Saturday, October 25, 2014

Did Highlands manage its first win over Elder at home?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands quarterback Beau Hoge takes the snap while Josh Watson (28) and Chandler New (14) head downfield in Friday's game against Cincinnati Elder.

Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Things have not been kind to the Highlands Bluebirds this year against non-Kentucky competition.

Who might the Bluebirds play in the first round of 4A playoffs?

Allen Ramsey Photos. In the top photo, the Highlands student section dressed in orange to show support for freshman Brady Walz, who is battling Leukemia. The bottom photo shows Highlands junior wide receiver Mitch Cain (16) trying for extra yards in Friday's game against Cincinnati Elder. Elder won 49-35.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Highlands Bluebirds football team just can’t seem to find ways to beat the Cincinnati Elder Panthers consistently.

They dropped to 1-7 all-time against Elder (6-3) with a 49-35 defeat in Fort Thomas. Their lone win against the Panthers came three years ago on Oct. 21, 2011 at The Pit, 34-29.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Man With Fort Thomas Ties Charged with Attempted Murder

Stan Van Lierop. Facebook. 
A day after SWAT busted into a home off Memorial Parkway in Newport to save a woman from her fiancé, another man has been charged with attempted murder less than a mile from there. Thursday's hostage situation occurred in the 20 block of Wilson Road, while this incident occurred close to 24 hours later in the 100 block of Memorial Parkway.

Fort Thomas Matters Election Bio: Jason Steffen, Kentucky State Senate

Jason Steffen is running for Kentucky State Senate/Provided

by Jason Steffen
Candidate for Kentucky State Senate 

As a lifelong resident of Campbell County and being born and raised in Fort Thomas, it is important that we are represented by people that are members of our community.  Members that were raised here and choose to raise their families here.

Fort Thomas Matters Election Bio: Wil Schroder, Kentucky State Senate

Wil Schroder is running for Kentucky State Senate/Provided

by Wil Schroder
Candidate for Kentucky State Senate 

Wil Schroder for State Senate: Fighting for Kentucky
My name is Wil Schroder, and I am the Republican candidate for the Kentucky State Senate.  I am running for the State Senate because I believe that I can make positive changes in Frankfort to help get our state get back on track.

To understand me, and why I want to be your next State Senator, I think it is important that you know about my background and why I have a passion for public service.

Fort Thomas Matters Election Bio: Joe Fischer, Kentucky State Representative

Joe Fischer is running for re-election to the Kentucky State House of Representatives 68th District/Provided

by Joe Fischer
Candidate for Kentucky State House of Representatives 68th District
Biographical Information

By way of introduction, I am Joe Fischer, the incumbent State Representative for the 68th House District in Campbell County. I have represented our community in Frankfort for the past 16 years. I am currently seeking re-election to my ninth term. Previously, I served 11 years on the Ft. Thomas City Council.

Fort Thomas Matters Election Bio: Shae Hornback, Kentucky State Representative

Shae Hornback is running for the Kentucky State House of Representatives 68th District/Provided

by Shae Hornback
Candidate for the Kentucky State House of Representatives 68th District 

Three of the greatest challenges we face together in Campbell County are the challenges all Kentuckians face.

Judge/Exec candidates focus on differences in final debate

Democrat and current county commissioner Ken Rechtin (left) is challenging Republican incumbent Steve Pendery for Campbell County Judge/Executive/Provided

Candidates for Campbell County Judge/Executive met one final time Thursday night, in a final effort to sway voters. Incumbent Republican Steve Pendery faced off against Democratic challenger and current county commissioner Ken Rechtin.

"The theme of tonight is 'differences,'" said moderator and FTM Chief Mark Collier early in the discussion, setting the tone for what was the candidates' third meeting, one in which they couldn't even agree on how much they've agreed with one another as colleagues on fiscal court.

County Commissioner, Judge/Exec candidate wants to fight heroin with education and treatment

Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin has announced "Day One: Save our Citizens"/Provided

Much is being said about heroin addiction in Northern Kentucky communities, specifically in Campbell County, which has emerged as a hotbed for dealers and users alike. Emergency responders, physicians and hospitals, law enforcement and judicial systems struggle just to tread water in their respective roles of dealing with the enormity of this epidemic. Most tragically, families are being torn apart and people are dying at an alarming rate.

