Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment

Opticare Vision/Express Mobile Transport

Monday, March 31, 2014

Newport Robbery Chase Spills into Fort Thomas

Troy Currie. Photo source: Campbell County Detention Center. 

Martez Givens. Photo source: Campbell County Detention Center

At approximately 10:15 AM on Sunday morning, reports starting flowing into FTM that multiple police officers from various departments were scouring the hills and wooded areas in the 1800 block of Memorial Parkway with guns drawn.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mama on a Budget: The Old Pogue Distillery

The Old Pogue Distillery
Guest Post by: MOABs Husband Kevin Duke
My wife has been writing the Mama on a Budget column for a few years and I’ve gotten to sit by and read her pot shots about me over and over all the while she goes to one “Mom’s Night Out” followed by another, “claiming” that she has to go to write her next column.  Well, it took me two years but I finally caught on to her angle; by choosing to write stories about fun activities, she got (much needed) time to herself to do said activities.  I can understand her reasoning; I imagine it is hard to live with me, basking in my radiance all the time.  Nonetheless, I recently flipped the script and convinced her I needed to get in on the “time-alone” action.

Gateway Community and Technical College to Host Open House April 1

Gateway Community and Technical College will host an open house April 1 from noon to 1 p.m. at its Edgewood Campus at 790 Thomas More Parkway in Edgewood.

April 2014 Children Programs at the Library

Carrico/Fort Thomas Library

SUNDAY, APRIL 20 - All branches of the Campbell County Public Library will be closed Sunday, April 20, for the Easter Holiday. The branches will resume regular hours on Monday, April 21.

Super Saturday: Star Wars Marathon
9:30 a.m.  Saturday, April 5
Make the jump to hyperspeed and watch Episodes IV, V, and VI of America’s epic space franchise. Stay for all three movies or stop in and enjoy snacks and crafts inspired by the movies. Families.

Adventure Club: Popcorn and a Movie
4 p.m. Monday, April 7
Grab a snack and enjoy a movie at the library. Ages 6 to 11.  Register. Snacks provided.

Super Saturday: Bunny Babies
10 a.m. Saturday, April 12
Come do some bunny hopping as we read spring books, sing songs and explore rhymes. We'll also have an egg hunt! Ages infant to 2. Register.

Adventure Club: Game Day
4 p.m. Monday, April 14
The Angry Birds will be in Trouble if they knock down my Jenga! It’s game day at the library. Ages 6 to 11.  Register.

Super Saturday: Enchanted Forest Party
1 p.m. Saturday, April 19
Discover what creatures are living in the library’s enchanted forest. Families.  Register.

Adventure Club: ArtReach presents Sleeping Beauty
4 p.m. Monday, April 21
ArtReach adapts the classic tale of a sleeping princess and her rescuer for an enchanting performance. Ages 6 to 11.  Register.

Source: Press Release

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Entertaining Guide

As Spring officially arrives, we are happy (read - "absolutely thrilled") to welcome warmer temperatures and festive colors. The Spring season also brings along another major entertaining holiday. Easter gives us a hard deadline to pull out our pastels and give our homes a bit of a makeover before company arrives.

I've created an entertaining guide utilizing local stores and vendors to help you pull together a Spring spread that will surely excite your Easter guests. Fort Thomas favorites, such as Fort Thomas Central and Sweet Lucy's Cakery, are sure bets when it comes to finding the perfect piece for Easter entertaining. Plus, I've mixed in great finds from local retailers, like Target and Kohl's, to top off your planning checklist.

Here's two directions to consider when planning your Easter celebration:

Spring Style

Friday, March 28, 2014

Jeff Wyler Fort Thomas Catalytic Converter Theft

The four catalytic converters that were left in the woods by the thief at Jeff Wyler Fort Thomas. Photo source: Fort Thomas Police Department 
Catalytic converters were stolen off 5 2014 Ram heavy-duty trucks in the early morning hours of Friday, March 21 at Jeff Wyler Fort Thomas in the Fort Thomas Plaza. The total retail lost is estimated at $65,000.

One thief was caught on tape with a single backpack at his disposal, unbolting the catalytic converters one at a time from 2:15-5:30 AM that morning.

"Our employees started noticing some bolts laying on the ground on the back part of the lot," said Tom Gleason. "When we realized what happened, we called the (Fort Thomas) police immediately."

