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Donna Salyers, entrepreneur, creative genius, founded Fabulous (faux) Furs 30 years ago

By Ginger Dawson KyForward Reporter Donna Salyers is the driving force behind Fabulous Furs, the international fashion house purveying high-end faux furs and fashion located in Covington.Donna with the samples of a long-term project — the contract to provide faux bear fur hats for the Queens Guard at Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth II has sworn off wearing fur and Donna is ready to accommodate.Her’s...

Step back in time — 37th annual Salt Festival set for Oct. 18-20 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 37th annual Salt Festival the weekend of Oct. 18-20. 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. See how salt was extracted from...

Journalist Chris Schwarz took a path less traveled to furniture crafting, Lost Art Press — and anarchy

By Ginger Dawson Kyforward reporter I am a firm believer in the idea that a human being’s first earthly experiences have an indelible, often unpredictable, impact on what follows. These early matters set a tone and forge a path. It’s an interesting thing to see. Sometimes, the path branches off in detours. These, however, are an important part of hitting the main drag. Chris Schwarz in the Covington...

Nine designated Certified Local Government communities earn historic preservation grants

Twelve projects in nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities have been awarded matching grants for FY 2019-20, for activities ranging from exploring the role of public art in historic districts to creating an outdoor educational exhibit highlighting commercial properties and the people and businesses associated with their history. Grants totaling $76,811 went to Bardstown, Bellevue,...

BLINK announces plans for NKY, include concert with national headliner, striking illuminations, much more

KyForward staff The organizers of BLINK, Illuminated by ArtsWave, Thursday announced additional entertainment and display components focused on Northern Kentucky’s participation in the event. The alternative rock band Grouplove will play a free concert the night of Saturday, October 12 in Covington’s RiverCenter parking lot. Opening act will be announced at a later date for the concert, which is...

Kentucky Main Street conference to celebrate program’s 40th anniversary April 23-25 in Covington

A conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Kentucky Main Street program (KYMS) will take place April 23-25 in Covington, with nationally known speakers and sessions addressing downtown redevelopment strategies of interest to both urban and rural communities. A program of the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), Kentucky Main Street was created in 1979 to reverse...

Covington to host Kentucky Main Street Conference, events include workshops, bourbon-tasting tour

For the past forty years, Kentucky Main Street has been advocating for Main Streets, both urban and rural, across the state – on April 23rd – 25th, it will be celebrating this work in Covington. “Kentucky Main Street is the oldest statewide Main Street program in the nation and we’re proud to celebrate our longevity and goals for the future with the Covington community,” says Kitty...

Nine Kentucky Certified Local Government communities awarded historic preservation grants

Nine grants that will generate investment of nearly $100,000 in historic preservation-related projects have been awarded to seven Certified Local Government (CLG) communities for fiscal year 2018-19 by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC). The annual grants are part of a pass-through allocated from the federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for state preservation...

BB Riverboats barge arrives; $2 million upgrade will convert former casino into multi-use facility

The former casino barge that BB Riverboats is converting into a multi-purpose facility completed its 700-mile, 10-day trip from Wood River, Illinois, arriving on the Covington riverfront shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The BB Riverboats barge with a view of the Cincinnati skyline as a backdrop. The view will be a little different when renovations in Covington are completed. The barge will then make...

Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to hold 10 public hearings statewide

The Kentucky Office for the Blind and Office for Vocational Rehabilitation have scheduled 10 public hearings in May and June to give consumers and other interested individuals an opportunity to comment on proposed changes, including consolidation of the agencies, combined state plan revisions and Order of Selection of consumers for services. The public hearing schedule is as follows: • Elizabethtown:...

See KY: Find big-city pleasures, small-town treasures in Northern Kentucky river region

  Roebling Bridge (Kentucky Tourism photos)   By Marty Rosen Special to KyForward   Early one morning as our rented canoe slipped past a grass island on the South Fork of the Licking River, we startled a blue heron. Then it startled us, with a splash and a clatter of wings as it left its feeding grounds and rose up through the fog.   We were after the same prey, the smallmouth bass...

Kaintuckeean: Properties new to national registry represent Kentucky’s varied past

  By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Six Kentucky properties have been selected for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The properties are located in Campbell, Fayette, Jefferson, Kenton and Pike counties and represent Kentucky’s manufacturing, residential, entertainment and educational past. An overview of those properties follows.   Marianne Theatre,...

Constance Alexander: A great community begins with ‘a little bit of great downtown’

Jeff Speck, city planner extraordinaire, specializes in downtowns. Reading his book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, I found myself wishing he could visit Murray and help us hammer out a plan to leverage the assets already in place while finding ways to make the best use of empty and under-used spaces that detract from downtown’s vitality.   Speck’s theory...

Combatting Heroin: Better education, rehab needed to fight ‘monster in our front yard’

Covington Police Chief Spike Jones believes education is the key to solving the heroin problem. (Photo by Mike Rutledge)   Editor’s note: Kentucky’s heroin crisis has reached what many consider epidemic proportions. And there are few places in the state where the problem is more prevalent than in Northern Kentucky, considered the epicenter of the worsening crisis. Following is the...

Going It Alone: Covington designer throws caution to the wind and opens solo studio

By Jerod Theobald Special to KyForward   The view from Austin Dunbar’s second floor studio in downtown Covington is amazing. The large windows that line the front of the space overlook one of the city’s busiest intersections at Pike and Madison. From a chair in the corner of the room, you can see the Madison Theater, the Cathedral Basilica and the future site of the Hotel Covington to the...

Make Goebel Great begins as proposal by 11-year-old twins, becomes neighborhood effort

Covington residents take matters into their own hands with the Make Goebel Great organization to spruce up a local park named after a former Kentucky governor. (Photo provided)   By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   It is named for one of Covington’s most famous native sons, is located in its most popular entertainment district, is situated in a densely populated neighborhood and...

2013 Review: Northern Kentucky section debuts – hopefully setting a future trend

At KyForward, we have to keep running to keep up with ourselves. As we celebrate our third holiday season with you, we are also celebrating terrific growth, deeper coverage, a group of contributors and columnists we consider “family.” We learn something new everyday – and we’re ready to try anything that will make us better able to provide the services our readers need and want. Don’t...

Once living in a homeless shelter, UK med student now sees bright future as physician

Kayla Kinker receives her white coat from Dr. Anthony Weaver. (Photo from UKNow)   Special to KyForward   During the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s recent White Coat Ceremony, 136 future physicians from across Kentucky as well as from 16 other states and 21 countries walked one by one across the stage at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts. The students put on their new...

Idea is now reality for bioLOGIC, a one-stop
shop for work that impacts human health

Life sciences 'incubator' bioLOGIC houses 14 companies. (Photo provided)   By Feoshia H. Davis KyForward correspondent   An idea that Northern Kentucky would be the right place for a life sciences incubator – a one-stop shop for research and development with far-reaching human health impacts – has proven to be right. In just five years since BioLOGIC moved to a large building on Russell...