Saturday, November 30, 2013

Highlands holds off determined LexCath, 49-35


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

LEXINGTON – The Highlands Bluebirds football team once again forced the running clock.

It may have saved them in the end of a 49-35 Class 4A semifinal victory against the host Lexington Catholic Knights on Friday. Highlands (13-1) won its state-record 34th consecutive playoff game. The Bluebirds have outscored those opponents by 1,142 points for an average of about 33.6 points per game.

Bluebird Notebook: Highlands moves to 14-1 in semifinal games since 1994


G. Michael Graham. Highlands senior defensive back Jackson Bardo (3) escorts junior linebacker Brady Murray (with ball) downfield in the first quarter after Murray recovered a Lexington Catholic fumble. Highlands recovered two fumbles and intercepted one pass in Friday's 49-35 Class 4A semifinal win over the Knights.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

LEXINGTON – This one turned out to be the closest state semifinal win in a while.

During their state record 34-game playoff winning streak, no one had come within 21 points in the state semifinals. In their six consecutive state championship runs, no team had come within three touchdowns of the Highlands Bluebirds in the state semifinals. Highlands had won those six semifinal contests by an average of 29 points.

5 Tips for Holiday Photo Shoot Perfection

Guest post from Mrs. Sarah Petracco

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NewCath eeks out "tooth and nail" semifinal victory

By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

It turned out to be the “tooth and nail” game that first-year NewCath Head Coach Dan Wagner said it would be.

But when the dust settled, the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds won their 12th straight semifinal contest, 49-48 in double overtime over the visiting Somerset Briar Jumpers on Friday at Newport Stadium. NewCath lost 8-7 to Somerset in its first state semifinal appearance in 1983 and has not lost in any since then.

“(Victory) is what you strive for,” Wagner said. “I can’t take many of these. My heart won’t handle it, but it feels great.”

Top 10 Reasons to #ShopLocal, #ShopFortThomas, #FTMFamily

#FTM invites you to #ShopLocal today! Below is a list of the #FTMFamily who are participating in Small Business Saturday. Please visit them today and tell them #FTM sent you!


Friday, November 29, 2013

Local Company Concludes Movember Movement with Large Donation


BM2 Freight Services, Inc.  participated in the Movember initiative, helping raise funds an awareness to men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and colon cancer.   As an employer of 15 men, BM2 Freight offered up a $50 donation for each employee that would grow a mustache for the month of November.  9 of the 15 men took part and BM2 made a $450 donation to Movember.com

Thursday, November 28, 2013

NewCath prepares for another test vs. Somerset


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

In many ways, it seems automatic, especially since 2000.

The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds football team wins a region crown and finds itself playing for a state championship two weeks later. That has happened eight times since 2000 and 11 times following their 12 overall regional championships.

The defending Class 2A champion Thoroughbreds (9-4 overall) would love to make it 12 straight times in 13 state semifinal appearances and extend their eight-game winning streak. But they need to prove themselves to the most common state semifinal opponent in the 8-4 Somerset Briar Jumpers on Friday at 7 p.m at Newport Stadium.

Highlands hopes for more Knights out


G. Michael Graham. Highlands defenders Nathan Merkle (39) and Braden Hicks (9) pursue on defense in Friday's 28-13 win over Covington Catholic. The Bluebirds travel to Lexington Catholic on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. Class 4A semifinal contest.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Now that they’ve beaten their arch-rivals for the second time this year, many around Kentucky have basically anointed another state championship to the Highlands Bluebirds.

