Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wanted by Campbell County Police:


The Campbell County Police Department needs help locating two subjects who are suspected of committing 6-7 burglaries in Campbell County in less than one month.

According to Crimestoppers, a pattern of the crimes are typical.

-They knock on the door to check for vacancy (with an "I'm lost, need directions" story ready if someone answers).

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-The vehicle (below) was used during the burglaries, and is entered as stolen now.


The suspects have been identified as:
Mark Dempsey Burgin and Angela Roberts

Burgin has multiple warrants through OH and KY for burglary and robbery. They are thought to be residing in the area of Price Hill/Western Hills/Delhi, however they are making frequent trips to Kentucky as well.

Any information on where Police can find these suspects, call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

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AMC Theatres Begins Construction To Upgrade Guest Experiences

Newport on the Levee. Pinterest. 
Construction on a full-theatre renovation starts this week at AMC Newport on the Levee 20 and includes AMC Signature Recliner seating, Dolby Cinema at AMC, expanded food and drink options and new sight and sound equipment.

AMC Theatres has announced that construction to deliver the company’s wildly popular full-theatre renovations has started at AMC Newport on the Levee 20, with an entire overhaul of the theatre scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.

In recent years, AMC Theatres has elevated the movie-going experience through its guest-favorite amenities like its AMC Signature Recliners, reserved seating and expanded food and beverage options including the AMC Feature Fare menu and MacGuffins adult beverage concept.

Renovations will be completed in phases, allowing the theatre to remain open, ensuring guests can continue to enjoy their movies with the AMC experience. The full conversion should be complete by the end of 2017.

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Upon completion of the renovations, AMC Newport on the Levee 20 will include:

Fort Thomas Saint Elizabeth to Display Grand Prize “Spirit of Fort Thomas” Photo Winner


The $500 Grand Prize photo taken by Ashtyn Heiert.

Hope you were among the many who visited the Mess Hall during the 150th to view the exhibits and the entries in the “Spirit of Fort Thomas” photo contest. Saint Elizabeth Healthcare sponsored the Grand Prize. Ashtyn Heiert, an HHS upcoming senior, won that honor and $500.

Contest organizer Nancy Schneider says, “We wanted to show how people see Fort Thomas.” Overall, the photos covered a range of visual topics that ultimately presented a beautiful quilt of the spirit of the city.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fort Thomas Independent Schools Names Elementary Assistant Principal

Peter Winkler. Provided. 
Fort Thomas Independent Schools has selected Peter Winkler to serve as district-wide elementary assistant principal. Winkler has been a 5th-grade teacher at Moyer Elementary since July 2011.

Before joining the faculty at Moyer, Winkler was an elementary teacher for seven years in North Carolina.

Winkler earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. With his National Board Certification and additional credit hours, he earned his master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Xavier University.

Superintendent Karen Cheser stated, “Peter brings strong teaching experience and leadership skills to the assistant principal position. This unique position serves all three elementary schools in both an administrator and instructional coaching role. Peter is the perfect person to support teachers and principals in enhancing instruction for all of our students.”

Kentucky Drivers' Licenses Will Become Obsolete

Steve Franzen. Provided. 
By Steven J. Franzen, Campbell County Attorney

Recently, Governor Matt Bevin signed House Bill 410 into law to bring Kentucky into compliance with federal security regulations for driver’s license (Real ID Act).  House Bill 410 is legislation that will allow Kentuckians with a driver’s license to either keep a standard license that everyone currently uses now or request an enhanced license that complies with the federal regulations.  As part of enacting House Bill 410, Kentucky was also granted an extension until 2019 to come into compliance with federal regulations for driver’s licenses.

The enhanced license authorized as part of House Bill 410 will not be available until 2019.  As part of this federal regulation and extension, if you do not have an enhanced license beginning in 2019, a person will not be able to enter or visit federal facilities such as VA facilities, Social Security offices, federal courthouses, and TSA facilities such as airports.  For example, in 2019 you would not be able to board a plane at CVG unless you had either an enhanced license or federally issued identification such as a passport or military identification card.

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To obtain an enhanced license for eight years that complies with federal regulation, the cost would be an additional five dollars and would require providing additional proof of identity through personal documents that are scanned into a database.  These requirements meet the minimum requirements set by the federal regulations.


Judge Fred A. Stine Set to Retire

Judge Fred "Fritz" Stine in his home office. FTM file. 
A longtime Campbell County judge is stepping down.

Campbell County Circuit Court Judge, Fred A. Stine, has filed his retirement paperwork with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and will give way to an appointment by Governor Matt Bevin, before a May 2018 primary special election.

