Monday, February 20, 2017

H/R Real Estate Acquires Property on Monmouth Street in Newport For Headquarters

Clay Horan and Adam Rosenhagen in front of their new building they purchased to host H/R Real Estate headquarters. FTM file. 
An emerging northern Kentucky real estate brokerage has closed on the sale of a building for their new headquarters in Newport.

H/R real estate partners, Clay Horan and Adam Rosenhagen bought 920 Monmouth Street earlier this month for $175,000. It is a 2,400 square foot single-story commercial store front located next door to the Newport City Building, Police and Fire Department.

The building has some history.

The building was previously occupied by Intelligent Phone Systems most recently, but prior to that during Newport's Sin City Years, the building was home to The Top Hat - a small bar and musical venue.

Previously, Horan and Rosenhagen were working out of the Vennefron Signs Building at 2106 Monmouth Street in Newport.

"The location and the city's focus on development fits well with the overall vision we have for our brokerage," said Rosenhagen.

Fort Thomas Business Association Kicks Off Small Business Saturday Movement Throughout the Year

Small Business Saturday is popping up on Saturday, February 25. 

Everyone is familiar with Small Business Saturday in November. This Saturday the Fort Thomas Business Association (FTBA) is kicking off a monthly #ShopLocal movement that allows you to give back to the Fort Thomas community in so many ways.

Blue Marble Books and Midway Cafe are teaming up to support the #ShopLocal movement and give back to its community with 10 percent of sales benefitting Woodfill Elementary's Big Top Festival.

"We make an effort to promote Small Business Saturday every November, but it’s simply not enough anymore," says Mark Collier, FTBA treasurer. "Look around on N. Fort Thomas Avenue right now. 'For Sale' and 'For Rent' signs are too prevalent. We must take it into our hands to help these small businesses not just survive, but thrive. Without that intentional effort to 'shop small' we’ll never break this reputation that Fort Thomas unfortunately has of not supporting the businesses that call Fort Thomas home."

This is where YOU come in.

This Saturday, February 25, stop by both locations. You must shop at both locations in order for the proceeds to go towards the Big Top Festival. It doesn't matter which store you shop at first. Customers will receive a ticket to present to the second location to guarantee donations. Buy a book or two at Blue Marble and grab lunch at Midway—it's the easy, and perfect for the entire family.

"Midway is thrilled to be a part of the kick off of Fort Thomas Small Business Saturday," says Erika Kraus, FTBA vice president and Midway co-owner. "Being able to partner up with other local businesses including ones without store fronts, to give back to Woodfill Elementary, seems to be a perfect fit all around. By supporting Fort Thomas Small Business Saturday we make Fort Thomas a destination, keep money in our local community, and encourage entrepreneurship. Fort Thomas is a family. We have to always support our own first.”

Both locations will also be offering special events to celebrate the kick off. They include:
• Storytime at Blue Marble Books at 11:30 a.m.
• Acoustic music by Ky Myle at The Midway Cafe 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Pop-Up Shop LuLaRow presented by Amy Goshorn at The Midway Cafe 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"One of the great things about Small Business Saturday is that it functions as a reminder to the community that local businesses are here and that we need our community's support if we're going to continue to thrive," says Tanya Bartlett, Blue Marble Books' digital marketing and media specialist. "In rolling out a Small Business Saturday event each month, our goal is to certainly remind community members that we're here, but we also want to advance the idea—in this case with Blue Marble and Midway Cafe donating 10 percent of our day's sales to Woodfill Elementary's Big Top Festival—that we also support our community. It's a win-win idea."

Drew Schwegman, FTBA's president, will be at both locations Saturday. "I'm looking foward to supporting Blue Marble and  Midway Cafe on February 25, and hope this is the first of many Small Business Saturdays," he says.

Blue Marble Books (1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave.) will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Midway Cafe (1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave.) will be open 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. 

"We are so lucky to live in a community that supports schools," says Loryl Haggard, president of Woodfill Elementary's PTO. "Small businesses have consistently provided us with donations, silent auction items and support so that our children have access to fantastic technology, experiences and educational opportunities. We were thrilled to learn that Blue Marble Books and Midway Cafe chose to support Woodfill's Big Top Festival as the kick off of Fort Thomas Small Business Saturday." 

