Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fort Thomas Schools Opt Out of Federal School Lunch Program

Despite record enrollment at Fort Thomas Independent Schools, the school system city-wide has seen a decrease of 169 lunches served each day since instituting the federal school lunch guidelines. 
The Fort Thomas Independent School system has decided that it will no longer choose to follow the federal lunch program, which has made its requirements increasingly stringent on school systems across the country.

By opting out of the program, the Fort Thomas Independent Schools are declining $265,000 in federal funds. The estimated budget and revenues for the 2014-2015 school year is $1,340,000. The School Board weighed the decision to turn down the money against increasingly strict guidelines, which they believed would continue to see the number of lunches served to decrease over the upcoming year.

Further leading to that decision was the fact that Fort Thomas receives the lowest federally funded per student rate in Kentucky, the Board felt they had the least to lose and most to gain by opting out of the program and constructing one that they felt would fill cafeteria lines.

In a letter to parents, Superintendent Gene Kirchner said,

Is this a sinkhole in Fort Thomas?

Is a sinkhole forming on the corner of Orchard Hill and Memory Lanes?
Calls from some concerned residents took FTM to Orchard Hill to check out an apparent sinkhole forming. According to residents, the hole grew from about 10 inches in diameter to 50 in about two weeks time. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fort Thomas Teen Competes on 'Jeopardy!'

Photo provided
Via Kiesewetter- Eileen Bunch of Fort Thomas finished third in her "Jeopardy!" teen tournament debut, likely eliminating her from the two-week contest.

Bunch 15, who will be a sophomore this fall at Villa Madonna Academy in Villa Hills, finished with $2,799 after correctly answering the final "Jeopardy!" question. Nikki Aria, a high school junior from Worthington, Ohio, missed the final question and ended with$1 more at $2,800.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mama on a Budget: Tips from the FTPD to keep safe

Fort Thomas Police Department
When I was sixteen years old, my father would get so annoyed with me because I would leave my car unlocked consistently with all of my valuables inside of it.   One day, to prove a point, he stole my CD player (for all you young readers, CD players were like a miniature record player… and record players were like a smaller phonograph… and, well, I’ve lost you young readers now, right?).  However, this had no effect on me because I just figured he had stolen it (and I was right).  When you grow up in a small, sleepy town like Mayberry Fort Thomas, you can take your safety for granted and get the sense that you’re untouchable; in fact, I still leave my car unlocked (drives my paranoid husband batty).

But maybe his paranoia is somewhat warranted.  I recently heard a lecture from Officer Will Hunt of the Fort Thomas Police Department who was a guest speaker at the latest Fort Thomas Mom’s Club meeting and when an officer tells you something, you start to listen (sorry Dad)!

What Is The New Building at Newport Pavilion?

Property "35" is currently under construction. Property "40" could be the last big retailer to sign onto the Newport Pavilion. 
It's been a few months since FTM has updated our readers with Newport Pavilion news and rumblings, so let's check in with what we are hearing.

What is being built on the southeast corner by Panera?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Alex Sale with Comey & Shepherd is hosting two open houses this weekend. Please stop by and check these out! Details are on our Facebook page as well.

368 Grand Ave, 4 Cincinnati, OH

MLS #1372985     Residential - Condominium

Open House: Sunday 07/27/2014 1:00PM to 3:00PM

The most stunning views of sweeping River & City/newer condo residence 5 minutes from Downtown-open floor plan w/3 bed/3 1/2 bath. Top finishes. Fab street. Incline District.

Directions to 368 Grand Ave, 4 Cincinnati, OH 45205

: Sixth St to Elberon, R Mt Hope, L Bodley, L Grand

833 Wingate Dr, Union Twp, OH

MLS #1413290     Residential - Single Family

Shows like a model! Updated kit w/new granite cntrtops,beautiful hwd flrs. Huge mstr suite w/vaulted ceil,walk-in closet,marble bath,deluxe whirlpool. LR/DR w/vaulted ceil separated by 1 of 2gas FPs. Surround sound in FR &fin LL.New wndws,fresh paint

Directions to 833 Wingate Dr, Union Twp, OH 45245

: Rt 125 E to L on Glen Este Withamsville, R on Wingate

100th Season Celebration: Bluebirds hit uncharted territory in Mueller's first 11 seasons

Contributed Photo. Highlands graduate Derek Smith (right) makes a play for the Bluebirds in the late 1990s. Smith started for three years at Tight End and Defensive End for Highlands helping the Bluebirds to the state championships in 1996 and 1998.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of stories about past teams leading up and into the 100th season of Highlands football.

It was the offseason after the 1993 campaign. Highlands lost 29-26 in overtime to Conner in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs in Tom Duffy’s final season. Duffy took the job at Henderson County.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get to Know the Candidates: Q&A with John Muller, Running for City Council

This year, all six Fort Thomas City Council members, along with Mayor Mary Brown, face re-election. As part of FTM's efforts to keep you, the Fort Thomas electorate, informed and prepare you for the upcoming election season, the Q&A below is part of an ongoing FTM series spotlighting candidates in the 2014 elections. Incumbents and challengers are asked a nearly identical set of questions, then a second round of follow-up questions, if necessary. This week we spoke with John Muller, running for Fort Thomas City Council.

John Muller, a candidate for Fort Thomas City Council, is a businessman serving as a Nursing Home Administrator and is also a licensed Physical Therapist. John works for Carespring Healthcare Management as an executive vice president for the corporation which has retirement and nursing care facilities throughout the Tri-State. John lives with his family on Fischer Lane in Fort Thomas.

The Bank of Kentucky invests in the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute campaign

The Bank of Kentucky has made a major investment to improve the heart health of our region.

St. Elizabeth Foundation announced that The Bank of Kentucky and R.C. Durr Foundation have committed $1.25 million toward the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute campaign.

This is a second major commitment by The Bank of Kentucky in recent years, following its collaboration with St. Elizabeth Healthcare in 2010 to sponsor the first cardiovascular mobile unit in Northern Kentucky.

President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare John Dubis and President of The Bank of Kentucky Bob Zapp  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Buckle Up Country Music Festival Rocks the Cincinnati Riverfront

If you've been following along this year, you know I've been counting down the days until the area's first country music festival hit Yeatman's Cove and Sawyer Point on the banks of Cincinnati. I applaud the Buckle Up producers for stepping up to create this event. It was definitely welcomed by the tri-state's country music following.

Over the course of three days, the festival featured over 90 acts performing on seven stages. After experiencing a concert layout like this, I actually prefer it over Riverbend. There was not a bad seat in the house. No matter where you stood, you always had a great view of the stage and performers. I also loved the fact that you could avoid crazy long delays in the parking lot after the festival by leaving your car in Newport and walking across the bridge. 

I also enjoyed the variety in vendors. The food was far better than regular venues. With upscale options like Taste of Belgium, you were able to enjoy more than nachos and popcorn. 

Despite the continuous rain, I had a great time on Friday evening. Everyone rocked their ponchos and umbrellas. It seemed the rain was constant, but that didn't stop fans from hanging out all night.

Monday, July 21, 2014

City of Fort Thomas Offers Free Self-Defense Classes

The City of Fort Thomas will be conducting free self-defense classes in August. The classes will feature some of the self-defense strategies developed by the Rape Aggression Defense Systems (R.A.D) program. 

The classes are open to all females ages 14 and older (any 14-year-old participants must have parental consent), and take place at the Council Chambers at the City Building. Classes will he held from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on the following dates: August 6, 7, 13, and 14.