That is understandable considering the winner of the Covington Catholic Colonel-Highlands playoff game has finished as state champions or state runner-up 10 times since 1994 when Dale Mueller became Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator. The Bluebirds hope to make it seven straight state championships overall and seven straight championships the same year following a playoff win over the Colonels. Highlands beat CovCath for the third straight year, 28-13 in the regional championship game in Fort Thomas on Friday.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Police Round-Up: Separating Fact from Fiction in Recent Robbery/Assault Cases


by PAT LaFLEUR
Police Reporter, Fort Thomas Matters

With a recent string of assaults and a dramatic twilight break-in involving a community business leader and a pair of juveniles, the FTPD have been keeping busy over the last two weeks. The rumor mill has been spinning, as well, as a result. Here is this week’s Police Round-up, to parse out fact from fiction surrounding these highly publicized cases:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Newest Champion in Cake Town


We all know that Highlands puts a state-championship-caliber team on the field year in and year out. Well what if I told you that as our bluebirds get ready for their next game the city of Fort Thomas has already crowned a football champion this year? In it’s inaugural year the Fort Thomas Recreation Flag Football League has come to an end and Tape a Cheetah to Her Back (TACTHB) was named the 2013 Champion. The team got their name from the popular AT&T commercial with the “It’s not complicated” catch phrase. There were multiple things that were not complicated about the championship team - most of all the dominance they had over the league.

Monday, November 25, 2013

#FTMFamily Shop Small Discounts


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, it is important to reflect on all for which we should be thankful.  For you, dear reader, it may be your family, your pets, your health, or any number of other things.  One additional thing for which I am personally thankful is the vibrant, caring, and supportive community in which we live.  Fort Thomas is a great place for raising a family and making friends- or, for having a business.  As everyone makes their shopping list for Black Friday, don’t forget about Small Business Saturday (November 30) and putting your money back into the community in which you live.

The Fort Thomas Matters family would like to express our thanks for our advertising partners.  Listed below are the special “Small Business Saturday” deals each of them are offering:

Street Class: North Fort Thomas Avenue Author Pens First Novel



Thanks to North Fort Thomas Avenue resident Elizabeth (Betsy) Farris, you now have the next book to add to your reading list or to impress your friends at book club. Farris recently released her first novel, The Water's Edge, and it's bursting with local history.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Highlands goes conservative in region championship win


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Another Blue and White victory gave those who say it is not a rivalry anymore another piece of evidence.

But the Highlands Bluebirds football team left their home field for the final time in 2013 knowing it was one of the toughest victories this season. In a similar battle to last year’s Class 4A, Region 4 title game, the Bluebirds knocked off the Covington Catholic Colonels (10-3) by a similar 28-13 score. Highlands improved to 12-1 overall and 99-4 since the start of 2007.

Bluebird Notebook: CovCath games closer than many think



G. Michael Graham. Highlands defensive back Griffin Urlage (20) knocks away a Ben Dressman pass during Friday's Class 4A regional championship game against Covington Catholic. The Bluebirds beat the Colonels for the 11th straight time, 28-13.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

One can have an opinion either way as to whether it is still a rivalry or not.

Many say it is not because the Highlands Bluebirds have won 11 in a row over the Covington Catholic Colonels dating back to a 25-15 Colonel victory in Park Hills on Nov. 11, 2006 when current Cincinnati Moeller Head Coach John Rodenberg roamed the sidelines. Among those that say it is not is former Highlands and current University of Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles. Towles tweeted “No” to former Highlands teammates Blake Newman tweeted, “If you win 11 straight, is it really still a rivalry?” Highlands and CovCath have won a combined 29 state championships.

NewCath downs GCHS for another region crown


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

For the second straight year, it came down to the experience against a first appearance with experience winning out.

The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds had to use a 21-0 run in the third quarter to do it. But they managed to pull away from the hungry 10-3 Gallatin County Wildcats on Friday in Warsaw by a 34-12 count.

Upcoming Events Ushering in the Holiday

There is a list of great activities coming up in Fort Thomas that will satisfy everyone from the starving artist to the socialite. I have compiled a list of some of the things you may want to put on your calendar.

Thursday, November 21 DEPs Fine Wine in Fort Thomas will host a Wine Tasting and Paint Party. You do not have to be a regular Bob Ross to attend the event put on by Gallery to Go. All you need is a thirst for some outstanding wine and a desire to spend a great night with friends. The painting is entitled "Grateful" and by the end of the night the wine will be entitled "consumed!"


