Friday, June 30, 2017

Campbell County Prisoner Escapes From Work Detail

Derek Gullion. FTM file. 
Kentucky State Police are searching for a Campbell County inmate who escaped from a work detail Friday afternoon.

Derek Gullion, 29, left his equipment and walked away from the work detail near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Kenton Street at about 2 p.m., state police said in a news release.

He was serving time for burglary in the Campbell County Detention Center.

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Gullion is a resident of Latonia and has family and friends in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.

He is 5,9" and 180 lbs. with blue eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing an orange pullover shirt from the jail, jeans and tennis shoes. He also has several tattoos on both forearms, including a left half-sleeve with a ship, Xs on both forearms, "HOOLIGAN" across his knuckles, "As You Wish" verbiage and a locked rib cage around a heart on his chest, "Failure by Design" on his stomach and a pumpkin with "10-31-2005" on his right calf.

State police asked that anyone with information on Gullion's whereabout call them or a local police agency.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Johnson Elementary School SBDMC Selects New Principal

Ashley Dikeos. Provided. 
The Johnson Elementary School School-Based Decision Making Council (SBDMC) has selected Ashley Dikeos as principal of Johnson Elementary School. Dikeos joined Fort Thomas Independent Schools in July 2016 in the role of elementary assistant principal.

Previously, Dikeos was employed by Boone County Schools as an instructional coach. Additional past educational experience includes six years as an elementary teacher with Kenton County Schools and two years with Berea Community Elementary.

Dikeos earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University and her Rank I in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University.

Johnson Elementary teacher and SBDM council member Josh Feldmann stated, “Ashley Dikeos brings a tremendously unique skill set having worked within all three elementary schools in Fort Thomas as well as establishing outstanding collaborative relationships with all three principals. Our council agreed unanimously that these experiences will help Mrs. Dikeos lead Johnson now and for years to come."

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Arcade Legacy Coming To Newport Shopping Center

Arcade Legacy will move into the former Dots location at Newport Shopping Center. Via Google Maps. 
The Newport Shopping Center has leased space to an arcade and gaming concept.

Arcade Legacy, owned by Jesse Baker, has leased the old Dots space at 1765 Monmouth Street, at 5,200 square feet and will open with about 50 arcade games, pinball machines, projection screens and  game consoles.

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The arcade will sell all-day game passes for $10 to adults and for $6 to children under 11.

"We are excited to welcome this new tenant the our center and to the community," said Jaimie Niemczura, Real Estate Manager for American Diversified Development which owns the Newport Plaza and Newport Shopping Center. "We believe this will be a great addition to the tenant mix and bring additional traffic to our existing tenants."


Pot Scare Indicative of Real Dangers of Fentanyl

Heroin mixed with Fentanyl may be responsible for the sharp rise in overdose deaths. photo: Creative Commons

by Robin Gee

Drug overdose has now surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).* Opiate-related deaths are driving that figure with 13,000 deaths attributed to opiate overdoses, an increase of 23 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Much of these opioid deaths can be attributed to the rise of heroin cut with the drug Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, according to the CDC.

Highlands Alum Lifting KWC to New Heights

Jones Helps Panthers to NCAA Division II Tournament

Kentucky Wesleyan Sports Information Photo. Mitch Jones, a 2015 Highlands alum, delivers to the plate in a game during the season for Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Prior to his senior year, the Highlands Bluebirds baseball team had not made it to the last day of the post-season.

Mitch Jones, 20, helped the Bluebirds to a state runner-up finish as a senior in 2015. As a sophomore this past spring, Jones did the same for the Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers. Kentucky Wesleyan is a small NCAA Division II Methodist-affiliated college located in Owensboro.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Midway Cafe | Fort Thomas | Midway Cafe Turns 2

Erika, Matt, Staci and Dave of The Midway Cafe, Fort Thomas. 
Happy birthday, Midway Cafe!

I think we can all agree, locals and non-locals alike, that the reboot of the Midway Cafe has been a great addition to the city. They have embraced the city, the people and our unique Fort Thomas culture.

