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Friday, November 30, 2018

DETAILS: City of Fort Thomas Holiday Walk

The 17th annual, "Home of the Holidays" Walk is this Sunday, December 2nd from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The theme this year is "Every Day is a Gift".

Shuttle vans provided by Executive Transportation and a horse and wagon will begin at 5:30 and run throughout the walk starting in the Inverness Business District to the Central Business District. Santa will arrive at this time and pictures with he and Mrs. Claus at the Fort Thomas Fire Department will occur soon thereafter.

Orangetheory Newport Pavilion. 

The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:45 p.m.

Fort Thomas businesses will stay open late and offer refreshments to the public and the Highlands Sinfonia will be playing.

The trend of cold weather is projected to snap on Sunday, with highs in the 60s and no precipitation forecasted.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Kentucky's Biggest Outdoor Ice Rink is Open in Newport

Did you know that the largest outdoor skating rink in Kentucky is at Newport on the Levee?

The rink is 9,000 square feet, and is lit up by several string lights above.

The wall that sits overtop of the rink was once painted with a large shark, adversing the Newport Aquarium.

The rink opened last weekend over the 10th annual Light up the Levee event and is part of the levee's "Winter Wonder on the Levee" extravaganza, a three-month long commitment to winter fun.

Tickets for ice skating are available for day-of purchase at the Ice Skating on the Levee Skate Shack, located next to Brio.

Pricing is $15 ($10 if bringing your own skates) for adults and $13 ($8 if bringing own skates) for kids.

It's open 4 to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Highlands Football Hopes to Take More Steps in Off-Season

Solid Offensive Line Play Again Huge Priority for Bluebirds

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands junior offensive lineman Brock Huber looks for a block in the region championship at Covington Catholic. Huber will be one of three returning starters on the offensive line next season.
Though the Highlands Bluebirds football team may not have seemed to move the ball up and down the field as consistently as the past, the Bluebirds still put up nice numbers in the 10-3 season offensively.

Highlands outscored opponents, 409-183 for averages of just more than 31-14. The Bluebirds also averaged exactly 307 yards per game offensively. They put up 1,859 rushing and 2,132 passing for averages of 143 rushing and 164 passing.

In their three losses, the Bluebirds put up just 21 points. Both those teams in Covington Catholic (14-0) and Scott County (11-3) are playing for state championships this weekend in Class 5A and 6A respectively.

But Highlands was not alone there. Led by junior linebacker and Notre Dame commit Michael Mayer, the CovCath defense has allowed an average of just under 10 points per game. The Colonels have four shutouts this season including the 36-0 blanking of the Bluebirds in the region finals in Park Hills. They own the state's longest winning streak at 29 in a row. Scott County has also held four opponents to fewer than 10 points.

Highlands Offensive Coordinator Zach Deaton said the offensive line will again be a huge priority this season like it was last off-season. The big difference is the Bluebirds return more experience there next season.

"That's where consistency starts. It starts with the snap," Deaton said. "It starts with the linemen carrying out protection rules and block rules. If we don't have that first, then we can't have an offense."

Max Dierig (6-foot-3-inches), Brock Huber (6-0) and Dylan Turner (6-0) return on the offensive line. Only three-year returning starter Trent Johnson returned on the offensive line this year. Senior starter Will Salmon also graduated on the offensive line.

Grand re-opening, Dec. 7 & 8th! 

"I definitely think we'll be really good next year. We had ups and downs this year. For the most part, we had ups," Huber said. "We had a couple weeks where we struggled a little bit. Nothing is guaranteed. We have seniors, juniors and possibly sophomores that can take spots. I think the chemistry is going to be great. We've had no problems playing with these (returning players on all three levels). If it's all seniors, that's great. That means we've all been together for the most part, even guys in the grades below. Anything can work. We'll just have to wait and see who steps up."

The Bluebirds lose starting quarterback Grady Cramer in addition to several solid skill position players in running back Cooper Schwalbach and wide receivers Austin King and Nate Roberts. But a number of experienced running backs and wide receivers also return.

