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CovCath’s new quarterback joins list of playmakers in 40-7 season opening win against Ryle

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The proven playmakers returning from Covington Catholic’s undefeated state championship football team opened the new season Friday with impressive performances in a 40-7 win over Ryle. But sophomore quarterback Caleb Jacob’s debut seemed to please coach Eddie Eviston the most. CovCath running back Casey McGinness slips a tackle to score one...

Sen. Majority Leader McConnell in Northern Kentucky to tour SETEC, address ongoing addiction fight

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was in Northern Kentucky Friday to tour the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center (SETEC) and address ongoing concerns about the opioid crisis. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center Friday addressing the ongoing efforts in Congress to deal with the nation’s...

Dueling pianos — The Carnegie welcomes Felix and Fingers to the Otto M. Budig Theatre on Sept. 8

The Carnegie will welcome Felix and Fingers to the Otto M. Budig Theatre in Covington on Sept. 8 for a dueling piano performance that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Based out of Chicago, but featuring Cincinnati native Mike Sherman, the group will play songs from “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” to “Shut Up and Dance,” to “The Way You Look Tonight,” to “Friend Like Me,” and...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: It’s bell-ringer news, the kind that keeps her moving along on garden dominence

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune For about the past 15 years, or so, I have had my summers visited by the phenomenon of the whole fam-damily vacation.  We all pack-up, come in from all over the country, and camp together as a tribe in some pre-selected place that will have us.  The attendance numbers are generally around 15, sometimes more.    This was the biggest tomato waiting for me when...

Amsterdam Road in Covington closed due to mudslide, crews working to clear it, detour set up

Amsterdam Road in Covington is closed while City of Covington Public Works crews clean up a mudslide. A Covington Public Works crew worked furiously this morning to clear Amsterdam Road.  Public Works Director Rick Davis said the heavy rain overnight saturated the ground, and a large pile of dirt with weeds and brush slid onto the northbound lane of the road near Montague Road. “Our guys have...

Northern Kentucky University hosts 1968 film festival in conjunction with 50th anniversary celebration

Continuing its 50th anniversary celebrations, Northern Kentucky University is hosting a film festival dedicated to 1968 cinema. Presented by the Department of English and Cinema Studies, “NKU’s Gold Anniversary on the Silver Screen: A Look Back at 1968 Film” takes a deeper look at a compelling time in America’s cultural history and the history of film. Eight signature films will be playing...

High school football season opens with intriguing storylines based on last year’s results

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic posted a perfect 15-0 record last football season while Holy Cross didn’t win a single game. Those winning and losing streaks create two of the intriguing storylines for the opening night of the 2018 season on Friday. CovCath running back Casey McGinness Both teams will face formidable opponents. CovCath visits Ryle in a Skyline Chili...

Teresa Werner: Giving the Commonwealth a seat at table on issue of climate change and fossil fuels

Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.  Greenhouse gases trap heat and without them, Earth would be a frozen planet.  Since the Industrial Age, the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) to produce energy helped transform our economy and our lives.  Yet we now know that the burning of fossil fuels has a serious unintended consequence:  it releases more carbon...

Nicotine replacement therapy products available for Kentuckians who want to quit smoking

Kentuckians who want to quit smoking have at least two dozen sources for free and low-cost nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products. This includes patches, gums, lozenges and sprays, according to a list made available by the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow and developed by the Kentucky Cancer Consortium and the Kentucky Department for Public Health. NRT products are medications that help reduce...

Unemployment up slightly though Kentucky has added jobs and employment shows strong growth

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for July 2018 was up from the 4.2 percent reported for June 2018. The preliminary July 2018 jobless rate was down 0.7 percentage points from the 5 percent recorded...

Money, rings stolen from St. Walburg Monastery while sisters are making funeral arrangements

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor St. Walburg Monastery in Villa Hills was burglarized last week as the Sisters of St. Benedict were making funeral arrangements for a member of the order. Sister Aileen Bankemper, prioress at St. Walburg Monastery, said in an email that in addition to a large sum of cash, more than 125 rings, covering a history of more than 150 years, were stolen. Sr. Aileen...

Inaugural FORE! Kids’ Sake Golf Tournament kicks off new fiscal year for Speedway Children’s Charities

The Kentucky Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will host its inaugural FORE! Kids’ Sake Golf Tournament on Oct. 17. The event will be held at Belterra Golf Course in Florence, Indiana, a world-class championship course designed by legend Tom Fazio. “We are thrilled to host our first golf tournament in our chapter’s short history and are excited to be working with Belterra to make this...

Chef John Foster: Aw, pumpkins already; seasons wane but summer’s vegetable variety will be missed

I saw my first pumpkin of the season in a neighbor’s front yard and the realization hit me that fall is coming. One of my farmers delivered an order to me this weekend with the warning that they would probably not have any more squash and zucchini this season. Sitting out on my porch this morning at 5 a.m. you could hear the clock tick, and the wheel slowly turn. Into one season and out of...

Covington is looking for input from residents on improvements for Latonia’s Barb Cook Park

The sole of many a shoe has been left thinner by the basketball courts at Barb Cook Park in Latonia over the years, and its swings and slides have left the seats of kids’ shorts and pants a little shinier. Barb Cook Park’s basketball courts are popular, but what’s next for the park? But the City of Covington’s Parks & Recreation Department thinks the park could be so much...

Tickets still available for Brighton Center’s Wine over Water event at Purple People Bridge Aug. 25

Though all VIP Tables are sold out, tickets are still available for Brighton Center’s Wine over Water event 6:30-10 p.m. on Aug. 25 on the Purple People Bridge. Ticket purchase includes six tasting tickets for wine or beer and six tasting tickets for food. Additional wine and beer are available for purchase by the glass.  There are no physical tickets issued for this event. Check-in tables will...