Thursday, April 26, 2018

Highlands Holds Nothing Back in Spring Ball No Matter Grade Level

Sophomores Could Contribute on Varsity Next Season for Bluebirds

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands freshman Joe Buten escapes trouble in a win at Campbell County during the freshman team campaign last year. The coaching staff likes to see rising sophomores overcome the fear of facing older players during Spring football.
Former Highlands Bluebirds Football Head Coach Dale Mueller mentioned it years ago.

The toughest off-season for football players is generally between their freshmen and sophomore seasons. Mueller said some players do not come back out as sophomores out of fear of playing against older players.

That's why the coaching staff has to figure out what level each rising sophomore is ready for and where to put them on the field whether offense or defense. Players generally play on one side of the ball starting their sophomore seasons after going both directions on the freshman team. Highlands Offensive Coordinator Zach Deaton said it's another reason why the coaches get to know the players personally through weight training.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WES Talks, Speaker Recap

Woodfill Elementary School hosted WES Talks on Tuesday, April 24.

The event featured speakers telling powerful, short and compelling stories from their experiences addressing 21st Century Skills.

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Bob Herzog, Local 12: 1:45
Matthew Kremer, City of Erlanger: 11:22
Nancy Grayson, Horizon Community Funds: 21:00
Pat Crowley, Strategic Advisers: 29:45
Karen Cheser, Fort Thomas Independent Schools: 38:23
Nick Gates, Commonwealth Orthopedic: 46:18
David and Kelly Russell, Young Life: 1:00:00
Eric Neufarth, 5/3: 1:13:00
Dan Gorman, United Property Group: 1:26:00

Obituary: Barbara Lampe Haas

Barbara Lampe Haas passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018.

She was a graduate of Saint Thomas High School, Fort Thomas, and Edgecliff College and a member of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Fort Thomas. Barb was active in national, state and local politics and was instrumental in the election of prominent leaders across the political spectrum.

She was dedicated to her community, and was on the Board of Trustees at Summit Country Day School, the Board of Directors at Welcome House, Board Chair of Northern Kentucky Symphony and a volunteer at Saint Bernard Food Pantry.

Barb is survived by her husband, Dr. Joseph F. Haas, and their children, Monica (Russell) Desch, Jeffrey (Layne) Haas, Adam Haas & Carrie (Nate) Jessie; her siblings, Joan Ferris, Jim Lampe, Sue (Mark) Grimme & Tom (Kim) Lampe and her grandchildren, Luke & Grant Desch, and Joseph Jessie. She is preceded in death by her parents, Miriam "Min" & John "Jack" Lampe.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27th at Dobbling Funeral Home 106 Fort Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 28th at St. Catherine of Siena Church with the burial to follow at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

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Northern Kentucky’s Largest Celebration of New Homes “Cavalcade of Homes” is Almost Here

The Cavalcade of Homes begins Saturday, May 5th and features twenty homes in Northern Kentucky.

The Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky will produce the 2018 Cavalcade of Homes May 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20.  The hours are noon to 5 p.m. each day.  Admission is free.

“The Cavalcade of Homes has been a Northern Kentucky staple since 1963.  At first a fall event, the Cavalcade of Homes has become Northern Kentucky’s annual rite of spring. This year visitors can experience 20 newly built homes by our Registered Builders; a moniker of professionalism," said Brian Miller, Executive Vice President of the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky.

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"With a low inventory of homes for sale both on the resale market and in the newly built market, the Cavalcade of Homes is an outstanding opportunity to meet the professionals that have built our community for decades and learn how a newly built home can not only give you every convenience you need in your home with todays technical and energy efficient convenience.”

The following are the homes in this year’s Cavalcade of Homes:

Highlands High Student Puts Classroom Skills to the Real-World Test

Highlands senior Thomas Wade works with a student client to customize a tool he designed to assist with communication.

Thanks to a unique collaboration, students in Fort Thomas schools are using the technology skills they’ve learned to address real-world problems to help others in the classroom and the world beyond.