Stine has served as a Circuit Court Judge since 2005 when Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed him to replace retired Judge Len Kopowski.

Stine's last day will be Friday, August 4 and it's no coincidence that his caseload is full right up until that day. 

"I've got three trials scheduled during my last week," he joked. "I haven't figured out exactly what we are going to do if those spill over until the following Monday. My dad, was just a hardworking old German and by God, if you had a job you were going to work it. 

An honest day's work for an honest day's wage."

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Unlock the Block Music Fest | July 22


Have you heard about the Unlock the Block Music Fest? Well you’re about to on July 22nd, in the heart of Latonia-a Covington community. Join the Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2017 for the inaugural music fest created to activate community vibrancy and potential in Northern Kentucky!

Latonia was chosen as the site for the family friendly event because of its potential, engaged community, and rich history. Will you help us unlock the block?

 “Unlock the Block” will feature lively music from local bands: DV8, rock cover band; Ben Walz, acoustic folk/rock blend; and The Turkeys, folk-rock and Americana.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Interim Principal Named for Highlands High School

Jeff Schneider. Provided. 
Fort Thomas Independent Schools has selected Jeff Schneider to serve as interim principal of Highlands High School (HHS). Schneider has been assistant principal at HHS since July 2012.

Before joining the administrative team at HHS, Schneider’s educational background included experience as a high school social studies teacher as well as a district activities coordinator with Kenton County Schools.

Schneider earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and master’s degree in Secondary Education and Rank I in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University.

Local Resident Joins Fort Thomas Police Department

Joe Paolucci. FTM file. 
By Robin Gee

Local resident and Highlands High School grad Joe Paolucci is the newest Fort Thomas Police Department recruit.

Introduced by Fort Thomas Police Chief Mike Daly at the July 15 city council meeting, Paolucci heads to the police academy this week and will return after graduation on January 26, 2018.

Police Chief, Mike Daly, introducing Paolucci to council. FTM file. 

Fort Thomas Schools Approve VA Homes Funding Plan

Fort Thomas Independent Schools Superintendent Karen Cheser,
School Board Chair Brad Fennell and Board Member Karen Allen. FTM file. 
By Robin Gee

The VA Homes project moves forward another notch with approval of a vital piece of the funding puzzle.

At a special session held Wednesday, July 19, the Fort Thomas Independent School Board agreed not to contest the project funding agreement that would provide a pilot payment to the schools in lieu of tax revenue.

"This wasn’t just a rubber stamp decision made by the school board. We dug in and thoroughly looked at the numbers to reach the most fiscally conservative decision we could and allow the city to make their deal," said School Board Chair Brad Fennell.

RELATED: City Signs VA Homes Deed 

With the help of Treasurer Andy Remlinger, the board poured over spreadsheets mapping out various funding scenarios and projections. Fennell and the rest of the board worked to find a plan commensurate with the projected tax revenue that such properties would provide.

The city and the school board went back to the table after an initial payment proposal of a set amount based on current property tax rates. After much discussion and research, the school board proposed, and the city accepted, a pilot that would give the schools an unfixed amount based on funds remaining after developers take what they need for bond repayment.

Background and details

The VA homes project is funded with an Industrial Revenue Bond, or IRB. Property taxes are not collected under IRBs but money will be collected from homeowners equivalent to a property tax bill. This money goes to the developers to cover their investment in the property.

Because most schools, including Fort Thomas, rely on property tax funding, IRBs provide for a pilot payment taken from the money collected that would be paid to the schools.

The VA Homes developers have asked for a fixed payment of $135,700 a year for the thirty-year bond. Starting in Year Three, Fort Thomas Schools will receive all funds remaining after that amount is deducted from money collected.

In Year Fourteen, the city will begin to receive 15 percent of the money as well remaining after the developer’s share is deducted, a concession made by the school board.

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Ensuring school funding

Two things especially helped make the pilot payment workable for the schools. First, because taxes are not collected, the properties will not be included in the tax rolls and will, therefore, not be subject to the state’s SEEK formula.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Highlands Championship Team Recap

Seniors on 1996 Highlands State Championship Football Team Maintain Friendships

PHOTO: Ernest Coleman, Cincinnati Enquirer. Highlands senior Justin Frisk (32) breaks a tackle in the Class 3A state championship game and scores the tying touchdown. Frisk rushed for 1,932 yards and 31 touchdowns that year. He currently works with former teammate Matt Kleier at MK Interiors in Bellevue.
The 1996 Class 3A state champion Highlands Bluebirds football team may be remembered for the dominance on the field.