They simply get it.

On Saturday, July 1, Fort Thomas Matters and Braxton Brewing Company are throwing them a 2nd Birthday Party! Come celebrate with us and kick off your Fourth of July week. Specials on Braxton beer all day, $2 domestics and wells.

Smoked wings, via The Food Hussy. 

RELATED: The Midway Cafe Reboots Under New Ownership 

If you haven't tried the Fort Thomas Matters burgers, or their award-winning wings or grilled cheese, now's the time.

RELATED: See Midway Cafe Menu, Fort Thomas, KY 

Join me in wishing them a hardy congratulations and wishing them continued success.

Happy birthday, Midway!

RELATED: The Midway Cafe Named One of Region's Tastiest Diners 

"Thank you Fort Thomas for allowing us to be a part of your community," said co-owner, Erika Kraus. "Customers who have become friends and family to us and we are so proud to represent the Fort. Stop by anytime for a cocktail and to say hi, we will have the juke box rocking all night!"

RELATED: RSVP here at their Facebook event page

Midway Classic, via The Food Hussy. 

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra's Playlist During Fireworks

FTM file. 
The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra kicks off City of Fort Thomas’s sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) celebration on Tuesday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Tower Park.

To celebrate the City’s birthday together with America’s Independence the KSO presents “Let Freedom Sing,”— a musical retrospective that offers historical insight into America’s military conflicts dating from 1776. The first half of the program chronologically weaves an eclectic group of tunes associated with U.S. wars and military engagements, from the Revolutionary War through the Mogadishu, Somalia event, captured in the film Black Hawk Down.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FTM Radio: In Search of Glory, Catfishing in Fort Thomas


Tower Park Makes List of Greater Cincinnati Top Trails To Explore

The amphitheater at Tower Park. PHOTO: BluegrassPhotography.net. 
Soapbox Cincinnati and author, Caitlin Koenig, have dissected nine area trails that top her list in Greater Cincinnati and Tower Park in Fort Thomas checked in as a hidden gem.

Of course, northern Kentuckians know that Tower Park is the best park in the region, with expansive trails, concerts and our vaunted historical building.

Here's what she had to say about Tower Park:

Fort Thomas Coffee Displays City's History

The history of Fort Thomas is on display at Fort Thomas Coffee.

For a dose of Fort Thomas history, grab a drink at Fort Thomas Coffee. There you can browse a special display courtesy of the Fort Thomas Military and Community History Museum.

Lori Valentine, owner of Fort Thomas Coffee, contacted Debbie Buckley, the city's Renaissance Manager and Economic Development Director, offering up space. "We grabbed the opportunity to not only promote the sesquicentennial but also showcase some of the treasures we have at the museum," says Deanna Beineke, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fort Thomas Military and Community History Museum.

Sticker Shock Promotes Healthy Living for Youth

Bright pencil-yellow stickers remind adults of the penalties of buying alcohol for youth.
by Robin Gee

Three out of four high school students say it is very easy or somewhat easy to obtain alcohol, and most get it from the adults they know — older friends, siblings or parents, says Sarah White, project coordinator for the Campbell County Drug-Free Alliance.

The Alliance is devoted to preventing substance abuse and promoting healthy living for teens. It’s "Sticker Shock" program is designed to promote awareness of the law and remind adults that buying alcohol for minors could cost them up to $500 in fines and a year in jail.

Jet Age Records and Coffee to Open in Newport

Behind the counter at Jet Age Records.
Forbes magazine reports, “As CD and digital sales decline in the wake of streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, record sales are on the rise. In fact, the format has seen 260% growth since 2009. While CDs sit on shelves, vinyl supply is having a hard time keeping up with demand. It may not have seemed possible 10 years ago, but vinyl is back.” 

Why?