And Ashley Winburn, Big Top Festival chair, says that just as they chose to support us, we need to support them. 

"We hope the entire Woodfill community shows its support Saturday by visiting both locations, and giving back to the community that has given so much to us," she says.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Tiniest Church In The World Is Located Right Here In NKY

Via Thomas More College. 
Do you know the story about the little church in Crestview Hills by Thomas More College? Our friends at Only In Your State, take a look:

If you’re fascinated by history, religion, or both, then you’ve got to check out this church on a college campus in northern Kentucky. In 1922, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not dubbed it “the Smallest Church in the World.” It looks like something you would find in the hills of Scotland, not Kentucky, which makes it all the more captivating. Continue reading to find out more about Monte Casino Chapel.

Monte Casino Chapel is located on the campus of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, not far from Cincinnati. You can find it sitting next to a small lake off of Turkey Foot Road.

Fort Thomas Developers Present Business Plan to Planning Commission

Kyle Stevie presents his development plan for the two Midway district properties he and his partner, Chris Reid, recently acquired. FTM file. 
On Wednesday, February 15, a public hearing was held in front of the Planning Commission of Fort Thomas to review the business development plan for Fort Thomas developers, Chris Reid and Kyle Stevie.  The neighbors and business partners recently acquired 1011 and 1013 S. Fort Thomas Avenue, which had been problem properties in the Midway business district for years.

RELATED: Midway District Properties Sold To Fort Thomas Developers

We learned more about the developers' plans for the building as the commission reviewed items like parking, noise levels, acceptable uses for potential tenants and how the new tenants would fit into the already tight-quartered Midway Central Business District.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Highlands Ranked Top 100 Public High School in the Nation

Highlands High School. FTM file. 
Another year, another national ranking for Highlands High School.

TheBestSchools.Org has ranked the Bluebirds as the 74th best public school in America, checking in ten spots before the only other Kentucky school in the top 100, duPont Manual.

Wyoming High School in Cincinnati also made the list at #48.

Superintendent, Gene Kirchner, said he was thrilled with the news.

Highlands Quarterback Will Play in College

Brady Gosney., FTM file. 
Highlands High School football player Brady Gosney will sign a letter of intent to play football at Hanover College.

The signing will be held at 3 p.m. today, in the Media Center at Highlands High School.

Brady is a two-year letterman who was awarded Offensive MVP his senior year and was also All-NKAC.
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Fort Thomas Church Becomes Haven For The Deaf Community

ASL Interpretation is now offered at Grace Fellowship Church. Photo courtesy of GF Church
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about 36 million adults suffer some type of hearing impairment while 2-3 children out of 1,000 are born deaf or have some degree of hearing loss.

In the United States alone, as many as 2 million of these deaf individuals are unable to listen to church sermons or speak with members of their congregation.

Pastor Peter LaRuffa of Grace Fellowship Church in Fort Thomas remembers one day spotting a mother trying to sign to her young daughter during church service.

Hulafrog "Most Loved" Awards Are Announced

Congratulations to the Northern Kentucky Hulafrog "Most Loved" Winners. Categories ranged from Most Loved Book Store (The Blue Marble) to the Most Loved Preschool (Bluebird Christian Preschool).

Parents voted between Jan 6-Feb 3 on their faves, and these 25 came out on top.

See the full list here. 

Hulafrog is national website with local affiliates that connects parents to local events and businesses in their community as well as to each other.

Ladybirds Move On

Highlands turns attention to Beechwood

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands sophomore Ashley Hayes grabs a rebound in a game earlier this year against Dayton.
It had not even been 24 hours since the lopsided defeat, but the Blue and White seemed as determined as ever to improve before the regular season concludes Friday at the end of Tuesday's practice.

Many teams fall apart after a loss like Highlands suffered in a 73-30 defeat to the Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers in Fort Thomas on Monday. That marked the biggest defeat since Jaime Walz-Richey became the head coach of the Ladybirds basketball team in 2002. The previous high had been a 42-point loss, 71-29 to Notre Dame in Park Hills on Feb, 24, 2005.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kentucky Shatters Export Record at $29.24 Billion in 2016

Aerospace, motor vehicles and pharmaceuticals remain state’s top exports
Gov. Matt Bevin touring Denyo America in Danville, KY. 
Kentucky’s exports broke an all-time record in 2016 with $29.24 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the Commonwealth, a 5.8-percent increase from 2015, Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced.

