Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Longtime Fort Thomas Business Moving

A longtime Fort Thomas business is moving a few miles away to Southgate.

River Hills Pediatrics, started by Fort Thomas resident, Dr. William J. Beckmeyer, is moving its location at 602 S. Fort Thomas Avenue to the South Hill Medical Center in Southgate on Alexandria Pike.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Team Believe Fundraiser: We Will Fight

The night before Thanksgiving is always a time when old friends convene. This year, you can do that while supporting a local man who has had his life take a different course than originally planned.

A night of fellowship, fun and fundraising that will include silent and live auctions, door raffles and split-the-pot will support Brian Eviston, a 1996 Newport Catholic graduate, who was diagnosed with ALS. The event will be held at The Newport Syndicate on November 22 at 7:00 p.m.

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Live entertainment will include Ben Walz and Stays in Vegas. Dress is casual. Ticket price includes open bar and heavy appetizers.

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ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size, which results in difficulty speaking, swallowing and eventually breathing.

"It just changes your every day living. I think that's the biggest thing," said Eviston's brother, Covington Catholic coach Eddie Eviston said. 

"I don't experience it so I don't want to put words in anybody's mouth that's ever gone through it. It's almost like your trapped in your own body. You want to do things, but your body isn't responding the way you're thinking. Obviously as a brother to Brian, it's hard to watch. But at the same time, I know he's going to battle it. His family is going to battle it. He's a guy who was very athletic, involved and active. It's one of those unfortunate events in life that he's dealing with."

Performance Chiropractic Opening Second Location in Alexandria

419 Licking Pike Suite B
Wilder, KY 41071

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Dr. Steve Hannegan has a reputation for sound judgement, steady hands, empathy and experience. He opened Performance Chiropractic in 2011. Patients hold him in the highest regard. He has been described as an honest man full of integrity and his expertise extends beyond just back pain from sports injury recovery to arthritis, carpal tunnel, migraines, sciatica and more conditions.

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Dr. Hannegan produces lasting results and is invested in our community. He was recently honored with an election to the Kentucky Association of Chiropractors (KAC) Board of Directors for District 5. His credentials include a BS in Life Science, MS in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and a Doctor of Chiropractic.


With his Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, Dr. Hannegan focuses on biomechanics and movement. As a former Division I baseball player, he became very familiar with the typical symptom-based approaches to treatment that provided little insight into the cause of an injury or its prevention. He knows first-hand what it is like to be a competitive athlete and has a passion for helping athletes of all ages and sports. He is committed to helping patients understand what is causing their condition, making healthcare about addressing the root cause, rather than merely treat isolated symptoms, to get them back on the field or court as soon as possible.

Dr. Hannegan’s passion, knowledge and enthusiasm has led to the establishment of a practice with a reputation for being patient centered. He spends time listening to his patient’s needs and uses his knowledge, energy and experience to help them recover efficiently and quickly. He seeks lasting results for his patients rather than a quick fix and wants to help people realize their full potential and health goals. With this proactive approach, he helps patients change behaviors to make this something they can integrate into everyday life.


Highlands Students Find Community in Summer Programs

Highlands student Libby Birkley discusses her experiences in the Governor's School for the Arts.
by Robin Gee

Two special summer programs offer students the opportunity to learn more and work with other students who share their passions and interests. Aimed at encouraging students to explore ideas in depth, both programs also help students build networks that can help them as they pursue further education and careers.

Fort Thomas School Board members learned more about the students’ experiences last summer at the October board meeting.

Fort Thomas Residents to Air on The Price is Right

Set your DVR's.

Fort Thomas residents, Denise and Mackenzie Grause, traveled to the set of The Price is Right this summer and their episode will air this Thursday, October 19.

In Other Words: Ideas Should Challenge and Open Our Eyes

I was mortified.

My parents and I sat in the principal’s office. I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was just reading a book - One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. My mother was upset with the language in the book. My father was uncomfortable sitting there. It was probably because he was a master of colorful language. He drew from a rich palette of language choices. My mother, on the other hand, didn’t like some of those colors.

So there we sat. Me looking down. Dad shifting in the chair. Mom pointing that finger at the principal. The principal nodding. I was assigned another book, but I read Ken Kesey’s book anyway. Why? Because once something is forbidden, it becomes desirable. It was a sad story but the “language” was appropriate because it expressed the anger and frustration of the characters. The novel explored life in a mental institution but became a metaphor for society. It challenged the current thinking.

Now I could never figure out what exactly tripped this series of events that landed us in the office, but I learned that ideas were dangerous. And if ideas in books were dangerous enough to prompt a visit to the principal’s office then I wanted to know more. I wasn’t rebellious, just curious. I was fourteen, eager to learn but not always eager to be taught.

I will never know what prompted my parents to challenge the school.  Maybe my parents did not want to lose control of their child or maybe they weren't ready for their child to be an independent thinker or maybe they weren’t ready to let go or maybe they wanted to protect. I will never know. Maybe they didn’t want to give up their perceived control. Maybe they didn’t want to admit that they were wrong. Whatever it was, my parents were not ready for this particular challenge.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Update on Mayor Eric Haas

Fort Thomas mayor, Eric Haas, suffered a heart attack on Sunday, October 8. He was airlifted to a Dayton area hospital, where he had successful surgery to clear blockages on Friday, October 13.

His wife, Jan, reported that everything went as planned during the procedures.

Haas updated his status, via Jan's Facebook page.
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Highlands Students Learn to Combat Cyberspace Threats

Highlands Principal Jeff Schneider introduces NaviGo Scholars (left to right) Hunter Kolb, Chapin Johnson and Cory Gish. (not pictured: Timmy Sieverding)
The Equifax breach is one of the more publicized attacks that has happened along the information highway recently. More and more companies are discovering they need cyber security professionals trained in detecting and defending their data.