Highlands High School senior Thomas Wade, who helps run the Help Desk at the middle school, put his skills to the test when asked to use what he’d learned in engineering and technology classes to design and create a tool that would help students with communication challenges. Now students are using customized versions of his device to help them in school and in everyday activities.

It all started in February, when Nicole Ponting, a speech language pathologist at Highlands Middle School, attended a national conference on assistive technology, a field that has grown exponentially thanks to advances in technology and in the understanding of people’s needs.

"When I first started, we had devices with two switches, yes and no, and you had these bulky devices that kids would carry around. And they were so expensive. Assistive technology has come such a long way."

Today, technology is smaller, lighter and does much more, she said. In fact, most can be adapted to iPads and even cell phones. Students carry the same tools as their peers, and the equipment has become common in school and beyond.

"That’s a huge piece of this, the transition to adulthood and being independent. You see these devices all the time in work places now," she said.

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Ponting, special education teacher Andrea Smith and other educators decided to form a team to explore ideas and possibilities for assistive technology in the district. One idea was to tap into the resources available to create tools to augment and address some of the issues students using adaptive devices face.

Finding a solution only a few doors away

One issue involved students who have challenges with verbal communication. The students use Proloquo, a symbol-based Apple application on their iPads to help them communicate words and ideas. Symbols or pictures are laid out on a grid with each square representing a different word or idea. The app can be customized for students with different abilities, from those who may only be able to use a few symbols to those who are able to use multiple options and folders with many symbol choices.

The app is a wonderful tool, said Smith, but many of the students have some difficulties with digital dexterity and hitting the right symbol or key can be frustrating. Students who are frustrated tend to be less communicative and to lose interest in the activity.

At the conference, Ponting learned about a somewhat expensive plastic grid that can be snapped onto an iPad to help guide fingers and keep them where the user intends to go. The Fort Thomas team wondered if students with the skills and access to 3D printers at school might be able to make the grids for their fellow students.

Wade shows off the adaptive grid he created. He plans to pursue a technology career upon graduation.

They took their idea to Brian Mercer, a digital learning coach, and he knew exactly what to do. He charged Wade with creating and customizing the grids.

Wade explained the process: "The general idea is that we make the model of what we want in the Tinker-CAD program, then take that file and move it to an application called Cura, which allows us to save it as a file the 3D printer can print and use a SD card to transfer it to the machine."

Drawing from the skills he learned in the Fundamentals of Engineering Design and other classes, Wade used the middle school lab to make the grids. The lab is well-equipped with two 3-D printers, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, robotic arm and general equipment for woodworking and similar projects, he said. Students can use the equipment at any time if they are enrolled in the class and a teacher is present.

Improving communication and opportunities

County Attorney: Don't Steal, Deface Political Signs

By Steven J. Franzen, Campbell County Attorney

Soon, political campaigns will be going through the arduous task of putting up political signs.

Many people seem to feel that taking or damaging a political sign is not a criminal offense but rather that it just a common occurrence in the territory of political campaigns.  However, that is not the case.  A theft of a political sign is no different than the theft of any other personal property.  Under Kentucky law, a person is guilty of theft by unlawful taking if he takes or exercises control over moveable property of another with intent to deprive that person of the property.  This would certainly include political signs as well as any other property.  Taking a political sign out of someone’s front yard is no less of a theft than taking a chair off of the porch.

Theft of property under Kentucky law is a Class A misdemeanor if the item has a value of less than $500.00 dollars punishable by up to a fine of $500.00 and up to a year in jail.

Kentucky also has a law that provides that a person is guilty of criminal mischief in the third degree when, having no right to do so, or any reasonable ground to believe that he has such right, he intentionally or wantonly defaces, destroys or damages any property.  This law would also apply to damaging, destroying or defacing political signs as well as to damaging other personal property.  Examples of this would include defacing the sign by spray painting over it.  Such conduct would constitute criminal mischief in the third degree under Kentucky law which is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to a fine of $250.00 and up to ninety days in jail.

