Friday, February 16, 2018
According to police reports, the vehicle was turning east onto Grand Avenue from the light at Churchill Drive when he struck a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Newport Police handled the call while Fort Thomas Police helped block traffic.
The victim, a 64 year-old male from Fort Thomas, was taken to University of Cincinnati hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. St. Elizabeth Hospital is in the same block of Grand Avenue, but University has a trauma unit that can more readily handle these types of injuries.
Police said that the driver indicated he didn't see the person in the crosswalk because of the low levels of light in the morning and added that the victim was wearing dark clothing, which made it difficult for him to see him crossing.
The driver of the vehicle, also from Fort Thomas, is a forty-seven year-old male.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Schools, low crime, high safety and cost of living all factor into the ranking, which also took into consideration, Niche.com's ranking. Fort Thomas came in at number two on their ranks, but MSN only looked at cities with over 10,000 people living in them. Niche ranked Anchorage, just outside of Louisville, as the top place to raise a family in the Commonwealth.
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Kreutzer Florist in Newport is going out of business and will be having a going-out-of-business sale starting with a customer appreciation sale on Friday, February 23.
In 1953, Fort Thomas residents Vera and Frank Kreutzer opened Kreutzer Florist in Newport, Kentucky during the heyday of Newport's gambling period. Their son, Frank, Jr. remembers taking a break with his parents for Sunday brunch and sitting on the lap of notorious gangsters who gave him candy and quarters.
|Located at 18 N. Fort Thomas Ave., in the Hiland Building.|
He credits the longevity of the business with its commitment to provide innovative designs at reasonable prices.
According to Kreutzer, major market changes that have dramatically altered the floral business coupled with second generation ownership having other career interests has led to the decision to close the store as of February 16th.
Rilen Pinkston developed a huge interest in the sport. But the Fort Thomas Independent School District does not offer wrestling as a sport. Rilen Pinkston wrestled in Campbell County's Youth Wrestling Program, but could not participate in it as a sixth grader because it becomes school sponsored at that point and not a club one.
So Coach Pinkston approached Highlands Director of Athletics Matt Haskamp and former Highlands High Principal Brian Robinson about starting a program. Coach Pinkston was told the FTISD school board wants to see a number of kids interested in it before making it school-sponsored so he started the Highlands Wrestling Club. The school added archery to its list of school sports this school year.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Police say a teen stole a car from an apartment complex earlier in the day and when police tried to pull him over, he led them on a chase on the highway and into Highland Heights. Multiple units were in pursuit as the teen reached speeds up to 80 miles per hour before finally crashing into the police cruiser.
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"The suspect driver, traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control of his vehicle in the roundabout resulting in it jumping the curb of the median dividing the lanes and striking the front quarter panel of the Campbell County Police Department police vehicle. Officer Bray was removed from her vehicle and transported by ambulance to the St. Elizabeth Emergency Room where she was treated and released."
The release stated that Bray's injuries were not life threatening and has since been assigned to light duty pending medical determination that she may return to full duty.
|Christa and Kevin Klein, who run Sparetime's Belly & Soul Diner.|
Many are familiar with the iconic 1950s-style diner six miles down the street from Northern Kentucky University. What many may not know is how much it's changed. Once a beloved "boys club-type" country diner (offering classics such as biscuits and gravy), Sparetime's Belly & Soul Diner now offers traditional fare in addition to fun twists on favorites (such as their Root Beer Burger made with house-made root beer glaze, onion straws and blue cheese crumbles, or their Power Crunch Salad with grilled chicken, kale and avocado).
|Kevin Klein's "Root Beer Burger," featuring house-made root beer glaze, onion straws and blue cheese crumbles.|
But it's not just the food that's different. Or the overhauled decor. Or the fact that they now serve liquor (craft beers, mimosas and Bloody Marys, along with specials such as raspberry martinis for Valentine's Day). It's the overriding theme of service—of giving, sharing and paying it forward, done daily and not vaguely. It's service that connects customers and community, especially via the diner's Pay It Forward window.
|The Pay It Forward window promotes acts of kindness within the community.|
How does it work?
Customers can buy anything—a burger, a cup of coffee, a piece of pie—for someone else. After telling their server, they grab a Post-it note and on it write who they'd like to receive their gift. Sparetime's window is filled with gifts:
• $5 off to a single mom (along with a note that says, "It will be OK").
• A burger for a firefighter.
• A piece of pie for a little girl with pigtails.
• A free meal for a mimi, from a fellow mimi.
• $5 off to someone who has a loved one who passed away in April, from someone whose husband passed away in April.
While many people will pull a note that fits them off the window, many others are a bit more shy about it. So Kevin Klein, who leases the space and now operates the diner along with his wife, Christa, pays attention. If it becomes clear you're a single mom, Kevin will step away from cooking, pull the matching note off the window and quietly place it in front of you. If he overhears a conversation and learns you're a vet or a teacher or a childcare worker or anything that might fit a note, he'll give it to you.