Example of the Wine Tasting and Paint Party "Grateful" painting 

The next event that you should not miss is on Saturday, November 23. It is the Fundraiser for the Children's Epilepsy Foundation. This event is also being put on Gallery to Go. The painting for the benefit is called "Grateful for the Everyday"  and part of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Epilepsy Foundation.  You are encouraged to join the fun at the Alexandria Fair Grounds to benefit a great cause!


Example of the "Grateful for the Everyday" benefit painting

Be sure to register for either party before time runs out!

The Holiday Hop and the Holiday Walk are both coming up in the next few weeks. This year the theme is "Unexpected Christmas." Fort Thomas businesses have always been so generous in giving treats to the community on the night of the Holiday Walk.  This year the city wants to turn the focus on those in our community who may need some holiday help.

The following businesses will be accepting donations that will go to their specific charities.



The Holiday Hop will be Friday, December 6.  The Holiday Walk is Sunday, December 8. We hope to see you out on the town for these amazing events! 


Friday, November 22, 2013

Tow Truck Driver Robbed at Knifepoint at Sonsrena Apartments

Even with the spotlight of a viable media source in Fort Thomas shining bright on crime and other happenings in our city this has been an epically bad week.

The home invasion and arson attempt on the north and south side of Fort Thomas, respectively, were bad enough.

Now word of an armed robbery of a tow truck driver at the Sonsrena apartments on Alexandria Way is the newest heinous crime committed this week.

The robbery occurred in the early morning hours on Thursday. 

Residents were informed of the crime by management, by slipping a description of what occurred under each of their doors.

Probably a good reminder to be vigilant in all aspects, your surroundings, unfamiliar people, and locking your house and cars up.

Do not hesitate to call police if things don't seem right. The only way we keep each other safe is by banding together and looking after one another.


Who is the REAL Jeff Ruby? (Part I)

Jeff Ruby with Ryan Gosling at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse. Gosling called Ruby "The Godfather of Cincinnati."
Source: JeffRuby.com 
Say the name Jeff Ruby and images of The Godfather, upscale dining, unfiltered commentary and one big, damn bus come to mind. For those who know the real Jeff Ruby, they'd tell you he's the most generous man they know.

St. Thomas in the Running for Massive Security Upgrade


TOGETHER WE CAN
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

St. Thomas has been nominated for a
TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS grant from STANLEY Security! 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lets Welcome Anointed Touch Massage #FTMFamily


So, I’ve had this pain in my neck for the last 6 years- my husband!  I kid, I kid.  But in all seriousness, I really do!  And in my lower back from chasing children, my joints from bending and stretching to pick up after them, and stress and tension spots all over my body.  A lot, neigh most, oh heck, ALL of you moms out there know what I’m talking about.  Dads too and, quite frankly, everybody, knows what I mean.  With that in mind, my husband and I like to book massages for each other for special occasions but the last time he booked one for me for my birthday it cost $93.50 PLUS a 20% tip on top of that.  What if I told you thanks to the services of a new FTM advertising partner, you could treat yourself to a relaxing hour-long massage for less than half of what I paid last time AND shop locally?

Highlands prepares for another important battle against CovCath


G. Michael Graham. Highlands wide receiver Justin Weyer (4) heads to the end zone in Friday's 56-6 second-round playoff win over Ashland while Ryan Greene (80) and Beau Hoge (7) block. Highlands takes on Covington Catholic on Friday at 7 p.m. in the regional finals for the fourth time since 2007.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Imagine being the fastest dog on the planet.

You train like crazy all year to stay at the top.

Now imagine many other dogs also wanting to take your title away from you. No matter what they do, they can’t beat you.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sell Files Paperwork for Campbell County Judge Executive

NEWPORT - Alexandria business executive Kevin Sell is filing his papers with the county clerk on November 21 for Campbell County Judge-Executive in the 2014 election.