Woodfill Teacher Named 'Teacher of Excellence'

Allyson Jones. Contributed photo

Congratulations to Allyson Jones, Third Grade Teacher at Woodfill Elementary, who was just named a "Teacher of Excellence."  Mrs. Jones was nominated by Principal Keith Faust, parents, students, and teaching staff from Woodfill for The Cincinnati Christian University Teacher of Excellence Award.

The teachers nominated for this award were judged on 3 criteria: excellence in their classroom, excellence in their school and/or excellence in their community.

The nomination letter sent off to be judged was 13 pages long, giving several examples on how Mrs. Jones fit all criteria.  After nominations was reviewed by the election committee with Cincinnati Christian University, they selected Mrs. Jones to receive the Teacher of Excellence Award.

She will receive a $500 shopping spree at John R. Green/Teacher Supply Company, complimentary formal dinner for herself and 14 guests, and a plaque recognizing her as a Teacher of Excellence.

Mrs. Jones is an outstanding teacher and very deserving of this award. Her dedication and love for teaching is Amazing.  Congratulations to Allyson Jones on receiving the Cincinnati Christian University Teacher of Excellence Award.  Way to go!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Route 8 Back Open After Landslide

Yesterday a stretch of road on Route 8 in Fort Thomas was closed between River Road and Tower Hill because of a small landslide.

City Administor, Don Martin, said, "As of this morning the road is open.  The state brought in a crew to remove debris."  

"Because this is s a State Route, the highway department has
jurisdiction.  They do not always notify the city for minor issues."

Bluebirds, Colonels applied for 5A starting in 2015

Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Highlands Bluebirds experienced a ton of success playing in Class 5A between the 2007 and 2010 seasons.

Woman Speaks at NCC Thursday - Impact One Bad Decision Had on Her Life

There will be a guest speaker at Newport Central Catholic at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

NCC is hosting a presentation by Sarah Panzau about the importance of making smart choices, respecting authority figures and rising above disabilities.

Newport Central Catholic

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Highlands adds scrimmage for upcoming season

Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Not only will they have a tough schedule, they will have a rugged preseason to prepare for it.

BREAKING: FTPD Charge Man for Door-to-Door Solicitation Scam

Fort Thomas Police have charged local man Jeffrey Brumback with theft by deception, in connection with reports of unlawful solicitation throughout the city of Fort Thomas last February.

Woodfill Elementary Hosting Weekly Church Services

If you’ve driven past Woodfill Elementary on a recent Sunday morning, you might have taken notice of the parking lot. That’s because it’s probably been near full.

Since late 2013, Fort Thomas Independent Schools (FTIS) has been renting Woodfill Elementary’s cafetorium space, as well as classroom space as needed, to Movement Church, a new regional, independent Christian organization. Movement has held monthly services at Woodfill since December, and began weekly services in March.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

5 Tips for Dealing with a Loved One with an Addiction

Secrets of an addict Part 4. Putting a face on addiction

A Northern Kentucky Native, Amber, has made the brave decision to put her face on this epidemic ripping through our region. If it can happen to a normal girl like her, it can happen to anyone. Here she is with her fiancé, Austin. 

Looking back at my past, I have to say I would not take any of it back. I believe that every last second of it was needed to make me who I am today. And I must say I really like that person. I can look myself in the mirror and be proud of the decisions I make today. It hurts knowing that I hurt others with my past actions, such as my family, but those relationships are amazing and strong because of the past.

Fort Thomas Residents Question Election Signs

There have been a few questions regarding political signage in Fort Thomas. Particularly, the size of some of the yard signs and there have been a few instances where a Fort Thomas resident has come home to a political yard sign being placed in their yard without permission.

Here are the zoning ordinances as it pertains to elections signs:

Section 15.2 of the Fort Thomas Zoning Ordinance states as follows:


Election signs not exceeding twelve (12) square feet are
permitted to be placed on private property subject to the following

1. Where signs are otherwise permitted, an election sign may be
erected no sooner than sixty (60) days before the election and the sign
shall be removed within ten (10) days following the election to which it
applies; the owner of the property on which the sign is placed shall be
responsible for its removal.

2. Election signs may not be erected or placed on public
property, or on rocks, trees, public fences, sign posts, light poles, or
utility poles on public property.  (end of ordinance)

If a sign is placed on private property without the property owner's
permission, the property owner should contact the candidate's office and
lodge a complaint.