Junior Collin Hollingsworth saw some varsity playing time this year and enters the offseason as the leading candidate to take over at quarterback. He completed 12-of-25 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 163 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns averaging about 13.5 yards per carry. Hollingsworth came in and led the Bluebirds on a crucial touchdown drive in the 38-9 over Simon Kenton, which also finished 10-3.

"I think the sky is the limit," Deaton said. "The kids this year had great leadership from the kids that are seniors now. They know what it means to come in every day, go to work and focus on things they can control. I think they're going to continue to do that like this last group did. It's going to make us better each and every day."

Hollingsworth finished third on the team in rushing yards. The second leading rusher in sophomore Joe Buten returns after going for 537 yards on 83 carries and nine touchdowns averaging 6.5 yards per touch. Juniors Tyler Brune and Wes Bowling could also give the Bluebirds options in the backfield.

Juniors Adam Weyer, Hunter Ahlfeld, Ethan Houze and Joey Deshler will return at wide receiver. Ahlfeld led that group with 27 catches for 406 yards and six touchdowns.

"We will have to get on the same page with Collin," Weyer said. "But we have all summer to work on that. I'm more than confident in Collin as a quarterback. He's had two very successful JV seasons. He's really developed into a great quarterback these past two seasons. He's not afraid to tuck it and get the first down. If we call quarterback draws, that's another thing the defense has to worry about."

Weyer said the wide receivers will work on not only running solid routes and blocking, but also finding ways to get open all over the field. That could add more options to the Highlands Spread offense. He said it's hard for quarterbacks to see whether wide receivers are open or not in the middle of the field for example.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Executive Transportation to Host Holiday Hope Charity Drive for Henry Hosea House

Drop items off Saturday, December 1 at Superior Prosthetic Solutions (9th & Monmouth) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Needed items: Sleeping bags, hoodies, hand/foot warmers, hats, gloves, socks, blankets. 

The holidays are upon us and with them comes a season of celebration. Gatherings over delicious meals, the anticipation of presents under the tree, and memories made with family and friends all mark this time of year for so many of us.

But sadly not every family gets to experience the magic and wonder of the holidays. Some of our own neighbors are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, or to simply stay warm.

While it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and forget those less fortunate, we invite you to make a difference and join Executive Transportation for the Holiday Hope Charity Drive.

The Holiday Hope Charity Drive will be held in Newport, KY and will benefit The Henry Hosea House, a not-for-profit organization that provides food and nourishment for individuals in the greater Northern Kentucky region all year long.

“For over 60 years Newport has been our company’s home, and we have been really fortunate to grow with this city. At the same time, we have seen how much need for help there is here.

Bringing an event like the Holiday Hope Charity Drive together has been on our minds for some time. And thankfully, with the help of Carabello Coffee, Superior Prosthetic Solutions, and Q102 this vision is finally coming true. When local businesses join forces it reflects the strength within a community, especially one like ours," said Tamara Bravo, President of Executive Transportation.    

Fort Thomas resident Q102's Katie Walters, Promotions Coordinator is representing Q102 at the event.

"Having been raised in Fort Thomas and growing up with the Hoseas, I'm excited that Q102 is able to help promote this event. I know that the people involved care deeply about our community and the items that we're requesting are in desperate need to those who'll see an immediate benefit," she said.

"The Hosea House, along with their incredible staff and volunteers, is a shining example of this idea put into action. Reaching out to help each other, especially families in need, is what makes Campbell County not only special, but strong.” 

If you would like to help us bring hope to our community, please consider providing a donation from the “needed items” listed on the image above. All donations will be collected on December 1st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Superior Prosthetic’s in Newport, on the corner of 9th and Monmouth).

All donors will receive a FREE cup of Carabello Coffee and can enter for a chance to win a NKY Prize pack including gifts from Braxton Brewing, Carabello Coffee, Executive Transportation, and Coppin’s at Hotel Covington.

