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Monday, July 31, 2017

VIDEO: House Fire on Rossmore Avenue

A house fire in the 30 block of Rossmore Avenue in Fort Thomas occurred just before 5:00 p.m. today. Rossmore is off of S. Fort Thomas Avenue between Bivouac and Lockwood Avenues.

Firefighters from Fort Thomas, Bellevue/Dayton, Newport, Southgate, Highland Heights and Campbell County Fire District were dispatched to the street as firetrucks lined the street seven deep.

Seven fire engines line Rossmore Ave. FTM file. 
Flames were pouring out of the back of the home as firefighters went in through the front door and second floor to put the fire out.

House on Fire on Rossmore Avenue in Fort Thomas

A house fire is currently burning on Rossmore Avenue in Fort Thomas.

Crews from Fort Thomas and Bellevue/Dayton are battling flames in the home.

Interim Assistant Principal Named at Highlands High School

Fort Thomas Independent Schools has selected Lee Gatens to serve as interim assistant principal of Highlands High School. Gatens has been assistant principal at Highlands Middle School since July 2015.

Before joining the administrative team at Highlands Middle School, Gatens was a mathematics teacher at Beechwood High School for seven years.

Gatens earned her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, her master’s degree in Education from Iowa State University and her Rank I in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University.

RELATED: Interim Principal Named for Highlands High School 
RELATED: Highlands Principal to Take Job at The College Board

Mary and Jim Bunning honored with renaming of Community Grief Support Center

St. Elizabeth Hospice Celebrates 10 Years of Inpatient Care

The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr. US Bank Foundation Hospice Center at St. Elizabeth Edgewood celebrated its 10-year anniversary by honoring donors and staff during a small ceremony in June.

The 16-bed center -- specifically built for those journeying toward the end of life -- provides care and comfort to terminally-ill patients and their families. St. Elizabeth Healthcare was the first hospital in Kentucky to provide inpatient care.

“We’ve cared for about 4,203 patients since opening in 2007,” said Brian Jones, director of hospice and palliative care programs at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “It’s been a tremendous gift to the community and a continuation of the hospice care St. Elizabeth has been providing since 1986.”

Longtime philanthropists and hospice supporters Mary Bunning and her late husband Jim Bunning also were recognized during the ceremony. The grief center -- located next to the Hospice Center – was renamed to honor their contributions.

Jim Bunning was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 after a 17-year Major League Baseball career as a pitcher. A Republican from Kentucky, Bunning served in the U.S. Senate for 10 years.

The Mary & Jim Bunning Community Grief Support Center provides free individual, family and group grief counseling to anyone in the community experiencing a loss, not just those who have been through the hospice program.

More Treatment Centers Needed

Op-ed by Brent Cooper

I wasn’t surprised when I heard some folks had initial concerns about the Brighton Center Recovery Center for Women locating where the former Campbell Lodge Boys Home previously resided.   What has surprised me since, is the unwillingness of some to look at facts and acknowledge this simple truth:  The heroin epidemic is impacting everyone in Northern Kentucky.

In the neighborhood adjacent to the proposed recovery center, there have been heroin overdoses.
In my neighborhood there have been overdoses.

And here’s a news flash, if you live in Northern Kentucky, there have been overdoses where you live too, whether you know it or not.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Jared Lorenzen Project to Debut

The Now Lets Get Fit Foundation has teamed up with former NFL QB Jared Lorenzen on its mission to combat obesity by instilling health and wellness through fitness activity and nutrition. Battling obesity as a child and subsequently his entire adulthood, Jared understands first hand how obesity impacts all aspects of your life. Now over 500 pounds, Jared is compelled not only to make changes to save his life but to share his story in an effort to inspire and encourage those who are also affected by obesity.

Friday, July 28, 2017

High Speed Chase Ends in Cold Spring

A police chase that began in Cincinnati carried into northern Kentucky today at around noon.

It's not yet clear what caused the chase, but the police chase ended at Christ Baptist Church in Cold Spring after the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, Highland Heights and Southgate Police Departments stopped the pursuit.

No injuries were reported.

Judge Stine's Replacement to be Appointed

With the impending retirement of Judge Fred A. Stine from Campbell County's Circuit Court, the Judicial Nominating Commission will once again help fill a judicial vacancy by appointment.

RELATED: Judge Fred A. Stine Set To Retire 

Most recently in March of 2016, the commission recommended the appointment of then Campbell County Chief Assistant Courty Attorney, Cameron Blau, to serve the 17th Judicial District in Campbell County. That appointment came after former judge, Gregory T. Popovich, resigned during the middle of his term.

