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Kentucky by Heart: Some ramblings, musings and wanderings to pass the time during social distancing

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Sometimes it feels good to allow this Kentucky-centric mind to do some wandering and then to share some of those disjointed thoughts with my readers. Long-time Courier-Journal columnist and author Joe Creason was amazing at that sort of thing, and my voracious reading of his works in my early years inspires me some five decades later. I only wish I had a tenth of...

Kentucky by Heart: For Kentuckians, memories of state tournament are all part of our social fabric

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist One of the first times I heard the phrase “Greatest Show on Earth” was at the Kentucky High School Basketball Tournament. The announcer expressed that hyperbole during the introduction, but for me way back in the 1970s, awash with rural state culture and the popularity of hoops, I didn’t consider it as hyperbole. It WAS the greatest show, and the district...

St. Xavier stops Campbell County one game short of championship in KHSAA state baseball final

By Evan Merrill Special to KyForward The Campbell County baseball team’s impressive playoff run ended Saturday with a 1-0 loss to perennial power Louisville St. Xavier in the KHSAA championship game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. Appearing in the first state title game in program history, Campbell County had the tying run on third base when St. Xavier pitcher Conner Holden got the final...

Small Business Spotlight: New CEO creates ‘team atmosphere’ at family plumbing firm

(Photos provided)   Special to KyForward   The company was founded in 1979, well before its new CEO was born.   But Brady Jolly is moving fast to make his mark on the family plumbing business. After taking over from the retiring Barry Jolly, his father, the company has tripled its space in a new building in the Northern Kentucky community of Wilder. And while Jolly Plumbing is on track...

High schoolers from across region get chance to observe a live surgery at Christ Hospital

Hundreds of high school students from across Greater Cincinnati, including a number from Northern Kentucky, will have a unique opportunity on Tuesday, Oct. 28. They will observe a live surgery at The Christ Hospital, take a tour and lunch at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences.   The 16th Annual Live Surgery Experience, presented by the nursing college, is intended to give students...