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The River: 1952 started badly but ended up being the year a young boy really connected with the river

(Editor’s note: The Captain is taking a bit of a break and will be back soon. So we are sharing the beginnings of his tales of The River. This column was his second, in December, 2017.) (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.) 
By Captain Don Sanders Special...

Road Report: KYTC updates construction projects in District 6 — alerts to lane closures and delays

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports the following conditions and/or operations that are being reported for highways in District 6. Motorists should be aware of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects: KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY – HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO • Brent Spence Bridge – I-71/75 Southbound/Northbound (191.3 – 191.8 mile-marker) –  A routine...

NKU, Gateway join ‘Moon Shot for Equity’ to close gaps in regional cohort as part of national initiative

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Gateway Community and Technical College, Miami University, and Northern Kentucky University have joined “Moon Shot for Equity,” a national initiative that aims to close equity gaps within regional cohorts of two- and four-year colleges and universities by 2030. Following a program designed and run by education firm EAB, the schools will take significant...

NKY Young Professionals kicks off year with networking event Sept. 21, come see opportunities

On Tuesday, Northern Kentucky Young Professionals (NKYP) will host its NKYP 101 Kick Off Event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Bridgeview Box Park at Newport on the Levee. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other young professionals, learn about NKYP and opportunities to get involved, meet incoming steering committee members and hear about what’s on tap for NKYP in the upcoming year. NKYP, is...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky ‘Vaccines in Kentucky Poll’ shows progress in lowering hesitancy

A new Vaccines in Kentucky Poll, commissioned by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, shows efforts to encourage COVID-19 vaccines have persuaded two-thirds of those who said earlier this year they were open to changing their minds. The poll, conducted August 4 to September 4, showed overall lower hesitancy by about one-third, compared to a similar poll conducted six months ago. The new poll shows...

Emergency Shelter of NKY launches Help Us Home campaign to finish, outfit new state-of-the-art facility

An artist’s rendering of the new ESNKY facility (Photo from ESNKy) Northern Kentucky’s immediate entrance, low-barrier shelter launched a new capital campaign that will allow the organization to transition into a new state-of-the-art home this winter. The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky (ESNKY) Help Us Home campaign aims to raise $5 million to complete construction and furnish the facility,...

Richard Nelson: CPC’s Christianity and Culture Conference casts new vision for cultural engagement

I was reminded of an important truth the other day at a conference comprised of pastors, political leaders, and Christians in south-central Kentucky: Jesus radically transforms lives. At Commonwealth Policy Center’s (CPC) Christianity and Culture conference, one speaker talked of his struggle with LGBT identity. Another shared her story about her pro-abortion past that ended the lives of two...

Agriculture commissioner proclaims Sept. 19-25 Farm Safety and Health Week across Kentucky

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles has proclaimed Sept.19-25 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to encourage farmers and farmworkers to put their health and safety first at all times. The theme for this year’s safety week is “Farm Safety Yields Real Results.” “Farmers face a number of risks in the course of their work, from machinery accidents, chemical exposure,...

Public invited to virtual forum discussing how the state court system handles domestic violence, more

The public is invited to discuss how the state court system handles cases of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual violence at four virtual community forums this month. The regional forums will take place Sept. 27-30 on Zoom. Participants are required to register. The forum for Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties is September 28, 4-5 p.m. The forums are part of an in-depth, statewide...

Wildcats hold off Chattanooga with less than their best for 28-23 win Saturday in Lexington

Good teams find a way to win when they are less than their best. That’s what happened to Kentucky on Saturday, as the Cats, despite not playing their best game, held on to beat Chattanooga 28-23 at Kroger Field. UK head coach Mark Stoops puts it simply. “You’ve got to be good enough to win when you’re not at your best,” Stoops said. “You have to respect the game,...

Behringer-Crawford Museum free Sunday with downloaded ticket from Smithsonian Museum Day

Behringer-Crawford Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Sunday as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day celebration. The event, which the Smithsonian bills as an “annual celebration of boundless curiosity,” allows museums, zoos and cultural centers from all 50 states to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington,...

Friday football roundup: Quarterbacks put up big numbers leading Beechwood, Ryle to victories

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Beechwood senior quarterback Cameron Hergott rushing and passing for a net total of 200 yards in his team’s 27-7 win over Covington Catholic on Friday wasn’t a big surprise. Last season, he was named Kentucky’s Mr. Football for being a double-threat on offense for the Tigers. It was the performance of Ryle sophomore quarterback Logan Verax...

Take this, Tik-Tok: Camp Ernst principal inspires — and rewards — students who practice ‘Positive Vibes’

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Principal Stephanie Haggerty of Camp Ernst Middle School didn’t sit still while a few misguided students engaged in bad behavior and defining her school. She took action, as good leaders do, and started a counter-revolution. You may have heard of the TikTok challenge, “Devious Licks,” that has gained popularity on social media and involves students...

96% of Kentucky’s public schools choose to keep mask mandates for students, staff, visitors

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With legislation that put the decision in the hands of local school districts, the vast majority of Kentucky’s public school districts will continue to have mandatory mask usage for all students, staff and visitors, according to the Kentucky School Boards Association.   
Friday was the day that Gov. Andy Beshear’s statewide mask mandate in schools expired, following...

OKI’s most prestigious honor, named for NKY’s Henry M. Mann, presented to Ohio Sen. Rob Portman

U.S. Senator Rob Portman received the Henry M. Mann Award during a special presentation at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments’ (OKI) annual luncheon. The occasion marked OKI’s first annual luncheon in two years, due to the pandemic. “Senator Portman, it is fair to say, better than anyone, your life embodies the qualities of dedicated, selfless service and high ethics for...