooperatively (PWC) hosted its fifth annual “Ramp It Up For Veterans” telethon on Thursday, December 5 at WCPO. Nearly 40 veterans, from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, volunteered to answer phones live in studio from 4-8 p.m. The telethon included three check presentations: TriHealth donated $10,000, the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati donated $12,579, and...

Stoops honored to accept Belk Bowl bid; Wildcats set to play Virginia Tech Dec. 31 in Charlotte

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky accepted its fourth consecutive bowl bid Sunday, this time the Wildcats will make an appearance in the Belk Bowl in a noon kickoff on Dec. 31 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops welcomed the invitation from the Belk Bowl, which will be the team’s first appearance in the postseason event. Kentucky finished 7-5 this past season and won its...

CovCath completes perfect season by winning Class 5A title game behind strong defensive performance

CovCath senior Michael Mayer gets the ball to the 1-yard line to set up his team’s second touchdown in the Class 5A state championship game. (Photo by Dale Dawn)   By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter LEXINGTON — After scoring more than 150 points in its first four playoff victories, Covington Catholic’s football team needed a strong defensive performance to defeat Fredrick...

Governor-elect Andy Beshear names top level staff appointments; Including Cameron to AG vacancy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov.-elect Andy Beshear has announced more high level staff appointments. • La Tasha Buckner, who was named earlier as general counsel, will also serve as his Chief of Staff. • Holly McCoy-Johnson was chosen as Secretary of the Finance Cabinet. • Tom Miller, a former State Revenue Commissioner for eight years, will be returning to that post. • Mike Berry, who recently...

Joan Mitchell, educator, coach and tireless advocate for girls’ sports in Kentucky, has died

B. Joan Mitchell, 83, passed away on Tuesday, December 3rd, at home.  Mitchell, a native of Shelbyville, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. and M.A. degree. She taught Physical Education at Holmes High School for 30 years and coached basketball there for 23 years and volleyball and softball for 14 years. Mitchell In college, she was a member of Collegiate Pentacle, a Senior Womens’...

Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Jay Box announces retirement

Jay K. Box, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), announced his retirement today during the KCTCS Board of Regents meeting. Box will leave the system at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30, 2020. Box Box was named the second president of KCTCS on November 19, 2014. He is a community college graduate and has more than 30 years of experience in community college...

Fort Thomas’ Highlandspring receives statewide recognition for outstanding care and quality

At a recent statewide quality awards banquet held at the Galt House, Highlandspring of Fort Thomas received awards and recognition by the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) and the Kentucky Center for Assisted Living (KCAL) for outstanding care and quality. “We are so proud of Highlandspring as a “back to back” award winner. Highlandspring and our Team Members are a valuable...

Jason Bailey: Will the 2020 Budget Session be like watching Groundhog Day? State needs better

Groundhog Day in 2020 is less than a week after Governor-Elect Beshear is due to lay out his budget proposal to the General Assembly. Shortly after, the legislature will begin crafting the commonwealth’s spending plan for the next two years.  The timing is fitting. In the movie Groundhog Day, star Bill Murray is caught in a loop and doomed to repeat the same day over and over again. Faced with...

ArtsWave Pride grants more than $23K to programs, Campbell County Public Library among recipients

At a meeting Friday afternoon, the Board of Directors for ArtsWave, the region’s engine for the arts, approved grants that will bring to life arts projects of particular interest to LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies. The Campbell County Public Library is among the recipients. The amount being awarded this year, $23,364, has grown by over 90 percent from the year prior, $12,250. The grants, slated...

Despite trade concerns, Kentucky agricultural receipts hold steady for third year, net incomes up

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky agricultural receipts will likely hold steady for the third consecutive year despite trade concerns and relatively low commodity prices. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2019 farm cash receipts to be $5.9 billion, equaling the past two years. Kentucky producers saw increases...

The River: Memories of winterizing the steamboats for the season and other historic times on the river

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 Back when I was steamboating, the AVALON and, later, the DELTA QUEEN were tied up for the end of the season by early December, this time...

Sanitation District No. 1 recognizes two local contractors for storm water management efforts

Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1) has presented the 2019 Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Excellence Award to two local construction companies. The 14th annual awards recognize Jacob Aufdenkamp (Coyle SWPPP Professionals) for work on the Three Mile Road regulator replacement station project in Wilder and Jarron Fischer (Fischer Homes) for work on the Tuscany subdivision project in Covington. The...

Cave tours, hiking, among 243 experiences at Carter Caves’ 11th annual Winter Adventure Weekend

Cave tours, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing, and guided hikes are among more than 200 activities offered at the 11th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend, set for Jan. 23-26, 2020, at Carter Caves State Resort Park. The four-day event offers 243 workshops and field trips for beginners to advanced winter adventurers based on difficulty and skills required.  New field trips added for 2020 include...

1N5 presents Children’s Hospital with $150K; final payment for commitment to mental health programs

Nancy Eigel-Miller, Executive Director of 1N5, recently presented Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s with a check for $150,000. This is the final of payment of a three year commitment to provide funding for CCHMC’s Adapting For Life program in area schools. Including this most recent payment, 1N5 has donated $763,000 to CCHMC to fund Adapting For Life. The program aims to educate...