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Gov. Beshear reports 1,447 cases, 43 deaths; announces 119 new vaccination sites

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 119 new vaccination sites, bringing the state’s total number of vaccine providers to 410. He also reported 1,447 new cases, 43 deaths and positivity rate of 5.67%. “Vaccinations are going incredibly well in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are giving out doses faster than the federal government provides them. More than 646,000 Kentuckians have received at least...

Bill to give high school students a ‘do-over’ for this year passes out of House committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill to give high school students a chance to have a do-over for this school year because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, cleared its first legislative hurdle on Thursday. 
The Senate Education Committee gave unanimous approval to Senate Bill 128, sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, to give a “mulligan” to students affected by virtual learning...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Grayson Lake’s rocky cliffs and waterfalls offer varied outdoor experience

This is the 14th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Grayson Lake (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) Grayson Lake is in Carter and Elliott counties. The dam is about 7 miles south of Grayson, off Ky. 7. Construction began in 1964, and the lake opened in April 1969. The main access highways are Ky. 7, Ky. 986, and Ky. 504. Size Impounded from the Little Sandy River, Grayson...

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra returns to Verst warehouse in Hebron for Czech It Out on March 6

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra returns to an industrial warehouse for Czech It Out — an all Antonin Dvorak program — featuring local cellist prodigy, Miriam K. Smith. Even in a pandemic, the beauty of music, with its transcendent consoling and uplifting qualities, generates the power to bring our community together. The program will be Saturday, March 6, at Verst Group Logistics large warehouse...

Jim Waters: Protect journalists, activists from vindictive lawsuits; then there are also public records

It’s one thing for government agencies to deny open records requests from the press or public. It’s quite another for those entities to file lawsuits in retaliation against the requesters. Yet such legal retribution is happening nationwide with increasing frequency, including in Kentucky, where seriously misguided efforts by the City of Taylorsville to silence frequent local-government critic Lawrence...

‘Don’t Tell a Soul’ movie filmed entirely in Louisville now in theaters, streaming on demand services

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky Several recognizable names are attached to the new psychological thriller “Don’t Tell A Soul.” Beyond starring Rainn Wilson, best known for playing Dwight Schrute on “The Office,” the film also has producers many Louisvillians will know. Steve Poe, of Poe Companies real estate firm, and his wife Merry-Kay Poe, of Unbridled Films, and John Neace, founder of...

St. Henry rolls to 73-29 win over Walton-Verona in opening round of All “A” Classic sectional playoffs

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Two days after posting one of the biggest victories in team history, the St. Henry Crusaders took the first step toward defending their All “A” Classic boys basketball state championship with a 73-29 win over Walton-Verona in a sectional playoff game on Thursday in Walton. On Tuesday, St. Henry ended a 15-game losing streak against Covington Catholic,...

UK’s Mintz not looking at past, focused on helping Wildcats make late-season run in SEC

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Davion Mintz isn’t looking back. Although this season has been an adjustment on and off the court for the former Creighton guard, Mintz has no regrets about transferring to Kentucky and is “still excited” to be a Wildcat. “It’s the best decision I ever made still,” Mintz said. “I’ve been running my marathon and I’ve been chasing my dreams for years....

Documentary on CovCath student Nick Sandmann’s viral encounter at Capitol streams starting Friday

Special to NKyTribune Rush to Judgment, the documentary about then-Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann’s viral 2019 encounter at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., will be released via the streaming service Vimeo this Friday. Greater Cincinnati filmmakers Steve Oldfield and Ryan Anderson spent more than a year investigating the story and scored exclusives with Sandmann, his...

Bill Straub: McConnell put his energies into court appointments (not much avail); Biden can do better

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, as benevolent as ever, has graciously decided to forgive U.S. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland for pursuing a Supreme Court appointment he intended to steal and will support Garland’s nomination to serve as attorney general. What a guy! Garland, you’ll recall, was nominated by then-President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in March 2016 to fill the high court...

Governor Beshear reports lowest positivity rate since Oct. 27, 1,306 cases and 51 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate has declined to 5.9%, the lowest since Oct. 27. “We are getting these vaccines out faster than the federal government can provide them, so there’s a lot of hope moving into the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are going to defeat this virus this year, but until then, we’ve got to protect each other.” Case Information Gov. Beshear...

‘YMCA building’ facade work to start, transformation to create hotel suites, bourbon ‘experience’

Known for two of their former tenants – the old YMCA and Gateway bookstore – the buildings at the southeast corner of Madison Avenue and Pike street in Covington have sported many “looks” over the last Century, including an old-style turret, the ‘70s-era “radiator grille,” and the current brick arches and canvas awnings. They’re about to get another look, one that’s much more modern. Top...

The Man Scout: ‘Growth, decay then transformation.’ The end of one journey and the beginning of another

By Chris Cole Special to NKyTribune
 We’ve come to a fork in the road. Twenty-two weeks ago, I set out to change not just what I know about the world around me, but who I am as a person. My goal was to become a Man Scout, skilled in the art and science of life-craft. Over these past 22 weeks, I’ve learned a lot. I can now catch a (small) fish; tie several different knots depending on the occasion;...

Enzweiler Building Institute, Al Neyer invite women to learn about construction career opportunities

March 7-13 is National Women in Construction week, as designated by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). To highlight career opportunities for women in construction, the Enzweiler Building Institute and Al Neyer are hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Women are severely under-represented in the construction industry where they make up only about 10%...

NKY Funders’ Grants Partners take new approach in 2021; 15 nonprofits to ignite fundraising potential

Horizon Community Funds, The R. C. Durr Foundation, The Butler Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and The Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation have come together again to provide support for nonprofits serving Northern Kentucky. The following nonprofits have been selected to participate in the 2021 cohort of Jumpstart, which is an immersive, yearlong program to strengthen fundraising capacity within...