Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Johnson Elementary Awarded National Blue Ribbon

Johnson Elementary has been awarded as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence/Google

The U.S. Department of Education has named Johnson Elementary School a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. This year, Johnson Elementary is only one of four schools in the state of Kentucky to receive this esteemed designation.

2014 Election Fact-Sheet: Which Elections Will Fort Thomas See on the Ballot?

Campbell County Building, located on Monmouth St. in Newport, is home to both the County Clerk's office and the Fiscal Court/Google Maps

The deadline to register as a voter in Campbell County is next Monday, October 6. To prepare you, our FTM readers, we've created this 2014 Election fact-sheet, outlining everything you need to know, including how and where to register, for the upcoming election in November.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kroger Recalls Children's Hoodies as Choking Hazards

Kroger, the Cincinnati-based supermarket giant, has issued a recall on a children's hooded sweatshirt sold at Kroger and Fred Meyer stores

Kroger has issued a recall on nearly 8,000 children's hooded sweatshirts Tuesday, according to the Associated Press and other local news media.

Have You Signed Up for #TheGrandCity Experiment?

The Grand City Experiment will begin across Greater Cincinnati on Wednesday/YouTube

A group of organizers around Greater Cincinnati want everyone to spend a little time every day for a whole month dedicated to one simple goal: make your neighborhood more friendly.

The challenge is called The Grand City Experiment, and it begins Wednesday and will continue through the month of October.

PHOTOS: 2014 Merchants & Music Festival

Tower Park transformed on Saturday to play host to the 2014 Merchants and Music Festival, an annual event that brings the community together in support of local businesses, artisans, and musicians. If you missed this year's MMF, here are some photos that will keep you from making that mistake again.

NKY Judges/Executive to Deliver State of NKY Address

Campbell County Judge Executive, Steve Pendery. Provided. 
FORT MITCHELL, KY–On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host their annual State of Northern Kentucky Address at Eggs ‘N Issues from 7:30-9:00am at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center in Erlanger, Ky.

This event will feature Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery, and Kenton County Judge/Executive Steve Arlinghaus. During their comments, each Judge/Executive will share their perspective on the progress, opportunities and challenges facing their counties and the Northern Kentucky region. The Judges/Executive will also respond to questions submitted by members of the business community. Trey Grayson, President& CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, will moderate the discussion.

The cost to attend the event is $25 for Chamber members and $50 for future members. Reservations can be made by calling 859.578.8800 or online at The Eggs ‘N Issues title sponsor is Enquirer Media. The monthly sponsors are Central Bank, C-Forward, HealthPoint Family Care, Heritage Bank, and PNC Bank.

// Press Release

Monday, September 29, 2014

HHS to Establish Athletic Hall of Fame

Highlands High School will establish an Athletic Hall of Fame to recognize and honor former athletes, coaches and teams who achieved outstanding accomplishments or made extraordinary contributions to athletics at Highlands.

“I believe many people in the Highlands community are excited about the formation of the new Highlands High School Athletic Hall of Fame,” athletic director Dale Mueller said. “As our mission states, we hope to recognize past individuals with exceptional achievement and inspire current students.”

A maximum of five players and/or coaches will be inducted each year. Nominations for the first class of inductees will be accepted through March 2015.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Monera Chic Boutique Offers Fashion, Eye Candy and Inspiration

I had an opportunity to visit the Monera Chic Boutique this weekend. This charming Fort Thomas shop tucked back off of Highland Avenue has a little bit of everything when it comes to women's fashion. From jewelry and handbags to clothing and hats, you can pick up a statement piece to help round out your wardrobe. 

The boutique was named after owners Monica Bruns-Howard and Tera Huddleston. The original concept for Monera started as home-based business. Tera began making jewelry as a way to keep her mind off her colon cancer diagnosis and treatment. Monica had partnered with her to grow a collection of handcrafted jewelry pieces. Once Tera received a bill of clean health, the two decided to launch a true store and offer a wide variety of chic items. 

Commissioner Candidate: Use Lakeside Money to Build "Multi-Purpose" Facility in Southern Campbell County

By Melanie Steidel Pelle// Press Release

Melanie Steidel Pelle at the proposed site of the Campbell County Library, which was struck down in a ballot measure in 2012. Pelle (D) is running for a seat on the Campbell County Commission and will face Charlie Coleman (R]. Picture provided. 

There is a need for the Campbell Fiscal Court to provide attention to all areas of the county.  In order to do this, the Fiscal Court needs to begin partnering with groups and agencies in order to make things “happen.”  If elected, as your Commissioner, I will ask the Fiscal Court to use the million dollars from the sale of Lakeside, to build a new multi-purpose facility for Southern Campbell County on the site of the proposed library south of Alexandria on U.S. 27.  Working with the Campbell County Library, I am suggesting that this site be considered for housing a branch of the Campbell County Library, the Campbell County Historical Society, a recreational complex partnering with the YMCA or similar organization as well as Northern Kentucky Senior Citizens. This multi-purpose facility could be built at NO COST to taxpayers.

We can do “Great Things for Campbell County”, and still be fiscally responsible. If elected I will vote for representation on the CVG Board and SD1 Board, without hesitation. I will also make sure ALL of Campbell County’s economic development funds, STAY in Campbell County.  This would be in contrast to the Republicans on the Fiscal Court who gave our economic development money from Frankfort to help Covington build a walking path.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

How did the Highlands-CovCath game turn out?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior linebacker Patrick Schoepf (33) puts pressure on Covington Catholic quarterback Adam Wagner (19) in Friday's game. The Bluebirds won 42-7.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The hopes of it being ‘the year that’ things turn around in this series rise like crazy just before the season begins up until the game in Park Hills.