If you have specific questions regarding signage, please contact our
zoning administrator, Frank Twehues, at 441-1055 or

BREAKING: Thefts Occuring at Jeff Wyler Fort Thomas

The Fort Thomas Police are investigating the theft of exhaust systems off of diesel trucks within the Jeff Wyler car dealership.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Silver Grove Dari Bar Opens for the Season

Believe it or not, Spring has officially sprung in Kentucky. March is more than packing for Spring Break, and cheering on your team in the NCAA tournament. This is also the time of year that one of Northern Kentucky's best hidden gems opens for the season. Yes folks, I'm talking about the Dari Bar. The Dari Bar is a family owned an operated establishment located in Silver Grove, and a favorite of Ft. Thomas residents. Here at FTM, we are big fans of the shop local movement, and the Dari Bar epitomizes the idea of an old fashioned mom and pop shop. 
The funny thing about the Dari Bar is that it's never too difficult to find someone willing to join you for the trip down to Silver Grove. On opening day, I rounded up Mama on a Budget and her two kids to experience our first Dari Bar excursion of the season. While enjoying our afternoon snack, MOAB was able to teach her daughter, Finley, one of life's most important lessons - the art of dipping french fries into vanilla ice cream. 

Jeff Kidwell Fundraiser

Source: Press Release
Provided photo: Jeff Kidwell
Come out March 26th to the Wilder Longnecks SportsGrill (Longnecks Sports Grill 1009 Town Drive) and meet our Sheriff and the Keep Kidwell 2014 campaign team! The social begins at 6:00pm and ends at 9:00pm.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided (cash bar will also be available)

Bob "The Producer" Bob Berry from WEBN's Dawn Patrol will be there.

There will be free campaign shirts and campaign giveaways!

Come out and show your support for our Sheriff, meet many of our elected officials and Bob the Producer! We'll have a great time!

Suggested donation is $25.00

Saturday, March 22, 2014

TJ Maxx is Coming to Town

The TJ Maxx sign finally went up in the Newport Pavilion. If you're like me, you've been anxiously awaiting the store's grand opening. TJ Maxx is one of my favorite stores because it offers high quality items and top notch brands at a fraction of the original price.

I recently called Anchor Associates to see if they could share the opening date, but they said that information was not available at this time. (Major sad face.)

If they can't make any TJ Maxx news, then I'll at least bring you food for thought. 

If you are not already a seasoned Maxxinista, here's what you can come to love and expect on from TJ Maxx.  This store is my favorite source for…

Friday, March 21, 2014

State Sen. Candidate, Sheldon, Opens Fort Thomas Campaign Headquarters

Source: Press Release

Provided photo: Deb Sheldon

State Senator candidate, Deb Sheldon, has announced that their Fort Thomas campaign office, located at 1403 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY 41075 will officially be open this Saturday, March 22.

There will be an Open House from 11am-1pm to welcome members of the community to come and meet Deb and hear her vision for Kentucky and the 24th District.

All are welcome to come to this free event.

David Arthur for Campbell County Constable Fundraiser

Source: Press Release
You are invited to fundraiser for
David Arthur
Photo Provided: David Arthur

Candidate for Campbell County Constable District 1
Sponsored by Marshall Granger

at Marshall Granger Jewelers
3955 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring Ky 41076
Tuesday, March 25th
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Hors d’oeuvres and Refreshments 

Fifth Third Bank Direct Deposit Disrupted

CINCINNATI -- An unknown number of Fifth Third Bank direct deposit customers who woke this morning without their paychecks waiting for them should now see those funds released into their accounts, according to reports.

ELECTION 2014: Fort Thomas City Council Candidates

FortThomasMatters has been publishing a "Get to Know the Candidates" Q/A series with incumbent members  seeking reelection and new candidates wishing to sit on council.

Here are a list of candidates, with Q/As that have been posted so far:

Highlands A.P. Anatomy Students Head and Shoulders Ahead of the Game

Students from Jean Becker’s Anatomy and Physiology class at Highlands High School got the opportunity to see what they have been learning all year in their textbooks come to life on March 5, at the Beacon Orthopaedics Learning Center in Sharonville, Ohio.

The High School Bio-Skill Lab and Lecture consists of an in-class guest lecture and a cadaver dissection lab.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

BREAKING: FTPD Charge Bellevue Man for HHS Bomb Threat

Fort Thomas Police have charged 20-year-old Tyler Swope of Bellevue with first-degree terroristic threatening and reporting a false incident, in connection to a bomb threat that was called in to Highlands High School on the morning of January 15.

UPDATE: Reservoir Walking Paths Remain Water District's Decision

Editor's note: FTM first broke this story on Wednesday, as part of our bi-weekly City Council Round-Up series. Upon publication, we consulted City Administrator Don Martin, who added clarification to a few of the points. This re-post is intended to bring those clarifications into focus for our readers.

