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Attention Middle School students and educators: MATHCOUNTS wants you in its Competition Series

The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) is sponsoring another exciting year of MATHCOUNTS. All interested middle school students, their parents, and their teachers are encouraged to take part in the 2019-2020 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. MATHCOUNTS is a national program that starts with students and educators, in their schools. It is a program that stimulates interest in mathematics...

Looking for something special to do: Don’t miss one-of-a-kind BLINK light festival in NKY Oct. 10-13

BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, is the largest light, art and culture event of its kind in the nation, coming to downtown Cincinnati and Covington on October 10-13. The event will span 30-city blocks from Covington, crossing the river, through Downtown Cincinnati and into Over-the-Rhine and the Findlay Market neighborhood.
 BLINK will transform the Cincinnati Region into an outdoor art phenomenon...

Enforcement begins in year-long campaign to cut down on speeding on stretch of I-75 in Kenton Co.

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Don’t put the pedal to the metal in Northern Kentucky, as a year-long campaign against dangerous driving on Interstate 75 begins Oct. 1 in Kenton County. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are partnering with four local law enforcement agencies to increase patrols from the Ohio River to...

Inaugural Kentucky’s Edge event pairs bourbon with all things Kentucky; tickets on sale, and free events

KyForward staff It’s almost here. How much bourbon fun can you handle (see more events below)? Kentucky’s Edge has events and activities planned throughout Northern Kentucky. Click here for more information and a complete listing of events. Click photo to enlarge The inaugural, and highly anticipated, Kentucky’s Edge bourbon festival takes place Friday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 5 with events...

KentuckyWired, a long-delayed project to bring high-speed internet to KY, has opened two new sections

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today KentuckyWired, a project to bring high-speed internet to all parts of Kentucky that has been beset by delays and cost overruns, has opened two new sections, primarily serving southern and eastern Kentucky.

 Gov. Matt Bevin and Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, made the announcement on Friday at the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Summit in Pikeville...

Come Find Bourbon; Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown, launch new tourism collaboration

As a fresh, new answer to the common question of where to stay when exploring Kentucky Bourbon Country, the tourism commissions of Northern Kentucky, Frankfort, and Bardstown today launch a new marketing initiative. Under the banner Come Find Bourbon and the new website www.ComeFindBourbon.com, Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown invite visitors to spend more time enjoying immersive bourbon experiences...

Students in NKy private school appeal to state Supreme Court a ruling on chicken pox vaccine

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A group of students from a private Northern Kentucky school is seeking to have the Kentucky Supreme Court overturn a lower court ruling that upheld banning unvaccinated students from school.

 The case involved a chicken pox outbreak earlier this year at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy, a Catholic school in Walton. The students objected to the chicken...

Tim Bray: Northern Kentucky has emerged as statewide, regional tourism juggernaut

The summer vacation season has arrived and tourism in Northern Kentucky has never been hotter. A slew of vibrant attractions, a booming bourbon scene, the construction of new hotels, robust demand for the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and the continued growth of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport have firmly placed tourism as a major driver of employment, investment and visitor...

Jamie Vaught: Despite loss to Tennessee, UK’s road to the Final Four appears promising

Yes, UK’s setback to Tennessee in last Saturday’s SEC basketball tournament thriller was disappointing, but that doesn’t mean the Cats have lost their momentum for the NCAA Tournament. For instance, look at the 2012 Wildcats who were led by freshman superstar Anthony Davis. They lost to Vanderbilt in the SEC tourney final before winning the whole thing at New Orleans. Look at coach Frank Martin’s...

Longtime Northern Kentucky legislator Art Schmidt dies at age 91; services set for Friday in Cold Spring

Arthur (Art) L. Schmidt, a Northern Kentucky legend for his service to the legislature and the community, died Sunday. He was 91. Art Schmidt and his signature smile. Schmidt was born May 1, 1927, in Cold Spring to Joseph and Elizabeth Schmidt who preceded him in death. He served 18 years in the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing the 69th District, where he rose to the position of Minority...

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED President Dan Tobergte announces retirement after 28-year career

Daniel E. Tobergte, J.D., CEcD, announced Friday that he is ending his 28-year tenure with the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation effective August 2 to pursue new opportunities. Tobergte commenced his work as a Vice President with Northern Kentucky Tri-ED in June 1990, beginning as Senior Vice President, rising to Executive Vice President in 1999 and as President/CEO from November 2004 until...

Leadership Kentucky announces 2018 class; includes representatives from across the Commonwealth

Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, is proud to announce the members of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2018. Leadership Kentucky, a non-profit educational organization, brings together a select group of people who possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments, and volunteer activities,...

State Medicaid work requirements begin July 1; Northern Ky. counties first to implement changes

Kentucky’s new work requirements for “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients will be phased in slowly, with the three main Northern Kentucky counties leading the way. Campbell County will be the first to instigate the new “community engagement” requirements on July 1, followed by Boone County on Aug. 1 and Kenton County on Sept. 1. After that, large groups of counties are to...

Shelley Shearer: All jokes aside, a root canal is not awful and is better than getting abducted by aliens

You’ve heard the jokes for years such as, “I’d rather be abducted by aliens than have a root canal.” Dentists across America want to debunk this myth of excruciating root canal pain once and for all. Technology has made the root canal process a straightforward procedure to more easily relieve pain and most importantly, save your teeth and smile. Millions of teeth are treated and preserved each...

Strong sales, increasing home values, continued to drive the Kentucky real estate market in January

Coming off a record-breaking year in 2017, the real estate market in Kentucky continued its run of strong sales activity and increasing home values in January. Total home sales in January were the second highest on record at 3,024, only 27 sales shy (0.1 percent) of the 3,051 sold during the same month in 2017. January was only the 13th month in the past six years that sales dipped year over year....

Kentucky by Heart: Northern Kentucky’s John G. Carlisle; new book of work from Northpoint prisoners

Life’s full of those “just not fair” times when it seems that we’ve followed all the rules, yet have had severe misfortune fall right smack into our laps. The historical record shows as much. Northern Kentucky’s “favorite son” politician John G. Carlisle is a clear example, according to The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky. John G. Carlisle (Photo provided) Carlisle was born in a small...

Letter to the Editor: In order to protect state’s youth, marijuana should not be legalized in any capacity

In order to protect the youth of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the drug-free and prevention coalitions of Northern Kentucky wish to educate our communities and legislators with regard to marijuana. It is our opinion, based on the facts presented below, that marijuana use should not be legalized in any capacity. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has NOT recognized or approved the use of...

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...

Northern Kentucky’s Horizon Community Funds surpasses $10m in assets in less than six months

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has surpassed $10 million in assets under management less than six months after its formation in August 2017. The organization established an initial goal to raise $50 million in five years to support Northern Kentucky community needs and services. “We are overwhelmed by the positive response to the formation of Horizon Community Funds,” stated Nancy...

Rural Blog: Kentucky partnership creates system to track drug overdoses, to help fight opioid epidemic

Kentucky has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, but the state is trying to fight it with innovative efforts to gather more specific data about overdose deaths. The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, a partnership between the state Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, built a “drug-overdose fatality surveillance system” that...