Aerospace products and parts led all categories with more than $10.85 billion in goods exported internationally, an increase of more than 24 percent over 2015. Kentucky ranked second nationally for 2016 in aerospace-related exports.

“Kentucky is headed in the right direction and the business community is taking notice. This new record is unequivocal proof of our positive trajectory,” said Gov. Bevin. “As we improve our business climate, global demand for our brands and expertise continues to grow, attracting new companies while at the same time strengthening existing partnerships. Together, we are moving forward. The economic future in Kentucky is very bright, indeed!”

Overall, the state’s 2016 exports increased $1.6 billion over the 2015 total. That placed Kentucky eighth among all U.S. states by percentage increase, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division and WISERTrade.

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Battling Heroin in Fort Thomas | Where Are They From?

Police incident reports data shows an increase in all drug related incidents over the last five years. In 2015, there were 7,216 incidents with 66.3% being drug related; heroin was involved in 23.1% of drug-related incidents. In 2011, one in ten drug incidents involved opioids; in 2015, one in four drug incidents were opioid related (3).

Fort Thomas Matters is committed to shining a light on the fight against heroin in our community. To that end, we will be highlighting information that we have obtained that demonstrates who is being arrested in the community, where they are from, what they are being arrested for and with.

We will look for trends before culminating the coverage into a podcast, where we'll discuss the trends with local law enforcement.

The first part of this series, which we are titling Battling Heroin in Fort Thomas, will look at how many individuals have been arrested and where they are from.

As expected with the introduction of a heroin-only detail aligned on the interstates surrounding Fort Thomas known as the Heroin-Interdiction-Team (H.I.T.), heroin-related arrests were up.

RELATED: Fort Thomas Police Sets Up Dedicated Heroin-Interdiction Team

There were 111 total arrests in 2016, up 28% from 2015.

Message from Fort Thomas Jr. Football League President

For the past 60 years, the Fort Thomas Junior Football League (FTJFL) has been providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for the children of our community to participate in an instructional team sport.  The lessons learned through such participation have helped shape our children’s future in an impactful and positive manner.  The FTJFL looks forward to another 60 years of providing this community benefit.

The FTJFL has made a number of changes over the years.  We have started playing teams from outside of our league to give our kids a chance to face different competition, while at the same time maintaining the structure of our league.  We have increased playing time for all age groups.  We have re-instituted a college scholarship for HHS graduates that played in our league.  We took a team of 8th graders to Knoxville, Tennessee this year to play in the Battle in Rocky Top football tournament, which we plan on doing in the future.

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The FTJFL is considering adding a division in which 2nd and 3rd graders could participate.  If there is enough interest expressed throughout the community, the league plans on starting this new division in the 2017 season.  If you have a child in this age group and would like more information, please contact Dave Simons at .

Our league is always looking for responsible, committed volunteers for various duties.  As always, if you or anyone you know may be interested in coaching, contact any board member that is listed on our league website, .  You do not have to have a child in the league to be a coach.  We are also looking for volunteers who would like to serve on the board or as game day supervisors.

We are continually trying to improve the experience that the players and parents have while participating in the FTJFL.  We are always open to your suggestions on how to achieve this goal.  Please do not hesitate to contact any board member on what you think will help improve the league.

Dave Simons
President, Fort Thomas Junior Football League

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In Other Words: One Man’s Story of How a Heroin Addiction Changed His Life In a Way You Never Imagined

Tommy Weber

What are you willing to do for love?  Chances are you have heard them all before — climb mountains, swim oceans, work long and hard, sacrifice, or maybe even sacrifice your own life. Love is the great motivator and that is something that you need to keep in mind as this story unfolds.

Sure Tommy Weber drank and smoked pot when he was in high school, but he also regularly did cocaine.  He had a bit of a wild streak as a teen, but what prompted his use? “Just the buzz,” Weber replies. He was adventurous and wanted to try everything. “I have a great family, great mom and dad,“ he says. He was stubborn and he had to do things his way. That hurt and helped.