Gifting Back Bazaar | Monday, December 3 | 1011 S. Fort Thomas Avenue | Grassroots & Vine

Giving back was the starting point for Grassroots & Vine and Fort Thomas Central’s Annual Gifting Back Bazaar. Barb Thomas, the owner of the businesses has been tireless in her efforts to promote and foster the community spirit. She has inspired and been inspired by the generosity and goodwill of our wonderful city and region. 

The annual Gifting Back Bazaar, hosted by Fort Thomas Central and Grassroots & Vine is being held Monday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Come and support local artists and small businesses while getting some holiday shopping done! There is a $10 admission fee includes lite fare, prize drawings and 20% benefiting the Brighton Center. Plus, each vendor will donate 10% to a charity of choice and a door prize! 

Gifting Back for the better good!

The event will be donating back to nine charities this year, including 20% of admission sales benefiting the Brighton Center.

This premier boutique shopping experience is an opportunity to support local businesses, artisans, charities and a way to embrace the holiday spirit by giving back!

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Historic Fort Thomas “Ice House” Preserves Through Modern Architecture Improvements for Local Business

Invisible Fence Sells to Manufacturer After 36 Years in Fort Thomas

By Jessie Stringfield-Eden

When Jeff and Sharon DeRossette purchased the office at the corner of Brentwood Ave. and S. Fort Thomas Ave. for their Invisible Fence business, it was a fairly unassuming building with plain, dark, red brick walls, a flat roof and rectangular windows. The building itself is an interesting shape...but what is even more interesting is the story inside.

Once an old-fashioned Ice House estimated to be built in the 1920s-1930s, the office sits at 1220 S. Fort Thomas Ave. and well, quite literally, used to house giant chunks of ice. These giant pieces of ice were poured down a chute which led from the outside into the interior of the building. Fully insulated with nearly three layers of brick and cork, the ice was well preserved and slowly chipped away to be sold to customers. Over the years, the building has been renovated for various uses.

Prior to Invisible Fence, it was once a plumbing company, a realtor’s office, Valley Interiors, and Dr. Michael Grefer’s Physical Therapy office. By the time the DeRossettes bought the building in 2001, it only had two windows, awful drop ceilings and old drywall.

Fortunately, the DeRossettes had a fantastic architect — Terry Sefchick.

Sefchick’s talent for preserving the history of the building while also creating a functional, modern space can be seen in every inch of the remodeled structure. From uncovering the two-foot thick steel beams in the ceiling to exposing original brick and wooden accents to introducing new, metal accent lighting and creating a sleek, glass conference room...this office space unites the best aspects of historic and modern architecture.

The DeRossettes have lived in Fort Thomas since 1980. Their two children, Lauren and Zach, attended Highlands and Sharon even worked at St. Luke, now St. Elizabeth. For 36 years, they’ve operated their Invisible Fence business here. For 17 of those years, they’ve enjoyed the Ice House as their office.

It all began back in 1982 when the DeRossettes contacted the owner of Invisible Fence in Philadelphia to ask if they could start a branch in NKY. After expanding in 1987 with a small group of 11 people, the DeRossettes’ staked their claim on the entire Southeast US region for Invisible Fence.

“We liked to give back and I started to create the ‘man-in-a-van’ idea to help create independent business men,” said Jeff, “We’re very proud to put others in these positions.” The ‘man-in-a-van’ idea was designed to keep costs low for other areas where Invisible Fence had clients while providing the worker with everything they needed in the van to provide the requested service. It created a lot of opportunities. “A lot of capable people can work but they don’t have the money to start up their own business and this was a way for us to help them,” said Sharon.

After years of hard work, a manufacturer associated with Invisible Fence approached the DeRossettes with an offer to buy but Jeff wasn’t holding his breath. “I always tell Sharon ‘Don’t ever get married to a deal’...but then, everything worked out and we closed November 1st,” said Jeff, “We were both shocked. It was a difficult decision...we’ve been doing this 36 years but the timing was just right.”

