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The Man Scout: The experiences that frighten us most — they often burn brightest in our memories

By Chris Cole Special to KyForward 
Chapter 16 of the Boy Scouts Handbook is the one I have been both looking forward to and dreading since I started my Man Scout adventure several months ago. Fire Building. Growing up in Newport, I never had much use for fire. We were city folk – no campfires or brush burning. I don’t think I ever even roasted a marshmallow until I was married. To this day,...

Newport Aquarium adds giant sand sculptures to Shark Summer; one kid free offer extended

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor For those who didn’t get to the beach this summer (or even those who did) Newport Aquarium is bringing the sand to you. Sand sculptor Damon Farmer of Shadetree Studio in Woodford County works on Turtle Reef, one of three giant sculpts that will be on display at the Newport Aquarium through September 8 (photos by Mark Hansel) The aquarium announced Monday...

Newport moves closer to putting a SkyWheel on the Ohio Riverfront; will be a tourist destination

By Don Owen KyForward reporter Newport’s Board of Commissioners authorized City Manager Thomas Fromme to execute a ground lease agreement for the Newport SkyWheel at Monday night’s meeting. The Newport SkyWheel will stand more than 230-feet tall with 30 climate-controlled gondolas. It will be mounted on a pier extending out toward the Ohio River and figures to be a welcome addition to Newport...

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...

Kentucky by Heart: Inventor of submachine gun was NKy native; finding strength in challenging times

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Although not a gun enthusiast myself, I recently noticed while perusing a resource I use regularly, The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, that the inventor of the famous Thompson submachine gun was born in Newport in 1860. I was intrigued with that finding. Brigadier General John Taliaferro Thompson was his U.S. Army rank and name, and he was nicknamed “Tommy...

Mermaids and pirates return to Newport Aquarium through Oct 14; special themed activities scheduled

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor The mermaids and pirates have returned to Newport Aquarium at Newport on the Levee. Mermaid Liora greets visitors at the Shark Ray Bay Theater at Newport Aquarium (Photos by Mark Hansel) The popular Mermaid and Pirates experience runs through October 14. It includes opportunities to witness mermaids swimming underwater in the Coral Tunnel among their tropical...

BB Riverboats purchases former Argosy Casino barge for new floating facility on Newport waterfront

BB Riverboats, which operates riverboat excursions on the Ohio River from Newport Landing, is bringing a former casino barge to the region, which the company will convert into a new event facility, catering operation, wharf, and business offices. The barge was once part of a floating complex that housed the Argosy Casino in Sioux City, Iowa. It is now being towed from a shipyard in Wood River, Illinois...

Newport will be the first Smart City in the Midwest, says tech company Nexigen, SmartLINK’s developer

Special to KyForward The City of Newport will be the first “Smart City” in the Midwest despite a $50-million dollar grant received by the City of Columbus, Ohio, earlier this year to accomplish the same feat. The Newport project is made possible through Nexigen, the Newport-based technology company that has created smartLINK, a company dedicated to creating digital platforms for cities, businesses,...

'Scholar House' apartment-education project breaking ground on sixth complex in Newport

This artist’s rendering shows an aerial view of the square block in Newport where the Scholar House complex will be built. (Photo provided)   A model program for breaking the cycle of poverty that is already making a difference in five other Kentucky communities will soon be available for eligible single parents in Northern Kentucky.   A ceremonial groundbreaking will begin construction...

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...

Wayne Stacy: Reproductions of famous Nina and Pinta allow you to sail aboard history

A view across the Ohio River from the deck of the S.V. Nina as she was moored at the Joe’s Crab Shack Dock in Louisville   The things I see:   The Nina and Pinta, the world’s most authentic reproductions of the Christopher Columbus’s ships, are returning to Kentucky. The ships will be in Grand Rivers near Paducah from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9. In September 2012, I was fortunate enough...

Lightning struck … and an arts institution was born, sparking life in inner city neighborhood

By Kelly Trumbo and Jessica Wilson Special to KyForward   Its mullioned stained glass windows still cast eerie colors across the pews, but the old Salem United Methodist Church at the corner of Eighth and York streets in Newport’s Westside is no longer a house of worship – except for those who worship musicals, comedies and dramas.   The Stained Glass Theater in Newport has become a regional...