A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Our Rich History: Several presidents have visited Kentucky, and a new book tells that story

By Wayne Onkst Special to NKyTribune When President Trump visited Kentucky this fall, he was adding to the long history of presidential visits to the Commonwealth. For 200 years, presidents have traveled to Kentucky for public business, using the state’s centrally located rivers, railroads and airports. Kentucky has also played an important role in national politics at various times during U.S....

Supreme Court Justice Daniel Venters retiring in January after serving 35 years in judiciary system

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A 35-year career in the Kentucky judiciary system is coming to an end when Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Venters retires in January. 
Venters was appointed to the high court by then-Governor Steve Beshear in 2008 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Joseph Lambert, in the 3rd Supreme Court District, which includes 27 counties in southern and...

Haag-Costin named senior director of behavioral health services at Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions

Holly Hill  Child & Family Solutions has announced that Melissa Haag-Costin will join the organization as Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services.  Haag-Costin Haag-Costin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Kent State University and a Master’s of Community and Agency Counseling  degree from Xavier University. She is dually licensed as a Professional...

U.S. Commerce Dept. taps Gov. Bevin to Lead Economic Development Mission to India

The U.S. Department of Commerce has selected Gov. Matt Bevin to lead an economic development delegation to India in mid-January to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019. Gov. Bevin The trip will also provide an opportunity to discuss and promote Kentucky as a must-see location for corporate investment and job growth. The delegation, which includes the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and...

Significant winter storm hits state (primarily in south and southeastern parts of state) is quick-hitter

Kentucky’s first potential significant winter storm of the season will affect primarily the southern and southeastern parts of the state this weekend. 
Joe Sullivan with the National Weather Service office in Louisville said the system will enter the state near Hopkinsville on Saturday night. 
“The bulk of the precipitation will be falling between midnight and noon on Sunday,” he said. “We’re...

Santa’s toy shop at Covington City Hall benefits James E. Biggs Early Childhood Center

The room where the Covington City Commission holds its weekly meetings became a satellite of Santa’s North Pole toy workshop Friday when City employees gathered – not to make toys and gifts – but to wrap the heck out of them. The toys, clothes and gifts were donated as part of City Hall’s annual Christmas Toy Drive. This year, employees bought, wrapped and delivered presents...

Peter Y. Sussman: Journalism in the crosshairs — first, they came for journalists. Who speaks out?

Authoritarianism does not knock politely on the door of a democracy — it barges right in, breaking doors or windows as needed for entry. Though it often develops incrementally, there are clear early warnings that it’s on its way: demonization of whole classes of people with divisive rhetoric; a leader who governs by whim, resists collaboration, and undermines due process; fiery rhetoric that engages...

The River: An enjoyable time aboard the BELLE of CINCINNATI 2018 River Hop comes to an end

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 Relieved to be up and off the hard main deck of the BELLE of CINCINNATI, I was dressed by 7 a.m. Even with an inflatable air-mattress, the...

McDonald sets NKU career rebounding record, but Eastern Kentucky pulls out last-second 76-74 win

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter RICHMOND, Ky. — Drew McDonald is the new chairman of the boards at Northern Kentucky University, but the Norse’s all-time rebounding champion couldn’t prevent a buzzer-beating defeat on Saturday night. Nick Mayo hit a 12-foot baseline jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining to give Eastern Kentucky a 76-74 win over NKU in McBrayer Arena. The Colonels (6-4) survived a...

Grand jury to consider murder charge against Burlington man in the death of Arizona woman

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A grand jury will decide if a Burlington man will stand trial for murder in the killing of a woman found dead in a Florence hotel room Dec. 1. Friday, District Court Judge Jeffrey Smith determined there was probable cause for the grand jury to consider an indictment against Jesse A. James in the death of Amanda D. Webster, of Cameron, Arizona. Jesse James is...

Dying trees become useful, beautiful objects for University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Urban life can take its toll on a tree. Pollution, trenching to lay underground utility lines, soil compaction, it’s all very hard on an old tree, and the red oak tree in front of the Agricultural Sciences Building on the University of Kentucky campus had seen better days. But its story won’t end in piles of mulch. Instead, its wood will find its way into...

Ryle remains undefeated with win over Conner in showdown between top girls basketball teams

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle showed the confidence and composure you would expect from a veteran lineup and rallied to defeat Conner, 60-49, Friday in an early season showdown between the top two girls basketball teams in the Northern Kentucky preseason coaches poll. After falling behind 14-0 in the opening minutes, the top-ranked Raiders made a steady comeback to gain control...

Duke Energy deploying more than 1000 from Ohio, KY and Indiana for restoration efforts in Carolinas

Duke Energy is deploying over 1,000 employees and contract workers from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to help with prospective restoration efforts from the Carolinas ice and snow storm. Duke Energy crews will be gathering at the Eastgate Mall Parking area off SR 32 in Eastgate. The contract crews are being dispatched directly from their locations. Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky crews will leave the area...

Rotary Club of Florence, Steinford Toy Foundation ‘wrapping up’ annual holiday season toy drive

The Rotary Club of Florence and Steinford Toy Foundation will be “Wrapping Up” a successful toy drive for the 2018 Holiday Season ending on Monday, December 10th. Donations of unwrapped new or gently used toys are being received at the locations listed below. Donations will be accepted through the weekend and up until noon on Monday, December 10th at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport located on...

Transitions Inc. will celebrate grand opening of 180-bed Residential Treatment Center December 17

Transitions, Inc. will celebrate the Grand Opening of a 180-bed Residential Treatment Center (RTC) on Monday, December 17, with an Open House from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. and from 4 p.m.–7 p.m. This new facility is located at 313 Madison Pike, Erlanger. The RTC will increase residential treatment capacity to 180 beds, provide treatment on demand – admitting individuals within 180 minutes and help...