Although it was a difficult decision, the DeRossettes will always have many memories and lasting relationships cultivated over many years and spanning many miles— the DeRossettes had another Invisible Fence office in Atlanta, GA. “I’ve been extremely fortunate. I’ve had workers with me for 32 years and 26 years. A lot of staff members have been with me a long time here and also in Atlanta.”

Jeff also shared fond memories of two mentors in the business who provided him with great advice and his dear friend Jim Engle Sr., a local dog trainer and former manager with Cincinnati Bell, who helped him manage people in the field and travel to other dealerships. He also gave a friendly shout out to his first customer; Dr. Michael Grefer.

The DeRossettes have truly had the best of both worlds; a front row seat to the success of Invisible Fence and involvement in a great community who supported and contributed to the company’s success. “The company started in Pennsylvania and now it’s an international company. We’ve watched it from the ground up and it’s been nice. Fort Thomas has been a great location for us too,” said Sharon, “We loved landing in this community. It’s been awesome!’

So, what’s next? Jeff and Sharon are already working on that. “We want to travel more. We’ve been to Europe and now we hope to go to New Zealand, Australia and maybe Africa,” said Sharon. Jeff, on the other hand, may still have some business ideas up his sleeve. “It’s been a great ride. We’ve enjoyed life. We’re going to take a deep breath, enjoy the holidays and take a trip...and then maybe look at some other business ventures.”

Grand reopening with over $1 million dollars in estate jewelry being brought in. 

As for the Ice House — the DeRossettes haven’t decided whether they will eventually rent out the space or sell the building...but either way, this beautiful, historic building has some amazing stories to tell.

Highlands Students Recognized for Academic and Sports Achievements

Maggie Schroeder is the first Highlands student ever to win the girls state cross country championship.

By Robin Gee

Two Highlands High School students were honored at the November Fort Thomas Independent School Board meeting.

A first-time achievement

Sophomore Maggie Schroeder is the first Highlands student ever to win the state girls individual cross country championship. She said she’s been running for about four years and came in second last year in individual competition.

Her time this year was 19 minutes, 7.68 seconds. She said it was not actually her best time, but she still was able to pull off the win. When asked if she noticed her coach running along the sidelines with her at the beginning, she said "I didn’t even notice. I was so focused."

School Board members congratulated Schroeder and also the Highlands girls cross country team, which came in second in the statewide competition.

Roofing, siding, gutters, painting. 

A perfect score

Highlands senior Noah Cooley earned a perfect score on the ACT exam.

Highlands students continue to excel in the academic arena as well. Senior Noah Cooley joined a growing list of Highlands students who have a achieved a perfect score of 36 on the national ACT test.

He has not yet selected a college, but his list of potential schools includes the University of Kentucky, Morehead State, Ohio State and Northern Kentucky University. Music education is Cooley’s chosen field of study.

A banner day

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Anointed Touch Massage Merges with Performance Chiropractic

BEST OF ALL WORLDS: Massage, Rehabilitation, and Chiropractic Services

Anointed Touch Massage, currently located in Highland Plaza will be merging with Dr. Steve Hannegan of Performance Chiropractic. Anointed Touch owner, Tiffany Maple, is thrilled with the opportunity as it will allow her to offer a wider variety of services and a more complete scope of care to her clients.

Over her many years as an athletic trainer and licensed massage therapist Maple has seen a broad spectrum of injuries and the power of massage to both prevent and rehabilitate but says:

At times, massage can be limited in that it can address some symptoms and effects of dysfunction or injury, but can’t always correct the underlying cause. Chiropractic and rehab can help widen the resources to our clients to address these underlying causes. When you have access (and utilize!) all three, we see huge improvements in pain and quality of life. 

Performance Chiropractic is located less than three miles from the current location of Anointed Touch and offers chiropractic services, rehabilitation and now massage. Dr. Hannegan and Maple have worked together before and are currently are the official team chiropractor and massage therapist for the Cincinnati Cyclones. 

