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The River: Young steamboatman learns from the best Captains and steers Delta Queen from runaway barge

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 If you think it doesn’t get cold in New Orleans in January – guess again. Though the average temps for that time of year are...

New reference guide includes tips, information for Kentucky’s thousands of kinship families

A new handbook, created by the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office, features resources for grandparents and relative caregivers navigating Kentucky’s child welfare system and caring for vulnerable children. In A Kentucky Grandparent and Relative Caregiver Handbook, caregivers will find information on the basics of kinship...

Billy Reed: This true fan is grateful to baseball (and to Reds) for providing a link to our previous normalcy

During World War II, President Roosevelt allowed professional baseball to continue as usual because he felt it was a way of boosting morale both at home and with our troops overseas. It also was a way of thumbing our nose at our enemies. Now, more than ever, I appreciate FDR’s wisdom. Here in the age of Trumpism and the Coronavirus, baseball has again provided us with a link to our previous normalcy....

Customs officers seize counterfeit apparel at Louisville port and illegal drugs at port in Erlanger

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Customs and Border Protection officers in Kentucky have had a busy couple of days, seizing counterfeit designer apparel and illegal drugs disguised as a powdered drink mix. 
In Louisville, officers found five shipments in one night, containing counterfeit handbags, wallets, shoes, purses, and other items worth more than $1.1 million, according to the manufacturer’s suggested...

Sharmili Reddy reinventing PDS to create a more customer-centric, accessible organization

When Sharmili Reddy took the reins at Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS) in July, the organization was working to manage operations during the pandemic, while providing support for 20 Kenton County cities. Under her new leadership, PDS is working to reinvent itself, moving forward with becoming a more customer-centric, accessible organization. Sharmili Reddy “Working as partners...

Blue North debuts its Supply Chain Meetup, monthly event for entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses

Blue North, the “front door” and community for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses in Northern Kentucky, has announced the date for the debut of its new monthly Supply Chain Meetup event series. This Thursday (Oct. 1) will see the launch of The Blue North Supply Chain Meetup (#TBNSCM) with follow-up events to take place on the first Thursday of each month. Hosted via the online platform...

NKU Board of Regents unanimously elects Andrá Ward as chairman for one-year term

Northern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents elected three new officers during its Sept. 9 meeting. The 11-member board unanimously elected Andrá R. Ward as chairman, Normand G. Desmarais as vice chairman and Gregory Shumate as secretary. Ward will serve a one-year term as chairman and assumes the position from Lee Scheben, who will return to serving as a regent on the university’s governing...

Horizon’s Speed Philanthropy Giving Circle awards grants to The Barracks Project, Covington Partners

Nearly 30 Give Where You Live NKY giving circle members gathered on Zoom last week to give $6,000 to two local charities in a process that took less than an hour. In the end, members voted to give this quarter’s prizes to The Barracks Project, based in Newport, and Covington Partners, based in Covington. The grants continue a year of quarterly meetings in 2020 that will bring upwards of $25,000 in...

Beshear reports 973 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths; state on track for highest week of cases; roundup

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday reported 973 new COVID cases and five deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 66,036 cases and 1,154 deaths. Of the newly reported cases, 132 were from children age 18 and younger. The youngest was just 2 months old. Boone County reported 17 cases, Kenton County 15 and Campbell County seven. “Folks, right now we are on pace to have the single highest week in terms...

Advancing Equality: Love, acceptance, empathy for high-risk youth requires respect for diversity

By William Cole Mentoring Plus Part of a series by NKY’s nonprofits who stand together against racism and any acts that dehumanize people. It was already late at night on the last Saturday in May when Robin Anderson, the Mentoring Plus (M+) program director, started receiving calls and texts. Isaiah, the young man on the other line, had decided to march in the protests in Cincinnati. He’d been...

No. 8 Auburn capitalizes on late UK miscues, pulls out 29-13 victory over Wildcats in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today AUBURN, Ala. — It was an opener unlike any other. Facemasks, social distancing and a half-empty stadium. Kentucky officially kicked off its 130th football season on Saturday against a Southeastern Conference opponent for the first time since 1960, when former league member Georgia Tech defeated the Wildcats 23-13. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the season was postponed...

Fidelity Investments wins Elizabeth Herald Community of Support Award from Brighton Center

Each year, Brighton Center, Inc. recognizes an individual, business, or organization for their efforts in partnering or collaborating with Brighton Center over time for the good of the community with the Elizabeth Herald Community of Support Award. Fidelity Investments is this year’s recipient. “Fidelity Investments has brought creative, sustainable solutions that are meeting community needs in...

NewCath edges Newport, 17-14, to extend long winning streak in crosstown football rivalry

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Newport Central Catholic extended its winning streak in the crosstown football rivalry against Newport to 23 games on Friday, but the victory didn’t come easily for the Thoroughbreds. After taking a 17-7 halftime lead, NewCath wasn’t able to score in the second half and relied on its defense to come away with a 17-14 win in the annual game for the Newport...

Overhyped hemp? Amid major price drop, and a big bankruptcy, Kentucky hemp farmers feel burned

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley Resource John Fuller is waiting for another farmer he’s never met before to talk about a situation he never imagined he would be in. It’s an overcast January day on his farm in west Kentucky, where he grew 18 acres of hemp last year, investing more than $250,000 of his own cash. He’s one of nearly 1,000 licensed hemp growers in 2019 who helped grow Kentucky’s biggest...

AAA: Would your child’s safety seat pass inspection? Parents urged to review Kentucky car seat law

Every day in America, there are children riding in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child restraint systems are often used incorrectly. An estimated 59 percent of car seats and 20 percent of booster seats are misused...