During the upcoming campaign season prior to the election on November 8th all candidates and their workers and supporters should understand that defacing or taking political signs is criminal conduct and will be prosecuted as such.  It is certainly frustrating and aggravating to put so much time and work into putting up political signs only to have them damaged or stolen.  All campaigns should be respectful of each other and all the hard work involved in campaigning including but not limited to the placement of political signs.

Moreover, no candidate or campaign has the right to place their political signs in the public right of way.  Political signs or for that matter, any signs placed in the public right of way are a nuisance and potentially dangerous.  Such signs will be lawfully removed by the local jurisdiction responsible for the right of way.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Beshear, Task Force Streamline Human Trafficking Notification Process to Better Assist Victims, Investigations

2017 Human Trafficking Task Force Report released, highlights Kentucky’s awareness efforts

Attorney General Andy Beshear and Catholic Charities of Louisville today released the 2017 Human Trafficking Task Force Report that focuses on the state’s coordinated efforts to fight human trafficking.

The report highlights Kentucky’s new streamlined notification process that better assists in investigations and follow-up victim services for reported cases of human trafficking across the state.

The changes allow for a quicker response to incidents of suspected human trafficking in Kentucky and is one of numerous efforts outlined in the annual report of the Kentucky Human Trafficking Task Force.

The report is the first overall look at the state’s coordinated efforts to fight human trafficking since Beshear’s office and Catholic Charities of Louisville, co-chairs of the task force, received a federal grant in 2016. The grant was the first from the U.S Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Victims of Crime ever awarded to a Kentucky agency for human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is a growing and gruesome crime in the Commonwealth,” Beshear said. “In order to combat it, we needed to streamline the information sharing protocols between our federal, state and local task force members to more efficiently respond to reports of human trafficking. Now, law enforcement can immediately investigate and advocates can immediately offer victim services.”

Marissa Castellanos, program director of the Bakhita Empowerment Initiative, a program to combat human trafficking at Catholic Charities of Louisville, said the Kentucky Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force has been an important tool for Kentucky’s movement forward in protocol development, proactive investigations, increased collaboration among agencies, and data collection and reporting efforts.

As a result, trafficking victims are being identified at a higher rate, response has improved and services are more accessible to victims,” Castellanos said. “Catholic Charities remains committed to the work of victim-centered advocacy and service provision for labor and sex trafficking victims identified in the Commonwealth. We are grateful for the leadership and support of the Office of the Attorney General, and our many other community partners in these efforts.”

Beshear said training all partners to recognize human trafficking has been a key component in streamlining the notification process of potential reports of the crime.

In 2017, Beshear’s office and Catholic Charities conducted 80 statewide trainings, reaching nearly 3,500 individuals and created the state’s first coordinated effort to train hotel staff to recognize and report human trafficking.

Woodfill Students Exhibit Leadership Skills Through Puerto Rico Fundraiser

Students at Woodfill Elementary raised more than $2,000 to benefit the ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

What began as a small seed of an idea grew into an ongoing partnership with Northern Kentucky University (NKU), and a joint gift of $4,000 to help support the ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico. 

Heather Turner, Woodfill’s Spanish teacher, said she, along with Johnson teacher Julie Dashley and Moyer teacher Silvia McClamrock, were discussing donating gifts to children in Puerto Rico back in December. (Today, more than six months after Hurricane Maria, some are still without power.)

Woodfill Spanish teacher Heather Turner, along with students, showing off the Puerto Rico fundraiser T-shirts.

“I thought T-shirts in Spanish would be an easy way to raise a lot of money, and I talked to some 5th graders about taking on leadership roles to make the fundraiser happen,” Turner says. 

Students created a slogan, and made posters and commercials to advertise the campaign.

Students chose to sell T-shirts as well as collect change. Their slogan: “Change the world with your change."

With a team of 15, Turner says students organized everything from commercials to informational posters, promoting the campaign daily. They had a contest for most money raised and the winning class, which donated more than $200 in change in just two weeks, won a piñata. 

Each classroom had a collection box for coins.

“The hardest part was counting all the coins and rolling them up each morning and afternoon,” Turner says. “I could not have done this without great student volunteers like Sydney and Stephen Shoemaker. They really helped.” 