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One reason is that many discerning ears think that the sound is richer and warmer than digital.  Or maybe people like the tactile experience of handling the music. You can touch it, see it, and hear it. Besides it’s just fun. A number of restaurants spin records for customers. My favorite set up is at Eli’s BBQ in the East End where the turntable is powered through a Marshal guitar amp that adds a fun and funky crunch to the sound.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Drone Video: Fort Thomas Farmers' Market



The Fort Thomas Farmers' Market is in full effect. It runs every Wednesday, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the Fort Thomas Plaza, 90 Alexandria Pike.

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There is plenty of parking, food trucks, entertainment and new vendors.

See who is new and who is returning here. 

RELATED: Fort Thomas Couple Starts Balanced Brilliance 

Campbell County Political Activist Guilty of Drug Trafficking

These prescription pill bottles were seized from JR Roth's residence in June of 2016 after a search warrant was executed. Pictures obtained by Fort Thomas Matters. Case photo. 
A local political activist will be sentenced Tuesday, after a Campbell County jury found him guilty of two felony counts of trafficking in a controlled substance on Thursday, June 22.

John "J.R." Roth, 61, was indicted in August of 2016 for possessing morphine and oxycodone with the intent to sell.

After a two-day trial in front of Judge Fred Stine and prosecuted by Commonwealth's Attorney, Kyle Burns, the jury returned two guilty verdicts that will carry up to 15 years in the state penitentiary. The first count, trafficking of morphine over ten dosage units, accounted for 10 years of the sentence, while the count of trafficking of oxycodone carried five years. The jury gave instructions for both counts to be served consecutively.

Fort Thomas Matters has learned that Roth could have received between two to five years had he pled guilty before trial.

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In June of 2016 a search warrant for Roth's Cold Spring home was obtained by the Campbell County Drug Strike Task Force after law enforcement had received information from a cooperating witness that identified Roth as being a trafficker in oxycodone.

JR Roth was arrested in June of 2016 for the current drug trafficking charges. Mugshot: Campbell County Detention Center. 
According to the affidavit filed in support of the search warrant, she told police that she had been in contact with Roth and agreed to go to his house to buy the oxycodone after being provided with audio and video recording devices and $100 in documented funds by police.

The report goes onto say that the cooperating witness was given five pills, later determined to be Oxycodone 10mg, in exchange for $80.

The next day, on June 15, 2016, the cooperating witness made a recorded call to Roth who indicated he was out of Oxycodone but that he had morphine he could sell to her.

From the executed search warrant, police confiscated $56,000 in shrink wrapped cash, his phone, multiple prescription bottles and 12 firearms.

A Kaspar report was performed on Roth by police and determined that he had a prescription for oxycodone, but not morphine.

Over recent years Roth has not been a stranger to the courtroom.

In July, Fort Thomas Matters was the only media outlet there when he was taken into custody directly from a Campbell County District courtroom after a motion was filed by the County Attorneys' office to revoke an appeal bond after he was found guilty of mistreating horses on his Campbell County farm.

The conviction of that verdict was affirmed from a 2013 case in which a jury found him guilty of second-degree cruelty to animals.

RELATED: Northern Kentucky Tea Party Activist Sent To Jail 

That case is still on appeal.

A previous conviction had been expunged upon diversion.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Call To All Veterans: Fort Thomas Wants To Honor You

Veterans Way (left) with the museum (right) in the background. FTM file. 
Sean Donelan, of Fort Thomas, is looking for veterans. Any and all to participate in activities for the city's Sesquicentennial celebration.

"Retired, active-duty, reserve, guard. Basically anyone who has worn the uniform," he said.

During the Fort Thomas 150 year celebration, there will be a number of ways he said the city is going to honor area military.

He's helping to organize a contingent to walk in the parade, as well as inviting them to be the first to see the new Charters of Freedom monument in Tower Park.

Charters of Freedom being built. FTM file. 