High Flying Highlands Cheerleaders Anything but Routine


From right to left: Taylor Mitchell, Ashley Bergmann, Karlie Robinson, Caroline Holmes, Taylor House, Leslie Edmondson, Maddie Roy, Abbie Finnegan, and Mckenzie English holding their second place trophy from the NKCCA In-game competition. Not pictured: Ellie Cull, Taylor Dreves, Erin Hochleutner, Tori McQuade, Sara Nazzarine, and Haley Ramsey

The Highlands football, soccer, cross country and band teams aren't the only ones receiving accolades this fall. 

The cheerleaders were recently judged by a panel of four members of the Northern Kentucky Cheer Coaches Association during the Harrison County game. They judged then based on crowd leading efforts, stunting, voices, sportsmanship and overall performance. 

They received 2nd place in Division 2 out of 11 other teams. And better yet, the top two scores in division 2 were the top two overall. Out of 17 teams across NKY, they had the 2nd highest score.

Cheerleading Coach, Carly Leopold said, "The girls have been working really hard this season and this certainly shows it!"

Taylor Mitchell, Leslie Edmondson and Ashley Bergmann leading the crowd


Volunteers Needed to Be "Bigs"

Billie Houston, with her "little," Debriana
Billie Houston of Fort Thomas would like a word with you.   She’d like to tell you to join her, to be a Big Brother or Big Sister volunteer, to help children in Fort Thomas and beyond.

Small Business Saturday is "Do or Die" for Some Businesses

This article was originally posted on TheAlbanyHerald.com
By Carlton Fletcher
My mama told me, “You better shop around.”
— The Miracles
As the holiday season approaches, and children are starting to nestle into their beds at night with visions of sugarplums … and new cellphones and ATVs and electronics and designer wardrobes … dancing in their heads, small business owners in the region are dreaming in green.
The color of money.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Home Invasion in Fort Thomas (Update)

David Hosea outside the city building this morning
Two juveniles, one from Fort Thomas and one from Covington, were arrested this morning, after they broke into David Hosea's house on Walker Road. Hosea said that he awoke in the early morning hours as he normally does, before 4 AM. He walked outside of his bedroom and ran into the two teens, one of whom tried to swing bolt cutters at the Fort Thomas businessman.

David Hosea "Bumps" Into Intruders Tuesday Morning


Via reporting from WCPO, Channel 9:
According to the Fort Thomas Police Department, burglaries are down in Fort Thomas, as they addressed council Monday afternoon (read the story on the council meeting here). Less than 12 hours later, two juveniles were arrested as they were caught red-handed breaking into David Hosea's stately manor on Walker Road. 

Two juveniles have been arrested after breaking into a Northern Kentucky businessman's home Tuesday morning.
David Hosea, owner of Hosea Project Movers, told WCPO's Kendall Herold that he awoke early Tuesday morning and "literally" bumped into two burglars inside his Fort Thomas home on Walker Drive.
Hosea said he was going to call police but the two men threatened to kill him if he did so. His wife then alerted authorities.
Police say they have arrested two male juveniles. After fleeing from the scene on Walker Drive, they jumped into a dumpster to hide but were caught.
Police also discovered a stolen green pickup truck parked at the bottom of a hill. Police say the two juveniles stole the truck from Covington before they burglarized Hosea's home.

City Council Nov. 18, 2013: Road Kill Policies | Fire Prevention Month | Suspects Apprehended | Lanes for Newman


The city council meeting for Nov. 18, 2013 was on the shorter side, lasting less than a half an hour. The brevity of the meeting did not reduce the number of important topics discussed.

Monday, November 18, 2013

'Movie References' On Display at Fort Thomas Coffee




Since Fort Thomas Coffee first opened its doors in 2012, it has become more than just a locally owned shop to fuel up on caffeine. It is also place to connect with others in the community, and a place to experience great local art. Fort Thomas Coffee's current exhibit, Movie References, will be featured in the shop throughout the month of November.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

BREAKING: Damaging Winds Rip Roof off Newport Plaza Retailers (Pictures)

Patrons were shuffled out fast while they were having dinner at around 7:00 Sunday night at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in the Newport Plaza. The roof and walls were literally collapsing around them.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Highlands tames Tomcats, 56-6


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

It may be a case of playoff rewind from last year in its third year playing in Class 4A.