We spoke with Dr. Hannegan about his thoughts on the new addition to Performance Chiropractic:

"The addition of Tiffany to our team creates an even stronger environment for natural healing. Chiropractic and massage are synergistic for healing the body so it just makes sense. Tiffany’s knowledge as an athletic trainer and previous experience really sets her apart from other massage therapists and we couldn’t be happier to have her as part of our team. I look forward to working closely with Tiffany every day and I know together we will make quite an impact on our patients and the community.”

The transition will be seamless for current Anointed Touch clients and Maple is looking forward to meeting her clients in the new space. Maple's passion, expertise, and professionalism is evident in all her endeavors. She is thrilled to be able to introduce a new world of therapeutic techniques to her clients for the overall betterment of their quality of life. Maple says:

I love what i do. I love being a massage therapist and I’m excited to team up with someone that loves his calling as much as I do. We also are the team chiropractor and massage therapist for the Cyclones so that’s an area that we already collaborate.

Performance Chiropractic is located at: 

Alexandria Pike's Little Christmas Tree Provides Holiday Cheer

By Kara Uhl 

In the median of Alexandria Pike, next to DEP's Fine Wine & Spirits in Fort Thomas, is a little decorated Christmas tree.

For most of December folks have driven past the tree, driving to and from work, chauffeuring children and tackling seemingly never-ending holiday to-do lists. And that little tree, all red and gold in a landscape of grays and browns, brought a smile to travelers preparing to merge onto I-471, who, while driving past, were likely stuck in the hum-drum of life rather than in the midst of holiday cheer. And for that we have (Charley) Chuck Hazel, a retired Chief of Police with the Southgate Police Department, to thank.

"Cathy, my wife, and I drive by there a lot and she said that it was a cute little bush," Hazel says. (And yes, the little tree is actually a bush that has been growing in the median for some time now.) "We both said, 'Wouldn't it be great if it was decorated?' Being in the Christmas spirit I went to the store and picked up some little decorations."

Hazel decorated it, and with that small act of kindness, he gifted countless doses of holiday cheer during what is often a difficult month for many.

Barre3 Ft. Thomas. Located in the Fort Thomas Plaza. 
"I drove by the undecorated little tree every day thinking how out of place it looked," says Fort Thomas resident and one of the founders of NKY Hates Heroin Holly Specht. "I feel that way a lot during the holidays since the loss of our son Nicholas. One day I decided I should decorate that little lonely tree. Funny, someone else had the same idea. One morning, on my usual drive to work there it was – decorated from top to bottom. This little, tiny, lonely tree now looked festive and ready to shine. It truly made me smile and actually laugh out loud that morning. Things didn't look so sad to me that morning. I realized that someone I never met had changed my spirit by this sweet gesture by simply bringing notice to this lonely little tree." 

That someone, Hazel, is also retired from the United States Army, past Commander of John R. Little VFW Post Southgate, and a member of the Masons Fort Thomas and the Shriners. Hazel says back in the 1990s, Fort Thomas Chief of Police Mike Daly worked for him as a rookie.

Hazel also is an ordained minister and, in July, married Melissa and Christopher Beckett in front of the Mess Hall in Fort Thomas. "When I see that little tree, it gives me a glimmer of hope that things will be better in 2018," says Melissa Beckett, a Fort Thomas resident and City Clerk. "My 2017 and prior have not been easy, nor has Charley's and his family. I pray for them often and am blessed to have them as friends. I think we all need a little pick me up now and again, and that little tree does just that. It makes me smile."

18 N. Fort Thomas Ave. 
Hazel says he's not sure who the tree (bush) belongs to, whether it's Fort Thomas, Southgate or the county. "But if it is there next year I plan to decorate it again," he says.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Former High School Football Coach, Tom Duffy, Indicted on Sodomy Charges

A former high school football coach has been indicted by a grand jury on sodomy charges in Boyle Circuit Court last Tuesday.

Authorities say Tom Duffy (69), was a coach in Danville when they say the crime happened. Police say a victim recently came forward to report the incidents, which they claim occurred in 1982 and 1983.

He was indicted on four felony sodomy counts in the third degree, a class D Felony. Under the Kentucky Revised Statute, there is no statute of limitations for felonies.

