Monday, December 22, 2014

This Music Teacher May Have Retired, But He Hasn't Stopped Playing

Ken Foltz may have retired from teaching music, but not from music itself./Provided

by Kara Gebhart Uhl
FTM Contributor

Ken Foltz grew up an only child on Sheridan Ave., and music, as it does for many, became a companion.

It's That Time of Year: Show Us Your Inner Clark Griswold!

Show us your inner Clark Griswold, Fort Thomas!/Warner Bros.

Here it is, readers, a little later than usual but just in time for Christmas: announcing the Fourth Annual Griswold Award!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Police Arrest Suspect Accused of Kidnapping Newborn

via: WLWT - Florence police have arrested a suspect accused of stealing a car and a 20-day-old baby from a Florence gas station Thursday. The Florence Police Department was able to get a warrant for the suspect in the case.

Flu Hits Record Levels in Northern Kentucky

Cases of the flu have hit record levels in Northern Kentucky this year./CC

The Northern Kentucky Health Department is reporting that cases of influenza throughout the region have already hit record levels this year, and there is likely more to come.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Explosion Causes Evacuation of Florence Mall

Florence Mall, busy with a large crowd of holiday shoppers, was evacuated Saturday afternoon, after an explosion occurred on the premises.

This Woman Is Wanted for a Strong-Arm Robbery of a Family Dollar

Police are looking for a woman they think was involved in a robbery of a Family Dollar. /Covington Police Facebook

Police are looking for a woman they believe was involved in a strong-arm robbery at a Family Dollar store earlier this month.

Ladybirds Continue Winning Streak Over Campbell County

Highlands senior Alex Combs (center) puts up a shot while Campbell County's Mackenzie Schwarber (5) and Carson Gray (10) watch./Alex Ramsey

by G. Michael Graham
FTM Sportswriter (originally published on Fort Thomas Matters Sports)

The Highlands Ladybirds basketball team has done a great job attacking the basket all season.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Police Release Video of Suspect Who Stole Car with Infant Inside

This video footage was taken at the Marathon station where the suspect ditched the vehicle, with the infant in the car.

Police are continuing their search for the suspect involved in Thursday afternoon's car theft in Florence that resulted in a 3-hour AMBER Alert across Northern Kentucky. They have now released video footage of the suspect.

Two Bluebirds Nominated for Statewide Football Award

Beau Hoge (left) and Alex Venetian (right) have both been nominated.

Two Bluebirds -- quarterback Beau Hoge and wide receiver Alex Veneman -- have both been nominated for an award given out every year by the Associated Press.

Don't Miss a Fort Thomas Playwright's World Premiere Performances

A German officer, played by Jeffrey Miller (right), confronts a British soldier (Aaron Epstein) in "Soldier's Christmas." (Photo by Matt Steffen)

The holiday season is always filled with various celebrations, entertainment, and traditions. This year, a new play is premiering, and you will certainly want to add it to your Christmas to-do list. Award-winning Fort Thomas playwright Phil Paradis has penned an impressive work of historical fiction. According to the play's website, Soldier's Christmas “is an epic tale of war and peace set in Belgium in late December of 1914, dramatizing the Great War’s effects on front-line soldiers as well as on their families at home. This original play with song presents the personal stories of disenchanted, battle-weary British and German soldiers who throw down their rifles, leave the mud of the trenches, and join hands in one of history’s most astonishing Christmas celebrations.”

The inspiration for Soldier's Christmas came long before the first draft was ever written. “I heard about the Christmas Truce from my eldest uncle when I was a boy. It struck a chord with me. Over the years, I came across it in history classes. And maybe a dozen years ago, I heard author Stanley Weintraub on NPR discussing the Truce and his book Silent Night and was very impressed. That rekindled my interest. I thought that the story of the Christmas Truce might make a good stage play, so I began to conceptualize how that might be. And I sketched it out. Then I started the research,” said Paradis.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMBER ALERT: NKY Police Searching for Missing Infant

A 20-day-old infant is missing after a car was stolen from a Florence gas station Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said they have found the baby reported missing Thursday after a vehicle he was inside was stolen at a Florence gas station.

