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Anna Mae Darpel Hammons, matriarch of large NKY family, dies at age 93; visitation is Tuesday

Anna Mae (Darpel) Hammons, age 93, of Taylor Mill, died on October 18, 2019. She was the matriarch of a large Northern Kentucky family — 12 children. She is survived by eight of her children: Sandra (Jerry) Chabre, Mary Jo Hammons, Michael (Kit) Hammons, Rita (Bob) Rothert, Carol (Jack) Russell, Tom (Mary) Hammons, Sam (Gay) Hammons, and Betty Jane (David) DeVita.Anna Mae Darpel HammonsAnna Mae...

AccuWeather’s 2019 total hurricane damage estimate is $22 billion — and it likely isn’t over yet

AccuWeather’s 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is winding down as November nears, though it is certainly not over, as those in the South watching Tropical Storm Nestor in the Gulf of Mexico heading to Florida can attest.   Tropical storm warnings are in effect for portions of the northern Gulf coast of the United States, from the Mississippi-Alabama state border to Yankeetown, Florida.   “There...

Senate leaders say casino gambling legislation dead in Kentucky, revenue potential overstated

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two Republican senators have weighed in on one issue in the governor’s race by pronouncing any casino bill that arrives in their chamber “dead on arrival.” Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, made the comment while condemning a proposal by Democrat Andy Beshear to legalize casino gaming. Ky Sens. Damon Thayer,...

Trey Grayson named executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership

The Aspen Institute announced today that former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson will become Executive Director of the Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership. A member of the Fellowship’s inaugural class, Grayson will assume leadership of the program beginning in January 2020, following a period working alongside founding Executive Director Mickey Edwards. The Rodel Fellowship...

CVG airfares remain lowest in region as it serves more local passengers than ever before

The U.S. Department of Transportation released its average airfare ranking report for second quarter 2019, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) once again has the lowest airfares in the region. Among the top 100 U.S. domestic airports, CVG
ranked #74 with an average fare of $346; five percent below the national average of $364. Below is a summary of the CVG report: •...

Get out the vote effort, led by NKY Chamber of Commerce, launched in Northern Kentucky

Seeking to boost voter turnout and increasing the region’s clout in Frankfort and Washington, a region-wide public engagement effort has been launched to drive more Northern Kentuckians to the polls on Nov. 5. Led by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) and regional businesses, organizations and individuals, the non-partisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign is using traditional...

NKyTribune’s NewsMaker awards luncheon coming up; get your tickets for event Oct. 30 at Receptions

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune Editor The NKyTribune’s NewsMaker awards luncheon is coming up (fast!) — and there are still seats to fill. So come on out to celebrate these news celebrities — our neighbors who have made the news interesting and positive and fun over the last year. It’s a luncheon on October 30 at Receptions in Erlanger. Doors will be open at 11 a.m. so come enjoy...

KY State Police say father and two young daughters die in barn fire in Pendleton County Sunday night

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today DEMOSSVILLE, Ky. (KT) — Kentucky State Police and fire officials are investigating a barn fire in northern Kentucky that left three people dead, late Sunday night.Three people died in a fire at this barn. (WXIX-TV/Kentucky Today)The fire broke out in a barn located on Kentucky 17 North in Demossville near Butler in Pendleton County, around 11:45 p.m. The KSP says Carl...

Covington’s third bishop, Camillus Paul Maes, to be entombed in Cathedral he built on October 26

On Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m., the remains of Covington’s third bishop, Camillus Paul Maes, will be solemnly entombed during a Funeral Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption. Bishop Roger J. Foys will serve as celebrant and homilist for this historic moment. The Cathedral historian following the Mass and Entombment will give a walking historical tour of the Cathedral. All are welcome...

Kids Voting: NKyians are urged to take your children to the polls on Election Day to cast their mock vote

On Election Day, November 5, future voters — of any age — are encouraged to go to the polls with their parent/guardian to cast a vote in a mock election at a Kids Voting booth. Kids Voting Northern Kentucky is a non-profit, non-partisan organization teaching young people the importance of, and helps develop the habit of, voting. Students can go to the polling places with their parents/guardians...

Urban Appalachian Showcase features Rabbit Hash String band and more, Oct. 24, at Aronoff Center

Urban Appalachian creative spirit is alive and well in the Cincinnati region. In variety-show style, the community’s most dynamic Appalachian musicians, singers, storytellers, poets, spoken word artists, and dancers will express the diversity of Cincinnati’s Appalachian cultural heritage at the Express: Urban Appalachian Showcase on October 24, 7-9 p.m. at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater....

Prichard Committee hears from Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. democratic candidate Coleman on education

Gov. Matt Bevin and Jacqueline Coleman, who is the  Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, addressed the Prichard Committee’s annual meeting.   Bevin noted that the purpose of public education from the earliest days of the nation was to create virtuous citizens, and that needs to remain a central focus. He emphasized that education has been a priority in his family, with several family members...

Fort Mitchell police arrest 19-year-old in connection to a Facebook threat against Beechwood schools

In the overnight hours of Thursday, October 10, Beechwood Independent Schools received a threat via Facebook Messenger sent to the district’s Facebook Page. When Beechwood staff saw the message, they immediately notified the Fort Mitchell Police Department. Fort Mitchell Police officers began investigating and, within a few hours, discovered the location of the individual who sent the threat. Fort...

Roebling display didn’t happen overnight, Cincy native principal of team that brought it to BLINK

NKyTribune staff In partnership with Brave Berlin, visionaries and producers of BLINK 2019, MASARY Studios has co-created the major art installation of light, color, and sound on the iconic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Penning the sound score, light score, technical language and narrative, RUMBLE: A contemporary voice for the bridge that sings, will transform the Roebling into a “gesture...

Covington, Erlanger school districts jointly awarded $4.95m to prevent violence, engage communities

Covington Independent Public Schools and the Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District have been jointly awarded $4.95 million to create and support an intensive and broad-range effort to identify, assess, and serve students exposed to, or predisposed to, pervasive violence and to help students thrive. The two school districts, with support from community partners, collaborated to win the grant...