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Journalist and horseman Gene Clabes, 74, dies after extended illness, a beloved family man

Gene Clabes, 74, community journalist, editor, horseman and entrepreneur, died Friday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital-Edgewood, after a battle with heart and kidney disease, surrounded by his loving family. Gene Clabes Clabes, a founder of KyForward and the NKyTribune and a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Clabes, and his two...

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...

KyForward founders Judy and Gene Clabes to receive Behringer-Crawford Two-Headed Calf Award

KyForward founder and publisher Judy Clabes, along with her husband and Northern Kentucky Tribune senior editor Gene, are among the winners of the 2018 Two-Headed Calf Awards presented by Northern Kentucky’s Behringer-Crawford Museum. The awards, which honor Northern Kentuckians for significant accomplishments in the areas of history, education and community service, are named for the museum’s...

UK School of Journalism and Media recognizes six with Distinguished Alumni Awards

The faculty of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information has voted to annually recognize graduates of the school who have had outstanding careers and made significant contributions to their communities and professions. “I am not sure many people realize the impact our graduates have had on our state and our country,” Lars Willnat,...

Craig McAnelly: A catalyst who makes things happen, he’s the perfect example of the real power of local

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor He’s a soft-spoken, patient guy, loves “handshake” deals and working with good people, hates being the center of attention – and has under his belt at least eight industrial parks, millions of dollars in new businesses and no telling how many good-paying jobs for central Kentucky workers. To him, it’s just “public service” – the kind that “makes a difference...

Kentucky by Heart: A bucket list that’s already been fulfilled, sharing a deep sense of gratitude

Bucket lists get a lot of media play these days, and I’d like to offer mine, created Kentucky-style. But rather than suggest things on a list that I hope to do before I die, let me do a switcheroo. Please allow this grateful fellow to share items that have already been fulfilled…Kentucky by Heart blessings that have, and are, riding high in the commonwealth. Let’s call it a “Kentucky Thanksgiving...

New television program with Northern Kentucky focus set to premiere Monday on KETKy

Staff report Inside Northern Kentucky, a monthly program, will be the first to focus on news and events in the Northern Kentucky region to appear on KET, the state’s prestigious educational television network, beginning Monday, Nov. 16. A production of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism, the nonprofit publisher of the NKyTribune, the program will tell “Top Stories from the...

Wanted: a Kentuckian who champions the First Amendment, transparent government

  The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky is requesting nominations for its annual James Madison Award to recognize a Kentuckian for outstanding service to the First Amendment. The award, created in 2006, honors the nation’s fourth president, whose extraordinary efforts led to the passage and ratification of the Bill of Rights.   The Madison Award recognizes...

Budding reporters at WWB have the Times
of their life, remind us all of what matters

A WWB Times reporter learns to lay out a newspaper page. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   When an elementary school in Lexington, in the shadow of downtown and the state’s flagship university, is rated the worst-performing in Kentucky, that’s cause for both alarm – and action.   Rallying the village that it takes to raise a child, United Way of...

Budding reporters at WWB have the Times of their life, remind us all of what matters

A WWB Times reporter learns to lay out a newspaper page. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   When an elementary school in Lexington, in the shadow of downtown and the state’s flagship university, is rated the worst-performing in Kentucky, that’s cause for both alarm – and action.   Rallying the village that it takes to raise a child, United Way of...

SuccessKy: Terence Hunt saw history in the making as he covered White House for AP

Terry Hunt’s career provided him a front row seat for presidential press conferences and included covering five presidents. (Photos provided)   This is the first of an occasional series on Kentuckians who have achieved national prominence.   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   As a boy growing up in Bellevue in Northern Kentucky, Terry Hunt lived with his family above the Rexall...

R.C. Durr was legend in his own time; now
his legacy lives on through foundation’s work

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Robert Charles Durr – best known to his friends as “R.C.” – was a local legend in his own time. An affable gentleman, born in Kenton County’s Atwood community in 1919, he was a true “self-made” man who never forgot his modest roots.   Today, the legend has become a legacy – a $70-million-plus (and growing) private foundation whose grant-making...

R.C. Durr was legend in his own time; now his legacy lives on through foundation's work

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Robert Charles Durr – best known to his friends as “R.C.” – was a local legend in his own time. An affable gentleman, born in Kenton County’s Atwood community in 1919, he was a true “self-made” man who never forgot his modest roots.   Today, the legend has become a legacy – a $70-million-plus (and growing) private foundation whose grant-making...

Golden olive harvest gives Kentucky-owned First Fresh its second gold medal in a row

Bill Sanders found a formula for what has become one of the world's best extra virgin olive oils – First Fresh. It is bottled in California and distributed from a warehouse in Springfield, Ky. (Photo provided)   Editor’s Note: Since this KyForward story ran, Bill Sanders’ First Fresh olive oil business has been so successful that his First Fresh-California 2013 harvest won a gold...

Mary Ellen Slone, KyF Brand Marketing Group assemble top creative services team

Mary Ellen Slone, who founded Meridian Communications as a two-person office and grew it into one of the most respected, full-service marketing services companies in Kentucky, has joined the KyForward Brand Marketing Group, planning to help create another successful enterprise.   Slone will become a principal in KYFBMG, a subsidiary of KyForward.   Mary Ellen Slone (Photo provided) “We...

To our graduates: Still talking about the ‘Things We Haven’t Finished Saying Yet’

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   (Second of two parts)   Now, 2014 Graduates, that you fully understand the first 10 rules-to-take-with-you on your bold journey into life, we want to share the rest. We want your journey to be wonderful and meaningful and, mostly, one that will help you accomplish what you want to be – and who you want to be – in life. Understand that those who love...

To our graduates: Still talking about the 'Things We Haven't Finished Saying Yet'

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   (Second of two parts)   Now, 2014 Graduates, that you fully understand the first 10 rules-to-take-with-you on your bold journey into life, we want to share the rest. We want your journey to be wonderful and meaningful and, mostly, one that will help you accomplish what you want to be – and who you want to be – in life. Understand that those who love...

To our graduates: ‘Things We Haven’t Finished Saying Yet’ you really need to hear

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   (First of two parts)   Sharing with you, 2014 graduates, on behalf of those who love you, this message I shared with my own sons as they were standing on the threshold of their futures, peering ahead, spreading their wings and ready to jump head-first into the great beyond. We know you are eager to get on with it. We have not forgotten the magic of youth...

To our graduates: 'Things We Haven't Finished Saying Yet' you really need to hear

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   (First of two parts)   Sharing with you, 2014 graduates, on behalf of those who love you, this message I shared with my own sons as they were standing on the threshold of their futures, peering ahead, spreading their wings and ready to jump head-first into the great beyond. We know you are eager to get on with it. We have not forgotten the magic of youth...

Pausing to reflect on a 48th wedding anniversary, looking to future of a shared life

Gene and Judy Clabes at their wedding in 1966 (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   May 28, 1966, a day emblazoned in my memory, the day of our wedding 48 years ago. I do not remember it as if it were yesterday; these days memories are both selective and precious. But I can still feel the giddiness of anticipation, the sense of adventure we had of the open road ahead of us,...