Fort Thomas Gas Prices Dropping, But Slowly

Gas prices in Fort Thomas remain 20-30 cents higher than nearby gas stations as of Thursday afternoon./FTM file
News outlets across the country have been reporting a dramatic decrease in gas prices. The Greater Cincinnati area, and even some regions in Northern Kentucky, are also benefiting from this market swing.

But how does Fort Thomas compare to the rest of the Tri-State in seeing decreased gas prices?

Turns out, not great.

First Mountain Lion Seen in KY in Over 150 Years Killed

A mountain lion was found and terminated at a Bourbon County farm Monday evening. Note: The mountain lion shown here is not the same that was found on Monday.

The first wild mountain lion Kentucky has seen since before the Civil War was discovered in a tree on a Bourbon County farm before it was shot and killed by a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officer Monday night.

Trust in each other, coaches leads to 5-0 start for Ladybirds

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highland junior McKenzie Leigh (31) battles for a rebound in a recent win against Dayton while Brianna Adler (right) gets in position. The Ladybirds are beating opponents by an average of 29.4 points in their 5-0 start to the season.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

It’s a trait that makes teams successful.

The Highlands Ladybirds basketball team has it right now and it has led to a fun time on the court in its 5-0 start to the season. That trait is a strong family atmosphere.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WANTED: Assault Suspect, Ex-Convict on the Loose

Eric Van Unthank is on the loose in Northern Kentucky, and considered dangerous/Grant Co. Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Eric Van Unthank was taken into custody Thursday morning around 7 a.m. He was found walking down a road in Boone County.

The Campbell County Sheriff's Office has issued an alert Wednesday afternoon regarding a wanted suspect who is on the loose, and should be considered dangerous.

Police Need Your Help Finding These Two Men, Wanted for Theft

Alexandria Police are searching for two individuals wanted for stealing from GameStop in Alexandria last week.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FORUM: How Can Northern Kentucky Bring More Jobs Back Home?

Northern Kentucky economic leaders discuss why 1 in 3 jobs have been going to Texas/Provided

Economic and business leaders from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky came together to try to answer the question on economic developers’ minds all across the nation: What’s up with Texas?

As part of Northern Kentucky Forum’s final event of their 2014 season, a panel of experts met at the NKU METS Center in Erlanger to discuss what exactly has taken one in three new jobs to the Lone Star State in recent years.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash in Fort Thomas Closes I-471 South

I-471 SB at Grand Ave./via WCPO traffic cam

Channel 9 is reporting that two of the southbound lanes on I-471 at US-27 were closed after a crash Tuesday morning.

Fort Thomas City Council Roundup (12-15-14)

Mayor Mary H. Brown presiding over her last council meeting on 12-15-14.
The end of an era has nearly come to a close, as city council and Mayor Mary Brown concluded their final meeting of 2014. Brown as well as Councilmen Tom Lampe and Jay Fossett are concluding their tenures at the Fort Thomas local government level. Lampe will take higher office after winning a seat in the general election on the county fiscal court as County Comissioner. Fossett will be leaving the public sector and will continue his consulting and public relations career at Strategic Advisors.

Departing members of council, Jay Fossett and Tom Lampe. 
For Brown, a council member since 1977 and mayor since 1999, it's certainly been a long ride. "This council and past councils have made my job very easy for the most part," she said. "This city has benefitted greatly from the service of our citizens. Fort Thomas is truly blessed. It's kind of sad, leaving, but I am assured that (the city) is in good hands."

At the end of business, the majority of council members took turns giving Brown public accolades. "The attitude you've continued and fostered will be one of your best legacies you're leaving behind," said Councilman Roger Peterman. "From the parks to the city streetscapes, you've done a lot of good in Fort Thomas."

Remke Donation Will Provide Hot Holiday Meal to Thousands in Need

Brighton Center in Newport received a huge food donation to feed families in need this holiday season/Facebook

6,000 local people in need will now enjoy a hot meal this holiday season.