Blau was chosen over retired attorney, Bob Monfort, and attorney and former City of Newport Commissioner, John Hayden. 

Blau went on to defeat four other candidates in the November election to retain the seat. Fort Thomas attorney, Joe Grimme, came up 756 votes shy in his first bid at public office. Abby Voelker, Hayden and Andrea Janovic rounded out the rest of the ballot.

Because Stine is retiring August 4, the race could be on the May 2018 primary if more than two candidates file. A general election will follow in November 2018.

Judge Fred "Fritz" Stine in his home office. FTM file. 
The process

When a judicial vacancy occurs, a notice of vacancy is sent in the judicial circuit or the judicial district affected. Attorneys may recommend someone or nominate themselves. Once nominations occur, the individuals interested in the position return a questionnaire to the Office of the Chief Justice, who then meets with the local Judicial Nominating Commission to choose three nominees.

A letter naming the three nominees is sent to the governor for review, who has 60 days to appoint a replacement.

The potential candidates

2017 Highlands Defensive Preview

Bluebirds Hope Off-Season Helps Correct Defensive Weaknesses

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior Joe Steiden (27) pursues a ball carrier in a game against Boone County last year. Steiden is one of the leaders hoping to turn around the fortunes of a defense that struggled last year.
Editor's Note: This the second of a two-part series.

After the season-opening win over Cooper last year, Shelby Jones, the Defensive Coordinator of the Highlands Bluebirds football team came into the locker room concerned.

"About all I can say is we're lucky to win the game," Jones said. "We have to get better. We're not as far along as I thought we'd be."

Highlands recovered three fumbles in that game on its way to a 52-42 victory. But the Jaguars racked up 479 yards on 71 yards for an average of 6.7 yards per play.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Gov. Bevin Appointments Two Fort Thomas Residents to Kentucky Boards and Commissions

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed two Fort Thomas residents to Kentucky Boards and Commissions.

Kimberly Halbauer has been appointed to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and Casey Gesenhues has received an appointment to the School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council.

Halbauer is a wealth assessment management director at Fifth Third Bank. She will serve for the remainder of an unexpired term ending December 31, 2021.

New Business To Open on Newport's Monmouth Street

If you’ve driven down Monmouth Street in Newport recently, chances are you have noticed the changes happening to the building two doors down from Ebert’s Meats.

Fort Thomas resident, Michael Smith, has bought 935 Monmouth Street to completely renovate the building inside and out to move his business' headquarters there.

Smith owns Eighty Twenty Design Group.

He purchased the building, which formerly housed Melody Manor Dog Groomer’s, in October of 2016 and has been completing the historic renovation with help from family and friends ever since.

Smith said that after thousands of hours of hard work, the building is now restored to its full glory. It features the original hardwood floors, tin ceiling, exposed brick, and historic storefront.

Eighty Twenty Design Group is a residential and commercial Interior Design company specializing in residential room makeovers, remodel planning and design, and commercial design consulting. The Newport location will house Eighty Twenty Design Group’s office and design studio, along with his retail home store and event space, "Headquarters".

How To Tell What a Credit Card Skimmer Looks Like

Opinion-Editorial: Beware The Skimmer

By Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture

Summer is a great time to make memories with family and friends. Whether you are spending your summer out on the farm, driving to your local ice cream shop, or hitting the road for a vacation, Kentuckians should be on the lookout for preying credit card skimmers seeking to steal sensitive information while you fill up your gas tank.

Credit card skimmers have been on the rise in recent years. Whether in Florida, Indiana, or here in Kentucky, skimming has become a national problem. Just this last month, Credit Union Insight reported that the federal government estimates skimming losses increased by as much as 70 percent in 2016.

The information obtained from a skimmer can result in hundreds of fraudulent charges over a single weekend. That’s why, prior to the Fourth of July holiday, I encouraged Kentuckians to be aware of this threat to their pocketbooks. Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) fuel pump inspectors already have removed four skimmers at gas pumps this summer.

This is a big issue, and we are actively working with our friends in the law enforcement community to protect Kentuckians at the pump. For the second year in a row, our inspectors are looking for evidence of tampering with fuel pumps. In the past, inspectors were not checking for skimmers, but as the threat of skimming increased, we incorporated an additional inspection into our responsibilities at the Department of Agriculture. This is part of our on-going commitment to do more with less, even as we cut our budget to help Governor Matt Bevin meet the state’s financial obligations.