RELATED: First Charters of Freedom Monument in Kentucky To Debut in Fort Thomas (June 9, 2017)

He has also worked with the city to get a street renamed. The street running to the Fort Thomas Museum and Amphitheater will now be known, officially, as Veterans Way.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fort Thomas Independent Schools Names New Assistant Superintendent

Jamee Flaherty. FTM file. 
There has been a lot of change at the Fort Thomas Independent Schools District Office with the retirement of the top two administrators: Gene Kirchner, Superintendent, and Jon Stratton, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.

It was reported here first that Karen Cheser, former Deputy Superintendent for Boone County Schools, was hired as Superintendent of FTIS.

Jon Stratton’s replacement has now also been named; Jamee Flaherty, Principal of Johnson Elementary School, has been named as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and will replace Stratton upon his retirement on June 30.

Flaherty has been Principal of Johnson Elementary since the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.  During her two years of tenure, she has gained insight into the Fort Thomas schools and has seen firsthand the school remaining most in need of capital improvements.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Northern Kentucky Investigative Firm at Forefront of Forged Documents

Campbell County Courthouse. FTM file. 
It's been a murky few days in the Campbell County court system as accusations and a confession of forgery to secure a new venue for convicted murderer, Shayna Hubers, has been uncovered.

In 2015, Hubers was sentenced to 40 years in prison, but defense attorneys later learned that one of the jurors was a convicted felon and under Kentucky law, felons are not qualified to serve on the jury. She was granted a new trial set for January 2018.

With the media coverage the case had received, Hubers and her attorney were seeking a change of venue for the retrial, but in order to do that, she needed affidavits signed by Campbell County residents, which essentially said that they too, believe that Hubers could not receive a fair trial in Campbell County.

So on Tuesday, Hubers submitted 156 affidavits from Campbell County residents that she claimed were signed by residents in support of a change of venue for her trial.

City of Fort Thomas Awarded Grant Over $500,000 to Build Sidewalks

Fort Thomas partners with Southbank Partners to build walkways on North Fort Thomas Avenue

N. Fort Thomas Avenue leading to the city limits near Dayton. FTM file. 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has granted the City of Fort Thomas $592,300 from the federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) to build sidewalks on North Fort Thomas Avenue. Currently there aren’t any sidewalks on this part of the Avenue.

“This grant award will provide sidewalk connectivity on the northernmost portion of the community, which is vital to our goal of pedestrian connectivity throughout the entire city,” said City Administrator Ron Dill.

RELATED: Safe Routes to Schools Grants Filed Once Again by Fort Thomas  (Sept 2016)
RELATED: Grants Still Pending (Feb. 2017)
RELATED: Funding Comes Through for North Fort Thomas Sidewalk Project (June 2017)

The TAP grant will allow for infrastructure improvements in the city without any direct costs to the residents. Fort Thomas’ Comprehensive Plan emphasizes development of varying types of pedestrian accesses as a high priority, including sidewalks and trails. The development of these sidewalks will provide access for residents of this area of the community. It will also explore pedestrian corridors and opportunities for connectivity on a regional level.

Highlands Head Coach Happy for New KHSAA Football State Championship Home

Kentucky State Title Games Returning to Lexington

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior Jackson Hagedorn (46) and senior Crosley New (7) bring down Dixie Heights running back AJ Dilts (23) in junior varsity action last season
The tradition-rich Highlands Bluebirds football program has to worry about beating the likes of Covington Catholic, Dixie Heights, South Oldham and even Bowling Green before even thinking about it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Criminal Littering Disrespects Public Property

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

We often prosecute cases in District Court for criminal littering when someone throws a bag of trash out of a car window or dumps piles of trash along a city or county road.  Kentucky’s law on criminal littering covers the above situations but also several additional types of littering.  Under Kentucky law, a person is guilty of criminal littering when he:

A) Drops or permits to drop on a highway any destructive or injurious material and does not immediately remove it.  This will occur for instance if a supply company lost some brick or building blocks from a truck and failed to clean it up immediately; or

B) Knowingly places or throws litter on any public or private property or in any public or private water way without permission (e.g., throwing trash out of a window or dumping along a road); or

C) Negligently places or throws glass or other dangerous pointed or edged substances on or adjacent to water to which the public has access for swimming or wading or on or within fifty feet of a public highway; or

D) Discharges sewage, minerals, oil products or litter into any public waters or lakes within the state (e.g., dumping old motor oil into a creek).

