Saturday, August 23, 2014

Whalen Appointed to Gateway Board of Directors


KCTCS Assistant General Counsel Pam Duncan administering the oath to Iversy Velez of Florence and myself.

Paul L. Whalen of Ft Thomas was appointed to the Board of Directors for Gateway Community and Technical College.

This is a continuation of Whalen's involvement with education.  He served on the Ft Thomas Board of Education for 3 terms and one term on the Kentucky Board of Education.  He has also served on the KY Committee of the Southern Association for K-12 accreditation.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Behind the Scenes look at the DIY Show Sledgehammer starring Fort Thomas’ own Meier Family

Adam and Laura Meier
On Wednesday August 20th, the DIY network aired an episode of their new hit show Sledgehammer which featured Fort Thomas residents Laura and Adam Meier (city council candidate) and their two young children.  FTM caught up with Laura Meier (newly formed superstar to be sure) to ask her about her firsthand experiences with the show (full disclosure, Laura is a close personal friend so it didn’t take much for me to “catch up” with her):

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cold Spring Police Need Your Help

The Cold Spring Police Department is investigating a theft that occurred at Mr. Spotless Carwash on 08/18/2014. If you can identify either of the two suspects or the vehicle please give us a call. 859-441-6289 or Campbell County Dispatch at 859-292-3622.

Update on Missing Person Rose Hartman

Rose Hartman has been located
The attempt to locate on missing person Rose Hartman has been canceled, according to Fort Thomas Police.  She had been located in Marion County, Ohio, and is doing fine.

Bill's Poison Pen - What's the Value of Speed Limit Signs?

By William Sandmann

I live four houses south of the intersection of Rossford and N. Fort Thomas Ave. There is a speed limit sign of 25 MPH posted just north of my driveway. Do you think it is effective? No! Some autos, pickups, commercials vehicles disregard the sign. The same is true of vehicles traveling south towards the intersection. It seems to me because of a stop sting at the intersection, vehicles must get up speed to break the speed limit. I think it's psychological. My neighbor has a radar gun and has clocked speeds of 50MPH. 

Highlands Alum Inducted in Univ. of Kentucky Hall of Fame

Marty Moore, Highlands 1989, is among 6 University of Kentucky greats will be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in late September. The 2014 class includes former UK student-athletes Keith Bogans (men’s basketball), Pat Etcheberry (track and field athlete/coach, also strength and conditioning coach), Passion Richardson (track and field athlete/coach), Terry Shumpert (baseball), Sarah Witten (women’s tennis) and Moore. The class will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 26-27, in conjunction with the football game against Vanderbilt.

Highlands prepares for second scrimmage

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior quarterback Beau Hoge (7) takes a snap while Griffin Urlage (20) makes a move in Friday's scrimmage against Louisville Trinity. The Bluebirds travel to Cincinnati St. Xavier for their second scrimmage on Friday.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

In previous years, the Highlands Bluebirds football team played just one scrimmage against Louisville Trinity.

But when University Christian (Florida) could not work things out to return to Fort Thomas, things opened up for another scrimmage. Highlands will take on another tough opponent in that scrimmage when it travels to Tom Ballaban Field on Friday to take on the Ohio Division I power Cincinnati St. Xavier Bombers of the Greater Catholic League South. Game time is 7 p.m. in Cincinnati.

Thoroughbreds prepare for Tomcats, Baker in season-opener

G. Michael Graham Photo. The Ashland Tomcats (white uniforms) and Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds (blue uniforms) face off in the season-opener on Friday again this year. NewCath won last year's meeting 37-26.
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

It is a name that rings bells not only in eastern Kentucky, but for any opponent of the Ashland Blazer Tomcat football team.

Ashland standout running back Quentin Baker has been on the minds of the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds for a few weeks as they prepare for their usually tough non-district grind against bigger schools. Eventual Class 2A runner-up 

NewCath beat Ashland 37-26 at Newport Stadium to open last year. Baker rushed for 238 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns in that contest.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BREAKING: Missing Person, Rose Hartman

Rose Hartman, provided. 
Police are searching for Rose Hartman, 57, of Wilder, who was reported missing.

FTPD Finds Unclothed Woman Wandering Intoxicated Through Woods

FTM has followed up on a tip received from a Facebook follower regarding a woman seen fleeing from FTPD officers Tuesday night, wearing almost no clothing and under the influence of alcohol.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How Are Campbell County Ballot Positions Drawn?

County Clerk, Jack Snodgrass, pulls a numbered ping pong ball out of the official ballot position container, which has been in commission for the past 26 years.

Ever wondered how the ballot positions are drawn in Campbell County? (Here are the positions for Fort Thomas City Council) Wonder no more. 

Fort Thomas Couple's home renovation to be Featured on DIY's Sledgehammer on Wednesday, August 20.

As previously reported by FTM, City Council candidate Adam Meier and his wife Laura were selected to appear on DIY's new show, Sledgehammer.  FTM has received new details about the Meier's show, set to air at 10:00 PM on DIY.

Here's a description of their show from the DIY network:

Street Class: North Fort Thomas Avenue's Playwright

Tennessee Williams once said, "Yes, I have tricks in my pocket. I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion." These words may ring true for many writers, but they are especially resonant for North Fort Thomas Avenue resident and playwright Teri Foltz. 

Men's Journal Names Local Barbecue Spot As One of Nation's Best

The FTM team had City Barbeque at their latest team meeting. 
Men's Journal Named 18 of the Best Barbecue Spots in America and one in Highland Heights made the list. From the article, A Road Trip to the 18 Best Barbecue Spots in America:

May might officially be National Barbecue Month, but summer is the time for road trips. And while plenty of people have documented their journeys to all the Major League stadiums, theme parks, national parks, monuments, and presidential assassination destinations across this great land, we can think of no better adventure to take with your friends and family than finding the best, most unique, and most authentically American barbecue eateries in the country. These are the 18 spots you and anyone you can stand three weeks in a car with should be hitting along the way.

Duke Energy Reports Fuel, Oil Spill into Ohio River

Just after 11 p.m. Monday night, during a routine transfer of fuel oil at the W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio, approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel were inadvertently discharged into the Ohio River. Duke Energy owns and operates the majority of the facility.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Breaking News: Patrick Towles named UK's starting quarterback

According to coach Mark Stoops' twitter account and Kentucky Sports Radio, Patrick Towles has been named the starting quarterback for the 2014-15 football season.

Photo courtesy

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Amazon Seeking to Fill 300 Positions at NKY Fulfillment Centers

Amazon fulfillment center, Hebron, KY/WCPO

HEBRON, Ky. -- The e-retail giant has announced it is seeking to fill 300 full-time positions at its fulfillment center located in Hebron.