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NewsMakers ’22: Honoring Chuck Session for a remarkable career and special ‘service leadership’

This is the fourth of a five-part series about the NKyTribune’s ’22 NewsMakers. Tomorrow: Lytle Thomas. By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor He has been called “Chuck” from the time he was a boy, to distinguish himself from his dad Charles. And, honestly, the nickname suits him — it has a downhome wholesomeness to it, just like the man it belongs to. He may have left his small...

NewsMakers ’22: Ray Hebert, a scholar and intellect, devoted teacher, family man, friend, and good guy

The third of a series of five stories featuring the NKyTribune’s NewsMakers of the year. Tomorrow: Chuck Session By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Ray Hebert grew up in a loving home in Rochester, New Hampshire, where his family’s first language was French. He was in a class of 38 students in a French-speaking school where he played baseball and basketball and was a Hall-of-Famer in sports. He...

NewsMakers ’22: Judi Gerding, leader and innovator, celebrates 50 years of Point/Arc’s success

Second of five parts honoring The NKyTribune’s NewsMakers of the year. Tomorrow: Ray Hebert By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Judi Gerding, president and founder of The Point/Arc, is a leader and innovator whose devotion to her son set her on a personal journey that not only improved her son’s quality of life but has impacted uncountable other lives along the way. Her son Steve was diagnosed...

NewsMakers ’22: ‘Healthcare geek’ Chris Carle leads with vision, energy, and a servant’s heart

First in a series of five honoring the NKyTribune’s NewsMakers of the Year. Tomorrow: Judi Gerding. By Kate Wiseman Special to NKyTribune Chris Carle is one of those people who asks what you need and then gets it done — whether that’s organizing a fundraiser, building a high school football program, or overseeing hospital mergers and acquisitions. He’s a servant leader in every sense of...

Frank Sommerkamp dies at 93, a model of the quintessential community servant of his generation

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor If ever there were a model for what the perfect community servant might be, the ideal candidate would undoubtedly be Frank Sommerkamp. During the years when a disparate collection of three counties and a gaggle of cities were finding ways to define themselves as a region called “Northern Kentucky,” there was Frank mixing it up and engaged in every way. Frank...

Secretary of State Adams committee testimony: Expanded voting places, end to frivolous recounts

Secretary of State Michael Adams provided the following testimony today to the General Assembly’s Legislative Oversight and Investigations Committee, calling for expanded voting locations and an end to frivolous recounts. Here is the text of his testimony:   It’s a pleasure to be with you and speak to Kentucky’s successful 2022 general election. First, let me say thank you for your legislation...

New security measures being put in place on Capitol Loop at State Capitol, partially limiting vehicular traffic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More new security measures can now be seen at the State Capitol, which follow the recommendations of both the Kentucky State Police and federal security partners. Photo by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today Last fall, the bollards were placed on the Capitol Loop, closing the portion of the road that runs between the Capitol and the Capitol Annex to vehicular traffic, from the Floral...

UK student and Beechwood grad who faces criminal charges for racial slurs, violence banned from school

A University of Kentucky student who faces criminal charges after an online video showed her using racial slurs and physically attacking a black student employee has now been banned from the university — and won’t be allowed to return. Sophia Rosing, 22, a Beechwood High School graduate and a senior marketing major, was arrested over the weekend for attacking a young black woman who was...

Both Constitutional Amendments fail; voters retain governor’s call of special sessions, affirm choice

Staff report Statewide results — with some 85% of votes reported just after midnight — indicate that voters have rejected both Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. This means that Constitutional Amendment #1 was defeated. It would have amended the state Constitution to allow the General Assembly to call itself into special session. Currently, only the governor can call a special legislative...

UK student, Beechwood grad facing charges after altercation with dorm employee, use of racial slurs

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A University of Kentucky student was arrested and faces several criminal charges after an online video shows her using racial slurs and physically attacking a student employee who was working the front desk over the weekend. Video posted online shows the woman, identified by the school as Sophia Rosing, using racial epithets and assaulting the other student in the lobby...

The ‘first’ Tom Brady, who raises money for Thomas More Saints, finds that the name has advantages

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter Don’t believe it. Don’t believe any of it. It’s not true. Tom Brady is not divorced. The first Tom Brady He’s married – and working at Thomas More University. Yes, Tom Brady is the Associate Director of Development for Athletic Fundraising for the Saints. “I’ve been at Thomas More for about a year-and-a-half,” he told the Northern Kentucky Tribune. The...

Oil price volatility leads to higher gas prices across nation; Kentucky sees 9th largest increase on week

Since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by 3 cents to land at $3.79 at week’s end. According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand dipped slightly from 8.93 million b/d to 8.66 million b/d last week. But at the same time, total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 1.3 million bbl to 206.6 million bbl. Tighter supply...

Election ’22: A look at the candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives facing off for election

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter The campaign yard signs have been in place for weeks for maximum exposure, the positions on various issues have been aired and the candidates for U.S. Senate and Northern Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District are using the final days before Election Day to get out the vote. The two races for jobs in Washington, D.C., have not gotten the widespread attention of...

Josh Quinn joins meetNKY as tourism is poised to rebound and new master plan is in place

As Northern Kentucky’s tourism industry recovers from the worst downturn ever, the realization that travel demand will fully return to 2019 levels is clear. Embracing forward-thinking and new opportunities, meetNKY has worked over the last year with a national consulting agency, Streetsense, a local advisory committee, the bureau’s Board of Commissioners, and regional partners to create a “Master...

Sec. of State Adams says state, local officials assure Nov. 8 election is secure; early voting starts today

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams says both state and local officials have been working to ensure the Nov. 8 general election is secure, especially when there is early voting taking place.    In an interview with Kentucky Today on Tuesday, Adams said there have been a lot of changes since he took office in 2020, hundreds of pages worth. Most of them are very technical,...