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The River: The captain hates change, but knew everything had to change sometime . . .

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 hardback, illustrated book, a collection of his storytelling, The River. By Capt. Don Sanders Special...

‘Game changer’ for many families, as ‘kinship care’ bill, SB 151, moves to Governor’s desk

By Sarah Ladd Kentucky Lantern Long awaited financial help will be coming to “kinship care” Kentuckians who are raising a minor relative such as a grandchild or niece, thanks to a bill that received unanimous approval in the House Friday. Senate Bill 151 now heads to Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk for a signature or veto. It passed the Senate in early February. Norma Hatfield, president of the Kinship...

Officials tell Dayton’s story, of the river city known for its homes (historic and new), businesses, vitality

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter The population was 5,666 at the 2020 census – but Dayton, Kentucky Mayor Ben Baker and City Administration Jay Fossett had just as many stories and highlights of the city located in the northernmost part of Campbell County, at the Covington Rotary luncheon this week at the Radisson Hotel. “Dayton has a total area of 1.9 square miles of which 1.3 square miles is...

City of Fort Mitchell announces retirement of Tony, the Police Department’s first and only K9 officer

Tony has retired. “Tony who,” you might ask? Well, if you’ve ever seen a K9 demonstration at Fort Mitchell’s Touch-A-Truck or Hero Night Festival, you know exactly who Tony is and that his bite is as big as his bark. The first and only K9 the city has ever had; Tony has retired after seven years with the Fort Mitchell Police Department. Officer Tony (Photo from City of Fort Mitchell) Through...

Mike Tussey: Can you swim? Lessons are a great idea — and so is sunscreen

While many of us were sleeping last night, the March Equinox or Spring as we know it, arrived at 11:06 p.m. Spring’s entry into our lives coupled with Daylight Saving Time that began 10 days ago, means our days will be brighter and warmer now. For millions, the warmer weather means millions will be around the pool and cooking out. However, most of us don’t have a pool – if you wish to swim...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentucky’s high school Sweet Sixteen tournaments revive fond childhood memories

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist March Madness basketball, high school style, is upon us in Kentucky. In the girls’ Sweet Sixteen matchups, Saturday night saw Sacred Heart crowned as the state champion with a 60-49 win over McCracken County. It was the Louisville school’s fourth straight title, a record. Newspaper account of 1946 state basketball tourney (Image courtesy of Billie Jo Chaplin) This...

Our Rich History: Dixie Selden was an accomplished Covington artist, taught by Duveneck, Farny

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune In honor of Women’s History Month, we offer this encore column that originally appeared in Our Rich History on March 28, 2016. While giving a tour of the art collection at the Kenton County Public Library in Covington, I came across Dixie Selden’s Woman Hanging Laundry. The piece is very familiar to me since it was on display in my office for many years....

The River: Summers are scorchers on the Upper Mississippi and mayflies add to the misery

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 is a part of a long and continuing story. It first appeared in April, 2018. Purchase the Captain’s book below. By Captain Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Summers on the Upper Mississippi River can be scorchers. Adding to...

Nominations are open for the City of Covington’s Preservation Excellence Awards; deadline April 1

Covington’s Historic Preservation Office is accepting nominations until April 1 for this year’s Covington Preservation Excellence Awards. “We have seen so much growth and development happening all over Covington in the last year, and whether it’s a new business or homeowner moving to The Cov, more than likely you’re ending up in a historic building,” said Covington’s Historic Preservation...

Campbell County Conservation District offers backyard conservation cost-share program

If you are starting to plan your garden and summer landscaping in Campbell County, check out this financial program for conservation projects in your own backyard from the Campbell County Conservation District. The Local Cost-Share Program is an incentive program that assists with landowner’s costs while implementing conservation practices that benefit soil and water quality and wildlife habitat. Build...

Opinion – Bluegrass Wildlife: To hear a Mockingbird call is a wonderful thing, especially in the nighttime

By Howard Whiteman Murray State University There he goes again. Not even close to daylight, and the mockingbird is outside my window, producing his amazing repertoire of calls. Twelve different calls that I have hear so far, not bad but not even close to the extreme. For most of the calls, or songs as they are described by birders, he is clearly copying those of other local birds, hence the name of...

Mike Tussey: The treadmill and exercise can be your best friend; it is never too late to start

Dateline – April 1998. I was pushing 60 and out of shape, overweight and with no thoughts about health issues. After all, I was working midnight turn with no problem at all. That is, until it happened. Around mid-morning it was time to visit the bathroom and in doing so, an incredibly sharp pain hit my chest. Moments later, the pain increased. Sitting on the side of the bed, I began having trouble...

Kentucky by Heart: Celebrating Kentucky’s deep Irish influence as St. Patrick’s Day approaches

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and here’s hoping you’ll appreciate me sharing a “stew” of Irish-laden tidbits passing through my Irish-ancestry mind as we approach March 17. Let’s start with praising an Irishman who came to Kentucky and grew an amazing business, called Alltech, creating jobs and spurring others to seek new ways of doing things. Dr. Pearse...

Our Rich History: In honor of St. Patrick’s Day — coming up — let’s salute Ludlow’s Irish legacy

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we offer this encore column that originally appeared in the Northern Kentucky Tribune’s Our Rich History on March 14, 2016. By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Father Kehoe, pastor, St. James Catholic Church, 1894-1921 (Photo provided) Irish immigration to the United States began in the colonial period. Many of these early immigrants were tradesman from...

The River: A boy’s life couldn’t get any better; all that mattered was river and learning as much as he could

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 a part of a long and continuing story. It first appeared in 2019. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune The PAL-O-MINE was at home at the Newport Yacht Club, on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River upstream from the Mouth of...