In his twenties he added pills to the mix. Then in his thirties he added heroin. You have to wonder how he functioned.  Weber says, “I started out snorting but then I was doing 1/2 gram a day and at the end I was shooting 2 grams a day. It got to the point where I got up at one o’clock to get high because I was getting sick. I would go to work. Then at lunchtime I had to get high so I wouldn’t get sick.”  But when the snorting ceased to have much an effect, “Then someone showed me a needle and I’m petrified of needles,” Weber adds. “That’s when I know it was bad. And everything spiraled downward.” He admits that he was spending about $160 per day on drugs. That’s over $1,100 per month.

He readily admits that he did stupid stuff that eventually caught up with him. He worried his family. His parents took the bold step and had him arrested. He lost custody of his children. Weber says, “When I woke up in the jail cell, I said to myself, I must have done something really stupid. My mom and dad, of all people, put me in jail. Then I started to think about all of the stupid stuff I did. And that motivated me to not do it again.” But first he had a few debts to pay so he remained in jail for eleven months. It was not easy, but he was stubbornly determined.

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Home is Where the Heart Is

Matt, Krissy and the Richard family (provided).

by Colin Moore

It’s a pretty normal Thursday morning. The kids are eating breakfast and you’re getting ready to head to the YMCA for bootcamp.  But then your husband, who is thirty five and admirably healthy, comes down and he’s kind of off. He says he feels like he might have woken up at the wrong time, like he didn’t finish a sleep cycle or something. He sits down anyway and your son asks him a question about baseball. He doesn’t know the answer, which is strange because he played baseball during college and he coaches little league. He notices the contractors on the porch, the ones who have been there for days, doing a job you’ve been planning for months. He asks who they are and why they’re here.  He heads back upstairs and when you follow him up he’s sitting in a chair you’ve never seen him use before. He finally agrees that he needs to go to hospital and get checked out. You’ve heard good things about the big one across the bridge but it’s fifteen minutes away and there is one three minutes away, pretty much in your neighborhood. He’s in the car now, where are you going?

Krissy and Matt Richard met while they were both working at a Christian camp in Upstate New York in 2000. They were married in 2003 and moved around a little but when they decided to start a family they knew they wanted to settle somewhere with a great sense of community, so they moved back to Fort Thomas where Krissy’s family is from, “My dad went to Highlands, my grandma went to Highlands, my grandpa went to Highlands, so we have roots here in Fort Thomas.” Eleven years later the Richards are still in the town with their four children, Josiah, 11, Kayla Grace, 8, Eli, 6, and Micah, 2. 

Last June life took an unexpected turn, which made them even more grateful that they chose to call Fort Thomas home.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Six Straight Combined Region Crowns for Highlands Swimming Diving

Highlands brings home another combined crown
PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, The Highlands Swimming and Diving Teams won the Region 7 Combined title with 644.5 points for the sixth straight year Saturday.
Make that six consecutive Combined Region 7 crowns for the Highlands Swimming and Diving Teams.

The teams scored a combined 644.5 points to win the crown on Saturday at Silverlake Recreation Center in Erlanger. Dixie Heights finished second with 560.5 points.

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Hedgehog Signs Wants Help From Local History Buffs

Fort Thomas residents Pam and Jim Claypool bought the old Klingenberg's Hardware in January 2016.

In January 2016, Fort Thomas residents Pam and Jim Claypool, owners of Hedgehog Signs, bought the building that housed Klingenberg's Hardware for 90 years. And now the Claypools are seeking out some history.

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Pam recently posted a a plea for help from Newport history buffs on Facebook. "We would love to know the history of it prior to it being Klingenberg's," she wrote. "We know the original building (the front room) was built in the late 1800s. We have been told it was a bar. We know it became Klingenberg's in the 1930s. Anyone know anything (name of bar, previous owners, when the rest of the building was built etc) or have an photos of it prior to the 30s?"

Here are pictures of the building in January 2016, when the Claypools purchased it.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

This Week at The State Capitol

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (left) congratulates House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, on the floor of the Kentucky House. Jan. 3. LRC.Ky.Gov.

February 7 – 10, 2017

State lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week to start the second part of the General Assembly’s 2017 session. The first portion of the session, held over the course of five days in early January, featured a quick start as seven bills were passed into law.

The second part of the session is sure to feature its own history-making moments as lawmakers consider hundreds of bills – each with the potential to affect people across the state.