In the final minutes of Monday night's City Council meeting, Council member and chairman of the Public Utilities Committee Ken Bowman proposed that Council consider working with the Northern Kentucky Water District (NKWD) to reopen the walking paths surrounding its water treatment facility off S. Fort Thomas Ave.

HHS to Present The Sound of Music in April

Students from Highlands High School’s Theatre Department will perform The Sound of Music. Based on a true story, The Sound of Music is the masterful retelling of the Family von Trapp singers with memorable music from Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Highlands’ production stars Abi Moore as Maria and Josty Sieverding as Captain von Trapp. The von Trapp family singers include Madeline Anderson as Liesl, Payton Epperson as Friedrich, Rachel Zimmerman as Louisa, Sam Burnham as Kurt, Michelle Chalk as Brigitta, McKenna Pinkston as Marta and Caroline Slaby as Gretl.

FTM collaborated with the YouTube channel, Camera Behind the Curtain to document the practice and preparation that goes into a Highlands theatrical production. The videos catch actors blocking their scenes, practicing lines, dress rehearsals and more. The videos are shot by the lead, Abi Moore, and are produced by avid vlogger, Laura Petracco. Check out the hard work that goes in to bringing the Von Trapp family to the stage:

The schedule for the production is as follows:

Thursday April 24 – 7:30 p.m. – Opening Night
Friday, April 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 – 2:00 p.m. – Closing Performance
The production will take place at the Highlands High School Performing Arts Center

Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets are reserved seating only. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets in advance can do so online at Any remaining unreserved tickets can be purchased at the door one hour prior to each show. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Past basketball season provided own unique memories

G. Michael Graham
Each year has many great memories.

Senator Katie Stine: Legislative Update

Thursday, the 45th day of the legislative session, the House passed its budget bill. This leaves us in the Senate 13 days to work on the budget, present it in a committee, and vote on a Senate version.

BREAKING: Assistant Superintendent, Rita Byrd, to Retire; Replacement to be Announced

Rita Byrd. Photo credit:
Fort Thomas Independent Schools Assistant Superintendent Rita Byrd, is retiring effective July 1, of this year, a source has told

Mark vs. Food, Buffalo Wild Wings Today

For the kickoff of the NCAA March Madness Tournament on Thursday, March 20, a portion of all food purchases at the Florence Buffalo Wild Wings, 8840 Bankers St., will benefit Brighton Center.

Guests must either mention Brighton Center or bring an event flyer (shown above).

Mark Collier of Fort Thomas Matters and Fort Thomas Living and Adam Turer of the Community Recorder (and Man vs. Food Nation: Cincinnati) will take on players from the Northern Kentucky River Monsters in a special wing-eating contest.

What's Next for the Newport Kmart Development?

It's a sad day for shoppers of the Newport Kmart. Photo credit:

Back in January, FortThomasMatters broke the news that the longtime retailer Kmart, which first opened in 1979, would close it's Newport location on March 30th. While that March 30th date was an initial closure date, it is still up in the air when the store will close its doors for the final time.

City Council Round-Up: Reservoir Walking Paths, City Audited, Firefighters Contract Extended

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story reported that city staff and council members had spoken with the Department of Homeland Security regarding the walking paths surrounding the reservoir, when in fact the city had discussed Homeland Security restrictions with the Northern Kentucky Water District. Language has also been edited to more accurately reflect that the decision to reopen the walking paths surrounding the reservoir belongs to the NKWD, and not the City of Fort Thomas.

Council members and city staff were decked out in their St. Patty's Day green for Monday night's City Council meeting, where the South Fort Thomas reservoir, a city-commissioned audit, a firefighters' union agreement, and the city's website were all topics of discussion:

Blue Marble Books Creates Teen Leadership/Literature Panel

Local children’s bookstore establishes leadership roles for teenagers.

Blue Marble Books has created a teen leadership/literature panel as a way to further engage with the community, establish leadership roles for teenagers, and address and solve literacy issues within the local community.

The teen panel, who have had two meetings so far, have decided to call themselves The Marble Society. As part of the group they will read young adult books, write book reviews for customers, interview and write talent spotlights on local authors and illustrators, and volunteer at store events like this summer’s Where’s Waldo party and the monthly Graeter’s Reading Corner. In addition, we will be setting up shelves in the Great Teen Room for their favorite book selections.

