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Fort Thomas resident McKenna Miller earns Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Scholarship from Pony Club

Six exceptional Pony Club members — including Fort Thomas resident McKenna Miller — were awarded college scholarships through the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. for outstanding achievements in academia, sportsmanship, and leadership through horsemanship. Fort Thomas resident McKenna Miller received the Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Scholarship from the Pony Club. The recipients were chosen based...

Positive outlook helps colon cancer survivor focus on making the most of his new lease on life

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter “I want to be a victor, not a victim,” declares Jacob Paff, a colon cancer survivor. His genuinely nice and even-tempered personality undoubtedly helped him in the fight of his life and continues to help him succeed in his career. Five months after the birth of his son Elijah, Jacob received his diagnosis. He didn’t know it at the time, but he...

City of Covington officials say ‘cautious and conservative’ budget designed to move city forward

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two stories submitted by the City of Covington to help explain its 2019-20 budget strategy. The second story will appear Friday. The City of Covington’s 2019-20 budget is balanced. It doesn’t raise taxes. It continues to fund core services like public safety, job creation, business recruitment, neighborhood support, housing and upkeep of public...

Hoerlein steps down from Fort Wright City Council; letters of interest being accepted to fill seat

The Fort Wright City Council met Monday evening during a special meeting and accepted the resignation of Councilman Mike Hoerlein. Hoerlein First and foremost, Councilman Hoerlein was an essential part of the Fort Wright City Council for several years and a great advocate and asset to the community and the organization overall. The City commends him wholeheartedly for his contributions. Additionally,...

1940s Day returns to CMC in August, includes Holocaust survivor, classic cars, live music, dancing

Grab your dancing shoes, put on your zoot suit and travel back in time when 1940s Day returns home to Union Terminal. A Holocaust survivor, classic cars, live music and dancing highlight Cincinnati Museum Center’s 1940s Day August 10. 1940s Day is an immersive celebration of the pivotal decade, including its music, fashion, vehicles and the people who shaped it. Admire the sleek lines and polished...

Major expansions at Ark Encounter as it enters year four; auditorium, zoo expansion, playground added

The Ark Encounter is getting ready to celebrate its third anniversary next month, and guests will have many new venues to experience in the fourth year. Provided photos Answers in Genesis (AiG), which operates the Ark Encounter with a full-size Noah’s Ark as the centerpiece, continues to engage in major expansions through 2019. Not surprising, tourist-related businesses in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati...

Fidelity Investments offers free financial literacy workshops for teachers — a bridge to knowledge

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Today, 100 teachers from across Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati will become students. Fidelity Investments in Covington is hosting an Educator Personal Financial Literacy Workshop “to help address the state’s financial literacy knowledge gap.” The training is free and open to all teachers grades K-12. In April of 2018, Kentucky HB 132 was signed into law....

Freedom seven-game winning streaked snapped by Slammers in Joliet Wednesday

After reaching a new milestone in a seven-game winning streak, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, fell flat against the Joliet Slammers, 5-1 at DuPage Medical Group Field on Wednesday afternoon. Florence scored first, plating their lone run in the top of the fourth, when an Ausitn Wobrock double off Slammers (14-27) starter Matt Quintana (2-3) bled immediately into...

Bill Straub: McConnell turning a blind eye to Russian interference in elections goes beyond party loyalty

His report passed on charging President Extremely Stable Genius with illicitly coordinating with Russia on the 2020 presidential election and left the question of obstruction of justice to other authorities, but Robert Mueller, the special counsel responsible for diving into the whole sordid mess, made one thing perfectly clear – Russia “launched a concerted attack on our political system’’...

Last beam placed at St. Elizabeth Cancer Center topping out is beacon of hope for patients, families

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor St. Elizabeth Healthcare reached another milestone Tuesday in its effort to make Northern Kentucky one of the healthiest communities in the country. The last beam for the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center project, filled with thousands of signatures, awaited placement Tuesday. Click to enlarge (photos by Mark Hansel). Stakeholders, community leaders and former patients...

Pickin’ Strings and Spinnin’ Tales; Jake Speed & The Freddies return to Music@BCM for July 11 show

Jake Speed, sometimes called the Woody Guthrie of Cincinnati, will be picking his acoustic guitar strings and telling stories at Behringer-Crawford Museum when he and his band, The Freddies, return to Music@BCM on Thursday, July 11. Jake Speed & The Freddies play a mix of folk, country blues and ragtime tunes, many of which tell regionally-inspired, often tongue-in-cheek stories. Their music is...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: June has been soggy, but here are two good options for summer fishing

By Lee McClellan  Although this June so far is wet and soggy, the long-range weather forecast calls for a return to normal summer patterns. We can finally look forward to stable water levels, hot weather and predictable fishing. Bass fishing in summer revolves around light, or the lack of it. The best times to sling a lure are pre-dawn to mid-morning, dusk and nighttime. You won’t find a better...

Suspect charged with shooting at police in Erlanger taken into custody following SWAT standoff

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Jacob Julick was taken into custody tonight in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Westwood following a six-hour SWAT team standoff. Jacob Julick, shown here being taken into custody following hours-long S.W.A.T. standoff in Cincinnati’s Westwood neighborhood. Julick is charged with shooting at police officers in Erlanger during a June 6 traffic stop (provided...

KYTC releases list of statewide transportation projects to guide decisions on next Highway Plan

NKyTribune staff The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Tuesday released a data-driven list of projects that are candidates for state transportation funding, using initial results from the State Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow (SHIFT). The results will be a key component in developing the upcoming 2020 Highway Plan. The statewide list includes 49 high-ranking projects under consideration...

Prep Sports Notebook: Simon Kenton graduate places second in national bowling tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Jonathan Cummins, a recent graduate of Simon Kenton, finished second in boys singles at the U.S. High School Bowling National Championships that ended Monday in Indianapolis. Jonathan Cummins Cummins, who won the Kentucky state title in boys singles last February, finished the qualifying and survivor rounds at the national tournament with the second highest...