The indictment says the victim was under the age of 16, but doesn’t state if they were a student. Police are not saying if the victim was male or female.

Duffy, who now lives in Lexington, was arrested and has since been released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

Duffy coached Danville High School’s football team from 1980-1987 and led the team to two state championship titles. After leaving Danville, he coached the Highlands from 1988-1993. The team won state championships in 1989 and 1992, amassing a 61-15 record while in Fort Thomas.

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Police say they can’t release any more details because they are still investigating and interviewing witnesses.

Country Cousin Bakery to Close Alexandria Location After 50 years

A beloved bakery will no longer serve long johns, twists and sprinkled doughnuts out of its shop on E. Main Street.

Michael Reinhardt, the owner of Country Cousin Bakery, confirmed Sunday he sold his business, and the bakery will be opening in Martin, Slovakia, a small country  in April 2019.

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It's not clear how or why Slovakia was chosen, but Fort Thomas Matters has asked for clarification on that.

Alexandria has had a multitude of small business closures over the past year, but Reinhardt said the decision to close has been two years in the making.

Moving the bakery is a “bittersweet tale,” Reinhardt said.

The bakery, which operated on historic Main Street for 50 years, will serve its last treats on Dec. 23.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

2018-19 Highlands Bluebirds Boys Basketball Preview

Highlands Hopes to Take More Steps Forward

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior wing Nate Roberts goes up for a score at Newport last year.
During the 2017-18 school year, the Highlands Bluebirds claimed all but one of seven 36th District crowns and have started this school year 3-for-3 in the fall.

The Highlands boys basketball team was that one team that didn't claim a district championship. The Bluebirds hope to win that elusive crown that the program has not achieved since 2008. There is a huge reason that could happen this year.

"This year, I would say we're more confident to win district than we have been in the past," said Ryan Leigh, Highlands 6-foot-1-inch senior forward. "In the past, if we played really well, we'd win. This year, we're not just hoping to win. We're expecting to win."

Entering his sixth season as head coach at Highlands, Kevin Listerman has often talked about 'the process.' The Bluebirds may be 49-81 over the previous five seasons. But the record does not reflect the improvements the program has seen over the years.

Highlands finished a Listerman-Era best 13-15 last year coming a few plays short of recording its first winning season since going 14-10 in the 2009-10 campaign. The Bluebirds fell a three-point shot away from beating Newport Central Catholic for the first time since that season in a 61-59 loss in the 36th District semifinals in Fort Thomas. Highlands last made the 9th Region Tournament in Listerman's first season as head coach in 2013.

The Bluebirds graduated six seniors from that team in guards Carl Schoellman, Robby Gabbard, Jacob Noe, forwards Adam Uhlenbrock, Griffin Huber and center Tyler Gulley. But six players who saw action in 21 or more games last year return including Leigh, whom Listerman hopes to see have a break-out season.

The other five players with that amount of varsity experience returning are senior guard Jack Hegge, senior forward Austin King, senior wings Nate Roberts, Alex Starkey and sophomore point guard Sam Vinson. Starkey is the leading returning scorer of that group averaging 7.5 points per game. Listerman said Hegge has come a long way and praised Roberts, Starkey and Vinson for building off last year's experiences.

"They have bought into putting the time in and we're hopeful the results come as a result of the work," Listerman said. "This group is not afraid to do that. They've also been very unselfish and they play extremely hard so that combination has us very optimistic about the season."

Listerman said King and senior power forward Will Salmon understand their roles and push each other hard. Listerman also hopes senior wing Tristan Thompson and senior forward Grady Cramer add to that depth.

Senior 6-foot-5-inch power forward Ben Sisson looks to be the top priority defensively for opponents. After returning from a football injury last year, Sisson averaged team-highs of 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Highlands has nine seniors total on the team.

"We have a lot of guys who can do a lot of things," Listerman said. "They just play so hard that I think we'll be able to wear teams down as we go through the season."