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Criminal littering under Kentucky law is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $500 fine.  In addition, we will typically require the Defendant to clean up whatever mess they made and pay any damages to the property owner where the littering occurred.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Cleats For A Cause" Is Helping Young Athletes In Need

As a part of a summer service program, HHS Senior Michael Dunn is asking for donations for a good cause,.
Michael Dunn, an HHS incoming senior and varsity football player is on a mission to help kids in need.

He says football is his passion, and as a part of a summer service project, he has created "Cleats for a Cause."

After playing against local area teams in junior league and high school, Dunn says he saw firsthand players that did not have the proper equipment necessary to give them a basic equal chance to compete, regardless of their skill.

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"I knew that I needed to do some service for my community involving a cause that I am passionate about. I have been very blessed to have had the means to buy the equipment that I need to play the sport I love, football. Living in the Fort Thomas community where the game is supported in such a great way, you don’t often think about kids in less fortunate communities that don’t receive the same support or who don’t have the means to buy the equipment to play. This is why I came up with the "Cleats for a Clause" project," Dunn said.

Fort Thomas Couple Starts Balanced Brilliance Organic Farm

Terrence and Lizzie Mueller pose with a couple of their chickens. 
Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden that he “went to the woods to live deliberately.”That can be said about Terrence and Lizzie Mueller and their Balanced Brilliance organic farm.

There is no mistaking that Terrence Mueller is the son of retired Highlands’ football coach, Dale Mueller. It is uncanny how much they look and sound alike. Terrence’s degree is in mathematics and education and he was set to follow in his father’s footsteps.  Lizzie Mueller is from Cincinnati and is a DAAP fashion design graduate and spent a few years designed clothing for Chico’s, a popular fashion chain for women.  Other than casual family gardens and a love of fishing and the outdoors, neither had much exposure to real farming, but then, something happened that sent their lives in a direction that they never anticipated but are nonetheless grateful for taking.

VA Homes Project Passes First Big Hurdle

City Administrative Officer, Ron Dill, Mayor Eric Haas, and city attorney, Jann Seidenfaden. FTM file. 


by Robin Gee

The VA homes project passed a major milestone on Monday night. At its June 19 meeting, Fort Thomas City Council approved the development agreement between Fort Thomas and the developer, Bloomfield/Schon, clearing the way for the city to purchase the homes from the VA and to proceed with plans for infrastructure, clean-up and construction.

The city and developer ironed out details of the agreement over several weeks, and were putting the final touches on the language just before the council meeting. In fact, council went into a brief executive session with the developer’s lawyer Jim Parsons to discuss inclusion of phrasing designed to safeguard the project timeline expectations.

RELATED: VA Homes Developer Shows Preliminary Plans for Historic Homes 

Monday, June 19, 2017

You Can Be a Part of a Special Tribute To Tina Moore of the Blue Marble Bookstore

Tina Moore's bench will be placed under the window to the store.
Tina Moore, late owner of the Blue Marble, was a guiding force for literacy in the community and in the region.  Joan Gregory says, “Many of us feel the Blue Marble is a treasure here in Fort Thomas and many loved Tina and Peter Moore, the owners.” 

"You probably know that Tina died recently, and I thought it would be fitting if we created a memorial to her by funding a bench dedicated to her in front of the shop. I talked to Peter about it, and he was quite touched by the idea. He talked to the city about the feasibility of this and they approved it. How wonderful it would be for the community to which she contributed so much gave back.” 

She proposed the idea to Peter. He loved it.

  What a thoughtful and touching act. So Joan posted her idea on Facebook and got quite a positive response. And now the idea is here. So it's our turn to remember Tina. Please stop by the Blue Marble bookstore to contribute to a wonderful way to commemorate someone who had our best interests at heart.