Even though the group will have an adult facilitator who will always be present at meetings and group events, the Marble Society will be, as much as possible, self-leading. They will lead the meetings and direct their focus to the activities and events with which they feel they will be most helpful to the store and community.

Marble Society members will receive benefits for their participation including: discounts on books, getting to read books in advance of being published, and getting to meet and talk with authors and illustrators.
Blue Marble Books has been serving the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area since June 1979. We are a full-service independent bookseller with a personal commitment to our customers and our community.
Source: Press Release 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blue Marble Bookstore Presents: Mama on a Budget: Green Bean Delivery

Green Bean Delivery
Blue Marble Bookstore Presents: Mama on a Budget: Green Bean Delivery
Sports Illustrated was kind enough recently to put three impossible women on their front cover (each wearing a bathing suit with barely enough fabric to make one modest suit if combined) as part of their annual reminder that swimsuit season is upon us and the proverbial “you” does not look like Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teagan, or Lily Aldridge (probably don’t even look as good as their grandmothers!).  So, post-Holiday health-food kick is upon us. 

My husband and I have always enjoyed shopping at local farmer’s markets, even naming our daughter Finley after an effeminized version of Findlay Market.  That said, in the dead of polar vortex winter, the number and frequency of markets has decreased, not to mention the quality of food received there.  Still yearning to support the family-farm, local croppers, and keep my dollars as much in my community as possible all while balancing the fact that I flat-out refuse to bundle my children up and take them out in this weather only to find two over-ripened avocados and a measly pear, I turned to Green Bean Delivery.

Fort Thomas Matters Best Business Bracket


It's time to announce the match-ups for the 3rd annual Best Business Bracket. What was once a nebulous 64-team field has found it's way to 8.

Voting will take place on FortThomasMatters Facebook page starting this Thursday (3/20) and will be tabulated by the amount of likes, shares and comments the business receives on the Facebook post.

The winner of the FTMBBB will get a month advertising on FTM, the Water Tower trophy of supremacy and a picture in the May Fort Thomas Living magazine.

Vote on!

Without further adieu, here's the bracket:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Street Class: Turner Syndrome Riley Run Created on Bluegrass Avenue

While most people were hiding away from this winter's cold weather, friends and family of Katie Roberts were taking to the streets for the Turner Syndrome Riley Run. Roberts' daughter, Riley, was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome in 2012. At the time of her diagnosis, Roberts and her family had never heard of Turner Syndrome. "We quickly realized that Riley was receiving the best care available due to the outstanding Turner Syndrome Clinic at Children's Hospital. My husband, Harold, and I wanted to find a way to give back and to raise awareness of Turner Syndrome," said Roberts.

Roberts is a resident of Bluegrass Avenue, and came up with the idea for the Turner Syndrome Riley Run while out enjoying a run one day.  February is Turner Syndrome Awareness month, so Roberts and her family felt it was the perfect time to organize the 5K-A-Day Riley Run. "We tried to set up a fundraiser that was very easy to participate in; those who wanted to offer financial support could donate through the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center giving website. Those who wanted to run along could do so at their convenience, and post to our Turner Syndrome Riley Run Facebook page. We tally all the miles run everyday and do an 'awareness' post everyday," said Roberts.

Street Class: Chalfonte Place's Accomplished Anthropologist

For as long as Katherine Schroer can remember, she has wanted to be an anthropologist. "I was really interested in the human body in all its forms - during life, after life, what we are as an organism," said Schroer. Her interest in anthropology took her from her childhood home on Chalfonte Place to Kenyon College, where she completed her undergraduate degree before moving on to George Washington University for her PhD in Hominid Paleobiology. Schroer is currently in the first year of a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Dartmouth University, in which she will spend three years teaching and working on research projects. "We're released from our teaching load to do some really, really cool research before we get locked into being professors and do full-time teaching," said Schroer. She will be teaching a class during Dartmouth's spring semester. Her work at Dartmouth will be different from her previous experiences at Kenyon and George Washington University. "At George Washington, I focused almost exclusively on fossils. I wanted to know more about the active human body, and how we are today. And at Dartmouth, I'm working on human genetics, which is exciting," said Schroer.

One of the many interesting and exciting aspects of Schroer's experiences with anthropology is the amount of traveling she has done to help enrich her studies. Schroer has spent time doing research in Leipzig, Germany; London, England; Helsinki, Finland; Bolivia, Kenya, New York City, and various other cities throughout the United States. She traveled to Germany, Finland, and England in order to gain work experience that isn't available here in America. "Each of those was a different type of lab that I couldn't easily access here in the states, which was why I went there. But also because the people were amazing, and it was really fun to be there," said Schroer.