But the Highlands Bluebirds football team is once again dominating those same opponents. Top-ranked 11-1 Highlands did basically what it wanted the entire game in a 56-6 second-round victory over the Ashland Tomcats on Friday at David Cecil Memorial Field.

Bluebird Notebook: Tough schedule pays off

G. Michael Graham Photo. Highlands junior Patrick Schoepf (33) hones in on Ashland running back Josh Vaughn (32) in Friday's game. The Bluebirds beat the Tomcats, 56-6 in the second round of the playoffs.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

It may have been rough traveling some.

But the tough schedule for Highlands is paying off. The Bluebirds are 11-1 and headed to the third round of the playoffs for the seventh straight year.

The regular season schedule saw Highlands play nine teams with winning records in 2012. Some of those teams will be playing for regional championships next weekend.

NewCath records fifth second-round shutout since 2004



By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds football team can easily add this clause to the old saying, “Winning is contagious.”

Shutting out second-round Class 2A playoff opponents is also contagious.

The Thoroughbreds did that for the third straight year and fifth time since 2004 with a 36-0 blanking of the Walton-Verona Bearcats on Friday at Newport Stadium. The 8-4 Thoroughbreds advanced to their 14th consecutive regional title game as a result.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Reason Why Wise Owl is on the Move


The smell of sanitizer was wafting throughout the basement of the First Baptist Church in Fort Thomas where the Wise Owl Pre-School is located. All of the children had long been picked up by their parents where they were no doubt scurrying about, jostling toys and playing with their brothers and sisters. There was a leftover Busken box that carried someone's birthday treats and Director, Cindy Roth, was still in her office cleaning and organizing for the next day.


"It's a very sad day here," said First Baptist Church Treasurer, Lori Orne. "A lot of emotion is wrapped around the decision (to cut ties) with Wise Owl. A lot of tears have been shed."




Last week Roth and Wise Owl sent a letter to its parents, explaining that after 40 years, their relationship with the church would be coming to an end, meaning that they would have to secure another location for the 2014-2015 school year. Registration for upcoming school years begin in January, which is less than 2 months away.

No explanation was given in the letter to the parents, except for the fact that the church had chosen to discontinue their pre-school outreach.

"I'm not sure that most people realize that Wise Owl is a ministry of the church because Cindy and Nancy do such a great job with it," said Orne. "When I sent my son there I wasn't a member of the church. I just assumed Wise Owl rented space."

Wise Owl pays a percentage of their revenue to the church as well as paying a portion of utilities, insurance and maintenance.

"The issue was brought up by the trustees of the church and presented to the congregation in October. It personally took me by surprise, but the majority of the congregation made the decision to discontinue the outreach," said Orne. "We have a declining (church) population, and with the building deterioration, rising insurance costs and potential liabilities we had to balance the Wise Owl ministry with where we were as a congregation. We decided we just couldn't keep up."

Wise Owl is determined to have a facility open for the next school year. They have been actively searching and according to Cindy Roth, has been proactively reached out to.

"It's nice to be wanted. We are hoping to have something for our parents very soon," said Roth.

Orne described one scenario that led to the decision of not continuing the Wise Owl ministry as one of "a worst case" occurrence. "It's so sad that you have to even consider this, but the Trustees of the church brought up the point and wondered just how secure the building could be from people who shouldn't be here from staying out," she said.

Wise Owl is secured by a locked door and according to the pre-school, not even delivery personnel are allowed into the facility while the children are there.

"We are used to the church setting," said Nancy Pogue, also of Wise a Owl. "I would imagine we would look in those types of facilities first."