New Mural Being Painted In Fort Thomas

A rendering of what the new mural on the corner of Fort Thomas Ave. and Audubon.

The City of Fort Thomas is receiving many gifts for its 150th birthday. The most recent? A colorful mural.

The idea was born like so many sesquicentennial ideas have been born: The mural serves as yet another way to celebrate all Fort Thomas has to offer, while also serving as something that will benefit the city for years to come.

“It was definitely a group effort,” says Fort Thomas resident Cathy Sonnett, who designed the mural. “We saw the potential to capture this great milestone for our city and share it with the community in a more permanent way. We'd love to see more opportunities for murals that compliment the cities landscape in the future, perhaps an ongoing mural program that uses local talent.”

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After scouting out a few places around town, Sonnett says longtime Fort Thomas resident Hank Pogue of Pogue & Associates graciously agreed for the mural to be painted on his building, on the corner of Fort Thomas Ave. Audubon. In addition to gifting the city the space, Pogue fixed the wall by removing an air conditioner unit, patching and painting. 

"The mural will reflect the rich heritage and the history of Fort Thomas, and our company is proud to have the mural painted on our building," Pogue says.

Fort Thomas resident Greg Dee, a sales manager with Sherwin-Williams, and Chad Hart, also with Sherwin-Williams, are donating the paint. “They were extremely helpful and generous, Greg in making the initial contact and Chad meeting with me to provide insight on the paint choices,” Sonnett says. Sonnett says they also completed a wall test to ensure the right type of paint is being used. It is fast-drying paint so each coat will dry in about an hour.

Other folks who have helped out with the project include Fort Thomas resident Adam Blau, who helped secure the scaffolding, and Judge Cameron Blau, who will help install it. Hilary Colborn, Adam Blau’s fiancée, has a background in fine art and works as a development manager at The Carnegie. She has offered to help paint the mural. Sonnett says Jason Hargis contributed to the initial design ideas, and is helping to organize the execution of the mural and recruit volunteers. Brian Sand and Debbie Buckley have also helped to coordinate the process.

Depending on weather and volunteers, here is the project timeline for the mural’s process:

• June 27th: scaffolding goes up
• June 27th: one coat of primer, three coats of base blue goe up
• July 1st: design and paint, utilizing projector and trace, star templates, roughing out and completing)

The mural’s team goal is to complete the project by July 2.

How can you help? The mural team is looking for Highlands High School art students specifically, but anyone who has a background and/or is skilled in painting is more than welcome to come help paint July 1 and potentially July 2.

As with most things sesquicentennial related, this gift is just yet another example of our community coming together to accomplish something that will benefit all our residents for years to come. A bonus benefit? The mural team hopes this project will spark interest in additional murals to dot our city in the future.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hot Summer Nights At The Highland Plaza

Event Takes Place Thursday, June 22 from 4-9 p.m. 

Diamonds and Dimples pop up at Art Around Towne. 
It's a party at The Highland Plaza, with a 50's themed festival. Six local businesses are participating with food trucks, games, autographs and music.

Hand Jive to Anointed Touch Massage for a chair massage and learn more about what Tiffany offers and meet the newest member of her team while sipping an “refreshing” ice tea and getting an autograph from FC Cincinnati players, Mitch Hildebrandt (6-7 p.m.) and Andrew Wiedeman (6:30-8 p.m). They will sign whatever you bring.

Jitter Bug on over to Diamonds and Dimples for lemonade or a juice box, popcorn and a fun carnival game of saving while exploring their huge selection of kid’s summer fashions!

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Rock and Roll down to Monera for some “specialty” beverages and savings on that perfect summer outfit!

Boogie Woogie over to Faded Finds and enjoy cotton candy and an ice cold suds and play a carnival game to save on the hottest in home décor!

Twist on over to Alterations by Frances where you will find a cold one waiting, check out all their monogramming services and bridal needs. Guess the number of bubble gum game will give you a chance to win a fun give away!

