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Florence Freedom push back opening night to Friday night due to concerns of inclement weather

Opening Day of the 2019 Florence Freedom baseball season has been pushed back to Friday, May 10, due to the severe weather forecasted for Thursday evening. The Friday, May 10 game will remain at 7:05 p.m. against the Joliet Slammers.  The May 9 game against the Lake Erie Crushers has been moved to Sunday, July 7 at 5:35 p.m. “We have made the tough decision to try and be proactive by rescheduling...

KSO closes 27th season with first indoor/outdoor concert at the Cathedral and multi-media surprises

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra closes its 27th season on May 11 with the region’s first ever indoor/outdoor concert at the Cathedral. Composer and ordained priest Antonio Vivaldi oversaw a church and orphanage in Venice, Italy, for which he wrote hundreds of liturgical works and concerti for various instruments. After his death in 1741, most of Vivaldi’s compositions were cloistered in Venice...

CSI Fort Thomas: Revisiting notorious 1896 murder with historian Larry Tippin as featured speaker May 9

In 1896, Northern Kentucky was thrust into the national spotlight for what was called “the crime of the century” – the murder of Pearl Bryan, whose headless body was discovered in Fort Thomas. The notorious case is the subject of a recently released book by historian Larry Tippin, who will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m. on May 9 at the Fort Thomas Tower Park Mess Hall. “CSI Fort...

ODOT, KYTC want motorists to be aware of upcoming traffic disruptions on I-71 around Lytle Tunnel

The Ohio Department of Transportation and KYTC want Northern Kentucky motorists traveling through Cincinnati on Interstate 71 to be aware of the following upcoming traffic disruptions. Work in the Interstate 71 Lytle Tunnel requires the following I-71/Lytle Tunnel ramp and full closures: Close north I-71 at the I-71/75 split, at Ohio exit 1, from 10 p.m. Friday, May 10 until 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11....

The Rural Blog: Eight reasons most livestock industries booming; new records for pork production

The Rural Blog While the dairy industry is struggling, overall, livestock industries are booming. “Across the country, meat production is at an all-time high. The U.S. will be at record production for beef and pork in 2019, says Joe Schuele with the U.S. Meat Export Federation. The U.S. has set new records for pork production every year since 2015. Beef production has been increasing since 2016....

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach to scratch with an entrapped epiglottis; Bodexpress draws in

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach will be scratched from Saturday’s 145th race due to an entrapped epiglottis, according to Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. Omaha Beach (Photo courtesy Coady Photography/ Oaklawn Park) “After training this morning we noticed him cough a few times,” Mandella said. “It caused us to scope him and we found an entrapped epiglottis. We can’t fix it this...

Turfway Park offering an all-day party on Saturday for Derby Day — wagering, concert, Party in the Paddock

The greatest two minutes in sports is an all-day party at Turfway Park on Saturday, May 4. The Northern Kentucky racetrack will host its annual Kentucky Derby simulcast and Party in the Paddock, which includes a free concert by popular local rockers DV8.   The Party in the Paddock begins at noon and continues to 8 p.m., with DV8 taking the stage at 2:30 p.m. Admission and parking free, and valet...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet provides update on projects underway in Northern Kentucky

Construction season is underway and road crews are out on interstates and highways throughout the region. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has provided the following update on projects that impact Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties. CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY – CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO · I-275 (Combs-Hehl Bridge) 73 – 71 mile-marker – ODOT has a pavement resurfacing and bridgework project...

News briefs: Dr. Wallace to get UK LIbraries award; Fischer Homes, GE team up; state appointments

Northern Kentucky University’s Dr. Robert Wallace will be presented with the 2019 UK Medallion for Intellectual Achievement by the University of Kentucky Libraries on May 16. Dr. Wallace is being recognized for his exceptional intellectual achievement and contribution to the lasting value of the Commonwealth.   Dr. Wallace is a Regents Professor and has taught English, Literature and Art at NKU...

Union artist Lindsey Jaeger’s ‘Rooted in Kentucky’ scratchboard selected for International exhibition in Berea

Artist Lindsey Jaeger’s Rooted in Kentucky scratchboard of a mink swimming among sycamore roots has been selected for inclusion in the Eighth Annual Exhibition of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. Artists from Australia, Canada, China, England, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States will be represented in the show. Jaeger developed the idea for her entry into...

Kenton County jury deliberates 10 minutes, recommends life+20yrs for convicted child molester

A Kenton County jury deliberated slightly more than an hour Thursday before finding Jeremy C. Breeden, 41, guilty of 1st Degree Sodomy and two counts of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse, all against a child under the age of 12. Breeden The same jury then took only ten minutes to return the maximum possible sentence on each charge of Life, 10 years, and 10 years, respectively, and recommended those sentences...

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 117 KY counties during 2018, according to KYSTATS

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 117 Kentucky counties in 2018 compared to 2017, rose in Monroe and Owen counties and stayed the same in Metcalfe, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2018 at 3.1 percent. It was followed...

Can you help? Wildlife biologists hoping to locate barn owl KY nesting sites for rare species

Wildlife biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources need the public’s help in locating barn owl nesting sites to gain a deeper understanding of why the species is rare in the state. Barn owls, with their distinctive heart-shaped faces and dark eyes, were plentiful across Kentucky as late as the 1960s. By 2016, however, there were only about 75 documented nesting locations...

NKY Restoration offers continuing education for planners and Architects at CCPL Newport branch

NKY Restoration is providing relevant content with historic preservation as the common theme in their day-long event, NKY Restoration Weekend Professional Track on Friday, April 26. NKY Restoration believes earning continuing education credits is valuable for planners and architects. The event takes place at the Campbell County Public Library’s President Room located at 901 East 9th Street in Newport. Registration...

Kenton County hosting its annual Spring Clean-Up May 2-4; here are places and times

Looking to clean out the house for spring? Kenton County Public Works is hosting its annual Spring Clean-Up May 2nd-4th at Lincoln Ridge Park, Piner Elementary School and the Ryland Heights City Building. Times and accepted items vary by location. This event is intended for private Kenton County residents. You may be asked to show proof of residency. Kenton County Public Works (Lincoln Ridge Park)...