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Cooper freshman Rylan Wotherspoon waiting for his growth spurt, but keeping golf game on the upswing

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor Cooper golfer Rylan Wotherspoon dreams of a day in the not too distant future when he stands tall in the tee box and hits the ball so hard and so well that it travels 300 yards. For now, he can swat it 230 yards on a good day. Not bad for a high school freshman standing 5 feet 3 and weighing 118 pounds. Rylan Wotherspoon “It’s not the biggest thing...

The River: Needing a job, he connects with the legendary Captain John Beatty on his salvage boat . . .and the story begins

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 Captain John Beatty’s name had a familiar ring to my ears long before I met the legendary riverman after the DELTA QUEEN was laid up awaiting...

Rare virus case found in KY– polio-like symptoms affect mostly children; here’s what to watch for

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Health officials are warning of a rare but serious virus with polio-like symptoms affecting mostly children, a case of which has recently occurred in Kentucky. 
 Acute Flaccid Myelitis, or AFM, affects a person’s nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, causing weakness in one or more limbs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.    From...

Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse offering ‘Cemetery Crawl’ Oct. 24-27

Returning for a third year after a popular initial launch, the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse is hosting a limited cemetery tour that includes dueling, ghost hunting, and fascinating tales about the park’s historic grounds. The Cemetery Crawl: History and Mystery of the Kentucky Horse Park tour takes visitors around the grounds Oct. 24-27 starting at 5:30 p.m. each day. New...

ProPublica: Tracking money and issues in the midterm elections — Some questions to ask

This year’s midterm elections are being particularly closely watched, which means there’s plenty of news coverage and armchair quarterbacking from pundits. But everyday citizens can get informed about political races by asking a few questions. ProPublica’s Cynthia Giwa reports: Where’s the money? From whom does your representative or candidate take campaign money? How do they...

Tri-ED launches national search for new leader; engages search consultants, posts position profile

The Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) has launched a search for the organization’s next President & Chief Executive Officer. Tri-ED’s former President & CEO Dan Tobertge left the organization earlier this year. Waverly Partners, a national executive search firm, has been retained to assist in the search. Candace McGraw Candace...

Snell’s late touchdown sends No. 14 Kentucky to a 14-7 win over Vandy

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 169 yards and scored a touchdown to lead the Wildcats to a 14-7 win over Vanderbilt Saturday night. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not even the wind could stop Benny Snell. Neither could Vanderbilt. The Kentucky junior running back rushed for 169 yards and scored a touchdown to lead No. 14 Kentucky to a 14-7 win over the struggling Commodores...

Thomas More defense steals spotlight, ignites 35-0 road win over St. Scholastica on Saturday

NKyTribune staff DULUTH, Minn. — Virtually every game this season, it’s been the offense that has carried Thomas More University on the football field. That changed Saturday against The College of St. Scholastica, when Thomas More’s defense stole the spotlight during a 35-0 road victory. The Saints held St. Scholastica to 154 total yards — all in the air — and dominated the field en route...

Hall of Fame induction closes out Highlands High School homecoming activities this weekend

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Mike Vories Highlands High School will induct 10 new members into its Hall of Fame and honor the the 1978-79 boys basketball team that won the program’s first 9th Region championship during a ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday that will close out homecoming weekend. The induction ceremony that’s open to the public will be at Highlands Performing Center...

Kentucky State Police probe ‘saved lives’ as it leads to arrest of man who made threats against schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders commended the teamwork of state and federal law enforcement agencies that led to the arrest of a man accused of making threats that closed schools in Shelby and Anderson counties on Friday. 
KSP said Dylan Lee Jarrell, 20, of Lawrenceburg, who was arrested Thursday night, had a firearm, over 200 rounds of ammunition,...

Scott football team wins district game against Holmes behind strong defensive performance

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter A interception return to the 3-yard line gave Holmes an opportunity to take the lead in the opening minutes of an important Class 4A district game against Scott on Friday night in Taylor Mill. But Scott kept the visitors from getting into the end zone on the next four plays and that set the tone for a strong defensive performance that carried the Eagles...

Knoll named Florence Fire/EMS chief; things about to get ‘hairy’ at the City’s police department

Florence Mayor Diane Whalen has announced the appointment of Assistant Chief, Scott Knoll as the new Fire/EMS Chief, replacing Chief Kelly Joe Aylor who is retiring November 1. Knoll Knoll is a 17-year veteran of the Florence Fire/EMS Department and has served as Assistant Chief since 2014. He was hired as a Firefighter in 2001 and has risen through the ranks of the department, holding the positions...

New data reveals Kentucky is making progress in fighting after-school hunger for children

Kentucky is making progress in ensuring kids don’t go to bed on an empty stomach. According to new data from the Food Research and Action Center, more than 17,000 low-income children participated in after-school supper programs each day on average in October 2017. That’s a 16 percent increase from 2016. Elizabeth Fiehler, child and adult care food program manager at the Kentucky Department...

NonProfit Briefs: Kenton Co. Rotary hosting forums, Boone schools get Duke grant, SIDS fundraiser

Forum for Elsmere and Erlanger Mayor candidates The Rotary Club of Kenton County will host a candidate forum featuring Elsmere Mayoral candidates Marty Lenhof and Preston Ritter, Jr., along with Erlanger Mayoral candidates Randy Blankenship and Jessica Fette on Wednesday, October 24, at Lloyd Memorial High School, Dietz Auditorium, 450 Bartlett Avenue, Erlanger. The candidate forum featuring the...

No. 5 Thomas More knocks off Transy on Friday night, extends home winning streak to 21

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Because college athletes are human, a next-game letdown is almost inevitable after knocking off the nation’s top-ranked team. Doesn’t matter the level, be it NCAA Division I, II, III or the NAIA, the motivation is subconsciously reduced just a tad for the next opponent. Meanwhile, the next opponent is overflowing with incentive and ready to deliver its best shot...