Turner hoped that a local Puerto Rican would be able to accept a check on the behalf of Puerto Rico. She was put in touch with Irene Encarnación, a Spanish professor at NKU who is from Puerto Rico. After several phone calls, Turner and Encarnación – who had been raising funds for Puerto Rico at NKU – decided to partner and merge donations from both schools to make a bigger impact.

“We both agreed that we were searching for a non-profit organization that we could trust where each cent would go to the hands of people who really need it in Puerto Rico,” Turner says. 

Turner says Encarnación visited Puerto Rico over her spring break, made videos and interviewed locals, as well as attended town hall meetings regarding the rebuilding and reinstallation of electricity. “She came back with Comité pro desarollo de Maunabo,” Turner says. 

In the end, Woodfill’s ¡Yo soy Líder! Desde KY a Puerto Rico Ayudamos a Nuestros Amigos campaign received an equal match of $2,000 from NKU’s Latino Institute for Excellence (LIFE). Encarnación, a co-chair along with Leo Calderon of NKU LIFE Puerto Rico Relief Campaign, surprised Woodfill students on March 27 with an equal $2,000 gift match.

NKU surprised Woodfill students with a matching gift.

“Encarnación came to school with a large check, presented to the 5th graders, and we had many little Puerto Rican flags to celebrate our collaboration between KY and Puerto Rico,” Turner says.

The event, Turner says, marks the beginning of future collaborations between NKU and WES. “She was incredible,” Turner says of Encarnación. “All of the students really enjoyed her presentation and wanted their picture with her afterwards. She has a lot of charisma and gratitude to the students for what we had done to help her home country.”

The donation is set to directly assist in the reconstruction of Maunabo’s Natural Reserve, and will contribute to restore the facilities of la Casa Verde and their neighboring communities. 

“We are all connected,” Turner says. “It’s imperative, as global citizens, that we become educated in all facets of the world. Language, culture, religion, environmental issues – all of these things. They make us well-rounded, respectful and tolerant people. Puerto Rico is part of the United States. It is an incredible place to visit, with so many warm and generous individuals whom I have met personally. I have traveled to Puerto Rico twice and have friends from there. I think it is my responsibility to shape my student’s view of the world in hopes that they one day can share my compassion for others and be proactive to help others when a natural disaster strikes.”

The fundraiser became a school-wide campaign, with many students taking on different leadership responsibilities. 

Keith Faust, Woodfill’s principal, says the fundraiser served as a great example of success in terms of the school’s Leader in Me program. 

“One of the challenges of implementing a culture change like Leader in Me is that naysayers may question how you determine its effectiveness, as there are no traditional assessments or measures,” Faust says “To them I point directly to projects like the Puerto Rico fundraiser. Our students set a goal, developed a plan, synergized and proactively implemented their plan. They thought beyond themselves and were selfless in their actions. They internalized and lived the seven habits on a personal level to accomplish and surpass their goal. To me this evidence that we are developing leaders and doing it in a tangible way.”

Turner says her biggest reaction to the fundraiser’s success was gratitude. “It was a small idea that turned into a big fundraiser,” she says. “I am really proud of all of the students at WES where the climate here makes it cool to buy a shirt in Spanish that helps others."

Turner says she's also proud of the 5th grade leaders who stepped up to plan and orchestrate the entire fundraiser.  "I am also thankful to have administration that backed these ideas, and allowed for us to do the fundraiser," Turner says. "I also want to especially thank our secretaries and the local bank for their patience with all of the coin deposits. I could not be more thankful for a new friendship and collaboration with Irene Encarnación from NKU. I hope we can continue to work together on future endeavors. It is also very pleasing to know that at both Moyer and Johnson they continued the efforts to help Puerto Rico by selling their own shirts as well.”