Mama on a Budget: Jack O Lantern Walk

The moniker “Cabbage Night” refers to a tradition in Ontario from the mid-20th century whereby teenagers would uproot cabbage from local farmers and throw it about for general mischief.  “Mischief Night”, as it is commonly referred to, dates back to the late 18th century, celebrations of which have varied in time and revelry but typically have occurred on or about the 30th of October.   Unfortunately, Fort Thomas is not immune to this inane tradition.  However, if you want to “save” your pumpkins this year, then be sure to take them to the armory in advance of being cabbaged and allow them to participate in the annual Fort Thomas Recreation Department’s Jack-O-Lantern Walk.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How can NewCath even its record Thursday?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Newport Central Catholic running back Jacob Smith looks for room in the recent win against Newport.

Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter
They took care of things quickly a week ago against one overmatched opponent.

The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds football team (3-4 overall, 3-0 District 6-2A) would not mind doing it again Thursday at Covington Holmes against another struggling district opponent. The Thoroughbreds face the Covington Holy Cross Indians (1-7, 1-2) at 7 p.m.

FTPD bike, foot patrols proving effective against theft, night-time crime

FTPD are finding foot and bicycle patrols offer an alternative to easily seen cruiser lights during night-time shifts/FTM file

Fort Thomas Police arrested and charged two Newport men Monday night in connection with several alleged car thefts around Fort Thomas.

What makes this unfortunately run-of-the-mill arrest slightly different? The arresting officer, Off. Derek Faught, apprehended the suspects while on bicycle patrol.

Man in Custody, Female Hostage Safe on Memorial Parkway

Photo via Fox 19. The hostage was taken out of the residence at 6:30 this morning. 
A 38 year old man is under arrest and a female hostage, his fiancé, is safe after a SWAT situation in Newport this morning.

Police from Bellevue, Newport and Fort Thomas responded to a residence on Wilson Drive near Memorial Parkway after receiving a hang-up 911 call at 2:06 a.m.

What first is Highlands shooting for Friday?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands wide receiver Cashel Coughlan (89) tries to make a catch in Friday's win at Covington Holmes. Highlands takes on Cincinnati Elder in Fort Thomas at 7:30 p.m.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

While the Covington Catholic Colonels may be the main arch-rival of the Highlands Bluebirds football team, the Cincinnati Elder Panthers might as well be the main nemesis.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BREAKING: New Restaurant Signs Lease at Newport Pavilion

Property 35
FTM has confirmed that another lease has been signed at "property 35" just west of TJ Maxx. There will be a total of 6 retailers in that space.

Amazon creating thousands of seasonal jobs for 2014 holiday rush will be adding 80,000 seasonal positions this holiday season, nation-wide/Amazon

The e-retail giant Amazon has announced it is seeking to fill some 80,000 seasonal positions at its fulfillment and sortation centers around the U.S., including thousands at their Kentucky facilities, in an effort to meet rising customer demand during the holiday season.

Amazon operates a fulfillment center in Hebron.

According to a news release, thousands of last year's seasonal hires were ultimately offered full-time roles, post-holiday. Amazon expects to do the same this year.

IBANK Debates (State Senate/Judge Exec) Tomorrow

Your last chance to hear candidates battle it out in person will be tomorrow at Devanna's in Cold Spring.

Wil Schroder and Jason Steffen will be on stage for the first and only time together at 6:30 PM. Ken Rechtin and Steve Pendery will follow them at 7:30. Rechtin and Pendery have debated two times already.

FTM Publisher in Chief, Mark Collier, will be moderating both of these debates. Be sure to click on the "ELECTION 2014" at the top of the page for more details on their stances.

Campbell County PVA Opinion: I'm More Qualified, Challenger Choosing to Campaign on Lies, Misinformation

Daniel Braun, incumbent, is running for Campbell County PVA/Campbell Co. PVA office

by Daniel Braun
Candidate for Campbell County Property Valuation Administrator

My name is Daniel Braun, and I am the Property Valuation Administrator in Campbell County.  I have served the people of Campbell County as PVA for the past 12 years, following 6 years of working for the county and state.

Campbell County PVA Opinion: Election Opportunity to Clear Office of Controversy

Andrea Janovic is running for Campbell County PVA/Provided

by Andrea Janovic
Candidate for Campbell County Property Valuation Administrator 

I decided to run for Campbell County Property Valuation Administrator after learning of controversies involving the current PVA, Daniel Braun.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Message from Fort Thomas Recreation Department

From the Rec Dept: "We have found a camera and we are trying to find the owner. Please look at the attached picture and let us know, if you recognize the church or even recognize the wedding."