But that's where teamwork comes into play, Hegge said. Opponents outscored Highlands, 1,573-1,542 last year for averages of just more than 56-55. The Bluebirds made 554-of-1,311 shots for 42 percent including 156-of-451 three-point tries for just under 35 percent. They also made 228-of-373 free throws for 61 percent and grabbed 866 team rebounds.

"Spacing is very important," Hegge said. "Ben will get double-teamed all game no matter who we're playing so it will be pretty vital for us to get on the corners, get on the wings and be able to knock some shots down, preferably some threes."

The Bluebirds had 11 games decided by nine or fewer points last year. They went 6-5 in those games.
Located in the Fort Thomas Plaza. 

"Having senior leadership and guys that have been in there in those critical minutes, we expect to make those plays," Listerman said. "Last year, we won some of those games where we played pretty well and found a way to win at the end. We had a couple of them go the other way late in the season so hopefully this year, we flip that switch. We have a lot of goals that we want to accomplish. I think our guys are focused on the big team goals and understand individual success will come as a part of the collective success."

Five other Bluebirds could push the veterans for action. Junior guards Jacob Brass and Hunter Ahlfeld saw time in key moments last year. Junior forward Jack Delagrange has a slow-motion video up on Twitter of himself rising up and dunking in practice.

Highlands also has two promising underclassmen on the roster in addition to Vinson. They are sophomore forward Luke Muller and freshman guard Zach Barth. Muller helped the Highlands golf team to a region championship and eighth-place finish in the state tournament in the fall and Barth is the younger brother of Zoie Barth, a sixth-year senior point guard and 1,779-point scorer on the girls basketball team.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

2018-19 Highlands Girls Basketball Preview

Bluebirds Aimed for Better Quickness, Physical Strength in Off-Season

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands junior 5-7 guard Piper Macke takes a jumper in the 36th District semifinals last year against Dayton. Macke among others are hoping for more contributions this season.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team consistently finds itself in the mix for a region championship, but there has been one or two teams just a bit better than the Bluebirds in recent years.

Highlands last won the 9th Region title in 2001.

Last year, the Bluebirds finished 24-8 and won their fifth 36th District championship in the last six seasons.Down the stretch, Highlands won 13-of-14 games entering the 9th Region Tournament. But the Bluebirds drew the one time it lost to during that stretch in the 9th Region Quarterfinals in the Conner Lady Cougars and suffered a fate similar to the two regular season meetings in a 54-46 loss at the BB&T Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Budding Journalist, Moyer Third Grader, Zac Crawford

By Zac Crawford, Moyer 3rd Grader

On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Moyer 3rd grade classes went to a Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game at US Bank Arena!  It was an awesome field trip!

Before we got to go, we had our parents sign a permission slip.  My mom was a chaperone.  The bus left at 9:30 and when we got there, we missed the beginning of the game, but when we got in it was 1-0 already!

During the game there was a lot of action!  We watched people talk about fun and educational things.  They did science demonstrations on the ice too!  There were 3 periods and in between each one the mascots would come out with shirts they would throw to the fans!

At the end of the game the Cyclones won 9-0!  We boarded the bus and went to school.  On the way to school everyone talked about the game and I sat with my friend, Callum C, and we talked about the game a lot.

The field trip was amazing.  The game had a lot of action and it was very fun.

Throwback Fort Thomas Pictures, 1984-1987

Victory for the Birds in the state championship.  

From the Living Magazines archives. These photos are preserved in our archives. The majority of these photos are dated between 1984-1987. 

Diane Lieser, the only one who went in the pool for the grand opening of the Highland Country Club swim pool. May 25, 1985. 

March 1987. 

Christy Schulkers, Athlete of the Month. 


New City Attorney, Jann Seidenfaden, March 1987. 

Fort Thomas Junior Football. 

Bill Siry. 


St. Thomas Mother's Club. 

Geiman, State Champion. Jan. 1978. 

Ken Honchell, Hank Pogue and others. 

Fort Thomas Living, Ninth Anniversary, 1986. 

Kiel, cover of March 1987.