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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos moves first load of dirt at groundbreaking of Prime Air Hub at CVG in Hebron

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Amazon broke ground Tuesday for its new $1.5 billion Prime Air Hub in Hebron, KY at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, driving a front loader, moved the first load of dirt at the groundbreaking for the $1.5 billion Prime Air Hub at CVG Tuesday (photos by Mark Hansel). Flanked by two Prime Air cargo planes, Amazon CEO...

Aviation Museum opens exhibit on X-15 research plane, flown by Neil Armstrong

The X-15 research plane, considered the most productive research plane in American aerospace history, is the subject of a new exhibit now open at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport. Neil Armstrong The X-15 was delivered in October 1958 and conducted 199 flights until its retirement in December 1968. The program included three aircraft and pursued research in the hypersonic region,...

Pioneer life, frontier skills: Salt Festival set for October 19-21 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Step back in time as Big Bone Lick State Historic Site returns to days long past during the 36th annual Salt Festival the weekend of Oct. 19-21. The festival features live demonstrations of pioneer lifeways and frontier skills. Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen to a storyteller, view prehistoric Ice Age artifacts, and observe a blacksmith working red-hot iron. Guests can also see how salt...

David Dooley’s attorneys claim vindictive prosecution in motions to dismiss recent sex charges against him

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor David Dooley’s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss the sex charges recently levied against their client, alleging vindictive prosecution and lack of prosecutorial jurisdiction. David Dooley at a 2017  hearing to determine if he would be granted a new trial in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee. He was ultimately granted a new trial because it was determined...

Canine ‘Lucy Lou’ Kayser, former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate has died

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate Lucy Lou has died. Mayor Lucy Lou (photos courtesy of Bobbi Layne Kayser) The 12-year-old border collie died Monday from kidney failure attributed to her age, according to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. Lucy Lou lived her whole life in Rabbit Hash and was a familiar face in the community, with...

Big Bone Lick fish relocated by state Fish and Wildlife team, as leaking dam is evaluated

Helping save fish facing an uncertain future and improving a public fishing opportunity at the same time were all in day’s work for a team of fisheries biologists and technicians with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this week. The department offered its assistance to the Kentucky Department of Parks after the recent discovery of a leaking dam at Big Bone Lick State Historic...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site lowers lake level to reduce chance of dam failure after leak found

State officials are drawing down the water level of a small lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County because of a leak in the dam. (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) The drawing down of water is intended to reduce the chance of a sudden failure of the dam at the 9.6-acre lake and provide an opportunity for the Department of Parks to access the damage. The dam is classified as a low-hazard...

Kentucky by Heart: Positive experiences at Camp Ernst leave lasting memories for thousands

I recently attended, as an alumnus, a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the YMCA Camp Ernst camp near Burlington in Boone County. I participated at the camp for only one summer, in 1972, as a cabin counselor, but my memories are vivid and positive. The rich experiences of working with children during that short time helped prepare me for teaching elementary students for several decades. Over the...

U.S. DOT awards Kentucky Transportation Cabinet $67 million for Boone County interchange upgrades

NKyTribune staff The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received approval for a $67 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund upgrades to interchanges at Mt. Zion Road (KY 536) and Richwood Rd (KY 388). Click to enlarge The improvements will include the replacement of traditional diamond interchanges with double crossover diamond interchanges. The project also includes construction...

NKY Health Department launches hepatitis A prevention plan in wake of state’s declared outbreak

The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) has initiated efforts to prevent the statewide spread of Hepatitis A from expanding to the region. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus. Dr. Saddler When infected, the liver becomes inflamed or damaged and does not work properly. Although rare, death can occur from this infection. The Kentucky Department for Public...

Power in Numbers symposium shines spotlight on opportunity identified in Transfer of Wealth study

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Power in Numbers symposium at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Training and Education Center in Erlanger Tuesday focused on philanthropy and how a collaborative community effort can capitalize on an emerging opportunity. Joseph Clabes, president of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, explains the opportunity identified in the organization’s Transfer...

Blue Grass Metals announces $4 million, 50,000 square foot expansion to Boone County headquarters

Blue Grass Metals Inc., a supplier of wire forms to the automotive industry, has announced expansion of its operation in Boone County with the creation of 15 jobs via a more than $4 million investment. Blue Grass Metals has been in operation for over 25 years, initially serving the pneumatic tool industry and supplying the automotive industry since 1998. The construction of an adjacent 50,000-square-foot...

Sherwood Bedding to open factory in Walton, creating 150 jobs with $11 million investment

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday that Sherwood Bedding, a fast-growing independently owned manufacturer, will locate a 174,000-square-foot mattress production factory in Walton, investing approximately $11.1 million its operation and creating up to 150 jobs. Sherwood Midwest could open as soon as next month in Boone County and will be the company’s fourth U.S. factory. “Bringing the Sherwood Midwest...

Rick Robinson: Calling all revolutionaries – it's time for N. Ky. to stand up and be counted

I’ve joined the secessionist movement.   Before you start penning that special hate-email calling me names previously reserved only for Duke fans, please understand I’m not one of those wing-nuts calling on all the anti-Obama “Red States” to break away from the Union. Those folks are just plain crazy.   I am advocating a much more sane movement whereby Boone, Kenton and Campbell...

Nine Ky. public school districts made third annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll

Fayette County Public Schools is among nine Kentucky public districts and more than 500 others nationwide and in Canada to make the third annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.   These districts were noted for simultaneously increasing access to AP course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Achieving both goals is the ideal scenario...