But something bigger stands out to many of those players. It's something they carry with them in the present.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Art Around Towne | Friday, July 21 | Fort Thomas, Kentucky


This is poised to be the biggest Art Around Towne, yet. 6-9 p.m. on N. Fort Thomas Avenue.

There will be:

30 art and boutique vendors
17 food truck and beverage vendors
Lucie Rice Exhibit at Fort Thomas Coffee
Live music with Logan Sparks on The Lawn at Fort Thomas Central; complimentary refreshments while supplies last w/ tip proceeds benefiting the St. Thomas Summer Festival.
West Sixth Brewing Co at the Clock Tower
Charities Guild of NKY wine booth at Schone Kitchen Design; proceeds benefit their shoe fund
Outdoor seating located at the Clock Tower and The Lawn at Fort Thomas Central

Plus much more. Come get into the community spirit.

RELATED: Cooking Demonstrations at Schone Kitchen Design 

Car Crashes into Campbell County Fiscal Court Building

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A car crashed into the entrance of the Campbell County Fiscal Court building, which may have been caused by the driver having a "medical incident" according to police.

The accident happened at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the government building at 1098 Monmouth Street.

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Newport police said the driver jumped the curb before he crashed into the building's entrance.


The Dance Realm Studios | Registration and Open House



Registration Dates:
Tuesday, August 1 6:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, August 16 6:00-8:00 PM

Tuesday, August 29
6:00-7:30 PM

A few class options:

3 YR OLDS:
Thursdays 5:30-6:15
Saturdays 10:15-11:00

4 YR OLDS:
Mondays 1:00-2:15
Mondays 5:45-7:00
Saturdays 9:00-10:15

6 YR OLDS:
Thursdays 3:45-5:15

For more ages of our 6 & 7 year old students, please contact the studio for proper placement.

Schone Kitchen Design To Debut Cooking Demonstrations During Art Around Towne


Schone Kitchen Design (33 N. Fort Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas, KY) has a new "chef-in-residence". Schone is owned by local architect, Ashli Slawter.

Professional chef, Nicole McDonald, will be doing two cooking demonstrations at 33 N. Fort Thomas Avenue during Art Around Towne on Friday, July 21. The demonstrations will start at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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Slawter said that she hopes folks will come in to get seasonal cooking tips from McDonald and while they are there, get some inspiration for their homes.

McDonald is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. A self-described “lover of foods,” she has always loved entertaining and has applied her 20+ years of private chef and catering experience to various facets of Simply Gourmet, her meal kit delivery service.

Also during Art Around Towne, Ashli will be giving away 10 VIP Homearama tickets to tour the newest ideas for home renovations and architecture. Be sure to come back to work with your hometown professionals at Ashli Slawter Architecture.

Ashli Slawter Architecture will be giving away 10 VIP tickets to Home-a-rama. 


Highlands Swimmer To Compete in Deaflympics

USA Deaf Swimming National Team Prepares to Depart for the 2017 Deaflympics

Tyler Brown, from Fort Thomas,  (center) is representing Team USA in the 2017 Deaflympics. 
A student athlete from Highlands High School is competing for Team USA in the 2017 Deaflympics.

Tyler Brown is part of the USA Deaf Swimming Team and along with being a state qualifier for Highlands, he swims for the Northern Kentucky Clippers.

Team USA has departed for the Deaflympics in Turkey and eight swimmers have hopes of earning medals for the United States. They will be competing with athletes from over 37 different countries.

2017 Team USA includes the following athletes:

Highlands Senior Sophia Manyet Takes Aim For Hollywood

Sophia in David James' short film "The Next One" (provided)
by Colin Moore

You might recognize Sophia Manyet.  She’ll be a senior at Highlands this year and works at Highlands Fitness Center and at the Highlands Country Club. She was Audrey in Highlands High School’s performance of Little Shop of Horrors. Oh, and she’s also an aspiring movie actress who you may have seen in a recent feature film or commercial.

“I love to step into other people’s shoes and show what they’re thinking. Maybe sometimes you can be an evil character and show why they’re doing what they’re doing. For me it’s almost as easy as breathing, it’s a way to live a thousand lives in one lifetime.”

Some of us have to work out what we want to be when we grow up, Sophia has known for some time. “I think I’ve known I wanted to be an actress since I was four or five. We would go to the movies and when we came home I would be pretending to be one of the characters.” Her mom, Rebecca, knew even earlier.

“When she was about three she would go in front of the mirror. One minute she’d be crying, the next minute she’d be smiling. My husband and I looked and each other and thought “We’re into something here!””