Why I'm Running: Connie Grubbs, Campbell County Commissioner

My name is Connie Grubbs and I am the only Democratic candidate for Campbell County Commissioner, running in district 1. If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be running for local office, I would not have believed it. I was still nursing my infant son while wiping my daughter’s adorable, but runny, nose. Yet those two beautiful children are a large part of why I’m running. I want them to grow up in a Campbell County that maintains its rich traditions, beautiful landscapes, and family farms while at the same time looking ahead to a future full of enterprise and opportunity for all of our families.

I didn’t grow up in Campbell County or even Kentucky. My husband, Zack, and I have chosen to raise our family here. We both work in the arts in Cincinnati; he is a ballet dancer and teacher at Cincinnati Ballet, while I stage manage at Cincinnati Opera. We both fell in love with Campbell County and Fort Thomas specifically when looking for our new home and a place to raise our growing family. It was a very deliberate choice. Some people might think this is a strike against me as I run for local office. I see it as a great strength. I bring with me perspectives from rural New Jersey, where I went to high school; from big cities, where I worked and lived in my 20s; and from suburbia, where I grew up. Each city in which I’ve lived has taught me something and I bring all of those experiences with me to the table.

My father was the first in his family to go to college. He grew up in a trailer park in a working class neighborhood. His father (my grandpa Pete) drove a bus for a living, managing to put a roof over their heads, food on their table, and send two of his three boys to college. This is the American dream - the son of an immigrant building a better life for his children. Now, this story of upward mobility is harder to come by. We are looking at the first generation in America to not do as well as their parents. I don’t want that for my kids or for yours. That is why I’m putting skin in the game and jumping into the political process with both feet. I want to make sure all of us have an opportunity to, not simply work our fingers to the bone to exist, but rise and thrive. Thriving means the average family has the ability to support an aging parent, be involved in their schools, have a safety net in place for an injured spouse, or simply be able to build their community in any way they want. Right now, too many families are one accident, injury, or aging parent away from poverty or bankruptcy.

My campaign boils down to a few simple and universal concepts:

Monday, April 23, 2018

Police Seeking Information About What Led Up to Car Crash Fatality in Wilder

The Wilder Police Department is asking for your help to try and figure out what caused a fatal, two-car accident on Saturday night on 275 Eastbound just after Exit 77.

Two crashed cars wound up in the wooded area off of the roadway. One man died at the scene and a woman was severely injured.

Wilder Police and and the Campbell County MART (Major Accident Reconstruction Team) said that Campbell County Dispatch received numerous calls at approximately 8:15 pm on 04/21/2018.
The police are still investigating the incident and have spoken to several callers.

Now they are asking for those who called 911 to provide more information.

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"If you happen to be in the area or if you witnessed this event please call either the Wilder Police Department (859) 581-8863 or the Campbell County Dispatch center at (859) 292-3622," police said in a release. "Your information may be helpful."

Beshear: Kentucky Can, Should Require Free, Open Internet

Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Vermont sign executive orders promoting free, open internet

Attorney General Andy Beshear says Kentucky has the authority to ensure Kentucky families have high-quality internet despite current federal rollbacks of net neutrality.

Beshear is among more than 20 state attorneys general fighting actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that retreat from previous broadband protections requiring internet providers to remain “neutral” in the services it provides to customers.

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Beshear said the FCC’s net neutrality repeal order still allows states, as internet consumers, to create net neutrality though their purchasing power, and at least five governors have taken a bipartisan stance by signing executive orders requiring all internet service providers contracting with their state to adhere to net neutrality for all of their state’s consumers.

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“The internet is a part of our state and national infrastructure that is just a critical as our roads and bridges,” Beshear said. “Small business, school districts and rural hospitals rely on the internet to help Kentucky families earn a living, educate our children and to provide critical medical services in every part of our state. We cannot give the power to slow, change or even shut down these services to four major companies and simply trust they will do the right thing.”

The attorney general is calling on the executive branch to offer these same protections to Kentuckians through an executive order similar to ones recently issued by governors in Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, New York and Vermont.

“If a broadband or mobile internet service provider wants to do business with the state, we should require they adhere to certain internet neutrality principles,” Beshear said. “We want to attract companies that are willing to provide reliable, high-quality broadband internet service to all Kentuckians.”