The moment that received the most attention in the Capitol this week came as the Senate and House met in a joint session to hear Gov. Matt Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth Address. Amid a host of subjects covered by the governor in the his second such address, his call for tax reform and additional efforts to strengthen the state’s public pension systems generated headlines across the state.

By week’s end, dozens of bills on subjects ranging from school calendars to pension transparency had taken steps forward in the legislative process. Bills that advanced this week include the following:

Senate Bill 2 is aimed at making state retirement system transactions more transparent. The legislation would hold state retirement systems accountable when contracting out services. It would also codify a reorganization of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board that was called for in an executive order issued by the governor last year. The Senate approved the bill on a 37-0 vote and sent the measure to the House for consideration.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

OPINION: The Time is Now to Build Brent Spence Bridge

Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, (left) speaks with Rep. D. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, on the House floor. 
02/07/2017. LRC.KY.Gov. 
By Rep. Adam Koenig

For over 50 years now, countless vehicles have traveled from Northern Kentucky into Ohio, and vice-versa, on the Brent Spence Bridge. Whether it be to transport goods, travel, or engage in commerce, Brent Spence has been heavily utilized over the years, and this traffic has taken its toll. Currently operating at nearly three times of what it was designed to carry, a new bridge is essential, yet this project has repeatedly been kicked to the curb. However, thanks to the current administration, the needs of Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and the entire Midwest could soon be placed near the front of the line in Washington D.C.

According to recent media reports, replacing the Brent Spence Bridge is number two on the President’s list of infrastructure priorities. While this alone is welcome news for our region, the details are even better. This $2.5 billion project, which will directly create 2,200 jobs, would be half-funded by private investors, is a boon to the taxpayers whose dollars are normally spent without concern. And those jobs aren’t even accounting for the increased economic activity that is sure to come as a result of the construction of a newer, more modern bridge.

Partnering the private sector with government can produce tangible benefits in a much more efficient manner. This was our thinking behind the passage of House Bill 309 last session, which set up a regulatory framework for Public-Private Partnerships, or P3’s, in Kentucky. It was an honor for me to support this legislation, which Governor Bevin signed into law in 2016. P3’s allow the public and the private sector to partner in financing capital projects, and other government services. I was proud to vote for this bill, which now allows for our government to join with businesses to move forward on transportation projects.  In addition, and as a protection for Northern Kentuckians, HB 309 specified that no tolls would be put on the Brent Spence Bridge. This ensures that we lessen the burden placed on Northern Kentuckians as the process moves forward.

Northern Kentucky University Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

Marksbury (left) getting sworn in with fellow officer Sean Donelan at a Fort Thomas City Council meeting by Police Chief Mike Daly. FTM file. 
Two men with Fort Thomas ties have been inducted into the NKU Hall of Fame.

The Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its 2017 Hall of Fame Class today, which includes Fort Thomas Police Officer Matt Marksbury and Highlands High School graduate Derrik Moeves.

Moeves graduated from Highlands in 2002 and Marksbury was hired in September of 2015.

NKU will hold a formal induction ceremony at BB&T Arena on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Tickets to the event are $25 per person and can be purchased by contacting Jeff Baldwin at (859) 572-6632 or

“Not only was he a great athlete and teammate at NKU, he is a great officer and teammate at our police department in Fort Thomas,” said Lt. Rich Whitford said of Marksbury. “He is so humble, never talks about himself or his awesome accomplishments. We as a community are lucky to have him working with us.”

Matt Marksbury (’07, baseball)
Marksbury was a three-time team captain who earned ABCA NCAA DII All-America Third Team to go along with GLVC and North Central Region Pitcher of the Year honors in 2007.  He currently ranks second all-time in complete games (17), fifth in innings pitched (269.0), tied-seventh in victories (21), eighth in strikeouts (184), and 10th in ERA (2.71). Marksbury closed his career with a 21-10 record while helping the Norse capture two GLVC titles (2004 and 2006) during his playing days.

Derrik Moeves (’05, baseball)
A two-time All-GLVC selection in 2004 and 2005, Moeves currently ranks second all-time at NKU in career-strikeouts with 259.  He was an ABCA NCAA DII All-America Third Team member in 2004, while also garnering North Central Region Pitcher of the Year en route to leading Northern Kentucky to an appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament. He earned one All-North Central Region nod (2004) before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft.

