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Horizon Community funds names three to Council of Trustees: Mickey Fritz, Lauren Huizenga, Jim Eubel

The Council of Trustees that governs Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has named three new council members: Mickey Fritz, Lauren Huizenga, and Jim Uebel. Mickey Fritz (Photo provided) “The three remarkable individuals are great additions to our Council of Trustees,” said Nancy Grayson, Horizon Community Funds President and CEO. “We look forward to the new insight they will bring...

Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center to host second ‘Where’s Sheppy’ scavenger hunt beginning April 5

Baker Hunt Art and Culural Center will host their second “Where’s Sheppy” scavenger hunt promoting locally owned businesses throughout Covington April 5-14. (Photo from Baker Hunt) Each day during the event, a ceramic dog will be hidden at a participating Covington business, with hints to its location on the Baker Hunt Facebook and Instagram page. Whoever finds Sheppy gets to keep the...

CInci Observatory offering eclipse glasses for safe viewing of upcoming solar eclipse on April 8

As excitement builds for the upcoming solar eclipse, the Cincinnati Observatory is offering eclipse glasses for safe viewing of this rare celestial event. Safe viewing of the coming eclipse (Conservatory photo) On April 8th, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from Cincinnati and surrounding areas, offering a spectacular sight as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting its shadow...

Ben Dusing, John Gardner return to Ukraine to continue humanitarian work in war-torn Kherson

Staff report Ben Dusing and John Gardner have returned to Kherson, Ukraine, and the non-governmental nonprofit they founded there, World Aid Runners, Inc., after an extended break at home in Northern Kentucky. Local volunteers with Ben Dusing and John Gardner (Photo provided) Their organization, founded by Dusing and William J. Waggoner, an attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the only foreign humanitarian...

Life Learning Center hosts The Black Balloon Project Art Exhibit to encourage overdose awareness

In collaboration with Gabi Deaton, founder of The Black Balloon Project, Inc., Life Learning Center will host The Black Balloon Project Art Exhibit on Saturday, March 2nd. This event will be held from noon-3 p.m. with speaking remarks by photographer Gabi Deaton at 1:30 p.m. Following Gabi’s comments there will be remarks by Tami Bobblitt, who lost her son Chase to a fentanyl overdose in 2021, and...

Kenton County Animal Shelter receives grant from Joanie Bernard Foundation for cat-neutering program

By Patricia A. Scheyer NKyTribune reporter The Kenton County Animal Shelter was awarded Joanie Bernard grant, a prize worth up to $10,200, for the purpose of spaying and neutering stray cats in the county. The grant comes from the Give Them Ten Movement, an organization under the Joanie Bernard title, dedicated to advancing feline research, funding humane shelters and cat organizations, developing...

Twins Dianna, Kathleen Farrell enjoy independence at Grome House, a Point/Arc’s residential home

By Andy Furman Point/Arc One is very outgoing; talkative and she sings. The other, a bit more reserved. But you can hardly tell Dianna and Kathleen Farrell apart. They are twins, and almost inseparable. “They do everything together,” said Constance Simmons, a 14-year employee of The Point/Arc, who serves as House Lead at the Grome House – one of 16 residential homes owned and operated by the...

WAVE Foundation to relocate from Newport Aquarium space to new offices at Newport on the Levee

After two decades of operating from a space within the Newport Aquarium, local nonprofit WAVE Foundation (WAVE) has signed a lease with North American Properties (NAP) to open a 4,650-square-foot office at Newport on the Levee (The Levee). Partly funded by a grant from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, the WAVE Foundation Center for Conservation Education is slated to open next to Prime...

Hebron Kroger donates $10k they got for selling ‘Jones 30’ lotto ticket to Jones Middle School

Staff report The Hebron Kroger that sold the winning lotto ticket to the ‘Jones 30’ donated its share of $10,000 to Jones Middle School. Kroger presents a big check. (Photo provided) On March 5, a group of educators and former educators — calling themselves the ‘Jones 30’ — hit the lottery for $1million. The group had been buying lottery tickets for 14 years. All...

BCM’s February 20 NKY History Hour to explore region’s 140-year horseracing history

A sport deeply rooted in the sweet bluegrass of Kentucky, horse racing is a cultural celebration and age-old tradition in the Commonwealth. During the late 19th Century, Northern Kentucky was home to top-tier Thoroughbred racing in the Covington neighborhood of Latonia. Established in 1883, the Latonia Race Track was beautiful and modern for its time, boasting illustrious races such as the Latonia...

Special Olympics Kentucky athletes on 33 teams will compete in Region 2 tournament in Florence Sat.

Nearly 400 Special Olympics Kentucky athletes on 33 teams will take to the hardwood at Sports of All Sorts in Florence on Saturday, February 17, for the 2024 Special Olympics Kentucky Region 2 Basketball Tournament. Each of the teams will be looking to punch their tickets to the organization’s State Basketball Tournament, which will be held in Louisville March 9-10. Of the 33 teams competing in nine...

New Perceptions to celebrate ribbon-cutting on new sports court, made possible by grant from Toyota Boshoku

New Perceptions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, announces the grand opening of its brand-new sports court, made possible by a generous donation from Toyota Boshoku. Drawing of new sports court at New Perceptions. (Provided) The official ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday,...

SVdP NKY receives two grants to support its Sweet Dreams Bed program and utility assistance program

St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky (SVdP NKY) has announced the receipt of two grants that will support the organization’s Sweet Dreams Bed Program and help support rent and utility assistance for those in need. The first grant, from the Charles H. Dater Foundation, will support SVdP’s Sweet Dreams Bed Program. The funding will provide children under the age of 16, adults 65 years or...

Master Provision’s Bridges to Blessings coming up — get your tickets here for the Feb. 29 event

Staff report Master Provision’s Bridges to Blessings, presented by Verst Logistics, is getting a revamp. This year will be more relaxed – a true opportunity to kick back and enjoy yourself. You can still count on a night of fun, dancing, and delicious food to celebrate the work being done through Master Provisions on Thursday, February 29, 6-10 p.m. at MegCorp Pavillion in Newport. What...

Aviatra Accelerators launches Master Class series to help women entrepreneurs grow their business

Aviatra Accelerators, a non-profit accelerator devoted to empowering women entrepreneurs through education, connections, and resources, announces the launch of their new in-person class series: “Master Class.” This transformative series is poised to kick off in February, with one-day classes offered quarterly. Jill Morenz, President, and CEO of Aviatra Accelerators, shared her enthusiasm for the...