Kentuckians are our best ally as we try to stop these crooks. We need you, our friends and neighbors, to be our eyes and ears out on the road. So, while you fill up at your local gas station, pay special attention to the card reader, and if you think you spot signs of tampering, please notify the KDA by calling (502) 573-0282, ext. 2, or emailing us at

You may be wondering, “How can I tell if someone has tampered with a card reader?” Here are a few key signs to look for:

2017 Highlands Football Offense Preview

Bluebirds Offense Reloads for 2017

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior Sam Sparks (center) sets up for a block in a scrimmage at Cincinnati St. Xavier last year. He is one of several experienced offensive linemen returning this year.
Editor's Note: This is a two-part series. A preview of the 2017 Highlands defense will run Friday.

The Highlands Bluebirds football team came back home up Interstate 71 from Louisville on Nov. 4 last season facing cold, hard reality.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Leadership Northern Kentucky Class Announced

OP-ED: Program is critical to the region

By Brent Cooper

Whether you know it or not, Leadership Northern Kentucky (LNK) is a critical ingredient in the long-term success of our community.

The contributions by LNK classes over the years are wide ranging.

LNK classes have done everything from installing handicap doors at Redwood, to creating a Healthy newborn site for Transitions that serves mother’s going through addiction recovery.

Without LNK, there wouldn’t be a Maker space in Boone County, a Hope Box Derby to support Health Point, or an upcoming 2nd Annual River Cities Relay (August 26th) that will provide charitable spending for multiple nonprofits in the region.

The latest LNK class of 2017 is taking on “Unlock the Block”, July 22nd in Latonia.  This music fest was created to activate community vibrancy and potential in Northern Kentucky.
As you can see, LNK has been going strong since the very first class of 1979, ten years after the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce was founded.   The program now boasts over 1,500 graduates!

Although it has changed over time, the core strategy remains – to use the community as a classroom to develop leaders who will effectively serve the region.

For many, their first exposure to the hidden challenges of poverty and law enforcement came through the LNK program.   For others, the first time they even heard of the Welcome House in Covington, learned how important pre-school is for kids, or heard from a holocaust survivor, came through LNK.
It was shocking for me to discover some LNK participants had never even tasted bourbon before.  Now that was a Kentucky tragedy that had to be remedied!

Thanks to LNK, their world has changed, and they are ready to be “change makers!”

Involving the community in this way “kills two birds” as it not only educates those going through the class, it also provides a mechanism for community organizations to recruit future board members, promote projects, and communicate strategies.

85% of LNK students still contribute charitably to non-profit organizations they met while going through the program.

The early LNK classes produced graduates that are now corporate Presidents, board members & elected officials.

Because those early graduates made such an impact on the community, (the previous “best classes ever”), the program is now widely viewed as a rite of passage for future leaders, and a key ingredient for developing future talent.  

There are many reasons why the program is successful, but the secret sauce in my opinion is the diverse makeup of each class, and the fact that it is primarily driven by LNK Alumni.

People from various backgrounds and industries, that reside in different geographic areas, come together to learn from each other and form a lasting bond.  

During a recent meeting at the NKY Chamber of Commerce, folks were asked to raise their hand if they were a graduate of LNK.  Nearly the entire room had their hands in the air.    It was a wonderful endorsement of the program, and another reason why you should support this incredible legacy of leadership.

As we head toward the 40th Anniversary of LNK in 2019,  I hope you’ll encourage friends & colleagues to apply for future LNK classes, support LNK initiatives, and financially support scholarship funding for non-profit partners and entrepreneurs.

The LNK tradition is strong.  Be a part of it.  It is a gem for the region, and continues to have a positive impact on the state we are in.

City Council Roundup: VA deed signing, new officer and employee contracts

Fort Thomas City Administrator Ron Dill and Mayor Eric Haas enjoy the moment as they sign the financial agreement for the VA Homes project in June.

By Robin Gee

The mood was buoyant at the July 15 city council meeting as members discussed recent Sesquicentennial events held during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Mayor Eric Haas thanked the council, city staff and the many volunteers and participants who helped make the city’s celebration a big success. Recognition of volunteers and more details will be shared at the August meeting of council.

Both the police and fire departments reported few incidents during the events and early reports were that participants enjoyed a safe and fun celebration of Fort Thomas and its history.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wanted by Campbell County Police:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMC Theatres Begins Construction To Upgrade Guest Experiences

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

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

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

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

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

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

The $500 Grand Prize photo taken by Ashtyn Heiert.