Derrik Moeves. 

Cybercrime Has Reached Epidemic Level

Brent Cooper. Provided. 
By Brent Cooper

We have a growing epidemic of cybercrime in this country.  I’ve been working in I.T. my entire adult life and I can’t remember a time when cybersecurity was this bad.  Thanks to ever increasing news stories about hacks, breaches, leaks and identity theft, most folks are aware that cybercrime exists, but we still aren’t talking about it the way we should.

This week Dave Hatter (Mayor of Fort Wright) and I travelled to Frankfort to speak with the House committee on Small Business & I.T. (Chaired by Rep. Diane St. Onge) to bring more attention to this issue.

At the airport, we hear the phrase, “If you see something, say something.”  Years ago if we saw an unattended bag, we might not have said a word.  Things are different now.

We need to have that same mentality with cybercrime.

So how bad is cybercrime today?  

80's Throwback Party (Pictures - 2017)

The Fourth Annual 80's Party to benefit Brighton Recovery Center for Women was a success by all measures. The party, hosted by Katie Walters of Q102 and Mark Collier of Fort Thomas Matters, broke party fundraising records as well and attendance records. 

It was hosted on Saturday, February 4 at Highland Country Club and raised nearly $10,000 with 400 attendees. 

See pictures from this year's party and remember to mark your calendars for next year. The party is always held on the first Saturday in February and is the first big party of the new year. 

Anointed Touch Massage Announces New Services

The local business community is essential to the overall health and vibrancy of Fort Thomas.  That’s why it is great to see so many thriving businesses both new and old to our city and to see many of those businesses expand.  One such business, Anointed Touch Massage (owned by Tiffany Maple) recently moved to a new building on Highland Avenue and has now begun to offer even more services to the clientele.  In the below exclusive interview with FTM, Maple announces her new services, discusses her ongoing massage membership, and her relationship with Cincinnati’s professional soccer team, FC Cincinnati.

FTM: Why did you decide to start using Essential Oils in your massages and do you use these oils personally?

Maple: I was introduced to essential oils from a couple different close friends and I have to say, I was skeptical at first. It seems counterintuitive to believe that something from a flower or a plant can help as much as modern day medicine can, but that has been my experience. (Traditional) medicines are loaded with chemicals that are toxic to our bodies. They have a high success rate of fixing the illness/disease but they have an even higher success rate of causing more problems! Therefore, I turned to essential oils and have not looked back.

I had an injury to my wrist a few weeks ago and I was panicked because without my wrist, I can't work. So, I did what I would recommend my clients to do: I went to the chiropractor, I utilized massage techniques to release my muscles and I put essential oils over the affected area 3-4x a day. I was better in a matter of days and the problem was resolved, not masked by pain medicine. Could I have taken Advil and blocked the pain but not solved the underlying problem? Sure. Instead, I chose to support my body's natural healing process and modify my work so as not to rely on chemicals that can hurt me. I am in no way attempting to prescribe essential oils as a medicine; that is way out of my scope of practice.  I am also not judging anyone for how they deal with the pain and illness in their life; I am merely trying to offer an alternative. I always recommend you do your own research and speak with your physician before trying anything new!

Young Living Oils

Why did you pick Young Living (the brand of oils used by Anointed Touch) since there are so many out there?

I went with YL because that is what the people that introduced me to essential oils used. After researching the company though, I felt even better about using their products. I trust that they use the best of ingredients and extract them in a way that does not damage the product. And they will not add fillers or dilute the product. Some companies do because it is easier and cheaper so you need to make sure that you check out whatever company you are using.

What benefits do you hope you can bring to your clients with essential oils?

I hope to be able to introduce some clients to essential oils for the first time as well as give those clients that already use essential oils a way to combine them with their massage. Using essential oils in a massage is so beneficial because during a massage, blood is brought closer to the surface and circulation is increased in the body so the oils can be absorbed more readily into your system making them more effective. However, to make the oils the most effective, they should be used on a regular basis in your home. I will not keep an inventory of oils for purchase; however, I can assist my clients in ordering essential oils for themselves.

How much is a standard massage and how much is the increase for a massage with essential oils? 

A one-hour massage is $70 and prices for the upgrades range from $12 to $18. Different oils cost different amounts (one of the oils is upwards of $90 for a 15mL bottle!) so the prices for the packages reflect that varying cost.