"Tell her about the cancer one," Christa says to her husband.
"I don't know if I can without tearing up," Kevin says.
We now know a little more about what led up to the collision at the roundabout on Northern Kentucky University's campus.
Police say the teen stole a car from an apartment complex earlier in the day. That's when Newport police saw the suspect as he was driving on I-471.
Police tried to pull him over, but he led them on a chase on the highway and into Highland Heights. Multiple units were in pursuit as the teen reached speeds up to 80 miles per hour before finally crashing into the police cruiser. The officer in that car was hurt and both she and the thirteen-year old were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Fort Thomas.
Their injuries were not disclosed.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
A police chase that began in Newport ended in Highland Heights at the foot of Northern Kentucky University this afternoon at around 3:15 p.m.
Police from multiple jurisdictions caught up with a silver Toyota Prius on Nunn Drive in the roundabout where it looked as if the vehicle fleeing police crashed into a Campbell County Police cruiser.
The cruiser was towed from the scene and the suspect was taken to the hospital with injuries.
Reports indicate that the person fleeing from police is a juvenile, but that has not yet been confirmed by police, who are still on scene.
They will replace West Sixth Brewing, based out of Lexington, Kentucky.
The City of Fort Thomas will continue to pull beverage licenses for the two biggest events the city hosts during the Fourth of July and Merchants and Music, both in Tower Park. In addition to Braxton offerings at those events, Miller Lite and Coors Light will also be available.
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"It's amazing," he said. "We've been attending these events for years and now to be apart of them as Braxton Brewing Company, it's a little surreal. Since the day we opened, Northern Kentucky has embraced us with open arms. Now, it's our turn to give back to the community that has so graciously supported us."
The contract entails a payment from the brewery to the city for rights to be the exclusive vendor for the city. Those terms are public, but weren't disclosed.
Also in the works will be reciprocal marketing promotions for Fort Thomas events on Braxton-owned channels, a Fort Thomas specialty beer and a shandy beer to be brewed for summer events.
Braxton Brewing Company has grown from a garage to a taproom in Covington to a second facility, Braxton Labs, on the campus of The Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky.
Gandolf said Braxton's goal is to support and grow locally.
"Local, local, local. Whether it's local arts, local goods, eating local or drinking local, consumers love knowing where their hard earned money is going," he said.
"Being able to shake the hands of the people who created the beer and brewery in our own backyard means a lot to us. We look forward to getting to know more of our supporters and lifting one to life all year long."
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We have rules for everything. Rules create order but at the same time just there presence of a rule prompts us to break that order. Just because. I just broke a grammar rule there for dramatic effect.
Rules are meant to help us make sense of the world, add meaning, or focus on a task. But every rule is the result of some sort of transgression. I suppose that’s why there is a sign forbidding animals on the interstate. Someone did it.
All of us have learned from our mistakes which results in creating a personal rule of behavior. I have a longtime rule of not eating anyplace named “Captain” whatever after I contracted food poisoning from a questionable seafood restaurant on the east coast. I doubt if the owner was a captain. Thus my rule.
Monday, February 12, 2018
This week starting Tuesday, February 13, they will offer a limited menu for carry-out only.
They will also offer that menu on Thursday, February 15. More items and hours will be available next week.
The Meyers, who have applied for a retail drink license, said they hope to open their restaurant next month with a full menu. They have been hosting a few private events, to test their kitchen.
Last Thursday, they hosted an industry think-tank for Fort Thomas Independent Schools, where about twenty-five industry leaders and school officials were in attendance.
“We need a few more things for a full opening," said Meyer.
Jeff Beach is the 2018 board chair. He was first elected to the Fort Thomas Independent Schools Board of Education in 2000, and this his is fourth term on the board.
Vice president of Visa, Inc., he has a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University.
He is a graduate of Carroll County High School but has many connections to Fort Thomas schools. His wife, Diane, is a graduate of Highlands High School and the couple have three children in Fort Thomas schools.
Lisa Duckworth will serve as vice chair of the Fort Thomas Independent Schools Board for 2018. She was elected to the board in 2012. Before joining the board, she served on the Moyer Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Highlands High School PTO.
Highlands took 11th out of 41 teams in the nation at the Universal Cheerleading Association championships. The squad participated in the Small Varsity Co-Ed class that allows up to 20 individuals on the mat including no more than four boys.
We were just excited that our program was finally at a level that we knew that we could compete nationally."
Sunday, February 11, 2018
|Newly elected 2018 School Board Chair Jeff Beach thanks Woodfill students for their science presentation.|
Celebrating good news
The meeting opened with recognition of the five-star award designation earned by the Fort Thomas Independent Schools preschool program. Jenny Chance of the Kentucky Department of Education presented the award to Preschool Director Sommer Rosa.
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January is School Board Recognition Month, and Fort Thomas Education Association Co-presidents Dawn Hils and Mary Kinsella were on hand to formally thank the 2017 school board and to present them with Fort Thomas school jackets as a token of appreciation for their work.