Montana’s executive order requires service providers to publicly disclose to all of its customers accurate information, such as cellular data and wireless broadband transport, for consumers to make “informed choices” regarding all services.

Key Kentucky business and educational services rely on a free and open internet to help the state’s economy flourish on a national and international stage, Beshear said, which is one reason he is suing the FCC over its rollback of net neutrality regulations.

The FCC published its final ruling rolling back net neutrality in the Feb. 22 Federal Register. Pursuant to the rule, the effective date for the rule is 30 or 60 days after the Office of Budget Management approval is complete, which could take anywhere from several months to a year.

Beshear and the coalition have their lawsuit before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The group maintains the FCC’s action violates federal laws.

“I’m opposing the repeal of net neutrality because of the destructive nature it will have on every Kentuckian from farmers to college students who use free and open internet to thrive and prosper,” Beshear said. “As a state and as a nation, we cannot turn our backs on the hard working people of this country by letting the federal government walk all over them and take away their level playing field.”

Beshear said his office continues to receive comments from Kentucky wanting broadband protections.

Fort Thomas Native Son, Josh McIntosh, Grows Law Practice

Josh McIntosh & fiance, Lauren Schlosser

Many Fort Thomas residents know Josh McIntosh as the lead singer and guitarist of Josh McIntosh & Co., a popular local cover band that plays weekend shows in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Lexington, and Indianapolis. But what they may not know that Josh is also an attorney who recently started a private law practice, Josh McIntosh Law in Covington.

Josh grew up in the Fort, attended Highlands High School and played football in the winning 2004 state championship game.

Highlands Football team 2004 state champions (photo: provided)

Josh knew he wanted to have his own business at an early age. His parents, as the owners of Professional Pool and Spa Services were very supportive and were able to attend every game, school program, and special event in their children's lives. As the owners of a small local business they were able to manage flexible schedules. Josh knew he wanted the same thing for his own family.

Josh McIntosh Law is the fruit of hard work and the culmination of passion for litigating, counseling, negotiating, writing, and research. Josh McIntosh Law serves the community by providing high-quality, results-oriented legal representation.

Josh's interest in law began in high school. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in history he was accepted into NKU's Salmon P. Chase College of Law where he received the Henry Clay Merit Scholarship and ultimately graduated cum laude and in the top 20% of his class. Josh has worked as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable William O. Bertelsman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and as a felony Prosecutor for the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

Josh McIntosh (photo: provided)

His years as a felony prosecutor opened his eyes to the enormous impact drugs were having on our area. It also provided a counter perspective to his current role as a defense attorney. As a prosector he didn't get to personally know the individuals behind the offense but as a criminal defense attorney he is able to have a positive impact on his client's lives. His role as a defense attorney allows him the opportunity to empathize with and counsel clients who may have made bad decisions. 


  • Civil Litigation
    • Personal injury
    • Accidents (auto, motorcycle, trucking)
  • Civil Appeals
  • Criminal Defense Litigation (State & Federal)
    • DUI/OVI
  • Wills & Estates
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Family Law
  • Small Business Law
  • Consumer Law
  • General Practice
  • Advises Small Businesses
    • Reviews contracts 
    • Checks for compliancy
    • Advises on lease and property negotiations
    • Represent as needed

In his free time you'll find Josh hunting, fishing or spending time with his fiance, Lauren Schlosser, an account manager whose love of horse racing is second only to her love of her family and her dog, Stella. You also may find him playing with his band at a local spot with his best friend and drummer, Chris Owens, another beloved Fort Thomas native.

Josh McIntosh & Co (photo:

Josh has serves on the board of Henry Hosea House, which is a local non-profit that serves the homeless. He participated in Relay for Life for several years and also volunteers with the Highlands High League of People, a constitutional debate class and competition team.

For more information about Josh McIntosh Law visit: 
Phone: 859 905-0714
Address: 121 East 4th Street, Covington, KY 41011

EXCLUSIVE: Take a Look Inside the Stables Building in Fort Thomas

The City of Fort Thomas' Visioning and Comprehensive city plan is being planned and studied in earnest.