Do you offer any deals or memberships for regular clients?
Yes. Monthly memberships are $55 per month and include one one-hour session per month.  There are some other benefits to the monthly membership so please look at my website or give me a call.

Do you still work with FC Cincinnati and will you be using these oils for the athletes?
Yes.  Anointed Touch Massage is still the exclusive massage provider for FC Cincinnati and I will be using essential oils on the team to help recover overworked muscles and other issues that might pop up during the season based on need.

For more information on this Fort Thomas-owned business that is expanding its services, visit Anointed Touch Massage’s website.  Become a massage member- you will not regret it!

New Location:  654 Highland Ave #17, Fort Thomas, KY 41075

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Home Invasion Suspect Nabbed By Fort Thomas Police

Fort Thomas Lt. Rich Whitford reviews the case from today's home-invasion arrest of Ricky Dean Lovins. FTM file. 
Ricky Dean Lovins, 57 from Alexandria, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with Burglary 2nd after he allegedly broke into a Fort Thomas apartment in the early morning hours, rifled through drawers and lined his pockets with valuables before being chased out by the homeowners, who were sleeping just a few feet away.

Lovins is accused of breaking and entering into 158 Churchill Apartments off of Grand Avenue near the city limits of Fort Thomas and Newport. The apartment complex is just across the street from St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Lovins allegedly used a screwdriver to enter through this door, before getting into both a locked utility closet and disabling an alarm, and finally an apartment. FTM file. 

According to Fort Thomas Police Lt. Rich Whitford, officers were dispatched this morning after a 911 call was made and searched the area before arresting Lovins at the Fort Thomas Starbucks, where he was sitting at a table at around 5:30 a.m.

Highlands Bowls Back to State

Ladybirds seek redemption in Lexington

PHOTO: Jenny Bach. The Highlands Ladybirds bowling team plays in the state tournament at Collins Eastland Lanes in Lexington on Thursday and Friday after finishing runner-up in Region 5.
Things did not go as planned in the Region 5 bowling meet despite earning top seeds.

Luckily for the Highlands Ladybirds, that did not cost them a spot at the state bowling tournament this weekend at Collins Eastland Lanes in Lexington. Highlands finished runner-up to Simon Kenton in the region tournament while the Bluebirds lost to Campbell County in the region semifinals. Highlands senior Abbey Parrott said what the Ladybirds struggled with at the region tournament at Southern Lanes in Alexandria could be a factor at state.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gov. Bevin Ceremonially Signs Historic Pro-Life Legislation

SB 5 and HB 2 passed with 83 percent support in General Assembly
Gov. Matt Bevin signing two pro-life measures today at the "Rally for Life."

Flanked by more than a dozen state legislators and an overflow crowd filling three levels of the Capitol rotunda, Gov. Matt Bevin today ceremonially signed two historic pro-life measures during the Kentucky Right to Life Association’s “Rally for Life.”

Gov. Bevin commemorated the recently enacted Senate Bill 5 and House Bill 2, which both passed with broad bipartisan support in the first week of this year’s General Assembly.

He applauded legislators for their unwavering commitment to protect the most vulnerable members of society and noted that despite political controversy, “the sanctity of human life is worth fighting for.”

“We have a chance to lead this nation from a moral and spiritual perspective that is desperately needed,” said Gov. Bevin. “We must continue to fight this scourge that is the taking of innocent life. It’s worth it, America is worth it, and Kentucky is going to lead the way.”

Senate Bill 5 prohibits physicians from terminating pregnancies after 20 weeks of gestation—a timeframe in which experts say that a fetus can feel pain. House Bill 2 requires physicians to offer an ultrasound to patients prior to performing an abortion, allowing women to make a truly informed medical decision. (Patients may choose not to have the ultrasound by signing a form to opt out.)

"Kentucky citizens elected the members of the General Assembly to pass responsible legislation that falls in line with Kentucky values,” said Senate President Robert Stivers. “Senate Bill 5, along with House Bill 2, protects the integrity and intrinsic value of human life. It is our duty as elected leaders to protect our most vulnerable, and we have made steps towards accomplishing that goal by passing this momentous legislation."