Matt Bevin in Newport for Meet & Greet Today

Candidate for US Senate, Matt Bevin, will be at Strong's Brick Oven Pizzeria near Newport on the Levee today from noon-2:00.

Bevin faces a primary election with longtime Senate stalwart, Mitch McConnell. The winner of that election will face Democrat, Alison Lundergan Grimes in November.

Superheroes Needed for 5K Run/Walk for Kids

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky

Calling all Superheroes!!!   CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Kids of Kenton and Campbell Counties, Inc. is partnering with the Northern Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and Woman Lawyers Section for the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk.  It will take place Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. at Devou Park.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Buckle Up Country Music Festival Lineup Announced

In January, I wrote about Cincinnati's first country music festival. I'm over the moon excited about this because 1) I'm a country music girl through and through,  2) the festival happens to fall on my 30th birthday weekend and 3) we have never had anything like this come to town before.

As of this week, the entire lineup for Buckle Up Music Festival has been announced. Here's what you can expect:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Northern Kentucky Mayor Endorses McConnell Opponent

photo credit//

Louisville, KY – The Matt Bevin for Senate campaign announced the endorsement of Mayor Jerry Peluso of Newport, KY.

“Small business is the backbone of our country and Matt Bevin, who owns many small businesses, understands how challenging it is to run one. As someone who knows firsthand about operating expenses such as insurance, taxes, utilities, and state and federal regulations, Matt Bevin will support small business by fighting for their survival,” said Mayor Peluso.

“I am honored by Mayor Peluso’s endorsement and support of our campaign efforts in northern Kentucky. I appreciate all he does for small businesses in Newport. I’m honored to have this life-long Kentuckian’s support and grateful that he’s joining our team,” said Matt Bevin.

Details on Bomb Threat Suspect Still Few

Almost a month and a half after Highlands High and Middle Schools were put on alert after a bomb threat was called into the school and still no suspects have been apprehended.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

3rd Annual FortThomasMatters Best Business Bracket


We deserve some fun after this winter and March Madness is the perfect cure to cabin fever. is hosting the 3rd Annual Best Business Bracket. The bracket style #FTMBBB will pit Fort Thomas business against Fort Thomas business in a race for ultimate bragging rights.

Past winners include The Olde Fort Pub and Fit Philosophie.

If you've got a Fort Thomas business that you'd like to nominate as the BEST FORT THOMAS BUSINESS IN CAKETOWN, do so by leaving a comment here, on our Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest or Instragram.

Let's do it!

There Were Streetcars Galore in Fort Thomas – Once Upon a Time!

By John Deering
This was the cover story for the March 2014 Fort Thomas Living Magazine. Volume Thirty-Eight, Number Three. If you'd like to order a copy of the magazine, please call 859-291-1412
Obviously many of us have been following the on-again and off-again discussion about streetcars in Cincinnati.  Ohioans certainly have been taking sides in this discussion.  Kentuckians and other nonresidents have been either indifferent or definitely for or against restoring them. I personally hope they are totally restored. However,  we on this side of the river do not have to pay for them; so it’s easy for us to say, “Hey, go with it, Buckeyes . It’s only money!”  This debate in Cincinnati brought up memories of our own streetcars in Northern Kentucky and how important they once were.

Former Highlands Player Inks Huge NFL Deal

Mitchell from 2004. Photo credit:
Former Highlands player Mike Mitchell agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, the first day of free agency. The deal makes Mitchell the most celebrated Highlands player to play in the NFL.

Mitchell said after the season he hoped to return to Carolina, and the Panthers were hoping to re-sign him once the free agent market settled down if the price was right.

Get to Know the Candidates: Q&A w/ Jeff Bezold, Running for City Council

This year, all six Fort Thomas City Council members, along with Mayor Mary Brown, face re-election. As part of FTM's efforts to keep you, the Fort Thomas electorate, informed and prepare you for the upcoming election season, the Q&A below is part of an ongoing FTM series spotlighting candidates in the 2014 election. Incumbents and challengers are asked a nearly identical set of questions, then a second round of follow-up questions. This week I spoke with Jeff Bezold, running for Fort Thomas City Council.

Jeff Bezold, a candidate for Fort Thomas City Council, is a senior sales consultant for a medical supply manufacturer. Jeff lives on Kimberly Drive with his wife Denise and 3 young daughters, Lily, Isabelle, and Harper.