At its October meeting, members of the Fort Thomas School Board met a team of Highlands High School students about to embark on a quest to learn more about the field and the skills they will need to combat cyber threats in the future.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fort Thomas Woman Killed After Tree Falls at Lookout Heights Civic Club

One woman was injured and another died Friday night after a tree fell on them at the Lookout Heights Civic Club.

The tree fell, trapping the pair, around 5:30. According to a news release from the Fort Wright Police Department, 32-year-old Heather McNamara died at the scene; 45-year-old Rebecca Wright was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with critical injuries.

RELATED: One Killed at Lookout Heights Civic Club (The River City News)

The incident is considered accidental, police said.

The tree was reportedly old and dead and the incident is being called a "freak accident."

McNamara, was a 2004 graduate of Highlands High School in Fort Thomas.

Cov Cath Trounces Bluebirds For Forgettable Night in Park Hills

Colonels Post Most Lopsided Win Against Bluebirds in School History
PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands sophomore linebacker Jack Delagrange makes a tackle in the game at Covington Catholic on Friday.

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, The Highlands students showed up wearing white in the football game Friday against Covington Catholic.

The Blue and White knew the best game of the season would be needed to have a chance against the arch-rivals.

But instead, the worst thing that could happen did as they dropped a 52-0 loss Friday.

Very little went right for the Highlands Bluebirds football team (3-5 overall, 1-1 Class 5A, District 5) against the top-ranked Covington Catholic Colonels (8-0, 1-0). That loss marked the worst defeat in school history against the Colonels in 68 meetings surpassing last year's 37-point loss (63-28). Highlands had won 15 straight in the series prior to last year.

Friday, October 13, 2017

WATCH: Highlands - Cov Cath (LIVE STREAM)

Another 36th District Championship for Highlands

Highlands Downs NewCath, 1-0

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, The Highlands girls soccer team poses with the 36th District trophy Thursday at Newport. That marked the 10th district championship in 12 years for Highlands.
Considering it has now happened 10 of the last 12 seasons, it may seem like a routine thing.

But the Highlands Ladybirds soccer players and coaches will tell you the way it happens is anything but that. Highlands handled the Newport Central Catholic Lady Breds, 4-0 at Morscher Field on Sept. 27.

Your Go-To Guide to Neltner's Farm in Camp Springs

Although it lies not too far off the beaten path, the storybook Neltner’s Farm feels as if it comes from a time long-forgotten.  From its fresh produce to its hand-canned preserves and apple butters, this throwback farm boasts one of the best local Fall festivals in the tri-state.  After more than ten years of holding the Fall Festival, Neltner’s proves what the nearby Camp Springs Winery already knew: the best things improve with age.

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As an active family of five, we’ve been to nearly every pumpkin patch and Fall festival in the area from Blooms and Berries north of the city to Benton Farms south of Florence.  However, Neltner’s Farm in Camp Springs, KY (about four miles off of route 8 past the Dari Bar) really takes the cake, or pumpkin pie, with its offerings and price.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Highlands Teacher Earns Financial Literacy Award

From balancing a checkbook to making a budget to planning for retirement, the lessons of personal finance can stay with students for a lifetime.

At the October meeting of the Fort Thomas Independent School Board, Marlee Barton, a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Highlands High School, was honored for her work teaching students the ins and outs of day-to-day finance.

Named 2017 Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Barton’s project-based approach is what drew attention.

"Marlee’s outstanding work with financial literacy in her classroom is what earned her this award," said Connie Witt of the Kentucky Department of Education. "She is only in her third year of teaching, however, she’s done a great job of incorporating project-based learning, and all of us in education know that’s how students learn best."

Connie Witt of the Department of Education congratulates Marlee Barton, Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year.
Barton, a Highlands alum, said that fellow teacher Elise Carter wrote a letter of recommendation, after her seventh grade students took first, second and third in the statewide financial literacy poster contest.

She said she loves to teach her students practical, everyday finance.

Fort Thomas Woman Shares Personal Experience About End of Life Planning

When Fort Thomas resident Peggy Eberhard’s father-in-law passed away in 2002, she was so impressed by the care he received from a hospice facility in Maryland. She spent a lot of time talking with the staff and learned about volunteer opportunities for when she returned home. End of life planning was a topic that was prevalent and upon returning with her husband Mark to Fort Thomas, Peggy became a hospice volunteer with Hospice of the Bluegrass - now known as Bluegrass Care Navigators. She and Mark both filled out forms for living wills, medical power of attorney and had a long talk about their own wishes for end of life, including who would get his beloved Taylor guitar.  

Little did Eberhard know then that her husband Mark would die less than one year later in a motorcycle accident at age 51. With all the decisions in place, knowing Mark’s wishes was a great relief to Peggy.

Today Eberhard tells everyone she can to have "the talk.”

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Highlands-Covington Catholic Preview

Bluebirds Gearing Up for Challenge Against Arch-Rivals

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands junior wide receiver Nate Roberts breaks free for a touchdown against Dixie Heights in the fourth quarter.
In the later years between 2007 and 2015, people debated whether it was still even a rivalry anymore.

Then last year, the Highlands Bluebirds football team struggled to a 3-8 record for its first losing season in 60 years including the second-longest losing streak in school history at seven straight. The arch-rival Covington Catholic Colonels put a punctuation mark on that streak with a dominating 63-26 win in Fort Thomas and ended the Bluebirds' 15-game winning streak in the series.

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