Lets Welcome Suzie Q's to #FTMFamily




A poorly kept secret in the reporting community is that, naturally, some interviewees are better storytellers than others.  It is up to the writer of the story to develop the narrative around whatever nuggets can be mined from those less forthcoming with their words.  At other times, though, a story writer should just stand back and allow the storyteller’s words to speak for themselves.  The words of Judy Dedeker at Suzie Q’s speak for themselves.
By way of introduction, Suzie Q’s is a Glass Painting and Craft store located in the Historical Midway Business district of Fort Thomas and founded by Judy Dedeker.  From her website, the name comes from her sister, Sue (nicknamed Suzie Q) and was the “easiest part of the planning process”.  Sue died in June 2012 of Glioblastoma and Dedeker honors her memory not only with the name of the store but also by her donations; in October, she donated $5.00 of every glass painting to the Brain Cancer Research Center for the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Department.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Labor Union Protests Fort Thomas Business

Reports of a labor dispute at the Carespring facility in Fort Thomas. 

There are picketers front and center on Highland Avenue with their signature yellow, "shame on you" signs voicing their displeasure with the facility for picking a non-unionized construction company.

"We have some labor workers who are unhappy with the selection of the construction we've chosen for some building," said VP of Marketing and Admissions at Carespring, Kim Majick. "Much like any company we go through a traditional (bidding) process with both union and non-union companies. Our final criteria is to find the company who will produce the best quality work. The end result for us is ultimately taking care of patients."

The flyers that the labor protesters are handing out suggest that they are not necessarily unhappy with Carespring, rather they are unhappy with the construction company that won the bid because they are not a part of a labor union. 

This story will be updated. 

Guidugli settling in at Central Michigan


Contributed Photo. Gino Guidugli, a 2001 Highlands graduate and former record-setting University of Cincinnati Bearcat quarterback, is in his first year as Running Backs Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Central Michigan University.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The calls still come in for him to play quarterback, particularly from the arena football leagues.

But for now, Gino Guidugli is content to help bring the NCAA Division I Central Michigan Chippewas back to the top of the Mid-American Conference. Guidugli is in his first season as the Running Backs Coach and Recruiting Coordinator in Mount Pleasant.

Highlands Graduate Killed in Crash

KENTON COUNTY - Highlands Class of 2002 graduate, Arthur Matlock, was killed yesterday when the vehicle he was driving swerved off the road in Ryland Heights in Kenton County.


Arthur Matlock, Source: Highlander Yearbook
Matlock was driving his Honda Civic near construction that was being done by the Kentucky Department of Highway when, according to police, he swerved to avoid the traffic and ran off the road and into a tree. 

There was a passenger in his car who was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, but was awake and alert. Neither men were wearing a seatbelt. 

Matlock was known by some of his classmates as a gentle giant who excelled at playing the guitar. 

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market Ticket Winners Are:

Congratulations to Ms. Rhonda Heringer and Ms. Cindy Ossege! Each lucky lady commented on the article this week and will receive a family four pack of tickets to the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market at the Duke Energy Convention Center this weekend! 

Congratulations to the first and ninth commenters.

Ladies your tickets will be located at the will call window under each of your names. Pick each of your three other attendees carefully and while you're at the market snap a picture or two to share with the FTM readers! Thank you to everyone who commented on the article, and again thank you to Vehr Communications for providing the tickets to the event!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lets Welcome RCC Services to #FTMFamily

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Fort Thomas Matters continues to provide late-breaking news and Fort Thomas stories that matter due to the generous support of our advertising family.  

Without these business partners, there would be significantly less news reporting, human interest stories, less coverage of high school sports in our community, and scoops such as the one FTM broke regarding the ongoing assaults just last weekend (and subsequently sourced by the major news outlets).

It is with that in mind that we welcome RCC Services, LLC into the advertising family.  RCC Services is run by President Kevin Welsch who has 22 years of experience in the credit and debt collections industry.  RCC operates on Highland Avenue and is a leading national collection service.  Welsch and his wife have lived in Fort Thomas for twenty years and it is where they have raised their three boys. 

