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Kentucky by Heart: i.imagine program exposes Northern Kentucky teens to the art of photography

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist As Kentucky Derby inches closer, I can’t think of a better way for Northern Kentuckians to embrace the equine pageantry than attending the April 23 fundraising event, “Down the Stretch with i.imagine.” The main event occurs from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Triple Crown Country Club, in Union, with cocktail hour preceding it from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Patrons will be...

Our Rich History: 1915 tornado left path of destruction across Northern Kentucky

By Dave Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part three of a three-part series on the region’s destructive tornadoes. On the evening of July 7, 1915, Northern Kentuckians experienced an unprecedented series of tornados and straight-line winds that caused havoc in the region. Storms swept through Kenton and Campbell Counties leaving a path of destruction. At least two people died, and many were injured. Pike...

The River: The most versatile person on a riverboard crew is the deckhand who has quite a tool kit

By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders shares the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This part of a long and continuing story was first told in March, 2019. See below how to order Captain Don’s historically significant illustrated hardback book, a collection of his storytelling,...

For Spring break meetNKY says ‘meet Northern Kentucky’ close to home, see region as visitors do

If you are looking for something to do for spring break — with or without kids — meetNKY, the region’s Visitors and Convention Bureau, has some ideas for you. They are varied and interesting and rich and exciting — and are right here at home. So experience your home in the same way that thousands of travelers — discover “local” and enjoy your own backyard....

Three Kentucky State Parks to be featured on Discovery Channel’s ‘RV There Yet?’ May 18

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today As Kentucky State Parks marks its 100th anniversary, Greenbo Lake, Carter Caves and Grayson Lake State Park will be featured in the upcoming season of the Discovery Channel’s recreational travel series “RV There Yet?” “Here in the Commonwealth, it’s no secret that our state parks are some of our best tourist attractions, providing unforgettable experiences...

AAA advice: Tips on assessing storm damage, filing claims, and understanding who is responsible

This week’s severe storms brought damaging winds and rain to many parts of Kentucky. The storm brought down power lines, poles and trees, some of which caused damage to homes and cars. “Spring is a time we often see a lot of strong winds and severe storms. The resulting property damage can be an unexpected financial hardship for many,” says Lori Weaver Hawkins, public affairs manager,...

Mike Tussey: Follow that dream and never look back — Dusty Rhodes certainly followed that path

Once upon a time there was a 13-year-old boy from Syracuse, New York who had a dream of being on the radio. 1967– Dusty at WOLF in Syracuse, NY. (Photo provided) He knew he was young, he also knew that his dream job likely wouldn’t be happening to him. So, he set a goal of working as hard as he could and even came up with a plan. The plan was to ride his bike to the radio station and this ask...

Registration now open for NKY Restoration Weekend April 27 at Newport Intermediate School

Whether you own a historic home, are thinking about buying one, or simply love history, the NKY Restoration Weekend event on Saturday, April 27, is for you. The annual event returns to the Newport Intermediate School with an impressive speaker lineup of historic preservation professionals. Registration opened April 1, so be quick to reserve your spot as this is a consistently in-demand event. The event...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentuckians share places they find strikingly similar to the Commonwealth

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Last week’s column featured a special annual event in Crandon, Wisconsin, called “Kentuck Day.” The gathering is dedicated to lending tribute to a large throng of people who settled there after migrating from Kentucky, starting generally in the 1900s. Part of the allure of Kentuckians to Crandon, according to a local resident there, is that the hilliness...

Our Rich History: 50 years later — the April 1974 tornado outbreak left a path of destruction

By Paul A. Tenkotte, Ph.D. Special to NKyTribune Part 2 of a three-part series on the region’s destructive tornadoes It is truly amazing to watch the dance that nature performs throughout the year. Seasons change, autumn arrives, leaves fall, and animals prepare for winter. By spring, the earth suddenly awakens again, flowers bloom, the temperature warms, and thunderstorms brew. And all of it depends...

The River: (Remembering) riverboat folk yearning to hear the ‘ready whistle’ and engines warming up

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. The story first appeared in March 2021. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Since last week, the Ohio River’s simmered down after cresting at 56.82-feet on the Cincinnati...

Cincinnati Observatory prepares the community for the solar eclipse on April 8; how to watch safely

As the whole world gets ready for the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8, the Cincinnati Observatory is taking proactive steps to ensure the community is well-prepared to witness this rare phenomenon safely. The Observatory wants to equip individuals of all ages with the knowledge and tools necessary to enjoy the eclipse. One way to do that is by purchasing eclipse glasses at the Observatory. Be sure...

Setting record (scientifically) straight: coal is state rock; agate, state gemstone; calcite, state mineral

Coal is currently Kentucky’s state mineral, though it isn’t really a mineral in scientific terms. There’s also debate about whether agate, the state rock, has received the accurate designation. Those questions are being laid to rest, thanks to the work of state lawmakers and scientists who are prioritizing scientific accuracy in state symbols. A bill that received final approval in the Kentucky...

Kathryn Witt’s new book, Perfect Day Kentucky, offers tips for exploring ‘heaven’; launch party Friday

Staff report Local author Kathryn Witt has authored a new book, Perfect Day Kentucky: Day Trips, Weekend Getaways, and Other Escapes,” published by Reedy Press. A special launch party will be held Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Second Sight Spirits in Ludlow. It is free and open to the public. “Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.” Explorer Daniel Boone made this observation two centuries...

Mike Tussey: Tomorrow, the 105th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade kicks of a ‘Cincinnati Holiday’

One year ago in 2023 -130,000 made the trek to Cincinnati and attend the historic Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. Findlay Market Opening Day parade, 2023. (File photo) What brought the thousands to the Queen City? Reds legend – Sparky Anderson likely said it best: “It’s a holiday – a baseball holiday! Ain’t no other place in America got that!” Actually, the Parade is a huge catalyst...