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Since kicking off with a whiteboard session held in the Centennial Room that included members of council in 2015, the Fort Thomas Community Plan has broken into six working groups, each of which includes a member of city council, a community liaison, city staff and consultants who serve as technical advisers.

RELATED: Whiteboard session could lead to new city plan 

Committee members of the Utilities and City-owned Facilities got a peek inside the Stables Building, to understand how that space might be utilized if the city is able to acquire the building from the U.S. Army Reserve's 478th Engineering Battalion.

For nearly five years the City of Fort Thomas has been in talks with the Army Reserve to obtain the historic building in a land swap. The city has looked at trading property in the back of Tower Park and building a new storage building.

Roofing, siding, gutters, painting. 
The building was built as horse stables in the late 1800's, but for now, the building being used for storage. It is in good condition with a fairly new slate roof. It has no plumbing and bare-minimum electric, but could be a blank canvas for new tenants coming in. It overlooks the soccer field and track, owned by Fort Thomas Independent Schools.

Midway There, a group of Fort Thomas business and city leaders began working on plans to convert the stables building into an industrial kitchen, open air market, theater and retail space similar to Cincinnati's Findlay Market in 2014.

RELATED: Midway There Committee Still Seeks to Develop Stables Building

The city created Tower Park after acquiring much of the former fort in 1970, including the iconic water tower, Mess Hall, Armory and VA Homes, which have been pegged for redevelopment by developers.

In 1983 Fort Thomas resident, Betty Daniels of the Fort Thomas Heritage League, applied for historic designations for many of the buildings.

She described the Stables Building this way:

"At the farthest end of the district, beyond where Cochran Avenue ends at Carmel Manor Drive is the former stable complex. Aside from several modest outbuildings, one of which is of stone, of indeterminate age, and a small brick former gas and weigh station, the main structure here is the former Stables Building.

It was erected between 1889 and 1892 to house animals (mules and horses) for the infantry, as well as for the cavalry attached to the infantry. Each officer above the rank of Second Lieutenant was entitled to a horse, and many also had their own private mounts. At one time there was even a polo team at the post!

The stable, a long, narrow brick building, has fairly steep roofs above the low ground level, with a story along the ridge, creating a sloping stepped profile at the ends. The openings of the main level are segraental-arched, with wider doors in the centers of the horizontal wall-surface.

A small brick addition has been made at one end and a few openings altered or blocked up, but the stable, now used for storage, seems to maintain much of its original appearance.

Such serviceable structures are often rarer survivors than the major buildings."


DETAILS: Seersucker Bike Ride Through Fort Thomas (April 29)

Last year during the city's sesquicentennial celebration, the city opened up the streets for leisurely bike ride through town.

Organizers of the first seersucker bike ride felt like it was such a successful event they are carrying it over to 2018.

RELATED: Fort Thomas 150 Seersucker Bike Ride (PHOTOS)

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The 2nd Annual Fort Thomas Seersucker Bike Ride will take place Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 20, 2018

LISTEN: Schroder, Cooper, Cheser and Brewer Talk About Frankfort, Education and Business

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Sen. Wil Schroder: What was the toughest part of this General Assembly for you?

Mr. Brent Cooper: Have you heard from the businesses who will now be charged sales tax on their services?

Dr. Karen Cheser: What were you most frustrated with during this session?

Mr. Jay Brewer: Do you think lawmakers listened to public school advocates?

Mark Collier (Living Media, Inc. & Fort Thomas Matters) talks with four people smack dab in the middle of the General Assembly process this year. Answers to the above questions and more on Fort Thomas Matters Radio.


Sen. Wil Schroder (R-Wilder)

Brent Cooper, CEO/President Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Karen Cheser, Superintendent, Fort Thomas Independent Schools

Jay Brewer, Superindendent, Dayton Independent Schools

Bowman’s Framing is still framing.