RCC Services strives to put the “service” in their name through offering differentiating client contact with the bsuienss they represent.  Per Welsch, RCC Services “understands the risks involved with acquiring prospective clients as well as retaining existing business” and helps in the collection process and in servicing businesses throughout this process by offering a contingency fee program, weekly status reports, international recovery, and competitive rates.  RCC is licensed nationwide and through  2013 is offering a 5% discount off their standard collection rate.

So, to fellow Fort Thomas and local businesses, if you’re having difficulty with your accounts receivables and collecting your debts, call Welsch and welcome him to the FTM business family.

The 10th Annual Merchants and Music Festival in One Word: Perfect

This article appeared in the November issue of The Fort Thomas Living

By Jessica Duke 

Merchants and Music by the Numbers:
Total Merchants: 112
Festival Goers: Estimated between 10,000-12,000
Musical Acts: 8
Stages:2
Total Beer Sales: $33,497.25
Arrests: 0

Heroin Discussion Hits Fort Thomas at Town Hall Meeting

Community leaders addressed the heroin issue at a town hall meeting Thursday night.

by PAT LaFLEUR
City Reporter, Fort Thomas Matters

The first step toward recovery from addiction involves admitting that the situation has become unmanageable, and acknowledging that there is a problem. 

A recent series of town hall meetings discussing the dramatic rise in heroin traffic across Northern Kentucky suggests the region is taking that first step toward recovery.

Last Thursday, the discussion came to Fort Thomas. 

Community leaders and local government and law enforcement officials met for a standing-room-only town hall meeting at First Christian Church on Alexandria Pike in Fort Thomas. The purpose of the meeting was to educate and discuss with the public the recent increase in heroin traffic in Northern Kentucky.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mansion Hill Studio: Senior of the Month: November



Time for installment two of the Mansion Hill Studio sponsored Senior of the Month.    To refresh memories since last month, this segment highlights a soon-to-be high school graduate from a Northern Kentucky high school with a few interesting facts about them; it also highlights the incredible and artistic photography of Craig Weiglein at Mansion Hill Studio in Newport.

This month’s senior is Karly Hamberg.  Karly, a Fort Thomas resident and senior at Highlands High School, is a well-rounded student.  She is a member of the student council and also a singer in the a capella group, Songbirds.  Additionally, she works backstage at the school plays and musicals and is an avid dancer, both taking dance lessons and teaching a dance class. 

After high school, Karly plans to attend college although she is undecided yet as to exactly where.  She plans to pursue a graduate degree following college and before, during, and after, hopes to travel as much as possible to see the world.  For now, she is happy as a senior at Highlands and it shows through the amazing photographs taken by Weiglein at Mansion Hill.




FTM Early Christmas Gift - Ticket Giveaway!


The garland is being hung and visions of sugarplums are dancing in the heads of people all across the tri-state. Christmas time is upon us, even if you haven’t even purchased your Thanksgiving dressing yet. The holidays are celebrated from November first to mid January, and whether you have the Christmas cheer or not, the big guy’s belly is still going to shake like a bowl full of jelly.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mark Your Calendars: Fort Thomas November Events


In addition to Thanksgiving, which I wholeheartedly consider to be the best holiday (and meal) of the year, there are some great events coming up the rest of the month. Mark your calendars now for these can't-miss upcoming events:

November 22-23: Moyer Santa House
It certainly wouldn't be Christmas without a trip to Moyer's annual Santa House. This year's event includes everything from Holiday Shoppes to Breakfast with Santa. Check out a full schedule of the weekend's events at the Santa House website.

Sheriff Races Unofficially Begins

Last week while the city of Cincinnati was busy electing a new mayor and city council, Campbell County sat idle. At least on paper.

Mike Jansen, candidate for Campbell County Sheriff, sent a Campbell County Law Enforcement Citizen's Satisfaction Survey, via his committee, to county residents.