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

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fort Thomas Independent Schools Names Elementary Assistant Principal

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

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

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

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

Kentucky Drivers' Licenses Will Become Obsolete

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

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

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

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

Judge Fred A. Stine Set to Retire

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Unlock the Block Music Fest | July 22

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

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

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Interim Principal Named for Highlands High School

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

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

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

Local Resident Joins Fort Thomas Police Department

Joe Paolucci. FTM file. 
By Robin Gee

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

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

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

Fort Thomas Schools Approve VA Homes Funding Plan

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

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

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

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

RELATED: City Signs VA Homes Deed 

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

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

Background and details

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

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

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

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

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Ensuring school funding

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Highlands Championship Team Recap

Seniors on 1996 Highlands State Championship Football Team Maintain Friendships

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

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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

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

There will be:

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

Plus much more. Come get into the community spirit.

RELATED: Cooking Demonstrations at Schone Kitchen Design 

Car Crashes into Campbell County Fiscal Court Building

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

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

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

The Dance Realm Studios | Registration and Open House

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

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

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

A few class options:

Thursdays 5:30-6:15
Saturdays 10:15-11:00

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

Thursdays 3:45-5:15

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

Schone Kitchen Design To Debut Cooking Demonstrations During Art Around Towne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlands Swimmer To Compete in Deaflympics

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

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

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

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

2017 Team USA includes the following athletes:

Highlands Senior Sophia Manyet Takes Aim For Hollywood

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Frontier Airlines announces six new nonstop destinations from CVG

Brings Frontier’s total service to 22 destinations

Frontier Airlines is growing its CVG service again with the addition of six nonstop destinations, including Seattle, Miami, San Antonio, Austin, Jacksonville and Raleigh/Durham.

All six destinations will be served by Frontier’s A320 family of aircraft. Flights to Miami will begin October 5th, 2017 and operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  *Flights start at $34 each way for Discount Den members and $49 for non-members.

Flights to Seattle, San Antonio, Austin, Jacksonville and Raleigh/Durham will start in the spring 2018 with ticket sales beginning in late August.

“With today’s announcement, Frontier now offers our Low Fares Done Right to even more destinations from Cincinnati,” said Mark Mitchell, chief accounting officer. “Customers traveling from Cincinnati now have more low-cost options in these markets, and with The WORKS and The PERKS bundles, we offer the best value in U.S. air travel.”

City Signing of VA Homes Deed Met With Applause

Members of council, Ron Dill and Jann Seidenfaden watch Mayor, Eric Haas, sign the deed for the VA homes. FTM file. 
by Robin Gee

The VA homes are now in the hands of the city of Fort Thomas. At the July 17 meeting of City Council, Mayor Eric Haas signed the 31-page deed transferring ownership of the homes and surrounding property from the Veterans Administration to Fort Thomas.

March for Public Education Will Hold Rally at Peace Bell on Saturday

Education is key to achieving the American Dream, but educators fear that our public education system is in danger. To raise that awareness, there will be a March for Public Education at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 22 at the Peace Bell in Newport. The march will coincide with the march in Washington, DC. 

The national website,, says “Public Education marches to challenge the educational status quo that leaves students over-tested, dehumanized and financially burdened by their educational experiences. M4PE marches to change the national conversation around educational issues, affirms that public education is a right not a privilege and that education is essential for a functioning democracy....The march supports teachers, students, parents and communities, advocates for educating the ‘Whole Child,’ calls on legislators to address the student debt crisis and opposes the privatization of public education.” 

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Josh Blair, one of the local organizers, says, “The purpose of the event is to celebrate public schools, public school teachers, administrators, volunteers, and of course, public school students and their accomplishments. Non-educators are welcome to attend.  We’ll have a few speakers who are not educators - specifically students and parents/PTA members.”

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Fort Thomas Schools Superintendent: "Join Me For Coffee"

Karen Cheser. FTM file. 
The new superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools is hosting two "Coffee Chats with the Superintendent" this week to get to know her community more intimately.

Karen Cheser, who started her term as the leader of the district on July 1, will be at Fort Thomas Coffee tomorrow (July 18) from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and Thursday (July 20) from noon-1:00 p.m.

Monera Chic Boutique Shop It Forward | Fort Thomas, Kentucky | Women's Clothing NKY

Come Join Monera Chic Boutique and Q102 for their Shop It Forward event, Tuesday, July 25 from 6-8:00 p.m.

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- Sales all day
- Q102 and Katie Walters
- Door prices
- Drinks and appetizers starting at 5:00 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the prevention of woman's colon cancer.

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