Hop into the Vintage 1949 Ford convertible with your friends for a perfect photo opportunity!

Stroll to the food truck (5-8 p.m.) and Kona Ice (6-8 p.m.) for a delicious treat just as great as…a double Polar Burger with everything and a cherry soda with chocolate ice cream, while listening to Grease songs and music of the 50’s

YOUR NIGHT WILL BE “PEACHY KING, JELLY BEAN"

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fatal Motorcycle Accident On I-275 in Campbell County

Black was found by police near mile marker 74.5 on I-275 W. Via Google Maps. 
An Alexandria man has died after crashing his motorcycle in the overnight hours early Friday morning.

Campbell County Police found Nicholas Black, 33,  after a caller said they saw a man lying in a ditch along the right should of I-275 westbound, near the I-471 and US-27 split.
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Fort Thomas Police assisted with the call.

Black was located and transported to the University of Cincinnati Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Black was originally from Silver Grove.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Car Engulfed In Flames In Fort Thomas Driveway

FTM file. 
Early this morning the Fort Thomas Fire Department was dispatched to the 30 block of Delta Avenue in Fort Thomas for a car fire.

When they arrived just before 2:00 a.m., the car was parked in the driveway fully engulfed in flames.

The firefighters were able to get the fire out and no one was hurt. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.
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The severity of the fire surprised neighbors, who woke up to a smell of burnt rubber as the tires had melted into the pavement. At least two of the closest neighbors to the fire didn't see or hear any noise.

Jody Turner, who lives next door, said he worked third shift and we he arrived home this morning at 8:30 a.m., he didn't notice anything different.

Fort Thomas Couple Married One Day After Car Was Smashed By Impaired Driver

Amy Moses' Mazda was smashed on Monday. She and her fiancé, David Brooks, were to be married the next day. FTM file. 
Earlier this week, Eric M. Hancock, 40 from Fort Thomas, was arrested after smashing into a parked vehicle driving west down Highland Avenue, before striking a tree and bus stop sign. He lost his front right tire from those collisions and his vehicle came to rest about ten feet from a home on the corner of Highland Avenue and Mayfield Avenue, which is also the entrance to Highland Park in Fort Thomas.

This took place at 10:45 a.m. in a highly trafficked area of Fort Thomas.
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RELATED: Fort Thomas Man Charged With Multiple Felonies After Crashing Vehicle Into Car, Nearly A Home

Hancock was charged with his third DUI, wanton endangerment and was hit was other charges upon being booked into the Campbell County Detention Center.

Moses' car (in the background) was parked on Highland Avenue. FTM file. 

The chain reaction of the crash was felt all the way in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where Fort Thomas residents Amy Moses and David Brooks were getting married.

Moses' car was parked on the street and was the first vehicle Hancock hit before careening into one of her neighbor's front yard.

A Little Q&A with Caroline Stine About Pearl Bryan Play for the 150th

From the Pearl Bryan display at the Fort Thomas  Museum.
Pearl Bryan. You know the name and you know the story. Or do you? Caroline Stine has created a play that will reveal the real story of Pearl Bryan’s murder. The murder was so sensational that it even spawned a number of ballads.

What do you find intriguing about her story?

All of the themes and lived experiences of this play are still present and important in our present day, such as disbelieving the testimony of a witness, the lack of agency of young women, and the love of scandal that thrilled 19th century audiences of Newport/Cincinnati/Fort Thomas in the same ways as they do now. 

How would you describe the play?

It’s a ghost story told through the vehicle of the traditional American murder ballad. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Examining HS Football Programs with Most Wins in Country

Bluebirds Still Stand Second in Country for All-Time Wins

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior running back Larry Wilson (21) tries to break a tackle in a junior varsity game last year against Simon Kenton while Justin Merkle (74) and Chas Sand (15) get in position.
The current coaching staff and players do not place a huge emphasis on it.

But it means a lot to the community. The Highlands Bluebirds football team is one of just 11 programs in the country with 801 or more wins in program history.