“Studies have shown over and over that unborn children at 20 weeks of gestation are sensitive to pain,” said Sen. Brandon Smith, primary sponsor of Senate Bill 5. “The Pain Capable Unborn Child Act offers one more protection to those who cannot protect themselves. Kentuckians value the sanctity of life, and I am proud that we in the Kentucky Senate are committed to safeguarding the lives of all our citizens.”

“This session, common sense legislation to protect life and provide women with appropriate medical information has passed the Kentucky General Assembly,” said Rep. Addia Wuchner, chair of the House Health and Family Services Committee. “Just like our passage of an informed consent bill last session, this bill demonstrates a further commitment from the House to providing women with all of the medical information available before undergoing an abortion.”

Since taking office, Gov. Bevin has signed three important pieces of pro-life legislation into law. In addition to this year’s measures, he signed Senate Bill 4 (“informed consent”) in 2016, requiring medical personnel to provide face-to-face consultation to women 24 hours before an abortion is performed.

Two Highlands Athletes Sign College Letters of Intent In Athletics

Jared Pulsfort. DWCPhoto. FTM file. 
Two Highlands athletes are signing college letters of intent to continue their athletic careers.

Highlands High School soccer player Sydney Ossege signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Youngstown State University on Monday while football player Jared Pulsfort will sign a letter of intent to play football at Wittenberg University today at the Highlands Media Center.

Sydney is a two-year varsity player, playing mostly outside midfielder and forward. Over the past two years, she has been a significant part of helping the program grow while winning multiple awards. She was selected as 1st Team All-Region and 2nd Team All-State in 2016. Sydney is one of the fastest and quickest players in the state and had a significant role in the Bluebirds’ very successful 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Safe Routes To School Grant Still Pending

FTM file. 
The City of Fort Thomas has been taking an more active role in pedestrian safety over the last six months.

The city explored adding illuminated crosswalks in five areas near schools, but were denied four of those locations by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet because they were on state routes.

RELATED: KTC Denies Four Crosswalk Locations in Fort Thomas 

The city also issued a plea for motorists to start paying attention to those pedestrians and bicyclists by promoting their "Pedestrian Safety Initiative."

RELATED: City of Fort Thomas To Motorists: Start Paying Attention to Crosswalks 

The Safe Route To Schools grant has been filed once again by the city and recently at a Public Works committee meeting, City Administrative Officer, Ron Dill, said the grant was still pending. This grant would take care of creating a sidewalk on the north side of N. Fort Thomas Avenue, essentially creating a sidewalk on one side of the street from Barrett Drive/Covert Run to the city limits in Dayton.

“Construction of sidewalks like this falls outside of the sidewalk improvement program that mirrors our street repair program,” said Dill. “It’s more of a capital improvement. We always said that if we can secure some outside resources, then we will consider that construction.” 

Young Father, Matt Richard of Fort Thomas, Lives With World’s Smallest Pacemaker

Fort Thomas resident, Matt Richard. Provided. 
Life threw a dramatic curve ball to Matt and Krissy Richard of Fort Thomas.

The drama started on a Thursday morning, as Krissy prepared breakfast for their four, young children.

When Matt walked downstairs, she quickly realized something was very wrong.

“He was very confused. He kept saying, ‘I woke up at the wrong point. I feel like I need to go back to sleep,’” remembers Krissy.

Coffee didn’t help.

When their son asked a question about baseball, Matt – a former college baseball player – didn’t know the answer. And, Matt had no idea why remodeling contractors were at their home, even though he had planned the project for months.

St. Therese | Spring Social Events


Join the St. Therese Mother's Club for a fun-filled weekend of events on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby”

 Friday, March 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (The Oaks)
o Ladies Only
o Tickets are $20/person includes dinner and drinks
o Food will be provided by Current Catering
o Entertainment to include Bingo, Split the Pot, Raffles

Saturday, March 11th from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (The Derby)
o Both Ladies and Gentleman are welcome
o Tickets are $30/person includes dinner and drinks
o Food will be provided by Packhouse Meats
o Live music will be provided by Stonehaus Trail
o Other entertainment to include Night at the Races, Raffles, and Split the Pot.

Purchase your tickets now at:

You may also contact Jen (513-290-6260) or Joy (859-866-3216) to purchase tickets.  If still available tickets at the door will be $5 more than pre-purchased tickets.

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