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NKU Go Norse Fund to hold second annual fundraiser Jan. 17 at TopGolf in West Chester

Northern Kentucky University’s Go Norse Fund will hold its second annual fundraiser at TopGolf’s West Chester location on Jan. 17. This marks the second consecutive year NKU Athletics will be partnering with TopGolf in its fundraising efforts. TopGolf features climate-controlled bays that allow players to score points by hitting micro-chipped golf balls into massive targets stationed at various...

Behringer-Crawford Museum’s ‘Tot Tuesdays! Snowmen’ event set for 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 15

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to Behringer-Crawford Museum’s “Tot Tuesdays! Snowmen” at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 15 as it welcomes winter and all the frosty fun that comes with it. Snuggle up to hear a seasonal story and create a snowman craft to take home. “Tot Tuesdays!” are designed to help prepare preschoolers for reading readiness and socialization and are...

Gold Star, St. Vincent de Paul partner for annual coat drive; seeks to provide coats for those in need

In a year that has seen an increased need for neighbors to help one another, Gold Star is again sponsoring The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) 20th annual Winter Coat Drive. This year, Gold Star is doing things differently. In order to ensure the safety of everyone involved, the coat drive will offer new ways to donate coats to St. Vincent de Paul including contactless drop-offs and through online...

Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky on the cusp of turning a lofty dream into a reality for the region

The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky (ESNKY) is on the threshold of realizing a lofty and long-term dream — its very own home. In the midst of a very challenging year across our nation and the world, this community champion is turning the dream of a new location into a reality and bringing hope to the entire region. For the past 13 years, ESNKY has operated out of its current location on Scott...

Tom Wiedemann elected new vice president of NKU Foundation; other officers re-elected

The Northern Kentucky University Foundation has named Tom Wiedemann as Vice President. Wiedemann (’90) will also serve as Chair of the Foundation’s Finance and Audit Committee, assuming the position from Mart Gerrety who recently completed his third term. Tom Weidemann Wiedemann is the President & CEO of ‎AAA Club Alliance. He previously served as NKU’s Alumni Association President...

2020 Kids Count Data Book looks at impact of ‘dual pandemics’ on Kentucky’s children and families

The 2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book examines the impacts of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racial injustice on children and families with data disaggregated by race/ethnicity. The 30th edition of this publication also features the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the...

Holmes students feel their friends’ pain and are collecting food to help them through Thanksgiving

Seventeen-year-old Gavriel Nulls knows classmates who are homeless.
 A mother with an infant has moved in with 17-year-old Kaylee McManama’s family because of hard times.
 Amir Rice, 18, sees the pain on students’ faces and recognizes the pressure.

 These seniors at Holmes High School personally know of friends or families who are straining to maintain – and they are doing something...

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra presents L’Opera Famiglia live concert on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will present L’Opera Famiglia on Nov. 21 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati. The live event begins at 7:30 p.m. The social distancing plan used by St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica will be employed, and patrons are asked to don masks for safety. Tickets for each show this year remain where they have been for several seasons at $35 to...

NewsMaker 2020: Robert Hoffer is a successful professional and committed servant-leader

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Bob Hoffer is a soft-spoken guy and he carries a big stick. That big stick is an attitude, as in — he’s just happy to be here in his homeplace, ready to do what he can to make things better for everyone, aiming to make a difference, and feeling deeply blessed. You can’t be around him much without having that rub off. Robert Hoffer is the managing...

New book ‘Murder on the Ohio Belle’ is topic of NKY History Hour this Wednesday evening

In March 1856, a dead body washed onto the shore of the Mississippi River with its arms and legs tied to a chair. The body was that of a wealthy son of a southern planter who had been a passenger on the luxurious steamboat known as the Ohio Belle. Drawing on eyewitness accounts, Murder on the Ohio Belle by author and historian Stuart W. Sanders uncovers the mysterious story behind the bloodshed, one...

Devou Good Foundation grant application to support safer infrastructure projects for walkers, cyclists 

The Devou Good Foundation earlier this month announced its open grant application to support $3 million in funding for local projects that will help communities acquire, develop, and improve safe and sustainable infrastructure projects throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. “We have an urgent need to diversify our transportation options beyond motor vehicles. Creating safe infrastructure...

NewsMaker 2020: Catrena Bowman-Thomas helps families out of poverty, seeks justice, and matters

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Catrena Bowman-Thomas was fully prepared when she became executive director of the NKY Community Action Commission in 2018. She hit the ground running in her spiked heels – and she hasn’t stopped since. She brought to her new job 18 years of experience with the Community Action Commission of Lexington, a wealth of education, and a solid upbringing in Madisonville,...

Keep fire safety in mind during Thanksgiving feast; No. 1 day of year for U.S. home cooking fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is urging the public to make fire safety a priority when preparing this year’s Thanksgiving feast. The association’s latest Home Cooking Fires report shows that Thanksgiving is the peak day for U.S. home cooking fires followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. According to the report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated...

Prichard Committee study highlights challenges of remote teaching, learning during pandemic

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has released the Coping with COVID-19 Teacher and Family Study. The study, conducted in August through October, found that while some Kentuckians are finding benefits to remote K-12 instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and teachers face significant challenges in teaching and learning from home. The results of the study came from a survey...

Covington giving money for homeless assistance; Nov. 25 is deadline for COVID-19 proposals

Continuing its efforts to help those affected negatively by the pandemic and its impact, the City of Covington is looking for proposals from agencies that provide homeless assistance to help it spend up to $300,000. “Qualified and experienced” nonprofit agencies that work with the homeless have until 4 p.m. Nov. 25 to submit proposals to the City, according to the City’s formal NOFA – “notice...