Located at 103 N. Fort Thomas Avenue - 859-781-2233 

I can’t say enough about what this city and all my loyal clients mean to me. It is not easy for us to follow through on our announced plans to change direction to pursue other interests. This was and still is a very difficult decision. Many have stopped me asking if I’m still open. As it turns out, they thought I was already finished framing. I would like to clear things up about the future of Bowman’s Framing.

I am still actively seeking a buyer to continue operation of this very established shop. The new owner of the real estate has told me that he hopes a new owner would continue in the same location. He is willing to offer a lease starting in October that would be very affordable to a new operator.

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This business has been a staple in this community for thirty years and needs to stay. My plans to exit at the end of June are still unchanged. My hope is to find a qualified operator to take over with me staying involved until that person and myself are comfortable with the transition. One way or another, my exit will be June 30. The thought of closing the business and liquidating contents is not something I like to consider. It is a profitable but specialized business, which means a small pool of qualified operators to attract.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Highlands' Students Accepted to Summer Governor's Programs

GSP 2018 - Front row, l to r: Cayton, Tinkler, Sellers, Schwalbach; Back row, l to r: Seidel, Conley, King

Highlands High School is honored to announce the students who have been accepted into Governor’s summer programs.

HHS juniors accepted into the Governor’s Scholar Program (GSP) are:
Brendan Conley
Austin King
Elizabeth Schwalbach
Margot Seidel
Betsy Sellers

GSP Alternates
Sarah Cayton
Claire Tinkler

GSA 2018: Front row, l to r: Eckerle, Cooper, Siebert; Back row, l to r: Sower, Richards, Staab.

GSP is a six-week summer residential program held for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. GSP programs are held on three different university campuses – Morehead State University, Murray State University and Northern Kentucky University.

In order to participate in the program, students must be nominated by their high schools and then compete on a state-wide level. In addition to an academic profile that includes difficulty of course load, GPA, and at least one standardized test score, the application requires an outline of all extracurricular activities, a history of volunteer service, and a list of job positions held. Teacher recommendations include both quantitative evaluation and qualitative descriptions of the student’s performance and potential. The final component of the application is an original essay.

HHS students accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) program are:
Sydney Cooper – Creative Writing
Grant Sower – Drama
Donovan Staab – Architecture/Design

GSA Alternates
Katherine Eckerle – Visual Arts
Wyatt Richards – Film & Photography
Maggie Siebert – Vocal Music

Highlands Junior Reaches Big Numbers in Power Lifting

Baumer Wins Gold in Columbus

Contributed Photo. Highlands junior Matthew Baumer poses with his gold medal he won in the 16-17-year-old age division in the USA Power Lifting CBUS Lifting Co Spring Classic in Columbus (Ohio) on April 7. He lifted 474 pounds in the Deadlift to win gold.
Matthew Baumer, a 16-year-old Highlands junior, has taken a big journey in life in recent years.

Baumer found himself at 230 pounds. But Baumer then started body building at a local gym and later started powerlifting. Baumer leaned down to 150 pounds and now stands at 180.

"I wasn't in the best shape. I didn't really do much," Baumer said. "I just wanted to find something I was interested in and do it. I kind of found that through fitness."

Baumer recently competed in a USA Powerlifting event in Columbus (Ohio) called the CBUS Lifting Co Spring Classic on April 7. Baumer won a gold medal in the 16-17-Year-Old Age Division. He lifted a personal-best 474 pounds in the deadlift to bring home the top medal. A deadlift is when a loaded bar or barbell is lifted off the ground up to the hips then lowered back down.

The deadlift is one of three power lifting exercises. The other two are the squat where the lifter lies on the back on a bench and lifts a loaded bar straight up then back down. The other is the squat where the lifter holds the loaded bar on the back, dips the tail down below the knees, then goes back up to a normal standing position. Baumer's personal bests in the squat is 400 pounds and 250 pounds in the bench press.

Baumer's parents are Mark and Sandy Baumer. Sandy Baumer could not say enough positive on how far their son has come along.

"We are beyond proud and honored to be his parents," Sandy Baumer said. "To watch him on a daily basis have the self-control and discipline to take core of his body and his mind to star this journey of Power Lifting has been amazing, and we have learned some things from him."