Is the Highlands-CovCath series still a rivalry?

Allen Ramsey Photo. The Highlands student OZone section cheers on the Bluebirds in their 42-7 win over Covington Catholic on Friday. The Pink-Out signified the community's commitment to Breast Cancer and finding ways to beat it.
Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands running back Grant Murray (24) looks for room in Saturday's junior varsity contest against Covington Catholic. The Highlands JV won 34-20.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

When asked whether it is still a rivalry or not, Highlands senior cornerback Andrew Abner did not hold back his thoughts.

“It’s not,” Abner said. “The goal is to beat CovCath every single year and go as hard as we can. We did it this game. They have signs in their weight room and school saying, ‘Beat Highlands.’ That fires us up a bunch. We’re definitely going to get better and we’re going to come out and execute.”

Did NewCath earn its first win of the year?

G. Michael Graham Photo. Newport Central Catholic running back Jacob Smith looks for room in the recent game against Dixie Heights. Smith rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown in NewCath's 28-0 blanking of Lloyd Memorial on Saturday.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

When the dust settled, the team with more success recently left with the victory.

NKY Youth Science Summit Coming to NKU

Griffin Hall, at NKU, will be the location for the first annual Northern Kentucky Youth Science Summit/Turner Construction

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Northern Kentucky University will be host to the first annual Northern Kentucky Youth Science Summit, which will take place Saturday, October 4th, at NKU's Griffin Hall and hosted by the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bluebird Football Alum Inducted into UK Athletics Hall of Fame

Marty Moore, HHS alum, will be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend/UK Athletics

Highlands High School alumnus and former NFL player Marty Moore will be inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame during this weekend's Hall of Fame celebration, which includes a ceremony during Saturday's home football game against Vanderbilt.

NKY New Media Mavens "Wager" on HHS vs. Cov Cath

Forget Moeller at St. X.

Tonight the center of the Tri-State High School football universe will be held at David A. Cecil Memorial Stadium. 

That'll be especially true for myself and Editor and Publisher of The River City News, Michael Monks.

Editor and Publisher, River City News, Michael Monks 

The Covington Catholic Colonels (3-1) take on the Highlands Bluebirds (4-0) in front of what will undoubtedly be the biggest crowd of the year in Fort Thomas. If you're not a football fan, the box score will likely still be a point of interest when you're having your coffee tomorrow morning.

In what will hopefully become tradition, Monks and I will be "wagering" on the game tonight. If the Birds win, he will be sporting some HHS swag from #FTMFamily member business, Fort Thomas Central.

If the Colonels win, I will be donning some Cov Cath gear from one of RCN's advertisers', Flow - A Shop for Men.  The results will be spread all over the Internets in Northern Kentucky soon after. Photos don't die on the Internet, which means the fallout from this game should live well past from when the smoke clears Death Valley.

Or at least until they face each other again in the playoffs. Pat Lafleur may need to act as intermediary.

Be sure to follow Fort Thomas Matters (Facebook & Twitter) as well as The River City News (Facebook & Twitter) to see the results.

Read both of our coverage of the game here:
(RCN: Friday Night Battle Cov Cath vs. Highlands) 
(FTM: 12 Straight Against Cov Cath?)

Fort Thomas Motorist Involved in Fatal Motorcycle Accident

A fatal motorcycle accident on Kellogg Ave. Thursday night involved a driver from Fort Thomas/WLWT

The Hamilton County Sheriff's office is investigating a fatal motorcycle accident on Kellogg Ave. Thursday night involving a motorist from Fort Thomas.

You wake 'em, you take 'em

Kiddie College, located on Memorial Parkway in Fort Thomas, is part of the #FTMFamily. 

Looking for a new and exciting career as a teacher or teacher aide? Kiddie College, Fort Thomas is hiring!

Position Requirements:
* High School Diploma or equivalent
* Pass In-depth criminal and background check
* Must attend a Cabinet For Health and Family Services orientation class
* Must attend a yearly Division of Childcare 15-hour update class
* Must have Certifications in First Aide and CPR
* More credentials/certifications may be requested upon acceptance of the teacher/teacher aide positions

Please send your resume to and include "resume" in the email subject line.

Mama on a Budget: Meet and Greet Merchants and Music Giveaway


FTM is not just your best source for Fort Thomas news; it is also the best place for unique giveaways!  No, FTM is not a one Trick Pony and we are here to offer one lucky reader a Helluva Life.  For those of you who have NOT been reading the detailed schedule of events at this year’s Merchants and Music Festival, you can check it out here.  For those you have, you may have already picked up on the not-so-subtle hints about the latest FTM giveaway.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What Will It Take for Bluebirds to Record 12 Straight Wins Against Cov Cath?

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands quarterback Beau Hoge (center) takes the snap while offensive linemen Lou Bunning (50) and Bo Hebel (55) get in position and running back Josh Watson (right) makes his move. Highlands hopes to win its 12th straight against arch-rival Covington Catholic on Friday.

Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Over in Park Hills, the faithful fans constantly wonder if this is the year the streak ends.