Macbook Airs teach students to work like adults

HMS students were all given an Apple Macbook Air laptop at the start of the school year/Wikipedia
Watching demonstration videos, being able to communicate quickly with every teacher and student in the school, and a lighter backpack are just a few of the benefits Highlands Middle School students are seeing from having their own Macbook computers.
Every student in Highlands Middle School was given a Macbook Air at the beginning of the school year. They use the computers in every class and are even able to take them home to do homework. The goal is to have students work like adults work in everyday life but this transition hasn't been without challenges.

Kenton Co. Judge Exec commissions task force to assess CVG board

The CVG Airport board has gone under fire recently for fiscal irresponsibility/CVG

A recent audit of the CVG Airport board by Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen revealed questionable spending on trips, contracts, and hires.

Now, Kenton County Judge/Executive Elect Kris Knochelmann has announced the creation of a task force to develop a recommended CVG Airport board structure. The task force’s work will be reported by the end of the year to the Kenton County Fiscal Court and Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus. 

CAUGHT: Police apprehend fourth, final suspect in NKY rape case

Police have apprehended Deyshawn Perry in connection with an underage rape case in Covington/Covington Police

Ludlow Police have made the fourth and final arrest in an underage rape case opened earlier this month.

FTIS announces Highlands fitness center open to public

Although Highlands High School students have been benefiting from the new fitness center already, it will be unveiled to the public on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. The facility is the centerpiece of the district’s health, wellness, fitness and training initiative associated with Phase IV of the Highlands renovation project.

Monday, October 20, 2014

ALERT: Police searching for two males wanted for NKY, Cincinnati thefts

Troy Gabbard (left) and Justin Warren (right) are wanted in connection to several thefts throughout Northern Kentucky/Newport Police

Newport Police are searching for two males, suspected in connection with several thefts that have occurred throughout Northern Kentucky and in Cincinnati.

Fort Thomas Matters Election Bio: Cameron Blau, Campbell County District Court Judge

Cameron Blau, pictured here with his wife Marla and their sons Colin and Logan, is running for Campbell County District Court Judge/Provided

by Cameron J. Blau
Candidate for Campbell County District Court Judge, Division 1

Change and growth in a community isn’t always easy and it takes great strength and conviction to work towards it, so I want to begin by thanking everyone in our community who has taken time out of their busy lives to help improve this great community we call home.  My name is Cameron Blau and I’m running for District Court Judge here in Campbell County.

Budding Journalists - Got Music?: A Peek into the Life of the Highlands Marching Band

The Highlands Marching Band performs during this year's 4th of July Parade/FTM file

by Megan Benzing
FTM "Budding Journalist" 

Have you ever thought about joining the Highlands Marching Band? If so, this article will cover what you need to know about the Highlands Marching Band.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Q&A with Rob Robinson from Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center


Fort Thomas Antiques & Design Center, a new retail concept combining antique booths with a coffee shop twist, is set to open on November 1. I had an opportunity to catch up with Rob Robinson to learn more about this new venture. 

What first did the Bluebirds accomplish at Holmes on Friday?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior Alex Veneman (6) hauls in a pass in Friday's game at Covington Holmes. The Bluebirds improved to 107-6 since the start of 2007 with the 36-0 win.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

COVINGTON – It had been a little more than a year since the Blue and White kept an opponent off the scoreboard.

Bluebird Notebook: How did the younger players develop Friday?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands quarterback Beau Hoge (7) scored on a sweep right in the first quarter of Friday's game at Covington Holmes. Hoge completed 9-of-19 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the 36-0 Bluebird win.
Allen Ramsey Photo. Evidence shows that Alex Veneman (6) caught the ball with one foot in-bounds in the first quarter of Friday's District 7-4A game between Highlands and Covington Holmes. The officials ruled Veneman's catch out of bounds on the play. But Veneman still recorded six catches for 119 yards in the win.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

In lopsided contests, the younger Highlands Bluebirds earn some playing time.

That has been the case in all three district contests this year. Highlands (7-1 overall, 3-0 District 6-4A) hit the running clock in the three district contests and the wins over Paducah Tilghman and John Hardin.